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Description of the Coat-of-Arms. 

This coat of anus is quartered, combining the North 
and South Welsh house of Rhys. 

The upper right quarter: lUue, witli silver cross and 
creKC(>nts, indicating they were religious people. IMuc is 
syinholic of that fidelity and devotion to duty, always 
characteristic of the royal trilR>s of Wales. 

The upper left quarter: White, with crimson chevron 
and two ravens, with the gold letter K for Rhys. 

C'aiiihrian liistory says: "The Havens rejoice when 
hlood is hastening, when war dotli rage," showing they 
were distinguished warriors. 

The lower right quarter: Sable, with crimson chev- 
ron, and three gold sheaves of wheat; indicating they 
were farming people and possessed largo landed estates. 

Ivower left quarter: Purple, with a white Talbot ram- 
pant, on the scent, ready for the fray; showing they 
were brave, gallant soldiers. The crimson, blue and pur- 
ple were the royal colors. 

The crest: A cubit arm vested, the hand grasping 
five ears of wheat slipped. 

ITie two Latin mottoes: Spcs mclloris aevi ("Hope 
for a better age.") t^pcs tutissima ccolia ("Tlie safest 
hope is Heaven"). 

Powell's Cambrian History, and Roliert Southey's 
poem "Madoc in Wales," give an interesting account of. 
the Rhys family in Wales. 

"The thing thnt first moved mo to ttiko ftome painea 
in tluH ntndic, wns the voric nnturnll nITootion which 
gpnornlly Ih in nil men t<» here of the worthiness of their 
ancestors, which they should be ns desirous to imitate ns 
delighted to understand." — Camden. 


"The Holy Writ encou rapes the search for an Ances- 
tor, and a penalty is attnche<l to those who find him not. 
Xehemiah vii. 04: 'These sought their register among 
those thnt were reckone<l by genealogy, but it was not 
found; therefore were they, ns polluted, put from the 
priesthood/ " 


TiiKHK are many reaHon8 winch have induced 
the writer of this history to carry on this work. 

First, she has the antiquarian's interest in clear- 
ing up the hidden history of the early days of the 

Apain, a natural desire to learn more ahout her 
own kindred, those whose blood flows in her veins. 

She does not hope to interest many others beside 
those of whom it treats. These, however, she hopes 
will enjoy it, and if it shall promote among the 
numerous descendants of the farawav founder of 
the family a better acquaintance, a more sincere 
affection, and a more worthy desire to honor an 
honorable name, she will have her reward. 

As imperfect as this \\x)rk may prove to be, per- 
haps it is better to have an imperfect sketch than 
none at all. The writer has written hundreds of 
letters. Very many never responded to her inter-, 
rogatories, and should their names not appear in 
the book, they have only themselves to blame. 

We have distinguished the different generations 



of the fnniily by the letters of the alphabet, thus: 
A, first generation ; B, seeond, ete. 

Tlic writer wishes to exjiress her sincere thanks 
to Mrs. C. ^IcAdory for great assistance in genea- 
logical research; also, to Mr. G. P. Erwin, of 
^lorganton, X. C, and to ^[r. Bulow Erwin. of 
Asheville, X. C for the use of ^fS. and family 
records, and to Mr. William K. Miller, of Rich- 
mond, Va. 

M. E. R. 






MACAU LAY says, "Wales was said to ])e 
rodiici'd by llcnrv IIL. and more truly by 
Edward I. Althougli it was coiKiuercd, it was not 
looked upon as any ])art of tbe realm of England. 

"Its old Constitution was destroyed, and no good 
one sul)stituted in its plaee. Tbe eare of that tract 
was put into the hands of Lords Marches. 

"A singular kind of government, something be- 
tween hostility and government! Wales was in 
])erj)etual disorder, and kept the frontier of Eng- 
land in ])erpi'tual alarni ; it was only known to 
England by incursions and invasions. The Eng- 
lish attemi)ted to subdue tlie fierce spirit of the 
Welsh by all sorts of rigorous laws. They pro- 
hibited by statute the sending of all sorts of arms 
into Wales; they made an act to drag ofTenders 
from Wales to England for trial, and the trial 
should be always by English. They also prevented 
the Welsh from the use of fairs and markets. 

10 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

"Our ancestors did, liowcvcr, open their eyes to 
the ill luishandry of injustice. Accordingly, in the 
twentv-seventh vear of Ilenrv VIII., the course 
was entirely altered; then the Welsh received the 
rights and i)rivileges of English suhjects, and eight 
years afterward a representation hy counties and 
ho roughs was hestowed upon Wales by act of Par- 
liament. From that moment, as bv a charm, the 
tumults subsided, obedience was restored, peace, ' 
order and civilization followed in the train of lil)- 
erty. When the daystar of the English Constitu- 
tion had arisen in their hearts, all was harmony 
within and without.'' 


r) HKSE ori«,Miially came from tlie Welsh Rliys, 
\, and iiu'ans to twist, to change, thiis: Khys, 
l{ys, Kees, Keew, Iki'se. 

Camhrian historv of the tenth century says that 
**the family of IJhvs has for manv 'fenerations en- 
joyed ])reeminent rank in the i)rincii)ality of Wales, 
and are second to none among the Camhrian fami- 
li«'s in territorial possessions and political influ- 

Mervyn Ap Khodri Mawr, King of Powys, who 
died A. 3). !)()(). ])rogenitor of the Kings of Powys, 
disjmssessed Idwal Aj) Menric of his hereilitary 
throne of North Wales. Grillith Ap Cynan, who, 
after several ineiTectual attempts to reinstate him- 
self in his dominions, which had been usur])ed by 
Trahnern Aj) Carodoc, formed an alliance in 1079 
with Khys Ap Tewdor, Prince of North Wales, 
for the vindication of the rightful succession. The 
two princes met Trahnern on the ^lountain of 
Carno, where an action ensued, which terminated 


in the defeat and death of the usurper and the 
rc8toration of GrifTith and Rhys. Griffith Ap 
Cynan died in 1136. at the age of eighty-two, and 
lies buried on the south side of the great altar in 

1^ riKNKAI.OGY OF Till: IIkKHK FA^flLY. 

the catliodrnl at l^angor, liavin<: roi^nuMl fifty-seven 

Tliis monareli married An<:liara(l. daughter of 
Owi'ii Ap Kdniii A|> Whys, T^ord of 're«rain<,d, and 
liad sons. viz. : (1) Owi'n. (2) Gwynedd. (3) Cad- 
walader. Aj) Cirflitlv, Lord of Cardi«ran, wlu) died 
in 11T2, a distiii<ruislied ])artieij>ator in the events 
of his times. His son, Owen Gwynedd Ap GritVith, 
Prince of North Wah*' a chivalrous and distin- 
puished monarcli. wIjo. after a ])opidar reipn of 
thirty-two years, died Hecemher, lOilT. was twice 
married: first, to (Jwladys. dau^liter of Tjlowareh 
Ap Thahjvrn. Lord of Pembroke, and liad son. 
lowertli A]) Drwyndon Ap Owen Gwynedd, wlio 
married ^far^raret, daupliter of ^ladoc. Prince of 
Powys, wlio liad son, LU^wtdiyn Ap lowerth, sur- 
nanied the Great, who in 11J)4 demanded and ol)- 
tained, witliout a stni^^le, his hereditary crown of 
North Wales from his uncle, Davydd Ap Owen 
Ap Rys Ap Gwynedd. 

After an eventful vcifrn of fifty-six years, this 
monarch died in \2A0. and was huried in the Abbey 
of Conwav. His (jrandson, Llwellvn. the last 
native sovereign Prince of Wales who was recofi- 
nized by the English monarch, was slain at Builth, 
in the Vnllev of the Wve. Dwember 11, 1282. Ilift 
8on, I?odri Ap Owen. T»rd of Anglessy, a prince 
of great power and authority, married Agnes, 
daughter of Rhys Ap Tewdor Mawr. King of South 
Wales, . Katherine the second, daughter of Rhys, 

Genealogy of tjii: Kkese Family. 13 

married Icvan Aj) Moriditli, wlio owned tlie Castle 
of Gwvdir. of tlie (»\vvdir faiuilv, from wliom was 
descended IJodri Mawr. Kin;,' of all Wales, who 
married (Jwenllian. daii^diter of IJhys, Lord of 
South Wales, re])resentative of the sovereign 
])rinees of South Wales, and their dau^diter. Jonet, 
married Kdnvfed A'vehan, Lord of HrvnlTeni<xl, in 
Denhi^dand, a powerful nol)le of his time.* 

Dafydd lihys, son of Tewdor. Kin^' of South 
Wales, married (Jwhidvs, dau^^hter and heir of 
Kvnwallon, son of Kvnfvn, Prince of Powvs. 

"Jonet, dauf:hter and heir of Morgan Jenkin 
Ap ^Morgan Ap Hhys, of Llanvvruch, in yc countic 
of Brecknok. Ye said Morgan Ap Khys died in 
his ffathers tim, and ve said Jonet, heing an in- 
phani, did possess ye inheritance. 

"This pedigrei^ is fully set forth hy mo, Tomas 
Johnes, at Foontan gate, ye 24^'* dayc of March, 

Rhys of Tewdwor, King of South Wales, mar- 
ried Gladys, daughter and heir of Rednallon, 
Prince of Powis. and their son, Griflith Ap Rhys, 
Prince of South Wales, married Gwellaine, of ve 
daughter of Griffith Konan, King of North Wales, 
thus uniting the northern and southern hranchcfl 
of the liouse of Rhvs, 

The coat-of-arms of Rhys was sculptured on the 
western front of Llanwenog Church, in Cardigan- 
shire, and on the tombs of yc ancient dead. , 

* See Burk's Landed Gentry, 

14 Genealogy of the I^ekse Family. 

Sir GrilTith Klivs, kni«rlit. M-nc l)ohoa(le(i by 
lionry VIII.. on a clmr«j:e of constructive treason, 
from fear of his wealth and power. Such was the 
irresistil)le wei<;ht of Hhys' inlluence from Llan- 
(lovey to Haverfordwest, tluit the Itinchn^ of tlie 
Earle of liichmond was elfected without oppo- 

*"l'he countrie ])eople Hocked in crowds to liis 
standard, notwitlistandin^ a real attachment to 
Henry was tiuspected until he joined him at 
Shrewsherry. Sir IJhys entertained a great avcr- 
sicm to the French follower!* of the Karle. and ])ro- 
ceeded through his own estates in Carmerthenshire, 
collecting his forces, until he came to Hreckuok. 
While waiting there for the men of Monmouth- 
shire, he planted the standard of Henry VIII. 
at the standell, afterward called "Standard 

He then nuirched northward, and joined the 
Karle of Uichnu)nd at Shewsherry.' 

The History of the Uoyal Tribes of Wales says 
of liord Khys "He was one of the bravest, most 
liberal, and most celebrated of the princes of South 
Wales. Ho was no less remarkable in courage than 
in the stature and lineaments of his bodv, wherein 
he excelled most men." 

He was known as Lord Rhys of Dinevwar, and 
dwelt in the Castle of Dinevwar. 

* See VovreWii Cambrian Hiatory. 
•Woodward's History of Wales. 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 15 

Pedigree of the Montgomeryshire Families, se- 
lected in KJDD bv the celebrated Welsh poet and 
grammarian, John Khvdderch, now in possession 
of Sir Thomas PhiMips, Baronet, at Middle Hill, 
Worcestershire, opens \Tith the family of Rhys, 
who were a younger branch of the great house of 

In 1171 Rhyi*, Prince of Wales, made peace with 
the English King, Ilenrv'. The King gave him 
a grant of Caredigion. Stratwyny, Arnystti and 
Elvell. Rhys presented to the King personally 
eighty-six horses, but the King accepted only 

King Henry gave Prince Rhys the appointment 
of chief justiciary of South Wales, an office he 
honorablv filled. 

In 1175-'G Prince Rhvs, bv some master stroke 
of policy, on the feast of St. Paul and St. Peter, 
June 27th, took with him to Henry's court, at 
(iloucester, all the reguli of South Wales, to do 
homage to the King and receive his pardon. These 
were all received into the King's peace. One royal 
exhortation uj)on the occasion is recorded: "He 
bade them understand that if onv Welshman made 
war against the King's land, they were bound to 
side with him." This pleased the King wonder- 
fully, and the princes returned to their homes with 

The Hirlas horn, also called the Rhyg horn, was 
the horn of an ox, mounted with silver, and u&ed 

16 Gexealooy of the Keese Family. 

for drinkin<r. Its size and color ])rocur(.Ml for it 
the ej)ithot, "lion«; HliK*." In the Vulc of Mcelor 
it was prosontod in vrrsiN tlnl^: 

"First fill tliou, eup]>earor tlint brin^est joy, 
Tlie horn for IJliys Iuto in this ^onerous liall. 
In Owen's liaH wherever on the spoil of foes 
tliev feast. Wide open are the pites, the revel 
of a thor.sand thou niav'st hear." 

The celel)rated Weldi poet, IHiydderelj, thus de- 
Hcrihes the J^rincess (iwendolvn, tiie wvf of Uhvs. 

"More yellow was her head than the flower 
of the hrooni ; her delicate skin was whiter 
than the foam of the sea waves; fairer were 
her hands and finp:ers than the blossoms of the 
wood anemone amid the spray of the foun- 

Her daughter, Princess Gladys, was said to have 
been one of the most beautiful women of all Wales, 
and, like her motlier, a perfiHit type of the Welsh 

The twelfth centurv is noted, in the historv of 
Welsh literature, for its poet princ(», Owain 
Kyvilliog, Prince of Powis, who wrote the Hirlas 

In Hearncs CoUcction of Curious Discourses 
are these funeral verses upon Lord Rhys, as pre- 
een'ed by Camden: 

Gkxealooy of the Heese Family. 17 

"Who can describe so great a liero, with his 
reed pipe? How great was he liiinself, at one 
time to the citizens like Homer, at another 
like Achilles, hrave against hostile troops, 
havin<i: avenged the Ancestors of his country 
for nearly sixty years. How many Armies 
routed? how n any camps recoyered ? how 
nuniy cities? 'J'he ho])e of his country, the 
pillar of peace, the light of the city and the 
world, the hoiK)r of his race, the glory of 
Arms, and the thunder-holt of war: than 
whom none })rior in peace, nor another hrayer 
in Arms. The nohle diadem of the Cambrian 
honor, that is (Rhesus) l?hys is dead! All 
Cambria mourns ; he is removed, but not dead, 
for his illustrious name is ever deemed fresh 
on earth ; he is covered, but is revealed, for 
his enduring fame does not permit the illus- 
trious leader to lie concealed ; he surpasses 
nieasure in Sprightliness, in eloquence in 

During the militar} expedition which Henr}' II. 
made against South Wales, an old Welshman at 
IVnoddnir. who had faithfully adhered to him, 
being desired to give an opinion about the royal 
army, and whether he thought that the rebels would 
make resistance, and what would be the final event 
of this war, replied, "This nation, King, may 
now, as in former times, be harassed, and in a great 


Genealogy of the Keese Family. 

monsurc weakontvl and dostroved, bv vou and other 
powers, and it will often prevail by its laudable 
exertions; but it can never be totally subdued 
through wrath of man, unless the wrath of God 
shall concur. Nor do I think that any other nation 
than this of Wales, or any other language, whatever 
may hereafter come to pass, shall in the day of 
severe examination Iwforc the Supreme Judge 
answer for this comer of the earth."* 

*8ee Hoar's Oiraldut. 


THE family of Rhys, descended from the south 
lioiiso of Rhys, emigrated from Wales to 
England in 151)9, and changed the spelling of the 
name to Rees. Thev were of Preshvterian faith, 
and were at the siege of Londonderry and the battle 
of the Royne, in 1088. 

Sir David Rees was a lineal descendant of Lord 
Riiys, of Dinevwar, and married Gwellion, daugh- 
ter of (irillith Konan, King of Wales. 

Sir Thomas Rees, son of Sir David, of South 
Wales, married Mawd, daughter of Sir William 
de Brewys, who was tlie great-grandson of Bellyt, 
some time EmjxTor of (ireat l^ritain. 

Sir David Aj) l?ees, son of Sir Thomas, married 
Gladys, daughter of Redwallon, Princ? of Powis. 

Rev. David Ap Rees was pastor of a Presh^lerian 
congregation at Southwark. His son. Rev. David 
Ap Rees, was pastor of a Presbyterian congregation 
at Cardigan. He married Maud, daughter of Sir 
Meridith Owen, of South Wales. His line in- 
cludes the family of which this historj' is written. 

Welsh Pedigree of Rhys (Reese) is as follows, 
and found in Cainbrinn History, by Powell, 
Burke's Landed Gentry, Hoars Oiraldus, Wood- • 
ward's History of Wales: 

20 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

Welsh Pedigree of Khys. 

1. Kliodri Mawr, King of all Wales, 8TG, had 

2. Cadt'U, Prince of South Wales, who had 

3. JIowcll, d. d. a.. King of all Wales, who had 

4. Owen, Prince of South Wales, who had 

5. Einion, eldest son k. v. p., who had 

0. Tudor-Mawr, IVince of South Wales, who had 
T. Khys Ap Tudor Mawr, Prince of South Wales, 

who had 

8. Griffith Ap Khys, Prince of South Wales, who 

!>. Khys Ap Griffith, Chief Justice of South 
Wales, who had 

10. J{hvs (irvd, Lord of Yestradtvwv, who had 

11. JUiys Meehyllt, Lord of Llandovery Castles, 
who had 

12. Khys Vau^dm, of Yestradtywy, who had 

13. Khvs-(iloir, Lord of Cvinevdnin}n, who had 

14. Madoc Ap Khys, Prince of Powys, who had 

15. Trahaim/ioch, of Llvn Grnina^ and Peul- 
lech, who had 

16. David Goch, of Peullech, who had 

1,7. Kvan Ap David-(Joch, of Grainoe and Peul- 
lech, from whom was descended — 

1. Conan, King of all Wales, had 

2. IVincess Essylt, who married ^[erefynfrych, 
King of Angk^sey, K. 845, had 

3. Khodri-Mawr, King of all Wales, dicnl A. D. 
876, who married Lady Angharad, daughter of 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 21 

^[(>iri^ A)) Dvnwal, son of Artluir Ap Scissyllt, 
Priiico of Cardipm, Kin^^ of Hritain, liad 

4. Cadcll, Prince of South Wales, who married 
Lady l?('in<,'ar, dau«,dUer of Tudor Trevor, Earl 
of Ilaverford, luul 

5. Howell, d. d. a., Kin<r of all Wales, married 
Lady Jane, dau<,diter of Earl of Cornwall, and had 

C). Owen, Prince of South Wales, married Lady 
Au«;harad, dau<rhter of Llewellyn Ap Mervyn, 
Prince of Powys, and had 

7. Einion. eldest son k. v. p., who married Lady 
Xesta, dau<,diter of Earl of Devonshire, who had 

8. Tudor ]\Iawr, Prince of South Wales, married 
Gwenlian, dauf,diter of Gwyr Ap Khyddrch, Ix)rd 
of Dyfet, and had 

J). Rhys Ap Tudor ^lawr. Prince of South Wales, 
married Lady Gwladys, dau<jhter of Khiwallon, 
Prince of Powys, had 

10. Grimth Ap Rhys, Prince of South Wales, 
married Lady Gwenlain, dau«rhter of Griffith Ap 
Cy lum. Prince of Xorth Wales, nnd had . . , 

11. Uhys Ap Grillilh, Prince of South Wales. 
Lord Plivs was Chief Justice of South Wales 1171, 
wlio nuirried Lady Gwenlain, daughter of Madoc, 
Lord of Brom field, and had 

12. Rhvs Grvd, Lord of Yestradtvwv, who had 
by his wife. Lady Joan, dauofhtcr of Richard dc 
Clare, fourth Earl of Hertford, one of the twenty- 
five Masrna Charta harons, also of roval descent, 

and his wife, Ladv Anicia. second daucrhtcr of Wil- 

22 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

Warn, second Earl of Gloucester, and his wife, a 
dau^liter of Kobert-Cossn de Belloinont, second 
Earl of Leicester, Lord Justice of England, a 
grandson of Hugh ^Ingnus, son of Henry I., King 
of France, son of liohert tlie Consul. Earl of 
^lellent created 1100 Earl of Gloucester a natural 
son of Henry I., King of England. 

13. Rhys :\recliyllt, died 1242, I^rd of Llan- 
dovery Castle, father of 

14. Hhvs-Vauirhn, of Yestradtvwv, who married 
Lady Gwladys. daughter of Grillith, Lord of Cym- 
cydinaMi, and had 

15. Ithvs-GlolF, Jjord of Cvmcvdnia?n, who mar- 
ried Lady Gwyril, daughter of Maclywn Ap Cad- 
wallader, and had 

16. Madoc Ap l^hys, who married Lady Tan- 
glwvst, daughter of lihys Ap Einion, and had 

17. Trahairn-Goeh, of Llvn Grainiance and Pen- 
lech, who married Lady Gwyrvyl, daughter of 
Madoc Ap ^leirig, and had 

18. David Goch, of Penlech, 1314, who married 
Lady Mawd, daughter of David Lloyd and his wife, 
Lady Annie, daughter of Gwrgencn-y-Gwyn- 
Llylid, of Rhiwa?dog Ap Madoc Ap Rhraid-flaidd 
(alno of royal descent, Ap Cynvchc Ap Llewellyn, 
a natural eon of David Rhv8, Prince of Wales, and 
hie wife. Lady Joan, a natural daughter of King 
John of England, and had 

19. levan Ap David-Goch, of Grainoc and Peul- 
Icch, temp. 135?, who had by hie wife, Lady Eva, 

Gexkalooy of the Reese Family. 23 

(laiifrlitcT of Einion Ap Colynnin. of Llwvdiartli, 
in Mont^oniL'ryshirc\ a dej^cciKlant of Bleddyn Ap 
Cvnfyn. IViiicc of Wak-s, founder of one of tlie 
roval tril)i'8 of Wales. 

. 1. Hhys Ap Toudor tlio Great, Prince of South 
Wales, liad 

'2. Hhys. Prince of South Wak's, died 113G, had 
13. Princess Xesta. wlio married Oerakl Fitz- 
Waltcr de Winsor, Ijord of ^Foleford. CJovernor of 
IVnibroke Castk^ and lli^di Steward of Pendiroken- 
sliire. 1108, twelfth in descent from GriiTith Ap 
lileweley, of C'ors-y-^^edol, Sheriif of County 
^[erionetli, wlio married Lady Efa, (kui^jjhter of 
^ladoc, of Oynierth, descended from Owain 
Bro«iyntyn, Tiord of Kdeirnion, youngest son of 
^la(k)c A]) ^leridith. l*rince of Powis, and had 
I?liys A]) levan. who married Gwenhwyvar, daugh- 
ter of Ilowell A'aughn, of Tronolen. and had levan 
Ap l?hys, married Ti<misa. daughter of Richard 
Bamville, and had Meredydd A]) levan Ap Rhys, 
of Gwvdir Castle, in the Vale of Conwv Carnaroon- 
shire, father of Lord Rhys, of Dinevwar Castle, 
who was a celelirated warrior, and from whom 
nro dcHcended the Rlivs familv who went from 
Wales to England, and thence to America. 

Lord Rhys married Lady Elspeth, daughter of 
Rhys Ap Tudor, the great Prince of South Wales, 
whose daughter, Gwenlain, married Grithth Konan, 
King of South Wales, whose daughter, Gwendolyn, 
married Sir Davydd Rhys, whose 8on, Sir Thomaa 

24 Gknealooy of the Uekse Family. 

R008, married ^lawd, (lau^xHter of Sir Williuin ile 
Br'Wvp, who was the great-grandson of Belljt, 
some time Emperor of Great Britain. 

Sir David Ap Bees, son of Sir Thomas, married 
Ghidys, dauglitcr of Keilwallon, Prince of Powis. 
Their son, Rev. David Ap Bees, was pastor of a 
Preshytcrian congregation at Sjnthwarlt. His son 
was ])a8tor of a Presbyterian congregation at Car- 
digan. • 


THIS family of Kocs, on coming to America 
in ITOO, added a final c to the name, spelling 
it Re CSC. 

There were several hrothers and two sisters, who 
landed at New Castle, Delaware. Here they sepa- . 
rated. l?ev. David l{eese and his two daughters,- 
Kiith and Esther, went to Pennsvlvania. One 
brot' ?r, Charles, remained in Delaware, where, ^ 
after a few vears, he died, and his familv emi- 
grated to Pennsylvania. George, another brother,-^ 
settled in ^[aryland, where he left a numerous 
])rogeny, hut the writer has no information con- 
cerning them. Esther married a Scotclnnan, 
^lackay, a descendant of General Mackay, who had 
command of the army of Scotland a1 the battle 
of Killicrankie. lUith, the second daughter, never 
married, but studied medicine, and was considered 
a fine female doctor and nurse of that period. It 
is said of her "that many times she took her 
patients into her home and n\irsed them back to 
health, and many of her old medicinal recipes are 
still preserved in the family and used with fine 
effect." These sisters lived and died in Pennsyl- 
vania. At one time they visited their brother 
David, who had emigrated to Xorth Carolina. 

20 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 


riicv rode (loul)le on a l)i<; bay horso called CliestiT, 
all tho long distance from Pennsylvania to North 
Carolina. One would ride in the saddle awhile, 
and then the otlier, chan^jing thus to rest each 
other. Kuth walked a good deal, and gathered 
roots and IktIjs, which she found in the woods. 
They carried their clothing in saddle-hags thrown 
across the saddle. Jt took them a long time to 
make the journey, siich was the slow mode of 
travel at that ])eriod. When they reached their 
hrothcr's honu', thev found two of his little l)ovs 
(piite ill with nu'asles. Huth immediately took 
charge of them, and soon had them well. It is 
said "that these sisters were stout, fine-looking 
Welsh women, and were something of a curiosity 
to the North Carolina people, especially Kuth, who 
for her knowledge of medicine, and excellent nurs- 
ing, was held in high esteem, and considered a 
very wise woman." 

This is the only visit thev ever made to North 
Carolina. Tiicy lived and died in Pennsylvania. 
Their brother David, son of Kev. David Reese, was v 
lM)rn at Hrecknoc, Wales, and died at a ripe old 
age, and was buried at Poplar Tent graveyard be- 
side his wife, with no stones to mark their graves. 

lie was an elder of Sugar Creek Church, also in 
Poplar Tent Church, of which Rev. Ilezekiah- 
Balch was pastor. 


"One can but feel regret that the graves of r - 
Rev. H. Balch and his spiritual elder, David > 

Genealogy of the Keese Family. 27 

Jieese, have no stones to mark them, and can- 
not be pointed out." 

"Men tliat represented this congregation in 
the Convention, their names will never pass 
from the records of historv, but a visit to their 
tombs might be useful to coming generations, 
and the future worshippers in Poplar Tent 
might be excited to deeds worthy of their an- 
cestors. 'J'hey ought to dwell upon the past 
to be ])rej»ared to act worthy of the present 
and future." * 

"Previous to the time of Pev. Mr. Balcli 
tliere were three elders of Pocky Piver, living 
in the bounds of Poplar Tent, who were con- 
tinued as elders after the separate organization 
of Poplar Tent, of which they formed a part, 
viz., Aaron Alexander, Nathaniel Alexander, 
and David lU'cse. Tiie latter gentleman was 
a nuMuber of the ^lecklenburg Convention. 
To these were added in 17T1, bv choice of the 
church, James Barr, ]?obert Harris, James 
Alexander, (Jeorge Alexander, and James P. 
Peese, son of David Peeso." * 

David Peese was a signer of the famous ^leck- 
lenl)urg Declaration of Independence, at Charlotte, 
X. C, May 20, 1775, and gave five sons to fight in 
the Pevolutionarv War. 

-In 1737, he married Susan Polk, granddaughter 

* Foote's Sketches of Xorih Carolina. 


of KolHTt I'olk, of Maryland. Tho Polks are of 
Scotch-Irisli dcscont, the ori<:inal naiiu* hcin*: Pol- 
lock. John Pollock, a <:cntlcnian of sonic estate in 
Lanarkshire, not far from the cathedral city of 
(Jlasgow, during the trouhlous times in church and 
state, who was an uncompromising Preshyterian, 
left his native land to join a colony of JVotestants 
in the north of Ireland. 

His son Kohert was a true hlue Preshyterian like 
his father; he served as a sui)altern olVicer in the 
regiment of Col. Tasker in the Parliamentarv 
Army against Charles 1., and took an active ])art 
in the campaigns of Cromwell. He was the 
founder of the Polk family in America, and st^ttled 
on the eastern shore of Maryland; he married 
^fagdalen Tasker, who was the widow of his friend 
and companion in arms, Col. Porter, and daugliter 
of Col. Tasker, then Chancellor of Ireland,, of 
Bloomfield Castle, on the river Dale. 

Pollock, hy this marriage, ac(piired the estate 
of M<meen Hill, in the Barony of Uoss, Donegal 
County. Ireland, of which his wife was heiress. 
Her elder sister Harhara Tasker, married Capt. 
John Keys, an Hnglish soldier, and their descend- 
ants still own Bloom field Castle. 

In 1G89, IJohert Pollock took ship at London- 
derry for the Plantations of America. After a 
stormy voyage, in which one of his children died, 
he landed on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 
Grants of land were made to Robert Pollock and 

Genealogy of the Keese Family. 29 

his sons, and a honiostoad i)atento(l under the 
name of '* Polk's Folly" still in i)ossession of the 
family: it lies south of FaiKpiier Sound, opposite 
the mouth/; of Xantieoke and Wieomico Hivers. 
The old eloek whieh was l)rou«:ht from Ireland i)y 
]^)l)e^t Pollock still stands in the hall of the 
dwelling house, and his mahogany liquor case is 
still preserved amon«; the family relics. Among 
the descendants of l{ol)ert Polk were Charles Polk, 
(Governor of Delaware; Trusten Polk, Governor of 
^lissouri, and United States Senator; Col. 
Thomas Polk, of I^evolutionary fame; and James 
Knox Polk, Speaker of the House of Kepreseiita- 
tives. and President of the United States. The 
first John Tasker of Tdaryland married Eleanor, 
daughter of Thomas l^rooke. Issue: Thomas 
Tasker (1). married Clara, daughter of Major 
Nicholas Seawell, hall -hrot her of I^ord Haltimore. 
Benjamin Tasker('^). President of the Council and 
Governor of the IVovince of ^[aryland, married 
Annie, daughter of William Bladen. 

The Taskers and Bladens are descended from 
Henry I., King of France, and his wife, Anne of 
IJussia, (laughter of Jeroslans, Grand Duke of 
Kussia, 1015. 

^lagdalen Tasker was the great-granddaughter 
of Thomas Tasker. a freeman of ]klar}'land, 1695, 
and Judge of Probate, lt>98.» 

' Browning's Americans of Royal Descent. Dwinn's Vi*- 

itatious of Wales. 

30 Gexiialooy of the Reese Family. 

Sussan Polk Hooso conii's down through this line. 
(ii'n. KwoU. of Confodorate States Army, comes 
down through thiv< line also. 

Susan Polk, the wife of David l?eese, was line- 
al Iv descended from Hohert Polk and Miss Gullett 
his M'ife of Maryland.* 

David JU'cse had in his possession many valuahle 
hooks from his father's librarv. IJev. David Kecse 
had what was considered a choice selection of hooks 
for that i)eriod. Some of these hooks were as fol- 
lows: A large family Bible brouglit from Wales. 
Watts' Psalms and Hymns. Shakespeare's Plays. 
Pope's Works. Youth's Sermons. Whole Duty of 
Man. Hoyal Fables. Paradise Lost and Regained. 
Ancient History. Plutarch's Lives. Religious 
INiilosopher. Young's Night Thoughts. Hewey's 
Meditations. Looking Unto Jesus. Harwood's 
Testament. Humphrey Clinker. Ray's Wisdom 
of God. Cambrian History'. Medical Works and 
miscellaneous reading. 

* History of Polk Family, 


A 1. David Keese, the signer, as he was called, 
was married to Susan Kuth Polk in 1738. Chil- 
dren, viz. : 

B 1. James Polk, born 1739. . 

B '<?. Thomas, born 1T42. 

B 3. Catliarine, born 1744. 

B 4. David Tasker, born 1740. 

B 5. Susan I'olk, born 1748. f  

B G. Charles (iullett, bom 1750. ' 

B 7. (icorge, born 1752. 

B 8. Marv Joanna, born 1754. 

B 0. Solomon Trusten, born 1757. 

B 10. Uuth Elizabeth, born 17G0. 


David Heese emigrated from Pennsylvania to 
Mecklenburg county, X. C, and settled near Char- 
lotte, where he lived and died. , ' ^ 


"On the 2()th of May, 1775, David Beesc, 
with the following gentlemen, Abraham Alex- 
ander, Chairman; John McKnitt Alexander, 
Secretary; Ephraim Brevard, llezekiah Balch, 
John Phifer, Jamcn Harris, William Kcnnon, 
John Ford. Kic.jard Barry, Henry Downs," 
Ezra Alexander, William Graham, John 
' Queary, Hezekiah Alexander, Adam Alexan- 


32 Genealogy of the Keese Family. 

(Ut. Cliarlov< Alexander, Zaehoiis Wilson, Sen., 
Wai<i:htstill Averv, Benj. Patton, ^latthew 
McCiure, Xeil Morrisson, Robert Irwin, John 
Flcnniken, Jolin Davidson, Richard Harris, 
Sen., 'i'homas Polk, formed the committee 
who went to Cliarlotte, X. C, and where tlie 
resolutions drawn u]) hy Dr. Ephraim Brevard 
to declare themselves free from the Jiritish 
yoke of o])pression were read to a large con- 
course of people assembled to witness the pro- 
ceedings of the committee. \ 

"There were six resolutions read andimani- 
niously adoj)ted and signed by tht? above 
named gentlemen as delegates, and ever after- 
ward known as the famous 'Mecklenburg 
Declaration of Indej)en(lence."' * 

This meeting was held in the Court-house, which 
stood on Independence Scjuare, the spot being now 
marked by an iron plate with a suitable inscri])- 
tion. The same plate also comuuMuorates a battle 
fought, in the streets of the town, between a troop 
led by Cornwallis and the Mecklenburg Militia, in 
September or October, ITHO, of which event Lord 
Cornwallis wrote to the Earl of Dartmouth, saying, 
"that he got into a veritable 'hornets' nest,' a name 
which has clung to the town to this day, the hor- 
nets' nest having become emblematic of this sec- 

* Martin's History of yorth Carolina. 


Gkxealooy of tjik Kkkse Familv. 33 

In Charlotte was located the first educational 
institution in this portion of the South, chartered 
hy the Legislature as the "Queen^s ^luseuni," in 
1771, and generally known as "Queen's College," 
and where several of David Reese's children were 

David Heese. after educating his children, re- 
moved to his farm on Sugar Creek, where he died, 
and was l)uried with no stone to mark his grave 
or the grave of his wife, at Poplar Tent grave- 

It is told hv historians that this old court-house 
where the ^lecklenburg Declaration was signed 
was a frame building about fifty feet square placed 
upon a brick wall ten or twelve feet high, with a 
stairway on the outside. It stood in the center of 
the village called the common. At that time 
Charlotte town consisted of about twentv houses. 

During the war of the Kevolution this wall was 
removed, and wooden i)iles put under the house, 
so that cannon could be used, as it commanded the 
entrance to four streets of the village. After the 
war it was used as a market house. Xow there is 
an iron tablet, with the name and date, to mark the 
spot where this old court-house stood, and the 
electric cars run on either side of it. Cornwallis' 
headquarters were next to the southeast corner of 
the street from the court-house, and was the resi- 
dence of Col. Thomas Polk, and was known as the 
"WTiite House." 

34 Genealogy of the Keese Family. 

It is said that during the Revolutionary War, 
while the British were at Charlotte, that one of 
the British soldiers and one of the xVmerican sol- 
diers got into a (puirrel, and the American soldier 
determined to kill the British soldier, and in order 
to do this, he got his sweetheart, a country girl, to 
bring a basket of eggs and carry them over to 
where the British soldiers were (|uartered ; and 
while there, this soldier came up and was bartering 
for the eggs with his hand in the basket; the 
American soldier, concealed behind a tree across 
the street, from a signal given by his sweetheart. 
Mhen she drew away from the soldier as far as she 
couhl, her lover fired, and the soldier fell against 
the girl, knocking the v^i^fj^n out of her hand. She 
was badly frightened, and screamed so loud that 
she was soon surrounded by British soldiers. The 
man died in a few monients. While thev were re- 
moving him, the girl made her escape, and joined 
her lover, who was waiting nearbv, and thev fled to 
the country. The British soldier was buried at 
Charlotte, and the spot where this occurred is 
pointed out to persons who visit the city, and are 
interested in its earlv historv. 

"The last will and testament of David Reese, 
Ksq., was proved in open court, by the oath of 
Thomas Campbell, and evidence there ordered that 
letters testamentary, with a copy of the will an- 
nexed, issue to James Heeee and William Sharpe, 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 35 

executors nominated in said will, who came into 

court and qualified. 

"David Allison, 
"Robert Wylie. 

"Frances McCaul, Guarnashee, appears and 
sworn, that lie owcv? the Deponent nothing. 

"Wednesday, Court met according to adjourn- 
ment, })resent the worshipful Justices, Abraham 
Alexander, llezekiah Alexander, David Reese." 

"In the name of God, Am^n. I, David 
Reese, of the county of MwkUnhurg and 
State of Xorth Carolina, being of sound and 
disposing mind and memory. Do this 5th day 
of February, in the year of our Lord, 178T, 
make and ])ul)lish this my last will and Tc^sta- 
ment in manner following, that is to say, 
after all my just debts are i)aid. First, I give 
and bequeath unto my loving son-in-law, Wil- 
liam Sharpe. of Rowan county, and to my 
loving son, James Reese, all that freehold in 
fe-simple in the said county of Mecklenburg, 
on Coddle Creek, whereon I now live, with all 
the appurtenances thereunto belonging, to 
hold to them the said Wm. Sharpe and James 
Reese, their trustees, administrators or as- 
signs from and immediately after my decease, 
. together with sixty acres or thereabouts ad- 
joining or nearly adjoining the said manor 


l)lantatioii, ns also an entry or claim to and for 
a small ^izo j)ic'c*i' of land lying Uotwecn and 
adjoining ihc said sixty acre tract of my said  
manor plantation. V\)(m tliis sjKH?ial trust j 
and confidence that the said Wm. Sharpc and i 
James l?ecse. or the survivors of them, do and ' 
shall ])ermit Susan Ruth, mv dearlv and well- ' 
beloved wife, to have, hold, and enjoy all my , 
numor. ])lantation and i)remises, to them de- \ 
nied as aforesaid during her natural life, and ,. 
to take to her own use the rents, issues and f 
profits arizing therefrom during her natural ) 
life aforesaid. 

"She making no waste nor destruction 
thereon, nor clearing any largo (juantity of '. 
land. And upon this further condition that ', 
she shall not rent, lease, or farm out the said / 
land, without the advice and consent of the , 
said Wm. Sharpc and James Reese or the sur- ' 
vivors of them. And after the decease of mv 
said wife or with her cheerful concurrence 
during life, upon this further trust and con- 
fidence that they, the said Wm. Sharpc and 
James Keesc, or the survivors of them, shall 
sell the whole of the land herein dcmise<l, with 
all the appurtenances thereunto belonging, on 
reasonable credit for the most money that can ' 
be obtained for the same, and that the money 
eo arising shall as soon as may Ix? paid in the 
following manner, namely, ten £8 per annum 

Genealogy of the Keese Family. 37 

to my ^Kilovcd wife during her life, 30 £s to 
my 8on Charles, o £s to my son James for his 
trouble in cxecutinf,' this will. The remainder 
of the money arising as aforesaid to be equally 
divided between my sons George and Solomon, 
but in case Solomon should choose his share 
in land, then his equitable share shall be laid 
oir for him by my Executors in lieu of his 
share of the money above mentioned. To my 
grandson Sidney Jieese 1 give and bequeath 
10 £ to be paid out of the above mentioned 
fund provided my wife and George an<l Solo- 
mon sbould agree on the matter, then George 
may likewise take his share in land, they first 
agreeing with my Executors to pay their 
mother and the other legacies hereinbefore 
mentioned. 1 further give and bequeath to 
my beloved wife the largest bay mure, her 
choice of a cow and calf, three sheep and five 
hogs, also all my beds, bed clothes, household 
furniture and vessels of every kind within 
doors (exce2)ting such as is hereinafter be- 
queathed) to be divided equally at her de- 
cease among all my daughters, who may be 
then alive. In case they should die intestate 
my Executors shall be careful in making an 
equal distribution of the beds and furni- 
ture which is intended by the foregoing 

"To my daughter lluth I give and bequeath 

38 Gkxkalooy of thk T^eese Family. 

one IVatlior bod and furnitiirc, with two cows 
and two calves. To my son Solomon I give 
and iKHiucath a riding liorsc. saddle and bridle. 
I give and bequeath that my just debts be 
paid out of the residue of my estate, and the 
remainder be equally divided between Solo- 
mon and ]{uth. That in case Solomon should 
die without wife or issue, his share shall be 
equally divided between my sons James, Da- 
vid and Charles, and my grandsons Thomas 
Keese Sharpe, Edwin Ueese, and Thomas 
Henry, and 1 do hereby constitute and ap- 
point my son-in-law Wm. Sharpe and James 
l?eese to be sole Executors of this my last will 
and Testament, strictly charging them to exe- 
cute the same according to the plain meaning 

"In witness whereof T, the said David Reese, 
have to this my last Will and Testament set 
my hand and seal the day and year above- 
written. Signed, sealed, published and de- 
livered by the said David Reese, the Testator, 
as and for his last will and Testament in pres- 
ence of all who are present at the signing and 
sealing thereof.* 

"David Reese. 

"James Campbell, 

"Thomas Campbell, Witnesses." 

' Copied from old records at Charlotte, N. C. 

Gkxealooy of the Keese Family. 39 

David Keose was a pious, exemplary man, and 
possessed great influence in religion and politics. 
He brought his children up around the family 
altar, where they assembled for worship each morn- 
ing and evening. They were carefully and prayer- 
fully taught the principles and practices of their 
religion as found in the tenets of the Presb}'terian 

His house was the home of the preachers, and 
he was a strict attendant on the house of worship, 
and recjuired his chihlren to go to church whenever 
there was preaching. 

His son George used to say that his brother 
Charles was inclined to be disobedient and wild, 
and gave his father much trouble because he did 
not love to go to church, and would often steal off 
and not go. 

The old Heesc homestead near Charlotte, X. C, 
as described ])y one of the grandsons, was a plain, 
comfortal)le weather-boarded building, one and a 
half stories high, having four large rooms, two 
shed rooms and two attic rooms, with dormer win- 
dows, besides two rooms in the cellar, one of which 
was used for a dining room. At each gable end 
were immense rock chimneys, the long piazza in 
front, with a trellis covered with roses at cither 
end. The house was surrounded by majestic oaks, 
under which hung the inviting swing on one side, 
on the other was a long row of bee-gums, which 
yielded a wealth of golden honey. 

The floors were waxed, and the furniture, some 

JO Gkxkalooy of Tin: Ukkse Family. 

l)i('ccs of wliic'li wcro ])roiiglit from Wales, was pol- 
isliod like glass. (Quaint rag rarpots of the bright- 
est hues, covered the iloors in winter, except in the 
drawing-room the tloor was covered with a bought 
carpet. The flower garden was bright with all the 
old-fashioned flowers. The walks were bordered 
with sweet pinks. In the rear of the house was the 
big spring, with its clear, cold water, hard by the 
brick spring house, where the milk and butter was 

On the roadside stood the old sweep well, where 
the wearv traveller refreshed himself and beast. 

In this old home ten chiMren grew up. The 
daughtiTs married here and had their wedding sup- 
j>ers. The sons tilled the soil, and at that remote 
l>eriod, it was considered one of the finest ])lace8 
in ^[(H'klenburg county. It has HuecundMMl to the 
rnvagi»H <»f linu\ and not a vesligi^ of it in left to 
^how where it nnro H((M)d. 

Old nKKDs. 

A deed from Thonuis Polk to Frances !^^oorc for 
(►00 acres of land, dated October 20, 1772, was 
acknowledged in open court by said Polk, and 
ordered to be registcrc-d. 

Ghaxd JruY List. — Edward Cfiles, James Alex- 
ander, David Peese, David Wilson, Charles Alcx- 
nnder, Ifobert ITarri.^, James Pccsc and others. 
Noble Osboum, Constable; Robert Harris, Judge 
of County Court, 1772. 

Genkalooy of the T?i:i:si: Family. 41 

AruiL Session, 1T87. — A deed from David 
llwsii to Jainc's IJtrso for 150 acres of land, dated 
Sej)toinber 20, ITOJ), was aeknowlcd«^'cd hy tlie said 
David IJeesc in person, and ordered to be regis- 

A deed from David l{eese, Sr., to David Reese, 
Jr., for 150 acres of land, ^lay IG, 1775. 

B 1. James Polk Keese, eldest son of David - 
Keese and wife, Susan Tolk Ileesc, was born in - 
Pennsylvania in 173!); married his cousin, Annie. 
(iiillet Polk, of Xorth Carolina. Issue: 
-' CI. Thomas Polk. 

C 2. Sidney Alexander. 

C 3. Esther Mackay. 

C 4. ^lar^mret Tasker. 

C 5. Chnrh's 'J'nislen. 

James l*olk Ueese was a Kevolulionarv soldier, 
and was present at tlie si«rnin<; of the Mecklenburg 
Declaration of Independence, lie rclin«|uished a 
colle;i:e education in favor of his brother. Dr. 
Thonuis Peese, who was so determined upon a 
classical education that it is told of him "that he 
chcvrfully ^avc up his share in his father's estate 
to bestow all his means upon an education." 

James Polk Peesc was one of the executors of 
his father's will in 1787. lie was considered a 
p:ood business man, upright and honest in all his 
dealings. His family removed from North Caro- 
lina and the writer has been unable to trace them. 


IJ 2. Thomns* IK'oso, the t^uoond son of David 
and Susan IJcrsfc, was born in Pennsylvania in 

Wlien a lad of ten years lie came with his parents 
to ^leekleniniri:: county, X. C, and he^j^an his classi- 
cal education under the directi(.n of l{ev. Joseph 
Alexander and a Mr. ]k'nedict, who had an acad- 
emy in ^recklenbur<r county, which was the only 
school within one hundred miles. He graduated 
at l*rinceton, under the late Dr. John Witherspoon, 
in 17(18. When he returned home he accei)tcd a 
call to Salem Church, Sumter District, South 

Dr. n'homas ]?eese married Jane Harris, daugh- 
ter of IJohert Harris, signer of the Mecklenburg 
Declaration of Independence, near Charlotte, in 
17 <3; and they had the following children: 
. C 1. Edwin Tasker, born March 24, 1774. 

C 2. Thomas Sidney, born October 30, 1775. 

C 3. Elihu, bom February n, 1777. 

C 4. Ticah, born Dwember 1, 1770. 

C 5. Lydia, born June 15, 1782. 

C (». Henr}' Dobson, born March 15, 1785. 

C 7. Susan Polk, born July 21, 1790. 



Dr. ]{ccvse ro5>i(lcd. in the early part of the Kevo- 
lutioiiary War, in Sui iter, S. C. The ttate of 
soeiety was siieh that violenee and misrule Imd 
usurped the phiee of law and order. Civil and 
reli«,nous ri^dUs of the connnunity had been in- 
vaded. This was the case in 1T80-^S1. 

"It was in his congregation that murders, per- 
l)et rated l>y Harrison, of Tory fame, and his fol- 
lowers, commenced, and Dr. Keesc, with his family, 
went to iMecklenl>urg county, X. C. After the 
l)eace of 1782, he returned to his congregation at 
Salem." Dr. Keese wrote an essay on the Influence 
of Udigion in Civil ^'(;cle///. It did not pass into 
a second edition, hut is preserved in Gary's Ameri- 
can ^Fuseum. llis writings will be a testimony to 
posterity of the literature of South Carolina in 
1 TS8. This essay procured for the author the well- 
merited degree of D. D. from Princeton. 

In 171)0, circular letters were written bv Mr. 
Austin, editor of the American Vreacher, to dis- 
tinguished preachers of all denominations, request- 
ing them to furnish two sermons annually that a 
selection might be made from them, and published 
as specimens of pulpit eloquence in the United 
States. One was addressed to him. and he sent 
on two sermons, wliich were published in the 
fourth volume of this miscellany. He appears as 
the only contributor south of Virginia. 

Among his unpublished manuscripts were speci- 
mens of poetical talent highly creditable. Chan- 

^ .   

44 Genkaloo^ of the Reese Family. ^ 

ccUor James, in \m Hislory of Marion, speaking of 
Dr. IJeese, Fays: 

*'Jn c()nte)iij)latin<^ the meek and iinol)- 
trusive manners of tliis eminent servant of the 
'Moat Tli^^li, we do not hesitate to say, he was 
a pattern of Cliristian charity as nearly re- 
8end»h'n«r his divine ^faster as lias heen ex- 
hibited hy liis contemporary fcllow-hihorcrs 
in the gospel." 

