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August 2, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: Michael Read’s Will

Filed under: Amanuensis Monday, DAILY BLOGGING THEMES — Tags: , , , — rootsresearcher @ 11:58 pm

I really like the idea of the theme of Amanuensis Monday as it is getting me to sort out all the Wills I have and do something with them!!

This blog theme was 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”.

As I mentioned Michael Read in my occasional theme of Something of Interest and talked about his portrait of his prize bull, I thought that I would add his Will this week.

Michael is one of the twenty children of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read and I have found him on a number of other Wills as an Executor and he was the one responsible for the Discharge of Legacy papers that I show on my Old Documents pages.

He was 49 years old when he married Martha Smith in 1791 – she was about fifteen years younger than him.  They did not have any children and like the Wills of the unmarried Read ladies I have who did not have children themselves, Michael mentions so many in the family and I think it is wonderful that he provides for virtually everyone, even to his great nieces and great nephews.

Here is Michael Read’s Will

Copy (obtained from the National Archives) in my private collection - copyright 2010

Copy (obtained from the National Archives) in my private collection - copyright 2010

Copy (obtained from the National Archives) in my private collection - copyright 2010

Copy (obtained from the National Archives) in my private collection - copyright 2010

and this is the Transcription for Michael Read’s Will:

Will of Michael Read

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Michael Read of the parish of Lower Winchendon in the County of Bucks Dairyman I give and devise all that my copyhold Messuage or two Tenements at Waddesdon in the County of Bucks with the appurts thereto belonging unto and to the use of my dear Niece Mary Pollard her heirs and assigns for Ever and I desire that the said Mary Pollard or her late parents or her Brother may not be charged with any rent for the occupation of the same Messuage or Tenements during my life and I give to the said Mary Pollard all the ffurniture and effects in and about the said Messuage or Tenements which belong to me Next I give and devise to my dear Nephew Thomas Read son of my dear brother Thomas Read all my ffreehold Land and heredits with the appurts situate at Chearsley in the said County of Bucks now in the occupation of William Wood To hold the same unto and to the use of him my said Nephew Thomas Read his heirs and assigns tor ever subject nevertheless to the payment of the Sum of one hundred and fifty pounds to his Sister Elizabeth which I give and bequeath to her and direct to be paid within twelve Calendar months after my decease Next I give and bequeath to my dear Wife Martha Read all the household ffurniture belonging to the two best Bedrooms and the parlour in my dwelling house and as much of my household Linen as she shall desire to furnish her a house to and for her own use and benefit and I direct that the same may be delivered to her as soon as conveniently may be after my decease also I give and bequeath to my dear Brother Stephen Read all my wearing apparel of every sort to and for his own use and benefit to be delivered to him as soon as conveniently may be after my decease Next I give and bequeath unto my dear Nephew Richard Read Son of my late dear Brother Robert Read deceased my Tenant right in the farm which I now hold under the Marquis of Buckingham and I earnestly desire that his Lordship will be pleased to accept him as Tenant thereof but I request that my said Nephew Richard Read will permit my said Wife to reside in my dwelling house until she shall have provided herself another habitation to her own satisfaction Next I give devise and bequeath all the Rest and Residue of my Real and personal Estates whatsoever and howsoever and of what nature or kinds ever not hereinbefore disposed of unto my said dear Nephew Richard Read To hold the same to him his heirs Executors admors and assigns respectively for Ever subject nevertheless to the payment of all my Debts and funeral and Testamentary Expenses and of the several Legacies or Sums of money hereinbefore bequeathed and disposed of and I hereby give and bequeathed unto my dear Nephew John Read Son of my late dear Brother Edward Read deceased and my dear Nephew William Rose Son of my late dear Sister Mary Rose deceased the several Sums of Two thousand pounds three hundred pounds and four hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain with lawful Interest from the time of my decease upon Trust to put place or continue the same out at Interest on good Securities and pay that Interest thereof respectively quarterly as it shall become due and also to pay the principal or Capital thereof respectively to the persons and in manner hereinafter directed that is to say as to the Sum of Two thousand pounds to pay the Interest thereof to my said dear Wife or her assigns for her and during the term of her natural life and as soon as conveniently may be after her decease to pay and divide the Capital or principal thereof in manner hereinafter in that behalf mentioned as to the said Sum of Three hundred pounds to pay the Interest thereof to my dear Sister Elizabeth Wood or her assigns for and during the term of her natural life to and for her own use and benefit and as soon as conveniently may be after her decease to pay and divide the Capital or principal thereof in manner following that is to say six seventh parts thereof unto and equally amongst the six surviving children of my said Sister Elizabeth Wood or their respective Executors or admors and the remaining seventh part thereof unto and equally between the children of her late Daughter Elizabeth Humphreys deceased if they be then of age respectively and if not to pay and apply the share of each of them or any part thereof if they my said Trustees shall think proper or the Interest and product thereof to and for his and her use and benefit during minority and to pay the remainder if any be unapplied to them respectively at their respective ages of twenty one years and as to the said Sum of four hundred pounds to pay the Interest thereof unto my dear Brother Stephen Read for and during the term of his natural life and after his decease to pay the Interest thereof to his now Wife for the term of his natural life and after the decease of the Survivor of them the Capital or principal thereof shall sink into the residue of my personal Estate Next I give and bequeath to the several persons hereinafter named the several Legacies or Sums of money next hereinafter mentioned that is to say to each of my three Nephews William Pollard Michael Pollard and Jeremiah Pollard or their respective Executors or admors fifty pounds to each of my dear Nephews and Nieces Sons and Daughters of my said late Sister Mary Rose deceased or their respective  Executors or admors Twenty pounds to each of my dear Nephews William Joseph and Edward Read Sons of my said late Brother Robert Read deceased or their respective Executors or admors one
hundred pounds to the three Sons of my late dear Niece Catharine James one hundred pounds to be equally divided between them or their respective Executors or admors To the two children of my late dear Nephew Robert Read deceased one hundred pounds to be equally divided between them or their respective Executors or admors To Mary Ann Read Daughter of my late dear Nephew James Read deceased or her Executors or admors fifty pounds to each of the five surviving children of my dear Sister Jane May their respective Executors or admors fifty pounds to each of the ten children of my said late Brother Edward or their respective Executors or admors forty pounds To my said Brother Thomas or his Executors or admors Three hundred pounds which last mentioned Legacies shall be paid in lawful money of Great Britain within twelve Calendar months after my decease and I direct that all the monies and property which shall at my decease be placed out at Interest or otherwise in the separate name of my said Wife shall be considered as hers over and besides the benefit she will otherwise derive
under this my Will and that my Executor will accordingly deliver and transfer to her all the Securities and Vouchers for the same and as to the said Sum of Two thousand pounds from and immediately after the decease of my said Wife I direct that the same shall be divided into as many equal parts or shares as I shall have had in number of Nephews and Nieces who shall be then living or who shall already have or shall have then have died leaving issue and that one of such parts and shares shall be paid to each of my said Nephews and Nieces then living and one other of such parts or shares shall be paid to or divided equally amongst the then surviving child or children of each of such deceased Nephews and Nieces and I declare and direct that in all such cases if any in which I may have advanced money to or for the use of any of the Legatees hereinbefore named and taken any Security or Memorandum for the same whether the same may be dated or have been taken more or less than six years previously to my decease such Legatees respectively shall not be entitled to claim their several Legacies or any part
thereof respectively until they shall respectively have accounted for and paid or satisfied to my Executor all such monies as may be due or appear to be due upon or by such Securities or a Memorandum respectively and whereas I am surviving Trustee and Executor under the Will of my late dear Brother Robert Read deceased now in case of my decease before the complete execution of the Trusts of his said Will I do give devise and bequeath all the Real and personal property vested in me as such Trustee and Executor under this said Will or otherwise unto my said dear Nephews John Read (Son of my said late Brother Edward) William Rose (Son of my said late Sister Mary) and Richard Read (Son of my said late Brother Robert) their heirs Executors admors and assigns upon the Trusts and for the and (?) intents and purposes in his said Will expressed and declared or such of them as shall remain to be and be capable of being performed and I do hereby declare and order that it shall and may be lawful to and for them my said Trustees John Read and William Rose and each of them and the
Survivor of them his Executors and admors by and out of the Trust monies and property hereinbefore bequeathed to them or the Interest and produce thereof or any part thereof to deduct retain to and reimburse themselves himself and each other respectively all such loss Costs Charges damages and
expenses as they or other of them shall or may bear pay sustain expend or be put unto in or about or by reason or means or on account of the performance and execution of all and every or any of the Trusts hereby in them reposed in any respect whatsoever and also that they my said Trustees or either of them shall not be charged or chargeable with or answerable or accountable tor any more of the said Trust monies and property than what shall actually come to their hands or custody respectively by virtue of this my Will nor with or for any loss damage or diminution that may happen to the same or any part thereof so as it happen not through their or either of their wilful default or neglect nor shall the one of them be answerable or accountable for the other but each for himself and his own acts deeds receipts defaults and neglects only and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said Nephew Richard Read Son of my said late Brother Robert sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament In Testimony whereof  I the said Michael Read the Testator have to each of the three preceding sheets of this my last Will and Testament contained in four sheets of paper set my hand and to this fourth and last sheet thereof my hand and seal this twenty third day of May one thousand Eight hundred and twenty. The mark X and seal of the said Michael Read the Testator Signed Sealed and published and
declared by the said Michael Read the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses Jno. Rose Grays Inn Joseph Rose Aylesbury Jno. Parrott Aylesbury

