Col. John Reading was the first of the family to living in Hunterdon County, in fact the first European to officially reside in Amwell Township. (There most likely were unknown squatters.) He purchased his 1440-acre tract of land in 170_, and the Township of Amwell was created in 1708. He and wife Elizabeth had only four children, and only one son, from whom all the Hunterdon Readings descend.

This Family Tree focuses on the Reading family that remained in Hunterdon County. Children of those who left for parts west are not listed. As you will see, there are several branches of this tree that I know next to nothing about. If you know more, please add information (or make corrections) in the comments below.

First Generation:

(1) Col. John Reading (1657 – 1717) & Elizabeth (1657 – 1714)

Second Generation:

|     (2) Elizabeth Reading (1684 – 1692), unmarried
|     (2) Gov. John Reading (1686 – 1767) & Mary Martje Ryerson (1699 – 1774)
|     (2) Mary Else Reading (1688 – 1732) & Capt. Daniel Howell (c.1687 – bef. 1733)
|     (2) Sarah Reading (1691 – 1692), unmarried

Third Generation:

|     (2) Gov. John Reading & Mary Martje Ryerson
|     |     (3) John Reading (1722 – 1766) & Isabella Montgomery (1727 – 1800)
|     |     (3) Ann Reading (1723 – 1768) & Rev. Charles Beatty (1712 – 1772), left Hunterdon
|     |     (3) Hon. George Reading Esq. (1725 – 1792) & Rebecca Mullen (c.1730 – c.1780), left HC
|     |     (3) Capt. Daniel Reading (1727 – 1768) & Euphemia Reid (1735 – 1768)
|     |     (3) Hon. Joseph Reading Esq. (1728 – 1806) & Amy Pierson (c.1735 – c.1829)
|     |     (3) Elizabeth Reading (1730 – c.1781) & John Hackett Esq. (c.1730 – 1766)
|     |     (3) Richard Reading (1732 – 1781) & Catharine Reid (c.1733 – after 1786), left HC
|     |     (3) Capt. Thomas Reading Esq. (1734 – 1814) & Rebecca Ellis (1738 – 1808)
|     |     (3) Mary Reading (1736 – 1794) & Rev. William Mills (1739 – 1774), left Hunterdon
|     |     (3) Sarah Reading (1738 – 1809) & Augustine Reid (1731 – 1807), left Hunterdon
|     |     (3) Samuel Reading (1741 – 1749)

Note: Euphemia, Catharine and Augustine Reid were children of Col. John Reid and Mary Sands of Woodbridge. I wonder how the Reid and Reading families became so close.

|     (2) Mary Else Reading & Capt. Daniel Howell
|     |     (3) Elizabeth Howell (c.1714 – bef. 1745) & Lucas Ryerson (1704 – 1764)
|     |     (3) Daniel Howell (c.1718 – 1790) & Julia Anne Holcombe (c.1720 – after 1743)
|     |     (3) Mary Howell (1727 – ?)
|     |     (3) John Howell (1721 – 1808) & Elizabeth Yerkes (1725 – 1793)
|     |     (3) Joseph Howell (c.1722 – 1766) & Priscilla
|     |     (3) Benjamin Howell (1725 – 1795) & Agnes Woolever (1734 – 1820)
|     |     (3) A. Howell (? – 1711)

Fourth Generation:

|     (2) Gov. John Reading & Mary Martje Ryerson
|     |     (3) John Reading & Isabella Montgomery
|     |     |     (4) Capt. John Reading Jr. (1751 – 1820) & Elizabeth Hankinson (1748 – 1817)
|     |     |     (4) Maj. Charles Reading (1753 – 1820) & Abigail Hunt (c.1755 – c.1800)
|     |     |     (4) Rebecca Reading (c.1756 – ?) & William Bennet Jr. (c.1750 – ?), left Hunterdon
|     |     |     (4) Montgomery Reading (1758 – 1815) & Sarah Reid (1768 – 1844), left Hunterdon
|     |     |     (4) Alexander Reading (1759 – 1820), unmarried
|     |     |     (4) Mary Reading (1761 – 1837), unmarried
|     |     |     (4) Theodosia Reading (c.1763 – ?), unmarried