He was attacked with hydrothorax in the latter 
part of his life, and did not lie down for weeks 
previous to his death. 

Dr. Hume savs of Dr. Reese as follows : 


'Dr. Thomas Reese was horn in Pennsyl- 
vania in 1T42; began the classics under Rev. 
James Alexander, graduated with honor at 
I'rinccton in 1708; was licensed to preach by 
Orange Presbytery in 1773, began preaching, 
and was ordained over Salem Church in 1773. 

"He received the degree of D. D. from 
Princeton in 1778, the first Carolinian so 
honored by Princeton. 

"Dr. Reese was a thorough student, well 
versed in theolog}', mental and moral philos- 
ophy; he wrote a book on the Influence of \ 
Religion in Civil Society, which would have 
been reputable to the pen of Warburton or 
Palev, if it had been written on the other side 

» Genealogy of the Ki:ese Family. 45 

of tliu Atlantic; ua it wuh, one edition Huf- 

"Jn Vti):], Dr. Keese moved to Pendleton, 
S. C; lie was a teaelier who admired the 
elassies, and kept iij) his knowledge of them. 
Ife wrote his sermons, hut used no manuscript 
in the pulj)it. lie jireached for many years 
nt the famous old stone church near Pendle- 

"Ife died August, 179(5, and lies huried 
anion <^ his relatives at the old Stone Church 

"The old church is still standing, and now 
and then the puljiit is occupied hy some good 
Preshvterian minister. 

"The graveyard, where sleep so many dis- 
tinguished men and nohlc women of the past 
generations, is cared for hy the good women 
of Pendleton, and relatives of the dead, who 
live nearhy." 

Dr. IJeese sleej)s hy his favorite hrother George, 
who was an elder in the old Stone Church. Over 
his grave is a tall upright slah, hearing this in- 

i scription: 


\ "Here rest the remains of -the Rev. Thomas 

j Reese, D. D., a native of Pennsylvania, who 

, departed this life, in the hope of a hlessed im- 

( mortality, in the year of our Lonl 179G, aged 

J 64 years. He was Pastor of Salem Church, 

4t) Genealogy OF THE Reese Family. 

Black river, alxnit '-^O years, lie was the | 

clicsen pastor of JIopcwoll and Carincl con-, 

grcpUions, and died a few years after. Ex-j 

eiiijilary in all social relations of life, as a son, 

liushand, father, and citizen, he lived esteemed 

an<l beloved, and died lamented. His talents 

as a writer and preacher were of a hi;xhly 

respectable grade, and were always directed to 

promote the virtue and ha2)piness of his fel- 


Dr. Thomas Heese's widow afterward married 
Gen. Anderscm, of Pendleton. It is told of her 
that when the General jjroposed to her, she said, 
*'Why, Gen. Anderson, you surprise me very much. 
I never thought of such a thing." 

He replied, "Oh! yes, Mrs. Reese, you have 
thought a great deal ahout it, for when Dr. Keese 
lived, you always sto))iied at my pew every Sunday 
morning to in(juire after my family, hut since his 
death you never stoj); you have been quite shy of 

However, the General was successful, and his 
quaint courtship ended in a marriage. She only j 
lived a few years, and the General had her buried / 
in the Anderson graveyard, where she remained forj 
many years. Eventually her son, Edwin Reese,! 
had her remains removed, and placed beside Dr. 
Reese in the Hopewell Cemetery, at the old Stone n 

I Genealogy of the Keese Family. 47 


C 1. Edwin Taskor, eldest sou of Ifuv. Tliomas , 

Kec'se and wifi', Jane Harris Kwsc, f^raduatcd at 

I'rintrton with firnt honor, lie wa« a elioicc 

Hcholar, and. like hin fatlicr, t'o?id of the chissicH. 

Mjiny l>ri^^ht, anihitious dn-antn of the honors 
and enioliiMientH of a hiwyer'n .life had heeii in- 
dul;;ed as he j)lod(led \\\) tlu' hill of preparation. 

On the day of his graduation, as he was leaving 
college fully freighted with buoyant hopes and 
fond antieii)ations, he received a letter from his 
father, telling him ''that in infancy lie was most 
solemnly and j)rayerfully dedicated to God for the 
work of the gosj)el ministry." It was a source of 
great disappointment, for he did not wish to dis- 
obey his good father, and incur his dis})leasure; 
yet he did not feel called to i)reach. 

This disa})pointment so ])reyed upon his mind 
that he lost his health, and came near losing his 
mind, lie followed teaching as a profession, and 
made a most excellent and successful instructor. 
He also read medicine, and had just begun to 
])ractice when one day he was called in to see a 
very sick ])atient, and soon discovered he was 
entirely too Hym})athetic to be a successiul i)hysi- 
cian, and at (mce abandoned it, and returned to 

He was a tall, handsome gentleman of the old 
•rchool, exceedingly dignified and quiet; always 
Iwore a black silk stock collar, and travelled in a 
/eulky drawn by a large bay horse that he called 

48 Gknkalogy of the Rkese Family. 

11 oilier. IIo wont from place to place, wherever liJ 
liad relatives, and taii«^d»t tlie cliildren in the dif- 
ferent families. It was esteemed a ^reat i)rivile^'C 
lo be taii«rht hy a Princeton honor graduate, lie 
was so austere in his manners that the children 
stood in awe of him. They were so thoroughly 
tauLdit that manv of them Mere heard to bMV in 
after years they were indehted to old J)r. Kdvviii 
for all they knew. 

It is told of him "that he was disappointed in 
love in early life, and for this reason never mar- 
ried." lie was very h';rhlv esteemed hv all the 
families in which he taught, and his name was a 
synonym for wisdom with tlrj young people. One 
day one of his little great-nephews was reading to 
him, and this sentence occurred in the lesson, "lie 
was seeking a job." The little hoy called the last 
word "Joh," the old man of Uz. whereupon he 
picked up a stick and said, "William, if you do not 
pronounce that word correctly, I'll *joh' you." 

lie corresponded with many of his jiupils, and 
would correct their letters and return them, nntil 
he taught several of them to be very correct letter- 

l)r, Edwin Ikn^se, after a long and nseful, but 
sad life, died nt a ripe old nge, and sleeps beside hi.^ 
parentH in Hopewell Cemetery, at the old Stone 


- ) 

C 2. Thomas Sidney, second son of Rev. Thomas 
Reese and wife, Jane Harris Reese, like his brothei* 

j Gi:xp:ALOr,Y of ttie Hkese Family. 49 


Kdwin, was f^radiiatod at Princeton, road law, and 
became a promising young lawyer. 

lie and a young man named ^[ichie, for a very 
trivial offence, fell ont, and could not he recon- 
ciled. It ended in a duel. Afr. Jolm Taylor, his 
kinsnuin, acted as his second. Unfortunatelv, Sid- 
ney was killed. This was a sore grief to his family, 
for he was unusually hrilliant and handsome, and 
would have been an ornament to any circle, had not 
his young life been thus thrown away. He died 
young and is buried in Hopewell Cemetery. 

C 3. Elihu, third son of ]?ev. Dr. Thomas Ileesc 
and wife, .fane Harris JJeese, was well educated, 
and studied medicine. He graduated at Philadel- 
phia in his profession. He was ambitious, and 
soon became a prominent young physician. He 
located at Charleston, and during an epidemic of 
yellow-fever he remained at his post of duty, con- 
tracted the fever, and died. Thus another i)rom- 
ising young son was taken from the fond parents, 
and his young life, so full of usefulness, was 
cheerfully sacrificed u])on llie altar of duty. He 
is buried at Charleston, away from nil relatives, 
with no st(me to mark his grave. 

C 4. Leah Jieese, eldest daughter of I?ev. Dr. 
Thonuis Heese, was born December 1, 1770, in 
^lecklenburg county, X. C, and was partially edu- 
cated at Queen's College, at Charlotte. In IKH'Zy 
slic returned with her father to South Carolina, 
and married Major Samuel Taylor, of Pendleton, 



50 Oexealooy of the Reese Family. | 

S. C, son of Major Samuel Taylor, of Kevolu- 
tionary fame. 

^lajor Taylor was born ^larch 1, 17T7, and died 
September 30, 1833. 

He moved to Tuscaloosa. Ala., in 181T, and was 
n member of tbe Abibama he^'risbiture, and he was 
also in tbe South Carolina iie^rislature for seven 
years. He was o ^lajor in the War of 1812, and it 
is told of him "that he nnd his son-in-law, ^Ir. 
r»acon. were the last men to drive the Indians out 
of Green county, Ala., into the Sipsey Bottom." 
The Taylor family came from Carlisle, England, 
in 1()58, and settled near Chesapeake Bay, in A'ir- 
<rinia. They afterward emigrated to South Caro- 
lina. They belonged to the same family as Zachary 
Taylor, and there were many distinguished men 
among them. 

Major Taylor and wife, Tx»ah Reese Taylor, arc 
buried at Eutaw, Ala., with suitable stones to 
mark their graves. 

Children and grandchildren of Major Taylor 
and Ix?ah Reese Taylor, his wife, were as follows: 

D 1. Harriet Taylor, eldest daughter, married 
Edmund Bacon, of Virginia. He was a steamboat 
captain, and ran the first boat on the Warrior 
River. Their children were: 

E 1. Henry Bacon, married Miss Skinner, of 
Mississippi. \ 

E 2. Waddy Bacon, married Miss ; has a 

family who live in Florida. 

Genealogy of the Keese Family. 51 

E 3. Harriot l*arks Bacon, married Mr. Dick- 
son, of Tupelo, Miss. Issue: 

F 1. Leila Dickson. • 

F 2. Anna Dickson, married Mr. Gardner. 

F 3. Norma Dickson, married Mr. Ley:^lcn. 

F 4. Walter Dickson, married Mary l{ol)ert8. 

D 2. 'J'hoinas lieese Tavlor, married Hannah 
Longmire. Issue: 

E 1. Jane Taylor, married Mr. Weir. Issue: 

F 1. ^lary Weir, married Mr. McCafTerty. 

E 2. Frances Taylor, married Mr. Taggert. 
Issue : 

F 1. Jane Taggert. 

E 3. ^laria Tavlor, unmarried. 

E 4. Edwin Reese Taylor. ' 

Yi 5. William Dohson Taylor. ^ 

E 0. Aquilla Taylor. . 

E 7. Thomas Taylor. 

These four brothers were brave soldiers in the 
Confederate Army, and were killed in service 

1) 3. Samuel Taylor, Jr., married Xarcissa ' 
Watkins. Issue: 

E 1. liide Taylor, married Rolwjrt Kibbler. 

E 2. Mary Taylor, married Mr. Edwards. Is- 
sue : 

F 1. Aurelia Edwards, married, first, Mr. 
Jjong; secondly, William Gill. Issue: 

G 1. Willie Gill, married Mr. Staunton, and 
went to South America. 



52 GKXKALOfJY OF Tin: I?kf:se Family. 

K 3. Harriet Tjivlor, married Sanniel Barnes. 

F 1. Wil(\v Barnes, married . 

F 2. *lohn l^arnes, marriec] ^liss Ki' hardson. 

F 3. Hat tie Barnes, unmarried. 

I) 4. Driisilla Taylor, horn ^[areh 9, 1808; 
married ^[r. (irief IJieliardson, of Vir<]:inia, Octo- 
l>er 2'^, 1S:U). He p:ot liis peeidiar name in rather 
a sad manner. His fatlier died sliortly hefore liis 
hirth, and his motlier, hein^^ ro eriished with sorrow 
and tronhU', at his hirth slie ealied liim Grief; l)ut 
he })roved the joy of her ohl ap^e. Mr. Bieliardson 
died A\i;;ust L"), 1812, and Ids wife, Drusilhi Tay- 
lor, died »]anuary 10, 188 k 

Children and «j:randehildren of Grief Richardson 
and wife, Drusilla Taylor l?iehardson: 

E 1. ^lary IJiehardson, married ^Ir. Iliggin- 
hothan, and died youn*;. 

F 2. Jiieut. William Hull Kiehardson was a 
pronnsing y<>ini<x i)hysician in Greene county, Ala., 
when the war hrokc out. He was among the first 
to join the army, enlisting in Comi>any "C," 
Kleventh Alabama l^egiment. He went from Clin- 
ton, Ala., and was in all the hattles in Virginia up 
to the time of his death. He was a gallant soldier, 
and did fine service for his country. At the hattlc 
of Gettyshurg he was wounded, hut not seriously. 
At the hattlc of Spotsylvania Court-house, Va., 
he went out with a party of sharp-shooters, and 
was shot through the herd. He died May 11, 18G4i 


Genealogy of the Reese Family. 53 

lie entered tlie nriny as a ])rivate, and was pro- 
moted to a first lieutenant, and was always called 
the patriotic Kicliardson. His bravery has been 
per))etiiated in iK'autiful verses written by a soldier 
fnend. Ilis faithful body-servant cared for him 
in life, and brou^j^ht his remains home to his fam- 
ily, and he rests beside his parents, in Greene 
county. No braver, truer ])atriot ever lived than 
Lieut. William II. Kichardson. 

E 3. John Taylor IJichardson <j:raduated at the 
Universitv of Alabama in the class of 1855, and 
chose the law as his i)rofession. He settled in 
lyiacon, ]\riss.. where he built np a good practice. 
Ife entered the Confederate service, and belonged 
to Maury's Cavalry, and did good service in the 
State. He married Cornelia Brown, of Mississippi. 
Issue : 

F 1. ISlary Richardson, married Mr. Queen. Is- 
sue unknown. 

F 2. John Richardson. 

F 3. Reese Taylor Richardson. 

E 4. Ijeonora Richardson was sent to the Jud- 
son Institute, at Clarion, Ala., where she gradu- 
ated. She married ^Ir. Chambers McAdorv, of 
Jefferson county, Ala., as his second wife. Leo- 
nora has no children of her own, but devoted her 
life and energies to the noble work of rearing and 
training the six children of her husband, all of 
whom died, after reaching manhood and woman- 
hood, of consumption, except one. She nursed 


54 Genkalogy of the Reese Family. 

thom all tlirou^'h this tircad disease, and proved 
herself a faithful mother to tliein. 

She is a woman of excej»tionally high Christian 
character, and fine intellectual attainments, but 
far too modest to acknowledge it. She is strong 
and self-reliant, an enterprising business woman. 
She is dignified and womanly in lier bearing, pru- 
dent, thoughtful, wise and stife in counsel, a de- 
voted friend, a kind neighi)or, just and honorable 
in all her dealings. After the death of her father, 
she was a tower of strength to her mother, sisters 
and l)rothers. Thev all turned to her for comfort 
and eounseh and with what ])r()mptness and fidel- 
ity she guided them her family can well attest. 

Mrs. McAdory is a Daughter of the American 
Revolution, and is entitled to be a Colonial Dame 
and a Daughter of the Crown, whenever she 
chooses to join these orders. The writer is greatly 
indebted to her for much encouragement and 
genealogical research. She cheerfully gave her 
time and means in tracing the different lines of 
ancestors, bringing the hidden information to light 
and unravelling many mysteries. 

E 5. Ida Richardson was also educated at Jud- 
son Institute. She was said to bo a beautiful girl, 
with cordial, engaging manners. She married Mr. 
John Rockett, her cousin, their grandmothers be- 
ing sisters. 

Mr. Rockett graduated in law at the University 
of Alabama, and practiced only a few years, owing 



Genealogy ol' the IJeese Family. 55 

to the ill-liniltli of liis wife, wlioin lie tenderly 
nursed. He <;ave u|) liis ])rofes??ion. He is a 
natural incchanie, and (|iiite a <reniiis in designing 
and niakin*,' in wood anything he chooses. 

lie is an excellent Christian man, a devoted 
hushand and father, and he and his wife are mem- 
bers of the Presl)vterian Church. Their children 
are as follows: 

F 1. William IJichardson Kockett. 

F 2. Percy ]{ockett. 

F 3. Ida Kockett, married .Mr. Burgess. 

The two s(»ns, like their father, graduated at 
the University of Alal)aina, hut neither of them 
are professional men. 

Mr. IJockett. after leaving college, engaged in 
teaching for several years. He was a brave Con- 
federate soldier, and received severe wounds. Ida 
is the only daughter, and a great comfort and 
pleasure in her family. 

E (J. Sallie Riehardson, tiie youngest child, w'as 
educated at Judson Institute, at Marion, Ala. She 
nmrried Mr. Amos Ilorton, of Greene county, Ala. 
He is now a Senator from his county. Their chil- 
dren are as follows: 

F 1. William Taylor Horton. « 

F 2. Hugh Clifford Horton. 

F 3. Charles Horton. 

William Taylor Horton was a graduate of the 
University of Alabama. After leaving college he 
engaged in teaching in Greene county, until his 
I death,  

5(1 Genkalooy or the l^KESE Family. 

He wa.s a young man of unswerving courage and 
stainless lionor. He possessed great fertility of 
resources and generous hospitality. He was a do- 
voted, self-sacrificing, faithful friend. Polite and 
engaging manners, a<lded to a sprightly mind, drew 
around him hosts of friends. 

The sad death of this jiromising young nuin, 
who had just entered into liright young nuinhood, 
tlie iu'ginning of a most Uv^eful career, was a severe 
alllietion to his familv and friends. 

Charles Hichardson Horton nuirried ^liss Belle 
Jones, of Grtvnsboro, August 20, 1002. 

He is a i)rosperous young planter of Greene 
count V, Ala. 


^Irs. Horton was an invalid and spent her sum- 
mers at the different springs in search of health. 
She was (piite a pretty, attractive woman. Her 
gentle numner and dignified hearing showed her 
to he an aristocrat, to the manor born. She was an 
interesting talker, a ])leasant companion, and the 
queen of her household. 

^Ir. Horton is a large, jovial, good-humored 
nuin, a politician, and represents his county in the 
Senate of Alabama. He owns large landed estates, 
and is a successful planter. They entertain royally 
at their hospitable country home, the old home of 
Mr. Horton's grandfather, in Greene county. 

D 5. Reese Taylor, son of ^lajor Samuel Taylor 
and wife, Tx;ah Reese Taylor, settled in Mobile, 
and engaged in mercantile business. He married 


Genealogy of the Reese Family. 57 

Virginia Clarico, of Virginia. Their children and 
grandchildren are as follows: 

E 1. Walter 'i'aylor, married ^lary Roberts, of 
Mobile. Issue: 

F 1. Sal lie Tavlor, married Rev. Richard IIol- 
comb, of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Issue: 

G 1. Walter Ilolcomb. 

G 2. Virginia Ilolcomb. 

G 3. Armstead Ilolcomb. 

1) (>. Dr. William Tavlor, married Lide Wliite. 

E 1. llattie White Tavlor. 

E 2. Lida White Taylor. 

I) 7. John Tavlor, married Eleanor White. Is- 

E 1. John Taylor, Jr. 

E 2, Sallie Tavlor. 

E 3. Marv Taylor. 

C 5. Lydia Reese, daughter of Rev. Dr. Thomas 
Reese and wife, Jane Harris Reese, was educated 
at the academy in IVndletcm, and was twice nu\r- 
ried : first, to Mr. Findlev, of South Carolina, by 
whom she ])ad three children. 

D 1. William Findley, who was killed by a 
drunken man in Pickens countv, Ala. 

I) 2. Jane Elvira Findlev, married Dr. Pevton 
King. Issue: 

E 1. Dr. Ilamden Sidney King was twice mar- 
rie<l : first, to Pinkie Gates, of Mississippi. Issue: 

F 1. Peyton King, Jr. 

68 Okmcalooy of Tin: KiiicRE Family. 

V <?. Sidney Kin^. • 

K M. Corriiu' Kin^^ 

Dr. Sidney iniirried a liidy of Meridian, MinM., 
llie Hecond time. 

E 2. Marietta Kin«r, one of Alahama'H bellen, 
married ^[r. Lewis, ot North Carolina. Xo issue. 

^fr. Findlev, wliile out liuntini' one dav witii his 
brother-in-hiw. Mr. Samuel (Mu-rrv, was acciden- 
tally shot and killed hy Mr. Cherry, lie left a 
wife and three small children, whom Mr. Cherry 
took to his honu*. and provided for them, as he 
felt that he had rohhed them of tlieir chief sup- 

liydia Keese Findley married, the second time, 
^Ir. John Martin. Children and grandchildren us 

J) 1. Lewis Martin, married ^[iss ^farshall. Js- 
8ue : 

K 1. liida ^lartin. married Mr. >ront«romerv. 

1) 2. Sarah ^lartin, married Thomas Hockett. 

K 1. John Ifichard Itockett, married Ida Rich- 
ardson, his cousin, mentioned elsewlu're. 

E 2, VA'\7A\ IJockett, marriinl William Brown. 

Children of I^iiza Kockett and William Brown: 

K 1. Claudia IVown. 

F 2. lien jam in Brown. 

E 3. Julia IJockett, married John Dean. Issue: 

F 1. Henry Deano. 

F 2, Jessie Deane. \ 




Gkxealooy of TlTE Keese Family. 59 

I) 3. Hnrric't Mnrtin, ninrricd William Kockctt, 
hroilicr of 'JMiomnH Kockctt, wlio mnrricd her Histcr 
Snrnh. Ihhuc: 

K 1. JiOonora Hockctt, died of typhoid fever. 

K 2. Julian JJockott, killed in the Civil War. 

E 3. ^Iar<x<iret Kockott, unmarried. 

E 4. Lvdia l?eesc J?ockett, unmarried. 

E 5. Sarah Kockett, unmarried. 

E 0. Sidnev l^ockett, unmarried. 

E 7. Frank J?oekett, unmarried. 

E 8. l?osa l?oekett, unmarried. 

E 9. Hattie Kockett, unmarried. 

P 4. Julia Martin, married Alfred Dupuy. Is- 
sue : 

E 1. Tlarriet Dupuy, married I?o])ert McAdory, 
brother of CluimherH McAdory, who marriwl Leo- 
nora IJichardson, a cvounin of Harriet Dupuy. 

The ^leAdorvK are a prominent family in Jeffer- 
son county, and are public-spirited men, who hold 
oflices of trunt in the county. 

E 2. Elizal)eth Dupuy, married John Reid. Ih- 

F 1. J)r. Robert Reid. 

F 2. Dallie Ueid, married Mr. Riddle. 

F 3. Jane Reid. 

E 3. Jane Elvira Dupuy, marrie<l ^Ir. Todd. 
Issue : 

F 1. Kate Todd, married Mr. Blair, 

F 2. Julia Todd. 

F 3. Cory Todd. 


(10 (J i:ni:a !.()(» Y of tkk Ukkhk Family. 

K 4. Katliarino Dupiiy, inarricd Noah Torld. 

y 1. licwirt Diiimy Todd. 

F 2. Saimicl Todd. 

JO o. .loliii Diipny, married MIhh Ware. 

(' (I. Ili'iiry I)ol)Hon J{(th(», koii of Hi'V. Dr. 
Thonias \hvnii and wi fo, tlano Jlarrin ItccKt*, wan 
fairly well cducattMl. llo was rather a mochanical 
p^enius. Jlo could hiiiid h.ouscs, ('arria«::eK, wagons, 
and make different kinds of furniture; in fact, lie 
con hi nuike anylliin<x in wood and iron tluit lie 
nee(h'd. J I is tah-nt in this line was remarkal)le. 

Jle married Uel>ecca Jlarris, ^ran(hhiu/;liter of 
Cien. Andrew Pickens, of South Carolina, and . 
daui,diter of Kohert Harris, a Wevolutionary soldier, , 
who lost one of his eyes with a slu^. The old man 
ohjectcd to his daiif^hter marrying Dohson IJecse, 
so the young people ran away, and were married 
on a flat-hoat in the middle of a river. ^V^dlc it 
Avas a watery wedding, it i)roved to he a happy mar- 
riage. Their cliildren and grandchildren arc as 

1) 1. Sidney Harris l?eese, married late in life 
an Illinois lady (unknown). 

J) 2. Frank Keese, horn April 11, 1807; mar- 
ried, and had children (unknown). 

I) 3. Maria IJeese, horn Xovemher 20, 1800; 
married ^fr. Washington Knox. Ihhuc: 

10 1. Klizrt Knox, nuirried Mr. Archilmld, who 
was killed in the Civil War. y^' 


Okmcalooy of the Kek8e Family. G1 
K 2. Alary Knox, iimrried Mr. John Banking. 

No iHHUO. 

K 3. l)ol)Hon Jk'CHc Knox, married Misa 
]{hichc»y. Jhhuo: 

V 1. Homer Knox. 

K A. Fannio Knox, married Mr. Chiles. Chil- 
dren of Fannie Knox and Mr. Chilen: 

F 1. ]?iitli ClnleH. 

¥ 2. Catliarine Clnles. 

F a. Ktliel C'hileH. 

F \. Walter CliileR. 

JO T). Jolin Andrew Knox, married Angclinc Eg- 
gerton. Jssiic: 

F 1. Catlierinc Knox. 

F 2. Gcor;;c Knox. 

F 3. John Knox. 

F 4. Lafayette Knox, killed in the army in 

D 4. Edwin T?eese, horn Octoher 20, 1812 ; mar- 
ried Charlotte AfeKinstry. Issue: 

E 1. lone; E 2. Irene. Both very talented 
women, died unmarried. Irene wrote a very read- 
ahle little hook From thr Cabin to ill? Throne. 

E 3. Ella l?eese, a well-(»diieated wonian, and 
a HueeesHful teaeher, now teaching in Washington 
Citv, D. C. 

E 4. Florence Beese, unmarried. 

E T). Carlos B(»ese, married Misg Mar}' Clinton, 
of Pennsylvania. Issue: 

F 1. Nannie Beesc. 



62 Oexealooy of the Reese Family. 

F 2. Charlotte Reese. 

E (J. Clarenee Reese, unmarried. 

E 7. Fred Reese, married Maria Steele. Issue: 

F 1. Maude l?eese. 

F Ji. Ella Reese. 

F n. Fred Reese, Jr. 

1) 5. Flora Reese, luarried ^Fr. Rowland. 

I) (». Carlos Reese, Imrn November 30, 1815; 
married ^larv E. Crenshaw. 

Carlos Jieese, when ei<;hteen years old, joined a 
eompany in South Carolina, and heeame a soldier 
of the Seminole War. lie moved from Pendleton, 
S. C and settled in Marion, Ala. lie was a puh- 
lie-spirited man, and his name appears in the 
Public Mm of Ahihnwn. lie was noted for his 
hosj'Itality ; his door was ever open to stran<rers 
as well as relatives. He was a suecessful planter, 
an<l made raising Texas l)lue-j]frass a specialty. 
Kind-hearted and jovial, he had hosts of friends. 
Their children are as follows: 

E 1. .lose])h E. Reese, horn December 18, 1841. 
He went into the Confederate Army as a private 
in the Ninth Ahibama Re«;iment, and fought 
through the war. He lives unnuirried at the old 
homestead, near Clarion* Ala. 

E 2. Carlos Rwse, wr., born May 13, 1843; 
8crve<l in the Western Army as captain in the 
Civil War. He married Virginia Jones. Issue: 

F 1. Sidney, died before he was grown. 

F 2. Fannie Reese, married J. A. Stephens. 


Genealogy of the Reese Family. 63 

F 3. Carlos IJocse, unmarried. 

F 4. ^larv Crenshaw Reese. 

F 5. Virginia W. Reese. 

E .'^. ^Fargaret Reese, married Dr. Samuel 
Lewis, of Tjexington, Ky. Issue: 

F J. ^Farv K. Ia'wIs, died in infancy. 

F 2. ^largaret S. Lewis, married Rev. L. 0. 
Dawson, a minister of tlie Baptist denomination, 
and located at Tuscaloosa, Ala. Lssue: 

{j 1. Andrew Lewis Dawscn, bom Januarj' 10, 

E 4. Catliarine Reese, married Theodore Lewis. 

F 1. ]\rarv IT. Lewis, died in infancy. 

Y 2. Annie . Reese Lewis, unmarried. 

F 3. S. Iliggins Lewis, married Lillian Petit. 

Vj 5. J. Pickens Reese, married Miss Sullivan. 
He is a successful business man. and is travelling 
salesman for a firm in I-<exington, Ky., and is 
highly appreciated. lie is amiable, unselfish, and 
ofTectionnte, a devoted son and loying husband.* 

I) 7. Harriet Reese, married W. Smith. 

D 8. Flihu Milton Keese, born Jiilv 10, 1820. 

I) 0. Jane Reese, married W. W. Scott. Issue: 

K 1. Walter Scott, unmarried. 

E 2. Wingfield Scott, unmarried. 

E 3. William Scott, married Miss McCafferty. 

E 4. Robert Scott. 

' J. Pickens Reose is a popular cigar merchant, with 
"Curry, Tunis & Norwood," of Lexington, Ky. 

64 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

E 5. ^farv Scott, unmarried. 

K 0. Goor^iana Sco'.t. 

1) 10. Thomas Hccso. 

1) 11. ]\Iary C. Hccso. 

C T. Susan Polk Kocse, yoiin^ijcst (laughter of 
Kev. Or. Tliomas IJeese and wife, Jane Harris 
IJeese, married Samuel Glierrv, of South Carolina, 
Nov. 5, 180T, at the home of Dr. Reese, at Pendle- 
ton. S. C, hy Rev. Andrew Brown. They had 
twelve children, viz. : 

I) 1. ]?o])ert iVfadison Cherry, horn 1808; mar- 
ried Caroline Crenshaw, of Alalmma, on the 15th 
of Marcli, 1810. Issue: 

K 1. Charlotte Klmore Cherrv. 

Robert M. dierry was a lawyer hy profession. 
He removed from South Carolina to Alahama, and 
settled at Wetumpka. He was for many years an 
elder in the Preshyterian Church. An upright, 
Christian gentleman, who was much loved as a 
friend, and esteemed as a lawver and citizen. Al- 
though he lost his wife while still a young man, 
he never nuirried again, hut raised his little daugh- 
ter, with the helj) of his sister, Mrs. Jane Cherry 
l?eese, wlio reared her as lier own child, though 
licr father jirovided for her. 

E 1. Cliarlotte Elmore Cherry, married George 
X. Croft, of West Point, Ga., Octoher 11, 18G5, 
hy Rev. Dr. Cunningham, of the Preshyterian 

Charlotte Croft is noted for her hospitality; her 

Gkxealooy of the I{ei:se Family. 65 

home is open to all classes of people. She not 
only took care of her adopted mother, l)ut nursed 
and tended in last illness two old aunts-in-law, 
^[rs. George Keese, and ^frs. Eley Keese, who died 
at her house. She has always heen a favorite in 
the Keese and Cherry families. She is a devout 
Christian, who lives her religion daily, a mem- 
her of the Presl)vterian Church at West Point, 
which was huilt hv her relatives, and where she 
has hrought up her children, and now they are all 
meiuhers of that church. She is indeed the idol 
of her household, whom her children delight to 
honor and love. What a vast life-work hers has 
heen in moulding the character of eight children, 
and seeing them all hrought into the fold of 
Christ ! Their children and grandchildren are as 
follows : 

F 1. Kohert ^ladison Croft, unmarried. lie is 
a successful travelling salesman; a most cxem})lary 
man; an elder in the Preshyterian Church; a 
man of ])rayer and suhlime faith, who thoroughly 
enjoys his religion. Nothing is more characteris- 
tic of him than the desire to work for the blaster. 
He is an honor to his family, and well mr.y they 
he proud of such a nohle son and hrother. 

F 2. jMary Crensha>/ Croft, married Mr. B. 
Askew, and died of tyi)hoid fever a short time after 
her marriage. She A^as a hright young girl, of 
happ3% huoyant spirits, affectionate in her nature. 
She carried sunshine wherever she went. 

CO Gknkalooy of the Uekhe Family. 

F 3. Caroline Elmore Croft, mnrricil William 
J. Xolson, of ^[issi8sij)|>i. Issue: 

G 1. Charlotte Christine Nelson. 

(i "i. HoluM't ^[avo Nelson. 

Carrie Nelson h a Htrikin<; hrunelte, with keen, 
hlaek eves, full of life and ener^'v; one of the few 
])ersons, if stranded on a rock, could make a liv- 
ing;; distinctly husiness and tactful; altogether 
a very attractive woman. 

F 4. ami F 5. Twin girls, ]a\\\\ and Lillian 
Croft. Lulu married Claude ^lelton, of West 
Point, (ia., Septemher 5, 1!K)0, hy l?ev. ^[r. Hol- 
lingsworth. of the Preshyterian Church. It was a 
beautiful honu» wedding. Issue: 

G 1. Stanley Croft Melton. 

F 5. Lillian Croft, unmarried. 

These sif<ters are devotedly attached to each 
other, and are interesting and attractive, as twins 
usually are. ^^^len snuiU children they were so 
much alike that it was no easy nu\tter to distin- 
guish them, hut after they became grown, they 
grew more unlike, and are now readily told a])art. 
When about six vears old, thev went to visit rela- 
tives, and, on rising in the morning. Lulu got up 
and dressed and ran out to play before Lillian 
awoke. AMien Lillian went to dress, she said, in a 
very distressed tone, "Mamma, sister has on my 
clothes," and she could not l)c induced to dress 
until Lulu was called in and changed her clothes. 
An aunt, being present, asked Lillian how she 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 67 

could toll their clothin"^ ai)art, as thev were exactly 
alike. She replied, sapiently, "By sniellin;^." 
Tiiey have deveh)i)e(l into useful Christian women. 

F (>. Sallie Croft, married (leor^'o Snnth, of 
V'»Vest Point, Ca. ^ • 

Thev had a beautiful church weddinfj, Kev. Mr. 
irollin<j^s\vorth, of the Presbyterian Church, olfi- 
ciatin^'. Sallie is considered the prettier of all the 
sisters, sweet, cn<^aginir manners, and thoroughly 
amiable. They have two beautiful little girls: 
G 1, Mary Lewis Smith, and G 2, Lillian I^uisc 

F T. George Croft, Jr.. unmarried. 

F 8. ^lorris Croft, unmarried. 

These young l)rothers are engaged in the mcr-. 
cantile business, and are young men of good char- 
acter and su(?cessful in business. 

D 2. Thomas Keese Cherry, bom Fel)ruary 9, 
1810, married his cousin, Mary Kccsc Harris, Xo- 
vember 7. 18;J7, by I{ev. A. W. Koss, of the Pres- 
byterian Church at Pendleton, S. C. Issue; 

P: 1. Edward B. Cherry. 

E 2. ^lar\ Story Cherry. 

E 3. Annie Beesc Cherrv'. 

E 4. Laura Cherry. 

E t5. Thomas Reese Cherry. 

E G. Xathaniel Harris Cherry. 

E 7. Lilie Bee Cherry. 

E 8. Kate Cherrv. 

This family will appear in the line of George 

G8 Gkxi-alogy of thk 1?ki:se Family. 

1) 3. James Alviii ChcTrv, married his cousin, 
^[ary Elizabeth KeeK', at Pendleton, S. C, August 
9. 1«;J2, by Kev. James Waddell, of the Presbyte- 
rian (Miureh. '^J'hey had five children, wlio will 
appear in the line ot' George Keese. 

I) 4. Samuel Sidnev Cherrv, born January T), 
1S14; lived a long, useful life, and died unmar- 
ried, and is buried at Hopewell Cemetery, South 

D 5. William Baekly Cherry, born Xovend)er 
22, 1815; married Sarah Lewis, at Pendlet<m, 
S. C. 

Dr. William Cherrv was a dentist, an elegant 
gentleman of the old school. He moved to Ala- 
banui, and settled at A\iburn, where he practiced 
his ])rofession, but did not remain long, returning 
to South Carolina, to his old home. A lovely old 
gentleman, and very courtly in his manners, lie 
died Decend)er 24, 11)01, aged eighty-seven years. 
His wife died many vears ago — a most excellent 
woman, with many noble traits of character. She 
was n communicant of the Kpiseopal Church. 
Their children and grandcldldren are as follows: 

E 1. Lortic Cherry, died young. 

E 2. Samuel David, married Minnie Johnson, 
of Atlanta, Ga. Issue: 

F 1. Frank T>orton, born September 9, 1878. 

F 2. IVIary Bates Cherry, born October 5, 1880. 

F 3. Willie Reese Cherry, bom June 15, 1885. 

F 4. David Edward, died in infancy. 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 69 

F 5. Tlioiiias Jolmson, born September 26, 

E 3. Fannie Lewis Clierrv, married Warren R. 
Davis, of Soutli Carolina. Issue: 

F 1. William Cherry Davis, born Dec. 7, 1889. 

F 2. Warren Uansom Davis, born February 21, 

F 3. David Sidney Davis, born AugUvst 18, 

F 4. Sara Lorton Davis, born November 17, 

^fr. Davis is an elder in the Presbyterian 
Clnireh, and is trulv an honest man. lie is a sue- 
cessful i)lanter near Senwa, S. C. His wife is 
indeed a help-meet, n devoted wife and mother, 
ambitious for her children. She is careful and 
faithful in their trainin^^. She is a communicant 
of the Episcopal Church. 

D G. Jane Adelaide Cherry, born April 14, 
1817, married her cousin. Dr. A. II. Reese, of 
Fendleton, S. C, ^iwy 27, 1831, by Rev. ]?iehard 
Cater. Tli(\v moved from South Carolina to West 
Point, da., Avhen it was first settled, and lived to 
sec it become a large, flourishing town. 

D 7. Edwin Augustus Cherry, born Februar}^ 
10, 1819; lived to be an old man, and died un- 

D 8. Sarah Ann Cherry, bom March 31, 1821; 

married Jonathan Smith, of South Carolina, who 

70 Genealogy of the Keese Family. 

was a soldier, and died in service in the Civil War. 
Issue : 

E 1. Susan Cherry Sniitli, married Mr. Wright. 
Issue : 

F 1. Charlotte Smith Wright. 

E 2. Mary Cherry Smith, married Mr. Presley. 

F 1. l^oy, name unknown. 

I) I). David J']lilui Cherry, ])orn Fel)ruary 10, 
18*^3; married Edmonia Seluill, of Virginia. Is- 

E 1. Kufus Scliull Cherry, died young. 

Dr. Eley I). Cherry graduated in medicine at 
riiiladelphia. He lived ahroad for many years, 
and spent some time in Paris. lie returned to 
America hefore the Civil War, and joined the Con- 
federate Armv, and was a distin^juislied surgeon, 
with the rank of nuijor. lie was stationed at Mo- 
hile a while, and wliile tliere visited his relatives 
in Georgia and Alahama. As a Confederate Vet- 
eran, he is loyal to the cause we call lost, but deep 
down in our hearts, and cherished in our memories, 
it can never die. He possesses superior educational 
advantages and culture; his extensive travel 
abroad makes him a wonderfully interesting com- 
panion. He is now seventy-five years of age, has 
retired from his practice, and leads a quiet life on 
his farm at ^larlboro, Va. 

His grandfather, Robert Cherry, was a Revo- 
lutionary soldier; several of his brothers and many 

Gknealogy of the Kekse Family. 71 

of his nq)hcws were gallant soldiers in tlic Civil 

Dr. Cherry was never an aspirant for honors. 

" lli;,'h woitli is elevated place, 'tis more: 
It makes the past stand candidate for thee; 
Makes more than monarch, makes an honest num.!' 

D 10. Jolin Callioiin Cherry, horn April 1, 
18^1, at Pendleton, S. C. ; died unmarried, and 
sleeps heside' his family in Hopewell Cemetery, 
South Carolina. 

1) 11. ]\Iary Elvira Cherry, married Elijah Mc- 
Kiidey as his seeond wife. She was a nohle, un- 
selfish woman, who lived to a ripe old age. Issue: 

E 1. Susjin Cherrv ^[cKinlev, niarrie<l Luther 
Turner. Issue: 

F 1. J. Frank Turner, unmarried. 

F 2. Julia Turner, unmarried. She is well 
educated, and an accomplished musieian; a lovely, 
sweet-tempered woman. 

F 3. Mary Turner, married Thomas De Ijcnuir, 
at West Point, da., Xovend)er 28, 1900. Issue: 

G 1. Luther Frank Do Lemar. 

F 4. Edward Turner. 

E 2. Samuel Cherry McKinley, married Tom- 
mic Fears. Issue: 

F 1. ]\Iercer Elijah McKinley. 

D 12. Charles Henry Cherry, died unmarried. 
For many years he was a merchant at Charleston, 
S. C. He was a faithful soldier in the Civil War. 

72 GiiXKALOGY OF Till: Reksi: Family. 

Sliortly aftiT tlic close of tlio war, lie went to New 
York, ami was t>;topping with his nephew, Edward 
H. Cherry, who lived in Brooklyn. One morning 
he told his nej)hew that he would go over to At- 
lanlie City to spend a couple of weeks, lie came 
down-stairs with his grip in his hand, said good- 
hve to the family, and left, and was never seen or 
heard of again. His nephews, Edward and Tom 
Cherry, heeamc alarmed at his prolonged absence, 
and forthwith instituted a search for him, adver- 
tised, and emi>loyed detectives, even consulted a 
s))iritualist, hut all to no purjmse. Xevcr a clue 
could he gotten, and in this mysterious manner he 
passed out of existence. 

lie was a gentleman of elegant, courtly man- 
ners, ])rincely in his generosity, a delightful coni- 
pnniun, and a groat favorite with hin relatives. 


B 3. Catharine ITitso, eldest dauglitcr of David 
and Susan Polk l?eese, married Hon. William 
Sliari)e, who was horn in Cecil county, Md., Dc- 
eemher IS, 11 A2. At the age of twenty-one he 
removed to Xorth Carolina, and hecamc one of the 
j)rominent men of the State. 

Hon. William Sharpe, of l?owan county, the eld- 
est son of 'IMiomas Sharpe, was a distin^^uished 
patriot of the devolution, and, when still young, 
threw into that dangerous and duhious conflict his 
life, his fortune, and his sacred honor. 

Il(» was n lawyer l>y profeHsion, removed to Ire- 
dell, then Uowan, and too|< an active and decided 
step for liberty, lie was a nuMuher of the State 
Congress in ]T7r)-'T(i. Jle was aide de camp to 
(Jen. Wutherford in 17Wt against the Indians, and 
was appointed by (Joxernor Caswell, in 1TT7, with 
Avery Winston and Lanier, to form a treaty with 
them. In 177!), he was a member of the Conti- 
nental Congress at Philadeljdiia, and served until 
1782. lie died in July, 1818, leaving n widow and 
twelve children. 

The following family record was furnished the 
writer by Mr. George Phifer Krwin, of Morgan- 
ton, X. C, who was a great-grandson of William 
Sharpe and Catharine I^ecsc Sharpe : He says that 

74 Gkxealomy Of THE ]Jei:se Family. 

liis «;ra 11(1 fat luT Krwin Imilt a lioiise in the yard at 
Ik'lvidore for his <rran<linotluTs, Catharine l?cosc 
Shai'iH' and Mar«;aiTt iM'win, whore tlioy lived a 
quiet, peaeefid, ha])])}' life until they died, one in 
18*^(1, the other in 1S;J'^. They were known among 
the children, and always spoken of in the most 
alfeetionate manner, as "the two ohl grand- 
mothers." They are huried side hy side at Belvi- 
dere : 

"1 send helow all the entries in the old faiiiily 
l^ihl(» of Col. William W. Krwin that relate to the 
family of Williain Sliarpe, thinking that they mjiy, 
possihiy, he of use to you": 


William Sharpe, father of Matilda Erwin, was 
born Decemher 13, 17 12. 

Catharine Ueese, mother of ^latilda Erwin, was 
l)orn September ^IJ, 1744. 

.A[atilda, horn Mareh 4, 170!). 

Until, horn Mareli 3, 1770. 

Thomas Reese, horn, :May 18, 1771. 

AInier, l)orn Octohcr 1, 1772. 

r.etsey, horn January 22, 1774. 

David, horn February 11, 1775. 

Flam, l)orn January 3, 1777. 

Marcus, horn, February 22, 1778. 

Cynthia, born November 18, 1780. 

Elvira, born July 21), 1782. 

Edwin, born December 1, 1783. 

Carlos, bom February 15, 1786. 

Genealogy of the Keese Family. 75 


William Sharpc to Catharine Reese, May 31, 

Kuth Sliarpe to Andrew Caldwell, October 1, 

Abner Sharjic to ^lary Loyd Osbom, August 29, 

Cyntbia Sliarpe to Jolin McOuire, April 5, 1803/ 

Klvira Simrpc to David Caldwell, Alarch 21, 

r>etscy Sbarpe to Capt. U. Starke, December 7, 


'J'lionins KecHc Sbarpe, on St. Simons iKlaml, 
February, 1801. 

MarcuH Sbarpe, at Xew Orleans, June 25, 1803, 

Al)ner Sbarpe, at Statesville, Nov. 11, 1807. 

William Sbarpe, at bis Seat, Iredell county, July , 
0, 1818. 

David Caldwell, tbe 20tb of February, 1819. 

Polly Youn^', tbe 28tb of February, 1819. 

Catbarine Sbari)e, (Itb May, 182G, in her eighty- 
first year. 

Kntries taken from the old family Bible of Col. 
William Willoughby Frwin, of "Belviderc,'' near 
Morganton, N. C. : 


William Sbar])e, father of Matilda Erwin, was 
bom December 13, 1742. 

76 Gexealogy of the Keese Family. 

Catharine Roesc, mother of ^[atihla Erwin, was 
born September 23, 1744. 


William Sharpc and Catharine Reese, May 31, 


William Sharpe, at his seat, Iredell county 
(X. C), July (I, 1818. 

Catharine Sharpe, (Ith of May, \H'H\, in her 
oi^'hty-llrHt year. 

{Mem. — Catharine Sharp died at "iJolvidorc") 


William W. Erwin to ^latilda Sharpe on the 
21st of May, 1788. 


^Fargaret Erwin died !;^3d of December, 1832, 
aged ninety-two years. 

{Mem. — Margaret Erwin died at "Jiclviderc" also.) 


Edward Jones Erwin, seventh son of Col. Wil- 
liam W. Erwin and his wife, Matihhv Sharpe Er- 
win, born March 24, IHOO; died July 8, 1871; 
marriiMl December 5, 1837, Ann Elizabeth Phifer, 
of Cabarrus, born Deceml)er 3, 1814; die<l June 9, 
1800. E. J. Erwin was educated at tlic University 
of Georgia; he inherited a fine plantation of fif- 

Genealooy of the Reese Family. 77 

teen liundrcd acres on John's River and adjoining 
the ohl lioinestead Belvidere. lie lived tliere until 
IS Hi, when lie removed to Morganton, and hecanie 
the cashier of the Branch Bank of North Carolina, 
succeeding Col. Isaac T. Avery, which ollice he 
held until the affairs of the hank were wound up 
and licjuidated, in 180(5. 

lie represented the county of Burke in the State 
liCgislature for one term in early life, hut would 
never afterwards accept political ollice. lie had 
thrt»e children, one son and two daughters. The 
son, (Jeorge Phifer, married Miss Corinna Iredell 
Avery. Their children are given elsewhere.- 

2 ^lary Jones Krwin, horn 2>^ovenil)er 11, 1815, 
married, Xoveniher 14, ltST4, ^Ir. James ^litchell 
]Jodgers, of Charleston, S. C. He was educated at 
The Citadel, at Charleston; was in husiness for a 
time at Shreves])ort, La. He afterwards moved 
and settled at Winston, X. C, where for fifteen 
years he has engaged in merchandising. They had 
i\\'v children, four died in infancy. A son, 
Frances ^litchell Rodgers, horn March 22, 1883, 

3 Sarah Matilda Wliite Krwin, horn June 5, 

18.5(1, married Dr. (^icorge II. ^loran, of 

Maryland. lie was a surgeon in the United States 
Army, and is now a ])rominent i>liysician of Mor- 
ganton, and the attendant physician to the State 
Institution for the Deaf and Dumh, located at that 
place. They have three children: 


T8 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

1. Annie Rankin ^Foran, bom Soptombcr 17, 

2. :\[ary UogvT» Moran, l)orn July 22, 1887. 

.1. Pliifer Krwin ^loran, born February 15, 

[Tbe writer is indebted to ^Fr. G. P. Erwin, of 
^Forganton, N. C, for tbis manuscript.] 

The AvEiiY ^FAxrsciiirT. 

(Miristojiber Avery came to America from Eng- 
land witb tlie Wintbrops of ^Fassacbusetts, and 
landed at Salem, ,Iune 12, Kl.'iO, and finally settled 
Tiear bis son, Capt. James Avery. 

Tbe latter settled at Groton, Conn., and tbese 
two are tbe founders of tbe Groton Avcrys. All 
tbese Avcrys were prominent men in tbeir day, 
and active in tbe stirring times in wbicb tbcy lived, 
as is ])roved by tbe bistorians of tbosc days, and 
tb(» records of tbe towns wbere tliey resided. Tbcy 
were always at tbe front in tbe defence of tbeir 
country, botb against tbe Indians and during tbe 
Revolutionary War. 

