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From their Arrival in America 
to the Present Time. " 

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Whittet & Shepperson, Publishers and Printers. 


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Signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of 

Independence of North Carolina, 

May 20, 1775, 


By the Writer. 


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Description of the Coat-of-Arms. 

This coat of arms is quartered, combining the North 
and South Welsh house of Rhys! 

The upper right quarter : Blue, with silver cross and 
crescents, indicating they were religious people. Blue is 
symbolic of that fidelity and devotion to duty, always 
characteristic of the royal tribes of Wales. 

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

Cambrian history says: ''The Ravens rej(Hce when 
blood is hastening, when war doth 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 large landed estates. 

Lower 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. 

The two Latin mottoes: Spea mellaria aevi (''Hope 
for a better age.") Spea tutiaaima ceolia (''The safest 
hope is Heaven"). 

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

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'The thing that fimt moved me to take some paines 
in this studie, wiis the verie naturall affection which 
generally is ill all men to here of the worthiness of their 
ancestors, which they should be as desirous to imitate as 
delighted to understand/' — Camden. 

"The Holy Writ encourages the search for an Ances- 
tor, and a penalty is attached to those who find him not. 
Nehemiah vii. 64: 'These sought their register among 
those that were reckoned by genealogy, but it was not 
found; therefore were they, as polluted, put from the 
priesthood.' '' 

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There are manv reasons which 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 

Again, a natural desire to learn more about 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 faraway 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 work 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 

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8 Preface. 

of the family by the letters of the alphabet, thus : 
A, first generation ; B, second, etc. 

The writer wishes to express her sincere thanks 
to Mrs. C. McAdorj' for great assistance in genea- 
logical research; also, to Mr. G. P. Erwin, of 
Morganton, X. C, and to Mr. Bulow Erwin, of 
Asheville, X. C, for the use of MS. and family 
records, and to Mr. William R. Miller, of Rich- 
mond, Va. 

M. E. R. 

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MACAULAY says, "Wales was said to be 
reduced by Henry III., and more truly by 
Edward I. Although it was conquered, it was not 
looked upon as any part of the realm of England. 

"Its old Constitution was destroyed, and no good 
one substituted in its place. The care 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 
perpetual disorder, and kept the frontier of Eng- 
land in perpetual alarm; it was only known to 
England by incursions and invasions. The Eng- 
lish attempted to subdue the 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 offenders 
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. 

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"Our ancestors did, however, open their eyes to 
the ill husbandry of injustice. Accordingly, in the 
twenty-seventh .year of Henry VIII., the course 
was entirely altered; then the Welsh received the 
rights and privileges of English subjects, and eight 
years afterward a representation by counties and 
boroughs was bestowed upon Wales by act of Par- 
liament. From that moment, as by a charm, the 
tumults subsided, obedience was restored, peace, 
order and civilization followed in the train of lib- 
erty. When the daystar of the English Constitu- 
tion had arisen in their hearts, all was harmony 
within and without." 

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I) EESE originally came from the Welsh Khys, 
X and means to twist, to change, thus : Rhys, 
Rys, Rees, Reeoe, Reese. 

Cambrian history of the tenth century says that 
"the family of Rhys has for many generations en- 
joyed preeminent rank in the principality of Wales, 
and are second to none among the Cambrian fami- 
lies in territorial possessions and political influ- 

Mervyn Ap Rhodri Mawr, King of Powys, who 
died A. I>. 900, progenitor of the Kings of Powys, 
dispossessed Idwal Ap Menric of his hereditary 
throne of Xorth Wales. Grifl&th Ap Cynan, who, 
after several ineffectual attempts to reinstate him- 
self in his dominions, which had been usurped by 
Trahnem Ap Carodoc, formed an alliance in 1079 
with Rhys Ap Tewdor, Prince of North Wales, 
for the vindication of the rightful succession. The 
two princes met Trahnem on the Mountain of 
Camo, where an action ensued, which terminated 
in the defeat and death of the usurper and the 
restoration of Griffith 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 

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the cathedral at Bangor, having reigned fifty-seven 

This monarch married Angharad, daughter of 
Owen Ap Ednin Ap Rhys, Lord of Tegaingl, and 
had sons, viz.: (1) Owen, (2) Gwynedd, (3) Cad- 
walader, Ap GrflSth, Lord of Cardigan, who died 
in 1172, a distinguished participator in the events 
of his times. His son, Owen Gwynedd Ap Griffith, 
Prince of North Wales, a chivalrous and distin- 
guished monarch, who, after a popular reign of 
thirty-two years, died December, 1067, was twice 
married; first, to Gwladys, daughter of Llowarch 
Ap ThahsBm, Lord of Pembroke, and had son, 
lowerth Ap Drwyndon Ap Owen Gwynedd, who 
married Margaret, daughter of Madoc, Prince of 
Powys, who had son, Llewellyn Ap lowerth, sur- 
named the Great, who in 1194 demanded and ob- 
tained, without a struggle, his hereditary crown of 
North Wales from his uncle, Davydd Ap Owen 
Ap Rys Ap Gwynedd. 

After an eventful reign of fifty-six years, this 
monarch died in 1240, and was buried in the Abbev 
of Conway. His grandson, Llwellyn, the last 
native sovereign Prince of Wales who was recog- 
nized by the English monarch, was slain at Builth, 
in the Valley of the Wye, December 11, 1282. His 
son, Rodri Ap Owen, Lord 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, 

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married levan Ap Meridith, who owned the Castle 
of Gwydir, of the Gwydir family, from whom was 
descended Bodri Mawr, King of all Wales, who 
married Gwenllian, daughter of Rhys, Lord of 
South Wales, representative of the sovereign 
princes of South Wales, and their daughter, Jonet, 
married Ednyfed Vychan, Lord of BrynfEenigl, in 
Denbigland, a powerful noble of his time.^ 

Dafydd Rhys, son of Tewdor, King of South 
Wales, married Gwladys, daughter and heir of 
Rynwallon, son of Kynfyn, Prince of Powys. 

''Jonet, daughter and heir of Morgan Jenkin 
Ap Morgan Ap Rhys, of Llanvyruch, in ye countie 
of Brecknok. Ye said Morgan Ap Rhys died in 
his father's tim, and ye said Jonet, being an in- 
phant, did possess ye inheritance. 

"This pedigree is fully set forth by me, Tomas 
Johnes, at Foontan gate, ye 24'*' daye of March, 

Rhys of Tewdwor, King of South Wales, mar- 
ried Gladys, daughter and heir of Redwallon, 
Prince of Powis, and their son, Griffith Ap Rhys, 
Prince of South Wales, married Gwellaine, of ye 
daughter of Griffith Konan, King of North Wales, 
thus uniting the northern and southern branches 
of the house of Rhys. 

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

* See Burk's Landed Oentry. 

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Sir Griffith Rhys, knight, was beheaded by 
Henry VIII., on a charge of constructive treason, 
from fear of his wealth and power. Such was the 
irresistible weight of Rhys' influence from Llan- 
dovey to Haverfordwest, that the landing of the 
Earle of Richmond was effected without oppo- 

"The countrie people flocked in crowds to his 
standard, notwithstanding a real attachment to 
Henry was suspected until he joined him at 
Shrewsberry. Sir Rhys entertained a great aver- 
sion to the French followers of the Earle, and pro- 
ceeded through his own estates in Carmerthenshire, 
collecting his forces, until he came to Brecknok. 
While waiting there for the men of Monmouth- 
shire, he planted the standard of Henry VIII. 
at the standell, afterward called "Standard 

He then marched northward, and joined the 
Earle of Richmond at Shewsberry.* 

The History of the Royal Tribes of Wales says 
of Lord Rhys "He was one of the bravest, most 
liberal, and most celebrated of the princes of South 
Wales. He 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 Rhvs of Dinevwar, and 
dwelt in the Castle of Dinevwar. 

* See PowelPs Camhrian History. 

* Woodward's History of Wales. 

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Pedigree of the Montgomeryshire Families, se- 
lected in 1699 by the celebrated Welsh poet and 
grammarian, John Rhydderch, now in possession 
of Sir Thomas Phillips, Baronet, at Middle Hill, 
Worcestershire, opens Tvith the family of Rhys, 
who were a younger branch of the great house of 

In 1171 Rhys, Prince of Wales, made peace with 
the English King, Henry. The King gave him 
a grant of Caredigion, Stratwyny, Amystti 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 
honorably filled. 

In 1175-6 Prince Rhys, by some master stroke 
of policy, on the feast of St. Paul and St. Peter, 
June 27th, took with him to Henry's court, at 
Gloucester, all the reguli of South WaJes, to do 
homage to the King and receive his pardon. These 
were all received into the King's peace. One royal 
exhortation upon the occasion is recorded: ''He 
bade them understand that if any 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 Rhys horn, was 
the horn of an ox, mounted with silver, and used 

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for drinking. Its size and color procured for it 
the epithet, "Long Blue." In the Vale of Maelor 
it was presented in verse, thus : 

"First fill thou, cupbearer that bringest joy. 
The horn for Rhys here in this generous hall. 
In Owen's hall wherever on the spoil of foes 
they feast. Wide open are the gates, the revel 
of a thousand thou ma/st hear." 

The celebrated Welsh poet, Rhydderch, thus de- 
scribes the Princess Gwendolyn, the wyf of Rhys. 

"More vellow was her head than the flower 
of the broom; her delicate skin was whiter 
than the foam of the sea waves; fairer were 
her hands and fingers 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 mother, a perfect type of the Welsh 

The twelfth centurj' is noted, in the history of 
Welsh literature, for its poet prince, Owain 
Kyvilliog, Prince of Powis, who wrote the Hirlas 

In Hearne's Collection of Curiotis Discourses 
are these funeral verses upon Lord Rhys, as pre- 
served bv Camden : 

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"Who can describe so great a hero, with his 
reed pipe ? How great was he himself, at one 
time to the citizens like Homer, at another 
like Achilles, brave against hostile troops, 
having avenged the Ancestors of his country 
for nearly sixty years* How many Armies 
routed? how many camps recovered? how 
many cities? The hope of his country, the 
pillar of peace, the light of the city and the 
world, the honor of his race, the glory of 
Arms, and the thunder-bolt of war: than 
whom none prior in peace, nor another braver 
in Arms. The noble diadem of the Cambrian 
honor, that is (Rhesus) Rhys 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 
measure in Sprightliness, in eloquence in 

During the military expedition which Henry II. 
made against South Wales, an old Welshman at 
Penoddnir, 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 

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measure weakened and destroyed, by you 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. !N'or 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 before the Supreme Judge 
answer for this comer of the earth."^ 

*See Hoar's Oiraldua. 

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THE family of Rhys, descended from the south 
house of Rhys, emigrated from Wales to 
England in 1599, and changed the spelling of the 
name to Rees. They were of Presbyterian faith, 
and were at the siege of Londonderry and the battle 
of the Boyne, in 1688. 

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

Sir Thomas Rees, son of Sir David, of South 
Wales, married Mawd, daughter of Sir William 
de Brewys, who was the great-grandson of Bellyt, 
some time Emperor of Great Britain. 

Sir David Ap Rees, son of Sir Thomas, married 
Gladys, daughter of Redwallon, Prince of Powis. 

Rev. David Ap Rees was pastor of a Presbyterian 
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 history is written. 

Welsh Pedigree of Rhys (Reese) is as follows, 
and found in Cambrian History, by Powell, 
Burke's Landed Gentry, Hoar's Giraldus, Wood- 
ward's History of Wales: 

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Welsh Pedigree of Rhys. 

1. Rhodri Mawr, King of all Wales, 876, had 

2. Cadell, Prince of South Wales, who had 

3. Howell, 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 

6. Tudor-Mawr, Prince of South Wales, who had 


7. Rhys Ap Tudor Mawr, Prince of South Wales, 
who had 

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

9. Rhys Ap Griffith, Chief Justice of South 
Wales, who had 

10. Rhys Gryd, Lord of Yestradtywy, who had 

11. Rhys Mechyllt, Lord of Llandovery Castles, 
who had 

12. Rhys Vaughn, of Yestradtywy, who had 

13. Rhys-Gloff, Lord of CymeydmsBn, who had 

14. Madoc Ap Rhys, Prince of Pbwys, who had 

15. Trahaim-Goch, of Llyn Graince and Peul- 
lech, who had 

16. David Goch, of PeuUech, who had 

17. Evan Ap David-Goch, of Graince and Peul- 
lech, from whom was descended — 

1. Conan, King of all Wales, had 

2. Princess Essylt, who married Merefynfrych, 
King of Anglessey, K. 845, had 

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

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Meirig Ap Dynwal, son of Arthur Ap Seissyllt, 
Prince of Cardigan^ King of Britain, had 

4. Cadell, Prince of South Wales, who married 
Lady Reingar, daughter of Tudor Trevor, Earl 
of Haverf ord, had 

5. Howell, d. d. a., King of all Wales, married 
Lady Jane, daughter of Earl of Cornwall, and had 

6. Owen, Prince of South Wales, married Lady 
Augharad, daughter of Llewellyn Ap Mervyn, 
Prince of Powys, and had 

7. Einion, eldest son k. v. p., who married Lady 
Nesta, daughter of Earl of Devonshire, who had 

8. Tudor Mawr, Prince of South Wales, married 
Gwenlian, daughter of Gwyr Ap Rhyddrch, Lord 
of Dyf et, and had 

9. Rhys Ap Tudor Mawr, Prince of South Wales, 
married Lady Gwladys, daughter of Rhiwallon, 
Prince of Powys, had 

10. Griffith Ap Rhys, Prince of South Wales, 
married Lady Gwenlain, daughter of Griffith Ap 
Cynan, Prince of North Wales, and had . 

11. Rhys Ap Griffith, Prince of South Wales. 
Lord Rhvs was Chief Justice of South Wales 1171, 
who married Lady Gwenlain, daughter of Madoc, 
Lord of Bromfield, and had 

12. Rhys Gryd, Lord of Yestradtywy, who had 

by his wife. Lady Joan, daughter of Richard de 

Clare, fourth Earl of Hertford, one of the twenty- 

five Magna Charta barons, also of royal descent, 

and his wife. Lady Anicia, second daughter of Wil- 

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liam, second Earl of Gloucester, and his wife, a 
daughter of Robert-Cossn de Bellomont, second 
Earl of Leicester, Lord Justice of England, a 
grandson of Hugh Magnus, son of Henry I., King 
of France, son of Robert the Consul. Earl of 
Mellent created 1109 Earl of Gloucester a natural 
son of Henry I., King of England. 

13. Rhys Mechyllt, died 1242, Lord of Llan- 
dovery Castle, father of 

14. Rhys- Vaughn, of Yestradtywy, who married 
Lady Gwladys, daughter of Griffith, Lord of Cym- 
cydmaen, and had 

15. Rhys-Gloff, Lord of Cymcydmaen, who mar- 
ried Lady Gwyril, daughter of Maclywn Ap Cad- 
wallader, and had 

16. Madoc Ap Rhys, who married Lady Tan- 
glwyst, daughter of Rhys Ap Einion, and had 

17. Trahaim-Goch, of Llyn Grainiance and Pen- 
lech, who married Lady Gwyrvyl, daughter of 
Madoc Ap Meirig, and had 

18. David Goch, of Penlech, 1314, who married 
Lady Mawd, daughter of David Lloyd and his wife. 
Lady Annie, daughter of Gwrgenen-y-Gwyn- 
Llylid, of Rhiwaedog Ap Madoc Ap Rhraid-flaidd 
(also of royal descent, Ap Cynveloe Ap Llewellyn, 
a natural son of David Rhys, Prince of Wales, and 
his wife. Lady Joan, a natural daughter of King 
John of England, and had 

19. levan Ap David-Goch, of Grainoc and Peul- 
lech, temp. 1352, who had by his wife, Lady Eva, 

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daughter of Einion Ap Celyimin, of Llwydiarth, 
in Montgomen'shire, a descendant of Bleddyn Ap 
Cynfyn, Prince of Wales, founder of one of the 
roval tribes of "Wales. 

1. Rhys Ap Teudor the Great, Prince of South 
Wales, had 

2. Rhvs, Prince of South Wales, died 1136, had 

3. Princess iN'esta, who married Gerald Fitz- 
Walter de Winsor, Lord of Moleford, Governor of 
Pembroke Castle and High Steward of Pembroken- 
shire, 1108, twelfth in descent from Griffith Ap 
Lleweley, of Cors-y-gedol, Sheriff of County 
Merioneth, who married Lady Efa, daughter of 
Madoc, of Cr}Tiierth, descended from Owain 
Brogj'ntyn, Lord of Edeirnion, youngest son of 
Madoc Ap Meridith, Prince of Powis, and had 
Rhys Ap levan, who married Gwenhwyvar, daugh- 
ter of Howell Vaughn, of Tronolen, and had levan 
Ap Rhys, married Louisa, daughter of Richard 
Bamville, and had Meredydd Ap levan Ap Rhys, 
of Gwydir Castle, in the Vale of Conwy Camaroon- 
shire, father of Lord Rhys, of Dinevwar Castle, 
who was a celebrated warrior, and from whom 
are descended the Rhys family 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 Griffith Konan, 
King of South Wales, whose daughter, Gwendolyn, 
married Sir Davj'dd Rhys, whose son. Sir Thomas 

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Bees, married Mawd, daughter of Sir William de 
Brewys, who was the great-grandson of Bellyt, 
some time Emperor of Great Britain. 

Sir David Ap Rees, son of Sir Thomas, married 
Gladys, daughter of Redwallon, Prince of Powis. 
Their son, Rev. David Ap Rees, was pastor of a 
Presbyterian congregation at Southwark. His son 
was pastor of a Presbyterian congregation at Car- 

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THIS family of Rees, on coming to America 
in 1700, added a final e to the name, spelling 
it Reese, 

There were several brothers and two sisters, who 
landed at New Castle, Delaware. Here they sepa- 
rated. Rev. David Reese and his two daughters, 
Ruth and Esther, went to Pennsylvania. One 
brother, Charles, remained in Delaware, where, 
after a few years, he died, and his family emi- 
grated to Pennsylvania. George, another brother, 
settled in Maryland, where he left a numerous 
progeny, but the writer has no information con- 
cerning them. Esther married a Scotchman, 
Mackay, a descendant of General Mackay, who had 
command of the army of Scotland at the battle 
of Killicrankie. Ruth, 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 manv times she took her 
patients into her home and nursed 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 Pennsvl- 
vania. At one time they visited their brother 
David, who had emigrated to Xorth Carolina. 

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They rode double on a big bay horse called Chester, 
all the long distance from Pennsylvania to I^orth 
Carolina. One would ride in the saddle awhile, 
and then the other, changing thus to rest each 
other. Ruth walked a good deal, and gathered 
roots and herbs, which she found in the woods. 
They carried their clothing in saddle-bags thrown 
across the saddle. It took them a long time to 
make the journey, such was the slow mode of 
travel at that period. When they reached their 
brother's home, thev found two of his little bovs 
quite ill with measles. Ruth 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 Xorth Carolina people, especially Ruth, who 
for her knowledge of medicine, and excellent nurs- 
ing, was held in high esteem, and considered a 
veiy wise woman." 

This is the only visit they ever made to North 
Carolina. They lived and died in Pennsylvania. 
Their brother David, son of Rev. David Reese, was 
bom at Brecknoc, 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. 

He was an elder of Sugar Creek Church, also in 
Poplar Tent Church, of which Rev. Hezekiah 
Balch was pastor. 

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

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lieese, have no stones to mark them, and can- 
not be pointed out/' 

''Men that represented this congregation in 
the Convention, their names will never pass 
from the records of history, 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. They ought to dwell upon the past 
to be prepared to act worthy of the present 
and future." * 

"Previous to the time of Rev. Mr. Balch 
there were three elders of Rocky River, 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 Reese. The latter gentleman was 
a member of the Mecklenburg Convention. 
To these were added in 1771, by choice of the 
church, James Barr, Robert Harris, James 
Alexander, George Alexander, and James P. 
Reese, son of David Reese." ^ 

David Reese was a signer of the famous Meck- 
lenburg Declaration of Independence, at Charlotte, 
X. C, May 20, 1775, and gave five sons to fight in 
the Revolutionary War. 

In 1737, he married Susan Polk, granddaughter 

* Foote's Sketches of North Carolina. 

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of Robert Polk, of Maryland. The Polks are of 
Scotch-Irish descent, the original name being Pol- 
lock. John Pollock, a gentleman of some estate in 
Lanarkshire, not far from the cathedral citv of 
Glasgow, during the troublous times in church and 
state, who was an uncompromising Presbyterian, 
left his native land to join a colony of Protestants 
in the north of Ireland. 

His son Robert was a true blue Presbyterian like 
his father; he served as a subaltern officer in the 
regiment of Col. Tasker in the Parliamentary 
Army against Charles I., and took an active part 
in the campaigns of Cromwell. He was the 
founder of the Polk family in America, and settled 
on the eastern shore of Maryland ; he married 
Magdalen Tasker, who was the widow of his friend 
and companion in arms, Col. Porter, and daughter 
of Col. Tasker, then Chancellor of Ireland, of 
Bloomfield Castle, on the river Dale. 

Pollock, by this marriage, acquired the estate 
of Moneen Hill, in the Barony of Ross, Donegal 
County, Ireland, of which his wife was heiress. 
Pier elder sister Barbara Tasker, married Capt. 
John Keys, an English soldier, and their descend- 
ants still own Bloomfield Castle. 

In 1689, Robert 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 

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his sons, and a homestead patented under the 
name of "Polk's Folly" still in possession of the 
famih'; it lies south of Fauquier Sound, opposite 
the mouths of Xanticoke and Wicomico Rivers. 
The old clock which was brought from Ireland by 
Robert Pollock still stands in the hall of the 
dwelling house, and his mahogany liquor case is 
still preserved among the family relics. Among 
the descendants of Robert Polk were Charles Polk, 
Governor of Delaware ; Trusten Polk, Governor of 
Missouri, and United States Senator; Col. 
Thomas Polk, of Revolutionary fame; and James 
Knox Polk, Speaker of the House of Representa- 
tives, and President of the United States. The 
first John Tasker of Maryland married Eleanor, 
daughter of Thomas Brooke. Issue: Thomas 
Tasker (1), married Clara, daughter of Major 
Nicholas Seawell, half-brother of Lord Baltimore. 
Benjamin Tasker (2), President of the Council and 
Governor of the Province of Maryland, married 
Annie, daughter of William Bladen. 

The Taskers and Bladens are descended from 
Henry I., King of France, and his wife, Anne of 
Russia, daughter of Jeroslans, Grand Duke of 
Russia, 1015. 

Magdalen Tasker was the great-granddaughter 
of Thomas Tasker, a freeman of Maryland, 1695, 
and Judge of Probate, 1098.^ 

* Browning's Americans of Royal Descent. Dwinn's Vis- 
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Susan Polk Beese comes down through this line. 
Gen. Ewell, of Confederate States Army, comes 
down through this line also. 

Susan Polk, the wife of David Reese, was line- 
ally descended from Robert Polk and Miss Gullett 
his wife of Maryland.* 

David Reese had in his possession many valuable 
books from his father's library. Rev. David Reese 
had what was considered a choice selection of books 
for that period. Some of these books were as fol- 
lows: A large family Bible brought from Wales. 
Watts' Psalms and Hymns. Shakespeare's Plays. 
Pope's Works. Youth's Sermons. Whole Duty of 
Man. Royal Fables. Paradise Lost and Regained. 
Ancient History. Plutarch's Lives. Religious 
Philosopher. Young's Xight Thoughts. Hewe/s 
Meditations. Looking Unto Jesus. Harwood's 
Testament. Humphrey Clinker. Ray's Wisdom 
of God. Cambrian History. Medical Works and 
miscellaneous reading. 

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

B 1. James Polk, bom 1739. 

B 2. Thomas, bom 1742. 

B 3. Catharine, bom 1744. 

B 4. David Tasker, bom 1746. 

B 5. Susan Polk, bom 1748. 

B 6. Charles GuUett, bom 1750. 

B 7. George, bom 1752. 

B 8. Mary Joanna, bom 1754. 

B 9. Solomon Trusten, bom 1757. 

B 10. Ruth Elizabeth, bom 1760. 

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

"On the 20th of May, 1775, David Reese, 
with the following gentlemen, Abraham Alex- 
ander, Chairman; John McKnitt Alexander, 
Secretary ; Ephraim Brevard, Hezekiah Balch, 
. John Phif er, James Harris, William Kennon, 
John Ford, Richard Barry, Henry Downs, 
Ezra Alexander, William Graham, John 
Queary, Hezekiah Alexander, Adam Alexan- 

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der, Charles Alexander, Zacheus Wilson, Sen., 
Waightstill Avery, Benj. Patton, Matthew 
McClure, Neil Morrisson, Robert Irwin, John 
Fletmiken, John Davidson, Richard Harris, 
Sen., Thomas Polk, formed the committee 
who went to Charlotte, X. C, and where the 
resolutions drawn up by Dr. Ephraim Brevard 
to declare themselves free from the British 
yoke of oppression were read to a large con- 
course of people assembled to witness the pro- 
ceedings of the committee. 

"There were six resolutions read and unani- 
mously adopted and signed by the above 
named gentlemen as delegates, and ever after- 
ward known as the famous 'Mecklenburg 
Declaration of Independence.' " ^ 

This meeting was held in the Court-house, which 
stood on Independence Square, the spot being now 
marked by an iron plate with a suitable inscrip- 
tion. The same plate also commemorates a battle 
fought, in the streets of the town, between a troop 
led by Comwallis and the Mecklenburg Militia, in 
September or October, 1780, of which event Lord 
Comwallis 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- 

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

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

It is told by historians that this old court-house 
where the Mecklenburg 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 twenty houses. 

During the war of the Revolution this wall was 
ronoved, and wooden piles 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. N'ow 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. Comwallis' 
headquarters were next to the southeast comer of 
the street from the court-hOuse, and was the resi- 
dence of Col. Thomas Polk, and was known as the 
"White House.*' 

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It is said that during the Revolutionary War, 
while the British were at Charlotte, that one of 
the British soldiers and one of the American sol- 
diers got into a quarrel, and the American soldier 
determined to kill the British soldier, and in order 
to do this, he got 'his sweetheart, a countrj"^ girl, to 
bring a basket of eggs and carry them over to 
where the British soldiers were quartered; and 
while there, this soldier came up and was bartering 
for the eggs with hi« hand in the basket; the 
American soldier, concealed behind a tree across 
the street, from a signal given by his sweetheart, 
when she drew away from the soldier as far as she 
could, her lover fired, and the soldier fell against 
the girl, knocking the eggs 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 moments. While thev were re- 
moving him, the girl made her escape, and joined 
her lover, who was waiting nearby, and they fled to 
the countrv. 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 early history. 

"The last will and testament of David Reese, 
Esq., 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 Reese and William Sharpe, 

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executors nominated in said will, who came into 

court and qualified. 

"David Allison, 
"Robert Wylie. 

"Frances McCaul, Guamashee, appears and 
sworn, that he owes the Deponent nothing. 

"Wednesday, Court met according to adjourn- 
ment, present the worshipful Justices, Abraham 
Alexander, Hezekiah Alexander, David Reese." 

"In the name of God, Amen. I, David 
Reese, of the county of Mecklenburg and 
State of Xorth Carolina, being of sound and 
disposing mind and memory, Do this 5th day 
of Februar}', in the year of our Lord, 1787, 
make and publish this my last will and Testa- 
ment in manner following, that is to say, 
after all my just debts are paid. 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 aU 
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 

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plantation, as also an entry or claim to and for 
a small size piece of land lying between and 
adjoining the said sixty acre tract of my said 
manor plantation. Upon this special trust 
and confidence that the said Wm. Sharpe and 
James Reese, or the survivors of them, do and 
shall permit Susan Ruth, my dearly and well- 
beloved wife, to have, hold, and enjoy all my 
manor, plantation and premises, to them de- 
nied as aforesaid during her natural life, and 
to take to her own use the rents, issues and 
profits arizing therefrom during her natural 
life aforesaid. 

"She making no waste nor destruction 
thereon, nor clearing any large quantity 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. Sharpe and James Reese or the sur- 
vivors of them. And after the decease of my 
said wife or with her cheerful concurrence 
during life, upon this further trust and con- 
fidence that they, the said Wm. Sharpe and 
James Reese, or the survivors of them, shall 
sell the whole of the land herein demised, with 
all the appurtenances thereunto belonging, on 
reasonable credit for the most monev that can 
be obtained for the same, and that the money 
so arising shall as soon as may be paid in the 
following manner, namely, ten £s per annum 

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to my beloved wife during her life, 30 £8 to 
my son Charles, 5 £s to my son James for his 
trouble in executing 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 
off for him by my Executors in lieu of his 
share of the money above mentioned. To my 
grandson Sidney Eeese I give and bequeath 
10 £ to be paid out of the above mentioned 
fund provided my wife and George and Solo- 
mon should 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. . I further give and bequeath to 
my beloved wife the largest bay mare, 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 (excepting 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 Euth I give and bequeath 

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one feather bed and furniture, with two cows 
and two calves. To my son Solomon I give 
and bequeath a riding horse, 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 Buth. 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 
Beese Sharpe, Edwin Beese, and Thomas 
Henry, and I do hereby constitute and ap- 
point my son-in-law Wm. Sharpe and James 
Beese to be sole Executors of this my last will 
and Testament, strictly charging them to exe- 
cute the same according to the plain meaning 

"Ini witness whereof I, the said David Beese, 
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 Beese, 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 Beese. 

'James Campbell, 

'Thomas Campbell, Witnesses." 

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David Keese 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 Presbyterian 

His house was the home of the preachers, and 
he was a strict attendant on the house of worship, 
and required his children 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 Eeese homestead near Charlotte, X. C, 
as described by one of the grandsons, was a plain, 
comfortable 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 either 
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 

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pieces of which were brought from Wales, was pol- 
ished like glass. Quaint rag carpets of the bright- 
est hues, covered the floors in winter, except in the 
drawing-room the floor 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 weary traveller refreshed himself and beast. 

In this old home ten children grew up. The 
daughters married here and had their wedding sup- 
pers. The sons tilled the soil, and at that remote 
period, it was considered one of the finest places 
in Mecklenburg county. It has succumbed to the 
ravages of time, and not a vestige of it is left to 
show where it once stood. 

Old Deeds. 

__ __ ""* 

A deed from Thomas Polk to Frances Moore for 
iGOO acres of land, dated October 20, 1772, was 
acknowledged in open court by said Polk, and 
ordered to be registered. 

Grand Jury List. — Edward Giles, James Alex- 
ander, David Eeese, David Wilson, Charles Alex- 
ander, Robert Harris, James Reese and others. 
N^oble Osboum, Constable; Robert Harris,' Judge 
of County Court, 1772. 

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April Session, 1787. — ^A deed from David 
Reese to James Reese for 150 acres of land, dated 
September 20, 1769, was acknowledged by the said 
David Reese in person, and ordered to be regis- 

A deed from David Reese, Sr., to David Reese, 
Jr., for 150 acres of land. May 16, 1775. 

B 1. James Polk Reese, eldest son of David 
Reese and wife, Susan Polk Reese, was bom in 
Pennsylvania in 1739 ; married his cousin, Annie 
Gullet Polk, of North Carolina. Issue: 

C 1. Thomas Polk. 

C 2. Sidney Alexander. 

C 3. Esther Mackay. 

C 4. Margaret Tasker. 

C 5. Charles Trusten. 

James Polk Reese was a Revolutionarv soldier, 
and was present at the signing of the Mecklenburg 
Declaration of Independence. He relinquished a 
college education in favor of his brother. Dr. 
Thomas Reese, who was so determined upon a 
classical education that it is told of him "that he 
cheerfully gave up his share in his father's estate 
to bestow all his means upon an education.'* 

James Polk Reese was one of the executors of 
his father's will in 1787. He was considered a 
good 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. 

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B 2. Thomas Reese, the second son of David 
and Susan Reese, was bom in Pennsylvania in 

When a lad of ten years he came with his parents 
to Mecklenburg county, N. C, and began his classi- 
cal education under the direction of Rev. Joseph 
Alexander and a Mr. Benedict, who had an acad- 
emy in Mecklenburg county, which was the only 
school within one hundred miles. He graduated 
at Princeton, under the late Dr. John Witherspoon, 
in 1768. When he returned home he accepted a 
call to Salem Church, Sumter District, South 

Dr. Thomas Reese married Jane Harris, daugh- 
ter of Robert Harris, signer of the Mecklenburg 
Declaration of Independence, near Charlotte, in 
1773 ; and they had the following children : 

C 1. Edwin Tasker, bom March 24, 1774. 

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

C 3. Elihu, bom February 22, 1777. 

C 4. Leah, bom December 1, 1779. 

C 0. Lydia, bom June 15, 1782. 

C 6. Henry Dobson, bom March 15, 1785. 

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

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Dr. Eeese resided, in the early part of the Revo- 
lutionary War, in Sumter, S. C. The state of 
society was such that violence and misrule had 
usurped the place of law and order. Civil and 
religious rights of the community had been in- 
vaded. This was the case in 1780-'81. 

"It was in his congregation that murders, per- 
petrated by Harrison, of Tory fame, and his fol- 
lowers, commenced, and Dr. Reese, with his family, 
went to Mecklenburg county, N. C. After the 
peace of 1782, he returned to his congregation at 
Salem." Dr. Reese wrote an essay on the Influence 
of lieligion in Civil Society. It did not pass into 
a second edition, but is preserved in Gary's Ameri- 
can Museum. His writings will be a testimony to 
posterity of the literature of South Carolina in 
1788. This essay procured for the author the well- 
merited degree of D. D. from Princeton. 

In 1790, circular letters were written by Mr. 
Austin, editor of the American Preacher, 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, which 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- 

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cellor James, in his History of Marion, speaking of 
Dr. E^ese, says: 

"In contemplating the meek and unob- 
trusive manners of this «ninent servant of the 
Most High, we do not hesitate to say, he was 
a pattern of Christian charity as nearly re- 
sembling his divine Master as has been ex- 
hibited by his contemporary fellow-laborers 
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 says of Dr. Eeese as follows : 

"Dr. Thomas Reese was bom in Pennsyl- 
vania in 1742 ; began the classics under Rev. 
James Alexander, graduated with honor at 
Princeton in 1768 ; 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 theology, 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 
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of the Atlantic; as it was, one edition suf- 

"In 1793, Dr. Heese moved to Pendleton, 
S. C. ; he was a teacher who admired the 
classics, and kept up his knowledge of them. 
He wrote his sermons, but used no manuscript 
in the pulpit. He preached for many years 
at the famous old stone church near Pendle- 

"He died August, 1796, and lies buried 
among his relatives at the old Stone Church 

"The old church is still standing, and now 
and then the pulpit is occupied by some good 
Presbyterian minister. 

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

Dr. Heese sleeps by his favorite brother George, 
who was an elder in the old Stone Church. Over 
his grave is a tall upright slab, bearing this in- 
scription : 

"Here rest the remains of the Rev. Thomas 
Reese, D. D., a native of Pennsylvania, who 
departed this life, in the hope of a blessed im- 
mortality, in the year of our Lord 1796, aged 
54 years. He was Pastor of Salem Church, 

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Black river, about 20 years. He was the 
chosen pastor of Hopewell and Carmel con- 
gregations, and died a few years after. Ex- 
emplary in all social relations of life, as a son, 
husband, father, and citizen, he lived esteemed 
and beloved, and died lamented. His talents 
as a writer and preacher were of a highly 
respectable grade, and were always directed to 
promote the virtue and happiness of his fel- 

Dr. Thomas Reese's widow afterward married 
Gen. Anderson, of Pendleton. It is told of her 
that when the General proposed 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 about it, for when Dr. Reese 
lived, you always stopped at my pew every Sunday 
morning to inquire after my family, but since his 
death you never stop ; you have been quite shy of 

However, the General was successful, and his 
quaint courtship ended in a marriage. She only 
lived a few years, and the General had her buried 
in the Anderson graveyard, where she remained for 
many years. Eventually her son, Edwin Reese, 
had her remains removed, and placed beside Dr. 
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C 1. Edwin Tasker, eldest son of Rev. Thomas 
Reese and wife, Jane Harris Reese, graduated at 
Princeton with first honor. He was a choice 
scholar, and, like his father, fond of the classics. 

Many bright, ambitious dreams of the honors 
and emoluments of a lawyer's life had been in- 
dulged as he plodded up the-hill of preparation. 

On the day of his graduation, as he was leaving 
college fully freighted with buoyant hopes and 
fond anticipations, he received a letter from his 
father, telling him ^'that in infancy he was most 
solemnly and prayerfully dedicated to God for the 
work of the gospel ministry.'* It was a source of 
great disappointment, for he did not wish to dis- 
obey his good father, and incur his displeasure; 
yet he did not feel called to preach. 

