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Notes for William Reid Sr.

June 14, 1783 - William Reid married Mary Boyd Brannan in the Pfoutz Valley Lutheran Church, Cumberland County, Pa

1784 - daughter Margaret born in Cumberland Co. PA
Bet. 1786 - 1790 - daughter Elizabeth born
Bet. 1786 - 1790 - daughter Mary #1 born. Died before 1798.

1790 - many William Reid/Reeds in PA. Of the 5 in Northumberland Co., this is the only match for the children I know of for William & Mary.
1790 census Northumberland Co., PA
2 males over 16 (William, age 30 & ??)
No males under 16
4 females (Mary, age 30, Margaret, age 6, Elizabeth, age 0-4 & Mary, age 0-4)

September 03, 1792 - daughter Anne born
Bet. 1795 - 1798 - daughter Mary #2 born
Bet. 1794 - 1799 - son William #1 born
January 12, 1800 - son James born

Crawford Co., PA formed March 12, 1800 from Alleghany Co., PA

1800 census Meadville, Crawford Co., PA
William Reed
1 male 26-44 (William, age 40)
2 males under 10 (William, age 1 & James, age baby)
1 female 26-44 (Mary, age 40)
2 females 10-15 (Margaret, age 15 & Elizabeth, age 10-14)
2 females under 10 (Anne, age 8 & Mary, age 2-5)

1800-1802 - son William #1 died
May 07, 1802 - son William #2 born

1810 census Shenango, Crawford Co., PA page 423
William Reed 20002-01201
2 males over 45 (William, age 50 & ??)
2 males under 10 (James, age 9 & William #2, age 8)
1 female over 45 (Mary, age 50)
2 females 16-25 (Margaret, age 25 & Anne, age 18)
1 female 10-15 (Mary, age 12-15)

1820 census Shenango, Crawford Co., PA page 56
William Reed 20002-01201
1 male over 45 (William, age 60)
1 male 16-25 (James, age 19 or William #2, age 18)
2 females over 45 (Mary, age 60 & ??)
1 female 16-25 (Mary, age 22-25)
1 female under 10 (??)
On same page as household of James Reed

1830 census North Shenango, Crawford Co., Penn
William Reid
1 male 70-80 (William, age 70)
2 males 20-30 (James, age 29 & William, age 28)
1 female 70-80 (Mary, age 70)
1 female 5-10 (??)

1840 census North Shenango, Crawford Co., Penn
William Reid
1 male 70-80 (William, age 79)
1 female 70-80 (Mary, age 80)
1 female 15-20 (??)
William Reid, age 79 listed on page 257 of the Veteran's schedule Pensioners of Revolutionary War service in North Shenango, Crawford Co., PA
William Reid Jr
1 male 30-40 (William Jr, age 39)
2 males 5-10 (William, age 9 & Zenas, age 6)
1 male under 5 (Robert, age 4)
1 female 20-30 (Sarah, age 30)
1 female 5-10 (Matilda, age 8)
1 female under 5 (Mary, age 2)

February 11, 1845 - William Reid Sr died in North Shenango Township, Crawford County, Pa

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
77 WILLIAM REID, the son of James Reid was born In 1760 Lancaster County, Pa. He mar. Mary Boyd Brannan of Greenwood Township, Jun 14, 1783 in the Pfoutz Valley Lutheran Church, Cumberland County, Pa. William died Feb 11, 1845, North Shenango Township, Crawford County, Pa. Both are buried in grave sites 122 and 123 Wilson Cemetery, (located three quarter miles south and one third mile west of Espyville, North Shenango Township, Crawford County, Pa. The grave stones for William and Mary spell the name Reed, while legal documents pertaining to them spell the name Reid, both spellings coincide with the family history, their dates of birth, death and age. William's Revolutionary War service pension records and marriage certificate are on file in the National Archives, Washington, D. C., under file number W-5676. On May 2, 1833, his claim for a Revolutionary War soldiers pension of thirty dollars per annum was authorized by the War Department from Mar 4, 1831 till his death. Eight children were born of this marriage, namely: Margaret, Elizabeth, Mary #1, Anne, Mary #2, William (died young), James and WILLIAM Reid #2. 58
Submitted by Arlene Adkins, great-great grand daughter of William and Mary Reid
William Reid was born in 1760 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His father was James Reid who was born in 1727 in Chester County.
The first references made as to the residence of William Reid in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Cumberland County then included the counties of Mifflin, Perry, Juniata, and part of Hunington. In May of 1779, William Reid entered the service of the U.S, Army under Lieutenant Francis Coulter, to serve as a "Boatman." He was attached to General John Sullivan's Army and served under Captain John Morrison, General Edward Hand's Brigade. They went to Tioga Point,
Chemung, New York. He was a "common soldier" among four thousand of Sullivan's troups marching up the Chemung River's east bank to engage hostile Indians In Newtown, New York.