In tbe defence of Fort (iriswold. Conn., wbicb 
was captured by Henediet Arnold, tbe traitor, on 
SeptemlHT (>, 1781, and wbicb amounted to a cruel 
massacre, tberc were in tbe fort 1(54 men and boys, 
of wbom 88 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 
27 taken prisoners, and 14 escapcHl. Of tbese 9 
Avcrys were killed, 3 wounde<l, and 4 taken prison- 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 79 

ers; there were 10 Averys out of 150 of those 
killed, wounded and i)risoners. 

Harriet Kloisa Erwin, fifth child of Col. Wil- 
liam W. Erwin and Matilda Sharpe Erwin, l)orn 
]^Iay 3, lTJ)a, died August 4, 1858; married June 
27, 1815, Isaac Thomas Avery, son of Waightstill 
Avery, who was one of the signers of the Mecklen- 
burg Declaration of Independence, May 20, 1775, 
born September 22, 1785; died December 31, 18G4. 
Children as follows: 

1. and 2. Waightstill and William, twins. Wil- 
liam died day of birth, and the living one took 
both names. William Waightstill Avery, born 
May 25, 181G; died July 3, 18G4; married on 
^lay 27, 1840, Mary Corinna Morehead, daughter 
of Governor John M. Morehead, of North Caro- 

3. Theodore Horatio Avery, born September 11, 
1817; died Octol)er 3, 1822. 

4. Clarke Moulton Avery, born October 3, 1810; 
died June 18, 18G4; married June 23, 1841, Eliza- 
beth T. Walton. 

5. Thomas I^enoir Avery, born ]\Iarch IG, 1821; 
'died September 23, 18(12. 

G. Leah Adelaide Averv, bom Deccnil)cr 20, 
1822; died January 20, 18I)G; unmarried. 

7. Matilda Lo\iisa Avery, born October 4, 1824; 
died July 18, 182G. 

8. Matilda Avery, born May 8, 1826; dic<l July 
18, 182G. 


9. ^larciis Avery, lorn October 4, 1827; died 
February 22, 18-^'8. 

10. Isaac Krwin Avery, born December 20, 1828; 
died »)iily 3, 18()3; unmarried. 

11. Mary Ann ^lartlia Avery, born ^fay 20, 
18;U; died January 22, 181)0; married, June 2(), 
isr)5, Josepb F. Cliambert*, of Iredell county, N. C. 

12. Harriet Justina Avery, born September 2, 
1S;{:{; married, August 11, 1853, PinckiK^y B. 

13. Alj)bonzo Callioun Avery, born September 
11, 1835; married Susan Wasliington Morrison, 
wlio was a sister of Mrs. Stonewall Jackson; mar- 
ried, second time, Sarali J.ove Tbomas. 

14. T^aura Mira Avery, born November 15, 1837; 

15. Edward I)oli)ear Avery, born September 2G, 
1839; died December 1, 1848. 

1(1. Wiliougbby Francis Avery, born May 7, 
1843; died November 24, 1870; marrie<l Martba 
Jones, November 7, 3 80(5; married, second time, 
Loma Atkinson, February, 1875. 

Cbildren of William Waigbtstill Avery and bis 
wife, Mary Corinna Morebead : 

B 1. Annie JIarriet Avery, born November 0, 
]818; married, October 20, 1808, Mr. Joseph H. 
Scales. Cbildren: 

C 1. Waigbtstill Avery Scales, born December 
5, 1870; died Novcml)cr 7, 1880. 

C 2. Joseph Henry Scales, Jr., bom April 12, 

Genealogy of the Heese Family. 81 

C 3. Annie Perkins Scales, born November 29, 

C 4. John Walker Scales, born December 3, 
1883 ; (lied June 22, 1884. 

C 5. Wai^'htstill Morehead Scales, born May 8, 

B 2. Corinna Iredell Avery, born October 27, 
1850; married, October 20, 1875, Mr. George 
IMiil'er Erwin. Issue: 

C 1. Annie Phifer Erwin, born August 12, 

C 2. Corinna Morehead Erwin, born August 
20, 1879; married, March 18, 1899, Mr. Derr 

C 3. Addie Avery Erwin, born July 9, 1884. 

C 4. Edward Jones Erwin, born October 10, 

C 5. Eloise McCurdy Erwin, born August 1, 

George Phifer Erwin, who married Corinna Ire- 
dell Avery, is the son of Edward Jones Erwin, 
grandson of Col. William W. Erwin, great-grand- 
son of David Reese, signer of ^lecklcnburg Declar- 
ation of Independence. lie graduated at David- 
son College, North Carolina, in 1861 ; enlisted as 
n private in the Civil War; served during the 
whole struggle, and rose to the rank of captain. 
After the war he studied law, and was admitted to 
the bar in 1867, but never practiced. He was 
elected Secretary and Treasurer of the Western 

82 Genealogy of the Keese Family. 

North Carolina Kailroad Company in 18G9, and 
roniaincnl in tlic service of that company for seven- 
teen years, until its consolidation with the South- 
ern Kailway Com]>any. Ilis wife was the great- 
praii(l(lnii«;hter of Wai^^'htstill Avery, si/^mer of the 
]Meckl('nl)ur'^' Declaration of Independence, 1775. 
Waightstill Avery was educated at Princeton 
Colle<^e, New Jersey, from which he graduated in 
17(l(). Tfe renuiined there for a .year as tutor; 
then went to ^rarvland, where he studied law with 
liUlher Littleton Dennis, and soon removed to 
Xorth Carolina, where he was admitted to practice 
Fehriuirv 4, HOD. 

In 1772, he was a memher of the Provincial 
Assemhly, and soon afterward appointed Attorney- 
Ceneral for the Crown. In 1774, he, with 185 
other ])r()minent patriots, signed the following 
Declaration : 

"We, the suhscrihers, do declare that we will 
hear faith and true allegiance to the Indepen- 
dent State of North Carolina, and to the 
powers and authorities which may he estah- 
lished for the government thereof, and we 
will, to the utmost of our powers, maintain 
and defend the same against Great Britain 
and all others Powers, Enemies to the United 
States of America, and this we most solemnly 
and sincerely declare without any Equivoca- 
tion, Mental Evasion, or Secret Reservation 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 83 

This was in reality tlic first Dixilaration of Iii- 
(l('I)on(lonce, antodatin*^ the Mecklenburg Declara- 
tion ))V nearly a year. 

He first settled in Salisbury, X. C, where he 
remained for a year. Then at Charlotte, where he 
soon acfjuired friends and rajjid j)ronK)tion. lie 
was active in encoura<;inf:: education and literature, 
and was a devoted friend of lilK'rty. In the dul)i- 
0U8 and dan^rerous conflict with the mother coun- 
try, hv. led the bold spirits of the day in the pa- 
triotic county of i^Iecklenburg. and was a member 
of tlje Convention of May 20, 1775, which adopted 
the famous Declaration of Independence of that 
date, and was one of those selected to sign that 
immortal document. 

He was Colonel of the County ^lilitia, and as 
such was in active service during the war. The 
minutes of the Council of Safety for ]Mecklenl)urg 
county show his zeal in the cause of liberty, and 
the confidence of his countrymen in his integrity 
and talents is proved by the important duties he 
was engaged to perform. This zealous activity 
called down upon his head the vengeance of the 
enemy, for when Lord Cornwallis occupied Char- 
lotte in 1781, the law office of Col. Avery, with 
all his books and papers, was burned. Tn 1775, he 
was delegate from ^lecklenburg county to the 
State Congress, which met at TTillsboro, and which 
placed the State in military organization. 

In 1776, he was delegate from the same to the 

84 Gkn'ealogy of the TJeese Family. 

same, wliicli met at Halifax, and wliich formed 
tlie State Constitution. He was ai)pointe(l one of 
tlie si«TiK»rs of tlie proclamation bills. He was 
appointed by Covernor Alexander Martin, in 1777, 
witb Bri<,'.-Gen. Jobn ^leDowell and Col. John 
Servier, to treat with the Cherokee Indians. 

This rommissicm, to which William Shari)e, 
Jose])h Winston and l?obert Lanier were subsc- 
<piently joined, ncfcotiated the treaty of Long 
L^land, of Holston, on July 20, 1777, with those 

He was elected the first Attorney-General of 
North Carolina in 1777, and held that ofTicc for 
one year. He then removed from Charlotte to liis 
place, "Swan Ponds," near ^For^anton, Burke 
county, X. C, which county he represented in the 
State Le;;islatnre in 1782.' 1783, 1784, 1785 nnd 
nJKJ, and where he enjoyed peace and ])lenty, and 
the love and rep\rd of his r.eijrhbors until his 
death, ■^^arch 15, 1821. At the time of his death 
lie was the patriarch of the North Carolina bar, 
an exemplary Christian, n pure patriot and an 
honest man. 

The following incident in his life, and which 
occurred many years before his death, is interest- 

Parton, in his Life of Andrew Jncl'son, relates 
that when "Old HickorV' was young Hickory, just 
twenty-one years old, he fought the first duel of 
hie life with Col. Waightstill Avery, a distin- 

Genealogy of the Keese Family. 85 

guishod meinbcT of the bar of North Carolina. 
There was a criminal trial before the court in 
Jonesl)oro, X. C, now Tennessee, in which Col. 
Avery and Andrew Jackson appeared on opposite 
sides. In tlie course of the trial, Col. Avery was 
severe in his comments upon some of the legal 
positions taken by his young opponent. The lat- 
ter took deep oltence, and, it would seem, ad- 
dressed a note to Col. Avery, upon the subjcHjt of 
wbicli, however, we know nothing, except that it 
is referred to in the challenge. 

On tiie morning of the second day of the trial 
Jackson, acutely mortified at a repetition of the 
olfence, tore out a blank leaf from a law book, 
wrote the challenge in the court-room, and de- 
livered it to Col. Avery with his own hand. 

The following is n true and correct copy taken 
from the original challenge, which was for many 
years in the i)ossession of the compiler of this 
sketch, and is now in the possession of a great- 
granddaughter of Col. Avery, living in Morgan- 
ton, N. C. A verbatim copy is given, following 
"Old Hickory's" spelling and punctuation: 

"Aug. 12»\ 1788. 

"Sir when amans feelings and charcctor are 
injured he ought to seek aspecdy redress I 
You rec** a few lines from mc yesterday un- 
doubtedly you understand me. ^ly charcctor 

you have Injured; and further you have In- 

80 Gkxealooy of the Reese Family. 

suited me in tlie presence of acourt and a larg 
audianc I therefore call upon you as a gentle- 
man to give me satisfaction for the same; and 
further call ujx)!! you to give me an answer 
immi'diately without Ecjuivocation, and I 
hope you can do without dinner until the 
business done, for it is consistant with the 
charector of agentleinan when he injures 
aman to nwike aspedy reparation, therefore I 
hope you will not fail in meeting me this day 
from y*" Ilhl Ser*. 

"Andrew Jackson." 

"Col. Avery. 

"P. S. This evening after Court ad- 

The duel was not fought before dinner, as the 
impetuous young advocate desired. It occurred 
just after sunset. Fortunately neither of the com- 
batants was injured, and they left the ground very 
good friends. 

There is a tradition handed down in the family 
that in the duel Col. Avery reserved his fire, then 
immediately fired in the air, and walked over to 
young Jackson, and administered him a lecture on 
the sin of duelling. 

One of the most interesting and characteristic 
things connected with this incident is the methodi- 
cal manner in which Col. Averv took care of and 
preserved the challenge. He carefully folded the 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 87 

papOr up, exactly as lie would have done a receipt 
for money, or the like, ho that its size is about an 
inch and a half wide hy three inches long, and en- 
dorsed on the back of it : 

duel, • 
Aug ^», 

and nied it securely away in a bundle of business 
papers, and it was accidentally found many years 
after his death by his children. 

Col. Isaac Thomas Avery. The late Governor 
Swain, who was President of the University of 
Xorth Carolina, and noted for his knowledge of 
the histories of prominent families in Xorth Caro- 
lina, and for his accurate estimate of the moral 
and mental qualities of men, considered Col. Avery 
one of the first men of the day. 

Being an only son, he was compelled to suspend 
his classical education at the age of fifteen, at 
which time his father was disabled by paralysis; 
yet in his old age he could read Latin with the 
greatest facility. 

He managed his father's estate, and afterwards 
his own with fine judgment, and accumulated a 
large fortune. Tie owned one of the largest and 
finest fanns in Burke county, X. C, on the Ca- 
tawba River, five miles from Morganton, the 
county seat, where he lived all his life, and kno\*Ti 

88 Gkxkalooy of the Rkksk Family. 

as "Swan l^)n^ls." \\v also owiumI fifty tliousand 
acres of fine «,'razing land in the Uhio Kidgc ^[oun- 
tains, in what is now ^litclioll county; was a most 
successful fanner, and the largest hreeder and 
raiser of horses and cattle in his section. He was 
cashier of the ^lorganton U ranch of the State 
Bank for thirty years, succeeding Col. William W. 
Krwin, whose daughter lie married. 

With all the lahor ccwinected with his varied 
business interests, and the care of a large family, 
he foun<l time to store his mind with a vast fund 
of information. In early years, he represented 
Jiurke county in the State Legislature, hut in later 
years would not acce])t political olVice. He died 
at his honu\ *'Swan l*onds," on Dwemher 31, 
ISCJl, full of years and honors. 

William Waightstill Avery, ehlest son of Col. 
Isaac T. Avery, gra<luated at the University of 
\orth Carolina, in IS.'JT, at the lu'ad of his class; 
studied law with .Judge (Jaston, and soon ac(|uired 
a fine reputation and practice at tlu» har; waw 
elected a nuMnher of the State Legislature from 
lUirke county in 1S4'^, although he was a Demo- 
crat, while the Whigs in the county outnumhered 
the Democrats two to one. 

He was a nuMuher of the General Assembly of 
the State, either in the Senate or House of Keprc- 
sentatives, at nearly every session up to 18G0; was 
President of the Senate in IHoG. In 1801, he was 
elected a member of Congress of the Confederate 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 89 

States, and sorvcd in that capacity until liis death. 
lie was mortally wounded in July, 18(>4, near Mor- 
<;anton, wliile leadini,' an attack on Federal troops 
who were making an incursion from Fast Tennes- 
see, and died July 3, 1«()4, at liis home in ^lor- 
pinton, X. C. He married Miss ^lary Corinna 
Aforehead, dau«rhter of (iovernor John ^I. ^[ore- 
head, of North Carolina. 

I The ahove liistorv of the Frwin and Averv 
families was kindlv furnished hv (Jeorw Fhifer 
Frwin, of ^[or^anton, X. C, from his manuscrijjt, 
and greatly ai)preciated hy the writer.] 

Hutli Sharpc (the second daughter of William 
Sharpe and his wife, Catharine IJci'se) was l)orn 
March 3, ITTO, and nnuTied, on October 1, 1781), 
to Andrew (*a Id well. , . 

'^J'here were four sons r.nd three daughters: 
1. Fnmklin Cnldwell; 2, JoHe|)h V. Caldwell; 3, 

-\h'. Klam (SildweJI; <, Caldwell (a non) ; 5, 

Cadiiirine Caldwell (named for her gnnnhuother, 
Catharine Uvvfiv Sharpe) ; (i, Jennie Caldwell, and 
7, Mary (^ildwell. 

(X'ote. — Am not at all sure that I give the chil- 
dren in the order of their hirth.) 

' IJuth Sharp Caldwell, after the death of her hus- 
band, came to live with her daughter Catharine, 
who had married Jose])h Wilson, of Burke county, 
X. C, and dicnl here, in Morganton, in the house 
now owned by ^lisp Laura Avery. 

J)0 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 


1. Fmid'lin CaUlwvU, of Salinlmry, N. C, was a 
(lisfin;j:iiislR'(l lawvcr, ami for many years Ju(l;,'t' of 
I lie Siij)t'rior Court. Ifc inarriod, first, Frances 
llrnilorson; second, Mrs. Kcljccca Chanil)crs Troy. 
No cliildrcn of the second nuirriagc. There were 
five cliildren of tlie first niarria<]fe: 

1. Areliil)ald (Bahly) Cahlwell, died unmarried. 

2. Elizahetli Caldwell, married Col. Charles 
Fislier, who was killed at the First Battle of lila- 
nassas. They had three cliildren: 1, Frances 
Fisher (widely known as Christian Keid, the au- 
thoress), who married Prof. Ticrnan, who is dead, 
leavin*( no issue, and the widow is living in Salis- 
hury, N. C. ; 2, Annie Fisher, living and unmar- 
ried : 3, Fred Fisher, married, but have no further 

3. IJichard Caldwell, a lawyer, married, but died 
without issue. 

4. Dr. Julius Caldwell, a ])rominent i)hysician, 
now living in Salisbury, N. C. ; married Fannie 
^[iller, and have four chUdrcn, Fannie, Alice, 
baldy, and Julius. 

5. Frances Caldwell, married Peter Ilairston, a 
wealthy Virginia planter. He is dead, but his 
widow is still living at "Cooloomee," one of her 
places near Salisbury. There are four children, 
Agnes, Frank, I?uth and Peter. 

(End of Franklin Caldwell's family.) 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 91 

2. Joseph P. Caldvcll was also a distinguished 
lawyer, and re})iTst'ntod tlio Salisbury District in 
Congress from IHl!) to 1853. lie nuirried Amanda 
^leCuilogli, who is still living, at an advanced age, 
in Slalcsvilie, N. C. They had four children: 

(1) Jennie; Caldwell, living in Statesvillc, and 

(2) Catherine Caldwell, died unmarried (named 
after the same Cniharine l?eesc Sharpc). 

(3) Sarah Caldwell, married Theo. F. Kluttz, 
a j)rominent hiwyer of Salisbury, N. C, and now 
a niendjer of Congress from that district. They 
have six children : Janic, Ruth, Theo., Wliitchcad, 
Mary and Kathleen (the name Catharine still 
handed down). Janie Ivluttz, daughter of Theo- 
dore F. Kluttz and wife Sarah Caldwell Kluttz, 
married Henderson Crawford, of Salisbury, X. C. 
Issue: Sarah Dunlap Crawford. 

(4) Jose])h P. Caldwell, the distinguished edi- 
tor of the DalJi/ Charlotte Observer, the best paper 
in the State, and one of the best in the South, lie 
married i\rargaret Spratt, who is dead. There are 
four children: Lottie, Joseph, Mary and Frank. 

(End of JoHcpli P. Cnldwcl'*«* family.) 

3. Dr. Klam Caldwell, lived in Lincolnton, X.C, 
and married ^liss ilotz, and had two children, one 
son, who went to Texas, and died there unmarried, 
and one daughter, Angic Caldwell, who is unmar- 
ried, and is now living in Statesville, N. C. 

(End of Dr. Elam Caldwell's family.) 

92 Genkalooy of the !Rp:ese Family. 

4. Caldwell, a son, iiiarriod and went 

somewhere to the Southwest, and died there, lie 
liad two children, one dauf^hter, ^Fa^'^ne Caldwell, 
who died in Newnan, Ga., in 18G4, unmarried, and 
one son of whom we have no information. ; 

(End of Caldwell'a family.) 

5. Catherine Caldwell, who nuirried Joseph Wil- 
son, of Burke count}', X. C, and lived for a time 
in Morganton. They had a family, and moved to 
Texas. Xo further record. 

G. Jennie Caldwell, married to a Mr. Sanders, 
of Virginia. X'othing further except that they 
had a family. 

7. Mary Caldwell, died unmarried. 

(End of Kulli Hlitii'pu'ii duMcvitdtinU.) 

Ci/nthid. Shar/f (tlie nintli child of William 
Sharp and his wife, Catharine lU'cse Sharp) was 
horn X'^ovemher IS, 1780, and on Ai)ril 5, 1803, 
married John ^IcGuire, of ^[organton, X'^. C. They 
lived there until ahout 1840, when they followed 
their children to Batesville, Ark. There were nine 
children: 1, Evelina; 2, Elvira; 3, Harriet; 4, Wil- 
liam; 5, Elam; 6, Catharine; 7, Edwin; 8, Louisa; 
9, Thomas. 

1. Evelina, married a Mr. Hughes, and lived for 
a time in Morganton, N. C. ; afterwards moved to 
Batesville, Ark. Their eldest daughter was named 
Mary Hughes. Nothing further known. 

Genealogy of the Ueese Family. 93 

3. Ilavrivt, iimrriud n ^Ir. Whitcsidcs, and lived 
in Bunconiho county, X. C. They liad a family, 
scattered and moved \Ve^<t, and nothing further is 

4, Wilhani; 7, Edwin, and !), Thomas moved to 
Batesvilie. Ark.; married tliere. Xotliing furtlier. 

0. Calhnriiic (named for the •^grandmother Catli- 
arine l\ees<? Sharpe), married William C. Bevens, 
of Lineolnton, X'. C, moved to Batesvillc, xVrk. 
He was a ])rominent lawyer, and became Judge 
Bevens, of Arkansas, a distinguished jurist of the 
State. I know nothing further, except that they 
had children. 

8. Louisa, nuirried Dr. Alfred Bcvens, a younger 
brother of Judge Bevens. They also went to 
Batesville, and had a family. 

(Kiul of Cynthia KhurpcV fftinily.) 

Genealogy ok Paht of the Keese Family. 
November, 1001. 

A. David ]?eese, born , died . A signer 

of the ^lecklenburg Declaration of Independence. 

B. Catherine Keese, daughter of David, born 
SeptemlxT 23, 1744; died May G, 1820; married, 
May 31, 1708, Capt. William Sharix?, born Deceni- 
ber 13, 1742, died July 0, 1818, who was a member 
of the Continental Congress. 

C 9. Cynthia Sharpc, the ninth child of Wil- 
liam Sharpc and Catharine Reese, was bom Xo- 
vembcr 18, 1780, and died December 2G, 1849, at 

d-L GeneXlooy of the Reese Family. 

Batc'svillo, Ark.; married John McGnire, April 

5, 180;j, wlio was horn 1771, and died August 

2i\, 1813, in Hatc'svillo, Ark. They lived in Mor- 
fj^anton, N. C\, until ahout hSlO, wlicn they fol- 
lowed their ehildren to Batesville, Ark., where 
their last and Ix'st work was don(? in helping to 
organize a Preshyterian ehureh, which has since 
had a reniarkahle history. Issue; 

D 1. Sarah Evelina, horn Fehruary 21, 1815; 
died August 22, 1831), in Batesville, Ark.; mar- 
ried Thonuis Hughes, an Englishman, in Morgan- 
ton, N. C. Issue: 

E 1. William Casper, horn in North Caro- 
lina; migrated to and nuirried in California. 

E 2. Mary Cordelia, horn in North Caro- 
lina; married in Batesville, Ark., to William K. 
Feemster; migrated to California. 

E 3. Thomas lOdwin, nuirricKl Miss Rogers, 

in Batesville, Ark. ; migrated to Fresno, Cal., where 
ins familv now reside. 


E 4. Edwin Pay son, horn . 

E 5. Sarah Jane, horn ; died in 

Batesville, Ark. 

E G. John Elam, born . 

D 2. Elvira Sharpe, born July 10, 1806; died 
May 15, 1813. 

D 3. Harriet Matilda, born September 20, 1807 ; 

died ;. married John Bowcn \Vliite8ide8 

1824. Issue: 

E 1. Elvira Louisa, born August 9, 1822. 

Gexflvlooy of the Reese Family. 95 

E 2. Jolin Quincey Adani.s, horn June 19, IS'-^S. 

E 3. CathcTinc Matilda, born June 13, 1825. 

E 4. Cyntliia Evelina, born April 11), 1827. 

E 5. i\lary Elizabeth, horn April 4, 182U. 

This family nii«2;rate(l to Geor«^ia, and their i)res- 
ent address is not known. 

I) 4. William Lorenzo, born December 31, 1808; 
died March 2(5, 185G ; married Mary Jane Searcy 
in 1837 ; married a second time to ^lary Ann Deb- 
nam. Issue by his first wife, Mary Jane Searcy: 

E 1. James Edwin, born ; died near 

Morganton, X. C, of wounds received during the 
Civil War. 

E 2. Martha Ann McGuirc, born . 

E -3. Catherine Elizabeth, born March 23, 1843; 
died June 27, 1872; married Cullens; mar- 
ried, second, September, 18G5, to Mark A. K. Wy- 
cough. Issue: 

F 1. ^lonnie, born June 2, 18GG; married 
Charles W. ]\raxfield November 12, 1888, in Batcs- 
ville. Ark. Issue: 

G 1. Bessie. 

G 2. Charles. 

G 3. J. Fred. 

G 4. Maxic. 

F 2. Adelaide, born April 9, 1870; married 
John Crow October 13, 1897. Issue: 

G 1. Monnie, born February 26, 1901. 

D 4. William Lorenzo. Issue by his second 
wife, Mary Ann Debnam: 

96 Gki^ealogy of the Reese Family. 

K 4. Kvoliiia L., born Febnuiry 2, 1818; died 
Julv 8, 184!). 

K 5. Nrttii', l)orn Juno 10, 185'^; died Muy 7, 

K (1. William S. 

K 7. liNjIu'it, married, and one child, name and 
address unknown. 

E 8. Kmeline Cordelia, born February 22, 1855; 
married Kiebard Searcy, December IJ), 1878, in 
independence county. Ark. Kesidence, James- 
town, Ark. Issue: 

F 1. Iliibert Dickenson, born April 8, 1881. 

F 2. James Ilorthen, born December 19, 

F 3. Kobert Desha, l)orn February 24, 1884. 

F 4. IJamsey Winnefred, born February 14, 

F 5. Adhii llulsey, l>orn January 22, 18!H. 

D 5. Flam Sbarpe, born April 7, 1810; died 
December 21, 1858; nuirried Catiicinu Kli/.ubeth 
Lewis April 11, 1838. Issue: 

K 1. William Lewis, born Septend)er 5, 1840, 
in St. Louis county (now Fer^juson county). Mo. 
IJesides at Batesville, Ark. (1902.) 

E 2. Charles Edwin, born Decend)cr IG, 1842; 
nnirried Mollic J. Mcintosh, DcxjtMnber 3, 1873, at 
Austin, Ark. lleeidcs with his children at or near 
Hcbcr, Ark. 

F 1. Welch McGuire, born at Batcsvillc, Ark., 
March IG, 1875. 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 97 

F 2. Sopliie Kate McGuirc, born at Batefiville, 
Ark., October 2\), 1880. 

F 3. .lean ^Iclntosb ^IcGuiro, born at Bates- 
villo, Ark., Decembor 18, 1883. 

K 3. Tbonias Watson, born August 17, 1845; 
married Virginia A. Austin, May 1, 1872, at Car- 
rollton, jMo. 

F 1. Leonora Austin AIcGuire, born September 
12, 1873; married George W. Webster, at Carroll- 
ton, :Mo., January 27, 181)7. 

G 1. Li la Austin Wel)ster, born at . 

F 2. Walter W. ^kfcGuirc, born December 2G, 

F 3. Arnold ^IcGuirc, born January 21), 188G. 

E 4. Walter Sbarpc, born December 20, 1847; 
married Adaline Powell Street, January 1, 1873. 
Resides witb bis family at or near Jamestown, 

F 1. Ftbel Powell McGuirc, born at Batesvillo, 
Ark., :\[areb 2, 1874. 

F 2. Steibi MeGuire, Imrn at Batesvillc, Ark., 
XovemluT iJl, 1S7G. 

F 3. Poi)ert Street ^IcGuire, l)orn at ^[t. Olive, 
Ark., August 20, 1871). 

F 4. Walter llugb ^[cGuirc, born at Batesvillc, 
Ark., November 14, 1882. 

F 5. Harry James AFcGuirc, born at Batesvillc, 
Ark., December 8, 1885. 

E 5. Jobn Wbalen, bom November 15, 1850; 
died ^lav 7, 1802. 

98 Gexkalooy ov the Reese Family. 

E G. Laura Isabella, born April 30, 1856; mar- 
ried . No ehildren. 

D G. Catlierine Elizabetb, born April 7, 1811; 
died ^larch 28, 1883; married William Casper 
Bevens, 18 — , in Morganton, N. C. Issue: 

(E 1.) 1. Susan Elizabeth, Imrn June 20, 1829. 
Resides at present at Little Rock, Ark.; married 
William R. Miller, January 27, 1840, in Ratesville, 
Ark., who was from 1877 to 1881 Governor of 
Arkansas. L'^suc: 

(E 1.) A L Louisa Maria, born March 10, 
1850. i?esides at present in Little Rock, Ark.; 
married William J. Joblin. Issue: 

(G 1.) B 1. Xora, born — — ; died in infancy. 

(G 2.) B 2. Miller L., born December 9, 1875. 
Resides at Richmond, Va. 

(F 2.) A 2. Catherine, born March 1, 1852; died 
January 13, 18G2. 

(F 3.) A 3. Alice, born February 7, 1854; died 
December 27, 18G1. 

(F 4.) A 4. Harriet, bom March 11, 1859; died 
December 27, 18G0. 

(F 5.) A 5. EfTie, born January 8, 18G2; died 
June 29, 1900; married John Edwin Williams, 
January IG, 1884. Issue: 

(G 1.) n 1. Janic EITic, bom August 1, 1885; 
died J\dy 29, 1887. 

(G 2.) B 2. Edwin ^larshall, born July 7, 1889. 

(G 3.) B 3. Lawrence Miller, bom April 10, 

Genealogy of the Heese Family. 99 

(F G.) A 0. William Keed, born March 28, 1866. 
JJc'sidcs in Kiclunond, Vn. ; married P^lfie Kennedy, 
April 17, 1889. Issue: 

(G 1.) B 1. Leland Long, born April 9, 1890. 

(G 2.) B 2. David Kennedy, born October 9, 
1892; died June 6, 1894. 

(G 3.) B 3. Elizabeth, born May 18, 1895; died 
August 22, 1896. 

(F 7.) A 7. Hugh, born Juno 2, 1868. Resides 
in J{ichmond, Va. Married Christie Hamilton 
Poppenhcim, December 17, 1902, at Charleston, 

(E 2.) 2. William Alexander, born December 
14, 1831, at ^lorganton, X. C. ; died starch 4,_ 
1891, at Little I^ock, Ark. ; married Ada Lewis, 

1858 ; married a second time, Ida G. McNeil, 

September 27, 1883; was Mayor at Batesville, 
Ark., at time of his death, and had been a colonel 
in the Confederate Army. Issue by his first wife, 
Ada Lewis: 

(F 1.) A 1. William Casper, born April, 1864. 
IJesides in Texas. 

(F 2.) A 2. Fairchild Alexander, l)orn 

18(17; married Estelle Tnscore, of Kansas City, 
1894. Practicing medicine in Malmnk.Tex. Issue: 

(G 1.) B 1. Maxson, born at Canton, Texas, 


(G 2.) B 2. Randal, born at Cnnton, Tcjcas, 


(F 3.) A 3. Lucilc Adelaide, bom Juno 21, 

100 Gknkalooy of tin: Keksk Family. 

1871; umrricMl Woldon Edwards Scbonck, Febru- 
ary 2ii, IHlJo, at IJiclunond, Va. besides at Groons- 
boro, X. C. Issue: 

(G 1.) B 1. Wei don Edwards, Jr., born Novem- 
ber 17, 185)5; died June 1, 1897. 

(G 2.) B 2. Lewis Bevens, born June 21, 

(G 3.) B 3. John Richar([son, born April 28, 

E 2. William Alexander. Issue by his second 
wife, Ida McNeil: 

(F 4.) A 1. Alexander, born July 23, 1884, at 
Piatesviilc, Ark. 

(E 3.) 3. Harriet, born April 11, 1834; died 
July 22, 1850; married William Gibl)s, February, 

(E 4.) 4. Catherine Eugenia, born September 
10, 1837; died January 7, 1000, at Batesville, 
Ark.; married James Weatherald Butler, Febru- 
ary, 1858, who was for many years Judge of the 
Circuit Court of Independence and adjoining 
counties. Ark. 

(F 1.) A 1. Susan, born jVlareh 10, 1850, at 
Batesville, Ark.; married Dr. William B. Law- 
rence, February 4, 1880, nt Batesville, Ark. Be- 
sides at Batesville, Ark. 

(F 2.) A 2. Catherine, born August 3, 1801; 
died August 11, 1803, at Friar's Point, ^[iss. ; 
married Hev. Julian C. Brown, January 24, 1881, 
at Batesville, Ark. Issue: 

(G 1.) B 1. Susie Wee, bom October 29, 1881, 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 101 

fit Batcsville, Ark.; died February 19, 1891, in 
vort Sinitli, Ark. 

' (G 2.) B 2. Kate, born June 2G, 1893, in Friar's 
Point, ^fiss. Resides with her father in Hot 
Springs, Ark. . < ' . 

(F 3.) A 3. Paul Bevens, born January 29, 
18G4, Springfiehl, Tex.; married Xeva Pearl Cook, 
April 24, 1895, at Elmo, Ark. Resides at Bates- 
ville. Ark. Issue: 

(G 1.) B 1. Virgil James, born May 10, 189G, 
in Batesville, Ark. 

(G 2.) B 2. Mildred Eugenia, born July 5, 1897, 
in Batesville, Ark. 

(G 3.) B 3. William Lawrence, bom July 14, 
1899, in Batesville, Ark. 

(G 4.) B 4. 

(F 4.) A 4. Eugenia, born February 5, 18G7; 
married Jesse Wallace Byler, November 29, 1889, 
at Batesv.lle, Ark. Resides at St. Louis, Mo. Is- 

(G 1.) B 1. Mary, born October 19, 1893, in 
Batesville, Ark. 

(G 2.) B 2. James Butler, born January 13, 
1901, in St. Louis, Mo. 

(F 5.) A T). James W., bom November 9, 18G9, 
at Batesville, Ark. Resides at I^atesvillc, Ark. 

(F G.) A G. Reed, born September 23, 1872, at 
Batesville, Ark. Resides at Batesville, Ark. 

(E 5.) 5. Louise, born March 12, 1844; died 

January 13, 18G2, at Little Rock, Ark. 

102 Gi:ni:alogy of the Reese Family. 

D 7. Kuthvon, horn Soptombor 15, 1813; 
(lied in Bati'sviilo, Ark.; niarricMJ Eiinnilinc Craig, 
1837. in IniU'inndonee county, Ark. Isf^uc: 

E 1. Janits Clinton, l)orn Oc'tol)or IT, 1839; 
niarrit'd Martlm K. Krwin, Dccenil)cr 20, 1871, at 
Uatcsvillo, Ark. Issue: 

F 1. Krwin H., l)orn August 11, 1873; married 
IJuth Nortlicross. 

F 2. Elizal>oth Ewing, born April 2(1, 1878; 
married William Daniel (J ray, November 28, 1000. 

G 1. Martlin, born Marcli 20. 1902. 

F 3. Eaura, born May 1<), 1882; dieil October 
24, 1887. 

E 2. :Mary E., born October 13, 1841; died 
August 20, 1802, in Oil Trough Bottom, Indepen- 
dence county. Ark. 

E 3. Cordelia L., born April 23, 184G; died 
August 28. 1803. 

E •], William Ivlward, horn June 19, 18.')7. 

I) H. .lime I/ouisa. born February 21, 181.*); 
dieil November 11, 187."). at Batesville, Ark.; nuir- 
ried Dr. Alfred Bevens, January 8, 1834, at Mor- 
ganton, N. C. Issue: 

Vj 1. Sarah L., born November 13, 1834, in 
Morganton, N. C. ; died September 23, 1808, in 
Jacksonport, Ark.; married Ralph R. Kellog, Dc- 
cemlxT 31. 1849. Issue: 

F 1. Eva Ivouisa, born September 6, 1803. Re- 
sides in Albuquerque (?), New Mexico; married 
James M. Currj', April, 1870. Issue: 

Gexealooy of the IIeese Family. 103 

G 1. James, horn Xovember, 188G. 

F 2. Xellic Cynthia, horn January 21, 1855; 
(lied August, 188(1; married Thomas F. Ilorton, 

F 3. Mary Kmma, horn Octoher 20, 1858. Re- 
sides in Newport, Ark. ; married Tlieophelus Stu- 
art Stepliens, July 15, 1875, who was horn April 
30, 1847. issue: 

G 1. George Kellogg, horn July 30, 1879;- is 
now at St. Louis Medical College; will locate at 
Xew])ort, Ark. 

G 2. J{ali)h Curry, Imrn June 28, 1882. 

G 3. ^lary Jane, horn Octoher 28, 1884; now 
at school at Columhia, Mo. 

G 4. Harry Dowell. 

G 5. Lutie ^lae, horn August 1(1, 1802. 

G G. Gertrude Fuller, horn Octoher 10, 1900; 
died July 1-1, IDOl. 

F ■}. Kaiph Wyeough, horn March 30, 18(18. 
UesidcH in Newport, Ark. 

K 2. FJam F. lievens, horn Octoher 2({, 183(), 

in Morgnnton, N. C. ; died ; married Fannie 

Houghton. Issue: 

F 1. Kdgar Foe, horn ; died 1870; mar- 
ried (the second time) Maggie Graham , in 

Memphis, Tenn, who lives in Memphis with her 
son. Issue : 

F 2. Frank, horn 1882. 

E 3. Emma A., horn Octol)cr 28, 1838, in Mor- 
ganton, N. C; died Octoher 20, 18G9; married 

104 Oknkalooy of Tin: I^kkse Family. 

]\f. A. Wycoii«,H), Fcbninry 2(», 1850. One son, now 

K 1. Willinin K., horn Maroli 5, 1841. UvH\i\v» 
at Ilclcnn, Ark.; iiiarrird \'ir<xinia (Jrcon, Augunt 
'27, 18(m, at .lacksonport. Ark. Ihhuc: 

F 1. Alic'o ^lay, born OcIoIkt KI, 1800; died 
XoveiiduT 27, 1884. 

F 2. Jvlwin liovcns, born Fel)niary 14, 1875; 
is })racticin<( law in llolcna. Ark. 

F 3. .losi'pli L., l)orn Sc'i)tend)er 4, 1880; in the 
drug Imsincss in Helena, Ark. 

E 5. ^larv Jane, horn September 12, 1843. Re- 
sides at Iinl)oden, Ark.; married E. W. Ilogan, 
December 25, 1800. Issue: 

F 1. Susan T^ouisa, l)orn January 25, 1808. 
Resides at Searcy, Ark. ; married Rev. N. E. Gard- 
ner. Issue: 

G 1. Klizal)et]i Bevens, born . 

F 2. George Eldridge, horn A])ril 12, 1870. 

F 3. Walter Edwin, horn Septend)er 28, 1872. 

F 4. Sidney 1^'erce, born Sejitember 1, 1874. 

F 5. Artlinr Ilamlin, l)orn February 25, 1880. 

F 0. Charles Wayne, born December 25, 1888. 

E 0. TlionuiK Alfred, born September 12, 1847; 
Ih a practicing jihysician at Sulphur Rock, Ark.; 

married Donnah , Decend)er 2J), 1870, at 

Paris, Tenn., who was born February 22, 1850. 
Issue : 

F 1. William Ia^sIIc, bom September 10, 1871; 
died October 14, 1878. 


F 2. (ic'or^'c Lee, \mrii Au'^ust 25, 1873. Ku- 
sideH at r>atesville, Ark. 

F 3. J':va Louisa, horn February '^0, 1870. 

F 4. Flam Franklin, l)orn April 15, 1878; in 
dru«j: l)UsineH.s at Sulplnir ]{oek, Ark. 

F 5. Samuel Finch, horn April 15, 1878. 
Farujer at Sul})hur IJock, Ark. 

F (1. Vannie, horn ^fsircli 15, 1886. ,' 

F 7. Xettie, horn July 27, 1888. 

D 9. Thomas Theodore, horn January 20, 1817; 
died ; married Elizabctli . Issue: 

E 1. William, horn ; married Kad- 

ford. Eesided in ]\rempliis, Tenn. 

E 2. Theodore, born . 

E 3. ^Farv, horn . 

[The writer is indebted to Mr. William R. ^lil- 
ler, of Richmond, Yd., for the use of manuscript 
containin<]: the genealo<ry of the ]\IcGuire and Bev- 
ens families.] 

C 7. Elam Sharpe, the seventh child of William 
Sharpe and Catharine Reese Sharpe, was born 
.Fanuary 3, 1777, and settled in Pendleton, S. C, 
where he married Betsey ^filler. Issue: 

D 1. Oscar Sharpe, married Susan Ilarrell, of 
Alahanni. Children and grandchildren as fol- 
lows : 

E 1. Edwin Reese Sharpe, married !Mittic 
Green, of Georgia. He was a meniber of the 
Georgia Legislature for several terms, and also 
edited a paper published at CarroUton, Ga., where 


lit' (lii'd several yviirs ngo. lie was an oldor of the 
]'irHl»vti'riMn Cliiircli, and lived a consistent Chris- 
tian life. Issue: 

V 1. Annie KJizahetli Sharpe, unmarried. 

F 2. Kohert I^ee Sharpe, nmrried Gordio Toni- 
lin. Jssue: 

(i 1. lone Sharj)e. 

F IJ. llaniilton JInnter Shari)e. 

F 4. JOlinor Lucile, married Thomas Conner, of 
Charleston, S. C. 

F 5. William Oscar Sharpe. 

F G. llayne Sharpe. 

F 7. .Marcus Sharpe. 

E 2. Susan Elizabeth Sharpe, married Wesley 
Burdett, of Alabama. Issue: 

F 1. ^larcus ClilFord Burdett, married in Tcjcas 
and died in 1!)00. 

F 2. lOdwin Burdett, unmarried. 

E IJ. Frances Henrietta, married Henderson 
llu^ulev, of Alabama. Issue: 

F 1. liarrell Dallas Huguley. 

F 2. Oscar Whitfield lluguley. 

F 3. Henderson Huguley, Jr. 

F 4. Amos Hugiilcy. 

E 4. Mary Clara Sharpe, married J. D. Robin- 
son, of Alabama. Issue: 

F. Clara Bosebud, married C. Word, of Ala- 
bama. Issue: 

G 1. Joseph B. Word. 

G 2. Fannie Word. 

G 3. Edwin Word. 

Gdnealogy of TiiH Ukkse Family. 107 

V] 5. Annie Kliza Sliarpc, married Prof. F. M. 
Blount. Issue: 

V 1. Frank Clarion lilount, Jr. 

F 2. William Oscar IMount. Prof, and Mrs. 
Hlount are most ])ioiis Christian people, consis- 
tent numbers of the Ba])tist Church. 

E G. ]^)se Ilarrell Shar})e, married W. F. 
Haves, of West Point, Ga. Issue: 

F. 1. Susan Ilarrell Hayes. 

F 2. Erin Hayes. 

F 3. William Franklin Hayes. 

F 7. Pinkie Sharpe, died in childhood. 

E 8. William Oscar Sharpe, married Clara 
Louise Pi])])in, of Texas. Issue: 

F 1. William Lloyd Sharpe. 

F 2. Louise Velma Sharpe. 

F II. Susan Ilarrell Shari)e. 

E 1). Gertrude Eora Sharpe, married W. S. 
Duncan, of Atlanta, Ga., as his second wife. No 

I) 2. Elam Shar})e, nuirried Fannie Ilayne, 
dau«:liter of Governor Haync, of South Carolina, 
and sister of the pott, Paul Hayne. She is de- 
scended from the Pinckneys and Ijaurenscs, of 
South Carolina. Issue: 

E 1. Martha Sharpe, married James Overton 
Lewis, of Pendleton, S. C. Issue unknown. 

E 2. Elam Sharpe. 

D 3. Dr. Edv.'in Sharpe, a prominent physi- 
cian of Pendleton, S. C. ; lived to be an old man; 
died unmarried. 

108 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

D 4. ^Inrcus Sliarpe, diod unnuirriod. 

D 5. KlizalK'tli Shnrpo, inarrit'd Rev. Dr. Car- 
lisle, u minister of the M. E. Chureli, and at one 
time conneeted with WofFord College, Spartanburg, 
S. C. Issue: 

K 1. John K. Carlisle, a minister of the ^l. E. 

E 2. William Carlisle. 

E 3. James Carlisle. 

E 4. Mark Carlisle. 

E 5. Li Hie Carlisle, married, and has a family 
in South Carolina. 

C 5. Betsey Shari)c, the fifth child of William 
Shari)e and Catharine Reese Sharpc, l>orn Jan. 22, 
irr-I ; married Capt. R. Starke, DecendxT 9, 1819. 
It was a very unhappy marriage; it seems he was 
a hrutal sort of man, abused his wife, and even 
threatened her life. He carried his crueltv to such 
an extent that she left him, assumed her nuiiden 
name, and lived in her own home in Pendleton, 
S. C, where she died, and is buried at Hopewell 
Cemetery, at the old Stone Church. She was a 
lovely old lady, and the young people loved to 
visit Aunt Betsey. 

C 3. Thomas Reese Shari)e, eldest son of Wil- 
liam Sharpc and Catharine Reese Sharpc, born 
May 18, 1771, and died unmarried, on St. Simons 
Island, February 15, 1801. 

C 4. Abner Sharpc, born October 1, 1772, mar- 
ried Mary Lloyd Osbom, August 29, 1797. Issue: 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 100 

1) 1. TliormiH Alplioiizo Sliarpc, inurricd llur- 
rict Klizal)(.'Lli Youn;;. Jskuo: 

E 1. Archibald Yoim^^ >Sliarpo, born at Lau- 
rens Court -hoiiso, S. C, April 25, 1H2'.K lie be- 
lon^^s to til'' order of the Cincinnati of Xorth Car- 
olina by r'^dit of de.'^cent from Capt. and Brevet 
3lajor Anihony Shari)e, of the Xorth Carolina 
Continental fyine. who was an original member of 
this Society of the Cincinnati. He married Miss 
Catharine A. Sled<^e. Issue: 

F 1. Thomas Ledyard Sharpc, married Hettie 
Whitfield. Issue: 

G 1. Thomas Ijcdyard Sluirpc, Jr. 

G 2. Lucilc Youufj: Sharpe. 

F 2. Goodman Griflin Sliarpe. 

F 3. iMary rurnell Sharpe, married James 
Price Davidson. Issue: 

G 1. Adele Davidscm. 

G 2. Archibald Alexander Davidson. 

G 3. Lyle Price Davidson. 

F 4. Julia Lcmira Sharpe, married James P. 
Stiirdivant. Issue: 

G 1. Archibald Young Sturdivant. 

G 2. Catharine Sturdivant. 

G 3. liillian Sturdivant. 

F 5. Kate Hall Sharpe, married Harry L. Dix. 
Issue : 

G 1. Harry Dix, Jr. 

G 2. Archibald Elling^vood Dix. 

F G. Henry Sledge Sharpe, married Lota A. 

110 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

F 7. Arcliihald Youn«j^ Sharpo, Jr. 

K *^. Mjir;:jirrt M. Sluirpf, iiiarriod Mr. Alfred 
A. Curtis. Hotli i\v\u\. 

K l\. Iliirrii't MlizalK'th Sliai'|H', uiarriiMl Thomas 
\{. Caiiu'r(»u. Issue: 

F 1, KoIktI Sliarju' Cameron. 

F *<l. ('(•lumluis A. Cameron. 

F II. Millanl Cameron. 

h) 4. Julia Sharpe, nuirried Nathan C. Napier. 

F 1. Caroline Napier, unnuirricHl. 

F 2. (ieor«j:e M. Na]>ier, married ^liss Harris. 
Issue: Two chihlren; wife and children dead. 

He is a lawyer and a \'ery reli<rious man, prac- 
tices his ])rofession of law in Atlanta, Ga. 

F 3. Alice Osborn Napier, unmarried. She is 
a well-educated wonuui, and a very successful 
teacher in the Industrial School located at Mil- 
leil^'cvine, (Ja. 

F l. Leroy Napier, nmrried Mary Lightfoot. 

(i 1. Alice Napier. 

(J 2. Jean Napier. 

Ho is a physician, and enp\ged in the practice 
of medicine at LumlKM* City, (la. 

F 5. Augustus Young Napier, unmarried. He 
graduated at Mercer University, and then at the 
Baptist Theological Seminary, at Louisville, Ky. 
He is pastor of the Baptist Church at Auburn, 
Ala. He is a man of fine appearance; an earnest, 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. Ill 

consecrated Cliriytian. His zeal for God, his 
hrotlierlv kindness, Ids readiness to fidfdl liis ndn- 
istry in every j)()ssil)le way, lias Jiot only piined the 
admiration and esteem ol' Ids own peopk', hut the 
entire community fee! to an eminent de«j;ree the 
power and sweetiu'ss of ids earnest C^hristian life. 

V (I. Julia Sharpe Napier, iinuuirried. She is 
considered a verv l)eautiful woman. She was edu- 
cated at Wesleyan Fenuile C()lle«^e, at Macon, Ga., 
and is engaged in journalistic work. 

F 7. Emma Xai)ier, unmarried. She was edu- 
cated at ^[illed<^evillc Industrial School. 

