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Joan Shakespeare

Birthplace: Warwickshire, England
Death: April 15, 1569
Warwickshire, England (Died young)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Shakespeare and Mary Shakespeare
Sister of Margaret Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Gilbert Shakespeare; Anne Shakespeare; Joan Hart and 9 others

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Joan Shakespeare's Timeline

September 15, 1558
Warwickshire, England
September 15, 1558
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

Joan, John and Mary Shakespeare’s first child, was baptized on September 15, 1558, according to the Holy Trinity Church parish register. Next to the entry, an “X” added by a later hand highlights its significance. Stratford’s parish registers do not survive earlier than March 1558, but, given that Mary Shakespeare was single when her father, Robert Arden, made his will two years earlier in November 1556, there is no real doubt that Joan was her first child. Therefore, unless Mary was already pregnant at the time of her marriage to John Shakespeare, or Joan was born prematurely, we can date John and Mary’s marriage to mid-to-late 1557.

September 15, 1558
April 15, 1569
Age 10
Warwickshire, England