Peter Brown Family History

John Shirley (1470) & Parnell Grandford

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John Shirley & Parnell Grandford were maybe possibly ancestors of mine, but all the links have yet to be confirmed.

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John Shirley, (Shurley) died Aug 3, 1527. He married 1st Parnell Grandford (or Graunford) in maybe January 1497, 2nd Margery Goring. He was cofferer to the King. He was maybe possibly the son of Roger Shurley & ANO Walker and maybe possibly had a brother Richard.

.He is described as Chief Clerk of the Kitchen, Controller of the great customs in the port of London, and Bailiff of Rye. He was first appointed in 1499 and he was confirmed again as Bailiff shortly after – until 1524.
Wardrobe of the king's household: John Shirley, cofferer of the household, acting keeper - 1 Hen VIII through 18 & 19 Henry VIII.
WARDROBE AND HOUSEHOLD: Checker roll of the household, John Shirley, cofferer. 1 & 2 Henry VIII. 4 & 5 Henry VIII. 10 & 11 Henry VIII. 11 & 12 Henry VIII. 12 & 13 Henry VIII. 13 & 14 Henry VIII. 14 & 15 Henry VIII. 17 & 18 Henry VIII.

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John & Parnell had five children.

Joan Bridgett John William Edward
  1. Joan Shirley (Shurley) was born in about 1498, probably in Isfield, Sussex. She was mentioned in her father John Shirley's 'Will' of 1525.
  2. Bridgett Shirley (Shurley)-was born in about 1500, probably in Isfield, Sussex. She was mentioned in her father John Shirley's 'Will' of 1525.
  3. John Shirley (Shurley)- was born in about 1502, probably in Isfield, Sussex. He was mentioned in his father John Shirley's 'Will' of 1525 as Executor. John inherited Isfield Manor. Likely died without issue since Isfield passed to younger brother Edward
  4. William Shirley (Shurley) was born in about 1504, probably in Isfield, Sussex. He was mentioned in his father John Shirley's 'Will' of 1525. Likely died without issue since Isfield passed to younger brother Edward. However, if father's Will listed children in order of birth, then William is the youngest and could have issue.
  5. Edward Shirley (Shurley) was born in about 1506, probably in Isfield, Sussex. He was mentioned in his father John Shurley's 'Will' of 152. He married Joan Fenner (Johan) , daughter of John Fenner, Esq in about 1532. Edward inherited Isfield Manor owing to the deaths of two older brothers (stated in family history source) but he also held properties in Crawley, Ifield & Worth. He left a 'Will' dated 4th August 1557 which was proved in May 1558. Edward was buried on 16th March 1558 in Isfield, Sussex. Joan was mentioned in the Will as Executor and she maybe possibly married secondly Anthony Morley . Edward & Joan had three (or maybe 4) children.
    1. Thomas Shirley (Shurley) was born in about 1534, probably in Isfield, Sussex. He was mentioned in his father Edward Shirley's 'Will' of 1557 as eldest son and inherited Isfield Manor.  died 1579 Lewes, Sussex, buried Isfield, [See full post mortem inquisition at the bottom of the page]m. 1st Ann Pelham, Anne was buried on 11th April 1571 in Isfield, Sussex (Annys, wife of Thomas Shurlye'). Thomas married secondly Ann Wroth. m. at Enfield Dec 12, 1575, daughter of Sir Thomas Wroth. Thomas was buried on 19th January 1579 in Isfield, Sussex. Thomas & Anne Pelham had maybe three children.
      1. John Shirley (Shurley)  was born in about 1569, probably in Isfield, Sussex., Inherited Isfield  He married firstly Jane Sherley, (daughter of Sir Thomas Sherley & Anne Kemp of Wiston, Sussex) on maybe possibly 10th January 1588 in Blackfriars, London. Jane died on 19th April and was buried on 21st April 1605 in Isfield, Sussex (' wife of Sir John Shurley'). John married secondly Dorothy Bowyer on 14th March 1607 in Cuckfield, Sussex. (Dorothy was the widow of Sir Henry Bowyer and the daughter of George Goring). John Shurley appears in many House of Commons records in the 1580s and 1590s as an MP for Lewes, Sussex and he was Knighted. John probably died in Cuckfield, Sussex where he was living, but he was buried on 26th October 1631 in Isfield, Sussex ('Sir John Shurley, Knight'). His wife Dorothy was buried on 3rd July 1640 in Cuckfield, Sussex ('Lady Dorathy Shurley'). John & Jane had at least eight children, probably more due to initial gaps.
