William Charles Read [1841 - 1922]

[1841 - 1922] FFMF

Born: 29 November 1841

Died: 9 June 1922

Father: James [Edward] Read

Mother: Lucy Freeman
His mother's surname is given on the birth certificates of his sisters, Marion Pasture Read and Fanny Read.

5-generation pedigree

Baptismal Entry:

ChurchSt Mary, Bryanston Square, Marylebone
Date25 December 1841
NameWilliam Charles
ParentsJames and Lucy Read
Abode14 Wyndham St
Father's OccCarpenter
Date of Birth29 November 1841

Siblings:

  1. James Edward Read [29 August 1836 - 14 August 1881] married 2nd qtr 1858 Marylebone RD Sophia Green [- 1st qtr 1859 Marylebone RD]
    1. James Green Read [1st qtr 1859 Marylebone RD - 1st qtr 1859 Marylebone RD]
    James Edward Read married Elizabeth L Eacott [4th qtr 1841 Warminster WIL RD -]
    4 Cornforth Terrace, Fulham Rd, London: RG10/60 f77 p32 {1871}
    2 Compton Terrace, Hammersmith: RG11/54 f72 p6 {1881}

    Elizabeth Read née Eacott remarried: "19 February 1889: Administration (with the Will) of the Personal Estate of James Edward Read late of 2 Compton-terrace Fulham-road Hammersmith in the County of Middlesex Tobacconist who died 14 August 1881 at 2 Compton-terrace was granted at the Principal Registry to Elizabeth Goddard (wife of William George Goddard) (formerly Read, Widow) of 2 Compton-terrace the Relict the Universal Legatee. Personal Effects £85 4s"
  2. Lucy Jane Read [10 December 1838 - ] married 4th qtr 1861 Marylebone RD Samuel Garside
    (Lucy Jane Garside was living with her daughter Fanny Dixon in 1900, and her daughter Alice Katherine Montana in 1920)
    1. Mary Lucy Garside [1863 Boulogne FRA -] 43 Edgeware Road: RG11/16 f6 p6 {1881}
    2. Alice Katherine Garside [23 December 1863 Boulogne FRA - 18 October 1944 Rome, Oneida NY USA ] married 28 October 1885, Herkimer NY USA Edward Isaiah Montana [- 18 July 1932]
      1. Ada Belle Montana [22 May 1883 Herkimer NY USA - 6 February 1933 Lynn Haven, Bay FL] married L H Bartee
      2. William Clemons Montana [August 1887 NY USA - 1916]
      3. Lucy E Montana [June 1889 NY USA - 1904]
      4. Bernice Mabel Montana [September 1893 NY USA - 1956]
      5. Everett Read Montana [February 1896 NY USA - 1962] married 1923 Althea Adela Manson [1897 NY USA -]
        1. Grace Montana [5 December 1924 NY USA - 12 May 2007] married 9 August 1952 Charles W Tillett [14 August 1920 Charlotte NC - 19 October 2011 Charlotte NC USA ]
          1. Charles Tillett married Maureen Unknown
            1. Charles Tillett
          2. Avery Tillett married Yan Ke
            1. Lucia Ke
          3. James Tillett
            Charles' obituary states that Charles and Grace had three further grandchildren
            • Elizabeth Matthews
            • Hannah Matthews
            • Everett Tillett
        2. Donald M Montana [1927 NY USA -]
          Utica NY: roll T626_1623 page 12B {1930}
      6. Margarie Nina Montana [January 1900 NY USA -]
      7. Grace Barbara Montana [1907 NY USA -] married Joseph Besenfelder [1907 NY USA -]
        10 Putney Hill, Wandsworth: RG11/663 f54 p13 {1881}
        Middleville, Fairfield, Herkimer NY USA: roll T623_1039 page 5B ED 40 {1900}
        Newport, Herkimer: roll T624_952 page 5A ED 30 {1910}, roll T625_1115 page 4B ED 41 image 1328 {1920}, roll T626_1442 page 6A {1930}
        Rome, Oneida NY USA: roll T627_2701 page 3A ED 33-69 {1940}
    3. Fanny G Garside [10 October 1865 Hunslett YKS - 19 July 1945 Syracuse NY] married George Frank Dixon [23 November 1863 London - 2 April 1940 Dolgeville NY]
      1. Henry J Dixon [March 1888 -]
      2. Claire M Dixon [August 1889 -]
      3. Eric Charles Dixon [23 December 1893 Little Falls NY - 22 June 1963 East Syracuse NY] married Mary Margaret Roberts [5 August 1895 Utica NY - 4 May 1989 East Syracuse NY]
        1. Edward George Dixon [3 July 1928 Syracuse NY - 11 November 1999 Jamesville NY] married Unknown
          • 1 child
      4. Doris L Dixon [July 1898 -]
        Little Falls, Herkimer NY: roll T623_1040 page 10A {1900}, roll T623_1040 page 10A {1910}
        2nd Street, Oppenheim, Fulton NY: roll T624_949 page 2A {1910}
        220 deKalb Ave, Kings, Brooklyn NY: roll T625_1160 page 1A {1920}
    4. Ellen Elizabeth Garside [17 September 1874 McDougal, Parry Sound District, ON CAN - 1956] married George Lincoln Wood [18 August 1864 - 1934]
      1. Leslie Arthur Wood [14 May 1898 Herk NY - 24 September 1973 Canajoharie NY] married 14 September 1921 Dutch Reformed Church, Hemiker NY Essie May Helmer [17 November 1901 Herk NY - 27 November 1976 Little Falls NY]
        • 2 children
      2. Kenneth Albert Wood [12 June 1900 - 23 November 1987] married Dorothy Riel [- 5 September 1984]
        1. David Wood
        • 1 other child
      3. Mildred Lydia Wood [2 December 1901 - 25 December 1987] married Unknown
        • 1 child
        Mildred Lydia Wood married Unknown
        • 1 child
      4. Harold George Wood [28 December 1903 - 17 November 1979] married Unknown
      5. Daniel Russell Wood [11 August 1905 -] married Unknown
        • 1 child
      6. Ada Helen Wood [15 September 1909 -] married Unknown
        • 2 children
      7. Dorothy Elizabeth Wood [26 July 1912 -] married Daniel A Nickel [- January 1996]
        • 2 children
      8. Shirley M Wood [22 April 1914 - 1993] married James Oscar Blackburn
        • 3 children
      9. Ralph Wood married Unknown
      The family sailed from London to Quebec on the "Ganges", arriving 19 May 1870
      (Dundas, Wentworth North ON CAN: roll C-9925 page 66 family 247 {1871}
      2 Wyndham Street: RG11/150 f70 p1 {1881}
  3.   William Charles Read [1841 - 1922]
  4. Marian Pasture Read [24 July 1844 - 2nd qtr 1847 Marylebone RD]
  5. Fanny Read [15 August 1846 - 1st qtr 1939 Romford RD] married 3rd qtr 1872 Marylebone RD William John Newbegin [1849 - 2 September 1901 Romford] (probate)
    1. George Herbert Read Newbegin
      [3rd qtr 1873 Stepney RD - 23 March 1913 Chicago Illinois] married 7 April 1904 St Mark Kennington Florence Elizabeth Pezzey [1878 - 2nd qtr 1929 Lambeth RD]
      1. Alexander George Edward Newbegin [4 July 1904 Lambeth - 1 October 1969 Chippenham WIL] married 2nd qtr 1948 Croyden RD Margaret E Jarvis
        Alexander was a pupil at the Visitation Convent, Pymore Rd Bridport in 1911: RG14/12482 sn1.
        178 Clapham Road, Lambeth: RG101/343C sn120. He shared the house with Frances E Pezzey, born 20 November 1850: his grandmother?
      2. 1 other child
    2. Lucy Mabel Newbegin [29 May 1876 -] married 3rd qtr 1898 West Ham RD Daniel Roberts Bolt [5 July 1873 - 3rd qtr 1946 Dover KEN RD]
      1. Phillip Daniel Bolt [1900 - circa 1943] married 1927 Rosemary Allen [- circa 1943]
        1. Alan J Bolt [3rd qtr 1928 Hendon RD -]
        2. 1 other child
      2. Kathleen Lucy Bolt [4th qtr 1901 Romford RD -] married 3rd qtr 1925 Rochford RD Norman A Allen
      3. Aileen Mary Bolt [15 July 1903 Hornchurch ESS - 2nd qtr 1989 Dover RD] married 2nd qtr 1937 Rochford RD Thomas E D Menzies [25 July 1897 -]
          32 Riefield Road, Woolwich: RG101/658C sn230 {1939 [no closed entry]}
      4. Frederick Denis Bolt [10 March 1908 Hornchurch ESS - 3rd qtr 1997 Enfield RD] married 2nd qtr 1939 Hampstead RD Jane L Hamilton [12 April 1910 -]
          5 Badby Road, Daventry NTH: RG101/6112B sn221 {1939 [no closed entry]}
      5. Alan George Bolt [20 January 1910 Romford RD, emigrated to the Colony of St Lucia 14 May 1949 - 23 August 1960 USA ] married 3rd qtr 1935 RD Audrey I Firth [2 November 1913 -]
          14 The Gardens, Southend on Sea ESS RG101/1456G sn345 {1939 [2 closed entries. Audrey's entry is scored through.]}
        7 The Avenue, Hornchurch: RG13/1656 f20 p32 {1901}
        2 The Avenue, Hornchurch: RG14/9934 sn253 {1911 [5 children, all surviving]}
    3. Mary Evelyn Newbegin [2nd qtr 1878 West Ham RD -]
    4. Winifred Grace Newbegin [2 February 1880 West Ham - 1st qtr 1972 Chichester SSX RD]
      4 Church Street, West Ham: RG11/1709 f97 p11 {1881}
      29 Cecil Road, West Ham: RG12/1328 f60 p40 {1891}
      69 Eastern Road, Romford ESS: RG13/1646 f73 p28 {1901}
      76 Churston Avenue, Upton Park, London: RG14/9412 sn300 {1911 [6 children, 4 surviving]}
  6. Harry Read [20 February 1849 - 1st qtr 1875 Marylebone RD] married 2nd qtr 1871 Marylebone RD Frances Alice Shurey
    1. Grace Annie Read [3rd qtr 1872 Kensington RD -]
      16 Wyndham Street: RG11/150 f73 p8 {1881}

Married 1: Maria Galton

Marriage Certificate:

Solemnized atPaddington Chapel  
  • Edward Galton [1800 BRK -] married Eliza Unknown [1817 DBY -]
    1. Eliza Lydia Galton [2nd qtr 1840 Kensington RD -]
    2. Maria Galton [3rd qtr 1841 Kensington RD -]
    3. Edward Henry Galton [4th qtr 1843 Marylebone RD -] married 1st qtr 1868 Kensington RD Katherine Sarah Walsh [1847 Paddington -]
      1. Eliza Katharine Galton [1st qtr 1869 Kensngton RD -]
      2. Edward William Galton [2nd qtr 1870 Kensington RD - ]
      3. Lydia Margaretta Galton [1st qtr 1872 Kensington RD - ]
      4. Marion Isabela Galton [2nd qtr 1873 Kensington RD - ]
      5. Florence Mary Galton [2nd qtr 1875 Kensington RD - ]
      6. Henry James Galton [4th qtr 1877 Kensington RD - ]
      7. Alice Maud Galton [1st qtr 1881 Kensington RD - 3rd qtr 1881 Kensington RD]
        (31 Chippenham Terr, Paddington: RG10/18 f26 p43 {1871}, RG11/10 f17 p27 {1881}
        32 Lanhill Rd, Paddington: RG11/10 f118 p77 {1881})
      Edward Henry Dalton married 2 June 1884 Paddington St James Emma Middleditch [1857 -]
      1. Emma Eliza Galton [11 May 1885 - 3rd qtr 1982 North Dorset RD] married 7 July 1921 Kensal Rise St Martin James Thomas Goldsmith
      2. Walter Albert Galton [2nd qtr 1887 Paddington RD - 1st qtr 1965 Worthing RD] married 6 August 1911 Kensal Rise St Martin Elizabeth Eleanor May Birch
      3. Frederick Charles Galton [21 September 1888 - 3rd qtr 1973 Brent RD]
      4. Harold Victor Galton [3rd qtr 1890 Paddington RD -] married 25 February 1912 Harlesden All Souls Minnie Jones
      5. Leonard Thomas Galton [7 January 1893 - 17 June 1930 Willesden] married Emma Unknown
      6. Hilda Maud Galton [1 September 1893 -] married 22 September 1918 Kensal Rise St Martin James Reginald Chart
    4. Lydia Galton [3rd qtr 1845 Marylebone RD -]
      (44 Shouldham St Marylebone: HO107/1489 f613 p54 {1851}
      3 Upper York St: RG9/79 f113 p47 {1861})
in the District ofMarylebone
in the County ofMiddlesex
When Married26 August 1862
Name and SurnameWilliam Charles ReadMaria Galton →
Age21 years21 years
ConditionBachelorSpinster
ProfessionLeather Seller 
Residence14 Wyndham Street3 Upper York Street
Father's NameJames ReadEdward Galton
Father's ProfessionBuilderSaddler
WitnessesX Fanny Read, Elizabeth Spink,
Edward Galton, James Read

