William Reade

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William Reade, son of Roger Reade, was born probably shortly before his baptism at Wickford, Essex, England, 11 March 1539/40.1 He died before 19 July 1603, when he was buried at Wickford, Essex, England.1

William married (1) Martha Church, daughter of John Church, about 1562;1 he married (2) Mary (…), whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), after 1577.1

William Reade left a will dated 3 July 1603, specifying:
To be buried in Wickford church and to the poor of that parish, £3. To the poor of Rayleigh, Rawreth, Nevendon, and Runwell, £1 to each parish
To wife Mary, £100 and a yearly allowance of £20 to be paid out of his lands by son Edmund in lieu of her dower, six kine, a bay trotting gelding and all such household stuff and plate as she had at the time they were married, except that which she had since given to her children.
Wife and maid to have dwelling and entertainment in the house in all honest and comely manner for a year after his (William's) death
To son John £300;
To brother Edmund Church £7: 13: 4
To cousin Roger Reade, £8
To all of the household servants, 10s apiece
To son Edmund, all lands and houses and the lease of Fryearne manor, purchased of brother Edmund Church, and he (Edmund) is residuary legatee and executor.

Wit: William Harries, Thomas Meredyth.2

Family 1

Martha Church b. say 1542, d. bef. 16 Dec 1577
  • Edmund Reade+1 b. 23 May 1563, d. bef. 1 Dec 1623
  • William Reade1 b. 22 Jul 1564, d. bef. 1603
  • Margaret Reade1 b. 9 Jan 1566/67, d. bef. 1603
  • William Reade1 b. 24 May 1568, d. bef. 3 Mar 1571
  • Mary Reade1 b. abt. 1569, d. bef. 9 Jan 1569/70
  • Mary Reade1 b. 2 Jan 1571/72, d. bef. 1603
  • Richard Reade1 b. 24 Jul 1573, d. bef. 1603
  • John Reade1 b. 25 Jan 1575/76, d. bef. 12 Oct 1629

Family 2

Mary (…) d. aft. 1616
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  1. [S246] Walter Goodwin Davis and Gary Boyd Roberts, Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966): A Reprinting, in Alphabetical Order by Surname, of the Sixteen Multi-ancestor Compendia (Plus Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendants), 16 vols. in 3 (1916-1963; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1996), 3:209-216, further cited as Davis and Roberts, Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis.
  2. [S246] Davis and Roberts, Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis, 3:211.