Friday, December 14, 2012

Michael Joshua Reed (1851-1924) and Some of His Descendants

Michael "Mike" Joshua Reed was the fourth of 13 recorded children of James William Reed (1827-1901) and Anna Rebecca Tyler (1828-1882). 

Click here for further information about Mike Reed.  

Michael Joshua Reed and Mary Alice Fanning Reed abt 1920

Michael Joshua Reed and Mary Alice Fanning Reed abt 1890

Ladies L-R:  Nina Maroney, Lula Emma Fogle, Myra Johnson, Christine Hair.  Men, L-R: Dallas, Clayton, [Unsure], James, and [Unsure].

The four daughters of MJ Reed and Mary Alice Fanning: 
Lula Emma Reed Fogle, Myra Cornelia Reed Johnson, Christine B. Reed Hair, and (seated) Nina Beatrice Reed Maroney.

George Arthur "Buck" Reed (28 Jan 1893 - 21 Aug 1963) 
married Florence Barton (1896-1966). 

Obituary from used with permission
Christine Beatrice Reed (14 Dec 1903 - 8 Nov 1956) 
married B. Frank Hair (1901-1982).

 Myra Cornelia Reed (18 Dec 1911 - 17 Nov 1985) 
married Clarence Gary Johnson (1912-1972).

 Lula Emma Reed (20 Sep 1898 - 6 Aug 1973) 
married James Sumter Fogle (1890-1970).

Nina Beatrice Reed (16 Oct 1890 - 19 June 1962) 
married Purvis Oscar Maroney (1874-1938).

Clayton Rivers Reed (14 Oct 1894 - 5 Dec 1970) 
married Annie Hallman (1913-1987).  

Michael Dallas Reed (6 Jun 1907 - 26 June 1968)

James Joseph Reed (1 Jun 1902 - 29 Mar 1979) 
married Myrtle Lee Stephens.  

Addie Acbarias Reed (6 Nov 1876 - 30 Jan 1963) 
married Maggie L. Pou (1883-1969).  

Children of Nina Reed Maroney:  
Evelyn Maroney Morgan (1917-2003), 
John P. Maroney (1921-1975), 
and Evelyn Maroney Toole (1925-2004)

John Arthur "Johnnie" Reed (1922-2001), 
son of George Arthur "Buck" Reed 

Obituaries from The Augusta Chronicle (through and The State (through Richland County Public Library) are used with permission.  

Many, many thanks to Roger Ganis of Charleston, SC, and his mother Annie Mae Fogle Ganis (daughter of James S. and Lula Reed Fogle) for their kindness in sharing their photographs. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Raymond P. Boylston, Jr., 1930 - 2012

Raymond Powell Boylston, Jr.

Ray Boylston was a 3-great grandson of Samuel and Mary Clark Reed.  He descends from Samuel and Mary's daughter Mary who married Austin Boylston.  

RALEIGH - Raymond P. Boylston, Jr., of Raleigh, NC, passed away November 8, 2012.  

Funeral services for Ray Boylston, Jr., 82, will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at St. James Methodist Church, 3808 St. James Church Rd. Raleigh, NC 27604, followed by a graveside service at Historic Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday evening, November 9, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons Brooks Boylston, Christopher Hinson, Zachary Boylston, Adam Hinson, Mitchell Boylston and Samuel Boylston.

Ray Boylston graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. double major in chemistry and biology in 1951. During the Korean War, he served in the Army Chemical Corps at Fort Detrick, MD.

Ray married Bobbie Weeks of North Augusta, SC in 1952 and was employed by the DuPont Company as a Health Physicist at the Savannah River Project near Aiken, SC for approximately 10 years. Ray and Bobbie lived in North Augusta, SC from 1953 until 1964 during which time their three children were born.

Ray Boylston transferred to DuPont's corporate offices in Wilmington, DE in 1964 where he served as a Corporate Safety and Fire Protection Engineer. Then in 1965, he was transferred to Kinston, NC where he became the Safety Supervisor for the DuPont Dacron Polyester Plant. While employed in Kinston he was active in many State and local safety organizations.