They engaged the Indians in battle. Joseph Brant's Indian-Tory force was forced to withdraw. They returned to Tioga Station, Then commanded by Captain Read; served there in Morrison's company of one hundred men; burning nearby Indian crops. He marched South with the army and was discharged at Coxe's Town.

In July 1781 William was in the Juniata River Valley at Brown's Mill, near Lewistown, Mifflin County Pennsylvania. He joined the Militia Co. Commanded by Captain Bowels as a substitute for Jacob Nagle, who had been drafted. In June and July into late August, 1781,he marched with company to "Big Quishequnoquillas Valley," patrolled but had no engagements with the Indians. He served two months. In 1781 he was in the Juniata Valley and was discharged from the Militia. He remained home for two weeks. He was then drafted for a two month tour in the Militia under Captain George Jaus, and Lieutenant John Boyce. His Elder brother James was also on this duty tour. They patrolled in Buffalo Valley, and were discharged at Swinford's Mill at the end of the tour.

Once more at home in Cumberland County, he married Mary Boyd whose stepfather was named Brannen. They were married by the Reverend Michael Enderlin of St. Michael's Lutheran Church. They migrated from Cumberland County to Pittsburg, then to Westmoreland County. They then migrated back to earlier gone area in Cumberland Co. Their daughter Margaret was born during this period. In 1786 and 1787 they were in the region of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. This was in the Allegheny River area. They migrated back and forth along the West Branch in Northumberland County, hence to the Allegheny River area.

In 1798 they settled in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. In a letter from his brother James, William's address was Heart's Crossroads. He contracted for two hundred acres, tract 781 Pennsylvania Popiltion Land district, S. Shenango, Pennsylvania. He transferred his Revolutionary War Discharge to William Green for the purpose of patenting land. The date of the transfer was not given.

He appeared in Crawford County Pennsylvania, Common Pleas Court for a Revolutionary War Pension. This occurred in 1832.

On February 11, 1845, William Reid died. He was buried in Wilson Cemetery, plot 123. Espyville, North Shenango Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. His family at his death, was his wife, Mary, and four daughters, Margaret m. Zemas Pelton, Mary, m. Daniel Smith, Elizabeth m.____ Allen, Anns m. Solomon Waters, and two sons, James m. Ann Lewis, and William m. Sarah Cline Bennett.

Mary Boyd Reid followed her husband in death on the 14 October, 1850. She is also buried in Wilson Cemetery.
Crawford County, Pennsylvania History & Biography 1885
"Township Histories." <page 576> CHAPTER XIII.
Anthony and Henry Bennett, came from the Susquehanna about 1798. The former settled on Tract 42, the latter on Tract 46. They were Seceders and life-long residents of the township. Their aged father, William Bennett, said to have built the first keel boat on the Susquehanna, also immigrated to the township and died in 1812, aged one hundred and one years. Anthony Bennett erected the first grist and saw-mills in the township in 1800 or 1801, on Bennetts Run, and both were operated for many years. ...... James and William Reed, brothers, came from the Susquehanna about 1800. William proceeded as far as Franklin in a canoe, his wife following along the river upon horse-back, and driving two cows. They stopped at first in the eastern part of the township, but subsequently removed to the southwest part, in the vicinity of a spring discovered by Mrs. Reed while lost in the woods. She and Mrs. Bennett, the latter with a babe in her arms, started through the forest to carry the mid-day meal to their husbands, but lost their way and rambled through the woods till evening, then took refuge in a small tree. They passed the night in terror, beholding <page 579> a panther for a long time crouched beneath them. Descending in the morning they were attracted by the sound of chopping and soon found two men by whom they were guided homeward, where they learned that the neighborhood was aroused and searching for them.