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Reading, Massachusetts, USA

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Where is Reading, Massachusetts, USA? 

Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Many of the Massachusetts Bay Colony's original settlers arrived from England in the 1630s through the ports of Lynn and Salem. In 1639 some citizens of Lynn petitioned the government of the colony for a "place for an inland plantation". They were initially granted six square miles, followed by an additional four. The first settlement in this grant was at first called "Lynn Village" and was located on the south shore of the "Great Pond", now known as Lake Quannapowitt. On June 10, 1644 the settlement was incorporated as the town of Reading, taking its name from the town of Reading in England.
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Reading, Massachusetts, USA - The Old Slab City Mill
Reading, Massachusetts, USA

The Old Slab City Mill
Reading, Massachusetts, USA - Bird's Eye View from Bear Hill, of Reading, Mass.
Reading, Massachusetts, USA

Bird's Eye View from Bear Hill, of Reading, Mass.
Reading, Massachusetts, USA - West Side, Main St., Reading, Mass.
Reading, Massachusetts, USA

West Side, Main St., Reading, Mass.

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11. READING. [Pop. 2,193. Inc. 1769.]
Reading was set off from Lynn in Essex county, and was once joined to South Reading, which...Read MORE...

1848 - Reading
The town of Reading was incorporated in 1644. It is believed that the name of this town ought to...Read MORE...

News  1854 - The Destructive Gale - Its Effects at the East.
...At South Reading, a coal shed was turned over, which fell upon the Eastern telegraph line,...Read MORE...

News  1857 - DESTRUCTIVE TORNADO IN READING, MASS.
Boston, Friday, Aug. 14.
Last night a tornado passed through the town of Reading and vicinity. It...Read MORE...

1890 Reading Massachusetts
Reading is an old and pleasant town in the extreme eastern of Middlesex County, 12½ miles north of...Read MORE...

1906
Reading, a banking post-village in Reading township (town), Middlesex co., Mass., on the Boston and ...Read MORE...


Ancestors Who Were Born Here

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1647
Thomas MARSHALL (abt. 1613 - 25 December 1689) & Rebecca UNKNOWN (1623 - 23 August 1693)
married February 1647

1653
John WESTON (1631 - 29 August 1719 ) & Sarah FITCH (20 June 1633 - 25 December 1698)
married 18 April 1653

1654
Walter FAIRFIELD (21 December 1631 - 20 July 1723) & Sarah SKIPPER (1639 - 18 December 1710)
married 28 December 1654

1666
Josiah BROWN (1630 - 29 January 1690) & Mary FELLOWS (abt. 1646 - )
married 23 November 1666

1671
Jeremiah PIKE (1 January 1647 - 9 January 1711) & Rachel LEFFINGWELL (2 March 1653 - )
married 15 November 1671

1681
James PIKE (1 January 1647 - 17 July 1723) & Hannah CUTLER (9 June 1662 - )
married 25 November 1681

1682
James NICHOLS (25 July 1658 - 12 January 1745) & Mary POOLE (14 November 1662 - 18 July 1711)
married 9 October 1682

1713
Benjamin NURSE (28 January 1690 - 6 January 1761) & Elizabeth ROBERTS (3 August 1690 - 29 May 1739)
married 24 December 1713
Jonathan NURSE (4 March 1692 - 26 November 1717) & Abigail HARDEN (25 April 1692 - 25 April 1735)
married 27 January 1713

1720
Daniel EAMES (10 January 1697 - 1781) & Abigail HARDEN (25 April 1692 - 25 April 1735)
married 8 March 1720

1865
Edmund Alfred BROWN (25 December 1841 - ) & Annie Augusta MOULTON (27 March 1846 - )
married 24 December 1865
 

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