It seems I’m stuck before I really get started on this one! As those who follow this blog know I often refer to my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read and for other ancestors I usually say what relationship they are to him. (This is for me basically so that I know who is who)!
Cozens Read’s brother John Read (1708 – 1750) married Elizabeth Hilliard (b? d1750) at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Oxford City, Oxfordshire, UK in 1740.
Their first child was born in Culham, Oxfordshire in 1741. The next two children born in Wheatfield, Oxfordshire (where some of my other Reads lived) and the last child I have no idea yet where he was born.
Other than knowing when Elizabeth Read (nee Hilliard) died, I haven’t been able to discover anything else about her. I had thought that as their first child was born in Culham, maybe that’s where she was from. I have only found one marriage in Culham of a Hilliard and that was in 1706.
I’ve looked out for Hilliard in all the fiche/CDs and other things I have of Parish Records, Wills and all sorts, but just don’t seem to come across that name much and certainly nothing that fits with Elizabeth.
As she and her husband died one month apart (or maybe a little less than that) and their children were aged 9 years to 3 years at that time, I have been wondering who would have looked after them. Maybe Elizabeth’s parents? But I don’t know who they are. I had been hoping that if I discovered them I might find Wills which might mention John and Elizabeth’s children and where they were living.
I’ve checked the IGI but there don’t seem to be many Hilliards (and variant spellings) in the county which suggests to me that maybe they are really from elsewhere. (I do realise the IGI is not complete, but I don’t think that would be the reason for so few Hilliards, compared to other surnames I am researching).
I’ll have to get my thinking cap on (or my Sherlock Holmes detective deerstalker hat) to delve some more into the family of Elizabeth Read (nee Hilliard) … if I can find them!!