no image
Privacy Level: Open (White)

Susanna (Shakespeare) Hall (bef. 1583 - 1649)

Susanna Hall formerly Shakespeare
Born before in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 5 Jun 1607 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Died in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 10 Aug 2008
This page has been accessed 3,570 times.

Biography

Flag of Warwickshire (adopted 2016)
Susanna (Shakespeare) Hall was born in Warwickshire, England.

Susanna Hall was the elder daughter of English poet and playwright William Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway.

She was baptised on 26 May 1583 at Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Her baptism is recorded in the parish register as: "May ... 26. Susanna daughter of William Shakspere."[1][2][3]

In May 1606 she was prosecuted for failing to attend church to receive the Sacrament at Easter under new anti-Catholic laws introduced after the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Her father's friend Hamnet Sadler was also among the 21 defendants. The charge against her was dismissed.[4][5]

She married Dr John Hall on 5 June 1607 at Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon Avon. The parish register records: "Junij 5. John Hall, gentlemã & Susanna Shaxpere."[6][7] He was "a physician of good reputation," with a considerable practice centred in Stratford.[4][8] They had one daughter, Elizabeth, who was baptised on 21 February 1607/8.[9][10]

In July 1613 she brought a legal action for slander against John Lane, Jr. who had accused her of adultery with a haberdasher named Rafe Smith. Lane did not show up to the ecclesiastical court to defend the suit and was excommunicated.[4][11]

When her father died in April 1616, she inherited a life interest in his houses in New Place and Henley Street, Stratford, and Blackfriars, London, and other lands. She and her husband were also appointed executors and residual beneficiaries, entitled to all of the "good[es] Chattels Leases plate jewles & household stuffe whatsoev[er]" that remained after the payment of his debts and about £350 in legacies.[12][13] The full text of her father's will is here.

Her husband died in November 1635.[4] Susanna survived him by 14 years and died on 11 July 1649, aged 66. Her remains were buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, on 16 July 1649 and entered in the burial register as "Mrs Sussunah Hall widow."[14][15] Her inscription reads:

Here lyeth the body of Susanna, wife of John Hall gent. the daughter of William Shakespere gent. She deceased the 11 day of July Anno 1649. aged 66.[16]

Several actresses have portrayed Susanna in several fictional works. In 2016, English actress and writer Helen Monks played Susanna in a British television series titled ‘Upstart Crow.’ In 2017, Phoebe Austen portrayed Susanna in the American TV drama series ‘Will.’ Lydia Wilson, too, played Susanna in the 2018 film ‘All Is True.’[17]

Sources

  1. Richard Savage, The registers of Stratford-on-Avon, in the County of Warwick, Baptisms, 1558-1652 , London: privately printed, 1897, page 35 Internet Archive (accessed 7 Apr 2020)
  2. 'Parish register entry recording Susanna Shakespeare's baptism', 26 May 1583, Shakespeare Documented, Folger Shakespeare Library (accessed 7 Apr 2020)
  3. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JWDB-R31 : 11 February 2018, Susanna Shakspere, 26 May 1583); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 599,889.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 S. Schoenbaum, William Shakespeare A Compact Documentary Life, Oxford University Press, 1977, pages 286-92 Internet Archive (accessed 7 Apr 2020)
  5. 'Susanna, William Shakespeare’s daughter, is cited in the local church court for her failure to receive communion', 5 May 1606, Shakespeare Documented, Folger Shakespeare Library (accessed 7 Apr 2020)
  6. Richard Savage, The registers of Stratford-on-Avon, in the County of Warwick, Marriages, 1558-1812 , London: privately printed, 1898, page 22 Internet Archive (accessed 7 Apr 2020)
  7. 'Parish register entry recording Susanna Shakespeare and John Hall's marriage', 5 Jun 1607, Shakespeare Documented, Folger Shakespeare Library (accessed 7 Apr 2020)
  8. Nicholas Rowe (ed), The Works of Mr. William Shakespear; in six volumes, London: John Tonson, 1709, volume 1, page xxxvtt. Google Books (accessed 7 Apr 2020)
  9. Richard Savage, The registers of Stratford-on-Avon, in the County of Warwick, Baptisms, 1558-1652 , London: privately printed, 1897, page 75 Internet Archive (accessed 7 Apr 2020)
  10. 'Parish register entry recording Elizabeth Hall's baptism', 21 Feb 1608, Shakespeare Documented, Folger Shakespeare Library (accessed 7 Apr 2020)
  11. 'Shakespeare's daughter, Susanna Hall, sues John Lane, Jr.', 15 Jul 1613, Shakespeare Documented, Folger Shakespeare Library (accessed 7 Apr 2020)
  12. The National Archives. Reference: PROB 1/4. Description: Will of William Shakespeare 25 March 1616. Proved 22 June 1616. Date: 22 June 1616. A transcript is here.
  13. The National Archives. Reference: PROB 11/127/771. Description: Will of William Shakespeare, Gentleman of Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire. Date: 22 June 1616.
  14. Richard Savage, The registers of Stratford-on-Avon, in the County of Warwick, Burials, 1558-1622-3 , London: privately printed, 1905, page 147 Internet Archive (accessed 16 Apr 2020)
  15. 'Parish register entry recording Susanna Shakespeare Hall's burial', 16 Jul 1649, Shakespeare Documented, Folger Shakespeare Library (accessed 7 Apr 2020)
  16. Sir William Dugdale, The Antiquities of Warwickshire Illustrated, London: J. Osborn and T. Longman, 1730, volume 2, page 686. Google Books (accessed 7 Apr 2020)
  17. Wikipedia contributors, "Susanna Hall," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia (accessed 7 Apr 2020)

See also:



More Genealogy Tools



Sponsored Search




Is Susanna your ancestor? Please don't go away!
 star icon Login to collaborate or comment, or
 star icon contact private message the profile manager, or
 star icon ask our community of genealogists a question.
Sponsored Search by Ancestry.com

DNA
No known carriers of Susanna's DNA have taken a DNA test.

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Sponsored by Ancestry ®

Family History Search.

Simplified.

Enter a grandparent's name. Just one grandparent can lead you to many discoveries.

Comments

Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.

S  >  Shakespeare  |  H  >  Hall  >  Susanna (Shakespeare) Hall

Categories: Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire | Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon