Thomas READ (or Reade)


Birth:   abt 1585  England

Death:  1663  England

Father:  Sir Thomas Read (~1558-)

Mother:   Mary CORNWALL


Spouse:   Alsea 



Thomas    born England.  Married Mary (Endicott?)

Jacob        born England.  Said to have gone South.

Abraham   born England.  Lived in South Danvers. 


Notes for Thomas Read    


  • Came to America with Winthrop in 1630.  Had town grant of three hundred acres of land in 1637, lying next to that of Governor Endicott.  The first settlers had grants of land in proportion to their amount of funds in common stock.  There were but four persons in Salem who had as large a sum of grants as Col. Read.  He was a man of prominence, and held the rank of colonel in 1643.  Was probably an officer of that rank before he came to America.  He was colonel in British Army at restoration of Charles II in 1660.  Thomas Read died in England in 1663.  His son Abraham settled his estate.  


  • Thomas's descendant, Erik K. Reed, in a letter dated 27 Dec 79 wrote:  "Col. Thomas Reed came to Massachusetts in 1630 (NOT a Puritan!), went back for a while to Somersetshire & I think his son was born there & then back to Mass."


Family notes and letters.

Edwin C. Reed's "Genealogy and History of the Ancestry of Edwin C. Reed where within he notes " obtained from old records, from previous histories and personal recollections.  On the whole, however, the records herein may be taken as accurate."  and   "For much of the information ... I am greatly indebted to the "History of the Reed Family" by Jacob Whittemore Reed published in 1861." 


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