This disappointment so preyed upon his mind 
that he lost his health, and came near losing his 
mind. He followed teaching as a profession, and 
made a most excellent and successful instructor. 
He also read medicine, and had just begun to 
practice when one day he was called in to see a 
very sick patient, and soon discovered he was 
entirely too sympathetic to be a successml physi- 
cian, and at once abandoned it, and returned to 

He was a tall, handsome gentleman of the old 
school, exceedingly dignified and quiet; always 
wore a black silk stock collar, and travelled in a 
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TTomer. He went from place to place, wherever he 
had relatives, and taught the children in the dif- 
ferent families. It was esteemed a great privilege 
to be taught by a Princeton honor graduate. He 
was so austere in his manners that the children 
stood in awe of him. They were so thoroughly 
taught that many of them were heard to say in 
after years they were indebted to old Dr. Edwin 
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." He was very highly esteemed by all the 
families in which he taught, and his name was a 
synonjon for wisdom with the young people. One 
day one of his little gxeat-nephews was reading to 
him, and this sentence occurred in the lesson, "He 
was seeking a job." The little boy called the last 
word "Job," the old man of Uz, whereupon he 
picked up a stick and said, "William, if you do not 
pronoimce that word correctly, I'll *job' yon." 

He corresponded with many of his pupils, and 
would correct their letters and return them, until 
he taught several of them to be very correct letter- 

Dr. Edwin Reese, after a long and useful, but 
sad life, died at a ripe old age, and sleeps beside his 
parents in Hopewell Cemetery, at the old Stone 

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

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Edwin, was graduated at Princeton, read law, and 
became a promising young lawyer. 

He and a young man named Michie, for a very 
trivial offence, fell out, and could not be recon- 
ciled. It ended in a duel. Mr. John Taylor, his 
kinsman, acted as his second. Unfortunately, Sid- 
ney was killed. This was a sore grief to his family, 
for he was unusually brilliant 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 Rev. Dr. Thomas Reese 
and wife, Jane Harris Reese, 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 prom- 
ising young son was taken from the fond parents, 
and his young life, so full of usefulness, was 
cheerfully sacrificed upon the altar of duty. He 
is buried at Charleston, away from all relatives, 
with no stone to mark his grave. 

C 4. Leah Reese, eldest daughter of Rev. Dr. 
Thomas Reese, was bom December 1, 1779, in 
Mecklenburg county, N. C, and was partially edu- 
cated at Queen's College, at Charlotte. In 1782, 
she returned with her father to South Carolina, 
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S. C, son of Major Samuel Taylor, of Revolu- 
tionary fame. 

Major Taylor was bom March 1, 1777, and died 
September 30, 1833. 

He moved to Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 1817, and was 
a member of the Alabama Legislature, and he was 
also in the South Carolina Legislature for seven 
years. He was a Major in the War of 1812, and it 
is told of him ''that he and his son-in-law, Mr. 
Bacon, 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 1658, and settled near Chesapeake Bay, in Vir- 
ginia. 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, Leah Reese Taylor, are 
buried at Eutaw, Ala., with suitable stones to 
mark their graves. 

Children and grandchildren of Major Taylor 
and Leah 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 

E 2. Waddy Bacon, married Miss ; has a 

family who live in Florida. 

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E 3. Harriet Parks Bacon, married Mr. Dick- 
son, of Tupelo, Miss. Issue : 

F 1. Leila Dickson. 

F 2, Anna Dickson, married Mr. Gardner. 

F 3. Nonna Dickson, married Mr. Leyslen. 

F 4. Walter Dickson, married Mary Roberts. 

D 2. Thomas Reese Taylor, married Hannah 
Longmire. Issue : 

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

F 1. Mary Weir, married Mr. McCafferty. 

E 2. Frances Taylor, married Mr. Taggert. 

F 1. Jane Taggert. 

E 3. Maria Taylor, unmarried. 

E 4. Edwin Reese Taylor. 

E 5. William Dobson Taylor. 

E 6. Aquilla Taylor. 

E 7. Thomas Taylor. 

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

D 3. Samuel Taylor, Jr., married Narcissa 
Watkins. Issue : 

E 1. Ijide Taylor, married Robert Hibbler. 

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

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

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

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E 3. Harriet Taylor, married Samuel Barnes. 
Issue : 

F 1. Wiley Barnes, married . 

F 2. John Barnes, married Miss Richardson. 

F 3. Hattie Barnes, unmarried. 

D 4. Drusilla Taylor, bom March 9, 1808; 
married Mr. Grief Richardson, of Virginia, Octo- 
ber 22, 1830. He got his peculiar name in rather 
a sad manner. His father died shortly before his 
birth, and his mother, being so crushed with sorrow 
and trouble, at his birth she called him Grief ; but 
he proved the joy of her old age. Mr. Richardson 
died August 15, 1842, and his wife, Drusilla Tay- 
lor, died January 10, 1884. 

Children and grandchildren of Grief Richardson 
and wife, Drusilla Taylor Richardson: 

E 1. Mary Richardson, married Mr. Higgin- 
bothan, and died young. 

E 2. Lieut. William Hull Richardson was a 
promising young physician in Greene county, Ala., 
when the war broke out. He was among the first 
to join the army, enlisting in Company "C,'' 
Eleventh Alabama Regiment. He went from Clin- 
ton, Ala., and was in all the battles in Virginia up 
to the time of his death. He was a gallant soldier, 
and did fine service for his country. At the battle 
of GettjTsburg he was wounded, but not seriously. 
At the battle of Spotsylvania Court-house, Va., 
He went out with a party of sharp-shooters, and 
was shot through the head. He died May 11, 1864. 

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He entered the anny as a private, and was pro- 
moted to a first lieutenant, and was always called 
the patriotic Richardson. His bravery has been 
perpetuated in beautiful verses written by a soldier 
friend. His faithful body-servant cared for him 
in life, and brought his remains home to his fam- 
ily, and he rests beside his parents, in Greene 
county. No braver, truer patriot ever lived than 
Lieut. William H. Richardson. 

E 3. John Taylor Richardson graduated at the 
Universitv of Alabama in the class of 1855, and 
chose the law as his profession. He settled in 
Macon, Miss., where he built up a good practice. 
He entered the Confederate service, and belonged 
to Maury's Cavalry, and did good service in the 
State. He married Cornelia Brown, of Mississippi. 

P 1. Mary Richardson, married Mr. Queen. Is- 
sue unknown. 

P 2. John Richardson. 

F 3. Reese Taylor Richardson. 

E 4. Leonora Richardson was sent to the Jud- 
son Institute, at Marion, Ala., where she gradu- 
ated. She married Mr. Chambers McAdory, 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- 
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them all through this dread disease, and proved 
herself a faithful mother to them. 

She is a woman of exceptionally 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 her bearing, pru- 
dent, thoughtful, wise and safe in counsel, a de- 
voted friend, a kind neighbor, just and honorable 
in all her dealings. After the death of her father, 
shfe was a tower of strength to her mother, sisters 
and brothers. They all turned to her for comfort 
and counsel, and with what promptness 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 be 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 

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to the ill-health of his wife, whom he tenderly 
nursed. He gave up his profession. He is a 
natural mechanic, and quite a genius in designing 
and making in wood an3rthing he chooses. 

He is an excellent Christian man, a devoted 
husband and father, and he and his wife are mem- 
bers of the Presbyterian Church. Their children 
are as follows: 

F 1. William Richardson Rockett. 

F 2. Percy Rockett. 

F 3. Ida Rockett, married Mr. Burgess. 

The two sons, like their father, graduated at 
the University of Alabama, but neither of them 
are professional men. 

Mr. Rockett, 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 6.. Sallie Richardson, the youngest child, was 
educated at Judson Institute, at Marion, Ala. She 
married Mr. Amos Horton, 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 CUfford 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 

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He was a young man of unswerving courage and 
stainless honor. He possessed great fertility of 
resources and generous hospitality. He was a de- 
voted, self-sacrificing, faithful friend. Polite and 
engaging manners, added to a sprightly mind, drew 
around him hosts of friends. 

The sad death of this promising young man, 
who had just entered into bright young manhood, 
the beginning. of a most useful career, was a severe 
affliction to his family and friends. 

Charles Richardson Horton married Miss Belle 
Jones, of Greensboro, August 20, 1902. 

He is a prosperous young planter of Greene 
county, Ala. 

Mrs. Horton was an invalid and spent her sum- 
mers at the different springs in search of health. 
She was quite a pretty, attractive woman. Her 
gentle manner and dignified bearing showed her 
to be an aristocrat, to the manor bom. She was an 
interesting talker, a pleasant companion, and the 
queen of her household. 

Mr. Horton is a large, jovial, good-humored 
man, 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 coimtry home, the old home of 
Mr. Horton's grandfather, in Greene county. 

D 5. Reese Taylor, son of Major Samuel Taylor 
and wife, Leah Reese Taylor, settled in Mobile, 
and engaged in mercantile business. He married 

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

E 1. Walter Taylor, married Mary Roberts, of 
Mobile. Issue : 

F 1. Sallie Taylor, married Rev. Richard Hol- 
comb, of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Issue : 

G 1. Walter Holcomb. 

G 2. Virginia Holcomb. 

G 3. Armstead Holcomb. 


D 6. Dr. William Taylor, married Lide White. 
Issue : 

E 1. Hattie White Taylor. 

E 2. Lida White Taylor. 

D 7. John Taylor, married Eleanor White. Is- 

E 1. John Taylor, Jr. 

E 2. SalUe Taylor. 

E 3. Mary Taylor. 

C 6. Lydia Reese, daughter of Rev. Dr. Thomas 
Reese and wife, Jane Harris Reese, was educated 
at the academy in Pendleton, and was twice mar- 
ried : first, to Mr. Findley, of South Carolina, by 
whom she had three children. 

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

D 2. Jane Elvira Findley, married Dr. Peyton 
King. Issue : 

E 1. Dr. Ham den Sidney King was twice mar- 
ried : first, to Pinkie Gates, of Mississippi. Issue : 

F 1. Peyton King, Jr. 

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F 2. Sidney King. 

F 3. Corrine King. 

Dr. Sidney married a lady of Meridian, Miss., 
the second time. 

E 2. Marietta King, one of Alabama's belles, 
married Mr. Lewis, ot North Carolina. No issue. 

Mr. Findley, while out hunting one day with his 
brother-in-law, Mr. Samuel Cherry, was acciden- 
tally shot and killed by Mr. Cherry. He left a 
wife and three small children, whom Mr. Cherry 
took to his home, and provided for them, as he 
felt that he had robbed them of their chief sup- 

Lydia Beese Findley married, the second time, 
Mr. John Martin. Children and grandchildren as 
follows : 

D 1. Lewis Martin, married Miss Marshall. Is- 

E 1. ifida Martin, married Mr. Montgomery. 

D 2. Sarah Martin, married Thomas Hockett. 
Issue : 

E 1. John Richard Rockett, married Ida Rich- 
ardson, his cousin, mentioned elsewhere. 

E 2. Eliza Rockett, married William Brown. 

Children of Eliza Rockett and William Brown: 

F 1. Claudia Brown. 

F 2. Benjamin Brown. 

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

F 1. Henry Deane. 

F 2. Jessie Deane. 

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D 3. Harriet Martin, married William Rockett, 
brother of Thomas Rockett, who married her sister 
Sarah. Issue : 

E 1. Leonora Rockett, died of typhoid fever. 

E 2. Julian Rockett, killed in the Civil War. 

E 3. Margaret Rockett, unmarried. 

E 4. Lydia Reese Rockett, unmarried. 

E 5. Sarah Rockett, unmarried. 

E 6. Sidney Rockett, unmarried. 

E 7. Frank Rockett, unmarried. 

E 8. Rosa Rockett, unmarried. 

E 9. Hattie Rockett, unmarried. 

D 4. Julia Martin, married Alfred Dupuy. Is- 

E 1. Harriet Dupuy, married Robert McAdory, 
brother of Chambers McAdory, who married Leo- 
nora Richardson, a cousin of Harriet Dupuy. 

The McAdorys are a prominent family in Jeffer- 
son county, and are public-spirited men, who hold 
offices of trust in the county. 

E 2. Elizabeth Dupuy, married John Reid. Is- 

F 1. Dr. Robert Reid. 

F 2. Hallie Reid, married Mr. Riddle. 

F 3. Jane Reid. 

E 3. Jane Elvira Dupuy, married Mr. Todd. 
Issue : 

F 1. Kate Todd, married Mr. Blair. 

F 2. Julia Todd. 

F 3. Cory Todd. 

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E 4. Katharine Dupuy, married Noah Todd. 

F 1. Lewis Dupuy Todd. 

F 2. Samuel Todd. 

E 5. John Dupuy, married Miss Ware. 

C 6. Henry Dobson Reese, son of Rev. Dr. 
Thomas Reese and wife, Jane Harris Reese, was 
fairly well educated. He was rather a mechanical 
genius. He could build houses, carriages, wagons, 
and make different kinds of furniture; in fact, he 
could make anything in wood and iron that he 
needed. His talent in this line was remarkable. 

He married Rebecca Harris, granddaughter of 
Gen. Andrew Pickens, of South Carolina, and 
daughter of Robert Harris, a Revolutionary soldier, 
who lost one of his eyes with a slug. The old man 
objected to his daughter marrying Dobson Reese, 
so the young people ran away, and were married 
on a flat-boat in the middle of a river. While it 
was a watery wedding, it proved to be a happy mar- 
riage. Their children and grandchildren are as 
follows : 

D 1. Sidney Harris Reese, married late in life 
an Illinois lady (unknown). 

D 2. Frank Reese, bom April 11, 1807; mar- 
ried, and had children (unknown). 

D 3. Maria Reese, bom J^^ovember 20, 1809; 
married Mr. Washington Knox. Issue: 

E 1. Eliza Knox, married Mr. Archibald, who 
was killed in the Civil War. 

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E 2. Mary Knox, married Mr. John Baskins. 
Xo issue. 

E 3. Dobson Reese Knox, married Miss 
Rhichey. Issue : 

F 1. Homer Knox. 

E 4. Fannie Knox, married Mr. Chiles. Chil- 
dren of Fannie Knox and Mr. Chiles: 

F 1. Ruth Chiles. 

F 2, Catharine Chiles. 

F 3. Ethel Chiles. 

F 4. Walter Chiles. 

E 5. John Andrew ICnox, married Angeline Eg- 
gerton. Issue : 

F 1. Catherine Knox. 

F 2, George Knox. 

F 3. John Knox. 

F 4. Lafayette Knox, killed in the army in 

D 4. Edwin Reese, bom October 29, 1812 ; mar- 
ried Charlotte McKinstry. Issue: 

E 1. lone; E 2. Irene. Both very talented 
women, died unmarried. Irene wrote a very read- 
able little book From the Cabin to the Throne. 

E 3. Ella Reese, a well-educated woman, and 
a successful teacher, now teaching in Washington 
City, D. C. 

E 4. Florence Reese, unmarried. 

E 5. Carlos Reese, married Miss Mary Clinton, 
of Pennsylvania. Issue: 

F 1. Nannie Reese. 

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F 2. Charlotte Reese. 

E 6. Clarence Reese, unmarried. 

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

F 1. Maude Reese. 

F 2. Ella Reese. 

F 3. Fred Reese, Jr. 

D 5. Flora Reese, married Mr. Rowland. 

D 6. Carios Reese, bom November 30, 1815; 
married Mary E. Crenshaw. 

Carios Reese, when eighteen years old, joined a 
company in South Carolina, and became a soldier 
of the Seminole War. He moved from Pendleton, 
S. C, and settled in Marion, Ala. He was a pub- 
lic-spirited man, and his name appears in the 
Public Men of Alabama. He was noted for his 
hospitality; his door was ever open to strangers 
as well as relatives. He was a successful planter, 
and made raising Texas blue-grass a specialty. 
Kind-hearted and jovial, he had hosts of friends. 
Their children are as follows: 

E 1. Joseph E. Reese, bom December 18, 1841. 
He went into the Confederate Army as a private 
in the iN^inth Alabama Regiment, and fought 
through the wa^. He lives unmarried at the old 
homestead, near Marion, Ala. 

E 2. Carlos Reese, Jr., bom May 13, 1843; 
served 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. 

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F 3. Carlos Reese, unmarried. 

F 4. Mary Crenshaw Reese. 

F 5. Virginia W. Reese. 

£ 3. Margaret Reese, married Dr. Samuel 
Lewis, of Lexington, Ky. Issue: 

F 1. Mary K. Lewis, died in infancy. 

F 2. Margaret S. Lewis, married Rev. L. 0. 
Dawson, a minister of the Baptist denomination, 
and located at Tuscaloosa, Ala. Issue: 

G 1. Andrew Lewis Dawson, bom January 19, 

E 4. Catharine Reese, married Theodore Lewis. 
Issue : 

F 1. Mary H. Lewis, died in infancy. 

F 2. Annie Reese Lewis, unmarried. 

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

E 5. J. Pickens Reese, married Miss Sullivan. 
He is a successful business man, and is travelling 
salesman for a firm in Lexington, Ky., and is 
highly appreciated. He is amiable, unselfish, and 
affectionate, a devoted son and loving husband.^ 
. D 7. Harriet Reese, married W. Smith. 

D 8. Elihu Milton Reese, bom July 10, 1820. 

D 9. Jane Reese, married W. W. Scott. Issue : 

E 1. Walter Scott, unmarried. 

E 2. Wingfield Scott, unmarried. 

E 3. William Scott, married Miss McCaflEerty. 

E 4. Robert Scott. 

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

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E 5. Mary Scott, unmarried. 

E 6. Georgiana Scott. 

D 10. Thomas Reese. 

D 11. Mary C. Reese. 

C 7. Susan Polk Reese, youngest daughter of 
Rev. Dr. Thomas Reese and wife, Jane Harris 
Reese, married Samuel Cherry, of South Carolina, 
Xov. 5, 1807, at the home of Dr. Reese, at Pendle- 
ton, S. C, by Rev. Andrew Brown. They had 
twelve children, viz.: 

D 1. Robert Madison Cherry, bom 1808; mar- 
ried Caroline Crenshaw, of Alabama, on the 15th 
of March, 1840. Issue: 

E 1. Charlotte Elmore Cherry. 

Robert M. Cherry was a lawyer by profession. 
He removed from South Carolina to Alabama, and 
settled at Wetumpka. He was for many years an 
elder in the Presbyterian Church. An upright. 
Christian gentleman, who was much loved as a 
friend, and esteemed as a lawyer and citizen. Al- 
though he lost his wife while still a young man, 
he never married again, but raised his little daugh- 
ter,, with the help of his sister, Mrs. Jane Cherry 
Reese, who reared her as her own child, though 
her father provided for her. 

E 1. Charlotte Elmore Cherry, married George 
X. Croft, of West Point, Ga., October 11, 1865, 
by Rev. Dr. Cunningham, of the Presbjrterian 

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home is open to all classes of people. She not 
only took care of her adopted mother, but nursed 
and tended in last illness two old aimts-in-law, 
Mrs. George Reese, and Mrs. Eley Reese, who died 
at her house. She has always been a favorite in 
the Reese and Cherry families. She is a devout 
Christian, who lives her religion daily, a mem- 
ber of the Presbyterian Church at West Point, 
which was built by her relatives, and where she 
has brought up her children, and now they are all 
members 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 
been in moulding the character of eight children, 
and seeing them all brought into the fold of 
Christ! Their children and grandchildren are as 
follows : 

F 1. Robert Madison Croft, unmarried. He is 
a successful travelling salesman; a most exemplary 
man; an elder in the Presbyterian Church; a 
man of prayer and sublime faith, who thoroughly 
enjoys his religion. Nothing is more characteris- 
tic of him than the desire to work for the Master. 
He is an honor to his family, and well may they 
be proud of such a noble son and brother. 

P 2. Mary Crenshaw Croft, married Mr. B. 
Askew, and died of typhoid fever a short time after 
her marriage. She was a bright young girl, of 
happy, buoyant spirits, affectionate in her nature. 
She carried sunshine wherever she went. 

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F 3. Caroline Elmore Croft, married William 
J. iN'elson, of Mississippi. Issue: 

G 1. Charlotte Christine Nelson. 

G 2. Robert Mayo Nelson. 

Carrie Nelson is a striking brunette, with keen, 
black eyes, full of life and energy ; one of the few 
persons, if stranded on a rock, could make a liv- 
ing; distinctly business and tactful; altogether 
a very attractive woman. 

F 4. and F 5. Twin girls, Lulu and Lillian 
Croft. Lulii married Claude Melton, of West 
Point, Ga., September 5, 1900, by Rev. Mr. Hol- 
lingsworth, of the Presbyterian Church. It was a 
beautiful home wedding. Issue : 

G 1. Stanley Croft Melton. 

F 5. Lillian Croft, unmarried. 

These sisters are devotedly attached to each 
other, and are interesting and attractive, as twins 
usually are. When small children they were so 
much alike that it was no easy matter to distin- 
guish them, but after they became grown, they 
grew more unlike, and are now readily told apart. 
When about six years old, they went to visit rela- 
tives, and, on rising in the morning. Lulu got up 
and dressed and ran out to play before Lillian 
awoke. When Lillian went to dress, she said, in a 
very distressed tone, "Mamma, sister has on my 
clothes," and she could not be induced to dress 
until Lulu was called in and changed her clothes. 
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could tell their clothing apart, as they were exactly 
alike. She replied, sapiently, "By smelling." 
They have developed into useful Christian women. 

F 6. Sallie Croft, married George Smith, of 
West Point, Ga. 

They had a beautiful church wedding, Eev. Mr. 
HoUingsworth, of the Presbyterian Church, offi- 
ciating. Sallie is considered the prettier of all the 
sisters, sweet, engaging manners, and thoroughly 
amiable. They have two beautiful little girls: 
G 1, Mary Lewis Sinith, and G 2, Lillian Louise 

F 7. George* Croft, Jr., unmarried. 

F 8. Morris Croft, unmarried. 

These young brothers are engaged in the mer- 
cantile business, and are young men of good char- 
acter and successful in business. 

D 2. Thomas Beese Cherry, bom February 9, 
1810, married. his cousin, Mary Reese Harris, No- 
vember 7, 1837, by Eev. A. W. Eoss, of the Pres- 
byterian Church at Pendleton, S. C. Issue: 

E 1. Edward B. Cherry. 

E 8. Mary Story Cherry. 

E 3. Annie Eeese Cherry. 

E 4. Laura Cherry. 

E 5. Thomas Eeese Cherry. 

E 6. Nathaniel Harris Cherry. 

E 7. LiUe Bee Cherrj-. 

E 8. Kate Cherry. 

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D 3. James Alvin Cherry, married his cousin, 
Mary Elizabeth Eeese, at Pendleton, S. C, August 
9, 1832, by Eev. James Waddell, of the Presbyte- 
rian Church. They had five children, who will 
appear in the line of George Beese. 

D 4. Samuel Sidney Cherry, bom January 6, 
1814; lived a long, useful life, and died unmar- 
ried, and is buried at Hopewell Cemetery, South 

D 5. William Backly Cherry, bom November 
22, 1815; married Sarah Lewis, at Pendleton, 
S. C. 

Dr. William Cherry was a dentist, an elegant 
gentleman of the old school. He moved to Ala- 
bama, and settled at Auburn, where he practiced 
his profession, but did not- remain long, returning 
to South Carolina, to his old home. A lovely old 
gentleman, and very courtly in his manners. He 
died December 24, 1901, aged eighty-seven years. 
His wife died many years ago— a most excellent 
woman, with many noble traits of character. She 
was a communicant of the Episcopal Church. 
Their children and grandchildren are as follows: 

E 1. Lortie Cherry, died young. 

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

F 1. Frank Lorton, bom September 9, 1878. 

F 2. Mary Bates Cherry, bom October 5, 1880. 

F 3. Willie Reese Cherry, bom June 15, 1585. 

F 4. David Edward, died in infancy. 

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F 5. Thomas Johnsoii, bom September 26, 

E 3. Fannie Lewis Cherrv, married Warren E. 
Davis, of South Carolina. Issue: 

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

F 2. Warren Bansom Davis, bom February 21, 

F 3. David Sidney Davis, bom August 18, 

F 4. Sara Lorton Davis, bom November 17, 

Mr. Davis is an elder in the Presbyterian 
Church, and is truly an honest man. He is a suc- 
cessful planter near Seneca, S. C. His wife is 
indeed a help-meet, a devoted wife and mother, 
ambitious for her children. She is careful and 
faithful in their training. She is a communicant 
of the Episcopal Church. 

D 6. Jane Adelaide Cherry, bom April 14, 
1817, married her cousin. Dr. A. H. Reese, of 
Pendleton, S. C, May 27, 1834, by Rev. Richard 
Cater. Thev moved from South Carolina to West 
Point, 6a., when it was first settled, and lived to 
see it become a large, flourishing town. 

D 7. Edwin Augustus Cherry, bom February 
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 

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

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

F 1. Charlotte Smith Wright. 

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

F 1. Boy, name unknown. 

D 9. David Elihu Cherry, born February 19, 
1823; married Edmonia . Schull, of Virginia. Is- 

E 1. Kufus Schull Cherry, died young. 

Dr. Eley D. Cherry graduated in medicine at 
Philadelphia. He lived abroad for many years, 
and spent some time in Paris. He returned to 
America before the Civil War, and joined the Con- 
federate Army, and was a distinguished surgeon, 
with the rank of major. He was stationed at Mo- 
bile a while, and while there visited his relatives 
in Georgia and Alabama. 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 Marlboro, Va. 

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

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of his nephews were gallant soldiers in the Civil 
Dr. Cherry was never an aspirant for honors. 

" High worth is elevated place, 'tis more : 
It makes the past stand candidate for thee; 
Makes more than monarch, makes an honest man.'' 

I) 10. John Calhoun Cherry, born April 1, 
1821, at Pendleton, S. C. ; died unmarried, and 
sleeps beside his family in Hopewell Cemetery, 
South Carolina. 

D 11. Mary Elvira Cherry, married Elijah Mc- 
Kinley as his second wife. She was a noble, un- 
selfish woman, who lived to a ripe old age. Issue : 

E 1. Susan Cherry McKinley, married Luther 
Turner. Issue : 

F 1. J. Frank Turner, unmarried. 

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

F 3. Mary Turner, married Thomas De Lemar, 
at West Point, Ga., November 28, 1900. Issue : 

G 1. Luther Frank De Lemar. 

F 4. Edward Turner. 

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

F 1. Mercer 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. 

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Shortly after the close of the war, he went to New 
York, and was stopping with his nephew, Edward 
B. Cherry, who lived in Brooklyn. One morning 
he told his nephew that he would go over to At- 
lantic City to spend a couple of weeks. He came 
down-stairs with his grip in his hand, said good- 
bye to the family, and left, and was never seen or 
heard of again. His nephews, Edward and 'X'om 
Cherry, became alarmed at his prolonged absence, 
and forthwith instituted a search for him, adver- 
tised, and employed detectives, even consulted a 
spiritualist, but all to no purpose. Never a clue 
could be gotten, and in this mysterious manner he 
passed out of existence. 

He was a gentleman of elegant, courtly man- 
ners, princely in his generosity, a delightful com- 
panion, and a great favorite with his relatives. 

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B 3. Catharine Hecse, eldest daughter of David 
and Susan Polk Reese, married Hon. William 
Sharpe, who was bom in Cecil county, Md., De- 
cember 18, 1742. At the age of twenty-one he 
removed to North Carolina, and became one of the 
prominent men of the State. 

Hon. William Sharpe, of Rowan county, the eld- 
est son of Thomas Sharpe, was a distinguished 
patriot of the Revolution, and, when still young, 
threw into that dangerous and dubious conflict his 
life, his fortune, and his sacred honor. 

He was a lawyer by profession, removed to Ire- 
dell, then Rowan, and took an active and decided 
step for liberty. He was a member of the State 
Congress in 1775-76. He was aide de camp to 
Gen. Rutherford in 1776 against the Indians, and 
was appointed by Governor Caswell, in 1777, with 
Avery Winston and Limier, to form a treaty with 
them. In 1779, he was a member of the Conti- 
nental Congress at Philadelphia, and served until 
1782. He died in July, 1818, leaving a widow and 
twelve children. 

The following family record was furnished the 
writer by Mr. George Phifer Erwin, of Morgan- 
ton, N. C, who was a great-grandson of William 
Sharpe and Catharine Reese Sharpe : He says that 

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his grandfather Erwiii built a house in the yard at 
Belvidere for his grandmothers, Catharine Beese 
Sharpe and Margaret Erwin, where they lived a 
quiet, peaceful, happy life until they died, one in 
1826, the other in 1832. They were known among 
the children, and always spoken of in the most 
affectionate manner, as "the two old grand- 
mothers." They are buried side by side at Belvi- 

"I send below all the entries in the old family 
Bible of Col. William W. Erwin that relate to the 
family of William Sharpe, thinking that they may, 
possibly, be of use to you* 



William Sharpe, father of Matilda Erwin, was 
bom December 13, 1742. 

Catharine Eeese, mother of Matilda Erwin, was 
bom September 23, 1744. 

Matilda, bom March 4, 1769. 

Euth, bom March 3, 1770. 

Thomas Eeese, born. May 18, 1771. 

Abner, bom October 1, 1772. 

Betsey, bom January 22, 1774. 

David, bom February 11, 1775. 

Elam, born- January 3, 1777. 

Marcus, born, February 22, 1778. 

Cynthia, bom November 18, 1780. 

Elvira, bom July 29, 1782. 

Edwin, bom December 1, 1783. 

Carlos, bom February 15, 1786. 

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William Sharpe to Catharine Reese, May 31, 

Ruth Sharpe to Andrew Caldwell, October 1, 

Abner Sharpe to Mary Loyd Osbom, August 29, 

Cynthia Sharpe to John McGuire, April 5, 1803. 

Elvira Sharpe to David Caldwell, March 21, 

Betsey Sharpe to Capt. R. Starke, December 7, 


Thomas Reese Sharpe, on St. Simons Island, 
February, 1801. 

Marcus Sharpe, at Xew Orleans, June 25, 1803. 

Abner Sharpe, at Statesville, Nov. 11, 1807. 

William Sharpe, at his Seat, Iredell county, July 
6, 1818. 

David Caldwell, the 20th of February, 1819. 

Polly Young, the 28th of February, 1819. 

Catharine Sharpe, Gth May, 1826, in her eighty- 
first year. 


Entries taken from the old family Bible of Col. 
William Willoughby Erwin, of "Belvidere," near 
Morganton, N^. C. : 


William Sharpe, father of Matilda Erwin, was 
bom December 13, 1742. 

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Catharine Eeese, mother of Matilda Erwin, was 
born September 23, 1744. 


William Sharpe and Catharine Beese, May 31, 


William Sharpe, at his seat, Iredell county 
(N. C), July 6, 1818. 

Catharine Sharpe, 6th of May, 1826, in her 
eighty-first year. 

(Mem. — Catharine Sharp died at "Belvidere.") 


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


Margaret Erwin died 23d of December, 1832, 
aged ninety-two years. 

{Mem. — ^Margaret Erwin died at "Belvidere" also.) 

Erwin Manuscript. 

Edward Jones Erwin, seventh son of Col. Wil- 
liam W. Erwin and his wife, Matilda Sharpe Er- 
win, bom March 24, 1806; died July 8, 1871; 
married December 5, 1837, Ann Elizabeth Phifer, 
of Cabarrus, born December 3, 1814; died June 9, 
1890. E. J. Erwin was educated at the University 
of Georgia; he inherited a fine plantation of fif- 

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teen hundred acres on John^s River and adjoining 
the old homestead Belvidere. He lived there until 
1846; wh€n he ronoved to Morganton, and became 
the cashier of the Branch Bank of North Carolina^ 
succeeding Col. Isaac T. Avery, which oflBce he 
held until the affairs of the bank were wound up 
and liquidated, in 186G. 

He represented the county of Burke in the State 
Legislature for one term in early life, but would 
never afterwards accept political office. He had 
three children, one son and two daughters. The 
son, George Phifer, married Miss Corinna Iredell 
Avery. Their children are given elsewhere. 

2 Mary Jones Erwin, bom November 11, 1846, 
married, November 14, 1874, Mr. James Mitchell 
Kodgers, of Charleston, S. C. He was educated at 
The Citadel, at Charleston ; was in business for a 
time at Shrevesport, La. He afterwards moved 
and settled at Winston, X. C, where for fifteen 
years he has engaged in merchandising. They had 
five children, four died in infancy. A son, 
Frances Mitchell Rodgers, bom March 22, 1883, 

3 Sarah Matilda White Erwin, bom June 5, 

1856, married Dr. George H. Moran, of 

Maryland. He was a surgeon in the United States 
Army, and is now a ptominent physician of Mot- 
ganton, and the attendant physician to the State 
Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, located at that 
place. They have three cliildren: 

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1. Annie Rankin Moran, bom September 17, 

2. Mary Rogers Moran, born July 22, 1887. 

3. Phifer Erwin Moran, bom Febmary 15, 

[The writer is indebted to Mr. G. P. Erwin, of 
Morganton, X. C, for this manuscript.] 

The Avery Manuscript. 

Christopher Avery came to America from Eng- 
land with the Winthrops of Massachusetts, and 
landed at Salem, June 12, 1630, and finally settled 
near his son, Capt. James Avery. 

The latter settled at Groton, Conn., and these 
two are the founders of the Groton Averys. All 
these xlverys were prominent men in their day, 
and active in the stirring times in which they lived, 
as is proved by the historians of those days, and 
the records of the towns where they resided. They 
were alwavs at the front in the defence of their 
country, both against the Indians and during the 
Revolutionary War. 

In the defence of Fort Griswold, Conn., which 
was captured by Benedict Arnold, the traitor, on 
September 6, 1781, and which amounted to a cruel 
massacre, there were in the fort 164 men and boys, 
of whom 88 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 
27 taken prisoners, and 14 escaped. Of these 9 
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ers; there were 16 Averys out of 150 of those 
killed, wounded and prisoners. 

Harriet Eloisa Erwin, fifth child of Col. Wil- 
liam W. Erwin and Matilda Sharpe Erwin, bom 
May 3, 1795, 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, 1864. 
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, 1816; died July 3, 1864; married on 
May 27, 1840, Mary Corinna Morehead, daughter 
of Governor John M. Morehead, of IN'orth Caro- 

3. Theodore Horatio Avery, born September 11, 
1817; died October 3, 1822. 

4. Cliarke Moulton Avery, bom October 3, 1819 ; 
died June 18, 1864; married June 23, 1841, Eliza- 
beth T. Walton. 

5. Thomas Lenoir Avery, bom March 16, 1821 ; 
died September 23, 1862. 

6. Leah Adelaide Avery, bom December 20, 
1822 ; died January 20, 1896 ; unmarried. 

7. Matilda Louisa Avery, bom October 4, 1824; 
died July 18, 1826. 

8. Matilda Avery, born May 8, 1826 ; died July 
18, 1826. 

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9. Marcus Avery, bom October 4, 1827; died 
February 22, 1828. 

10. Isaac Erwin Avery, bom December 26, 1828 ; 
died July 3, 1863; unmarried. 

11. Mary Ann Martha Avery, bom May 20, 
1831; died January 22, 1890; married, June 26, 
1855, Joseph F. Chambers, of Iredell county, N. C. 

12. Harriet Justina Avery, bom September 2, 
1833; married, August 11, 1853, Pinckney B. 

13. Alphonzo Calhoun Avery, bom September 
11, 1835; married Susan Washington Morrison, 
who was a sister of Mrs. Stonewall Jackson ; mar- 
ried, second time, Sarah Love Thomas. 

14. Laura Mira Avery, bom November 15, 1837 ; 

15. Edward Dolbear Avery, bom September 26, 
1839 ; died December 1, 1848. 

16. Willoughby Francis Avery, bom May 7, 
1843; died November 24, 1876; married Martha 
Jones, November 7, 1866; married, second time, 
Loma Atkinson, February, 1875. 

Children of William Waightstill Avery and his 
wife, Mary Corinna Morehead: 

B 1. Annie Harriet Avery, bom November 6, 
1848; married, October 29, 1868, Mr. Joseph H. 
Scales. Children : 

C 1. Waightstill Avery Scales, bom December 
5, 1870; died November 7, 1886. 

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

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C 3. Annie Perkins Scales, bom November 29, 

C 4. John Walker Scales, bom December 3, 
1883 ; died Jnine 22, 1884. 

C 5. Waightstill Morehead Scales, bom May 8, 

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

C 1. Annie Phifer Erwin, bom August 12, 

C 2. Corinna Morehead . Erwin, bom August 
26, 1879; married, March 18, 1899, Mr. Derr 

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

C 4. Edward Jones Erwin, bom October 10, 

C 5. Eloise McCurdy Erwin, bom 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 Eeese, signer of Mecklenburg Declar- 
ation of Independence. He graduated at David- 
son College, N"orth Carolina, in 1861 ; enlisted as 
a private in the Civil War; served during the 
whole struggle, and rose to the rq,nk 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 

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North Carolina Eailroad Company in 1869, and 
remained in the service of that company for seven- 
teen years, until its consolidation with the South- 
em Eailway Company. His wife was the great- 
granddaughter of Waightstill Avery, signer of the 
Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, 1775. 
Waightstill Avery was educated at Princeton 
College, New Jersey, from which he graduated in 
17G6. He remained there for a year as tutor; 
then went to Maryland, where he studied law with 
Luther Littleton Dennis, and soon removed to 
North Carolina, where he was admitted to practice 
February 4, 1769. 

In 1772, he was a member of the Provincial 
Assembly, and soon afterward appointed Attorney- 
General for the Crown. In 1774, he, with 185 
other prominent patriots, signed the following 
Declaration : 

"We, the subscribers, do declare that we will 
bear faith and true allegiance to the Indepen- 
dent State of North Carolina, and to the 
powers and authorities which may be estab- 
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 Eeservation 

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This was in reality the first Declaration of In- 
dependence, antedating the Mecklenburg Declara- 
tion by nearly a year. 