        1. Hannah Shirley (Shurley) d.v.p.(Source 1)
        2. Thomas Shirley (Shurlye) was baptised on 28th August 1595 in Isfield, Sussex ('son of John') and he was buried there on 10th September 1604 (' son of Sir John Shurly'). 
        3. Jane Shirley (Shurlye) was baptised on 14th December 1596 in Isfield, Sussex ('dau of John'). (source 1 says b. Sept 21, 1594 Woolavington, Sussex). She was mentioned in her fathers PMI of 1632 as Jane Covert, wife of William, aged 28. She married firstly Sir Walter Covert , 2nd Lord Holles. Died Apr 1666 at Paris. Buried Iverne Courtnay in Dorset.
        4. Cicily Shirley (Cislye Shurlye)  was baptised on 28th February 1598 in Isfield, Sussex ('dau of John'). She maybe possibly married Sir William Sommerville. She was mentioned in her fathers PMI of 1632 as Cicely Sommervile, deceased, wife of Sir William.
        5. Elizabeth Shirley (Shurlye) was baptised on 17th June 1599 in Isfield, Sussex ('dau of John'). She was mentioned in her fathers PMI of 1632 as Elizabeth Palmer, wife of Thomas, aged 25. She married Sir Thomas Palmar (Dec. 4 Thomas PALMER of Wingham, co. Kent, esq., & Elizabeth SHURLEY of Isfeylde : sureties, said T. P., James Rivers of Westram, esq., and John Shurly of Lewes, esq. (Isfeyld))
        6. John Shirley (Shurley) was baptised on 14th December 1600 in Isfield, Sussex ('son of John'). He was probably buried on 26th October 1611 in Cuckfield, Sussex ('son of Sir John Shurly of Isefield'), but burial also recorded at Isfield as Sir John Shurley.
        7. Charity Shirley (Shurley) was baptised on 4th July 1602 in Isfield, Sussex ('dau of John'). She was mentioned in her fathers PMI of 1632 as Charity Rivers, wife of James, aged 28. She married James Rivers, Esq.
        8. Anne Shirley (Anna Shurley) was baptised on 31st December 1603 in Isfield, Sussex ('dau of John, Knight'). She was mentioned in her fathers PMI of 1632 as Anne Overbury, wife of Sir Giles, aged 23. She married Sir Giles Overbury on maybe possibly 24th February 1624.
        9. Mary Shirley (Mara Shurley) was baptised on 21st April 1605 in Isfield, Sussex ('dau of John'). She was mentioned in her fathers PMI of 1632 as Mary Doyley, wife of John, aged 22. She married John Doyley.
      2. George Shirley (Shurley), was born in about 1570, probably in Isfield, Sussex.Lord Chief Justice in Ireland, d. 1647, buried Isfield,. Admitted Middle Temple 10 Oct 1588, 2nd son of Thomas of Ifefelde Suss esq m. Mary Halfide dau and heir of Edward Halfhide of Aspenden in Hertfordshire
        George Shurley, knt was the eldest son of Thomas Shurley of Isfield in Sussex and Anne, dau of Sir Nicholas Pelham of Laughton; was born 1559; matriculated in Cambridge Univ from Clare College 1587; was called ot the bar in the Middle Temple 1597; appears as a master of the uter bar 1603, and a bencher 1607; acted as a reader 1615; went to Ireland as chief justice of the King's Bench 1620; was knighted then by the king; acted as a commissioner for the plantation of ulster 1622; became treasurer of the King's Inns same year; complained that he was depreived of precedence owing to the chief justice of the Common Bench being a peer and that he was given a circuit in Ulster, a discourtesy never offered before to one in his position, 1626; resided in Dublin in Young's Castle; appears as a landowner in co. Carlow 1627; acted again as tread. of the King's Inns same year; visited England 1632; received a license from the archbishop of Dublin to eat meat in Lent 1640; appears in attendance on the house of lords same year; acted constantly as a justice of assize generally taking the Munster circuit to 1641; appears subsequently residing in Chester; was acting again as a member of the Irish council 1643; made a bold speech to the agents of the Catholic Confederation 1644; left Ireland finally 1646; died 1647; was buried at Isfield; married Mary dau and heir of Edward Halfhide of Aspenden in Hertfordshire and had issue - The Judges in Ireland, 1221-1921 By F. Elrington Ball
