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March 8, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Robert and Mary Read

Yesterday for Amanuensis Monday, I gave details of a Memorandum concerning my ancestor Joseph Read.  Today’s Tombstone Tuesday is about Joseph’s father, Robert Read (1740 – 1799).  Robert is one of the sons of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read and is who I am descended from.

Robert Read married Mary Lee (1740 – 1828) in 1767 at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK and they had eight children.   Robert was a Tallow Chandler (I expect he did very well with this occupation as everyone needed candles to see by once it got dark) and he also owned the Cross Keys Tavern in Market Square, Aylesbury.  (You can see a pic of this here on my blog).

Original photograph taken by me at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire - copyright 2011

 

As you will see the inscription can barely be seen.  This is another of my Read ancestor’s tombstones on the wall in the Lady Chapel of St. Mary’s, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.  (In other Tombstone Tuesdays I have shown the stone for Robert’s daughter Catherine James and also the stone for her husband, James James).

A few years before I took this photograph another “new” cousin had kindly sent me the inscription and from this you will see just how much has now become lost over time!

To the memory of

Robert Read

Late of this Town

who died the 2nd August 1799

and

Mary his wife

who died March 20th 1828

Aged 89 years

 

I think it is very sad that most of this inscription is all but disappeared, but at least I know what was on the stone and those details are noted in various places as well as on this blog now.

March 7, 2011

Amanuensis Monday: Memorandum of an Agreement – Joseph Read and Acton Chaplin – 1815

Filed under: Amanuensis Monday, DAILY BLOGGING THEMES — Tags: , , , — rootsresearcher @ 11:41 pm

Amanuensis Monday is a blog theme started by John Newmark on his blog Transylvanian Dutch, in which he is transcribing letters, newspaper articles, audio tapes, and a war diary etc., concerning his family.

John explains Amanuensis as “a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another”.

A few years ago I was able to go to the Buckinghamshire (UK) Record Office and take photos of some of the accounts and letters of my ancestor Joseph Read (1779 – 1856) of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.  Joseph is the grandson of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read and the son of Robert and Mary (nee Lee) Read, who I am directly descended from.

Today for Amanuensis Monday I show a Memorandum for an Agreement that Joseph signed with Acton Chaplin regarding the purchase of land.

Photograph of original document taken by me at Buckinghamshire Record Office - copyright 2011

 

The original Memorandum carried on to the back of the above page:

Photograph taken by me of original document at the Buckinghamshire Record Office - copyright 2011

 

Transcript of the above document:

Memorandum of an Agreement made this nineteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and fifteen Between Acton Chaplin of Pitchcott in the County of Bucks Esquire of the one part and Joseph Read of Aylesbury in the same County Yeoman of the other part.

Whereas the said Acton Chaplin hath contracted and agreed with the Trustees and Executors of the last will and testament of Acton Chaplin Esquire his late Father deceased for the purchase of divers freehold and leasehold Messuages Lands and Hereditaments and amongst them of the leasehold close piece or parcel of arable land hereinafter mentioned with the Appurtenances

Now it is hereby agreed between the said Acton Chaplin (party hereto) and Joseph Read as follows

That the same Acton Chaplin and all other necessary parties shall and will on or before the twentieth day of June next convey and assure unto him the said Joseph Read his Executors and Administrators or whom he or they shall direct or appoint All that leasehold close piece or parcel of arable land situate lying and being in the Township of Aylesbury aforesaid called Crown Leys containing by admeasurement Thirteen acres three roods and thirteen perches together with the crop of Beans now growing thereon and all Appurtenances thereto belonging -

That on the execution of such conveyances the said Joseph Read shall pay for the purchase of the same the Sum of seven hundred and eighty pounds with lawful Interest thereon from the said twentieth of June to the completion of the purchase in case the purchase shall by any means be delayed after that day

That the said Joseph Read shall be let into immediate possession of the said premises and pay all Taxes and outgoings therefrom from Lady Day last up to which time all outgoings shall be cleared by the said Acton Chaplin or the said Trustees and Executors

That the Expences of making out the Title shall be paid by the said Acton Chaplin or the said Trustees and Executors and those of the Conveyances by the said Joseph ReadThat in case it shall happen that the contract so entered into by the said Acton Chaplin with the said Trustees and Executors shall not be carried into effect by reason of any defect of Title to any part of the premises so agreed to be purchased by the same Acton Chaplin or otherwise then this present Agreement shall be void as to the said Sale to the said Joseph Read and in that case all just allowances shall be made in respect of the occupation of the said Crown Leys to be settled by Arbitration in the usual way between the parties in case they should differ about the same

As Witness their Hands

Acton Chaplin 

Joseph Read

  

At the time this Agreement was signed, Joseph was 36 years old (one year older than Acton Chaplin).  Joseph was married and five of his ten children were born by the year he signed this document.

