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January 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: We May Have Found Something!

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Ooooooo, what’s this?
My dear Dad, Ken Read (1924 – 1982) in his garden with lifelong family friend Roy.  They had a great day with a metal detector and just may have found something!  This was in the 1970s.
My dear Dad (1924 - 1982) and lifelong family friend Roy - 1970s

Photo in my private collection - Copyright 2011

August 16, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: Apprehension of Richard Read re Bastard child & his brother John paying the Bastardy Bond for him!!

Filed under: Amanuensis Monday, DAILY BLOGGING THEMES — Tags: , , — rootsresearcher @ 11:27 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”.

This week as a change from the Wills I have been showing, there are two items I am adding for Amanuensis Monday.

One is for the Apprehension of Richard Read of Quainton in 1773 who is the said father of a soon to be born illegitimate child!  The other is for 1777 in which Richard’s brother John agrees to pay a set amount every week until Richard’s illegitimate child reaches the age of fourteen years!

Warrant for Apprehension of Richard Read

Document (copy obtained from Bucks Record Office) in my private collection - copyright 2010

 Transcript for Richard Read’s Apprehension!

(before Birth)

 Bucks)   To the Constable of Quainton in the said County

 Whereas Ann Burgess of Quainton in the said County single Woman, hath by her voluntary Examination, taken in Writing upon Oath, before me  E  Millward  Clerk one of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace in and for the said County this present Day declared herself to be with Child, and that the said Child is likely to be born a Bastard, and to be chargeable to the Parish of Quainton in the said County and that Richard Read of Quainton in the said County did beget the said Child on the Body of her the said Ann Burgess  And whereas  Wm. Eeles(?) one of the Overseers of the Poor of the Parish of Quainton aforesaid, in order to indemnify the said Parish in the Premises, hath applied to me to issue my Warrant for the apprehending the said Richard Read   I therefore hereby command you immediately to apprehend the said Richard Read and to bring him before me, or some other of his said Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the said County to find Security to indemnify the said Parish of Quainton or else to find sufficient Surety for his Appearance at the next General Qtr. Sessions of the Peace to be holden for the said County then and there to abide and perform such Order or Orders as shall be made, in pursuance of an Act passed in the Eighteenth Year of the Reign of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth, concerning Bastards begotten and born out of lawful Matrimony.  Given under my Hand and Seal the 20th Day of August in the Year of his said Majesty’s Reign and in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and 73

 

                                                        E. Millward

 

 

In 1777 it seems that for some reason Richard Read’s brother John Read signs a statement agreeing to pay the parish a fixed sum every week instead of Richard paying this.

Document (copy obtained from Bucks Record Office) in my private collection - copyright 2010

Transcript of John Read’s Statement

I John Read of Quainton in the County of Bucks, Blacksmith do hereby promise to pay unto Peter Hughes, John Frank..n, Charles King and William Twynam, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the parish of Quainton aforesaid Or to any or either of them Or to their, any, or either of their successors for the Use of the parish of Quainton aforesaid, the Sum of one Shilling and Sixpence, Weekly, and every Week untill Richard the Base born Child of my Brother Richard Read shall attain his Age of fourteen Years providing he shall so long live.  In Witness whereof I have set my Hand the third day of May 1777

 

                                                                 John Read

 

Witness hereto

George Simms

Jno. Wheeler

 

I am wondering why John Read would agree to pay the parish for the illegitimate child of his brother rather than Richard Read paying it.  If the child was born 1773/1774 then he would be about four years old at this time, meaning that John Read was going to have to pay for him for another ten years.

I am still researching this family, so when I discover why Richard Read does not pay for his child and if I can discover also what become of the illegitimate child I will add an update on this blog!

August 10, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Stephen Read (1755 – 1842)

I have many ancestors that I have discovered over quite a number of years, but there are a certain few that I feel more fond of for some reason. Possibly because I have done more research on them or maybe even because of how I imagine them to have been. Stephen is one of those “certain few” ancestors!!

Stephen Read (1755 – 1842) is the youngest child of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read and it was Stephen’s Will that I blogged about yesterday for Amanuensis Monday.

