READ, James

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READ, James (1839-1922) and Anne Harris READ (1840-1922), a couple from England married in 1859, who came to America in 1883, emigrating first to Michigan, then moving to California in 1884 with seven of their ten living children. The oldest three stayed in England. Daughter, Florence, died in California at age 13.

James and Anne Read
Amelia Read Marsh
Amelia Anderson (1926-2013), granddaughter of Amelia Sarah Read Marsh
  • Annie Louise Read (1862-1954)
  • Henry Harris Read (1863-1949)
  • Katie Julia Read (1864-1948)
  • George James Read (1866-1948)
  • Amelia Sarah Read [Marsh] (1867-1918) collected a Western Gull egg on San Miguel Island in 1888.

THE SAN MIGUEL ISLAND EGG. By Marla Daily. Ancestors West, volume 39, no. 4. November 2014. 34-35. https://www.islapedia.com/images/f/f1/THE_SAN_MIGUEL_ISLAND_EGG.pdf


  • Ada Fanny Read [Lewis] (1869-1965) died in California at age 13
  • Florence Jemina Read (1871-1884)
  • Gertrude Lillian Read (1872-1872) died at birth
  • John Edward Read (1873-1898)
  • Philip Earnest Read (1876-1876) died at birth
  • Gertrude Mary [Rudolph] (1877-1955)
  • Grace Evelyn [Lindsay] [Thompson] (1880-1963)

James Read was hired by Captain William Waters and W. I. Nichols to manage their sheep ranch on San Miguel Island in June, 1888. Read and his wife and six of their children moved to the island for about three years: Grace, Gertrude, John, Ada, Amelia and George. During that time, daughter Amelia (21), collected a Western Gull egg, which is now in the collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. They left San Miguel Island some time before November 1891 when a Mr. and Mrs. Brown were hired as caretakers.

James Read died August 1, 1922, not long before his wife, Anne died. James Read and several family members, including wife Anne, and daughter Amelia, are buried in Lompoc Cemetery.


Island Collections~

San Miguel Island

SBMNH c. 1888

WEGU egg from SMI©.jpg



In the News~

April 16, 1889 [SBMP]: “A letter to the Lompoc Record from Mr. James Read, formerly of Lompoc, but now of San Miguel Island, states that the report about smugglers having a home or lodgment on the island, as published some time since in the Los Angeles Times is absolutely false.”