Yesterday for Amanuensis Monday, I gave details of a Memorandum concerning my ancestor Joseph Read. Today’s Tombstone Tuesday is about Joseph’s father, Robert Read (1740 – 1799). Robert is one of the sons of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read and is who I am descended from.
Robert Read married Mary Lee (1740 – 1828) in 1767 at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK and they had eight children. Robert was a Tallow Chandler (I expect he did very well with this occupation as everyone needed candles to see by once it got dark) and he also owned the Cross Keys Tavern in Market Square, Aylesbury. (You can see a pic of this here on my blog).
As you will see the inscription can barely be seen. This is another of my Read ancestor’s tombstones on the wall in the Lady Chapel of St. Mary’s, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. (In other Tombstone Tuesdays I have shown the stone for Robert’s daughter Catherine James and also the stone for her husband, James James).
A few years before I took this photograph another “new” cousin had kindly sent me the inscription and from this you will see just how much has now become lost over time!
To the memory of
Late of this Town
who died the 2nd August 1799
Mary his wife
who died March 20th 1828
Aged 89 years
I think it is very sad that most of this inscription is all but disappeared, but at least I know what was on the stone and those details are noted in various places as well as on this blog now.