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The Shakespeares of

Wootton Wawen

This family begins with John Shakespeare who was baptised 22 Sept 1786 at Chaplaincy of Wootton Wawen-Rc - indicating that the family were Catholics. The parents names are given as N. & N. Shakespeare on the IGI - possibly an abbreviation for a latin term: examination of the original register may reveal other children of this couple and also, possibly, their names.

John is to be found in the 1851 census:

Head: SHAKSPEARE, John

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Relationship

Mar

Age

Sex

Occupation

Birthplace

 

 

John  SHAKSPEARE

Head

M

67

M

Retired Gentlemans Serv

Wootton Wawen-WAR

 

 

Martha  SHAKSPEARE

Wife

M

68

F

Laundress

Budbrook-WAR

 

 

Mary  SHAKSPEARE

Daur

U

44

F

Gentlemans Serv

Henley In Arden-WAR

 

 

Susannah  SHAKSPEARE

Daur

U

22

F

Laundress

Henley In Arden-WAR

 

 

Ellen  SHAKSPEARE

GDau

-

10

F

Errand Girl

Henley In Arden-WAR

 

 

Harriett  SHAKSPEARE

GDau

-

5

F

Scholar

Henley In Arden-WAR

 

 

Eliza  SUCH

Daur

M

29

F

Cordwainers Wife

Henley In Arden-WAR

 

 

Ann M.  SUCH

GDau

-

7m

F

---

Stratford On Avon-WAR

 

 

 

Address:

---, Stratford On Avon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Census Place:

(Wootton Wawen) Henley In Arden Stratford On Avon, Warwickshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRO Reference:

HO/107/2074

Folio:

738

Page:

21

FHL Film:

0087343

It will be noted that John's age is at variance with his baptism record.

John married Martha Pettyford 18 May 1807 at Wootton Wawen - this was the Anglican Parish Church: the marriage possibly had to take place within the Church of England to be legal, or Martha may simply have not been a Catholic.

Some of John and Martha's children, all baptised at Wootton Wawen Roman Catholic Chapel, are recorded on the IGI:

The 1851 census entry reveals that there were other children. One of these, Eliza, had married Edward Such 28th January 1850, at St Mary, Warwick - her husband was not at home on the night of the census, but the couple already had a daughter, Ann M. who was seven months old.

 

Notes

John & Martha appear in the 1851 Census

Some of their children in the 1851 Census:

Their grandson, James Andrew Shakespeare, appears in the 1881 Census, as does their granddaughter, Louisa Shakespeare

See Also: Edward Shakespeare, of The Household Cavalry

Updated July 2004

with information supplied by David Heath

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