Children of first marriage:

  1. Edward James Read
  2. Annie Marian Read
  3. William Charles Read
  4. Amy Lydia Read

Married 2: Sarah Elizabeth Stevens 14 April 1884

Marriage Certificate:

Registration DistrictFulham
Solemnized atThe Register Office Hammersmith
in the County ofMiddlesex
When Married14 April 1884
Name and Surname William Charles Read
Age42
ConditionWidower
Rank or ProfessionLeather Sellers Assistent
Residence44 Tunis Road, Shepherds Bush
Father's NameJames Edward Read
Father's ProfessionBuilder
WitnessesDavid Bucknall, Mary Stevens

Children of second marriage:

  1. Ruth Rosamund Read
  2. Mabel Eleanor Read

All known descendants

Death Certificate:

Registration DistrictRochford
in the Sub-District ofSouthend on Sea
in the County ofSouthend on Sea CB
When and where died9 June 1922, 32 Park Lane York Road, Southend on Sea U.D.
Name and Surname William Charles Read
SexMale
Age80 years
Rank or Professionformerly a Leather Seller
Cause of Death(1) Senile Decay (2) Atheromalous arteries Cerebral embolism 4 years. Certified by Walter Watkins MRCS
InformantT F Moore, son in law, in attendance, 32 Park Ln York Rd Southend on Sea
When Registered9 June 1922

Buried:

Date13 June 1922
WhereSouthend
SourceCemetery Superintendant
NotesBuried in Grave C624, Sutton Rd Cemetery, as William Charles Wilkinson Read

The Reads are said to have been Plymouth Brethren. William became a member of the Open Brethren, whilst Fanny Newbegin (and perhaps others?) became Exclusive Brethren.

Street Directory

1901: Kellys Southend William Charles Read, 56 Heygate Ave
1902-3: Kellys Southend William Charles Read, apartments, 38 Heygate Ave,
1905-6: Kellys Southend William Charles Read, 13 Nelson Street
1920-2: Kellys Southend William Charles Read, 32 Park Lane

Addresses:

1851 - 1861 - 187132 Wyndham St, Middlesex
188122 E Street, Chelsea
188444 Tunis Rd (Booth Map)
188626 Homer St, Marylebone (Booth Map) (map dated 1874)
189117 Cathnor Rd, Paddington
190156 Heygate Ave, Southend (photograph in 2014)
1901-338 Heygate Ave, Southend
1905-813 Nelson St, Southend (photograph in 2014)
1911Rowedal Building, Earlham Grove, Forest Gate
1920-232 Park Lane, Southend (photograph in 2014)

According to family tradition, he bought out his boss on his marriage in 1884, and established a reputation making handmade saddles, riding boots, etc. About 1890 he started to go blind (possibly due to drink), and was completely blind within a few years. About this time, his two eldest sons (William and Edward) embezzled funds from the family firm, and William fled to America, failed to make a success there, and committed suicide. Meanwhile, the impoverished family moved first to Forest Gate, thence to Southend. Here Sarah set up a successful dress-making business, until she herself went blind.

I suspect this to be a colourful misreading of a family breakup, perhaps triggered by William's remarriage in 1884. A William Charles Read, believed by other researchers to be Mabel's step-brother, is shown in US Census records to have emigrated in 1886. Mabel's step-brother is known to have been in England 5 April 1891, as he is listed in the census at 26 Homer Street. However, a tradition in the American Read family has it that the William in America emigrated at least twice, returning to England between the two. William died of bronchitis at Little Falls in May 1939, not suicide. His brother Edward also emigrated, although not necessarily at the same time, and the two brothers were living in the same household in the 1910 census of Little Falls (Little Falls Ward 1, Herkimer, New York; roll T624_952 page 11B)


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