Mary Reading

8 August 1736–4 April 1794 (Age 57)
Amwell, Amwell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, British Colonial America

The Life of Mary

When Mary Reading was born on 8 August 1736, in Amwell, Amwell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, British Colonial America, her father, John Reading, was 50 and her mother, Maritje Mary Ryerson II, was 37. She married Rev. William Mills about 1760, in Suffolk, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 4 April 1794, in Elizabeth Township, Essex, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Elizabeth Township, Essex, New Jersey, United States.

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Rev. William Mills
Mary Reading
Marriage: about 1760
Hannah Mills
John Reading Mills
Mary Mills
Isaac Mills
John Reading Mills
William Mills
Thaddeus Mills

Spouse and Children

about 1760
Suffolk, New York, United States


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Parents and Siblings



+6 More Children

World Events (5)

1741 · ""

Age 5

Established March 11, 1714

Age 39

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 40

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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Sources (3)

  • Mary Reading Mills, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Mary Reading Mills, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Genealogical and Biographical Memorials of the Reading, Howell, Watts, Latham, and Elkins Families

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