Emily Read

b. 1893
FatherWilliam Francis Read b. 1862, d. 17 Jun 1935
MotherAnnie Robertson b. c 1860, d. 27 Sep 1938
     Emily Read was born in 1893 at Sevenoaks, Kent, England.1 She was the daughter of William Francis Read and Annie Robertson.

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Oct-Dec 1893, Sevenoaks, Vol 2a Page 619."

Harry Read

b. circa 1877, d. 1929
FatherEdwin Read b. c 1831, d. 22 Jun 1906
MotherLydia Barber b. 8 Jul 1838, d. 1889
     Harry Read was born circa 1877 at Sevenoaks Weald, Kent, England.1 He was the son of Edwin Read and Lydia Barber.
Harry Read died in 1929.

Citations

  1. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "RG11 piece 908 folio 79 page 12."

John Read

b. circa 1874, d. 1947
FatherEdwin Read b. c 1831, d. 22 Jun 1906
MotherLydia Barber b. 8 Jul 1838, d. 1889
     John Read was born circa 1874 at Sevenoaks Weald, Kent, England.1 He was the son of Edwin Read and Lydia Barber.
John Read married Mary Annie Wiles on 14 February 1901 at Chiddingstone, Kent, England.
John Read died in 1947 at Kent, England.
John Read was buried on 21 February 1947 at Weald, Sevenoaks, Kent, England.

Family

Mary Annie Wiles b. 1871
Marriage*
John Read married Mary Annie Wiles on 14 February 1901 at Chiddingstone, Kent, England
Children

Citations

  1. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "RG11 piece 908 folio 79 page 12."

John Read

     John Read married Margaret Breach, daughter of Unknown Breach, circa 1600 at Sussex, England.
John Read witnessed the probate of the estate of Richard Breach on 2 December 1622 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England.1

Family

Margaret Breach b. c 1675, d. 1633
Marriage*
John Read married Margaret Breach, daughter of Unknown Breach, circa 1600 at Sussex, England
Child

Citations

  1. [S728] Letters of administration of the estate of Richard Breache of Herstmonceux, Sussex, England, granted by the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 2 Dec 1622 (ESRO:PBT 1/3/5/123A).

Mabel Read

b. 1902, d. 4 April 1954
FatherJohn Read b. c 1874, d. 1947
MotherMary Annie Wiles b. 1871
     Mabel Read was born in 1902 at Kent, England. She was the daughter of John Read and Mary Annie Wiles.
Mabel Read married John William Ayres on 15 January 1938 at Weald, Sevenoaks, Kent, England.
Mabel Read died on 4 April 1954 at Holborn, London, England.

Family

John William Ayres b. 21 May 1904, d. 1990
Marriage*
Mabel Read married John William Ayres on 15 January 1938 at Weald, Sevenoaks, Kent, England

Margaret Read

b. 22 September 1604, d. 1607
FatherJohn Read
MotherMargaret Breach b. c 1675, d. 1633
     Margaret Read was baptized on 22 September 1604 at St John Southover, Lewes, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of John Read and Margaret Breach.
Margaret Read died in 1607 at Lewes, Sussex, England.
Margaret Read was buried on 15 August 1607 at St John Southover, Lewes, Sussex, England, REEDE, "daughter of John."2

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

Minnie Read

b. 23 January 1860, d. 17 November 1921
FatherEdwin Read b. c 1831, d. 22 Jun 1906
MotherLydia Barber b. 8 Jul 1838, d. 1889
     Minnie Read was born on 23 January 1860 at Sevenoaks Weald, Kent, England.1 She was the daughter of Edwin Read and Lydia Barber.
Minnie Read married Frederick George Pearce on 9 October 1880 at Maidstone, Kent, England.
Minnie Read died on 17 November 1921 at Maidstone, Kent, England, at age 61.

Family

Frederick George Pearce b. 26 Sep 1855, d. 9 Jul 1937
Marriage*
Minnie Read married Frederick George Pearce on 9 October 1880 at Maidstone, Kent, England
Children

Citations

  1. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "RG10 piece 923 folio 20 page 9."

