I know who “Digby” Daniel Read is at last after such a looooooong time, isn’t that wonderful!!!! I am absolutely delighted although I could not have been further from the truth about who he could be and his age.
After a considerable amount of digging and delving and checking this and checking that I came across three related Daniel Reads – Grandfather, Father and Son. They are all from Emberton and Hardmead in Buckinghamshire, just a little group of them, so the main family was from elsewhere.
Grandfather Daniel was born about 1649 in Moulsoe, Buckinghamshire and died at Hardmead in 1716. He married Sarah Hootton in 1682 in Gayhurst, Buckinghamshire and they went on to have six children between 1684 – 1692. One of these children is Daniel who was born about 1687 and he married Rebeka. I have not been able to find where or when that marriage took place or Rebeka’s maiden name yet.
Daniel and Rebeka had eight children mostly born in Hardmead, but with a little foray into Bow Brickhill, Buckinghamshire where they had a daughter. One of their eight children was another Daniel. He was born about 1732 in Hardmead and this is “Digby” Read!!!
“Digby” Daniel then marries a local Emberton girl in 1755 and they move away to Bletsoe, Bedfordshire where they have six children. “Digby” Daniel dies before he reaches the age of 40. I have not found his death/burial yet but know his wife is a widow by 1771 as this is mentioned in her Father’s Will.
“Digby” Daniel had a brother, Lavender Read (I just so love his name and he is the only Lavender Read anywhere, so far). Lavender married a sister of Daniel’s wife and Lavender and Mary moved away also after their marriage but they went to Huntingdonshire. Sadly, Lavender like “Digby” Daniel, also dies in his thirties but his wife goes on to remarry.
So, answers to all my original questions. The Memorandum was done in 1753 with “Digby” taking no part in it, not because he was an old, much respected gentleman who just may have been losing his wits a bit, but because “Digby” Daniel must have been learning the ropes as he was only about 20 years old, so was maybe messing things up a bit! And being under full age he would not be a party to signing any documents.
There was no family for “Digby” showing in the parish registers because at that time he wasn’t even married yet! And he wasn’t buried there as he was still a young man, yet to marry and have his family and as it turned out, he moved away to another county anyway, so was no longer in Lower Winchendon.
When he settled at Bletsoe, Bedfordshire he had a farm there so he obviously learned enough to run his own place eventually.
I have now managed to go back beyond “Digby” Daniel’s Grandfather Daniel to Grandfather Daniel’s own Grandfather, Edward Read born about 1600 in Moulsoe, Buckinghamshire. But since there are only a couple of Reads in Moulsoe and a few in Emberton, it is apparent there are other siblings for Edward and his son Thomas that I haven’t found yet.
So, still a bit of a brick wall to knock down for yet another Eureka Moment (I hope) to find out exactly how “Digby” Daniel is related to Cozens Read at whose farm he was learning the ropes. And so it also shows that Cozens Read did not go to Lower Winchendon to help his old relative “Digby” as I originally thought.
The search goes on – look out for another Eureka Moment at some stage as I am sure there will be with the “Digby” Read saga!!!!!