The Reed family was founded in Lewis county, N.Y., by John Reed, who came there from Montgomery county in the year 1806. The name of his father (who was the emigrant) is lost, although some detail of his life and tragic death has been preserved. John Reed's grandparents sailed for the American colonies with their son, John Reed's father, and on the voyage they both died and were buried at sea. The boy was cared for by a German family, who took him with them to their home in Maryland, where he grew up. Later his foster parents removed to Palatine, Montgomery count, N.Y., taking the boy with them. He subsequently married a German girl and reared a family, among whom was John, see forward.
During the revolutionary war the parents of John Reed, with other neighbors, would seek safety in the fort at Stone Arabia, whenever there was a raid of the Tories and Indians. The last year of the war, everything being quiet, no Tories or Indians having been seen for several weeks, the parents of John Reed went out to their farm, some three miles from the fort, to pull their crop of flax. While they were at work they were surprised by the Indians, scalped and killed. Upon their not returning at sundown, their son John, a solider at the fort, aged severnteen, went in search of them and found them both dead in the field. He carried them into the house, remained with them until morning, and then went back to the fort for assistance. Returning later with help, he buried his parents in the orchard on the old farm.
(II) John Reed, son of the parents above referred to, after the close of the war married and settled on the old home farm in Palatine, residing there until 1806, when he migrated to Lewis county, N.Y., following the trail of blazed trees, and settled on the farm now  owned by his great-grandson, Charles S. Reed, of Lowville. There were but few settlers in the county at that time, and the place was a perfect wilderness. He cleare a farm and there reared his children, namely:
William, born Dec. 6, 1789
Peter (see forward)
George, Jan. 2, 1793.
Polly, Sept. 19, 1794.
Hannah, Oct. 4, 1796.
Henry, March 27, 1798.
Catherine, Oct. 29, 1800.
Elizabeth, May 28, 1802.
Margaret, June 11, 1804.
Jacob, Aug. 10, 1806.
Dolly, May 15, 1808.
Solomon, Oct. 10, 1810.
John Reed, the father of these children, died at an advanced age.
(III) Peter, son of John Reed, was born at Stone Arabia, Montgomery county, N.Y., March 6, 1791, died April 16, 1875. He was reared on the frontier farm which he helped to wrest from the forest. He remained with his parents until his marriage, having removed with them to Lewis county at age of fifteen, and then obtained a farm of his own in the neighborhood of Lowville. Here he lived the life of a farmer, and was respected in the community.
He married Mary Hurty, whose father died when she was an infant. Her mother married (second) William Shull, who reared the children of her first husband. Mary (Hurty) Reed died Aug. 9, 1866.
Sophia, John, Elizabeth, Nelson H., see forward, and Daniel, died in infancy.
(IV) Nelson H., son of Peter and Mary (Hurty) Reed, was born on the homestead at Lowville, Lewis county, N.Y.,, July 11, 1826. He was educated in the public schools of his day, and reared to farm labor. On arriving at manhood he succeeded to the ownership of the home farm, and cared for his parents and sisters. He was a farmer all his days and prospered. He took an interest in town affairs, serving as assessor for nine years. He was clerk of the Baptist church, member of Lowville Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and of the Patrons of Husbandry. Politically he was a Republican.
He married, Dec. 25, 1848, Minerva Loomis, born in Chenango county, N.Y. Feb. 4, 1826, daughter of Asel Loomis, who came from Winstead, Conn.; she was brought to Deer River, Lewis county, N.Y., when a chld.
Charles S., see forward.
Willard J., born April 25, 1860; spent his life on the homestead farm; died Sept. 24, 1909.
Nelson H. Reed died Dec. 24, 1880; his wife survived him until 1888.
(V) Charles S., eldest son of Nelson H. and Minerva (Loomis) Reed, was born on the old homestead farm, Aug. 9, 1851. He was educated in the common schools and at Lowville Academy. He was reared on the farm and has always followed that occupation. He succeeded to the ownership of the homestead farm, to which he ha added another. He is a Republican in politics, and since 1891 has served as assessor of the town continuously excepting two years. He is now (1910) holding the office. He is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry.
He married, Feb. 11, 1875, Sarah A. Rickard, born in the town of Palatine, Montgomery county, N.Y. June 12, 1853, daughter of Alexander and Eliza (Fuller) Rickard.
Jesse, born Feb. 18, 1876; a commercial traveler.
