Richard Reading

8 December 1732–about 1781 (Age 48)
Amwell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, British Colonial America

The Life of Richard

When Richard Reading was born on 8 December 1732, in Amwell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States, his father, John Reading, was 46 and his mother, Maritje Mary Ryerson II, was 33. He married Catherine Reid about 1757, in Amwell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He immigrated to Canada in 1767. In 1761, at the age of 28, his occupation is listed as town clerk in Amwell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, British Colonial America. He died about 1781, in Canada, at the age of 49.

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Richard Reading
Catherine Reid
Marriage: about 1757
Ferdinand Reading
Reid Reading
Catharine Reading
Samuel Reading
Mary Reading
Augustine Reading
Thomas Reading

Spouse and Children


    Catherine Reid


about 1757
Amwell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, British Colonial America


    Ferdinand Reading


    Reid Reading


    Catharine Reading


    Samuel Reading


    Mary Reading


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+6 More Children

World Events (3)

1741 · ""

Age 9

Established March 11, 1714

Age 43

During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the "Ten Crucial Days" and remembered by the famous phrase "the times that try men's souls". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time.

Age 44

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

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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  • Genealogical and Biographical Memorials of the Reading, Howell, Watts, Latham, and Elkins Families

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