If you read that post you will see that I put his age at 76 when he died, but it wasn’t until I looked at his Death Certificate again that I realised that was showing his age incorrectly!  He was actually 86 years old when he died and I know that is correct as I have a copy of his Baptism entry at St. Nicholas Church, Nether Winchendon, Buckinghamshire in 1755 and I have a copy of his Death Certificate dated 1842 and his Will proved in 1842.

He married Ann (Nanny) Rose in 1783 in Nether Winchendon and they went on to have 12 children. They appear to have travelled about a bit as the first two children were born in Nether Winchendon, the next five children born in Great Haseley, Oxfordshire and the last five children born in Cuddington, Buckinghamshire.  I know from Land Tax Assessments that the family also lived at Little Haseley for a number of years and that Stephen and Ann’s final years were in Thame, Oxfordshire.

The photo for Stephen’s tombstone is a little disappointing in that most of the Inscription has vanished over time.  I know from visits to Thame ten years ago that this is his tombstone, as it could just about be read then and that it also includes his wife Ann.  This photo was sent by a “new” cousin, who visited the area two or three years ago.

original photograph taken at Thame, Oxfordshire by D. Read. This photograph in my private collection - copyright 2010

In Stephen’s Will he leaves legacies to his eight children and I have managed to discover what happened to them with the exception of three of them.  He leaves legacies to the children of his son Stephen who died a number of years before and three of his children died as babies/toddlers.

My Amanuensis Monday post featuring Stephen’s Will mentions a couple of intriguing queries I really must follow up, so I daresay Stephen will remain as one of my “chosen few” ancestors who hold a more special place in my heart!!

August 9, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: The Will of Stephen Read

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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”.

This week I am showing the Will of Stephen Read who is the 20th (and youngest) child of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.  Stephen died in 1842 and is the only one of Cozens Read’s children to appear in the Censuses (well one at least in 1841)!!  It is not such a lengthy Will as some and he does not mention too many people by name, but I am very intrigued about a couple of things to do with the Will and the reasons can be seen in my Notes added at the end of the Transcription.

Stephen Read’s Will

My copy of this Will (obtained from the National Archives) is in my private collection - copyright 2010

My copy of this Will (obtained from the National Archives) is in my private collection - copyright 2010

Transcription of the Will of Stephen Read

Will of Stephen Read 

 
This is the last Will and Testament of me Stephen Read of Cuddington in the County of Bucks Yeoman I give and bequeath all my ready money which shall be in my dwelling house or in my possession at my decease and all my household goods and furniture linen and wearing apparel to my dear Wife Ann Read for her own use and benefit And as to all my other Monies and securities for money and all other my personal Estate whatsoever and whosesoever and of what nature or kind soever not hereinbefore disposed of I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof respectively unto my Nephews William Read and Richard Read the Sons of my dear brother Robert Read deceased their Executors Administrators and Assigns respectively nevertheless upon trust as soon as conveniently may be after my decease or at such other time or times as they shall think proper to collect get in and receive all my said personal estate so bequeathed to them and after payment thereout of all my debts funeral testamentary and Executorship(?) expenses to invest the clear residue thereof in coal or Government securities in England or otherwise to continue(?) the same at Interest on the securities in which the same shall be invested at my decease with full power and authority to call in the same and to vary alter and transpose all or any of such securities when and as often as they shall think proper And upon trust to pay unto or permit and suffer my said dear Wife to receive all the interest dividends and annual …..(?) thereof for and during the term of her natural life for her own use and benefit and from and immediately after her decease upon Trust to call in and collect the whole residue of my said personal estate into money and divide the same into nine equal parts or shareout which shall be paid to each of my eight dear Sons and daughters for his or her own use and benefit and the remaining ninth share unto and between all the children of my late dear Son Stephen Read deceased equally share and share alike when and as they shall severally attain the age of twenty one years or be married and in case of the death of either of the children of my said Son Stephen under the age of twenty one years and unmarried I direct that the share of such one so dying shall go and be paid to the survivors of them if more than one or to the survivor if only one and I direct that the share of each of my said children shall be a vested interest immediately on my decease and be transferable(?) to his or her personal representatives accordingly and in case of the death of any or either of my said children in my lifetime leaving lawful issue then I direct that such issue who shall be living at my decease shall be entitled to the share or shares of his or her parent or parents respectively to be equally divided between them share and share alike if more than one and if only one then to be paid to such only one and I do hereby declare and order that it shall and may be lawful for them the said William Read and Richard Read their Executors and Administrators and each of them by and out of the trust monies property or effects hereinbefore bequeathed or the interest and produce(?) thereof or any part thereof to secure retain to and reimburse themselves himself and each other respectively all such loss …..(?) charges damages and expenses as they or either of them shall or may bear pay sustain expend or be put into 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 …..(?) in any respect whatsoever and also that they or either of them shall not be charged or chargeable with or answerable or accountable for any more of the said trust monies and property than shall actually come to their hands or custody respectively by virtue of this my Will nor with or for any loss or damage …..(?) which may happen to the same or any part thereof so as it happen not through their own wilful default or neglect respectively 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 nominate and appoint the said William Read and Richard Read joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament on Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven  -   Stephen Read   -   Signed Sealed published and declared by the above named Stephen 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   Joseph Rose  John Parrott

