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John Shakespeare

Birthplace: Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Shakespeare; Richard Shakespeare; Abigail Shakespeare and Abigail Webb
Husband of Mary Shakespeare
Father of Shakespeare, Died young; Joan Shakespeare; Margaret Shakespeare; WIlliam Shakespeare; Mary Hart and 7 others
Brother of Anna Shakespeare; Henry Shakespeare; Thomas Shakespeare; Matthew Shakespeare; Robert Shakespeare and 2 others

Occupation: glover
Managed by: Keith
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About John Shakespeare

John Shakespeare (c. 1531 – 7 September 1601) was the father of William Shakespeare. He was the son of Richard Shakespeare of Snitterfield, a farmer. He moved to Stratford-upon-Avon and married Mary Arden, with whom he had eight children, five of whom survived into adulthood. He was a well-to-do glover and whittawer (leather worker) by trade, a dealer in hides and wool, and was elected to several municipal offices, serving as an alderman and culminating in a term as bailiff, the chief magistrate of the town council, before he fell on hard times for reasons unknown to historians.

His fortunes later revived after the success of his son, and he was granted a coat of arms five years before his death, probably at the instigation and expense of his playwright son, entitling him to use the honorific "gentleman", conventionally designated by the title "Master" or its abbreviations "Mr." or "M." prefixed to his surname.

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John Shakespeare's Timeline

March 10, 1537
Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 19
Stratford On Avon, Warwickshire, England
Age 19

His parents, John and Mary (Arden), were married about 1557; she was of the landed gentry, he a yeoman—a glover and commodities merchant. By 1568, John had risen through the ranks of town government and held the position of high bailiff, similar to mayor. William, the eldest son, was born in 1564, probably on April 23, several days before his baptism on April 26, 1564. .

September 1558
Age 21
Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 20
October 1562
Age 25
Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
April 23, 1564
Age 27
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
October 13, 1566
Age 29
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
September 28, 1571
Age 34
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
March 11, 1574
Age 37
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom