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William Read

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Brunswick County, Virginia
Death: 1804 (60-68)
St. Andrew's Parish, Lunenburg County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Husband of Elizabeth Read
Father of Robert Read; William Read; Catherine Read; John Reed; Private and 8 others

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About William Read

Monday, November 24, 2008

Nov. 24, 2008-Family of Elizabeth Read Manning

Elizabeth Read Manning was my gggggGrandmother. She was born in 1740, probably in Brunswick County, Virginia. She was married to Thomas Manning who was also probably born in Brunswick County, Virginia about 1740. Elizabeth's parents were William Read (1720 VA-1764 VA) and Elizabeth Thomas/Hubbard. I'm not yet sure of her maiden name. Children of William and Elizabeth Read were:

Elizabeth Read 1740- Elizabeth married Thomas Manning.

Catherine Read- Catherine married James Quarles.

Susannah Read - Susannah married James Mathews

Frances Read- Frances married Mr. Stone.

Thomas Read - Thomas married Sarah ?

John Read - John married _____Wilson.

Lewis Read

Robert Read

Anner Read

Mary Read

William Read

I was able to identify the names of these children from the wills of William Read and Robert Read from the Brunswick County Virignia Will Book #4. There is a great deal of information to gain from the wills.

From the will of William Read, I found the given names of his children and the maiden names of several of the daughters. In the will of Robert Read, in addition to the names of his siblings, their are names of some of his neices and nephews. What follows are the abstracts of the wills of William Read and his son, Robert Read.

Brunswick Will Book, 4, p. 393, Dec. 31, 1762, Feb. 27, 1764. Will of William Read of St. Andrews Parish. To son Thomas my boy Ellick now in his possession. To son Robert my manor plantation whereon I now live and Negro girl Rhoda. To son William Read Negro fellow Dick. To dau. Frances Stone one shilling. To dau. Catherine Quarles Negro Sam. To dau. Elizabeth Read Negro girl Ruth. To son Robert all my estate real and personal in any parts of this Dominion. Resid. legatees Robert Read, Catherine Quarles, Elizabeth Read, Susannah Mathews, John Read, Anner Read, Mary Read and Lewis Read. To my wife Elizabeth. To son John Read (under 21). Extrs. my son Robert Read and James Quarles. Witt: Hugh Williams, Moses Quarles, Lewis Quarles.

Brunswick Will Book, 4, p. 190, Sept. 25, 1766, Jan. 24, 1774. Will of Robert Read of Essex Co., The land my father William Read left me to be divided between my two brothers John and Lewis Read and my brother Lewis to have the manor plantation. To my sisters Anner Read, Mary Read, and Susannah Mathews. To William the son of James Quarles, Thomas son of William Read, Catherine dau. of Thomas Manning, Betty dau. of William Mathews, and Molley Read dau. of Thomas 5 pounds each. To friend James Quarles. James Quarles extr. Witt: Hugh Williams, Richard Ramsey, John Quarles.

The will of Robert Read clearly states that the daughter of Thomas Manning is Catherine. Until reading this abstract, I thought the daughter of Thomas Manning and Elizabeth Read was Catey. It appears now that her given name was Catherine. Catherine "Catey" Manning was born in 1768, but I'm not sure whether she was born in Brunswick County, VA or in York County, SC.

Catherine would have been the niece of Robert Read. His will named two nephews, William Quarles and Thomas Read and two other neices, Betty Mathews and Molley Read.

I also made some assumptions after reading these wills. Because Robert Read inherited the plantation from his father, I assume he would have been the oldest son. Since Catherine, Frances and Susannah had married names in William Reads will, I am assuming that they might have been older than Elizabeth. Sometimes, it takes several readings and close observation of names and dates to begin putting a family's history together. I still have a good deal of work to do on the Read family, but I think I've made a nice start.

Posted by Sharon at 5:29 AM

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William Read's Timeline

Brunswick County, Virginia
Age 1
of, Bedford, Virginia, USA
Age 2
Brunswick, Virginia, USA
Age 5
October 7, 1757
Age 17
North Carolina, USA
Age 64
St. Andrew's Parish, Lunenburg County, Virginia