F 8. Nathan C. Napier, unmarried. He grad- 
uated witli distinction at Emory College, O.xford, 
Ga., in the class of 1J)00. 

There is a very interesting legend ahout the 
name Xa])ier given hy Sir Alexander Napier, eldest 
son of Sir John Napier (Kl'-i.")). 

One of the ancient Earls of Lennox, in Scotland, 
had three sons, the eldest succeeded to the Earldom 
of Lennox. The second was Donald, and the third 

King David 11. of Scotland, having wars, Earl 
Lennox sent two sons to war, and kept the eldest 
at home. The hattle went hard with the Scots, 
when Donald i)ulled his father's standard from the 
bearer, and valiantly encountering the foe, being 
well followed by Ix»nnox men, won a great victory. 

After the battle, the King said to them, "Ye 
have all done valiantly, but there is one amongst 

112 Gknealooy of the Kekse Family. 

voir wlio Imth Nae Pcrr,'' an<l crtllin^ Donald into 
his pri'siMKo, coimnandod liini in rcpird to liis 
worlliy scTvicr, that Ids nanu* slioidd ho clian'^od 
from Li'nnox to Xapicr, antl pivo Idin tlio hinds of 
(losford and Fife. The motto is, "Koad}, ayo, 


Cant. X. C. Napier died January 21, 1901. 
E 5. Emma Sharpe, married Josepli Miller. 
Issue : 

F 1. Frederick Miller. 

AxoTiiEu Branch of the Shaupe Family. 

Sarah Sharpe, from il*:-! f)f Elk, jMd., married 
Dr. John Heid, Surgeon of the Post, at Salishury, 
X. C, then the most important place west of 
llillshoro, with the rank of captain. Sarah Shar})e 
Keid, through ])referenee, lived at Lincolnton, 
X. C, where she died and is huried. Issue: 

A ]. ^lary l{eid, married IJohert Jolniston, 
youngest son of Col. James Johnston, a gallant 
soldier of the Hevolutionarv War. Issue: 

h 1. Sarah Johnston, nuirried Dr. Ben John- 

B 2. James A. Johnston, married Jane Byers. 

B 3. Dr. Sidney Johnston, married Harriet 

B 4. Jane Eliza Johnston, was twice married; 
first, to Dr. John D. Graham; second, to Dr. 
William B. Mclx^an. 

B 6. John Johnston, was twice married; first, 

Gknealogy of the Keese Family. 113 

to Delia ToiTcncc; second, to Ijaura E. Hap- 

r» G. Col. William Johnston, married Annie 
Graliain, a descendant of Governor Graham, of 
North Carolina. 

B 7. I?o))ert E. Johnston, married Caroline 
Shu ford. 

B 8. Dr. Thomas Liim Johnston, married Dor- 
cas Tjiichey. 

B 9. Harriet ^I. Johnston, married William T. 

K 10. Iiiifus Johnston, married Cecelia Latta. 

B 11. ^Fary E. Johnston, married Dr. W. S. M. 

B 12. Martha M. Johnston, married Col. J. B. 
Kankin, of Charlotte, N. C. 

All were excellent, good people, and highly hon- 
ored citizens. 

B (). Col. William Johnston and wife, Annie 
Graham Johnston, liad the following children: 

C 1. Julia ^lartha Johnston. 
• C 2. Franklin Graham Johnston. 

C 3. ]\lary Cora Johnston. 

C 4. William Bobert Johnston, unmarried. 

C 1. Julia Martha Johnston, married A. B. An- 
drews, a prominent railroad official of Raleigh, 
X. C. Issue: 

D 1. William Johnston Andrews, married Au- 
gusta W. Ford, Covington, Ky., January, 1903. 

D 2, A. B. Andrews, Jr., unmarried. 

114 Gexkalooy of the Kekse Family. 

D 3. Jano llawkins Andrews, married William 
^fathews ^larks, of ]Montgomery, Ala., April 10, 

E 1. Julia Andrews ^farks, born Octolxr, 1002. 

D 4. John Hawkins Andrews, immarried. 

D 5. (iraliam Harris Andrews, unmarried. 

Mrs. Julia Johnston Andrews is a woman of 
unusual intelli«;enee and force of character, affec- 
tionate in her nature, and loyal to her relatives and 
friends. She and her family arc communicants 
of the Episcopal Church at Kalei<;h. 

C 2. Franklin G. Johnston, unmarried. 

C 3. Marv Cora Johnston, married T. II. Kob- 
crtson, of Charlotte, X. C. Issue: 

I) 1. Aimie Graham Robertson, died in infancy. 

I) 2. T. ]J. IJobertson, Jr., died when nineteen 
yearh of a<re. 

J) 3. Elizal)eth Caroline I?obertson. 

1) I. Jidia Johnston l?obertson. 

C 4. William 1{. Jrlmston, unmarritnl. 

Sarah Sharpe IJeid's sister, ^latihhi Sharpe, 
married Col. William Erwin, of North Carolina. 

^lisM Emma C. Ik'id is n descendant of Capt. 
John lieid. and liven at Mt. Mourne, X. C. 

The writer lian been unable to get any further 
infornuition concerning thin branch of the family. 

Tlie writer in indel)ted to ^fr. John Hulow Er- 
win, of Anhvillo, ^^ C, for tlic following records 
token fronj his nmnUMcript: 

Children of CBtharino llccsc and Wm, Sharpo: 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 115 

1. ^latilda Sliarpo, married Col. William P. 
Krwin, of Burke county, X. C, who was clerk of 
the Superior Court for more than forty years. 
They 'had sixteen children, and raised all to be 
<;rown, except one daughter, who died when nine 
years old. There were eight sons and eight daugh- 
ters; all brought up at the ancestral home Belvi- 
dere, in Burke county. Col. Erwin was quite a 
distinguished man at that period. 

After resigning the clerkship of the Superior 
Court, he was cashier of the branch of the State 
Bank of North Carolina at Morganton, where he 
was a prominent merchant, as well as a farmer 
at Belvidere. lie was said to be a prosperous 
business man. 

I) 1. Adolj)]nis Lorenzo Krwin, son of Col. W. 
P. Erwin and Matilda Sharpc Erwin, married 
Mary Gertrude Sisnaner, of Cabarras county, 
whose grandfather, John Pliifer, was a signer of 
the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. 
They had eleven children, four of whom died in 
infancy, viz. : 

K 1. Jolui B. Erwin graduated at Chnpel Hill, 
studied medicine, attended lectures at Charleston, 
8. C, Medical College, practiced in McDowell 
county, N. C, for four years, went to Washing- 
ton, I). C, in 1851, in the Navy Department, 
where he remained for eleven years. He married 
Ella Kehler, da\ighter of l?ev. J. IT. Kehlcr, of 
the Episcopal Church, at Shcpardstown, Va. Is- 


F 1. ^lary A. Krwin. 

F 2. Xan T. Krwiii. 

F 3. John lUilow Erwin. 

F 4. William A. Krwin, who was Captain of 
Company **iM," Firwl JJi'gimcnt of North Carolina 
VoluntirrM, in the war with Spain, and served in 

K 2. Matihhi M. Krwin, iinmarried, and living 
nt Ah^rgaiiton, N. C. 

K 3. Mary A. Krwin, died AiigUHt, 1002. 

K 1. Harriet K. Krwin, married Col. J. H. Ran- 
kin, of Charlotte, X. C. Jhsuc: 

F 1. Krwin Jiankin, married Agnes Wilkes. Is- 

{} 1. Jolui Wilkes Rankin. 

G 2. Harriet Knther Jiankin. 

(i 3. Alfred Krwin ]?ankin. 

(» -1. Walph Sanedberg Rankin.* 

G o. Jean Rankin. 

F 2. Annie Hankin, unmarried. 

F 3. Margaret Kankin, unmarried. 

The writ«*r viniled thene HiHtern in their pleawant 
lK>nu» at Charlotte, X. C. Annie in a gifted artist. 
Some of her pietures are excpiinite in denign and 
(xeeution. She is delicate, and unfortunately very 

• Margaret in an ununually bright and nprightly 
wonum, an interenting talker, deeply interented In 
chureh work. They both ore members of the Pres- 
byterian Church. 

GiiNKALOoY 01' Till-: Uekhe Family. 117 

E 5. ]\Iari}i liouisa Erwin, married ]\Iaj<)r J. W. 
Wilson, a civil ('ii«(iiu'«'r, who survcyt'd the Western 
North Carolina Ifailrrad across Swannanoa Gap of 
the IMue J{id<;e to Asheville, X. C. Tlieir children 
and <(rnndchildren are as follows: 

y 1. Mary Wiilin Wilson, married Major T. 11. 
iiomar, of Atlanta, (Ja., now in Texaa. lasue: 

G 1. Name unkno^vn. 

Y 2. Alice Wilson, married Herhert Battle, civil 
cn^nneer, ^^^randson of William 11. Battle, former 
Jiid^je of the Siij)erior Court of North Carolina. 

¥ 3. Ijouisa Wilscm, married liohert Gihbon. 

F 4. Adolphus Wilson, married Ilattie , of 

Oxford, N. C. Issue: Two sons and two daughters, 
names unknown. 

I) 2. Harriet lOrwin, nuirried Col. Isaac T. 
Avery, son of Wai<:htstill Avery, signer of tho 
!Mecklenl)urg Declaration of Independence, and a 
distinguished ])atriot. 

These were all slave-owners and planters. 

C '\, Sidney S. lOrwin, nuirried Caroline Car- 
son, niece of Samuel ('. Carsoii, a distinguished 
member of the National Congress. They moved to 
Mississij)pi, where they died and left five children. 

D 1. Edward Jones Erwin, married his cousin, 
Ann E. Phifer. Issue: One son and two daughters. 

D 2. Leander Erwin, married Miss Marablc, of 
Atlanta. On. Issue: 

E 1. A daughter who married George West, of 

New Orleans; other children, namce unknown, 


D 3. A son who died in Louisiana in 1841. 

D 4. ^larciis Erwin married twice: first, Mar- 
garet ]\rcl)o\vell. Issue: 

E 1. One son livin<r in Burke county. 

Second M'ife, Katlierine Siiiitli, of 15unconil)e 
county, lie was a distin^uislu'd lawyer, and nieui- 
bcr of the State Le^'islaturo for two terms. Issue: 

E 2. ^Marcus Erwin, Jr., married Miss Conley, 
of Atlanta, Ga. 

Mr. Erwin is a lawyer and clerk of Superior 
Court of liuncombe county, X. C. 

E 3. Marablc Erwin, is a lawyer at Ashevillc, 
X. C. 

There are three daughters unmarried. 

C 4. ^[arfraret Erwin, married Col. James j\Ic- 
Dowell, a nephew of Major Jose])h ^[cDowell, who 
commanded a JJeginu'nt at King's Mountain, the 
turning point of the Uevolutionary War. Issue: 

I) 1. Joseph McDowell, married Julia Patton, 
of Buncoml>c county. 

1) 2. William McDowell, married Sarah Smith, 
of xVsheville, the first white child born west of the 
Blue Bidge in early days. 

D 3. John Erwin McDowell, married Sarah Er- 
win, his cousin. 

E 4. Catharine Erwin, married Mr. Patton, of 
Buncombe county. 

E 5. Another daughter, married her cousin, 
Mark Erwin. Issue : One eon. 

All these sons are dead, and left large families. 

Gj:nkalo(}y of tiik Kkkhk Family. 119 

C G. CatliariiR' Iiccsc Erwin, married Alfred 
i\[. (laitlier, a lawyer of Iredell eoiintv. Issue: 

1) 1. Julia Ciaitlier, unmarried. 

C 7. l*'lizal)etli Sliarpc lOrwin. luarried Mr. 
]\. S. (iait])er, who wan a |M-omineiit lawyer, mem- 
ber of the Le^MHlaUire, I'n'Hideiit of the Senate, 
and a iiK-ndu'r of the Confederate Con;;reHrt at 
IJiehmond. Issue: 

D 1. and D 2. Two sons, married and died 
witliout issue. 

I) 3. Delia Kmma, married and had a large 
family, names unknown. 

C 8. Delia Haywood Erwin, married Dr. J. F. 
Ilarday, of Xewherry, S. C. Ho was a very prom- 
inent ])hysieian. Issue: 

1) 1. William W. Hardav, was killed in the 
First Battle of ^lanassas, was aid to Gen. Kershaw, 
of South Carolina. 

D 2. Son, married and moved to Arkansas, and 
died without issue. 

Col. Frwin's other sons and daughters died un- 

. f 


B 4. David 'i'askcr llvvav, son of David Koese 
and Susan Polk Kooso; niarricd Mary Wilson, of 
SmiitcT, S. C. 

She W'lon«;cd to tlio family of Wilsons that fur- 
nished so nianv Preshvtorian ministers, and a 
prominent fauiily in the State. Issue: ' 

C 1. Su>an Gullet IJeese, died young. 

C 2. David Tasker Reese. 

C 3. Catharine Reese. 

C 4. ^Matilda Reese. 

C 5. Ruth Alexander Reese. 

C (). Rohert Polk Reese. 

C 7. Caroline Reese, died unmarried. 

C 8. ^lary Wilson Reese. 

C 1). George Sidney Reese- 

C 10. Dorcas Reese. 

David Reese was a Revolutionary soldier, 
wounded at the hattlc of Guilford Court-house. 
Nothing further is known of his descendants. 

B 5. Susan Polk Reese, daughter of David 
Reese and Susan Polk Reese, was said to be a 
woman of extraordinary intellect; she had an 
academic education, was a great reader, and some- 
thing of a writer. She was a delicate woman, and 
died unmarried. She was a devoted member of 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 121 

tlic Presbyterian Cliurcli, did mucli charity work, 
and was a vast help to her motlier in raising tlie 
younger cliildren. Iler brother George said of 
her "that she was too smart to be a woman; that 
she had more sense tluin all of her brothers, except 
'J'homas, whom she studied and read with." She 
died a triumphant death. 

B C). Charles Gullet IJeese, son of David Reese 
and Susan Polk Reese; was a Revolutionary sol- 
dier, and it is told of him ''that when Cornwallis 
was quartered at Charlotte, he had a very clioicc 
horse that he prized very highly, and that Charles 
Rc^ese captured this horse, and ran away with it, 
and when reprimanded l)y his brother for such a 
deed, replied, "All is fair in love and war." 

He was inclined to be wild, and gave his family 
much trouble. He was a terrible fighter, and was 
known as the "Fighting Charles Reese." His life 
was full of escapades, and if it could be told would 
equal any romance. He left home, and went to 
live among the Indians, and there married an In- 
dian princess, a daughter of Adair, and was thus 
connected with the Adairs and Rondinots, two very 
prominent families. He continued to live among 
the Indians until his death, and amassed a snug 
little fortune trading with the Indians. At his 
death he left a family of children and grandchil- 
dren in the Indian nation, and at the present day 
there are some of his descendants livinfj among the 
Cherokees at Talcquah, I. T. Mention will be 

Vi2 ni-XKALOfiY OF Tin: Rkksk Family. 

iiijkIi' of tlu'in undiT Dr. David Addison Hocso's 
lino. Tlic (incst athk'ti's, the ln-st educated and 
nioHt ivsponsildc projdr anion;; llu' CluTokivs nro 
said to III' till' di'sriMidants of Charli's Ui'cso. So 
far as is known of him, lir ncviT oxprcssi'd, and 
doul)tlos8 novor fi'It, a ro^rrot at liavinnr abandoned 
his own pwplo to livo amid hiwloss, untutorod and 
violent savages. 

He was a powerful advocate of tliis race of peo- 
ple, l)elieving there were fine elements, and many 
honornhle qualities in these American Aborigines. 


. I f 



B 5. George Kceso, fourth son of David, the 
signer, and Susan Polk Keese; born ^larch 11, 
ITT)'^, in Meckh^nlnirg county, X. C. ; married 
Anna Story, of Sumter, S. C, January 20, 1785. 

'J'he Story family were French Huguenots, fled 
from tlieir native hind at tlie Revocation of the 
Kdiet of Xantes. These exih's, for conscience' 
sake, found a footing in lOnghind. The original 
name was Staurie; tliey emigrated to America in 
the latter part of the sixteenth century, and settled 
at Marl)lehead, Mass., then tlie grand old common- 
wealth of Pennsylvania ; thence to South Carolina. 

It is said "this family were very fond of trutlles, 

which grew at the roots of oak trees, and were 

found by dogs and pigs that were trained to hunt 

them. They were considered a great delicacy, and 

^j the love of them was transmitted to generations 

; \\ho came after them." 

There were several brothers who came from 
P>rittany, in the northwest part of France, to Mas- 
sachusetts, where they remained for years; finally 
one branch of the family came South, and settled 
in South Carolina. Thonuis (1), Charles (2), 
Daniel (3), Ebenczcr (4), and one sister, Ann 
Eliza (5), who was the second wife of J. Chad- 

VU Gexkalooy of the Reesk Family. 

wick, an Englisli gentleman. El)enezcr was a fa- 
mous sea captain, and made many voyages to 
China and Japan. 

Tradition t^ays, "Tie was known as Capt. Eben, 
and he brought many rare and beautiful things to 
his family from the far-away land of Cathay, such 
as lac<[uered woodrwork tables, red earthen jars 
filled with rice and tea." The writer has in her 
possession an anticpic china cake-plate brought 
from IVking, which has been in the family almost 
three centuries, and through several generations 
descvmled to her. A very valuable heirloom. 

Jt is told that at one time Capt. Story was very 
ill, and hired a boy to nurse him, and this boy 
robbed him of his great valual)le silver watch, and 
many elegant jewels, amethysts, canu^os, rubies, 
pearls, and a handsome diamond ring, which ho 
never recovered. 

Another family tradition is that one of the Story 
ancestors went with the first legation from the 
United States to France, and while in Paris died 
o( small-pox; all of his clothing was burned. A 
set of dull cut steel pearl buttons that he had worn 
at the French court were sent home to his family, 
and a shirt pin, set with a large, valuable pearl, 
afterward stolen. These buttons, six in number, 
were presente<l to some historical society, or mu- 
seum. Filiza Ann Chadwick left many relics, 
among them a little metal medal with the inscrip- 
tion "Welcome to Lafayette, the Xation's Guest." 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 125 

This medal v/as worn by lier daughter when La- 
fayette passed througli tlie pUicc in which she lived 
in 18:;^4, during his triuniplial journey through the 

Chief Justice Story belongs to this same family, 
and ranks, by virtue of his essay on classical 
studies and graceful descriptions of natural scen- 
ery, among the most accomplished professional 
men of the new world, who have devoted their 
time to literature, lie was born at ^larblehead, 
^lass., ITTJ), graduated at Harvard, 1T5)8, and rep- 
resented Congress in 1808-'I). 

Julian Story, the artist, who married Emma 
Kames, one of th(» finest singers of her time, is ^ 
regarded as one of the very best portrait and figure 
l)ainters. lie painted two portraits of the Prince 
of Wales. 

William W. Story, well-known as a sculptor and 
author, lived at Home, Italy. The Story family 
were talented in music, art and literature; several 
of them were poets of great merit. 

The first William Story, it is supposed, that 
came to America in 1(137, settling in Massachu- 
setts, married Sarah Foster, a descendant of Kegi- 
nald Foster, who is said to have come from Exeter, 
Devonshire, lOngland, in one of the ships embar- 
goed by King Charles I. He brought with him iiis 
wife Judith, with several sons and daughters. 

The danger from Indians in those early days was 
such that in 1045 a law was passed requiring the 

12G Genealogy of the Keese Family. 

"voiitli from ten to sixteen years to be exercised 
\vith small guns, Iialf pikes, bows and arrows, and 
also tliat every town was to bave a guard set a balf 
hour after sunset, to consist of pikemen, mus- 
keteiTs, and to prepare for any sudden attack from 
the Indians." Children of William and Sarah 
Foster Story are as follows: 

W 1. Samuel Story, married . Issue: 

C 1. Elizabeth Story, died young. 

C 2. Jacob Story, married Martha Burns. Is- 
sue : 

I) 1. Stei)hen Story, marricnl his cousin, Eliza- 
beth Story. Issue: 

E 1. Daniel Story, married Ruth Burnham. 
Issue : 

F 1. Taith. 

F 2. Sally. 

E 2. David Story, married Thankful Burnham. 

Sketch of the Bukniiam Family. 

The ship Angrl Gabriel arrived oft the coast of 
Maine August, KJIif), and was cast away in a 
storm at Pennaquid, Capt. Anduwan and his three 
nephews, John (1), Hobert (2), and Thomas 
Burnham (3), losing valuable personal property, 
barely escaping with their lives. 

The Angel Gabriel was 240 tons, and carried 14 
guns. It is said that Sir Walter Raleigh sailed in 
this same ship on two voyages from England to 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 127 

South America. It is further stated that the an- 
cestor of these Burnliains was a follower of William 
the Conqueror, and known as "Walter le Ventre." 
Lands were granted him hy William the Conqueror 
which were known as Burnham Beeches.* 

. Children of David Story and Thankful Bum- 
ham : 

F 1. David Story, married . Issue: 

G 1. Charles Story, married Kosana Mclx^on, as 
first wife. Issue: 

II 1. Ferel)y Story. 

H 2. Elizaheth Story. 

II 3. John Story. 

II 4. Marn^aret Story. 

H r>. IJehecca Story; nothing further is knoA^Ti 
of them. 

G 1. Charles Story, as second wife, married 
Mary Alexander, of North Carolina. Issue: 

II 0. Anna Story, married George Keesc. 

H 7. Charles Story, married Susannah Carter. 
Xo issue. She is descended from the distinguished 
Carter family of Virginia, Charles Carter and 
wife Betty Landon, the youngest daughter of 
Thomas Landon, of the nohlc family of I^andons 
who died in 1710. 

H 8. Esther Story, died young. 

H 9. ^lary Alexander Story, married William 
Byrd, of Virginia, a lineal descendant of William 
Byrd, of Westover, Va. They removed to Tennes- 

* Copied, by permiasion, from a Story manuAcript. 

11*8 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

sw, and loft n family of children. Nothing fur- 
tluT is known of thcni. 

Mary .McxandiT St(»ry, nccond wife of Oharlos 
Stt)rv, wan a ri'niarkai)li» woinaiu ^lany interont- 
in<5 facts and delightful rcininisccncrri of her life 
have heen preserved in the family. One fact is 
that she raised the silk, spun and wove it into a 
wedding gown, and the thread was so soft and fine, 
it could he drawn through her wedding ring, that 
Mas small: for it is told of her she had very tiny 

A letter from ^Irs. ^[ary Story to her daughter, 
Anna Story l?eese: 

"Jencwary the 3^^ 1704. 
"fryday night. 

"Dear daughter, having this opportunity I 
now set down to write a few lines l)y Mr. 
James hall he come sence night, my dear you 
may he assured 1 have not for got you hut as 
providence ordard it so that wc arc to he 
]>arted I desire to he content and wish you to 
he resigned to the will of a wise god that will 
make all things to work for good if we do hut 
lov<« him. the old year in gone and if we look 
hack what a nothing it appearn departed an ii 
tale that is told thus will our whole life appear 
when our end approaches and eternity opens, 
hut eternity will never expire hut will last 
world without end, when millions of ages are 

Genealogy of the Rei^se Family. 129 

past away eternity we may say will only be a 
lK'f(innin^^ and tliin sliort life tliin little span 
JH the Heed time of the lon;^, Ion;,' eternity and 
do my dear indeavor to improve time and 
make the hest ])r()vision for an eternity of hap- 
j)ine.*<s. Should we not l)e careful to ^et faith 
in our lord Jesus Christ to ^a-t the love of god 
shed abroad in our hearts, and our souls re- 
newed according to the amiable example of 
our blessed redeemer this and nothing but 
this is trew religion, fix dear daughter this 
truth in your memory a true faith in christ 
an unfeigned love of god and a real holiness 
of hart are the greatest blessings you can de- 
sire without them wo cannot be hap])y and 
this is the wish of your poor frail mother, 
that you will incessantly and earnestly mind 
the one thing needful through the whole ad- 
vancing year, if you do so you will have god 
for your friend and he is able to supply all 
your wants and make you good friends of 
strangers it was my intent to come up in feb- 
wcarv but — 

**{Snir(lny mnruing,) their Ih ^o mcnny 
lliingH to bender me. T am week and tbi-* 
could 8C8on of the year might hard for me at 
thiw time CharlH has a bad cof. and fever and 
is much rcdust, Susannah has bard fevers yes- 
trday they got mcdeson from the doctour and 
Charls thinks he is som better this is Susan- 

130 Genealogy of the Keese Family. 

nalis best day and I cant tell if tlic mcdcson 
has liopo Irt or no. I liope Cliarls is gottin 
better of his other coiii})lant I liope god will 
in his own good time send him comfort and 
speak ])eas to his concunsc I convarsed with 
him on the subject yestrday James Weather- 
spoons famley I hope is well 1 heard from 
them Wensday. none of our ]>eeple has gon to 
town yet I expect tliey wold gon next week if 
they liad cnt been taken sick the (Jentleman is 
"uaiten I may conclude with my love to you 
and Mr Keese and my little dears give my 
com})lements to my good frends Crs famely 
and all my inquiring frends learwell my dear 
fcarwell I am your souls well wisher tell dcth. 

"Maiiy Stoeuy.'' » 

Sacked to the memoby of 


ON THE 5tii day OF Septemdek, 1822. 

aoed 80 yeaku. 

Erected by her dauohteb, 

Anna Reese. 

This monument is in the Hopewell Cemetery, 
at the old Stone Cliurch, near Pendleton, South 

* Copied from the original old letter without a change 
in spelling or punctuation. It is now 108 years old. 

Genealogy of the Eeese Family. 131 

Carolina, wliorc Mary Story sleeps among her 

B 5. (leorge l?eesc, was a IJevolutionary soldier, 
a Lieutenant under Gen. Lincoln, was in the Snow 
Campaign at Beans Station, Tenn. Severe expo- 
sure gave him rheumatism, from which he ever 
afterward sulfered. He was considered a well- 
educated man at that period; was fond of the 
classics, well accjuainted with church history and 
its tenets, as well as that of our government, and 
its principles, which he aided to estal)lish, and 
was alwavs ready to defend. His noted hraverv 
and nohility of character made him a popular 

He was an extensive reader, and possessing a 
fine memory made him an agreeahle, interesting 
companion. He was a devotedly pious, and 
like his father, a I'reshyterian elder. He was a 
planter, and reared his children on the farm; was 
noted for raising the finest wheat in the district, 
and at one of the fairs he received as a premium 
for the hest crop of wheat a large, handsome silver 
])itchcr, still in possession of the family. He was 
quiet and gentle in his manners, amiahle and good 
naturcd to such an extent that he left the control 
of the family almost entirely to his wife, whose 
judgment and executive ability he freely confessed 
was vastly superioi* to his own. 

He lived to a ripe old age, and died greatly 
lamented, and sleeps beside his favorite brother, 

132 Genealogy of the Keese Family. 

I?(;v. Dr. Tlionms l?wse, at ITopi'well Cemetery, 
with a t<tone bearing the following inseription: 

Sacuki) to the mkmoky of 


\\v wjiM a native of North Carolina, and for the lant 
forty yoarK of Iih life rrnidi-d in tliin dJMtrict. 

He was an EMer in the Presbyterian Chureh for 
more than thirty years of his life, and adorned the pro- 
fession whieh he made. 

Anna Storv, the wife of George Keese, was tlic 
ehlest eliihl hy a seeond marriage. Slie was sliglit, 
graeefiil and (|uiek in lier movements, with ])ene- 
trating greyisli hliie eyes, fair complexion and black 
liair. Her educational advantages were limited, 
but she jiossessed a wealth of native intellect, and 
being quite aml)itiou8, she im])roved every oppor- 
tunitv. She was no ordinarv woman. Keared bv a 
godly mother, she exhil)ited even in childhood that 
nobility of character and greatness of spirit, that 
strength of mind, precision of thought, and inde- 
fatigable perseverance that made her remarkable. 
Her husband said, "She was his Christmas gift." 
He met her by chance on Christmas day as she was 
returning on horseback from service at a neigh- 
borhood church. He was so charmed by her beauty, 
grace and sprightliness that he eurrended his heart 

Genealooy of the Keese Family. 133 

to licr at onco, and 8oon obtained a ])roniisc of mar- 
rian:c. Tlioy were liappily married tlie 20t]i of the 
following: January. She, like tlie Roman Cornelia, 
was not (twelve) but eleven times a mother, and 
she p^ave to the trainin^r of these children her whole 
fionl and enerpes, and bestowed upon the culture 
of their minds most affectionate and assiduous 

She became a Christian in early life, and lived 
a life of strict relifjion. She found more real 
enjoyment and solid happiness in attending? upon 
the services of the sanctuary than any other pleas- 
ures in life. 

She was an anxious mother, and her chief desire 
was to plant the seeds of reli<]non in the youn<:f 
hearts of her children. TTow transcendent must 
have been the work of this ^odly woman in brin^- 
inp: up this lar^e family in the "love and admoni- 
tion of the Lord" ! 

She was truly a helpmeet, a f rubral housewife, 

and ordered her household with wisdom. She not 

only superintended the spinninpf and weavin<j for 

the family, but laid her own hands to the distaff 

and loom. Her three daughters were taupht all 

domestic accomplishments. Her ambitions and 

aspirations for her eight sons were remaT-kable, and 

her authority and prestige in her family continued 

as long as she lived, and they paid her the tribute 

of obedience. 

Her religious habits and associations made a 

i;U (^km:,m,(miy ov tiik Hkhhk Family. 

(loop im|nvMHi()n upon lu»r finnily, wliich liiHtod 
tluMii tlu'ou^xhout life. Slio nssistnl in huildin^ 
and HUjiporting tlirce Proshytorian churclu's, and 
pivo throe communion services. Tliis is told as a 
fitting' memorial of her. Slic also gave liberally 
of her means to support the gospel in heathen 

Her favorite grand>on. on heing asked what ho 
knew of his ancestors, rejdied, "1 know nothing 
further hack than my grandmother, nor do I care 
to trace beyond her, for to me she was the grandest 
woman that ever lived — the alpha and omega of 
the family; and she pos.<essed that strength, firm- 
ness, and dignity of character which belong to 
womanly goodness and greatness." 

After her husband's death she made her home 
Avith her son George, and had her own faithful 
maid Margaret, whom she called ^larget, to wait 
upon her. 

Hers was a long, useful life, full of good deeds. 
Four of her sons were ruling elders, and many of 
her grandsons arc now elders and deacons in the 
Presbyterian Church. She fulfilled her obligations 
to her family, her church, her friends with great 
honor to herself, and died a peaceful, happy death, 
and sleeps among her children in "Hopewell," the 
family hnrving-ground, in Chambers county, Ala., 
and near West Point. Ga. 

Her monument bears the following inscrip- 

Gknkalouy 01' TiiK Kkiwk Family. 1IJ6 


Relict of Gkohoe Keese, . 
or Pendleton, S. C, 
IJoiiN KJth of Novemheu, 1704. ^ • 
Died Maucii 215tii, 1852. , 

Children of George IJeese and wife, Anna Story 
Keesc : 


C 1. Horatio, Imrn Ai)ril 8, 17S(). . , 

C 2. Cliarles ^lilton, born January 22, 1788. 
^f, C 3. :^^ary KStorv, l)()rn April IT, 171)0. 
/ C 4. Su.^an Polk, born Fel)riiarv 17, 1792. 
C 5. David Addison, born March 3, 1794. 
C 0. George, l)orn September 17, 179G. 
C 7. Thomas Sidney, born August 12, 1799. ' 
C 8. James Eiihu, Imrn July 12, 1802. 
C 9. Edwin, Imm July 17, 1804. 
C 10. Esther Ann, born January 1, 1807. 
C 11. Alexander Hamden, born July 12, 1810, 


TToratio. married ^largaret Carter, Febniary 14, 

Charles M., married, first, Annie Miller, 1817; 
second, ^Irs. Lucy ^Meriwether, 1831; third, Mrs. 
Elizabeth Gerdinc, 1833. 

Mary Story, married David Cherry, January, 


i;VG Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

Susan Polk, married Nathaniel Harris, Septem- 
ber, 1817. I 

David A., married Mary Meriwether, December, 

Tliomas S., married Susan McGregor, ]Harch, 

James E., married Lucy Allison, , 1843. 

Edwin, married Sarah A. Lewis, ^lay 13, 1834. 

Esther A., married David Meriwether, January 
1], 1823. 

Alexander IL, married Jane Cherry, May 27, 


Horace, died Pendleton, S. C, ^lay 22, 1830. 

Charles M., died Athens, Ga., April 23, 18G2. 

^[ary Story, died Pendleton, S. C, August 3, 

Susan P., died Opelika, Ala., September 16, 

David A., died Auburn, Ala., December IG, 1871. 

George, died Chambers county, Ala., January 
2G. 1877. 

Thomas S., died Lowndes county, Ala., Decem- 
ber 2G, 18G3. 

James P]., died Opelika, Ala., July 2, 187G. 
Edwin, died Auburn, Ala., December 5, 1877. 
Esther A., died Pendleton, S. C, August 11, 

Hamden A., died West Point, Ga., September 
19, 1868. 

Genp:alogy of the Reese Family. 137 

These eleven cliiUlrcn were bom in South Caro- 
lina, except David Addison, who was born at the 
home of his grandfather, David Reese, at Char- 
lotte, N. C. They were all slave-owners. 


HORACE REESE, the eldest son of George 
Reese and Anna Story Reese liis wife, wliile 
<]uiie a lad evinced a great fondness for mechanics, 
and his father suj)i)lied liiin with a set of carpen- 
ters' tools, which he soon learned to use to great 
advantage; he made tal)les for his mother, mended 
the hroken furniture, helped to build barns, and 
assisted in all the carpenter work on the place. 
He attended the best schools the country afforded 
at that period, and grew up to be an intelligent, 
industrious young man highly esteemed by his 
friends. His mother, in speaking of her eight sons, 
would say, 'VUorace is my lirst-born, my indus- 
trious, helpful son, whom 1 took great care in 
tiaining, that he might ])rove a worthy example to 
the younger children." 

He was manly, resolute and proudly self-reliant, 
with a fine personal appearance. An austere de- 
meanor and dignified bearing. A man of scrupu- 
lous honor, indomitable energy, just in all his 
dealings, honorable in every impulse. He was a 
ruling elder in the old Stone Church, where the 
family worshipped. Pure in his daily walk and 
conversation, he attracted men by his strength of 
purpose and his talents, rather than by social 
tiaits. He was exceedingly simple in his manners, 
and by profession a cabinet-maker. There is a 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 131) 

(iining-table and a book-cafc;o, the work of his 
hands, prt'scrvud in tlie family by liis grandchil- 
dren. At the age of twenty-four he married Mar- 
garet Carter, an orphan, who was raised by her 
Aunt Susan Carter Story. She was known in the 
family as Aunt IV'ggy, an earnest Christian 
woman, and a staunch l*resbyterian. They had a 
family of ten cluldren. He died comparatively 
young, and the wife was left to raise and educate 
these children. While some of these children were 
young, she removed from South Carolina to Ala- 
bama, settling in Chambers county, near her hus- 
band's brother, George Keese, who was guardian 
for these young children. 

Their eldest child, Mary Elizabeth Reese, who 
was always called Betsey, was adopted when two 
years old l)y her great-aunt and uncle, Charles and 
Susannah Story, who adopted and raised her 

Horace ]{ecsc is buried at Hopewell Cemetery, 
at the old Stone Church, with a monument bearing 
this inscription : 

Sacred to the memory of 

WHO WAS HORN AlMUL 8X11, 1780, 

AND DIED May 22nd, 1830, 


lie was an honest, upright man, a warm and sincere 
friend, a kind father, an affectionate husband and exem- 
plary Christian. 

Erected bt his bereaved widow. 

140 Gexkalooy of the Reese Family. 

Mrs. Margaret Ik'ose died in Alabama, and is 
buried among ber biis))and's relatives at Hopewell, 
tbc family burying-ground of tbc Keesc family, 
with a monument bearing this inscription: 

Here lie the re&iains of 


WHO WAS DOUN May 27tii, 1703, 

AND DiEi) Septemueu 22nd, 1839, 

IX THE 47th year of heu age. 

This slab is raised by her children in niemory of her 
many virtues as a Wonian, and her affection and kind- 
ness as a Mother. She lived in the practice and died in 
the full belief of the Christian religion. 

Children and grandchildren of Horace Keesc 
and wife, l*eggy Keese, are as follows: 

D 1. Mary Elizabeth Keese, married her cousin, 
l)r James A. Cherry, of I'endleton, S. C, August 
9, 1832, by Kev. Moses Waddell. She was sixteen, 
and he nineteen. Issue: 

K 1. Charles Story Cherry, called for his 
mother's adopted father and uncle Charles Story, 
ami from whom he inherited a snug little fortune; 
he was a spoiled, wayAvard lad, but unusually bright 
and talented. He left home early in life to travel, 
and sec the world. 

While crossing from Key West, he met on board 
the vessel, Mr. Outcoult, wife and child. Mr. Out- 
coult was an artist from the north, and they were 

(tENealooy of the Rekse Fa^[ily, 141 

mutually attracted to each other. While on deck 
one day, ^fr. Outcoult accidentally fell overboard, 
and was drowned. After this sad accident, Story, 
ae he was called, took charge of the grief-stricken 
wife and child, and carried them to her family in 
Xew Jersey. The sorrow of the widow appealed 
touchingly to his sensitive heart, and he became a 
staunch friend. A few months after her arrival at 
her home, she gave birth to a little daughter, and 
in the course of time he went north, and they were 
married. 'J'hey had five children: 

¥ 1. James ^fcKinley Cherry. 

F 2. Twins: George Keesc, and — 

F 3. William Cherry. 

F 4. Susie Cherry. 

F' 5. Horace Keesc Cherry. 

Nothing further is known of his family. He 
died in Washington, 1). C, where he was employed 
in government work. 

E 2. Samuel Cherry was a merchant at West 
Point and Columbus, Ga. While living in Co- 
lumbus, he married Sallie Wright, of that place, 
quite a pretty woman. They had two chil- 
dren : 

F 1. Le Grand Cherrv. 

F 2. Sallie Cherry, married Mr. La ^[anse. 

G 1. Lc Grand Cherry La ^lanse. They re- 
moved from Columbus to La Grange, Ga., where 
he became an invalid and died. 

142 Oexealogy ok the Keese Family. 

E 3. William Cherry was also a iiicrchant, and 
associated with his brotlior. He was twice mar- 
ried, lirst to Mattie Porter, hy whom he had two 

F 1. flattie Cherry, married. Issue, unknown. 

F 2. \A\h\ Cherry, married, and issue. Names 
of juishands and cliildren unknown. 

His second nuirriage was to a widow with one 
son, name unknown. He removed with his family 
to Texas. While merchandising, he was going to 
New York to purchase goods, when unfortunately 
he got n cinder in one of his eyes, which gave him 
much trouble, and eventually lie Imd the eye 
taken out, and now wears a false eye. He is a 
successful business man in Texas. 

Vj 4. James Cherry was twice married, first to 
Ida Ely. Issue: 

F 1. Susie Cherry. 

His second marriage was to ^liss Copeland. Is- 
sue : 

F 2. Suejette Cherry. 

E 5. Susan Story Cherry, married Frank 
Lanier, of West Point, Ga., in December, 1805, 
by I?ev. Dr. Cunningham, of the Presbyterian 

She was the only daughter and sister, conse- 
quently very much ])etted. Being deprived of a 
nmther when an infant, she was raised by her 
father's sister, Mary Cherry, who afterward mar- 
ried Elijah McKinley. 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 143 

Slio inherits from Irt niotlier excellent business 
(jualities. She is a woman of sterling integrity, 
endowed hy nature with a clear, vigorous and 
sj)riglitly intellect, and possessing the chann of 
gentle wonumhood and refinement, she is a model 
of courtly dignity, and is absolutely fitted for the 
excellent wife and mother that she is. Children 
are as follows: 

F 1. Charlotte Lanier, married Eugene Bran- 
son, of North Carolina, Sui)erintendent of Public 
Schools in Athens, Ga. He is a scholarly man, 
and very highly esteemed. Issue: 

G 1. Ijanier Branson. 

G 2. Edith Branson. 

G 3. Philip Branson. 

G 4. Bessie Lanier Branson. 

Y 2. Philip Lanier, married Anna Wooten, 
October 20, 18!)J), at Buena Vista, Ga. He is a 
genial, g(»nerous, great-hearted man, kind to every- 
body and exceedingly popular. 

E 3. James Cherry Lanier, married ^liss Mary 
Fannie Trammell, September 24, 1001. 

F 4. Horace Peese Lanier, unmarried. He 
holds a very responsiljle and lucrative position at 
the Lanett Cotton ^lills. Like his brother Phil, 
lie is princely in his generosity, and has hosts of 
friends and admirers. 

F 5. William C. Lanier, married Charlie Belle ^ 
Collins, of West Point, Ga., October 31, 1900, by 
Rev. Mr. Jester, of the Baptist Church. He is 

1 U 1: X i: A LOO y o f ti i k T^ rks k Fami ly. 

('omuTtnl witli tlio hank at Wost Point, and a 
man ot lino Imsini'ss i|ualitic8. 

F <{. lit'llo l.anit'r, niarrii'd Scott Hakcr at West 
Point, CJa., January G, 18J)7. Issue: 

G 1. Sallie Baker. 

G "2. James Baker. 

F 7. lOlizabetli Lanier, unmarried. Possessing 
superior educational advantages, especially in mu- 
sic, and with an active imagination, she is a most 
charming companion. Her cordial, responsive 
manners, and thorough unse'fishness render her 
(piite attractive. 

F 8. Suejette Lanier has just completed her 
education, graduating with honor at the Lucy Cobb 
Institute at Athens, Ga., in June 11)00. 

I) 2. Susan Story, second daughter of Horace 
and Peggy Beese, married lOdward Croft, of 
Charleston, S. C, October 22, 1835, at Pendleton, 
S. C. — 

Susan Keese Croft was a woman of remarkably 
fine sense, and charming manners. She was very 
cpiick-tempered, but kind and generous to a fault. 
Hers was a noble self-sacrificing spirit, with a 
mind well stored with knowledge, and full of en- 
thusiasm. She made a success of whatever she 
undertook. She was a member of the Presbyterian 
Church. She was born in South Carolina, lived 
in Georgia, Alabama, Texas, and Florida, where 
she died and is buried. 

Edward Croft, her husband, belonged to a die- 

Gknkai.ooy of Tin-: Ki:i:si-: Family. 145 

tiii^'uisliiHl Kn^Misli family. They caino to America 
and settled at Charleston, S. C, and from thence 
to Chamhers county, Ala. He was a lawyer hy 
I)rofession, and settled at Ivafayette, Ala., wlierc 
lie practiced his ])rof(ssi()n. He l)ecame a jud^^'e, 
and was at one time Mayor of Columbus, Cla. He 
was a ma^niificent looking man, very tall and 
erect, with hlack hair and eyes, benevolent, oi)en 
countenance, courtly manners, a «::entleman of the 
old scliool. He was a colonel in the Confederate 
Army, and when mounted upon his splendid horse 
he was said to be so strikin<fly like General II. E. 
Lee that he was frequently mistaken for General 

After the war he removed to Texas, where he 
enpi^jed in tlie ])ractice of law. Finally he landed 
in Florida, where he died at a ripe old age, almost 
eiglity, in 1800. and sleeps beside his wife in the 
Land of Flowers. 

He had a most faithful old servant, Xelson, who- 
lived with him as long as he lived. 

Children of Edward Croft and Susan Reese 
Croft his wife: 

E 1. Alice Croft, married David Cropp, of 
Georgia: died young, no issue. 

E 2. William Croft, married Ella Benthal, of 
Misvsissippi, in 18G5. Issue: 

F 1. ^lary Croft, married Mr. Westbrook, of 
Florida. Issue : 

G 1. Clarence Westbrook. 

140 Genealogy of tjik Keese Family. 

G 2. ^ri^j^non WcstUrook. 

F 2. Edward Croft, married Miss . 

He is a lawyer l)y profession. 

F 3. Cleveland Croft, married Annie Van Ness, 
in Florida, in 18{)2. Issue: 

G 1. Edith Croft. 

F 4. Susan Kecsc Croft, married Brittian San- 
ders, of Alabama, in 1893. Issue: 

G 1. ^farv Susan Sanders. 

G 2. Twins: Laura Louisa, and — 

G 3. Linn Banks Sanders. 

F 0. John Croft, unmarried. 

F G. Horaee ]?eese Croft, died youn^. 

E 3. ^farv Storv Croft, married Dr. Xiekerson, 
at West Point, Ga., in 18()5. lie was a surgeon in 
the Confederate Arm}. 

She was known in the family as Dot, was a culti- 
vated musician, hut was afllicted with epilepsy. 
They both died in Florida. Xo issue. 

D 3. John ^filton Beese, eldest son of Horace 
and Bep;r>' Beesc died in infancy. 

D 4. Charles Story Beese, married Louisa 
Boundtree, of Xew Orleans, La. He was a strik- 
ingly handsome man, a lawyer by profession, a 
complete hook-worm, and splendidly versed in the 
Bihlc and Shakespeare, a fluent talker, and a fine 
reasoner. He belonged to the Confederate Army 
and fought faithfully throughout the war. He is 
buried in Xew Orleans, La. His wife, Louisa 
Roundtree Reese, is a remarkable woman, possess- 

Genealogy of the Reese Family.. 147 

in^r variocl and extensive information and accom- 
plislinients. Such is lier indoinital)le ener<ry and 
j>riidence tliat she is e(|ual to any emergency tliat 
arises. Her wliole attitude in life, so confident . 
and independent, and witlial so modest and un- 
aspuminfr, prove her real \vorth. She is full of 
humor, and a most intcrestin^r, a<xreeal)le woman. 
•)Shc is also an earnest, consecrated Christian; a 
communicant of the Episcojial Church, and is now 
liviufj witli her son, an only child, at Houston, 
Texas. Thev had two children, viz. : 

E 1. Lula Reese, a lovely, heautiful pr], a rich 
tro])ieal heauty, with fine clear-cut features, quite 
like her father. She died of yellow fever just as 
she was hlooming into youn^j womanhood, and is 
buried beside her father in Xew Orleans, Jai. 

E 2. Horace Croft Reese, married Kate . 

Issue : 

F 1. Horace Reese. He is a prominent railroad 
man at Houston, Texas, and very hi;,ddy esteemed. 

]) 5. ^farpiret Ann Reese, the third daughter 
of Horace IJeese and wife, ^fargaret Carter Reese, 
married Langdon Ellis, of \orth Carolina. 

He was a celebrated teacher in the early settle- 
ment of West Point, and his wife was one of his 
pupils. He was a man of fine personal appear- 
ance, with splendid, piercing black eyes; an Elder 
in the PreslMerian Church at West Point, Ga. 
He is buried at Hopewell with his friends and 
relatives. Margaret Ann, known as Annie, is the 


only incnihtT of licr fninily of l)r()tlK'rK und sisters 
living. Slic is a lovely old lady, now past her 
threescore and ten ; indeed, she is the oldest mem- 
ber of the J?eese family living. She is bright and 
active, walks several miles to visit relatives; lives 
among licr cliildren, grandchildren and great- 
grandchildren. She is brimful of energy, and an 
accomplished needle woman. Her embroidery and 
hemstitching is wonderful, so exact are her 
stitches. She is an humble Christian, a faithful 
member of the Presl)yterian Church. (Since 

The children of Langdon Ellis and his wife, 
^fargaret Ann Keese: 

E 1. ^lary Ellis, married James Crawford, a 
druggist. Issue: 

F 1. ^fargaret Crawford, married John H. 
Maddox, of West Point, Ga. Issue: 

G 1. Crawford ^faddox. 

G 2. llenrv ^laddox. 

G 3. Alex. Y. ^Maddox. 

G 4. ]\rargaret ^faddox. 

F ?. Joseph Crawford, unmarried. 

F 3. James Crawford, unmarried. 

^fary Ellis Crawford was an unusually sweet, 
attractive woman, gentle and winning in her man- 
ners, with soft, melting brown eyes and black hair. 
She was a dotingly fond wife and mother, a faith- 
ful friend, a zealous Christian, and has gone to her 

Gkxkalooy of the Reese Family. 149 

E 2. Cordelia Ellis, married David Robinson, 
of Alabama. Issue: 

¥ 1. Ellis Robinson. 

F 2. Edward Croft Robinson, married Otis 
Burdett. Issue : 

G 1. Dallas Burdett. 

G 2. Clayton Burdett. 

G 3. Jobn Burdett. 

G 4. Osburn Burdett. '  

G 5. Edwin Burdett. 

G 0. Frank Burdett. 

G 7. Zaeh Burdett. 

F 3. ^lary Robinson, married James Xewton. 

G 1. Henry Newton. 

G 2. David Newton. 

F 4. Ik'atrice Robinson, unmarried. 

F 5. Howard Robinson, married Ellen Smith, 
of Atlanta, Ga. He was killed by an engine run- 
ning over him. 

