Pierson Barton Reading

10 September 1780–26 August 1847 (Age 66)
Rosemont, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Pierson Barton

When Pierson Barton Reading was born on 10 September 1780, in Rosemont, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States, his father, Honorable Joseph Reading, was 49 and his mother, Amy Pierson, was 48. He married Mary Opdyke on 10 February 1804, in Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He died on 26 August 1847, in Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

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Pierson Barton Reading
Mary Opdyke
Marriage: 10 February 1804
Joseph Reading
Susan Reading
Amy Reading
Mary Reading

Spouse and Children

10 February 1804
Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States


Parents and Siblings



    William Reading


    John Reading


    Elizabeth Reading


    Joseph Reading


    Sarah Reading


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World Events (8)

1781 · The First Constitution

Age 1

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.
1787 · New Jersey Plan

Age 7

Also referred to as the Small State Plan, the New Jersey Plan was an important piece of legislation that William Paterson presented during the Constitutional Convention. The plan was created because states with smaller populations were concerned about their representation in the United States government. The New Jersey plan proposed, among other things, that each state would have one equal vote. This was in contrast to the Virginia Plan, which suggested that appointment for Congress should be proportional to state population. The Connecticut Compromise merged the two plans, allowing for two "houses" of congress: one with proportional representation, and the other with equal power from each state (as the New Jersey Plan had suggested).
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 20

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

English:1. habitational name from the county seat of Berkshire, which gets its name from Old English Rēadingas ‘people of Rēad(a)’, a byname meaning ‘red’. 2. topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing, an unattested Old English ryding.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Peirson Redding, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"
  • Peirson Redding, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"
  • Peirson Redding, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"

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