Josiah Read, of Norwich

New London, Conn.

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Josiah Read

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Death: July 3, 1717 (70-78)
Brewster's Plain, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Reade, of Batcombe and Susannah Reade
Husband of Grace Holloway
Father of William Read; Patience Brewster; Experience Lanphere; John Reed; Joseph Read and 3 others
Brother of Margaret Stubbs; William Read; Hannah Read; Esther Austin; William Reed and 4 others
Half brother of William Reade; Isaac Reade; Ephraim Reade; Jonathan Reade; Timothy Reade and 5 others

Occupation: Tailor, farmer
Managed by: Gwyneth McNeil
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About Josiah Read, of Norwich

"The marriage of Josiab Read to Grace, the daughter of William Holloway, took place at Marshfield in November, 1666. At this time he had probably eleared his home-lot and prepared his domicile in Norwich. About the year 1687, be removed from the town-plot to a farm "over Showtucket," and was probably the first permanent settler upon that gore of bud which was then called the Crotch, but afterward Newent. He had a brother John, at that time living "near Pease's farm," within the present limits of Bozrah.

It is probable that the brothers Josiah and John Read married sisters. The farm of William Holloway in Marshfield fell to his two daughters. It was Fold, one half in 1670, by "Josiah Reed of Norridge, in the Colony of Connecticut," as the inheritance of his wife Grace, and the other half in 1673, by " Hannah Read, formerly Holloway," whom we suppose to have been the wife of John. The only proof, however, is the coincidence of name.

A third brother, Hezekiah Read, was considerably younger than the others. The father, whose Christian name has not been recovered, died in 1679, leaving Hezekiah a minor, who, in accordance with his own request, was committed by the court to the guardianship of his brothers, Josiah and John, "for his good education in the fear of God, good literature, and some particular calling."f

John and Hezekiah Read do not come again within the range of our history. It is probable that they removed from the town, as in the next generation we find only five of the name earolled as householders, and these were Josiah and his four sons, Josiab, Jr., William, John, and Joseph,—all of them " farmers in ye Crotch of ye Rivers."

Josiah Read, the elder, died July 3, 1717.

Mrs. Grace Read, his wife, died May 9, 1727.

William Read died Aug. 13, 1727, leaving a wife, Mary, and an estate valued at £407."

- History of Norwich, Connecticut By Frances Manwaring Caulkins


"Josiah Read was by trade a tailor. Miss Caulkins says that he removed to Newent, then known as "over Showtucket," to a farm he had purchased, in 1687, but the deed of the homestead to Richard Bushnell is dated 1698. He had eight children, four of whom were sons, Josiah, Jun., William, John and Joseph, who became "farmers in ye crotch of ye Rivers." Josiah, Sr., died in 1717, his wife Grace in 1727."



Josiah, the son of Josiah, married Grace Holloway of Marshfield, Mass., in November, 1666, — Rehoboth and Marsh field being then contiguous towns ; though the increase of inhabitants, and the incorporations of precincts and parishes into towns, has long since made the two places socially far distant. He settled in Norwich, Conn. Children,— Josiah, born April, 1668; William, April, 1770; Elizabeth, September, 1672 ; Experience, Feb. 27, 1675; John, Aug. 15, 1679; Joseph, March 12, 1681; Susanna, Sept. 20, 1685 ; Hannah, July, 1688. He died at Norwich, July 3, 1717 : Grace, his wife, died May 9,1727.



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Josiah Read, of Norwich's Timeline

Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Age 9
New London, Conn.
April 1, 1670
Age 27
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony
September 1672
Age 29
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony
February 27, 1675
Age 32
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony
April 15, 1679
Age 36
New London, New London County, Connecticut, United States
March 12, 1681
Age 38
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony