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READ FAMILY CONNECTIONS

JOHN READ3

6. JOHN READ2 (Joseph1) was born 16 February 1769 in Sussex (now Warren) County, New Jersey, and died 20 April 1814, location unknown. He married Elizabeth Ogden, daughter of Gabriel Ogden and Mary Shotwell. She was born 7 May 1775 and died 22 February 1852. After John's death, Elizabeth married William Wintersteen. John and Elizabeth are buried in Union Brick Cemetery in Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey (Armstong 1979:191, 211, 229; Kern 1938; Union Brick Cemetery).

John Read and Elizabeth Ogden had at least 9 children born betweeen 1793 and 1812. They had at least 48 grandchildren; 108 great-grandchildren; 84 second great-grandchildern; 44 third great-grandchildren; 22 fourth great-grandchildren; 45 fifth great-grandchildren; 27 sixth great-granchildren (the most recent birth in 1996); and 5 seventh great-granchildren. Total identified descendants equals 381 over a 204 year period (1793-1996).

Children of John Read and Elizabeth Ogden
Biographical Notes
References

Probate Records
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CHILDREN OF JOHN READ AND ELIZABETH OGDEN:

39. (i.) SARAH READ3, born circa 1793; died as an infant (Kern 1938).

40. (ii.) MARY READ3, born 4 December 1795; died 25 August 1884. She married John B. Konkle, son of Matthias and Christeen Konkle of Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey. They are buried in Johnsburg, Frelinghusen Township, Warren County, New Jersey (Kern 1938).

41. (iii.) JOHN OGDEN READ3, born 1797; died after 1819. Kern places his death in 1817. However, John was still alive in 1819 when his brother Isaac Read, III petitioned the court to divide their late father's real estate. He is named in Isaac's petition. Therefore he had to have died after August 1819 (Kern 1938; Sussex County Surrogate Court Records, hereinafter SCSCR, File 8032). He is not listed in the 1862 settlement of the estate of his cousin John H. Read, therefore he probably died before 14 August 1862 (Warren County Surrogate Court Records, hereinafter WCSCR, Orphan Court Minutes Liber 6, folio 156).

42. (iv.) ISAAC READ III3, born 1 May 1798 in Sussex (now Warren) County, New Jersey; died 4 August 1865 in Warren County, New Jersey. He married Catherine Matthews on 31 July 1819. They are buried in Hainesburg Cemetery, Hainesburg, Knowlton Township, Warren County, New Jersey.

43. (v.) LYDIA READ3, was born 5 June 1801 in Sussex (now Warren) County, New Jersey and died 23 August 1883 in Muscatine County, Iowa (Brossart n.d.; Kern 1938; Union Brick). She married in late 1819 or early 1820, Jonathan Martin. He was born 3 September 1794 in New Jersey and died 29 January 1869, probably in Warren County, New Jersey (Kern 1938; Union Brick). Jonathan Martin was probably the son of Benjamin and Rachel Martin (Kern 1938). Bud Ruehle (2001) gives Jonathan's parents as Benjamin and and Margaret Reynolds. Lydia's name is on the family monument in Union Brick Cemetery in Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey. While I am fairly certain that Jonathan Martin are buried in Union Brick cemetery, I have no idea where Lydia's final resting place is.

44. (vi.) RACHAEL READ3, born 31 January 1804 in Sussex (now Warren) County, New Jersey; died 6 January 1890. She married her first cousin, Jacob Lanterman (as his second wife) on 17 April 1824. Jacob was the son of Abraham Lanterman and Sarah Ogden. They are buried in Blair Academy Chapel Yard, Blairstown, Blairstown Township, New Jersey.

45. (vii.) DAVID READ II3, was born 24 October 1806 in Sussex (now Warren) County, New Jersey and died 13 September 1879 in Stillwater, Sussex County, New Jersey (Marksboro Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Sussex County Surrogate Court Records, hereinafter SCSCR, Petitions of Guardianship and Renunciations Book A, page 134). He married Mary Hawk, the daughter of William and Sarah Hawk. She was born 14 May 1807 in New Jersey and died 21 May 1865. They are buried in Marksboro Presbyterian Church Yard, Marksboro, Frelinghuysen Township, Warren County, New Jersey, Marksboro, Frelinghuysen Township, Warren County, New Jersey. Their graves were visited on 14 April 2005.

