Peter Brown Family History

William Shirley (c1727) & Ann Perren

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General History

William Shirley & Ann Perren were one of my 7th generation ancestors.

Key Dates:

William Shirley birth details are not known, but he was probably born around 1727. He maybe linked to the Shirley's of Worth (see Richard Shirley 1590) but the link has not yet been found. He maybe possibly married Ann Perren on 3rd June 1756 in Slaugham, Sussex. William was buried on 10th February 1805, aged 78, in Godstone, Surrey.

Ann Perren's birth details are not known. She maybe possibly died on 10th June 1799 in Godstone, Surrey (name not shown).

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William & Ann had maybe six children.

Sarah John Mary William Elizabeth `Frances
  1. Sarah Shirley was possibly born in 1758 in Godstone, Surrey (source 9,but unconfirmed).
  2. John Shirley was possibly born in 1760 in Godstone, Surrey.(source 9, but unconfirmed). (Note: This might not be the correct John). He maybe possibly married Ann Chart on 18th January 1781 in Horley, Surrey (John shown as of Worth). John & Ann maybe had a child.
    1. Richard Shirley was baptised on 20th September 1795 in Bletchingly, Surrey (son of John & Ann). Richard probably married Millicent Maynard on 26th April 1828 in Bletchingly, Surrey. Millicent was born in about 1806 possibly in Horne, Surrey. Richard lived in Bletchingly. (Millicent is shown as Amelia in 1841/1851 census with Richard, but as Millie in 1871/1881 census when living with her children. The baptisms all show Richard & Milly except Mary which is Amelia). Richard possibly died in about November 1851 in Godstone RD, Surrey. Millicent probably died in about May 1890 in Godstone RD, Surrey ('aged 83' - shown as Milly). Richard and Millicent had eight children.
      1. William Shirley was baptised on 3rd May 1829 in Bletchingly, Surrey. He married Eleanor Jane Wilson in about May 1853 in Godstone RD, Surrey. Eleanor was born in about 1832 in Dorking, Surrey and she died in about February 1911 in Godstone RD, Surrey. William possibly died in about November 1905 in Godstone RD, Surrey ('aged 75'). William & Eleanor were living at Stychens, Bletchingley in 1881 and they had one child (but Edmund Wilson, son, age 18 was shown as living with the family in 1871- the son of earlier marriage of Eleanor).
        1. Amos Shirley was baptised on 22nd February 1857 in Bletchingly, Surrey. Amos died in about August 1911 in Godstone RD, Surrey (aged 54').
      2. Sarah Shirley was born about 1830 in Bletchingly, Surrey.
      3. Richard Shirley was born in about 1832 in Bletchingly, Surrey. He married Elizabeth Cooper in about November 1859 in Godstone RD, Surrey. Elizabeth was born in about 1834 possibly in Burstow, Surrey. Richard's mother Millie was living with the family in 1881. Richard & Elizabeth were living at Castle Farm, Bletchingley in 1881. Both Richard & Elizabeth were shown in the 1901 census. Elizabeth possibly died in about February 1904 in Godstone RD, Surrey ('aged 68') and Richard possibly died in about May 1913 in Godstone RD, Surrey ('aged 80'). Richard & Elizabeth had three children.
        1. William Shirley was baptised on 28th June 1863 in Nutfield, Surrey.
        2. Emily Shirley was baptised on 15th April 1866 in Burstow, Surrey. She was living with her parents in 1901.
        3. James Shirley (Jim) was baptised on 2nd May 1869 in Burstow, Surrey.
      4. Mary Shirley was baptised on 14th June 1835 in Bletchingly, Surrey (mother shown as Amelia).
      5. James Shirley was born in about February 1839 in Bletchingly, Surrey (Godstone RD).
      6. Emma Shirley was baptised on 30th May 1841 in Bletchingly, Surrey. She married William Roberts in about May 1864 in Croydon RD, Surrey. Her mother Milley was living with the family in 1871. William & Emma had three children (Frederick, Arhur & Percy) in Bletchingly, Surrey.
      7. Eliza Shirley was baptised on 15th October 1843 in Bletchingly, Surrey.
      8. Elizabeth Shirley was baptised on 12th March 1848 in Bletchingly, Surrey.
  3. Mary Shirley was baptised on 5th November 1762 in Godstone, Surrey.
  4. William Shirley was baptised on 29th March 1766 in Godstone, Surrey. He married Sarah Greenaway (or Grinaway). Details of William Shirley & Sarah Greenaway are shown separately as they are direct ancestors.
  5. Elizabeth Shirley was baptised on 29th May 1771 in Godstone, Surrey.
  6. Frances Shirley was baptised on 11th August 1774 in 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.

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  1. The only William & Ann in Sussex marriage records are 'William Shurley and Ann Perren' both from Slaugham , married 03/06/1756. There are no 'William & Ann' found in the Surrey marriage index for this period.
  2. With the Shirley famlies later living in Copthorne, Horne (Frogit Heath) and Blindley Heath it is more likely that William came from the Surrey/Sussex border area rather than Chaldon, Surrey which has been identified in other trees.
  3. Other names found in parish registers are Shirley, Sherley, Shurley, Shirly, Sharely, Shearley, Sharly, Sharlee, Sharleey
  4. Census Records
    1. 1841 Census:
      1. Bletchingly shows: see family 2A - Richard 45, Amelia 35, William 12, Sarah 10, Richard 8, Mary 6, James 2, Emma 1 mnth
    2. 1851 Census:
      1. Bletchingly shows: see family 2A - Richard 56, Amelia 44, James 12, Emma 9, Eliza 7, Elizabeth 3. (Note: William 21 & Richard 17 shown living separately in Bletchingly).
    3. 1861 Census:
      1. Bletchingly shows: see family 2A -: Richard 28, Elizabeth 26, Ellen 7 mnth
    4. 1871 Census:
      1. Bletchingly shows: see family 2 A i - William 42, Eleanor J 40, Amos 14 + Edmund Wilson 18 (shown as son)
      2. Burstow : shows: see family 2 A iii -Richard 37 (born Bletchingly), Elizabeth 36, William 7 (born Nutfield), Emily 5 (born Burstow), James 2
    5. 1881 Census
      1. Bletchingly shows: see family 2 A i - William 51, Eleanor Jane 49 (Dorking), Amos 24 +Matha House 8 living at Stychens, Bletchingley
      2. Bletchingly shows-see family 2 A iii - Richard 48 (Bletchingly), Elizabeth 46 (Burstow), William 14 (Nutfield), Emily 15 Burstow), James 12 (Burstow), Millie 74 (widow, mother-Horne), Eliza 37 (Bletchingly) living at Castle Farm, Bletchingley.
    6. 1901 Census
      1. Bletchingly shows (Family ref 2 A iii): Richard 67 (Bletchingly), Elizabeth 65 (Burstow), Emily 35 (Burstow)
    7. Other Census
      1. 1841 Lindfield Sx: John 50, Sophia 50, Elias 19, Ann 15, Sarah 10, John 7
      2. 1841 Bletchingly George 22 (born out of county)
      3. 1861 Caterham: Joseph 47 (born Bletchingly), Charlotte 45
      4. 1871 Lindfield Sx: Elias 48, Hope 27, Cordelia J 5 mnth, Sarah C 40 (lodger)
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No information available
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  1. Godstone Parish Records
  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. IGI (International Genealogical Index: Latter-day Saints) - batches of parish records: see LINKS-Research Web sites