Biography and History

Thomas Reading was born in Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, N.J. The Provincial Congress appointed him captain of the Sixth Company, Third New Jersey Regiment, First Establishment. On June 22, 1778, by act of the Legislature, he was appointed one of the agents of the State of New Jersey for procuring provisions, forage, and other supplies for the use of the army to carry on the Revolutionary War. Reading was commissioned justice of the peace in Hunterdon County for several terms, and he was one of the founders of the Presbyterian Church in Flemington, New Jersey; in 1797 was ordained an elder of the church.

John Reading was the first native-born governor of New Jersey, serving in 1747, and again from September 1757 to June 1758. His father, Colonel John Reading, was the first white, major landowner in Hunterdon County. Governor Reading was also one of the founders and trustees of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University.)

George Reading, also born in Amwell, N.J., inherited from his father large tracts of land. Early in the Revolution he was sent to Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He was recommissioned in 1780 and sent to Bourbon County, Kentucky, where he died.

Source: From the finding aid for C1253