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First Generation

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1. John READING. Born in Pipe Hill, Lichfield Staffs., England.
LDS Ancestral file #VMS-CJ lists John READING’s birthdate as September 14, 1657. This is clearly problematic if John’s son (John) was also born in 1657.
SOURCES
1.Beatty, Joseph M. "English Ancestry of the Reading Family of New Jersey". The American Genealogist, vol. 39, no. 3, 1963, pages 141-148.
2.Clayton, Barbara, & Whitley, Kathleen. "The Governor John Reading House and Farmstead". Guide to Flemington, New Jersey, Clayton & Whitley, Stanton, NJ, 1987, pages 179-181.
3.Cooley, Eli F. "The Reading Family". Genealogy of Early Settlers in Trenton and Ewing, Old Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Trenton, NJ, 1883, pages 195-202.
4.Deats, Hiram E. "Pleasant Ridge Cemetery". Tombstones from Hunterdon County Cemeteries, page 39.
5."The Johnson Family Cemetery". Hunterdon Historical Newsletter, vol. 2, no. 3, 1966, page 6.
6.Leach, Josiah G. Genealogical and Biographical Memorials of the Reading, Howell, Yerkes, Watts, Latham, and Elkins Families, J. B. Lippincott, Philadelphia, PA, 1898, 286 pages.
7.Mott, George S. "[John Reading]". The First Century of Hunterdon County, Flemington, NJ, 1878, pages 28-31.
8.Norton, James S. "[Reading]". New Jersey in 1793; An Abstract and Index to the 1793 Militia Census of the State of New Jersey, Salt Lake City, UT, 1973.
9.Parker, Mabel W. A. Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book, vol. 157, 1937, page 35.
10.Reading, John. "[Abstract of his intestate probate record, 2 November 1717]". New Jersey Colonial Documents, Calendar of Wills, page 377.
11.Reading, John. Record page from his bible.
12.Reading, Joseph. His will, written 10 November 1806, proved 1806.
13.Reading, Joseph Jr. Compiled record of his military service from New Jersey Department of Defense, Military Records - Revolutionary War, 1781.
14.Reading, Joseph Jr. "[Abstract of his intestate probate record, 4 April 1810]". New Jersey Colonial Documents, Calendar of Wills - 1810-1813, pages 306-307.
15."Readington Church Baptisms from 1720". Somerset County Historical Quarterly, vol. 4, 1915, starting on page 142.
16.Snell, James P.. "The Reading Family". History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, New Jersey, Everts & Peck, Philadelphia, PA, 1881, pages 301-303 & 372 & 384.
17.Stratford, Dorothy A. "John Reading's Diary". Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, starts in vol. 62, no. 1, January 1987, page 1.
18.Stryker-Rodda, Kenn. "Reading". Revolutionary Census of New Jersey: An Index, Based On Rateables, of the Inhabitants of New Jersey During the Period of the American Revolution, Hunterdon House, Lambertville, NJ, 1986, page 172.
19.Wyckoff, B. V. D. "Readington Church Baptisms from 1720". Somerset County Historical Quarterly, vol. 4, 1915, page 212.
John married Mary. Born circa 1660 in Pipe Hill, Lichfield Staffs., England.
They had one child:

2 i. John (1657-1717)



Second Generation

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Family of John READING (1) & Mary

2. John READING COL. John died on October 30, 1717; he was 60. Born on July 14, 1657 in England.
On February 22, 1682 when John was 24, he married Elizabeth. Born in 1656 in England.
They had the following children:

3 i. John (1686-1767)

4 ii. Elsie (1688-)

Third Generation

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Family of John READING COL (2) & Elizabeth

3. John READING. Born on June 6, 1686 in Gloucester, New Jersey. John died on November 5, 1767; he was 81.
On November 30, 1720 when John was 34, he married Mary "Maritje" RYERSON, daughter of George (Joris) RYERSON & Anna "Hannah" SCHOUTEN. Mary "Maritje" died in Amwell Twp. Hunterdon County, New Jersey, "Walnut Grove" on April 11, 1774; she was 84. Born circa 1690.
They had the following children:

5 i. George (1725-1792)

6 ii. Joseph (1730-)

iii. John. Born circa 1732 in New Jersey.

iv. Thomas. Born circa 1734 in New Jersey.

v. Charles. Born circa 1736 in New Jersey.