        1. Robert Shirley (Shurley). Buried 13 Dec 1646 Robert inherited Isfield Manor from his uncle Sir John Shirley 'Will' of 1631. Admitted Middle Temple: 6 May 1612, son and heir of George of Brightlyng Sussex esq, Called to bar 7 May 1619 m . Margaret Verney, d/o Sir Richard Varney of Compton, Warw. She was alive 1633,Sussex Marriage Records Deanery of South Malling 1642 Aug 27 Robert Shurley of Isfield esq to Lady Joan Culpeper of Cranbrooke Co Kent widow. Surety: Allan Garston of Isfield yeoman, and Joseph West of the Cliffe near Lewis gent (Isfield)
        2. Pelham Shirley (Shurley) - mentioned in uncle John Shirley's Will 1631. Admitted Middle Temple: 10 Aug 1615 as 2nd son of George. Died 30 Oct 1634
        3. Arthur Shirley (Shurley) d.1667 m. Eliz. ____. Inherited Isfield from elder brother Robert. Admitted Middle Temple 10 Aug 1615, 3rd son of George. Listed as 2nd son on father's 1646 Will
        4. Thomas Shirley (Shurley) - christened 5 Sep 1608 at Brightling, Sussexp mentioned in uncle John Shirley's Will 1631, mentioned in mother's 1654 Will (died intestate - estate administration 1662 Dublin) died 19 Nov 1661 Buried St Michans Dublin
        5. Henry Shirley (Shurley) - chr 27 May 1615 at Brightling , Sussex; mentioned in uncle John Shirley's Will 1631. Not mentioned in 1654 Will of mother - untraced
        6. Anne Shirley (Shurley) m. Sir Fenton Parsons of Ireland
        7. Penelope Shirley (Shurley) (probably born 1601 St Botolph London?) married Francis Selwyn of Friston
        8. Judith Shirley (Shurley) chr 12 Dec 1611 at Brightling, Sussex; married Sir Samuel Crooke of Ireland. She admin his estate 1665
        9. Edward Shirley (Shurley) chr 1 Mar 1606 at Brightling, Sussex; Admittted Middle Temple 10 Aug 1615 5th son of George- untraced
        10. George Shirley (Shurley) (added by virtue of mention as 3rd son in father's 1646 Will) - untraced
      3. Judith Shirley (Shurlye) was baptised on 28th January 1571 in Isfield, Sussex ('dau of Thomas Shurlye Esquire'). She was mentioned in her father Thomas Shirley's post mortem inquisition of 1579. She maybe possibly married Sir Peter Garton (he died 1607) . PCC Will probated 9 May 1642.
      4. Anne Shirley (Shurley). She was mentioned in her mother Anne Shirley (Wroth) 'Will' of 1622 as my daughter.
    2. John Shirley (Shurley), (sergeant at law). He was mentioned in his father Edward Shirley's 'Will' of 1557.d 1612 of The Friars, Lewes, Buried Isfield, Admitted Middle Temple 5 Aug 1565, 2nd son of Edward of Ishfield Sussex esq decd m. 1st Eliz. Kyme, m. 2nd Frances Capell.
      1. John Shirley (Shurley). 19 DEC 1599 at All Saints, Lewes d. 1631, m. Judith Honywood. She re-married 2nd Sir Thomas Pelham of Halland in Laughton in 1637. Died 1638. [note: there is a stray Robert Sherley gent of Halland Will proven in the PCC dated 1654 wit: Thos Pelham]
        ed: May 30, 1631
        1. John Shirley (Shurley) chr. 05 JUL 1621 at All Saints, Lewes, d. 1637 at age 17. Post Mort. inquisition 1638 (chancery 570.147)
        2. Frances Shirley (Shurley) June 8, 1620 at Lewes, Sussex. Heir to her brother at age 15.
    3. Edward Shirley (Shurley). He was mentioned in his father Edward Shirley's 'Will' of 1557 as youngest son. Admitted Middle Temple 27 May 1570, gent late of Clements Lane 3rd son of Edward late of Iffilde Sussx . He was buried on 8th February 1572 in Isfield, Sussex ('brother of Thomas Shurlye')
    4. 3. (iv) daughter SHURLEY

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  1. There are a number of possible links to the Mid Sussex Shirleys. Edward Shirley 1506 (see family ref 5) held properties in Crawley, Ifield & Worth. Edward Shirley (see family ref 5C), his son maybe lived in Ifield. John Shirley 1569 (see family ref 5 A i) lived in Cuckfield after his second marriage ,his wife was buried there, but he had no male living descendants.