Proved at London 23rd November 1822 before the Judge by the Oath of Richard Read the Nephew the sole Executor to whom admon was granted being first sworn (by Con …(?) duly to administer.

July 19, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: The Will of Rachel Read – 1804

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This is my second contribution to the Amanuensis Monday blog theme that was 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”.

I have chosen for today’s theme, the Will of Rachel Read.  Rachel is the sister of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read and her Will was responsible for leading the way to their siblings and discovering even more ancestors.

The discovery of Rachel’s Will was made because of the wonderful original Discharge of Legacies we found in the back of the huge Rose Family Tree book that I mention elsewhere in this blog and which original document can be seen on the Old Documents Pages.

I have found that when spinster ladies die, as they have no children of their own, they tend to leave legacies to nephews, nieces, brothers and sisters and so on and of course this usually provides a lot more information than in most Wills.

Rachel’s Will is great because it not only confirms details I had about the children of Cozens Read but gives additional information about other relatives.  This is such a treasure for me!!

The Will of Rachel Read

Copy (obtained from the Oxfordshire Record Office) in my private collection - copyright 2010

Copy (obtained from the Oxfordshire Record Office) in my private collection - copyright 2010

Copy (obtained from the Oxfordshire Record Office) in my private collection - copyright 2010

Copy (obtained from the Oxfordshire Record Office) in my private collection - copyright 2010

And here is my Transcript for Rachel’s Will:

