An American Connection
Wickford has links with Wickford in Washington County, Rhode Island, USA. In about 1624, a Hugh Peters, former school teacher in Essex, married Elizabeth, widow of Edmund Read of Wickford, Essex, and daughter of Thomas Cooke of Pebmarsh, Essex. Through this marriage he became connected with the Winthrop family when, in 1635, John Winthrop Jr. married his step-daughter Elizabeth. It is believed that Wickford in Rhode Island was named after the birthplace of Elizabeth Reade. John Winthrop Jr. and Elizabeth Reade had five daughters and two sons.