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17xx On 8 April, William S Reed was born. US census records, cited below, imply birth about 1799 [1][2][3]. William Reed was born in Rockingham County, Virginia.

1785 On 5 June, 1785, Christina Wenger was born near Edom, Rockingham County, Virginia. [4][5]

1810 Father Sanders A Reed lived in Rockingham County, Virginia. William S Reed was likely a son listed as age 0-10. [6]

1817 William S Reed and Christina Wenger [Wanger] were married in Rockingham County, Virginia. The courthouse record named Christina as daughter of Joseph Wenger (deceased?), and William S as son of Sanders A Reid. William S and Sanders A Reid made a financial obligation for $150 on 11 March "whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be solemnized between William S Reid and Christena Wenger of Rockingham County, if therefore, there shall be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage, then the above obligation to be void; otherwise, to remain in full force and virtue." Photocopy, Marriage bond for William Reed and Christina Wenger, 1817, from Eastern Mennonite University Library.[7].

1818 On 1 July, son Abraham I Reed was born in Virginia.

1820 On 18 February, daughter Margaret was born in Virginia.

1820 William Reed, age 16-26, lived in Rockingham Virginia with 2 males age 0-10 (Abraham and ?), a female age 0-10 (Margaret?), and a female age 26-45 (Christina). [8]

1822 Daughter Mary Ann was born.

1824 Daughter Harriet was born.

1825 Daughter Elizabeth was born.

1830 William Reed, age 30 to 40, lived in Rockingham, Virginia with 2 males age 10-15 (Abraham and ?), 2 males age 5-10 (?), 2 females age 0-5 (Elizabeth and ?), 2 females age 5-10 (Mary Ann and Harriet), 2 females age 10-15 (?), one female age 15-20 (Margaret), and one female age 40-50 (Christina). [9][10]

1830 William Reed moved from Rockingham, Virginia to Columbiana County, Ohio in the fall. [11][12][13][14]

1831, 1837-38 William S Reed was taxed for 15 acres in Section 13, Green Twp, Columbiana County [Range 3, Twp 13], Ohio. [15][16][17]

1832-38 William S Reed was taxed (personal) for 160 acres in Section 18, Beaver Twp, Columbiana County [Range 2, Twp 13], Ohio [agrees with the 1841 map]. [18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25]

1839 Daughter Margaret Reed married B.B. Good in Columbiana County, Ohio.

1840 William Reed age 40-50 lived in Washington Twp, Columbiana County, Ohio with one male age 20-30 (Abraham, the other male children apparently have died), one female age 10-15 (Elizabeth), 2 females age 16-20 (Mary Ann and Harriet), and one female age 50-60 (Christina Wenger Reed). An adjacent entry was for son-in-law B.B. Good (age 20-30) with one female age 20-30 (Margaret Reed Good). [26][27] Jacob Christophel also lived in Columbia County, Ohio, perhaps the future father-in-law of daughter Elizabeth.

1841 Land of WS Reed was shown on a map of section 18, Beaver Twp, Columbiana (now Mahoning) County, Ohio [28]. Photocopy, Map of land of WS Reed, section 18, in Beaver Township, Columbiana County, Ohio 1841. By 1860, Beaver County was part of Mahoning County, and part of the land had been transferred to son Abraham I Reed.

1845 William S Reed was taxed in Beaver Twp, Mahoning (then Columbiana) County, Ohio for 144 acres, 3 horses, and 3 cows. A William S Reed also had 15 acres in Green Twp, Columbiana Co. A William S Reed also has 65 acres in Poland Twp, Columbiana Co. Son-in-law Benjamin B. Good was taxed in section 18 of Beaver Twp for 12 acres, 2 horses and 3 cows. Several likely future in-law families were also taxed in Beaver Co. Christian Christophel, likely the future father-in-law of William's daughter Harriet, was taxed for 2 horses and 5 cattle (no land). A Jacob Christopher (sic), likely the future father in law of William's daughter Elizabeth, was also taxed for 40 acres, a sawmill, 2 horses, and 2 cows. Samuel Weaver, likely the future father-in-law of son Abraham, was taxed for 69 acres, 3 horses, and 7 cattle. John Blosser, likely the future father-in-law of daughter Mary Ann was taxed for 4 lots (33, 10, 16, and 9 acres), 5 horses, and 8 cattle. Peter Blosser, likely Mary Ann's future husband, was taxed for 43 acres, 4 horses, and 12 cattle. Also taxed were David and Peter, Jr. Blosser.

