But there are a few juicy details that we do know about the Shakespeare family, so here's what we can piece together about the original Anne Hathaway: William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway got married in late November of 1582, and their first child was born in May of 1583.And no, you're not doing that math wrong—Anne Hathaway was already several months pregnant when the two got married. A child out of wedlock would have been a huge scandal to the uptight people of Stratford-upon-Avon, so William and Anne probably didn't have much of a choice in the matter.Eighteen, however, would have been considered young for a man to get married, since the age of consent was 21.So Shakespeare was technically a minor when they got hitched, and Anne was getting up there at the ripe old age of 26.
He specified in his will that she should leave his estate to her firstborn son.
It is commonly said that he died on April 23, 1616, but no record of his death exists, only a record of his funeral on April 25, 1616.
While no one knows what Shakespeare died of exactly, he was sick before his death.
Two of his most famous plays are Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. The exact date of his birth is unknown since records back then were not always well-kept, and what records did exist have been lost over the centuries that have passed.
What we do know is this: William Shakespeare was born to a glover and the daughter of a well-to-do farmer, was baptized in 1564, grew up, married, had three children, started having his work produced in London in 1592, and eventually died in 1616, leaving a legacy that survives to this day.