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John Yates Shakespeare

Information from a descendant, Clive Shakespeare, gives most of what is known about John Yates Shakespeare and his descendants:


John Yates Shakespeare – Noted on the marriage record of Edmund as “father”. Thought to have married an Elizabeth.


Edmund Yates Shakespeare. – b.1831/5 Northampton, Northamptonshire.

Married Ellen Genevieve Shorey 3 June 1869, in R.C. Chapel, Broadway, Glous/Worcs. Profession in 1869 is shoemaker, residence in Campden, Gloucestershire. Age 34.

Birth of son Edmund Yeates Shakespeare (father’s name also spelt the same way) in 1875, Fairford, Gloucs. Profession quoted as Fishmonger.

Census 1881, Residence is Broadway again. Age 50. Profession shoemaker again.  5 children listed.

Thought to have died in Bromsgrove in Dec ¼, 1892, aged 60. Profession quoted on sons marriage cert. as Fruiterer.


Edmund Yates Shakespeare. – b. 1/9/1875, Fairford, Glous. Registered as Edmund Yeates Shakespeare. Mother noted as “formally ROOK”.

Married Ivy Florence Stanley 31/03/1896 in Redditch Parish Church, Worcs. Profession quoted as Fruiterer. Age 20.

Lived in Prospect Rd, Redditch c.1901, Feckenham c1905/8, Birkett c.1911, moved to Bromsgrove c.1912.

8 children born 1898-1913, 6 survived. Ivy 1896, Edmund 1897, Dennis 1899, Iris 1901, Kenneth 1904, Una 1905, Douglas 1911. Youngest son Gordon born 8 Sept 1913.

Served with the Royal Field Artillery in WW1 as a driver (62283), may have been promoted Sergeant but records now destroyed. 3 medals extant. Served in Salonika and Mesopotamia.

Trades recorded as Cycle Worker (journeyman) 1905, Fruiterer 1896, Gardener (domestic) 1920.

Died 16/07/1920, age 44, from cerebral malaria contracted in Mesopotamia.

The family is one of only two listed in the 1881 census with a Northamptonshire connection:

Dwelling: Main Street
Census Place: Broadway, Worcester, England
Source: FHL Film 1341701 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 2927 Folio 7 Page 5
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Edmund SHAKESPEARE M 50 M Northampton, Northampton, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Shoemaker
Ellen SHAKESPEARE M 39 F Broadway, Worcester, England
Rel: Wife
Occ: Shoemaker Wife
Ellen M. SHAKESPEARE 10 F Broadway, Worcester, England
Rel: Daughter
Occ: Scholar
Annie E. SHAKESPEARE 9 F Broadway, Worcester, England
Rel: Daughter
Occ: Scholar
Mary J. SHAKESPEARE 7 F Broadway, Worcester, England
Rel: Daughter
Occ: Scholar
Edmund SHAKESPEARE 5 M Fairford, Gloucester, England
Rel: Son
Occ: Scholar
Catherine F. SHAKESPEARE 2 F Redditch, Worcester, England
Rel: Daughter
Curiously, these two Northamptonshire census entries both have an Edmund as the senior member of the family, an unusual name which provides a clue to a possible link. The other Edmund's family are listed separately.

Origins of this family?

A vital clue may be that a John Yates, of Syresham (a place where descendants of the 'other' Northampton Shakespeares were later to be found) married an Elizabeth Shakespeare, 'of Adstone', at Canons Ashby 21st May 1823. Elizabeth was the daughter of William Shakespeare and Sarah Hunt, of Whitfield. This couple is of the right age to be Edmund Yates Shakespeare's parents (he was born about 1831/2) - which raises the interesting speculation that John Yates took his wife's surname for some reason. Proving this may be difficult, but an examination of earlier census entries and burial records, if they can be found, may provide vital clues. It may of course be that there was another Shakespeare/ Yates marriage, quite possibly related - intermarriages between families were quite common.


Information from Clive Shakespeare