Birth: As with Mary's husband Samuel Reed and father Malcom Clark, I have no proof of Mary's date or place of birth. Do you? It is believed she was born in Ireland about 1762.
Residence in 1800, 1810, and 1820: In the censuses of these years, I believe we can safely assume that Mary is the eldest female listed on her husband Samuel's listings. Click here for details on these years.
Residence in 1830: Barnwell District, South Carolina; listed on Ancestry.com as "Mary Rud" (transcription error). Listed are one female age 70 to 80 (Mary) and one female age 20 to 30 (possibly daughter Ellen/Eleanor) plus 15 slaves (8 males and 7 females). Sons Samuel and Hugh are listed nearby on the same census page.
Source: 1830 Federal Census; Census Place: Barnwell, South Carolina; Roll 169; Page: 181.
Residence in 1840: Barnwell District, South Carolina. Listed are one female age 70 to 80 (Mary) and one female age 30 to 40 (not sure who this might be at this point. Ideas?) plus 23 slaves (12 males and 11 females). Living nearby are Mary's daughter Ellen and her husband George Hartzog, Mary's daughter Jane and her husband Jonathan T. Waters, and Mary's granddaughter Elizabeth (Hugh's daughter) and her husband William J. Ficklin[g]. On the same page are listed two Samuel Reeds designated as "sen" and "jun." The senior would be Mary's son Samuel, but his son Samuel was only 14 years old at the time. Therefore, I believe the junior to be Hugh's son Samuel.
Source: 1840 Federal Census; Census Place: Barnwell, South Carolina; Roll 508; Page: 187.
Death: Believed to be about 1846. Does anyone have good documentation for this date?