George Reade, son of Robert Reade of London and his wife, Mildred Windebank, was one of about 100 colonists who emigrated to America from England and Wales before the end of the 17th century, known to have legitimate descent from the Plantagenet kings of England (see Douglas Richardson's book). He was a member of the Colonial Council, Secretary of the Colony, and served as Acting Governor from 1638-1639. His and his wife's gravestones were found during street excavations in Yorktown in 1931. They were recut, but with errors. The recut recites his death in 1674, but probably should be 1671 (per his will).