Nellie Read

b. 1891
FatherWilliam Francis Read b. 1862, d. 17 Jun 1935
MotherAnnie Robertson b. c 1860, d. 27 Sep 1938
     Nellie Read was born in 1891 at Sevenoaks, Kent, England.1 She was the daughter of William Francis Read and Annie Robertson.

Citations

  1. [S71] 1891 Census for England "Class: RG12; Piece: 674; Folio: 4; Page: 4."

Rose Emily Read

b. circa 1868
FatherEdwin Read b. c 1831, d. 22 Jun 1906
MotherLydia Barber b. 8 Jul 1838, d. 1889
     Rose Emily Read was born circa 1868 at Sevenoaks Weald, Kent, England.1 She was the daughter of Edwin Read and Lydia Barber.
Rose Emily Read was buried on 15 November 1911 at Weald, Sevenoaks, Kent, England.

Citations

  1. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "RG10 piece 923 folio 20 page 9."

Thomas Read

b. circa 1871
FatherEdwin Read b. c 1831, d. 22 Jun 1906
MotherLydia Barber b. 8 Jul 1838, d. 1889
     Thomas Read was born circa 1871 at Sevenoaks Weald, Kent, England.1 He was the son of Edwin Read and Lydia Barber.

Citations

  1. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "RG10 piece 923 folio 20 page 9."

Violet Annie Read

b. 29 March 1903, d. 1951
FatherJohn Read b. c 1874, d. 1947
MotherMary Annie Wiles b. 1871
     Violet Annie Read was baptized on 29 March 1903 at Weald, Sevenoaks, Kent, England. She was the daughter of John Read and Mary Annie Wiles.
Violet Annie Read died in 1951 at Bromley, London, England.
Violet Annie Read was buried on 7 September 1951 at Weald, Sevenoaks, Kent, England.

William Read

b. circa 1895
FatherWilliam Francis Read b. 1862, d. 17 Jun 1935
MotherAnnie Robertson b. c 1860, d. 27 Sep 1938
     William Read was born circa 1895 at Sevenoaks, Kent, England. He was the son of William Francis Read and Annie Robertson.

William Francis Read

b. 1862, d. 17 June 1935
FatherEdwin Read b. c 1831, d. 22 Jun 1906
MotherLydia Barber b. 8 Jul 1838, d. 1889
     William Francis Read was born in 1862 at Sevenoaks Weald, Kent, England.1 He was the son of Edwin Read and Lydia Barber.
William Francis Read was baptized on 12 October 1862 at Sevenoaks, Kent, England.2
William Francis Read married Annie Robertson circa 1890 at England.
William Francis Read was a domestic gardener on 5 April 1891.3
William Francis Read was a domestic gardener on 31 March 1901.4
On 31 March 1901 William Francis Read and Annie Robertson lived at Gardener's Cottage, Fernside, The Common, Sevenoaks, Kent, England.4
William Francis Read was a domestic gardener on 2 April 1911.5
On 2 April 1911 William Francis Read and Annie Robertson lived at New Road, Esher, Surrey, England.5
William Francis Read and Annie Robertson emigrated circa 1920 to New Zealand.
William Francis Read died on 17 June 1935 at Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
William Francis Read was buried on 17 June 1935 at Block AN10, Plot 24, Waimari Cemetery, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Family

Annie Robertson b. c 1860, d. 27 Sep 1938
Marriage*
William Francis Read married Annie Robertson circa 1890 at England
Children

Citations

  1. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "RG10 piece 923 folio 20 page 9."
  2. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "Place: Sevenoaks, Kent, England; Collection: ; BTs; Date Range: 1838 - 1881; Film Number: 1469563."
  3. [S71] 1891 Census for England "Class: RG12; Piece: 674; Folio: 4; Page: 4."
  4. [S72] 1901 Census for England "RG13 piece 747 folio 155 page 4."
  5. [S73] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN3549 RG78PN133 RD40 SD4 ED1 SN8."

