Martha Read

15 December 1811–9 June 1816
Portland, Dorset, England

The Life of Martha

When Martha Read was christened on 15 December 1811, in Portland, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, her father, Joseph Read, was 29 and her mother, Martha Elliott, was 29. She was buried in Portland, Dorset, England, United Kingdom.

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Joseph Read
Martha Elliott
Captain Joseph Read
Thomas Elliott Read
John Read
Martha Read
Susanna Elliott Read
Robert Elliot Read

Parents and Siblings


    Martha Elliott




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The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

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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  • Martha Read, "England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-2001"
  • Martha Read, "England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-2001"
  • Martha Read, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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