Capt. William Read, of Boston & Marblehead

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William Read

Also Known As: "William Reed", "Redd", "Reed", "Rett"
Birthplace: Ireland or, England
Death: Died in At sea on return trip from Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown father of Capt. William Read and unknown mother of Capt. William Read
Husband of unknown wife of Capt. William Read
Father of Margaret Stubbs; Samuel Read; Susanna Smith; Esther Cann; Richard Reed and 2 others

Occupation: Cloth merchant, ship captain
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About Capt. William Read, of Boston & Marblehead

"READ, or REED, ...(4802) WILLIAM, Boston, perhaps very early, but more prob. not, as it seems likely that most, if not all of his ch. were brot. from Eng. So far as can be gather. or resona. conject. they were (2401) Margaret, wh. m. 3 Mar. 1659, (2400) Richard Stubbs; (4803iv) Susanna m. 13 Dec. 1659, (4803iv[1]) Samuel Smith; (4803iii) Esther m. 30 July 1661, (4803iii[1]) John Canney, all at B. Edward, (4803v) Richard, and (4803i) Samuel, all at Marblehead, and it is said (4803vi) Christopher, wh. d. at Charleston 1696. Tradit. tells, that he d. at sea, on a passage, 1667, hither from Ireland.


The line of a supposed William Reed is well represented in the Reed DNA Project at

"Haplogroup R1b1b2 of the above haplotypes is found in New England, Virginia and the Carolinas, Ireland, England, Germany and elsewhere in the US and Europe. It is pre-Indo-European, probably Paleolithic. Group OGAP-3 is found principally in southern and into central England. The fact that a Read from Lancashire is of a South English clade, gives some weight to the idea that the Reads of Lancashire, Dorset and Somerset could be related to one another. ..."

... "None of the DNA types above show any clear connection to our (4802) William Reade, Cloth Merchant & Sea Captain of Boston & Marblehead. The various William Reads of the Boston area, of which Savage details no fewer than four, have been thoroughly confused in EVERY online site I've visited, and no doubt also in several relied-upon secondary "sources". Until we have DNA evidence from some descendant who can clearly trace his lineage from a son of Capt. William, therefore, or find some evidence from wills or contemporary documents pertaining to this captain, we are in the dark about his (and therefore [2401] Margaret's) ancestry."


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Capt. William Read, of Boston & Marblehead's Timeline

Age 23
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Age 25
Age 29
May 8, 1641
Age 30
Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
September 23, 1643
Age 32
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Age 34
Ireland or England
Age 38
Ireland or England
November 28, 1667
Age 56
At sea on return trip from Ireland