Albert Edward Reader

b. 30 January 1897, d. 1958
     Albert Edward Reader was born on 30 January 1897 at Greenwich, Kent, England.
Albert Edward Reader married Lillian Churchill, daughter of Robert Churchill and Mary Ann Marchant, on 25 December 1919 at Bowmanville, Durham, Ontario, Canada.1
Albert Edward Reader died in 1958 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Family

Lillian Churchill b. 20 Nov 1899, d. 30 Nov 1983
Marriage*
Albert Edward Reader married Lillian Churchill, daughter of Robert Churchill and Mary Ann Marchant, on 25 December 1919 at Bowmanville, Durham, Ontario, Canada.1 
Child

Citations

  1. [S146] E-mails from Christie Holt (e-mail address) to Geoffrey Barber, August 2011.

Albert Robert Reader

b. 22 October 1921, d. 21 May 1996
FatherAlbert Edward Reader b. 30 Jan 1897, d. 1958
MotherLillian Churchill b. 20 Nov 1899, d. 30 Nov 1983
     Albert Robert Reader was born on 22 October 1921 at Bowmanville, Durham, Ontario, Canada. He was the son of Albert Edward Reader and Lillian Churchill.
Albert Robert Reader died on 21 May 1996 at Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, at age 74.

Caroline Realf

b. circa 1855
FatherEdward Realf b. c Jan 1827, d. Mar 1895
MotherCaroline Allitt b. c 1828, d. c Dec 1906
     Caroline Realf was born circa 1855 at Lambeth, Surrey, England. She was the daughter of Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt.

Edward Realf

b. circa January 1827, d. March 1895
FatherRichard Realf b. 10 Feb 1805, d. 6 May 1881
MotherMartha Highlands b. c Jan 1805, d. 19 Jan 1887
     Edward Realf was born circa January 1827 at Framfield, Sussex, England. He was the son of Richard Realf and Martha Highlands.
Edward Realf married Caroline Allitt on 4 October 1848 at Wembley, Middlesex, England.
Edward Realf was a gardener (deaf) on 7 April 1861.
On 7 April 1861 Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt lived at Northwood District Gates Hill, Ruislip, Middlesex, England.
Edward is totally deaf from paralysis according to the 1871 census.
On 2 April 1871 Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt lived at Cambridge Street, Brighton, Sussex, England.
Edward Realf was a shoemaker on 2 April 1871.
Edward Realf was a shoemaker (jobbing) on 3 April 1881.
On 3 April 1881 Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt lived at Horsted Green, Little Horsted, Sussex, England.
Edward is recorded as deaf and dumb in the 1891 census.
On 5 April 1891 Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt lived at Horsted Green, Little Horsted, Sussex, England.
Edward Realf was a shoemaker on 5 April 1891.
Edward Realf died in March 1895 at Uckfield, Sussex, England.
Edward Realf was buried on 2 April 1895 at Little Horsted, Sussex, England.
The Mystery of Edward Realf
by Sheila Smith

On 16th December, 1854, Ralph Edwards of Rickmansworth Hertfordshire, aged 23 joined the 9th Battalion of the Royal Artillery as a gunner/driver. He became a bombardier on the 10th January 1856, and was in Constantinople in hospital (possibly Scutari) in February 1856 when he had an apoplectic attack following a fever. By May he was in Portsmouth where he had a second attack and was invalided out of the R. A. on November 11th 1856. He had served for a total of one year and three hundred and thirty two days, of which eight months were in Constantinople, unfit for service. 11 Military records of Ralph Edwards, R. A. no: 4663 at TNA, Kew, Ralph’s war was a very short one. It seems likely that he was in action from December 1854 until about February 1856. He would not have been present at the battles of the Alma, Balaklava, or Inkerman (September, October and November 1854 respectively.) and was ill in Constantinople when the Armistice was signed on February 29th, 1856. Ralph would have been one of the second wave of troops sent out to the Crimea and, as a gunner, would probably have been involved in the second to the sixth bombardments of Sebastopol which met with varying degrees of success.22 See “Into Battle” British orders of Battle for the Crimean War 1854 to 1856 The taking of Sebastopol, in September 1855, marked the effective end of the war although the Treaty of Paris was not signed until the end of March.

