When I started my search for my Shirley's back in 1999, Other than the Shirley family who had extensive land holdings at Bagbere in Sturminster Newton Parish, I did not know of any Shirley's in Dorset, nor did anyone else. Gradually over the last 3 years I have discovered that the Shirley name has been present in Dorset since the early 1500's at least. The occurences are still widely scattered and seem to be mainly in the Blackmore Vale parishes. At this point in time having completed a unsuccessful search of Wiltshire I am leaning towards finding my family somehwere here evetually. Living overseas the lack of access to copies of Dorset Parish Registers is my biggest problem. I have discovered that the SHARLEY and SHIRLEY names occurs in over 25 Parishes, most of them in Blackmore Vale parishes, so this search is going to take some years. The following families are what I have found so far.

1.) The SHIRLEY family mentioned above with extensive land holdings at Bagbere near Sturminster Newton since at least the early 1500's are according to the Stemmata Shirlieanna to be suppposedly decendants of the Derbyshire Shirley's. According to the Stemmata Shirlieanna the family is not mentioned in the Parish Registers before 1690. Many of this family are recorded I believe in various London Parishes and certainly there are Wills in existance which do provide more information. It also appears that the Shirley family who lived at Lydlinch is the same family from information contained in existing wills and publications of the Somerset and Dorset Notes and Queries. As I have not researched this family, this will be updated as more information comes to hand.

2.) The SHIRLEY name turns up at Stalbridge in 1775 with the marriage of an Elizabeth Shirley, which is followed 3 years later by the marriage of a Thomas Shirley to Pretiza LEMON. I have no idea where this Thomas comes from but the association of the SHIRLEY name then continues to after the 1851 census before the name dies out or the family have moved elsewhere. Since this family is only 6 miles away from my own at Horsington, Somerset I have looked at it long and hard, but there is no evidence at this stage to connect the two families.

3.) Pulham, another mystery Shirley. This William states he was of Okeford and these records were checked for me, but there are no Shirley's recorded in the Parish registers, although a William Shirley is recorded as a witness at the marriage of James HALLETT.

4.) From my understanding the Shirley's of Blandford Forum and Hazelbury Bryan are also of the same family as the Bagbere/Lydlinch Shirley's. Existing records show them to be of a wealthy family so I have no reason at present to doubt this assumption.

5.) Stinsford - Arthur George Sewallis who appears in 1842 is of the Derbyshire Shirley family and I believe a MP (to be verified), married twice and had several children.