7 vi. Mary (1736-)

vii. Daniel. Born circa 1740 in New Jersey.

viii. Richard. Born circa 1742 in New Jersey.

ix. Samuel. Born circa 1744 in New Jersey.

x. Ann. Born circa 1746 in New Jersey.
4. Elsie READING. Born in 1688 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Elsie married Daniel HOWELL Capt.. Born on September 4, 1688 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
They had the following children:

8 i. Elizabeth (1706-)

9 ii. Daniel (~1708-)

10 iii. John (1721-)

11 iv. Joseph (~1723-)

12 v. Benjamin (1725-)

vi. Mary. Born in 1727 in New Jersey.

Fourth Generation

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Family of John READING (3) & Mary "Maritje" RYERSON

5. George READING. Born on February 26, 1725 in Amwell Twp. Hunterdon County, New Jersey. George died on August 12, 1792; he was 67.
George {3} Reading [1] was born at old Amwell Twp. Hunterdon Co., N.J., “on the 26th of February, Anno 1725, about 8 of the Clock in the morning.” He was baptised March 21, 1725 in the Dutch Reformed Church at Readingtown, Hunterdon Co. It was assumed he was born in the house built by his father in 1720 in Flemington, N.J. (still standing 1943). On June 11, 1751 he married Rebecca Mullen (the daughter of John and Elizabeth [Edwards] Mullen of Burlington and Amwell N.J.) and to them were born twelve children, not all of whom lived to maturity. In 1753 George Reading’s name was on a subscription list when a parsonage was purchased for the Prsby. Ch. in Flemington, N.J. It is believed he adopted the profession of his father, that of a surveyor, _____his father willed him his surveying instruments. He was commissioned________of his Majesty’s Justices of________for Hunterdon Co., April________was one of the Rep. of that county in the Colonial Assembly of 1761-62, 176_-1765, and as early as 1774 became Surrogate of the County. In 1764,______9th, the New York________ “Scheme of a Lottery for the______the College of N.J., Princ___ ______ “Drawing to __________________Hall, aand____________the several_________Gearge Reading___________________March 13, 1765_________________or Weekly Pos_______ and the Pennsylvania Gazette____Oct 2, 1766 published a notice of sale of several large tracts of land owned in Sussex and Morris Co., as well as the farm on which George {3} Reading lived in the Twp. of Amwell, of Hunterdon, West Jersey. The house was a large brick one 48/33, two stories high, ‘genteely finished in the fashionable manner’…pleasantly situated for a Gentleman’s country seat” (N.J. Archives; Col. Doc. 1766). He inherited from his father large landed interests in Jersey, being left tracts in Sussex, Hunterdon as well as a lot opposite the Dutch Church in Amwell, and the land in Sussex left in trust to his two sons. His wife, Rebecca (Mullen) Reading, was willed by her father a lot and brick house in Burlinton and 333 acres of land. In Aug. 6, 1767 he was of Mansfield, Woodhouse Twp. Sussex Co., when he was made guardian of his nephew Samuel Hackett, the son of his sister Elizabeth (Reading) Hackett who was leaving for Europe, and this gurdianship ended when his sister returned in Oct. 1769.
On July 15, 1770 his wife, Rebecca (Mellen) Reading died, after giving birth to a still born child; she was buried “in the old Presbyterian meeting house ground in Amwell, by the Family graves.” George {3} Reading obtained a warrant of land in Westmoreland Co., Penn., covering 300 acres, surveyed Feb. 5, 1775, and early in the Revolution he removed to this county settling on a farm near Ft. Ligonier. His sons, John Mullen {4} and George {4} Reading, Jr., accompanying him, the other children remaining in N.J. On Apr. 1, 1778 he was appointed Sub-Lieut. of the Co. of Westmoreland; but declined this because of bodily