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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564. Traditionally his birth date is set at April 23, 1564. His parents were John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. William was the oldest child who lived past infancy. He had two sisters born before him who died as babies. After William the Shakespeares had five more children: Gilbert, Richard, Edmund, Anne and Joan.
Joan was the Shakespeares’ eldest daughter, born in September 1558. She passed away soon after her birth. Their second daughter Margaret was born in December 1562 and died a year later. William was the third child. Gilbert was fourth, born in October of 1566. He worked as a tradesman and died in 1612. Joan, named for the first daughter they lost, was born in 1569. She lived to be seventy-seven, outliving all of her siblings. Anne was born in 1571 and only lived eight years. Next was Richard, born in March of 1574, who died in 1613. The last Shakespeare sibling was Edmund, born in May 1580. He worked as an actor and died in 1607.
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