Benjamin Read

22 February 1752–
Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Benjamin

When Benjamin Read was born on 22 February 1752, in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Jacob Read, was 27 and his mother, Lucy, was 24. He had at least 8 sons and 4 daughters with Lois Powers. He registered for military service in 1776.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Read
1752–
Lois Powers
1754–
Benjamin Reed
1776–
Polly Read
1777–
Jacob Reed
1779–
Dr. Webber Reed
1781–1849
Elisha Reed
1783–
Bridget Reed
1786–
Lucy Reed
1788–
Peter Reed
1790–
Joseph Reed
1794–
Samuel Reed
1796–
Nancy Reed
1798–
Thomas Reed
1800–1889

Spouse and Children

children

(12)

+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Jacob Read

    Male1725–Male

    Female1727–Female

siblings

(6)

    Male1752–Male

    Jacob Reed

    Male1754–Male

    Priscilla Read

    Female1754–Female

    Elizabeth Reed

    Female1756–Female

    Priscilla Read

    Female1756–Female

+1 More Child

Name Meaning

English:1. nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion, from Middle English re(a)d ‘red’. 2. topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing, from an unattested Old English rīed, rȳd ‘woodland clearing’. 3. habitational name from various places: Read in Lancashire, the name of which is a contracted form of Old English rǣghēafod, from rǣge ‘female roe deer’, ‘she-goat’ + hēafod ‘head(land)’; Rede in Suffolk, so called from Old English hrēod ‘reeds’; or Reed in Hertfordshire, so called from an Old English ryhð ‘brushwood’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Benjamin Read, "Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783"
  • Benjamin Read, "Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783"
  • Benjamin Read, "Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783"

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