Margaret Read, 1738

Born: 11 Jul 1598
Died: 24 Sep 1672

The information below may be referencing an entirely different Margaret Read, so all the information below (which comes from the book The genealogical history of the Gallup family in the United States, also, biographical sketches of members of the family (1893),) will need to be verified:


MRS. HANNAH [Lake) GALLUP, came to this country with her mother, in the ship Abigail, arriving October 6, 1635, after a passage of ten weeks.

Mrs. Margaret Lake, with her daughters Hannah and Martha, accompanied her sister Elizabeth ( Read ) Winthrop, the new wife of Gov. John Winthrop, Jr., who returned to America in this ship with commissions from Lord’s Say, Brook and others. She left a son in England who never came to America.

As this was the first marriage in the male line of the emigrant ancestors, of the Gallop family, which took place in this country, and the commencement of the American line of descent, the lineage of the wife is here given:



John Lake, the father of Hannah (Lake) Gallop descended from the

Lakes of Normantown, Yorkshire, who claimed descent through the Cailleys, from the Albinis, Earls of Anmdel and Sussex, from the Counts of Louvaine, (the right line of Charlamagne) and from William the Conquerer.

Margaret (Read) Lake, mother of Hannah (Lake) Gallop, born in England, was the daughter of Edmund Read of Wickford, Esse.x County.

Margaret ( Read ) Lake of Wickford, died in Ipswich, Mass., 1672. The youngest sister of Margaret Lake, was the secima wire of Gov. John Winthrop, Jr., and the mother of all his children.

Martha Epps, her eldest sister (widow) married for her second husband. Deputy Governor Samuel Symonds, of Ipswich, Mass.

Thomas Read, the brother who came to this country and settled at Salem, Mass., where he was an ensign; returned to England, and entered Cromwell’s army, was made a colonel, and assisted General Monk in the restoration of Charles IL, wiis placed in command of vSterling Castle.

Martha, the second daughter of Margaret Lake, married Thomas Harris of Ipswich, Mass., November 15, 1647.

John Lake, the husband of Margaret, never came to this country, died in England.

Margaret Lake died in Ipswich, Mass, 1672. Her will andinventory of her estate are in the appendix.


Pg. 266


In the name of God. Amen; I, Margaret Lake of Ipswich, in America, in the shire of Essex, widdow, being weak of body yet of good and perfect memory and understanding praysed be God, doe dispose of that little estate God hath lent me as followeth:

Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Hanah Gallup, and her children, all mv land at New London, also my best gowne and my red cloth petty coat, and mv enarailed ring; and after her decease. my will is that my grand-daughter, Hanah Gallop, shall have the said ring.

Also I give unto my grand-daughter, Hanah Gallop, a pare of sheetes and one of my best pewter platters, and one of the next.

Item-I give unto mv daughter, Martha Harris, my tapstery coverlet and all my other apparell which are not disposed of to others pticulerly. and I give unto her my mantle, and after her decease to all her children, as their need is; also the coverlett of tapstery after my daughter Marthas decease, I give it to mv grandson Thomas Harris, and he dying without issue, to his brother John, and so to the rest of the children ; also I give to my daughter Martha my gold ring, and my will is that after her decease my grand-daughter, Martha Harris, shall have it.

Item—I give unto my grand-daughter, Martha Harris, my bed and bedstead and one boulster, two blanketts, two pillows and one coverlett.

Item—I give to my grand-daughter, Elizabeth Harris, one heifer at mycousin Eppses.

Item—I give to my grand-daughter, Margaret Harris, my covered box and one damaske tablecloth and six damaske napkins.

Item—My will is that all my bras and pewter with the rest of my household stuffs undesposed, be equally disposed and divided amongst my daughter Harrises children.

Item—I give and bequeath unto my Sonne, Thomas Harris, all the rest of my estate, viz, my part of the vessell and all my debts. &c, onely my Byble excepted which I give to my grandsonne, John Harris, and a paire of fringed gloves. And appoint my sonne, Thomas Harris, and my daughter, Martha Harris, to bee my executor and executrix of this my last Will and Testament, this thirieth day of August in the yeere of grace sixteen hundred seventy and tooe – 1672



Margaret Lake

hir marke.


These being witnesses

Thomas Knolton, Sen.,

James Chute.


At the court held at Ipswich the 24th of September, 1672, Thoma.s Knowlton

testified upon oath that this is the last will and testament of Mrs. Margaret

Lake to the best of his knowledge.

Robert Lord, Clerk.

James Chute testified ditto, 31st March, 1674-




Mrs. Lake’s Inventory, December the 24th, 1672.