1847 Daughter Harriet Reed married John Christophel (oldest child was born about 1847). Elizabeth's marriage date is unknown; her first child was born in September, 1850.

1849 William S Reed was listed in the Beaver Twp, Mahoning County, Ohio tax records with personal property valued at $158 and 144 acres of real estate valued at $583. Son Abraham I Reed was also listed.

1849 WS Reed bought land from Emanuel Harmon in section 19 of Beaver Twp, Mahoning County, Ohio (this appears to be land just south of his original holdings, based on the map above). Photocopy, WS Reed land purchase (see line 8) in Beaver Township, Mahoning County, Ohio, 1849. [29]

1849 WMS Reed of Fairfax County, Virginia was listed as first settling in Elkhart County, Indiana in an 1874 atlas of Elkhart County, Indiana. [30]

1850 Mary A Girtner (she later became William's second wife), apparently a widow, lived in Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana with several children including John (age 16), who is listed with the family in the 1860 census after William had remarried. [31]

1850 W.S. Reed (age 52) and C Reed (age 60 and born PA, likely wife Christina Wenger Reed) lived in Union Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana with Fredke Post, male (age 17) [32]. Christina Reed (age 65) was also listed as living with son-in-law B.B. Good (apparently, a double listing for her)[33][34]. Daughter Harriett and her husband John M. Christophel also lived in Union Twp with two of John Christophel's brothers. Daughter Elizabeth and her husband John N Christophel lived in Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana.

1850 Christina Wenger Reed died in December. [35][36][37][38][39][40]. William Reed remarried in 1851 to widow Mary Ann Gintner (or Guinther).

1858 William S Reed brought suit in the Indiana Supreme Court against Lewis, who had sold to Reed a title to land in Elkhart County, Indiana from the estate of John C Stauffer, for $375. Lewis did not have the title and the suit was settled in favor of William Reed. [41]

1860 William S Reed, farmer (age 61, born Virginia), and wife Mary Ann (age 46, could not read or write) lived in Union Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana with children Susanah (age 11), Daniel (age 7), and Angeline (age 3). John Ginter, likely Mary Ann's brother or son, a carpenter (age 25) was also in the household. The real estate was valued at $4,000 and other estate at $2,000. [42] Daughter Margaret Reed Good lived a few houses away.

1861 WS Reed owned land in sections 5 and 8 of Union Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana near sons-in-law JM Christophel, J Christophel, and BB Good.
Map, 1861 map of William S Reed and B.B. Good lots. [43]

1863 William S Reed, perhaps this one, was taxed by the IRS in Union Twp, Indiana for keeping a stallion.

1865 William S Reed, perhaps this one, was taxed by the IRS in Mill Creek, Indiana for keeping a stallion.

1870 William Reed (age 71, born Virginia) and wife Mary (age 57 born PA) lived in Lock Town Post Office, Union Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana with children Daniel (age 17), and Angeline (age 13). Estate was valued at $12,000. Daughters Elizabeth and Harriet Christophel also lived in the township. William had many grand-children living nearby. [44]

1874 WMS Reed's land was shown in section 5 of Union Township adjacent to the land of I Good (perhaps nephew Isaiah Reed Good). Map, WMS Reed's land in section 5, Union Township. [45][46]

