Unfortunately, I know very little about my Thomas Reed Sr, but I'll tell you what I do know.
- He died in Limestone Co., AL in about 1836. Limestone Co. is right across the state line from Giles Co., TN where he first moved from KY and settled.
- He had at least three children: Thomas Jr., Susanna who married Sam Covington, and another daughter possibly named Hetty who married Joseph Moore. Based on names of the eldest daughters of two of children, he may have been married to a woman named Elizabeth who died before he did as there's no mention of her in his will.
- According to census records, his son Thomas was born in NC in about 1796. This implies he lived in NC at that time, moved the family KY sometime thereafter, and then moved to TN by about 1806.
- ll of his children were born between 1789 and 1800 and am guessing he would have been born in the 1770 timeframe give or take.
Here is a passage about him from the book noted below. He is the Thomas Reed, Sr.
"A Brief Sketch of The Early Setlement of Giles County Tennessee" by James McCallum, 1876.
In McCallum's book p. 22 he states "The neighborhood of Aspen Hill was settled at a very early date. Thomas Reed Sr., the father of late Thomas Reed Esq. came from Kentucky and settled the place Thomas Reed, Esq, first lived on, about a quarter of a mile East of where J.P.C. Reed now lives. p. 23 .. and J.P.C. Reed thinks his grandfather came about 1806, but as they have no record of dates to refer to, and as they nearly all came along the Bumpass trail, it is very probable they came in the Summer or Fall of 1807. They raised corn in 1808."
p. 60 Thomas Reed, Sr. who lived about a quarter of a mile East of where J.P.C. Reed now lives, was on Indian territory and his crop and improvements were destroyed, cut down and burned."(On p. 59, he gives the dates of "In 1809, 1810, and 1811, US soldiers frm Fort Hampton...were sent to drive the settlers off the Indian land..."
That's about all I can tell at this point. Just based on the migration of other families who came to Giles County and intermarried with the Reeds, I suspect Thomas Reed may have been living in Logan or Warren Co., KY before coming to Giles Co.
That's about all I know unfortunately.
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