F G. Annie Robinson, married Joseph Bock- 
man. Issue: 

G 1. Jacob Bockman. 

G 2. Jeannettc Bockman. 

E 3. Margaret Ellis, married John George. 

F 1. ^largarct Ann George, married J. New- 
mire. Issue: 

G 1. Gladys Newmire. 

G 2. Henrietta Newmire. 

150 Gi:ni:vt,ogy of the Rkksk Family. 

(J '), 'Slixry Diulk'}' Xowmiro. 

F 2. J)ii(1li'V (m'oi'^^o, unnmrrit'd. 

K 4. SnnnK'l ,ivivr Kllin, died in Florida, un- 

E 5. Annie Ellis, married George Burdett. Is- 

F 1. ^lary Burdett. 

F 2. Belle Burdett. 

F 3. ^Nfar^xaret Burdett. 

F 4. Forrest Burdett. 

F 5. Leon Burdett. 

F G. Kathleen Burdett. 

F r. Lillu Croft Lurdett. 

F 8. George Burdett, Jr. 

D G. Jane Beese, daughter of Horace and ^lar- 
garet Carter Beese, died in infancy. 

D 7. William Carter Beese, when a lad of six- 
teen, was drowned in the Chattahoochie Biver, at 
West Point, Ga., May G, 1839. 

At the noon recess at school one day, while the 
teacher was away, ho and his cousin, Addison 
Beese, a lad of fourteen, and a school-nuitc named 
^[orris, went in hathing. All three were drowned 
and were huried side hy side at Hopewell Ceme- 

D 8. John Carter Beese, emigrated to Cali- 
fornia, where he died of Asiatic cholera, Novemher 
6, 1850, unmarried. 

D 9. Catherine Beese, married Augustus Pres- 
ley, died young, leaving one child. 

Gkxkalooy of Tin: Reese Family. 151 

E 1. Charley Mwhq PrcHloy, married Xora Wil- 
liaiiiH. iHHue, unknown. 

1) 10. Cordelia ]loratio Keese, younfjest child 
of Horace JJeese and wife, Margaret Carter Reese, 
married Benjamin Allston Croft, a l)rotiier of 
Edward Croft, who married lier sister, Susan 
Reese. Issue : 

E 1. Cordelia Reese Croft, died in infancy. 

These sisters, Katherinc and Cordelia Reese, 
were educated at La (} range, Cfa., Female College, 
which at that time was quite famous as one of the 
best schools in the South. 

Cordelia was a beautiful and gifted artist; some 
of her pictures made at that time are still kept in 
the family. These sister.? were taught to do ex- 
quisite needle work, embroidering in silk, wool 
and linen. Specimens of their work are still to 
be found in the family. 

They were gentle, lovely women; both died 
within a year after marriage, and arc buried at 
Hopewell with suitable stones to mark their graves. 


C 2. Dr. Charles ^[ilton Kocsc, son of George 
Keese and wife, Anna Story IJeese; born January 
20, 178S; njarried ^tliree times, first to Annie 
Miller, of rhila(lr'li)hia, in 1817. Children by first 

D 1. William ^liller Reese, married Lucy Pet- 
tus, of Washington, Oa. Issue: 

K 1. Milton Pettns Heese, married Sallie Hud- 
son, of (leorgia. Issue: 

F 1. Sarah Kave Heese, married Mr. 0. M. 
Smith, of Washington, (ia. 

Yj 2. Sarah Kave Reese, married George Dil- 
lard, of A]al)ama. Issue: 

V 1. Lucy IJeese J>iHard. 

V 2. ^fary Gertrude Diliard. 

V 3. Franees Viola Diliard. 
F 4. William Keese Diliard. 

George Diliard died of a})oplexy at the Aragon 
Hotel, in Atlanta, Ga. Ilis death was sudden, and 
n great blow to his family. Ilis remains were car- 
ried to Washington, Ga., and interred in the Reese 
lot at the cemetery. 

He was a man of fine business habits, remark- 
ably amiable and pleasant in his family. His 
mother-in-law said, she "never knew a lovelier man 

Gknealooy of the Reese Family. 153 

in tlic liomo-circlc; never ^a\v liini angry, or heard 
him s]x?ak an unkind word" — an iinus«iial record. 
Sallie l{eese DiUard is ahsohitely a model, a fine, 
well rounded-iip character; a nohle, earnest, hon- 
est, upright, grand woman. What more can he 
said ? 

Her hrother, ^Filton Pettns Keesc, was an ahle 
lawyer; was his father's ])artner, and served his 
State in many honorahle i)ositions. He was a 
meml)er of the Georgia lA'gislature, serving two 
terms with much ahility; was chairman of *the 
Judiciary Committee. He was a memher of the 
National Democratic Convention which nomi- 
nated Cleveland. In 180'^ he was elected to the 
State Senate. 

D 1. lion. William ^liller Keese sent to the 
writer the following sketch of his life: 

"T was horn July 23, 1818, in the city of 
Philadelphia, where my father at that time 
resided. When 1 was ahout six years of age 
my father, with his wife, myself and hrother, 
moved hack to old Pendleton, S. C. In 1828, 
my mother died, I heing ahout ten years old. 
My father remained unmarried for several 
years, when he again married ^Frs. Lucy !Meri- 
wether, a widow with one child. By this wife 
he had two children. She dying, he married 
a third time, and survived this lady also for 
several years, dying himself in April, 1862. 

"My full brother, Sidney Reese, died some 

154 Gkxealogy of the Ki:i:se Family. 

ten or twelve years sinee, leavin<^ a widow, 
tliree dau^^liters and tlirec «;randeliildren l)y 
liis son's wife, lie was so unfortunate as to 
lose liis only son soon after he was »j:rown up 
and nuirried. llis family is .wttinp: alonj' rea- 
sonablv well for the times in which we live. 
His wife has a comfortable home in Athens, 
Ga., and makes a living by keepinf^ a board- 
in<r house, selling milk, butter and vegetable^. 

*'The children of my father's second mar- 
riage are Anderson I?eese, who lives in ^laeon, 
Ca. He married a lady of considerable prop- 
erty. One child by this nuirriagc, a young 
lady who, two years ago, married a rich New 
Yorker. They all live in ^lacon together, and 
go in considerable style. The other child by 
this second marriage, ^Irs. S. C. Williams, lost 
all her property by poor management; died in 
Atlanta, Ga. 

"Going back to myself, I was first sent to 
school to a girls' school, taught by a Presby- 
terian minister noted for his severity. He 
taught at Pendleton. From that school I was 
removed and sent to the old Academy taught 
by gome fine teachers, under whom I learned 
a great deal of Latin and Greek, but not a 
great deal of mathematics. 

"John 0. Callioun, then Vice-President of 
the United States, was one of the trustees, and 
often visited this Academy for the purpose of 
encouraging the teachers and boys. 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 155 

''Wlien I was sent to Yale College, in 1834, 
l)ein<T tlien sixteen years of a^^c, I carried a 
letter of introduction from !Mr. Calhoun to 
one of tlie i)rofess()rs of the Colle<;e. At this 
renowned seat of learninfj I remained only 
two years, being compelled by bad health to 
give np my education and return home. 

"As my father had removed from old Pen- 
dleton, S. C, to Athens, Ga., I followed to 
the latter i)lace, where I stayed for a year 
trying to recover my health. Feeling suffi- 
cientlv strong to resume mv studies in 1837, 
I went to Princeton College. In order to 
establish my health, so that I might go 
through College, I boarded in the country 
two miles from College, with a Jersey farmer, 
walking in to recitations every morning and 
afternoon. Hero I staved nearly a year and 
a half, and while there, cut my own wood, 
made my own fires, carried my own water, and., 
cleaned my own shoes. 

"I graduated in 1830, and came back to 
Georgia, where I commenced at once to read 
law, with an eminent lawyer. I remained 
with this gentleman six months, and then 
spent six months more at Harvard Law 

"This Law School being then under the con- 
trol of my kinsman, Judge Story, and Prof. 
Greenleaf. Judge Story was undoubtedly the 

156 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

most loarnod lawyer in Ainerica of his day 
and time, and was a most genial and accom- 
plisiied man. Prof. Greenleaf is known to 
the world of lawyers by liis great work on 
' Evidence, which is to be found everywhere in 
the United States and in England, ^[y father 
was unal)le to keep me there longer, and I was 
forced to return to Georgia. 

*'IIaving been admitted to the bar in 1841, 
I entered the law olhce of ^Ir. Toombs, living 
at this place. i\[r. Toond)s, as you ])ro!)ably 
know, afterwards became a very distinguished 
nuin: United States Senator and General in 
the Confederate Army. He was just thirty- 
one years of age, and a man of the finest 
presence that I ever saw. 

"In his oflice I did the routine work of the 
otlice, and studied law constantly. After two 
years more, he gave me a small interest in his 
business, which continued for about two years, 
when our partnersliip was dissolved. 

"In 1840, when the business connection of 
myself and General Toombs ceased, I married 
Miss Lucy Pettus, an aunt of the Kev. James 
Lane. She is now an old lady, in tolerable 
liealth, in her seventv-sixth \ear. Wc have 
two cliildren, a son, Milton, and a daughter, 
Sallic, who married ^[r. George Dillard, a 
son of Col. Frank Dillard, of Auburn, Ala. 
They have four children. My eon is now 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 157 

forty-seven years old, and busily engaged in 
the i)racticc of law. My daughter is a well- 
educated woman, and a fine housekeeper. 
fShe can do all sorts of work about a house, 
from the kitchen to the parlor. We all live 
together in the same house at this place. 

"P>om 1S4() to 18()4, I continued closely 
and industriously to follow the law, and in 
the latter year was made Judge of the 8u- 
j)erior Court of this Circuit. During the 
period of four years from 18(14 to ISGS, the 
most confused, troublesome and disastrous 
time this country ever saw, I administered- 
justice to the people of ten counties. 

"Looking back over this period of my life, 
while T am sure that I make mistakes, yet I 
am not conscious of ever havin": intentionally 
wronged any individual. In 18T0, I was 
elected to the State Senate, and continued a 
State Senator for nearly eifjht years. 

"The service >\hich I rendered to the State 
during that period met the approbation of all 
the intelligent and patriotic people of the 
State. About five years ago, I had to abandon 
the practice of law in the court-house on ac- 
count of blindness. I was able, however, to 
help my son, with whom I practiced law, in 
office work, which is now my only vocation. 

"While I am not able to read or write my- 
self, and barely able to make my way in safety 

158 Gkxkalogy of thi': Reesk Family. 

along tlie streets, 1 continue to study law, read 
tlie news]in]>ers, keep up my connection with 
politics, through the aid of a reader and type- 

"Although T am seventy-seven years of age, 
my health, with the exception of blindness, is 
toleral)lv j^ood. 

"You have now my story." 

This narrative was written November 14, 1805, 
and he died ^lay 14, 181)!), and was buried in 
Washington. Ga. 

The Washington (Oa.) j)aper thus writes of 

"William ^Filler l?eese was Imrn at the 
Xavy-yard, Philadelphia, July 1818. He was 
the son of Dr. ^lilton I^eese and Annie ^liller. 
Dr. ^lilton l^eese was the son of George Reese, 
who died in Pendleton, S. C, and to whose 
memory a monument was erected in the old 
Stone Church-yard. 

"George l?eese was the son of David Reese, 
of Xorth Carolina, signer of the ^lecklenburg 
Declaration of Independence, and was himself 
ft soldier of the Revolution. His war record 
is in the War OlTice at Washington, D. C. 
His son, ^rilton, studied medicine; was ap- 
pointed Surgeon in the Naval Station at 
Philadelphia, where he met ^liss Annie Mil- 
ler. Her brother, Edwin Miller, was a Civil 


Genealogy of the Reese Family. 159 

Engineer, who built the Pennsylvania Rail- 

"Dr. Reese went to Europe witli the navy, 
and was in Italy some years. Jud'^e Reese's 
nurse was Italian, and the first two words he 
spoke were in that language. He crossed the 
ocean more than once while still a child. He 
had a sister buried at Florence, Italv. 

"His father was a very handsome and 
highly accomplished man, who sjmke Italian 
fluently. He resigned when his son was eight 
years old, and settled in Pendleton, S. C. , 

"Judge Reese's mother died about that time, 
and his father, later on, married three times. 

"He moved to Athens, Ga., in 1834, and 
was one of the original subscribers to the 
Georgia Railroad, of which Judge Reese was 
a director during the greater i)art of his life. 
Judge Reese was sent to Yale, stayed two 
years, and was forced to leave on account of 
bad health. He remained out of Colle^re a 
year; then went to Princeton, X. J., where 
he took first honor. 

"He came to Washington, Ga., in 1841, and 
studied law with General Toombs. 

"He attended the Harvard Law School in 
184G. He married ^liss Lucy Pettus, of 
Washington. They had two children, ^lilton 
P. Reese and Sarah Eave, now Mrs. George 

160 . Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

"At tlic time of liis coinirifj to Washington, 
in 18] 1, lio boii^'lit liis ])rt'S{'nt liome, a lot 
of two acrc'K, for $!.")(). It could not now be 
l)ou;,'ht for an many thousand. 

"Jn ])olitics he was an old-line Whig, lie 
favored secession, and since the war has been 
a staunch Democrat. Ffc has alwavs been a 
warm friend of education, and was very liberal 
to the cause. He was for years trustee of the 
old Seminary at Washington, which has 
turned out some of the finest and most dis- 
tinguished women in the State. This school 
ow(»d much of its huccchh to his wise counsel, 
and his liberal generosity. His public serviccH 
were nuiny and honorable. In IHdI. he wuh 
appointed ,)\u\iiv of the Xorthern Circuit by 
(lovernor l^rown, and served one term. 

"In lH(;r», ]u» WUH in Andy iIohnHonV Con- 
vention. From 1H71 to 1H7H lu- nerved in the 
Gi'orgia Senate, lie c(nild have been nuule 
Judge when Judge Montgomery was aj)-' 
|)ointed, but thought it his duty to remain in 
the Senate. Three times he could have been 
made Judge, but declined. 

"In 1878, he was a member of the Constitu- 
tional Convention. He began his professional 
career as a clerk in Toombs* office. He was a 
member of the Presbyterian Church at Wash- 

Gp:nkalooy of the IIp:ese Family. 161 

D 2. Sidney Jiccse, son of Dr. Milton Keesc 
and wife, Annie Miller Keene; born in l*lwladel- 
l)hia in 18:;i(). Jle wan a mereliant at Atliens for 
many years, and at one time Mayor of the city, 
and a consistent member of the Presbyterian 
Churcli; married Caroline Harden, of Athens, 
Ga. Issue: 

E 1. Marion Keesc, married Jeff Lane, a promi- 
nent railroad otlicial. Issue: 

F 1. Julian Keese Lane, graduated with distinc- 
tion at the University of Georgia, when quite 
young, and lield tlie position as tlic youngest rail- 
road HU])erintendent in the South; nuirried Flor- 
ence AbraiiiH, of J^a (i range, Ga., in 18U(I, Ihhuc, 

F 2. Caroline May Lane, married J, J. 

F JJ. FninccH Lane, nuirried Mr. lludinill. 

F 4, Marion Heese Lane, unmarried. 

K 2. Jniia Anderson Jleese, married Mr. A. Mc- 
Diiiree. issue: 

F 1. Sidney Keese McDufTec. 

F 2. Jeir Lane :\IcDufrec. 

F 3. Charles Sidney Keese,' married Nevada 
Bostwack, of California. Issue: 

F 1. Anna Isabella Reese, died when just 
grown; a lovely, intelligent girl. 

F 2. Henrv B. Reese.- 

F .3. Charles Sidney Reese, Jr. 

E 4. Carrie Lou Reese, unmarried. 

1C2 Gknkalogy of the Uicesk Family. 

ChiKlreii ol' Dr. Milton Kwsc by second wife, 
^Irn. l^ucy Morriwothor. Slio wns Lucy Watkins, 
born in (Jreeno county, Ga., July {), 1804. Her 
first busbanil was A[r. George ^lerri wether, by 
wliom she liad one child, a daughter. Her Keese 
children were: 

D 3. Jane Early Reese, married, late in life, 
^Ir. Williams, of Atlanta, Ga. She was a large, 
handsome woman, a most pronounced brunette, 
and had the ha})py faculty of entertaining most 
charmingly; her high-bred air gave great dignity 
to her ai)pearance. She died in Atlanta several 
years ago. She left no children. 

1) 4. Anderson Watkins Keese was for many 
years a popular journalist in Athens and Macon, 
Ga. A remarkably handsome man when young; 
was said to be the handsomest of the Keese family. 
A man of broad education, cultured by travel. 
He married Viola Ross, of ^lacon, Ga. Issue: 

E 1. Flewellvn Keese, married William Mc- 
Ewen Johnston, of Tennessee. Issue : 

F 1. Viola Johnston. 

Flewellyn Keese Johr;ston is said to possess a 
face of delicate, refined, aristocratic, womanly 
beauty, of the brunette type, superior grace of 
manner and bearing, with sweet, engaging ways; 
is a society leader, with a genius for entertaining, 
wlierc her nfTability of manner and kindness of 
lioart ninkc her deservedly popular. Several years 
ago shci with hor parents, husband and child, spent 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 163 

a year al)r()a(l travelling. Slic lias a handsome 
homo in Macon, and lior parents live with her. 

Dr. Milton Reese's third wife was Mrs. Eliza- 
beth Gerdine, of Athens, Ga. No issue. 

The last two wives are buried at Atliens, Ga. 

From the Xavy Department at Washington this 
report was sent: 

Dr. Charles ^lilton Reese was commissioned as a 
Surgeon in the Xavy April 27, 181G. August 20, 
1811), he was ordered to take passage in the Pea- 
cock for duty at the Hospital at Pisa. 

The records of the Department do not show the 
date he left that hospital, but July 13, 1821, he 
was in Washington City, and requested orders to 
duty in Philadelphia. His resignation was ac- 
cepted March 29, 1824. 

Dr. Reese lost a little daughter while stationed 
at Leghorn. She was l)uried in the Protestant 
cemetery at that place. The family have a picture 
of that cemetery with the grave marked thereon. 

Dr. Reese was educated at the Academy in Pen- 
dleton, one of the few classical schools of that day. 
He had to walk four miles to school. He would 
walk barefoot until he reached the town limits, 
then he would stop and draw on his socks and 
shoes. Here he learned Greek and Latin, and be- 
came a very fine Latin scholar. His mother, who 
was an exceedingly nmbitious woman, chose for 
him tlio profession of medicine, and directed his 
studies to that end. When old enough and sufli- 

101 (Jknkaukiy of TiiK Kkkhk Family. 

cieiitly advanced, lie was sent to Philadelphia, 
where he spent several years in study, and gradu- 
ated with honor. He was an earnest Christian 
man, a great stickler for the observance of the Sab- 
hath day, and brought his children up under the 
rcijime of the old-fashioned Presbyterians. For 
numy years ho M-as a Ituling Elder of that church, 
and left his impress upon the church jicople where 
he worshipped. His large sympathies, his manly 
tenderness, his delicate courtesy, his strength and 
.delicacy of alfwtion nmde him a popular physician. 
He was a nuin of genial spirit, generous impulse, 
c|uiek apprehensions, ilne scholarship, ready ad- 
dress. He made friends readily, and retained 
them, and left behind many namesakes, not only 
in his family connection, but among friends and 
admirers with whom ho was intimately associated 
in the capacity of family physician. His mother 
ever spoke of him as her truthful, trusty son. 
He lived to a good old age, and is buried in Athens, 
beside two of his wives, with a suitable stone to 
mark his grave. 

"Dkatii of Dr. Ciiaules ^[. Heese. 

"It l)ccomcs our sad duty to record the fact 
of the loss of this old and honored citizen 
of our town. 

"Dr. Reese departed this life on the 23d of 
the present month, at his residence in Athens, 
Ga. A short illness closed a long term of 

Gknkalooy of the Reese Family. 1G5 

more tlian seventy-four years of well-employed 

"In tlie fulness of years he had finished his 
work, and was ready to go, and cheerfully 
heard tiie voice of the Master saying, 'Come 
uj) liiglier/ 

**lle leaves not an enemy hehind him, and 
not a citizen hut will miss his well-known 
face and familiar voice, and will sigh to think 
that such men must, hy the law of nature, 
dej)art from us. 

**iIiH intellect was strong and healthy, cul- 
tivated much hy reading, and more hy inter- 
e()urs{» with men. ilis character as a man, a 
citizen, and a Christian was ahove reproach, 
hlunt and sometimes rough in his outward 
manner, his heart was kind and tender, and 
his aU'ections strong. 

"His inlluence was ever on the side of right, 
of law, of order, of good morals, and of prac- 
tical religion. Ivong nuiy he he renuMuhered 
among us as an e.\anij)le to he followed. 

"iJr. Keese was a native of South Carolina. 
In early life he hecame a Surgeon in the 
United States Navy, where he continued sev- 
eral years. 

"After availing himself fully of this posi- 
tion to improve in his profession as well as 
to visit foreign countries, he left the Navy 

and devoted himself to an assiduous and suc- 

166 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

cossful practice of medicine, from which he 
liad retired about ten years before his death. 
For more tlian tliirtv vears lie has resided 
among us. His cliihlren are all worthily and 
successfully engaged in the duties of life, and 
the younger of them, ^Ir. A. W. Reese, co- 
' Editor of this paper, is now serving his coun- 
try in Virginia. To him and to them all, we 
tender our sympathy, which we are sure is 
shared by all who know them.'' * 

* Athens Banner, 1862. 




C 3. ^lary Story Reese, eldest daughter of 
Ceorw Reese and Anna Storv Reese liis wife, was 
born in South Carolina, April 17, 1790; married 
David Cherry, a wealthy merchant and planter, 
at Pendleton, January, 1817. Issue: 

D 1. Sarah Ann Cherry, died young. 

I) 2. George Reese Cherry, married, late in life, 
Sallie Cresswell, of Anderson, S. C. Issue: 

E ]. Mary George Cherry, a well-educated 
young lady, who inherits her father's practical 
sense and amiability, and her grandmothers 
womanly modesty, and loving simplicity. She 
lives with her mother at Seneca, S. C, unmar- 

!Mary Story Cherry was educated at the Acad- 
emy in Pendleton. She was very don\estic in her 
taste, and a great help to her mother in household 
duties, and in raising the younger children. She 
did most of the sewing, and could spin as many 
cuts as any of the servant women on the farm, 
and the nicest, fastest weaver on the place. She 
not only wove their clothes, but most of the coun- 
terpanes and blankets used by the family. She 
was the favorite sister, because of her kind, patient, 

1G8 Genkalogy of thk Reese Family. 

lu'lpful ways witli tlio yonnj^rr children. Wlien- 
ovor tlu'y got hurt, or in troul)lo of any kind, they 
always went to^ Sister ^lary for lielp and com- 

She was a i)ioiis, Christian woman, a prominent 
niemher of tiie IVeshyterian Chureh, and gave very 
lil)erally to the su])port of the church. She was 
note«l for her charity aiul kindness to the poor 
people around her. "She had a lovely country homo 
on the Seneca Kiver, which was a favorite resort 
for her relatives an<l fi'iends. She was a model 
housekeeiH'r, an economical wife, and made a home 
for her vouiiir hrotlurs to stav and go to school. 
Her style of living was exceedingly plain, hut com- 
fortahlc, her furniture was rpuiint and simj)lc, and 
the jmorest, ])lainest j)coplc were welcomed to her 
fireside and her hoard. 

It is said that on one occasion two of her hroth- 
ers went to see her, she had very little silver plate, 
oidy tahle and teaspoons, and a handsome silver 
cup her mother luid given her. When her hrothers 
Were seatecl at the tahle and saw the steel knives 
and forks, one said to the other, *' Doctor, let's huy 
Sister Clierrv a set of silver forks and ivorv handle 
knives.*' She was indignant, and re})licd, "I thank 
you hotli, when I want silver forks and ivory handle 
knives, T can huy them, for I am ahle to huy and 
sell hoth of you. I would rather give my money 
to educate q jwor hoy than ])ut it in silver forks." 
Such a feeling rebuke was keenly felt by the broth- 

Gexkalogy of the "Reese Family. 109 

ers, and tlicy often n'lK'atcd it as bcin^' so char- 
acteristic of tlu'ir excellent sister. — 

Her only cliild, (icor<re Ueese C'herrv, lived to be 
an old man before he married; waited until after 
liis motlu'r's death. His affection and obedience to 
liis mother was rare and beautiful; to her he was 
never more than a elnld, and truly a mother was 
never blessed with a mor(! devoted, dutiful son. 

lie was one of tbe most liberal, kind-hearted 
n\en in the world. Jle was well educated and fine 
l()okin<r, very simi)le and unassumin<r in his man- 
ners; a staunch friend, and a most indulgent 
nuister to his slaves. 

For several years he was a Ke])resentative of 
Oconee county in the Leirislature. He was highly 
a])|)reciated by the i)eo])le. and had hosts of friends. 
The writer recalls with ])leasure a visit of several 
months to this aunt and cousin at their pleasant 
home, and while tluMX-, ^fr. Andrew Calhoun had 
a sale, which Mr. Cherry attended, and when he 
returned home, he brought her a handsome copy 
of Sbakesj)eare from the famous Calhoun library. 
'J'bis valuable book she doubly ])rizes, as it once 
belonged to the distinguished statesman, John C. 
Calhoun, and as a gift from a favorite cousin. 

^frs. Cherry, although a great sufferer, lived to 
be eighty-six years old, and slee])s beside her hus- 
band at "iro])ewell," Old Stone Church grave- 
yard, near Pendleton, S. C. Mr. George Cherry is 
also buried there. 

170 Genealogy of the Keese Family. 


"Died, at Ikt rosidenco, noar Pondloton, 
OcoiuM* county, S. C, on the 3d of August, 
lH7-}y yirs. Mary Story CluTry, relict of David 
Cherry, in lier ei«rhty-sixth year. 

"In her early life she professed her faith 
in Christ as the only Saviour of sinners, and 
espoused his cause hy unitin<j witli the Pres- 
i)yterian Church, "Hoj)e\vell," Pendleton. 
There she ever deli<xhted to attend upon the 
means of grace, and the ministration of the 
gospel of peace and salvation. To her it was 
'good news and tidings of joy,' hence her seat 
in the sanctuary of God was seldom vacant 
when ahle to attend. 

"With steady and uniform hand, she sup- 
ported the gospel in her own church, and also 
extended help to others. The cause of mis- 
sions, hoth foreign and domestic, received her 
attention and her gifts; hut the cause of 
education for the gospel ministry seemed to 
engage her mind the most, as the sure means 
of the fulfillment of Christ's words, *To the 
poor the gospel is preached.' 

"Hence for more than forty years her hands 
were employed for the furtherance of this 
cause in an unostentatious way, aiding young 
men with money, and other substantial favors, 
while pursuing their studies, and preparation 


for the work of })rc'a('liin<,' the ^osj)el of Christ, 
nnd l>y sncli hvv vaviod kindiu'ss will he re- 
iiK'inhered with love and ^(ratitude, wliile tliey 
live to preach 'the gospel of the })eace of God/ 
She was always very kind to the poor and 
needy around her, and hy many such her ah- 
sence will he greatly felt and lamented. She 
sufTered much for many years with ill health, 
and in latter days witli complication of dis- 
eases, which she hore with patience and Chris- 
tian fortitude, cheerfully accepting the assur- 
ance of God's word, that 'whom he loveth he 
chasteneth,' and that, hy God's hlessing, 
'afllictions work for the people of God a 
far more exceeding and eternal weight of 

"Having finished her course and kept the 
faith, she dei)art(:d in i)eace, leaving an only 
son, who ever, hy his assiduous attention and 
unceasing care, manifested the strongest affec- 
tion of ft true heart and most filial love to an 
afllicted parent, with many relatives and 
friends to mourn their loss, hut not sorrowing 
for one for whom there is no hope. M/' 

C 4. Susan Polk Iicese, second daughter of 
George Reese and Anna Story Reese. 

Like her sister ^lary, she was educated at the 
old Academy at Pendleton. She was altogether 
different from her sister; was not fond of domestic 

172 Genealogy of the Keese Family. 

work or sewing, and was not lielpful in that line 
of work. 

Slie was said to l)e a l)eaiity wlien yoiinfr, proud 
and lKUi<:lity, fond of readin<? and faney work. 
Slie was l)ri<:]it and witty, and greatly admired; 
full of fun and frolie, she enjoyed the soeiety of 
young j)eopIe as long as she lived. Her ha])py 
home was a delightful resort for tlie young peo})le, 
and her nieees would visit her every summer, and 
slie would join in all their j)leasure8 like a young 
girl. 8hc made herself and her home so attractive 
that it was ever filled with guests. She married 
Nathaniel Harris, who helonged to the j)rominent 
Harris family of North Carolina. He was a 
])lanter, a most excellent man, a firm friend, a 
kind neighbor. He died comparatively young, and 
is buried at "Hopewell," with a monument to mark 
his grave. 

After his death, his wife and four children emi- 
grated from South Carolina to (Jeorgia, settling 
at 'i'unnel Hill, where she lived in ])eacc and 
j>lenty, nurrounded by her children and grand- 
children. She was 8weet-temi)ered, and had such 
winning ways that every one loved her. She was 
a well-read woman, and possessed a very accurate 
memory, which made licr knowledge doubly valu- 

Cliildren of 8u«an Polk liccso and Nathaniel 

D 1. Mary Story Harris, married her cousin, 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 173 

Thomas Kcesc Cherry, a successful mercliant at 
Pendleton and Tunnel Hill. Issue: 

E 1. Edward B. Cherry, married Helen Quinn, 
of Connecticut. Issue: 

F 1. Ives Cherry, wlio died youn<(; a briglit, 
handsome l)oy, the only child, the idol of his doting 
l)a rents. The mother has never recovered from 
this overwhelming sorrow. 

Edward Cherrv is a merchant, and lives at the 
North. By close attention to business he has been 
successful, and accumulated a comfortable living. 
He is a handsome nuui of pleasing address, courtly 
in his manners, and deservedly popular. His wife 
is a handsome woman, cordial and amiable in her 

E 2. ^lary Story Cherry, married Robert Prior, 
a merchant, and a most excellent Christian man. 

F 1. Wilton Burton Prior. 

^lary Story Cherry ]*rior, when a child, had 
scarlet fever, and it left her almost blind. For 
years slie was a great sufTerer, and could not use 
her eyes. She was spoiled by her family on this 

She is a bright woman, a very interesting talker, 
and, like her grandmother, full of life. She is one 
of the finest economists, an excellent numager, 
genial and social in her nature, and fond of her 
relatives and friends. She is a consistent meml)er 
of the Presbyterian Church, and is much interested 
in church work. 

174 Genealogy of the Keese Family. 

E 3. Annie Cherry, married ^Ir. Mitehcll, of 
Tennessee. Slie is well educated, and fond of 
literature, a fine letter writer, and brilliant in con- 
versation, i)roud and ln«rli-strung, }'et gentle and 
affectionate. She is small, hut graceful and stylish, 
and withal nn attractive wonum; a member of the 
Preshvterian Church. 

E 4. Tliomas Heese Cherrv, a merchant in New 
York; married his cousin, lk41e Harris, of Balti- 
more, ^Id. Issue: 

F 1. Edwin Harris Cherry. 

Belle Harris Cherry is considered a beautiful 
woMuin, with brown eyes and red hair, who had 
fine educational advantages in Baltimore. She 
is a fluent talker, and uses choice English; affec- 
tionate in her nature. She is a decided favorite 
in her family. She is a member of the I'rcsby- 
terian Church. 

They live in Xcw York City, where they are 
giving their son, Harris, the finest educational 

E 5. Laura Cherry, married James Headrick, 
of Georgia. Issue: 

F 1. Glennie Headrick. 

F 2. Lily Headrick. 

F 3. James A. Headrick. 

F 4. William Headrick. 

E G. Nathaniel Harris Cherrv, unmarried. 

He is engaged in mercantile business in New 
York City. A most exemplary Christian, and a 
member of the Presbyterian Church. 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 175 

E 7. Lily Bee Cherry, married Prof. William 
Emerson, of the Technologieal School in Atlanta, 
Ga. He was educated at Annapolis, and was a 
professor in the Citadel, at Charleston, for several 
rears. Issue: 

F 1. Cherry Emerson. -- 

F 2. Austell Emerson. 

Lily Cherry Emerson is really an defiant 
woman, tall, queenly, with the air of an empress, 
with sweet, winning ways and manners that win 
all hearts. She is an active memher of the Pres- 
hyterian Church. 

E 8. Kate Cherry, married Mr. Bowden, of 
Tennessee. She is a distinctive character, full of 
vivacity, tender and loving in her nature, a helpful 
wife, fond mother. She is an active memher of 
the Preshyterian Church. They have one child: 

F 1. ]\Iary Frances Bowden. 

D 2. Dr. l?eesc Harns, eldest son of Xathanicl 
Harris and wife, Susie Keesc. 

Dr. Harris was partially educated in Pendleton, 
and then at the ^^lanual Lahor School for Young 
Men, about twelve miles from Pendleton. When 
eighteen years of age he went to Athens, Ga., and 
studied medicine for two years with his uncle, 
Dr. Milton Peesc. Afterward he went to Charles- 
ton, S. C, to the Medical College, where he gradu- 
ated. He settled at a little town called "Spring 
Place,'' Georgia, to practice his profession. Here 
he met his wife, then a bright girl of sixteen, 


Mary C'licHtcr, whom lu* imirricd tliu following 
vt'iir. Ihkiic: 

K 1. LoiiKiiinna llnrrls, nmrrit'd .Imm'M Field. 
A fi'W inonlliK nrtcr Iut inai'rin;;i' h\\v lont Ikt 
liraltli, and Ikt mind In'camc aH'ccti'd, and in a 
fit of alK'rration sho tlux'w luTsclf into tlic well, 
and was drowned. There wan a How and H))arklu 
ahout her whieh made her attractive and inter- 
entin;;. Her lovely expreHnion and di^nnlied hear- 
in^', her ener^'y and elevated nentiment made her 
a nohle si)ecimen of n true woman. She waF a 
consistent memher of the l*reshyterian Church, 
lived a most useful Christian life, ami died <rreatly 
lamented hy her relatives and friends. She is 
buried at Dalton, (Ja., where she was raised, and 
where she left hosts of friends, ller sad, sudden 
death was a <;reat blow to her mother, a blow from 
which she never entirely recovered. Althou^di she 
lived to a ri))e old a^e, she died Xovcnd)er, 1!)()1. 

K 2. William Chester Harris was killed at IV- 
tersbur^', Va., LSOL lie had ^'one throu<rh tho 
battle, and on his return to camp was jiickcd off 
by one of the enemy's sharp-shooters; was buried 
on the battle-field by his cousin, Kdward Cherry, 
and Alfred, the servant they took with them into 
the service. 

When the first war bugle sounded, Willie was a 
school-boy, the only son of a widowed mother, the 
idol of her heart, but when the time came that the 
South needed her boy, she cheerfully consented for 

Oknkaj/kjy of tiik 1?i:i:hi-: Family. 177 

liiiii to ciiliHt. IlcTM wuH ^'cnulni' licroiHin of tljo 
lii;<li('Hl tvpc. JIJH death wan u criiHliin;,' Mow to 
luT, l)ut h1u» waH comforted in knowing tluit lie 
dii'd in a noble cauHC. 

E 3. Susan IJecsc Ilarriw, married Ernest Allen, 
of Dalton, (Ja., who died of consumption, and 
left her n young widow with three children to 

She was calhwl for jier grandfnother, and in- 
herited her l)eauty and humor. When she married 
she was really very beautiful, of the blonde type, 
graceful and stylish, beautiful, expressive blue 
eyes, ])rilliant color, f.nd was a great belle in so- 
ciety. She is a sincere friend, unflinching in the 
discharge of duty, an huml)le Christian and a de- 
voted mend)er of the rresl)yterian Ouirch. Her 
children are; 

F 1. !Mary I^ith Allen, married John Thomas, 
of Dalton, (ia., in IHlli). lie is a merchant, an 
energetic business man. 

She is a noble young woman, well educated, and 
was a successful teacher for several years. She is 
a great favorite in society, but withal a true, earn- 
est, excellent woman. Issue: , 

G 1. Suecylla Thomas. 

F 2. William Chester Allen, unmarried. He 
is an active business man, engaged in the mercan- 
tile profession in Atlanta, Ga. 

F 3. Ivan Allan, unmarried. Like liis brother, 
he is also engaged in the mercantile business in 

178 Gknealooy of the Reese Family. 

Atlanta, Ga. Tliey arc deserving young men, and 
a pleasure and honor to their mother, and their 
aged grandmother Harris. 

D 3. Edwin Handy Harris, married Lafayette 
Borland, of Alabama. 

He was educated at Pendleton, S. C, removed to 
^fontgomery, Ala., where he lived for many years. 
At one time he was Mayor of the city, and for a 
long while a cotton broker. He was a very hand- 
some man, and his wife was a magnificent looking 
woman, and they were considered the handsomest 
couple in ^lontgomery. He was a jovial, free- 
hearted man, and made many friends. After the 
Civil War, he removed to Baltimore, where he 
died and is buried. 

Children of Edwin Handy Harris and Lafayette 
Borland Harris: 

E 1. Susan Harris, unmarried. 

She is a noble self-sacrificing woman, who took 
care of her mother until her death, several years 
ago, and is engaged in a lucrative business in Xew 
York City. Her family appreciate her worth, 
and true nobility of soul. 

E 2. Belle Harris, married her cousin, Thomas 
Reese Cherry, mentioned elsewhere. 

E 3. Sallic Harris, married, first, Mr. Blank- 
ingship, of Virginia. He was a sculptor, and did 
much of tlie beautiful work on the buildings at 
the World's Fair at Chicago. After his marriage 
he carried his wife to Paris, France, where he pur- 

Genealogy of the T^eese Family. 179 

sued liis profession. His wife studied art, and 
made tinting pictures a sjH'cialty. They lived in 
Paris several years. Wliile tliere, her niotlier made 
them a visit, and made the voyage each way alone..'' 
Mr. Blankingsliip died of consum})tion in New 
York City, leaving no cliildren. Sallie married 
the second time Mr. II. B. Smith, of Xew York. 
He is connected with the electrical work, and is 
said to be wealthy. 

She is a liandsome woman, intelligent and tact- 
ful, with charming, responsive manners. They 
live in New York. 

E 5. Marie Harris, married, first, Stanley 
Fletcher, of Baltimore. Issue: 

F 1. Edwin Stanley Fletcher. 

!Marie married, second husband, Carroll J. Mon- 
tanye, a lawyer of Xew York City. Xo children. 

She is fresh looking, bright, and pretty, affec- 
tionate and social in her nature; quite talented in 
music, has a lovely, cultivated voice, and sang in 
several of the city churches. Her frank cordiality 
and true sweetness of character render her u de- 
lightful companion. She lives in Xew Y'ork City. 

E G. Edwin Handy Harris. Jr., unmarried. 

He lives in Xew York City, and is engaged in 
business with the Press Club of Xew York. He is 
an energetic business man, fine looking, and in 
his manners he is complaisant, courteous and con- 
ciliating, with great nobleness of soul and elevated 
sentiment; liberal and magnanimous. His high- 

1^0 Okxkalooy of the Kkkse Family. 

Im'(m1 nir nddn di^Mulv t<» Inn npiu'nrMiur. \\v linn a 
fmul of luimor, wliicli maki's him par oxcellonco a 
most ii^n*crabl(! companion. 

TIk'so childR'n wore all born in Montgomery, 
Ala., but wore raised and educated in Baltimore 
and Xew YofIn. With the exception of tlie eldest, 
they all retain the fc^weet Southern brogue, and 
ore thorough Southerners. This Ih rather excep- 
tional, Init not so with the grandehildriwi. They ' 
have the Northern brogue absolutely, and know 
little of their Southern relatives, or the customs 
of the South. 

1) 4. Louisa Harris, youngest child of Nathaniel 
Harris and Susan Heese Harris, married, late in 
life, JJobert ^leLelland as his second wife. Issue: 

K 1. (Mara JJeese McLelland, unmarried. 

Mr. K. S. ^Iclielland refugeed from North 
Georgia to ()[)elika during the war, and for many 
years was a merchant at that i)lace. 

He was a devoted Christian gentleman, an Elder 
in the J^resbvterian Church, the verv salt of the 
earth, as Christlike in his life as possible for poor, 
frail hunumity to be. 

The State papers thus speak of him at the time 
of his death : 

**Wc afc deeply grieved to announce the 
. death of ^[r. Kobert McLclland, which occur- 
red last night. 

"For about fifteen years Mr. ^IcT^lland has 
been an honored citizen of Opelika, There 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 181 

wns not a iniin in all the l(>n;;tli and breadth 
of tlic land nioiv Ijoru'st, upright and pious 
tlian ^Ir. McLeUand. 

"He was noted for his Christian purity, his 
hcncvok'nt and ol)li^'in«; disjmsition, his kind- 
ness, fjentleness and modesty. In a word, he 
was witlioiit rei)roacli. The entire community 
mourn liis loss." 

"^fr. T?. S. ^FeLelland, one of our ohlest 
and best citizens, died at his liomc in this city 
last ^Monday ni«j:ht of consumption. The de- 
ceased ^\'as about fifty- five years old, and for a 
numl)er of years had engaged in mercantile 

"Integrity, perfect good faith in all his 
dealings, a pure life, a liberal nature, charac- 
terized him as a man and a merchant. Simple 
in his tastes, gentle in his intercourse with his , 
fellows, truthful and honest, he obtained the 
trust and confidence of all who came within 
the sphere of his influence. 

"Ilis death will be deplored not only by his 
own community, but by everybody who knew 

Louisa Harris Mcliclland was educated at the 

celebrated ^[oravian School at Salem, N. C, now 

called Salem-Winston. She was a remarkably well 

rounded-up cbaracter; her great tact, kindliness 

and unobtrusive generosity were marked charac- 

182 Genealogy of the Keese Family. 

toristics. She was excc(Mlin<jly ])roii(l and hi^^h- 
strun*]^; a woman of elo^j^ant ditj^nity, full of luinior, 
and enjoyed a joke heartily. She was a model 
housekeeper, an ele^^^nt eook, always had the 
choieest preserves, jellies, ])iekles; in fact, every- 
thing,' she made was extra niee. 

She presided with ecpial ease and ^raee ovit the 
culinary department as in the drawin<^'-room, and 
was ^dfted with fine conversational powers. She 
was a sincere friend, an hunihle, consistent Chris- 
tian, and a useful ntemher of the Preshyterian 
Church. She sleeps heside her linshand in the 
cemetery at Oi)elika, Ala. They hoth have suitahle 
stones to mark their graves erected hy their only 
child, Clara ]?eese AfcLelland, who is left alone in 
the world, and makes her home with relatives in 
Atlanta. She is perfectly independent, and can 
live where she chooses. 

Clara inherits her father's fi^entle, lovely disposi- 
tion, is full of earnesmess and zeal in whatever 
work she finds to do. She is active in church work, 
and a memher of the Preshyterian Church. Gen- 
erous, hifjh-minded, sclf-saeriricin<r, she is an he- 
roic as well as an amiahle character. She is well 
educated, and was a teacher for many years. She 
is a faithful friend, a nohlc, chaste, considerate, 
modest, prand woman. She is unmarried. 

Mary Harris Cherry, like her sister, Louisa Mc- 
Tjelland, was educated at Salem, N. C. She mar- 
ried her cousin, Thomas Cherry, when sixteen 


years old, just after lravin<^ school. She was a 
ina<j:ni^ieent woman, of rare accoin])lishni('nts, i)ul)- 
lic-s])iritc(l, and niiich interested in politics, and 
kept tliorou<:hly posted with the chan^^es and con- 
ditions of the day. A p^rvai reader, a «2:ifted talker, 
a most interest inir, eharminir companion. She is 
said to have heen a <rreat heauty when yoiinjr, and 
had hosts of admirers. She was evt^rythin;: to her 
family, and was ;rreatlv miss(>d when she died a 
few years a<'o. Her hiisluind is a yerv wonderful 
old man. If he liyes until the 19th of February, 
1001, he will he ninety-one years old. He is full 

^ at 

of enertjA', almost as s])ri<rhtly as a youni^ man, 
does not use ^rlasses ; a ;rreat reader, works his ^jar- 
den, and walks for the mail in preference to ridin<^, 
has always been an exceedinfrly temperate man. 

Tie was yery proud of his wife, and naturally, 
for she was conceded to he the smartest member 
of the Keesc family. She was a deyotedly pious 
woman, a useful nu'mber of the Prcslnicrian 

Duriiif^ the Ciyil War. ^Irs. Susan TU^ese Harris, 
and her daughter, Louisa ^IcLelland, and her 
dau^rhter-in-law, ^Irs. Reese Harrij?, with their 
families rcfu<rccd to Opelika, Ala., where after 
seyeral years she diqd. 

The writer recalls her sweet face, for she was 
pretty eyen in old apre. She always smoked a pipe 
with a very long stem, and her tobacco had a de- 
lightful aromatic smell. She wore beautiful white 

184 Genealogy oi the Reese Family. 

lace caps, wliicli ^avc a softness to lier face; a silk 
kerchief around lier neck, and a black silk apron. 
She was a prominent member of the Presbyterian 
Church, a pious exemplary woman. 

8hc is buried at Hopewell, the Reese burying- 
ground, near West Point, with a monument bear- 
ing this inscription: 

Our Mother. 
Sacked to the memory of 


RoRN February IOtii, 1792. 

Died September IGth, 18G4. 

"In life beloved, in death lamented." 

chaptp:k XIII. 

C 5. David Addison Reese, son of George and 
Anna Story IJeese; born ^larch 3, 1794, in Cliar- 
lotte, X. C. ; married Mary Gaines Meriwether in 
1811). Issue: 

I) 1. Francis ^leriwether Keese. 

I) 2. Anna Story I'eesc. 

D 3. George Keese. . , 

I) 4. l^ehecca Matliews Keesc. 

J)r. David A. l?eese always said it was an acci- 
dent tliat he was a native of the oUl North State. 
His parents went from Pendleton, S. C, to Char- 
lotte, X. C, to visit his grandparents. The journey 
was made on horsel)aek, liis father on one horse, 
his mother on anotlier, and a man-servant on an- 
other horse, carrying a small child in his lap and 
one behind him. They made quite a long visit, 
and while there, Addison was born, and on their 
return the mother brouglit the infant in her arms. 

Dr. IJeese was educated l)v the celebrated Dr. 
Waddell; then went to I'hibidelphia, where, after 
Heveral years, he graduated in medicine. lie first 
l)egnn th(» practice of luedicine at KIl)erton, Ga. 
He was MO thoroughly good-natured that his mother 
called him **her amiable son." His brother George 
said that "David was the noblest Roman of them 

18G Gi:ni:alogy of thk Kkese Family. 

all." His large, guileless heart, vigorous, fertile 
iutelleet and genial disposition juade him a uni- 
versal favorite. 

As a gentleman, lie belonged to the old sehool; 
he possessed a superior i)ersonal ai)i)earanc(?, and 
with his kind heart, his liberality, and the observ- 
ance of the anu'nities due from num to man, his 
culture and rich mental gifts gave him decided 
prominence. Jle was full of ban liomnh', jovial, 
humorous, witty, well-read in ancient and modern 
literature, in fact few men stood so high for solid 
worth and stainless honor. 

J)r. licese represented Jasper county, Ga., in 
the State Senate for several successive terms, was 
a Trustee of the State University at Athens for 
almost a (piarter of a century, and in 1853 suc- 
ceeded lion. A. II. .Stephens as the Kei)resentativc 
of the Seventh Congressional District in the 
United States Congress. 

In 1831, during the administration of President 
Andrew Jackson, he was appointed agent or com- 
missioner to treat with the Cherokee Indians. 

Governor (Jeorge U. (lilmer, of (Jeorgia, his 
kinsman, secured the ap})ointment for him, and in 
recommending him, said: 

"Dr. David A. ]?eesc is a gentleman of in- 
telligence, high respectability, a member of 
the Ix»gi8lature of the State, and as such very 
efficient in opposing the efforts made at the 
last scesion to deprive the Cherokccs of the 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 187 

occupancy of their country without their con- 
sent and without compensation. 

"He is a rehitive of Boudinot, the Adairs, 
and CMiarles Keese, and accpiainted with many 
of their princi})al men, having visited his 
relatives (hiring tlie last summer. He has 
lately received letters from them, giving an 
account off the distracted state of their coun- 
cils, and urging him to visit them, and assist 
them with his advice." 

In another letter Governor Gilmer says, "He 
knew no individual in the State so peculiarly 
qualified for such an agency as Dr. D. A. Ueose." 

The following letter was received hy Dr. Keese 
from Governor (Jilmer: 


"MiLLEDGEViLLE, June 17, 1831. 

