Peter Brown Family History

James Shirley (1828) & Sophia Stripp

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General History

James Shirley & Sophia Stripp were one of my 4th generation ancestors.

Key Dates:

James Shirley was baptised 12th October 1828 in Godstone, Surrey. He was the son of James Shirley & Philadelhia Bones. He married Sophia Strip on 10th November 1849 in Blindley Heath, Surrey. In 1851 they were living in Hook Lane (or Hook Style) Godstone, next door to uncle Robert (& Mary) and also to James & Sarah Strip 1784. James died in about August 1902 in Godstone RD, Surrey (aged 73-source 8).

Sophia Stripp (Strip) was baptised on 2nd Novemeber 1828 in Horne, Surrey. She was the daughter of James Stripp & Sarah Daniel. She died about in about February 1910 in Godstone RD, Surrey (aged 81-source 8).

 

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James & Sophia had eleven known children.

Naomi Sophia James Mary Richard John Jesse Sarah Philadelphia Frederick Frank
  1. Naomi Matilda Shirley was born 18th August 1850 in Blindley Heath, Godstone, Surrey and she was baptised on 10th November 1850 in Blindley Heath, Surrey. She married James Brown. Details of James Brown & Naomi Shirley are shown separately as they are direct ancestors.
  2. Sophia Shirley was born 15th November 1851 in Blindley Heath, Godstone, Surrey and she was baptised on 14th December 1851 in Blindley Heath, Surrey. In 1871 she was probably living in Kentish Town, St Pancras, London. She married Charles Crawt on 13th June 1874 at St Mary, Lambeth, Surrey (source 12- father shown as James Shirley:Game Keeper & Sophia living at Walter!! Street, Lambeth with Charles who was a plate layer). Sopia & Charles later moved to Guildford in about 1876 and lived at 34A Stoughton Terrace, Stoke, Guildford, Surrey. Sophia died on 15th March 1932 in Guildford. Probate was granted to Alice Crawt on 6th April 1932 leaving £203 6s 6d (source13). Sophia & Charles had eleven children or whom four had died prior to 1911.
    1. Nellie Crawt was born in about 1875 in Lambeth, Surrey.
    2. Alice Crawt was born in about 1876 in Stoke, Guildford, Surrey.
    3. Kate Crawt was born in about 1878 in Stoke, Guildford, Surrey.
    4. Rose Crawt was born in about 1880 in Stoke, Guildford, Surrey.
    5. Jessie Crawt was born in about 1882 in Stoke, Guildford, Surrey.
    6. George Crawt was born in about 1883 in Stoke, Guildford, Surrey.
    7. Fred Crawt was born in about 1885 in Stoke, Guildford, Surrey.
    8. Bessie E Crawt was born in about 1891 in Stoke, Guildford, Surrey.
  3. James Shirley was probably born 17th April 1853 in Blindley Heath, Godstone, Surrey (source family bible-unseen) and he was baptised on 8th May 1853 in Blindley Heath, Surrey. He was buried on 30th May 1853 in Blindley Heath, Surrey (an infant).
  4. Mary Shirley was born about August 1854 in Blindley Heath, Godstone, Surrey. In 1871 she was living in Kentish Town, St Pancras, London. She probably married David Noble in about May 1883 in Lambeth RD, Surrey. In 1891 they were living at 28 Queens Road, Upper Norwood, Croydon, Surrey.They lived at Stock Park Farm, South Godstone, Surrey in 1911 and later in Horley, Surrey. Mary & David had two children. (see also Elsie Brown Personal History)
    1. Frank Noble was born in about 1884 in Norwood, Croydon,Surrey
    2. Harold A Noble was born in about 1885 in Norwood, Croydon, Surrey
  5. Richard Shirley was possibly born on 17th September 1856 in Blindley Heath, Godstone, Surrey (source is family bible - unseen, but Bmd date is about November 1856). He married Sarah Morley in about November 1882 in Godstone RD. Richard & Sarah were living in 1901 at 10 Gays Cottages, Blindley Heath and in 1911 they were living at 3 Yew Tree Cottages, South Godstone. Richard died in about June 1936 aged 79. Richard & Sarah had twelve children (see 1911 census)
    1. Louisa Shirley was born about 1882 in Godstone , Surrey.
    2. Jessie Shirley was born in about November 1883 in Godstone RD, Surrey.
    3. Harry James Shirley was born in about November 1885 in Godstone RD, Surrey.
    4. Sarah Sophia Shirley was born in about February 1887 in Godstone RD, Surrey. She married Henry Tanner in about May 1912 in Godstone RD, Surrey. Henry & Sarah had a child (Gladys M Tanner).
    5. Frederick Shirley was born in about February 1889 in Godstone RD, Surrey.
    6. Ethel May Shirley was born in about May 1890 in Godstone RD, Surrey. She married James Smith in about June 1916 in Godstone RD, Surrey.