Transcript of the Will of Rachel Read

I Rachel Read of Tiddington in the parish of Albury in the County of Oxford spinster being of sound and disposing Mind Memory and Understanding praised be God for the same do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) I give and devise the Messuage or Tenement wherein I now dwell with the closes lands hereditaments and appurtenances to the same and belonging situate and being at Tiddington and in the parish of Albury aforesaid by me purchased of Giles Prickett Gentleman and all other my Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments whatsoever unto and to the use of my Nephew Michael Read of Lower Winchendon in the County of Bucks yeoman his Heirs and Assigns But nevertheless upon trust that he my said Nephew his Heirs or Assigns shall and do with all convenient speed after my decease absolutely sell and dispose of the same Hereditaments and premises with the Appurtenances either together or in parcels and either by public auction or private contract to any person or persons for the most Money or the best price or prices than can be reasonably had or got for the same and after deducting and retaining to him and themselves in the first place all such costs charges and Expences as shall be incurred in or about such sale or sales or otherwise in the Execution of the trusts hereby in him and them reposed(?)  do and shall pay and apply the Monies to arise from such sale or sales as aforesaid in manner following (that is to say) do and shall pay thereout unto my Nephews and Nieces William Read of Upper Winchendon in the said County of Bucks Yeoman Edward Read of Doddershall in the parish of Quainton in the same county Yeoman Thomas Read of Worminghall in the same county Yeoman Stephen Read now or late of Little Hazeley in the said County of Oxford Yeoman Rachel Farmborough the wife of ffrancis Farmborough of Hartwell in the parish of Stone in the said County of Bucks Yeoman Jane May wife of Richard May of Westcot in the parish of Waddesdon in the same County Yeoman Catharine Pollard wife of Jeremiah Pollard of Waddesdon aforesaid Baker Sarah Rose of Westcot aforesaid Widow Elizabeth Wood wife of William Wood of Chearsley in the said County of Bucks Cordwainer and my Nephews and Niece William Read John Read Elizabeth Read and Thomas Read (sons and daughters of my late Brother William) the Legacy sum of Twenty Pounds apiece and unto my Niece Betty the wife of William Burgess of Great Hazeley in the County of Oxford labourer the Legacy or sum of Thirty Pounds all of which Legacies and sums of Money I give unto my said Nephews and Nieces respectively and direct to be paid unto them respectively within six calendar months next after my decease and also do and shall pay the cost unto my cousin Ann Cozens who now lives with me for and during the term of her natural life One annuity or clear Yearly sum of Ten Pounds free from all manner of Taxes and deductions whatsoever and to be paid to her or her Assigns by four equal quarterly payments (that is to say) on the fifth day of January the fifth day of April the fifth day of July and the fifth day of October in each Year by even and equal portions and the first payment thereof to be made on such of the said days as shall first happen after my decease And after payment of the said several Legacies and Annuity aforesaid and my just debts funeral and Testamentary expenses do and shall retain and pay the net residue or surplus of the Monies to arise from sale of my said Estate as aforesaid unto and between him my said Nephew Michael Read and my Nephew Edward Read who now lives with me in equal shares and proportions and for facilitating the sale of the said Hereditaments and premises as aforesaid I do hereby declare that the Receipt or Receipts of my said Nephew Michael Read his Heirs or Assigns shall be a good and sufficient discharge or sufficient discharges to any purchaser or purchasers and his her or their respective Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns for the Money for which the said premises or any part thereof shall be sold or for so much thereof as is such Receipt or Receipts shall be respectively acknowledged or expressed to be received and such purchaser or purchasers his her or their respective Heirs Executors Administrators or Assigns shall not afterwards be obliged to see to the application of such purchase Money or be answerable or accountable for the loss misapplication or non application thereof or of any part thereof And as to all my ready Money debts owing ffarming stock Household Goods and ffurniture personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said last named Nephews Michael Read and Edward Read equally to be divided between them share and share alike and I do hereby constitute and appoint them my same Nephews Executors of this my will and hereby revoking all former and other wills by me made I do declare this to be my only last will and Testament In witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament contained in three sheets of Paper set my hand to each sheet thereof and to the last of them my Seal also this fourteenth day of June in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two.  The Mark of  X Rachel Read.  Signed Sealed published and declared by the above named Rachel Read the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto Grace Moott of Tetsworth Oxon John Hedges atty Wallingford Chas. Carrington his clk.

This Will was proved at Oxford on the Nineteenth day of January in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four before the Reverend John Slatter Clerk Master of Arts Surrogate of the Reverend George Turner Clerk Master of Arts Official Principal of the Reverend the Archdeacon of Oxford lawfully constituted by the Oaths of Michael Read the Nephew and one of the Executors therein named to whom admon was granted being first sworn duly to administer powers reserved to the other Executor.

Notes regarding the Will:  Since obtaining this Will I know who Rachel’s parents are but so far, no matter where I have looked, I haven’t been able to find her Baptism yet.

