By 1802, Lydia Read had born the last of their eight children. She died in 1815 at age of 56, only five years into her husband’s pastorate. In 1817, Rev. Read married Elizabeth Baldwin of Dorset, Vermont. Read saw the start of the second, much larger meeting house in 1839; he died in October at age 88. Both meeting houses were located on the same lot on the north side of High Street directly across from the Roman Catholic Church.
What kind of man was he? Joseph Harris, author of History of Ludlow Vermont, provided this description: “He was considered an able preacher…and was esteemed as a good Christian man, but he was odd in many expressions, and more strict in his orthodoxy than would be appreciated in these days….”
Rev. Read ended this short visit by saying he would be back, with Lydia, on May 5 and 6 for the 220th and 120th Birthday Celebration of the United Church of Ludlow. Peter and Lydia will be present to interact with celebrants and answer questions. He might even bring the 1806 book (in the photo) with his description of the church’s founding.