In researching my family tree on Ancestry.com
I discovered a skeleton with a ruffle and a name EVERY writer I know wished they had connection to!
So imagine my BUZZ and my grin when I was assured I was right!
This is the linage:
Alyssa Daune Gray (1963- ) ME
I’m the daughter of
Lorna Edith Smart (1928 – )
who is the daughter of
Walter Middlemas Smart (1886 – 1970)
Thomas H Smart (1847 – D)
John Smart (1810 – 1882)
John Smart (1782 – 1874)
Robert Smart (1740 – 1808)
Janet Layng Downie (1727 – D)
John Downie (1705 – D)
Margaret Kinsman (1658 – 1756)
Constance Canne (1635 – 1666)
Thomas Canney (1610 – 1681)
William Quinney (1593 – 1653)
Richard Quinney (1557 – 1602)
Thomas Quinney (1588 – 1661)
Judith Shakespeare (1584 – 1660)
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564 – 1613)
relationship to “adgray”: father-in-law of 10th great grand uncle
THE WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE!!!!
BARD of Bards!
Poet Laurel & Play Master of Queen Elizabeth I
Genius writer of the English Language!!!!!
☼Ü☼ OMG I’m Connected to Shakespeare!!!!!! ☼Ü☼
Well my forefather’s brother Thomas and William were best mates!
(their fathers even got fined together for their rubbish heap in their joint back yard! lol)
How do I know this? Here’s an excerpt of a story that I found while researching my family tree:
The Queeney/Quinney family can be traced back to the beginning of the sixteenth century in Stratford-upon-Avon, where they were closely associated, by friendship and by marriage, with William Shakespeare and his family. The earliest known representative of this family was Adrian Quinney, who married Katherine Sheldon, daughter of Ralph Sheldon. Adrian died before 1534
Richard Quinney, son of Adrian Sr and Katherine, was born in Stratford-upon-Avon circa 1500-1502 was buried there June 28, 1567. The name of his wife is unknown. His son, Adrian (born 1531) served as constable, chamberlain, alderman, bailiff, and finally head alderman of Stratford-upon-Avon. In his forth-coming book Burgins Back to Devon, Ramond Burgin writes:
“One biographer says that Adrian was a good friend of John Shakespeare (Williams’s father) for nearly 50 years. In her classic biography “Shakespeare of London” Machette Chute says: “The Shakespeares and the Quinneys had known each other since the days when old Richard Quinney had been an acquaintance of Richard Shakespeare (William’s grandfather) of Snitterfield (a town just north of Stratford) and when John Shakespeare came to live on Henley Street (in Stratford) Adrian Quinney was one of his close neighbours. It was together they paid a fine of twelvepence in 1552 for having an unauthorized muckheap near their houses”
Christos Christou, Jr., (co-author of Vol. 4, Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland) and Ramond Burgin strongly feel that the father of Sutton Queeney was William Quinney, son of Richard Quinney, Jr. a personal friend of William Shakespeare
Richard Jr. named his son Thomas to have land in Virginia. Christou found a migration for William and Richard Quinney, but couldn’t find that Thomas had emigrated to Va. to claim his land
The son Thomas actually married Judith Shakespeare in 1616. Judith was the daughter of “The Immortal Bard” William Shakespeare. They named their first child “Shakespeare Quinney” – forever joining the two families.*
(Retrieved from Wikipedia)
William Shakespeare (April, 1564 – April 23, 1616) was an English writer. He wrote plays and also poetry. Many people consider him to be the greatest English writer of all time and one of the greatest in the world. He wrote plays about history and tragedy and he wrote comedies. His poetry and plays are about being human, with feelings such as love, jealousy, anger, and much more. Children learn about him in schools around the world. Shakespeare wrote his works between about 1590 and 1613.
Shakespeare’s popular works
For those who don’t know here is a full list of all of Shakespeare’s plays:
Romeo and Juliet
Antony and Cleopatra
Troilus and Cressida
Timon of Athens
The Comedy of Errors
All’s Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Measure for Measure
Taming of the Shrew
Twelfth Night or What You Will
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Love’s Labour’s Lost
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Pericles Prince of Tyre
The Winter’s Tale
Henry VI, part 1
Henry VI, part 2
Henry VI, part 3
Henry IV, part 1
Henry IV, part 2
Not to forget his Sonnets and other poetry
My Daughter (who read his complete works when she was 10) is OVER THE MOON!!!!
However my son (just recently introduced to Shakespeare) is mortified! lol
His blood doesn’t exacty run in our veins but to think he was best mates with my 10th great grandfather is just such a buzz! A bloke like Shakespeare surely would buddy up with like minded and appreciative people. There is every chance that my Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather was a bit of a writer too! ☼Ü☼
I believe in inherrant memory – perhaps I got a whole dose fed down from these two! Or perhaps he is my muse! Well I like to think he’d be hovvering about (probably scoffing at my spelling and grammar) perhaps even feeding me a missing word or two!
Funny thing life is huh?