Reed Families
of Hamilton County

The Family of Almon Reed
Indian Lake

This is not intended to be a complete genealogical record of this family. Please check all facts against primary source records.

Almon S. Reed was born about 1809 in New York and died 19 November 1896. He married Marsha A. Walker. She was born 1814 in New York and died 1892.

Almon (his name is sometimes seen as Almond) was a blacksmith in North Hudson, Essex Co., NY before removing with his family in the late 1850's to Indian River, Hamilton Co., NY. He and Marsha had five school-aged children when a count was taken in 1858. The following year, he was elected overseer of the poor in the newly established settlement. That same year, the Cedar River Mission was established with Rev. P. C. Walker, and Almon was one of the original twelve members.

Almon's age varied from census to census and 1809 is only an estimate of his date of birth. The cemetery records say that he died in 1896 at the age of 96. Without a doubt, he was of a mature age when he and his son enlisted at Indian Lake for service in the Civil War. On 6 November 1861, he gave his age as 45 and enlisted as a Private in Co. C, 93rd NY Infantry. He was discharged for disability the following year on 27 October 1862 at New York, NY. It wasn't until 14 February 1888 that he filed for an invalid pension. The 1890 census of Indian Lake veterans shows that he suffered with diarrhea and diseased urinary organs.

In 1880, Almon and Marsha resided in the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Edison Brown. Both Marsha and Almon were buried in the Cedar River Cemetery in Indian Lake, Hamilton Co., NY.

Almon S. and Marsha (Walker) Reed had, at least, the following children:

  1. Naoma Reed, b. 1829 in NY
  2. Jane Reed, b. 1832 in NY
  3. George Reed, b. 1834 in NY
  4. James Reed, b. 1836 in NY
  5. William Reed, b. 1838 in NY
  6. Freeman A. Reed, b. 8 February 1843 in New York City, NY
  7. Mary H. Reed, b. 1845 in NY; married Edison Brown
  8. William J. Reed, b. 1847 in NY
  9. Warren P. Reed, b. 1849 in NY
  10. Philander Reed, b. 1851 in NY
  11. Anna Reed, b. 29 April 1855 in NY and d. 17 June 1871; Buried Cedar River Cemetery

6.  Freeman A. Reed was born 8 February 1843 in New York City, NY to Almon S. and Marsha (Walker) Reed and he died 28 August 1894. He married 1st, about 1868, Alice Amelia Stephens, daughter of Otis and Sarah Stephens. She was born 1847 in Pennsylvania and died 7 August 1870. He married 2nd, between 1870 and 1880, Rebecca A. Edwards, daughter of William and Olive Edwards. She was born 1849 in NY and died 10 October 1930.

Freeman Reed was listed on the 1850 North Hudson, Essex Co., NY census with his parents. He removed, with his family to Indian Lake, Hamilton Co., NY in the late 1850's. In 1860, he was working as a farm laborer in the home of Benjamin Persons. The following year, Freeman enlisted for service in the Civil War on 28 May 1861 at Glens Falls. He served as a Private in Co. F, 22nd NY Infantry. On 5 November 1862, he was promoted to Corporal. 19 June 1863 he was mustered out at Albany, NY. The following year, Freeman enlisted for a second term of service on 1 September 1864 at Plattsburgh, NY. He served as Private in Co. G, 46th NY Infantry. He was again promoted to Corporal on 18 September 1864. Freeman was finally mustered out 3 June 1865 at Delancy House, Washington DC.

After Freeman's discharge, he returned home and within a few years, married Alice Amelia Stephens. Her parents, Otis and Sally Stephens had both been born in Vermont. They removed to Pennsylvania where a few of their children, including Alice and her sister, Mariah, who would later marry Freeman's brother, were born. They then moved to New York and settled in Minerva, Essex County. Freeman and Alice lived with them in 1870. The young couple had a one-year-old son and a newborn daughter at that time. Their daughter was born in May, and Alice died a few months later on August 7th 1870. She was buried in Cedar River Cemetery in Indian Lake.

