William Shirley

Male1852–

Brief Life History 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
1852–
Harriet Elizabeth West
1855–
Edward T Shirley
1878–
Charles Shirley
1880–

Sources (11)

  • William Shirley in household of Alice Shirley, "England and Wales Census, 1871"
  • William Shirley, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • William Shirley in entry for Charles Shirley, "England, Staffordshire, Church Records, 1538-1944"

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Children (2)

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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.

1884

Age 32

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places so named, such as Shirley (Warwickshire), Shirley in Millbrook (Hampshire), Shirley (Surrey), Shirley in Owston (Yorkshire), and Shirley (Derbyshire). The placenames probably derive from Old English scīr ‘bright’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’, though some may have scīr ‘district, shire’ as the initial element if they lie on a boundary; for example, the Warwickshire place lies on the Warwickshire-Worcestershire boundary. The name Shirley first appears in Ireland in the late 17th century, following the granting of lands to a Shirley family in the barony of Farney, Monaghan.

History: William Shirley (1694–1771) was born in Sussex, England, and came to MA in 1731. He rose in the colonial service, was appointed governor in 1741, and was responsible for the British capture of the French fortress of Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, in 1745.

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

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