William Shirley

Bucknall, Staffordshire, England

The Life of William

When William Shirley was born in 1852, in Bucknall, Staffordshire, England, his father, Charles Shirley, was 33 and his mother, Alice Williamson, was 29. He had at least 2 sons with Harriet Elizabeth West. He lived in Bagnall, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom in 1861 and Stoke upon Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom for about 10 years.

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William Shirley
Harriet Elizabeth West
Edward T Shirley
Charles Shirley

Spouse and Children


    Harriet Elizabeth West




    Edward T Shirley


    Charles Shirley


Parents and Siblings



+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1854 · The Crimean War

Age 2

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.
1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children

Age 28

School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.

Age 32

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Derbyshire, Hampshire, Surrey, and the West Midlands, all so called from Old English scīr ‘bright’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Shirley in household of Alice Shirley, "England and Wales Census, 1871"
  • William Shirley, "England and Wales Census, 1881"
  • William Shirley in household of Charles Shirley, "England and Wales Census, 1861"

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