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William Reid III was the son of William Reid II & Sarah Cline Bennett
Catharine Eells was the daughter of Edward Eells & Anna Howell

THE FAMILY OF WILLIAM REID & CATHERINE EELLS

William Reid & Catharine EellsWilliam Henry Reid & Catharine Eells were married in 1856 in Allamakee Co., IA and they had 8 children. The family is listed on the 1860 census Hanover Twp. Allamakee Co., IA. The family moved from Iowa to Nebraska sometime between 1871 to 1875, and they are listed on the 1880 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. William shot and killed Catharine on July 22, 1882 at their daughter's home near Hoag, Gage Co., NE. According to newspaper accounts at the time, William was an abusive husband to Catharine, and he killed her because she had decided to leave him. Although sentenced in March 1884 to serve ten years in the Nebraska State Penitentary, he served seven years and one month as inmate #734, being released April 10, 1891. William Henry Reid died on November 21, 1898 in Gage Co., NE.
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The children of William Reid & Catherine Eells:

1. James M. ReidJames Madison Reid was born on October 06, 1857 in Allamakee Co., IA. He is listed with his parents on the 1860 & 1870 censuses of Hanover Twp., Allamakee Co., IA. The family moved from Iowa to Nebraska sometime between 1871 to 1875, and James is listed at age 21 with his parents on the 1880 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. His father shot and killed his mother on July 22, 1882, and was sent to prison until April 1891. James married Osta Emmer Thompson on Dec. 25, 1884 in Gage Co., NE and they had 11 children. Osta was the daughter of Martin William Thompson & Evalina Jones; her brother John Flemin Thompson also married James' sister Mary Reid that same year. James & Osta are listed on the 1885 state census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. James M. Reid is listed in the 1885 Nebraska State Atlas as follows: "James M. Reed S. 5, Beatrice T., North; 120 a., pur. in 1878; est. val., $50 per a. Breeder Fine Horses, Duroc, Gold Dust, Black Hawk, Morgan. P.O. Beatrice". Based on birthplaces of their children, the family was in NE until 1893, but then was in Kansas from about 1894 to about 1899. They then returned to Nebraska, and are listed on the 1900 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. They moved to Saline Co., NE between 1900 to 1910, and are listed on the 1910 & 1920 censuses of Swanton, Saline Co., NE. They are on the 1930 census of DeWitt, Saline Co., NE. James M. Reid died on Jan.14, 1940 in DeWitt, Saline Co., NE. Osta died on Feb.13, 1950 in Beatrice, Gage Co., NE.
50th Anniversary Photo James & Osta Reid 1934
The Family of James M. Reid & Osta E. Thompson
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2. Sarah Reid