infirmity; however, he later accepted this commission and was made Sub-Lieut., with the rank of Lieut. Colonel. In 1779 he wrote to his brother, Capt. Thomas Reading, of Amwell, Jan. 23rd, that he had returned to his farm from Ft. Ligonier where he had been “upwards to seven months;” and on April 25, he wrote they were still at the fort but at work daily on their farms. There was an attack on the Fort, for on April 26, 1779 Col. Reading wrote a letter to Joseph Reed, Pres. of Penn., which shows the attack. This letter was accepted by the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution as proof of service of Col. George {3} Reading, and established by the writer, Feb. 5, 1941. It is given in full in the Col. Records of Penn., Vol. 2/248-9 of the Frontier Forts Commission Reports of Western Penn., by Albert. George {3} Reading was recommissioned on June 2, 1880, but this year, he, with his two sons, John Mullin and George Reading, Jr., removed to Bourbon County, Kentucky.
Col. Geo. {3} Reading wrote many letters back to N.J. copies of which are in Mr. J. Granville Leach’s “Memorial” to the Reading-Howell, etc., Families.” In one letter dated July 16, 1779 he writes “I purpose sending John down to Kentucky and the falls of the Ohio, in a month or six weeks to take up and secure land…We have the most favorable account of that country. It is land to be desired, where the winter (not like Pharoah’s lean kine) don’t devour the summer; withal very healthy __ where I hope to ____ my days.” In a letter dated Mar. 12, 1780, he writes he has made arrangements to go down the Ohio in a craft which he had built for this purpose. He had faith in the new territory is shown by “I should be glad to know what son Sam is about, and where he is, if in the army, or has left the service, and a mind to enter the trade. If he is, I know of no place equal to the Falls of Ohio for a young man to push his fortune in. There is a large town laid out, and a great number of inhabitants already _______ in it, and a considerable trade __________the Spaniards on the_________The Falls of Ohio bids the _______for the largest trading inlandway in North America, and will be the metropolis of a new State in a few years…I would strongly recommend it to Sam, if he has or intends to leave service, to immediately push for the new settlement…and bring with him his sister Betsey, where, if she is unmarried, she need not be afraid of her having pick and choice of a husband…I should think it the greatest pleasure of my life in my aged days to have one of my daughter and son Billie with or near me…Pray do take care of my books. John says when he comes he will bring them away with him. He and George take great delight in reading” (page 45, Memorial to the Reading-Howell, etc., Families, by J. Granville Leach, 1898). In several letters he refers to the “long captivity” of his son John, and the pension records of John Mullin Reading state that he was taken prisoner by the Indians at Ruddles Station, Ky., June 15, 1780 and held until May 1783.
George {3} Reading, his sons, Samuel {4}, John Mullin {4}, George Jr. {4} and William {4} Reading were large land owners in Kentucky. Col. George {3} Reading Sr., died Aug. 12, 1792; his will was dated June 23, 1792 and proved Bourbon County, Kentucky., W.B.A/123; he mentions his sons only in his will–Samuel, John Mullin, George and William Reading. (See Ardery’s Ky. Ct. and Other Records, Vol 2/22). The dates of birth of the children of George {3} and Rebecca Reading, as taken from the old family record, old and yellow with age, belonging to Margaret Reading, formerly of Frankfort, Ky., and copied by genealogist, Miss Hattie M. Scott, is as follows: (Marriages and other data in “parentheses” taken from other sources, N.D.N.)