Her siblings Elizabeth, Mary and Cozens were all Baptised at Caversham, Oxfordshire and another brother was Baptised at Great Haseley, Oxfordshire.  But along with Rachel I cannot find the Baptism of their brother William anywhere either.  Whilst I know it is very possible their parents only had the six children I just have a feeling that there are more siblings to be found for them and I just know that when I find Rachel’s Baptism, I will more than likely find others!

I have come across a Robert Read living in Tiddington at about the same time as Rachel and I have also come across a Richard Read around Caversham but neither of these appear to belong to anyone!!  I am thinking that just maybe they are also siblings of Rachel’s?

Also in Rachel’s Will she mentions her nephew Edward Read living with her but does not mention who his father is. When Rachel dies, Edward continues living with Rachel’s cousin Ann Cozens as mentioned in Ann’s Will (see my first Amanuensis Monday post).  But I am not at all sure which Edward this is!!

Is he the son of Cozens Read?  Or the son of Cozens Read’s brother John?  Cozens Read’s son Edward dies in 1808 (so after both Rachel Read and Ann Cozens). Edward’s wife died in 1801, so before Rachel wrote her Will and maybe after she died Edward went to help his aunt Rachel? 

John Read’s son Edward dies in 1829 and was living at Great Milton, Oxfordshire at that time but he married in 1797 and neither Rachel Read nor Ann Cozens make any mention of Edward having a wife or that his wife is also living with them!

My first original thought when reading this Will was that the nephew Edward was Cozens Read’s son, but he had his own farm in Doddershall, Quainton, Buckinghamshire.  But it could be possible that one of Edward’s own sons ran the Doddershall farm while Edward went to live at Tiddington?

I don’t know how I am going to prove which Edward was the one living at Tiddington with Rachel and Ann. Then again, there could be another nephew Edward I haven’t discovered yet from other probable siblings of Rachel’s!!  This is going to take some sorting out!  Of course any discoveries I make will be posted on the blog, but I reckon everyone will know when they hear the very loud cheering that will come … one day!!

July 12, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: The Will of Ann Cozens

Filed under: Amanuensis Monday, DAILY BLOGGING THEMES — Tags: , , — rootsresearcher @ 10:06 pm

I have noticed several fellow geneabloggers are contributing to the Amanuensis Monday blog theme that was 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”.

I think the idea of Amanuensis Monday is wonderful and is going to be so good for me to actually get down to transcribing all the Wills I have collected and been meaning to transcribe for ages (for years in fact)!!  So I am going to have a go and join in and try to add a transcribed Will each Monday!

My first transcription is for the Will of Ann Cozens.  She is a cousin of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read and lived for a number of years with his sister Rachael in Tiddington, Oxfordshire.  Both Ann Cozens and Rachael Read’s Wills are a delight as the two ladies mention so many members of the family.

I am a little stuck with Ann Cozens, not yet knowing who her parents are, but as you will see from the Will, there is a clue and I will comment on this in the Notes at the end of the transcription.

Here is a copy of Ann Cozens’ Will that I received from the National Archives and please don’t tell me off for the pink highlighter all over it!!  I did that with several Wills as they were so difficult to read and so I could easily pick out names etc., but I did this a long time ago and realise now that I should have maybe done the highlighting on a different copy!

