The William Shakespeare Family Timeline The great Bard's Family Timeline can be used for a quick reference to important Family dates. Comprehensive information regarding the various sections can be accessed via the William Shakespeare Biography or by clicking the appropriate links. This site contains many other timelines - please refer to the site map for further details of all Shakespearean and Elizabethan timelines. The Timelines have been categorised into the following sections:
Family Timeline 1 - Possible Ancestors Details the possibleancestors of William Shakespeare. There are authenticated records proving the existence of the people detailed in the section headed the Possible Ancestors of William Shake-speare, however, there is no confirmation that they were definitely related to William Shakespeare of Stratford.
Family Timeline 5 - The Life of Anne Hathaway Details the important events in the life of Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakepeare
Family Timeline 6 - The Children and Grandchildren of William Shake-speare The final Timeline traces the children and grandchildren of William Shakespeare, his legitimate descendants thus completing the full charting of the Shakespearean Family Timeline.
The William Shakespeare Family Timeline
TIMELINE - POSSIBLE ANCESTORS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 1279 John Shakes-peare living at 'Freyndon,' perhaps Frittendon, Kent 1284 William Sakspere of Clopton, Gloucestershire, was hanged for theft. 1385 William Shakespeare served on a coroner's jury in Balsall. 1457 Isabella Shakespeare is mentioned in the Register of the Guild of St Anne at Knowle as the prioress of the Benedictine convent of Wroxall 1457 Jane Shakepeare is also mentioned in the Register of the Guild of St Anne at Knowle as a nun of the same convent. 1487 Hugh Shakspere of Merton College, Oxford, changed his name to Sawndare, because his former name was of 'vile reputatum'
TIMELINE - PROBABLE ANCESTORS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Adam Shakespeare, a tenant by military service of land at Baddesley Clinton was great-grandfather of one Richard Shake-speare. 1535 an entry regarding Richard Shakespeare, a yeoman of Snitterfield, who was Shakespeare's paternal grandfather. No other records are available regarding Richard's wife but he had two sons, John and Henry. John, the younger son of Richard, was the father of William Shakespeare 1556 Robert Arden dies (Shakespeare's maternal grandfather.) Robert Arden belonged to the aristocratic family of the Ardens of Park Hall. One of his daughters, Mary was the mother of William Shakespeare 1561 Richard Shakespeare dies (Shakespeare's paternal grandfather)
TIMELINE - JOHN AND MARY SHAKESPEARE - MOTHER & FATHER OF SHAKESPEARE 1531 Probable year of birth of Shakespeare's father, John Shake-speare 1540 Probable year of birth of Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden 1556 Robert Arden dies (Shakespeare's maternal grandfather.) 1556 Mary Arden was named as one of the Executers of her father's will 1557 Marriage at the age of 26 to Mary Arden, aged 17 years 1557 John Shake-speare was elected as ale-taster of the Borough of Stratford 1561 Richard Shake-speare dies (Shakespeare's paternal grandfather) 1558 Joan, the first child of John and Mary was born but only survived two months 1561 John Shakespeare was elected as Chamberlain of the Borough of Stratford 1562 Margaret Shakespear was born - she died one year later 1564 William Shakespeare was born 1565 John Shake-speare became Alderman 1566 Gilbert Shakespeare was born 1568 John Shakespeare became Bailiff of Stratford (equivalent to Mayor) 1569 Another daughter, also called Joan was born 1570 John Shakespear became Chief Alderman 1570 John Shakespeare was accused in the Exchequer Court of Usury for lending money at the rate of 20% and 25% Interest 1570 John Shakespeare's application to bear a Coat-of-Arms and for the title of Gentleman fails 1571 Anne Shake-speare was born 1574 Richard Shakepeare was born 1578 John became behind with his taxes 1579 He was forced to mortgage Mary's estate, Asbies 1579 Anne Shakespeare died 1580 Fined £40 for missing a court date 1580 Edmund Shake-speare was born 1582 William marries Anne Hathaway and six months later John and Mary become grandparents to Susanna Shake-speare 1585 William's twins, Hamnet and Judith Shakespeare, were born 1586 John Shakespeare was removed from the Board of Aldermen 1590 John Shakespeare's only possession was a house on Henley Street 1592 Fined for not attending church 1596 John's brother Henry died 1596 On October 20 an application was made to the College of Heralds for a Coat-of-Arms and this time it was granted 1599 John Shake-speare was reinstated on the Town Council 1601 Shakespeare's father, John Shakespeare dies 1608 Shakespeare's mother Mary Shakespeare nee Arden dies
TIMELINE - THE BROTHERS & SISTERS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 1558 September 15 Joan, the first child of John and Mary was baptised (only survived two months) 1562 December 2 Margaret Shake-speare was baptised - she died one year later 1564 April 26 William Shakespeare was baptised (died 1616 aged 52 ) 1566 October 13 Gilbert Shakespear was baptised (died 1612 aged 46) 1569 Another daughter, also called Joan was born (died 1646 aged 77) 1571 September 28 Anne Shakespeare was baptised (1579 died aged 7) 1574 March 11 Richard Shake-speare was baptised (died 1613 aged 39) 1579 April 4, Anne Shakespeare dies 1580 May 3 Edmund Shake-speare was baptised (died 1607 aged 27) 1607 December 31, Edmund Shakespeare was buried 1612 February 3 Gilbert Shake-speare was buried 1613 February 4, Richard Shakespeare was buried 1616 April 23 William Shakespeare was buried 1646 Joan Shakespear dies