|     |     (3) Capt. Daniel Reading & Euphemia Reid
|     |     |     (4) John Reid Reading (1756 – 1821) & Mary Ann Kennedy (~1767 – 1844)
|     |     |     (4) Mary Reading (c.1757 – 1816) & Arthur Gray (1746 – 1809)
|     |     |     (4) Ellen Reading (c.1760 – ?) left Hunterdon
.     .     .     .     m. 1) Benjamin Rogers (c.1760 – c.1794)
.     .     .     .     m. 2) Lt. James Montgomery (1755 – 1832) of Monmouth Co.
|     |     |     (4) Euphemia Reading (1761 – 1837), left Hunterdon
.     .     .     .     m. 1) Maj. Barzillai Newbold (1759 – 1815)
.     .     .     .     m. 2) Thomas Grey (c.1760 – ?)
|     |     |     (4) Daniel Reid Reading (1765 – 1834) & Jane Kennedy (1770 – 1840)
|     |     |     (4) Ann Reading (c.1766 – after 1817) & Thomas N. Wood (1761 – 1823), left HC
|     |     |     (4) Sarah Reading (c.1767 – ?)
.     .     .     .     m. 1) Ferdinand Reading (c.1760 – c.1801), son of Richard Reading
.     .     .     .     m. 2) Benjamin Wallace (c.1770 – ?)
|     |     |     (4) Theodosia Reading (c.1768 – c.1804) & Rev. Thomas Grant (1763 – 1811)

|     |    (3) Hon. Joseph Reading Esq. & Amy Pierson
|     |     |     (4) William Reading (c.1754 – 1788) & Ann Nancy Emley (1757 – 1847)
|     |     |     (4) Lt. John Reading (1756 – 1802) & Mary Harrison (c.1758 – 1845)
|     |     |     (4) Elizabeth Reading (1758 – 1765), died age 6
|     |     |     (4) Joseph Reading Jr. (1760 – 1810) & Lucy Emley (1762 – 1831)
|     |     |     (4) Sarah Reading (c.1764 – ?) & Fincher Helms ???
|     |     |     (4) Samuel Ryerson Reading (1771 – 1838)
.     .     .     .     m. 1) Eleanor Anderson (1771 – 1807)
.     .     .     .     m. 2) Susannah Rittenhouse (1778 – 1849)
|     |     |     (4) Mary Reading (c.1772 – 1841)
|     |     |     (4) Pierson Reading (c.1775 – 1847)
.     .     .     .     m. 1) Mary Opdycke (1782 – c.1815)
.     .     .     .     m. 2) Charity Guild (1781 – 1864)
|     |     |     (4) Amy Reading (1776 – 1856)
.     .     .     .     m. 1) Cornelius Harrison (c.1780 – 1797)
.     .     .     .     m. 2) George Wolverton (c.1769 – ?)
|     |     |     (4) Rebecca Reading (c.1778 – ?) & John Anderson Jr. (c.1775 – 1828), left HC after 1828
|     |     |     (4) Nancy Reading (c.1789 – 1821) & Daniel H. Anderson (1787 – 1861)
|     |     |     (4) Theodosia Reading (c.1790 – ?)

|     |     (3) Elizabeth Reading & John Hackett, Esq.
|     |     |     (4) Samuel Reading Hackett (1767 – 1791), died unmarried

