The information below is taken from 'Rootsweb.com', from information posted there by descendants of the family:
Samuel Shakespeare and his brother David, children of John Shakespeare and Jane Whitehead, were sentenced to transportation at London's Middlesex Quarter Sessions in August 1769 to embark on the ship "Douglas". Captain Wm. Brackenridge, sailing September 1769.
This information was found in "English Convicts in Colonial America" by Peter Wilson Coldham, Volumes One and Two.
Apparently from the birth places of the children, Samuel and Susannah packed up their belongings and four of their children and sailed to the New World, arriving in Pennsylvania. They moved to Delaware sometime later as they both died there. From Delaware, their children migrated to Maryland.
David Shakespeare was a merchant in Philadelphia but went to Nova Scotia in 1783 - he later returned and went to Delaware.
The reason for the brothers banishment from England is not known.
See also John Lindsay Shakespeare, 1817 - 1847, of Ohio, and Michigan
Marriage Licenses Issued by the State of New York
- sorted by date1782 23 Aug; Stephen Shakespear; Martha Geary
Amended June 2004