Freeman seems to have been active in the affairs of the town of Indian Lake throughout the 1870's. On 1 December 1873, School District 3 in Indian Lake purchased a site for a schoolhouse from Freeman for $25.00 and he was named to the building committee for the new schoolhouse. He served as Town Supervisor from 1875 to 1877. At some point during this time, Freeman married Rebecca A. Edwards whose family was of Johnsburgh, Warren Co., NY. About 1880, Freeman went to Minnesota where he was employed as a lumberman. He can be found on the 1880 census in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co. He was listed as married, but his wife, Rebecca, was living in Johnsburgh in that year with her sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Ed Wheelock. Freeman's children were not living with either of them.

Freeman returned to New York where on 22 July 1887 he applied for an invalid pension for his military service. Through the late 1880's he was a storekeeper in Indian Lake, and on 22 April 1889, was appointed Postmaster of the town. The 1890 veteran's census shows that he was totally deaf in his right ear. Freeman served as Indian Lake Town Clerk from 1888 to 1894, the year of his death. He was buried in Cedar River Cemetery in the town of Indian Lake.

After Freeman's death, Rebecca filed for a widow's pension and continued to reside in Indian Lake until her death in October 1930. She was also buried in Cedar River Cemetery. She and Freeman had no children together.

Freeman A. and Alice Amelia (Stephens) Reed had 2 children: (1) Merrit, b. 1869 in NY. (2) Fannie, b. May 1870 in NY.

8.  William J. Reed was born 1847 in New York to Almon and Marsha (Walker) Reed, and he died 18 June 1926. He married, about 1867, Mariah L. Stephens. She was born 1841 in Pennsylvania and she died 16 October 1882.

William was living with his parents in North Hudson, Essex Co., NY with his parents in 1850 and removed with them to Indian Lake, Hamilton Co., NY before 1860. He enlisted, with his father, 6 November 1861 at Indian Lake as a Private in Co. C, 93rd NY Infantry. Just before his father's disability discharge, William was dropped from the rolls on 7 October 1862 per General Order 162, Army of the Potomac. On 29 October 1863, William enlisted for a second term at Glens Falls, NY. He served as Private in Co. K, 2nd NY Veteran Cavalry. He was promoted to Corporal and then mustered out 8 November 1865 at Talladega, Alabama.

Mariah L. Stephens had taught school at the age of 16 in Indian Lake from 11 May to 14 November 1857. She was the daughter of Otis and Sarah Stephens who were living in Minerva, Essex Co., NY. She and her sister, Alice, married two Reed brothers about the same year. Alice married Freeman, and Mariah married William. They made their home in the Town if Indian Lake where in 1869, William was appointed Town Clerk. On 1 December 1873, he was elected sole trustee of Indian Lake school district three, which purchased property for a new schoolhouse from his brother, Freeman. William again served as Town Clerk from 1874 to 1879.

In 1880, William, his wife and two daughters were still residing in Indian Lake. The couple may have had more children who died at a young age, as there are a few children buried in the Cedar River Cemetery with no parents listed. From 1884 to 1885, William served another term as Town Clerk. He filed for an invalid pension on 4 April 1889. In 1890, he served as town Supervisor. The Veteran's census of that year says that he was totally deaf in his right ear and that he had been ruptured by riding, apparently during his service with the 2nd Veteran Cavalry.

Mariah died in 1882 and was buried in the Cedar River Cemetery in Indian Lake, Hamilton Co., NY. William apparently left town after 1890, as he is not found on subsequent censuses of that town. He died in 1926 and was buried in the Cedar River Cemetery.

William J. and Mariah L. (Stephens) Reed had at least these 2 children: (1) Effie A., born 8 September 1868 in NY and died 28 August 1955. She married William E. Tyrell who was born 18 March 1858 and died 27 December 1928. They are both buried in the Cedar River Cemetery. (2) Emma L., born 1870 in NY.

9.  Warren P. Reed was born 1849 in New York to Almon and Marsha (Walker) Reed. He married Elizabeth "Betsey" Porter about 1873. She was born 1850 in New York and she died 4 July 1889.

Warren was residing with his parents in North Hudson, Essex Co., NY in 1850 and removed with his family to Indian Lake, Hamilton Co., NY as a child. He attended the Indian Lake School and continued to reside with his mother in that town while his father and two older brothers went off to war. About 1873, Warren married Betsey Porter. The 1880 census says that he was a farmer in Indian Lake. The couple had three children at that time, a six-year-old son, and a set of twin boys, five months old. Betsey died 9 years later and was buried in the Cedar River Cemetery. Warren apparently left town after that and was residing in Kingsbury in 1894. The following passage, concerning one of the twins, can be found on page 494 in The History of Hamilton County.

"Official sanction was given on 11 December 1894 to the "binding" of Harmon P. Reed by his father, W. P. Reed of the town of Kingsbury, Washington Co., NY to C. D, Gilson of Indian Lake until the boy reached the age of 21 on 17 Jan 1901. C. D. Gilson agreed that "He will cause said Harmon P. Reed to be instructed in reading and writing by sending him to school as the general school laws direct and that he will at the time of his becoming of age give him a new suit of clothes and a new Bible." The boy's mother, Betsy Porter Reed, had died 4 July 1889 at the age of 39."

Although neither Warren, nor his other children, are found on subsequent censuses in Hamilton County, Harmon P. Reed can be found in Indian Lake in 1900 in the home of Thomas and Mary [Sprague]? Working as a day laborer.

Warren P. and Elizabeth (Porter) Reed had at least these 3 children: (1) Washington, b. 1874 in NY. (2) Herman, b. 17 January 1880 in NY. (3) Harmon P., b. 17 January 1880 in NY.

Sources:

  1. The History of Hamilton County, (c) 1965; Ted Aber & Stella King, Great Wilderness Books
  2. Federal and State censuses
  3. Cedar River Cemetery listing, Copyright 2004: Bill Zullo, online on this site
  4. Military Discharge Book, held at the Hamilton County Clerk's office. Book A, Civil War Military Discharges. Transcribed by Annie Weaver (c) 2002 Annie Weaver. Online on this site
  5. National Archives and Records Administration. Civil War Pension Index. Online at Ancestry.com
  6. New York. Legislature. Report of the Adjutant-General. 43 vols. Albany: Argus, 1895-1906. Online at THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR RESEARCH DATABASE
  7. New York. Legislature. New York in the War of the Rebellion. 6 vols. 3rd ed. Albany: Lyon, 1912. Online at THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR RESEARCH DATABASE

Descendants of John Reed
Benson

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John Reed was born about 1812 in England. He married Mary, who was born about 1813 in Ireland. In 1860 they resided in Hadley, Saratoga Co., NY. Most of the family removed to Benson, Hamilton Co., NY before 1870.

Children of John and Mary Reed were:

  1. John Reed, Jr., born July 1840 in Vermont
  2. Joseph Reed, born 1842 in Vermont
  3. James Reed, born January 1849 in New York
  4. William Reed, born January 1851 in New York

1.  John Reed, Jr. was born July 1840 in Vermont, to John and Mary Reed and he died between 1910 and 1920. He married 1st Martha Jane in 1860. She was born about 1844 in NY. He married 2nd Maria about 1865. She was born October 1832 in Massachusetts and died between 1900 and 1910.

John, age 20, and Martha Jane, age 16, are listed in the household of his parents in Hadley, Saratoga Co., NY on the 1860 census. This census shows that they were married within the year. The couple may also have been enumerated on the same census in Stony Creek, Warren Co., NY with the young family of Charles and Mary Porter. Living with them are John Reed, age 20 and born in Vermont, and his wife, Martha, age 17 and born in NY. The couple had been married within the year.

John enlisted for Civil War service 9 August 1862 at Saratoga Springs, NY at the age of 22 as a Private in Co. G, 115th NY Infantry. He was taken prisoner along with the rest of the 115th on 15 September 1862 at Harper's Ferry, VA and paroled the following day. On 20 February 1864, he was wounded at Olustee, Florida. The next month, on 1 March 1864, John was promoted to Corporal. On 15 October 1864, he was hospitalized at Fortress Monroe. He was still listed as absent, sick in the hospital when he was mustered out on 17 June 1865. John filed for an invalid pension 25 June 1865. The 1883 pension list from Hamilton County reveals that he had received a gunshot wound to the thorax. The 1890 census shows that he had been shot through the lungs.