In 1973, Ray was requested to become the first State Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a position he held for four years. After leaving OSHA in 1977, Ray became the Safety Manager for the American Textile Manufacturers' Institute in Charlotte, NC.

Ray Boylston and three other principals formed ELB and Associates, Inc. in 1978, a comprehensive occupational safety and health consulting firm. He served as vice president, senior vice president and president of the firm over an 18 year period. He retired from the firm in 1994.

He was an outstanding safety professional at the local, state and national level serving as national president of the American Society of Safety Engineers. His numerous awards include: Fellow in the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Distinguished Service to Safety Award for the National Safety Council.

Ray Boylston was a distinguished author of business and non-fiction books. Some of his many books include MANAGING SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAMS, THE BOYLSTON FAMILY HISTORY, BUTLER'S BRIGADE, THE BATTLE OF AIKEN, EDISTO REBELS AT CHARLESTON, AND HEALING SPRINGS.

His greatest legacy was his total commitment to his family and his consistent love, support, wisdom, and generosity. Surviving are his wife of sixty years, Bobbie Weeks Boylston, daughter and son-in-law, Jennie Boylston Hinson and Gerald Hinson; son and daughter-in-law Brooks M. Boylston and Dianne Kennedy Boylston; and son and daughter-in-law Ray S. Boylston and Leigh Moore; grandchildren Christy Boylston Moore and husband Corey Moore, Brooks O. Boylston and wife Susan Woodward Boylston; Christopher Hinson and Adam Hinson; Zachary Boylston and wife Jenn Moore Boylston of Wilmington, NC, Mitchell Boylston and Samuel Boylston. Ray's great grandchildren are Cameron, Katie and Ryann Moore; Benjamin, Cecilia and Rosemary Boylston; all of Raleigh.

Ray Boylston was preceded in death by his parents, Lillie Victoria Boylston and Raymond Powell Boylston and brother Samuel L. Boylston of Columbia, SC.

The family wishes to thank all of the caregivers from Comfort Keepers and Hospice of Wake County for their support and assistance during the past few months. Their gentle nature and compassion were a blessing to the entire Boylston family.

Suggested memorials are or the Jimmy V Foundation. Share your condolences at 
Published in The News & Observer on November 9, 2012

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Photo Gallery of 171 photographs of Ray and his family:  Here
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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Bruce Odom's Index to Barnwell County Probate

Samuel Reed's Signature on His Will on 24 Aug 1823
Are there special people in your genealogical journey who have been invaluable in helping you find your way?  Several people stand out to me without whom I would not be where I am today.

Bruce Odom is one of these folks for me.  His research online was invaluable early on in helping me find my 2-great grandfather James Henry Reed.  His research on our Odom line is unparalleled in my opinion. 

Bruce is still at it, I'm delighted to report.  Last winter he posted an index to Barnwell County probate files on RootsWeb.  Click here for the link to this index.  Find your ancestor on the index, and go much more quickly to their record without jumping around hit or miss. 

More details from that page:  

This table includes the names from the Barnwell County, SC loose papers probate files that have been digitized and posted online by They are in the Historical Records for North America. Here is the URL that takes you to the county list for South Carolina:

Click the county of your interest and be prepared for some amazing family tree research. One of the most valuable features of this information is that it includes the names of several thousand slaves.

There are a good number of wills but I did not indicate that. If there was a will I used that date otherwise the date is the earliest one I saw from skimming through the information. This information can be searched and sorted as an MS Word table. On the familysearch screen type the number for the set of File Numbers you want to look at and then type the Image Number of the particular file you want to see. Broadband is essential.

Bruce Odom
Athens, TX
Jan. 29, 2012

Bruce, thank you once again for your diligence.  You always amaze!  I can never thank you enough.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Salem Baptist to Celebrate 200th Anniversary

Salem Baptist Church; 11434 North Rd.; North, SC; GPS: 33.65103, -81.14929
Salem Baptist Church, the home church of many of our relations, Reed and otherwise, will celebrate its 200th Year Anniversary and Homecoming on Sunday, October 21, 2012. 

The celebration will begin at 10:00 am with music, singing, and remembrances.  A covered-dish picnic will be held on the grounds at 1:00 pm. 

