This is my first Black Sheep Sunday post but I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last!!
I found a record this week at Find My Past (as I had been given a full subscription there as a Christmas present) and was surprised to find one of my ancestors in their Army Deserters (1828 – 1840) section!
There is only seemingly a transcript from an Index (much to my disappointment) but it seems that my Edward Reed of Great Haseley in Oxfordshire was a deserter.
The information is very brief showing a date of 13 Jan 1829 and he was aged 48 at this time and was in the 3rd Bat. Gren. Gds., but was a Labourer from Great Haseley, Oxfordshire.
I have no idea if the date of this transcript is the date he was tried as a deserter or whether this was when he was discharged or what it applies to. There are no details as to why he deserted, how long he had been in his Battalion, how he was caught or anything that gives a clue to this episode in his life.
He is the son of Thomas Read (1752 – 1838) and his wife Elizabeth (nee Shepherd) (1746 – 1818) and is the grandnephew of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.
I had not been able to find out more about him until now with this information that he became a soldier and ended up as a deserter.
Where do I start looking for further information about this? Court Records? Records for his Battalion? Or the data provider of this information to Find My Past, the Manchester & Lancs Family History Society? Or somewhere else?
I can see that I’ve got a bit of digging and delving to do with this and will update with any new information I find concerning Edward.