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Gilbert, fon of John Shakspere, was baptized Oct. 13, 1566.
Jone, daughter of John Shakfpere, was baptized April 15, 1569.
Anne, daughter of Mr. John Shakspere, was baptized Sept. 28, 1571.
Richard, fon of Mr. John Shakfpere, was baptized March 11, 1573. [1573-4.
Anne, danghter of Mr. John Shak fpere, was buried April 4, 1579.
Edmund, fon of Mr. John Shakfpere, was baptized May 3, 1580.
Sufanna, daughter of WILLIAM SHAKSPERE, was baptized May 26, 1583,
Elizabeth, daughter of Anthony Shakspere, of Hampton, was baptized February 10, 1583. [1583-4.]
was baptized at Stratford, April 12, 1569; John, another fon, Feb. 3, 1574; and William, another fon, Nov. 30, 1578.
8 It was common in the age of Queen Elizabeth to give the fame chriftian name to two children fucceffively. (Thus, Mr. Sadler, who was godfather to Shakspeare's fon, had two fons who were baptized by the name of John. See note 1.) This was undoubtedly done in the prefent inftance. The former Jone having probably died, (though I can find no entry of her burial in the Regifter, nor indeed of many of the other children of John Shakspeare) the name of Jone, a very favourite one in those days, was transferred to another new-born child. This latter Jone married Mr. William Hart, a hatter in Stratford, fome time, as I conjecture, in the year 1599, when fhe was thirty years old; for her eldeft fon William was baptized there, August 28, 1600. There is no entry of her marriage in the Regifter. MALONE..
There was alfo a Mr. Henry Shakspeare fettled at HamptonLucy, as appears from the Regifter of that parish :
Lettice, daughter of Henry Shakspeare, was baptized. -James, fon of Henry Shakspeare, was baptized. James, fon of Henry Shakspeare, was buried. There was a Thomas Shakspeare fettled at Warwick; for in
John Shakspere and Margery Roberts were married Nov. 25, 1584.
Hamnet' and Judith, fon and daughter of WILLIAM SHAKSPERE, were baptized February 2, 1584. [1584-5.]
Margery, wife of John Shakspere, was buried Oct. 29, 1587.
the Rolls Chapel I found the inrolment of a deed made in the 44th year of Queen Elizabeth, conveying to Thomas Shakfpeare of Warwick, yeoman, Sachbroke, alias Bishop-Sachbroke, in Com. Warw." MALONE.
'Mr. Weft imagined that our poet's only fon was christened by the name of Samuel, but he was mistaken. Mr. Hamnet Sadler, who was related, if I mistake not, to the Shakspeare family, appears to have been fponfor for his fon; and his wife, Mrs. Judith Sadler, to have been godmother to Judith, the other twin-child. The name Hamnet is written very diftinctly both in the entry of the baptism and burial of this child. Hamnet and Hamlet feem to have been confidered as the fame name, and to have been used indifcriminately both in fpeaking and writing. Thus, this Mr. Hamnet Sadler, who is a witness to Shakspeare's Will, writes his chriftian name, Hamnet; but the fcrivener who drew up the will, writes it Hamlet. There is the fame variation in the Register of Stratford, where the name is fpelt in three or four different ways. Thus, among the baptifms we find, in 1591," May 26, John, filius Hamletti Sadler;" and in 1583, "Sept. 13, Margaret, daughter to Hamlet Sadler." But in 1588, Sept. 20, we find " John, fon to Hamnet Sadler;" in 1596, April 4, we have "Judith, filia Hamnet Sadler;" in 1597-8, "Feb. 3, Wilhelmus, filius Hambnet Sadler;" and in 1599, "April 23, Francis, filius Hamnet Sadler." This Mr. Sadler died in 1624, and the entry of his burial ftands thus: " 1624, O&. 26, Hamlet Sadler." So also in that of his wife: " 1623, March 23, Judith, uxor Hamlet Sadler."
The name of Hamlet occurs in feveral other entries in the Regifter. O&. 4, 1576, Hamlet, fon to Humphry Holdar,' was buried; and Sept. 28, 1564,"Catharina, uxor Hamoleti Haffal." Mr. Hamlet Smith, formerly of the borough of Stratford, is one of the benefactors annually commemorated there.
Our poet's only fon, Hamnet, died in 1596, in the twelfth year of his age. MALONE.
Thomas, fon of Richard Queeny, was baptized Feb, 26, 1588. [1588-9.]
Urfula,3 daughter of John Shakspere, was baptized
This gentleman married our poet's youngest daughter. He had three fifters, Elizabeth, Anne, and Mary, and five brothers; Adrian, born in 1586, Richard, born in 1587, William, born in 1593, John in 1597, and George, baptized April 9, 1600. George was curate of the parish of Stratford, and died of a confumption. He was buried there April 11, 1624. In Doctor Hall's pocket-book is the following entry relative to him; "39, Mr. Quiney, tuffi gravi cum magna phlegmatis copia, et cibi vomitu, feb. lenta debilitatus," &c. The cafe concludes thus: "Anno feq. (no year is mentioned in the cafe, but the preceding cafe is dated 1624,) in hoc malum incidebat. Multa fruftra tentata placide cum Domino dormit. Fuit boni indolis, et pro juveni omnifariam doctus." MALONE.
