George Shirley

Maleabout 1823–25 October 1899

Brief Life History of George

When George Shirley was born about 1823, in Drummond Township, Lanark, Ontario, Canada, his father, William Shirley, was 45 and his mother, Elizabeth Kidd, was 38. He married Margaret King in 1849, in Brooke, Lambton, Canada West, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Brooke, Lambton, Canada West, British Colonial America for about 10 years. He died on 25 October 1899, in Lambton, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 77, and was buried in Lambton, Ontario, Canada.

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George Shirley
Margaret King
Marriage: 1849
Sarah Ann Shirley
Mary Elizabeth Shirley
Margaret Jane Shirley
George Robert Shirley Jr.
Edward James Shirley
Esther Abigail Shirley

Sources (19)

  • George Shirley, "Canada Census, 1881"
  • George Shirley, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • George Shirley, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1849Brooke, Lambton, Canada West, British Colonial America
  • Children (6)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (10)

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    World Events (4)

    1867 · Ontario Founded

    Age 44

    On July 1, 1867, the province of Ontario was founded. It is the second largest province in Canada. A third of the population of Canada live here. Before it was Ontario it was called Upper Canada and had a Governor.


    Age 46


    1883 · Mining Boom

    Age 60

    In 1883, there was a mining boom in Northern Ontario when mineral deposits were found near Sudbury. Thomas Flanagan was the blacksmith for the Canadian Pacific Railway that noticed the deposits in the river.

    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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