Sarah A. Reid was born on Aug. 8, 1859 in Allamakee Co., IA. She is listed with her parents on the 1860 & 1870 censuses of Hanover Twp. Allamakee Co., IA. The family moved from Iowa to Nebraska sometime between 1871 to 1875, and Sarah married John William Plucknett in 1879. They are listed on the 1880 census of Grant, Gage Co., NE. Her father shot and killed her mother on July 22, 1882 at John & Sarah's house; he was sent to prison and was not released until April 1891. John & Sarah are listed on the 1885 state census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. They had a child born in 1887 in KS, but returned to Nebraska before 1891. John in 1891 of pneumonia in DeWitt, Saline Co, NE, and Sarah is listed as age 39, widowed, and living with the children on the 1900 census of Grant, Gage Co., NE. She is listed in the household of her married son Albert in 1910 in Blakely, Gage Co., NE. In 1900 & 1910 she is listed as having 5 births with 3 surviving children. She is listed on the 1920 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE in the household of her married son Walter, and next door to Albert & his family. Sarah Reid Plucknett died in February 1926, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.E. (Maude) Burgess in DeWitt, Saline Co., NE. John & Sarah are buried in the family plot in Oak Grove Cemetery, DeWitt, Saline Co., NE
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3. George ReidGeorge Washington Reid was born on Aug. 7, 1861 in Allamakee, Co., IA. He is listed with his parents at age 8 on the 1870 census of Hanover Twp., Allamakee Co., IA. The family moved from Iowa to Nebraska sometime between 1871 to 1875, and George is listed with his parents at age 18 on the 1880 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. His father shot and killed his mother on July 22, 1882, and was sent to prison until April 1891. George married Mary Alice "Mallie" Buss on August 24, 1884 and they had 4 children born between 1885 to 1892. George & Mallie are listed on the 1885 state census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. George W. Reid died on October 18, 1893 in DeWitt, Saline Co., NE as the result of an accident with a runaway team of horses hitched to a wagon. He is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in DeWitt. His widow Mary remarried Richard P. Vanderploeg on August 08, 1898 and they had one daughter. They are listed on the 1900 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE.
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4. Mary ReidMary Elizabeth Reid was born on June 6, 1864 in Allamakee Co., IA. She is listed with her parents at age 6 on the 1870 census of Hanover Twp., Allamakee Co., IA. The family moved from Iowa to Nebraska sometime between 1871 to 1875, and she is listed with her parents at age 16 on the 1880 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. Her father shot and killed her mother on July 22, 1882, and was sent to prison until April 1891. Mary married John Flemin Thompson on March 23, 1883 in Beatrice, Gage, NE. ( John was the son of Martin William Thompson & Evalina Jones; his sister Osta Thompson married Mary's brother James Madison Reid in 1884.) The family is listed on the 1885 state census of Blakeley, Gage Co., NE. They moved from Nebraska to Kansas between 1885 to 1897. John & Mary had 2 sons. The family is listed on the 1900 census of Kapioma, Atchison Co., KS. They are listed on the 1905 & 1910 censuses of Grashopper Twp., Atchision Co,. KS. They are listed on the 1920 & 1930 censuses of Kapioma, Atchison Co., KS. Mary Reid Thompson died on April 11, 1944, at the home of her son Elmo in Muscotah, Atchison Co., KS. John & Mary are both buried in the Muscotah Cemetery, Muscotah, Atchison Co., KS.
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5. Bill ReidWilliam Edward Reid was born on October 22, 1865 in Allamakee Co., IA. He is listed with his parents at age 3 on the 1870 census of Hanover Twp., Allamakee Co., IA. The family moved from Iowa to Nebraska sometime between 1871 to 1875, and he is listed with his parents at age 14 on the 1880 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. His father shot and killed his mother on July 22, 1882, and was sent to prison until April 1891. William did not marry. He is listed on the 1885 state census and the 1900 federal census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE in the household of his brother-in-law James M. Reid & family. He is listed at age 44 as an uncle in the household of his married niece Maud (Plucknett) Burgess on the 1910 census of Grant, Gage Co., NE. William is listed as age 54 & single on the 1920 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. He is listed at age 64 on the 1930 census of Humboldt, Richardson Co., NE in the household of his nephew Roy C. Reid & family. William E. Reid died on December 27, 1938 in DeWitt, Saline Co., NE. He is buried in the Scott Street Cemetery, Beatrice, Gage Co., NE.
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6. Ella ReidElla Martha Reid was born in 1867 in Allamakee Co., IA. She is listed with her parents as Martha, age 1 on the 1870 census of Hanover Twp., Allamakee Co., IA. The family moved from Iowa to Nebraska sometime between 1871 to 1875, and she is listed with her parents as Ella, age 12, on the 1880 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. Her father shot and killed her mother on July 22, 1882, and was sent to prison until April 1891. Ella is listed on the 1885 state census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE in the household of her married brother James M. Reid. Ella married Andrew Joshua Thompson on March 5, 1887 in Hoag, NE. According to Warren Reid's book, Andrew and Ella homesteaded in Cheyenne Co., NE, near Ogallah soon after they were married. They built a sod house, in which their three children were born and lived until 1895 when they moved to Horton, Brown Co., Kansas to farm. I have not found them on the 1900 census at this time, but they are listed on the 1910 census Mission Twp. (North of Horton), Brown Co., KS. They lived there until 1918, at which time their son Elbert entered the army, during World War I. The family moved to New York, and they are listed on the 1920 & 1930 censuses of Onondoga, Onondaga Co., NY. In Warren's book he writes that when Ella's sister Harriet died in 1939 she was living with Andrew & Ella, who were living with Elbert in NY. Ella Martha Reid Thompson died sometime after 1939, probably in NY.
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7. Lula ReidLula L. Reid was born in July 1871 in Allamakee Co., IA. She is listed on some census records as being born in NE, but I think that is an error. The family moved from Iowa to Nebraska sometime between 1871 to 1875, and Lula is listed with her parents at age 10 on the 1880 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. Her father shot and killed her mother on July 22, 1882, and was sent to prison until April 1891. Lula is listed on the 1885 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE in the household of her married brother James M. Reid. Lula married William T. Tatum about 1889 in NE, and they had 3 children, only one of whom survived to 1910. The family is listed on the 1900 census of Kearney, Buffalo Co., NE. Lula is listed as head of household with one surviving son on the 1910 census of Beatrice, Gage Co., NE. She is listed as being married 21 years at that time, but William is not listed in the household. William died sometime between 1900 to 1920, and Lula is listed as widowed on the 1920 & 1930 censuses of Beatrice, Gage Co., NE. In 1920 & 1930 her occupation was listed as Dressmaker. Lula Reid Tatum died sometime after 1930, probably in Beatrice, Gage Co., NE.
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8. Harriet Reid

Harriett "Hattie" Reid was born in 1875 in NE. Warren Reid's book states that she was born in Waukon, Iowa, but the 1880 & 1885 census both list her birthplace as Nebraska. She is listed with her parents as Hattie, age 4, on the 1880 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. Her father shot and killed her mother on July 22, 1882, and was sent to prison until April 1891. Hattie is listed on the 1885 state census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE in the household of her married brother James M. Reid. I have not been able to find her on any census records after 1885, but according to Warren Reid's book Harriet was a dress designer for a number of years in Marcellus, N.Y., near Syracuse. She did not marry. Harriett Reid died on June 11, 1938 at the home of her sister Ella Martha (Reid) and Andrew J. Thompson, who were residing with their son Elbert and Madge (Stirton) Thompson in New York.
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