|     |   (3) Capt. Thomas Reading Esq. & Rebecca Ellis
|     |     |     (4) George Reading (c.1760 – ?) & Anastasia Reid (c.1760 – ?), left Hunterdon
|     |     |     (4) Thomas Reading (1764 – 1784), died unmarried
|     |     |     (4) Mary Reading (1766 – c.1793) & Capt. Jonathan Higgins (1756 – 1829)
|     |     |     (4) Joseph Reading (1767 – 1808) & Martha Hill (c.1770 – ?)
|     |     |     (4) James Reading (c.1768 – ?) & Sarah
|     |     |     (4) Ellis Reading (c.1770 – c.1808) & Catherine Hicks
|     |     |     (4) Polly Reading (c.1772 – ?)
|     |     |     (4) Francis Reading (c.1775 – ?)
|     |     |     (4) Deborah Reading (1777 – 1818) & David Bertron M.D. (1763 – 1826), left HC
|     |     |     (4) Elizabeth Reading (1778 – 1784)
|     |     |     (4) Sarah Reading (c.1780 – 1836) & Joseph Phillips (1772 – c.1823)
|     |     |     (4) Harriet Reading (c.1790 – 1820) & Jeremiah King Jr. (1786 – 1851)

Fifth Generation:

|     |     (3) John Reading & Isabella Montgomery
|     |     |    (4) Capt. John Reading Jr. & Elizabeth Hankinson
|     |     |     |     (5) Mary Reading (1773 – 1825)
|     |     |     |     (5) William Reading (1773 – 1793)
|     |     |     |     (5) John Reading (1775 – 1821)
|     |     |     |     (5) Ann Reading (1777 – 1861)
|     |     |     |     (5) Joseph Reading (1778 – 1853) & Eleanor N. Grandin (1786 – 1873)

|     |     |     (4) Maj. Charles Reading & Abigail Hunt
|     |     |     |     (5) Henry Reading (c.1776 – ?) & Susan Dilts [?]
|     |     |     |     (5) Sydney Reading (c.1777 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Bernard Reading (c.1778 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) John Reading (c.1779 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Thomas Reading (1780 – 1853) & Mary King (1783 – 1845)
|     |     |     |     (5) Maria Reading (c.1781 – ?) & Robert Anderson (c.1780 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Charles Reading (c.1785 – ) & Gordiana Wyckoff (c.1785 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Jemima Reading (1788 – 1853) & George Risler (1789 – 1826)

|     |     (3) Capt. Daniel Reading & Euphemia Reid
|     |     |    (4) John Reid Reading & Mary Ann Kennedy
|     |     |     |     (5) Robt Kennedy Reading (1790 – 1853) & Catharine M. Henry (1799 – 1874)
|     |     |     |     (5) Theodosia Reading (1791 – 1858)
.     .     .     .     .     m. 1) Nicholas DePuy (c.1790 – c.1818)
.     .     .     .     .     m. 2) Hon. Isaac Gray Farlee (1787 – 1855)
|     |     |     |     (5) John Reading (c.1794 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Daniel Reid Reading (1796 – 1868)
|     |     |     |     (5) Eliza Reading (1799 – 1818)
|     |     |     |     (5) Maria Reading (1802 – 1865) & Henry Disborough Esq. (1803 – 1890)

|     |     |     (4) Mary Reading & Arthur Gray, left Hunterdon
|     |     |     |     (5) Euphemia Gray (c.1779 – ?) & Benjamin Dean Esq. (c.1775 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Jesse Gray (c.1780 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Theodosia Gray (c.1782 – ?) & Isaac Howe (c.1780 – ?), no information
|     |     |     |     (5) Rebecca Gray (c.1785 – 1871) & Jacob Hoagland (1783 – 1861)

|     |     |     (4) Daniel Reid Reading & Jane Kennedy
|     |     |     |     (5) Elizabeth H. Reading (1796 – 1842) & John F. Grandin Jr. (1792 – 1884)
|     |     |     |     (5) Daniel Kennedy Reading (1804 – 1835) & Mary Kennedy (1806 – 1885)
|     |     |     |     (5) Mary Kennedy Reading (1806 – 1833)
|     |     |     |     (5) Euphemia Reading (1811 – 1850) & William Kennedy (1798 – 1868)

|     |     |     (4) Theodosia Reading & Rev. Thomas Grant
|     |     |     |     (5) Catharine S. Grant (1793 – ?) & Abraham Schuyler Neilson (1792 – 1861)
|     |     |     |     (5) Theodosia Grant (c.1795 – ?) & Rev. William Whitehead (~1795 – )

