Shirley Jackson

Birth Name: Shirley Hardie Jackson

Date of Birth: December 14, 1916

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Death: August 8, 1965

Place of Death: North Bennington, Vermont, U.S.

Ethnicity: English

Shirley Jackson was an American author. She is known for her horror and mystery fiction. Her novels are The Road Through the Wall, Hangsaman, The Bird’s Nest, The Sundial, The Haunting of Hill House, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. She wrote many short stories, including “The Lottery.”

Shirley was the daughter of Geraldine Maxwell (Bugby) and Leslie Hardie Jackson, an executive at a label-making company. Her father was born in Methley, West Yorkshire, England. She was married to literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, until her death, with whom she had four children.

Shirley’s maternal grandfather was Maxwell Greene Bugbee (the son of John Stephenson Bugee and Annie/Anna Maxwell Greene). Shirley’s grandfather Maxwell was born in California. John was born in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, of Colonial American descent, and was a prominent lawyer in San Francisco, and a Superior Court Judge in Alaska. John’s father, Shirley’s great-great-grandfather, was architect Samuel Charles Bugbee, whose designs included the homes of industrialists Leland Stanford and Charles Crocker, and the Mendocino Presbyterian Church. John’s mother, Abigail Deborah “Abbie”/Abby Stephenson, was from Maine. Shirley’s great-grandmother Anna was the daughter of Nathaniel Greene and Hannah Wells Eldridge.

Shirley’s maternal grandmother was Evangeline “Mimi” Field (the daughter of Chauncey Field and Julia Wood). Evangeline was born in California, to parents from Connecticut.

Sources: Shirley Jackson on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Shirley Jackson on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Shirley Jackson (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Shirley’s maternal grandfather, Maxwell Greene Bugbee (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Shirley’s maternal grandmother, Evangeline “Mimi” Field, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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