He first settled in Salisbury, I^. C, where he 
remained for a year. Then at Charlotte, where he 
soon acquired friends and rapid promotion. He 
was active in encouraging education and literature, 
and was a devoted friend of liberty. In the dubi- 
ous and dangerous conflict with the mother coun- 
try, he led the bold spirits of the day in the pa- 
triotic county of Mecklenburg, and was a member 
of the 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 Militia, and as 
such was in active service during the war. The 
minutes of the Council of Safety for Mecklenburg 
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 Comwallis occupied Char- 
lotte in 1781, the law office of Col. Avery, with 
all his books and papers, was burned. In 1775, he 
was delegate from Mecklenburg county to the 
State Congress, which met at Hillsboro, and which 
placed the State in military organization. 

In 1776, he was delegate from the same to the 

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same, which met at Halifax, and which formed 
the State Constitution. He was appointed one of 
the signers of the proclamation bills. He was 
appointed by Governor Alexander Martin, in 1777, 
with Brig.-Gen. John McDowell and Col. John 
Servier, to treat with the Cherokee Indians. 

This commission, to which William Sharpe, 
Joseph Winston and Robert Lanier were subse- 
quently joined, negotiated the treaty of Long 
Island, of Holston, on July 30, 1777, with those 

He was elected the first Attorney-General of 
North Carolina in 1777, and held that oflSce for 
one year. He then removed from Charlotte to his 
place, "Swan Ponds," near Morganton, Burke 
county, N. C, which county he represented in the 
State Legislature in 1782, 1783, 1784, 1785 and 
1793, and where he enjoyed peace and plenty, and 
the love and regard of his neighbors until his 
death, March 15, 1821. At the time of his death 
he was the patriarch of the North Carolina bar, 
an exemplary Christian, a 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 Jackson, relates 
that when "Old Hickory^' was young Hickory, just 
twenty-one years old, he fought the first duel of 
his life with Col. WaightstiU Avery, a distin- 

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guished member of the bar of North Carolina. 
There was a criminal trial before the court in 
Jonesboro, N. C, now Tennessee, in which CoL 
Avery and Andrew Jackson appeared on opposite 
sides. In the 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 offence, and, it would seem, ad- 
dressed a note to Col. Avery, upon the subject of 
which, however, we know nothing, except that it 
is referred to in the challenge. 

On the morning of the second day of the trial 
Jackson, acutely mortified at a repetition of the 
offence, 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 a true and correct copy taken 
from the original challenge, which was for many 
years in the possession 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 charector are 
injured he ought to seek aspeedy redress I 
You rec* a few lines from me yesterday un- 
doubtedly you understand me. My charector 
you have Injured; and further you have In- 


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suited me in the presence of acourt and a larg 
aiidianc I therefore call upon you as a gentle- 
man to give me satisfaction for the same ; and 
further call upon you to give me an answer 
immediately without Equivocation, and I 
hope you can do without dinner until the 
business done, for it is consistant with the 
charector of agentleman when he injures 
aman to make aspedy reparation, therefore I 
hope you will not fail in meeting me this day 
from y' Hbl Ser*. 

«^drew 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. Avcrv took care of and 
preserved the challenge. He carefully folded the 

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


Aug ^^ 

and filed 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 
North Carolina, and noted for his knowledge of 
the histories of prominent families in North 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. He owned one of the largest and 
finest farms in Burke county, N. C, on the Ca- 
tawba Eiver, five miles from Morganton, the 
county seat, where he lived all his life, and known 

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as "Swan Ponds." He also owned fifty thousand 
acres of fine grazing land in the Blue Ridge Moun- 
tains, in what is now Mitchell county ; was a most 
successful farmer, and the largest breeder and 
raiser of horses and cattle in his section. He was 
cashier of the Morganton Branch of the State 
Bank for thirty years, succeeding Col. William W. 
Erwin, whose daughter he married. 

With all the labor connected with his varied 
business interests, and the care of a large family, 
he found time to store his mind with a vast fund 
of information. In early years, he represented 
Burke county in the State Legislature, but in later 
years would not accept political office. He died 
at his home, "Swan Ponds," on December 31, 
1864, full of years and honors. 

William Waightstill Avery, eldest son of Col. 
Isaac T. Avery, graduated at the University of 
North Carolina, in 1837, at the head of his class; 
studied law with Judge Gaston, and soon acquired 
a fine reputation and practice at the bar; was 
elected a member of the State Legislature from 
Burke county in 1842, although he was a Demo- 
crat, while the Whigs in the county outnumbered 
the Democrats two to one. 

He was a member of the General Assembly of 
the State, cither in the Senate or House of Repre- 
sentatives, at nearly every session up to 1860 ; was 
President of the Senate in 1856. In 1861, he was 
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States, and served in that capacity until his death. 
He was mortally wounded in July, 1864, near Mor- 
ganton, while leading an attack on Federal troops 
who were making an incursion from East Tennes- 
see, and died July 3, 186-1, at his home in Mor- 
ganton, N. C. He married Miss Mary Corinna 
Morehead, daughter of Governor John M. More- 
head, of N'orth Carolina. 

. [The above history of the Erwin and Avery 
families was kindly furnished by George Phifer 
Erwin, of Morganton, N. C, from his manuscript, 
and greatly appreciated by the writer.] 

Ruth Sharpe (the second daughter of William 
Sharpe and Ms wife, Catharine Eeese) was bom 
March 3, 1770, and married, on October 1, 1789, 
to Andrew Caldwell. 

There were four sons and three daughters: 
1, Franklin Caldwell; 2, Joseph P. Caldwell; 3, 

Dr. Elam Caldwell ; 4, Caldwell (a son) ; 5, 

Catharine Caldwell (named for her grandmother, 
Catharine Beese Sharpe) ; 6, Jennie Caldwell, and 
7, Mary Caldwell. 

(Note. — Am not at all sure that I give the chil- 
dren in the order of their birth.) 

Ruth Sharp Caldwell, after the death of her hus- 
band, came to live with her daughter Catharine, 
who had married Joseph Wilson, of Burke county, 
N. C, and died here, in Morganton, in the house 
now owned by Miss Laura Avery. 

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Their Children. 

1. Franklin Caldwell, of Salisbury, N. C, was a 
distinguished lawyer, and for many years Judge of 
the Superior Court. He married, first, Frances 
Henderson; second, Mrs. Rebecca Chambers Troy. 
N"© children of the second marriage. There were 
five children of the first marriage : 

1. Archibald (Baldy) Caldwell, died unmarried. 

2. Elizabeth Caldwell, married Col. Charles 
Fisher, who was killed at the First Battle of Ma- 
nassas. They had three children: 1, Frances 
Fisher (widely known as Christian Reid, the au- 
thoress), who married Prof. Tiernan, who is dead, 
leaving no issue, and the widow is living in Salis- 
bury, N". C; 2, Annie Fisher, living and unmar- 
ried ; 3, Fred Fisher, married, but have no further 

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

4. Dr. Julius Caldwell, a prominent physician, 
now living in Salisbury, IT. C; married Fannie 
Miller, and have four children, Fannie, Alice, 
Baldy, and Julius. 

5. Frances Caldwell, married Peter Hairston, 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, Ruth and Peter. 

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2. Joseph P, Caldv.ell was also a distinguished 
lawyer, and represented the Salisbury District in 
Congress from 1849 to 1853. He married Amanda 
McCuUogh, who is still living, at an advanced age, 
in Statcsvillc, N". C. They had four children : 

(1) Jennie Caldwell, living in Statesville, and 

(2) Catherine Caldwell, died unmarried (named 
after the same Catharine Reese Sharpe). 

(3) Sarah Caldwell, married Theo. F. Kluttz, 
a prominent lawyer of Salisbury, N. C, and now 
a member of Congress from that district. They 
have six children : Janie, Ruth, Theo., Whitehead, 
Mary and Kathleen (the name Catharine still 
handed down). .Janie Kluttz, daughter of Theo- 
dore F. Kluttz and wife Sarah Caldwell Kluttz, 
married Henderson Crawford, of Salisbury, N". C. 
Issue: Sarah Dunlap Crawford. 

(4) Joseph P. Caldwell, the distinguished edi- 
tor of the Daily Charlotte Observer, the best paper 
in the State, and one of the best in the South. He 
married Margaret Spratt, who is dead. There are 
four children: Lottie, Joseph, Mary and Frank. 

(End of Joseph P. Caldweirs family.) 

3. Dr. Elam Caldwell, lived in Lincolnton, N.C., 
and married Miss Motz, and had two children, one 
son, who went to Texas, and died there unmarried, 
and one daughter. Angle Caldwell, who is unmar- 
ried, and is now living in Statesville, N". C. 

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

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4. Caldwell, a son, married and went 

somewhere to the Southwest, and died there. He 
had two children, one daughter, Maggie Caldwell, 
who died in Newnan, Ga., in 1864, unmarried, and 
one son of whom we have no information. 

(End of Caldwell's family.) 

5. Catherine Caldwell, who married Joseph Wil- 
son, of Burke county, !N". C, and lived for a time 
in Morganton. They had a family, and moved to 
Texas. No further record. 

6. Jennie Caldwell, married to a Mr. Sanders, 
of Virginia. Nothing further except that they 
had a family. 

7. Mary Caldwell, died unmarried. 

(End of Ruth Sharpe's descendants.) 

Cynthia Sharp (the ninth child of William 
Sharp and his wife, Catharine Eeese Sharp) was 
bom November 18, 1780, and on April 5, 1803, 
married John McGuire, of Morganton, N. C. They 
lived there until about 1840, when they followed 
their children to Batesville, Ark. There were nine 
children: 1, Evelina; 2, Elvira; 3, Harriet; 4, Wil- 
liam ; 5, Elam ; G, 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. 

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3. Harrietj married a Mr. Whitesides, and lived 
in Buncombe county, N. C. They had a family, 
scattered and moved West, and nothing further is 

4, William; 7, Edwin, and 9, Thomas moved to 
Batesville, Ark. ; married there. Nothing further. 

6. CatJiarine (named for the grandmother Cath- 
arine Reese Sharpe), married William C. Sevens, 
of Lincolnton, N. C, moved to Batesville, Ark. 
He was a prominent lawyer, and became Judge 
Bevens, of Arkansas, a distinguished jurist of the 
State. I know nothing further, except that they 
had children. 

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

(End of Cynthia Sharpe's family.) 

Genealogy of Pabt of the Reese Family. 
November, 1901. 

A. David Reese, bom , died . A signer 

of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. 

B. Catherine Reese, daughter of David, bom 
September 23, 1744 ; died May 6, 1826 ; married. 
May 31, 1768, Capt. William Sharpe, bom Decem- 
ber 13, 1742, died July 6, 1818, who was a member 
of the Continental Congress. 

C 9. Cynthia Sharpe, the ninth child of Wil- 
liam Sharpe and Catharine Reese, was bom No- 
vember 18, 1780, and died December 26, 1849, at 

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Batesville, Ark.; married John McGuire, April 

5, 1803, who was bom 1771, and died August 

2G, 1843, in Batesville, Ark. They lived in Mor- 
ganton, N. C, until about 1840, when they fol- 
lowed their children to Batesville, Ark., where 
their la«t and best work was dom? in helping to 
organize a Presbyterian church, which has since 
had a remarkable history. Issue: 

D 1. Sarah Evelina, bom February 21, 1815; 
died August 22, 1839, in Batesville, Ark.; mar- 
ried Thomas Hughes, an Englishman, in Morgan- 
ton, N. C. Issue: 

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

E 2. Marv Cordelia, bom in North Caro- 

Una; married in Batesville, Ark., to William R. 
Feemster; migrated to California. 

E 3. Thomas Edwin, married Miss Rogers, 

in Batesville, Ark. ; migrated to Fresno, Cal., where 
his family now reside. 

E 4. Edwin Payson, bom . 

E 5. Sarah Jane, bom ; died in 

Batesville, Ark. 

E 6. John Elam, bom . 

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

D 3. Harriet Matilda, born September 26, 1807 ; 

died ; married John Bowen Whitesides 

1824. Issue: 

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

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E 2. John Quincey Adams^ born June 19, 1823. 

E 3. Catherine Matilda, bom June 13, 1826. 

E 4. Cynthia EveUna, born April 19, 1827. 

E 5. Mary Elizabeth, bom April 4, 1829. 

This family migrated to Georgia, and their pres- 
ent address is not known. 

D 4. William Lorenzo, born December 31, 1808 ; 
died March 26, 1856; married Mary Jane Searcy 
in 1837 ; married a second time to Mary Ann Deb- 
nam. Issue by his first wife, Mary Jane Searcy: 

E 1. James Edwin, bom ; died near 

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

E 2. Martha Ann McGuire, bom . 

E 3. Catherine Elizabeth, bom March 23, 1843 ; 
died June 27, 1872; married Cullens; mar- 
ried, second, September, 1865, to Mark A. R. Wy- 
cough. Issue : 

F 1. Monnie, born June 2, 1866; married 
Charles W. Maxfield November 12, 1888, in Bates- 
ville. Ark. Issue: 

G 1. Bessie. 

G 2. Charles. 

G 3. J. Fred. 

G 4. Maxie. 

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

G 1. Monnie, born Febmary 26, 1901. 

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

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E 4. Evelina L., bom February 2, 1848; died 
July 8, 1849. 

E 5. Nettie, bom June 10, 1852 ; died May 7, 

E G. William S. 

E 7. Robert, married, and one child, name and 
address unknown. 

E 8. Emeline Cordelia, bom February 22, 1855 ; 
married Richard Searcy, December 19, 1878, in 
Independence county. Ark. Residence, James- 
town, Ark. Issue: 

F 1. Hubert Dickenson, bom April 8, 1881. 

F 2. James Horthen, bom December 19, 

F 3. Robert Desha, bom Febmary 24, 1884. 

F 4. Ramsey Winnefred, bom February 14, 

F 5. Adlai Hulsey, bom January 22, 1891. 

D 5. Elam Sharpe, bom April 7, 1810; died 
December 21, 1858; married Catherine Elizabeth 
Lewis April 11, 1838. Issue: 

E 1. William Lewis, bom September 5, 1840, 
in St. Louis county (now Ferguson county). Mo. 
Resides at Batesville, Ark. (1902.) 

E 2. Charles Edwin, bom December 16, 1842; 
married Mollie J. Mcintosh, December 3, 1873, at 
Austin, Ark. Resides with his children at or near 
Heber, Ark. 

F 1. Welch McGuire, bom at Batesville, Ark., 
March 16, 1875. 

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P 2. Sophie Kate McGFuire, bom at Batesville, 
Ark., October 29, 1880. 

F 3. Jean Mcintosh McGuire, bom at Bates- 
ville, Ark., December 18, 1883. 

E 3. Thomas Watson, bom August 17, 1845; 
married Virginia A. Austin, May 1, 1872, at Car- 
roUton, Mo. 

F 1. Leonora Austin McGuire, bom September 
12, 1873 ; married George W. Webster, at Carroll- 
ton, Mo., January 27, 1897. 

G 1. Lila Austin Webster, bom at . 

F 2. Walter W. McGuire, bom December 26, 

F 3. Amold McGuire, bom January 29, 1886. 

E 4r. Walter Sharpe, bom December 26, 1847; 
married Adaline Powell Street, January 1, 1873. 
Besides with his family at or near Jamestown, 

F 1. Ethel Powell McGuire, bom at Batesville, 
Ark., March 2, 1874. 

F 2. Stella McGuire, bom at Batesville, Ark., 
November 21, 1876. 

F 3. Eobert Street McGuire, bom at Mt. Olive, 
Ark., August 20, 1879. 

F 4. Walter Hugh McGuire, bom at Batesville, 
Ark., November 14, 1882. 

F 5. Harry James McGuire, bom at Batesville, 
Ark., December 8, 1885. 

E 5. John Whalen, bom November 15, 1850; 
died May 7, 1892. 

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E 6. Laura Isabella, bom April 30, 1856 ; mar- 
ried . No children. 

D 6. Catherine Elizabeth, born April 7, 1811; 
died March 28, 1883; married William Casper 
Bevens, 18 — , in Morganton, If. C. Issue : 

(E 1.) 1. Susan Elizabeth, born June 20, 1829. 
Besides at present at Little Eock, Ark.; married 
William R. Miller, January 27, 1849, in Batesville, 
Ark., who was from 1877 to 1881 Governor of 
Arkansas. Issue : 

(F 1.) A 1. Louisa Maria, bom March 10, 
1850. Resides at present in Little Rock, Ark.; 
married William J. Joblin. Issue: 

(G 1.) B 1. iJfora, bom ; died in infancy. 

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

(F 2.) A 2. Catherine, bom March 1, 1852 ; died 
January 13, 1862. 

(F 3.) A 3. Alice, bom February 7, 1854; died 
December 27, 1861. 

(F 4.) A 4. Harriet, bom March 11, 1859; died 
December 27, 1860. 

(F 5.) A 5. Effie, bom January 8, 1862; died 
June 29, 1900; married John Edwin Williams, 
January 16, 1884. Issue: 

(G 1.) B 1. Janie Effie, bom August 1, 1885; 
died July 29, 1887. 

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

(G 3.) B 3. Lawrence Miller, born April 16, 

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(F 6.) A C, William Eeed, bora March 28, 1866. 
Resides in Richmond, Va. ; married Effie Kennedy, 
April 17, 1889. Issue: 

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

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

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

(F 7.) A 7. Hugh, bom June 2, 1868. Resides 
in Richmond, Va. Married Christie Hamilton 
Poppenheim, December 17, 1902, at Charleston, 
S. C. 

(E 2.) 2. William Alexander, born December 
14, 1831, at Morganton, N". C; died March 4, 
1891, at Little Rock, Ark.; married Ada Lewis, 

1858 ; married a second time, Ida G. Mcl^eil, 

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, bom April, 1864. 
Resides in Texas. 

(F 2.) A 2. Fairchild Alexander, bom 

1867; married Estelle Inscore, of Kansas City, 
1894. Practicing medicine in Mabank, Tex. Issue: 

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


(G 2.) B 2. Randal, bom at Canton, Texas, 
— 1898. 
(F 3.) A 3. Lucile Adelaide, bom June 21, 

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1871; married Weldon Edwards Schenck, Febru- 
ary 26, 1895, at Richmond, Va. Resides at Greens- 
boro, N. C. Issue: 

(G 1.) B 1. Weldon Edwards, Jr., bom Novem- 
ber 17, 1895; died June 1, 1897. 

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

(G 3.) B 3. John Richardson, bom April 28, 

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

(F 4.) A 4. Alexander, bom July 23, 1884, at 
Batesville, Ark. 

(E 3.) 3. Harriet, bom April 11, 1834; died 
July 22, 1859; married William Gibbs, February, 

(E 4.) 4. Catherine Eugenia, bom September 
19, 1837; died January 7, 1900, 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, bom March 19, 1859, at 
Batesville, Ark.; married Dr. William B. Law- 
rence, February 4, 1880, at Batesville, Ark. Re- 
sides at Batesville, Ark. 

(F 2.) A 2. Catherine, bom August 3, 1861; 
died August 11, 1893, at Friar's Point, Miss.; 
married Rev, Julian C. Brown, January 24, 1881, 
at Batesville, Ark. Issue: 

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

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at Batesville, Ark.; died February 19, 1891, in 
Fort Smith, Ark. 

(G 2.) B 2. Kate, bom June 26, 1893, in Friar's 
Point, Miss. Resides with her father in Hot 
Springs, Ark. 

(F 3.) A 3. Paul Bevens, bom January 29, 
1864, Springfield, Tex. ; married Neva Pearl Cook, 
April 24, 1895, at Elmo, Ark. Resides at Bates- 
ville, Ark. Issue: 

(G 1.) B 1. Virgil James, bom May 10, 1896, 
in Batesville, Ark. 

(G 2.) B 2. Mildred Eugenia, bom 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, bom February 5, 1867; 
married Jesse Wallace Byler, November 29, 1889, 
at Batesville, Ark. Resides at St. Louis, Mo. Is- 

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

(G 2.) B 2. James Butler, bom January 13, 
1901, in St. Louis, Mo. 
; (F 5.) A 5. James W., bom November 9, 1869, 

at Batesville, Ark. Resides at Batesville, Ark. 

(F 6.) A 6. Reed, bom September 23, 1872, at 
Batesville, Ark. Resides at Batesville, Ark. 
I (E 5.) 5. Louise, bom March 12, 1844; died 

; Januarv 13, 1862, at Little Rock, Ark. 

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D 7. Edwin Ruthven, bom September 15, 1813 ; 
died in Batesville, Ark. ; married Emmiline Craig, 
1837, in Independence county. Ark. Issue: 

E 1. James Clinton, bom October 17, 1839; 
married Martha E. Erwin, December 26, 1871, at 
Batesville, Ark. Issue: 

. F 1. Erwin R, bom August 11, 1873 ; married 
Ruth ITorthcross. 

F 2. Elizabeth Ewing, bom April 26, 1878; 
married William Daniel Gray, November 28, 1900. 
Issue : 

G 1. Martha, bom March 20, 1902. 

P 3. Laura, bom May 10, 1882; died October 
24, 1887. . 

E 2. Mary E., bom October 13, 1841; died 
August 20, 1862, in Oil Trough Bottom, Indepen- 
dence county. Ark. 

E 3. Cordelia L., bom April 23, 1846; died 
August 28, 1863. 

E 4. William Edward, bom June 19, 1857. 

D 8. Jane Louisa, bom February 21, 1815; 
died November 11, 1875, at Batesville, Ark. ; mar- 
ried Dr. Alfred Bevens, January 8, 1834, at Mor- 
ganton, N. C. Issue: 

E 1. Sarah L., bom November 13, 1834, in 
Morganton, N. C; died September 23, 1868, in 
Jacksonport, Ark.; married Ralph R. Kellog, De- 
cember 31, 1849. Issue: 

F 1. ICva Louisa, born September 6, 1863. Re- 
sides in Albuquerque (?), New Mexico; married 
James M. Curry, April, 1870. Issue: 

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'G 1. James, bom November, 1886. 

F 2. Nellie Cynthia, born January 24, 1855; 
died August, 1886; mailied Thomas F. Horton, 

F 3. Mary Emma, bom October 20, 1858. Re- 
sides in Newport, Ark.; married Theophelus Stu- 
art Stephens, July 15, 1875, who was bom April 
30, 1847. Issue: 

G 1. George Kellogg, bom July 30, 1879; is 
now at St. Louis Medical College; will locate at 
Newport, Ark. 

G 2. Ralph Curry, bom June 28, 1882. 

G 3. Mary Jane, bom October 28, 1884; now 
at school at Columbia, Mo. 

G 4. Harry Dowell. 

G 5. Lutie Mae, bom August 16, 1892. 

G 6. Gertrude Fuller, bom October 10, 1900; 
died July 14, 1901. 

F 4. Ralph Wycough, bom March 30, 1868. 
Resides in Newport, Ark. 

E 2. Elam F. Bevens, bom October 26, 1836, 

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

Houghton. Issue : 

F 1. Edgar Poe, bom ; died 1879; mar- 
ried (the second time) Maggie Graham , in 

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

F 2. Frank, bom 1882. 

E 3. Emma A., born October 28, 1838, in Mor- 
ganton, N. C; died October 20, 1869; married 

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M. A. Wycough, February 26, 1856. One son, now 

E 4. William E., bom March 5, 1841. Resides 
at Helena, Ark. ; married Virginia Green, August 
27, 1867, at Jacksonport, Ark. Issue: 

F 1. Alice May, bom October 16, 1869; died 
November 27, 1884. 

F 2. Edwin Bevens, bom February 14, 1875; 
is practicing law in Helena, Ark. 

F 3. Joseph L., bom September 4, 1880 ; in the 
drug business in Helena, Ark. 

E 5. Mary Jane, bom September 12, 1843. Re- 
sides at Imboden, Ark.; married E. W. Hogan, 
December 25, 1866. Issue: 

F 1. Susan Louisa, bom January 25, 1868. 
Resides at Searcy, Ark. ; married Rev. N- E. Gard- 
ner. Issue : 

G 1. Elizabeth Bevens, bom . 

F 2. George Eldridge, bom April 12, 1870. 

F 3. 'Walter Edwin, bom September 28, 1872. 

F 4. Sidney Pierce, bom September 1, 1874. 

F 5. Arthur Hamlin, bom February 25, 1880. 

F 6. Charles Wayne, bom December 25, 1888. 

E 6, Thomas Alfred, bom September 12, 1847; 
is a practicing physician at Sulphur Rock, Ark.; 

married Donnah , December 29, 1870, at 

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

F 1. William Leslie, bom September 10, 1871 ; 
died October 14, 1878. 

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F 2. George Lee, born August 25, 1873. Re- 
sides at Batcsville, Ark. 

F 3. Eva Louisa, born February 20, 1876. 

F 4. Elam Franklin, born April 15, 1878; in 
drug business at Sulphur Rock, Ark. 

F 5. Samuel Finch, bom April 15, 1878. 
Farmer at Sulphur Rock, Ark. 

F 6. Vannie, bom March 15, 1886. 

F 7. Nettie, bom JiUy 27, 1888. 

D 9. Thomas Theodore, bom January 20, 1817 ; 
died ; married Elizabeth . Issue: 

E 1. William, bom ; married Rad- 

ford. Resided in Memphis, Tenn. 

E 2. Theodore, bom . 

E 3. Mary, bom . 

[The ^vriter is indebted to Mr. William R. Mil- 
ler, of Richmond, Va., for the use of manuscript 
containing the genealogy of the McGuire and Bev- 
ens families.] 

C 7. Elam Sharpe, the seventh child of William 
Sharpe and Catharine Reese Sharpe, was bom 
January 3, 1777, and settled in Pendleton, S. C, 
where he married Betsey Miller. Issue: 

D 1. Oscar Sharpe, married Susan Harrell, of 
Alabama. Children and grandchildren as fol- 

E 1. Edwin Reese Sharpe, married Mittie 
Green, of Georgia. He was a member of the 
Georgia Legislature for several terms, and also 
edited a paper published at Carrollton, Ga., where 

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he died several years ago. He was an elder of the 
Presbyterian Church, and lived a consistent Chris- 
tian life. Issue: 

F 1. Annie Elizabeth Sharpe, unmarried. 

F 2. Robert Lee Sharpe, married Gordie Tom- 
lin. Issue : 

G 1. lone Sharpe. 

F 3. Hamilton Hunter Sharpe. 

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

F 5. William Oscar Sharpe. 

F 6. Hayne Sharpe. 

F 7. Marcus Sharpe. 

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

F 1. Marcus Clifford Burdett, married in Texas 
and died in 1900. 

F 2. Edwin Burdett, unmarried. 

E 3. Frances Henrietta, married Henderson 
Huguley, of Alabama. Issue: 

F 1. Harrell Dallas Huguley. 

F 2. Oscar Whitfield Huguley. 

F 3. Henderson Huguley, Jr. 

F 4. Amos Huguley. 

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

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

G 1. Joseph R. Word. 

G 2. Fannie Word. 

G 3. Edwin Word. 

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E 5. Annie Eliza Sharpe, married Prof. F. M. 
Blount. Issue : 

F 1. Frank Marion Blount, Jr. 

F 2. William Oscar Blount. Prof, and Mrs. 
Blount are most pious Christian people, consis- 
tent numbers of the Baptist Church. 

E 6. Rose Harrell Sharpe, married W. F. 
Hayes, of West Point, Ga. Issue: 

F. 1. Susan Harrell Hayes. 

F 2. Erin Hayes. 

F 3. William Franklin Hayes. 

E 7. Pinkie* Sharpe, died in childhood. 

E 8. William Oscar Sharpe, married Clara 
Louise Pippin, of Texas. Issue: 

F 1. William Lloyd Sharpe. 

F 2. Louise Velma Sharpe. 

F 3. Susan Harrell Sharpe. 

E 9. Gertrude Eora Sharpe, married W. S. 
Duncan, of Atlanta, Ga., as his second wife. No 

D 2. Elam Sharpe, married Fannie Hayne, 
daughter of Governor Hayne, of South Carolina, 
and sister of the poet, Paul Hayne. She is de- 
scended from the Pinckneys and Laurenses, 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. Edwin Sharpe, a prominent physi- 
cian of Pendleton, S. C. ; lived to be an old man; 
died unmarried. 

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D 4. Marcus Sharpe, died unmarried. 

D 5. Elizabeth Sharpe, married Rev. Dr. Car- 
lisle, a minister of the M. E. Church, and at one 
time connected with Wofford College, Spartanburg, 
S. C. Issue: 

E 1. John E. Carlisle, a minister of the M. E. 

E 2. William Carlisle. 

E 3. James Carlisle. 

E 4. Mark Carlisle. 

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

C 5. Betsey Sharpe, the fifth cliild of William 
Sharpe and Catharine Reese Sharpe, bom Jan. 22, 
1774; married Capt. R. Starke, December 9, 1819. 
It was a very unhappy marriage ; it seems he was 
a brutal 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 maiden 
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 Sharpe, eldest son of Wil- 
liam Sharpe and Catharine Reese Sharpe, bom 
May 18, 1771, and died unmarried, on St. Simons 
Island, February 15, 1801. 

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

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D 1. Thomas Alphonzo Sharpe, married Har- 
riet Elizabeth Young. Issue: 

E 1. Archibald Young Sharpe, bom at Lau- 
rens Court-house, S. C, April 25, 1829. He be- 
longs to the order of the Cincinnati of North Car- 
olina by right of descent from Capt. and Brevet 
Major Anthony Sharpe, of the J^orth Carolina 
Continental Line, who was an original member of 
this Society of the Cincinnati. He married Miss 
Catharine A. Sledge. Issue : 

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

G 1. Thomas Ledyard Sharpe, Jr. 

G 2. Lucile Young Sharpe. 

F 2. Goodman GriflBn Sharpe. 

F 3. Mary Pumell Sharpe, married James 
Price Davidson. Issue: 

G 1. Adele Davidson. 

G 2. Archibald Alexander Davidson. 

G 3. Lyle Price Davidson. 

F 4. Julia Lemira Sharpe, married James P. 
Sturdivant. Issue : 

G 1. Archibald Young Sturdivant. 

G 2. Catharine Sturdivant. 

G 3. Lillian Sturdivant. 

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

G 1. Harry Dix, Jr. 
I G 2. Archibald Ellingwood Dix. 

F 6. Henry Sledge Sharpe, married Lota A. 

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P 7. Archibald Young Sharpe, Jr. 

E 2, Margaret M. Sharpe, married Mr. Alfred 
A. Curtis, Both dead. 

B 3. Harriet Elizabeth Sharpe, married Thomas 
R. Cameron. Issue: 

F 1. Robert Sharpe Cameron. 

F 2. Columbus A. Cameron. 

F 3. Millard Cameron. 

E 4. Julia Sharpe, married Nathan C. Napier. 
Issue : 

F 1. Caroline Napier, unmarried. 

F 2. George M. Napier, married Miss Harris. 
Issue: Two children; wife and children dead. 

He is a lawyer and a very religious man, prac- 
tices his profession of law in Atlanta, Ga. 

F 3. Alice Osbom Napier, unmarried. She is 
a well-educated woman, and a very successful 
teacher in the Industrial School located at Mil- 
ledgeville, Ga. 

F 4. Leroy Napier, married Mary Lightfoot. 
Issue : 

G 1. Alice Napier. 

G 2. Jean Napier. 

He is a physician, and engaged in the practice 
of medicine at Lumber City, Ga. 

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, 

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consecrated Christian. His zeal for God, his 
brotherly kindness, his readiness to fulfill his min- 
istry in every possible way, has not only gained the 
admiration and esteem of his own people, but the 
entire community feel to an eminent degree the 
power and sweetness of his earnest: Christian life. 

F C. Julia Sharpe Napier, unmarried. She is 
considered a very beautiful woman. She was edu- 
cated at Wesleyan Female College, at Macon, Ga., 
and is engaged in journalistic work. 

F 7. Emma Napier, unmarried. She was edu- 
cated at Milledgeville Industrial School. 

F 8. Nathan C. Napier, unmarried. He grad- 
uated with distinction at Emory College, Oxford, 
Ga., in the class of 1900. 

There is a very interesting legend about the 
name Napier given by Sir Alexander Napier, eldest 
son of Sir John Napier (1625). 

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 II. of Scotland, having wars. Earl 
Lennox sent two sons to war, and kept the eldest 
at home. The battle went hard with the Scots, 
when Donald pulled his father's standard from the 
bearer, and valiantly encountering the foe, being 
well followed by Lennox men, won a great victory. 

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

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you who hath Nae Peer/' and calling Donald into 
his presence, commanded him in regard to his 
worthy service, that his name should be changed 
from Lennox to Napier, and gave him the lands of 
Gosford and Fife. The motto is, "Ready, aye, 

Capt. N. C. Napier died January 21, 1901. 

E 5. Emma Sharpe, married Joseph Miller. 
Issue : 

F 1. Frederick Miller. 

Another Branch of the Sharpe Family. 

Sarah Sharpe, from Head of Elk, Md., married 
Dr. John Reid, Surgeon of the Post, at Salisbury, 
N. C, then the most important place west of 
Hillsboro, with the rank of captain. Sarah Sharpe 
Reid, through preference, lived at Lincolnton, 
N. C, where she died and is buried. Issue : 

A 1. Mary Reid, married Robert Johnston, 
youngest son of Col. James Johnston, a gallant 
soldier of the Revolutionary War. Issue: 

B 1. Sarah Johnston, married 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. McLean. 
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to Delia Torrence; second, to Laura E. Hap- 

B C. Col. William Johnston, married Annie 
Graham, a descendant of Governor Graham, of 
North Carolina. 

B 7. Robert E. Johnston, married Caroline 

B 8. Dr. Thomas Lum Johnston, married Dor- 
cas Luckey. 

B 9. Harriet M. Johnston, married William T. 

B 10. Rufus Johnston, married Cecelia Latta. 

B 11. Mary E. Johnston, married Dr. W. S. M. 

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

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

B 6. Col. William Johnston and wife, Annie 
Graham Johnston, had the following children : 

C 1. Julia Martha Johnston. 

C 2. Franklin Graham Johnston. 

C 3. Mary Cora Johnston. 

C 4. William Robert Johnston, unmarried. 

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

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

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

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D 3. Jane Hawkins Andrews, married William 
Mathews Marks, of Montgomery, Ala., April 10, 

E 1. Julia Andrews Marks, bom October, 1902. 

D 4. John Hawkins Andrews, unmarried. 

D 5. Graham Harris Andrews, unmarried. 

Mrs. Julia Johnston Andrews is a woman of 
unusual intelligence and force of character, affec- 
tionate in her nature, and loyal to her relatives and 
friends. She and her family are communicants 
of the Episcopal Church at Raleigh. 

C 2. Franklin G. Johnston, unmarried. 

C 3. Mary Cora Johnston, married T. R. Rob- 
ertson, of Charlotte, 2^. C. Issue: 

D 1. Annie Graham Robertson, died in infancy. 

D 2. T. R. Robertson, Jr., died when nineteen 
years of age. 

D 3. Elizabeth Caroline Robertson. 

D 4. Julia Johnston Robertson. 

C 4. William R. Johnston, unmarried. 

Sarah Sharpe Reid's sister, Matilda Sharpe, 
married Col. William Erwin, of North Carolina. 

Miss Emma C. Reid is a descendant of Capt. 
John Reid, and lives at Mt. Mourne, N. C. 

The writer has been unable to get any further 
information concerning this branch of the family. 

The ^mter is indebted to Mr. John Bulow Er- 
win, of Ashville, N". C, for the following records 
taken from his manuscript : 

Children of Catharine Reese and Wm. Sharpe: 

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1. Matilda Sharpe, married Col. William P. 
Erwin, of Burke county, N. C, who was clerk of 
the Superior Court for more than forty years. 
They had sixteen children, and raised all to he 
grown, 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. He was said to be a prosperous 
business man. 

D 1. Adolphus Lorenzo Erwin, son of Col. W. 
P. Erwin and Matilda Sharpe Erwin, married 
Marj' Gertrude Sisnaner, of Cabarras county, 
whose grandfather, -John Phifer, was a signer of 
the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. 
They had eleven children, four of whom died in 
infancy, viz. : 

E 1. John B. Erwin graduated at Chapel Hill, 
studied medicine, attended lectures at Charleston, 
S. C, Medical College, practiced in McDowell 
county, N". C., for four years, went to Washing- 
ton, D. C, in 1851, in the Navy Department, 
where he remained for eleven years. He married 
Ella Kehler, daughter of Rev. J. H. Kehler, of 
the Episcopal Church, at Shepardstown, Va. Is- 

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F 1. Mary A. Erwin. 

F 2. Nan T. Erwin. 

F 3. John Bulow Erwin. 

F 4. William A. Erwin, who was Captain of 
Company "M/' First Eegiment of North Carolina 
Volunteers, in the war with Spain, and served in 

E 2. Matilda M. Erwin, unmarried, and living 
at Morganton, N. C. 

E 3. Mary A. Erwin, died August, 1902. 