Date Place child's name, father's name, mother's name  
07Mar1755 Sturminster Newton Ellinour dau of John SHIRLEY  
07Mar1755 Sturminster Newton Andrew son of John SHIRLEY  
07Mar1755 Sturminster Newton John Burbidge son of John SHIRLEY  
26Jun1759 Sturminster Newton Elisabeth dau of John SHIRLEY  
26Jun1759 Sturminster Newton Robert son of John SHIRLEY  
09Aug1771 Sturminster Newton Andrew son of John and Rebecca SHIRLEY  
04Jul1785 Tincleton Phillis dau of Evelyn and Phillis SHIRLEY  
14Jan1787 Stalbridge Thomas son of Thomas & Pretiza SHIRLEY  
01Apr1787 Moreton Selina dau of Evelyn and Phillis SHIRLEY  
26Nov1787 St James, Shaftesbury John base born son of Elizabeth SHIRLEY  
13Sep1789 Stalbridge John son of Thomas & Pretiza SHIRLEY  
18Nov1792 Pulham Charlotte dau. of Wm. and Mary SHIRLEY  
25Dec1792 Stalbridge Mary dau. of Thomas & Pretiza SHIRLEY  
20Apr1794 Wareham John son of James and Sarah SHEARLY  
05May1795 Stalbridge Mark son of Thomas & Pretiza SHIRLEY  
05May1795 Stalbridge Francis son of Thomas & Pretiza SHIRLEY  
24Oct1802 Wareham Thomas son of James and Haret SHEARLY  
18Nov1804 Wareham Josiah son of James and Sarah SHEARLY  
22Mar1812 Wool Mary Ann dau of John and Jane SHERLEY  
25Dec1814 Stalbridge Elizabeth dau of John and Sarah SHIRLEY John's occupation - carpenter
07Dec1817 Stalbridge Mary dau. of John and Sarah SHIRLEY  
25Oct1818 St Peter, Shaftesbury Sarah White dau of Thomas Bradbeer and Rachael SHIRLEY  
21Feb1819 Winterborne, Zelstone Sarah dau. of James and Mary SHERLEY  
09Jan1820 St Peter, Shaftesbury Charles White son of Thomas Bradbeer and Rachael SHIRLEY  
03Jun1821 Stalbridge Sarah dau. of John and Sarah SHIRLEY  
25Aug1822 Holy Trinity, Shaftesbury John White son of Thomas Bradbeer and Rachel SHIRLEY  
18May1823 Stalbridge John son of John and Sarah SHERLEY  
03Mar1824 St Peter, Shaftesbury Mary White dau of Thomas Bradbeer and Rachel SHIRLEY  
20Mar1825 Stalbridge Thomas son of John and Sarah SHIRLEY  
01Jul1827 Stalbridge Mark son of John and Sarah SHIRLEY  
23Aug1829 Stalbridge Emma dau. of John and Sarah SHIRLEY  
11Aug1833 Stalbridge Ann dau. of John a carpenter and Sarah SHARLEY  
18Sep1836 Stalbridge Henry son of John and Sarah SHIRLEY [1861 Cenus - Henry is married and living at Lydlinch]
14Aug1842 Stinsford Sewallis son of Arthur George Sewallis and Georgina Emily SHIRLEY  
02Jul1843 Stinsford Sewallis son Arthur George Sewallis and Georgina Emily SHIRLEY  
24Nov1844 Stinsford Robert son Arthur George Sewallis and Georgina Emily SHIRLEY  
28Oct1846 Holy Trinity, Dorchester Mary Ann dau. of John and Una SHIRLEY Serjeant in 1st battilion Grenadier guards
04Jul1847 Stinsford Francis John son of Arthur George Sewallis and Georgina Emily SHIRLEY  
15Aug1847 St Peter, Shaftesbury Charles son of Joseph and Elizabeth SHERLEY. Music Teacher of Queen St, Lambeth, London.  
28Dec1848 Stinsford Mary Selina dau. of Arthur George Sewallis and Georgina Emily SHIRLEY  
28Oct1849 West Fordington John son of John and Una SHIRLEY  
12Dec1852 Portesham Walter son of Joseph and Jane SHIRLEY [This may not be a Shirley family as Joseph was born at Cerne Abbas with the surname spelt as SHERRY, all subsequent baptisms and census records at Portesham before and after 1852 show this family's surname as SHERRY]
09Jul1854 Stinsford Arthur Horatio son of Arthur George Sewallis and Mary Beadon SHIRLEY  
26Aug1855 Stinsford George son of Arthur George Sewallis and Mary Beadon SHIRLEY  
14Sep1856 Stinsford William son of Arthur George Sewallis and Mary Beadon SHIRLEY  
28Oct1857 Stinsford Charles Henry son of Arthur George Sewallis and Mary Beadon SHIRLEY  
06Feb1859 Stinsford Phillis dau of Arthur George Sewallis and Mary Beadon SHIRLEY  
11Sep1859 Stalbridge Mary Jane dau. of Wm. and Anne SHIRLEY  
25Jul1861 Stinsford Emily Gertrude dau. of Arthur George Sewallis and Mary Beadon SHIRLEY  
08Nov1863 Stinsford Louise dau of Arthur George Sewallis and Mary Beadon SHIRLEY  
14Jul1872 Sixpenny Handley Alice dau. of Henry and Charlotte SHERLEY  
14Jul1872 Sixpenny Handley Laura dau. of Henry and Charlotte SHERLEY  
26May1880 Portland Thomas son of John and Eliza Jane SHIRLEY  
16May1883 St Peter, Portland Henry son of John and Jane SHIRLEY  
04Jan1885 St Peter, Portland Charlotte dau. of John and Eliza Ann SHIRLEY  
04Feb1894 St Peter, Portland Mary Ellen dau. of John and Jane SHIRLEY  
04Jun1899 Bradpole Arthur George son of Frederick Arthur and Emily Martha SHERLEY  
12Jan1903 West Fordington Walter son of Harry and Emily SHIRLEY  
13Nov1903 St John, Portland Cecil Percy son of Frederick James and Mary SHIRLEY  
12Oct1904 West Fordington Mary dau. of Harry and Emily SHIRLEY  

