This tree contains what is currently known about the Reading family, originally from Birmingham then South and South East London as well as associated families (Bowman, Smith & Clark)
The earliest proven Reading ancestry was Joseph Reading born about 1785 in Birmingham (according to the 1851 census and his admittance records for Bethlam Hospital). In 1841 his wife, Ann died in London but was she his first/only wife and the mother of David and Amos or was she a 2nd or subsequent wife? The Ann who died in 1841 was definately the wife of Joseph as she is described as such and Amos Reading was the informant. What hasn't yet been found is the birth place of either David or Amos, nor the names of their three siblings. Joseph Reading told the Bethlam Hospital on admittance that he had 5 children with the youngest being of the same age as Amos was at the time. A marriage for a Joseph Reading to and Ann Goulding in Birmingham is included as "it fits" but is entirely quesswork.
The Bowman family of Stepney/West Ham are a recurring thread running through this tree with descendants in England as well as a large number in Australia. I have three descents from a Bowman and those have recently been proved using DNA.
If you are related to anyone in this tree and have other information please feel free to e-mail me, the system should alert me to the receipt of e-mails but that hasn't proved very efficient in the last year.
Welcome to my cousins
Gordon, Debbie & Lynn
To find your grandmother Lily Eliza Dimond (or Eliza Lily) click here
Both you and I will only appear as "private" but to find my father either click on Lily's brother Henry and then look for his son James Henry Reading
To get back to this page click Family Trees on top line and then click Reading family of Birmingham & S E London
This family tree was last updated on 2019.
Without revealing the names of living persons I hope to keep up with developments with DNA matches.
So far we have a distant match with a descendant of the Reading family who emmigrated from Birmingham in the 1840 to Wellington, New Zealand (the very early settlers there) and later members of the family became Mormons and went to the US. The known tree of the Birmingham Readings overlaps with Joseph Reading's birth in Birmingham but the connection is unknown.
An educated quess some years ago making two Bowman ancestors siblings has, to my acceptance, been proven by separate DNA results. A previously unknown 2nd cousin appeared as a DNA match (RH) related to me via my grandmother's family. A look at shared DNA matches showed a match between RH and another 2nd cousin, GW. However GW is related via my grandfather's family. The match between GW & RH was at 4th cousin level. By drawing out sketch trees it was possible to go back along both lines until the 2 Bowman brothers appeared within the indicated degree of separation, in fact all 3 of us have 3 Bowman descents so GW & RH are both 4th cousins and 4th cousins once removed. The oddities of DNA have thrown up that another DNA found 2nd cousin (CK) had matches with me and RH but not with GW even though the degree of separation is the same!
This tree has been updated by importing a GEDCOM from my ancestry.co.uk tree.
There are changes brought in from ancestry with a possibility to search for DNA connections, although they will be hidden from most viewers due to them being alive. To search just enter DNA in the name search box top right, remember that the search produces any name where the string "dna" appears.