It is likely that John's first wife died before he entered or while he was in the service. He married Maria about 1865 and they made their home in Benson, Hamilton Co., NY where John was a farmer. Four children were born to the couple there. Sometime between 1890 and 1900, the family removed to Gloversville, Fulton Co., NY where in that year, John was employed as a coachman. Maria probably died there. In 1910, John, widowed, was living in Gloversville with his daughter and son-in-law, Ida and Frank Anibal. He likely died there after 1910.

John and Maria Reed had four children: (1) Ida M., born 1866. She married in 1886 Frank Anibal, son of Cyrus B. and Frances Anibal of Benson. He was born 1866 in NY. (2) William, born October 1869 in NY. (3) Edward, born 1873 in NY. (4) Novella, born Jan 1878 in NY.

2.  Joseph Reed was born 1842 in Vermont to John and Mary Reed and he died 1891. He married abt 1861 Sarah E. She was born February 1843 in NY.

Joseph Reed was living in his parent's household in 1860 in Hadley, Saratoga Co., NY. He probably married Sarah the following year. Joseph enlisted for service in the Civil War 10 August 1862 at age 20 as a Private in Co. G, 118th NY Infantry. He was mustered in 30 August 1862 and discharged 23 January 1865 at David's Island, New York Harbor. He applied for an invalid pension 7 October 1865. Although his service record does not record his being wounded, the 1890 census of Hadley reveals that he had received a gunshot wound under the left shoulder blade and as a result, his left arm was amputated six inches from the shoulder.

Joseph was the only son of John and Mary not to have removed to Benson, Hamilton County with the rest of the family. He remained in Hadley. Joseph and Sarah had 3 children, with only one surviving in 1900. Joseph himself died in 1891 and Sarah filed for a widow's pension. She died between 1900 and 1910 in probably, Hadley, Saratoga Co., NY.

Joseph and Sarah E. Reed had 3 children: (1) Cora Dell, born 8 May 1863 and died 10 August 1864. She is buried in Hadley Hill Cemetery. (2) Eva P., born 1865 and died before 1900. (3) Joseph D., born July 1871. He married Henrietta E. in 1894. She was born February 1873 in NY. They had no children. In 1900, the widowed Sarah, lived with the couple in Hadley where Joseph was employed as a paper maker. Joseph D. and Henrietta continued to reside in Hadley in 1910, but had removed to Luzerne, Warren Co., NY before 1920. There, Joseph was a retail merchant, operating a department store.

3.  James Reed was born January 1849 in NY to John and Mary Reed. He married in 1873 Maria (or Myra). She was born September 1851 in NY.

James was listed in his parent's household in 1860 in Hadley, Saratoga County, NY. He removed with his family to Benson, Hamilton Co., NY before 1880. James married Maria (her name was sometimes given as Myra in census records) in 1873 and they had one child. The family continued to reside in Benson, where James operated a general farm, through at least 1920. Maria seems to have died between 1910 and 1920.

James and Maria Reed had one child: (1) "Alford" Alfred Victor Reed, born 15 November 1881 in NY. He married in 1903 Lizzie A. She was born 1881 in NY. The couple made their home in Benson where Alfred worked the family farm. They had 2 children. Alfred served as Town Assessor for Benson and on 8 June 1925, James Quillan was named Assessor to replace Alfred who had left the town. Alfred and Lizzie's daughter, Gladys M., was living with her aunt and uncle, Bessie M. and Benjamin E. Scribner, in Gloversville, Fulton Co., NY in 1930.

4.  William Reed was born January 1851 in NY to John and Mary Reed. He married in 1876 Amelia. She was born May 1852 in NY.

William was living in his parent's home in Hadley, Saratoga Co., NY in 1860. He removed with his family to Benson, Hamilton Co., NY by 1870 and he remained there as a farmer through at least 1900. He married Amelia and they had four children.

William and Amelia Reed had 4 children: (1) Emma, b. January 1879 in NY. (2) Cassie, born October 1890 in NY. She married in 1900 George E. Walker. He was born January 1875 in NY. (3) Archie, born June 1886 in NY. (4) Edna, born December 1893 in NY.

Sources:

  1. The History of Hamilton County, (c) 1965; Ted Aber & Stella King, Great Wilderness Books
  2. Federal and State censuses
  3. National Archives and Records Administration. Civil War Pension Index. Online at Ancestry.com
  4. New York. Legislature. Report of the Adjutant-General. 43 vols. Albany: Argus, 1895-1906. Online at THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR RESEARCH DATABASE
  5. New York. Legislature. New York in the War of the Rebellion. 6 vols. 3rd ed. Albany: Lyon, 1912. Online at THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR RESEARCH DATABASE
  6. Hadley Hill Cemetery listing, online at Saratoga, NY GenWeb site

Reverend Myron S. Reed
1860 - 1920
Pastor at Wells in the Late 1890's

This is not intended to be a complete genealogical record of this family. Please check all facts against primary source records.

Myron Samuel Reed was born 4 June 1860 in Murray, Orleans Co., NY. He was the third son, and youngest child of Samuel and Sarah Matilda (Partridge) Reed. Samuel, a Civil War veteran, was born 1827 in Orleans Co. He enlisted 13 November 1861 as a Private in Co. C, 105th NY Infantry. On 10 March 1863 he was transferred to Co. I, 94th NY Infantry. On 12 October 1863, Samuel was given a disability discharge at Washington, DC. He applied for an invalid pension 2 January 1864. Samuel's wife, Sarah, had been born 1829 in Massachusetts and she died in 1868. Samuel married second, before 1870, Nancy E. She had previously been married to a Mr. Day. The family then moved from Murray, to Bolivar, Allegany Co., NY.

By the time Myron was 15, he had moved back to Murray and was working as a farm boy in the home of Monroe and Myra Ferry. In 1880, he lived with his uncle and aunt, David W. and Martha Reed, in the town of Murray.

Myron, now a pastor, was residing in the town of Addison, NY when he married Olive A. (Bartlett) Coney. She was born 11 January 1866 to James and Sarah (Chapman) Bartlett and had been married previously to a Mr. Coney. Myron and Olive were married on Christmas Eve 1891 in Murray, Orleans Co., NY. Olive died in Holly, Orleans Co. 1 April 1894 and was buried in Clark Cemetery in the town of Murray.

Myron was a Baptist Preacher and his work took him to several places in New York State. After the death of his first wife, he was located in the town of Wells, Hamilton Co., NY. In their History of Hamilton County, Aber & King say he was a minister there in the late 1890's. It was in that town that he met and married his second wife, 38 year-old Harriet B. Hosely. She was born February 1859 in Wells to John G. and Charry Hosley, life long residents of the town. Harriet's grandfather, Benjamin Hosley, was an early innkeeper there. Myron and Harriet were married 15 September 1897 in Wells, Hamilton Co., NY. In 1900, the couple was living in Worcester, Otsego Co., NY where Myron's occupation was as a clergyman. Harriet died just before Christmas on 21 December 1904 and was buried in Clark Cemetery in Murray, Orleans Co., NY.

The following year, on 27 December 1905, Myron married for his third wife, Nora Rosaline Weaver. She was born 2 June 1872 in New York to Miles and Mary (Wing) Weaver of Hume, Allegany Co., NY. In 1910, the couple had two children and was living in Pike, Wyoming Co., NY. Myron still listed "Preacher" as his occupation. By 1920, the family had moved to Hume, Allegany Co., NY where Myron listed his occupation as "Farmer". Myron died there 7 November of that year and was buried in Clark Cemetery in the town of Murray, Orleans Co., NY where he was born. He had left his widow with three young daughters and a young son. They continued to reside in Hume through at least 1930.

Sources:

  1. The History of Hamilton County, (c) 1965; Ted Aber & Stella King, Great Wilderness Books
  2. Federal and State censuses
  3. National Archives and Records Administration. Civil War Pension Index. Online at Ancestry.com
  4. New York. Legislature. Report of the Adjutant-General. 43 vols. Albany: Argus, 1895-1906. Online at THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR RESEARCH DATABASE
  5. New York. Legislature. New York in the War of the Rebellion. 6 vols. 3rd ed. Albany: Lyon, 1912. Online at THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR RESEARCH DATABASE
  6. Clark Cemetery listing, online at Orleans County, NY GenWeb site

 

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