The facts from his Army medical records33 Military records of Ralph Edwards, R. A. no: 4663 at TNA, Kew, show that Ralph was returned to England in May 1856 after his first apoplectic attack (stroke) and had a second attack in Portsmouth, resulting in his having a “paralytic affection of the muscles of the face and tongue” and being “rendered totally deaf”. He was granted a pension of 6d per day from his discharge on the 11th November 1856 until 2nd June 1858 and this was renewed at six monthly intervals until it was made permanent on 26th April 1864.

Edward Realf was born in January 1827 and baptised at St Thomas à Becket Church. In the 1841 census Edward was living with his family at Farm Cottage, Isfield, Sussex. No more is known about Edward until 1848 when, on October 4th, he married Caroline Allitt, a servant, the daughter of William Allitt, a farmer of Sudbury on Thames, at St. John’s Church, Wembley Middlesex. The young couple were both twenty one and Edward was shown as the son of Richard Realf, a police constable of Uckfield, Sussex. Edward’s trade was shown as “labourer, late Royal Artillery”. 44 Marriage Certificate of Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt

Edward and Caroline lived in the London area until sometime between 1868, when their son Edward Henry was born in Hendon, Middlesex and 1873 when their last recorded child, Joseph Thomas, was born in Uckfield. During the following years, three children were born between 1848 and 1853 and all of them were dead by October 1853. In fact, all the deaths are recorded in the same quarter in the indexes of the General Record Offices. It seems likely that they died of the third cholera epidemic which began in September of that year and resulted in 15000 deaths. The area in which the Realfs were living at this time was badly hit by the epidemic. In 1854, a daughter, Caroline was born in the final quarter of the year and it is about this time that Ralph Edwards enlisted in the Royal Artillery.

The puzzle about Edward seems to begin with those words “labourer, late Royal Artillery” on his marriage certificate. To date I have been unable to find any sign of him in the records of the Royal Artillery at Kew and given his age, 21, he could not have served for very long in the army. Why had he left and did he, when he rejoined, use the name of Ralph Edwards of Rickmansworth Hertfordshire, aged 23? - He was actually 27. I have not as yet been able to solve the problem of why Edward re-enlisted under an alias, though circumstantial evidence, including his portrait, points to this. If so, he must certainly have kept up the deception throughout his life since army records for Ralph exist well into the 1870s.

In September 1857, Edward and Caroline Realf had a son, Frederick Edward who was born at Batchworth, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. Edward was an agricultural labourer at this point. Ralph had given his place of birth as Rickmansworth when he enlisted and was drawing his pension from Watford in November 1857. Frederick Edward was registered in Watford. I have still to verify whether Ralph’s pension was transferred to Uckfield between 1868 and 1873 but this seems likely.

Documentary evidence for Edward’s return to Sussex and continued living there come from two letters by his brother Richard to his sister Sarah (Whapham) in the USA written when Richard paid a visit home to England in the summer of 1873. He mentions visiting Edward and says that “old Ned” is well.55 Photocopies of original letters by Richard Realf to Sarah Whapham Simon Wright’s article on “A Village School: Little Horsted in 1860s & 70s” in “Hindsight” Vol. 466 Journal of the Uckfield & district preservation Society shows Henry Realf (Edward Henry already mentioned, 10th child of Edward and Caroline) appearing in the school log for 1876, 1878 and 1879. By 1881, Edward is listed as a jobbing shoemaker of Horsted Green, Little Horsted in the census.

In 1882, Thomas Suplee, a friend and biographer of Richard Realf, the American Civil War soldier and poet, came to England to visit Martha and Edward and his sister Ellen Madgwick. He wrote an article on this trip and his description of Edward adds to my conviction that Edward and Ralph are the same person. “I found Edward Realf, ……. Living in a little cottage, covered with rose vines, …………… In the hey-day of his youth and strength he enlisted in the army and was sent out for service in the Crimea. When he reached Constantinople , he was stricken down with disease then paralysed, and finally returned to England a perfect wreck!……………………Edward Realf is hopelessly deaf and all conversation with him is carried out by signs. ……….”77 “A Visit to the Early Home of Richard Realf” A letter written by Sarah Whapham on October 31st 1882 corroborates the story of Edward’s fever and paralysis, adding the information that he was in Scutari Hospital and received a pension of 6d per day for six months which was made permanent after Florence Nightingale wrote to the Prince Consort and Edward “agitated through the papers.”88 transcript of letter from Sarah Whapham to Thomas Suplee