On the 9th March 1842 Admon/with the Will annexed of the goods chattels and credits of Stephen Read formerly of Cuddington in the County of Buckingham but late of Thame in the County of Oxford deceased was granted to Thomas Read and Michael Read two of the natural and lawful children of the said deceased and as such two of the Residuary Legatees substituted in the said Will they having been first sworn by common duty to administer.  William Read and Richard Read the Nephews of the said deceased the Executors and Residuary Legatees in Trust named in the said Will having died in his lifetime, and Ann Read widow the Relict of the said deceased the Residuary Legatee for life named in the said Will having renounced the Letters of Administration with the said Will annexed of the …..(?) of the said deceased  (as by Arts …..(?) Court appears).

NOTES:   It intrigues me very much that at the time of Probate, Stephen’s wife Ann has “renounced the Letters of Administration with the said Will …”.   I have not come across this before and wonder what it actually means and I also wonder why Ann would renounce this aspect of her late husband’s Will?

What intrigues me more is that in the Will, Stephen makes his nephews William Read and Richard Read (both sons of his late brother Robert Read) his Executors.  But at the time of Probate we learn that both William and Richard died in Stephen’s lifetime and instead two of Stephen’s sons are acting as the Executors.

The reason this intrigues me so much is that while Richard Read died in 1830 (certainly within Stephen’s lifetime), William Read actually died in 1845 which was three years after Stephen died!!!

I have researched this family thoroughly and have both Stephen Read and William Read’s Death Certificates.  Stephen dies of Decay of Nature aged 76 and his nephew William dies of Old Age aged 74 on the 9th November 1845.

So why did Stephen’s family inform the Probate people that William had died before 1842?

Madness Monday: Disrespect for the Departed!

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More and more lately I have been noticing that there seems to be very little respect for those no longer with us.  This is making me mad!!

On my Graveyard Rabbit blog,  Ancestors at Rest (link in the sidebar on the right), I have been adding various News Items which cover churchyards in other areas to those where I act as the Graveyard Rabbit.

These items are reporting on vandalism in churchyards; the police now being granted with Dispersal Orders to deal with anti-social behaviour in churchyards, (and that being not so far away from my part of the world) and even some hostility being shown in other churchyards because the churches cannot afford to maintain the graves, grass and so on and seemingly the local councils will not help.

Going back to the 1970s, I remember when my paternal grandfather’s funeral worked its way through the streets of London and I was very touched when along the route I noticed that quite a number of men on the pavement who saw us go by, stood still, removed their hats and bowed their heads as my grandfather’s hearse passed by them.  These people did not know who he was but it was a lovely sign of respect for someone no longer with us, especially for an older gentleman who so would have appreciated their gesture.

It was always an unwritten law that any funeral procession was never overtaken by other cars and certainly never cut up by a car coming between the vehicles in the procession.

