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March 9, 2011

March 9 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 9 – Take a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.

I decided to show the Marriage Licence for my ancestor Betty Read who married Thomas Lovegrove.  Betty is the niece of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.

Here is a copy of the Marriage Licence:

Copy of original document in my private collection (obtained from the Oxfordshire Record Office) - copyright 2011

This is a transcript of the above document:

                                                                                  October 6th 1769

 Appeared personally Thomas Lovegrove and made oath that he is of the parish of Great Haseley in the County of Oxford of the Age of Thirty four years and upwards and a Batchelor And intends to intermarry with Betty Read of the same parish of the Age of Twenty Three years and upwards and a Spinster

 To this Deponent not knowing or believing any Lawful Lett or Impediment by reason of any Precontract entered into before the Twenty Fifth Day of  March 1754 consanguinity Affinity or any other lawful Means whatsoever to hinder the said intended Marriage and Prayed a Licence to Solemnize the same in the parish Church of Great Haseley Aforesaid and and further made oath that the usual place  of Abode of him this Deponent hath been in the said parish of Great Haseley for the space of Four Weeks last past

Same day

the said Thomas Lovegrove

was sworn to the truth hereof                                                 Thos. Lovegrove

Before me

             T. Cox T …(?)

Betty Read married Thomas Lovegrove on 7th October 1769, the day after Thomas signed this document.  I know Betty and her family were from around Great Haseley, Oxfordshire (which is where they married) and thought that Thomas’ family were also from there.  But this document shows he only lived in Great Haseley for the previous four weeks, obviously to get the Licence, so I wonder where he was living before.

This Licence also shows that Betty was only 23 when she married although Thomas was a bit older at 34 years old.  A fair sized gap in age between them!  Betty and Thomas went on to have 6 children and I am including two of their children in this week’s Wednesday’s Child post.

I have another document concerning Betty (Read) Lovegrove, a Discharge of Legacy, dated 1804 when she was now known as Betty Burgess, having married again after Thomas Lovegrove died.  I have shown this Discharge of Legacy previously on the blog (under the Pages section, Old Documents, Discharge of Legacy), but will show it again here as Betty is my female ancestor for this day and I have the two documents concerning her!

The Discharge of Legacy:

Copy of original document in my private collection - copyright 2011


And the transcript for this document:

We William Burgess of Great Haseley in the County of Oxford Labourer and Betty his Wife – one of the Nieces and Legatees named in the Last Will and Testament of Rachel Read late of Tiddington in the Parish of Albury in the same County Spinster deceased DO hereby acknowledge that we have this day had and received of and from Michael Read of Lower Winchendon in the County of Bucks – yeoman a Nephew and the Devisee named in the said Will of the said Rachel Read the full sum of Thirty Pounds in Satisfaction and Discharge of the Legacy of that amount which by the same Will is given to she the said Betty and directed to be paid within six calendar months next after the Testatrix’s Decease As Witness our Hands this 11th Day of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four.

Betty Burgess

Witness, Edward Read; the mark X of William Burgess


Betty married William Burgess on 14th May 1796 at St. Martin’s, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK  (four years after Thomas Lovegrove died).  Betty and William did not have any children together.

Betty lived a long life for those days, 74 years and because it was the Discharge of Legacy for her that pointed me in the direction of many of my other ancestors, she has become rather special to me.  🙂


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 7 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 7 – Share a favourite recipe from your mother or grandmother’s kitchen. Why is this dish your favorite? If you don’t have one that’s been passed down, describe a favorite holiday or other meal you shared with your family.

I’m sure over the years both my Mum and my Grandmothers cooked many wonderful meals for us but there hasn’t seemed to be any favourite recipes passed down to us!

So, I will mention here instead about one Christmas meal, about 1970-ish, that I won’t forget.  Here is a photo taken at that time:

Original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011


The reason this meal was special is because it was at a time when my Aunt Winnie Tucker (nee Read) came for a visit from her home in Bermuda.  My dear Dad last saw his sister when he was about 11 years old or so and so for him this was a really special visit. 

The photo  shows my parents, my Grandfather John Read (who also was seeing his daughter for the first time in many many years), my brother John, (my other brother Alan was taking the photograph) and my cousin Heather (Aunt Winnie’s daughter), who was meeting us for the first time in her life, so, it was a very special and memorable meal for all of us.

(My Dad is at the end of the table, near the Christmas tree.  His sister (my Aunt Winnie) is next to him one side and his father (my Granddad) is sitting next to him the other side.  My cousin Heather is between my Grandad and myself and my brother John is sitting next to Aunt Winnie and my Mum is at the end of the table nearest the camera.  (On my lap is Susie, on Mum’s lap is Bobo and wandering about somewhere nearby was Dora – our three Poodles).