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Wills

  1. Will of John Shurley Esq. and Cofferer to King Henry VIII, March 1, 1525, To be buried in parish church of Isfield in Sussex, To high alter of Isfield 13s 4d, To freres at Rye of the Five Portes 13s 4d. to pray for my soul and that of my late wife Parnell., To the gray freres at Winchelsea 13s 4d. To the white freres in the same town 13s 4d.To parish of Little Horsted, sussex Co. 20d. My son John Shurley - my best bason and ewer of silver etc. Mentions saltes given to my wife by her brother John at her marriage. My son Edward Shurley My son William Shurley My daughter Brigget Shurley May daughter Joane To Sir Richard Broke Kt. Chief baron to the king's exchequyer To James Sutton To Roger More, sergeant to the king's bakehouse My friend Thomas Knight son of the kinge's brewere To parish church of Rye My old friend Henry Page and his wife To Thomas Weldon third clerk of the kinge's kitchen To son John, royalties and patronage of church at Isfield which I have taken for three score years of my lord of Canterbury Executors son John Shurley and Roger More, sergeant of the kinge's bakehouse.Will proved Nov 23, 1527
  2. Will of Edward Shurley, Esq. August 4, 1557 To be buried in parish church of Isfield, in the Chappel where my father lies buried. To Eward Johnson, my Godson To Alice West To Margertt Estye Johan my wife Executrix, my cousin George Gorynge and brother John ffenner overseers. Refers to my manors of Isfield and Crawley My youngest son Edward Shurley My eldest son Thomas Shurley My son John Shurley My sister Elizabeth ffenner My nephew Edward ffenner To John Saunder John Ashewyne Proved May 1558.
  3. 5 Apr 1622 Will of Ann [Wroth] Shurley of Bexley in Kent - the Will of Thomas Shurley of Isfield esq deceased, goddaughter Abigail Sherley, my coffin be adorned with arms of my father and mother….husband, my name parentage and to be engraved in brass and to be fixed thereon, to each of my servants, my apprentice Thomas Citahall, Ann Shurley my daughter, to nephews Thomas and John Shurley, to my sister Shurley, to Robert Wroth son of my brother Thomas Wroth deceased, to my natural sister Mary Shurley and Frances Carlton, to Sir Thomas Wroth my brothers son, to John Shurley my godson, brother John Wroth executor nephew Sir Peter Wroth. Dated 8 April 1622. Signed in presence of Jno Gouldwill, William Payne. Proven 1623. PCC 11/141 p 411
    [note: her two nephews Thomas and John Shurley are possibly the two sons of John Shurley, her stepson? She refers to her "godson John Shurley" likely her stepson]
  4. Will of John Shurley of Isfield, Sussex April 25, 1631 To be buried in Chancell in Isfield where my anestors are buried.To my nephew Robert Shurley, son and heir apparent of Sir George Shurley Kt, Cheife Justice of the King's Bench in Ireland, goods and chattels in my manor house at Isfield.Refers to 12 musketts, corseletts etc. at Isfield in care of Robert Courthope.Refers to lease of years in lands of Somervile, Aston, Gloucester, assigned to Thomas Pelham, baronette, Robert Tracy, Kt., Anthony Stapley and my nephew Arthur Shurley to be sold to Sir William Somervile, Kt.My nephews Arthur Shurley and Pelham Shurley sons of my said brother Sir George Shurley, and my other two nephews Thomas Shurley and Henry Shurley, two other sons of the said Sir George Shurley. My nephew Henry Carton, Esq. My five daughters now living and the one daughter of my daughter Somervile now deceased.Refers to ward-shippe of the bady and lands of William Somervile. My grandchilde son of and heir of Sir William Somverile Kt. deceased and Dame Cicely his wife.Refers to advowson of the Parsonage of Stenninge conveyed to Rt. Hon. George, Lord Goring, to be conveyed to my wife Dame Dorothy Shurley.My sister the Lady Garton Sons and daughters of my sister Garton with exception to her son Henry. To Mr. Attersal, minister of Isfield.To poor of Isfield. Wife Dorothie to be sole and only executrix.My knismen and friends Lord Goring, Sir Thomas Pelham Baronett, Thomas Shurley of Preston the elder Esq., Anthonly Stapley and Patcham Esq. and William Newton, the elder of Southover, Esq. to be overseers. Witnesses: John Shurley, William Newton, John Panton, Roger Cobier, William Durrant
