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 Fannie Wallace <I>Washington</I> Reading

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Fannie Wallace Washington Reading

  • Birth Sep 1831 District Of Columbia, USA
  • Death 4 May 1918 District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Memorial ID 130193658


The widow of Major Pierson Barton Reading died May 4, 1918 in the District Of Columbia.

Her christened name was Euphan Wallace Washington.

Her father was Dr. Bailey Washington III (1787), the son of Bailey Washington II, Esq. (1754) of Windsor Forest, Stafford county, Virginia, by his wife Euphan Wallace. Her great-grandfather was Bailey Washington I, Esq. (1730 - 1803), who was a second cousin of George Washington. His wife was Catherine Storke. Her great-great grandfather was Henry Washington, Esq., also of Stafford county, Virginia.

Contrary to biographies that report a more direct lineage to George Washington, Fannie was his second cousin, 3 times removed. The common ancestor was John Washington, Sr. (1627), the great grandfather of both Bailey I and George.

Her mother was Ann Matilda Lee (1799-1880), the daughter of the Honorable Richard Bland Lee (1761) and Elizabeth Collins (1768). Her great-grandfather was Lt-Colonel Henry Lee (1730); the son of Henry Lee (1691). Her great-great-great grandfather was Colonel Richard Lee, Jr. (1644); son of the founder of the Lee family in Virginia, Richard Lee, who arrived in the colony in 1639.

~sources: Genealogical and Biographical Memorials of the Reading, Howell, Yerkes, Watts, Latham & Elkins Families by Josiah Granville Leach, Pub. Lippincott, 1898; and The Writings of George Washington, vol. XIV collected and edited by Worthington Chauncey Ford, Pub. 1889 - both books in the public domain.

In 1855, Maj. Pierson Barton Reading was in the Capital awaiting approval by Congress of his California land patent. A friend from Fort Reading, Lt. Richard Bland Lee, the brother of Fannie's mother, had given him a letter of introduction. After a proper courtship, Fannie married Pierson, March 12, 1856, in the District of Columbia. She went west with him when he returned to the California frontier and his rancho, the Buena Ventura.

The couple had six children born at the adobe house Pierson built by the Sacramento River, near the present day city of Cottonwood:

Anna Washington Reading: (1857-1906 DC)

Alice Matilda Reading: (1859-1939 CA)

Pierson Barton Reading, Jr.: (1861-1862 CA)

Richard Washington Reading, twin: (1863-1925 CA) bd VA

Robert Lee Reading, twin: (1863-1918 CA) bd VA

Fannie 'Nina' Collins Reading: (1866-1888 DC)

Three years after the untimely passing of her husband, Fannie returned to Alexandria, Virginia near Washington D. C. with her five surviving children. She never remarried, and was a resident of the D. C. area for the remainder of her life.

Congressional Cemetery death notice: On Saturday, May 4, 1918 at her residence, 1816 H street, Fannie Washington, the widow of Maj. Pierson B. Reading of California. Funeral services at St. John's Church, Tuesday, May 7 at 3 p.m. Interment private.

Read her husband's memorial biography for more details about her children's lives.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Fannie Wallace Washington Reading (Sep 1831–4 May 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 130193658, citing Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by SB°ancestry (contributor 47325517) .