Mary Jane Read

1852–1932 (Age 80)
Manchester, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Mary Jane

When Mary Jane Read was born in 1852, in Manchester, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, her father, Charles M. Read, was 38 and her mother, Jane A. Hampton, was 29. She married James McDowell in 1874, in Victoria, Australia. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Freeport, Harrison, Ohio, United States in 1880. She died on 10 February 1932, in Brighton, Victoria, Australia, at the age of 80, and was buried in Victoria, Australia.

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Family Time Line

James McDowell
Mary Jane Read
Marriage: 1874
Eliza Jane McDowell
Edward Norman McDowell

Spouse and Children

    James McDowell



Victoria, Australia



    Edward Norman McDowell


Parents and Siblings

    Charles M. Read


    Jane A. Hampton




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World Events (8)

1858 · Halle Orchestra Give First Performance

Age 6

The Hallé Orchestra named after Charles Hallé became a permanent orchestra when they played for the first time on January 30, 1858, in the Free Trade Hall. The orchestra fell on hard times in 1861 and performed only two concerts. From 1899-1911 Hans Richter directed the orchestra.

Age 11

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 23

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

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)

  • Mary J Scott in household of David Scott, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Mary Jane in entry for Nathen Gelgle, "Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003"
  • Mary J. Read, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

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