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.
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!!