James Read lived in Brunswick County, Virginia during Colonial times, he received a land patent of 310 acres of ground in Brunswick County, bordering the North Carolina border, which he farmed, raised a large family and became very well-to-do.
James Read is listed as one of the Patriots of Brunswick county during the Revolutionary War; He died some time between May of 1796 and April of 1801.
Children of James Read were:
- Peter Read
- Harmon Read
- Winney Read, married (?) Mosely
- Rebecca Read, married (?) Carrell
- Jemimah Read, married (David ?) Revis
- Nancy Read, married (?) Barrow
- Mynam Read, married (?) Alley
- Elizabeth Read, married (Theo ?) Richardson
- Olive Read, married (Allan ?) Rook
- Tabitha Read, married (?) Beck
James Read ~ Will
In the name of God Amen, I James Read of Brunswick County and the State of Virginia and Parish of Meherin being low in body but of sound mind and memory and knowing that it is appointed for all men, once to die do constitute and make this my last will as followeth (viz) my soul, I give to God who gave it being trusting upon his dear son for Salvation and my body to be desently buried after directions of my Executor and my worldly goods I dispose of in the manner following IMPRIMIS. I wish all my just debts to be paid. Item I give to my son Peter Read, this land where I now live together with a negro man named Jacob to him and his heirs forever. Item I give to my son Harmon Read a negro man by the name of Moses to him and his heirs forever. Item My desires now if that the balance of my estate shall be equally divided into eight parts. I give one eighth part to my daughter *Dabitha Beck to her and her heirs forever. I give to my daughter Winney Mosely one eighth part to her and her heirs forever. I give to my daughter Rebeckah Carrell one eighth part to her and her heirs forever. I give to my daughter Jemimah Revis one eighth part to her and her heirs forever. I give to my daughter Nancy Barrow one eighth part to her and her heirs forever. Item my will and desire is that my daughter Mynam Alley may have the tenth part of one eighth part as long as she lives after her death I lend it to her son David Read his life at his death to be equally divided between the children of said David Read. Item I lend one eighth part to my Daughter Elizabeth Ritchardson during her life at her death to be equally divided between her children, Item I lend the other eighth part to my daughter Olive Rook as long as she lives at her death to be equally divided between her children. I nominate Peter Read, Harmon Read, Henry H. Marable Executors to this my last will and testament declaring it to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof have here unto set my hand and seal this 3rd day of May 1797.
Signed and Sealed )
in the presents of us )
John King ) his
William Ward ) James X Read (LS)
Henry H. Marable ) mark
Micajah Lane )
James Read, 310 acs. Brunswick Co. on the upper side of Peahill Cr., along the Country Line [East]; adj. Gray, Burnet, & John Moseley, 16 Aug 1756, . 203. 35 Shill. [Some of this property should be in North Carolina because the survey continued off South from the Country Line.]
REF: Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 32, No. 2 -- Land Patent Book 33
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