Louis S., born Oct. 30, 1877, died Dec. 15, 1898.
The father of Jonathan Reed, progenitor of the branch of the Reed family now under consideration, was one of four brothers that came to this country from their home in England.
(I) Jonathan Reed was born April 14, 1782, supposedly in Vermont, and was killed during the war of 1812. His wife, Mary Reed, born April 27, 1784, bore him three children:
1. Hiram, June 1, 1810.
2. Arley Maryette, born 1812; married a Miss Austin; has a son, Horatio Austin, living in Potsdam, N.Y.
3. David, see forward.
(II) David, son of Jonathan and Mary Reed, was born in Vermont, March 5, 1814, shortly before the death of his father, and died in Norwood, N.Y., June, 1882. He lived in Massena as a child, but later removed to Norwood, where he received his educaiton. He was a farmer and speculator, dealth in live stock, and the later years of his life were devoted to the raising of farm products. He was a Congregationalist in religion, and a Republican in politics.
He married Mary Ann Pelton, of Madrid, N.Y., born June 17, 1821, died April 19, 1899, daughter of Elisha and Mahala (Brentwell) Pelton.
1. Rollin David, see forward.
2. Frederick Bailey, deceased.
3. Minerva M., married Reuben Haggett, deceased.
4. F. B. _____, deceased.
5. George L., married Bertha Emery; daughter, Myrtle.
6. Henry W., deceased.
7. Carrie A., married Dr. W. H. Parker, of Ocean Park.
(III) Rollin David, son of David and Mary Ann (Pelton) Reed, was born in Norwood, N.Y., Aug. 12, 1850. He was educated in the schools of his native town, worked on farm until twenty-two years of age, and then engaged in business in the manufacturing of doors, sash and blinds and house finish, and has followed the same for thirty-six years, meeting with well-merited success. [this material was pub. in 1910].
A few years ago the business was incorporated under the name of the Norwood Manufacturing Company, of which Mr. Reed is a director and manager. He has served in the capacity of director in the Norwood Building and Loan Association since its organization; served on board of trustees of village for four years; was president of the village for three years; now member of the water board. He is a Congregationalist in relgion, a Republican in politics, and a member of What Cheer Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Norwood.
He married, Dec., 1878, Jane A. Munson, of Stockholm, New York, daughter of Henry and Sarah A. (Smith) Hunson. They had one child who died in infancy.
Samuel Reed was born at Bridgeport, Connecticut, Oct. 31, 1804, and died Feb. 24, 1890. He removed to Loewis county, N.Y. in 1825, and settled in the township of Lowville, where he worked at his trade as hatter for a period of thirty years. Then he bought a farm, and during the remainder of his active life he was a farmer at Lowville. He was a Democrat, and a Free Mason.
He married at Lowville, Nancy Bowman, born May 20, 1809, died Dec. 12, 1885.
John H., born July 20, 1833, died Feb. 20, 1902.
Albertus M., June 17, 1831, died Dec. 12, 1901.
Willard V., mentioned below.
Garrett B., July 14, 1838, died Aug. 7, 1902.
Francis H., born Sept. 20, 1840.
Morain L., April 12, 1845.
Morinda, twin with Morain L., died Feb. 8, 1908.
Squire, born Aug. 5, 1847, died Sept. 12, 1865.
(II) Willard V., son of Samuel Reed, was born at Lowville, April 22, 1836. He was educated in the public schools of his native town, and after leaving school learned the trade of painter and decorator. He has followed this trade as journeyman and master painter all his life in his native town, and has a reputation of the first order for skillful and thorough work. A genial, couteous gentleman, he has the esteem of the entire community and the friendship of all who know him.
His home is pleasantly located on one of the principal streets, and he and his family are prominent in the social life of the village. In politics he is a Democrat of the old-fashioned order.
He married, Nov. 24, 1864, Harriet L. Arthur, daughter of Joel and Mary (Webb) Arthur, granddaughter of Elisha and Margaret (Moore) Arthur (see Arthur). Joel Arthur died May 12, 1861; Mary Webb Arthur died Nov. 23, 1849; she was daughter of Joseph and Lydia Ann (Benjamin) Webb. Joseph Webb was a soldier in the war of 1812, and his service was patriotic and honorable.
Children of Mr. & Mrs. Reed:
Effie L., born Sept. 23, 1865.
Mary E., Nov. 28, 1867.
Fred A., Oct. 17, 1871.
Hattie G., April 3, 1876.
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