Fawn I am intrigued by the names that you have listed and wonder if we may have a connection. My great great grandfather was a Robert Shier/Shire from Rathkeale, County Limerick in Ireland. I have not proved some of these connections but I know, from an encryption in a bible in the hands of another cousin presented to my great grandfather after joining the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1878, that the Robert I am looking for died in July 1870 and was buried on August 1st. to make things simpler, I will list the characters.
Robert Shire b ? d 1870 m possibly Arabella Switzer Limerick July 1847 Children include Robert Nicholas Shire (my great gfather) b 1856 Ireland d 1920 Chester, England His first daughter was named Arabella Hannah (Hannah being the name of the maternal grandmother)
He had 12 other children including my grandmother, Lucy May, and I can send you the information via e-mail if you think it relevant.
I am wondering if your Julius and my Robert Nicholas were brothers? However, that would make their mother's name even more uncertain. What was your source for her place of birth?