An updated book of Salem's history will be available.  If you would like to put a mum in the church in memory of someone, contact Darla Lucas at (803) 247-2338.  All who wish to come celebrate this milestone are welcome! 

The address is 11434 North Rd., North, SC.  GPS coordinates are 33.65103, -81.14929.  Click here to learn more about Salem Baptist Church. 

Many thanks to Janet Corbett Peele, a 3-great granddaughter of Samuel and Mary Clark Reed, for sharing this information.  Janet's great grandparents were John Wiley Reed and Louvisa Clementine Hair.  Her parents (Barbara Allen Reed and Laurie Benjamin Corbett), grandparents (James Wiley Reed and Donie Porter), and great-grandmother (Louvisa Hair Reed) are all buried at Salem.  She is a 3-great granddaughter of Samuel and Mary Clark Reed.

Friday, September 28, 2012

The OTHER Samuel Reed in South Carolina

Frankly, folks, I get quite dismayed every time I still see George Reed and Abigail Leger listed as parents of our ancestor Samuel Reed.  Despite all the secondary sources you can find that might make you believe it (other family trees, DAR applications, Manning Files, etc.), good evidence proves that it simply is not true.

The death dates of the two Samuel Reeds with the good sources we have should be the easiest way to tell that these Samuels are not the same.  Our Samuel died in 1823 (his will being recorded 14 Nov 1823 in Barnwell County, SC).  According to the other Samuel's Revolutionary War record, he died twenty years later in another state!  Would you not call that undeniable proof? 

Cover card of the Other Samuel's war record states "Born in Penn. Son of George."

My source?  The other Samuel Reed's (son of George) quite detailed Revolutionary War record at the National Archives and available to us through (formerly and  Check it out if you can.  It really is fascinating reading. 

This other Samuel's timeline found over and over in this record: 
  • 1749 - Born on January 26 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to George Reed
  • 1762 - Moved to Rowan County, NC and then on to South Carolina with his parents when he was 13 years old
  • 1775 - Enlisted in militia and served in the Revolutionary War for about six years under his father, Colonel George Reed, and others
  • 1790 Census - "Capt Saml Reed" living in Abbeville County, SC
  • He remained in South Carolina until about 1800 or 1806 when he moved to Georgia. 
  • 1832 - His war pension of $20.00 a year was executed on September 25 when he lived in Gwinnett County, GA
  • 1840 Census - Living in Gwinnett County, GA
  • 1840 - Moved to St. Clair County, Alabama, after the death of his wife to live with his children
  • 1843 - Died on February 8, most likely in Alabama

We genealogy researchers of 2012 are very, very fortunate to be able to find most of this information without even getting up from our desks.  Time was, however, that researchers wrote letters to the archives to try to find out information about their ancestors.  The archivists were usually diligent (as well as patient) in their responses.  Here's a copy of one such response that sums it all up quite well. 

Click on images to enlarge.

Who were our Samuel's parents?  To date, I've seen several other supposed parents of our Samuel Reed, but I have seen ZERO evidence to convince me.  Have you any evidence?

OUR Samuel Reed was born in Ireland around 1751.  He was still in Ireland when his son Hugh was born there in 1783.  (Source for Hugh's birth date is his tombstone.  Source for his birthplace is the 1850 census.)  Our Samuel shows in the 1800, 1810, and 1820 censuses in Barnwell County.  He died in Barnwell County in November 1823, per the recording of his will on 14 Nov 1823.

Please help spread the word! 

Any questions?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Margaret Reed and Newport Head Had At Least Five Daughters

Last week, I received images of a document that provided some rich information on the daughters of Newport Head and Margaret Reed (a daughter of Samuel and Mary Clark Reed).  (Many thanks to Judy Womack!)

The document was a case in the Chancery and Equity Courts of Barnwell County, South Carolina dated 4 Jan 1851.  (Box 15, Group 30  - Margaret Head & Margaret Head Jr et al vs W.R. Halford S.B.D et al 01-04-1851)   I will give the full document at the end of this post.  For now, let's focus on this excerpt:  

It names “the said Elizabeth Head, Margaret Head the Younger, Mary Lott (wife of William Lott) and Jane Odom (wife of Thomas Odom) are the daughters of the said Margaret Head the Elder (the wife of Newport Head) and that the said Rebecca Lott is the daughter of one Ellen Lott who is now dead and who was in her lifetime the daughter of the said Margaret Head.” 

