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adgray is a writer and a poet … / - telling stories all her life, / - writing them down once she learnt how / “Scribbling!...

Does this explain where I get my urge to write from?

In researching my family tree on
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)
son of
Thomas H Smart (1847 – D)
son of
John Smart (1810 – 1882)
son of
John Smart (1782 – 1874)
son of
Robert Smart (1740 – 1808)
son of
Janet Layng Downie (1727 – D)
daughter of
John Downie (1705 – D)
son of
Margaret Kinsman (1658 – 1756)
daughter of
Constance Canne (1635 – 1666)
daughter of
Thomas Canney (1610 – 1681)
son of
William Quinney (1593 – 1653)
son of
Richard Quinney (1557 – 1602)
father of
Thomas Quinney (1588 – 1661)
husband of
Judith Shakespeare (1584 – 1660)
daughter of
relationship to “adgray”: father-in-law of 10th great grand uncle

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) – Shakespeare Connection

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.*

Shakespeare Biography
(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:

Shakespearean tragedies
Romeo and Juliet
King Lear
Titus Andronicus
Antony and Cleopatra
Troilus and Cressida
Timon of Athens

Shakespearean comedies
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
The Tempest
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

Shakespearean histories
Richard III
Richard II
Henry VI, part 1
Henry VI, part 2
Henry VI, part 3
Henry V
Henry IV, part 1
Henry IV, part 2
Henry VIII
King John
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?
Chookas! ♥☼Ü☼♥

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