  5. Will of Sir George Shurly Kt Chief Justice of His Majesty's Court of Cheife Place in the Kingdome of Ireland.Dated February 8, 1646 My wife Mary - all and singular lands and tenements in England. Mentions goods and chattells in possession of Mr. John Wenden in the City of Chester. To wife, house in Dublin called Yonge castle. After my wife's death to Arthur Shurley gent. my second son, and after his decease to my grandchildren, George Shurley, my third son and his heirs. Rest and remainder to wife, who is named sole executrix. Witnesses: Mat. Doyle Probate granted to Maria Shurley Dec 30, 1647. Admon. May 6, 1657 to Penelope Selwynne, executrix of Dame Mary Shurly. [also probated at the Prerogative Court in Ireland]
  6. 1654 April 1 Dame Mary, relict of Sir George Shurley, makes will. Sick in body bequeaths soul to God trusting to be saved by the only merits of God and the death and merits of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; refers to debentures for her late husband's entertainment in the west of Chester; mentions Francis Selwyn who married her daughter Penelope; her daughter Dame Juedith Cooke; grandchild Penelope Lightfoot; her sister Elizabeth Parsons; her true and dear friend Mrs Mary Crouch, assistant to her in sickness and in health; grandchildren Charity, Mary and Penelope Selwyn; grandchild Francis Selwyn; grandchild John Shurley to whom she leaves the whole law books that were his grandfathers'; son Thomas Shurley and his daughters Mary and Mabel; son Arthur; Mary Spicon; Joan Wheatland; John Esterfield; Mary Moseley; L40 to be disbursed about, adn for, funeral expenses; money in Ireland; goods in Chester; appoints daughter Penelope, wife to son Francis, executrix; leaves her residue; until paid legacy. Desires Mrs. Crouch to hold table cloth and what belongs to it. Proved by Mary Selwyn before witnesses Robert Hungerford, Mary Spicer, Francis Reyly, 27 May 1668 [Also probated at the Prerogative Court in Ireland]

Inscriptions:

  1. Memorial Inscription St Margarets Church, Isfield Parish
    "Here under lyeth the body of Mr. John Shurley, Esquier, sometime chefe Clerke of the Kitchen to our Sov'ryn Lord Kyng Henry VII and Cofferer to our Sov'ryn Lord Kyng Henry VIII, which John decessed ye iii day of August, Ao, mvxxvii"
  2. Memorial Inscription St Margarets Church, Isfield Parish
    "Here lyeth Edward Shurley, Esquier, the sonne of John Shurley, of the manor of Isfylde, Esquier, and Cofferer to King Henry the Eyght, and Johanne his wyffe, daughter to John Fenner, Esquier, which Edwarde departed this mortal lyfe the xvi daye of Marche, Anno mccccclviii, and Johanne his wife departed the - day of - Ano Dei - whose soule God pardon; and between them God sent them echie thre sones and one daughter"
  3. Memorial Inscription St Margarets Church, Isfield Parish
    "Here lieth buried the bodie of Thomas Shurley, of Isfield, in the County of Sussex, Esq., eldest Son unto Edward Shurley, of Isfield aforesaid, Esq., and the bodie of Anne his wife, the daughter of Sir Nicholas Pelham, of Laughton, in the County aforesayd, Knight, by Anne, his wife, Sister unto Sir Richard Sackville, Knight, the which Anne, wife unto the said Thomas Shurley, departed this mortall life at the Manor House of Isfield, the sixth day of April, in the year of our Lord 1571, and the aforesaid Thomas Shurley departed this mortall life at the town of Lewes, in the county aforesaid, upon the xviii daye of Januarye, in the year of our Lord, 1579, and in the xxi yere of the reigne of our Sovereign Ladie, Queen Elizabeth"
  4. Memorial Inscription St Margarets Church, Isfield Parish
    "That the fame of Sir John Shurley, of Isfield, in the County of Sussex, Knight, may be precious in the memory of all men, till the change of the last man, be it delivered to posterity, that Sir John Shurley, Knight, was of an ancient family, of a magnanimous heart, of an exemplary industry, of a justice beyond exception, and that he was stout in good causes, yea, and good in all causes. His first wife was daughter unto Sir Thomas Shurley, of Wiston, Knight, by whom he had two sonnes and seven daughters. The sonnes and two daughters are called into Heaven, and the five living into several marriages of good quality. His second wife was daughter to George Goring, of Danny, Esq., Receiver of the Court of Wards, and aunt to the Right Hon. the Lord Goring, Master of the Horse to the Queene, and received into all men's affections. She was the widow of Sir Henry Bowyer, of Cuckfield, in the County of Sussex, Knight; she was a merit beyond most of her time, for her purse was open to a prophet's name; her pitty was the clothing of the poore, her piety the mother of her practice, her devotions were her daily offerings to God, her mercy sure against condemnation, and all her minutes were but steppes to Heaven. The above named Sir John Shurley, (being Deputie Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace and Coram of the County of Sussex), deceased at Lewes the 25th April, Anno Domini, 1631" 
