William Reed, of Woburn

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William Reed

Nicknames: "William Reade", "William Read"
Birthplace: Brocket Hall, Wellswood, Hertfordshire, England
Death: Died in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England
Place of Burial: Newcastle-Upon, Tyne, Northumberland, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Thomas Reade of Barton and Mary Read
Husband of Mabel Kendall
Father of Deac. George Reed; Ralph Reed; Justice Reed; Sarah Walker; Justice (Abigail) Justus Wyman and 7 others
Brother of Sir Thomas Read; Frances Russell; Sir John Reade, 1st Baronet; Elizabeth Reade; Anne Winwood and 1 other

Occupation: Constable
Managed by: Private User
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About William Reed

  • 'Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of the ..., Volume 3 edited by William Richard Cutter, William Frederick Adams Pg.1518
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=Bc8UAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA1518&lpg=PA1518&dq=Mabel+Kendall+1605&source=bl&ots=k7xdpDB7aI&sig=zt3zJaU6QiLlkgl-NkwLlC9ungc&hl=en&ei=yfaUTOacEIL2swOXsdjkCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CC0Q6AEwBzgU#v=onepage&q=Mabel%20Kendall%201605&f=false
  • (III) Thomas (3), son of Thomas (2) Reed, was knighted. He married Mary, dau. of Sir John Brocket, of Brocket Hall in Herefordshire. Children: Thomas, John, James. All three were baronets. Also two daughters.
    • (IV) Thomas (4), son of Thomas (3) Reed, married Mary, dau. of Thomas Cornwall, Lord of Strophshire. Children: Compton, Edward, and three sons believed to be Thomas, William and John, who came to America. Edward and Compton had families in England and their descendants have been distinguished.
      • '(V) William, supposed to be son of Thomas (4) and Mary Reed, of Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire, was born in England 1587 and was the oldest of the immigrants of this surname. He sailed from London in the ship "Defense" July 4, 1635, Captain Edward Fostick, and arrived in Boston October 6, same year, with his wife, who was Mabel Kendall, born 1605. They had with them children: George, born 1629, Ralph, 1630, and Justice (afterward called Abigail), 1633. Reed settled first at Dorchester, Massachusetts. He was admitted a freeman March 4, 1638. In August 1639, he sold his real estate in Dorshester to Thomas Clark, and removed to Scituate where he was constable in 1644. His wife made the journey to Dorchester on horseback in 1644 to have her infant son Israel baptized. William Reed removed to Muddy River (Brookline), having bought of Esdras Reed, said to have been his brother, a farm granted by the town of Boston, and he lived there until 1648. He then bought a farm in Woburn of Nicholas David and removed thither. He is the ancestor of the Woburn, Lexington, Bedford and Burlington Reads, and of most of the Reads in Maine. He returned to England finally and died at Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1656. A letter of administration was taken out by his widow under Oliver Cromwell. She returned to America and after adminstrating the estate, married, November 21, 1660, Henry Summers of Woburn. She survived her second husband and lived with her son George at the time of her death, June 5, 1690, in her eighty-sixth year. Children: 1. George, born 1629, 2. Ralph, 1630, married Mary Pierce, daughter of Anthony Pierce, of Watertown. 3. Abigail, 1633, married Francis Wyman. 4. Bethia, born in America, married John Johnson. 5. Israel, 1642, married Mary Kendall, daughter of Francis. 6. Sarah, married, September 10, 1662, Samuel Walker. 7. Rebecca, married Joseph Winn.
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   Wyman Genealogy by John H. Wyman at http://www.wyman.org:
   Edward Bostock, Master. Sailed from London 4 July 1635.
   probably written in London, England but recorded in Charlestown, Ma 31Oct
   1656. He bequeathed to his wife and to his four youngest children, and
   to his three children already married in New England, viz: George, Ralph
   money due him from William Benton and others.'
   'At the time of William's death, his estate was the largest in New
   England at the time (L=400). His farm in Woburn contained 50 acres of
   upland, 4 acres of meadow before the door, 4 acres in Rockbrook, 2 acres
   in Brook Meadow. The farm was located on the old road from Salem to
   Concord. As of 1861, only the cellar hole was left.' house and 60 acres
   More About William Reade:
   Immigration:October 08, 1635, 'Defence', Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts,
   Occupation: 1644, a Constable
   Residence: September 02, 1635, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
   Source 1: April 28, 1998
   Will: April 09, 1656
   More About MabelKendall:
   Immigration: October 08, 1635, 'Defence', Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts,
   Source 1: March 12, 2003
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Emigrated on the ship "Defense" in 1635

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Came to America at age 46 on the "Defence"

When his children were grown, he returned to England where he died

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William Reed's will was as follows;

The 9th daie of April 1656. My will is that my wife have three score pound for herself. Item, thirty pounds apiece to each of my four youngest children. More, that my wife have the household stuff and to dispose of it: that the three score pounds which is owing to me by Mr. William Breuton in New England be disposed of as followeth, if it can be got, viz., to my wife twenty pounds, to my four youngest children twenty pounds (that is five pounds apiece), to my three children that are married in New England, that is George, Ralph and Abigail, twenty pounds to be equally divided amongst them: that when any of the four youngest children die their portion be divided among the other three, that is if they die in their minority: forty pounds due from Mr. Killingworth, twenty pounds Mark Theaton of Black Callerton, thirty pounds from Mrs. Flora Hall, twenty pounds from Anthony Walker, twelve pounds, three pound in my wife's hand and five pound in Mr. Ogle's hand, forty pound more in the house; George Erington of Loughhouse and his son in law forth shillings, Gawan Anderson forty shillings; Mary Chicken als Watson four pound ten shillings and ten shillings in my wife's hand, is nine pound: more in the house twenty shillings in Commodotoes; in all makes nine score pounds.

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William and Mabel left england in1635 settled in Woburn Mass

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William Reed

Born: 1590

Maidstone, [parish], Kent, England

Died: Feb 1635

Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA

-------------------- William came to New England, probably in the Defence in 1635, aged 48, with his wife Mabel, 30; George, 6; Ralph, 5; and Justus, 18 months. He was was freeman 14 Mar 1639. He resided in Dorchester, removed probably first to Rehoboth, or perhaps lived at Woburn


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William Reed, of Woburn's Timeline

April 19, 1587
Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
April 19, 1587
Brockett Hall, Hertsfordshire, , England
April 19, 1587
Brockett Hall, Hertsfordshire, , England
April 19, 1587
Brockett Hall, Hertsfordshire, , England
April 19, 1587
Brockett Hall, Hertsfordshire, , England
April 8, 1601
Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire, England
April 18, 1601
Wellswood, Hertfordshire, England
April 19, 1601
Brocket Hall, , Hertfordshire, England
April 19, 1601
Brocket Hall, , Hertfordshire, England
April 19, 1601
Brocket Hall, , Hertfordshire, England