Date
Place Groom Bride Comments
21Sep1572 St James, Shaftesbury William ELLES Alles SHERLY  
06Aug1582 Hazelbury Bryan William SHERLIE Marie
1646 Hazelbury Bryan Edward THORNHILL SHERLY
19Feb1749 Cann John SHIRLEY, Esq., of Bagbere Elizabeth FRAMPTON of Buckland  
16 Aug1769 Blandford Forum Henry BIGGS Sarah SHERLE
10Oct1775 Stalbridge Matthew BURGE Elizabeth SHIRLEY
16Feb1778 Stalbridge Thomas SHIRLEY Pretiza LEMON
03Jul1781
Moreton
Evelyn SHIRLEY Phillis B. WOLLASTON
18Sep1791 Pulham Wm. SHIRLEY of Okeford Mary WARR, otp
26Mar1801 Cann Charles BOWLES, Esq., widow Jane SHIRLEY of Shaston  
17Apr1803 Stalbridge John FEZARD Pretiza SHIRLEY by Lic.
11Sep1803 Stalbridge John DIKE Ann SHIRLEY  
21Jun1804 Wyke Regis John SHEARLEY Jane HOATH  
15Aug1805 Wyke Regis Thomas ADAMS - widower, of Melcombe Regis Elizabeth SHIRLEY  
29 May 1809 Stalbridge Thomas SHIRLEY Harriet PARSONS botp, by banns (Mary SHERLEY was one of the witnesses)
26 May 1811 Stalbridge John BARNES of Horsington, Somerset Mary SHIRLEY, otp by banns
18Nov1813 Lydlinch John SHIRLEY - of this parish Sarah BUCKLAND - of this parish  
30Sep1817 Cann Thomas Bradbeer SHIRLEY of St Peter, Shaston Rachel WHITE  
23Dec1838 Stalbridge George SCAMEL Harriet SHIRLY (widow) botp, by banns
24Aug1841 Sherborne Arthur George Sewallis SHIRLEY of Stinsford Georgina Emily COOKSON of this parish witnesses - Evelyn SHIRLEY & William COOKSON
02Sep1852 Stalbridge Job EDWARDS Ann SHIRLEY dau. of John SHIRLEY, carpenter
08Jan1857 Shaftsbury Charles White SHIRLEY Ann Ford BARMAN son of Thomas Bradbeer SHIRLEY
20Jun1878 Stalbridge George DUFFETT Emma dau. of John SHARLEY

Date Place Name Age  
09Mar1585 St James, Shaftesbury Henry SHORLY    
20Jun1599 St James, Shaftesbury Katherine SHORLIE    
05Jul1603 St James, Shaftesbury Johan SHORLIE    
07Oct1779 Stalbridge Thomas LEMON base born son of Thomas & Pretiza SHIRLEY    
25Apr1796 Stalbridge Mark SHIRLEY infant  
19Jan1797 Stalbridge Francis SHIRLEY
27Mar1797 Pulham Mary wife of Wm. SHIRLEY
02Apr1797 Pulham Charlotte dau of Wm. and Mary SHIRLEY
30Jul1797 Stalbridge Thomas SHIRLY
02Mar1813 Holy Trinity, Shaftesbury Mary SHIRLEY of Salisbury 82  
28Jun1836 Moreton Phillis Byonn SHIRLEY 73  
17Sep1836 Moreton Francis SHIRLEY 41 of Dorcester
31May1837 Stalbridge Thomas SHIRLEY 49yo
11Jan1843 Stalbridge Sarah SHIRLEY 21yo
14Jan1846 Stalbridge Mark SHIRLEY 18yo
13May1846 Stalbridge Mary SHIRLEY 28yo
07Sep1849 Stalbridge Elizabeth SHIRLEY 34yo
08Dec1860 Stalbridge John SHIRLEY 71yo



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