Dr. David A. Iiccsc: 

Sir: The information received through 
your letter hy Col. Jordan, upon the suhjoct 
of the feelings and views of the Cherokees in 
Georgia, is exceedingly discouraging. I pity 
the poor and ignorant Indians for the fate 
' which their misg\iided leaders and our own 
dishonest political partisans will he certain 
to hring upon them unless it can he prevented 
hy the exertions of the government and the 
friends of humanity. On the 14th of May I 

188 Gknkalogy of tuk IIkksk Family. 

wrote to the Secretary of War, rcqucHting tluit 
the J^reHick'iit would conlVr upon you hucIi an 
ugt'iicy as would autliorizo your renuiinin*,' for 
some time among the ClicrokccH for tlio i)ur- 
poso of convincing tlicni that tlicir own in- 
terest requires tlieni to cede their lands in 
(teorgia. To tluit letter 1 received no answer; 
this luiH prohahly been owing to the present 
vacancy in the ollice of Secretary of War, and 
the al)sence of the Attorney-General. 

"1 cannot ascertain from your letter 
• whether you have still any hope that you could 
render service to the government hy procuring 
the consent of the Chiefs to cede the lands 
which they occujiy, hy treaty or inducing the 
mass of common Indians to enroll for emi- 

"Write me fully and freely, so that I may 
be enabled to communicate your views to the 

'Very rapectfully yours, etc., 

"George R. Gilmer." 

Dr. Reese resembled, in appearance and worth, 
his grandfather, for whom he was named. 

Once while visiting in Boston he was taken" for 
a Welshman, and when asked if he was not one, by 
a gentleman whom he met, he replied, "No, but 
my grandfather was a native Welshman, and I am 
said to be quite like him." 

Okxkaumjy ok THI-: ]{ki:hic Family. 189 

11 in inotluT Htiid hIic never knew Addi.son to be 
out of liiniior, until lie came to see lier once after 
moving to Alabama, and slie tliou<^dit be wan nome- 
wiiat petulent on account of Ids '*em-ba-rass- 
nients" — tbat was tbe way tbe old lady pronounced 

Mi'H. Mary (Jainen ^leriwetber JJeene, wife of 
J)r. J). A. JU't'se, died young, at tbe age of forty. 
Sbe was a lovely Cbrintian cbaracter, tbe idol of 
ber fannly. Sbe, witb a lady friend, organized tbe 
firnt Sunday-Hcbool ever beld in Monticello, (ia. 
Sbe waH full of cbarity and good workH; yet, 
Btrange to nay, witb all tbe pioun training bestowed 
npon ber cbildren, and tbe Cbristian companion- 
sbij) sbared by ber busl)and, not one of ber cbildren 
or ber luisband ever united witb tbe cburcb. It 
is to be lioped tbey all became Cbristians in answer 
to tbe earnest prayers of a Cbristian wife and 

Her grandcbildrcn, unlike tbeir parents, early 
in life connected tbemselves witb tbe cburcb of 
tbeir cboice, and we trust arc striving to follow 
tbe example of tbeir sainted grandmotber. Mrs. 
Kecse is buried at Monticello, (la., wbere sbe spent 
all of ber married life, and bas an appropriate 
monument to mark tbe spot. . 


"Dr. David Addison Reese died at tbe resi- 
dence of his son, 3k[r. Frank ^ileriwether Reese, 

190 Gexealooy of the Reese Family. 

last Saturday, in the scventy-oi<;lith year of 
his age. 

*'Jle was born in Meeklenl)urg county, 
X. C, .Alareh 3, 171)4. 

*'llis father was a soldier of the Kevolu- 
tionary War, and his grandfather was one of 
the signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration 
of Independence, which preceded that at Phil- 
adel})hia by one year. 

"Wlien a young man, he removed from 
South Carolina to Monticello, Jasper county, 
Ga., where he married. 

"He represented Jasper county in the State 
Senate for several successive terms, was a 
Trustee of the State University, at Athens, 
for nearly a quaiier of a century. 

"Jn 1853, he succeeded Hon. Alexander II. 
Stej)hens as tlie Representative of the Seventh 
Congressional District in the United States 
House of Wepresentiitives at Washington. 

"In j)()litics he was a Whig. He removed 
from (ieorgia to Uussell county, Ala., during 
the, and since lias resided in that and 
Lcc county." 

He is buried in the family cemetery, "Hope- 
well," on the Alabama side, near West Point, 
Georgia, with a monument bearing this inscrip- 


Genealogy of the Reese Family. 191 

Sacred to the memory of 
JioRN March 3rd, 1794, 
Died December IGth, 1871. 


" We speak of freedom from sin 

From sorrow, temptation and care; 
From trials without antl witliin; 
Hut what must it be to be there?" 

Children of Dr. David A. Rcc8c and Mary Myri- 
wetlicr Reese: 

D 1. Francis Meriwether RcK'se was lx)rn in 
^[onticeilo, (J a., Fehniary 7, 1822. When quite a 
hid lie was sent to the famous school of Rev. Dr. 
Heeiimn, near Milled<^'eville, (ui., afterward to the 
University of \'ir<,n'iiia, and then to Yale Colle;,'e. 

lie was a lawyer and practiced for many years, 
hut the last few years of his life he devoted his 
attention to farminfr. He was never a student, 
hilt a man of remarUahle native intellect, an eda- 
cious reader, a fine reasoner, a hrilliant talker; 
was peculiarly gifted in extemporaneous speaking. 
He possessed in an eminent dejrree the rare faculty 
of heing ahle to respond when called upon to speak, 
at any time and upon any occasion, in the most 
fluent and graceful manner. His voice was mellow 
and musical, and he used it in singing as well as 
speaking. He was infinitely tender-hearted. 

102 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

l)rinc(.'ly in his g^'iiorosity, and ever a staunch 
friond to women. 

Jlo was devotedly fond of his family and friends, 
and ids doors were ever open to welcome both 
friends and strangers. 

For twenty-live years or more lie was Secretary 
of tlie Board of Trustees of tlic Alabanui Poly- 
technic Institute, at Auburn, and for twenty years 
he was Secretary of the tJudiciary Committee of 
the lA^gislature of Alabama. Both positions he 
held at the time of his death. 

In June, 184G, lie married Mary T. Hardaway, 
of Warren county, Ga., a handsome brunette, and 
possessed of considerable wealth. She is famous 
for her hospitalities and varied accomplishments, 
her home is an attractive resort for her relatives 
and friends. Iler unassuming sim})licity of man- 
ner, and cheerful disposition render her a de- 
lightful companion. She is a lovely Christian 
character, a zealous member of the Baptist Churcli. 
For forty-six years slie lived most luijipily with 
her husband, and such was the force of her char- 
acter, she made herself felt in shaping and en- 
nobling his life, for when a young man he was 
much inclined to lie wild, and easily led into temp- 

They had two daughters : 

E 1. Anna ^fartha Reese, a remarkably bright, 
a(TcK;tionnto child, who died at eight years of ago. 
She was the idol of her parents, and her father 

Genealogy of the Keese Family. 193 

kept the nnnivertJary of lier deatli sacred as long as 
he lived. lie never ceased to grieve for his dear 
little "Shannie." 

She is buried at tlie family cemetery, Hopewell, 
witli a pretty monununt thus inscribed : 


This stone is ehectei) hy F. M. and Mary T. Reese 
to the memoky of theik daugliterj, 

RoRN Septemher 1st, 1848. 
Died May Gtii, 1857. ' 

E 2. ^lary Meriwetlier Keese, married William 
B. Frazer, at Aul)urn, Ala., November, 1878, by 
Rev. W. E. Lloyd, of the Baptist Church. Issue: 

F 1. PVank IJeese Frazer, unmarried. A drug- 
gist at Opelika, Ala. 

F 2. William Alexander Frazer. 

F 3. Mell Frazer, died in infancy. 

F 4. George ITardaway Frazer. * 

F 5. Mary Kate Frazer, died in infancy. 

William B. Frazer is a Confederate Veteran ; 
he was a very brave soldier, did much hard fightin.'X, 
endured many privations and hardships. He was 
a Lieutenant in the Confederate Army; entered 
the service when a lad of sixteen ; was in the siege 
oi /"*ort Hudson forty-eight days ; was capturrd at 
It^lnnd No. 10, nnd pent to Madiwon, Wi«.. after- 
ward to Camp Douglass, Chicago, where ho was 

• < 

-1 ' 

191 Gknealogy of the Keese Family. 

confined for six montlis, and suiTercd many hard- 
ships. In 18(52, lie was exchanged, and returned 
to the army, and was enpi^j^ed in all the l)attles on 
tlie retreat of the army to Athmta ; was severely 
wounded in front of Atlanta, Oa., July 8, 1801, by 
a Federal sharp-shooter, his minie-hall striking? 
the centre of his forehead, hreaking through the 
skull, glancing downward, cutting out the right 
eye-hall, breaking the right cheek-bone, and lodg- 
ing back of the mouth, near the throat, where it 
was extracted. Since that horrible wound, there 
has never been a day when he is free from pain. 
For manv vears he was a merchant at Auburn. 
ITc is a Deacon in the Baptist Church, and lives 
on exem])lary Christian life. 

^farv lleese Frazer, only child of F. ^[. and 
^[. T. Heese, is a highly gifted woman, and exe«>ls 
as a delineator of character sketches. Her negro 
dialect is especially fine. She possesses a keen 
a])])reciation of wliat is best in literature, and 
enters into the meaning of the author with sym- 
pathy and understanding. She is especially gifted 
in rendering recitations and readings illustrative 
of Southern plantation life. She is also an ex- 
cellent instructress in music, and for twentv-five 
years she has taught a large class in Auburn, Ala., 
which is sufficient proof of her ability. 

She is a woman of indomitable energy and 
perseverance, and full of means and methods; is 
much like a rubber ball: if pressed down on one 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 195 

side, slic rises on another, and is eciiial to any 
emergency. Slie inherits lier fi^rand father's lunnor, 
and relates an anecdote with a keen relish, much 
as he did. She is a staunch friend, and stretches 
out her hands to the poor and needy. She is an 
earnest Christian woman, a useful and prominent 
mendxT of the Baptist Churcli at Auhurn. 
Copied from the town paper: 

"Colonel and ^Irs. Frank M. Reese cele- 
brated the thirtietli anniversary of their mar- 
riage in a cotton weddin^j; at their hospitai)le 
home, in Auhurn, on the evening of June 23, 

"Thev received nuuiv heautifid and useful 
])res(>nts, nil of cotton. The rooms were pret- 
tily decorated, the presents were tastefully 
arranged for inspection, and delightful re- 
freshments were served. 

"Again on June 23, 1891, they celehrated 
their forty-fifth anniversary in a silk wed- 
ding, many invitations were issued at home 
and ahroad, and a large crowd assendded to 
do them honor. The presents were many and 
handsome, not all of silk, however; for there 
was a handsome silver hutter-dish hearing the 
dates 1846-1891, and other valuable pres- 

"They received many letters of congratula- 
tions, and entertained their friends with 

19G Gknealogy of the Reese Family. 

music and son<Xf^ tlicv saii<; in their early 
married life, such as "Flow Gently,' Sweet 
Afton," "John Anderson, My Joe," and 
others, with their daughter as accompanist. 
There was no one ])resent who witnessed their 
marriaire ceremony in Warren county, Ga. 

"Manv of their old friends lent themselves 
to the enjoyment of the evening hy music, 
sin^infr, etc. Later delicious refreshments 
were served." 

Col. T?eese was a Christian, hut never united 
with any church. Ills wife and daufjhtcr and 
grandchildren are meml)ers of the Baptist Church. 
He was a ]*reshyterian in his faith, and died May 
11, 1892. aged seventy years, after a hrief illness, 
much lamented l>y hosts of friends, and is buried 
in the cemetery at Auburn, Ala., with a pretty 
stone to nuirk the spot. 

"Death of Major F. ^M. Reese, a Georoiax 
Wjio Had Attained Puominence in 

"Major Frank M. Reese, a distinguished 
Alabamian, died here, after a lingering illness, 
with grippe. 

"Major Reese was a native of Georgia, a son 
of Dr. David A. Reese, who represented the 
Athens district in Congress for several years 
before the war. 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 197 

^'He lias extensive eonneetions yet in Geor- 
gia, and elsewliere in tlie South, among tlie 
Reese and ^[eriwether families. 

"^lajor l{eese came to Alal)ama some forty- 
six years ago. He was a ])ractitioner at law 
for a while, hut for the jiast twent3'-rive years 
he has heen engaged in ])lanting, and in the 
puhlic service of the State. 

"During nu)st of this ])eriod he has heen 
Secretary of the Judiciary Committee of the 
Alalmma Ijcgislature. a ])osition of high im- 
])ortance. lie has also held for many years 
the i)osition of Secretary of the Board of 
Trustees of the A. and ^F. College of Ala- 
ham a. 

"During the war he held a high ofTicial po- 
sition in the Commissary Department of the 
Armv of the Confederacy. 

"^Fajor Frank Reese was a man of many 
strong, good and nohle qualities, lie was a 
true })atriot, and an honest, pul)lic-s])irited 
citizen, and long an earnest, enthusiastic 
worker in the Democratic party of Alahama. 
He was regarded as one of the finest extem- 
pore puhlic speakers in the State. He was a 
fine classical scholar, an alumnus of the Uni- 
versity of Virginia in the good old days of 
fifty years ago. 

"He was seventy years old at his death, and 

in dying he has left behind a large host of 

198 Genealogy of tiik TiEi:sE Family. 

friends all over the South, who will sincerely 
mourn his departure. 

"Major Reese was a Presbyterian of the old 
school, and his end was peace. 

"M. V. MoouE." 


"Died, at his home in Auburn, Ala., May 
11, ]8!)2, Mr. Frank ^[. Keesc. 

"^Ir. l?eese was born in iVIontieello, Jasper 
county, Ga., Febiuary 7, \H22. He was the 
eldest son of Dr. David A. and Mrs. Mary G. 

"He was educated at the University of Vir- 
fjinia. and in June, 1840, was married to ^liss 
^fary T. Hardawav, of Warren county, Ga. 

"In Xovember of the same year he removed 
to Auburn, Ala., where he spent the remainder 
of his life. 

"In his death one of the oldest citizens of 
Auburn has passed away. 

"Durinfj his life-Ion^ residence in this ])lacc 
lu' practiced law for a ])orti(m of his time. 
For twentv-one vearn he was Secretary to the 
lioard of TrusteoH of the A. and M. Collepo of 
Alabama. For ei^rhtcen years he acted as Sec- 
retary to the Judiciary Committee of the liCg- 
islature of Alabama. Mr. Reese has been in 
declining health for some considerable time 
before the end came. 

Gkxealooy of the Keese Family. 199 

"During the tsittinf]^ of the hist Alahama 
liOgishitiirc he had an attack of la grippe, 
from the effects of which he never fully re- 
covered, r 

"During his last ilhiess he manifested a 
special interest in his si)iritual condition, and 
for several days ))efore the end came he made 
re))eated declaration that he rejiented of his 
sin, and relied on the atonement of Christ, 
and was conscious of forgiveness of sins and 
of acceptance with (Jod, in view of which he 
would exclaim, *()li I the mercy of God.' 

"He leaves a widow and one child, a mar- 
ried daughter. In their desolation, we com- 
mend them to Him Svho relievcth the father- 
less and the widow.' 

"Let them lay to heart the sure word of 
promise, *I will never leave thee, nor forsake 
thee.' Pastor." 



W(» ofloji (loom tlioHo bloMt of CJod 

Who, in Mio HIoh of falling inon, 
The clmn^'inp patlis of life Imve trod 

Up to the tlircescore and ten. 

Tlint poldon niilc-atonc now you reach, 

While life is still serene and fair; 
Such lessons as the day may teach, 

We learn from Him who leads thee there. 


" 'Tis He who puides niid keeps us nil," 
Who spares us for some purpose fjfH)d; 

Who notes the sparrow's llij;l«t and full; 
That purpose still not understood. 

Joy he to thee, my honest friend, 

What days nuiy yet he j^iven thee; 
Ciod keep thee still unto the end, 

When peaee and joy that end nuiy he. 

M. V. Moore. 
Auburn, Ala., Feb. 9, 18!)2. 

^fjijor l?(rs<' M!i(l M'ifc, wliik* tlu\v raisml an 
only cliild, ;zavi' slu'llcr and lovu to a iuiimIkt of 
orjdjan nieces and neplu'ws, rcarin*; and educating' 
tlu'ni as tlu'ir own cliildrcn. After tlic doatli of 
tlieir little dan<,dit(T Sliannie, tliev adopted a niece 
— Carrie Tj^litfoot — who, wlien cifrliteen, married 
liicliard Ticwis l?eese, a first cousin of Frank ^[. 
Ik'ese, wliose names will be ^riven elsewhere. For 
seventeen years their niece, Annie Keliecca Keesc, 
was a member of their househoUl — in fact, until 
her marria<re in July, 1899. 

D 2. Anna Story l?ccse, eldest daughter of Dr. 
D. A. and ^fary O. Reese, married Henry Glover, 
of ^[onticello, Ga., as his second wife. Issue: 

E 1. ^rary Joice Glover, unmarried. 

A noble, self-sacrificinf]: woman, who has devoted 
her whole life to her family. Her grandfather 
Reese, who was extremely fond of her, said "that 
she was one woman who had overcome the world, 
the flesh, and the devil." She is a devote^ Chris- 

Genealogy of the Heese Family. 201 

tian, and incinher of the rresbyterian Church at 

K '2. Kli Glover, a brave young soklier in the 
Gonl'ederate Army, died in prison. 

K 3. Henry Glover, Jr., unmarried. 

He attended tlie West Point Military Institute, 
New York. When he first grew up he was said to 
l)e strikingly like Xai)oleon; even children oi)served 
the likeness to Nai)oleon's pictures, and he was 
called l)y his college unites "JJttle Corporal.'' He 
is a lluent, instructi\e talker, and inherits his 
grandfather Jteese's fondness for a good story well 
told ; has a wonderful nieujory, and altogetlier a 
delightful conii)anion. He is a close reader of 
newsi)a])ers and hooks, a man of varied and exten- 
sive infornuition. He is engaged in railroad work, 
and located at ]Macon, (ia. * 

H 4. David Jicese (J lover, nuirried Kate Mad- 
dox, of ]\I()nticello. Issue: 

F 1. Dixon ^laddox Glover. 

F 2. Addison IJeesc (ilover. 

David A. (? lover is engaged in farming; he is 
an excellent man and citizen, and stands very high 
in his town. 

D '.I. George Keesc was l)orn at ^[onticello, Ga., 
in 18:^8. 

He was well educated, and was considered a man 
of extraordinary intelligence, a sjilendidly read 
num, and j>osscssed a marvellous memory. Ho was 
well vcrscnl in history, science, poetry, indeeil liter- 


at lire of ovcrv style, nnd was said to be the best- 
read nieiuber of the ilvvtic family. He was also a 
<rreat politician, was ratlier eccentric, but tendcr- 
liearted and ^nneroiw, fond of friends and social 

He married ^fary Soweil Wool fork, of Alabama, 
a wealthy woman of many excellencies of character. 

A few years before Ids death he emi<;rated to 
Florida, where he and his wife both died, and arc 
buried in the Presbyterian C'hurch-vard, at Are- 
donda. Fla., with no stones to mark their graves. 

Children of (Jeorj'e J?eese and wife, Mary Wool- 
fork IJeese: 

K 1. Dayid Addison l?eese, died youn^;. 

E *i. William Frank IJeese, died youn<,^ 

K 3. Annie Uebecca IJeese, married William 
Carson Jackson, at Auburn, Ala., July If), l<S5)n, 
I>y Key. John Cloud, of the Baptist Church. 

IJebecca Uvvac Jackson was a loyin«r, dutiful 
dau«;hter to her i)arents as lon<; as they lived. Her 
Hunny disposition and simplicity of character in 
her chief elmrm. She in a true nnd tender wife, 
a fine eeoiiomiHl, domestic in her taste. She \h a 
most excellent housekeeper. She is sym])athetic 
in her nature, and has riianv warm friends. 

She is a member of the IJ^ht Horse Harry Lcc 
Chai)ter of the Dau<;hter8 of the American Reyo- 
lution, at Auburn, Ala. ; a consistent member of 
the Presbyterian Church, and is actively engaged 
in church work. 

Genealogy of the I^eese Family. 203 

I) 4. Ik'becca Mathews IJeeso, youngest child of 
Dr. 1). A. Keese and wife, Mary G. Keese; married 
Isaac X. llarvev, of Alal)ania. Issue: 

E 1. Jennette Keese Harvey, died young. 

E "Z, Addison Keese Harvey, married Ellie 
Westcott, of Montgomery, Ala. Issue: 

F 1. Maryellen Harvey. 

F 2. Walter I^ahlwin Harvey. 

F 3. J*>n('st Westcott Harvey. 

F 4. Addison Keese Harvey. 

E 2. A. IJeese Harvey is a druggist in Mont- 
gomery, A hi., a successful l)usiness man, possesses 
many nohle traits of character, generous to his 
friends, and just in all his dealings. 

E .'). William Augustus Harvey, married Min- 
nie Pratt, of Alal)ama. Issue: 

J^' 1. Mary Meriwether Harvey. 

F <?. Addison Keese Harvey. 

F 3. JA'oiiard Fratt Harvey. 

F 4. Linnora Harvey. 

F o. Lavinin llurvcv. 

V (i. Annie ileiuu'lt llarvev, 

Vi 3. Williauj AugnstuM Harvey \s\\^ for many 
years a mining engineer, hut is now a druggist at 
Bloekton, Ala. He in an amial)le warm-hearted 
man, a meiid)er of the Ba])tist Church. 

Anna Keese Glover and her sister, Kehecca Keese 
Harvey, were most excellent women, well educated, 
intelligent and charming in manner. They were 
devoted wives and mothers, and were ornaments^ 
to the circle in which they moved. 


Anniu dinl in IH.V.), and sUrpn bi'sido \\vv inothor 
and liuslumd at Monlicrlto, (Ja. 

Jti'luTni dli'd in Trxan away I'l'oiu hor fandl)', 
and skrp^ amid strangers, with a monunu'nt 
uivctod !)}• hor youngest son, Au«,aistU6 llarvoy, 
who visited hor grave many years after her death. 

When J)r. JJeese went to treat with the Clierokee 
Indians he travelled on horseback, and when he 
set out on his journey, his father-in-law, ]\Ir. 
Thonuis Meriwetlier, gave him a thousand dollars 
in gohl, which he put in his saddle-hags, and threw 
thein across his saddle. 

When he arrived among the Indians, as he was 
riding along at night-fall, he heard a squaw 
crooning to her hahy the familiar song, "Hush, 
My Bal)e, Lie Still and Sluml)er," and he tho\ight 
it must he a good place to stop for the night; 
thereuj)on he reined up in front of the wigwam, 
and asked for a night's lodging. The scjuaw re- 
l)lie(l "that her husl>and, \Sk'e})ing l{al)bit,' had 
gone on a hunt, and would l>e very angry if ho 
should return and find the *pale face' there, and 
lie might in his anger kill the *j)ale face.'" Dr. 
Keese reasone<l with her, tobl her he was not afraid, 
and finally i)ersuade<l lier to let him stay. After 
fwding his horse, and j>artaking of a frugal sup- 
per she had sj)read for him, he drew out his pipe 
and began to smoke, meanwhile chatting i)leasantly 
with the 6(piaw in the Indian language, when he 
was suddenly interrupted by the unexpected return 

Genkalogy of thk Hkhse Family. 205 

of *VSUTi)in«c l{ul.l)it." The Iiulian sIiowlhI much 
Hurprino and wiv^w at (imlinnf the '^palo fact''' sit- 
ting' in his \vi<;\vam (M)nvorslM«( witli liis scjuaw. 

Dr. JJooso saliitoil him in liis own hingua^n», at 
tlie t>aino time olfercd him some tohacco and liis 
pipe, and soon ai)peased his anger. They sat till 
late in the night chatting of the Indian alfairs; 
then Dr. Keesc went oil to his straw i)allet and 
slept in peace. 

During his stay among the Indians he made 
many warm friends. 

One day the chief had a crowd of young Indian 
hoys come and i)lay a game for the entertainment 
of Dr. llw^i}, and his attention was especially 
called to a l>right young lad of ten years, the finest 
athlete among them. Upon incpiiry he found his 
iiJime to he Henry Dohson Uvvsv, a descendant of 
( harles lieese, who married the Indian princess, 
the daughter of Adair, and also related to the 

Dr. lieese was so pleased with young Dohson 
tiuit he visited his motlier, and after a great deal 
of persuasion gained her consent to give Dohson to 
him, promising her that he would adopt and edu- 
cate him. Satisfactory arrangenumts heing made, 
he hought a pony, saddle, and hridle for Dohson, 
and at the appointed time they left the nation, and 
sot out for his home at Monticello, Jasper county, 
Oa. Tlie lad, with his Indian garh and moccasins, 
attracted much attention. On reaching Covington, 

20(1 Gknealooy ok tiih Rp:kse Family. 

wliorc tlioy sto})pt'(l for the niglit, wlicn supper was 
aiinounci'd, the inn-keeper refused to allow the lad 
to appear at the table, and ordered him to the 
kitehen to eat with the servants; whereupon Dr. 
Keese told the inn-keeper if Dohson could not eat 
with him, he would leave the inn at once. Dol)son 
returned to the supper tai)le, and nothing further 
was said. 

On arriving at home. Dr. Reese presented Doh- 
son to his wife as his adopted son. This good 
woman had two sons of her own, and did not take 
kindlv to the lad. She feared her sons could not 
live peaceably with him. 

Dr. Reese gave Dohson the best e<lucational ad- 
vantages; sent him with his son Frank to college. 
'J'he boys became good friends, and got on nicely 

Dohson, after com])leting his college course, 
studied law, and his adopted father tried to induce 
him to settle in Georgia and practice law, but in 
vain. A longing desire for his Indian people took 
possession of him, and he became so restless and 
unhai)py ^'^"^ ^^^- I^<^'^'sc consented for him to re- 
turn to the Indian nation. 

He bade adieu to his hapi>y Georgia home, his 
foster-parents, whom he had learned to love very 
dearly, and turned his face to the hunting grounds 
of his fathers. 

The Indians at once realized his superior ad- 
vantages, his cultured intellect, his executive 

Oknealooy of the Rf:ese Family. 1^07 

ability, and lie hocaine tlu'ir chief counsellor, who 
settled their disimtes, and in a few years he was 
one of their most distinguisiied men. lie married 
a wealthy woman in the Cherokee Nation, who was 
one-fourth Indian; her mother was of Gernum 
descent. His wife's name was Kachel, but he 
always called her Mary. She was a large woman, 
with many of the Indian characteristics. She 
])ossessed great wealth, and though they liad no 
cliildren of their own, they reared seven orphan 

After the close of tlie Civil War, Dobson Kecsc 
was sent by the Cherokees to treat with the United 
States government on some very import^int alTairs, 
and in ISdO he and liis wife went to Washington 
City. She had never been outside the Indian Ter- 
ritory, and coming into the States, among the 
white peoj)le, was (juite an event in her prosaic life. 
'I'hey spent two winters in Washington, where they 
were received and entertained bv the irovernment 
ollieials and the prominent peoi)le of the nation's 

To get his bill passed by Congress, Dobson gave 
several elegant suppers to the Congressmen, each 
of which cost him between eight hundred and one 
thousand dollars, and succeech'd in getting his 
bill passed. While in Washington, Dobson Keese 
met Hon. Alexander H. Ste})hens, who was struck 
by an Indian bearing the name of Reese, and asked 
at once if he was related to tlie ex-Con<n*es8man 

208 Ghnkalooy of the Ukrsk Family. 

Dr. David A. Uoihc, to wliidi D()l)son replied, **I 
am his adopted hoii," tliou^di he liad lieard nothing 
from Dr. Heese in twenty yearn, and immediately 
anked if the old gentlenum was alive, and where 
he lived? 

Mr. StephenK told him that \)v. Heene nuide his 
home with hiH non Frank at Auhurn, Ahi. 

Dohson wrote at onee to Win adopted father, re- 
newing the friendly relations, and on his return 
from Washington to Tahle(|iiah, he and his wife 
stopped at Auhurn, and spent two months. Jt 
was the pleasure of the writer to meet them on this 
visit, and assist in entertaining them at her home. 
In many respeets they were (piite like the Indians; 
they were inveterate opium smokers, and were ex- 
ceedingly interesting persons. They wore mag- 
nifieent dianionds, and spent their money lav- 

While in Auhurn, Dohson was extremely ill, and 
the physician suggested ruhhing his extremities 
with dry mustard. Like the Indian custom, he liad 
his money tied around his ankles, and turned at 
once to his wife, and said, in the Indian language, 
"Come, and take my money off my ankles without 
the doctor seeing you." 

This she did, and Dr. Reese, sitting hy, saw her 
and understood what Dohson had said, and, turn- 
ing to the physician, he said, "Fil tell you what 
that man said to his wife in their own language,'* 
and the request was repeated by Dr. Reese, with 

Gi:xi:alo«y of tiik Kicksi-: Family. 


inucli <;uHto,.for lie was very fond of a joke. This 
caused a liearty laii^d,, jn wliicli all joined. 

The war strijiped Dr. Mvvhv, oh it did most of 
tlio Southern i)eoi)le, of all hin wealth. In his old 
n^v he wan left with nothi,,;, save his phintation, 
"'Hi thiH he harl to mortp.^M. to ^ct nieann to live 
"I"'". Dohson, l,ein- told of this, lifted the inort- 
jrn^.. paid hi,,, <,i,t of deht, and gave him eidit 
liiindi'ed dollars in ^^old. 

i)<.l»Mm Ifeese and his wife made two visits to 
A.ilmrn, and the relatives who met them hwamc 

Hir,eerel\' attached to them. 

A year after their return to Tahlequah, Ifaehel 

;I'^"<1. »n'l Dohson was left alone in his heautiful 
ion,e where they had sjient ho many happv year. 

to^c-th<T. ]re adopted a nephew, who went to d,eer 

and console hi„i. 

A year rolled hy M'hen Dohson consoled himself 
'>y tak.nff another wife in the person of a widow 
with a half-nrrown dau^d,ter. She was a Missouri 
^vo,nan, and her hushand was a soldier in the 
Union Army, and she thoucjlit he had heen killed • 
as one of h,s comrades came home and told her 
'10 had ass,sted in huryinnr her hushand in 1803 
and for years she mourned him as dead 

She had hecn married to Dohson Reese scarcely 
a year when her first hushand appeared upon tl^e 
jne and claimed her as his wife. She found, 
alas too true, instead of being dead, he was her 
real, hving husband. 

210 Gi:m:alooy or Tin: 1{i:i:hi: Family. 

Altliou^Mi a very diKni paled, trifling' iimn, wlio 
had di'Hcrtc'd Iut for yearn, lie told lier he liad tlic 
first and l)est chiiin upon lier, and slio must <(() and 
live with him. '^J'his was a most distressing state 
of alTairs, and she sorely grieved to give up her 
seeond liushand and tlie heautiful home in Tahle- 

She sent for ^Ir. IJeese. and laid the case heforc 
him, and asked him to decide for lier, and what- 
ever his decision miirht he, she would ahide hv it. 
With a heart full of sorrow, he replied, "That is a 
(juestion I fim unahle to decide; you must leave it 
to Go<l and your conscience,'' and it ended hy her 
going with her worthless first hushand, although 
her daughter im])lored her to remain, urging that 
her father had never provided for them, and vow- 
ing she would never acknowledge him as her father. 

After this trying e])isode, ^fr. Keese was so 
crushed that his health hegan to fail, and in a few 
months he died, leaving his fortune to his nephew. 
This sad story is more like a romance than a 
reality. Such ie life. 


C G. Gt'orfre Reese, fourth son of George and 
Anna Story lieese; born September 10, 1T7(>, in 
South Carolina; married Mary Ann Witlierspoon, 
Sej)tember, LS^k She was l)orn in Williamsl)urg 
District, Soutli Carolina, July 31, 1<S()(>. Issue: 

F 1. David Addison IJeevse, born ^[ay 13, 1825. 

F 2. Anna Story Reese, born Septcnd)er 13, 

F 3. Gavin Witlierspoon Reese, born January 
31, 1830. 

F 4. Jeannette Amelia ]?eese, born ^larch 14, 

F 5. Oscena])])a Reese, born Xovember 18, 1835. 

F (I. :\rilton Fli Reese, born Januarv 12, 1840. 

F 7. Edwin Horatio Reese, born June 24, 1842. 

F 8. Mi\Ti\h Reese, born September 14, 1849. 

F 1. David Addison was drowned in the Chatta- 
hoochee River, near West Point, Ga., wliile in bath- 
ing with his cousin, William Reese, and a school- 
mate by the name of ]\Iorris, who were also 

Addison was a bri<rht, handsome lad of fourteen. 
His parents were visitin<r in Columbus, Ga., when 
tliis accident occurred. It was a crushin<]: blow to 
the fond parents to loose their first-born in such 

212 Ckn'kalooy of tiii: Rkksk Family. 

a sad manner. Tlu'so tlirw boys arc buried side 
bv side at Hopewell Cenieterv. 

¥ 2. Anna 8torv, died in infancy. 

Y I). CiJavin Witlievspoon, called for his grand- 
father Witherspoon, of Kevolutionary fame, died 
when a lad of ten years. 

F 4. Jeannette Amelia, married her cousin 
Donom Witherspoon, of Yorkville, S. C, in 1854. 
Issue : 

G 1. ^larv IJeese Withersimon, died in infancy. 

V 5. Oseenapjia, called for the Indian Chief by 
that name. At that time the Indians had not left 
Alabama, and they would often visit the child, 
of whom they were very fond, play with him by 
tossin^r him, like a ball, from one to tlie other, and 
gave him many beautiful ])resents. He died quite 
young. The Indians expressed great sorrow at his 

F 0. ^lilton Eli, lutter known as ^lonk, a name 
he always bore; married a widow with two chil- 
dren, !Mrs. 1011a Coo])er Ilagerty, at Wetumpka, 
Ala., in 1874. Tssue: 

G 1. George Baker Keese, born December 22, 
1875; lived to be twenty-five years old; died un- 
married, in 1000; is buried at Wetumpka beside 
his mother's relatives. 

F 7. Edwin Horatio, known as Pinkey, died 
when he had just entered his fifteenth year. He 
was a strong, well child until several years old ; 
then he was afflicted with epilepsy until his death. 

Gknealogy of tiik Jli'iKHE Family. 213 

He was always fooblo-mindod, and could not be 
edueati'd. lie was a great disappointment to his 
fatlier, who was foolishly fond of him, and in , 
calling him always said, "Pinkey, sweet hoy." 

" Awuy ill tlie churchyurd'a quiet sluide 
The wiisted form ot poor Pink is laid; 
And lie calndy sleeps in his quiet grave. 
Where the willows bend and the llowerets wave; 
And few will dream, as they pass the spot, 
Of the cloud that darkened his hapless lot." 

F 8. ^larah, died in infancy. 

Jette, as she was lovingly called, was a beautiful 
young woman. She was educated at the College in 
ha (i range, (ia., where she also learned music and 
embroiderv, and some of her handiwork is still 
l)reserved in the family. She possessed a merry, 
joyous disposition, and was an universal favorite. 
With luT many attractions of youth, beauty, virtue, 
intelligence and wealth, she was much sought after. 
Her manners were fascinating, easy, sprightly, 
frank, and winning, insi)iring with interest all 
who conversed with her. Her natural grace and 
aH'ability, together with frank cordiality, formed 
the cliarm of her manner. ' 

She nuirried her cousin Donom Withcrspoon, 
and only lived a year. ITc for many years visited 
her grave in far-awav Alabama. 

Milton K. Keese, son of George and ^lary With- 
crspoon Keese, died at Wetumpka, Ala., and his 

remains were carried to hia old home, and interred 

214 Genealogy of the Heese Family. 

beside liis parents at Hopewell Cemetery, without 
a stone to mark the spot. 

*'Monk," as he was familiarly called, was edu- 
cated at the University of Georgia, and afterward 
read law at the University of \'irginia. lie was a 
bri»;lit, erratic man, generous and kind, a friend to 
every one. 

When he first grew up he was wild and dissi- 
})ated, but after his conversion, he reformed, joined 
Ibe Baptist Church, and entered the ministry, and 
j)reached a short while, lie had a peculiar dispo- 
sition, was morose and unhappy, lie was a lawyer 
and a journalist at dilferent periods of his life. 

Cieorge Keese was a man of deep and strong feel- 
ings, whether of affection or dislike; a man of 
unusual wisdom, indeed he was considered the 
most intellectual one of the family; and had he 
received the educational advantages several of his 
brothers received, ho would doubtless have far out- 
stripi)ed them in honors. 

lie was indolent in his habits, but did a vast 
amount of brain work, indeed ho was "as wise as 

lie was fair-s])oken and })ersuading, and had 
hosts of friends and admirers. From extensive 
reading he had gathered extensive stores of know- 
ledge, n vast fund of anecdote and humor, and was 
a most delightful person to talk with. 

While he jmssessed a high order of intellect, his 
tftHtcH were ])lain and simple, and ho had a strong 
aversion to fashion. 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 215 

lie never united with the ehurcli, hut was a 
rresl)yterian in his faitli, and as lie often expressed 
it, he "was k)yal to tlie churcli of liis fathers": 
for the Reese family had heen Preshyterians for 

The followin<r extract was copied from the At- 
lanta Herald in 1875: 

"^lajor Geor^re Reese and wife left on ^[on- 
day last for Charlotte. X. C, to he i)resent at 
the Mecklenl)ur<j: Centennial. ]\Ir. Reese is 
now in his ei<;htieth year, and would he, as he 
says, "just ei«rhty years old," hut he does not 
count one year, in which he lived in Georgia,^ 
while on his way from South Carolina to 
Alahanui. lie says he Svas water-hound for 
one year in Geor«,na, and he has ever since left 
it out of his calendar.' Ilis wife is sixty-nine 
and they have heen married fifty years. 

"There were ori<,nnally ei<,dit hrothers in 
the family, and for seventy years there was not 
a death among them. 

"]\rajor l?eese is to-day hearty, vi<,'orous and 
healthy. Ke has never used tohacco nor 
whiskey, and has heen remarkahly healthy all 
his life. 

"He goes to his father's old home in ^lock- 
lenhurg county in ho])e8 of meeting many of 
his relatives and friends, whom he has not 
seen, some of them, for over half n century, 
and embraces this last opportunity, perhaps, 

21G (Jknkaumjy oi- Tin: Kkksk Family. 

on viuiU of ever visiting the scenes of his 
fatlier's eliildliood limne. We wisli the ohl 
gentleman and lady a i)h'asant journey and 
lia})i)y reunion of relatives and friends!" 

On tlie return of .Major l?eese from Charh)tte, 
X. C, lie wrote a history of his life, intending at 
some future day to i)ui)lish it, hut tlied without 
getting it ready for puhlieation. 

The golden we(hling of ^Major (leorge JJeesc and 
wife, ^lary Witliersi)oon JJeese, was celebrated on 
tiio evening of May — , 18T4, at the residence of 
their son, Milton K. JJeese, near West Point, Ga. 

Many beautiful golden i)resents were received 
by them from friends in many sections, not only 
from (Jentiles, but also from Jews. ^lany came 
from long distances to make glad the hearts of 
this old couple. Jictters galore poured in upon 
them with happy congratulations. The house was 
j)rettily decorated, and an elegant su})per served. 
There was no one present who witnessed their 
marriage in South Carolina in 1824. 

The following extracts from the history of 
i^Iajor l{eese are, with his permission, copied from 
his manuscript, written in 1875: 

"Near Charlotte, Mecklenburg county, 
X. C., was the home of my grandfather, David 
JJeesc. Wliile in the streets of Charlotte, and 
looking at the same objects, standing on the 
same spot wlierc my grand fatlier stood when 
he signed the Declaration of Independence, 

Genealogy of the Eeese Family. 217 

^[jiy 20, 1775, one liuiidrcd years a;ro, I said, 
*lt is a ^ood thiii*^ to he here, and I here ap- 
])rove and endorse tliis grand act of my j^rand- 

"At tlie ])eril of liis life he pledged all his 
treasures, and tlu active services of four sons, 
anuuig whom was my father, (Jeorge IJeese. 

"As I stood there, where they i)uckled on 
their armour to do or die, I incpiired after 
tlieir descendants. They were nowhere to ho 
found — dead and forgotten. I asked the mid- 
dle-aged men if they knew where the grave of 
my grand fatlier was, ho who had risked all for 
his country. The answer was. No! I then 
asked the old gray-haired men if they knew 
where he was huried. Xo! none could point 
to the spot; no stone to mark the place where 
David Iveese lies. T said. *Thc ingratitude of 
repul)lics alone is immutahle.' 

"^fost of the people of Charlotte arc Pres- 
hyterians, and have hccn for an hundred years. 
The family my wife and T stayed with were 
Prcshyterians. Our host was an Elder, and 
to he an Elder here is like heing an High 
Priest in the olden time. 

"I went to the spot on which stood the old 
family mansion, where the old patriarch, 
David T?eese, lived for half a centurv, kneeling: 
every morning, with his face toward the cast, 
surrounded by his family, returning fervent 

218 Gknealooy of the Rekse Fa^iily. 

tlianks to ln\s Maker for tlio li«rl,t of anotluT 
(lay, and invokiiiir continued blessin-s upon 
Ins fannly and his country, not for^cttin^r the 
Jews and their early return to Christianity. 
''The ohl mansion and its picturescjue sur- 
roundincTs is ,10 more—razed to the c^round • 
sacred no doubt in the eyes of angels, wherj 
th(>y liad often been entertained. Farewell 
dear old Xorth State; with sincere re-ret wo 
leave thy good people and thv sacred groves. 
^ "From Charlotte we went to Pendleton, 
^. C, to visit relatives and my boyhood home. 
\\ e went to the sjiot where my father lived 
and where most of us first saw the hVht' 
Everything gone ! The long piazza, shaded by 
venerable oaks, where we were wont to con- 
gregate for nearly a half century, under whoso 
shade was hung our swings, and where all 
were innocent and happy then. Here my 
sainted mother, every Sabbath, could bo seen 
with the Shorter Catechism in hand, guidin- 
us upward and onward. *' 

"Jn this old i)iazza our father, Hho old 
iHraelite indeed/ welcomed, reared and nuir- 
ried Hoven sonn, nnd with open arms received 
thoni with tlicir gushing, accomplished brides. 
Here, too, he gave away three obedient, beau- 
tiful daughters to three most excellent, and 
as It turned out, most worthy and suitable 
husbands. These three sisters were as lovely 

Gkxealooy of the I^eese Family. 219 

as Job's (lau<;lit(M's. This liomc of ours was 
tlio resort of tlio elite of the neigh])orhoo(l. 
lIcTc my fatluT raised and educated eleven 
children, and lived to sec them all well and 
ha])])ily married. 

"From this old mansion the happy spirit of 
my father ascended to heaven without a doubt 
in his own mind, untainted and blameless, and 
is buried at Hopewell Cemetery, at the Old 
Stone Church, beside his kindred. 

"I went to the old sweep well. How sad to 

" *The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket' — 

that hung to a simple lever, ready to dip up 
the clear, cool water, from which we had taken 
so many drinks, and given so many to the 
thirsty, for which a heavenly blessing is prom- 
ised, gone. This well was a pool of stagnant 
water; no shade, not an object in sight; none 
of the handiwork of my father or the family 
to be seen. 

"I was a stranger at the ])lacc of my l)irth. 
I then recalled the old beech tree that ntood 
on 'the ragged edge of the ])lnce,* ns Beecher 
would say, and on the bank of the creek, where 
we bovs bathed so many years. This beech 
tree wc never lost sight of, and often when 
we met together wc talked of it. It stood on 
classic ground, and was monarch of the forest. 

220 Gp:NEALOflY OF THE Reese Family. 

On its bark wc liad c*n<xrave(l our names, 
plo(l«rinp our youthful ailcctions and aid even 
in old wtiv. 

**AlaH! ])oor Yorick; even HiIh ^rand old 
trro, with the record of the family, hh Haercd 
HH the tell eomiiiMiidmenlM of Mohi'h were to 
the ilewH, wax ^'one. i nat me down and wept, 
bitterly wept. 

"I wrote a i)oem on the old tree, and dedi- 
cated it to my favorite brother, David Addison 
Reese, July 27, 1865 : 

« »i 

Tlioiij;h, David, we lonp since Imve parted, 

Eac'li his path throu«i;li this woild to pursue; 

Smooth was your road, and easy to travel, 
For it led from tlic field to the school. 

"Our father did call, and unlike Adam and Eve, 
We promptly replied to his call. 
I was to reap, bind and shock the wheat, 
And lalwr to buy you a minister's gown. 

** You ren)ember the beech that stood on the creek, 
On the bark of which wo engraved our nanicM? 
Pledging to each other on the bark of the tree 
Tlic love of youth, and aid in old age. 

"Come let us join glasses, make goo<l all of our pledges, 
Thnt is carved on the bark of the old beech-tree; 
Come, come to this land and receive such a welcome 
As is due to the noble, the brave, and the free. 

"We left the old home place in a buggy, 
behind an old broken-winded mule, which 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 221 

fairly wliistlcd before lie ^ot to tlio toj) of the 
liill, wliorc stood ]irt'('kc'nri(l<;t''H scliool-liouse, 
a clovcT llat-foott'd Jrislunan well (lualificd to 
tcaclj tlic yoiin^' idea liow to nlioot; lie o(;ca- 
Hioually ^^)t a little drinky. 

•'TIiIk Hchool-lioiiHe wan built of liewii \o^n 
in IHOO l>y the fifHt Hcttlern, anion;,' whom was 
n»y father, the Whitnern, (^alhounn, INekensex, 
Tayloi'H, and others; there was nothing,' left 
to mark the spot. 

"I soon reaehed the head of an avenue of 
live oaks, oran^^es and elms, planted by Gov- 
ernor Pickens more than half a century ago. 

"I turned in by the gate, and up the long 
avenue, with alternate hopes and fears. I 
soon reached the house in which my eldest 
sister lived. She was more than half dozen 
years mv senior. T hastened to embrace her. 
She said in great kindness, 'Brother, you have 
grown HO old and ugly T hardly knew you.' 

"T re])lied that T had been very much used, 
had done much hard work to nuike a living, 
to which she rej)lied, *0h ! brother, you know 
we never could get you to work ; you were 
always the laziest of all the boys, and but for 
your wits and being a good manager, you 
could never have made a living.' 

"I have in my possession my father's old 
arm-chair, a primitive, split-bottom chair, 
painted blue, with broad and comfortable 

222 Gkxealooy or tuk IJkese Family. 

amis, on wliicli lie liad a way of wliittling, 
and tlu*si» aniiH wviv often replaced. I also 
fell lieir to a line oil jjortrait of my fatlier, 
the exaet likenen^ of liini, with hin meek and 
benevolent eoiintenanee, holding; a huneli of 
wheat in hin hand, showing that he waH a 
l)lanter. 1 have also a lar«(e, handsome silver 
l)itcher, which he received as a premium for 
the best crop of wheat raised in the district. 
1 cut from the dear old home orchard three 
walkin^j-sticks from an old ap})le tree, one for 
mv brother James Elev, one for mv brother 
Edwin, who is an invalid, and one for 

"At this dear old spot we had been raised, 
here we had our troubles and triumj)hs; from 
here we went to school, from here we walked 
three miles to the old Stone Church, where 
at one time the Kev. Dr. Thomas Keesc 
])reaehed, and where all the Holid men and 
women, the aristoeraev of the town, and the 
well-to-do ])eoj)le all nu't aiul worshij)i)ed. 

"Here we had two sermons every Sunday, 
and an interval between for lunch, and to get 
water. Sermons were short and elo(juent then, 
stopping when through, and dismissed with a 
blessing of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost 
upon the people, the rulers and the Jews. 

"The old Red House, as it was called, and 
owned by Col. Richard Lewis, a wealthy man 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 223 

— a hou8c known of all men — was built 
BC'Vfnty yearn a<;o. 

"In my youn^' dayn 1 often ntopjK'd on my 
way to Pendleton to ;;et a drink of eool water, 
and cliat witli tlie tliree youn^' ladien. >fy 
hrotluT Edwin married the youn;,'est daughter, 
Sarali Ann, a most exeeilent Cliristian woman, 
and a ^rreat favorite in the family. 

"This fine old family are all dead, and the 
old l?ed House has disappeared, not a tree, 
not a stone left to mark its location. 

"This to me was the Augustine age; it 
was the Canaan, Pendleton was the old garden 
of Eden, the healthiest and wealthiest place 
in all the land. 

"It was also the seat of justice, and in 
^larch and Octol)er, annually, our Judge 
meted out justice to all. It was the seat of 
learning, too; here were busy lawyers in fine 
oIlieeH. lined with lii)rarieH and well filled with 
a lore of learning, and old Pendleton was 
known of all men. 