After the brief visit with Aunt Winnie, she went back to Bermuda and we have never seen her again.  Sadly she died a few years ago, but I am thrilled that I had the chance to meet her and Heather and also thrilled that I have one special photo to treasure of that very wonderful occasion.

March 7, 2011

Amanuensis Monday: Memorandum of an Agreement – Joseph Read and Acton Chaplin – 1815

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Amanuensis Monday is a blog theme started by John Newmark on his blog Transylvanian Dutch, in which he is transcribing letters, newspaper articles, audio tapes, and a war diary etc., concerning his family.

John explains Amanuensis as “a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another”.

A few years ago I was able to go to the Buckinghamshire (UK) Record Office and take photos of some of the accounts and letters of my ancestor Joseph Read (1779 – 1856) of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.  Joseph is the grandson of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read and the son of Robert and Mary (nee Lee) Read, who I am directly descended from.

Today for Amanuensis Monday I show a Memorandum for an Agreement that Joseph signed with Acton Chaplin regarding the purchase of land.

Photograph of original document taken by me at Buckinghamshire Record Office - copyright 2011


The original Memorandum carried on to the back of the above page:

Photograph taken by me of original document at the Buckinghamshire Record Office - copyright 2011


Transcript of the above document:

Memorandum of an Agreement made this nineteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and fifteen Between Acton Chaplin of Pitchcott in the County of Bucks Esquire of the one part and Joseph Read of Aylesbury in the same County Yeoman of the other part.

Whereas the said Acton Chaplin hath contracted and agreed with the Trustees and Executors of the last will and testament of Acton Chaplin Esquire his late Father deceased for the purchase of divers freehold and leasehold Messuages Lands and Hereditaments and amongst them of the leasehold close piece or parcel of arable land hereinafter mentioned with the Appurtenances

Now it is hereby agreed between the said Acton Chaplin (party hereto) and Joseph Read as follows

That the same Acton Chaplin and all other necessary parties shall and will on or before the twentieth day of June next convey and assure unto him the said Joseph Read his Executors and Administrators or whom he or they shall direct or appoint All that leasehold close piece or parcel of arable land situate lying and being in the Township of Aylesbury aforesaid called Crown Leys containing by admeasurement Thirteen acres three roods and thirteen perches together with the crop of Beans now growing thereon and all Appurtenances thereto belonging –

That on the execution of such conveyances the said Joseph Read shall pay for the purchase of the same the Sum of seven hundred and eighty pounds with lawful Interest thereon from the said twentieth of June to the completion of the purchase in case the purchase shall by any means be delayed after that day

That the said Joseph Read shall be let into immediate possession of the said premises and pay all Taxes and outgoings therefrom from Lady Day last up to which time all outgoings shall be cleared by the said Acton Chaplin or the said Trustees and Executors

That the Expences of making out the Title shall be paid by the said Acton Chaplin or the said Trustees and Executors and those of the Conveyances by the said Joseph ReadThat in case it shall happen that the contract so entered into by the said Acton Chaplin with the said Trustees and Executors shall not be carried into effect by reason of any defect of Title to any part of the premises so agreed to be purchased by the same Acton Chaplin or otherwise then this present Agreement shall be void as to the said Sale to the said Joseph Read and in that case all just allowances shall be made in respect of the occupation of the said Crown Leys to be settled by Arbitration in the usual way between the parties in case they should differ about the same

As Witness their Hands

Acton Chaplin 

Joseph Read


At the time this Agreement was signed, Joseph was 36 years old (one year older than Acton Chaplin).  Joseph was married and five of his ten children were born by the year he signed this document.

Joseph Read was a farmer or Yeoman as it states here, but he also owned a brickmaking factory in Aylesbury and by the time of the 1851 Census he was employing 90 people (it’s unclear whether this is men, women, or something else) and 6 Labourers.

I researched the other gentleman he signed the Agreement with and was unable to find out very much about him.  Acton Chaplin was born on 7th June 1780 and baptised on 19th June 1780 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.  His parents were Acton Chaplin and Ann Sherriff and they married at Aylesbury on 25th August 1776.

I am also trying to discover the land or property known as Crown Leys in Aylesbury, but so far haven’t discovered anything yet.  (But then that maybe only because I have very recently started to look)!!  😉

March 6 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 6 – Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.) If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.)

