Josiah Read

21 November 1731–1800 (Age 68)
Windham, Windham, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Josiah

When Josiah Read was born on 21 November 1731, in Windham, Windham, Connecticut, United States, his father, Thomas Braxton Reed III, was 43 and his mother, Esther Webb, was 27. He married Eunice Kingsbury on 2 January 1755, in Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He died in 1800, at the age of 69.

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Josiah Read
Eunice Kingsbury
Marriage: 2 January 1755
Hannah Reid
Samuel A. Reed

Spouse and Children

2 January 1755
Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, United States


    Hannah Reid



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World Events (4)


Age 45

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

Age 50

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 55

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

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)

  • Josaiah Read in entry for Eunice Kingsbury, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Josiah Read in entry for Hannah Read, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
  • Josiah Read, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"

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