"The old mahogany table, around which 
we sat for so many long years, was the handi- 
work of my brother Horace seventy years ago. 
He was remarkable for his mechanical genius. 
After his death this table was bought at his 
sale by my brother Eley, and presented to my 
wife for a bridal present. Some years ago we 
gave this old table, that we so dearly prized, to 

224 (iKXEALOOY OF Till-: Kkksi-: Family. 

brotluT Horace's «;ran(l(laii«;lit(.T, Susie Clierry 
Lanier, wlien slie went to liousekeepinj^. A 
walnut l)ook-ease and table, made also by 
brother Jloraee, were «j:iven to bis <jfreat-^rand- 
son and namesake, Horace Keese Lanier, by 
])rotber Ivlwin. It was a jjreat sayin*]: with 
brother Iforace, 'The day of small things 
should never be fori^otten or despised/ 

"In 18IU), L with my friend, ]Mr. Joe 
Pickens, a brotlur of (icneral Pickens, went 
to the Indian War. First we went to Fort 
Hawkins, on the Ocmul<jee IJiver, the head- 
(|uarters of the army commanded by Major- 
General Thomas Finckney. Here wc reported 
to Col. Francis Huger, cliief of staff, who 
enrolled our names as volunteers in the oxpc- 
didon apiinst the Indians. 

**Wo nuide some hard marches through 
swam))s infested with Lidians. Cieneral Jack- 
S(m soon fought the battle of the 'Horse Shoe,' 
which really terminated the war, and I re- 
turned liome with my scalp all riglit. 

"Strange to say, this same Colonel Hugcr, 
more than twenty years after this, was my 
successful competitor for a seat in the Legis- 
lature of South Carolina. 

"Huger made some notoriety in South Car- 
olina for aiding in an attem])t to rescue Gen- 
" cral Tjafayettc from the prison at Olmuts. 

"My brother Dr. Charles Milton Reese 


studiud modiciiie iu niilad(.'l]>hia, joined the 
United States Xavy, and at that time was the 
youngest surgeon in tlie Navy, lie was sta- 
tioned at Leghorn. Italy, where he spent many 
years, returning in 1818. 

"^ly i)arents always said I must be a 
farmer, and when 1 was of age they fitted mc 
out with a large, fine liorse, saddle and l)ridle, '■, 
and a handsome suit of broadeloth, and sent ' 
me with a view of travelling Xorth and East 
to visit the model farms of the New England 

"1 left liomo with letters of introduction 
to many prominent persons in Virginia, 
North Carolina, and ^laryland. When 1 
reaehed IMiiladeiphia, J spent a month there 
with brother Milton. In passing the Sound 
1 went by a Baptist Chureh alone on Sunday 
morning, Avhistling a merry tune to keep my 
spirits up, when a tall, pious-looking man 
inquired of me if I was travelling. I said, 
'Yes, it looks so.' He then informed me it 
was against the law to travel on Sunday. I 
was too far away from home to put on airs, 
so I meekly in(piired what to do. 

" 'Not a great way on,' he said, *is a tavern 
(sign of the Horse Neck), where you can stay 
till ^Monday.' 

"As I, too, felt inclined to be pious, I ac- 
cordingly stopped at the inn. 

226 Genkalooy of the Keese Family. 

"It was not long before my pious man made 
Ills appearance, and turned out to be a Deacon 
of the Baptist Churcli, and proprietor of the 
Horse Neck Tavern. After a very good din- 


ner, he discovered my horse's back was badly 
rubbed by the saddle not fitting, and said that 
lu» had one that fitted exactly, and proposed 
an exehangi* with lue, or, as he said, Vwap 
saddles,' which, after a good deal of jockeying, 
we finally swapped saddles, I giving, as it 
turned out, the best saddle and more boot than 
if I had no saddle at all. 

•'Monday I resumed my journey on a very 
easy-going and i.ious saddle, a better and a 
wiser num, to the beautiful city of New 
Haven, where 1 spent some time in visiting 
Yale College, and galloping around the coun- 

**The girls all seemed to be dressed in black 
crepe. 80 tidy, so handy, and so smart were 
they, 1 was almost captivated by them, and 
doubtless should have been but for them being 
* Yankees.' 

"^ly next adventure was at Norwalk, a vil- 
lage and boat-landing, on T^ong Island Sound. 
There I stopped to spend the night, but was 
persuaded by some boatmen going to New 
York that it would be cheaper and more 
pleasant to take passage in their boat, and 
as I was on a voyage of pleasure and dis- 

Genealogy of thk Reese Family. 227 

covery, I willingly consontod, but not so my 
liorse; he utterly refused to he led or driven 
on hoard. The more the men pulled, the 
furtiier the horse got away. The moon shone 
brightly, and 1 thought the Yankees were 
fairly put to their wits' end, and about beaten, 
when an old Ua}»list Deacon, who was going 
down with shell-bark nuts and a lo'c of i)er- 
sinnnons, said he eould put him aboard. 
\Vhere\ip()n he took olV his jacket and tied it 
over the horse's eyes, and pulled him away 
from the boat. The horse, not expecting the 
trick, pulled back until he found him- 
self on deck, and we had a jolly time all 

"When I stepped into the cabin, saddle-bags 
on my arm, boot-leggins, spurs, overcoat and 
riding whip, the Cai)tain said he was greatly 
obliged to me for not bringing my horse in- 

"A dozen or so well-dressed, smart girls 
were on board going to Xew York with poul- 
try, persimmons and shell-bark nuts. They 
asked mc a great many questions about the 
negroes and cotton, and finding them ex- 
tremely ignorant, I dealt altogether in the 
marvellous, find told them some very wonder- 
ful yarns which they believed. 

"As we went through *Hell Gate,' the boat 
scraped dreadfully, which so frightened my 

228 Gkxkalooy of thi: Rkksi: Family. 

horse that his lu^r nil turned the other wav, 
l)ut we landed safely, and I enjoyed the 

"While at the North, I visited many model 
farms, amon^' them was that of Jud<;e Peters, 
where 1 dined with Joseph l^)na])arte, and we 
visited the 'Stone House,' in which the poet 
Moore lived while in this country. I travelled 
with Honaj)arte on his way to New York, and 
afterward by invitation called at his home on 
tlie banks of the Delaware, in Xew Jersey. 
Here was to be seen all the grandeur of the 
King of Spain, lie having just been driven 
from Spain, bringing with him all he desired, 
gold, silver, fine paintings; among them was 
one of his brother — 'Xapoleon Crossing the 
• Alps.* 

"He told me, in rather broken Englisli *that 
it was the best likeness of Napoleon he had 
ever seen.' 

"While stopping in New York I saw ^[r. 
A'an ]^uren and Aaron Burr, both very famous 
men. Brother ^lilton went with me from 
Philadelphia to Washington City on my way 
liome. We both rode horseback, and on our 
way wc spent the night at the home of Com- 
modore Peters, and when we reached Wash- 
ington we stopped at a tavern called the Six 
Building, and Brown's Hotel. 

"The Capitol had been shelled inside and 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 229 

out, leaving many marks of a desperate effort 
to destroy it. 

"Congress was in session, and I saw our 
member, Mr. Earle, sitting in his seat with his 
hat on, dressed in liomespun. 

"We called at the olliee of Mr. Jolin C. Cal- 
houn, who was then Secretary of War. We 
also called at the White House to sec the 
President, hitching our horses to a tree in 
front of the gate. 

"1 left my brother Milton in Washington, 
and came to Sumter, S. C, to visit my brother 
Horace and family. 

"I was now twenty-three years old, and 
wore a handsome suit of clothes made by Robb 
and Winebummer, of Philadelphia, and was 
considered an elegant travelled gentleman. 

"Brother Horace died in 1830, and is buried 
at the the old Stone Church. He was his 
father's oldest and favorite son, the first mem- 
ber of the family to die in twenty-four years. 

"I was a Representative in the South Caro- 
lina Legislature, and was associated with ]Mc- 
Duffee, Hamilton, Preston, Pinckney, Dun- 
can, O'Xeil, Wardlaw, and many other shin- 
ing lights. 

"When the session adjourned I went home 

with my friend Porter, a member from 

Georgetown. On our way we stopped in 

Charleston for a few days. While there we 

230 Genealooy op the Reese Family. 

received an invitation to a ball, and not hav- 
ing any suitable gloves to wear, we stepped 
into a store to buy a pair of lemon-colored 
kids, which were very fashional)le then. I 
began trying on a pair, and guess my surprise 
to find a lady's ring in them, which fell on 
mv fintjer. Of course there was a i^rreat mira- 
tion made over it, and the merchant told me 
that the ring belonged to a young lady visiting 
in the city, Miss Mary Ann Witherspoon, a 
daugliter of Gavin Witherspoon, of Revolu- 
tionary fame. The merchant told me, too, 
that she was a beautiful heiress of sixteen, and 
the toast of the country. She was just from 
school at l{aleigh, N. C. She lost this ring 
one day while trying on gloves, and laughingly 
Huid she would marry the num who found her 
ring. She prized it l)ecauHe it hud belonged 
to her njother. 

"We met at the ball that night, and I was 
introduced to this fair belle as the fortunate 
man who had found her ring. I danced with 
her, and was the most envied man in the ball- 

"However, I did not claim the forfeit at 
tliat time, but made a most favorable impren- 
sion on Miss Witherspoon. Shortly after this 
I visited her nt her home in Sumter, when I 
l)ecame engaged to her. She had many 8U iters 
for her hand, and when I married her, I had 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 231 

a pistol in my pcckct to protect myself from 
a man named Dozier, who threatened to kill 
me as I walked out to be married. He 
alfirmed that he was enp^aged to her, and ex- 
pected to marry her. 

"I married her without bloodshed, and wc 
came to Pendleton to live with my father, who 
was growing old, and depended upon me, as I 
liad charge of the farm. Here we lived until 
we moved to Alabama in 1835, while the In- 
dians still occuj)ied the State. 

"My father enjoyed telling a story on his 
grandfather, David Ap IJeese, who was a 
Vresbyterian minister in SoutI) Wales, and 
who was at the seige of Londonderry. 

*'Ile said one Sunday morning, while lie 
was arranging the head notes of his sermon, 
his daughter Wuth, who had be«'n discussing 
with her sister Ksther the rocognition of 
friends in lieaven, rushed into his room, ex- 
claiming, *Father, will wc know each other in 
heaven?' The old gentleman pushed up his 
spectacles and said, 'Why, lUith, I reckon wc 
will have as much sense in heaven as wc have 
here' '' 

Here ends the manuscript. 

George Reese lived to be quite nn old man. He 
died rather suddenly at liis old home in Chambers 
county, Ala. 


"OiiiTUAUY OF Major Gkouoe Ki^ese. 

*'Thi.s coimnunity was startk'd on Saturday 
morning' 1)V tlio lU'ws of tlic sudden death of 
tliis inoniinent and aged citizen. He was in 
town most of the day on Friday, and thougli 
in feel)le healtli, he wrote and nuiiled a letter 
to Ins son in Opelika, whieli was handed tlic 
son with tlie tek-yrani announcing his fatlier's 

"On ^[ajor Keese's return lionic Friday 
evening, lie ate supper as usual and lay down 
on the l)ed. lie soon complained of dilllculty 
of hreathing, and asked to he carried on the 
porejj in the oi)en air. This was done without 
relieving him. Jle was then hrouglit ))ack and 
j)hiced in a chair, and in a short time l)reathed 
his last. 

"^lajor IJeese was l)oth intellectually and 
physically a superior man. 

"Horn in Pendleton District, South Caro- 
lina, in KIMI, he grew to manhood in his 
native State, and at an early age entered the 
political arena during the stormy days of 
Xuliification. Tie was an uncompromising 
T^nion man, and running on that ticket, was 
voted against hy nix of his hrothers, who had 
cnpoused the opposing cause. 

"lie and William ]j. Yancey togetlier edited 
the Orecnville Mountaineer, hie nom de plume 

Genealogy of the Reesk Family. 233 

being *Watt Tyler.' ITe was a State Senator 
for .six years, being associated in tlie Legis- 
bitiire witli McDuiree and otlier distinguished 

"]\Iajor Keese was never ultra in his politi- 
cal views, and it is said that his old friend 
Yancey, after his return from his fruitless 
mission to Kuroj)c in behalf of the Confed- 
eracy, saw the mistake of secession, and re- 
marked to Major ]?eese that he (Keese) had 
the superior judgment. 

"]{emoving to Chambers county in 1835, 
while yet the red man roamed our hills, he 
served his ado})ted State in i>oth branches of 
the TiCgislature for many years. He was also 
a candidate for Congress in 1852, and again 
in ]8()(i. His brother, J)r. David IJcese, rep- 
resented 11 cm. A. ir. Stephen's district after 
that gentleman retired from Congresi». 

**]Iad the subject of this sketch accepted 
his early opjK)rtiinities he would have become 
distinguished in any ])rofession he might have 
chosen, lie i)referred the <pjiet life of a 
farmer to the turnu)il of a continuous political 
life. He inherited and ac(piired a large prop- 
erty which was HWei)t away by the besom of 

"His renuiins were interred on Sunday 
afternoon, in iroiiewell Cemetery, a quiet 
Bylvan spot near his residence, prepared by 

234 Gkxealogy of the Kekse Family. 

him as a ri'stini^ })lacc for himself and kin- 
dred. Tlie hir<^e company i)resent testified the 
respect in wliicli he was held hy all classes of 
the community, lie leaves a widow and an 
only son to mourn his loss." 

There is a monument to nuirk his grave bearing 
this inscription: 

My Huh HAN I). 
Sacked to tiik mkmoky or 


liORN SEl»TKMnER 17X11, 1790. 

Died January 2(iTH, 1877. 


" We speak of the realms of the blest, 

Of that country, so bri<;ht, and so fair; 
And oft are its glories confessed; 
But what must it be to be there?" 

^Irs. Mary Witherspoon IJeese was a woman of 
strong individuality, endowed with rare abilities 
and intellectual strength. She was famous for her 
hospitality; her home was ever open to visitors. 
She had a wonderful ca])acity to entertain and 
interest. She was full of energy, and many ster- 
ling qualities of character. She was charitable 
and csj)ecially kind to the poor. An affectionate 
wife, an indulgent mother and mistress, and much 
lovc^ for her many good works. She was a de- 
voted member of the Presbyterian Church, and 

Genealogy of the Keese Family. 235 

gave lil)LTally to its sup})ort. She lived only a sliort 
time after lier huisband. ^Irs. Keese's father, ^Ir. 
Cavin Witlierspoon, was a descendant of John 
WitlKTS])oon, I). 1)., of Princeton, and a signer of 
the Declaration of Indei)endence, and a hrotlier-in- 
law to Jolin Knox, a noted Scotch rresliyterian 

The Witliersj)oonH lived on Black IJiver, where a 
desperate fight took ])lace, and Mrs. Wither- 
spoon stood with a man's hat on to encourage the 
Wliigs, until a hall i)assed through and knocked it 
off. They owned an old negro, Peter. So trusty 
and true was he that he hid his master in the 
Black Biver Swamp from the Tories, who threat- 
ened to kill him, and carried food to him every 

The Tories caught Peter as he was returning 
one day, and hung him to a tree hard by, because 
lie would not tell where his nuister was. They' 
rode off and left him hanging. Mrs. Witherspoon 
missed him, and went to hunt him. She found 
him hanging to the tree, as she thought, dead; she 
cut the rope, and Peter revived and came to life. 

Mr. Witherspoon set Peter free with an annuity 
as long as he lived for this noble conduct. Some 
of the famous Peter's descendants came to Ala- 
bama, with ^Irs. Beese, and were always faithful 

irrs. Beese sleeps beside her husband at Hope- 
well Cemetery, with a monument thus inscribed : 

236 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 




in vvli.liamsuukg district, south carolina, 

July 30th, 1800, 

AND DIED February 5tii, 1880. 

Aged 74. 

"She hath done what she could." 

Garrett, in his Reminiscences of Public Men of 
Alabama, says: 

"^Fajor George Reese, of Chambers county, 
Ahu, and formerly of South Carolina, and a 
brother of Hon. David Reese, a l?e})resentative 
in Congress, from Georgia, before tlic war. 

"Mr. Reese was elected to the Senate of Ala- 
bama, in 183J), as a Democrat, and served a 
term of tliree years, after which he retired. 

"After a Provisional Government had been 
formed, and a new Constitution adopted for 
the State in 18G5, ^fr. Reese was a candidate 
for Congress in the Third District, and was 
defeated by General Cullen Battle, who was 
fresh from the war, with great personal popu- 

"As it turned out, the election availed no- 
thing to Alabama, whose Representatives were 
denied admission into Congress. 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 237 

"Mr. Jiecsc did not thrust liimsclf forward 
in tlie Senate in i)arty sclienies, nor did he 
enpi^^e in tlie del)ates. lie looked on quietly, 
did <,^ood conmiittee work, and was polite to 
all around him. 

"\\niat he said was generally in a few words, 
and always to the point. lie displayed no 
anil)ition to lead, nor would he Idindly follow 
others who nii^ht assume this privilege. Al- 
ways ealm, and always independent, he ap- 
peared to he on good terms with himself and 
with all the world.'' 

It is hoped that his suhscqucnt experience lias 
not disturhed this cnviahlc reputation, which is 
the main source of happiness. His presence at 
Tuscaloosa in puhlic and social circles will long 
be favorably remembered. 

CHA1»TE]{ XV. 

C 7. Tliomas Sidiu-y Mwav, fiftli son of George 
ami Anna Story IJoese; niarricd Susan McGregor, 
March 8, 1827. 

Tlie following are their children: 

1) 1. La wrens ^McGregor, born February 20, 

1) 2. Charles Edwin, born October 2G, 1830. 

D 3. Horace, born December 31, 1831. 

D 4. George, born April 2, 1834. 

D 5. llesperia Delpheniia, born April 15, 1836. 

I) 0. Catherine Augusta, born July 13, 1838. 

1) 7. :Mary Cherry, born October 13, 1840. 

I) 8. ]?el)eeca Ann, born January 18, 1842. 

I) 9. Thomas Sidney, born January 31, 1844. 

I) 10. Sydenham Witherspoon, born January 5, 

D 1. Lawrens IJeese, married Lucy Tinsley, of 
^lonticello, Ga. She was the adopted daughter of 
Dr. David Keesc. Issue: 

E 1. Howard Tinsley, a promising young man 
of fine character, who was shot and killed through 
mistake by a drunken man, who meant to kill his 
brother — a sad fate. 

E 2. Thomas Sidney, married Mary Morrison, 
and died without issue. 

GicNKAi.oQY 01' TiiK Rkkse Family. 239 

K y. ^lary Addison, inurriod Mr. Cubbott, of , 
Alabnina. Issue: • i 

F 1. Lucy Tinsley Cabbott. 

F 2. Judkins Cabbott. 

F 3. Cluirles Ca))bott. 

D 2. Cliarles Edwin Kwse, married Sarali H. 
Dudley, April 15, 1858. Issue: 

F 1. John Dudley, born April 1, 185D, married 
Sallie Cooke, 1885. Issue: 

F 1. John Dudley, Jr., born December, 1888. 

F 2. Philip Cook, born January, 1891. * 

F 3. Susie Hammond, born December 31, 

F 4. Sallie Herbert, born September, 1898. 

F 5. Julia Hesperia, born September, 1900. 

E 2. Charlie IJeese, married Bettie Whitman, 
of Alabama. Issue. 

., ;F 1. j\Iary Cecil, bom January, 1891. 
'F 2. Sallie Dudley, horn September, 1893. 

F 3. Xeil Kobinson, born December, 1895. 

E 3. Julia Hesj)eria Keese, bom January, 18G1; 
married Nicholas Baker, of Alabama. Issue: 

F 1. Nicholas Baker, Jr., born November, 

F 2. Edwin Kcese Baker, born September, 

F 3. Hammond Baker, born July, 1892. 

F 4. Horace Bcese Baker, bom May, 1895. 

E 4. Horace Malvern Reese, married Sammie 
English. Issue : 

240 Gkxealooy of the Reese Family. 

F 1. Liicilo Reese. 

D 3. Horace IJeese responded to tlie first war 
biiule tliat was sounded and faithful! v served liis 
country, yield in<^ up 1 is life in lier defence at the 
battle of ^lalvern Hill, Ya., and sleeps ])eacefully 
in far-away A'ir«::iiiia soil. Ho died unmarried. 

D 4. Oeor«i:e Keese, married Anna Simpson, of 
Pen sa col a, Fla. 

lie was a pillant soldier in the Confederate war, 
and is now Urip\dier-General of one of the Florida 
Divisions of Confederate Veterans. ' lie has heeu 
a ]n-ominent business nuin of IVnsacola for many 
years. He is an earnest Christian, an Flder in the 
Presbyterian Church, a good citizen. lie is simple 
and manly in manners, tlie impersonation of ami- 
ability and kindness, and has liosts of friends. 

Their children arc as follows: 

E 1. Elizabeth George, nnmarricd. 

E 2. Sim])son Ueese, married ^liss Laura 
Wright, of Pensacola, Fla. 

lie attended College at Auburn, Ala., and is a 
successful business man, and is now connected with 
the Bank of Pensacola. lie is a genial, pleasant 
man, of fine address, and handsome appearance, 
full of enthusiasm and a most worthy citizen. 

F 1. Valeria Eccsc. 

F 2. George Simpson Reese. 

E 3. Euing Reese, unmarried. 

E 4. Lula Reese, unmarried. 

Gknealogy of the Ukkse Family. 241 

D 5. Ilosporia Koesc, married Thomas AVhit- 
inan at l*oiiit, Ua., in 1854. Siie only lived 
a year after her marria«^e. She was a sweet, gentle 
woman, witli delieate features and lovely counte- 
nance, kind and gentle in disposition, a favorite 
witli all who knew her. 

D G. Catherine Augusta Kecsc, married Tecum- 
seli Fairriss. Issue: 

Vj 1. Kate Fairriss, born January '^0, 18G4. 

F 2. George Sylvester Fairriss, born January, 

Fj 3. Fdwin Fairriss, born December 0, 1871. 

F 4. Jiessie Fairriss, born December, 1873. 

]'] 1. Kate Fairriss, married Dr. ^layfield. 

E 2. Cicorge Sylvester, married . 

E 3. Edwin Fairriss, unmarried. 

E 4. Bessie Fairriss, married J. H. Keagcn. 

D 7. Mary Cherry Kecse, marrieil Edward Dud- 
ley in 18G0. Issue: 

E 1. Thomas JJeese Dudley, bom February 13, 

K 2. Susan Lawrens Dudley, born ^lay G, 

Fj 3. Edward Dudley, Jr., Imrn April, 18G4. 

E 4. Augusta Dudley, born October, 18GG. 

E 1. Tlionnxs ]{eesc Dudley, married Mary 

E 2. Susan L. Dudley, married Robert Mc- 
Adory in 1884. Issue: 

F 1. Edward Dudley McAdory. 

242 Gexkalooy of the Reese Family. 

F 2, Walter ^IcAdory. 

F 3. Kobcrt iMcAdory, Jr. 

F 4. Jujues UvwQ iMcAdory. 

F 5. Janio ^IcAdory. 

E 3. Edward Dudley, Jr., married Emma Ward. 
Issue : 

F 1. Thelma Dudley. 

E 4. Augusta Dudley, unmarried. 

D 8. ]?el)eeca IJeesc, married E. 11. Jones, of 
Texas. Issue: 

E 1. Mary Jones, married W. P. Bryan. 

E 2. Augiista Jones, unmarried. 

D 9. Thomas Sidney Keesc, Jr., married Mary 
A^irginia Lester, of Texas, October 26, 1869. Is- 

E 1. Lucy Reese, married D. W. Spence, Pro- 
fessor of Pliysics, ^[athematics, and Civil Engi- 
neering in the A. and ^L College, at Bryan, Texas. 

F 1. Thomas Keeso Spence. 

F 2. A'irginia Wendell Sj)ence. 

E 2. Anna Reese, married L. C. Tompkins, of 
Texas. Issue : 

F 1. Sidney Clay Tompkins. 

E 3. James Vinson Reese, unmarried. 

E 4. Laurens Reese, unmarried. 

Thomas Reese, Jr., emigrated from Alabama to 
Texas soon after the Civil War. He is a well- 
educated man, and a lawyer by profession. He 
became a Judge, and is now an assistant in the 

Gexealooy of the Reese Family. 243 

ofliec of the Attorn^'y-Gcncrars Dcj)nrtmont of 
ToxtiH, located at All^tin. He in considered a fine 
lawyer, and just in ail liin dealin<(H. 

D 10. Sydenliain Witherspoon JJeese emigrated 
to Texas after the Civil War. He never recovered 
from a severe wound received wliile serving in the 
army, and died unmarried in Texas in January, 

C 7. Thomas Sidney Reese, son of George and 
Anna Story Reese, was horn at Pendleton, S. C, 
August 12, 1799. 

He was a hriglit, industrious lad, a close student, 
and made a fine record at school. His mother 
used to say of him that "Sidney was her pious, 
polite hoy, who always loved to go to Sunday- 
school and church." He possessed courtly man- 
ners, and was the Chesteriield of the family. 

When a lad, he was sent to Philadelphia to he 
trained to mercantile husiness hy a famous Dutch 
merchant. He did not like the confinement of the 
life of a merchant, and only remained a year, and 
much against the hetter judgment of his hrother, 
^riUon, with whom he lived while in Philadelj)liia, 
he gave up his position, and set out to travel. He 
cmi)arked upon a flat hoat, and went down the 
Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, finally landing at 
Vickshurg. AMiilc there he had a spell of typhoid 
fever, and was confined to liis bed for months. 
When he became strong enough he procured a 

244 Gkxkalooy of tiik Rkkse Family. 

?iorso, nnd trnvi'llnl on liorHcbnck tlirou<;li tlic 
country to bin liomo in South Carolina. 

At that timo the country wan only inhabited by 
Indians, with a few trading stations, sucii as Mont- 
gomery, Ala., and several in Georgia. Upon reach- 
ing lionie he was tlie hero of the day, wlien he re- 
hited the nmny narrow escapes he made, and the 
intense excitement and tlie severe fatigue he en- 
dured for so many days. 

During the exciting days of Xullification in 
Soutli Carolina, at a militia drill in Pendleton 
District, when armed resistance to the laws of 
Congress was led by John C. Calhoun, he was the 
first to volunteer his services. 

This was an evidence of his strong states' riglits 
feelings, which he never faltered in as long as he 
lived, lie willingly gave six sons to the Confeder- 
ate Army, one of whom gave up his life for the 
Southern cause. 

He removed from South Carolina to Alabama, 
and settled near West Point, Ga., where several of 
his brothers had already settled. During the In- 
dian troubles, when most of the people fled from 
their houies on account of a ruuior of the approach 
of the Indians, he volunteered and stood guard 
alone on the bank of the Chattahoochee Kiver, so 
that he might give warning of the enemy's ap- 
proach. These incidents in his life showed his 
sturdy nature, indomitable will and bravery. 

He was truly a gentleman of the old school. 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 245 

wliosc l)]an(l iiianncrH, cheerful luinior, nnd inHtruc- 
tive conversation were n deli^^lit to Iijh friendH. 

The purity of liis life was exceptional even 
amon<j: ])ious people, and lie wavS exemplary in all 
the walks of a Christian gentleman. He was a 
most gifted man in prayer, and his fine conver- 
sational powers were rare, heing a ready, fluent 
speaker, always using the choicest English. 

For many years he was an Elder in the Presby- 
terian Church, and lived an upright Christian life. 

He died at his home in Lowndes county, Ala., in 
18G3, and sleeps at Hopewell Cemetery, with a 
monument bearing this inscription: 

Sacrkd to the memory of 

Born August 12tii, 1799. 
Died December 2Gtu, 1803. 

"Ho broujilit joy into every house he entered, and 
most of all to his own when he returned to it." 

His wife, who was a most estimable Christian 
woman, came from the distinguished old Scotch 
family of ^IcGregors. They were wealthy and 
aristocratic, and were reared at Charleston, S. C, 
and possessed that soft, musical accent so peculiar 
to the Charleston! an P. 

She sleeps beside her husband in Hopewell Cem- 
etery, with a monument bearing this inscription: 

246 Genealogy or tjie Keese Family. 

Sacred to the memory or 


WIFE OF T. S. Reese. 

Born in St. James Parish, South Carolina, 

November IStii, 1802. 

Died in Lowndes County, Aladama, 

January 10th, 1858. 

** No pain, no grief, no anxious fear. 
Invade thy bounds, no mortal woea 
Can reach thy peaceful slumbers here, 
While angels watch thy soft repose." 


C S. JaiiR's Kiev IJct'so. tlu' sixth son of George 
and Anna Story Keese; married Lucy Allison, of 
Lafayette, Ala., in 18i:i. Xo issue. 

James E. ]{eesc was born at IVndleton, S. C, 
July 12, 1802. 

lie Mas sent to Cohiml)ia, S. C, to Colle;;c, 
where he spent several years, and where he gradu- 
ated in law. 

His mother said of him, that "Kley was her i)ru- 
dent, thrifty son," and hy his own industry and 
inheritance he jmssesscd a large fortune. He re- 
moved from South Carolina to Lafavette, Ala., iu 
1812, where he ])racticed law successfully. 

At the age of fortv-three he married a wealthy 
Moman, of fine character, though sonu'what pecu-, 
liar. She was n model housekeeper, had sjjlendidly 
trained servants, and entertained her friends in the 
most roval manner. She was rather a handsome 


woman, dressed eleirantlv. She was verv kind- 
hearted, and a devoted daughter and sister. She 
was a mend)cr of the Preslnierian Church. 

She had a separate estate from her husband, and 
at her death she left it to her Allipon relatives. 
She had her vault prepared before her death beside 
her mother and brother, and requested, when dying 

218 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

to l)c placed tliero, and slic sleeps with her kindred 
at Lafayette, Ala. 

^[r. IJeese was a fine lawyer, an honest, iipri<5ht 
man, and a nuMuher of the Preshyterian Church. 
He was a State Senator in 184Ii; was fond of 
politics, hut cautious and safe in his judgment. 

He was a man of studious hahits, accurate infor- 
nuition, f^ood husiness methods. He was a trav- 
elled man, possessed of a fine ])hvsique, a good 
talker, ])leasant manners. He won the admiration 
and respect of his fellow-men. 

He rendered his hrothers much assistance 
through pecuniary dilhculties, and was really a 
hanker for his hrother George, to whom he fur- 
nished large sums of money. 

He died, after a short illness, at the home of his 
nephew, ^[onk Reese, when^ he was carried from 
the cars on his wav home from ^lontgomerv, and 
is huried at Hopewell Cemetery, with a monument 
containing this inscription: 

Sackei) to the memouy of 

BoHN July 12tii, 18G2. 
Died July 2nd, 1870. 


" VVc speak of its pathway of gold, 

Of its walls decked with jewels so rare; 
Of it-* wonders, and pleasures untold; 
But what will it be to be there." 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 249 



'Died in Oj)ulika, July 2, 187G, ^Ir. James 
Fj. Jioeso, of Lafayette, Ala., aged seventy- 
three years, eleven months and twenty days. 

"While a student in the South Carolina 
College, liis mind was poisoned with infidel 
principles, hut these were suhscquently re- 
nounced, and ahout twenty years heforc his 
death he connected himself with the Preshy- 
terian Church, and continued a memher until 

"During his last illness he was at times in 
some darkness, vet he testified to the comfort 
which he felt in hearing the Word of God and 
in uniting with (Jod's people in prayer, and 
ore he de})arted, he said that he could assur- 
edly look hy faith to liim who.^e hlood cleans- 
eth from all sin. 

"jMav his death he hlesscd to us all as a 
means of a closer walk with Ood, and a more 
earnest desire for a solid and more enduring 
substance than earth can yield. 


"^Ir. Eley Reese, an old citizen of Lafayette 
and a brother of Major George Reese, of West 
Point, died at Opelika, on Sunday last, after 
a lingering illness. 

"On Monday his remains were brought to 

250 Gkxealooy of the Keese Family. 

Wot^t Point, and on Tuusday morning were 
interred in Jlopcwi'll Conu'tory, Uov. Mr. 
Bakor })iTacliing i\\v funeral at the Presl)y- 
torian Cliureh, ^londay afternoon. 

"Thus one l)y one the fathers are passing 
away. His venerable l)rotlier still lingers in 
our midst, and we trust will he spared yet 
many years. {Copied from West Point paper.) 

Garrett, in ids Reminiscences of Public Men of 
Alabama, says: 

"James K. l?eese, of Chamhers county, Ala., 
succeeded to the seat occupied by his brother, 
George JJeese, who has been noticed in another 
place. The brothers dilfered in politics, the 
ex-Senator being a Democrat, and the sitting 
meiid)er a Whig — the one a i)lanter, the other 
a lawyer — but both were favored by nature 
with resi)eetable endowments, i)hysical and 

"After serving out Ids term, Mr. .Fames K. 
l?e(»s(» was not again coniu-cted with i)ublic 
life, but pur-iued the ])ractieo of law in La- 
fayette, Chand)crs county, Ala., where he lived. 

**^Ir. l^eesc had a prepossessing face, and 
verv courteous manners. He was very neat in 
his person, and always a])peared so genteel 
that he could have entered at any time a 
salon of fashionably dressed ladies, with credit 
to his taste. 

7 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 251 

"He looked as if tlie world went smoothly • 
with him. Xo traces of dejection or care 
could be perceived in the expression of his, 

"When addressing the Senate he was calm, 
fluent, and in every respect an agreeai)lc 
speaker. His arguments were always listened 
to with respect, and his influence was felt, 
though he belonged to the political minority 
in the Senate. 

"Had his ambition been equal to his merits 
and to the suavity of his deportment, he 
would probably have made a more conspicu- 
ous figure before the public. There is no spot 
or blemish in his short legislative record.'* 


C 0. Edwin l?eoso, the sovcntli son of George 
and Anna Story Keoso; married Sarah Ann Lewis 
at her home, Fort Salvadore, near Pendleton, S. C, 
^[ay 13, 1834, l)y Kev. Kichard Cater, of the Pres- 
byterian Churcli. Issue: 

D 1. Ann Eliza Keesc. 

I) 2. Richard Lewis Reese. 

D 3. Jolin licwis Reese. 

D 4. Sarah ^liller Reese. 

D 5. Mary Eleanora Reese. 

D G. Carolina Alal)ama Reese. 

D 7. Margaret ^liriam Mays Reese. 

D 1. Ann Eliza Reese, married Allston Benja- 
min Croft, as his sec(md wife, at lier home in 
Aul)iirn, Ala., November 13, 1855, by Rev. Tim- 
othy Root, of the Presbyterian Church. Issue: 

E 1. Edwin Clarence Croft, died in infancy. 

E 2. George ]{ichard Croft. 

E 3. ^farv Annie Cordelia Croft. 

E 2. George Richard Croft, married Lola 
Montez liliteh, eldest daughter of Senator X. A. 
Blitch, of iMontbrook, Fla., December IG, 1885. 

They had no children of their own, but adopted 
and raised a little girl, Margaret Chesscr Croft. 

Lola Croft was a lovely Christian character, with 

Genealogy of the Keese Family. 253 

sweet, gentle manners. George Croft married, 
second time, Miss Alice Whipple, of Florida; has 
lived in Florida for many years, engaged in rail- 
road work, lie is a man of pleasing address, 
courtly in his manners, and by his strict attention 
to business, his kind and obliging manners, has 
won the respect and esteem of the prominent rail- 
road otlicials, and has gained many friends. 

E 3. Annie Cordelia Croft, married William H. 
Boyd, of Alabama, at the home of her uncle, 
George Croft, of West Foint, Ga., Dccend)er 10, 
1884, by Kev. ^Ir. lloUingsworth, of the Presby- 
terian Church. Issue: 

F 1. Edwin IJeese Boyd, called for liis great- 
grandfather, Edwin Keese. 

F 2. William AUston l^ovd, died in infancy. 

F 3. George Kichard Boyd, died in Gainsville, 
Fla., August 9, 1875, aged four years and two 
months, and sleei)s (iK'side his grandmother Boyd, 
who died while living in Florida in 1875) in the 
cemetery at Gainsville, Fla. 

F 4. .Alary Croft Boyd. 

F 5. Clarence Barnett Boyd. 

Annie Croft Boyd is a most ])ronounced bru- 
nette, and shows the French Huguenot l)lood in 
her veins. She is a woman of forceful, practical 
nature; pride, selfishness and envy are absent from 
her make-up. She inherits many of her mother's 
noble qualities, and is gifted as a letter-^vrite^. 

She is an earnest Christian, and a member of 
the Presbyterian Church. At a reception given 

25J: Gi:xi:alogy of the 1^ki:se Family. 

luT wlu'ii v<lie married, she wore her mother's wed- 
ding dress, and handsome handkerchief, and her 
granihiiotlier Ueese's wedding veil. 

Jler parents died when she and her brother were 
young ehihlren, and they lived with their grand- 
i'atiier and aunts at Auhurn, Ala., where they were 
mostly educated. William Henry ik)yd, her hus- 
band, was something of a genius, and had he re- 
ceived the i)roper education, would no doubt have 
made his mark in the world, lie was a natural 
maciiinist and inventor, lie invented several use- 
ful articles, but had but one of them patented. He 
was a thoroughly temi)erate man, and a Deacon in 
the l*resi)yterian Church. He died November 2G, 
l\n)2; buried at West Point, Ga. Through his 
great-grandfather he was descended from the 
Heards, who settled in St. Paul's Parish, Wilkes 
county, 17(52-1774, and also from Governor 
Stephen Heard, of Georgia, who was l>orn in Ire- 
land in 1720. 

Ann Kliza Reese Croft was a woman of rare 
qualities of mind and heart. Her unassuming 
dignity, graceful case, her gentle breeding, kind 
and genial disjmsition, and especially her unselfish- 
ness, rendered her a favorite wherever she went. 
She was generous to a fault, kind to everybody, 
particularly the poor people and servants, who 
almost worshippe<l her. She was a great favorite 
with her grandmother Reese, for whom she was 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 255 

81ie possessed tlie rare tact of securing frierd- 
ship true and warm, and her generous character 
and many virtues gave her mucii influence during 
life, and endeared lier memory to hosts of friends 
alter death. Her nuirriage to i^lr. A. 13. Croft was 
the first to occur in the family. It was a quiet 
home wedding, l)ut a most elahorate suj)per was 
served. It was not fashionahle then to receive 
bridal presents, hut nuiny pieces of handsome solid 
silver were given her, among them a l)eautiful 
sj)oon from ^Mrs. William L. Yancey. After her 
nuirriage, she nuule her home at West Point, Ga. 
Her two eldest children were born at her old home 
at Auburn, Ala. 

She died of consumption contracted from lier 
husband, in November, 1874, and sleeps beside 
her little Clarence at Hopewell Cemetery, without 
stones to mark the sj)ot. 

She was a true wife, a fon<l mother, a devoted 
daughter and sister, an earnest Christian, and a 
consistent member of the Presbyterian Church. 
Having been faithful to her dutv as a child, sister, 
mother and wife, she was ^reatlv beloved in life, 
and in death dee})ly lamented. 

^Ir. A. B. Croft married, as two wives, Cordelia 
and Annie E. Peese, first cousins. He was a 
l)rother of Edward Croft, who married Susan 
Peese, an elder sister of Cordelia. The Crofts were 
originally a fine old French Huguenot family, who 
emigrated from France to England, and thence to 

25G Gkxealogy of the Keese Family. 

AiiKTica, settling in South Carolina, at Charleston 
and (ircenville. Jjater on they came to Alabama, 
and settled near West Point, Ga. Here he died 
and is buried beside his wile at Hopewell Cemetery, 
without a stone. He was a strikingly handsome 
man, with a soft, gentle exi)ression, courtly man- 
ners, ol)liging and thoughtl'ul of the comfort of 
others. He was a faithful soldier in the Civil 
War, and for many years was Postmaster at West 
Point. The last years of his life he devoted to 
farming. He died of. consumption in October, 

I) 2. Richard Lewis Reese, married Carrie 
IJghtfoot, at the home of her adopted parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Reese, at Auburn, Ala., 
November 20, 18G8, by Rev. W. E. Lloyd, of the 
Baptist Church. Issue: 

F 1. Mary Kate Reese, died of diphtheria when 
eight years old. She was a bright, beautiful cliild, 
quite like her grandmother Reese. She is buried 
at White Plains, Ga., where they were living at the 
time of her death. 

F 2. Fdwin Lightfoot Reese, unmarried. 

He attended (^ollege at Auburn, and is a young 
man of fine character, strictly temperate, scrupu- 
lously honorable and upright in till his dealings. 
He is the son of a veteran, and a Knight of 
Pythias, a modest retiring man in his manners, 
and commands the highest respect and admira- 
tion of his neighbors and friends. He is a farmer 

Gexi:alo(}Y of thl: 1{l;i:se Family. 257 

by profession, and is greatly interested in growing 
fruits and vegetables and stock-raising in middle 

E 3. Frank Clyde Reese, unmarried. lie was 
a student at Clemson College, S. C, where his 
health failed, and he could not complete his course, 
lie is a large, fine-looking man ; in his manners 
he is complaisant, courteous and conciliating. Ho 
is well read, enjoys the social pleasures of life, and 
commands the confidence and respect of his 
fellow-men. lie is engaged in cattle-raising in 
• Florida. 

E 4. ^Margaret Caroline Reese, unmarried. She 
is a bright, intelligent girl, with great force of 
character. \\Tien she believes she is right, she is 
not easily turned from her purpose. She is fond 
of reading, and possesses a very retentive memory. 
She has a pleasant, expressive face, a warm heart; 
is full of noble impulses and great resolution. 

She is noble in her bearing, modest and unas- 
suming in her manners, with a quiet dignity un- 
usual in one of her age. She looks upon life in an 
earnest manner, and like her good mother is un- 
flinching in the discharge of duty. Slie is buoyant 
with youth and hope, and has a praiseworthy am- 
bition to succeed at amihinc: she undertakes. She 
is much interested in Christian Endeavor work, 
and is a member of the Baptist Church. 

E 5. John Richard Reese is a noble specimen of 
young manhood, or rather boyhood. He is a f rac- 

258 Gkn'kalogy of thk Ukksk Family. 

Hon over six feet, and wei<;lis one hundred and 
yeventy-ei^lit pounds, steps very lightly, is well 
develojH'd, and active, exhihitin<^ unusual «tren<xth, 
and is cjuite fine looking. His chief charm is his 
aniial)le disposition. lie never or seldom hecomes 
the least hit rudled, so sweet temi)ered and i)laeid 
is he in his nature, lie has gentle, afTahle num- 
ners, is cxee})tionally temiierate and moral, and 
altogether n model hoy, and an universal favorite 
wherever he is known. 

IJiehard Lewis Keese was horn in South Caro- 
lina, hut removed with his ])arents to Alahama 
when only a few years old. lie was partially edu- 
cated at Lafayette under the celehrated Dr. James 
Wood row, of the Preshyterian Church, and at 
BroMnwood Institute. Tie was always fond of 
reading, and especially history and hiogra])hy; a 
(|uiet, unohtrusive man who makes no display of 
his knowledge, hut a strong impression for good in 
any community in which he lives. He is a dentist 
hv profession, hut has almost ahandoned his prac- 
tice for truck fanning. lie is a man of the strict- 
est integrity, his word is his hond ; a generous, 
faithful friend, a useful citizen, an humhlc Chris- 
tian, and a consistent memher of the Baptist 

He was an intrepid soldier in the Confederate 
war; his career was hold, dangerous, and hrilliant. 
He showed the courage of his Revolutionary an- 
cestors: twenty-two of his near kinsmen on his 

Genealogy of the Keese Family. 259 

mother's side were in tljo famous l)attle of Kin;^*s 
Mountain in 1780. Blood will tell, and he in- 
licrited not onlv hraverv, but manv nohle traits 
from his grand old forefathers. He was First 
Ijieutenant of Com])any "D," 'J'hirty-seventh Ala- 
bama l^e^riment, but acted Captain, and led his 
com])any into nearly every battle during the war. 
lie was actively engaged in the battles of luka, 
Corinth, leaker's Creek, Fort Washington, siege 
of forty-nine da3's at Vicksburg, where he lived 
npon mule meat and rats ; battles of Lookout 
^fountain. Missionary l?idge, ^lill Greek Gap, I?e- 
saca, Xoonday Creek, Kenesaw, and all the battles 
around Atlanta. 

At the battle of Corinth he was promoted for 
gallantry on the battle-field, served through the 
entire war, and received only a few slight wounds. 
He carried a man-servant with hiui, and Xed 
proved a faithful servant and friend throughout 
the entire war. Had it not been for Xed^s care, he 
would oftentimes have suffered for food. 

After the close of the war, he returned to his 
home at Auburn, to find the slaves all free, and 
everything swept away by the ravages of war. He 
married and removed to Texas, where he practiced 
dentistry for many years. 

He sometimes attends the Confederate I^eunions 
and enjoys meeting his old war comrades, and tell- 
ing his war experiences over again. 

He is now living with his children in Middle 

2G0 Genealogy or the Reese Family. 

Florida eno:a^iMl in truck farniin«:j. lie had tlie 
misfortune to loose his most excellent and devoted 
wife in Decemher, IS!)"). 

Carrie Lightfoot IJeese, wife of Dr. Richard 
Lewis Reese, was a woman of strong and vigorous 
intellect. Affectionate and amiable in disposition, 
slie governed her liousehold altogether by the heart 
and the affections. Xever was a wife and mother 
more liighly prized and more devotedly loved. She 
led a beautiful, blameless life, indeed her whole 
life was a benediction to her family, and she died 
a most glorious, triumphant death, and is buried 
at ^ricanopy, Fla. 

She was descended from the ancient family of 
Lightfoots in England, who came to Virginia in 
1079. Sir Philip Lightfoot settled at Sandy Point, 
Charles City county, Va., w^herc his tomb can be 
seen, decorated with the Lightfoot coat-of-arms, 
on the once splendid estate of the Lightfoot family. 
There is preserved a portrait of Sir William Light- 
foot, with date 1750, full-length size in blue court 
dress, thought to have been made by Copley. 

1) 3. John Tjcwis Reese, married Emma J. Pope 
at her home in Auburn, Ala., August 23, 1865, by 
Rev. W. E. Lloyd, of the Baptist Church. Issue: 

E 1. Annie ^faud Reese. 

E 2. Richard Pope Reese. 

E 3. Pauline Reese. 

E 4. Eugene Reese. 

E 5. Edwin Earle Reese. 

E 1. Maude Reese, married William Robinson, 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 261 

in Pcnsacola, Fla., :May IG, 1888, by Rev, II. Yer- 
gcr, of tlic Prosl)ytcTian Church. Issue: 

F 1. Erin Kohinson. 

F 2. ^larv Louise Robinson. 

F o. Claude Robinson. 

F 4. Lucile Ro])inson. 

F 5. Eh'zal)etli Robinson. 

]\rau(l Reese Rol)inson possesses frank, unaf- 
fected manners, with a very tender heart. She is 
generous and lil)eral to lier friends, affable and 
social in iier nature, thoroughly amiable and full 
of cordial vsynipathy. 

William Robinson, her husl)and, is a prosperous 
business man of IVnsacola. She is a member of 
the Presbyterian Church, a fond mother and a 
loving wife. 

E 2. l^ichard Pope Reese, married Idelctte 
Waddell West, of Texas, :March, 1808. Issue: 

F ]. Virginia Idelctte Reese. 

F 2. John Lewis Reese. ' 

Pope is in a great measure a self-made man. 
His father died when he was quite young, and the 
cares of life came upon him when he was a young 
lad. He attended College at Auburn for a short 
period, got a position in Pcnsacola, left College to 
accept it, and worked his way up to a good, respon- 
sible place. In the meantime, at night he studied 
law. He is now a lawyer of high respect, an ener- 
getic business man, an ardent friend, a Deacon in 

the Presb^-terian Church, and a useful citizen. He 
•'' 18 . 

2G2 Gknealooy of the 1?eese Family. 

is a Son of tlic American devolution, also a Son 
of Confederate Veterans. He is a man of great 
resolution, of a forceful, practical nature, wann- 
bearted and alTectionate, and has many friends. 

E 3. Pauline Keese, unmarried. Slic is Princi- 
pal of the High School at Pensacola, Fla. She 
frraduated at the Peahody Normal at Nashville, 
Tenii. ; is a successful, popular teacher. Thor- 
oughness in the dischorfjc of all her duties is one 
of her chief characteristics. She is a woman of 
considerable talent, unsual executive ability, and 
an attractive personality. She is an earnest 
church worker, and a devoted member of the Pres- 
byterian Church. 

E 4. Eufrene Peese, unmarried. He is a suc- 
cessful, popular l)usii)ess man at Pensacola, who, 
by his own ener^ and industr}% worked his way 
from a telegraph messenger boy up to a responsible 
position in the merc.nntile business. 

Pie is genial and social in his nature, and enjoys 
the social pleasures of life. He is faithful to his 
work, and is considered a good business man, of 
quick, keen intellect. 