Jump to 1982 and my dear father’s funeral procession.  It was not travelling as slowly as some do but suddenly some workmen in a van decided they wanted to pass ahead of us so overtook the family cars but did not quite make it in time because of a junction ahead, so had to cut in and they chose to cut in between our main family car and my father’s hearse!  I was so upset because not only was it a rude thing to do with a funeral procession, but I could no longer see my dad on his last journey.  I was already devastated because we had lost my dear dad, so I did not really have my wits about me to take the name on their vehicle.  I would have reported them to their bosses.  I know nothing would be done, but these workmen obviously did not care in any way what they had done.

And so we move on to these days.  I see many reports of vandalism in churchyards.  I see several reports over time where young men urinate over graves and even over newly laid poppy wreaths for Rememberance Day.  I see many signs of disrespect on the internet where news items are left open for people to comment on.  For quite a while now, when it has been reported that someone well known has died, or someone not so well known, or someone has been murdered, or died in an accident, there are very few comments added passing sympathy to the family of those that have died.  But there are many comments saying more or less “So what?” or comments making jokes about how the person died, or if it was a well known person, then some rude comments about that person.  No-one seems to actually care that these people have died and that their families must be grieving so much.

Very recently I have seen that there was a Facebook page removed after many complaints because that page was just about people masturbating in graveyards, over graves, and showing some photos etc.. And also very recently here in the UK we had a gunman who shot (and presumably wanted to kill) his ex girlfriend because she had dumped him while he was in prison.  He shot and killed her new boyfriend and then shot and has permanently blinded a policeman. Then he killed himself after about a week on the run.  He did all the shooting the day after he was released from prison. Someone set up a Facebook page for the gunman, because they called him a hero and a legend!!   People started laying a shrine of masses of flowers at the spot where he died and at his home, because they thought he was a hero.  A man had been killed – no Facebook page for him (unless his family/friends set up a memorial page to him, which I don’t know about).  A man has been permanently blinded, his life and that of his family has totally changed, but no Facebook page set up for him (unless his friends have done this now).

But the Facebook page for the gunman attracted almost 40,000 “friends” who agreed he was a legend, a hero, and that he did the right thing because his girlfriend chose to no longer be with him and several even commented on how it was a shame the policeman did not die!!!!!   I can’t believe this.  What are we coming to?  It means that there are at least 40,000 people who would happily go out and kill a partner if they get jilted!!  And they think this is right!!?

None of these people had any sympathy for the  man that died nor for the others that were shot.

I’m now thinking that it’s really not going to be very long until the time when Auntie Florrie dies and her family think “So what?”  and then just shove her in a black bin liner and dump her at the local rubbish tip!!!!!

August 4, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Lucy and the Ostrich!!

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My Aunt Lucy with an Ostrich in South Africa in the mid-1970s.  Today she is so very near to her 100th birthday!!

original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2010

August 3, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: James, John and Ann Read

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For the Tombstone Tuesday theme today I am showing the tombstone of my ancestors James Read, his wife Ann and their son John which is at Bierton, Buckinghamshire.

James was a Labourer and he and Ann had five children: John, William, Mary, Thomas and Hannah.  I know from Censuses that Ann was born in Mursley, Buckinghamshire but I have not been able to find a marriage for her and John anywhere in Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire. 

There is only one marriage that could be theirs that fits for the right time period and the names of James Read married to an Ann.  That is a marriage at Wingrave, Buckinghamshire on 11 October 1826 when a James Read married Ann Symons.  Both could not sign their names and both are stated as being of the parish of Wingrave.  One of the witnesses is Thomas Read and I know the Bierton James Read does have a brother Thomas.

For the Bierton James and Ann Read, their first two children (twins) were baptised at Bierton in February 1827. 

This is the tombstone for James, John and Ann Read

original photograph in my private collection and taken by me at Bierton, Buckinghamshire in 2000 - copyright 2010

The Inscription for this tombstone is as follows:

Sacred

to the memory of

James Read

who died  ? July 1835

aged 29 years

also of

John Read

twin son of the above

who died Sep.  ?  1836

aged 9 years

also of

Ann Read

wife of the above

who died Dec. 16th 1873

aged 76 years

 

James died so young at 29 years and Ann went on to a ripe old age of 76 years.  I find that very sad as they had so few years together.  I will keep searching for their marriage and then find Ann’s maiden name!  The above mentioned marriage looks hopeful, but of course they could have married anywhere else in the country so the Wingrave couple may not be them at all!!

