READ, Adam
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Read, Capt. Adam, was a native of the Province of Ulster, Ireland, where he was born in 1703. He located in Hanover on the Swatara about 1725, and secured the possession of large tracts of land. He was a gentleman of education and became quite prominent in Provincial days. He was for many years one of His Majesty’s justices, and during the French and Indian wars held the commission of captain, doing gallant service on the frontiers. Considerable of his correspondence is found among the archives of the State, mostly relating to Indian forays and earnest appeals for protection. Captain Read was an elder in Hanover church, and in the old graveyard on Bow creek rest his remains. He died February 2, 1769; and his wife Mary, born in 1712, on the 11th day of June, 1783. Their two daughters married respectively – Mary, John Harris, the founder of Harrisburg, and Eleanor, Robert Whitehill, of Cumberland county.


Transcribed by: Lynne Ranieri

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