Births from Bible Record:

{1} Sam born Nov. 23, 1752 (Major Samuel Reading)

{2} John born Aug. 4, 1754 (evidently died young, not to be confused with John Mullin)

{3} child born Oct. 1755

{4} Elizabeth, born Dec. 11, 1756 (died before her father)

{5} Edward, born May 8, 1759 (not mentioned in father’s will)

{6} John M. Reading, born Feb. 4, 1760

{7} George Reading, born Dec. 8, 1761 (ancestor of the writer Nell Downing Norton)

{8} daughter, stillborn May 21, 1763

{9} Amelia, born June 20, 1765 (licensed to wed Albert Joost Zabriskie, March 20, 1787)

{10} Son, stillborn Sept. 24, 1766

{11} William, born Sept. 8, 1769

{12} daughter, stillborn July 15, 1770 “and its mother departed this life about 1/4 hour after 5 of the same day and here buried in the old Presbyterian meeting house ground in Amwell by the Family Graves.” “George Reading, our father, departed this life on 12th day of August 1792 at the Mouth of Woods Run south fork of the Licking Creek and lies buried at in Stoner mouth of Meeting house yard–out living our mother 22 years.”



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Bourbon County Court Will Book A, pp. 123-126:
In the name of God. To all whom these presents should hereafter concern: I George Reading of the County of Bourbon State of Kentucky being in the 67th year of my age but through the mercy & favor of the Almighty preserver and disposer of mankind I do yet retain a perfect mind and memory, being sensible from the infirm state of my own Constitution that I must ere long pay the last Tribute to nature with Death, Do make this my last will and Testament in manner and form following; (What is to say) after my decease I desire my Exec herein after named to bury my Body in a decent manner (it matters not to me where so as it is put out of sight under ground) The debts that I owe the Law will provide for their being paid; as for my personal Estate I have none but my wearing apparel which is but Trifling which after being appraised I give to my son George Reading. The Landed Estate which it hath pleased the Lord to favor me in; acquiring since I came to Kentucky I dispose of as follows. I Will and bequeth to my eldest son Samuel Reading and to his heirs and assigns forever the equal and undicided half part of 1760 acres of land lying in the forks of Kentucky and Benson big Creek on the South side thereof which was entered and surveyed in the name of Anthony Foster Inns. but the Survey or platt was indorsed by said Foster directing the Register to issue the patent in said Fosters and my name as Tenant in common. I Will and Bequeth to my son John Mullin Reading and to his heirs and assigns forever 400 acres of Land which Simon Kenton entered and surveyed for me in my name lying on and on both sides Flemings (?) Creek a branch of the Blue Lick fork of Licking; I will and bequeth to my son George Reading and his heirs and assigns forever the Homestead or place whereon I now live containing 200 acres of land which I bond (?) of Col. John Hinkson. I Will and Bequeth to my sons John Mullin Reading, George Reading and William Reading and their heirs and assigns forever as Tenants in common and not as joint Tenants the equal undivided half part of 3000 acres of land which was entered and surveyed in the name of William Login(v?)rod the half of which I was to have for entering and surveying as will appear by an agreement left in the hands of George Stoval Smith. 1529 acres part thereof is surveyed on the head waters of the North fork of the Bowling fork. 1000 acres in other part thereof is surveyed on the East side of Bensons big Creek where formerly the road crossed which went from Harods old Town to Squire Boons; and the remainder 471 is surveyed on the south side of Kentucky river above Bensons Little Creek adjoining James Arnolds survey of 200 acres on the S.W. and South East. I Will and Bequeth unto my sons John Mullen Reading and George Reading and to their heirs and assigns forever my share of 773 acres of land as was divided by George Smith sometime in November last and was entered and surveyed in the name of Shearman Nunnery lying on the waters of the south fork of Benson big Creek and Bounded on the North by Armstrong on the east by Robinson and on the South by George Smith. 200 acres of which to be severed of the west end to go to the said George Reading and the remainder, be it more or less, to the said John Mullen Reading. I will and bequeth unto my sons John Mullen Reading and George Reading and to their heirs and assigns as Tenants in common forever 333 acres of land (it being my share of 1060 acres made in the name of Thomas Smith) lying on the south fork of Bensons big Creek, bounded on the south by George Slaughter on the north by Stewarts, and on the west by Flaneys (?) land to be by them equally divided between them in quantity and quality. I will and bequeth to my sons George Reading and William Reading and to their heirs and assigns forever as Tenants in common the equal and undivided half part of 675 acres of land lying on the south fork of Bensons big Creek bounded on the north by Armstrong land and Nunnerys land by Pittingers on the West and Thomas Smith’s on the south which was entered in the name of Lawrence Flourney of which I was to have half part for entering and surveying as per agreement with George Smith to equally divided between them in quantity and quality. All the residue and remainder of lands entered and surveyed on Thares (as will appear by the before mentioned agreement made with George Smith of Powhate County and State of Virginia and left in hands of his brother George Stoval Smith) and all other of my entries and land warrants, I will and bequeath unto my son George Reading and to his heirs and assigns forever.
Lastly I do nominate and appoint my sons John Mullen reading and George Reading my only executors to this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 23 day of June in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and ninety two
Signed sealed and published

George Reading (seal)


This is my last Will and Testament in the presence of

Ben Harrison

William Holliday

John Trimble


This Will was proved by Ben. Harrison, William Holliday and John Trimble and ordered to be recorded.

Thom. Reeders clk

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READING, GEORGE-A, 123-"In 67th year." To son, George Reading, eldest son, Samuel Reading, 1/2 of 1760 acres on Benson Creek, Kentucky River (Anthony Foster, Jr. survey); son, John Mullen Reading (100 acres which Simon Kenton surveyed for me on Fleming Creek, Licking River): my son, Wm. Reading; 3 sons, 3000 acres (agreement in hands of Wm. Logwood and with Geo. Stoval Smith); 1000 acres on Benson Big Creek, etc. Written June 23, 1792. Probated (Note: This George Reading is father of several Revolutionary soldiers who came into Franklin County where this land is located). [2]
On June 11, 1751 when George was 26, he married Rebecca MULLIN, daughter of John MULLIN & Elizabeth EDWARDS.
They had the following children:

13 i. George (1761-1846)

14 ii. Samuel (1752-)