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: A “Brick Wall Ancestor”

Well, I know I am several days late with this post for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – I seem to have gotten behind with things on the blog lately – but it seemed such a good idea to mention a “Brick Wall Ancestor” so I am adding it now.  Better late than never they say!!

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings is the one responsible for the theme of SNGF and this is how he introduces the idea of writing about A “Brick Wall Ancestor”.

“We all have “brick wall ancestors” – those for whom we cannot find a complete name, or identify a set of parents. By posting information about a “brick wall ancestor,” someone mght find your post and be able to contribute to your knowledge about that ancestor.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I sincerely hope that you do) – is to check your files and sources, advance to your keyboard, and:

1) Identify one of your “brick wall ancestors,” and tell us about him or her. What do you know? What would you like to know?

2) Tell us about this person in a blog post of your own, a comment on this blog post, or a Facebook comment or note”.

So here I am and although I decided to write about such an ancestor, I was then faced with the task of which one?  As I thought about it, I was amazed at just how many “brick wall ancestors” I have!!  I thought it best to write about someone I haven’t written about on the blog before and I also thought it best to maybe start with one of my earliest ancestors.

John Buts is the ancestor I have chosen.  He appears in the Will of his mother-in-law Katharine Read (nee Lovjoy) in 1713 and Katharine kindly mentions that her daughter Rachell (born 1677) is the wife of John Butts.  I was so pleased to discover this so started the hunt for the marriage of Rachell Read to John Butts.

I found they married  in Lewknor, Oxfordshire  on 29 August 1708 and they are both stated as being “of Chalgrove” (Oxfordshire).  (He is John Buts rather than Butts in the register).

I looked for baptisms of any children they may have had in Lewknor, Chalgrove, Caversham (where Rachell was born and her family lived), and then widened the radius as I could not find any children for this couple at all.

Since I first discovered John Buts in his mother-in-law’s Will I have hunted everywhere for his own baptism and searched and searched throughout Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and London to find any children of John and Rachell.  I have searched for a burial for both John and Rachell and also looked for Wills for either of them.  I can’t find anything, anywhere to do with them.

So John is a real “brick wall ancestor” as all I have on him is his marriage and a mention in a Will.  I’m sure something will turn up at some stage which might help me learn more about John Buts and it’s just so good that I am an extremely patient person!!  ;-)

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 20, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Herbert Howard and Alice Laity

I had actually planned to do another ancestor for Tombstone Tuesday today, but a couple of weeks or so ago a “new” cousin of my partner Paul found us through this blog, which is absolutely amazing and we are so delighted by this.

Paul’s grandmother was Sophia Laity and his great grandmother was Eliza Leaity but apart from some family tree information, we have never had any Laity photos. 

Paul’s “new” cousin has very kindly been sending us some photos and Paul has discovered that his youngest son actually looks like Herbert Howard Laity who is now today’s Tombstone Tuesday ancestor along with his wife Alice.

Herbert is Paul’s grandmother Sophia Laity’s nephew and we now also have a photo of Sophia’s brother too.

Herbert Howard and his wife Alice Oprie Williams were both born in Camborne, Cornwall in 1890.  Before they married Herbert Howard travelled to Canada and a year later Alice went to join him.

Paul’s cousin believes this photo of Herbert Howard and Alice to have been taken on their wedding day in Ottawa, Ontario

original photograph in the private collection of C. Faiella - copyright 2010

Paul’s cousin sent the next photo to us today, which is why I am including it in this post and as well as having our first Laity family photos, this one is also a first as it is the first tombstone photo we have of any of Paul’s family so very far away from Cornwall.

original photograph in the private collection of C. Faiella - copyright 2010

Herbert Howard and Alice Oprie (Williams) Laity are buried in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.

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