Aaah, the Quainton Reads, so many of them. A lot coming from the Nether Winchendon Reads, and a lot coming from Northamptonshire Reads and a lot just from, well, Quainton. And a few Reads marrying Reads in amongst these people too.
The quandary? Well, Cousin Maureen, Cousin Norman and myself all did our own research and were all of the same opinion that a particular William Read who married Elizabeth Read Bush was the son of one particular Read couple. But, Cousin Ann did her own research and was certain that the William Read who married Elizabeth Read Bush was the son of another Read couple.
I decided that I would check ALL Quainton Reads, including ALL strays that I could find, so I have gone through the baptism, marriage and burial parish registers for Quainton and I have gone through all the Censuses for Quainton and all the Censuses where Quainton Read people have strayed to elsewhere in the UK and other records besides!
It has taken a great deal of work, but I have enjoyed it immensely. It does not help that the William Read that Cousin Ann is rooting for for being the husband of Elizabeth Read Bush dies after the 1841 Census!! Why oh why did he not try and last at least until the 1851 Census, because that might have given a clue as to where he was really from. And it does not help that I can’t find any other relevant William Read that could be the William that Cousin Maureen, Cousin Norman and I are rooting for anywhere.
The age of Elizabeth Read Bush’s husband more appropriately fits the William that Cousin Ann is supporting but of course, we all know that ages can be incorrect in censuses and with only a baptism date someone could have been any age other than just a baby when they were baptised.
But after a great deal of searching, perusing, digging and delving, and poring over this record and that record, I have to say that I am now on the side of Cousin Ann!! I haven’t been able to prove it conclusively … yet!! But I’m sure something will turn up that supports this more.
I have to sort out my research for the Quainton Read quandary and as soon as I do, I will add it here for everyone else to try and reach their own conclusion. It will certainly be very interesting to see what others think of this!!