  5. Memorial Inscription St Margarets Church, Isfield Parish
    "Here lyeth the body of the honourable Sir George Shurley, Knight, Lord Chiefe Justice of the Chiefe … in Ireland, and one of the Privy Councell there, under the late King James and King Charles for 28 years: he was borne at Isfield, 1569, and died the fifteenth of October 1647" 

Post Mortem Inquisitions

  1. Thomas Shurley of Isfyeelde, esquire. Died; at Lewes 18 January, 21st Elizabeth (1579) Son and heir; John Shurley; age, at time of death of the said Thomas 10 years 8 months 28 days.Inq: at Lewes. 13 July, 22nd Elizabeth (1579) Before, John Sackvile esq. Herbert Pellam esq. Edward Myddleton gent. feudary and Arthur Keltou gent. deputy of the escheator.


    Jurors; John Stempe Richard Choloner Nicholas Chaloner John Maschall Thomas More Walter Dowbble Robert Randalle John Broade John Chanceler Thomas Satten Robert Chatfyld Richard Ockendene John Duffyll Thomas Aptot Thomas Chattfyelde Edward Duffylde Thomas Lullingdon.
    Thomas Shurley was seised of the manor of Isfyelde ; and of the reversion after the death of Mary Shelley of a messuage and certain lands called Woodes in Isfeilde parcel of the said manor containing 100 acres, and of the reversion of a certain other parcel of land called Mawllinge Landes parcel of the said manor containing 60 acres ; and of 4 acres of land called Breache Crofftes in Ringmer; and of the reversion after the death of the said Mary of the manor of Woorthe in Little Horsted, and of the reversion of 200 acres of land in Horsted ; and Mary Shelley is still living. And being so seised, a fine was levied at Westminster in Trinity term 20th Elizabeth between John Pelham, knight, and Thomas Wrothe, gentleman, demandants and Thomas Shurley deforciant of the said manors and other premisses by which Thomas Shurley acknowledged them to be the right of the said John Pelham and Thomas Wrothe and remitted them to them, and this fine was levied to the intent that John Pelham might receive the issues of the said manors &c until all the debts which Thomas Shurley then owed him should be satisfied from the said issues which at the time of the death of the said Thomas amounted to £314, and that if Thomas Shurley should die before such of his sons as should be his heir at the time of his death had accomplished his full age that then immediately after the said debts had been satisfied John Pelham should take the issues aforesaid to the use of the remaining children of the said Thomas namely George Shurley his son and Judith Shurley his daughter until the said heir should come to his full age and afterwards to the use of the heirs of the said Thomas Shurley. Moreover he was seised of certain lands and tenements called Eastmervell or East Wood Great Eyes or Little Eyes in Barcombe which contain 46 acres now in the tenure of Richard Barton and William Dyne ; and of certain parcels of land called Cookes in Lawghton containing 40 acres ; and of the manor of Crawley with the market and fair belonging to the same manor; and of a watercourse in Ifyelde which runs from the iron furnace ; and of the reversion after the death of Elizabeth Fenner of certain lands and tenements called Tillgates containing 60 acres of land in the parish of Worthe, and of certain lands called Barnardes in Ifyelde containing 6 acres, and of a messuage and garden in Ifyelde, and of another messuage and garden in Crawley ; and the said Elizabeth is still living at Lewes. He was also seised of the manor of Ifield. And being so seised, by indenture made between him on the one part and Peter Osborne Robert Wrothe esq. and Thomas Wrothe gent. on the other part 10 December 18th Elizabeth the said Thomas Shurley, in consideration of the marriage to be made between Ann Wrothe one of the daughters of Thomas Wrothe, knight, deceased and for jointure of the said Ann and the advantage