I have not inherited anything directly from my female ancestors as such, but over time have been given something that was theirs.  A few years after my maternal grandmother Lucy Sinclair (nee Dartnell) died my aunts gave me two English bone china cups and saucers that were from her best china.  These are very pretty, decorated with pink roses and gold rimmed, but very delicate.  Because they were my grandmother’s I treasure them.

Quite a few years after my paternal grandmother Jane Read (nee Stapleton) died I was given an ornament of hers that always sat in her kitchen.  I remember always seeing it there whenever we visited my grandparents and after she died it still lived in the kitchen. 

When my grandfather John William Read died it passed to my Dad and then he gave it to me several more years later.  What is it you may be wondering?  It’s about four inches high and is a plastic (I think) Mickey Mouse! 

My grandparents never travelled away from their home in London so it must have been bought by them in London, probably even before I was born.  As it is Mickey Mouse I think perhaps they had seen something to do with Walt Disney.   When I received it, unfortunately part of Mickey’s face is missing, but there is no doubt it is him!  So, as this belonged to my grandmother, I treasure it.

March 5 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 5 – How did they meet? You’ve documented marriages, now, go back a bit. Do you know the story of how your parents met? Your grandparents?

I asked my Mum about whether she knew of how her parents met or how my Dad’s parents met but she does not know any details!  Apart from my 100 year old Aunt Lucy, there really is no-one else I can ask anything regarding my grandparents on either side of the family.

But, although I knew some of the details of how my parents met, I asked Mum to tell me something of how she and my dear Dad met.  She happily chatted about their meeting.

She was working in an office as an accountancy clerk and my Dad came to work there as an electrician, with some other men, doing various things in the offices.  They worked there for a number of days and obviously Mum and Dad started chatting to each other.  It seems my Dad kidded my Mum on by telling her he was married with five children and Mum thought “oooh, I wouldn’t marry him”!   (I have no idea why Dad pretended this and neither does my Mum)!!  Mum had stopped seeing her last boyfried seven months before meeting my Dad and seemingly she was still very unhappy at this situation and must have told my Dad about it.

He also kidded her on saying that of course she will never meet someone else as all she could think of was the ex boyfriend.  At the end of each day, my Dad would wait for my Mum and walk her home from the office, so they chatted, and chatted and then after a while they stopped off for a cup of tea in a restaurant and chatted and chatted and so it went on from there.  They obviously started seeing each other as a couple and eventually married and had three children.  They were still together until the sad loss of my dear Dad when he was aged 58.

March 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Strolling Through The Woods

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This is a photograph of my two brothers, Alan and John, taken about the mid 1950s.

Original photograph in the private collection of my Mother - copyright 2011

Wednesday’s Child: Edward, Robert and Edward Read

For today’s Wednesday’s Child I am giving details of three of seven children of William Read (c1709 – 1758) and his wife Mary (nee Turner) (d. 1790).  William is the brother of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.

William and Mary lived in a few different places while having their children, going by where they had them baptised (and/or buried).  Their first child, Edward was born in June 1737 at Stoke Talmage, Oxfordshire, UK and died one month later and buried in Wheatfield, Oxfordshire.

I don’t have a photo of his grave as I could not find one, but here are some photos of the church at Stoke Talmage and the church at Wheatfield.

Stoke Talmage

Original photograph taken by me in Stoke Talmage, Oxfordshire in 2000 – copyright 2011



Original photograph taken by me in Wheatfield, Oxfordshire – copyright 2011


Another child of William and Mary Read’s to die very young is Robert, born in 1738 and died in 1739 at Wheatfield, Oxfordshire aged just six months.

William and Mary then had another son they called Edward and he survived a little longer than his brothers.  He was born in September 1743 at Great Haseley, Oxfordshire and died one year and one month later in 1744 at Wheatfield.

It must have been a blessing for William and Mary to see their remaining four children survive and they lived on into their adulthood.


February 26, 2011

Surname Saturday: Hilliard

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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!!

February 25, 2011

I’m Delighted! (There must be a much better word than that)!

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I cannot say just how very delighted I am to be in touch with three “new” cousins this week that found me through this blog.  Isn’t that wonderful?  I have now found several “new” cousins since I started this blog here almost a year ago, or rather I should say, they found me.  I’m so chuffed to bits.

I say I’m delighted but there must surely be a much better word that could be used for finding “new” cousins.  We will all have to see if we can initiate one word that will define to all just how delighted we are to find someone like this.

It’s going to be great to exchange info with Diana, whose grandfather Alfred Burrows was the nephew of my Stephen Read; with Rae whose Moyle family are related to my partner Paul (I’m researching his family history for him) and with Judy who is connected to the Rose family who are connected to my Reads.  Just wonderful!  🙂

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