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
The Inscription for this tombstone is as follows:
to the memory of
who died ? July 1835
aged 29 years
twin son of the above
who died Sep. ? 1836
aged 9 years
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!!