15 iii. John Mullen (1760-1833)

16 iv. William (1769-)

v. John. Born on August 4, 1754.

vi. child. Born in October 1755.

vii. Elizabeth. Born on December 11, 1756.

viii. Edward. Born on May 8, 1759.

ix. daughter. Born on May 21, 1763.

x. Amelia. Born on June 20, 1765.

xi. son. Born on September 24, 1766.

xii. daughter. Born on July 15, 1770. daughter died on July 15, 1770 in Stillborn. Mother died givng birth.
6. Joseph READING. Born in 1730 in New Jersey.
Joseph married Amy PIERSON. Born circa 1734.
They had the following children:

i. Joseph. Born in 1760.

Joseph married Lucy EMLEY. Born in 1762.

ii. John. Born circa 1762.

iii. Sarah. Born circa 1764.

iv. Elizabeth. Born circa 1766.

v. Amy. Born circa 1768.

vi. Nancy. Born circa 1770.

vii. Mary. Born circa 1772.

viii. Rebecca. Born circa 1774.

ix. Pierson. Born circa 1776.

x. Samuel. Born circa 1778.


7. Mary READING. Born on July 26, 1736 in Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey.
Mary married William MILLS. Born on March 2, 1739 in Mills Pond, Long Island, New York.
They had the following children:

i. Mary Wiley. Born on February 20, 1763 in Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey.

Mary Wiley married Robert HALSTED. Born about 1761 in Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey.

ii. John Reading. Born on June 9, 1765 in Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey.

John Reading first married Polly HALSTED. Born about 1767 in Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey.

John Reading second married Mary HALSTED. Born on January 20, 1763 in Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey.

iii. Hannah. Born on June 11, 1766 in Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey.

iv. Isaac. Born on June 4, 1768 in Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey.

Isaac married Elizabeth DUNN. Born about 1770 in Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey.

v. William. Born on July 25, 1770 in Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey.

William married Mary HECKLE. Born about 1772 in Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey.

vi. Thaddeus. Born on November 22, 1772 in Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey.

Thaddeus married Mary Tillinghaust HALSTED. Born on December 25, 1775 in Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey.

Family of Elsie READING (4) & Daniel HOWELL Capt.

8. Elizabeth HOWELL. Born in 1706 in New Jersey.
Elizabeth married Lucas RYERSON.
Lucas is listed variously as “Luykus Ryerson, born 9 Apr 1704, Pompton, Passic, New Jersey.” Source: LDS ancestral file #1NRT-VP
They had the following children:

i. Mary. Born on November 12, 1737.

ii. Luke. Born on January 9, 1739 in New York.

iii. George Luke. Born on December 22, 1742 in New York.

iv. Ann. Born about 1744 in New York.

v. Elizabeth. Born about 1746 in New York.


9. Daniel HOWELL. Born about 1708 in Amwell, Hunterton, New Jersey.
Daniel married Julianna HOLCOMBE. Born about 1712 in Amwell, Hunterton, New Jersey.
They had the following children:

i. John. Born about 1740 in Amwell, Hunterton, New Jersey.

ii. Daniel. Born in 1741 in Amwell, Hunterton, New Jersey.

Daniel married Debra ROSE. Born in 1741 in Southampton, Long Island, New York.

iii. Reading. Born in 1743 in Amwell, Hunterton, New Jersey.

Reading married Catherine YERKES. Born about 1743 in Germany.


10. John HOWELL. Born on August 8, 1721 in Amwell, Hunterton, New Jersey.
John married Elizabeth YERKES. Born on January 29, 1747 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
They had the following children:

i. Elizabeth. Born about 1747 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

LDS #1R02-CQB lists an Elizabeth HOWELL, born about 1756, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her husband is listed as “Schuler, born about 1752, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.” (LDS#1R02-CP4)
Elizabeth married SHULER. Born about 1743 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

ii. Mary. Born about 1750 in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mary married Thomas NORTON. Born about 1746 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

iii. Hannah. Born on December 30, 1752 in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hannah married John LEVERING. Born on April 25, 1750 in Roxborough, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

iv. Daniel. Born in 1753 in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Daniel married Elizabeth YERKES. Born on March 26, 1758 in Warwick, Bucks, Pennsylvania.

v. Reading. Born about 1758 in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Reading married Mary BUSBY. Born about 1771 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

vi. Sarah. Born about 1761 in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sarah married Anthony LEVERING. Born on January 11, 1759 in Lower Merion, Delaware, Pennsylvania.

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