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Elizabeth Reade (Martiau)

Birthplace: Elizabeth City, Hampton , Virginia
Death: Died in Yorktown, York, Virginia
Place of Burial: Yorktown, York, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt. Nicholas Martiau and Jane Martiau
Wife of Col. George Reade, Acting Gov.
Mother of John Reade; George Reade, Jr.; Mildred Reade; Robert John Reade, III; Francis Reade and 6 others
Sister of Nicholas Martiau, III; Mary Scasbrook (Martiau); Sarah Fuller and Richard Martiau
Half sister of Jane Berkeley

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About Elizabeth Reade

Elizabeth Martiau

  • Birth: Dec. 12, 1625 Yorkville York County Virginia, USA
  • Death: Feb. 10, 1696 Yorktown York County Virginia, USA

Daughter of Capt. Nicholas and Jane Martiau. Married Col George Reade in 1641 at Yorktown, York Co.,VA. She is decended from the Royal House of England starting with Henry the III thru Edward I, King of England.

Adventurers of Purse and Person 1607 - 1624/5 and Their Families" published by the Order of First Families of Virginia, indicates in a footnote (pp. 419-420) the discrepancy between the dates inscribed on his Grace Church tablets and the filing of the wills for George Read and his wife Elizabeth as follows: "His and his wife's gravestones were discovered during street excavations in Yorktown in 1931. The inscriptions on both were recut with errors. George Reade's stone now states he died Oct. 1674, "he being in the 66th yr of his age." Since the date should be 1671 (per his will), either the age shown, or his year of birth, is in error as well....The gravestone of Elizabeth (Martiau) Read now states she was born in 1625 and died in 1696, "being in ye 71st yeare of her age." Since the year of death should be 1686 (per her will), again the age or year of birth is in error. Since Nicholas Martiau claimed...his daughter Elizabeth as headrights...it would appear Elizabeth was born prior to his arrival in Virginia in 1620...and that Elizabeth's birth occurred in 1615 rather than 1625."

Family links:

 Nicolas Martiau (1591 - 1657)

 George Reade (1608 - 1674)*

 Mildred Reade Warner (1643 - 1686)*
 Francis Reade (1645 - 1694)*
 Margaret Reid Nelson (1654 - 1710)*
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Burial: Grace Episcopal Churchyard Yorktown York County Virginia, USA

Created by: Kaaren Crail Vining Record added: Aug 22, 2005



Elizabeth was born on December 12th, 1625 in Elizabeth City, Virginia. Elizabeth's father was Captain Nicholas Martiau and her mother was Jane. She was an only child. She died at the age of 61 in 1686 in Yorktown, Virginia. She was buried in Yorktown, Virginia.

The will of Elizabeth (Martiau) Reade was dated February 10, 1685. Among other bequests is one reading: "I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mildred Warner the mourning Ring I usually ware". The will names as living children Robert Reade, Francis Reade, Benjamin Reade and Thomas Reade (these last two sons being under age), Elizabeth Chrisman (herself the mother of daughters Elizabeth and Mildred), Mary Reade, Mildred Warner, and a deceased son George Reade; and there is mention also of Thomas Chisman, husband of Elizabeth (Reade) Chrisman beforementioned.

Elizabeth and George were married in 1641 in Yorktown, Virginia. They had a son and a daughter, named Francis and Mildred.


Elizabeth Martiau Read

1615 - 1686

"Here lyeth intered Elizabeth Martiau, deceased wife of George Read Esqr who was born ye in ye yeare of our Lord 1625 And deceased 1696 she being in ye 71st yeare of her Age." http://www.carolshouse.com/cemeteryrecords/grace/

-------------------- Children of ELlZABETH MARTlAU and GEORGE READE are:

3. i. ROBERT3 READE, b. York or Gloucester County, Virginia; d. Abt. March 16, 1711/12, York County, Virginia.

4. ii. MILDRED READE, b. York County, Virginia.

        iii. GEORGE READE, b. York County, Virginia.
        iv. FRANCIS READE, b. York County, Virginia; m. (1) JANE CHISMAN; m. (2) ANNE BEALE.
         v. BENJAMIN READE, b. York County, Virginia.
        vi. THOMAS READE, b. York County, Virginia.
       vii. ELIZABETH READE, b. York County, Virginia.


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Elizabeth Reade's Timeline

Came To America
December 12, 1625
Elizabeth City, Hampton , Virginia
Age 12
Williamsburg, James City, Virginia, USA
Age 15
Yorktown, York, Virginia, USA
Age 15
Yorktown, Prince William, Virginia
October 2, 1643
Age 17
Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia, United States
Age 18
Yorktown, York, Virginia, USA
Age 19
Gloucester, Virginia
Age 21
Gloucester, Virginia
Age 23
York, Pennsylvania, United States