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Robert Parker READ
published by Paul Tregelles on Sun, 14/06/2020 - 7:46

Robert Parker Read's parents were Henry & Roberta Johanna Read and I believe Robert was born the 3rd July 1855 in Axbridge and  was baptised on the 16th February 1858. 

I know Henry & Roberta Johanna Read are buried in Axbridge church, and I was wondering whether anyone knows whether the Robert Read also buried there in May 1883 is their son, Robert Parker Read?



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Submitted by Pat Hase on Sun, 14/06/2020 - 10:28

Wow! what a character! - if the newspaper reports of 1877-1883 are anything to go by I'm not surprised that I can't find an announcement of his death.  But, as the Northampton Mercury reports that he was "too ill" to appear before the Bedford Assizes in Jan 1883 I should think that the chances were high that you've got the right man,  The death of a Robert READ was registered (aged 28) at Bedford in the June qrt of 1883.  The full details of his life would make fascinating reading in Buckets & Spades!

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Submitted by gricharduk on Tue, 16/06/2020 - 17:43

I agree with Pat - An amazing character! There is (I think) a notice of his death on page 8, column 7, near the bottom of the page under Births, Deaths, Marriages, of the Weston Mercury for Saturday 2 June 1883: "May 20, at the Infirmary, Bedford, after a long and lingering illness, Robert Parker Read, third son of Henry Read, Esq., of Axbridge, aged 27 years." So 25 May 1883 would make sense for a burial at Axbridge.

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