46. (viii.) HANNAH READ3, According to Hannah's gravestone, she was 85 years old when she died on 31 December 1891. This would place her birth in 1806. As her brother David was born 24 October 1806, an 1806 birth date for Hannah would make them twins (Kern 1938; Marksboro Presbyterian Church Cemetery). Hannah married Jacob L. Coursen (as his second wife) on 13 March 1831. They were married by Elder Jonathan S. Thompson of the Johnsonburg Christian Church (Warren County Marriages, Vol. 1). Jacob was the son of Isaac Coursen and Ann Case. He was born 1778 in Sussex (now Warren) County, New Jersey and died of consumption (tuberculosis) on 13 March 1848, Warren County, New Jersey (Marksboro Presbyterian Church Cemetery; Murcko 1996-1998;Warren Journal, 28 March 1848). His first wife was Elizabeth Moot. They were married on 20 October 1810 (Sussex County Marriages). She died between 1818 and 1830. Jacob and Hannah are buried in Marksboro Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Marksboro, Frelinghuysen Township, Warren County, New Jersey. Their graves were visited on 14 April 2005.

47. (ix.) STEPHEN READ3, born circa 1812 and died as an infant (Kern 1938).

 

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

John Read was the fourth child and third son of Joseph Read and Sarah Sutton. The information on his tombstone indicates that he was born on 16 February 1769 (Union Brick Cemetery). John married Elizabeth Ogden, daughter of Gabriel and Mary (Shotwell) Ogden. She was born 7 May 1775 (Armstrong 1979:210; Union Brick). Elizabeth's older brother, Benjamin Ogden, was married to John Read's older sister, Hannah (ibid.).

John and Elizabeth Read had nine children, six of whom lived to become adults (Armstrong 1979:212; Later Day Saints files (hereinafter LDS) n.d.; Murcko 1996-98; Zerfas 1996-98). Seven of the Read children are named in an 1819 petition to the Sussex County Orphans Court which was filed by Isaac Read III. The children living in 1819 were: Isaac III, Mary, John Ogden, Lydia, Rachel, David and Hannah Read (Sussex County Surrogate Court Records, hereinafter SCSCR, File 8032). Presumably two of the nine children had died by 1819.

Six of the children are named in the settlement of the estate of their first cousin, John Hetty Read (son of James Read) on 2 February 1865 (WCSCR Orphan Court Minutes Liber 6, folio 156):

"That the said administrators do pay unto Isaac Read (the 3rd) David Read[,] Lydia wife of Jonathan Martin[,] Rachel wife of Jacob Lanterman[,] Hannah widow of Jacob Coursen and Mary widow of John Konkle Children of John Read deceased the equal one Sixty Sixth part thereof each amounting to the Sum of three Hundred and fourty[sic] Six dollars and fourty[sic] one cents each.

It appears that only those first cousins who were living on 14 August 1862, when John Hetty Read died, were entitled to a portion of the estate. Therefore, three of the children of John Read, who had predeceased their cousin, are not listed in the settlement of the estate. These children were Sarah Read, John Ogden Read and Stephen Read. When the court ordered payment in 1865, all six of the children listed in the settlement were still alive. Unlike the entries for the children of Isaac Read, Sr. in the same settlement, there is no mention of personal representatives for John's children. This was necessary for two of Isaac's children, Mary Read Raub and Phebe Read Kerr, because they died between 14 August 1862 (the day John Hetty Read died) and 22 July 1865, when the court ordered payment (WCSCR Liber 6, folio 157).

The Latter Day Saints files list the following individuals as the children of John and Elizabeth Read: Sarah (born 1793), Mary (born 1795), John Ogden (born 1797), Isaac (born 1798), Lydia (born 1801), Rachel (born 1804), David (born 1806), Hannah (born 1808), and Stephen (born 1812). This list of children is mirrored by Kern (1938). However, Kern does not give birth dates for either Sarah or Stephen. He does present the same birth order. Both lists closely match the names of the children appearing in the 1819 petition, and those appearing in the 1862 settlement. Other researchers have suggested other individuals as possible children of John and Elizabeth Read, I will discuss each researcher's work below.

