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April 19, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Sarah Read of Lower Winchendon

For today’s Tombstone Tuesday I am showing the tombstone of Sarah Read who is the wife of Joseph Read whose tombstone was in last week’s Tombstone Tuesday.

Sarah was Sarah Smith from Ashendon, Buckinghamshire when she married Joseph Read (the grandson of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read), on 22nd October 1835 at Ashendon.

They had five children and Joseph died in 1844 after only nine years of marriage to Sarah.

Sarah’s husband was a farmer and she took over the running of it after he died.  She kept the farm going right up until she died aged 76 years.

Original photograph taken by me at Lower Winchendon in 2000 - copyright 2011


The transcript of this inscription is as follows:


Memory of

Sarah widow of

Joseph Read

Who died Feb. 10th 1884

Aged 76 Years

“For so He giveth His beloved sleep”

Ps. 1. ..(?)  2


Also of

Ann Read

daughter of the above

Who died May 15th 1871

Aged      (the rest here covered by long grass and another tombstone)


Sarah and Joseph’s daughter Ann was 31 years old when she died and never married.

As Sarah’s maiden name is Smith and she was from Ashendon, Bucks it makes me wonder whether she was related to Martha Smith of Ashendon who married Sarah’s husband Joseph’s uncle Michael Read?  I’ve not done much delving into the Smiths of Ashendon, so this will be another search to add to my “To Do” list!!

I think Sarah did wonderfully well to keep the farm going as a young widow and then as she became older.  One of her sons lived with her and only married after she died, when he was in his forties.

As mentioned last week, the farm is now a successful stud farm owned by the famous jockey Pat Eddery.  I have sent an enquiry to the farm to see if it is possible to obtain photos of it, especially if some of the original building still stands.

(Edit:  My cousin Marion has kindly given me the information that I could not see on this tombstone and it is as follows:-  The line of verse is actually from  Ps. 127. 2.  and the age for Sarah and Joseph’s daughter Anne is given as 31 years.  I already had Anne’s age from other sources but could not compare it with her age given on the inscription.  Thanks to cousin Marion for her help).


April 12, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Joseph Read of Lower Winchendon


Today’s tombstone is that of Joseph Read of Lower Winchendon.  He is a grandson of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.

Joseph and his wife Sarah married in 1835 at Ashendon and had five children.  Sadly, after only nine years of marriage, Joseph died.

Original photograph taken by me at Lower Winchendon in 2000 - copyright 2011


The Inscription is as follows:


Memory of

Joseph Read

who departed this life

July 3rd, 1844

aged 39 years

I left this fading world in blooming years.

And all my friends in mournful tears.

My earthly cottage moulders into dust.

Whilst my immortal soul is with the just.

Mourn not for me, prepare to die.

For you must sleep in dust as well as I.


Joseph was a farmer and I know from the Censuses that his wife Sarah continued running the farm until she died in 1884 aged about 76.  So this family group lived there for about fifty years, depending on when Joseph first lived there.  Just out of interest, this particular farm is now owned by the famous horse racing jockey Pat Eddery.  It seems to be a thriving stud farm now.

April 5, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Read of Lower Winchendon

What with one thing and another, I have missed adding Tombstone Tuesday posts here for the last couple of weeks.

Today I will be showing three tombstones concerning the family of Edward Read (1747 – 1808) who is one of the sons of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.   These three tombstones stand immediately next to each other in the Read plot at Lower Winchendon, Buckinghamshire, UK  with barely any space between them.

When we took these photographs in 2000 it was very difficult, almost impossible even, to read the inscriptions on them.

Here is a photograph showing the three together.

Original photograph taken by me at Lower Winchendon in 2000 - copyright 2011


As you will see they are very weathered but it is possible to make out the name Edward Read on two of them and on the other one it is just possible to see that it says Edward & Mary Read, which means one must be for at least one of the twelve children that Edward and Mary had.

Original photograph taken by me at Lower Winchendon in 2000 - copyright 2011


The above tombstone has the name Edward Read on it.  There is space above his name so I think this may be for his wife Mary Read (nee Rose) who died in 1801 and although the family lived at Doddershall, Quainton I know that Mary was buried at Lower Winchendon.  This grave might also contain Edward Read as well.  He died in 1808 at Doddershall but again, like his wife Mary, he too is buried at Lower Winchendon.

Original photograph taken by me at Lower Winchendon in 2000 - copyright 2011


However, this middle tombstone also just has the name of Edward Read on it, so I am wondering if one of these two is for Edward and the other for his wife Mary?  Although not too clear, it is possible to see that the designs that were originally on the tombstones are very similar, a sort of matching pair for a husband and wife?

Original photograph taken by me at Lower Winchendon in 2000 - copyright 2011


As it is possible to read Edward and Mary Read on this tombstone I think it must contain one or more of their children.

Edward and Mary Read had twelve children and through a process of elimination I think this could be for their youngest child, Thomas, who died when he was fourteen years old at Doddershall, Quainton but who is buried at Lower Winchendon.  Ten of Edward and Mary’s children married and lived in either Quainton or Haddenham or Upper Winchendon.  I think the other child, William, who died aged about two years old in 1786 is probably included on one of the two tombstones that have just Edward Read’s name on that is possible to read. 

I’m hoping that at some stage over the years, someone, somewhere maybe took a transcript of the inscriptions on these three tombstones and then one day I might just find out which is the correct grave for each of this little family group!

March 8, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Robert and Mary Read

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).

Original photograph taken by me at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire - copyright 2011


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

Robert Read

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.

March 1, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Thomas Rose (1777 – 1857

Today’s Tombstone Tuesday is about Thomas Rose (1777 – 1857).  He is the son of William Rose (1746 – 1801) and Mary (nee Read) (1739 – 1785) and grandson of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.

In April 2000 I was lucky enough to visit Eythrope Park Farm in Buckinghamshire, home of the Rose family for many many years.  I have mentioned a couple of times in this blog that I was also lucky enough to be shown the huge Rose Family Tree book and was able to get so much detail from that about many of my ancestors.

For Thomas Rose it was noted that:   “Thomas Rose, unmarried, lodged for many years at the Angel Inn in Kingsbury, Aylesbury, then one of the foremost hotels in the town but it has now been moribund from some years”.  (This note was written in 1905).

Original photograph taken by me in Buckinghamshire in 2000 - copyright 2011


Thomas is buried in the Private Chapel called Waddesdon Hill Chapel.  I am showing some pics of the Chapel here too to share with my “new” cousins and particularly Judy who I found last week!  This sign explains who and why it was built.

Original photograph taken by me in Buckinghamshire in 2000 - copyright 2011


Here are a couple of photographs of the private Chapel built by my ancestor Francis Cox and where Thomas Rose and many others of the family are buried.

Original photograph taken by me in Buckinghamshire in 2000 - copyright 2011


Original photograph taken by me in Buckinghamshire in 2000 - copyright 2011


How I wish now that I had taken photos of all the other graves there, but at the time I did not know that many of my ancestors are at rest in the Chapel grounds!

If you look to the left of the Sign photograph and the left of the first photo of the Chapel you will see the wooden contraptions that were made (and are still there) so that anyone going to the chapel could tie their horses to it.

February 22, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: He of the Smallpox

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This is another one of the wall tombstones that I found inside St. Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

As far as I know this is not connected to my ancestors but I thought it interesting enough to take a photo of it!

Original photograph taken by me at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire - copyright 2011


The Inscription reads as follows: 
Near this  …(?) lye the Body of
Sarah Wife of John West of
Aylesbury  Ironmonger  Eldest
Daughter of Martinas Dynall
Stationer  Dyed October 5th
1729  aged 43.
And Thomas Veere West only
Son of the Said John & Sarah
He of the Small pox
June 28th 1742
aged 29
I thought the writing on the inscription was a bit more flamboyant than usually seen. 
We don’t often see on tombstones the reason for someone’s death so this one is a little more unique in that respect.  I hope the young gentleman had a happy life although a short one!

