She was baptised Joane Smithe on 18 Oct 1560 at All Hallows Lombard Street, City London.
Joan was recorded in the Smythe pedigree taken during the Visitation of London in 1568 as the daughter of Thomas Smythe and Alice (Judde) Smythe.
The portrait of Joan Smythe (private collection) is believed to be by Ketel, painted in 1579. On the painting is written aetatis 19 (i.e. age 19 or in the 19th year).
Joan Smith married Thomas Fanshawe on 22 Dec 1578 at All Hallows Lombard Street, City of London.
In the will of her father, Thomas (Customer) Smythe, the will made on 22 May 1591 and proved on 29 October 1591 she was noted as the wife of Thomas Fanshawe esq. Her father bequeathed £500 to Alice, Thomas, William and Katherine, the children of Joan and Thomas Fanshawe, and to Henry and Walter the sons of Thomas Fanshawe by his late wife Mary, the sum to be equally divided between them.
Joan was a beneficiary of the will of her mother, Alice (Judde) Smythe, the will made on 10 Jul 1592. The will referred to her husband, Master Thomas Fanshawe, and their children Thomas, William, Alice and Katherine.
Her husband, Thomas Fanshawe esq., was buried at Ware, Hertfordshire on 19 Mar 1600/1601.
In 1608, the Marriage Licence of her daughter, Katherine, indicates that Joane had been living with her daughter at Barking, Essex. Katherine Fanshawe, maiden, 18, daughter of Thomas Fanshawe of Christ Church London Esq (decd) married John Bullocke Esq of Inner Temple, Bachelor, 30, by Licence dated 16 Jun 1608. She was married with the consent of her mother Mrs Joane Fanshawe & her brother Mr Thomas Fanshawe Esq; at Barking, Essex where sd mother of sd Katherine liveth.
In the Smythe pedigree in the Visitation of Kent in 1619 Joan was recorded as the wife of Thomas Fanshawe.
Joan was noted in the will of her sister, Mary (Smythe) Davy, the will made on 16 Oct 1620 and proved 02 Jul 1624; the will of her sister, Ursula (Smythe) Butler, her will made in 1619 (no date given) and proved on 11 Jun 1621; the will of her brother, Sir Thomas Smythe, the will made Jan 1621/1622 and proved 1625; and the will of her brother, Robert Smythe, the will made on 01 Dec 1600 and proved on 28 Jan 1600/1601.
Her place of death is unknown.
"Mistress Joane Fanshaw, widow" was buried on 30 May 1622 at Ware, Hertfordshire.
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