Kenneth B. Haggerty (1995) originially named Euphemia Read Haggerty (born 3 March 1812 and died 5 May 1887), the wife of Aaron Haggerty, as another of John and Elizabeth Read's children. However, she is not named as one of the children in Isaac Read's 1819 petition. Nor is she named as an heir-at-law in the settlement of John Hetty Read's estate, even though she was alive and living in Blairstown, Warren County, New Jersey in 1862. It seems odd that Euphemia Read Haggerty was not named in either the 1819 petition or the 1862 settlement if she was one of John Read's children. Haggerty based Euphemia Read Haggerty's parentage on a military land grant to Joseph Read Haggerty by John Read of New Jersey. This John Read had served in the War of 1812. Subsequent research by Haggerty (1999) and Read (1999) have determined Euphemia's father was Joseph Read III, son of Isaac Read, Sr. (brother of John Read). If the John Read of this essay served in the war of 1812, it is possible that he received a land warrent which was later assigned to his nephew Joseph Read III, and thence from Joseph to his grandson, Joseph Read Haggerty.

Muessig (1996) names Margaret M. Read as one of the children of John and Elizabeth Read. Margaret was born in 1808. Muessig does not give a source for her information.

Two other individuals, Andrew Jackson Read and Sharlet (or Charlotte) Read, are said to be children of John and Elizabeth Read (Chase n.d.:51). Andrew Jackson Read was definitely not one of the children. According to Chase (ibid.) he was living in Blairstown in 1929. As John Read died in 1814, that would make Andrew at least 115 years of age. Sharlet (or Charlotte) Read was not one of John and Elizabeth Read's children either. She was living with John H. Read (a nephew of John and Elizabeth Read, by John's brother Joseph Read II), in 1850. She appears on the 1850 United States Federal Census as a 12 year old child living in John K. Read's household. The census indicates that she was born in 1838, 24 years after the death of John Read in 1814.

In April 1814, John Read died at the relatively young age of 45. Currently, I do not have proof that John served in the War of 1812. His name does not appear in the lists of men serving in the war published by the New Jersey Office of the Adjunct General (1909). (I have yet to consult other records). John Read died on 20 April 1814. However, his estate was not admitted for probate until almost 13 months later. This delay suggests that John Read may have died some distance from home and that the news of his death took some time to reach his family in New Jersey. John is buried in Union Brick Cemetery. Accounts for his estate list costs for a coffin and for digging his grave (see forward in this essay). The delay could also mean that the family knew the estate was in debt and was trying to regroup before admitting the estate for probate before the Surrogate judge.

John died intestate. At the time of his death his farm was located in Hardwick Township, Sussex (now Warren) County, New Jersey. According to Armstrong (1979:228) his farm was located on the edge of White Pond (now White Lake) at Marksboro, Sussex (now Warren) County, New Jersey. John's younger brothers, Samuel and David Read, petitioned the court for administration of the estate on 2 May 1815. David Harker, of Sussex County, also signed the petition. The three men were assigned administration with a bond of $1200 (SCSCR file 8032; Hutchinson 1949:346). The estate was inventoried by James Stinson and Robert Lanning on 24 May 1815. Its total value was $505.31 (SCSCR Inventories Book B, folio 264; Hutchinson 1949:346).

Unfortunately, the personal estate of John Read did not cover the estate debts. On 21 August 1817, Samuel Read petitioned the Orphans Court for an order to sell some of the real estate of John Reed. The estate debts came to $588.06, a sizable sum for that time. Samuel's account dated 20 August 1817 shows a deficiency of $82.75 between the total personal estate value and the total estate debt. Samuel asked the court to allow him to sell "A Lot of Wood Land situated in the township of Hardwick containing about one hundred acres adjoining Lands of John L. Snover, Andrew Reed & others" (SCSCR File 8031).

Samuel Read sold the wood lot for $80. He presented his next estate account to the court during the August 1818 term. The real estate sale brought the estate value to to $585.31. This still left a deficiency of $2.75. The estate account of August 1818 lists 60 individuals who held debts againist the estate. Some of these debts related directly to the burial of John Read and expenses connected to the settlement of the estate. These expenses are presented in Table 1. Other debts were owed to family members, or close associates. These items are presented in Table 2.

Table 1:Expenses Related to Burial of John Read
and sale of his real estate

Name

Expense

Cost

James Cook

Coffin

$11.00

James Allen

Digging grave

$2.50

Daniel Stuart

Application to sell land, etc.

$10.00

John Armstrong

Surveying, etc.

$2.50

Jabez K. Squire

Order

$1.04

John H. Hall

Advertising

$1.25

Joseph Barber

Auctioneer

$2.50

Total

.

$30.79

Table 2:Debts owed to family members and associates

Name

Relationship

Cost

Jacob Lanterman

Nephew

$5.73

Isaac Reed

Brother

$11.97

Isaac Coursen

Father of future son-in-law

$0.25

John B. Conckle

Future son-in-law

$2.50

Abraham Lanterman

Brother-in-law

$1.25

J.P. Ogden administrator Gabriel Ogden

Brother-in-law and father-in-law

$51.09

Total

.

$72.79

However, the above debts only amounted to $103.58 of the total $585.31 debt. The remaining $482.73 was owed to individuals who appear to be residents of Sussex County. There is one entry for $27.94 owed to Shaw & Shaw, who was probably a local merchant (SCSCR File 8032).

In August 1819, Isaac Read III, "son of John Read late of the township of Hardwick decd," petitioned the Orphans's Court concerning his father's real estate (SCSCR File 8032).

That the said John Read late of the township of Hardwick decd died intestate, seized of a considerable real estate in fee simple situate in the said township of Hardwick in the County of Sussex which descended to Mary, Lydia, Rachel, David, Hannah and John Ogden Read and Isaac Read your petitioner children of the said decd who now hold the same as tenants in common, and that owing to the minority of some of the said heirs no division by agreement can be made between your petitioner & the other children thereof the said decd. Wherefore your petitioner prays that the Orphans Court of the county of Sussex would be pleased to order & direct a division of all the real estate of John Read decd whereof he died seized in fee simple within said township of Hardwick...in the said county of Sussex between your petitoner & the other children thereof the said decd by metes of bounds to be held in severalty in manner prescribed by Law.

Isaac Read 3d

19th August 1819
John Armstrong
John Lock
Willaim Hankinson

Basically, the petition states that John Read died without a will (i.e. intestate). His estate contained a large amount of real estate which was held in fee simple. fee simple means that John owned all the rights to the land, it was not a ground rent property (or lease-hold) subject to annual fees. Isacc wanted his share of the property, which he owned jointly with his brothers and sisters (i.e. tennants in common). Only his sister Mary Read Konkle and brother, John Ogden Read were of age (over 21) in 1819, all the other siblings were minors (under 21), that is, Lydia, Rachel, David and Hannah. By law, the children who were minors could not sign documents which would provide for the division of the property. Isaac asked the court to assign trustees to act in the interests of his younger borthers and sisters so that the land could be divided in an equitable manner. Isaac probably petitioned the court for the sale of the land in 1819 because he was starting his own family. He married Catherine Matthews on 31 July 1819 (Thompson 1997). Their first child, John M. Read, was born 29 January 1820 (Hainesburg Town Cemetery).

John Read, the father of Isaac Read III, is buried in Union Brick Cemetery on Heller Hill Road near the intersection of Heller Hill and Union Brick Roads, in Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey. John's single stone is inscribed:

John Reed
died
April 20, 1814
aged 45 yrs, 2 m & 4 days

After Johns's death, Elizabeth Ogden Read married William Wintersteen, a widower with five children (Armstrong 1979:211). William was the son of Jacob and Maria Winterstein. He was born 23 July 1774. When he was baptized on 12 August 1774, he was given the name of Wilhelm Winterstein (German and English Congregation 1999). William's surname is spelled variously in the records as "Winterstein" and "Wintersteen". William and Elizabeth Wintersteen lived in Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey (1850 United States Federal Census). They attended church in the village of Hope in Hope Township, Warren County. On 23 July 1842, the Christian Church of Hope was formed. Original members of the church included William and Elizabeth. Another member of the congregation was Samuel Read, Esq., John Read's younger brother (Snell 1987:666). When the census was taken in 1850, none of Elizabeth and William's children lived with them (1850 United States Federal Census). Both of them were in their mid-seventies in 1850. According to Armstrong (1979) Elizabeth went blind in her old age.

