Welcome to the
Ancestral History of the
Family of Thomas, Jr.
and Jane Irwin Read

Compiled by their great and great-great grandson
Alvin Ashley Read and his son, Richard C. Read

       Thomas and Jane were both born in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, of parents who had moved to that area in the very early 1800s. In 1867, Thomas and Jane moved their family to Poweshiek County, Iowa, where many of their numerous descendants still reside.

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Thomas, Jr and Jane Irwin Read
(mid-1880s)

       This ancestral history consists of several chapters with numerous footnotes and appendices. The first six chapters are based on Sarah Weaver Reed Ewing's documents for the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). Sarah's writeup was deemed by us quite adequate and complete and has proven quite accurate when compared with more recent findings. Her original document contained no footnotes or addendices and had been formatted using a typewriter. Our new formatted version of her document contains footnotes and appendices added by the authors. Any comments by the authors in the text per se are clearly indicated or enclosed by curly { } brackets.

       Some of the remaining chapters consist of information from historical books, some published over a century ago. Other of the remaining chapters were written by the authors of this document.

CLICK on the Chapter of Interest:

Chapter 1 - The William Reed Family Line - draft as of 09/25/05

Chapter 2 - The John Read Family Line - Not Yet Available

Chapter 3 - The Alexander Family Line - Not Yet Available

Chapter 4 - The Sharp/Sharpe Family Line - Not Yet Available

Chapter 5 - The McKnitt/McKnight Family Line - Not Yet Available

Chapter 6 - Esther Lusk Reed's Letter to her Children - draft as of 09/25/05

Chapter 7 - The Potter - Jordan - Bard/Beard Family Connections - draft as of 09/25/05

Chapter 8 - The Thomas, Jr and Jane Irwin Read Family Line - Not Yet Available

Chapter 9 - The Jemima Alexander Ancestral Family Line - Not Yet Available

Chapter 10 - Some Other Family Lines of Thomas Sr and Mary Potter Jordan Read - Not Yet Available

Chapter 11 - Some Other Family Lines of Alexander and Jemima Alexander Read - Not Yet Available