E 1. Harriet E. Erwin, married Col. J. B. Kan- 
kin, of Charlotte, N. C. Issue: 

F 1. Erwin Rankin, married Agnes Wilkes. Is- 

G 1. John Wilkes Eankin. 

G 2. Harriet Esther Eankin. 

G 3. Alfred Erwin Eankin. 

G 4. Ealph Sanedberg Eankin. 

G 5. Jean Eankin. 

F 2. Annie Eankin, unmarried. 

F 3. Margaret Eankin, unmarried. 

The writer visited these sisters in their pleasant 
home at Charlotte, N. C. Annie is a gifted artist. 
Some of her pictures are exquisite in design and 
execution. She is delicate, and unfortunately very 

Margaret is an unusually bright and sprightly 
woman, an interesting talker, deeply interested in 
church work. They both are members of the Pres- 
byterian Church. 

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E 5. Maria Louisa Erwin, married Major J. W. 
Wilson, a civil engineer, who surveyed the Western 
North Carolina Eailroad across Swannanoa Gap of 
the Blue Ridge to Asheville, N. C. Their children 
and grandchildren are as follows : 

F 1. Mary Willis Wilson, married Major T. H. 
Bomar, of Atlanta, Ga., now in Texas. Issue: 

G 1. Name unknown. 

F 2. Alice Wilson, married Herbert Battle, civil 
engineer, grandson of William H. Battle, former 
Judge of the Superior Court of North Carolina. 

F 3. Louisa Wilson, married Robert Gibbon. 

F 4. Adolphus Wilson, married Hattie y of 

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

D 2. Harriet Erwin, married Col. Isaac T. 
Avery, son of Waightstill Avery, signer of the 
Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, and a 
distinguished patriot. 

These were all slave-owners and planters. 

C 3. Sidney S. Envin, married Caroline Car- 
son, niece of Samuel C. Carson, a distinguished 
member of the National Congress. They moved to 
Mississippi, where they died and left five children. 

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

D 2. Leander Erwin, married Miss Marable, of 
Atlanta, Ga. Issue: 

B 1. A daughter who married George West, of 
New Orleans; other children, names unknown. 

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

D 4. Marcus Erwin married twice: first, Mar- 
garet McDowell. Issue: 

E 1. One son living in Burke county. 

Second wife, Katherine Smith, of Buncombe 
county. He was a distinguished lawyer, and mem- 
ber of the State Legislature 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 Buncombe county, N. C. 

E 3. Marable Erwin, is a lawyer at Asheville, 
2^'. C. 

There are three daughters unmarried. 

C 4. Margaret Erwin, married Col. James Mc- 
Dowell, a nephew of Major Joseph McDowell, who 
commanded a Eegiment at King's Mountain, the 
turning point of the Revolutionary War. Issue: 

D 1. Joseph McDowell, married Julia Patton, 
of Buncombe county. 

D 2. William McDowell, married Sarah Smith, 
of Asheville, the first white child bom west of the 
Blue Ridge 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 son. 

All these sons are dead, and left large families. 

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C 6. Catharine Reese Erwin, married Alfred 
M. Gaither, a lawyer of Iredell county. Issue : 

D 1. Julia Gaither, unmarried. 

C 7. Elizabeth Sharpe Erwin, married Mr. 
B. S. Gaither, who was a prominent lawyer, mem- 
ber of the Legislature, President of the Senate, 
and a member of the Confederate Congress at 
Richmond. Issue : 

D 1. and D 2. Two sons, married and died 
i without issue. 

D 3. Delia Emma, married and had a large 
family, names unknown. 

C 8. Delia Haywood Erwin, married Dr. J. F. 
Harday, of Newberr}% S. C. He was a very prom- 
inent physician. Issue: 

D 1. William W. Harday, was killed in the 
' First Battle of Manassas, was aid to Gen. Kershaw, 

of South Carolina. 

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

Col. Erwin's other sons and daughters died un- 
i married. 

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B 4. David Tasker Reese, son of David Reese 
and Susan Polk Reese; married Mary Wilson, of 
Sumter, S. C. 

She belonged to the family of Wilsons that fur- 
nished so many Presbyterian ministers, and a 
prominent family in the State. Issue : 

C 1. Susan Gullet Reese, died young. 

C 2. David Tasker Reese. 

C 3. Catharine Reese. 

C 4. Matilda Reese. 

C 5. Ruth Alexander Reese. 

C 6. Robert Polk Reese. 

C 7. Caroline Reese, died unmarried. 

C 8. Mary Wilson Reese. 

C 9. George Sidney Reese. 

Q 10. Dorcas Reese. 

David Reese was a Revolutionary soldier, 
wounded at the battle of Guilford Court-house. 
N'othing 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 
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the Presbyterian Church, did much charity work, 
and was a vast help to her mother in raising the 
yoimger children. Her brother George said of 
her "that she was too smart to be a woman; that 
she had more sense than all ot her brothers, except 
Thomas, whom she studied and read with." She 
died a triumphant death. 

B 6. Charles Gullet Reese, son of David Reese 
and Susan Polk Reese; was a Revolutionary sol- 
dier, and it is told of him "that when Comwallis 
was quartered at Charlotte, he had a very choice 
horse that he prized very highly, and that Charles 
Reese captured this horse, and ran away with it, 
and when reprimanded by 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 Bondinots, 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 living among the 
Cherokees at Talequah, I. T. Mention will be 

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made of them under Dr. David Addison Reese's 
line. The finest athletes, the best educated and 
most responsible people among the Cherokees are 
said to be the descendants of Charles Reese. So 
far as is known of him, he never expressed, and 
doubtless never felt, a regret at having abandoned 
his own people to live amid lawless, untutored and 
violent savages. 

He was a powerful advocate of this race of peo- 
ple, believing there were fine elements, and many 
honorable qualities in these American Aborigines. 

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B 5. George Reese, fourth son of David, the 
signer, and Susan Polk Reese; bom March 11, 
1752, in Mecklenburg county, N. C; married 
Anna Story, of Sumter, S. C, January 20, 1785. 

The Story family were French Huguenots, fled 
from their native land at the Revocation of the 
Edict of Nantes. These exiles, for conscience' 
sake, found a footing in England. The original 
name was Staurie; they emigrated to America in 
the latter part of the sixteenth century, and settled 
at Marblehead, Mass., then the grand old common- 
wealth of Pennsylvania ; thence to South Carolina. 

It is said "this family were very fond of truffles, 
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 
the love of them was transmitted to generations 
who came after them." 

There were several brothers who came from 
Brittany, 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. Thomas (1), Charles (2), 
Daniel (3), Ebenezer (4), and one sister, Ann 
Eliza (5), who was the second wife of J. Chad- 

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wick, an English gentleman. Ebenezer was a fa- 
mous sea captain, and made many voyages to 
China and Japan. 

Tradition says, "He 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 lacquered wood-work tables, red earthen jars 
filled with rice and tea.'* The writer has in her 
possession an antique china ciike-plate brought 
from Peking, which has been in the family almost 
three centuries, and through several generations 
descended to her. A very valuable heirloom. 

It 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 valuable silver watch, and 
many elegant jewels, amethysts, cameos, rubies, 
pearls, and a handsome diamond ring, which he 
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 
of 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 presented to some historical society, or mu- 
seum. Eliza Ann Chadwick left many relics, 
among them a little metal medal with the inscrip- 
tion "Welcome to Lafayette, the Nation's Guest. 


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This medal was worn by her daughter when La- 
fayette passed through the place in which she lived 
in 1824, during his triumphal 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. He was bom at Marblehead, 
Mass., 1779, graduated at Harvard, 1798, and rep- 
resfflited Congress in 1808-'9. 

Julian Story, the artist, who married Emma 
Eames, one of the finest singers of her time, is 
regarded as one of the very best portrait and figure 
painters. He 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 1C37, settling in Massachu- 
setts, married Sarah Foster, a descendant of Regi- 
nald Foster, who is said to have come from Exeter, 
Devonshire, England, in one of the ships embar- 
goed by King Charles I. He brought with him his 
wife Judith, with several sons and daughters. 

The danger from Indians in those early days was 
such that in 1645 a law was passed requiring the 

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"youth from ten to sixteen years to be exercised 
with small guns, half pikes, bows and arrows, and 
also that every town was to have a guard set a half 
hour after sunset, to consist of pikemen, mus- 
keteers, and to prepare for any sudden attack from 
the Indians." Children of William and Sarah 
Foster Story are as follows : 

B 1. Samuel Story, married . Issue : 

C 1. Elizabeth Story, died young. 

C 2. Jacob Story, married Martha Bums. Is- 

D 1. Stephen Story, married his cousin, Eliza- 
beth Story. Issue: 

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

F 1. Ruth. 

F 2. Sally. 

E 2. David Story, married Thankful Bumham. 

Sketch op the Bubnham Family. 

The ship Angel Gabriel arrived off the coast of 
Maine August, 1635, and was cast away in a 
storm at Pennaquid, Capt. Anduwan and his three 
nephews, John (1), Robert (2), and Thomas 
Bumham (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 

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

Children of David Story and Thankful Bum- 

F 1. David Story, married . Issue : 

G 1. Charles Story, married Hosana McLeon, as 
first wife. Issue : 

H 1. Fereby Story. 

H 2. Elizabeth Story. 

H 3. John Story. 

H 4. Margaret Story. 

H 5. Rebecca Story; nothing further is known 
of them. 

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

H 6. Anna Story, married George Reese. 

H 7. Charles Story, married Susannah Carter. 
No 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 noble family of Landons 
who died in 1710. 

H 8. Esther Story, died young. 

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

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see, and left a family of children. Nothing fur- 
ther is known of them. 

Mary Alexander Story, second wife of Charles 
Story, was a remarkable woman. Many interest- 
ing facts and delightful reminiscences of her life 
have been 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 be drawn through her wedding ring, that 
was small: for it is told of her she had very tiny 

A letter from Mrs. Mary Story to her daughter, 
Anna Story Eeese: 

"Jenewary the 3">. 1794. 
"fryday night. 

"Dear daughter, having this opportunity I 
now set down to write a few lines by Mr. 
James hall he come sence night, my dear you 
may be assured I have not for got you but as 
providence ordard it so that we are to be 
parted I desire to be content and wish you to 
be resigned to the will of a wise god that will 
make all things to work for good if we do but 
love him. the old year is gone and if we look 
back what a nothing it appears departed as a 
tale that is told thus will our whole life appear 
when our end approaches and eternity opens, 
but eternity will never expire but will last 
world without end, when millions of ages are 

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past away eternity we may say will only be a 
beginning and tbis short life this little span 
is the seed time of the long, long eternity and 
do my dear indeavor to improve time and 
make the best provision for an eternity of hap- 
piness. Should we not be careful to get faith 
in our lord Jesus Christ to get 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 we cannot be happy 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 f eb- 
weary but — 

"{Satrday morning.) their is so menny 
things to hender me. I am week and this 
could sesen of the year might hard for me at 
this time Charls has a bad cof . and fever and 
is much redust, Susannah has hard fevers yes- 
trday they got medeson from the doctour and 
Charls thinks he is som better this is Susan- 

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nahs best day and I cant tell if the medeson 
has hope her or no. I hope Charls is gettin 
better of his other complant I hope god will 
in his own good time send him comfort and 
speak peas to his concunse I convarsed with 
him on the subject yestrday James Weather- 
spoons famley I hope is well I heard from 
them Wensday. none of our peeple has gon to 
town yet I expect they wold gon next week if 
they had ent been taken sick the Gentleman is 
waiten I may conclude with my love to you 
and Mr Eeese and my little dears give my 
complements to my good frends Crs famely 
and all my inquiring frends f earwell my dear 
fearwell I am your souls well wisher tell deth. 

"Maey Stoery/'* 

Sacbed to tue memoby of 




aged 80 years. 

Erected by heb daughteb, 

Anna Reese. 

This monument is in the Hopewell Cemetery, 
at the old Stone Church, near Pendleton, South 

^ Copied from the original old letter without a change 
in spelling or punctuation. It is now 108 years old. 

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Carolina, where Mary Story sleeps among her 

B 5. George Eeese, was a Revolutionary 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 suffered. He was considered a well- 
.educated man at that period; was fond of the 
classics, well acquainted with church history and 
its tenets, as well as that of our government, and 
its principles, which he aided to establish, and 
was always ready to defend. His noted bravery 
and nobility of character made him a popular 

He was an eidiensive reader, and possessing a 
fine memory made him an agreeable, interesting 
companion. He was a devotedly pious man, and 
like his father, a Presbyterian 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 best crop of wheat a large, handsome silver 
pitcher, still in possession of the family. He was 
quiet and gentle in his manners, amiable and good 
natured to such an eidient that he left the control 
of the family almost entirely to his wife, whose 
judgment and executive ability he freely confessed 
was vastly superior to his own. 

He lived to a ripe old age, and died greatly 
lamented, and sleeps beside his favorite brother. 

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JRev. Dr. Thomas Reese, at Hopewell Cemetery, 
with a stone bearing the following inscription : 

Sacbed to the memobt of 


He was a native of North Carolina, and for the last' 
forty years of his life resided in this district. 

He was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church for 
more than thirty years of his life, and adorned the pro- 
fession which he made. 

Anna Story, the wife of George Reese, was the 
eldest child by a second marriage. She was slight, 
graceful and quick in her movements, with pene- 
trating greyish blue eyes, fair complexion and black 
hair. Her educational advantages were limited, 
but she possessed a wealth of native intellect, and 
being quite ambitious, she improved every oppor- 
tunity. She was no ordinary woman. Reared by a 
godly mother, she exhibited 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, 
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to her at once, and soon obtained a promise of mar- 
riage. They were happily married the 20th of the 
following January. She, like the Eoman Cornelia, 
was not (twelve) but eleven times a mother, and 
she gave to the training of these children her whole 
soul and energies, 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 religion. 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 religion in the young 
hearts of her children. How transcendent must 
have been the work of this godly woman in bring- 
ing up this large family in the **love and admoni- 
tion of the Lord" ! 

She was truly a helpmeet, a frugal housewife, 

and ordered her household with wisdom. She not 

only superintended the spinning and weaving for 

the family, but laid lier own hands to the distaff 

and loom. Her three daughters were taught all 

domestic accomplishments. Her ambitions and 

aspirations for her eight sons were remarkable, 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 

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deep impression upon her family, which lasted 
them throughout life. She assisted in building 
and supporting three Presbyterian churches, and 
gave three communion services. This is told as a 
fitting memorial of her. She also gave liberally 
of her means to support the gospel in heathen 

Her favorite grandson, on being asked what he 
knew of his ancestors, replied, "I know nothing 
further back 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 possessed that strength, firm- 
ness, and dignity of character which belong to 
womanly goodness and greatness." 

After her husband's death she made her home 
with her son George, and had her own faithful 
maid Margaret, whom she called Marget, 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 are 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 burying-ground, in Chambers county, Ala., 
and near West Point, Ga. 

Her monument bears the following inscrip- 

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Hebe lies the beicains of 


Relict of George Reese, 

OF Pendleton, S. C, 

BoBN 16th of Novembeb, 1764. 

Died IVIabch 26th, 1852. 

Children of George Reese and wife, Anna Story 


C 1. Horatio, bom April 8, 1786. 

C 2. Charles Milton, bora January 22, 1788. 

C 3. Mary Story, bora April 17, 1790. 

C 4. Susan Polk, bora Febraary 17, 1792. 

C 5. David Addison, bom March 3, 1794. 

C 6. George, bora September 17, 1796. 

C 7. Thomas Sidney, bora August 12, 1799. 

C 8. James Elihu, bora July 12, 1802. 

C 9. Edwin, bora July 17, 1804. 

C 10. Esther Ann, bora January 1, 1807. 

C 11. Alexander Hamden, bora July 12, 1810. 


Horatio, married Margaret Carter, Febraary 14, 

Charles M., married, first, Annie Miller, 1817; 
second,. Mrs. Lucy Meriwether, 1831; third, Mrs. 
Elizabeth Gerdine, 1833. 

Mary Story, married David Cherry, January, 

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Susan Polk, married Nathaniel Harris, Septem- 
ber, 1817. 

David A., married Mary Meriwether, December, 

Thomas S., married Susan McGregor, March, 

James E., married Lucy Allison, , 1843. 

Edwin, married Sarah A. Lewis, May 13, 1834. 

Esther A., married David Meriwether, January 
11, 1823. 

Alexander H., married Jane Cherry, May 27, 


Horace, died Pendleton, S. C, May 22, 1830. 

Charles M., died Athens, Ga., April 23, 1862. 

Mary Story, died Pendleton, S. C, August 3, 

Susan P., died Opelika, Ala., September 16, 

David A., died Auburn, Ala., December 16, 1871. 

George, died Chambers county, Ala., January 
26, 1877. 

Thomas S., died Lowndes county, Ala., Decem- 
ber 26, 1863. 

James E., died Opelika, Ala., July 2, 1876. 

Edwin, died Auburn, Ala., December 5, 1877. 

Esther A., died Pendleton, S. C, August 11, 

Hamden A., died West Point, Ga., September 
19, 1868. 

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These eleven children were bom in South Caro- 
lina, except David Addison, who was bom at the 
home of his grandfather, David Reese, at Char- 
lotte, N". C. They were all slave-owners. 

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HORACE REESE, the eldest son of George 
Reese and Anna Story Reese his wife, while 
quite a lad evinced a great fondness for mechanics, 
and his father supplied him with a set of carpen- 
ters' tools, which he soon learned to use to great 
advantage; he made tables for his mother, mended 
the broken furniture, helped to build bams, 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 yoimg man highly esteemed by his 
friends. His mother, in speaking of her eight sons, 
would say, "Horace is my first-bom, my indus- 
trious, helpful son, whom I took great care in 
training, that he might prove 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 
traits. He was exceedingly simple in his manners, 
and by profession a cabinet-maker. There is a 

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dining-table and a book-case, the work of his 
hands, preserved in the family by his 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 Peggy, an earnest Christian 
woman, and a staunch Presbyterian. They had a 
family of ten children. 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 Beese, who was guardian 
for these young children. 

Their eldest child, Mary Elizabeth Reese, who 
was always called Betsey, was adopted when two 
years old by her great-aunt and uncle, Charles and 
Susannah Story, who adopted and raised her 

Horace Reese is buried at Hopewell Cemetery, 
at the old Stone Church, with a monument bearing 
this inscription: 

Sacbed to the memoby of 


AND DIED Mat 22nd, 1830, 


He was an honest, upright man, a warm and sincere 
friend, a kind father, an affectionate husband and exem- 
plary Christian. 


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Mrs. Margaret Reese died in Alabama, and is 
buried among her husband's relatives at Hopewell, 
the family burying-ground of the Reese family, 
with a monument bearing this inscription : 

Hebe lie the remains of 

WHO WAS BOBN May 27th, 1793, 
AND Died Septembeb 22nd, 1839, 


This slab is raised by her children in memory of her 
many virtues as a Woman, 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 Reese 
and \^'if e, Peggy Reese, are as follows : 

D 1. Mary Elizabeth Reese, married her cousin, 
Dr. James A. Cherry, of Pendleton, S. C, August 
9, 1833, by Rev. Moses Waddell. She was sixteen, 
and he nineteen. Issue: 

E 1. Charles Story Cherry, called for his 
mother's adopted father and uncle Charles Story, 
and from whom he inherited a snug little fortune ; 
he was a spoiled, wayward lad, but unusually bright 
and talented! He left home early in life to travel, 
and see the world. 

While crossing from Key West, he met on board 
the vessel, Mr. Outcoult, wife and child. Mr. Out- 
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mutiially attracted to each other. While on deck 
one day, Mr. Outcoult accidentally fell overboard, 
and was drowned. After this sad accident. Story, 
ati he was called, took charge of the grief -stricken 
wife and child, and carried them to her family in 
i^ew 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. They had five children: 

F 1. James McEinley Cherry. 

F 2. Twins: George Reese, and — 

F 3. William Cherry. 

F 4. Susie Cherry. 

F 5. Horace Reese Cherry. 

Nothing further is known of his family. He 
died in Washington, D. C, where he was employed 
in government work. 

E 2. Samuel Cherry was a merchant at West 
Point and Columbus, Ga. While livinj? in Co- 
lumbus, he married Sallie Wright, of that place, 
quite a pretty woman. They had two chil- 

F 1. Le Grand Cherry. 

F 2. Sallie Cherry, married Mr. La Manse. 

G 1. Le Grand Cherry La Manse. They re- 
moved from Columbus to La Grange, Ga., where 
he became an invalid and died. 

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E 3. William Cherry was also a merchant, and 
associated with his brother. He was twice mar- 
ried, first to Mattie Porter, by whom he had two 
daughters : 

F 1. Mattie Cherry, married. Issue, unknown. 

P 2. Lula Cherry, married, and issue. Names 
of husbands and children unknown. 

His second marriage 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 a cinder in one of his eyes, which gave him 
much trouble, and eventually he had the eye 
taken out, and now wears a false eye. He is a 
successful business man in Texas. 

E 4. James Cherry was twice married, first to 
Ida Ely. Issue : 

F 1. Susie Cherry. 

His second marriage was to Miss Copeland. Is- 

F 3. Suejette Cherry. 

E 5. Susan Story Cherry, married Frank 
Lanier, of West Point, Ga., in December, 1865, 
by Rev. Dr. Cunningham, of the Presbyterian 

She was the only daughter and sister, conse- 
quently very much petted. Being deprived of a 
mother when an infant, she was raised by her 
father's sister, Mary Cherry, who afterward mar- 
ried Elijah McEanley. 

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She inherits from her mother excellent business 
qualities. She is a woman of sterling integrity, 
endowed by nature with a clear, vigorous and 
sprightly intellect, and possessing the charm of 
gentle womanhood 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, Superintendent of Public 
Schools in Athens, Ga. He is a scholarly man, 
and very highly esteemed. Issue: 

G 1. Lanier Branson. 

G 2. Edith Branson. 

G 3. Philip Branson. 

G 4. Bessie Lanier Branson. 

F 2. Philip Lanier, married Anna Wooten, 
October 36, 1899, at Buena Vista, Ga. He is a 
genial, generous, great-hearted man, kind to every- 
body and exceedingly popular. 

F 3. James Cherry Lanier, married Miss Mary 
Fannie Trammell, September 24, 1901. 

F 4. Horace Eeese Lanier, unmarried. He 
holds a very responsible and lucrative position at 
the Lanett Cotton Mills. Like his brother Phil, 
he 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 

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connected with the bank at West Point, and a 
man of fine business qualities. 

F 6. Belle Lanier, married Scott Baker at West 
Point, Ga., January 6, 1897. Issue: 

G 1. Sallie Baker. 

G 2. James Baker. 

F 7. Elizabeth 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 unselfishness render her 
quite attractive. 

F 8. Suejette Lanier has just completed her 
education, graduating with honor at the Lucy Cobb 
Institute at Athens, Ga., in June, 1900. 

D 2. Susan Story, second daughter of Horace 
and Peggy Reese, married Edward Croft, of 
Charleston, S. C, October 22, 1835, at Pendleton, 
S. C. 

Susan Reese Croft was a woman of remarkably 
fine sense, and charming manners. She was very 
quick-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. 

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tinguished English family. They came to America 
and settled at Charleston, S. C, and from thence 
to Chambers county, Ala. He was a lawyer by 
profession, and settled at Lafayette, Ala., where 
he practiced his profession. He became a judge, 
and was at one time Mayor of Columbus, Ga. He 
was a magnificent looking man, very tall and 
erect, with black hair and eyes, benevolent, open 
countenance, courtly manners, a gentleman of the 
old school. He was a colonel in the Confederate 
Army, and when mounted upon his splendid horse 
he was said to be so strikingly like General B. E. 
Lee that he was frequently mistaken for General 

After the war he removed to Texas, where he 
engaged in the practice of law. Finally he landed 
in Florida, where he died at a ripe old age, almost 
eighty, in 1896, and sleeps beside his wife in the 
Land of Flowers. 

He had a most faithful old servant. Nelson, 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 
Mississippi, in 1865. Issue: 

F 1. Mary Croft, married Mr. Westbrook, of 
Florida. Issue : 

G 1. Clarence Westbrook. 

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G 2. Mignon Westbrook. 

F 2. Edward Croft, married Miss 

He is a lawyer by profession. 

F 3. Cleveland Croft, married Annie Van Ness, 
in Florida, in 1892. Issue: 

G 1. Edith Croft. 

F 4. Susan Eeese Croft, married Brittian San- 
ders, of Alabama, in 1893. Issue: 

G 1. Mary Susan Sanders. 

G 2. Twins: Laura Louisa, and — 

G 3. linn Banks Sanders. 

F 5. John Croft, unmarried. 

F 6. Horace Heese Croft, died young. 

E 3. Mary Story Croft, married Dr. Nickerson, 
at West Point, Ga., in 1865. He was a surgeon in 
the Confederate Army. 

She was known in the family as Dot, was a culti- 
vated musician, but was afflicted with epilepsy. 
They both died in Florida. No issue. 

D 3. John Milton Eeese, eldest son of Horace 
and Peggy Reese died in infancy. 

D 4. Charles Story Beese, married Louisa 
Roundtree, of New Orleans, La. He was a strik- 
ingly handsome man, a lawyer by profession, a 
complete book-worm, and splendidly versed in the 
Bible 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 New Orleans, La. His wife, Louisa 
Roundtree Reese, is a remarkable woman, possess- 

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ing varied and extensive information and accom- 
plishments. Such is her indomitable energy and 
prudence that she is equal to any emergency that 
arises. Her whole attitude in life, so confident 
and independent, and withal so modest and un- 
assuming, prove her real worth. She is full. of 
humor, and a most interesting, agreeable woman. 
She is also an earnest, consecrated Christian; a 
communicant of the Episcopal Church, and is now 
living with her son, an only child, at Houston, 
Texas. They had two children, viz. : 

E 1. Lula Eeese, a lovely, beautiful girl, a rich 
tropical beauty, with fine clear-cut features, quite 
like her father. She died of yellow fever just as 
she was blooming into young womanhood, and is 
buried beside her father in New Orleans, La. 

E 2. Horace Croft Reese, married Kate . 


F 1. Horace Heese. He is a prominent railroad 
man at Houston, Texas, and very highly esteemed. 

D .5. Margaret Ann Eeese, the third daughter 
of Horace "Aeese and wife, Margaret Carter Eeese, 
married Langdon Ellis, of North 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 Presbyterian Church at West Point, Ga. 
He is buried at Hopewell with his friends and 
relatives. Margaret Ann, known as Annie, is the 

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only member of her family of brothers and sisters 
living. She is a lovely old lady, now past her 
threescore and ten ; indeed, she is the oldest mem- 
ber of the Reese family living. She is bright and 
active, walks several miles to visit relatives ; lives 
among her children, 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 Presbyterian Church. (Since 

The children of Langdon Ellis and his wife, 
Margaret Ann Reese: 

E 1. Mary Ellis, married James Crawford, a 
druggist. Issue : 

P 1. Margaret Crawford, married John H. 
Maddox, of West Point, 6a. Issue: 

6 1. Crawford Maddox. 

G 2. Henry Maddox. 

G 3. Alex. V. Maddox. 

G 4. Margaret Maddox. 

F 2. Joseph Crawford, unmarried. 

F 3. James Crawford, unmarried. 

Mary 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- 
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E 2. Cordelia Ellis, married David Bobinson, 
of Alabama. Issue : 

F 1. Ellis Kobinson. 

F 2. Edward Croft Robinson, married Otis 
Burdett. Issue : 

G 1. Dallas Burdett. 

G 2. Clayton Burdett. 

G 3. John Burdett. 

G 4. Osbum Burdett. 

G 6. Edwin Burdett. 

G 6. Frank Burdett. 

G 7. Zach Burdett. 

F 3. Mary Bobinson, married James Newton. 
Issue : 

G 1. Henry N"ewton. 

G 2. David Newton. 

F 4. Beatrice Bobinson, unmarried. 

F 5. Howard Bobinson, married Ellen Smith, 
of Atlanta, Ga. He was killed by an engine run- 
ning over him. 

F 6. Annie Bobinson, married Joseph Bock- 
man. Issue: 

G 1. Jacob Bockman. 

G 2. Jeannette Bockman. 

E 3. Margaret Ellis, married John George. 
Issue : 

F 1. Margaret Ann George, married J. New- 
mire. Issue : 

G 1. Gladys Newmire. 

G 2. Henrietta Newmire. 

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G 3. j\Iary Dudley Xewinire. 

F 2. Dudley George, unmarried. 

E 4. Samuel Jeter Ellis, died in Florida, un- 

E 5. Annie Ellis, married George Burdett. Is- 

F 1. Mary Burdett. 

F 2. Belle Burdett. 

F 3. Margaret Burdett. 

F 4. Forrest Burdett. 

F 5. Leon Burdett. 

F 6. Kathleen Burdett. 

F 7. Lillu Croft Burdett. 

F 8. George Burdett, Jr. 

D 6. Jane Reese, daughter of Horace and Mar- 
garet Carter Reese, died in infancy. 

D 7. William Carter Reese, when a lad of six- 
teen, was drowned in the Chattahoochie River, at 
West Point, Ga., May 6, 1839. 

At the noon recess at school one day, while the 
teacher was away, he and his cousin, Addison 
Reese, a lad of fourteen, and a school-mate named 
Morris, went in bathing. All three were drowned 
and were buried side by side at Hopewell Ceme- 

D 8. John Carter Reese, emigrated to Cali- 
fornia, where he died of Asiatic cholera, November 
6, 1850, unmarried. 

D 9. Catherine Reese, married Augustus Pres- 
ley, died young, leaving one child. 

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E 1. Charley Reese Presley, married ITora Wil- 
liams. Issue, unknown. 

D 10. Cordelia Horatio Reese, youngest child 
of Horace Reese and wife, Margaret Carter Reese, 
married Benjamin AUston Croft, a brother of 
Edward Croft, who married her sister, Susan 
Reese. Issue : 

El. Cordelia Reese Croft, died in infancy. 

These sisters, Katherine and Cordelia Reese, 
were educated at La Grange, 6a., 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 sisters 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 are buried at 
Hopewell with suitable stones to mark their graves. 

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C 2. Dr. Charles Milton Reese, son of George 
Reese and wife, Anna Story Reese; bom January 
20, 1788; married three times, first to Annie 
Miller, of Philadelphia, in 1817. Children by first 
marriage : 

D 1. William Miller Reese, married Lucy Pet- 
tus, of Washington, Ga. Issue: 

E 1. Milton Pettus Reese, married Sallie Hud- 
son, of Georgia. Issue: 

F 1. Sarah Eave Reese, married Mr. 0. M. 
Smith, of Washington, Ga. 

E 2. Sarah Eave Reese, married George Dil- 
lard, of Alabama. Issue : 

F 1. Lucy Reese Dillard. 

F 2. Mary Gertrude Dillard. 

F 3. Frances Viola Dillard. 

F 4. William Reese Dillard. 

George Dillard died of apoplexy at the Aragon 
Hotel, in Atlanta, Ga. His death was sudden, and 
a great blow to his family. His 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 

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in the home-circle ; never saw him angry, or heard 
him speak an unkind word" — ^an nnusual record. 
Sallie Iteese Dillard is absolutely a model, a fine, 
well rounded-up character; a noble, earnest, hon- 
est, upright, grand woman. What more can be 
said ? 

Her brother, Milton Pettus Reese, was an able 
lawyer; was his father's partner, and served his 
State in many honorable positions. He was a 
member of the Greorgia Legislature, serving two 
terms with much ability; was chairman of the 
Judiciary Committee. He was a member of the 
National Democratic Convention which nomi- 
nated Cleveland. In 1892 he was elected to the 
State Senate. 

D 1. Hon. William Miller Reese sent to the 
writer the following sketch of his life: 

**I was bom July 23, 1818, in the city of 
Philadelphia, where my father at that time 
resided. When I was about six years of age 
my father, with his wife, myself and brother, 
moved back to old Pendleton, S. C. In 1828, 
my mother died, I being about ten years old. 
My father remained unmarried for several 
years, when he again married Mrs. 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. 

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ten or twelve years since, leaving a widow, 
three daughters and three grandchildren by 
his son's wife. He was so unfortunate as to 
lose his only son soon after he was grown up 
and married. His family is getting along rea- 
sonablv well for the times in which we live. 
His wife has a comfortable home in Athens, 
Ga., and makes a living by keeping a board- 
ing house, selling milk, butter and vegetables. 

"The children of my father's second mar- 
riage are Anderson Reese, who lives in Macon, 
Ga. He married a lady of considerable prop- 
ertv. One child by this marriage, a young 
lady who, two years ago, married a rich New 
Yorker. They all live in Macon together, and 
go in considerable style. The other child by 
this second marriage, Mrs. 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 some fine teachers, under whom I learned 
a great deal of Latin and Greek, but not a 
great deal of mathematics. 

"John C. Calhoun, 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. 

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"When I was sent to Yale College, in 1834, 
being then sixteen years of age, I carried a 
letter of introduction from Mr. Calhoun to 
one of the professors of the College. At this 
renowned seat of learning I remained only 
two years, being compelled by bad health to 
give up my education and return home. 

"As my father had removed from old Pen- 
dleton, S. C, to Athens, 6a., I followed to 
the latter place, \diere I stayed for a year 
trying to recover my health. Feeling suffi- 
ciently strong to resume my 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 stayed 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 1839, 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 

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most learned lawyer in America of his day 
and time, and was a most genial and accom- 
plished man. Prof. Greenleaf is known to 
the world of lawyers by his great work on 
Evidence, which is to be found everywhere in 
the United States and in England. My father 
was unable to keep me there longer, and I was 
forced to return to Georgia. 

"Having been admitted to the bar in 1841, 
I entered the law ofl&ce of Mr. Toombs, living 
at this place. Mr. Toombs, as you probably 
know, afterwards became a very distinguished 
man: 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 office I did the routine work of the 
office, 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 partnership was dissolved. 

"In 1846, when the business connection of 
myself and General Toombs ceased, I married 
Miss Lucy Pettus, an aunt of the Eev. James 
Lane. She is now an old lady, in tolerable 
health, in her seventy-sixth year. We have 
two children, a son, Milton, and a daughter, 
Sallie, who married Mr. George Dillard, a 
son of Col. Frank Dillard, of x\ubum, Ala. 
They have four children. My son is now 

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forty-seven years old, and busily engaged in 
the practice of law. My daughter is a well- 
educated woman, and a fine housekeeper. 
She 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. 

"From 1846 to 1864, I continued closely 
and industriously to follow the law, and in 
the latter year was made Judge of the Su- 
perior Court of this Circuit. During the 
period of four years from 1864 to 1868, 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 I am sure that I make mistakes, yet I 
am not conscious of ever having intentionally 
wronged any individual. In 1870, I was 
elected to the State Senate, and continued a 
State Senator for nearly eight years. 

"The service which 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- 
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along the streets, I continue to study law, read 
the newspapers, keep up my connection with 
politics, through the aid of a reader and type- 

"Although I am seventy-seven years of age, 
my health, with the exception of blindness, is 
tolerably good. 

"You have now my story." 

This narrative was written November 14, 1895, 
and he died May 14, 1899, and was buried in 
Washington, Ga. 

The Washington (Ga.) paper thus writes of 

"William Miller Beese was bom at the 
Navy-yard, Philadelphia, July 1818. He was 
the son of Dr. Milton Reese and Annie Miller. 
Dr. Milton Reese was the son of George Reese, 
who died in Pendleton, S. C, and to whose 
memorv a monument was erected in the old 
Stone Church-yard. 

"George Reese was the son of David Reese, 
of North Carolina, signer of the Mecklenburg 
Declaration of Independence, and was himself 
a soldier of the Revolution. His war record 
is in the War Office at Washington, D. C. 
His son, Milton, studied medicine; was ap- 
pointed Surgeon in the Naval Station at 
Philadelphia, where he met Miss Annie Mil- 
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Engineer, who built the Pennsylvania Rail- 

"Dr. Reese went to Europe with the navy, 
and was in Italy some years. Judge 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, Italy. 

"His father was a very handsome and 
highly accomplished man, who spoke 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 part 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 College a 
year; then went to Princeton, N". 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 
1846. He married Miss Lucy Pettus. of 
Washington. They had two children, Milton 
P. Reese and Sarah Eave, now Mrs. George 

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"At the time of his coming to Washington, 
in 1S41, he bought his present home, a lot 
of two acres, for $450. It could not now be 
bought for as many thousand. 

"In politics he was an old-line Whig. He 
favored secession, and since the war has been 
a staunch Democrat. He has alwavs been a 
wann 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 
owed much of its success to his wise counsel, 
and his liberal generosity. His public services 
were many and honorable. In 1864, he was 
appointed Judge of the Northern Circuit by 
Governor Brown, and served one term. 

"In 1865, he was in Andy Johnson^s Con- 
vention. Prom 1871 to 1878 he served in the 
Georgia Senate. He could have been made 
Judge when Judge Montgomery was ap- 
pointed, 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- 

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D 2. Sidney Eeese, son of Dr. Milton Eeese 
and wife, Annie Miller Eeese; bom in Philadel- 
phia in 1820. He was a merchant at Athens for 
many years, and at one time Mayor of the city, 
and a consistent member of the Presbyterian 
Church; married Caroline Harden, of Athens, 
Ga. Issue : 

E 1. Marion Eeese, married Jeff Lane, a promi- 
nent railroad official. Issue: 

F 1. Julian Eeese Lane, graduated with distinc- 
tion at the University of Georgia, when quite 
young, and held the position as the youngest rail- 
road superintendent in the South; married Flor- 
ence Abrams, of La Grange, Ga., in 1896. Issue, 

F 2. Caroline May Lane, married J. J. 