    7. Richard Shirley was born in about May 1893 in Godstone RD, Surrey.
    8. George Victor Shirley was born in about August 1897 in Godstone RD, Surrey.
    9. Frank Shirley was born in about November 1898 in Godstone RD, Surrey.
    10. Beatrice Shirley was born in about 1901 in Tandridge, Surrey.
    11. Christopher Shirley was born in about 1907 in Tandridge, Surrey.
  6. John Shirley was probably born on 20th July 1858 in Blindley Heath, Godstone, Surrey (source family bible-unseen) and he was baptised on 8th August 1858 in Blindley Heath, Surrey. He married Emily Rosie on 17th January 1880 in Blindley Heath, Surrey (father shown as James Shirley). Emily was born in about 1856 in Chiddingley?, Sussex the daughter of Robert Rosie. They lived initially in Godstone but later moved to Guildford in about 1888 living at Stoughton Terrace in 1891 and at Manor Road, Stoughton, Guildford in 1901. John was a Gardener. John died in about June 1941 aged 82. John & Emily had eight children.
    1. James Shirley was born on 4th April 1880 in Godstone, Surrey.
    2. John Edward Shirley was born in about November 1882 in Godstone, Surrey (Godstone RD).
    3. Ethel Olive Shirley was born in February 1885 in Godstone, Surrey (GodstoneRD).
    4. Nora Shirley was born in about 1887 in Worplesdon, Surrey.
    5. Emily M Shirley was born in about 1890 in Stoughton, Guildford, Surrey.
    6. May Shirley was born in about 1893 in Stoughton, Guildford, Surrey.
    7. Harold Shirley was born in about 1895 in Stoughton, Guildford, Surrey.
    8. Stanley Shirley was born in about 1899 in Stoughton, Guildford, Surrey
  7. Sarah Shirley was probably born 21st January 1862 in Blindley Heath, Godstone, Surrey (source family bible-unseen) and she was baptised on 23rd February 1862 in Blindley Heath, Surrey. She was buried on 1st November 1869 in Blindley Heath, Surrey (age 7).
  8. Jesse Shirley was born about November 1863 in Blindley Heath, Godstone, Surrey and he was baptised on 24th January 1864 in Blindley Heath, Surrey. He married Frances Fanny Treasure on 29th January 1898 in Wanstrow, Somerset (father shown as James Shirley and Jesse age as 34). Frances was the daughter of Caleb Treasure & Mary Ann Lambert. She was born in about November 1867 in Malls RD, Somerset. In 1911, Jesse was living at 6 Layham, Godstone with his wife Francis, working as a bricklayer. Jesse & Frances had one child.
    1. Caleb James Shirley was born in about August 1902 in Godstone RD, Surrey.
  9. Philadelphia Shirley was probably born on 2nd July 1865 (source family bible-unseen) and was baptised on 30th July in Blindley Heath, Godstone, Surrey . She married William Arnold on 8th February 1890 at St John’s, Blindley Heath, Surrey. William was born on 15th April 1863 in Horne, Surrey. Philadelphia died on 9th July 1939 in Bromley RD, Kent and William died on 15th December 1944. Both are buried in Orpington All Saints churchyard. Philadelphia & William had eight children (source 11).
    1. Evelyn Arnold (Eveline/Eva) was born on 8th March 1891 in Orpington, Kent.
    2. William James Arnold was born on 1st March 1893 in Orpington, Kent. His grandson Barrie Wright provided most of the information about Philadelphia and her children. Barrie Wright is one of my 'Third Cousins'.
    3. Florence Mary Arnold was born on 4th May 1895 in Orpington, Kent.
    4. Sophia Jane Arnold was born on 3rd September 1896 in Orpington, Kent.
    5. Lily May Arnold was born 5th January 1901 in Orpington, Kent.
    6. Ethel Violet Arnold was born on 13th September 1902 in Orpington, Kent.
    1. Winifred Arnold was born on 17th April 1908 in Orpington, Kent.
    2. Dorothy Beatrice Arnold was born on 4th August 1909 in Orpington, Kent.
  10. Frederick Shirley was born about 1868 in Blindley Heath, Godstone, Surrey. He died in about May 1888 in Godstone RD, Surrey (aged 19).
  11. Frank Shirley was born about May 1870 in Blindley Heath, Godstone , Surrey. He married Minnie Fuller ( the daughter of John Fuller) on 27th January 1894 in Blindley Heath, Surrey (father shown as James Shirley and Frank age as 23). In 1901 the family was living at 6 Cottages, Tillburstow Hill, Godstone and in 1911 they lived at 5 Lagham Road, South Godstone. Frank died in December 1932 aged 62. Frank & Minnie had two children.
    1. Frank Shirley was born in about November 1894 in South Godstone, Surrey.
    2. James Shirley was born in about February 1896 in South Godstone, Surrey.

