from THE HISTORY OF CHESTER COUNTY PA, by Futhey and Cope
Thomas Read, the great-grandfather of Thomas
Buchanan Read, had 4 sons - John, William, James and Davis. JaMes, his
grandfather, was a school-teacher, and married first Sarah, daughter of John
and Elizabeth Steel, of Newtown. His second wife was Hannah Buchanan,
hence the middle name of the poet. By this second wife James had 7
children - John, Davis, James, Sarah, Sidney, Elizabeth and Jane.