F 3. Frances Lane, married Mr. Eudisill. 

F 4. Marion Eeese Lane, unmarried. 

E 2. Julia Anderson Eeese, married Mr. A. Mc- 
Duffee. Issue : 

F 1. Sidney Eeese McDuffee. 

F 2. Jeif Lane McDuffee. 

E 3. Charles Sidney Eeese, married Nevada 
Bostwack, of California. Issue: 

F 1. Anna Isabella Eeese, died when just 
grown; a lovely, intelligent girl. 

F 2. Henry B. Eeese. 

F 3. Charles Sidney Eeese, Jr. 

E 4. Carrie Lou Eeese, unmarried. 

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Children of Dr. Milton Heese by second wife, 
Mrs. Lucy Merriwether. She was Lucy Watkins, 
bom in Greene county, Ga., July 9, 1804. Her 
first husband was Mr. George Merriwether, by 
whom she had one child, a daughter. Her Reese 
children were: 

D 3. Jane Early Reese, married, late in life, 
Mr. Williams, of Atlanta, Ga. She was a large, 
handsome woman, a most pronounced brunette, 
and had the happy faculty of entertaining most 
charmingly; her high-bred air gave great dignity 
to her appearance. She died in Atlanta several 
years ago. She left no children. 

D.4. Anderson Watkins Reese 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 Reese family. 
A man of broad education, cultured by travel. 
He married Viola Ross, of Macon, Ga. Issue : 

E 1. Flewellyn Reese, married William Mc- 
Ewen Johnston, of Tennessee. Issue : 

F 1. Viola Johnston. 

Flewellyn Reese Johnston 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, 
where her affability of manner and kindness of 
heart make her deservedly popular. Several years 
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a year abroad travelling. She has a handsome 
home in Macon, and her parents live with her. 

Dr. Milton Reese's third wife was Mrs. Eliza- 
beth Gerdine, of Athens, Ga. I^o issue. 

The last two wives are buried at Athens, Ga. 

From the Navy Department at Washington this 
report was sent: 

Dr. Charles Milton Eeese was commissioned as a 
Surgeon in the N'avy April 27, 1816. August 20, 
1819, 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. Eeese lost a little daughter while stationed 
at Leghorn. She was buried in the Protestant 
cemetery at that place. The family have a picture 
of that cemetery with the grave marked thereon. 

Dr. Eeese 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 ambitious woman, chose for 
him the profession of medicine, and directed his 
studies to that end. When old enough and suffi- 

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ciently advanced, he 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- 
bath day, and brought his children up under the 
regime of the old-fashioned Presbyterians. For 
many years he was a Euling Elder of that church, 
and left his impress upon the church people where 
he worshipped. His large sympathies, his manly 
tenderness, his delicate courtesy, his strength and 
delicacy of affection made him a popular physician. 
He was a man of genial spirit, generous impulse, 
quick apprehensions, fine 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 he 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. • 

"Death op Db. Charles M. Eeese. 

"It becomes our sad duty to record the fact 
of the loss of this old and honored citizen 
of our town. 

"Dr. Eeese departed this life on the 23d of 
the present month, at his residence in Athens, 
Ga. A short illness closed a long term of 

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more than seventy-four years of well-employed 

''In the fulness of years he had finished his 
work, and was ready to go, and cheerfully 
heard the voice of the Master saying, 'Come 
up higher/ 

"He leaves not an enemy behind him, and 
not a citizen but will miss his well-known 
face and familiar voice, and will sigh to think 
that such men must, by the law of nature, 
depart from us. 

"His intellect was strong and healthy, cul- 
tivated much by reading, and more by inter- 
course with men. His character as a man, a 
citizen, and a Christian was above reproach, 
blunt and sometimes rough in his outward 
manner, his heart was kind and tender, and 
his affections strong. 

"His influence was ever on the side of right, 
of law, of order, of good morals, and of prac- 
tical religion. Long may he be remembered 
among us as an example to be followed. 

"Dr. Heese was a native of South Carolina. 
In early life he became 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- 

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cessful practice of medicine, from which he 
had retired about ten years before his death. 
For more than thirty years he has resided 
among us. His children are all worthily and 
successfully engaged in the duties of life, and 
the younger of them, Mr. 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. 

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C 3. Mary Story Reese, eldest daughter of 
George Reese and Anna Story Reese his 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. 

D 2. George Reese Cherry, married, late in life, 
Sallie Cresswell, of Anderson, S. C. Issue: 

E 1. Mary George Cherry, a well-educated 
young lady, who inherits her father's practical 
sense and amiability, and her grandmother's 
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 domestic 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 
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helpful ways with the younger children. When- 
ever they got hurt, or in trouble of any kind, they 
always went to Sister Mary for help and com- 

She was a pious, Christian woman, a prominent 
member of the Presbyterian Church, and gave very 
liberally to the support of the church. She was 
noted for her charity and kindness to the poor 
people around her. She had a lovely country home 
on the Seneca Kiver, which was a favorite resort 
for her relatives and friends. She was a model 
housekeeper, an economical wife, and made a home 
for her young brothers to stay and go to school. 
Her style of living was exceedingly plain, but com- 
fortable, her furniture was quaint and siinple, and 
the poorest, plainest people were welcomed to her 
fireside and her board. 

It is said that on one occasion two of her broth- 
ers went to see her, she had very little silver plate, 
only table and teaspoons, and a handsome silver 
cup her mother had given her. When her brothers 
were seated at the table and saw the steel knives 
and forks, one said to the other, "Doctor, let's buy 
Sister Cherry a set of silver forks and ivory handle 
knives." She was indignant, and replied, "I thank 
you both, when I want silver forks and ivory handle 
knives, I can buy them, for I am able to buy and 
sell both of you. I would rather give my money 
to educate a poor boy than put it in silver forks." 
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ers, and they often repeated it as being so char- 
acteristic of their excellent sister. 

Her only child, George Reese Cherry, lived to be 
an old man before he married; waited until after 
his mother's death. His affection and obedience to 
his mother was rare and beautiful ; to her he was 
never more than a child, and truly a mother was 
never blessed with a more devoted, dutiful son. 

He was one of the most liberal, kind-hearted 
men in the world. He was well educated and fine 
looking, very simple and unassuming in his man- 
ners; a staunch friend, and a most indulgent 
master to his slaves. 

For several years he was a Representative of 
Oconee county in the Legislature. He was highly 
appreciated by the people, and had hosts of friends. 
The writer recalls with pleasure a visit of several 
months to this aunt and cousin at their pleasant 
home, and while there, Mr. Andrew Calhoun had 
a sale, which Mr. Cherry attended, and when he 
returned home, he brought her a handsome copy 
of Shakespeare from the famous Calhoun library. 
This valuable book she doubly prizes, as it once 
belonged to the distinguished statesman, John C. 
Calhoun, and as a gift from a favorite cousin. 

Mrs. Cherry, although a great sufferer, lived to 
be eighty-six years old, and sleeps beside her hus- 
band at "Hopewell," Old Stone Church grave- 
yard, near Pendleton, S. C. Mr. George Cherry is 
also buried there. 

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"Died, at her residence, near Pendleton, 
Oconee county, S. C, on the 3d of August, 
1875, Mrs. Mary Story Cherry, relict of David 
Cherry, in her eighty-sixth year. 

"In her early life she professed her faith 
in Christ as the only Saviour of sinners, and 
espoused his cause by uniting with the Pres- 
byterian Church, "Hopewell," Pendleton. 
There she ever delighted 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 able 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, both foreign and domestic, received her 
attention and her gifts; but 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, 
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for the work of preaching the gospel of Christ, 
and by such her varied kindness will be re- 
membered with love and gratitude, while they 
live to preach *the gospel of the peace of God/ 
She was always very kind to the poor and 
needy around her, and by many such her ab- 
sence will be greatly felt and lamented. She 
suffered much for many years with ill health, 
and in latter days with complication of dis- 
eases, which she bore with patience and Chris- 
tian fortitude, cheerfully accepting the assur- 
ance of God's word, that 'whom he loveth he 
chasteneth,' and that, by God's blessing, 
'afflictions work for the people of God a 
far more exceeding and eternal weight of 

"Having finished her course and kept the 
faith, she departed in peace, leaving an only 
son, who ever, by his assiduous attention and 
unceasing care, manifested the strongest affec- 
tion of a true heart and most filial love to an 
afflicted parent, with many relatives and 
friends to mourn their loss, but not sorrowing 
for one for whom there is no hope. M." 

C 4. Susan Polk Reese, second daughter of 
George Reese and Anna Story Reese. 

Like her sister Mary, she was educated at the 
old Academy at Pendleton. She was altogether 
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work or sewing, and was not helpful in that line 
of work. 

She was said to be a beauty when young, proud 
and haughty, fond of reading and fancy work. 
She was bright and witty, and greatly admired; 
full of fun and frolic, she enjoyed the society of 
young people as long as she lived. Her happy 
home was a delightful resort for the young people, 
and her nieces would visit her every summer, and 
she would join in all their pleasures like a young 
girl. She made herself and her home so attractive 
that it was ever filled with guests. She married 
iN'athaniel Harris, who belonged to the prominent 
Harris family of North Carolina. He was a 
planter, 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 Georgia, settling 
at Tunnel Hill, where she lived in peace and 
plenty, surrounded by her children and grand- 
children. She was sweet-tempered, and had such 
winning ways that every one loved her. She was 
a well-read woman, and possessed a very accurate 
memory, which made her knowledge doubly valu- 

Children of Susan Polk Reese and ISTathaniel 
Harris : 

D 1. Mary Story Harris, married her cousin, 

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Thomas Eeese Cherr^'^ a successful merchant at 
Pendleton and Tunnel Hill. Issue : 

E 1. Edward B. Cherry, married Helen Quinn, 
of Connecticut. Issue: 

F 1. Ives Cherry, who died young; a bright, 
handsome boy, the only child, the idol of his doting 
parents. The mother has never recovered from 
this overwhelming sorrow. 

Edward Cherry 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 man of pleasing address, courtly 
in his manners, and deservedly popular. His wife 
is a handsome woman, cordial and amiable in her 

E 2. liary Story Cherry, married Eobert Prior, 
a merchant, and a most excellent Christian man. 
Issue : 

F 1. Wilton Burton Prior. 

Mary Story Cherry Prior, when a child, had 
scarlet fever, and it left her almost blind. For 
years she was a great sufferer, 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 manager, 
genial and social in her nature, and fond of her 
relatives and friends. She is a consistent member 
of the Presbyterian Church, and is much interested 
in church work. 

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E 3. Annie Cherry, married Mr. Mitchell, of 
Tennessee. She is well educated, and fond of 
literature, a fine letter writer, and brilliant in con- 
versation, proud and high-strung, yet gentle and 
affectionate. She is small, but graceful and stylish, 
and withal an attractive woman; a member of the 
Presbyterian Church. 

E 4. Thomas Eeese Cherry, a merchant in New 
York; married his cousin. Belle Harris, of Balti- 
more, Md. Issue: 

F 1. Edwin Harris Cherry. 

Belle Harris Cherry is considered a beautiful 
woman, 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 Presby- 
terian Church. 

They live in New 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 6. Nathaniel Harris Cherry, unmarried. 

He is engaged in mercantile business in New 
York City. A most exemplary Christian, and a 
member of the Presbyterian Church. 

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E 7. Lily Bee Cherry, married Prof. William 
Emerson, of the Technological School in Atlanta, 
Ga. He was educated at Annapolis, and was a 
professor in the Citadel, at Charleston, for several 
years. Issue : 

F 1. Cherry Emerson. 

F 2. Austell Emerson. 

Lily Cherry Emerson is really an elegant 
woman, tall, queenly, with the air of an empress, 
with sweet, winning ways and manners that win 
all hearts. She is an active member of the Pres- 
byterian 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 member of 
the Presbyterian Church. They have one child : 

F 1. Mary Frances Bowden. 

D 2. Dr. lleese Harris, eldest son of Nathaniel 
Harris and wife, Susie Beese. 

Dr. Harris was partially educated in Pendleton, 
and then at the Manual Labor 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 Reese. 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. 

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Mary Chester, whom he married the following 
year. Issue : 

E 1. Lousiamia Harris, married James Field. 
A few months after her marriage she lost her 
health, and her mind became affected, and in a 
fit of aberration she threw herself into the well, 
and was drowned. There was a flow and sparkle 
about her which made her attractive and inter- 
esting. Her lovely expression and dignified bear- 
ing, her energy and elevated sentiment made her 
a noble specimen of a true woman. She was a 
consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, 
lived a most useful Christian life, and died greatly 
lamented by her relatives and friends. She is 
buried at Dalton, 6a., where she was raised, and 
where she left hosts of friends. Her sad, sudden 
death was a great blow to her mother, a blow from 
which she never entirely recovered. Although she 
lived to a ripe old age, she died November, 1901. 

E 2. William Chester Harris was killed at Pe- 
tersburg, Va., 1864. He had gone through the 
battle, and on his return to camp was picked off 
by one of the enemy's sharp-shooters; was buried 
•on the battle-field by his cousin, Edward 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 
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him to enlist. Hers was genuine heroism of the 
highest type. "His death was a crushing blow to 
her, but she was comforted in knowing that he 
died in a noble cause. 

E ' 3. Susan Beese Harris, married Ernest Allen, 
of Dalton, Ga., who died of consumption, and 
left her a young widow with three children to 

She was called for her grandmother, and in- 
herited her beauty and hupior. When she married 
she was really very beautiful, of the blonde type, 
graceful and stylish, beautiful, expressive blue 
eyes, brilliant color, and was a great belle in so- 
ciety. She is a sincere friend, unflinching in the 
discharge of duty, an humble Christian and a de- 
voted member of the Presbyterian Church. Her 
children are : 

F 1. Mary Buth Allen, married John Thomas, 
of Dalton, Ga., in 1899. He 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 his brother, 
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Atlanta, Ga. They are 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 
Montgomery, 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 Montgomery. 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 New 
York City. Her family appreciate her worth, 
and true nobility of soul. 

E 2. Belle Harris, married her cousin, Thomas 
Eeese Cherry, mentioned elsewhere. 

E 3. Sallie Harris, married, first, Mr. Blank- 
ingship, of Virginia. He was a sculptor, and did 
much of the beautiful work on the buildings at 
the World's Fair at Chicago. After his marriage 
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sued his profession. His wife studied art, and 
made tinting pictures a specialty. They lived in 
Paris several years. While there, her mother made 
them a visit, and made the voyage each way alone. 
Mr. Blankingship died of consumption in New 
York City, leaving no children. Sallie married 
the second time Mr. R. B. Smith, of New York. 
He is connected with the electrical work, and is 
said to be wealthy. 

She is a handsome 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 New York City. No 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 a de- 
lightful companion. She lives in New York City. 

E 6. Edwin Handy Harris, Jr., unmarried. 

He lives in New York City, and is engaged in 
business with the Press Club of New 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- 

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bred air adds dignity to his appearance. He has a 
fund of humor, which makes him par excellence a 
most agreeable companion. 

These children were all bom in Montgomery, 
Ala., but were raised and educated in Baltimore 
and New York. With the exception of the eldest, 
they all retain the sweet Southern brogue, and 
are thorough Southerners. This is rather excep- 
tional, but not so with the grandchildren. They 
have the Northern brogue absolutely, and know 
little of their Southern relatives, or the customs 
of the South. 

D 4. Louisa Harris, youngest child of Nathaniel 
Harris and Susan Beese Harris,, married, late in 
life, llobert McLelland as his second wife. Issue : 

E 1. Clara Eeese McLelland, unmarried. 

Mr. K. S. McLelland refugeed from North 
Georgia to Opelika during the war, and for many 
years was a merchant at that place. 

He was a devoted Christian gentleman, an Elder 
in the Presbyterian Church, the very salt of the 
earth, as Christlike in his life as possible for poor, 
frail humanity to be. 

The State papers thus speak of him at the time 
of his death : 

"We are deeply grieved to announce the 
death of Mr. Eobert McLelland, which occur- 
red last night. 

"For about fifteen years Mr. McLelland has 
been an honored citizen of Opelika. There 

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was not a man in all the length and breadth 
of the land more honest, upright and pious 
than Mr. McLelland. 

"He was noted for his Christian purity, his 
benevolent and obliging disposition, his kind- 
ness, gentleness and modesty. In a word, he 
was without reproach. The entire conmiunity 
mourn his loss." 

"Mr. R. S. McLelland, one of our oldest 
and best citizens, died at his home in this city 
last Monday night of consumption. The de- 
ceased was about fifty-five years old, and for a 
number 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, tnithful and honest, he obtained the 
trust and confidence of all who came within 
the sphere of his influence. 

"His death will be deplored not only by his 
own community, but by everybody who knew 

Louisa Harris McLelland was educated at the 

celebrated Moravian School at Salem, N". C, now 

called Salem-Winston. She was a remarkably well 

rounded-up character; her great tact, kindliness 

and unobtrusive generosity were marked charac- 

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teristics. She was exceedingly proud and high- 
strung; a woman of elegant dignity, full of humor, 
and enjoyed a joke heartily. She was a model 
housekeeper, an elegant cook, always had the 
choicest preserves, jellies, pickles; in fact, every- 
thing she made was extra nice. 

She presided with equal ease and grace over the 
culinary department as in the drawing-room, and 
was gifted with fine conversational powers. She 
was a sincere friend, an humble, consistent Chris- 
tian, and a useful member of the Presbyterian 
Church. She sleeps beside her husband in the 
cemetery at Opelika, Ala. They both have suitable 
stones to mark their graves erected by their only 
child, Clara Reese McLelland, 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 gentle, lovely disposi- 
tion, is full of earnestness and zeal in whatever 
work she finds to do. She is active in church work, 
and a member of the Presbyterian Church. (Gen- 
erous, high-minded, self-sacrificing, she is an he- 
roic as well as an amiable character. She is well 
educated, and was a teacher for many years. She 
is a faithful friend, a noble, chaste, considerate, 
modest, errand woman. She is immarried. 

Mary Harris Cherry, like her sister, Louisa Mc- 
lielland, was educated at Salem, K*. C. She mar- 
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years old, just after leaving school. She was a 
magnificent woman, of rare accomplishments, pub- 
lic-spirited, and much interested in politics, and 
kept thoroughly posted with the changes and con- 
ditions of the day. A great reader, a gifted talker, 
a most interesting, charming companion. She is 
said to have been a great beauty when young, and 
had hosts of admirers. She was everything to her 
family, and was greatly missed when she died a 
few years ago. Her husband is a very wonderful 
old man. If he lives until the 19th of February, 
1901, he will be ninety-one years old. He is full 
of energy, almost as sprightly as a young man, 
does not use glasses ; a great reader, works his gar- 
den, and walks for the mail in preference to riding, 
has always been an exceedingly temperate inan. 

He was very proud of his wife, and naturally, 
for she was conceded to be the smartest member 
of the Reese family. She was a devotedly pious 
woman, a useful member of the Presbyterian 

During the Civil War, Mrs. Susan Reese Harris, 
and her daughter, Louisa McLelland, and her 
daughter-in-law, Mrs. Reese Harris, with their 
families refugeed to Opelika, Ala., where after 
several years she died. 

The writer recalls her sweet face, for she was 
pretty even in old age. She always smoked a pipe 
with a very long stem, and her tobacco had a de- 
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lace caps, which gave a softness to her face ; a silk 
kerchief around her neck, and a hlack silk apron. 
She was a prominent member of the Presbyterian 
Church, a pious exemplary woman. 

She is buried at Hopewell, the Eeese burying- 
ground, near West Point, with a monimient bear- 
ing this inscription: 



BoBN Febbuabt 19th, 1792. 

Died Septembeb 16th, 1864. 

"In life beloved, in death lamented." 

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C 5. David Addison Beese, son of George and 
Anna Story Reese; bom March 3, 1794, in Char- 
lotte, N. C. ; married Mary Gaines Meriwether in 
1819. Issue: 

D 1. Francis Meriwether Reese. 

D 2. Anna Story Reese. 

D 3. George Reese. 

D 4. Rebecca Mathews Reese. 

Dr. David A. Reese always said it was an acci- 
dent that he was a native of the old !N^orth State. 
His parents went from Pendleton, S. C, to Char- 
lotte, N. C, to visit his grandparents. The journey 
was made on horseback, his father on one horse, 
his mother on another, 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 bom, and on their 
return the mother brought the infant in her arms. 
, Dr. Reese was educated by the celebrated Dr. 
Waddell; then went to Philadelphia, where, after 
several years, he graduated in medicine. He first 
began the practice of medicine at Elberton, Ga. 
He was so thoroughly good-natured that his mother 
called him '*her amiable son." His brother George 
said that ''David was the noblest Roman of them 

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all." His large, guileless heart, vigorous, fertile 
intellect and genial disposition made him a uni- 
versal favorite. 

As a gentleman, he belonged to the old school; 
he possessed a superior personal appearance, and 
with his kind heart, his liberality, and the observ- 
ance of the amenities due from man to man, his 
culture and rich mental gifts gave him decided 
prominence. He was full of bon homme, jovial, 
humorous, witty, well-read in ancient and modem 
literature, in fact few men stood so high for solid 
worth and stainless honor. 

Dr. Reese represented Jasper pounty, Ga., in 
the State Senate for several successive terms, was 
a Trustee of the State University at Athens for 
almost a quarter of a century, and in 1853 suc- 
ceeded Hon. A. H. Stephens as the Representative 
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 George R. Gilmer, of Georgia, his 
kinsman, secured the appointment for him, and in 
recommending him, said : 

"Dr. David A. Reese is a gentleman of in- 
telligence, high respectability, a member of 
the Legislature of the State, and as such very 
efficient in opposing the efforts made at the 
last session to deprive the Cherokees of the 

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occupancy of their country without their con- 
sent and without compensation. 

"He is a relative of Boudinot, the Adairs, 
and Charles Eeese^ and acquainted with many 
of their principal men, having visited his 
relatives during the last summer. He has 
lately received letters from them, giving an 
accoimt of the distracted state of their coun- 
cils, and urging him to visit them, and assist 
tiiem 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. Reese.'* 

The following letter was received by Dr. Reese 
from Governor Gilmer: 

"Executive Department, 
"Milledgeville, June 17, 1831. 

Dr. David A. Reese: 

Sib : The information received through 
your letter by Col. Jordan, upon the subject 
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 misguided leaders and our own 
dishonest political partisans will be certain 
to bring upon them unless it can be prevented 
by the exertions of the government and the 
friends of humanity. On the 14th of May I 

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wrote to the Secretary of War, requesting that 
the President would confer upon you such an 
agency as would authorize your remaining for 
some time among the Cherokees for the pur- 
pose of convincing them that their own in- 
terest requires them to cede their lands in 
Georgia. To that letter I received no answer ; 
this has probably been owing to the present 
vacancy in the office of Secretary of War, and 
the absence of the Attomey-GeneraL 

"I cannot ascertain from your letter 
whether you have still any hope that you could 
render service to the government by procuring 
the consent of the Chiefs to cede the lands 
which they occupy, by 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 re&pectfuUy yours, etc., 

"George R. Gilmee." 

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." 

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His mother said she never knew Addison to be 
out of humor, until he came to see her once after 
moving to Alabama, and she thought he was some- 
what petulent on account of his "em-ba-rass- 
ments'* — ^that was the way the old lady pronounced 

Mrs. Mary Gaines Meriwether Reese, wife of 
Dr. D. A. Reese, died young, at the age of forty. 
She was a lovely Christian character, the idol of 
her family. She, with a lady friend, organized the 
first Sunday-school ever held in Monticello, Ga. 
She was full of charity and good works; yet, 
strange to say, with all the pious training bestowed 
upon her children, and the Christian companion- 
ship shared by her husband, not one of her children 
or her husband ever united with the church. It 
is to be hoped they all became Christians in answer 
to the earnest prayers of a Christian wife and 

Her grandchildren, unlike their parents, early 
in life connected themselves with the church of 
their choice, and we trust are striving to follow 
the example of their sainted grandmother. Mrs. 
Reese is buried at Monticello, Ga., where she spent 
all of her married life, and has an appropriate 
monument to mark the spot. 


"Dr. David Addison Reese died at the resi- 
dence of his son, Mr. Frank Meriwether Reese, 

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last Saturday, in the seventy-eighth year of 
his age. 

"He was bom in Mecklenburg county, 
N. C, March 3, 1794. 

"His father was a soldier of the Revolu- 
tionary War, and his grandfather was one of 
the signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration 
of Independence, which preceded that at Phil- 
adelphia by one year. 

"When 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 quarter of a century. 

"In 1853, he succeeded Hon. Alexander H. 
Stephens as the Representative of the Seventh 
Congressional District in the United States 
House of Representatives at Washington. 

"In politics he was a Whig. He removed 
from Georgia to Russell county, Ala., during 
the war, and since has resided in that and 
Lee countv." 

He is buried in the family cemetery, "Hope- 
well," on the Alabama side, near West Point, 
Georgia, with a monument bearing this inscrip- 

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Sacbed to the memory of 
BoBN Mabch 3bd, 1794, 
Died Decembeb 16th, 1871. 


" We speak of freedom from sin 

From sorrow, temptation and care; 
From trials without and within; 
But what must it be to be there?" 

Children of Dr. David A. Beese and Mary Meri- 
wether Beese: 

D 1. Francis Meriwether Beese was bom in 
Monticeilo, Ga., February 7, 1822. When quite a 
lad he was sent to the famous school of Bev. Dr. 
Beeman, near llifilledgeville, Ga., afterward to the 
University of Virginia, and then to Yale College. 

He was a lawyer and practiced for many years, 
but the last few years of his life he devoted his 
attention to farming. He was never a student, 
but a man of remarkable native intellect, an eda- 
cious reader, a fine reasoner, a brilliant talker; 
was peculiarly gifted in extemporaneous speaking. 
He possessed in an eminent degree the rare faculty 
of being able 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. 

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princely in his generosity, and ever a staunch 
friend to women. 

He was devotedly fond of his family and friends, 
and his doors were ever open to welcome both 
friends and strangers. 

For twenty-five years or more he was Secretary 
of the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Poly- 
technic Institute, at Auburn, and for twenty years 
he was Secretary of the Judiciary Committee of 
the Legislature of Alabama. Both positions he 
held at the time of his death. 

In June, 1846, he 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. Her unassimiing simplicity of man- 
ner, and cheerful disposition render her a de- 
lightful companion. She is a lovely Christian 
character, a zealous member of the Baptist Church. 
For forty-six years she lived most happily 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 be wild, and easily led into temp- 

They had two daughters: 

E 1. Anna Martha Reese, a remarkably bright, 
affectionate child, who died at eight years of age. 
She was the idol of her parents, and her father 

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kept the amuYersary of her death sacred as long as 
he lived. He never ceased to grieve for his dear 
little "Shannie.'' 

She is buried at the family cemetery, Hopewell, 
with a pretty monument thus inscribed: 


This stone is erected bt F. M. and Mabt T. Reese 
TO the memobt of theib daughter, 

Born September 1st, 1848. 
Died May 6th, 1867. 

E 2. Mary Meriwether Beese, married William 
B. Frazer, at Auburn, Ala., November, 1878, by 
Eev. W. E. Lloyd, of the Baptist Church. Issue : 

F 1. Frank Reese Frazer, unmarried. A drug- 
gist at Opelika, Ala. 

F 2. William Alexander Frazer. 

P 3. Mell Frazer, died in infancy. 

P 4. (Jeorge Hardaway Frazer. 

P 5. Mary Kate Frazer, died in infancy. 

William B. Frazer is a Confederate Veteran; 
he was a very brave soldier, did much hard fighting, 
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 
of Port Hudson forty-eight days ; was captured at 
Island ITo. 10, and sent to Madison, Wis., after- 
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confined for six months, and suffered many hard- 
ships. In 1862, he was exchanged, and returned 
to the army, and was engaged in all the battles on 
the retreat of the army to Atlanta; was severely 
wounded in front of Atlanta, Ga., July 8, 1864, by 
a Federal sharp-shooter, his minie-ball striking 
the centre of his forehead, breaking through the 
skull, glancing downward, cutting out the right 
eye-ball, breaking the right cheek-bone, and lodg- 
ing back of the motith, near the throat, where it 
was extracted. Since that horrible wound, there 
has never been a day when he is free from pain. 
For many years he was a merchant at Auburn. 
He is a Deacon in the Baptist Church, and lives 
an exemplary Christian life. 

Mary Beese Frazer, only child of F. M. and 
M. T. Eeese, is a highly gifted woman, and excels 
as a delineator of character sketches. Her negro 
dialect is especially fine. She possesses a keen 
appreciation of what 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 

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side^ she rises on- another, and is equal to any 
emergency. She inherits her grandfather's humor, 
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 
member of the Baptist Church at Auburn. 
Copied from the town paper: 

"Colonel and Mrs. Frank M. Reese cele- 
brated the thirtieth anniversary of their mar- 
riage in a cotton wedding at their hospitable 
home, in Auburn, on the evening of June 23, 

"They received many beautiful and useful 
presents, all 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 celebrated 
their forty-fifth anniversary in a silk wed- 
ding, many invitations were issued at home 
and abroad, and a large crowd assembled to 
do them honor. The presents were many and 
handsome, not all of silk, however; for there 
was a handsome silver butter-dish bearing the 
dates 1846-1891, and other valuable pres- 

"They received many letters of congratula- 
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music and songs they sang 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 present who witnessed their 
marriage ceremony in Warren county, Ga. 

"Many of their old friends lent themselves 
. to the enjoyment of the evening by music, 
singing, etc. Later delicious refreshments 
were served." 

Col. Eeese was a Christian, but never united 
with any church. His wife and daughter and 
grandchildren are members of the Baptist Church. 
He was a Presbyterian in his faith, and died May 
11, 1892, aged seventy years, after a brief illness, 
much lamented by hosts of friends, and is buried 
in the cemetery at Auburn, Ala., with a pretty 
stone to mark the spot. 

"Death of Major F. M. Reese, a Georgian 
Who Had Attained Prominence 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. 

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. "He has extensive connections yet in Geor- 
gia, and elsewhere in the South, among the 
Reese and Meriwether families. 

"Major Reese came to Alabama some forty- 
six years ago. He was a practitioner at law 
for a while, but for the past twenty-five years 
he has been engaged in planting, and in the 
public service of the State. 

"During most of this period he has been 
Secretary of the Judiciary Committee of the 
Alabama Legislature, a position of high im- 
portance. He has also held for many years 
the position of Secretary of the Board of 
Trustees of the A. and M. College of Ala- 

"During the war he held a high official po- 
sition in the Commissary Department of the 
Army of the Confederacy. 

"Major Frank Reese was a man of many- 
strong, good and noble qualities. He was a 
true patriot, and an honest, public-spirited 
citizen, and long an earnest, enthusiastic 
worker in the Democratic party of Alabama. 
He was regarded as one of the finest extem- 
pore public 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 

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friends all over the South, who will sincerely 
mourn his departure. 

"Major Beese was a Presbyterian of the old 
school, and his end was peace. 

«M. V. Moore." 


"Died, at his home in Auburn, Ala., May 
11, 1892, Mr. Frank M. Keese. 

"Mr. Eeese was bom in Monticello, Jasper 
county, Ga., February 7, 1822. He was the 
eldest son of Dr. David A. and Mrs. Mary G. 

"He was educated at the University of Vir- 
ginia, and in June, 1846, was married to Miss 
Mary T. Hardaway, of Warren county, Ga. 

"In November 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. 

"During his life-long residence in this place 
he practiced law for a portion of his time. 
For twenty-one years he was Secretary to the 
Board of Trustees of the A. and M. College of 
Alabama. For eighteen years he acted as Sec- 
retary to the Judiciary Committee of the Leg- 
islature of Alabama. Mr. Eeese has been in 
declining health for some considerable time 
before the end came. 

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'During the sitting of the last Alabama 
Legislature he had an attack of la grippe, 
from the effects of which he never fully re- 

''During his last illness he manifested a 
special interest in his spiritual condition, and 
for several days before the end came he made 
repeated declaration that he repented of his 
sin, and relied on the atonement of Christ, 
and was conscious of forgiveness of sins and 
of acceptance with God, in view of which he 
would exclaim, *0h ! the mercy of God.* 

"He leaves a widow and one child, a mar- 
ried daughter. In their desolation, we com- 
mend them to Him 'who relieveth 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.' 


To Majob Fbank M. Beese on His Seventieth Birth- 

We often deem thme blest of God 

Who, in the files of falling men, 
The changing paths of life have trod 

Up to the threescore and ten. 

That golden mile-stone 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. 

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** Tis He who guides and keeps us all/' 
Who spares us for solne purpose good; 

Who notes the sparrow's flight and fall; 
That purpose still not understood. 

Joy be to thee, my honest friend, 

What days may yet be given thee; 
God keep thee still unto the end, 

When peace and joy that end may be. 

Auhurriy Ala., Feb. 9, 1892. 

Major Beese and wife, while they raised an 
only child, gave shelter and love to a number of 
orphan nieces and nephews, rearing and educating 
them as their own children. After the death of 
their little daughter Shannie, they adopted a niece 
— Carrie Lightfoot — ^who, when eighteen, married 
Kichard Lewis Eeese, a first cousin of Frank M. 
Eeese, whose names will be given elsewhere. For 
seventeen years their niece, Annie Rebecca Reese, 
was a member of their household — ^in fact, until 
her marriage in July, 1899. 

D 2. Anna Story Reese, eldest daughter of Dr. 
D. A. and Mary 6. Reese, married Henry Glover, 
of Monticello, Ga., as his second wife. Issue : 

E 1. Mary Joice Glover, unmarried. 

A noble, self-sacrificing 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 devoted Chris- 

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tian, and member of the Presbyterian Church at 

E 2. Eli Glover, a brave young soldier in the 
Confederate Army, died in prison. 

E 3. Henry Glover, Jr., unmarried. 

He attended the West Point Military Institute, 
if ew York. When he first grew up he was said to 
be strikingly like Napoleon; even children observed 
the likeness to Napoleon's pictures, and he was 
called by his college mates ''Little Corporal." He 
is a fluent, instructive talker, and inherits his 
grandfather Beese's fondness for a good story well 
told; has a wonderful memory, and altogether a 
delightful companion. He is a close reader of 
newspapers and books, a man of varied and exten- 
sive information. He is engaged in railroad work, 
and located at Macon, Ga. 

E 4. David Reese Glover, married Elate Mad- 
dox, of Monticello. Issue: 

P 1. Dixen Maddox Glover. 

F 2. Addison Reese Glover. 

David A. Glover is engaged in farming; he is 
an excellent man and citizen, and stands very high 
in his town. 

D 3. George Reese was bom at Monticello, Ga., 
in 1828. 

He was well educated, and was considered a man 
of extraordinary intelligence, a splendidly read 
man, and possessed a marvellous memory. He was 
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ature of every style, and was said to be the best- 
read member of the Eeese familv. He was also a 
great politician, was rather eccentric, but tender- 
hearted and generous, fond of friends and social 

He married Hilary Sowell Woolf ork, of Alabama, 
a wealthy woman of many excellencies of character. 

A few yiears before his death he emigrated to 
Florida, where he and his wife both died, and are 
buried in the Presbyterian Church-yard, at Are- 
donda, Fla., with no stones to mark their graves. 

Children of George Eeese and wife, Mary Wool- 
fork Eeese: 

E 1. David Addison Eeese, died young. 

E 2. William Frank Eeese, died young. 

E 3. Annie Eebecca Eeese, married William 
Carson Jackson, at Auburn, Ala., July 19, 1899, 
by Eev. John Cloud, of the Baptist Church. 

Eebecca Eeese Jackson was a loving, dutiful 
daughter to her parents as long as they lived. Her 
sunny disposition and simplicity of character is 
her chief charm. She is a true and tender wife, 
a fine economist, domestic in her taste. She is a 
most excellent housekeeper. She is sympathetic 
in her nature, and has many warm friends. 

She is a member of the Light Horse Harry Lee 
Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revo- 
lution, at Auburn, Ala.; a consistent member of 
the Presbyterian Church, and is actively engaged 
in church work. 

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D 4. Eebecca Mathews Beese^ youngest child of 
Dr. D. A. Reese and wife, Mary G. Reese; married 
Isaac N. Harvey, of Alabama. Issue : 

E 1. Jennette Reese Harvey, died young. 

E 2, Addison Reese Harvey, married Ellie 
Westcott, of Montgomery, Ala. Issue: 

F 1. Maryellen Harvey. 

P 2. Walter Baldwin Harvey. 

P 3. Ernest Westcott Harvey. 

F 4. Addison Reese Harvey. 

E 2. A. Reese Harvey is a druggist in Mont- 
gomery^ Ala., a successful business man, possesses 
many noble traits of character, generous to his 
friends, and just in all his dealings. 

E 3. William Augustus Harvey, married Min- 
nie Pratt, of Alabama. Issue : 

F 1. Mary Meriwether Harvey. 

F 2. Addison Reese Harvey. 

F 3. Leonard Pratt Harvey. 