All the trees I could find on Ancestry (even mine) had only three daughters for Margaret and Newport Head, listing the eldest daughter as “Mary Ellen”  followed by Jane and Elizabeth Ann.  After some digging, I found daughter Margaret and her husband Levi McClendon. 

Ellen Head Lott, Rebecca’s mother referred to in the document, eluded me. 

Rebecca could be found in the 1850 census living with the preacher’s family next door to her grandparents Margaret and Newport.  In 1860, she was living with these grandparents. 

My next step was to ask around.  Cousin Josie Reed stepped up to the plate once again.  (Thank you so much again, Josie!)  Here’s what she found: 

From the South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research (SCMAR), South Carolina Baptist Marriages and Deaths, 1835-65 (1848 issue)  "Died, on the 12th of May last, in Barnwell District, in the 23rd year of her age, Mrs. Ellen Elizabeth Lott, daughter of Mr. N. Head, and consort of Mr. S. Lott....member of Blackville Baptist Church."  

Rebecca’s mother was Ellen Elizabeth Lott, and her father was “S. Lott.”  Josie found a Samuel Lott in the 1850 census living nearby.  Could this be Rebecca’s father? 

Looking further, I found that Rebecca married her second cousin George L. Hartzog, son of Ann Clark Reed and John Andrew Zeigler.  Ann Clark Reed was a daughter of Hugh Reed and Jane McSpeddon.  On the death certificates of several of Rebecca’s children, we learn that her middle name was Margaret and that George’s middle name was Louis.  

The daughters were:  

Mary Head - born abt 1822, died unknown; married William Emory Lott born abt 1815; died unknown.

Ellen Elizabeth Head - born abt 1825, died 12 May 1848; married S. Lott.

Jane Head - born 20 June 1827, died 24 May 1900; married Thomas Odom born 21 Aug 1817, died 17 Jun 1891.

Elizabeth Ann Head - born 23 Feb 1833, died 13 Feb 1920; married John Shannon McClendon born 18 Dec 1830, died 7 May 1904.  Both are buried in Odom-McClendon Cemetery.  

Margaret Head - born abt 1834, died 21 Sep 1915; married Levi McClendon. 

All these answers lead to more questions, but isn’t that the way it goes in this genealogy game?  Will we ever have all the answers this side of heaven?  I surely hope not.  I’m enjoying the game!   

Last week I entered the Odom-McClendon Cemetery on Find-a-Grave from the list in The Barnwell Cemetery Books.  (Click here to see.)  I learned a lot figuring the relationships of the people buried there.  I also came to believe that this was where Newport and Margaret Reed Head are buried (although I have no absolute proof).  More on all this later. 

As promised, here is the full document. 
Chancery and Equity Courts of Barnwell County, South Carolina dated 4 Jan 1851.  (Box 15, Group 30  - Margaret Head & Margaret Head Jr et al vs W.R. Halford S.B.D et al 01-04-1851)
(Click on images to enlarge.)   

Saturday, September 22, 2012

I'm Back ... I Think ...

It has been almost a year since I posted.  A lot has been happening, and I have a great deal to share with you.  So, I'm going to give it a shot.  Wish me luck! 
Graveyard Teaser Photo:  On March 10, 2012, the Hartzog-Reed Cemetery was "unveiled" by the Sons of Confederate Veterans who had recently done a marvelous job of cleaning it up.

Just a few of the things I need to share: 

~ I've met several new-to-me cousins since last October who have shared a lot of facts and photos.  I look forward to introducing them to you. 

~ On the graveyarding scene, fabulous progress has been made on three of our families' sites.  You're going to love it!

~ Margaret Reed and Newport Head had five daughters, not just the three most of us have on our trees.  Great documentation to share on this!

~ My mother died on January 1, 2012.  Expect a tribute to her very soon.