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April 14, 2011

Something of Interest: Letter from Edward Read – 1806

Filed under: SOMETHING OF INTEREST — Tags: , , , — rootsresearcher @ 3:57 pm

Following on from the post about my surprise present of a handheld portable scanner from my brother Alan that he gave me yesterday, I figured out how it all works this morning so wanted to get on with some scanning, just to see how it worked and if it was all ok.

This is my first scan with it:

Copy of original document (obtained from Buckinghamshire Record Office) in my private collection - copyright 2011

 

This was a letter that was included with the Marriage Licence for John Lee who was marrying Rebecca Read.  They married 23rd October 1806 at Quainton, Buckinghamshire, UK.

The letter was written by Rebecca’s father Edward Read (1747 – 1808) who is one of the sons of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.

This is the transcript of it.  (I should really include this in the Amanuensis Monday theme, but doing it here instead as it is the first scan with my surprise new present).

“I the undersigned Edward Read of the parish of Quainton in the County of Bucks yeoman the natural and lawful Father of Rebecca Read a Minor of the age of Nineteen years and upwards and under the age of twenty one years Do hereby give my full and free consent that my said Daughter Rebecca Read may lawfully intermarry with John Lee of the said parish Quainton  As Witness my hand this 10th day of October 1806/ - 

                                                                           Edwd. Read

Witness

John Kightley

I think it is wonderful having these added items which are included with some of the Marriage Licences I have now received copies of.  In some cases they give exact ages, which is good to compare with the dates of baptisms found in the parish registers.  In some cases there is other useful information, so I am going to have some fun with all this information as well as having a lot of fun with my new handheld scanner!!  :-)

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.

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