Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Samuel Read, 1763-1806

Here's another post on Culpeper ancestors on my Mom's Read side. The father of William Freeman Read was Samuel Read (my 5th-great-grandfather). He was born in Culpeper, Virginia in 1763, and was the son of John Read and Elizabeth Perkins. John Read was a wealthy landowner in Culpeper County. I will have more on John (and his own father John) in a future post.


Samuel married Juliann (also spelled Julanor and Julaner) Freeman in Culpeper. They had at least the following children:
1. John Read, born 1788
2. Elizabeth Read, born 1790
3. Samuel Read, born 1792, died 1818
4. William Freeman Read, born 3 February 1799, died 19 September 1865 in Barren County, Kentucky
5. Harris Read, born 22 Dec 1801, died in 1852

Revolutionary War Veteran?
I found a Samuel Read on Fold3.com under Captain John Roberts Company, Virginia dated 1 July 1779. He would have been 16 years old.  I am not certain at this time if this person is the same as my 5th-great-grandfather.

Culpeper County Tax & Land Records
I found several documents referencing Samuel Read in the Culpeper County Library. The Read family lived in the northern half of Culpeper County. There are many names here connecting the Reads to other land owners in Culpeper, such as Fitzhugh, Fishback, Freeman, Primm, Wigginton, Basye, Yancy and others.

From the Property Tax List of Culpeper County, Virginia 1783 (http://files.usgwarchives.org/va/culpeper/census/1783/1783tax01.txt): "This list of property owners' and slaves' names was taken from list preserved in Archives Division, Virginia State Library, Richmond, by Mrs. Garland C. Norris, Property Tax List of Culpeper County, Virginia 1783 By Mrs. Garland C. Norris, Raleigh, N. C. - List of James Pendleton, Gent.:
Hankerson Read, John Read (Cato, Jerry, Jinney, Sarah, Mill, 16, Dinnah, George, Eve, Mines, Phillis, Milly, and Ruben) James Read (Bett, under 16) John Read, Samuel Read, Guffer [Griffin] Read, under 16, Tom exempt (Cato, Armstrong, Moll, Tilton, Judy, George, Refia)"
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Samuel Read purchased a tract of land in Culpeper County in 1791 in a three-way transaction from Thomas & Ann Fitzhugh and James Primm:

            Pages 246-250. (On margin: Fitzhugh & Wife to Read)
            This indenture made the thirteenth day of December in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety one between Thomas Fitzhugh of Stafford County, Gent., & Ann, his wife of one part, James Primm of said County of the second part & Samuel Read of Culpeper County of the third part; Witnesseth that Thomas Fitzhugh and Anne his Wife & James Primm in consideration of the sum of One hundred & forty six pounds five shillings to them paid by Samuel Read do by these presents bargain & sell unto Samuel Read his heirs a certain tract of land lying in County of Culpeper, being part of a large tract lately held by Thomas Fitzhugh & granted by patent to which parcel of land by a Survey thereof made by John Wigginton is bounded. Beginning at a red Oak & Spanish Oak corner to a Lott of land sold by Thomas Fitzhugh to Gerard Freeman in the line of said patent, thence South fifty five West ten poles to a  dead white Oak, corner to Crumm, now John Freeman, thence with his line North eighty four West two hundred & two poles to an Hickory, corner to Crumm, now Fishback & said Freeman, thence North eighteen & a half West ninety poles to a Box Oak, corner to Deatherage (now Fishback), near the Road, thence North forty three West forty poles at some marked trees said to be in Fishbacks line, thence with said line North thirteen East 14 poles to a large Hickory on the Road, corner to Fishback, thence North sixty & a half degrees West 175 poles to a Stake, corner to said Read, thence with his line North seventy seven East one hundred poles to two Hickorys & Spanish Oak saplins corner to said Read, Coones & Gerard Freeman, thence with hundred & Ninety five acres more or less & is the parcel of land lately in the occupation of John Whitesides & which the said Thomas Fitzhugh had agreed to sell & convey to James Primm & which the said Primm has since agreed to sell to Samuel Read & that a conveyance thereof should be made to him by Thomas Fitzhugh, together with all houses & hereditaments belonging; To have & to hold the parcel of land & premises unto Samuel Read his heirs; And Thomas Fitzhugh & Anne his Wife & their heirs & every person whatsoever except James Primm & that said James Primm & his heirs the land & premises unto Samuel Read & his heirs from the claim of every person shall warrant & forever defend by these presents. In Witness whereof the parties have hereunto set their hands & affixed their seals the day & year first written. Sealed & Delivered in the presence of
Andrew Buchanan,             Thomas Fitzhugh
Joseph Basye                        Anne Fitzhugh
Elijah Basye                        James Primm
This Deed being run of out date, I do hereby acknowledge this ninth day of October Seventeen Hundred & ninety two. Witness my hand & seal
Witness William Roberts            James Primm
George Doggett, Charles Yancy Junr
William Wigginton
This Deed being run out of date, I do hereby acknowledge it this fourth day of March on thousand seven hundred & ninety three. Witness my hand & seal
Sealed & Delivered in the presence of us
William Wigginton            Samuel Gordon            Thomas Fitzhugh
John Holland            Samuel Fergason

