Person:Samuel Reed (54)

m. 23 Nov 1732
  1. Thomas Reed1732/33 -
  2. Samuel ReedAbt 1735 - 1756
  3. Silas Reed1737 -
  4. William Reed1739 -
Facts and Events
Name Samuel Reed
Gender Male
Birth[1] Abt 1735 Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Death[1] 4 Jan 1756 Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
  1. 1.0 1.1 Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Vital records of Westford, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849. (Salem, Mass: Essex Institute, 1915)
    p. 308.

    READ,Samuel, s. Samuel and Abigal, [died] Jan. 20, 1755. [Jan. 4, 1756, in his 21st y. GR1]
    [Age 20, birth about 1735. GR1=Fairview Cemetery. See note for History of the Reed Family.

  2.   Reed, Jacob Whittemore. History of the Reed Family in Europe and America. (Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States: John Wilson and Son, 1861)
    p. 164.

    Children of Samuel Reed and Abigail Cummings: Samuel, b. 20 Jan 1735, d. 20 Jan 1755.
    [Note: It is unlikely that Samuel died on his birthday. First of all, there is no such birth date in the records. Second, given the death record, it is likely Reed got confused. Given that the two death dates above are so far apart, it seems intuitive and consistent to believe the gravestone has the correct death date, 4 Jan 1756, and therefore it is likely that the other date meant to give a birthdate. So, assuming a common misreading, born 20 Jan 1735, died 4 Jan 1756, as for example, suggested on the Find A Grave memorial. However, this is entirely speculative, as this is not what the published records say, and where Reed got his unique and unlikely arrangement is not clear.]

  3.   Find A Grave: Fairview Cemetery, Westford, Mass., in Find A Grave
    Samuel Read.

    Memento Mori
    Here lies the Body of
    Mr Samuel Read the son of
    Mr Samuel & Mrs Abigail Read
    who departed this Life
    January the 4th 175[crack in stone]
    in the 21st year
    of his Age.