Item—All the land which is mentioned in the will at New London or neare there unto, which the said Mrs. Lake gave her daughter Gallop before she made her will. One tapstery coverlett, bedstead, feather bed and a fiocke bed, and three down pillows; three pr. blankets, three old coverletts and a boulster and a piece of canvass ; a searge sute and a crimson petecoate, a parcell of wearing clothes pette coates and bodyes; baking pan, bason, and ure, pastie plate, pewter dishes, poringer, cullander, candlesticks, sugar bo.x, warming pan, noster, three carved boxes. two wTought iryned stoules, hand baskets ; two old silk wastcoats and a new blue silke one, scarlett mantle, three scarfes and whiskes and a piece of silkes besydes; four pare of KoUand sheetes and three pare and one sheetes of others ; damask table cloth and six napkins ; sixteen napkins and five table cloths ; four corse napkins, some holland pillow beeres, and two others, three pillow-beeres and four shifts, her wedding shift, a great bible, a pare of gloves, a box of small linning, a cuvered cushen, a small box with several samplers laces and broydered works, two glasses, two gould rings, a trunke, brass and iron

potts and kettels, one cow.



The following old wills of the ancestors of Madam Margaret Lake and of Mrs. Elizabeth Read Winthrop, wife of Governor John Winthrop, of Connecticut, are interesting on account of their ancient date and quaint style.


Pg. 271






William Read of Wickford, died 1534.


Roger Read of Wickford, died 1558.


William Read of Wickford, born 1540, died 1603.


Edmand Read of Wickford, born 1563; married Elizabeth Cook;

died 1623.

They had seven children born from 1595 to 16 14, of whom

Margaret, born probably about 1600, married John Lake. Her

sister Martha married first Daniel Epps. She married second

Deputy Governor Samuel Symonds; died 1662, in Ipswich,

Mass. Her youngest sister, Elizabeth, baptized in Wickford,

November 17, 16 14; married John Winthrop, Jr.. the founder

of Ipswich. Mass., and first Governor of Connecticut; she did

in 1672. Tw’j of the brothers named Edmand died y(mni^-.

Mrs. Elizabeth (Cij’.’ki Read married for her second h:–

band the celebrated Hu;^h Peters, v/ho came to this country

with Mrs. Lake and Mrs. Winthrop in the ship Abigail.

Thomas Read, who is mentioned in the will of Edmand,

came to New England and was a Sheriff and Captain at Salem.

Mass. He returned to England and entered Cromwell’s army,

as did also Mr. Peters. He is favorably mentioned in “Pep3”s

Diary” as identified prominently with General Monk in the

restoration of Charles II. Hugh Peters was convicted of treason

and executed at Charing Cross, in London, October 16,







For her ev^er honored Brother, John Winthrop, Esq., London,

in old England.

Honored Brother: The news that you had taken so long a voyage, and

such a way as that wee were deprived of that happiness as to have a sight

of yor selfe ‘(whom to see would have been, and I hope ever shall bee,

exceeding cheering and comforting unto us) was exceeding grievous to mee.

I am much refreshed to heare that God as safely canied you over the seas.

I desire that God would ever prosper you in your vocasions therein, and

retume you safely to us againe.

Might I not bee troublesome to you, I would have disired yor’s to have

done mee yt courtesy as to have inquired concerning my husband’s death,

and how hee ended his dayes, as also to have inquired of my cousin, Thomas

Cooke, whether hee knew whether their was anything left mee or no. Something

I left in his father’s hands, but I know not whether my husband had

it or no. I would have intreated j’ou, if you heare of anything comeing to

me ji; you would bring it for mee, if it may bee ; as also I would desire you

to inquire whether my sister Breadcale, who dwells in Lee, in Esse.\, bee

liv-ing. You may heare of her if living at Irongate, where boats weekly

come from Lee.

I heare my son and daughter Gallup have write to you about that money

which is due to you by my father’s will. I would intreat you to bee .-is

healpfuU as you can in it.

It is betwikt 30 and 40 yeares since my father dyed. If you have oi^’.asion

to search ye records, that may bee of some direction t<j yOu. Xnt.

further, but my due respects to yors with you ; desireing the Lord to returne

you safe to us in his owne due time, I remaine.

Your most affectionate Sister,


18 (iimo.) i66r. (Winthrop Papers.)



The Genealogical History of the Gallup Family in the United States, by John D. Gallup, Agawam, Mass




Capt. John 2d married Hannah Lake, daughter

of widow Madame Margaret Lake. He was killed

December 19, 1675 at the great “Swamp Fight.”

Madame Margaret Lake, widow of John, (nephew

of Arthur, Bishop of Wells, descendant of the

Lakes of Normantown, Yorkshire, through the

Cailleys, from Albinis, Earls of Arundel and

Sussex, from Count Louvaine, —the right line of

Charlemagne—and from William the Conqueror)

was the daughter of Col. PMmund Read, Wickford,

Essex County, England, and the eldest sister of

Martha, widow of Daniel Eps, Esq., Ipswich, and

Elizabeth, wife of Gov>, John Winthrop, Jr. of


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