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August 3, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: James, John and Ann Read

Filed under: DAILY BLOGGING THEMES, Tombstone Tuesday — Tags: , , — rootsresearcher @ 11:43 pm

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:


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!!



  1. I’m not familiar with the burial procedures in the UK, but does this mean that they were all buried in that one plot? I agree, that it was very sad that Ann lost her husband at such a young age. When I first started reading it I thought maybe a tragedy had struck the entire family.

    Comment by Ginger Smith — August 4, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    • Hallo Ginger, yes I think James, Ann and John would all be in the one plot. James would have been buried very low in the ground and then some earth over him with his son buried over him and the same when Ann died. Sometimes when babies or young children died they were popped into the coffin of another relative but as John died over a year later I don’t think that would have happened in this case. As time went on, and I have an awful feeling this has happened to my Uncle’s grave in London, they would even reuse a grave with someone who wasn’t even related. In my Uncle’s case my Grandfather paid for his plot “in perpetuity” in the 1930s, (and I have the document saying so as proof) which of course more or less means forever, but I am now told that the Council just allows 75 years!! I am trying to discover if someone else has been added to my Uncle’s grave and will be very cross if that is the case, as my Grandfather paid for his plot believing my Uncle would never be disturbed!! I can’t get to London so have to wait for someone kind who could look for me!

      Thanks for visiting and for your very interesting comment.
      Kind regards,

      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — August 4, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

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