The Commonwealth of Virginia to Thomas Mountjoy, Henry Vowles & Alexr. Morson, Gentlemen, Justices of Stafford County, Greeting. Whereas (the Commission for the privy examination of Anne, the Wife of Thomas Fitzhugh); Witness John Jameson, Clerk of our said Court at the Courthouse the tenth day of May 1792 and in the 16th year of the Commonwealth
                                                                        John Jameson
Stafford County, Sct. Pursuant to the within Dedimus to us directed, we have examined Mrs. Anne Fitzhugh private & apart from her Husband, she relinquishes her right of Dower to said tract of land & is willing it should be committed to Record. Given under our hands & seals this 24th day of July 1792
                                                                        H. Vowles
                                                                        Alexr. Morson
At a Court held for Culpeper County the 15th day of April 1793
This Indenture of Bargain & Sale from Thomas Fitzhugh & Anne his Wife & James Primm to Samuel Read was partly proved by Oath of William Wigginton, one if the witnesses thereto & ordered to be Certifyed, And at a Court continued & held for the said County the 16th day of April 1793, This said indenture was fully proved as to Primm by the oaths of William Roberts & Charles Yancy Junr., witnesses thereto, & ordered to be recorded as to him; And at a Court held for said County the 15th day of July 1793, This said indenture was further proved as to Fitzhugh by the Oath of Samuel Gordon another witness thereto & ordered to be Certified; And at a Court held for said County the 16th day of September 1793, This said Indenture was fully proved as to Fitzhugh by the Oath of Samuel Fargeson, another of the witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded as to him together with the Commission thereto annexed & Certificate thereon endorsed is also ordered to be recorded
                                                            Teste John Jameson, Cl Cur.
Pages 371-374. (On margin: Samuel Read to Charles Huffman)
This Indenture made the 6th day of Septr. 1793 Between Samuel Read and Julaner his Wife of County of Culpeper of one part & Charles Huffman of the same County of other part. Witnesseth that Samuel Read and Julaner his Wife in consideration of the sum of Fifty pounds current money of Virginia to them in hand paid by Charles Huffman, by these presents do bargain & sell unto Charles Huffman his heirs a certain tract of land situate in Parish of Saint Mark in County of Culpeper (being part of a larger tract that Samuel Read purchased of Thomas Fitzhugh Eqsr.), containing Twenty acres of land (more or less) and bounded, Beginning at a Stake corner in a line of the said Charles Huffman which the said Huffman purchased of Thomas Fitzhugh Esqr. And running thence North 77d East 82 poles to two small pines standing in the South side of a Road leading to Chesters Gap, thence with the said Road South 37d East 26 poles to three small pines standing on the same side of the Road thence South 9 ½ West 48 poles to a red & box Oaks in the said line of Huffman & from thence to the beginning; and all profits & emoluments to said land belonging; To have & to hold the tract of land together with all the appurtenances & premises unto Charles Huffman his heirs. In Witness whereof the said Samuel Read & Julaner his Wife have hereunto set their hands & sealed the day & year first above written
Signed Sealed & Delivered in presence of us
James Jett                                                Samuel Read
John Wigginton, Alexr. Gordon            Julaner Read
George Bowmer
Received this 7th day of September 1793 from the within names Charles Huffman, the sum of Fifty pounds current money of Virginia being the consideration within mentioned as witness my hand & seal
Teste James Jett                                    Samuel Read
The Commonwealth of Virginia to William McClanahan, John Wigginton & James Jett, Gentlemen, Greeting, Whereas (the Commission for the privy examination of Julaner, the wife of Samuel Read); Witness John Jameson Clerk of our said Court at the Courthouse the 7th day of September 1793, and in the 18th year of the Commonwealth
                                                            John Jameson
In Obedience to the within to us directed, we personally examined the within named Julaner separate and apart from her husband concerning her acknowledgement by the said Samuel & together with the Commission thereto annexed & Certificate thereon endorsed, are ordered to be recorded
                                                            Teste John Jameson, Cl Cur
Samuel's Estate
Samuel died sometime before 8 February 1806 in Culpeper, Virginia. According to Culpeper County Will Book E:

At a Court held for Culpeper County the 21st day of April 1806
            This Executors Account ordered to be recorded.
pp.131-132. Pursuant to an Order of Court to us Directed we have proceeded to value the slaves and personal Estate of Samuel Read decd., a True inventory whereof is hereunto annexed..(which inventory includes) .. one negro woman Dinah, Jemima; four cows, furniture, kitchen utensils, one Bible Testament, spelling books…
The within is a true Inventory of the personal Estate of Saml. Read decd. Given under our hands this Eighth day of February 1806.
John Spilman, Harman Button, Martin Fishback
At a Court held for Culpeper County the 21st day April 1806
This Inventory of the Estate of Samuel Read decd was returned into Court and ordered to be recorded.

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