Joseph Read was a farmer or Yeoman as it states here, but he also owned a brickmaking factory in Aylesbury and by the time of the 1851 Census he was employing 90 people (it’s unclear whether this is men, women, or something else) and 6 Labourers.

I researched the other gentleman he signed the Agreement with and was unable to find out very much about him.  Acton Chaplin was born on 7th June 1780 and baptised on 19th June 1780 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.  His parents were Acton Chaplin and Ann Sherriff and they married at Aylesbury on 25th August 1776.

I am also trying to discover the land or property known as Crown Leys in Aylesbury, but so far haven’t discovered anything yet.  (But then that maybe only because I have very recently started to look)!!  ;-)

March 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Strolling Through The Woods

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This is a photograph of my two brothers, Alan and John, taken about the mid 1950s.

Original photograph in the private collection of my Mother - copyright 2011

Wednesday’s Child: Edward, Robert and Edward Read

For today’s Wednesday’s Child I am giving details of three of seven children of William Read (c1709 – 1758) and his wife Mary (nee Turner) (d. 1790).  William is the brother of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.

William and Mary lived in a few different places while having their children, going by where they had them baptised (and/or buried).  Their first child, Edward was born in June 1737 at Stoke Talmage, Oxfordshire, UK and died one month later and buried in Wheatfield, Oxfordshire.

I don’t have a photo of his grave as I could not find one, but here are some photos of the church at Stoke Talmage and the church at Wheatfield.

Stoke Talmage

Original photograph taken by me in Stoke Talmage, Oxfordshire in 2000 – copyright 2011

 

Wheatfield

Original photograph taken by me in Wheatfield, Oxfordshire – copyright 2011

 

Another child of William and Mary Read’s to die very young is Robert, born in 1738 and died in 1739 at Wheatfield, Oxfordshire aged just six months.

William and Mary then had another son they called Edward and he survived a little longer than his brothers.  He was born in September 1743 at Great Haseley, Oxfordshire and died one year and one month later in 1744 at Wheatfield.

It must have been a blessing for William and Mary to see their remaining four children survive and they lived on into their adulthood.

 

March 1, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Thomas Rose (1777 – 1857

Today’s Tombstone Tuesday is about Thomas Rose (1777 – 1857).  He is the son of William Rose (1746 – 1801) and Mary (nee Read) (1739 – 1785) and grandson of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.

In April 2000 I was lucky enough to visit Eythrope Park Farm in Buckinghamshire, home of the Rose family for many many years.  I have mentioned a couple of times in this blog that I was also lucky enough to be shown the huge Rose Family Tree book and was able to get so much detail from that about many of my ancestors.

For Thomas Rose it was noted that:   “Thomas Rose, unmarried, lodged for many years at the Angel Inn in Kingsbury, Aylesbury, then one of the foremost hotels in the town but it has now been moribund from some years”.  (This note was written in 1905).

Original photograph taken by me in Buckinghamshire in 2000 - copyright 2011

 

Thomas is buried in the Private Chapel called Waddesdon Hill Chapel.  I am showing some pics of the Chapel here too to share with my “new” cousins and particularly Judy who I found last week!  This sign explains who and why it was built.

Original photograph taken by me in Buckinghamshire in 2000 - copyright 2011

 

Here are a couple of photographs of the private Chapel built by my ancestor Francis Cox and where Thomas Rose and many others of the family are buried.

Original photograph taken by me in Buckinghamshire in 2000 - copyright 2011

 

Original photograph taken by me in Buckinghamshire in 2000 - copyright 2011

 

How I wish now that I had taken photos of all the other graves there, but at the time I did not know that many of my ancestors are at rest in the Chapel grounds!

If you look to the left of the Sign photograph and the left of the first photo of the Chapel you will see the wooden contraptions that were made (and are still there) so that anyone going to the chapel could tie their horses to it.