Elizabeth Ogden Read Wintersteen lived until 22 February 1852 (Armstrong 1979:211; Union Brick Cemetery.). She is buried next to her father, Gabriel Ogden, in Union Brick Cemetery. Her stone, which was field checked 18 July 1998 and 3 July 1999, is badly worn. Her age and death dates are barely visible:

Elizabeth O.
wife of
John Read
&
William Wintersteen
Died
Feb 22, 1852
Aged 76 Yrs 9 Mos
&15 Days

To the right of Elizabeth's stone is a tiny monument with two lambs, there is no information with the monument. One of the lambs is white and the other is brown. This stone could mark the grave of John and Elizabeth's young children who died.

Elizabeth's second husband, William Winterstein, died five years later, and is buried in Johnsonburg Christian Cemetery in Johnsonburg, Frelinghuysen Township, Warren County, New Jersey. William's single stone was field checked June 1997. It is inscribed:

William Wintersteen
died
Aug 20 1857
Aged 83 yrs & 4 mo.

 

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REFERENCES

PRIMARY

Cemeteries

First Christian Church or Johnsonburg Cemetery, Frelinghuysen Township, Warren County, New Jersey.

Tombstone of William Wintersteen

Hainesburg Town Cemetery, Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey

Tombstone of Isaac Read III
Tombstone of John M. Read

Marksboro Presbyterian Church Yard, Marksboro, Frelinghuysen Township, Warren County, New Jersey.
Tombstone of Hannah Read Coursen
Tombstone of David Read

Union Brick Cemetery, Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey

Tombstone of Lydia Read Martin
Tombstone of John Read
Tombstone of Elizabeth Ogden Read Winterstein

Probate Records

Sussex County Surrogate Court Records, Newton, New Jersey (SCSCR)
File 8032
Inventories, Book B, page 264

Warren County Surrogate Court Records, Belvidere, New Jersey (WCSCR)
Orphans Court Minutes
Book 5,pages 588, 598
Book 6, pages 85, 156, 231, 240, 258

SECONDARY

Armstrong, William C.

1979 Pioneer Families of Northwestern New Jersey. Hunterdon House, Lambertville, N.J.

Chase, Wilda T.

n.d. Some Descendants of James Sutton of Hackettstown, New Jersey. Detroit Society for Genealogical Research. Vol. XXII.

Haggerty, Kenneth B.

1995 Pedigree 2184. World Family Tree: Volume I. CD-ROM. Brøderbund Software, Inc. Novato, CA.

Hutchinson, Elmer T. (Editor)

1949 Documents Relating to the Colonial, Revolutionary and Post Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey. Archives of the State of New Jersey, First Series Vol. XLII, Vol XIII Calender of Wills 1814-1817. Scott Printing Co., Jersey City.

Kern, William MacKellar

1938 Kern and Ogden ancestors. Also allied families of Lanterman, Read, Crisman, etc. Manuscript on file, New York City Public Library.

Muessig, Linda

1996 Huff Family Database.

Office of the Adjunct General

1909 Records of Officers and Men of New Jersey in Wars 1791-1815. State Gazette Publishing Co., Printers, Trenton.

Snell, James P. (Compiler)

1881 History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey, With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Everts and Peck, Philadelphia.

Thompson, James

1997 Personal Communication. Sixth great-grandson of Joseph Read and Sarah Sutton.

WEB SITES

Murcko, Stephen J.

1996-98 Descendants of John Coursen I-Version 2. Scroll down page to Jacob L. Coursen.

Zerfas, Paula D. Chapman

1996-98 Descendants of Joseph Ogden.. Please note that as of November 1998 I was unable to access this webpage, it may no longer exist.

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