 

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General:

The families of Strip/Streape and Shirley tend to very interconnected with marriages between them and also the families living adjacent to each other. The families tend to be based around the Surrey/Sussex border at Copthorne, Horne (Frogit Heath) and Blindley Heath. Looking at the parish map one can see that the parishes of Tandridge, Godstone & Horne all merge at this point and also are adjacent to Worth & East Grinstead. Frogit Heath is actually in Horne & Godstone parishes and Blindley Heath is actually in Horne, Godstone, Tandridge & Lingfield parishes. The location is some distant from the actual villages of Tandridge and to a lesser extent Godstone. Thus it is likely that the family ancestors arise from Sussex.

James Shirley

James lived at Blindly Heath at the date of marriage, and the family lived in Byers (or Byes) lane (which is between Horne and Blindly Heath) in 1861 census.In the 1861 census he is shown as a Road Labourer. He was previously decribed on Matilda's birth certificate as an agricultural labourer and on his marriage certificate as a labourer. In the 1871 census the family was living at Brick House Farm, Horne and James was described as an agricultural labourer.

Children Matilda, Sophia & Mary do not appear on 1871 census anywhere in Surrey or Sussex so presumably they are working away from home. They have been located as working in London: see verification below items 7b, 7c &7d.

Sophia Strip

Sophia could not write as the marriage certificate and the birth certificate of Naomi Matilda were both maked with a cross

 

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  1. Other names found in parish registers are Shirley, Sherley, Shurley, Shirly, Sharely, Shearley,
  2. There are no Shirley's etc in the Horne, Lingfield or Limpsfield parish registers.
  3. James Shirley on the BMD index shows him as being aged 73 at the date of death which is consistent with the date of birth shown. Sophia Shirley on the BMD index shows her as being aged 81 at the date of death which is consistent with the date of birth shown.
  4. Names interchange between Sherley & Shirley
  5. 1851 Census: Shirley
    1. Godstone : see family top - James 22, Sophia 22, Matilda 7 mnths
  6. 1861 Census: Shirley
    1. Godstone : see family top - James 32, Sophia 32, Matilda 10, Sophia 9, Mary 7, Richard 5, & John 2. All born in Godstone- living in Byes Lane , Godstone
  7. 1871 Census: Shirley
    1. Horne: see family ref top - James 42, Sophia 42, Richard 15, John 12, Jesse 7, Philadelphia 5, Frank 2, Fred 10 mnth (Fred born in Horne)
    2. Kentish Town,St Pancras, London, household 230 - family ref 1 : Christopher R Solomon 65, Mary R Solomon 61, Mary A Perry 32, Edward Solomon 27, Christopher H Solomon 17, Matilda Shirley 21 (Godstone - working as servant)
    3. Kentish Town,St Pancras, London, household 230 - family ref 2: George H Smales 26, Mary A Smales 21, Mary L Smales 4mnth, Susannah Smales 51, Sophia Shirley 19 (Godstone - working as servant)
    4. Kentish Town,St Pancras, London, household 230 - family ref 4: Amelia Brayne 69, Emma Brayne 54, Mary Ann Styring 68, Mary Starkey 20, Mary Shirley 16 (Godstone - working as servant- attendant to Emma Brayne). Lived at 116 Leighton Road, Kentish Town
  8. 1881 Census: Shirley
    1. Godstone : see family top - James 52, Sophia 52, Richard 24, Jesse 17, Phillis 15, Frederick 12 & Frank 10. All born in Godstone except Frank who was born in Horne. Last two inconsistent with 1871 census.
    2. Godstone shows: see family ref 6 - John 22, Emily 24 (Chatenly??,Sx), James 1 living at No 15 Block Cottages, Godstone
    3. Dulwich, Camberwell. London - family ref 4: John Bradshaw 53, Mary 56, William 27, James 22, Sarah 20, Florence 16, Mary Shirley (Godstone) 26 living at 37 Colby Road , Camberwell.
  9. 1891 Census: Shirley
    1. Blindley Heath, Godstone: see family top - James 62, Sophia 62, Frank 20 + lodger
    2. Guildford, Surrey-see family ref 2: Charles Crawt 45, Sophia 39 (Godstone), Nellie 15 (Lambeth), Alice 14, Kate 12, Jessie 9, George 7, Fred 5, Bessie E 2 months. They lived at 34A Stoughton Terrace, Stoke, Guildford.
    3. Upper Norwood, Croydon, Surrey - family ref 4: David Noble 31, Mary 36 (Godstone), Frank 6 (Norwood), Harold A 5 (Norwood), Benjamin Smith 27 living at 28 Queens Road, Upper Norwood.
    4. Blindley Heath, Godstone- see family ref 5: Richard 33, Sarah 28, Louisa 9, Jessie 7, Harry James 5, Sarah Sophia 4, Frederick 2, Ethel May 11 mnths.
    5. Stoughton, Guildford shows: see family ref 6 - John 32 (Godstone), Emily 34 (Chievely Sx), James 11 (Godstone), John E 8 (Godstone), Ethel A 6 (Godstone), Nora 4 (Worplesdon), Emily M 1 (Stoke, Sy).- name shown as Shilely- living at Stoughton Terrace, Guildford.
  10. 1901 Census: Shirley
    1. Blindley Heath, Godstone (Family ref top): - James Shirley 72, Sophia 72
    2. Guildford, Surrey-see family ref 2: Charles Crawt 53, Sophia 49 (Godstone), Rose 20, George 18, Fred 15. They lived at 34A Stoughton Terrace, Stoke, Guildford.
    3. Blindley Heath, Godstone (Family ref 5): -Richard Shirley 45, Sarah 40, Harry J 15, Sarah S 14, Frederick 12, Ethel May 10, Richard 8, George V 3, Frank 2.living at 10 Gays Cottages, Blindley Heath
    4. Stoughton, Guildford shows (Family ref 6): - John 43 (Godstone), Emily 45 (Chiddingleigh, Sx), James 20 (Godstone), Ethie 16 (Godstone), Emily 11 (Stoughton), May 8 (Stoughton), Harold 6 (Stoughton) - living at Manor Road, Stoughton, Guildford
    5. Godstone (Family ref 8): - Jesse Shirley 37, Frances 33 + lodgers
    6. Godstone shows (Family ref 11): - Frank Shirley 30 (Horne), Minnie 32 (Longfield), Frank 6 (Godstone), James 5 (Godstone). Living at 6 Cottages , Tillburstow Hill, Godstone
    7. Lambeth shows: Walter Sherley 24 (Godstone), Ada 21 (Caterham)
  11. 1911 Census:
    1. Guildford, Surrey-see family ref 2: Charles Crawt 64, Sophia 59 (Godstone), Alice 34, George 27, Fred 25. They lived at 34A Stoughton Terrace, Stoke, Guildford in a house with 4 rooms. Charles & Sophia had been married 36 years and had eleven children of whom four had died.
    2. Godstone - see family ref 4 : David Noble 50 (West Wratting Cambs, Cowman), Mary Noble 55 (Godstone). Married 27 years and had two children, both still living. Lived at Stock Park Farm Cottage, South Godstone in a house with five rooms.
    3. Godstone- see family ref 5 : Richard Shirley 54 (born South Godstone- general labourer), Sarah Shirley 49 (wife-born Bletchingley), James 25 (born Blindley Heath-under gardener), Richard 19 (born Blindley Heath-general labourer), George 13 (born Tandridge), Frank 12 (born Tandridge), Beatrice 10 (born Tandridge), Christopher 4 (born Tandridge). Richard & Sarah had been married for 28 years and had 12 children, one of whom had died. They lived at 3 Yew Tree Cottages, South Godstone in a house with 4 rooms.
    4. Stoughton, Guildford shows (Family ref 6): - John 52 (Godstone), Emily 56 (Chiddingleigh, Sx), Ethel 26 (Godstone), May 18 (Stoughton), Harold 16 (Stoughton) Stanley 12 (Stoughton) - living at 1 Manor Road, Stoughton, Guildford
    5. Godstone- see family ref 8 : Jesse Shirley 45, Frances Shirley 43 (wife- born Frome, Somerset), Caleb James Shirley 8. Jesse & Frances had been married 13 years and had one child, still alive. They lived at 6 Lagham Road, South Godstone in a house with 5 rooms.
    6. Orpington, Kent (Bromley RD) - see family ref 9 ARNOLD: William Arnold 36, Philadelphia (born Godstone) 34, Eva 10, William 8, Florrie 5, Lily 2 mnths
    7. Godstone- see family ref 11 : Frank Shirley 40 (general Labourer-born South Godstone), Minie 41 (born Lingfield), Frank 16 (under garener-born South Godstone), James 15 (born South Godstone)+ lodgers. Frank & Minnie had been married 17 years and had two children, both still living. They lived at 5 Lagham Road, South Godstone in a house with 5 rooms
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Certificates & Official Records

  1. James Shirley Marriage Certificate
  2. Sophie Shirley Birth Certificate
  3. James Shirley (1828) 1851 Census
  4. James Shirley (1828) 1861 Census
  5. James Shirley (1828) 1871 Census
  6. James Shirley (1828) 1881 Census
  7. James Shirley (1828) 1891 Census
  8. James Shirley (1828) 1901 Census

 

Sources Returns to 'Top of Page'
  1. Surrey Parish Records - Godstone, Horne
  2. Census Records - 1841, 1861, 1871 - British Origins Web site
  3. Census Records - 1851- Godstone District CD
  4. Census Records - 1881 Family Search CD
  5. Census Records - 1901- National Archives
  6. Surrey Marriage Index CD
  7. Sussex Marriage Index CD
  8. FREEBMD (Index of birth, marriages, deaths post 1837)
  9. Rebecca Williams from Holland who is a descendant of William Streape. Email: acceber@zonnet.nl
  10. IGI (International Genealogical Index: Latter-day Saints) - batches of parish records: see LINKS-Research Web sites
  11. Barrie Wright is a descendant of James Shirley Email: barriefamhist@gmail.com
  12. Ancestry- England Select marriages
  13. Ancestry: England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
  14. Ancestry: Surrey, England, Baptisms, 1813-1912