So was Ralph Edwards really Edward Realf? If so, why did he leave the Royal Artillery before his wedding in 1848? Did he re-enlist to earn money to keep his wife and baby daughter? If so, why did he use an alias which he never, as far as I know, used anywhere but in the army? Did he desert before October 4th 1848 and if he did, why admit to having been in the Royal Artillery on his marriage certificate? I feel almost certain that Ralph is Edward but I am still trying to find answers to these questions.

Edward Realf died at Ridgewood, Uckfield in March 1895 and was buried in Little Horsted Churchyard on April 2nd of that year. Caroline lived on at 41 Horsted Green Cottages, Little Horsted, moving to live with her youngest son Joseph in West Hoathly after 1901. She died and was buried there in 1906.
The Mystery of Edward Realf (continued).
by Sheila Smith

Two years ago, my article about my 2 x great grandfather, Edward Realf, born in Framfield in 1827, I wrote that I was unable to account for his rejoining the Royal Artillery in 1854 under the name of Ralph Edwards. I speculated that he had deserted in order to marry in October 1848.

A recent visit to TNA to research my Norfolk Tooby ancestors (all excise men) gave me the opportunity to look again at Edward’s military record. This time I was lucky and found the evidence of his earlier service in WO69/11, record number 844. I quote this below. It seems that poor Edward, far from being a deserter, was a victim of a less than romantic problem which led to his discharge! Incidentally, even on his first entry to the army, Edward was a little economical with the truth. His age on enlistment is given as 17, whereas he was really 19 years old. Having checked with the Royal Artillery Museum, it seems likely that this was simply a mistake on his part or upon the part of the army clerk who wrote up the record.

WO69/11 record number 844. Edward Realf born in the parish of Framfield in the town of Uckfield in the county of Sussex. Enlisted in the Royal Artillery on 21st February 1846 at Lewes. Aged 17 years and 0 months with the rank of Gunner. Became a Driver dated 23rd February 1847 under age. 9th Battalion ? Brigade

Discharged 11th July 1848 at the age of 19 years one hundred and forty days. Total service to 11th July is one year and one hundred and forty days. We certify that the above is a correct statement of the service of Edward Realf to the 11th July 1848.

Discharged 11th July 1848 in consequence of varicose veins of the legs. Character very good.

And the varicose veins? Well Edward came from a long line of agricultural labourers and probably worked in the fields round Uckfield from an early age.

Family

Caroline Allitt b. c 1828, d. c Dec 1906
Marriage*
Edward Realf married Caroline Allitt on 4 October 1848 at Wembley, Middlesex, England
Children

Frederick Edward Realf

b. 13 September 1857, d. 1 June 1935
FatherEdward Realf b. c Jan 1827, d. Mar 1895
MotherCaroline Allitt b. c 1828, d. c Dec 1906
     Frederick Edward Realf was born on 13 September 1857 at Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, England. He was the son of Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt.
Frederick Edward Realf married Mary Ann Tooby on 16 August 1881 at Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England.
Frederick Edward Realf died on 1 June 1935 at Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England, at age 77.

Family

Mary Ann Tooby b. 15 Nov 1859, d. 27 Dec 1949
Marriage*
Frederick Edward Realf married Mary Ann Tooby on 16 August 1881 at Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England
Child

Harriet Realf

b. circa 1839
FatherRichard Realf b. 10 Feb 1805, d. 6 May 1881
MotherMartha Highlands b. c Jan 1805, d. 19 Jan 1887
     Harriet Realf was born circa 1839 at Sussex, England. She was the daughter of Richard Realf and Martha Highlands.

Henry Edward Realf

b. circa 1868
FatherEdward Realf b. c Jan 1827, d. Mar 1895
MotherCaroline Allitt b. c 1828, d. c Dec 1906
     Henry Edward Realf was born circa 1868 at Pinner, Middlesex, England. He was the son of Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt.