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April 17, 2011

On The Street Where They Lived: 73 Weston Road, Aston Clinton

For this first post in my new topic theme of On The Street Where They Lived, I am focusing on the family of my great uncle Frederick Read who was born in 1866 at Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire and died in 1908 at Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire.

I have mentioned great uncle Frederick before in the Tombstone Tuesday section.  He was a champion duck breeder and was the originator of the famous Aylesbury Duck.  (I have a pet duck, Demelza – her hubby Donny died last year), I wonder if great uncle Frederick is where I get my love of ducks from!!?

Great uncle Frederick married Annie Sophia Ridgway ( and it’s through her family that I have found a connection with the footballer David Beckham – but that’s another story)!!  Frederick and Annie (1868 – 1955) married 22nd February 1888 at Weston Turville, where Annie was from and went on to have ten children.

Here is a photo of Annie outside their house at 73 Weston Road, Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire.

Copy of original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011

 

I know the house had the name of Roseheath, because that is the information supplied to me when I was also given a copy of this next photograph which is of the same house.  I don’t know the dates of either photographs but I am thinking that this second photo is a number of years earlier!

Copy of original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011

 

I’m not sure who the gentleman in the photograph is, but it is more than likely one of my Read ancestors.  I think he looks a little like George Read (1864 – 1949) who would be great uncle Frederick’s brother.

This next photo shows great uncle Frederick’s wife Annie with their children, after he had died.

Copy of original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011

 

This photo was taken about 1918.  I’m sorry that, as yet, I haven’t found a photograph of great uncle Frederick with his family.  But, it is good to see this – I just so love to see ancestor photos!!

Here is Frederick and Annie.

Copy of original photograph in my private collection – copyright 2011
Copy of original photograph in my private collection – copyright 2011
 
I hope this first of my new theme has been interesting.  I think it is good to see the same house at different times over the years.  I shall have to take a photo of it as it is now, when we next make the journey to Buckinghamshire.

June 15, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Frederick Read – Champion Duck Breeder

For today’s Tombstone Tuesday theme I want to show the tombstone of my Great Uncle Frederick Read.  He was born in 1866 at Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire and died in 1908 at Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire.  He and his wife Annie Sophia Ridgway (1868 – 1955) had ten children and Great Uncle Frederick became a Champion Duck Breeder.

I have been informed that he was the originator of what is known (certainly in the UK) as the Aylesbury Duck and he also used to write about breeding ducks in newspapers and magazines.

original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2010

Great Uncle Frederick is buried at Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire and the photo I show here is the Inscription part.  Unfortunately, although we took a number of photos of his grave and the Church they were taken with a non-digital camera and are not really clear enough to show on this blog. 

Inscription on Great Uncle Frederick’s gravestone

original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2010

My transcription for this is: 

In Loving Memory of

FREDERICK READ

died Feb 14th 1908   aged 41 years

_________

AT REST

_________

also SOPHIA

died June 26th 1955   Aged 88 years

This next photograph is of one of Great Uncle Frederick’s adverts that he placed in various places.

original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2010

May 20, 2010

Ancestor Anniversaries: Ann North

Filed under: ANCESTOR ANNIVERSARIES, Ann North — Tags: , , — rootsresearcher @ 9:46 pm

Today is the anniversary of the death of my 2 x great grandmother Ann Read (nee North) in 1886 at Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire.  Ann was born in Towersey, Buckinghamshire in 1835 and married John Read in 1856 in Aston Clinton.

They had 9 children, the first being my great grandfather Thomas William Read  (see photo in Ancestor Photos – Paternal Side). 

I have found one record that shows Thomas William was actually born on Ann and John’s Wedding Day, which must have turned out to be a very busy day for all concerned!!  I’m not sure this is actually correct so will try to obtain a copy of Thomas William’s Birth Certificate!!

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