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April 5, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Read of Lower Winchendon

What with one thing and another, I have missed adding Tombstone Tuesday posts here for the last couple of weeks.

Today I will be showing three tombstones concerning the family of Edward Read (1747 – 1808) who is one of the sons of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.   These three tombstones stand immediately next to each other in the Read plot at Lower Winchendon, Buckinghamshire, UK  with barely any space between them.

When we took these photographs in 2000 it was very difficult, almost impossible even, to read the inscriptions on them.

Here is a photograph showing the three together.

Original photograph taken by me at Lower Winchendon in 2000 - copyright 2011

 

As you will see they are very weathered but it is possible to make out the name Edward Read on two of them and on the other one it is just possible to see that it says Edward & Mary Read, which means one must be for at least one of the twelve children that Edward and Mary had.

Original photograph taken by me at Lower Winchendon in 2000 - copyright 2011

 

The above tombstone has the name Edward Read on it.  There is space above his name so I think this may be for his wife Mary Read (nee Rose) who died in 1801 and although the family lived at Doddershall, Quainton I know that Mary was buried at Lower Winchendon.  This grave might also contain Edward Read as well.  He died in 1808 at Doddershall but again, like his wife Mary, he too is buried at Lower Winchendon.

Original photograph taken by me at Lower Winchendon in 2000 - copyright 2011

 

However, this middle tombstone also just has the name of Edward Read on it, so I am wondering if one of these two is for Edward and the other for his wife Mary?  Although not too clear, it is possible to see that the designs that were originally on the tombstones are very similar, a sort of matching pair for a husband and wife?

Original photograph taken by me at Lower Winchendon in 2000 - copyright 2011

 

As it is possible to read Edward and Mary Read on this tombstone I think it must contain one or more of their children.

Edward and Mary Read had twelve children and through a process of elimination I think this could be for their youngest child, Thomas, who died when he was fourteen years old at Doddershall, Quainton but who is buried at Lower Winchendon.  Ten of Edward and Mary’s children married and lived in either Quainton or Haddenham or Upper Winchendon.  I think the other child, William, who died aged about two years old in 1786 is probably included on one of the two tombstones that have just Edward Read’s name on that is possible to read. 

I’m hoping that at some stage over the years, someone, somewhere maybe took a transcript of the inscriptions on these three tombstones and then one day I might just find out which is the correct grave for each of this little family group!

March 11, 2011

March 11 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 11   -   Do you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?

My female ancestor Esther Read (1817 – 1842) is the great granddaughter of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.  Esther is one of a very large group of my ancestors from Quainton, Buckinghamshire, UK. 

Her parents are Steven Read (1782 – 1859) and his wife Ann (nee Lee) (1793 – 1853). 

There is not much I can discover about Esther Read.  In the 1841 Census (the year before she died aged only 25) she was living with her parents and siblings in Quainton.  Her father was a Publican.

I found a baptism for William Read in 1842, who was born to unmarried Esther Read.  Esther died in 1842 and I think that maybe she died as a result of having her son William.  I will get her death certificate to find out for sure how she died so young and also a birth certificate for William, just in case there is a clue as to his father, although I think that will be unlikely!!

I have not been able to discover yet what happened to Esther’s son but will keep on searching.

Sadly, for such a short life, there is not much to tell about poor Esther Read.

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