1874 On 18 May, William Reed died [47][48]. His estate was administered by his second wife Mary Ann, who marked all papers with an X. The estate named 7 children: Daniel Reed, Elizabeth Christophel, Harriet Christophel, Margaret Good, Abraham J Reed, Mary A Blosser, and minor child Angeline Reed. Each child received $82.89. A note to B.B. Good (son-in-law) was mentioned. Accounts were settled with John M Christophel, John N. Christophel, and Peter Blosser (all sons-in-law). The list of items sold at the estate sale included: three horses ($92, unclear), wagon, single spring wagon, single harness, reaper mower ($34), horse rake, 1/2 wheat drill ($12), double shovel plow, single shovel plow, two cultivators, harrow, large plow, two large plows, steel plow, tanning mill, harness, hay fork and tackle, mattock, two chain spreaders, mall or beetle?, 5 cow chains, cutting box, two horse sleigh, 2 cross cut saws, bow saw, grain cradle, 1/2 bushel & brider?, riding saddle, buffalo robes, 2 sheep skins, cider mill, 24 sop pails, one wheel barrow, 43 sop pails, 5 iron kettles, scythe and corn cutter, hay rack, wood rack, parlor stove, wood saw power ($28.50), 5 lots of lumber, bedding, breakfast table, dinner bell and sink, 90 bushels of wheat more or less ($94), one ton hay (10), ton hay ($10), dry cow ($22.50), milch cow ($15), yearling steer ($12), 4 steer and 1 bull ($49 total), 19 sheep (ranging from $2.05 to $1.00 each), 50 pounds wool ($15.57), two sows and pigs, ox yoke, 5 crocks of apple butter, shotgun ($4), spinning wheel, 11 wheat sacks, atlas of Elkhart County, Life of Christ, 4 ½ MP shingles, axe, salt, road scraper, post augers, hay hook, corn planter, oil can, iron box, hook, poplar tree ($16, the original inventory mentions poplar shingles), cow bell, box of old iron, 4 augurs, pruning saw and chisel, 4 reaping syckles, tar bucket ($0.01), stretcher, dog, clothes line, pearing machine, pr tohys?, 8 erthen fruit cans, bench screw, old soaps, dough tray forks and knives, barrel, barrel with vinegar, wash tub, barrel with tallow, barrel with cider, barrel with vinegar, chairs, bed stead, knife, 2 skimmers and fork, coffee pt basin, wooden bowl, tub with lard, shoulder of bacon, 3 sides melynes? smoked, sausage machine ($10), 2 axes, broken harness, bridle and curry? comb, old iron, iron in a barrel, 2 fork handles, broken harness, bush scythe, box old iron, 6 chairs. The disposition of farmland from the estate was not mentioned in the estate papers. Photocopy, FHL film 1711410. William Reed Estate settlement, 1874.

1874 William Reed's obituary stated: "May 18th, in Elkhart County, Indiana, Wm. S. Reed, formerly of Rockingham co. Va., aged 75 years, 8 months and 28 days. He was buried in the family graveyard on his farm. Funeral services, by John C. Burkholder, and John Angelmyer." [49] William Reed died in Union Twp. [50][51]

1884 There are grave markers for William S Reed and his second wife Mary Ann Reed [Mary Ann Reed, wife of Wm S Reed, died Sep. 30, 1884 at age 73] and their daughter Angeline Reed (died Aug. 28, 1880) at Bull Cemetery in Elkhart County, Indiana.

1933 William Reed's grandson, Noah Reed, died in Wakarusa "on the Reed homestead, three miles south and two miles east of here."

