This is a copy of the prenuptial agreement (scanned from the original*) stating that a marriage between Samuel Reed (1810-1877) and Sarah A. Larissey, his third wife, is going to happen soon. Samuel owns a LOT of land (I counted 1546 acres "more or less") and quite a few worldly possessions that Sarah will have no right to should she survive Samuel. That's it, plain and simple. Most of the document is a listing of Samuel's lands and earthly possessions. Such agreements were not uncommon then; nor are they now.
The first two witnesses listed were brothers from the Blackville area: Dr. Samuel Daniel Medicus "Sam" Guess (1836-1935), a dentist, and John Gardner Hamilton "Joe" Guess (1834-1918), a planter. The third witness was Samuel's nephew Henry Samuel Fickling (1826-1903), son of Jane Elizabeth Reed (Hugh & Jane's daughter) and Rev. William Johnson Fickling.
* Many thanks go to Barbara Holloway Smith, a 5-great granddaughter of Samuel and Mary
Reed. She called me recently and offered to share this marriage
settlement. Barbara has an original of this document! And that's not all ...
I'll share more about that at a later date.
Barbara's lineage: Samuel Reed and Mary Clark > Hugh Reed and Jane
McSpeddon > Samuel Reed and Matilda Willis > Cyrena Kesiah Reed
and William Capers Milhous > John Henry Eliott Milhous and Mary Ann
Perry > Julia Norris Milhous and Walter Stewart Peterson > Susan
Caroline Peterson and
William Jordan Holloway > Barbara Holloway Smith
Thank you so very much, Barbara, for sharing with all your cousins.
"By and For the Descendants ..." at the top of this page is what it's