3 This Urfula, and her brothers, Humphrey and Philip, appear to have been the children of John Shakspeare by Mary, his third wife, though no fuch marriage is entered in the Regifter. I have not been able to learn her furname, or in what church fhe was married. She died in Sept. 1608.
It has been fuggefted to me that the John Shakspeare here mentioned was an elder brother of our poet, (not his father,) born, like Margaret Shakspeare, before the commencement of the Regifter: but had this been the cafe, he probably would have been called John the younger, old Mr. Shakspeare being alive in 1589. I am therefore of opinion that our poet's father was meant, and that he was thrice married. MALONE.
* A great many names occur in this Regifter, with an alias, the meaning of which it is not very easy to afcertain. I fhould have fuppofed that the perfons thus defcribed were illegitimate, and that this Thomas Greene was the fon of one of our poet's kinfmen, by a daughter of Thomas Greene, Efq. a gentleman who refided in Stratford; but that in the Register we frequently find the word baftard exprefsly added to the names of the children baptized. Perhaps this latter form was only used in the cafe of fervants, labourers, &c. and the illegitimate offspring of the higher order was more delicately denoted by an alias.
The Rev. Mr. Davenport obferves to me that there are two
Humphrey, fon of John Shakfpere, was baptized May 24, 1590.
Philip, fon of John Shakfpere, was baptized Sept. 21, 1591.
Thomas,5 fon of Mr. Anthony Nash, was baptized June 20, 1593.
Hamnet, fon of WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE, was buried Aug. 11, 1596.
William, fon of William Hart, was baptized Aug. 28, 1600.
Mr. John Shakspeare was buried Sept. 8, 1601. Mr. Richard Quiney, Bailiff of Stratford, was buried May 31, 1602.
Mary, daughter of William Hart, was baptized June 5, 1603.
Thomas, fon of William Hart, hatter, was baptized July 24, 1605.
John Hall, gentleman, and Sufanna Shakspere, were married June 5, 1607.
families at present in Stratford, (and probably feveral more) that are diftinguished by an alias. "The real name of one of these families is Roberts, but they generally go by the name of Burford. The ancestor of the family came originally from Burford in Oxfordshire, and was frequently called from this circumstance by the name of Burford. This name has prevailed, and they are always now called by it; but they write their name, Roberts, alias Burford, and are fo entered in the Regifter.
"The real name of the other family is Smith, but they are more known by the name of Buck. The ancestor of this family, from fome circumftance or other, obtained the nickname of Buck, and they now write themselves, Smith, alias Buck." MALONE.
5 This gentleman married our poet's grand-daughter, Elizabeth Hall. His father, Mr. Anthony Nath, lived at Welcombe, (where he had an eftate,) as appears by the following entry of the baptifm of another of his fons: " 1598, O&. 15, John, fon to Mr. Anthony Nafh, of Welcombe." MALONE.
This was the father of Mr. Thomas Quiney, who married Shakspeare's youngest daughter. MALONE.
Mary, daughter of William Hart, was buried Dec. 17, 1607.
Elizabeth, daughter of John Hall, gentleman, was baptized Feb. 21, 1607. [1607-8.] Mary Shakfpere, widow, was buried Sept. 9, 1608. Michael, fon of William Hart, was baptized Sept. 23, 1608.
Gilbert Shakspeare, adolefcens," was buried Feb. 3, 1611. [1611-12.]
Richard Shakfpere, was buried February 4, 1612. [1612-13.]
Thomas Queeny and Judith Shak fpere were married Feb. 10, 1615. [1615-16.] William Hart, hatter, was buried April 17, 1616.
7 This was probably a fon of Gilbert Shakspeare, our poet's brother. When the elder Gilbert died, the Register does not inform us; but he certainly died before his fon. MALONE.
8 This lady, who was our poet's youngest daughter, appears to have married without her father's knowledge, for he mentions her in his will as unmarried. Mr. Weft, as I have already obferved, was mistaken in fuppofing she was married in Feb. 1616, that is, in 1616-17. She was certainly married before her father's death. See a former note in p. 92, in which the entry is given exactly as it ftands in the Regifter.
As Shakspeare the poet married his wife from Shottery, Mr. Weft conjectured he might have become poffeffed of a remarkable houfe, and jointly with his wife conveyed it as a part of their daughter Judith's portion to Thomas Queeny. "It is certain," Mr. Weft adds, "that one Queeny, an elderly gentleman, fold it to Harvey, Efq. of Stockton, near Southam, Warwickfhire, father of John Harvey Thursby, Efq. of Abington, near Northampton; and that the aforefaid Harvey fold it again to Samuel Tyler, Efq. whofe fifters, as his heirs, now enjoy it."
But how could Shakspeare have conveyed this houfe, if he ever owned it, to Mr. Queeny, as a marriage portion with his daughter, concerning whom there is the following claufe in his will, executed one month before his death: "Provided that if such husband as the shall at the end of the said three years be married unto," &c. MALONE.
This William Hart was our poet's brother-in-law. He died, it appears, a few days before Shakspeare. MALONE.