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March 2, 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

Filed under: BRICK WALLS!!!!!, Surname Saturday — Tags: , , , , , — rootsresearcher @ 11:44 pm

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 7, 2011

Amanuensis Monday: William Read’s Stolen Shirts

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”.

Today I am going to transcribe  a document other than a Will.  This document is about statements given when William Read (1679 – 1752), my 7 x great grandfather, had his best shirts stolen from a hedge where they had been drying!!

Original document – dated 1735

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

I love the picture this document conjures up of the thief running away but also giving us a little view of how life was in those days.  We hang our laundered clothes on washing lines, it just seems strange to think in those days everyone laid their clothes on hedges to dry.  Must have been quite a picture.

Transcript – William Read’s stolen shirts – 1735


to wit

The examination of William Read of ye parish of Wheatfield in the sd County Yeoman taken upon oath before Ric: Carter Esq one of his Majestys Justices of ye peace for ye sd County this 24 of February in ye year of our Lord 1735.

This Examinant saith that upon the three and twentyth of ye instant February this Examinant lost from off a hedge near the dwelling house of ye Examinant in Wheatfield aforsd, two ……..(?) shirts of the value of six shillings or thereabout to the best of the Examinants knowledge or belief,


to wit

The examination of John Cox of Wheatfield in ye sd County servant boy, taken upon oath before Ric: Carter Esq one of His Majestys Justices of the peace for ye County aforsd this 24 of February in the year of our Lord 1735.

This Examinant saith that upon the 23rd of ye instant February his Mistress the wife of ye sd. Wm. Read after a washing hung out several shirts ……(?) & pillow bag upon a hedge near the dwelling house of ye sd Will Read his Master, and between ….(?) & Elavan a clock in the morning of ye sd 23 of f instant and(?) being near the sd house saw John Cornish take off several shirts from off ye hedge, and then run away with them towards Hazely, by the way of Latch ford …(?) …(?) in the parish of Tetsworth(?) in the sd County(My Note here: The following sentence has a line crossed through it: “the Sonne of ye Widow Cornish of Tetsworth in the sd County”).


to wit

The examination of Charles Cornish of Latchford the son of ye Widow Cornish of Latchford (My Note here: 2 words are crossed out here) …(?) in the parish of Tetsworth taken upon oath before Ric: Carter Esq one of his Majestys Justices of ye peace this 24 of February 1735.

This examinant saith that he saw John Cox a servant boy to Will Read of Wheatfield in ye sd County about Elevan a clock in the morning of ye 23rd instant stript(?) in his shirt (running after a (My Note here: the word “John” is crossed out here) man who had stolen his masters Linen(?), as this examinant hath given his ….(?) (My Note here: three words crossed out here – possibly “and that some”(?)) but the sd Jo. Cox (My Note here: The following sentence has been crossed out here: “running a different way from this examinants mothers house …(?)” ) …..(?) of Jo. Cornish, who very soon after came by this Examinants mothers house.

Wheatfield Church (I don’t have other pics of Wheatfield)

Original photograph taken by me at Wheatfield - copyright 2011

This church is in the middle of fields and the day we went, there were cows in the same field.  Barbed wire surrounds the church so that the animals don’t get into the churchyard!!  Somewhere around about the church would be the hedges that William Read’s shirts were drying on and stolen from!!  Wish I had a photo of THE hedge!!  😉

As yet, I have still to find out what happened about this case!!

June 5, 2010

Ancestor Anniversaries: Edward Read

Filed under: ANCESTOR ANNIVERSARIES, Edward Read — Tags: , , , — rootsresearcher @ 9:34 pm

This latest Ancestor Anniversary is to mark the Baptism on this day in 1737 of Edward Read.  Edward is the nephew of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read and is the son of William Read and Mary Turner, their first child.  Sadly there isn’t much to tell about Edward as the poor little chap died when only about 6 weeks old.  He was Baptised in Stoke Talmage, Oxfordshire and within those six weeks he was buried in Wheatfield, Oxfordshire.  His parents had only been married about a month when he was born.

The church at Wheatfield, Oxfordshire where Edward is buried. The church is in the middle of a field.  (Please excuse the poor quality)

Original photograph taken by me in 2004 and in my private collection - copyright 2010

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