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Re: Wm. Reed, d. Orange Co., NC 1764
Posted by: Kay Bedford (ID *****6768) Date: May 01, 2005 at 15:55:34
In Reply to: Re: Wm. Reed, d. Orange Co., NC 1764 by Patricia Pittman of 1319


I sincerely apologize for the long deplay in responding to your posting. I usually reply as soon as possible; I wonder if I was informed that you had replied?

Anyway, you are interested in those Reeds of Orange Co., NC, in particular Wm. Reed. James Watson along with Wm. Reed worked in the land office; they signed off on many, many deeds. I descend from a Nathaniel Reed, b. ca. 1720 who arrived about the same time (ca. 1752) as did Wm. Reed who was from Chester Co., PA. I am guessing that Wm. Reed was b. ca. 1700 and I think he is probably the Wm. Reed who appears on a 1735 tax list of Chester Co., PA where he was a man of some prominence by the late 1740's. He obviously had an earlier marriage because he had a grown son, Wm., Jr. who m. Helen Watson, a dau. of James Watson, when he went to NC. However, we have never been able to find anything about other children he had by a first wife who was dead by 1748 when he m. Elizabeth Sharp Douglas, widow of Jeremiah Douglas. Wm. Reed d. suddenly in the summer of 1764, no will.

The name John Reed does intrigue me because my Nathaniel had a son John, b. ca. 1754. His name and approximate age comes from a NC tax list where he is listed with his father Nathaniel Reed. Have no idea what became of this John Reed. Nathaniel originally (1752) lived on Polecat Creek in that area of Orange Co. that became Rowan and finally Randolph in 1779, but he gradually worked his way NW so that by 1774 he was in Surry Co., NC. During the Revolution the family appears to have been in the Wautauga area of extreme western NC or eastern TN. Nathaniel's son, Nathan Reed, states on his Revol. War pension application that he was born 1763 Guilford Co., NC. I sometimes think that those early people really didn't know where they were born or died simply because county and state lines were continually changing. In 1785 Nathaniel and some of his family settled in Greenville Dist., SC where he d. ca. 1790.

I'm not really aware of my Reeds using unusual names for middle names.

Can you fill me in a little more on your John Reed, as he just might be Nathaniel's long lost son John. Do you have a complete list of John and Levinia's children?

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