F 4. Linnora Harvey. 

P 5. Lavinia Harvey. 

F 6. Annie Jennett Harvey. 

E 3. William Augustus Harvey was for many 
years a mining engineer, but is now a druggist at 
Blockton, Ala. He is an amiable warm-hearted 
man, a member of the Baptist Church. 

Anna Reese Glover and her sister, Rebecca Reese 
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. 

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Annie died in 1859^ and sleeps beside her mother 
and husband at Monticello^ Ga. 

Bebecca died in Texas away from her family, 
and sleeps amid strangers, with a monument 
erected by her youngest son, Augustus Harvey, 
who visited her grave many years after her death. 

When Dr. Reese went to treat with the Cherokee 
Indians he travelled on horseback, and when he 
set out on his journey, his father-in-law, Mr. 
Thomas Meriwether, gave him a thousand dollars 
in gold, which he put in his saddle-bags, and threw 
them across his saddle. 

When he arrived among the Indians, as he was 
riding along at night-fall, he heard a squaw 
crooning to her baby the familiar song, "Hush, 
My Babe, Lie Still and Slumber," and he thought 
it must be a good place to stop for the night; 
thereupon he reined up in front of the wigwam, 
and asked for a night^s lodging. The squaw re- 
plied "that her husband, 'Sleeping Babbit,* had 
gone on a hunt, and would be very angry if he 
should return and find the *pale face' there, and 
he might in his anger kill the 'pale face.' " Dr. 
Beese reasoned with her, told her he was not afraid, 
and finally persuaded her to let him stay. After 
feeding his horse, and partaking of a frugal sup- " 
per she had spread for hita, he drew out his pipe 
and began to smoke, meanwhile chatting pleasantly 
with the squaw in the Indian language, when he 
was suddenly interrupted by the unexpected return 

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of "Sleeping Rabbit." The Indian showed much 
surprise and anger at finding the "pale face" sit- 
ting in his wigwam conversing with his squaw. 

Dr. Reese saluted him in his own language^ at 
the same time offered him some tobacco and his 
pipe, and soon appeased his anger. They sat till 
late in the night chatting of the Indian affairs; 
then Dr. Reese went off to his straw pallet 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 
boys come and play a game for the entertainment 
of Dr. Reese, and his attention was especially 
called to a bright young lad of ten years, the finest 
athlete among them. Upon inquiry he found his 
name to be Henry Dobson Reese, a descendant of 
Charles Reese, who married the Indian princess, 
the daughter of Adair, and also related to the 

Dr. Reese was so pleased with young Dobson 
that he visited his mother, and after a great deal 
of persuasion gained her consent to give Dobson to 
him, promising her that he would adopt and edu- 
cate him. Satisfactory arrangements being made, 
he bought a pony, saddle, and bridle for Dobson, 
and at the appointed time they left the nation, and 
set out for his home at Monticello, Jasper county, 
Oa. The lad, with his Indian garb and moccasins, 
attracted much attention. On reaching Covington, 

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where they stopped for the night, when supper was 
announced, the inn-keeper refused to allow the lad 
to appear at the table, and ordered him to the 
kitchen to eat with the servants; whereupon Dr. 
Reese told the inn-keeper if Dobson cbuld not eat 
with him, he would leave the inn at once. Dobson 
returned to the supper table, and nothing further 
was said. 

On arriving at home. Dr. Reese presented Dob- 
son to his wife as his adopted son. This good 
woman had two sons of her own, and did not take 
kindly to the lad. She feared her sons could not 
live peaceably with him. 

Dr. Reese gave Dobson the best educational ad- 
vantages ; sent him with his son Frank to college. 
The boys became good friends, and got on nicely 

Dobson, after completing 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 
unhappy that Dr. Reese consented for him to re- 
turn to the Indian nation. 

He bade adieu to his happy 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- 
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ability^ and he became their chief counsellor, who 
settled their disputes, and in a few years he was 
one of their most distinguished men. He married 
a wealthy woman in the Cherokee Nation, who was 
one-fourth Indian; her mother was of German 
descent. His wife's name was Bachel, but he 
always called her Mary. She was a large woman, 
with many of the iTndian characteristics. She 
possessed great wealth, and though they had no 
children of their own, they reared seven orphan 

After the close of the Civil War, Dobson Beese 
was sent by the Cherokees to treat with the United 
States government on some veiy important affairs, 
and in 1866 he and his wife went to Washington 
City. She had never been outside the Indian Ter- 
ritory, and coming into the States, among the 
white people, was quite an event in her prosaic life. 
They spent two winters in Washington, where they 
were received and entertained by the government 
officials and the prominent people 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 succeeded in getting his 
bill passed. While in Washington, Dobson « Beese 
met Hon. Alexander H. Stephens, who was struck 
by an Indian bearing the name of Beese, and asked 
at once if he was related to the ex-Congressman 

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Dr. David A. Reese, to which Dobson replied, "I 
am his adopted son/' though he had heard nothing 
from Dr. Reese in twenty years, and immediately 
asked if the old gentleman was alive, and where 
he lived? 

Mr. Stephens told him that Dr. Reese made his 
home with his son Frank at Auburn, Ala. 

Dobson wrote at once to his adopted father, re- 
newing the friendly relations, and on his return 
from Washington to Tahlequah, he and his wife 
stopped at Auburn, and spent two months. It 
was the pleasure of the writer to meet them on this 
visit, and assist in entertaining them at her home. 
In many respects they were quite like the Indians ; 
they were inveterate opium smokers, and were ex- 
ceedingly interesting persons. They wore mag- 
nificent diamonds, and spent their money lav- 

While in Auburn, Dobson was extremely ill, and 
the physician suggested rubbing his extremities 
with dry mustard. Like the Indian custom, he had 
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 by, saw her 
and understood what Dobson had said, and, turn- 
ing to the physician, he said, "I'll tell you what 
that man said to his wife in their own language," 
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much gusto, for he was very fond of a joke. This 
caused a hearty laugh, in which all joined. 

The war stripped Dr. Reese, as it did most of 
the Southern people, of all his wealth. In his old 
age he was left with nothing save his plantation, 
and this he had to mortgage to get means to live 
upon. Dobson, being told of this, lifted the mort- 
gage, paid him out of debt, and gave him eight 
hundred dollars in gold. 

Dobson Beese and his wife made two visits to 
Auburn, and the relatives who met them became 
sincerely attached to them. 

A year after their return to Tahlequah, Bachel 
died, and Dobson was left alone in his beautiful 
home, where they had spent so many happy years 
together. He adopted a nephew, who went to cheer 
and console him. 

. A year rolled by when Dobson consoled himself 
by taking another wife in the person of a widow 
with a half-grown daughter. She was a Missouri 
woman, and her husband was a soldier in the 
Union Army, and she thought he had been killed, 
as one of his comrades came home and told her 
he had assisted in burying her husband in 1863, 
and for years she mourned him as dead. 

She had been married to Dobson Reese scarcely 
a year when her first husband appeared upon the 
scene, and claimed her as his wife. She found, 
alas ! too true, instead of being dead, he was her 
real, living husband. 

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Although a very dissipated, trifling man, who 
had deserted her for years, he told her he had the 
first and best claim upon her, and she must go and 
live with him. This was a most distressing state 
of affairs, and she sorely grieved to give up her 
second husband and the beautiful home in Tahle- 

She sent for Mr. Reese, and laid the case before 
him, and asked him to decide for her, and what- 
ever his decision might be, she would abide by it. 
With a heart full of sorrow, he replied, "That is a 
question I am unable to decide ; you must leave it 
to God and your conscience,'* and it ended by her 
going with her worthless first husband, although 
her daughter implored 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 tr3dng episode, Mr. Reese was so 
crushed that his health began 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 is life. 

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C 6. George Reese, fourth son of George and 
Anna Story Reese; bom September 16, 1776, in 
South Carolina; married Mary Ann Witherspoon, 
September, 1824. She was bom in Williamsburg 
District, South Carolina, July 31, 1806. Issue : 

F 1. David Addison Reese, bom May 13, 1825. 

F 2. Anna Story Reese, bom September 13, 

F 3. Gavin Witherspoon Reese, bom January 
31, 1830. 

F 4. Jeannette Amelia Reese, bom March 14, 

F 5. Oscenappa Reese, bom November 18, 1835. 

F 6. Milton Eli Reese, bom January 12, 1840. 

P 7. Edwin Horatio Reese, bom June 24, 1842. 

F 8. Marah Reese, bom September 14, 1849. 

F 1. David Addison was drowned in the Chatta- 
hoochee River, near West Point, Ga., while in bath- 
ing with his cousin, William Reese, and a school- 
mate by the name of Morris, who were also 

Addison was a bright, handsome lad of fourteen. 
His parents were visiting in Columbus, Ga., when 
this accident occurred. It was a crushing blow to 
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a sad maimer. These three boys are buried side 
by side at Hopewell Cemetery. 

F 2. Amia Story, died in infancy. 

F 3. Gavin Witherspoon, called for his grand- 
father Witherspoon, of Revolutionary 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. Mary Reese Witherspoon, died in infancy. 

F 5. Oscenappa, 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 
tossing him, like a ball, from one to the other, and 
gave him many beautiful presents. He died quite 
young. The Indians expressed great sorrow at his 

F 6. Milton Eli, better known as Monk, a name 
he always bore; married a widow with two chil- 
dren, Mrs. Ella Cooper Hagerty, at Wetumpka, 
Ala., in 1874. Issue: 

G 1. George Baker Reese, bom December 22, 
1875 ; lived to be twenty-five years old ; died un- 
married, in 1900; 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 afiSicted with epilepsy until his death. 

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He was always feeble-minded, and could not be 
educated. He was a great' disappointment to his 
father, who was foolishly fond of him, and in 
calling him always said, "Pinkey, sweet boy." 

" Away in the churchyard's quiet shade 
The wasted form of poor Pink is laid; 
And he calmly sleeps in his quiet grave. 
Where the willows bend and the flowerets wave; 
And few will dream, as they pass the spot. 
Of the cloud that darkened his hapless lot." 

F 8. Marah, died in infancy. 
Jette, as she was lovingly called, was a beautiful 
young woman. She was educated at the College in 
La Grange, Ga., where she also learned music and 
embroidery, and some of her handiwork is still 
preserved in the family. She possessed a merry, 
joyous disposition, and was an universal favorite. 
With her many attractions of youth, beauty, virtue, 
intelligence and wealth, she was much sought after. 
Her manners were fascinating, easy, sprightly, 
frank, and winning, inspiring with interest all 
who conversed with her. Her natural grace and 
affability, together with frank cordiality, formed 
the charm of her manner. 

She married her cousin Donom Witherspoon, 
and only lived a year. He for many years visited 
her grave in far-away Alabama. 

Milton E. Eeese, son of George and Mary With- 
erspoon Reese, died at Wetumpka, Ala., and his 
remains were carried to his old home, and interred 

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beside his 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 Virginia. He was a 
bright, erratic man, generous and kind, a friend to 
every one. 

When he first grew up he was wild and dissi- 
pated, but after his conversion, he reformed, joined 
the Baptist Church, and entered the ministry, and 
preached a short while. He had a peculiar dispo- 
sition, was morose and unhappy. He was a lawyer 
and a journalist at different periods of his life. 

George Reese 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, he would doubtless have far out- 
stripped them in honors. 

He was indolent in his habits, but did a vast 
amount of brain work, indeed he was "as wise as 

He was fair-spoken and persuading, and had 
hosts of friends and admirers. From extensive 
reading he had gathered extensive stores of know- 
ledge, a vast fund of anecdote and humor, and was 
a most delightful person to talk with. 

While he possessed a high order of intellect, his 
tastes were plain and simple, and he had a strong 
aversion to fashion. 

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He never united with the church, but was a 
Presbyterian in his faith, and as he often expressed 
it, he "was loyal to the church of his fathers": 
for the Reese family had been Presbyterians for 

The following extract was copied from the At- 
lanta Herald in 1875 : 

"Major George Reese and wife left on Mon- 
day last for Charlotte, N. C, to be present at 
the Mecklenburg Centennial. Mr. Reese is 
now in his eightieth year, and would be, as he . 

says, "just eighty years old," but he does not ^ 

count one year, in which he lived in Georgia, 
while on his way from South Carolina to 
Alabama. He says he 'was water-bound for i 

one year in Georgia, and he has ever since left { 

it out of his calendar.' His wife is sixty-nine 
and they have been married fifty years. 

"There were originally eight brothers in 
the family, and for seventy years there was not 
a death among them. 

"Major Reese is to-day hearty, vigorous and 
healthy. He has never used tobacco nor 
whiskey, and has been remarkably healthy all 
his life. i 

"He goes to his father's old home in Meck- 
lenburg county in hopes of meeting many of 
his relatives and friends, whom he has not 
seen, some of them, for over half a century, 
and embraces this last opportunity, perhaps, 

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on earth of ever visiting the scenes of his 
father's childhood home. We wish the old 
gentleman and lady a pleasant journey and 
happy reunion of relatives and friends!'' 

On the return of Major Reese from Charlotte, 
N". C, he wrote a history of his life, intending at 
some future day to publish it, but died without 
getting it ready for publication. 

The golden wedding of Major George Reese and 
wife, Mary Witherspoon Reese, was celebrated on 
the evening of May — , 1874, at the residence of 
their son, Milton E. Reese, near West Point, Ga. 

Many beautiful golden presents were received 
by them from friends in many sections, not only 
from Gentiles, but also from Jews. Many came 
from long distances to make glad the hearts of 
this old couple. Letters galore poured in upon 
them with happy congratulations. The house was 
prettily decorated, and an elegant supper served. 
There was no one present who witnessed their 
marriage in South Carolina in 1824. 

The following extracts from the history of 
Major Reese are, with his permission, copied from 
his manuscript, written in 1875: 

"Near Charlotte, Mecklenburg county, 
N. C, was the home of my grandfather, David 
Reese. While in the streets of Charlotte, and 
looking at the same objects, standing on the 
same spot where my grandfather stood when 
he signed the Declaration of Independence, 

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May 20, 1775, one hundred years ago, I said, 
'It is a good thing to be here, and I here ap- 
prove and endorse this grand act of my grand- 

"At the peril of liis life he pledged all his 
treasures, and the active services of four sons, 
among whom was my father, George Reese. 

"As I stood there, where they buckled on 
their armour to do or die, I inquired after 
their descendants. They were nowhere to be 
found — dead and forgotten. I asked the mid- 
dle-aged men if they knew where the grave of 
my grandfather was, he 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 buried. No! none could point 
to the spot ; no stone to mark the place where 
David Reese lies. I said, 'The ingratitude of 
republics alone is immutable.' 

"Most of the people of Charlotte are Pres- 
byterians, and have been for an hundred years. 
The family my wife and I stayed with were 
Presbyterians. Our host was an Elder, and 
to be an Elder here is like being an High 
Priest in the olden time. 

"I went to the spot on which stood the old 
family mansion, where the old patriarch, 
David Reese, lived for half a century, kneeling 
every morning, mth his face toward the east, 
surrounded by his family, returning fervent 

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thanks to his Maker for the light of another 
day, and invoking continued blessings upon 
his family and his country, not forgetting the 
Jews and their early return to Christianity. 

"The old mansion and its picturesque sur- 
roundings is* no more — ^razed to the ground; 
sacred no doubt in the eyes of angels, where 
they had often been entertained. Farewell, 
dear old North State; with sincere regret we 
leave thy good people and thy sacred groves. 

"From Charlotte we went to Pendleton, 
S. C, to visit relatives and my boyhood home. 
We went to the spot where my father lived, 
and where most of us first saw the light. 
Everything gone ! The long piazza, shaded by 
venerable oaks, where we were wont to con- 
gregate for nearly a half century, under whose 
shade was hung our swings, and where all 
were innocent and happy then. Here my 
sainted mother, every Sabbath, could be seen 
with the Shorter Catechism in hand, guiding 
us upward and onward. 

"In this old piazza our father, 'the old 
Israelite indeed,' welcomed, reared and mar- 
ried seven sons, and with open arms received 
them with their 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 

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as Job's daughters. This home of ours was 
the resort of the elite of the neighborhood. 
Here my father raised and educated eleven 
children, and lived to see them all well and 
happily 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 place of my birth. 
I then recalled the old beech tree that stood 
on *the ragged edge of the place,* as Beecher 
would say, and on the bank of the creek, where 
we boys bathed so many years. This beech 
tree we never lost sight of, and often when 
we met together we talked of it. It stood on 
classic ground, and was monarch of the forest. 

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On its bark we had engraved our names, 
pledging our youthful affections and aid even 
in old age. 

"Alas! poor Yorick; even this grand old 
tree, with the record of the family, as sacred 
as the ten commandments of Moses were to 
the Jews, was gone. I sat me down and wept, 
bitterly wept. 

"I wrote a poem on the old tree, and dedi- 
cated it to my favorite brother, David Addison 
Reese, July 27, 1865 : 

*' Though, Davidy we long since have parted. 

Each his path through this world to pursue; 
Smooth was your road, and easy to travel. 
For it led from the 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 labor to buy you a minister's gown. 

''You remember the beech that stood on the creek, 
On the bark of which we engraved our names? 
Pledging to each other on the bark of the tree 
The love of youth, and aid in old age. 

'' Come let us join glasses, make good all of our pledges, 
That 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 

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fairly whistled before he got to the top of the 
hill, where stood Breckenridge's school-house, 
a clever flat-footed Irishman well qualified to 
teach the young idea how to shoot; he occa- 
sionally got a little drinky. 

"This school-house was built of hewn logs 
in 1800 by the first settlers, among whom was 
my father, the Whitners, Calhouns, Pickenses, 
Taylors, and others; there was nothing left 
to mark the spot. 

"I soon reached the head of an avenue of 
live oaks, oranges 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 my senior. I hastened to embrace her. 
She said in great kindness, brother, you have 
grown so old and ugly I hardly knew you.' 

"I replied that I had been very much used, 
had done much hard work to make a living, 
to which she replied, *0h 1 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 Uving.' 

"I have in my possession my father's old 
arm-chair, a primitive, split-bottom chair, 
painted blue, with broad and comfortable 

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arms, on which he had a way of whittling, 
and these arms were often replaced. I also 
fell heir to a fine oil portrait of my father, 
the exact likeness of him, with his meek and 
benevolent countenance, holding a bunch of 
wheat in his hand, showing that he was a 
planter. I have also a large, handsome silver 
pitcher, which he received as a premium for 
the best crop of wheat raised in the district. 
I cut from the dear old home orchard three 
walking-sticks from an old apple tree, one for 
my brother James Eley, one for my brother 
Edwin, who is an invalid, and one for 

"At this dear old spot we had been raised,- 
here we had our troubles and triumphs ; from 
here we went to school, from here we walked 
three miles to the old Stone Church, where 
at one time the Rev. Dr. Thomas Reese 
preached, and where all the solid men and 
women, the aristocracy of the town, and the 
well-to-do people all met and worshipped. 

"Here we had two sermons every Sunday, 
and an interval between for lunch, and to get 
water. Sermons were short and eloquent 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 

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— ^a house known of all men — ^was built 
seventy years ago. 

"In my young days I often stopped on my 
way to Pendleton to get a drink of cool water, 
and chat with the three young ladies. My 
brother Edwin married the youngest daughter, 
Sarah Ann, a most excellent Christian woman, 
and a great favorite in the family. 

"This fine old family are all dead, and the 
old Red House has disappeared, not a tree, 
not a stone left to mark its location. 

"This to me was the Augustine agej 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 
March and October, annually, our Judge 
meted out justice to all. It was the seat of 
learning, too; here were busy lawyers in fine 
offices, lined with libraries and well filled with 
a lore of learning, and old Pendleton was 
known of all men. 

"The old mahogany table, around which 
we sab 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 
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brother Horace^s granddaughter, Susie Cherry 
Lanier, when she went to housekeeping. A 
walnut book-ease and table, made also by 
brother Horace, were given to his great-grand- 
son and namesake, Horace Heese Lanier, by 
brother Edwin. It was a great saying with 
brother Horace, 'The day of small things 
should never be forgotten or despised.' 

"In 1836, I, with my friend, Mr. Joe 
Pickens, a brother of General Pickens, went 
to the Indian War. First we went to Fort 
Hawkins, on the Ocmulgee River, the head- 
quarters of the army commanded by Major- 
General Thomas Pinckney. Here we reported 
to Col. Francis Huger, chief of staff, who 
enrolled our names as volunteers in the expe- 
dition against the Indians. 

"We made some hard marches through 
swamps infested with Indians. General Jack- 
son soon fought the battle of the *Horse Shoe,' 
which really terminated the war, and I re- 
turned home with my scalp all right. 

"Strange to say, this same Colonel Huger, 
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 attempt to rescue Gen- 
eral Lafayette from the prison at Olmuts. 

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studied medicine in Philadelphia, joined the 
Fnited States Navy, and at that time was the 
youngest surgeon in the Navy. He was sta- 
tioned at Leghorn, Italy, where he spent many 
years, returning in 1818. 

"My parents always said I must be a 
farmer, and when I was of age they fitted me 
out with a large, fine horse, saddle and bridle, 
and a handsome suit of broadcloth, and sent 
me with a view of travelling North and East 
to visit the model farms of the New England 

"I left home with letters of introduction 
to many prominent persons in Virginia, 
North Carolina, and Maryland. When I 
reached Philadelphia, I spent a month there 
with brother Milton. In passing the Sound 
I went by a Baptist Church alone on Sunday 
morning, whistling 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 inquired 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. 

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'It was not long before my pious man made 
his appearance, and turned out to be a Deacon 
of the Baptist Church, 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 
he had one that fitted exactly, and proposed 
an exchange with me, or, as he said, 'swap 
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 pious saddle, a better and a 
wiser man, to the beautiful city of New 
Haven, where I spent some time in visiting 
Yale College, and galloping around the coun- 

"The girls all seemed to be dressed in black 
crepe. So tidy, so handy, and so smart were 
they, I was almost captivated by them, and 
doubtless should have been but for them being 

"My next adventure was at Norwalk, a vil- 
lage and boat-landing, on Long 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 
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covery, I willingly consented, but not so my 
horse; he utterly refused to be led or driven 
on board. The more the men pulled, the 
further the horse got away. The moon shone 
brightly, and I thought the Yankees were 
fairly put to their wits' end, and about beaten, 
when an old Baptist Deacon, who was going 
down with shell-bark nuts and a lot of per- 
simmons, said he could put him aboard. 
Whereupon he took off 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 Captain said he was greatly 
obUged to me for not bringing my horse in- 

"A dozen or so well-dressed, smart girls 
were on board going to New York with poul- 
try, persimmons and shell-bark nuts. They 
asked me a great many questions about the 
negroes and cotton, and finding them ex- 
tremely ignorant, I dealt altogether in the 
marvellous, and told them some very wonder- 
ful yams which they believed. 

"As we went through 'Hell Gate,' the boat 
scraped dreadfully, which so frightened my 

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horse that his hair all turned the other way, 
but we landed safely, and I enjoyed the 

"While at the North, I visited many model 
farms, among thorn was that of Judge Peters, 
where I dined with Joseph Bonaparte, and we 
visited the 'Stone House,' in which the poet 
Moore lived while in this country. I travelled 
with Bonaparte on his way to New York, and 
afterward by invitation called at his home on 
the banks of the Delaware, in New Jersey. 
Here was to be seen all the grandeur of the 
King of Spain, he having just been driven 
from Spain, bringing with him all he desired, 
gold, silver, fine paintings; among them was 
one of his brother — ^'Napoleon Crossing the 

"He told me, in rather broken English 'that 
it was the best likeness of Napoleon he had 

ever seen.' 

"While stopping in New York I saw Mr. 
Van Buren and Aaron Burr, both very famous 
men. Brother Milton went with me from 
Philadelphia to Washington City on my way 
home. We both rode horseback, and on our 
way we 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. 

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out, leaving many marks of a desperate efEort 
to destroy it. 

"Congress was in session, and I saw our 
member, Mr. Earle, sitting in his seat with his 
hat on, dressed in homespun. 

"We called at the office of Mr. John C. Cal- 
houn, who was then Secretary of War. We 
also called at the White House to see the 
President, hitching our horses to a tree in 
front of the gate. 

"I 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 Bobb 
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 
f ather^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'Neil, 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 
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received an invitation Jto 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 fashionable then. I 
began trying on a pair, and guess my surprise 
to find a lady's ring in them, which fell on 
my finger. Of course tnere was a great 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 
daughter 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 Raleigh, N. C. She lost this ring 
one day while tr}'ing on gloves, and laughingly 
said she would marry the man who found her 
ring. She prized it because it had belonged 
to her mother. 

"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 
that time, but made a most favorable impres- 
sion on Miss Witherspoon. Shortly after this 
I visited her at her home in Sumter, when I 
became engaged to her. She had many suitors 
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a pistol in my pccket to protect myself from j 

a man named Dozier, who threatened to kill 
me as I walked out to be married. He 
affirmed that he was engaged to her, and ex- 
pected to marry her. \ 

"I married her without bloodshed, and we 
came to Pendleton to live with my father, who 
was growing old, and depended upon me, as I * 
had charge of the farm. Here we lived until ' 

we moved to Alabama in 1835, while the In- \ 

dians still occupied the State. 

"My father enjoyed telling a story on his 
grandfather, David Ap Heese, who was a 
Presbyterian minister in South Wales, and 
who was at the seige»of Londonderrj'. j 

"He said one Sunday morning, while he 
was arranging the head notes of his sermon, 
his daughter Ruth, who had been discussing 
with her sister Esther the rocognition of 
friends in heaven, rushed into his room, ex- ' 

claiming, 'Father, will we know each other in 
heaven?' The old gentleman pushed up his 
spectacles and said, 'Why, Ruth, I reckon we ; 

will have as much sense in heaven as we have i 

here.'" . 

Here ends the manuscript. 

George Reese lived to be quite an old man. He 
died rather suddenly at his old home in Chambers ! 

county, Ala. 

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"Obituaey of Majob Geoege Reese. 

"This community was startled on Saturday 
morning by the news of the sudden death of 
this prominent and aged citizen. He was in 
town most of the day on Friday, and though 
in feeble health, he wrote and mailed a letter 
to his son in Opelika, which was handed the 
son with the telegram announcing his father's 

"On Major Reese's return home Friday 
evening, he ate supper as usual and lay down 
on the bed. He soon complained of difficulty 
of breathing, and asked to be carried on the 
porch in the open air. This was done without 
relieving him. He was then brought back and 
placed in a chair, and in a short time breathed 
his last. 

"Major Reese was both intellectually and 
physically a superior man. 

"Born in Pendleton District, South Caro- 
lina, in 1796, he grew to manhood in his 
native State, and at an early age entered the 
political arena during the stormy days of 
Nullification. He was an uncompromising 
Union man, and running on that ticket, was 
voted against by six of his brothers, who had 
espoused the opposing cause. 
' "He and William L. Yancey together edited 
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being *Watt Tyler/ He was a State Senator 
for six years, being associated in the Legis- 
lature with McDuffee and other distinguished 

"Major Reese was never ultra in his politi- 
cal views, and it is said that liis old friend 
Yancey, after his return from liis fruitless 
mission to Europe in behalf of the Confed- 
eracy, saw the mistake of secession, and re- 
marked to Major Reese that he (Reese) had 
the superior judgment. 

"Removing to Chambers county in 1835, 
while vet the red man roamed our hills, he 
served his adopted State in both branches of 
the Legislature for many years. He was also 
a candidate for Congress in 1852, and again 
in 186G. His brother. Dr. David Reese, rep- 
resented Hon. A. H. Stephen's district after 
that gentleman retired from Congress. 

"Had the subject of this sketch accepted 
his early opportunities he would have become 
distinguished in any profession he might have 
chosen. He preferred the quiet life of a 
farmer to the turmoil of a continuous political 
life. He inherited and acquired a large prop- 
erty which was swept away by the besom of 

"His remains were interred on Sunday 
afternoon, in Hopewell Cemetery, a quiet 
sylvan spot near his residence, prepared by 

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him as a resting place for himself and kin- 
dred. The large company present testified the 
respect in which he was held by all classes of 
the community. He leaves a widow and an 
only son to mourn his loss.^^ 

There is a monument to mark his grave bearing 
this inscription : 

My Husband. 
Sagbed to the memory of 

BoBN Septembeb 17th, 1796. 
Died Januaby 26th, 1877. 


^^ We speak of the realms of the blest, ' 
Of that country, so bright, and so fair; 
And oft are its glories confessed; 
But what must it be to be there?** * 

Mrs. Mary Witherspoon Keese 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 capacity to entertain and 
interest. She was full of energy, and many ster- 
ling qualities of character. She was charitable 
and especially kind to the poor. An affectionate 
wife, an indulgent mother and mistress, and much 
loved for her many good works. She was a de- 
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gave liberally to its support. She lived only a short 
time after her husband. Mrs. Heese's father, Mr. 
Gavin Witherspoon, was a descendant of John 
Witherspoon, D. D., of Princeton, and a signer of 
the Declaration of Independence, and a brother-in- 
law to John Knox, a noted Scotch Presbyterian 

The Witherspoons lived on Black River, where a 
desperate fight took place, and Mrs. Wither- 
spoon stood with a man's hat on to encourage the 
Whigs, until a ball passed 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 River 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 
he would not tell where his master 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 Mrs. Reese, and were always faithful 

Mrs. Reese sleeps beside her husband at Hope- 
well Cemetery, with a monument thus inscribed : 

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July 30th, 1806, 


Aged 74. 
"She hath done what she could." 

Garrett, in his Reminiscences of Public Men of 
Alabama, says: 

"Major George Reese, of Chambers county, 
Ala., and formerly of South Carolina, and a 
brother of Hon. David Reese, a Representative 
in Congress, from Georgia, before the war. 

"Mr. Reese was elected to the Senate of Ala- 
bama, in 1839, as a Democrat, and served a 
term of three years, after which he retired. 

"After a Provisional Government had been 
formed, and a new Constitution adopted for 
the State in 1865, Mr. 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. 

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"Mr. Eeese did not thrust himself forward 
in the Senate in party schemes, nor did he 
engage in the debates. He looked on quietly, 
did good committee work, and was polite to 
all around him. 

"What he said was generally in a few words, 
and always to the point. He displayed no 
ambition to lead, nor would he blindly follow 
others who might assume this privilege. Al- 
ways calm, and always independent, he ap- 
peared to be on good terms with himself and 
with all the world.'* 

It is hoped that his subsequent experience has 
not disturbed this enviable reputation, which is 
the main source of happiness. His presence at 
Tuscaloosa in public and social circles will long 
be favorably remembered. 

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C 7. Thomas Sidney Eeese, fifth son of George 
and Anna Story Reese; married Susan McGregor, 
March 8, 1827. 

The following are their children: 

D 1. Lawren<s McGregor, bom February 20, 

D 2. Charles Edwin, born October 26, 1830. 

D 3. Horace, bom December 31, 1831. 

D 4. George, bom April 2, 1834. 

D 5. Hesperia Delphemia, bom April 15, 1836. 

D 6. Catherine Augusta, bom July 13, 1838. 

D 7. Mary Cherry, bom October 13, 1840. 

D 8. Rebecca Ann, bom January 18, 1842. 

D 9. Thomas Sidney, bom January 31, 1844. 

D 10. Sydenham Witherspoon, bom January 5, 

D 1. Lawrens Reese, married Lucy Tinsley, of 
Monticello, Ga. She was the adopted daughter of 
Dr. David Reese. 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. 

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E 3. Mary Addison, married Mr. Cabbott, of 
Alabama. Issue : 

P.l. Lucy Tinsley Cabbott. 

F 2. Judkins Cabbott. 

F 3. Charles Cabbott. 

D 2. Charles Edwin Reese, married Sarah H. 
Dudley, April 15, 1858. Issue: 

E 1. John Dudley, bom April 1, 1859, married 
Sallie Cooke, 1885. Issue: 

P 1. John Dudley, Jr., bom December, 1888. 

F 2. Philip Cook, bom January, 1891. 

F 3. Susie Hammond, bom December 31, 

P 4. Sallie Herbert, bom September, 1898. 

P 5. Julia Hesperia, bom September, 1900. 

E 2. Chariie Reese, married Bettie Whitman, 
of Alabama. Issue. 

F 1. Mary Cecil, bom January, 1891. 

F 3. Sallie Dudley, bom September, 1893. 

P 3. N"eil Robinson, bom December, 1895. 

E 3. Julia Hesperia Reese, bom January, 186 1 ; 
married Nicholas Baker, of Alabama. Issue: 

F 1. Nicholas Baker, Jr., bom November, 

P 2. Edwin Reese Baker, bom September, 

F 3. Hammond Baker, bom July, 1892. 

F 4. Horace Reese Baker, bom May, 1895. 

E 4. Horace Malvern Reese, married Sammie 
English. Issue : 

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P 1. Lucile Reese. 

D 3. Horace Reese responded to the first war 
bugle that was sounded and faithfully served his 
country, yielding up his life in her defence at the 
battle of Malvern Hill, Va., and sleeps peacefully 
in far-away Virginia soil. He died unmarried. 

D 4. George Reese, married Anna Simpson, of 
Pensacola, Fla. 

He was a gallant soldier in the Confederate war, 
and is now Brigadier-General of one of the Florida 
Divisions of Confederate Veterans. He has been 
a prominent business man of Pensacola for many 
years. He is an earnest Christian, an Elder in the 
Presb3rterian Church, a good citizen. He is simple 
and manly in manners, the impersonation of ami- 
ability and kindness, and has hosts of friends. 

Their children are as follows : 

E 1. Elizabeth George, unmarried. 

E 2. Simpson Reese, married Miss Laura 
Wright, of Pensacola, Fla. 

He attended College at Auburn, Ala., and is a 
successful business man, and is now connected with 
the Bank of Pensacola. He is a genial, pleasant 
man, of fine address, and handsome appearance, 
full of enthusiasm and a most worthy citizen. 
Children : 

F 1. Valeria Reese. 

F 2. George Simpson Reese. 

E 3. Euing Reese, unmarried. 

E 4. Lula Reese, unmarried. 


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D 5. Hesperia Beese, married Thomas Whit- 
man at West Point, 6a., in 1854. She only lived 
a year after her marriage. She was a sweet, gentle 
woman, with delicate features and lovely counte- 
nance, kind and gentle in disposition, a favorite 
with all who knew her. 

D 6. Catherine Augusta Beese, married Tecum- 
seh Fairriss. Issue: 

E 1. Kate Fairriss, bom January 30, 1864. 

E 2. George Sylvester Fairriss, bom January, 

E 3. Edwin Fairriss, bom December 6, 1871. 

E 4. Bessie Fairriss, bom December, 1873. 

E 1. Kate Fairriss, married Dr. Mayfeld. 

E 2. George Sylvester, married . 

E 3. Edwin Fairriss, unmarried. 

E 4. Bessie Fairriss, married J. H. Beagen. 

D 7. Mary Cherry Beese, married Edward Dud- 
ley in 1860. Issue : 

E 1. Thomas Beese Dudley, bom February 13, 

E 2. Susan Lawrens Dudley, bom May 6, 

E 3. Edward Dudley, Jr., bom April, 1864. 

E 4. Augusta Dudley, bom October, 1866. 

E 1. Thomas Beese Dudley, married Mary 

E 2. Susan L. Dudley, married Bobert Mc- 
Adory in 1884. Issue : 

F 1. Edward Dudley McAdory. 

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F 2. Walter McAdcry. 

F 3. Robert McAdory, Jr. 

F 4. James Reese McAdory. 

F 5. Janie McAdory. 

E 3. Edward Dudley, Jr., married Emma Ward. 
Issue : 

F 1. Thelma Dudley. 

E 4. Augusta Dudley, unmarried. 

D 8. Rebecca Reese, married E. H. Jones, of 
Texas. Issue : 

E 1. Mary Jones, married W. P. Bryan. 

E 2. Augusta Jones, unmarried. 

D 9. Thomas Sidney Reese, Jr., married Mary 
Virginia Lester, of Texas, October 26, 1869. Is- 

E 1. Lucy Reese, married D. W. Spence, Pro- 
fessor of Physics, Mathematics, and Civil Engi- 
neering in the A. and M. College, at Bryan, Texas. 
Issue : 

P 1. Thomas Reese Spence. 

F 2. Virginia Wendell Spence. 

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 

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office of the Attomoy-General's Department of 
Texas, located at Austin. He is considered a fine 
lawyer, and just in all his dealings. 

D 10. Sydenham Witherspoon Reese emigrated 
to Texas after the Civil War. He never recovered 
from a severe woimd received while serving in the 
army, and died unmarried in Texas in January, 

C 7. Thomas Sidney Reese, son of George and 
Anna Story Reese, was bom at Pendleton, S. C, 
August 12, 1799. 

He was a bright, 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 boy, who always loved to go to Sunday- 
school and church." He possessed courtly man- 
ners, and was the Chesterfield of the family. 

When a lad, he was sent to Philadelphia to be 
trained to mercantile business by a famous Dutch 
merchant. Hie did not like the confinement of the 
life of a merchant, and only remained a year, and 
much against the better judgment of his brother, 
Milton, with whom he lived while in Philadelphia, 
he gave up his position, and set out to travel. He 
embarked upon a flat boat, and went down the 
Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, finally landing at 
Vicksburg. While there he had a spell of typhoid 
fever, and was confined to his bed for months. 
When he became strong enough he procured a 

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horse, and travelled on horseback through the 
country to his home in South Carolina. 

