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Notes for James Knox Polk Reid

age 16, b. PA, housekeeper
James K., age 14, b. PA
Emma J., age 9, b. PA
Livin, age 7, b. PA
John, age 6, b. PA

March 09, 1867 - James married Mary E. Schwartz in Allamakee Co., IA

1870 census Post Twp., Allamakee Co., IA
Household #24/25
James Ried, age 23, farmer, b. PA
Mary, age 21, keeping house, b. IL

May 5 1879 or 1880 - James married Alice A. Fauver

1880 United States Census Niobrara, Knox, Nebraska Page Number 68A
Samuel FAUVER Self M Male W 45 OH Farmer PA CT
Myra FAUVER Wife M Female W 36 VT VT VT
William Z. FAUVER Son S Male W 19 MN Teamster OH OH
Sherman G. FAUVER Son S Male W 13 MN OH VT
Marion A. FAUVER Nephew S Male W 13 MN OH IL
Robert T. FAUVER Son S Male W 8 MN OH VT
Milton A. FAUVER Son S Male W 5 NE OH VT
Clara M. FAUVER Dau S Female W 3 NE OH VT
Gurtie E. FAUVER Dau S Female W 3M NE OH VT
George B. FAUVER Son S Male W 3M NE OH VT
James P. REED SonL M Male W 34 PA Blacksmith PA PA
Alice A. REED Dau M Female W 21 MN PA OH
Reuben BOWLMAN Other S Male W 28 PA Blacksmith PA PA
Liddy MOWER Other S Female W 20 PA Servant IN IN

1900 census Twp 95, Gregory, South Dakota
James P. Reed, April 1846, age 54, md 21 yrs, PA/PA/PA, Farmer
Alice A. Reed, December 1859, age 40, md 21 yrs, 1 birth, 1 surviving, MN/IL/IL
Claude V. Reed, June 1882, age 17, NE/PA/MN

1910 census South Lynden, Whatcom Co., Washington
James P. Reed, age 63, 2nd marriage, md 30 yrs, PA/PA/PA, Carpenter, Houses
Alice A. Reed, age 51, 1st marriage, md 30 yrs, 1 birth, 1 surviving, MN/OH/IL
Claude V. Reed, age 28, NE/PA/MN, Laborer, odd jobs

1920 census Wyola, Big Horn, Montana
James P. Reed, head, age 73, PA/PA/PA, Farmer
Alice A. Reed, wife, age 61, MN/OH/IL
Claud V. Reed, head, age 37, NE/PA/MN, Farmer
May R., wife, age 29, WA/Germany/Germany
Retha J, daughter, age 7, WY/NE/WA
Allie V., daughter, age 5, WY/NE/WA

James died February 16, 1921 in Sheridan, WY

1930 census Sheridan, Sheridan Co., Wyoming
Claude V. Reed, head, age 48, age at first marriage - 30, SD/PA/MN, Car salesman, Sheridan garage
May R., wife, age 37, age at first marriage - 21, WA/Germany/Germany
Retha J, daughter, age 17, WY/SD/WA
Allie V., daughter, age 15, WY/SD/WA
Eva M, daughter, age 5, WY/SD/WA
Alice A. Reed, mother, age 70, widowed, MN/OH/IL

Excerpt from "History and Genealogical Record of the REIDS, EELL'S, THOMPSON'S and Their Related Families of The United States of America" By WARREN E. REID. LtCol USAF (Retd), Everett, PA 15537, May 1998
128 James Knox Polk Reid, was born April 23, 1846 Crawford County, Pa., and died Sheridan, WY Feb 16, 1921. James mar. (1) Mary E. Schwartz, Mar 9, 1867. To this union were born two Children. Following the death of his first wife he mar. (2) Alice A. Fauver 5 May 1880 (one document indicates 1879), and from this union was born one child Claude V. Reed. James was reared in Allamakee County, la., then lived in Johnstown (Brown County), NE., till 1892 when he moved to Gregory County, SD., then to Washington State before removing to Sheridan. 100/101

-----Original Message-----
From: Jill and Chuck Ferguson []
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 3:28 PM
Subject: James Knox Reed

Hello Kari,

I found your nice website while researching James Knox P Reed, who is a distant branch on my husband's family tree. (Ferguson)

I think you have two James Reeds mixed up (easy enough to do!) and I thought I'd send you some information that might help you sort them out.

We have a family history written around 1889-1889 that cites a Jane Ferguson marrying Amos Reed in Erie Co, PA. Their children included James K. P. Reed who was still living "in Washington state" when the history was written. I have Amos and Jane and their family on the 1850 census in Conneaut Twp, Erie Co, PA.

Jane died in 1851. Amos remarried and next surfaces in Knox Co, IL--1860, 1870 and 1880. He ended up in Whatcom Co, WA, where he died in 1891 or 1894 and is buried in the Ten Mile Cemetery, Whatcom Co. I believe he went there because his children, including James, were there.

James married Minnie Norling. She was a Swedish immigrant who is listed as "Katrina" in 1900, "Catarina" in 1910 and "Minnie" in 1920 (1920 census, Whatcom Co WA, Bellingham). Her grandmother was Katrina Norling, so I'm guessing she was named after Grandma, but called Minnie.

James died in 1926, and he and Minnie are buried in Bayview Cemetery, Whatcom Co WA, as is their daughter, Esther A. Ross. Their son, Artrude, died in CA (see California death records on Rootsweb.)

Here are James' biography and obituary from Whatcom Co, Washington, on GenWeb.

I hope you find this helpful!

Jill Ferguson


Of the surviving pioneers of Whatcom county there are few names better known than that of James K. P. Reed, veteran of the Civil war and one of the honored octogenarians of the county, now living retired in Bellingham, where he has made his home for more than twenty-five years. Coming here in 1872, he became a homesteader in Ten Mile township, and his interests have ever centered here, having witnessed the development of this now flourishing community from the days when the wilderness held sway here. When in a reminiscent mood he has some very interesting tales to tell of the days when the forest was king and when its depths wild animals had their lairs and the white man contended with the Indian for the favorite hunting and fishing grounds.

Mr. Reed is a native of the old Keystone state, born in Erie county, Pennsylvania, in 1845, but his parents were New Yorkers and of colonial families. When he was twelve years of age his parents moved with their family to Knox county, Illinois, where he was living in the spring of 1861 when the Civil war broke out. Though only seventeen years of age he enlisted in 1862 in behalf of the Union cause; was accepted and went to the front as a soldier with Company I of the One Hundred and Second Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, with which command he was serving when six months later he was given an honorable discharge by reason of disability incurred in service and returned to his home. His father was a wagon maker and for some time he was employed at the same vocation, working in connection with his father, and during that time he also rendered public service as deputy constable under his father, who was
constable of the township. In 1869 Mr. Reed went to Iowa and was there employed in the coal mines until in 1872 when, attracted by the good word then coming east concerning the desirability of lands for settlement in this section of the northwest country, he came to Whatcom county, Washington, and homesteaded a tract of land in Ten Mile
township, settling down to the task of clearing the same and making a farm of it. He aided others in clearing their land, working for some time for Edward Eldridge, and he was also connected with logging operations, but after his marriage in 1885 he established his home on his farm in Ten Mile township and there remained until his retirement in 1899, when he removed to Bellingham, where he since has made his home, he and his wife now residing at 1415 J street. Not long after taking up his residence in Bellingham Mr. Reed was janitor of the old Central school for two years, and was for a time janitor of the Columbia school, but of late years he has been practically retired from active labor.

It was on May 21, 1885, at the home of the bride in Ten Mile township, that Mr. Reed was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Norling, and they have two children: Esther, who is the wife of Percy Ross of Bellingham and has a son, Melvin; and Artrude Reed, now living in California, who married Mary Hull and has a son, Artrude, Jr. Mrs. Minnie Reed was born in the kingdom of Sweden and was sixteen years of age when her father, Eric Norling, disposed of his affairs there and with his family came to Washington and settled on a homestead farm in Ten Mile township, Whatcom county, in the same neighborhood in which Mr. Reed had his farm. Upon his retirement from the farm Eric Norling moved to Everson and there his last days were spent. Two of Mrs. Reed's sisters still are living there. Mrs. Reed is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and for years has been one of the active members of the Woman's Relief Corps. Mr. Reed is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, with which patriotic organization he became identified during his stay in Iowa more than fifty years ago, and in former years was affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

/History of Whatcom County, Volume II, by Lottie Roeder Roth, 1926, pps.

* James K. P. Reed, aged 81, veteran of the Civil war and an early homesteader in Whatcom county, where he had lived for more than fifty-three years, died early Sunday at his home, 1415 J street, after a residence of more than twenty-five years in Bellingham. Mr. Reed was a member of J. B. Steedman post No. 24, G. A. R. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Minnie Reed, whom he married on May 21, 1885, at her home in Ten Mile township when she was Miss Minnie Norling; one son, Artrude Leroy, of Los Angeles; one daughter, Mrs. Esther Ross, Bellingham; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Le Fevere, Bellingham, and two grandchildren. Mr. Reed was an uncle of Dr. L. R. Markley of this city. *

*Mr. Reed was born in Erie county, Pennsylvania, in 1845. When he was 12 years of age his family removed to Illinois and he was living there when he enlisted in the Union army when he was 17 years of age. He enrolled as a private in Company I, 102nd regiment, Illinois volunteer infantry, on August 9, 1862. He was honorable discharged on January 22, 1863, being forced to leave the army because of a disability. In 1869 Mr. Reed went to Iowa and was employed there as a coal miner until 1872, when he came to Whatcom county and took up a homestead in Ten Mile township. While here he aided others in clearing land and engaged in logging operations. For a time he was employed by Captain Edward Eldridge. He removed to Bellingham in 1899. For two years Mr. Reed was janitor of the old Central high school, and later Columbia school. *

*Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p. m. at Arthur C. Harlow's chapel, with the Rev. Charles MacCaughey officiating, followed by the ritualistic services of J. B. Steedman post No. 24, G. A. R. Interment will follow in Bay View cemetery.* (From The Bellingham Herald, December 6, 1926) Submitted by site coordinator.

1900 census Bellingham, Whatcom Co., WA
1498 J. Street, household #310/329
James K. P. Reed, head, May 1845, age 55, md 15 yrs, PA/NY/PA, Farmer
Katrina, wife, Nov 1867, age 32, md 15 yrs, 2 births, 2 surviving, Sweden/Sweden/Sweden, imm 1885, in US 15 yrs.
Esther A., daughter, May 1886, age 14, WA/PA/Sweden
Artude L., son, April 1899, age 1, WA/PA/Sweden

1910 census Bellingham, Whatcom Co., WA
1415 J. Street, household #35/36
James Knox Reed, head, age 64, first marriage, md 25 yrs, PA/NY/PA, Janitor, school
Catarina, wife, age 42, first marriage, md 25 yrs, 2 births, 2 surviving, Sweden/Sweden/Sweden
Esther Almeda, daughter, age 23, WA/PA/Sweden
Artude LeRoy, son, age 11, WA/PA/Sweden
2 boarders

1920 age 74