Ann Cozens’ Will

This copy in my private collection - copyright 2010

and here is Page 2  – the Transcription follows the second page

This copy in my private collection - copyright 2010

and here is my Transcription of this Will for Amanuensis Monday

Transcript of the Will of Ann Cozens

 
In the Name of God Amen I Ann Cozens of Great Hazely in the County of Oxford Spinster being in health of body and of sound mind memory and understanding praised be God for the same do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following First I will and desire that I may be decently buried in the parish Churchyard of Great Hazely aforesaid near as maybe to Mrs. Rachel Read And I give and bequeath unto Edward Read of Brimstone house in the parish of Albury in the County of Oxford the sum of three pounds for his trouble and care of me during my natural life Also I give and bequeath unto John Cozens of Berwick in the County of Oxford laborour son of the late Moses Cozens my nephew the sum of forty pounds Also I give and bequeath unto Mary Cozens sister to the said John Cozens of Berwick Spinster the sum of ten pounds Also I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Read of Great Hazely Spinster the sum of five pounds Also I give and bequeath unto William Read the elder batchelor the sum of two guineas Also I give and bequeath unto my three God children Thomas Read Ann Read John Lovegrove now living in Hazely aforesaid Thomas Read the elder (additional wording the elder crossed through) the sum of one guinea each Also to Ann Read the daughter of the said Thomas Read the sum of one guinea And also to John Lovegrove the sum one guinea all now living in Hazely aforesaid Also I give and bequeath unto Rachel Clifford widow the sum of one guinea Also I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Read daughter of Stephen Read and Elizabeth his wife of Cuddington in the County of Bucks the sum one guinea Also I give and bequeath unto Thomas Read the son of the aforesaid Stephen and Elizabeth Read the sum of one guinea Also I give and bequeath unto Stephen Read the son of the aforesaid Stephen and Elizabeth Read the sum of one guinea Also I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Burges wife of William Burges of Hazely the sum of two guineas And if the effects at the time of my decease should not arise to the amount or sum of (additional wording of crossed through ) the above legacies herein above bequeath’d it is my request that all the legacies shall take in proportion to what the effects may amount to in the pound after all depts and demands are discharged by the named executor herein mentioned of this my last will and testament Also I direct and appoint Edward Read my Executor to pay all my just depts and all the expences and funeral charges within one month after my interment All the rest and residue of my, of money goods chattles estate and effects of what nature or kind soever I give and bequeath unto Mr. Edward Read of Brimstone house in the said parish of Albury in the said County of Oxford And I do nominate constitute and appoint the said Edward Read of Brimstone house aforesaid sole Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all and every other will and wills at any time (sweartofore?) by me made and declare this to be my last will and testament In Witness whereof I have, I the said Ann Cozens Spister(sic) have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty ninth day of April one thousand eight hundred and five.  Mark Ann Cozens  X    Sign’d sealed declared and published by the said testator Ann Cozens as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto Elizabeth Billing  Sarah Scriven
This Will was proved at Oxford on the twenty eighth day of March 1809 before the Rev’d William Brown clerk M. A. Surrogate of the Rev’d George Turner clerk M. A. Official Principal of the Rev’d Archdeacon of Oxford lawfully constituted by the Oath of Edward Reade the sole executor therein named to whom admon was granted being first sworn duly to administer.

 

Notes:  Ann mentions that she is bequeathing to John Cozens of Berwick the son of the late Moses Cozens “my nephew” … and this has caused me a bit of concern with regard to who Ann Cozens actually belongs to!  I have taken this part of the Will to mean that John Cozens is her nephew, therefore the late Moses Cozens is her brother.  I have the Wills for Moses Cozens and his brother John Cozens and their father John Cozens, but not one mentions Ann.  I don’t know when Ann Cozens was born, so it could be the Will of John Senior was made before Ann was born and maybe the two brothers John and Moses were more concerned with leaving their legacies to their children.

On the other hand, is Ann Cozens referring to the late Moses Cozens as her nephew (hence his son would be her great nephew)?  If so, that would make John Senior her brother and as mentioned before Ann is not mentioned in his Will whether as sister or daughter!  I would be interested to hear your views about who you think she is referring to as “my nephew”.

Brimstone house in Albury is where Rachael Read lived with her cousin Ann Cozens until she died.  Living with them both was Edward Read and it appears that he continued living there after Rachael died and until Ann Cozens died.  I have tried to find this place.  For Rachael it appears to be in Tiddington but for Ann it is in Albury.  Tiddington was/is in the parish of Albury and I believe the two villages are very close together.  I have also discovered that this particular property is now a government experimental farm and when we were in Oxfordshire in 2000 we could not find anything that could have been Brimstone house or even an experimental farm!  I have tried to find the house on old maps and have seen in other documents that it is referred to as Brimstone Farm also.  I have also seen in other documents mention of Brimpton House in Albury or Tiddington and think that this is one and the same as Brimstone House.  I’m sure I will find it one day!!

 

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