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Abigail Reade (Rice)

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Death: April 16, 1709 (60-68)
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Richard Rice, of Concord and Elizabeth Rice
Wife of Dr. Philip Reade
Mother of Dr. Philip Read; Dr. Jacob Reade; Abigail Davis; Amy Case; Stephen Reed and 4 others
Sister of Paul Rice; Mary Rice; Hannah Wilcoxson; Elizabeth Billings; John Rice and 3 others
Half sister of Elizabeth Billings

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About Abigail Reade

Abigail Rice

  • Born 1645 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
  • Died 16 Apr 1709 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
  • Daughter of Richard Rice and Elizabeth (Unknown) Rice
  • Sister of Hannah Rice, Elizabeth (Rice) Lamson and Peter Rice
  • Wife of Philip Reade — married 1670 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
  • Mother of Philip Reed, Jacob Reade Sr., Abigail (Reade) Davis, Amy Read, Samuell Reed, Prudence Reed, Elizabeth (Reade) Adams, Stephen Reed and Deborah Reed

Philip Reade Deposed in Essex County Court, Nov. 1669, age 45, so born about 1624. Deposed in Middlesex County Court, 18 Dec 1672, age 49, so born about 1623. Notes of an English genealogist suggest birth in 1623 in London to Jacob Reade and Jane Audye, attractive because first son named Jacob, but proof not found. Apparently was in Norwalk, CT, 1667. Moved to Concord, MA, about 1669.[1] He married Abigail Rice by 1670[2][3][4] He died 10 May 1696 in Concord. [5] Dr phillip Read Husband to Abegail his wife dyed may ye 10th day, 1696. [Note: McCracken in S1 suggests this may be inaccurate, since a deed dated 4 Jan 1693/94 shows Abigail Read widow of Philip, along with Jacob Read and Philip Read, sons of Philip, all of Concord, selling property to Samuel Hartwell.]


  1. ↑ McCracken, George E. "Dr. Philip Reade and His Earlier Descendants", in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 112:121.
  2. ↑ Torrey 2:1255 1670 • Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States READ, Philip (1624-1696) & Abigail [RICE] (-1709), dau Richard; by 1671, by 1670; Concord/Cambridge {Reade Rec. ,3:3, ,4:4, ,5:10; TAG 34:69; Reg. 112:68, 121}
  3. ↑ GM2:4:62
  4. ↑ CoVR 23
  5. ↑ Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635-1850. (Boston: Beacon Press, 1891), 57.


  1. Genealogies of Connecticut Families: From the New England ..., Volume 1. Page 193
  2. George McCracken, "Dr. Philip Reade and His Earlier Descendants", in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 112:119-132, (1958). There [referring to Concord], about 1669, [Philip Reade] must have married Abigail Rice, but the marriage is not recorded, nor is her birth. She was the daughter of Richard Rice by his first wife Elizabeth. (p. 121)
  3. Town of Concord, Massachusetts. Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635-1850. (Boston: Beacon Press, 1891), 70. "mrs Abigail Read ye widow to the late Docto'r phillip Read Dyed Aprill 16th day, 1709."
  4. History of the Reed family in Europe and America.  By Jacob Whittemore Reed.  Page 273.
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Abigail Reade's Timeline

Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
May 13, 1671
Age 26
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
March 30, 1673
Age 28
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
December 26, 1675
Age 30
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
June 3, 1678
Age 33
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Age 36
Age 40
Age 45
Age 45
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony