Saturday, June 18, 2011

Samuel Reed (1810-1887), Son of Hugh

Signature on Administration Bond for his father Hugh's Estate, 2 June 1854

Samuel Reed, the second child and eldest son of Hugh and Jane McSpeddon Reed, was born 18 Oct 1810 in Barnwell County, SC.  Samuel and Mary Clark Reed were his grandparents. 

About 1832, Samuel married Matilda Willis (1815-1865), daughter of Robert and Keziah Watson Willis.  They had 13 children. 
  • Cyrena Kesiah Reed (1832-1893) m. William Capers Milhouse (1827-1894); both buried in Blackville Cemetery.
  • Martha Jane Reed (1834-1905) m1 Hugh Charles Ray (1832-1862), m2 William Jefferson Rowe (1816-1884); all three buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery.  
  • Anna Acklyn Reed (1836-1902) m. Henry P. Barr (1838-1868); Anna is buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery.
  • Emeline Antoinette Reed (1838-1864) m. Nathan A. Walker (1836-1865); Emeline is buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery. Nathan died at the Battle of Averysboro, NC in March 1865.
  • Robert Hugh Reed (1841-1851); buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery. 
  • Ellen F. Reed (1842-1910) m. Benjamin Franklin Rice (1832-1884)
  • Elliott Reed (abt 1844-1880)
  • Samuel Elijah Reed (1846-1889) m. Emma Warner (1854-1927); both buried in Blackville Cemetery.
  • Adella Ursula Reed (1848-1875) m. Rev. Samuel Prioleau Chisolm (1840-1912)
  • Rosa Matilda Reed (1849-1916) m. Jacob Banks; Rosa is buried at Double Branch Baptist Church in Neeses, SC.
  • Jerome Iverson Reed - (1853-1908) m. Hester B. "Mittie" Center (1853-1883); both are buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery. 
  • Tully Washington Reed - (1856-1910) m1 Anna Houser Reed (1856-1878), m2 Katie Thompson (1861-1929).  Tully and Katie are buried at Williston Cemetery; Anna is buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery. 
  • Sissie Reed (1858-1860); buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery.  

Samuel and his family were members of Healing Springs Baptist Church. Minutes from the church show that Samuel joined the congregation in July 1843. 


Samuel and his family are found in the 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 Federal Censuses living near Blackville in Barnwell County.  His occupation was farming.  The 1850 Slave Schedules shows Samuel Reed with 15 slaves.  The 1860 Slave Schedule shows 33 slaves.  

When Samuel's father Hugh died without a will on 10 May 1854, Samuel administered the estate.  Click here to see the probate record.  

After Matilda's death on 26 Nov 1865, Samuel married Jane E. _____ (1826-1868.  After Jane's death, he married married Sarah A. _____ (born abt 1828). 

Samuel died on 3 Mar 1887 in Barnwell County.  He, his first wife Matilda, and his second wife Jane are buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery.  

Tombstones of Matilda, Samuel, and Jane E. Reed

From The Working Christian, Issue of March 17, 1887: 
"On the 3rd of March 1887, Mr. Samuel Reed, who was in the 77th year of his age, departed this life. Bro. Reed united himself to the fellowship of the Healing Springs Baptist Church about fifty years ago."  
(Source:  Marriage and Death Notices from Baptist Newspapers of South Carolina, 1866-18,  published in the South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research [database on-line at Ancestry.com])

Many thanks to my dear fifth cousin Josie Reed for the portrait of Samuel Reed.  She snapped it from a portrait hanging in her family home in Boone, North Carolina.  In the very near future you will finally get to meet Josie here.  She has a treasure trove of old photographs she has graciously agreed to share with us on this site and on the photo blog.  Look forward to some "can't miss" posts! 

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