|     |     (3) Hon. Joseph Reading Esq. & Amy Pierson
|     |     |     (4) William Reading & Ann Nancy Emley
|     |     |     |     (5) Elisha Emley Reading (1776 – 1821) & Anna Reading (1785 – 1843)
|     |     |     |     (5) Joseph Reading (1778 – 1858) & Nancy Doyle (c.1783 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) George Reading (c.1782 – 1824)
|     |     |     |     (5) Asher Reading (1784 – 1864) & Margaret Wolverton (1788 – 1883)
|     |     |     |     (5) William Reading (1787 – 1831) & Elizabeth Sergeant (1793 – 1873)

|     |     |     (4) Lt. John Reading & Mary Harrison
|     |     |     |     (5) Amy Harrison Reading (1786 – 1843) & Henry Mallet-Prevost (1783 – 1819)
|     |     |     |     (5) Susan Reading (1791 – 1877) & Peter Heath (1794 – 1843)

|     |     |     (4) Joseph Reading Jr. & Lucy Emley
|     |     |     |     (5) Anna Reading (1785 – 1843) & Elisha Emley Reading (1776 – 1821)
|     |     |     |     (5) Amy Reading (1787 – 1858) & George Opdycke Jr. (1775 – 1831)
|     |     |     |     (5) John Reading (1789 – 1871) & Martha Sergeant (1790 – 1883)
|     |     |     |     (5) Sarah Reading (1791 – 1842) & Charles Sergeant (1785 – 1863)
|     |     |     |     (5) Hannah Reading (1794 – 1854) & Edmund Rittenhouse (c.1785 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Maria Reading (1797 – 1869) & Joseph West (1794 – 1837)
|     |     |     |    (5) Theodosia Reading (1800 – 1875) & Larison Stryker (1797 – 1881)
|     |     |     |     (5) Lucy Emley Reading (1803 – 1847) & William Kugler (c.1800 – 1847)

|     |     |     (4) Samuel Ryerson Reading & 1) Eleanor Ellen Anderson
|     |     |     |     (5) William Anderson Reading (1793 – 1878) & Deborah Coryell (1804 – 1881)
|     |     |     |     (5) Joshua Anderson Reading (1795 – 1796)
|     |     |     |     (5) Pierson Anderson Reading (1797 – 1884) & Mary B. Hoagland (1804 – 1884)
|     |     |     |     (5) Anderson Reading (1800 – 1825)
|     |     |     |   (5) Elizabeth Harrison Reading (1802 – 1889)
.     .     .     .     .     m. 1) Joseph Lambert (1801 – 1826)
.     .     .     .     .     m. 2) John Suydam Wilson (1791 – 1851)
|     |     |     |     (5) Lucy E. Reading (1804 – 1843) & John Romine (1806 – 1892)
|     |     |     |     (5) Ellen Anderson Reading (1806 – 1859) & Joseph Reading (1811 – 1880)

|     |     |    (4) Samuel Ryerson Reading & 2) Susannah Susan Rittenhouse
|     |     |     |     (5) Lewis Reading (1811 – 1838)
|     |     |     |     (5) Theodosia Grant Reading (1816 – 1873) & Judge Henry Pool Cullen (1824 – 1907)

|     |     |     (4) Pierson Reading & 1) Mary Opdycke
|     |     |     |     (5) Mary Reading (c.1804 – c.1810)
|     |     |     |     (5) Susan Reading (1805 – 1853) & Robeson Rockhill Esq. (1794 – 1867)
|     |     |     |     (5) Amy Reading (c.1806 – ?) & Rev. Eli F. Cooley (1781 – 1860), his 3d wife
|     |     |     |     (5) Joseph Reading (c.1808 – 1825)
|     |     |     |     (5) Mary Reading (c.1812 – 1890) & George Washington Mason (1816 – 1908)

|     |     |     (4) Pierson Reading & 2) Charity Guild
|     |     |     |     (5) Pierson Barton Reading (1816 – 1868) & Fannie Wallace Washington (c.1820 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) John Guild Reading (1818 – 1850) & Caroline Burton (1826 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Alfred Reading (1820 – 1894) & Bridget Conner (1836 – ?)