1934 William Reed's grandson, Aaron Reed, died "at his home on the old Reed homestead, two miles east of Wakarusa."

Research Notes:

"William S. Reed was also a native of the Old Dominion, born in Fauquier, and reared in Rockingham county, and the son of Sanders and Julia (Hatfield) Reed. The Reed family came originally from Ireland, and were early settlers of this country. William Reed followed agricultural pursuits in Virginia on a farm of 70 acres, until 1830, when finding that Ohio afforded great attractions, he emigrated to that state and settled in Columbiana County. He followed farming in that state until 1850, when he came to Indiana and took a farm in Union township, Elkhart county. He also bought a partly improved farm. On his farm in Union township Mr Reed passed the remainder of his days, dying in 1874. He was one of the most prominent men in the township, held office at different times, and was postmaster at South West at an early day. All his life was passed in hard labor, but he made and left his heirs a good property. Mr. Reed was twice married, first to a daughter of Joseph and Mary (Hoover) Wenger. Her parents died in Virginia, and Mrs. Reed died soon after coming to this country, December 20, 1850. She was sixty-five years of age and left five chidren: Abraham, Margaret, Mary A, Harriet, and Elizabeth. Besides there were two who died young. ... After his first wife's death William Reed was married to Widow Guinther, of Goshen, and two children were born to them: Daniel and Emeline. Mr. Reed's second wife has been dead for several years." [52]

"Christina Wenger b-1-8-1785 d-12-23-1850, daughter of Joseph G. & Barbara (Hoover) Wenger, married William S. Reed (Rudd) b-4-8-1799 d- 5-18-1874, son of & ( ) Reed. Christina Wenger Reed was born in Pennsylvania; William was born in Rockingham County, Va. William Reed moved from Rockingham County, Va., to Columbiana County, Ohio, in the fall of 1830. Five children were born in Virginia. They were Mennonites. Both William & Christina Reed died in Elkhart County, Indiana. [53][54][55]

"Benaville Good married Margaret Reed, who was born in Rockingham County, Virginia, a daughter of William and Christina (Wenger) Reed. It is thought that William Reed was born in the North of Ireland and from his Virginia home he moved to Mahoning County, Ohio, and still later to Elkhart County, locating in Union Township which was his home until his death at the age of seventy-five. William Reed's wife was born in Rockingham County, Virginia, of early German ancestry, and she died at the age of sixty-six." [56]


Footnotes:

[1] Mennonite Obituary Archives (MennObits), Herald of Truth, Volume XI, Number 7 - July 1874 - Pages 120, 127, age at death in obituary corresponds to birth about 1798, [MennObits].

[2] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 49, reports birth date 8 April 1782.

[3] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 25, reports birth date 8 April 1792, [Google_Book], [Internet_Archive].

[4] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 49, person 46.

[5] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 25, [Google_Book], [Internet_Archive].

[6] US census, 1810, Reel 0067, Image 185, line 8, [Internet_Archive].

[7] Samuel S. Wenger, The Wenger Book, A Foundation Book of American Wengers (1997 reprint), 182, family C9A, names 5 children.

[8] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1820, [FamilySearch_Record].

[9] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1830, [FamilySearch_Record].

[10] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1830, [FamilySearch_Record].

[11] Ezra Nelson Stauffer, Weber or Weaver Family History (1953), 54, [Google_Book].

[12] Mennonite Obituary Archives (MennObits), Gospel Herald, Vol. I, No.12 - June 20, 1908 - page 191, 192, Obituary of daughter Elizabeth, reports she moved at the age of 2 to Mahoning County, Ohio, [MennObits].

[13] Mennonite Obituary Archives (MennObits), Herald of Truth, January, 1897, Obituary of daughter Harriett, reports moving in 1830, [MennObits].

[14] Goodspeed Brothers, publishers, Pictorial and biographical memoirs of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties (1893), 637, [Google_Book], [HathiTrust].

[15] FamilySearch.org, 1831Ohio Tax Records, [FamilySearch_Record].

[16] FamilySearch.org, 1837 Ohio Tax Records, [FamilySearch_Record].

[17] FamilySearch.org, 1838 Ohio Tax Records, [FamilySearch_Record].

[18] FamilySearch.org, 1832 Ohio Tax Records, [FamilySearch_Record].

[19] FamilySearch.org, 1833 Ohio Tax Records, [FamilySearch_Record].

[20] FamilySearch.org, 1833, Ohio Tax Records line 14, [FamilySearch_Record].

