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Col. George Reade

Male Abt 1610 - 1671  (~ 60 years)


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  • Name George Reade  [1, 2
    Prefix Col. 
    Alternate birth 25 Oct 1608  [3, 4
    Born Abt 1610  Linkenholt, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 29 Sep 1670 and 21 Nov 1671  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6
    Alternate death 1671  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9
    Buried Grace Episcopal Churchyard, Yorktown, York, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Person ID I36770  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of LMH
    Last Modified 15 Nov 2021 

    Father Robert Reade,   b. of Faccombe, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 20 Mar 1627 
    Mother Mildred Windebank,   b. 1584,   d. Bef 26 Jan 1631  (Age < 47 years) 
    Married 31 Jul 1600  St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 10, 11
    Family ID F21616  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Martiau,   b. 1625,   d. Between 10 Feb 1686 and 24 Jan 1687, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married Abt 1641  Yorktown, York, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 12, 13
    Children 
    +1. Mildred Reade,   b. Williamsburg, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 4 Jan 1695
    +2. Elizabeth Reade
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F21613  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "George Reade, born 25 Oct. 1608, son of Robert and Mildred (Windebank) Reade, who had come to Virginia in Sir John Harvey's party upon his return as governor of Virginia, 1637. On 27 Aug. 1640 George Reade was appointed by the King 'to the place of Secretary [of the Colony] in the absence of Richard Kemp who has lately arrived in England.' Reade was clerk of the Council, 1648, burgess for James City, 1649, and for York, 1656, and was appointed to the Council in 1658, holding that office until his death." [Adventurers of Purse and Person, citation details below]

      He is a "gateway ancestor" for PNH's sister-in-law, a descendant of Edward III and over five thousand other medieval people. A daughter of Edward III's son John of Gaunt, Joan Beaufort, was married twice; through her second marriage, to Ralph de Neville, George Reade is an 8X-great grandson of Edward III. Through her second marriage, to Robert Ferrers, Reade is a 9X-great grandson of the same king, and also a 9X-great grandson through another of Edward's sons, Lionel of Antwerp.

      He and his wife Elizabeth Martiau were great-great grandparents of George Washington:

      George Reade = Elizabeth Martiau
      Mildred Reade = Col. Augustine Warner
      Mildred Warner = Lawrence Washington
      Augustine Washington = Mary Ball
      George Washington

      It has been suggested that George Washington was named George after this particular great-great-grandfather. It does appear that George Reade represents the most recent, and possibly the only, previous instance of a George in Washington's ancestry.

      George Reade and Elizabeth Martiau were also ancestors of Queen Elizabeth II:

      George Reade = Elizabeth Martiau
      Mildred Reade = Col. Augustine Warner
      Mary Warner = Col. John Smith
      Mildred Smith = Robert Porteous
      Robert Porteous = Judith Cockayne
      Mildred Porteous = Robert Hodgson
      Rev. Robert Hodgson = Mary Tucker
      Henrietta Mildred Hodgson = Oswald Smith
      Frances Dora Smith = Claude Bowes-Lyon
      Claude George Bowes-Lyon = Cecilia Nina Cavendish-Bentinck
      Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon = King George VI
      Queen Elizabeth II

      And of Meriwether Lewis:

      George Reade = Elizabeth Martiau
      Mildred Reade = Col. Augustine Warner
      Elizabeth Warner = Col. John Lewis
      Col. Robert Lewis = Jane Meriwether
      William Lewis = Lucy Meriwether
      Meriwether Lewis

  • Sources 
    1. [S5773] Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography ed. Lyon Gardiner Tyler. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915.

    2. [S6079] Lyon G. Tyler, "Maj. Edmund Chisman, Jr." The William and Mary Quarterly 1:89, Oct 1892.

    3. [S6108] Adventurers of Purse and Person: Virginia 1607-1624/5. Fourth edition, ed. John Frederick Dorman. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004-07.

    4. [S53] The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215: The Barons Named in the Magna Charta, 1215, and Some of Their Descendants Who Settled in America During the Early Colonial Years by Frederick Lewis Weis. Fifth edition, with additions and corrections by Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. and William R. Beal. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1999., year only.

    5. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013.

    6. [S6098] A Crane's Foot (or Pedigree) of Branches of the Gregg, Stuart, Robertson, Dobbs, and Allied Families by E. Stuart Gregg, Jr. Columbia, South Carolina, 1975.

    7. [S6100] G.S.H.L. Washington, "President Washington's Ancestry." The American Genealogist 51:167, 1975.

    8. [S3187] Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists by David Faris. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1996.

    9. [S53] The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215: The Barons Named in the Magna Charta, 1215, and Some of Their Descendants Who Settled in America During the Early Colonial Years by Frederick Lewis Weis. Fifth edition, with additions and corrections by Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. and William R. Beal. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1999.

    10. [S1842] John Meredith Read, "The English Ancestry of Washington." The Atheneum number 3465, 24 Mar 1894., year only.

    11. [S3187] Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists by David Faris. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1996., date only.

    12. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013., year only.

    13. [S6108] Adventurers of Purse and Person: Virginia 1607-1624/5. Fourth edition, ed. John Frederick Dorman. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004-07., year only.