Origins of the

Contributed by
Clyde Hathaway
St. Samson, a descendant of the kings of
Brittany and Cornwall, left southern Wales in
the mid 500s AD and went as a missionary to
Dol, in Brittany with several followers.  
Eventually, he became the Bishop of Dol.  In
1064, William the Conqueror, laid siege to Dol
and conquered it.  There were three men of
substance residing in Dol that allied
themselves with William and took part in the
conquest of England in 1066.  They aligned
themselves under the banner of
William Fitz
Osbern, who lead the drive through southern
Wales and into Herefordshire.  These three
men of substance were Baderorn (Batrun),
Willliam, the son of Baderon, and Wihenoc, the
brother of Baderon.  William, the son of
Baderon, was a young squire at the time.  It is
significant that these were men of importance
as it is evidenced by the large number of
manors and other holdings granted to them,
especially to William, son of Baderon.  It is
mystifying as to why he was granted so many
holdings on the land that King William had
reserved for himself.  After the revolt of Earl
Roger, the three Bretons were placed in
charge of Monmouth Castle, in southern
Wales, near the English border.  This castle
became the main baliwick of William, son of

Of the many manor holdings of William, son of
Baderon, two were of significance: Heathway
Manor in Ruardean and Little Lydney, later
St. Briavels.  At the time they were
located in Gloucestershire but later this area
became Herefordshire.  At one time, Heathway
Manor was held by a West Saxon noble, who
also bore the name "Heathway".  (The spelling
of Hadweg, would have more approximated his
name since the "d" was the saxon "edh" or
"eth").  This Heathway also held a manor at
Wormesley, in an administrative Hundred, used
to oversee the exaction of tribute from the

This question has often been asked, along with,
"Are we descended from Anne Hathaway?" The
answer to that one is easy - "Not unless you have
Shakespeares in your ancestry." Not that much
is known about Anne's ancestry, but Jack
Hathaway, Butte, MT, went on our trip to England
last year and upon his return, wrote to the
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in
Stratford-Upon-Avon for Hathaway genealogy.
The chief guide there sent back a family tree
which is somewhat hard to read in as much as it
covers several copied handwritten pages
measuring some three-feet-by-three-feet when
pasted together.
From this, we gather the following:
Robert Gardener somehow gets linked to John
Hatheway, Tennant of Hewlands Near Shottery
1543-56. John has Richard Hathaway, alias
Gardener, occupant of Hewlands. He died in 1581
or 1582. His first wife was Anne, from Temple
Gratton, buried there in 1563 or 1564. They were
married in 1554. They had:
1. Bartholomew, b. 1554, m. Isabella Hancocks of
Tredington, d. 1624
2. Anne, b. August 1556, m. William Shakespeare
1582, d. August 1623
3.Two Richards who died in infancy
4. Catherine, b. 1563
Richard then m. (2) Joan in 1565; d. Sept. 5, 1599  
 They had:
1. Joan, b. 1566
2. Thomas, b. 1569
3. Margaret, b. 1572
4. John, b. 1575
5. William, b. 1578
This chart does not carry any of Joan's children
forward.  The Bartholomew line is carried
forward to John Hathaway. And the comments
there are:
Will dated 7 August in the 17th year of our
Sovereign Lord George 2.  Proved 2 April 1746.  
Leaves his freeholds for life to his mother and
after her decease to his three sisters, Sarah,
Elizabeth and Susanna.  To Jane Webb. With his
decease, the male line of Hathaway of Shottery
became extinct.
From this, we would gather that any relationship
to Anne would have to exist, if it does, in earlier
generations. There have been efforts to link
Richard to the Hathaways of the Forest of Dean,
but we are not aware of any successful efforts.

From Ruth Keightley in the Spring 2000 Hathaway
Family Association Newsletter.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage in
Stratford on Avon, England