February 15, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: James James

As with last week’s Tombstone Tueday, the photograph this week shows another Tombstone on the wall at St. Mary’s, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. 

James James is the husband of Catherine Read (whose tombstone was featured last week).  (Catherine James (nee Read) is the granddaughter of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read).

James James was a lawyer and was very well known in and around Aylesbury.  I have heard that he seems to have been a little naughty with client’s money, but don’t know the truth of that rumour and I am still trying to discover more about it!!

Original photograph taken by me a few years ago - copyright 2011


Transcript of Monumental Inscription for James James

Beneath are deposited the Remains of

JAMES JAMES, Gentleman

who died the 7th of December 1808

Aged 39 Years

And of JOHN, one of the Sons

of the said JAMES JAMES

by CATHERINE his first wife;

who died the 8th of August 1800

Aged 3 Years and 7 Months

Also of ELIZABETH his widow who departed this Life

the 12th of May 1830 Aged 63 Years

And of their Son JOHN who departed this Life the 11th of May 1813

Aged 5 Years and 10 Months


I was very pleased to find this tombstone as it gave the information that James James had married again after Catherine died.  I know from Catherine’s Uncle Michael’s Will dated 1820 that she had 3 sons with James James.  I have only found two, John and James.  I don’t know anything about James James’ second wife Elizabeth apart from what is mentioned on this tombstone.  I don’t know if the son John he had with Elizabeth was their only child or if there are more children.

It seems I have a fair bit of investigating to do concerning this family group, as well as looking into the rumours about what James James really did!!

February 8, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Catharine James (nee Read)


For Tombstone Tuesday today I am not actually showing a tombstone in a graveyard. 

This tombstone for Catharine James (nee Read) sits on a wall inside St. Mary’s Church at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Catharine is the granddaughter of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.  Her father is Robert Read and it is through Robert’s line that I am descended.

Tombstone of Catharine James (nee Read)

Original photograph taken by me in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire - copyright 2011


In Memory



wife of

James James

who departed this Life

15th April 1796

in the 27th Year

of her Age


Apart from her baptism, marriage to James James and her death and burial I really don’t know any more about Catharine.  I shall continue to delve into records to see if I can find out more about her.  Just so sad that she died at such a young age.

February 1, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: How Many Tears Have Bathed Thy Honoured Bier

Now that I have the awful internet connection problem fixed, although not quite 100% yet, this is my first Tombstone Tuesday for quite a while!!

This is the tombstone of Michael Read, the great grandson of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.

original photograph taken by me at Lower Winchendon, Buckinghamshire – copyright 2011

Transcript of Monumental Inscription


Memory of

Michael, Son of

Richard and Sarah Read

who died October 20th 1844

Aged 26 years


Oh friend, for ever lov’d, for ever dear,

How many tears have bathed thy honoured bier,

What sighs reechoed to thy parting breath,

Whilst thou wast struggling in the fangs of death


Afflictions semblence bends not o’er thy tomb,

Afflictions self deplores thy youthful doom,

To all save one, is consolation known,

Whilst solitary friendship sighs alone


Layt Aylesbury


I’m a little intrigued by the verse, the last part of the verse especially.  “To all save one …”   does that mean God or someone Michael was unfriendly with?  And what does “whilst solitary friendship sighs alone” mean?

Other than knowing that Michael died in London (it mentions this in the burial register) although the gravestone does say he was  late of Aylesbury (Buckinghamshire) I do not have much more information about him.  I am thinking that maybe I really need to get his death certificate, at least that will give me an idea of why he died so young. 


August 10, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Stephen Read (1755 – 1842)

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.

original photograph taken at Thame, Oxfordshire by D. Read. This photograph in my private collection - copyright 2010

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!!

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