[21] FamilySearch.org, 1834 Ohio Tax Records, [FamilySearch_Record].

[22] FamilySearch.org, 1835 Ohio Tax Records, [FamilySearch_Record].

[23] FamilySearch.org, 1836, Ohio Tax Records line 4, [FamilySearch_Record].

[24] FamilySearch.org, 1837 Ohio Tax Records, [FamilySearch_Record].

[25] FamilySearch.org, 1838 Ohio Tax Records, [FamilySearch_Record].

[26] US census, 1840, Reel 0386, Image 224, line 17, [Internet_Archive].

[27] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1840, [FamilySearch_Record].

[28] Carhart, Mead & Co., Map of Columbiana County, Ohio (1860), [Library_Congress].

[29] Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Ohio.

[30] An Ilustrated Historical Atlas of Elkhart County, Indiana (Chicago: Higgins, Belden & Co., 1874), 90.

[31] US census, 1850

[32] US census, 1850, Reel 0144, Image 243, family 1620, [Internet_Archive].

[33] US census, 1850, Reel 0144, Image 242, family 1616, [Internet_Archive].

[34] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1850, [FamilySearch_Record].

[35] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 44, reports death date 12 December.

[36] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 25, reports death date 22 December, [Google_Book], [Internet_Archive].

[37] Goodspeed Brothers, publishers, Pictorial and biographical memoirs of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties (1893), 637, reports date 20 December, [Google_Book], [HathiTrust].

[38] David L Miller, Record of the Old Yellow Creek Cemetery, 30, reports death on Dec 22 1850 at age 65 years, 11 months, 14 days, [Google_Book].

[39] James Gregory Hermsen, Old Yellow Creek Cemetery of Harrison Township, Elkhart County, Indiana (2011), 100, buried at Yellow Creek cemetery, [Google_Book].

[40] Elkhart County Genealogical Society, Cemeteries of Elkhart County, Indiana, Vol. 2 (1990), 111, cemetery row 17.13, [Google_Book].

[41] Gordon Tanner, Indiana Reports of the Cases of the Supreme Court (1859), 240, of 239-42, [Google_Book].

[42] US census, 1860, Reel 256, Image 469, family 256, [Internet_Archive].

[43] Joseph D Nash, Map of Elkhart County, Indiana (Philadelphia, Samuel Geil, 1861), Library of Congress.

[44] US census, 1870, Reel 0311, Image 600, family 14, [Internet_Archive].

[45] An Ilustrated Historical Atlas of Elkhart County, Indiana (Chicago: Higgins, Belden & Co., 1874), 63.

[46] An Ilustrated Historical Atlas of Elkhart County, Indiana (Chicago: Higgins, Belden & Co., 1874), 90.

[47] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 44.

[48] Goodspeed Brothers, publishers, Pictorial and biographical memoirs of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties (1893), 637, died in Union Twp, Elkhart County, [Google_Book], [HathiTrust].

[49] Mennonite Obituary Archives (MennObits), Herald of Truth, Volume XI, Number 7 - July 1874 - Pages 120, 127, [MennObits].

[50] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 25, [Google_Book], [Internet_Archive].

[51] James Gregory Hermsen, Old Yellow Creek Cemetery of Harrison Township, Elkhart County, Indiana (2011), 41, buried at Bull Run cemetery, [Google_Book].

[52] Goodspeed Brothers, publishers, Pictorial and biographical memoirs of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties (1893), 636, of 636-37, [Google_Book], [HathiTrust].

[53] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 49.

[54] Ezra Nelson Stauffer, Weber or Weaver Family History (1953), 54, [Google_Book].

[55] Samuel S. Wenger, The Wenger Book, A Foundation Book of American Wengers (1997 reprint), 182.

[56] Abraham E. Weaver, ed., A Standard History of Elkhart County, Indiana, Vol. 2 (1916), 784, [HathiTrust], [Google_Book].


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