February 28, 2011

Amanuensis Monday: Extract of Will of James James dated 1808

Filed under: Amanuensis Monday, DAILY BLOGGING THEMES — Tags: , , , — rootsresearcher @ 11:14 pm

Amanuensis Monday is a blog theme started by John Newmark on his blog Transylvanian Dutch, in which he is transcribing letters, newspaper articles, audio tapes, and a war diary etc., concerning his family.

John explains Amanuensis as “a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another”.

Today I am showing what I thought was the Will of James James dated 1808 which I have had for a few years, but it wasn’t until I was actually transcribing it today that I realised that it is an extract and really concerns the Probate for his Will. 

The reason I am featuring James James is because two or three weeks ago, for Tombstone Tuesday I featured his wife Catharine James (nee Read – the granddaughter of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read), and the week after her Tombstone Tuesday I showed the stone for James James.

But, since then, only in the last couple of days, I have found another “new” cousin.  Cousin Irvine is descended through the James line and has kindly allowed me to also show here a photograph of Robert Joseph James, but more about that after the transcription!

Extract from the Will of James James

Copy Will extract in my private collection (obtained from the Buckinghamshire Record Office) - copyright 2011

 

Copy Will extract in my private collection (obtained from Buckinghamshire Record Office) - copyright 2011

 

Transcript of Will Extract for James James dated 1808

Extracted from the Registry of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

In the Will of James James late of Aylesbury in the County of Bucks – Gentleman deceased dated 22nd June 1808 is as follows

And I hereby nominate constitute and appoint them my said Wife Elizabeth James and my said Brother John James and the said William Rickford joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament

Proved at London 6th June 1809 before the Worshipful Charles Cook Dr. of Laws and Surrogate by the Oath of John James Esq. the Brother and one of the Executors to whom Admon was granted being first sworn duly to administer power reserved to Elizabeth James Widow the Relict and William Rickford the other Executors

Proved at London 12th May 1826 before the Judge by the Oath of Elizabeth James Widow the Relict one of the surviving Executors to whom Admon was granted being first sworn by …? duly to administer Power reserved to William Rickford Esquire the other surviving Executor.

On the 22nd June 1830 Admon with the Will annexed of the Goods Chattels and Credits of James James late of Aylesbury in the County of Bucks and a Lieutenant on half pay in Her Majestys Service Marine Forces dec’d left unadministered by Elizabeth James Widow the Relict one of the Executors and one of the residuary Legatees In trust and the beneficial residuary Legatee for life and John James Esq the Brother and one other of the Executors and one other of the residuary Legatees In Trust named in the said Will both since deceased was granted to James James the Son and one other of the residuary Legatees substituted in the said Will being first sworn duly to administer William Rickford Esq the other and surviving Executor and surviving residuary Legatee In Trust named in the said Will having first anounced the Probate and execution of the said Will and also the Letters of Admon with the said Will annexed of the Goods of the said deceased

Chas Dyneley )

John …? ) Deputy

W. T(?) Goodling(?) ) …?

(Written to the left of the document and enclosed in a line above and a line below) 463 Loveday (and with initials under) SWL?

I saw my first photo of a James descendant today and “new” cousin Irvine has kindly allowed me to show it here.  The photo is of Robert Joseph James (1841 – 1925) and he is the great grandson of the above James James and his wife Catharine (nee Read), which makes Robert the 3 x great grandson of Cozens Read.

Robert Joseph James (1841 – 1925)

Original photograph from the Bassetlaw Archives taken about 1925 – copyright 2011

 

I’m just so pleased to see this photo and as I told Cousin Irvine, I’m pretty sure Robert Joseph James has some of the Read looks in him!

February 26, 2011

Surname Saturday: Hilliard

Filed under: BRICK WALLS!!!!!, Surname Saturday — Tags: , , , , , — rootsresearcher @ 11:44 pm

It seems I’m stuck before I really get started on this one!  As those who follow this blog know I often refer to my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read and for other ancestors I usually say what relationship they are to him.  (This is for me basically so that I know who is who)!

Cozens Read’s brother John Read (1708 – 1750) married Elizabeth Hilliard (b? d1750) at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Oxford City, Oxfordshire, UK in 1740.