|    |      |     (4) Amy Reading & George Wolverton
|     |     |     |     (5) George Wolverton (1799 – ?) & Edith Johnson (c.1785 – ?)

|     |     |     (4) Rebecca Reading & John Anderson Jr.
|     |     |     |     (5) Joshua Anderson (c.1800 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Robert Anderson (c.1803 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) John Anderson (c.1805 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Theodocia Anderson (c.1808 – ?) & __ Cramer
|     |     |     |     (5) Sarah Ann Anderson (c.1810 – ?) & __ King
|     |     |     |    (5) Jane Anderson (1811 – 1813)

|     |     |     (4) Nancy Reading & Daniel H. Anderson
|     |     |     |     (5) William Hawks Anderson (1812 – 1862)
|     |     |     |     (5) Henry Van Liew Anderson (1814 – 1869) & Margaret __ (1813 – 1862)
|     |     |     |     (5) Sarah Ann Anderson (1816 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) John Brinton Anderson (1818 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Jacob Reading Anderson Jr. (1821 – 1895) & Jane __ (c.1825 – ?)

|     |    (3) Richard Reading & Catharine Reid
|     |     |     (4) Ferdinand Reading & Sarah Reading
|     |     |     |    (5) Theodocia Ann Reading (c.1785 – c.1816)

|     |   (3) Capt. Thomas Reading Esq. & Rebecca Ellis
|     |     |     (4) George Reading & Anastasia Reid
|     |     |     |     (5) George R. Reading (1781 – 1811) & Jane Simpson (1786 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Augustine R. Reading (1802 – 1882) & Catharine Ann Reading (c.1815 – 1885)

|     |     |     (4) Mary Reading & Capt. Jonathan Higgins
|     |     |     |     (5) Jonathan Reading Higgins (1792 – 1865) & Rhoda Godown (1796 – bef. 1831)

|     |     |     (4) Joseph Reading & Martha Hill
|     |     |     |     (5) Anna M. Reading (1789 – 1821) & Daniel H. Anderson (1787 – 1861)
|     |     |     |     (5) Thomas W. Reading (1792 – 1860)
.     .     .     .     .     m. 1) Esther Moore (1792 – 1820)
.     .     .     .     .     m. 2) Mary Waldron (1799 – 1846)
|     |     |     |     (5) Francis Reading (1798 – 1863) & Anne Bowne (1798 – 1861)

|     |     |    (4) Ellis Reading & Catherine Hicks
|     |     |     |     (5) Thomas H. Reading (1793 – 1859) & Elizabeth Runkle (1796 – 1871)

|     |     |     (4) Sarah Reading & Joseph Phillips
|     |     |     |     (5) Phoebe Howell Phillips (1808 – 1892) & Rev. Joseph Barlow (c.1805 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Joseph Reading Phillips (c.1810 – 1873) & Elizabeth VanKirk
|     |     |     |     (5) John Howell Phillips (1814 – 1878) & Elizabeth A. Carson (c.1815 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Mary Phillips (c.1815 – ?) & John W. Phillips (c.1810 – ?)

|     |     |     (4) Harriet Reading & Jeremiah King Jr.
|     |     |     |     (5) Victoria King (c.1812 – ?) & Samuel Wilson (c.1810 – ?)

|     |     (3) Sarah Reading & Augustine Reid
|     |     |     (4) Anastasia Reid & George Reading
|     |     |     |     (5) George R. Reading (1781 – 1811) & Jane Simpson (1786 – ?)
|     |     |     |     (5) Augustine R. Reading (1802 – 1882) & Catharine Ann Reading (~1815 – 1885)

|     |     |     (4) Sarah Reid & Montgomery Reading
|     |     |     |     (5) William Reading (1786 – 1835) & Sarah Lanning (1788 – 1864