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The Shakespeare Family History Site

The descendants of

Joseph Shakespeare, of Birmingham,

born 1807, London

Joseph Shakespeare, born 1807, is lodging/ visiting in Aston in the 1851 census:

Head: HAND, William

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Relationship

Mar

Age

Sex

Occupation

Birthplace

 

 

William  HAND

Head

M

26

M

Glass Metal Miner

Stourbridge-Wor

 

 

Elenor J.  HAND

Wife

M

27

F

---

Birmingham-War

 

 

Joseph  SHAKESPEAR

Vist

U

44

M

Steel Toy Maker

London-Mid

 

 

 

Address:

23 Court Heneage St, Aston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Census Place:

Aston Aston, Warwickshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRO Reference:

HO/107/2061

Folio:

193

Page:

11

FHL Film:

0087317

A year later, in 1852, he marries Mary Ann Richards at St Peters in Deritend, Birmingham.

John Shakespeare, born 1860, son of Joseph and Mary Ann married in 1881 at St Pauls, Ludgate Hill:

John appears in the 1881 census. He is living with his new wife Sarah and widowed mother Mary Ann:

Dwelling: 5 Bk 30 Cox St
Census Place: Birmingham, Warwick, England
Source: FHL Film 1341717 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3003 Folio 9 Page 13
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
John SHAKESPEAR M 20 M Birm, Warwick, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Brass Founder
Sarah SHAKESPEAR M 19 F Dublin, Ireland
Rel: Wife
Occ: Brass Worker
Mary SHAKESPEAR W 60 F Birm, Warwick, England
Rel: Mother
Occ: Screw Ring Solderer

 

Joseph's exact origins are at present unclear. The IGI, admittedly incomplete, has just one possible entry for London for this period:

Another possible child of this same couple:

Looking for John & Mary's marriage reveals only one possible London entry:

St Dunstans was for many generations the parish church of the 'Stepney Shakespeares', which raises interesting possibilities - a John Shakespeare was baptised at St George in the East, Stepney, 21 May 1775, son of Richard & Mary Shakespeare.

However, there exist other possibilities. The entry above may not, of course, be Joseph's baptism. If it is his parents may have arrived in London from elsewhere - there is a marriage recorded at Coventry, for example, of a John Shakespeare and Mary.

Information supplied by Marianne, descendant

Notes

From the IGI - John & Mary Shakespeare, of Coventry, had the following children:

  • Mary, 1798

  • John, 1800

  • John, 1802

  • Priscilla, 1809

It will be noted that there is a gap between 1802 and 1809, leaving open the possibility that the family moved to London and had several more children before returning to their native Warwickshire.

John Shakespeare and Mary Hyatt married 13 June 1796 at St Michael, Coventry.

Another John & Mary had two children baptised at Dudley: William in 1805, and Josiah in 1809, but these can be accounted for as descendants of the 'Black Country' family.


Two possible further children of Joseph & Mary (Ann) appear on the IGI:

  • Elizabeth, bapt 26 March 1861, Bishops Ryder, Birmingham

  • Emily Louisa, bapt 5 May 1862, Saint Martin, Birmingham

 

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