Their first child was born in Culham, Oxfordshire in 1741.  The next two children born in Wheatfield, Oxfordshire (where some of my other Reads lived) and the last child I have no idea yet where he was born.

Other than knowing when Elizabeth Read (nee Hilliard) died, I haven’t been able to discover anything else about her.  I had thought that as their first child was born in Culham, maybe that’s where she was from.  I have only found one marriage in Culham of a Hilliard and that was  in 1706.

I’ve looked out for Hilliard in all the fiche/CDs and other things I have of Parish Records, Wills and all sorts, but just don’t seem to come across that name much and certainly nothing that fits with Elizabeth.

As she and her husband died one month apart (or maybe a little less than that) and their children were aged 9 years to 3 years at that time, I have been wondering who would have looked after them.  Maybe Elizabeth’s parents?  But I don’t know who they are.  I had been hoping that if I discovered them I might find Wills which might mention John and Elizabeth’s children and where they were living.

I’ve checked the IGI but there don’t seem to be many Hilliards (and variant spellings) in the county which suggests to me that maybe they are really from elsewhere.  (I do realise the IGI is not complete, but I don’t think that would be the reason for so few Hilliards, compared to other surnames I am researching).

I’ll have to get my thinking cap on (or my Sherlock Holmes detective deerstalker hat) to delve some more into the family of Elizabeth Read (nee Hilliard) … if I can find them!!

February 25, 2011

Follow Friday: Old London Maps

Filed under: DAILY BLOGGING THEMES, Follow Friday — Tags: , , , — rootsresearcher @ 11:06 pm

I was pottering about on the internet looking for maps at the times when my ancestors were living in certain places.

By chance I came across Old London Maps and am very pleased to have found it!

In their own words they say:  “This site is not just about maps. We have hundreds of articles about, and views of, historical London”.  

It’s a very interesting site.  They have maps from the medieval to the 17th Century, Maps from the 18th Century and Maps from the 19th Century.

They also have a section called Articles on, and Views of, old London and then list items they have in different sections such as:

Churches, Abbeys and Monasteries

Streets, Squares and Gates

Houses in and about London

Palaces, Mansions and Gardens

Prisons

Inns, Taverns and Clubs

Guilds and Trades

and many more things besides.  It’s a fascinating site and if you have ancestors during any of the time periods they have maps for in London, then it is well worth a look.  Actually, even if you don’t have ancestors in London, it’s a great site to just look at and maybe learn a few things about olde worlde London.

I am copying one of their maps here to give you an idea of what you will see and can download.  I hope they won’t mind me showing it here!!

This image is St. Giles in the Fields During the Thirteenth Century.

Image from Old London Maps – copyright Sara Douglass Enterprises

 

 

 

 

February 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Uncle Gordon Sinclair

Filed under: DAILY BLOGGING THEMES, Wordless Wednesday — Tags: , , — rootsresearcher @ 11:38 pm

This is a pic of my Uncle Gordon Sinclair (1908 – 1931) when he was a young boy.  He sadly died aged 23 of TB.

Original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011

Wedding Wednesday: “… I am not willing to be married to him …”

Filed under: DAILY BLOGGING THEMES, Wedding Wednesday — Tags: , — rootsresearcher @ 11:31 pm

In the last couple of days I came across my notes of what I call “Interest Only” which I copy from various parish registers when I am searching for my ancestors.  Many of these “Interest Only” are nothing to do with my own ancestors but I find them quite fascinating.

Maybe this isn’t what is expected for Wedding Wednesday but as it has to do with a wedding I thought I would post it here for interest. 

As far as I know the people in this post are not connected to my own reseach.

Found in the registers for Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, UK is the following:

Banns  Jan. 15 – 22, 1826  Francis Brooks, of Bledlow and Elizabeth Nash of this parish.

Letter from Elizabeth Nash.  “Sir, I send these few lines to inform you not to publish the Banns of Marriage Between Me and Francis Brooks as I am not Willing to be Married to him As it was Done unknown to me.  Yours. Elizth. Nash   Jany 21, 1826   Loosley Row, Bucks..”

I find this very intriguing.  Was Francis Brooks being really romantic and arranging a surprise wedding for his ladylove, or was it wishful thinking on his part that this young lady (perhaps someone he had not been romancing even) would marry him anyway, or did he have some other ulterior motive?

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