At that time the country was only inhabited by 
Indians, with a few trading stations, such as Mont- 
gomery, Ala., and several in Georgia. Upon reach- 
ing home he was the hero of the day, when he re- 
lated the many narrow escapes he made, and the 
intense excitement and the severe fatigue he en- 
dured for so many days. 

During the exciting days of Nullification in 
South 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 volimteer his services. 

This was an evidence of his strong states' rights 
feelings, which he never faltered in as long as he 
lived. He 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 homes on account of a rumor of the approach 
of the Indians, he volunteered and stood guard 
alone on the bank of the Chattahoochee River, so 
that he might give warning of the enemjr'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, 

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whose bland manners, cheerful humor, and instruc- 
tive conversation were a delight to his friends. 

The purity of his life was exceptional even 
among pious people, and he was exemplary in all 
the walks of a Christian gentleman. He was a 
most gifted man in pra3^er, and his fine conver- 
sational powers were rare, being 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 
1863, and sleeps at Hopewell Cemetery, with a 
monument bearing this inscription: 

Sacbed to the memory of 

BoBN August 12th, 1799. 
Died Decembeb 20th, 1863. 

"He brought 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 McGregors. They were wealthy and 
aristocratic, and were reared at Charleston, S. C, 
and possessed that soft, musical accent so peculiar 
to the Charlestonians. 

She sleeps beside her husband in Hopewell Cem- 
etery, with a monument bearing this inscription: 

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Sacred to the memobt of 


WIFE OF T. S. Keese. 

BoBN IN St. James Parish, South Carolina, 

November .13th, 1802. 

Died in Lowndes County, Alabama, 

January 10th, 1858. 

^' No pain, no grief, no anxious fear. 
Invade thy bounds, no mortal woes 
Can reach thy peaceful slumbers here, 
While angels watch thy soft repose." 

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C 8. James Eley Reese, the sixth son of George 
and Anna Story Reese; married Lucy Allison, of 
Lafayette, Ala., in 1843. No issue. 

James E. Reese was born at Pendleton, S. C, 
July 12, 1802. 

He was sent to Columbia, S. C, to College, 
where he spent several years, and where he gradu- 
ated in law. 

His mother said of him, that "Eley was her pru- 
dent, thrifty son,'* and by his own industry and 
inheritance he possessed a large fortune. He re- 
moved from South Carolina to Lafayette, Ala., in 
1842, where he practiced law successfully. 

At the age of forty-three he married a wealthy 
woman, of fine character, though somewhat pecu- 
liar. She was a model housekeeper, had splendidly 
trained servants, and entertained her friends in the 
most royal manner. She was rather a handsome 
woman, dressed elegantly. She was very kind- 
hearted, and a devoted daughter and sister. She 
was a member of the Presbyterian Church. 

She had a separate estate from her husband, and 
at her death she left it to her Allison relatives. 
She had her vault prepared before her death beside 
her mother and brother, and requested, when dying 

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to be placed there, and she sleeps with her kindred 
at Lafayette, Ala. 

Mr. Reese was a fine lawyer, an honest, upright 
man, and a member of the Presbyterian Church. 
He was a State Senator in 1843; was fond of 
politics, but cautious and safe in his judgment. 

He was a man of studious habits, accurate infor- 
mation, good business methods. He was a trav- 
elled man, possessed of a fine physique, a good 
talker, pleasant manners. He won the admiration 
and respect of his fellow-men. 

He rendered his brothers much assistance 
through pecuniary difficulties, and was really a 
banker for his brother George, to whom he fur- 
nished large sums of money. 

He died, after a short illness, at the home of his 
nephew^ Monk Reese, where he was carried from 
the cars on his way home from Montgomery, and 
is buried at Hopewell Cemetery, with a monument 
containing this inscription : 

Sacsed to the memobt of 


BoBN July 12th, 1802. 
Died July 2nd, 1876. 


"We speak of its pathway of gold, 

Of its walls decked with jewels so rare; 
Of its wonders, and pleasures untold; 
But what will it be to be there." 

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"Died in Opelika, July 2, 1876, Mr. James 
E. Beese, of Lafayette, Ala., aged seventy- 
three years, eleven months and twenty days. 

"While a student in the South Carolina 
College, his mind was poisoned with infidel 
principles, but these were subsequently re- 
nounced, and about twenty years before his 
death he connected himself with the Presby- 
terian Church, and continued a member until 

"During his last illness he was at times in 
some darkness, yet he testified to the comfort 
which he felt in hearing the Word of God and 
in imiting with God's people in prayer, and 
ere he departed, he said that he could assur- 
edly look by faith to Him whose blood cleans- 
eth from all sin. 

"Mav his death be blessed to us all as a 
means of a closer walk with God, and a more 
earnest desire for a solid and more enduring 
substance than earth can yield. 


"Mr. 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. 

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West Point, and on Tuesday morning were 
interred in Hopewell Cemetery, Rev. Mr. 
Baker preaching the funeral at the Presby- 
terian Church, Monday afternoon. 

^^Thus one by one the fathers are passing 
away. His venerable brother still lingers in 
our midst, and we trust will be spared yet 
many years. (Copied from West Point paper.) 

Garrett, in his Reminiscences of Pvblic Men of 
Alabama, says: 

"James E. Reese, of Chambers county, Ala., 
succeeded to the seat occupied by his brother, 
George Reese, who has been noticed in another 
place. The brothers differed in politics, the 
ex-Senator being a Democrat, and the sitting 
member a Whig — ^the one a planter, the other 
a lawyer — but both were favored by nature 
with respectable endowments, physical and 

"After serving out his term, Mr. James E. 
Reese was not again connected with public 
life, but pursued the practice of law in La- 
fayette, Chambers county, Ala., where he lived. 

"Mr. Reese had a prepossessing face, and 
very courteous manners. He was very neat in 
his person, and always appeared so genteel 
that he could have entered at any time a 
salon of f ashionablv dressed ladies, with credit 
to his taste. 

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*He looked as if the world went smoothly 
with him. No 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 agreeable 
speaker. His arguments were always listened 
to with respect, and. his influence was feit, 
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." 

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C 9. Edwin Beese, the seventh son of George 
and Anna Story Beese ; married Sarah Ann Lewis 
at her home, Fort Salvadore, near Pendleton, S. C, 
May 13, 1834, by Bev. Bichard Cater, of the Pres- 
byterian Church. Issue: 

D 1. Ann Eliza Beese. 

D 2. Bichard Lewis Beese. 

D 3. John Lewis Beese. 

D 4. Sarah Miller Beese. 

D 5. Mary Eleanora Beese. 

D 6. Carolina Alabama Beese. 

D 7. Margaret Miriam Mays Beese. 

D 1. Ann Eliza Beese, married Allston Benja- 
min Croft, as his second wife, at her home in 
Auburn, Ala., November 13, 1855, by Bev. Tim- 
othy Boot, of the Presbyterian Church. Issue : 

E 1. Edwin Clarence Croft, died in infancy. 

E 2. George Bichard Croft. 

E 3. Mary Annie Cordelia Croft. 

E 2. George Bichard Croft, married Lola 
Montez Blitch, eldest daughter of Senator IT. A. 
Blitch, of * Montbrook, Fla., December 16, 1885. 

They had no children of their own, but adopted 
and raised a little girl, Margaret Chesser Croft. 

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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. He is a man of pleasing address, 
courtly in hie manners, and by his strict attention 
to business, his kind and obliging manners, has 
won the respect and esteem of the prominent rail- 
road officials, 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 Point, Ga., December 10, 
1884, by Rev. Mr. HoUingsworth, of the Presby- 
terian Church. Issue : 


F 1. Edwin Heese Boyd, called for his great- 
grandfather, Edwin Beese. 

P 2. William Allston Boyd, died in infancy. 

F 3. George Richard Boyd, died in GainsviUe, 
Fla., August 9, 1875, aged four years and two 
months, and sleeps (beside his grandmother Boyd, 
who died while living in Florida in 1875) in the 
cemetery at GainsviUe, Fla. 

F 4. Mary Croft Boyd. 

F 5. Clarence Bamett Boyd. 

Annie Croft Boyd is a most pronounced bru- 
nette, and shows the French Huguenot blood 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-writer. 

She is an earnest Christian, and a member of 
the Presbyterian Church. At a reception given 

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her when she married, she wore her mother's wed- 
ding dress, and handsome handkerchief, and her 
grandmother Reese's wedding veil. 

Her parents died when she and her brother were 
young children, and they lived with their grand- 
father and aunts at Auburn, Ala., where they were 
mostly educated. William Henry Boyd, her hus- 
band, was something of a genius, and had he re- 
ceived the proper education, would no doubt have 
made his mark in the world. He was a natural 
machinist and inventor. He invented several use- 
ful articles, but had but one of them patented. He 
was a thoroughly temperate man, and a Deacon in 
the Presbjrterian Church. He died November 26, 
1902; buried at West Point, G«. Through his 
great-grandfather he was descended from the 
Heards, who settled in St. Paul's Parish, Wilkes 
county, 1762-1774, and also from Governor 
Stephen Heard, of Georgia, who was bom in Ire- 
land in 1720. 

Ann Eliza Reese Croft was a woman of rare 
qualities of mind and heart. Her unassuming 
dignity, graceful ease, her gentle breeding, kind 
and genial disposition, 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 worshipped her. She was a great favorite 
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She possessed the rare tact of securing friend- 
ship true and warm^ and her generous character 
and many virtues gave her much influence during 
life, and endeared her memory to hosts of friends 
after death. Her marriage to Mr. A. B. Croft was 
the first to occur in the family. It was a quiet 
home wedding, but a most elaborate supper was 
served. It was not fashionable thai to receive 
bridal presents, but many pieces of handsome solid 
silver were given her, among them a beautiful 
spoon from Mrs. William L. Yancey. After her 
marriage, she made 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 her 
husband, in j^ovember, 1874, and sleeps beside 
her little Clarence at Hopewell Cemetery, without 
stones to mark the spot. 

She was a true wife, a fond mother, a devoted 
daughter and sister, an earnest Christian, and a 
consistent member of the Presbyterian Church. 
Having been faithful to her duty as a child, sister, 
mother and wife, she was greatly beloved in life, 
and in death deeply lamented. 

Mr. A. B. Croft married, as two wives, Cordelia 
and Annie E. Reese, first cousins. He was a 
brother of Edward Croft, who married Susan 
Reese, an elder sister of Cordelia. The Crofts were 
originally a fine old French Huguenot family, who 
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America, settling in South Carolina, at Charleston 
and Greenville. Later on they came to Alabama, 
and settled near West Point, Ga. Here he died 
and is buried beside his wife at Hopewell Cemetery, 
without a stone. He was a strikingly handsome 
man, with a soft, gentle expression, courtly man- 
ners, obliging and thoughtful 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, 

D 2. Richard Lewis Reese, married Carrie 
Jjightfoot, at the home of her adopted parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Reese, at Auburn, Ala., 
November 26, 1868, by Rev. W. E. Lloyd, of the 
Baptist Church. Issue: 

E 1. Mary Kate Reese, died of diphtheria when 
eight years old. She was a bright, beautiful child, 
quite like her grandmother Reese. She is buried 
at White Plains, Ga., where they were living at the 
time of her death. 

E 2. Edwin Lightfoot Reese, unmarried. 

He attended (college at Auburn, and is a young 
man of fine character, strictly temperate, scrupu- 
lously honorable and upright in all his dealings. 
He is the son of a veteran, and a Knight of 
P3rthias, a modest retiring man in his manners, 
and commands the highest respect and admira- 
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by profession, and is greatly interested in growing 
fruits and vegetables and stock-raising in middle 

E 3. Frank Clyde Reese, unmarried. He was 
a student at Clemson College, S. C, where his 
health failed, and he could not complete his course. 
He is a large, fine-looking manj in his manners 
he is complaisant, courteous and conciliating. He 
is well read, enjoys the social pleasures of life, and 
commands the confidence and respect of his 
fellow-men. He is engaged in cattle-raising in 

E 4. Margaret Caroline Reese, unmarried. She 
is a bright, intelligent girl, with great force of 
character. When she believes she is right, she is 
not easily turned from her purpose. She is fond 
of reading, and possesses a vei^ 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. She is buoyant 
with youth and hope, and has a praiseworthy am- 
bition to succeed at anythinpc 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 frac- 

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tion over six feet, and weighs one hundred and 
seventy-eight pounds, steps very lightly, is well 
developed, and active, exhibiting unusual strength, 
and is quite fine looking. His chief charm is his 
amiable disposition. He never or seldom becomes 
the least bit ruffled, so sweet tempered and placid 
is he in his nature. He has gentle, afEable man- 
ners, is exceptionally temperate and moral, and 
altogether a model boy, and an universal favorite 
wherever he is known. 

Richard Lewis Reese was born in South Caro- 
lina, but removed with his parents to Alabama 
when only a few years old. He was partially edu- 
cated at Lafayette under the celebrated Dr. James 
Woodrow, of the Presbyterian Church, and at 
Brownwood Institute. He was always fond of 
reading, and especially history and biography; a 
quiet, unobtrusive man who makes no display of 
his knowledge, but a strong impression for good in 
any community in which he lives. He is a dentist 
by profession, but has almost abandoned his prac- 
tice for truck farming. He is a man of the strict- 
est integrity, his word is his bond; a generous, 
faithful friend, a useful citizen, an humble Chris- 
tian, and a consistent member of the Baptist 

He was an intrepid soldier in the Confederate 
war ; his career was bold, dangerous, and brilliant. 
He showed the courage of his Revolutionary'" an- 
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mother's side were in the famous battle of King's 
Mountain in 1780. Blood will tell, and he in- 
herited not only bravery, but many noble traits 
from his grand old forefathers. He was First 
Lieutenant of Company "D," Thirty-seventh Ala- 
bama Eegiment, but acted Captain, and led his 
company into nearly every battle during the war. 
He was actively engaged in the battles of luka, 
Corinth, Baker's Creek, Fort Washington, siege 
of forty-nine days at Vicksburg, where he lived 
upon mule meat and rats; battles of Lookout 
Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Mill Greek Gap, Re- 
saca, Noonday 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 him, and Ned 
proved a faithful servant and friend throughout 
the entire war. Had it not been for Ned'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 Reunions 
and enjoys meeting his old war comrades, and tell- 
ing his war experiences over again. 

He is now living with his children in Middle 

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Florida engaged in tiniek farming. He had the 
misfortune to loose his most excellent and devoted 
wife in December, 1895. 

Carrie Lightfoot Reese, wife of Dr. Richard 
Lewis Reese, was a woman of strong and vigorous 
intellect. Affectionate and amiable in disposition, 
she governed her household altogether by the heart 
and the affections. Never was a wife and mother 
more highly 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 Micanopy, Fla. 

She was descended from the ancient family of 
Lightfoots in England, who came to Virginia in 
1679. Sir Philip Lightfoot settled at Sandy Point, 
Charles City county, Va., where 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. 

D 3. John Lewis 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 Maud 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, 

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in Pensacola, Fla., May 16, 1888, by Eev. H. Yer- 
ger, of the Presbyterian Church. Issue: 

F 1. Erin Bobinson. 

F 2. Mary Louise Eobinson. 

F 3. Maude Eobinson. 

F 4. Lucile Eobinson. 

F 5. Elizabeth Eobinson. 

Maud Eeese Eobinson possesses frank, unaf- 
fected manners, with a very tender heart. She is 
generous and liberal to her friends, affable and 
social in her nature, thoroughly amiable and full 
of cordial sympathy. 

William Eobinson, her husband, is a prosperous 
business man of Pensacola. She is a member of 
the Presbyterian Church, a fond mother and a 
loving wife. 

B 2. Eichard Pope Eeese, married Idelette 
Waddell West, of Texas, March, 1898. Issue: 

F 1. Virginia Idelette Eeese. 

F 2. John Lewis Eeese. 

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 Pensacola, 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 Presbyterian Church, and a useful citizen. He 

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is a Son of the American Kevolution, also a Son 
of Confederate Veterans. He is a man of great 
resolution, of a forceful, practical nature, warm- 
hearted and affectionate, and has many friends. 

E 3. Pauline Reese, unmarried. She is Princi- 
pal of the High School at Pensacola, Fla. She 
graduated at the Peabody Normal at Nashville, 
Tenn.; is a successful, popular teacher. Thor- 
oughness in the discharge 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. Eugene Eeese, unmarried. He is a suc- 
cessful, popular business man at Pensacola, who, 
by his own energy and industry, worked his way 
from a telegraph messenger boy up to a responsible 
position in the mercantile business. 

He 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 Reese, 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, 
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dulged, and a favorite in the family. Is a large, 

fine-looking young man, of good habits. i 

John Lewis Reese was educated at Auburn Col- i 

lege, but while in the junior class left the College j 

halls to join the army in 1861. He enteried service j 

&6 a private in Company "C," Third Alabama i 

Begiment. I 

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- j 

see, under General Hood, and during that terrible I 

winter campaign marched through the snow bare- i 

footed. ' 

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. 

When the war closed, he was Adjutant of the 
Fifty-seventh Alabama Regiment. 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 effects of it. On his return home, 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. 

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Several years after his marriage he removed to 
Texas, where he engaged in teaching, of which he 
made a great success. Later on he read law, and 
was admitted to the bar, and practiced successfully 
in different localities of the State. 

He was a man of brilliant intellect, a fluent 
talker, a graceful speaker, and while in College 
ranked among the best debaters of the Websterian 
Society. He was a man of fine personal appear- 
ance, tall and erect ; a noble, manly character. He 
possessed unusual magnetism, especially for chil- 
dren, of whom he was quite fond, and by his social, 
genial nature won friends from aU classes in life. 
The old, the poor, and the slaves were his friends 
and admirers. 

He was a kind husband, a proud father, a good 
citizen, and a member of the Presbyterian Church. 

He 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 Heese, the wife of John Lewis 
Reese, 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 
suffered and uncomplainingly 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- 
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removed to Pensacola, where they now reside. She 
is a noble, self-sacrificing mother, who, unaided, 
except 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 she inculcated are domi- 
nant factors in their lives, and to her they are 
vastly indebted for the positions they occupy, and 
the respect and esteem in which they are held by 
their fellow-men. She is indeed a benediction to 
her family. 

"In Memory op John Lewis Keese, 

Son of Edwin and Sarah Ann Heese, bom in 
Chambers county, Ala., July 27, 1839; died 
in Callahan county, Texas, November 2, 1882. 

"From early boyhood he gave evidence of 
strong mental endowments, quick, brilliant, 
and comprehensive. 

"In 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 commenced. 

"Loving, as he did, his section, and 
prompted by that burning patriotism which 
warmed the hearts of so many of the noblest 
youths of the South, he gave up his books, put 
an end to his college life, and with his class- 
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musket, and buckle on his sword for a contest 
whose bitter results we all know. Throughout 
the four years of that bloody struggle, he was, 
like the Chevalier Bayard, ^Sans puer et sans 

"He 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, he 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 
modem times, where the heated and terrific 
storm swept with its lead and iron hail so 
many brave and true men from life to 

"When the war was ended, he returned to 
his impoverished home, but with that true 
heroism went to work to carve out for him- 
self his own fortunes. 

"On the 23d of August, 1865, he married 
Miss 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, 
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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 
happy hopes, and for whom he spared no 
efforts, and willingly ezdiausted a constitution 
by nature not robust. 

"Previous to his death he united with the 
Presb}i;erian Church, and lived, as a long line 
of ancestors had done, a consistent member, 
dying in the full hope of a blessed reward for 
those 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, sleeps the sleep that knows no waking, 
among strangers. No truer man to family 
and country rests beneath the sod of the 'Lone 
Star State.' M. E. E." 

D 4. Sarah Miller Reese, married Walton Ed- 
ward Smith, of Alabama, at her home in Auburn, 
May 19, 1864, by Eev. Mr. 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. 

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These children all died in infancy^ and seven 
years' difference in the ages of each one, and are 
all buried in the cemetery at Auburn. 

Sarah Eeese Smith, better known as Sallie, was 
considered the beauty of the family, with beautiful 
clear-cut features, what would be termed a delicate 
cameo face. Her womanly grace and dignified, 
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 highest sense of honor, was scrupu- 
lously truthful, modest and sensative, and clung 
with pertinacity to the old time customs and man- 
ners, when things and people were genuinely good 
and true. 

She had great faith in the "Golden Rule," and 
practiced it, and "kept herself pure and unspotted 
from the world." She was a great sufferer with 
rheumatism and dyspepsia, and led a quiet, se- 
cluded life. She died June 15, 1902. 

Mr. W. E. Smith was a merchant and farmer, 
and the last twenty years of his life merchandized 
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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 has 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 o. Mary Eleanora Heese, unmarried. In 
writing to a friend, Mrs. M. V. Moore ("Betsy 
Hamilton"), of Auburn, thus describes the writer 
of the History of the Reese Family: 

'TTou wish me to tell you something of Miss 
Mary E. Eeese. 

"I have known her for many years. As you 
have never seen her, I will tell you that she is 
medium size, a blonde, with violet blue eyes, 
with an intelligent, attractive face. (Jentle 
and refined, free from affectation, sincere and 
conscientious, and those who know her best 
love her best. All who meet her are 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 

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church worker, thoroughly alive to mission 
work, and 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 
Presbyterian Church at Auburn, Ala., where 
she was reared and educated.*' 

On the Occasion of Unyeilino a Monttiiibnt to the 
Signers of tue Mecklenbubo Declaration of 
Independence, at Charlotte, K C.^ 

From my home in the far-away Southland, 

At their cordial bidding I went. 

To honor the memory of these brave men. 

From whom I claim proud descent. 

On the twentieth of May, eighteen and ninety-eight, 

To the unveiling of a handsome monument. 

Erected to the brave signers of a decree. 

That gave to us our glorious liberty: 

After a century and almost a quarter gone, 

^ The writer went as a delegate from the Light Horse 
Harry Lee Chapter, D. A. R., at Auburn, Ala., to the 
Convention at Charlotte, N. C, May 20, 1898. 

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In quaint, 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, 

That it may forever live in history. 

The beat of drums, the fife's loud cry 

Throbbed joyously in the soft May breeze. 

As happy groups went hurrying by; 

'Neath sunbeams shimmering through the trees. 

The sponsor maidens in white array 

Were lovely in their garments light, 

While over all, this glorious day, 

Floated our flags of colors bright. 

Proud North Carolina nobly led the van 

To break the cruel tyrant's yoke, 

These patriots met to talk and plan. 

Led by the gallant Colonel Polk. 

Pledging their fortimes 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 Brevard, 

While Harris, Phifer, Kennon, Barry, 

Patton, Ford, Irwin, Avery, 

Balch, Flenikin, Morrison, 

Downs, Graham, Davidson. 

With quill did each one sign his name. 

And thereby fan the patriot flame 

That burned and blazed throughout the land, ^ 

'Till the whole State — so goes the story — 

Crowned Charlotte-town with matchless glory. 

I shall feel proud 'til life shall cease 

Of my great grandsire, David Reese, 

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Wlio signed this famous Declaration, 

To lift the yoke off this proud nation. 

In Charlotte-town with zeal so blest, 

Dubbed by Cornwallis, "The Hornet's Nest'' 

Of the rebellion that gave renown, 

And freedom from the British Crown. 

Can I forget this grand event? 

Ah, never, never, never! 

"Then, hurrah! hurrah! 

For the old North State forever." 

Maby E. Reese. 

Auhum, Ala., Oct. 3, 1898. 

D 6. Carolina Alabama Eeese died unmarried. 
She graduated at Auburn Female College, 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, conscientious 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- 
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hearted; charitable, and loyal to her friends, which 
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 16, 1903, and sleeps in the pure 
white sand at Sanf ord, Fla. 

In Memorlam. 

"At the home of Mr. G. R. Croft, in San- 
ford, Fla., on February 16, 1903, Miss Carrie 
A. Reese entered into that everlasting rest 
that remains for the people of God. 

"No pen can do justice to the life of this 

saintly woman. Hers was one of those rare 

characters which seem to blossom into beauty, 

Christian grace and purity with each added 

. grief and burden. 

"Her 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. No one ever 
heard her murmur. Her life was a grand 
sermon to those who came in touch with her, 
and her very presence a benediction. 

"There was no trace of selfishness in her 
whole nature, her every thought, her every 
anxiety was for others. For fourteen years a 
teacher in West Point, Q«., her Christian in- 

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fluence in the hearts 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, 'where all parting pain and care and 
death and time shall disappear.' 

"A beautiftil life, a beautiful death, a beau- 
tiful entrance into peace and rest. 

"One Who Loved Her." 

D 7. Margaret Miriam Mays Eeese, married, 
first, Prof. Edward Quin Thornton, of the Ala- 
bama Polytechnic Institute, at Auburn, Ala., May 
16, 1878, by Rev. G. R. Foster, of the Presbyterian 

In five days after her marriage. Prof. Thornton 
died, and left five children by a former marriage. 

Maggie, 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 Hardie. 

The other children were taken by relatives, and, 
though separated from their step-mother, she ex- 
erted a fine infiuence over them, and they love her 

In October, 1889, she married again Mr. G. W. 
Bamett, a widower, with four children, by Rev. 
Mr. Burkhead, of the Presbyterian Church. 

Having no children of her own, she has done, 
and is still doing, a noble work in training her 

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She is very intense in her nature, and profound 
in her 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 open, and her table ever ready for purposes 
of hospitality." 

Like her mother, she abounds in benevolence, 
and is active in dispensing charity to the poor and 
needy. Hers is one of those fine natures that can- 
not be corrupted; her dignified demeanor and 
natural serenity of temper makes its impress for 
good upon all with whom she is associated. She 
prefers to shine with the real light of trufiting love 
within the precincts of her home rather than in 
the unsatisfactory, vain light of the social world. 
In her home, as was in her fathers, there is a 
sacred family altar, and during her husband'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 Presbyterian Church, at 
Montgomery, Ala. 

Mr. G. W. Bamett is a hardware merchant of 
Montgomery, Ala. He is a most excellent, pious 

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man, a Deacon in the Presbyterian Church. He 
is a successful business man, scrupulously honest, 
and upright in all his dealings, princely in his hos- 
pitality, and generous to a fault. 

He is thoroughly alive to all good works, and his 
charity is boundless. He is a sincere friend, and 
especially kind to women, consequently greatly 
beloved. As a man and a citizen, he is most highly 
respected and esteemed. He is affectionate and 
loving in his nature, a devoted husband and father, 
and looks well to the ways of his household. He 
is truly one of Nature's noblemen. 

Prof. Edward Quin Thornton, the first husband 
of Maggie Reese, was a native Georgian, but was 
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. TTpon 
his return to America, he was elected Professor of 
Science and Modem Languages at Howard College, 
where he was engaged at the breaking out of the 

In 1861, 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- 

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ship in the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical 
College, at Auburn, which he was filling at the 
time of his death. He 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, unsullied life is the beautiful 
record of his career." 

"The world is better for his having lived, 
and we challenge it to name a siugle fault of 
his which will balance the least of his graces.'' 

"A great and noble gentleman has departed, 
and so long as a vestige of goodness remains 
within them there are hearts that will warm 
at the name of Thornton, hearts that will ever 
cherish for him a holy remembrance.'' * 

The following lines are inscribed to Prof. E. Q. 
Thornton, of the A. and M. College, of Alabama : 

" The month of May has come and gone, 
The last of sweet, sweet spring; 
She gave us showers and blooming flowers. 
That caused our hearts to sing. 
We saw her come as oft before. 
With perfume-laden breath; 
We little dreamed her smiling face 
Had brought with her pale death. 

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" 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, 

But Thornton's 'neath the clay." 

C 9. Edwin Reese, the seventh son of George 
and Anna Story Reese, was bom at Pendleton, 
S. C, July 17, 1804. He was a delicate lad, highly 
nervous and excitable. His mother said of him, 
"Edwin 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 hia 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 
sufferer. He 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- 
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spirit, and was scrupulously honest in fulfilling >| 

pecuniary obligations. i 

The boundless hospitality of his home made him 1 

many friends. He 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 Spartan type. ■ 

He was trained a merchant by his brother-in- ■ 

law, Mr. David Cherry, a prominent merchant at 
Pendleton, S. C, with whom he lived for many I 

years. On the 13th of May, 1834, he married j 

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 coiwtant suf- 
ferer with rheumatism and neuralgia, he sought 
relief from the finest physicians in many of the 
large cities. After trying all sorts of remedies to 
no purpose, the physicians eventually put him I 

on morphine, 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, he never became ' 

stupid or sleepy looking. His mind was ever 
bright and active, and when free from pain, he 
was perfectly competent to transact his business 
in everv 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 '. 

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lime, and from whicli he realized a small fortune. 

The use of morphine for so many years required 
a small fortune to purchase it, for it was very ex- 
pensive, and during the war it was enormously 
high, and he experienced great trouble in procur- 
ing it. 

He was an exemplary Christian, a great stickler 
for keeping the Sabbath day. His family disci- 
pline was very rigid; he brought his children up 
on the Shorter Catechism and around the family 
altar. Most of his children and grandchildren 
are members of the Presbyterian Church, and ac- 
tive workers in that church. 

Mr. Eeese was most humane and just to his 
slaves, who regarded him with great admiration 
and love. The writer recalls, among the pleasantest 
events of her childhood, visits to the old plantation 
on occasions of Fourth of Julv barbecues and com- 
shuckings, when there would be feasting and merri- 
ment 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 public worship. They were never per- 
mitted to cook on the Sabbath, except the morning 
meal. Saturday was set apart to prepare for Sun- 
day, which was indeed a day of rest and religious 

The black Mammy, whom the children loved and 
venerated almost as much as they did their parents, 
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which she exercised the gentlest and most patient 

During the Civil War these faithful slaves 
proved their loyalty and friendship by protecting 
our property as far as they could from the vandal- 
ism of the Northern soldiers while marching 
through our Southland. They stood bravely by 
their owners during the dark days of reconstruc- 
tion, and the writer can justly say of her own 
family slaves, their faithfulness and kindness was 
unprecedented, 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 1850 he built the Presbyterian Church at 
Auburn, with some assistance from his mother and 
brothers. 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, Ga., as well as assisting in 
the building. This is told as a fitting memorial 
of her. For many years he was a Ruling 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 politics. Several of them were Whigs 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. 

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They were affectionate brothers, and made it a 
point never to discuss politics when together for 
fear of creating hard feelings. 

He 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, he 
died December 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 Presbyterian Church as a me- 
morial to them and their good deeds, which live 
after them. 

Sarah Lewis Reese was the yoimgest daughter of 
Col. Richard and Sarah Miller Lewis, grand- 
daughter of General Miller, of Revolutionary fame. 
She was educated at Greenville, S. C, and at the 
famous old Moravian School at Salem, N. C. She 
married Edwin Reese at her home. Fort Salvadore, 
which adjoined the Fort Hill estate, the home 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 by a fashionable dressmaker of Charleston, 
S. C. Her slippers were of white satin, with very 
pointed toes and high heels, and her veil was 
handsomely embroidered. These articles of ap- 
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Her husband wore a handsome suit of broad- 
cloth made by John Wanamaker, of Philadelphia. 
This celebrated old firm furnished the wedding 
suits of the eight Eeese brothers. This is told as a 
remarkable fact. 

Mrs. Heese was a most estimable Christian 
woman. Her hospitality was reaUy unlimited, and 
the stranger and the poor were ever welcome. Her 
charity and kindness were as well known as her 
hospitality; her good 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 field in supplying them with food and cloth- 
ing, and it did not end here. This patriotic and 
self-sacrificing woman gave two sons — all she had 
— ^to fight for freedom. She visited the hospitals 
constantly, and tenderly nursed the sick and 
wounded soldiers. Oftentimes she had them car- 
ried to her home, iand cared for them imtil they 

She with her husband settled in Auburn when 
it was about eight years old, and they contributed 
much to the advancement and growth of the town. 
A singular fact is told of them : this family were 
for years the only Presbyterians 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 

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warm sympathy with all religious and educational 
movements, their steadfast and liberal interest in 
schools and colleges made them prominent and 
excellent citizens. They both died at their home 
in Auburn, and sleep together in the cemetery 


"Died, at his residence, in Auburn, Lee 
county, Ala., December 5, 1877, Mr. Edwin 
Beese, in the seventy-fourth year of his age. 

**Mt. Beese was bom 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 Mecklenburg 
Declaration of Independence, and, like his 
grandfather, a devoted and consistent member 
of the Presbyterian Church, with which he 
was connected as a member for a half century, 
and for many 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 with 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." 

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"Died, at Aubum, Ala., on the 33d of Janu- 
ary, 1865, Mrs. Sarah A. Beese, wife of Mr. 
Edwin Eeese, in the fifty-sixth year of her 

"One of the most honored and beloved 
ladies of the community was suddenly called 
to a higher home : a community that respected 
and loved her for her many virtues, and many 
are those who will long remember her tender 
care and nursing around the sick-bed, and the 
many charities which were distributed from 
her open hand, with a heart always warm 
with a noble generosity. 

"Wo one was more devotedly pious, meek 
and gentle, pursuing, with a steady purpose, 
those Christian duties, and with that abiding 
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 was all in all to 
her afflicted husband and devoted children, 
and richly did she deserve that warm regard 
and outgushing affection which was ever 
uppermost in the hearts of those who could 
be^ appreciate the softness and tenderness, 
which makes the wife and mother almost an 
idol. Sad indeed must be the feelings of him 
who was so long her companion, and bitter 
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dren, who are no more to be recipients of that 
pure devotion and ardent love which she 
cherished for them. 

"But her example may well be a guide for 
them, and if a mother's prayers are heard in 
heaven, there will be a happy reunion in the 
eternal future which will no more be broken, 
clouded or saddened by death. 

" "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken 
away, blessed be the name of the Lord.' 

«F. M. E." 

Edward C. Mead says of the Lewis family : 

"Lewis! How the name thrills the heart 
with patriotic 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. 

"Next 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 Eobert Lewis, 
who landed on the shores of Virginia in 1600 ; 
then Colonel John Lewis, of His Majesty's 
Council, after whom came General Andrew 
Ijewis, the bold, frontier warrior, whose noble 
statue stands close to that of Washington at 
Eichmond, Va.; and then Eobert Lewis, the 

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intimate friend and secretary of Washington, 
and Colonel Fielding Lewis, who married Bet- 
tie Washington, the sister of General Wash- 
ington, and Meriwether Lewis, the explorer of 
the West, and many others of the name, who 
have graced our legislative halls, even to the 
present day : all attest the fact that the name 
Lewis is the symbol for all that is noble, brave 
and chivalrous. 

'^Castalia was the name of the Lewis home. 
General Robert 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. 

**Thi8 first Robert Lewis received a grant 
from the Crown for thirty-three 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, *Wamer Hall,' descriptions of which 
sound more like the baronial castles of Eng- 
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 country. 

"John Lewis, his eldest son, was sent to 

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England to be educated, and while there mar- 
ried Isabella Elizabeth' Warner, a great heiress 
and sister of the famous speaker, Augustine 
Warner, of Virginia. 

"This John, the first, had a son John, the 
second, who married Elizabeth Warner, the 
youngest daughter of Speaker Augustine War- 
ner, and their son John, the third, married 
Frances Fielding, and inherited 'Warner 
Hall,' with all of its silver plate, pictures and 

"John, the second, had a son, Robert Lewis, 
who married Jane Meriwether, daughter of 
Colonel Nicholas Meriwether, who obtained a 
large grant of land from the Crown. The 
famous explorer, Meriwether Lewis, was their 

"Sarah Lewis Reese claims descent from 
this distinguished family, being lineally de- 
scended from John Lewis, and her descend- 
ants through this line are eligible to be 
'Daughters of the American Revolution,' 
'Colonial Dames,' and 'Daughters of the 
Crown,' 'Sons of the Revolution,' and to the 
'Order of the Cincinnati.'" 

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C 10. Esther Ann Beese, youngest daughter of 
George and Anna Story Beese, was bom at Pen- 
dleton, S. C, January 1, 1807. 

She was educated at the Pendleton Academy, at 
that day considered one of the finest schools in the 

She was said to be quite like her brother Edwin 
in personal appearance ; of the Irish type of beauty, 
black hair, dark blue eyes, and very fair com- 

She was a fine model of mild and courtly dig- 
nity, of a family and connections holding rank and 
offices of trust and honor. Her happy and much- 
caressed girlhood was passed in intercourse with 
persons of refinement and culture, the best people 
of old Pendleton. 

Like Pocahontas of old, "she was full of hu- 
manity, tenderness, modesty, constancy and dis- 
interestedness." She was a dutiful daughter, a 
loving sister and the pet of the household. She 
was especially found of her father, and devoted 
herself to attending to his wants, reading to him, 
and writing for him. 

When sixteen years old her hand was sought in 
marriage by Mr. David Meriwether, a widower 

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with one child. Her parents objected on account 
of her youth, and tried to persuade them to wait 
for two years, but to no avail. They were married 
at her home, January 11, 1823. She only lived 
eight months after her marriage; died of typhoid 
fever after a short illness, and is buried at the old 
Stone Church, where she worshipped, and where 
many of her kindred sleep. She was a devoted 
Christian, and a member of the Presbyterian 
Church. The monument over her grave bears this 
inscription : 






aoed 16 teabs and 8 months. 