and livelihood of the heirs male born of the bodies of the said Thomas Shurley and Ann, agreed with the said Peter Robert and Thomas that the manor and tenements aforesaid in Ifyelde should be to the uses following and not otherwise, namely, that Thomas Shurley his heirs and assigns should thenceforth be seised of the said manor of Ifyelde and of the lands and tenements following namely of the capital or mansion house of the manor of Ifyeld with all the lands belonging to it called the Court Landes and of a parcel of land called Bonnettes a parcel of land called Birlandes a tenement called Grynnames otherwise Gennames which parcels were then in the tenure of John Waller senr. of Ifielde and of a tenement called Tyballes then in the tenure of William Saunders of Ifyeld and another parcel called Greninge and land called Langley with certain lands called Potters and Cakellesam in. the tenure of Henry Hedger of Ifyeld and a parcel of land called Tailgates in the tenure of Nicholas Taylor and a parcel of land called Davies in the tenure of James Weller and land called Stones in the tenure of Peter Snell with all rents &c belonging to the same manor, saving and reserving to Thomas Shurley his heirs and assigns a watercourse running from a certain furnace to the lands of the same Thomas called the Courte Landes with free ingress and egress for the digging and scouring of the said water course to ensure the sufficient draining of the said furnace, and all these premisses shall be to the sole use of Thomas Shurley during his life and after his death to the sole use of Ann Wrothe for the term of her life by way of jointure and after her death to the sole use of the heirs male of the bodies of the said Thomas and Ann with remainder to Thomas Shurley and his heirs. And afterwards Thomas Shurley took to wife the said Ann and she survived him and is still living at Enfyelde in Middlesex and is seised thereof for tko term of her life. And Thomas Shurley died without issue male of the body of Ann wherefore the reversion of the manor of Ifyelde descends to John Shurley son and heir of the said Thomas.The manor of Isfyeld and other lands and tenements in Isfyeld are held of the Queen as of her manor of Southmawlinge by service of one knight's fee ; and are worth £20. Breache Crofte is held of the same by fealty and rent of 6d. The manor of Worthe is held of Thomas Sackvile, knight, Lord Buckhurst as of his manor of Sheffielde by fealty but by what rent they do not know. Sixty acres of land in Horsted, parcel of the aforesaid 200 acres, are held of Edward Gage esq. by fealty but by what rent they do not know; 40 acres parcel of the same 200 acres are held of Nicholas Pope gent. by fealty but by what rent they do not know ; and the remainder of the said 200 acres is held of Lord Buckhurste by fealty but by what rent they do not know. Great Eyes and Little Eyes are held of the Queen in free socage by fealty only; and are worth 40s. Cookes is held of John Pelham by fealty but by what rent they do not know; and is worth £3. The manor of Crawley and Tillgates and Burnandes (sic) Grove and the messuage and garden iu Crawley are held of Philip Earl of Arrundell by fealty but by what rents they do not know; and are worth 20s. The manor of Ifyelde is held of the same by fealty but by what rent they do not know; and is worth £20. (C. Vol. 191. No. 101.)
  2. THOMAS SHURLEY of Isfield, esq. Vol. 191, No. 101. Lewes, 13 July 22 Eliz. Died at Lewes 18 Jan. 21 Eliz. (No. 945 - Sussex Post Mortem Inquisitions 1485-1649)
    Heir, son John Shurley, aged 10 years 8 months 28 days. Lands. Manor of Isfield, reversion of manor of Woorthe in Little Horsted, manor of Crawley, lands called" Tilgates," manor of Ifield. On 10 Dec. 18 Eliz. he settled a part on his marriage with Ann Wroth, daughter of Thomas Wroth, knt. She is still living at Enfield in Middlesex, s.p. George S. and Judith S., children of T. S.
  3. JOHN SHURLEY, sergt.-at-law. Vol. 355, No. 63. Petworth, 10 Dec. 14 James. Died 2 Oct. 14 James at Lewes.(No. 946 - Sussex Post Mortem Inquisitions 1485-1649)
    Heir, son John Shurley, esq., aged 16 years 9 months 20 days. Lands." Grey Friars " and the " Wishe" in Lewes, etc., property in Ringmer called" Hasselham," etc. On 18 March 8 James made deed to Whittingham Woodd of Bromley, esq., to use of his wife Frances. Seized of manor of Broad water. Frances survives.