TIMELINE - ANNE HATHAWAY 1556 Birth of Anne Hathaway 1564 Birth of William Shakespeare, he was baptised April 26 1564 1582 November 27, A marriage licence was granted by John Whitgift, the Bishop of Worcester, Episcopal register, to Wm Shaxpere and Anne Whateley of Temple Grafton, Warwickshire. 1582 November 28, A Marriage Bond on the episcopal register records issued to William Shagspeare and Anne Hathwey of Shottery, Stratford 1583 May 26, The baptism of Susanna Shakespeare in Stratford Parish Church Susanna was Anne and William's first child, born six months after the wedding of her parents. 1585 Anne and William's twins, Hamnet and Judith Shake-speare, were born 1585 February 2, The baptism of Hamnet and Judith in Stratford Parish Church 1589 Shake-speare & his parents named in a legal action against a neighbour called John Lambert. 1592 September 3, Death of Robert Greene author of Groatsworth of Wit in which he complains about Shakespeare as an "upstart crow" 1596 August 11, Hamnet Shakespeare died, possibly from the plague, at the age of eleven. He was buried in Stratford 1596 October 20, John Shake-speare, Anne's father-in-law, Granted Coat of Arms 1597 May 4, William Shakespeare purchased New Place, the second largest house in Stratford for £60. 1598 William Shakespeare is mentioned as "a principal comedian." 1598 William Shakespeare is mentioned as among the chief holders of corn and malt in Stratford. 1598 Shakespeare and other members of the company financed the building of the Globe Theatre 1602 May 1, Shakespeare buys land in Stratford for £320 1602 November, Shakespeare purchased a cottage across from New Place, his private residence in Stratford. 1607 June 5, Marriage of Anne and William's daughter Susanna to Dr. John Hall 1608 February 21, The baptism of Elizabeth Hall Anne and William's granddaughter 1616 January 25th - Shakespeare drafts his will 1616 February 10th - Marriage of Anne and William's daughter Judith to Thomas Quiney 1616 March 12th Judith and Thomas are excommunicated 1616 March 25, revises his willWilliam Shakespeare's will 1616 March 26th Quiney was prosecuted for 'carnal copulation' with a local woman named Margaret Wheeler 1616 April 23, William Shakespeare dies 1616 April 25, Burial of William Shakespeare in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. 1616 The will of William, his bequests to Anne. The only mention that Shakespeare specifically makes of Anne was to leave her his "second best bed." It is, however, understood that it would have been Anne's right, through English Common Law, to one-third of his estate as well as residence for life at New Place 1616 November - Shakespeare Quiney, Judith Quiney's son ( Anne and William Shakespeare's grandson) was born 1617 May - Shakespeare Quiney dies just six months old 1617 October - Richard Quiney was born 1619 January - Thomas Quiney was born 1623 August 6, Anne Hathaway dies at the age of sixty-seven and is buried next to William in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford
TIMELINE - CHILDREN & GRANDCHILDREN OF ANNE & WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 1583 May 26, The baptism of Susanna Shakespeare in Stratford Parish Church Susanna was Anne and William's first child, born six months after the wedding of her parents. 1585 Anne and William's twins, Hamnet and Judith, were born 1585 February 2, The baptism of Hamnet and Judith Shakespeare in Stratford Parish Church 1596 August 11, Hamnet died, possibly from the plague, at the age of eleven. He was buried in Stratford 1607 June 5, Marriage of Anne and William's daughter Susanna to Dr. John Hall 1608 February 21, The baptism of Elizabeth Hall Anne and William's granddaughter 1616 February 10th - Marriage of Anne and William's daughter Judith to Thomas Quiney 1616 March 12th Judith and Thomas are excommunicated 1616 November - Shakespeare Quiney, Judith Quiney's son ( Anne and William Shakespeare's grandson) was born 1617 May - Shakespeare Quiney dies just six months old 1617 October - Richard Quiney was born 1619 January - Thomas Quiney was born 1629 Elizabeth Hall marries Thomas Nashe (1575 -1635) 1635 Thomas Nashe, husband of Elizabeth Hall, dies and is buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church 1639 January Richard Quiney dies, possibly of the plague 1639 January Thomas Quiney dies ,possibly of the plague 1649 Dr. John Hall, husband of Susanna, dies and is buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church 1649 Elizabeth Hall marries Sir John Bernard (1604 - 1674) 1649 Susanna (Shakespeare) Hall dies and is buried next to her mother and father in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church, Stratford 1670 Lady Elizabeth Hall Bernard dies leaving no heirs
So ends the direct line from William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway
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