E 5. Edwin Earle Peese, unmarried. He, like 
his brothers, began the battle of life early, and by 
close attention to business, secured a responsible 
position, which he holds with the great respect and 
esteem of his employers. He is quiet and simple, 
free from mannerism, affectionate in his nature, 
and, being the youngest child, has been much in- 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 2G3 

diil<jc(l, and a favorite in the family. Is a large, 
fine-looking young man, of good habits. 

John Lewis Reese was educated at Auburn Col- 
lege, but while in the junior class left the College 
halls to loin the armv in 18()1. He entered service 
as a j)rivate in Company "C,'^ Third Alabama 

He was first with the army in Virginia, and was 
engaged in all the battles around Richmond. He 
was afterward transferred to the Army of Tennes- 
see, under General Hood, and during that terrible 
winter campaign marched through the snow bare- 

His man-servant Bob was true as steel, and 
shared all these hardships with his young master, 
and returned home with him when the struggle 
was over. 

A\nien the war closed, he was Adjutant of the 
Fiftv-seventh Alabama Re":inient. Throughout 
the four years of that bloody struggle, he was an 
enthusiastic, faithful soldier, and although par- 
ticipating in many hard-fought battles, he came 
out without a wound, but the severe hardships and 
exposure undermined his constitution, which was 
never strong, and he never entirely recovered from 
the olTects of it. On his return homo, he considered 
the best means to rebuild his fortunes would be to 
take a wife, which he accordingly did, and mar- 
ried a beautiful young girl, attractive in person 
and character, and who proved a help-meet indeed. 

2G4: Genealogy of the 1U:ese Family. 

Several years after his marriage lie removed to 
Texas, where he engaged in teaehing, of which he 
made a great success. Later on he read law, and 
was admitted to the har, and practiced successfully 
in ditlerent localities of the State. 

lie was a man of hrilliant intellect, a fluent 
talker, a graceful F])eaker, and while in College 
ranked among the hest dehaters of the Wehstcrian 
Society, lie \vi\h a man of fine ])ersonal appear- 
ance, tall and erect; a nohle, numly character. lie 
))()KscHsed uniiHiial magnet inm, cHpecially for chil- 
dren, of whom he wan (piite fond, and hy his social, 
genial nature won friends from all classes in life. 
The old. the poor, and the slaves were his friends 
and admirers. 

He was a kind hushand, a proud father, a good 
citizen, and a memher of the Preshyterian Church. 

Tie died in Texas, and sleeps far away from 
friends and kindred in the "Lone Star State," 
without a stone to mark the spot. 

Emma Pope T^eese, the wife of John Lewis 
licesc, was left a widow early in life, with five 
young children to rear and educate. She early 
realized the earnestness and value of life, and 
bravely shouldered the burden, which she patiently 
stifTered and uncomjdainingly endured until her 
children were able to assist her. 

She returned to Alabama, where she spent sev- 
eral years, and gave her children the best educa- 
tional advantages she could afford. Later on they 

Genealogy of the Keese Family. 265 

removed to Pensacola, where tliey now reside. Slie 
is a iiol)le, self-sacrificing mother, who, unaided, 
excei)t by the wise counsel of true friends, by her 
untiring energy, industry, thrift, and good man- 
agement, has successfully reared her children to 
be an honor to her. Her gentle, loving influence, 
and the good principles slie inculcated are domi- 
nant factors in their lives, and to her they arc 
vastly indebted for tlie i)()sitions they occupy, and 
the respect and esteem in which they are held by 
their fellow-men. She is indeed a benediction to 
her family. 

"Jx Memory of John Lewis Keese, 

Son of Edwin and Sarah Ann l?ecse, born in 
Chambers county, Ala., July 27, 1839; died 
in Callahan county, Texas, Xovember 2, 1882. 

"From early boyhood he gave evidence of 
strong mental endowments, quick, brilliant, 
and comprehensive. 

"Jn the full tide of a successful collegiate 
course, in the East Alabama Male College, at 
Auburn, where he was assiduous in his studies, 
the war between the States connnenccd. 

"Loving, as he did, his section, and 
prompted by that burning patriotism winch 
warmed the hearts of so numy of the noblest 
youths of the South, he gave up his books, put 
an end to his college life, and with his class- 
mates, was among the first to shoulder his 

200 GEXEALoav of tiek Keksk Family. 

muskot, and buckle on liis sword for a contest 
^ whoi-e bitter results we all know. Throughout 
the four years of that bloody struggle, he was, 
like the Chevalier Kayard, 'iSans pucr ct sans 

"lie was first with the Army of Virginia, 
and there, by his gallant and soldierly con- 
duct, won a commission, of which he was so 

"After the arduous and hard-fought cam- 
paigns of Lee's armies, lie was transferred to 
the Army of Tennessee, and with General 
Hood in his disastrous campaigns, and took 
part in the most obstinately fought battles of 
modern times, wlierc the heated and terrific 
storm swept with its lead and iron hail so 
many brave and true men from life to 

"When tlie war was ended, he returned to 
his injpoverished home, but with that true 
heroism went to work to carve out for him- 
self his own fortunes. 

"On the 23d of August, 18G5, he married 
iMiss Emma Pope. He found in his wife a 
most lovely and charming companion and 
help-meet, to aid him in his labors, and cheer 
him with her smiles. 

"Anxious to find a wider and more inviting 
field for his ambition, he removed to Texas, 
where he engaged in teaching, and soon won 

Genealogy of the Keese Family. 267 

the reputation of a ripe scholar, and an ac- 
complished educator. 

"While engaged in his favorite pursuit, 
death came at an untimely moment, and 
snatched him away from his wife and five chil- 
dren, for whom his love and devotion were 
without limit — the objects of his bright and 
hapi)y hopes, and for whom he spared no 
efforts, and willingly exhausted a constitution 
by nature not robust. 

"Previous to his death he united with the 
Presbyterian Church, and lived, as a long line 
of ancestors had done, a .consistent member, 
dying in the full hope of a blessed reward for 
tliose who trusted, as he did, in the atonement 
of Christ. 

"His wife and children are in Alabama, 
while the husband and father, so loving and 
loved, 6leei)s the sleep that knows no waking, 
among strangers. No truer man to family 
and country rests beneath the sod of the *Ijone 
Star State.' M. E. R." 

D L Sarah ^liller Reese, married Walton Ed- 
ward Smith, of Alabama, at her home in Auburn, 
^fay 19, 18()4, by Kev. ^[r. Williamson, of the 
Methodist Church. Issue: 

E 1. Philo Ina Smith. 

E 2. Carrie AUine Smith. 

E 3. Edwin Reese Smith. 

E 4. Mattie Kennedy Smith. 

208 Gkxealogy of the Heese Family. 

Those children all died in infancy, and seven 
years' dill'erence in the ages of each one, and are 
all buried in the cemetery at Auburn. 

Sarah Keese Smith, better known as Sallie, was 
considered the beauty of the family, with beautiful 
clear-cut features, wluit would be termed a delicate 
cameo face. Her womanly grace and dignilied, 
yet pleasing manners won for her many warm 
friends and admirers. She was tall and graceful, 
with a lively, happy disposition; indeed, her rare 
personal charms rendered her a belle in society, 
and she had many suitors for her hand. She 
became the third wife of a widower with three 

She grew old gracefully, was a childless widow, 
living with a niece. She was an earnest Christian 
woman, a member of the Presbyterian Church. 

She had the higliest sense of honor, was scrupu- 
lously truthful, modest and sensativc, and clung 
with pertinacity to tlie old time customs and man- 
ners, when things and people were genuinely good 
and true. 

She had great faith in the "Golden llulc," and 
practiced it, and "kept herself pure and unspotted 
from the world." She was a great sufTerer with 
rlieumatism and dyspepsia, and led a quiet, se- 
cluded life. She died June 15, 1902. 

^[r. \V. E. Smith was a merchant and farmer, 
and the last twenty years of his life merchandized 
at Opelika, Ala., where, after a long, useful life. 

Genealogy of the Keese Family. 2G9 

he died, and is buried in the cemetery at Opelika. 
He was a genial, happy, hopeful man, a consis- 
tent member of the Baptist Church. He was the 
most amiable man the writer lias ever known. She 
never saw him out of humor under any circum- 
stances. He was generous and full of sympathy, 
and was blessed with kind friends. He was a 
fond husband, a loving father, a true friend. Hus- 
band and wife sleep side by side in their last 

D 5. Mary Eleanora Keese, unmarried. In 
writing to a friend, ^Irs. M. V. Moore ("Betsy 
Hamilton"), of Auburn, thus describes the writer 
of the History of the Reese Family: 

"You wish me to tell you something of ^liss 
• ^lary E. Keese. 

"1 have known her for many years. As you 
have never seen her, I will tell vou that she is' 
medium size, a blonde, with violet blue eyes, 
with an intelligent, attractive face. Gentle 
and refined, free from affectation, sincere and 
conscientious, and those who know her best 
love her best. All who meet her arc impressed 
with the fact that she is of good blood, a lady 
to the finger-tips. She is literary and aesthetic 
in her tastes, fond of the arts, often lending 
her talents on special occasions in bright, 
original papers. For many years she has 
been a successful teacher, and an enthusiastic 

270 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

churcli worker, thorouglily alive to mission 
work, aiul is a member of many church organi- 

"She is full of patriotism, and is an anx- 
ious, sincere worker in all that peitains to 
the Confederate Cause. By her zeal and in- 
telligence she has been made life Historian 
of the 'Semmes' Chapter, U. D. C.,' of which 
she is a member. 

"She is also an active, useful member of 
the 'Daughters of the American Revolution,' 
and is eligible to become a 'Daughter of the 
Crown' whenever she wishes to join. 

"She is a devoted and loyal member of the 
Presl)yterian Church at Auburn, Ala., where 
slic was reared and educated." 

On TiiK Occasion of Unveiling a Monument to the 
Skjnkhs of the ]Sh:cKLENnrRo Declaration of 


From my home in the fai-awny Southland, 

At their eordial bidding I went, 

To honor the memory of these brave men, 

From wliom I claim proud descent. 

On the twentieth of May, eighteen and ninety-eight, 

To the unveiling of a handsome monument, 

Krceted to the brave HigiuTH of a decree, 

That gave to u« our gloriouH lilKMty: 

After a century and almont a quarter gone, 

' The writer went as a delegate from the Light Horse 
Harry Ivoc Chapter, D, A. K., at Auburn, Ala., to the 
Convontiun at t'hariotlo, N. t\, May 20, IHliH. 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 271 

In qiuiint, historic Charlotte-town. 

'Twas a grand and national affair, 

And enthusiastic thousands gathered there, 

This great event with pomp to celebrate, 

And this brave deed to perpetuate, 

Tliat it may forever live in history. 

The boat of drums, the fife's loud cry 

Tlirobbcd joyously in tiie soft May breeze, 

As happy groups went hurrying by; 

'Xeath sunl>eams shimmering tluough the trees. 

The si>onsor maidens in white array 

Were lovely in their garments light. 

While over all, this glorious day, 

Floated our (lags of colors bright. 

Proud North Carolina nobly led the van 

To break the cruel tyrant's yoke, 

Tiiesc patriots met to talk and plan, 

Ijcd by the gallant Colonel Polk. 

Pledging their fortunes and their lives. 

This galling yoke to rend in twain. 

And open freedom's gate so wide 

That the whole nation could come in, 

And loudly sweet, liberty proclaim. 

Of these brave men, none worked more hard 

Than the five Alexanders and IJrevard, 

While Harris, Phifer, Kennon, IJarry, 

Patton, Ford, Irwin, Avery, 

lialch, Flenikin, Morrison, 

Downs, Graham, Davidson. 

With quill did each one sign his name, 

And thereby fan the patriot llamc 

That burned and bla/.ed throughout the land, 

Till tlie whole State— ho goes the story — 

Crowned Charlotte-town with matchless glory. 

1 shall feel proud 'til life shall cease 

Of my grout grnndsiro. David U(H)i«o. 


Wlio Hi^iu'd tliin fiiniouM l)(M'ianition, 

To lift the yoke olF thin pioiid nation. 

In Clmilotte-town with zeal so blest, 

Dubbed by Coriiwallis, "The Hornet's Nest" 

Of the rebellion that gave renown, 

And freedom from the Hritish Crown. 

Can I forget this grand event? 

Ah, never, never, never! 

"Then, hurrah! hurrah! 

For the old North State forever." 

Mary E. Reese. 

Auburn, Ala., Oct. 3, 1808. 

D G. Carolina Alahama Ro(\^c died unmarried. 
She graduated at Auburn Female ('oUege, and de- 
voted the greater part of her life to teaching. She 
taught at West Point, Ga., for fifteen years or 
more, and was considered the most popular teacher 
in the county. 

Her health failing, she had to give up her chosen 
profession, and seek a warmer climate for throat 
trouble. She was a faithful, ccmscientious teacher, 
and taught with eminent success and satisfaction. 
She was greatly beloved by her pupils, and will 
ever live in their memories. She possessed a rare 
magnetism for children, and they at once realized 
that in her they had a friend and advocate. She 
often said that she preferred the society of chil- 
dren to grown people, and rarely tired of enter- 
taining them and contributing to their happiness. 
She was a woman of varied and extensive informa- 
tion, social and companionable, unselfish, kind- 

Gi:ni:alo<)y of tjik 1^:k8K Family. 273 

hearted, cluiritablo, and loyal to her friends, wliich 
were legion. She was not brilliant, but strong, a 
great reader, a fine historian, and a woman who 
was loved and prized for her good works and ster- 
ling qualities of character. She was a modest 
Christian, but never united with the church. She 
died February 10, 11)03, and sleeps in the pure 

white sand at Sanford, Fla. ' . 


In Mkmoriam. 

"At the home of Mr. (J. K. broft, in San- 
ford, Fla., on February 10, 1903, Miss Carrie 
A. Keese entered into that everlasting rest 
that remains for the people of God. 

"Xo ix?n can do justice to the life of this 
saintly woman. Hers was one of those rare 
characters which seem to blossom into beautv. 
Christian grace and purity with each added 
grief and burden. 

"Iler personality impressed itself upon all 
•'/ who came within the sound of her voice, in- 
spiring to noble efforts and a higher life. 
For many years she was a patient invalid, yet 
her cheerfulness was unfailing. Xo one ever 
heard her murmur. Her life was a grand 
sermon to those who came in touch with her, 
and her very presence a lK?nediction. 

"There was no trace of selfishness in her 
whole nature, her everv thoufrht, her everv 
anxiety was for others. For fourteen years a 
teacher in West Point, Ga., her Christian in- 


274 Genealogy of the Keese Family. 

fluonce in tlic licarts of her many pupils is a 
glorious monument to her memory. 

"She was perfectly reconciled to her Fa- 
ther's will and gladly awaited his summons 
there, Svhere nil parting pain and care and 
death and time shall disa])])oar/ 

"A beautiful life, a beautiful death, a beau- 
tiful entrance into peace and rest. 

"One Who Loved Her." 

D 7. ^largaret Miriam ^lays l?eese, married, 
first, Prof. P^dward (^uin Thornton, of the Ala- 
l)ama Polytechnic Institute, at Auburn, Ala., ^lay 
K;, 1878, by l?ev. G. K. Foster, of the Presbyterian 

In five days after her marriage, Prof. Thornton 
died, and left five children by a former marriage. 

^laggie, as she is best known, adopted the second 
daughter, Mary B. Thornton, reared and educated 
her, and kept her, until her marriage to Mr. Brad- 
ford Ilardie. 

The other children were taken bv relatives, and, 
though separated from their step-mother, she ex- 
erted a fine influence over them, and they love her 

In October, 1889, she married again ^Ir. G. W. 
Barnett, a widower, with four children, by Bev. 
Mr. Burkhead, of the Presb^ierian Church. 

Having no children of her own, she has done, 
and is still doing, a noble work in training her 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 275 

She is very intense in her nature, and profound 
in Ikt religious feelings, and her Christian life is 
full of virtue, moral grandeur, and self-sacrificing 

Her faith is more than "a grain of mustard 
seed," and, like Cornelia of old, "her home is al- 
ways oj)en, and her tchle ever ready for purposes 
of hospitality." 

Like her mother, she a))ounds in henevolence, 
and is active in dispensing charity to the poor and 
needy. Hers is one of those fine natures that can- 
not he corrupted ; her dignified demeanor and 
natural serenity of temper makes its impress for 
good upon all with whom she is associat«Hl. She 
prefers to shine with the real light of trusting love 
within the precincts of her home rather than in 
the unsatisf actor)', vain light of the social world. 
In her home, as was in her fathers, there is a 
sacred family altar, and during her hushand's ab- 
sence, she conducts the family worship. 

She spends much of her time in church work 
and dispensing charity. Her womanly grace, her 
cordial, pleasing manners draw around her a large 
circle of friends and admirers, and the heart of her 
most excellent husband "doth safely trust in her." 
She, with her husband and children, are active 
members of the Central Presbjierian Church, at 
Montgomer\% Ala. 

Mr. G. W. Barnett is a hardware merchant of 
^lontgomery, Ala. He is a most excellent, pious 

27G Gkxkalogy of tiik Mevmi: Family. 

nmn, a Deacon in the Presbyterian Churcli. He 
is a successful business man, scrupulously honest, 
aiid upright in all his dealings, princely in his hos- 
I)itality, and generous to a fault. 

He is thoroughly alive to all good works, and his 
charity is boundless. He is a sincere friend, and 
esj)ecially kind to women, conse(iuently greatly 
beloved. As a man and a citizen, he is most highly 
respected and esteemed. He is alTectionate and 
loving in bin nature, n devoted buHlMind and father, 
iihd lonkr« well to the wiiyn nf ]\\h hoiirteliold, Jtu 
U inily oii(t nf NiihireV iMiblemeii, 

IM'of. Mdwanl (^lin Tbonilon. llu* (Irnt luiHlumd 
of Maggi(» WiH'Me, wan a native Georgian, but wa8 
reared and educated in Alabama. 

He graduated at the State University, and after- 
ward continued his studies at the European Uni- 
versities, where he took the highest honors. Upon 
his return to America, he was elected Professor of 
Science and Modern Languages at Howard College, 
where he was engaged at the breaking out of the 

In 18^1, he enlisted in the First Alabama Regi- 
ment at Pensacola about the time of the attack 
upon Fort Sumter. He served continuously in the 
army until his surrender at Benton Valley, 

After the war, he returned to his professorship 
at Howard College, Marion, Ala., where he was 
engaged at the time of his election to a professor- 

Genealogy of the Keese Family. 277 

ship in the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical 
College, at Auburn, which he was filling at the 
time of his death, lie was a man of versatile 
genius and fastidious culture. His preeminent 
good nature was the keystone to many undying 
friendships he enjoyed, friendships like the rich 
odors of a rose-distilling vase, will cling forever 
round his memory deathless. 

"A pure, unHullied life in tlio beautiful 
rpcdi'd (»!' IiIh ciinu'r," 

"Tbii worhl U iuilUu' for bin having lived^^ 
and wu ebalb'iigu it to name u niiigle fault of 
liiM wliieh will balance the least of his graces." 

"A great and noble gentleman has dei)arted, 
and so long as a vestige of goodness remains 
within them there are hearts that will warm 
at tlie name of Tliornton, hearts that will ever 
cherish for him a holy remembrance." * 

The following lines are inscril)ed to Prof. E. Q. 
Thornton, of the A. and M. College, of Alabama: 

" The month of May has come and gone, 
Tlie last of Hwcct, sweet spring; 
She gave uh sliowers and blooming Howerii, 
That cauneU our heartn to sing. 
We Haw her como as oft before, 
With perfume-laden breath; 
We little dreamed her smiling face 
Had brought with her pale death. 

' Items copied from Alabama papers. 

278 Gexealooy of the Reese Family. 

" Our Thornton .saw her glad young face, 

As he had oft before, 
And little thought before she'd leave 

He'd quit this earth's bleak shore. 
The birds sing o'er his grave this day. 

As seated on the spray, 
The breath of flowers is on the gale, 

lUit Thornton's 'ncath the clay." 

C 9. Edwin JJcose, the sevontli sou of George 
and Anna Story JJeese, was born at Pendleton, 
S. C, July 17, 1804. lie was a delicate lad, highly 
nervous and exeitahle. Jlis mother said of liini, 
"Kdwin was her handsome boy, with his spirituelle 
countenance, dark blue eyes, soft black hair, and 
fair, delicate skin." He was never fond of his 
books, but loved out-door sports, as hunting, fish- 
ing, boating and horseback riding, and excelled in 
all of these sports. His parents thinking to make 
him robust and strong, allowed him to indulge in 
these sports to the great detriment of his health. 
He was especially fond of the chase, and mounted 
on a fleet horse, was ever in advance of the hunters 
when on a fox-hunt. 

Instead of growing robust and strong from this 
exercise, the constant exposure developed, in early 
life, rheumatism, from which he was a life-long 
sulferer. lie was gentlemanly in his bearing, and 
with his high-toned feeling. Christian piety, and 
open-hearted generosity and benevolence, won the 
esteem of all. 

Possessed of a handsome person, a pleasant ad- 
dress, frank, cordial manners, and full of public 

Gknealooy ok the Heese Family. 279 

spirit, and was scrupulously honest in fulfilling 
pecuniary obligations. 

The boundless hospitality of his home made him 
many friends. lie was a man of genuine sympathy 
to all distressed humanity. He was an indus- 
trious, business man of sterling worth, and his 
virtues were of the Sj)artan type. 

He was trained a merchant bv his brother-in- 
law, ]\Ir. David Cherry, a i)rominent merchant at 
I'endletou, S. C, with whom he lived for many 
years. On the 13th of ^lay, 18IU, he married 
Sarah Ann Lewis, and several years after, he re- 
moved to Alabama, where he turned his attention 
to farming. 

About this time he became such a constant suf- 
ferer with rheumatism and neuralgia, he sought 
relief from the finest phvsicians in manv of the 
large cities. After trying all sorts of remedies to 
no purpose, the physicians eventually put him 
on morj)hine, and very naturally he soon became 
addicted to the habit, and continued its use as 
long as he lived. He must have used it for forty 
years or more, yet, strange to say, lie never became 
stu])id or Hleej)y looking. His mind was ever 
bright and active, and when free from ])ain, he 
was perfectly com])etent to transact his business 
in every minor detail. He was considered one of 
the neatest and most systematic farmers in the 
country. In connection with his farm he owned 
valuable lime-kilns, and for a number of years 
supplied the markets of the State with Chewaklec 

280 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

liino, and from wliicli he realized a small fortune. 

The use of morphine for so many years required 
a small fortune to purchase it, for it ^vas very ex- 
pensive, and durin«^ tlie war it was enormously 
hi<;h, and he experienced <;reat trouhle in procur- 
ing it. 

Jle was an exenjplary Cliristian, a great stickler 
for keeping the Sal)bat]i day. His family disci- 
pline was very rigid; he brought his cliildren up 
on the Shorter Catechism and around the family 
altar. ^lost of his children and grandchildren 
are meml)ers of the l'rcsl)yterian Church, and ac- 
tive workers in that church. 

^Fr. JJeesc was most humane and just to his 
slaves, who regarded him with great admiration 
and love. 'J'he writer recalls, among the ])leasantest 
events of her childliood, visits to tlie old phmtation 
on occasions of P'ourth of July harhecues and corn- 
sliuckings, when tliere would he feasting and merri- 
nuMit in the highest degree, and the slaves would 
show their love for their owners in many novel 
ways. These slaves received religious training in 
the home, around the family altar, and in attend- 
ance upon i)uhlic worship. They were never per- 
mitted to cook on the Sahhath, excei)t the morning 
meal. Saturday was set apart to prepare for Sun- 
day, which was indeed a day of rest and religious 

The black ^[ammy, whom the children loved and 
venerated almost as much as they did their parents, 
w*as a veritable sable queen of the realm, over 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 281 

Avliicli slio exorcised the gentlest and most patient 

During the Civil War these faithful slaves 
proved their loyalty and friendship hy protecting 
onr i)roperty as far as tliey could from the vandal- 
ism of the Northern soldiers while marching 
through our Southland. They stood liravely by 
their owners during the dark days of reconstruc- 
tion, and the writer can justly say of her own 
family slaves, their faithfidness and kindness was 
unj>recedented, and they were true to their master 
and mistress as long as they lived, and since their 
freedom they have shown the greatest kindness to 
their former owners. 

In HSnO he built the Presbyterian Church at 
Auburn, with some assistance from his mother and 
brotliers. His mother gave the Bible and the com- 
munion service. She also gave communion ser- 
vices to the Presbyterian Churches at Lafayette, 
Ala., and West Point. Ca., as well as assisting in 
the building. This is told as a fitting memorial 
of her. For manv years he was a Puling Elder in 
the church at Auburn, where his children united 
with the church and were baptized. 

In politics he was an intense Democrat. He had 
seven brothers, and they were divided in nothing 
save ])olitics. Several of them were Wings and 
Union men. These brothers had annual family 
reunions, and it was delightful to be with them on 
these happy occasions, and listen to their instruc- 
tive talks. 

2S2 Gknealooy of thk Ri:i:se Family. 

Thev were alFrctionnto brotluTs, and nuido it a 
point nrvor to discuss politics wlicn together for 
fear of creatin*? liard feelings. 

lie came of a long-life family, and although the 
invalid in the family, and was often expected to 
die, yet, strange to say, he outlived them all — was 
the last one to go. After a long, useful life, ho 
died Decemher 5, 1877, and sleeps beside his wife 
in the cemetery at Auburn. 

Instead of monuments erected over their graves, 
their children put a beautiful and suitable memo- 
rial window in the Presbvterian Church as a me- 
morial to them and their good deeds, which live 
after them. 

Sarah Lewis Eeese was tlic youngest daughter of 
Col. Kichard and Sarah ^Filler Lewis, grand- 
daughter of General ^liller, of Hevolutionary fame. 
She was educated at dreenville, S. C, and at the 
famous old ]\lor»ivlan School at Salem, X. C. She 
married Kdwin ItecHo at her home, Fort Salvadore, 
which adjoined the Fort llill estate, the liomo of 
the Calhouns. The wedding was celebrated in a 
style becoming the station in which she moved. 
Her dress was of white thread cambric, which at 
that time cost five dollars per yard, and was trim- 
med in genuine thread lace and insertion, and was 
made bv a fashionable dressmaker of Charleston, 
S. C. Her slippers were of white satin, with very 
pointed toes and high heels, and her veil was 
handflomcly embroidered. These articles of ap- 
parel are still in the possession of her children. 

Genealogy of the Keese Family. 283 

Her husband wore a liandsoine suit of broad- 
cloth made by Jolin Wanamaker, of Philadelphia. 
This celebrated old firm furnished the wedding 
suits of the ei;i:ht Keese brothers. This is told as a 
remarkable fact. 

^Irs. IJeese was a most estimable Christian 
woman. Iler h()sj)itality was really unlimited, and 
tlie stran<rer and the poor were ever welcome. Her 
charity and kindness were as well known as lier 
hospitality; her <;ood deeds were done in a simple, 
unostentatious manner, and she was truly called 
good, gentle, and true, and possessed all the traits 
that give loveliness to female character. 

During the war she did much for the soldiers 
in the iield in supplying them with food and cloth- 
ing, and it did not end here. This patriotic and 
self-sacrificini' woman <jave two sons — all she had 
— to fight for freedom. She visited the hospitals 
eonstantlv, and tenderlv nursed the sick and 
wounded soldiers. Oftentimes she had them car- 
ried to her home, and cared for them until they 

She with her husband settled in Auburn when 
it was about eight vears old, and thev contributed 
much to the advancement and growth of the town. 
A singular fact is told of them: this family were 
for years the only Presbvterians and South Caro- 
linians in the town, and were looked upon as quite 
uncommon, rather a curiosity. 

As a family they were public-spirited, their 


wnnn syiiipntliy with all roli^^nous and educational 
iiiov(.'nH'ntH, their steadfast and liheral interest in 
schools and colleges made them prominent and 
excellent citizens, i'hey hoth died at their home 
in Auhurn, and sleep together in the cemetery 


"Died, at his residence, in Auhurn. Lee 
county, Ala., Deeemher 5, 1877, ^Mr. Kdwin 
Keese, in the seventy- fourth year of his age. 

"Mr. Keese was horn in old Pendleton Dis- 
trict, South Carolina, July 27, 1804. and was 
the last survivor of a family of eight brothers 
and three sisters. 

"He was a grandson of David Reese, who 
was one of the signers of the j\recklenl)urg 
Declaration of Independence, and, like his 
grandfather, a devoted and consistent member 
of the Presbyterian Church, with whicli he 
was connected as a member for a half century, 
and for manv years an Elder. 

"For the last thirty-five years of his life he 
was an intense sufferer from the most painful 
of all diseases, neuralgia. He bore his afflic- 
tion yyiih the true courage and manliness of a 
Christian, and has now entered a better world, 
where he will dwell forever with the chosen 
saints and live a life of eternity without pain 
or suffering. R, E. M." 

Gknealooy of the Reese Family, 285 

"OniTUAUY. . . 

"Died, at Aiil)iirn, Ala., on the 23(1 of j'anu- 
arv, 18G5, Mrs. Sarali A. Keesc, wife of ^Ir. 
Edwin I?eese, in the fifty-sixth }'ear of her 

"One of tlie most honored and heloved 
hidies of tlie conmiiinitv was suddenly called 
to a higher home: a community that respected 
and loved her for her manv virtues, and manv 
are those who will lon;j^ rememher her tender 
care and nnrsinjj around the sick-hed, and the 
manv charities which were distrihutcd from 
her open hand, with a heart always warm 
*'' with a nohle "fcnerositv. 

"No one was more devotedly pious, meek 
and jrentle, pursuin^r, with a steady puri)ose, 
those Christian duties, and with that ahidin«r 
faith in her Saviour, in whom she put such a 
trust that death, when it did come, had no 
terrors or stings for her. 

"As a wife and mother she Mas all in all to 
her afllicted hushand and devoted children, 
and richly did she deserve that warm regard 
and outgnshing affection which was ever, 
uppermost in the hearts of those who could 
best appreciate the softness and tenderness, 
which makes the wife and mother almost an 
idol. Sad indeed must be the feelings of him 
who was 60 Ion? her companion, and bitter 
the grief and lasting the sorrow of her chil- 


286 Genealogy of the Keese Family. 

dron, wlio are no more to be recipient? of that 
pure devotion and ardent love whicli she 
clierished for tliem. 

"But lier example may well be a fruide for 
them, and if a mother's })rayers are heard in 
heaven, there will be a haj)})y reunion in the 
eternal future which will no more be broken, 
clouded or saddened by death. 

" *The I.ord ^aive and the Lord hath taken 
• away, blessed be the name of the Lord.' 

"F. ]\I. K." 

Edward C. ^Mead says of the Lewis family: 

"Lewis! How the name thrills the heart 
with i)atriotic emotions ! What scenes of 
valor and deeds of daring does it recall, as 
like a brilliant picture it speaks of the heroes 
of the past. 

"Xext to that of Washington, there is no 
name which stands forth more prominently 
upon the page of Virginia history than that of 

"Even from the first settlement of the in- 
fant colony we have General Kobcrt Lewis, 
who landed on the shores of A^irginia in IGOO; 
then Colonel John Lewis, of Ilis ^[ajcsty's 
Council, after whom came General Andrew 
Ijewis, the bold, frontier warrior, whose noble 
statue stands close to that of Washington at 
Richmond, Va. ; and then Robert Lewis, the 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 287 

intimate friend and secretary of Washin/^ton, 
and Colonel Fielding Lewis, who married Bet- 
tie Was]iin<rton, the sister of General Wash- 
in<rton, and ]\Ieriwether Lewis, the explorer of 
the West, and many others of the name, who 
have graced our legislative halls, even to the 
jjresent day: all attest the fact that the name 
Lewis is the svmhol for all that is noble, brave 
and chivalrous. 

"Castalia was the name of the Lewis home. 
General ]^)l)ert Lewis, the first of the family, 
was the son of Sir Edward Lewis, of Brecon, 
Wales, and said to be descended from the Earl 
of Dorset. 

"This first Robert Lewis received a grant 
from the Crown for thirtv-thrce thousand 
three hundred and thirty-three and one-third 
acres of land in Gloucester county, Va., where 
he first located, and built his celebrated man- 
sion, *Warner Hall,' descriptions of which 
sound more like the baronial castles of Enir- 
land than the primitive dwellings of the col- 

"It is here that he lived in such regal style, 
all the furnishings of the house, even the 
luxuries of the table, were wafted up the York 
River from across the Atlantic, that he might 
keep up the princely living as of the landed 
gentry in the mother countrv'. 

'John Lewis, his eldest son, was sent to 


288 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

Kn^land to ha educated, and wliile there mar- 
ried Isalu'Ha KlizalK'tli Warner, a ^'reat lieirenn 
and ninter of the faniouH npeaker, AugUHtinc 
Warner, of Virginia. 

**'J'hiH John, tlie first, liad a won Jolin, the 
second, wlio married Eiizal)etli Warner, tlie 
youngest daughter of Speaker Augustine War- 
ner, and tlieir son Jolin, tlie third, nuirried 
Frances Fielding, and inlierited *Warner 
Ifall,' witli all of its silver plate, pictures and 

"John, tlic second, had a son, Kohcrt Lewis, 
who married Jane ^[eri wether, daughter of 
Colonel Nicholas ^[eri wether, who ohtaincd a 
large grant of land from the Crown. Tho 
famous explorer, Meriwether Lewis, was their 

"Sarah Lewis Kccsc claims descent from 
this distinguished family, being lineally de- 
scended from John T^ewiH, and her descend- 
ants through this line arc eligible to bo 
'Daughters of the American Revolution,' 
'Colonial Dames,' and 'Daughters of the 
Crown,' 'Sons of the Eevolution,' and to the 
'Order of the Cincinnati.'" 


C 10. Enthcr Ann Reese, youn^^est dauglitcr of 
Cieorge and Anna Story Reewe, was born at Pen- 
dleton, S. C, January 1, 1807. 

Slie was educated at the Pendleton Academy, at 
that day considered one of the finest schools in the 

Slie was said to be quite like lier brother Edwin 
in personal aj)pearance; of the Irish type of beauty, 
black hair, dark blue eyes, and very fair coui- 

She was a fine model of mild and courtly diij- 
nity, of a family and connections holding rank and 
olRces of trust and honor. Iler happy and much- 
caressed girlhood wa« ])aHsed in intercourse with 
persons of refinement and culture, tlie best i)eoplc 
of old ]\'ndleton. 

Tiike Pocahontas of old, "slie was full of hu- 
manity, tenderness, modesty, constancy and dis- 
interestedness." She was a dutiful daughter, a 
loving sister and of the household. She 
was especially found of her father, and devote<l 
herself to attending to his wants, reading to him, 
and writing for him. 

AMien sixteen years old her hand was sought in 
marriage by Mr. David Meriwether, a widower 

200 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

witli one cliiUl. Ilor parents ol)jecte(l on account 
of lier youth, and tried to persuade them to wait 
for two yeai'H, l)ut to no avail. They were nuirried 
nt lier liome, .January 11, IH'^.'K Siie only lived 
eight niontliH after her nuirriaf^e; died of ty[)hoid 
fever after a nhort illnenH, and in huried at the old 
Stone Chureh, where nhe wornhipped, and where 
many of her kindred nleep. She was a devoted 
Christian, and a meniher of the Presbyterian 
Churcli. The monument over her grave bears this 
inscription : 

Sacred to the memory of 




ON THE 11th day OF AUGUST, 1823, 

aged 10 years and 8 months. 

Erected dy her akfectionatk huhiiand, 

Davh) Meriwether, 

OF Oglethorpe, Oa. 

David ^Feriwethcr was noted for his liberality. 
It is said of him, on one occasion "he gave a barbe- 
cue to his slaves, and invited all the neighborliood, 
and on the center of the table stood an ox roasted 
whole." He was fond of entertaining his frienda 
and giving them the best the country afTordcd. 

He was a devoted husband, a kind neighbor, and 

Genealogy or the Reese Family. 291 

a popular man. It in told of him that occasionally 
lie would indul^a- too freely in hin cui)h. 

lie wan a lineal deneendant of old Xieholan 
Meriwether, of S'lr^iiHa. Jlin ninter, Mary (Jainerf 
Meriwether, married hin wifif'n brother. Dr. David, 
A. HvvHV, of Janper county, (Jji. 

They were the chihlren of Col. Thoman Meri- 
wether and hin wife, Jteheeca ^fathewH, and the 
grandchildren of (iovernor George Mathewn, of 
Georgia, formerly of Virginia. 

It 18 said that Governor ^lathews' wife was one 
of the two young ladies who saved the famous John 
Sevier from drowning in Virginia. He was after- 
ward the great East Tennessee pioneer, and there 
founded the State of Franklin. He took great 
pride in relating this incident of his grandmother. 


C 11. Alexander Ilaiiulen, the youngest son of 
Cieorge and Anna Story Keese, was born at Pendle- 
ton, 8. C, July 12, 1810. lie was educated at the 
Academy in Pendleton, and while still a young 
man was sent to Philadelphia to study inedicine. 
Here he spent several years, graduating in 1830. 

His mother spoke of him as "her spoiled, way- 
ward hoy," but the apple of her eye, the son of her 
old age. • 

Hi! was a successful physician, and did much 
charity practice. He was kind, just, liberal and 
public-si)irited. He did not bear malice, and was 
ever a friend to women. While not a handsome 
man, his bright, open countenance was a just 
index to his character. Energ}', firmness, boldness, 
honesty and common sense were his marked char- 
acteristics. Sometimes he would indulge too freely 
in his cups. Strange to say, he was the only one 
of the eight brothers who drank, yet he was not 
what would he termed a drunkard. 

In May, 1834, he married his cousin, Jane 
Cherrv, at Pendleton. A few vears later he re- 
moved to Alabama, and settled near West Point, 
Ga., where he built up a lucrative practice. 

He was a jovial, social man in his nature, and 

Genealogy of the Rekse Family. 293 

tlic people among whom he practiced esteemed him 
liighly. He had no children, but with his wife 
raised a niece of his wife, of whom they were 
devotedly fond. 

His tlioughtful kindness and loving attention 
to both ricli and poor rendered him quite popular. 
Every one in sorrow or trouble found in Dr. Reese 
a sympathizing friend. Some of his excellent pre- 
scriptions are still used by the families in which he 
practiced for so many years, and greatly prized. 

lie was a Democrat, and took mucli interest in 
politics. lie was a Surgeon in the Confederate 
war, and did good service in alleviating the suder- 
ings of the soldiers. 

He left the example of a just, upright, honest 
^man, a good neighbor, a loyal friend, an affection- 
^ ate son and husband. 

He died September 19, 18G8, and is buried be- 
' side his mother at Hopewell Cemetery, with a 
i monument bearing this inscription : 

i Sacred to the memory of 

1 Dr. a. H. REESE. 

Born July 12th, 1810. 
Died September 19th, 1868. 


" We speak of the service of love, 

Of the robes which the glorified wear; 
Of the church of the first-born above; 
But what must it be to b^ there V' 

294 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

Jane Cherry I\ccse, wife of Dr. A. 11. Reese, was 
a woman who possessed many nol)le (iiialities of 
mind and heart, quiet and unassuming in her 
manners, her virtues shone hri^ijhtest, and were 
more appreciated in tlie family cirele and among 
her rehitives. Tliose who knew her best loved her 
most. She had no children of her own, but raised 
a niece, the only child of her eldest brother, Robert 
Cherry, with whom f<lie lived until her death. She 
was a public-spirited woman, and took much in- 
terest in the growth and improvement of the town, 
the church and the school, and took part in all 
charitable work. I 

She made no effort at display, but was blessed 
with a good share of practical common sense. 

She with her sister, Marv Cherrv ^[cKinley, bv 
tlicir untiring energy and afTectionate interest, took \ 
cnro of Hopewell Cemetery, where so many of tlic \ 
Reese family sleep. It was a labor of love bestowed ; 
by these two excellent women upon their dead \ 
friends. Tliey tended it with loving care, and • 
kept it in nice repair so long as they lived. After \ 
their death, no special one has taken up the bur- 
den, and it is a sadly neglected spot. 

Sad to say, neither of these good women, who ' 
were so attached to this sacred spot, arc sleeping ^^ 
here; for excellent reasons they arc buried else- I 
where. I 

She lived many years after her husband^s death, 
and led a long and useful life. 


Genealogy of the Reese Family. 295 

The writer knows no liighcr praise to give her 
than tliis : "She was a true woman, a loyal friend, 
and an Imnible Christian/^ 


"xVt the home of ^Ir. George Croft, in 
Lanett, Ala., October 15th. Mrs. Jane Reese 
entered into that everlasting rest that remains 
for the peoj)le of God. Thus another tie that 
binds the past to the present is broken. 

"Mrs. Reese was one of the earliest settlers 
of West Point, and, with eager interest, she 
had watched its progress from its infancy. 

"Her maiden name was Jane Cherry, and 
she was l)orn in Pendleton, S. C, April 14, 
1817. She married Dr. Ilamden Reese, and 
in her early married life came to West Point 
when its inhabitants could be easily numbered. 
Here her simple life of seventy-seven years 
was spent without ostentation, and in doing 
what she could for those around her. 

"From her grandfather. Rev. Dr. Thomas 
Reese, a distinguished Presbyterian minister, 
she inherited a strong love of that church and 
its doctrines. She was one of three women 
who originated, and, by their personal influ- 
ence, built the Presbyterian Church of this 

"She was singularly true in every relation 
of life; her fidelity to her friends never 

296 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

wavered under the most adverse circum- 
stances. Truth, constancy, sympathy and a 
firm adherence to religious principles were her 
leading characteristics. 

"Her last days were made happy hy the love 
and tenderest attentions of those she cher- 
ished most. A FaiEND." 


chaptp:r XX. 

'^'^ The Kcesc family were reared and educated at 
Historic old rendletoii, a town where the people 
possessed wealth, learning, culture and religion. 
Here the hest and hrainiest men in the old Tal- 
metto State lived. Such men as Calhoun, Iluger, 
Davis, Pinckney, Hayne, Earle, Lewis, Pickens, 
Reese, Anderson, Barnard E. Bee, and Joseph E. 
Brown, A^an Shanklin, Benson, Blassengame, 
Sloan and others. 

One of the first female high schools in the South 
was established here and taught by Misses Bates 
and Billings from Vermont. Besides the usual 
routine of study, the pupils were taught French, 
dancing, and good manners. This old Academy 
turned out some of the finest women in the land. 
Our mothers and aunts, of whom we arc justly 
proud, were partially trained at this excellent 

One of the first military academies where the 
boys drilled daily and wore gray uniforms and 
brass buttons was located at old Pendleton. The 
Pendleton Farmers' Society, the first organization 
of its kind in our Southland, was organized by the 
planters of this section, and kept up by them as 
long as they lived. 

298 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

It was thouglit by many tliat the Junius letters, 
so famous in tlieir day, were written by Jolin 
Miller, a King's printer in London, and who, it 
was said, fled from England on account of some 
political trouble, and settled in Pendleton, and 
founded the Pendhton Messenger. 

In a newspaper article by John B. Benson, he 
save : 

"About the beginning of the present cen- 
tury, there came a man, a refugee from Eng- 
land, to old Pendleton, w^ho brought with him 
a lot of type and printing material that had 
been used in London in publishing the cele- 
brated Junius letters, and this man, John C. 
^liller, had been driven out of England on 
account of his connection with the printing of 
these letters. 

"It is said that 'Junius' was the signature 
of an English political writer, the author of 
the letters which appeared in the London 
Public Advertiser between January 21, 17GD, 
and January 21, 1772. Henry Woodfall was 
the publisher of the Public Adrertiser, and 
every means were used to induce him to 
divulge who Junius was, but without success. 

"Wlio the person was, who thus foiled the 
scrutiny of his age, has been the subject of 
more than one hundred volumes and pam- 
phlets. Efforts have been made at different 
times to identify him with no less than forty 

Genealogy of the Reese Family. 299 

eniinont Englishmen and Irisluneu, and wliih; 
it may be i)ut down as supported by the best 
evidence that the author was Sir Phillip 
Francis, still it has not yet been demonstrated 
beyond a doubt, and to-day the question, 'Who 
was Junius?' remains unanswered." 

Havcrline Tompkins, in a newspaper article, 
thus speaks of historic old Pendleton : 


'Stories of the distiint past are ever fasci- 
nating, especially now that our traditions and 
stories are fast being buried under the dust 
and cobwebs of unheeded time; these stories 
possess the added charm of resurrected 

"South Carolina is a rich treasure-house, 
and the mountain counties keep many of the 
choicest gems half locked in the memories of 
her elder children. One of these store-houses 
of olden davs is the old Stone Church, near 
Seneca. Old, darkened bv the storms and the 
summer suns of a century, it stands a monu- 
ment of the past, rich in history and asso- 

"Here are the graves of the Tjcwises, whose 
descendants are among the flower of the State. 
Young Richard I^ewis, brave and eager, met' 
his death in arresting a deserter in the Conti- 
nental Army. Xear him sleeps General An- 

300 Grxealooy of the Reese Family. 

drew Pickens, tlian whom South Carolina 
claims no braver, truer man. 

"Rev. Dr. Thomas Reese, the first pastor of 
the church, was removed in 1790 from his 
first burying-place, and now lies near the 
church he served so faithfully. 

"Here the Cherrys, the Doyles, the Living- 
stons and Whitners find a last-long home." 


B 8. Mary Joanna Reose, daughter of David 
and Susan Polk liecse, was born at Cliarlottc, N. C. 
1754; married Kobert Harris, a descendant of 
Eichard Harris, one of the famous patriots of tlic 
day. Issue : 

C 1. Susan Polk Harris. 

C 2. Robert Harris. •• ' 

C 3. James Ta^cr Harris. 

C 4. Thomas Eecse Harris. 

C 5. Sidney Harris. 

The writer has been unable to trace this family 
any further. 

B 9. Solomon Trusten Reese, son of David and 
Susan Polk Reese, was born in ^lecklenburg 
county, N. C, in 1757; married Harriet Jack, of 
North Carolina, a sister of James Jack, who vol- 
unteered to carry the Mecklenburg Declaration of 
Independence to Congress, then assembled at Phil- 
adelphia, and rode the long distance on horseback. 

C 1. James Jack Reese. 

C 2. George Reese. 

C 3. Sr.san Reese. 

C 4. Harriet Reese. 

302 GnxEALooY of the Reksk Family. 

Thid fainily omi^Tati'd from Xortli Carolina to 
Tonnossir, aiu] nothing furtlRT is known of them. 

B 10. liiith Klizahoth IJooso, youngest child of 
David and Susan Polk lUvso, was horn in Mcx^k- 
lenhurg county, N. C, in 17G0; niarritxl ^Ir. 
Henry, of Virginia, who Wongcd to the same 
family that the celebrated Patrick Henrj' came 
from. Issue: 

C 1. Thomas Henry. 

C 2. Kuth Peese Henr}'. 

C 3. David Patrick Henrv. 

This family went to Virginia, and nothing fur- 
ther is known of them. 


Kccord of Illinois branch of the Reese family i 

They were originally Welsh, and sonic of the 
family spelled the name Reese, Recce and Rccs. 

A 1. Jesse Reese, horn in Wales; married and 
emigrated to America, and settled in I^ancaster, 
Ohio, where his five children were born : 

B 1. Thomas Reese. 

B 2, David Reese. 

}i 3. .John Reese. 

B 4. ]{eeHe, married John Smitli. 

B 5. Reese, mjirried Abner Ehrhart. 

Thomas ]?eese was thrice married; by first mar- 
riage he liad one child : 

C 1. William Reese. 

By second marriage one child : 

2. Reese, married Mr. Xorris. 

By third marriage, five children: 

C 3. Leroy I). Reese. 

C 4. Egbert C. Reese. 

C 5. Joseph A. Reese. 

C G. Seneca C. Reese. 

C 7. Jesse E. Reese. 

B 2. David Recce, emigrated from I^ondon, 
settled in Virginia, moved to Ohio, and later to 

304 Genealogy of the Reese Family. 


Illinois, where he died in 1855. He married and 
liad four sons: 

C 1. Dr. Keece, a noted i)liysician of the State; 
died in 181X). 

C 2. Alonzo X. Rcece, of Chicafi^o. 

C 3. J. N. IJeece, Adjutant-General of the State 
of Illinois. 

He was said to Ik? a eultivated man, and held a 
prominent position in Springfield, 111. Died in 
April, 1902. 

C 4. Reece, who died during the war. 

D 1. Jessie Reeoe, daughter of Alonzo N. Reece, 
of Chicago; married William Harvey Loper, of 
Chicago, III. 

Doubtless there are nuiny others bearing the 
name of Reese, who are entitled to a place in thiH 
family history, and who come down from the san.e 
Welsh ancestors, but the writer has been unable to 
gather any further infonnation. 

In conclusion, it may not be inappropriate for 
the writer to again express her appreciation of 
the kindness sliown her in the use of manuscripts 
from diftercnt persons already named; and to wish 
for all living persons whose names appear in this 
work that God^s richest blessings may rest upon 
and abide with them in their homes and lives. 





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