  4. JOHN SHURLEY, esq. Vol. 471, No. 73. Shoreham, 18 Jan. 7 Charles. Died 3 Oct. last at Lewes.(No. 947 - Sussex Post Mortem Inquisitions 1485-1649)
    Heir, only son John S., gent., aged (10 or) 11 years 3 months. Lands. Reversion after death of Frances (still living), widow of John Shurley, sergeant-at-law (father of J. S.), who died at Lewes 2 Oct. 14 James, of "Grey Friars" in Lewes, " the Swannes nest," the" Wish," and a messuage near Greyfriars, "
    le Moore " and other lands in Lewes and Ringmer, " Hasselham" in R., portion of tithes of " Howndeane" and " Smithwike" in St. Mary Westout, Lewes,
    " Ashcombe" in Falmer, lands in St. John sub Castro, Barcombe and Plumpton settled on her for life 18 March 8 James. J. S. also seized of manor and advowson of Broadwater, and 20 July 19 James settled on himself for life and then on Judith his wife for life, then on their heirs male. Judith survives at Charing, co. Kent. J. S. also seized of broken down chapel, etc., in Wogham in Hamsey.
  5. JOHN SHURLEY of Isfield, knt. Vol. 471, No, 70. Shoreham, 18 Jan. 7 Charles. Died 25 April last s.p. male.(No. 948 - Sussex Post Mortem Inquisitions 1485-1649)
    Coheirs, daughters Jane Covert, aged 28, wife of William Covert, knt. ; Elizabeth Palmer, aged 25, wife of Thos. Palmer, Bart. ; Charity Rivers, aged 24, wife of James Rivers, esq. ; Anne Overbury, aged 23, wife of Giles Overbury, knt. ; Mary Doyley, aged 22, wife of John Doyley, esq. ; and William Sornervile, esq., aged 2 years 4 months, son and heir of Cicely S., widow of Wm. S., knt., which Cicely was another daughter and coheir, now deceased.
    Lands." Millmoores," " Blundens farm,"" Bettings" in Isfield," le Ham" in Barcombe," le Eyes," parcel of" le Marvells" in Barcombe. By deed 15 Dec. 1 Chas. between himself and others," for love to his heirs male," and to Robert Shurley, eldest son of George Shurley, knt., Lord Chief Justice in Ireland, brother of J. H., and the heirs male of Robert Shurley, Pelham S., Arthur S., George S., Thomas S. and Henry S., gents., sons of George S. aforesaid, and John
    Shurley of Lewes, esq., son and heir of John Shurley, esq., sergt. at law, deceased, conveyed to trustees for use of self, heirs male, remainder
    to Robert S. and his heirs male, remainder to Pelham, Arthur, George, Thomas, Henry, and John S., remainder to right heirs of J. S. Also seized of manor of Isfield and manors of Worth and Homeplace in Little Horsted, " Cookes" in Laughton, land in Steyning, and by deed 23 April last granted them to use of himself and Dorothy his wife, and if s.p. male then as above.
  6. JOHN SHURLEY, gent., son and heir of John Shurley, esq., deceased. Vol. 570, No. 147, Lewes, 6 Sept. 14 Charles. Died 26 Aug. 1637.(No. 949 - Sussex Post Mortem Inquisitions 1485-1649)
    Heir, sister Frances Shurley, aged 15 years 1 month 15 days. Lands. Inq. at Shoreham 18 Jan. 7 Charles on John Shurley, his father, quoted. Frances Shurley his grandmother and Judith Shurley his mother are still alive.

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  1. Thomas [CRANMER], archbishop of Canterbury, v. Edward, son and heir of John SHURLEY esquire.: Refusal of marriage with Elizabeth Cranmer, defendant being complainant's ward in right of the manor of Isfield.: SUSSEX [no date] C 1/961/2
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  1. Shirley Association: http://www.shirleyassociation.com/NewShirleySite/NonMembers/England/Lineages/isfield_pedigree.html
  2. Sussex Family History Group - Baptism & Burial records
  3. Sussex Record Society - PM Inquistions vol 15:- Henry VII - 1649
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