In my search for more of my Read ancestors, I note all those I come across, mainly in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and sometimes further afield.
On re-checking some of my notes today, I came across all the Reads that were baptised, married or buried in Chicheley, Buckinghamshire, UK.
At this stage I don’t know if these are actually my ancestors, but it is very likely they are. I just thought this was rather sad.
We have John Read and his wife Anne. They have five children. Their daughter Elisabeth was baptised in 1582 and within her first year, sadly died. There is a little gap and then they have another daughter, again calling her Elisabeth baptised in 1589. She also did not make it to her first year of age! John and Anne’s next child was another daughter, so they named her Elisabeth, just like the earlier two daughters. This daughter was baptised in 1591. Her mother was buried in 1591 and she herself was buried in 1591. I think maybe John’s wife died as a result of giving birth to the last Elisabeth.
John must marry again as he has a son Thomas born in 1593. But he also has a wife, Cresset, buried in 1597. Still, he must marry for a third time as he has another daughter, named Elisabeth baptised in 1599. Sadly she is also buried in 1599. He has one more child, a son called John born in 1600.
His last wife, Elisabeth manages to live another thirty years after the last child is born, and is herself buried in 1630. Sadly John, the father, died in 1613 so his last child was only about 13 when he lost his father.
It just seems so sad to have had four daughters and lose them all within the first year of their lives, especially when they were all given the same name. John and Anne quite obviously wanted to name their daughters after someone in particular.
John and his first wife Anne also had another daughter before the first of the Elisabeths called Martha. She is buried in 1578 but I have not found a baptism for her, so think maybe they were living elsewhere when she was born.