Erected bt heb affegtionatb husband, 

David Mebiwetheb,* 


David Meriwether was noted for his liberality. 
It is said of him, on one occasion *Tie gave a barbe- 
cue to his slaves, and invited all the neighborhood, 
and on the center of the table stood an ox roasted 
whole." He was fond of entertaining his friends 
and giving them the best the country afforded. 

He was a devoted husband, a kind neighbor, and 

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a popular man. It is told of him that occasionally 
he would indulge too freely in his cups. 

He was a lineal descendant of old Nicholas 
Meriwether, of Virginia. His sister, Mary Gaines 
Meriwether, married his wife's brother, Dr. David 
A. Beese, of Jasper county, Ga. 

They were the children of Col. Thomas Meri- 
wether and his wife, Bebecca Mathews, and the 
grandchildren of Governor George Mathews, of 
Georgia, formerly of Virginia. 

It is said that Governor Mathews' 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. 

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C 11. Alexander Hamden, the youngest son of 
George and Anna Story Beese, was born at Pendle- 
ton, S. C, July 13, 1810. He was educated at the 
Academy in Pendleton, and while still a young 
man was sent to Philadelphia to study medicine. 
Here he spent several years, graduating in 1830. 

His mother spoke of him as '*her spoiled, way- 
ward boy," but the apple of her eye, the son of her 
old age. 

He was a successful physician, and did much 
charity practice. He was kind, just, liberal and 
public-spirited. 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. Energy, 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 be termed a drunkard. 

In May, 1834, he married his cousin, Jane 
Cherry, at Pendleton. A few years later he re- 
moved to Alabama, and settled near West Point, 
Oa., where he built up a lucrative practice. 

He was a jovial, social man in his nature, and 

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the people among whom he practiced esteemed him 
highly. He had no children, but with his wife 
raised a niece of his wife, of whom they were 
devotedly fond. 

His thoughtful kindness and loving attention 
to both rich and poor rendered him quite popular. 
Every one in sorrow or trouble found in Dr. Beese 
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. 

He was a Democrat, and took much interest in 
politics. He was a Surgeon in the Confederate 
war, and did good service in alleviating the suffer- 
ings of the soldiers. 

He left the example of a just, upright, honest 
man, a good neighbor, a loyal frigid, an affection- 
ate son and husband. 

He died September 19, 1868, and is buried be- 
side his mother at Hopewell Cemetery, with a 
monum^it bearing this inscription : 

Sagbed to thk memobt of 

Db. a. H. REESE. 
BoBN JuLT 12th, 1810. 
Died Septembeb 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 be there?" 

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Jane Cherry Beese, wife of Dr. A. H. Beese, was 
a woman who possessed many noble qualities of 
mind and heart, quiet and unassuming in her 
manners, her virtues shone brightest, and were 
more appreciated in the family circle and among 
her relatives. Those 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, Bobert 
Cherry, with whom she 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. 

She made no effort at display, but was blessed 
with a good share of practical common sense. 

She with her sister, Mary Cheriy McKinley, by 
their untiring energy and affectionate interest, took 
care of Hopewell Cemetery, where so many of the 
Beese family sleep. It was a labor of love bestowed 
by these two excellent womfen upon their dead 
friends. They 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, are sleeping 
here; for excellent reasons they are buried else- 

She lived many years after her husband's death, 
and led a long and useful life. 

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The writer knows no higher praise to give her 
than this : ''She was a true woman^ a loyal friend, 
and an humble Christian/' 


"At the home of Mr. George Croft, in 
Lanett, Ala., October 15th. Mrs. Jane Heese 
Altered into that everlasting rest that remains 
for the people of God. Thus another tie that 
binds the past to the present is broken. 

"Mrs. Beese was one of the earliest settlers 
of West Point, and, with eager interest, she * 

had watched its progress from its infancy. 

"Her maiden niune was Jane Cherry, and , 

she was bom in Pendleton, S. C, April 14, I 

1817. She married Dr. Hamden Beese, 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 

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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 by the love 
and tenderest attentions of those she cher- 
ished most. A Friend." 

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The Beese family were reared and educated at 
historic old Pendleton, a town where the people 
possessed wealth, learning, culture and religion. 
Here the best and brainiest men in the old Pal- 
metto State lived. Such men as Calhoun, Huger, 
Davis, Pinckney, Hayne, Earle, Lewis, Pickens, 
Beese, Anderson, Barnard E. Bee, and Joseph E. 
Brown, Van Shanklin, Benson, Blassengame, 
Sloan and others. 

One of the first finale 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 are 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. 

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It was thought by many that the Junius letters, 
so famous in their day, were written by John 
Miller, a Bang'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 Pendleton Messenger, 

In a newspaper article by John B. Benson, he 

"About the beginning of the present cen- 
tury, there came a man, a refugee from Eng- 
land, to old Pendleton, who 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. 
Miller, 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, 1769, 
and January 21, 1772. Henry Woodfall was 
the publisher of the Public Advertiser, and 
every means were used to induce him to 
divulge who Junius was, but without success. 

"Who 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 

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eminent Englishmen and Irishmen, and while 
it may be put 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/' 

Haverline Tompkins, in a newspaper article, 
thus speaks of historic old Pendleton : 

"Stories of the distant 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 days is the old Stone Church, near 
Seneca. Old, darkened by the storms and the 
summer suns of a centurv, it stands a monu- 
ment of the past, rich in history and asso- 

"Here are the graves of the Lewises, whose 
descendants are among the flower of the State. 
Young Eichard Lewis, brave and eager, met^ 
his death in arresting a deserter in the Conti- 
nental Army. Near him sleeps General An- 

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drew Pickens, than whom South Carolina 
claims no braver, truer man. 

"Eev. Dr. Thomas Eeese, 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.' 


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B 8. Mary Joanna Eeese^ daughter of David 
and Susan Polk Beese, was bom at Charlotte, N. C. 
1754; married Eobert Harris, a descendant of 
Bichard Harris, one of the famous patriots of the 
day. Issue : 

C 1. Susan Polk Harris. 

C 2. Robert Harris. 

C 3. James Tasker Harris. 

C 4. Thomas Reese 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 bom in Mecklenburg 
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. Susan Reese. 

C 4. Harriet Reese. 

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This family emigrated from North Carolina to 
Tennessee^ and nothing further is known of them. 

B 10. Euth Elizabeth Reese, youngest child of 
David and Susan Polk Eeese, was born in Meck- 
lenburg county, N. C, in 1760; married Mr. 
Henry, of Virginia, who belonged to the same 
family that the celebrated Patrick Henry came 
from. Issue : 

C 1. Thomas Henry. 

C 2. Euth Eeese Henry. 

C 3. David Patrick Henry. 

This family went to Virginia, and nothing fur- 
ther is known of them. 

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Record of Illinois branch of the Reese family : 

They were originally Welsh, and some of the 
family spelled the name Reese, Reece and Rees. 

A 1. Jesse Reese, bom in Wales; married and 
emigrated to America, and settled in Lancaster, 
Ohio, where his five children were bom; 

B 1. Thomas Reese. 

B 2. David Reese. 

B 3. John Reese. 

B 4. Reese, married John Smith. 

B 5. Reese, married Abner Ehrhart. 

Thomas Reese was thrice married; by first mar- 
riage he had one child : 

C 1. William Reese. 

By second marriage one child; 

C 2. Reese, married Mr. Norris. 

By third marriage, five children ; 

C 3. Leroy D. Reese. 

C 4. Egbert C. Reese. 

C 5. Joseph A. Reese. 

C 6. Seneca C Reese. 

C 7. Jesse E. Reese. 

B 2. David Reece, emigrated from London, 
settled in Virginia, moved to Ohio, and later to 

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Illinois^ where he died in 1855. He married and 
had four sons: 

C 1. Dr. Eeece, a noted physician of the State; 
died in 1896. 

C 2. Alonzo !N". Reece, of Chicago. 

C 3. J. N. Reece, Adjutant-General of the State 
of Illinois. 

He was said to be a cultivated man, and held a 
prominent position in Springfield, 111. Died in 
April, 1902. 

C 4. Reece, who died during the war. 

D 1. Jessie Reece, daughter of Alonzo !N". Reece, 
of Chicago; married William Harvey Loper, of 
Chicago, 111. 

Doubtless there are many others bearing the 
name of Reese, who are entitled to a place in this 
family history, and who come down from the same 
Welsh ancestors, but the writer has been unable to 
gather any further information. 

In conclusion, it may not be inappropriate for 
the writer to again express her appreciation of 
the kindness shown her in the use of manuscripts 
from different 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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Abbams, Florence, 161. 
Adaib, Rebecca, 121. 
Alexandeb — James, Rev., 40, 

George, 27. 

Nathaniel, 27. 

Charles, 32. 

Mary, 127. 
Allen — ^Emest, 177. 

Mary Ruth, 177. 

William C, 177. 

Ivan, 177. 
Allison — ^Lucy, 136, 247. 

David, 35. 
Andebson, GrenL, 46. 
Andbews — ^A. B., 113. 

Wm. Johnston, 113. 

A. B., Jr., 113. 

Jane Hawkins, 113. 

John Hawkins, 114. 

Qraham Harris, 114. 
Abchibald, Edward, 60. 
Askew, Brittian, 65. 
Atkinson, Loma, 80. 
Austin, Mr., 43. 
AvEBY — ^Isaac T., Col., 79, 87, 

Waightstill, 79. 

Laura Mira, 80. 

Christopher, 78. 

Corinna Iredell, 77, 81. 

Theodore H., 79. 

Clarke M., 79. 

Thomas Lenoir, 79. 

Leah Adelaide, 79. 

Matilda Louisa, 79. 

Marcus, 80. 


Isaac Erwin, 80. 

Matilda, 79. 

Mary Ann M., 80. 

Harriet Justina, 80. 

Alphonso C, 80. 

Edward Dolbear, 80. 

Willoughby Frances, 80. 

Annie Harriet, 80. 

William Waightstill, 79. 
Bacon — Edmund, 50. 

Henry, 50. 

Waddy, 50. 

Harriet Parks, 51. 
Bakeb — Scott, 144. 

Sarah, 144. 

James, 144. 

Nicholas, 239. 

Nick, Jr., 239. 

Edwin Reese, 239. 

Hammond, 239. 

Horace Reese, 239. 
Babnbtt, G. W., 274, 275. 
Babnes— Samuel, 52. 

Wiley, 52. 

John, 52. 

Hattie, 52. 
Babb, James, 27. 
Baskins, John, 61. 
Battle — Herbert, 117. 

Wm. H., 117. 
Benthal, Ella, 145. 
Bevens — ^Elam P., 103. 

Edgar Poe, 103. 

Frank, 103. 

Emma A., 103. 

Wm. E., 104. 

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Bevens — 

Alice May, 104. 

Edwin, 104. 

Joseph L., 104. 

Mary Jane, 104. 

Wm. Alexander, 99. 

Fairchild A., 99. 

Wm. Casper, Judge, 93, 98. 

Wm. Casper, Jr., 99. 

Maxson, 99. 

Randall, 99. 

Lueile A., 99. 

Alexander, 100. 

Harriet, 100. 

Catharine E., 100. 

Susan Elizabeth, 98. 

Alfred, Dr., 93, 102. 

Louisa, 101. 

Sarah L., 102. 

Thomas A., Dr., 104. 

Wm. L., 104. 

Greorge Lee, 104. 

Eva L., 105. 

Elam F., 103. 

Elam F., Jr., 105. 

Samuel F., 105. 

Vannie, 105. 

Nettie, 105. 
Bladen, Annie, 29. 
Blaib, Mr., 59. 
Blankenship, Mr., 178. 
Blitch, Lola Montez, 252. 
Blount— F. M., Prof., 107. 

Frank M., 107. 

Wm. Oscar, 107. 
Bookman, Joseph, 149. 

Jacob, 149. 

Janet, 149. 
BoGEB, Derr, 81. 
BoMAB, T. H., Major, 117. 
Borland, Lafayette, 178. 
BosTWACK, Nevada, 161. 
BowDEN — ^Mr., 175. 

Mary Frances, 175. 
Boyd— Wm. H., 253. 


Edwin Reese, 253. 

Wm. AUston, 253. 

Greorge Richard, 253. 

Mary Croft, 253. 

Clarence Barnett, 253. 
Branson — ^Eugene, Prof., 143. 

Lanier, 143. 

Edith, 143. 

Philip, 143. 

Bessie Lanier, 143. 
Brooke, Eleanor, 29. 
Brown — Julian C, Rev., 100. 

Susie Wee, 100. 

Kate, 100. 

Cornelia, 53. 

William, 58. 

Claudia, 58. 

Benjamin, 58. 
Bryan, W. P., 242. 
Burdett — ^Wesley, 106. 

Cliflford M., 106. 

Edwin, 106. 

Greorge, 150. 

Mary, 150. 

Belle, 150. 

Margaret, 150. 

Forest, 150. 

Leon, 150. 

Kathleen, 150. 

Lillu Croft, 150. 

George, Jr., 150. 

Otis, 149. 

Dallas, 149. 

Clayton, 149. 

John, 149. 

Osburn, 149. 

Edwin, 149. 

Frank, 149. 

Zach, 149. 
Burgess, Mr., 55. 
BURNHAM, Ruth, 126. 
Burns, Martha, 126. 
Butler — James W., 100. 

Eugenia, 101. 

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Susan, 100. 

James W., 101. 

Catharine, 100. 

Reed, 101. 

Paul B., 101. 

Virgie J., 101. 

Mildred E., 101. 

Wm. Lawrence, 101. 
Btebs, Jane, 112. 
Byleb— J. W., 101. 

Mary, 101. 

James B., 101. 
Bybd, William, 127. 
Cabbott— Mr., 239. 

Lucy Tinsley, 239. 

Judkins, 230. 

Charles, 239. 
Caldwell, Andrew, 75, 89. 

Franklin, 89. 

Joseph P., 89. 

Elam, Dr., 89. 

Catharine Reese, 89. 

Jennie, 89. 

Mary, 89. 

Archibald, 90. 

Elizabeth, 90. 

Richard, 90. 

Julius, Dr., 00. 

Frances, 90. 

Alice, 90. 

Baldy, 90. 

Julius, 00. 

Jane Amanda, 91. 

Martha C, 91. 

Sarah Caroline, 01. 

Joseph P., Jr., 91. 

Charlotte, 91. 

Joseph Pearson, 91. 

Mary Oates, 01. 

Frank M., 91. 

Angie Lee, 91. 

Maggie, 02. 

Jennie, 91. 
Camebon — ^Thomas R.. 110. 


Camebon — 

Robert Sharpe, 110. 

Columbus A., 110. 

Millard, 110. 
Cablisle, Dr., Rev., 108. 

John E., Rev., 108. 

William, 108. 

James, 108. 

Marcus, 108. 

Lillie, 108. 
Cabson — Caroline, 117. 

Samuel, 117. 
Cabteb— Susannah, 127. 

Margaret, 135. 
Chadwick, J., 123. 
Chambebs — ^Pinckney B., 80. 

Joseph F., 80. 
Chebby — ^David, 135, 167. 

George Reese, 167. 

Sarah Ann, 167. 

Mary George, 167. 

Samuel, 64. 

James A., Dr., 140. 

Robert M., 64. 

Wm. Backley, 68. 

David Elihu, 70. 

Edwin A., 60. 

Samuel Sidney, 68. 

John C, 71. 

Jane A., 69, 292. 

Mary Elvira, 71. 

Charles Henry, 71. 

Charles Story, 140. 

Samuel, Jr., 141. 

William, 142. 

James, 142. 

Susan, 142. 

Charlotte Elmore, 64. 

Mary Lorton, 68. 

Samuel David, 68. 

Fannie Lewis, 69. 

Edward B., 67, 173. 

Mary Story, 67, 173. 

Thomas Reese, 67, 173. 

Annie Reese, 67, 174. 

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Chebby — 

Laura, 67, 174. 

Nathaniel Harris, 67. 

Lilie Bee, 67, 175. 

Kate, 67, 175. 

Rufus SchuU, 70. 

William, 141. 

George Reese, 141. 

James M., 141. 

Susie, 141. 

Horace Reese, 141. 

Le Grande, 141. 

Sallie, 141. 

Mattie, 142. 

Lula, 142. 

Susan Story, 142. 

Suejette, 142. 

Ives, 173. 

E. Harris, 174. 

Mary Bates, 68. 

Frank Lorton, 68. 

Willie Reese, 68. 

David Edward, 68. 

Thomas J., 69 
Chester, Mary, 176. 
Chiles— B. B., 61. 

Ruth Reese, 61. 

Mary Catharine, 61. 

Ethel, 61. 

Walter, 61. 
Clabico, Virginia, 57. 
Clinton, Mary, 61. 
Collins, Charlie Belle, 143. 
CoNLEY, Miss, 118. 
Conner — J. J., 161. 

Thomas, 100. 

Harriet K., 112. 
Cooke— Sallie H., 239. 

Neva P., 101. 
CoPELAND, Miss, 142. 
Cbaio, Emeline, 101. 
Crawford, Henderson, 91. 

Sarah Dunlap, 91. 

James, 148. 

James, Jr., 148. 


Joseph, 148. 

Margaret, 148. 
Crenshaw — Caroline, 64. 

Mary E., 62. 
Creswell, Sallie, 167. 
Croft — ^Edward, 144. 

Alice, 144. 

Wm. Gilmer, 145. 

Mary Story, 145. 

Benjamin A., 151, 252. 

Clarence Edwin, 252. 

George Richard, 252. 

Annie Cordelia, 252. 

Margaret Chesser, 252. 

Edward, Jr., 146. 

<:;ieyeland, 146. 

Edith, 146. 

Mary, 146. 

Horace Reese, 146. 

Cordelia Reese, 151. 

Susan Reese, 146. 

John, 146. 

George N., 64. 

Robert M., 65. 

Mary, 66. 

Caroline Elmore, 66. 

Lulu, 66. 

Lillian, 66. 

Sallie Crenshaw, 67. 

Greorge, Jr., 67. 

Morris, 67. 
Cropp, David, 144. 
Crow — John, 95. 

Monnie, 95. 
Cullens, Mr., 95. 
Curry — James M., 102. 

James, Jr., 102. 
Curtis, Alfred A., 110. 
Davis — ^Warren Ransom, 69. 

Wm. Cherry, 69. 

Warren R., Jr., 69. 

David Sidney, 69. 

Sara Lorton, 69. 
Davidson— W. S. M., Dr., 113. 

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James P., 109. 

Adele, 109. 

Archibald, 109. 

Lyle Price, 109. 
Dawson — li. O., Rev., 63. 

Andrew Lewis, 63. 
Deane — John, 58. 

Henry, 58. 

Jessie, 58. 
Debnam, Mary Ann, 95. 
De LiBMAb — Thomas, 71. 

Luther Frank, 71. 
Dennis, L. L., 82. 
Dickson — ^Mr., 51. 

Leila, 51. 

Anna, 51. 

Norma, 51. 

Walter, 51. 
DiLLARD— Greorge E., 152. 

Lucy Reese, 152. 

Mary Gertrude, 152. 

Frances Viola, 152. 

Wm. Reese, 152. 
Dix— Harry L., 109. 

Harry, Jr., 109. 

Archibald E., 109. 
Dudley — ^Edward, 241. 

Thomas Reese, 241. 

Edward A., Jr., 241. 

Susan L., 241. 

Augusta D., 241. 

Thelma, 242. 

Sarah H., 239. 
Duncan, W. S., 107. 
DuPUY — ^Alfred, 59. 

Harriet, 59. 

Elizabeth, 59. 

Katharine, 60. 

Jane E., 59. 

John, 60. 
Edwards — ^Mr., 51. 

Aurelia, 51. 
Egoebton, Angeline, 61. 
Ehrhabdt, Abner, 303. 

Ellis — ^Langdon, 147. 

Mary, 148. 

Cordelia, 149. 

Margaret, 149. 

Samuel J., 150. 

Annie, 150. 
Ely, Ida, 142. 
Emebson — William, Prof., 175. 

Cherry, 175. 

Austin, 175. 
English, Sanmiie, 239. 
Ebwin — John Bulow, 114, 116. 

Wm. Avery, 116. 

Adolphus L., 115. 

Marcus, 118. 

Leander, 117. 

Marcus, Jr., 118. 

Marable, 118. 

Margaret, 76, 118. 

Harriet, 117. 

Catharine, 118. 

John B., 115. 

Mary A., 115. 

Matilda M., 116. 

Mary Ann, 116. 

Nannie T., 116. 

Maria L., 116. 

Harriet E., 79, 116. 

Catharine Reese, 119. 

Martha E., 102. 

Mary Jones, 77. 

Sarah, 118. 

Edward Jones, 76, 81, 117. 

Wm. P., Col., 114. 

George Phifer, 77, 81. 

Annie Phifer, 81. 

Corinna Morehead, 81. 

Addie Avery, 81. 

Eloise M., 81. 

Sidney S., 117. 

Elizabeth Sharpe, 119. 

Delia Haywood, 119. 

Wm. Willoughby, 76. 
Fairbis — ^Tecumseh, 241. 

Catharine R., 241. 

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George S., 24L 

Mary K, 24L 

Charles E., 24L 
Feabs, Tommie, 71. 
Feemsteb, Wm. R,, 94. . 
Field, James, 176. 
FiNLEY — ^Mr,, 57. 

Elvira, 57. 

William, 57. 
FiSHEB — Charles, Col., 90. 

Frances, 90. 

Annie, 90. 

Fred., 90. 
Fletcheb — Stanley, 179. 

Edwin Stanley, 179. 
Fbazeb— Wm. B., 193. 

Frank Reese, 193. 

Wm. Alee, 193. 

Mell, 193. 

George Hardaway, 193. 

Mary Kate, 193. 
Gaitheb — ^Alfred M., 119. 

Julia, 119. 

B. S., 119. 

Delia E., 119. 
Gabdneb — ^N. E., 104. 

Elizabeth B., 104. 

Mr., 51. 
Geobge — John, 149. 

Margaret, 149. 

Dudley, 150. 
Gebdine, Elizabeth, Mrs., 135. 
Gibbon, Robert, 117. 
Gibbs, William, 100. 
Giles, Edward, 40. 
Gloveb — Henry, 200. 

Mary Joice, 200. 

Eli, 201. 

Henry, Jr., 201. 

David Reese, 201. 

Dixon Maddox, 201. 

Addison Reese, 201. 
Gbaham — John D., Dr., 112. 

Annie E., 113. 

Gbaham, Maggie, 103. 
Gbay— Wm. D., 102. 

Martha, 102. 
Gbeen — ^Virginia, 104. 

Mittie, 105. 
Haoebty, Ella, Mrs., 212. 
Haibston — ^Peter, 90. 

Agnes, 90. 

Frank, 90. 

Ruth, 90. 

Peter, Jr., 90. 
Happoldt, Laura, 113. 
Habdaway, Mary, 192. 
Habday— Wm. W., 119. 

J. F., Dr., 119. 
Habden, Caroline, 161. 
Habbell, Susan, 105. 
Habbis — Susan Polk, 301. 

Robert, 301. 

James Tasker, 301. 

Thomas Reese, 301. 

Sidney, 301. 

Rebecca, 60. 

Robert, 27. 

Jane, 42. 

Miss, 110. 

Nathaniel, 136, 172. 

Reese, Dr., 175. 

Mary Story, 172. 

Louisa, 180. 

Edwin Handy, 178. 

Wm. Chester, 176. 

Louisa Anna, 176. 

Susan Reese, 177. 

Susan, 178. 

Belle, 174, 178. 

Sallie, 178. 

Marie, 179. 

Edwin Handy, Jr., 179. 
Habvey — Isaac, 203. 

Jette Reese, 203. 

Addison Reese, 203. 

Wm. Augustus, 203. 

Mary Meriwether, 203. 

A. Reese, 203. 

Digitized by 




Habvet — ^Leonard P., 203. 

Linnora, 203. 

Lavinia, 203. 

Annie Jennett, 203. 

Maryellen, 203. 

Walter Baldwin, 203. 

Ernest Westcott, 203. 

Addison Reese, Jr., 203. 

W. A., 203. 
Hates— W. F., 107. 

Susan H., 107. 

Erin, 107. 

Wm. Franklin, 107. 
HAT27E, Fannie, 107. 
Headbick — James, 174. 

Glennie, 174. 

Lilie, 174. 

James, Jr., 174. 

William, 174. 
Heabin, Lota A., 109. 
Hendebson, Frances, 90. 
Henbt — ^Thomas, 302. 

Ruth Reese, 302. 

David Patrick, 302. 
HiBBLEB, Robert, 51. 
HiooinbothEm, Mr., 52. 
HOGAN— E. W., 104. 

George E., 104. 

Walter E., 104. 

Sidney P., 104. 

Arthur H., 104. 

Charles W., 104. 

Susan L., 104. 
HoBTON— Thomas F., 103. 

Amos, 55. 

Wm. Taylor, 55. 

Hugh G., 55. 

Charlie, 55. 
Houghton, Fannie, 103. 
Hudson, Sallie, 152. 
Hughes — ^Wm. Casper, 94. 

Mary C, 92, 94. 

Thomas E., 94. 

Edward Payson, 94. 

Sarah Jane, 94. 

Hughes — 

• John Elam, 94. 

Thomas, 92. 

Mary, 92. 
HuGULY — H. H., 106. 

Harrell D., 106. 

Oscar W., 106. 

Wm. H., 106. 

Amos, 106. 
Inscobe, Estelle, 90. 
Jack, Harriet, 301. 
Jackson, Wm. Carson, 202. 
Joblin — ^Wm. J., 98. 

Nora, 98. 

Miller L., 98. 
Johnston — ^Wm. McEuin, 162. 

Viola, 162. 

Minnie, 68. 

Rufus, 113. 

John, 112. 

Robert, 112. 

Sarah, 112. 

Ben, Dr., 112. 

James A., 112. 

Sidney, Dr., 112. 

Jane E., 112. 

William, Col., 113. 

Robert E., 113. 

Thomas Lum, Dr., 113. 

Harriet M., 113. 

Rufus M., 113. 

Mary E., 113. 

Martha M., 113. 

Franklin G., 113. 

Julia M., 113. 

Mary Cora, 113. 

Wm. Robert, 113. 
Jones — ^Martha, 80. 

E. H., 242. 

Mary, 242. 

Augusta, 242. 

Virginia, 62. 
Kehleb — J. H., Rev., 115. 

Ella S., 115. 
Kexxoqg — ^Ralph W., 103. 

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Genealogy of the Eeese Family. 

Kjxlogo — 

Nellie C, 102. 

Mary E., 103. 

Ralph R., 102. 

Eva L., 102. 
Kennedy, Effie, 99. 
Keys, John, 28. 
Kino — Marietta, 58. 

Peyton, Dr., 57. 

Sidney, 58. 

Hamden Sidney, 57. 

Corrinne, 58. 

Peyton, Jr., 57. 
Kluttz — ^Theodore F., 91. 

Janie, 91. 

Ruth M., 91. 

Theodore F., Jr., 91. 

Whitehead C, 91. 

Mary Troy, 91. 

Sarah Kathleen, 91. 
Knox — ^Fannie, 61. 

John A., 61. 

Lafayette, 61. 

George W., 60. 

Eliza, 60. 

Mary, 61. 

Dobson Reese, 61. 

Catharine, 61. 

Greorge, 61. 

John, 61. 

Homer, 61. 
La Manse — Mr., 141. 

Le Grand C, 141. 
Lane — Jeff, 161. 

Julian R., 161. 

Marion R., 161. 

Caroline M., 161. 

Frances, 161. 
Lanier— E. F., 142. 

Charlotte, 143. 

Phillip, 143. 

James C, 143. 

Horace Reese, 143. 

Wm. C, 143. 

Belle, 144. 

Lanieb — ^Elizabeth, 144. 

Suejette, 144. 
Latta, Cecelia, 113. 
Lawrence, Wm. B., Dr., 100. 
Lester, Mary V., 242. 
Lewis — John, Col., 286. 

Robert, Gen., 286. 

Meriwether, 287. 

Fielding, CoL, 287. 

Robert, Jr., 288. 

James O., 107. 

Catharine E., 96. 

Ada, 99. 

Sarah Ann, 136, 252, 282. 

Samuel, Dr., 63. 

Theodore, 63. 

Maggie, 63. 

Mary K., 63. 

Mary H., 63. 

Annie R., 63. 

S. Higgins, 63. 

Mr., 58. 
Leyslen, Mr., 51. 
LiGHTFOOT — Carrie, 200, 256. 

Mary, 110. 
Long, Mr., 51. 
LoNGMiRE, Hannah, 51. 
LoPER, Wm. H., 304. 
LucKEY, Dorcas, 113. 
Magkay, Mr., 24. 
Maddox — ^Kate, 201. 

J. H., 148. 

Crawford, 148. 

Henry, 148. 

Alex, v., 148. 

Margaret, 148. 
Marable, Mary, 117. 
Marks, Wm. M., 114. 

Julia Andrews, 114. 
Marshall, Margaret, 58. 
Martin — John, 58. 

Lewis, 58. 

Sarah, 58. 

Harriet, 59. 

Lida, 58, 

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MABim, Julia, 59. 
Maxfield — Charles W., 95. 

Bessie, 95. 

Charles, 95. 

Fred. 95. 

Maxie, 95. 

Adelaide, 95. 
Mayfield, Dr., 241. 
McAdoby — Chambers, 53. 

Robert H., 241. 

Edward D., 241. 

Walter, 242. 

Robert M., 242. 

James Reese, 242. 

Janie, 242. 

Robert, 59. 
McCaffebtt, Mr., 51. 
McCuixoGH, Amanda, 91. 
McDowEix — Joseph, Maj., 118. 

James, Col., 118. 

John E., 118. 

William, 118. 

Joseph, Jr., 118. 

Margaret, 118. 
McDuFFiE — ^A., 161. 

Sidney Reese, 161. 

Jeff Lane, 161. 
McGregor, Susan L., 136, 238. 
McOuiRE — John, 75, 92. 

Sarah Evelina, 92. 

Harriet, 92. 

William Lorenzo, 92, 95. 

Edwin Ruthven, 92, 101. 

Catharine Elizabeth, 92, 98. 

Thomas, 92. 

Louisa, 92. 

Elvira S., 92. 

James E., 95. 

Martha A., 95. 

Catherine E., 95. 

Elam Sharpe, 92, 96. 

Wm. Lewis, 96. 

Charles E., 96. 

Welch, 96. 

Sophie Kate, 97. 

McGuntE — 

Jean Mcintosh, 97. 

Thomas W., 97- 

Leonora A., 97. 

Walter W., 97. 

Arnold, 97. 

Walter Sharpe, 97. 

Ethel Powell, 97. 

Stella, 97. 

Robert Street, 97. 

Walter Hugh, 97. 

Harry James, 97. 

John W., 97. 

Laura I., 98. 

Erwin R., 102. 

Eveline L., 96. 

Nettie, 96. 

William S., 96. 

Robert, 96. 

Emeline C, 96. 

James C, 102. 

Elizabeth E., 102. 

Mary E., 102. 

Laura, 102. 

Cordelia, 102. 

Wm. E., 102. 

Jane L., 102. 

Thomas T., 105. 

William, 105. 
McIntosh, Mollie, 96. 
McKnojCT— Elijah, 71, 142. 

Susan C, 71. 

Cherry, 71. 

Mercer E., 71. 
McKiNSTRY, Charlotte, 61. 
McLean, Wm. B., Dr., 112. 
MoLelland— Robert, 180. 

Clara Reese, 180. 
MgLbon, Rosanna, 127. 
McNeil, Ida 6., 99. 
Melton — Claude, 66. 

Stanley Croft, 66. 
Meriwether — ^David, 136, 289. 

Mary G., 136, 186. 

Lucy, Mrs.^ 136^ 162. 

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Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

MnxEB — Joseph A., 112. 

Frederick, 112. 

Fannie, 90. 

Annie, 135, 152. 

Betsy, 105. 

William R. Gore, 9S. 

Susan Elizabeth, 08. 

Louisa M., 98. 

Catharine, 98. 

Alice, 98. 

Harriet, 98. 

Effie, 98. 

William R., Jr., 99. 

Hugh, 99. 

Leland L., 99. 

David K., 99. 

Elizabeth, 99. 
Mitchell, R. S., 174. 
montanye, c. j., 179. 
Montgomery, J. W., 58. 
MooREHEAD, Mary C, 79. 
MoRAN — G. H., Dr., 77- 

Annie R., 78. 

Mary R., 78. 

Phifer E., 78. 
Morrison — ^Mary, 238. 

Susan W., 80. 
MoTZ, Miss, 91. 
Napier— N. C, Capt., 110. 

Caroline M., 110. 

G^eorge M., 110. 

Alice Osborn, 110. 

Leroy, 110. 

Augustus Young, 110. 

Julia Sharpe, 111. 

Emma, 111. 

Nathan C, Jr., 111. 

Alice, 110. 

Jean P., 110. 
S^elson — ^Wm. J., 66. 

Charlotte C, 66. 

Robert Mayo, 66. 
Newmire — ^Mr. J., 149. 

Gladys, 149. 

Henrietta, 149. 

Newmire — ^Mary D., 150. 
Newton — James, 149. 

Henry, 149. 

David, 149. 
NiCKERSON, Dr., 146. 
NoRRis, Mr., 302. 
NORTHCROSS, Ruth, 102. 
Osborn — ^Mary L., 75, 108. 

Noble, 40. 
OuTCULT, Susan, Mrs., 141. 
Patten, Mr., 118. 
Patton, Julia, 118. 
Petit, Lillian, 63. 
Pettus, Lucy, 152. 
Phifer, Ann E., 117. 
Pippin, Clara L., 107. 
Polk— Susan, 27. 

Thomas, Col., 29. 

James K., 29. 

Charles, 29. 

Trusten, 29. 
Pollock — ^Robert, 28. 

John, 28. 
Pope, Emma, J., 260. 
Poppenheim, Christine, 99. 
PoRTER,*Mattie, 142. 
Pratt, Minnie, 203. 
Pressley — Augustus, 150. 

Charlie Reese^ 151. 

Mr., 70. 
Prior — ^Robert, 173. 

Wilton B., 173. 
Queen, Mr., 53. 
QuiNN, Helen, 173. 
Rankin— J. B., Col., 113, 116. 

Erwin, 116. 

Annie, 116. 

Margaret, 116. 

John W., 116. 

Harriet E., 116. 

Alfred E., 116. 

Ralph S., 116. 

Jean, 116. 
Reagan, J. H., 241. 
Reege — ^David, 303. 

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Reece — ^Dr., 304. 

Alonzo N., 304. 

J. N., 304. 

Mr., 304. 

Jessie, 304. 
Reese — ^David, Rev., 24. 

David, 31, 93. 

Oeorge, 24, 123. 

Charles, 24. 

Ruth, 24. 

Esther, 24. 

James Polk, 27, 31, 41. 

Thomas, Dr., 31. 

David Tasker, 31, 120. 

Oeorge, 31, 127. 

Charles Gullet, 31, 121. 

Solomon T., 31, 301. 

Catharine, 31, 73. 

Susan Polk, 30. 

Susan Polk, 42. 

Mary Joanna, 31, 301. 

Ruth Elizabeth, 31, 302. 

Edwin Tasker, Dr., 42, 47. 

Thomas Sidney, 42, 48. 

Elihu, 42, 49. 

Leah, 42, 49. 

Lydia, 42, 57. 

Henry Dobson, 42, 60. 

James Jack, 301. 

George, 301. 

Susan, 301. 

Harriet, 301. 

Horatio, 135, 240. 

Charles Milton, Dr., 135, 152. 

Mary Story, 135, 167. 

Susan Polk, 135. 

David Addison, Dr., 135, 185. 

Gkorge, 135. 

Thomas Sidney, 135. 

James Elihu, 135, 247. 

Edwin, 135, 252, 278. 

Esther Ann, 135, 289. 

Alexander Hamden, Dr., 135, 

Mary Elizabeth, 68, 139. 

Reese — 

Susan Story, 144. 

John Milton, 146. 

Charles Story, 146. 

Margaret Ann, 147. 

Jane, 150. 

Wm. Carter, 150. 

John Carter, 150. 

Catharine, 150. 

Cordelia H., 151. 

Wm. Miller, 152. 

Sidney, 161. 

Jane Early, 162. 

Anderson W., 162. 

Milton Pettus, 152. 

Sarah Eave, 152. 

Marion, 161. 

Julia A., 161. 

Charles S., 161. 

Lucy Caroline, 161. 

Anna Isabella, 161. 

Henry B., 161. 

Charles Sidney, Jr., 161. 

Frank Meriwether, 185, 195. 

Anna Story, 185. 

George, 185, 201, 240. 

Rebecca M., 185, 203. 

Martha Anna, 192. 
. Mary Meriwether, 193. 

David Addison, 202. 

Wfti. Prank, 202. 

Annie Rebecca, 200, 202. 

David Addison, 211. 

Anna Story, 200, 211. 

Gavin Witherspoon, 211. 

Jennette Amelia, 211. 

Oscenappi, 211. 

Milton Eli, 211. 

Edwin Horatio, 211. 

Marah, 211. 

George Baker, 212. 

Lawrens McGregor, 238. 

Charles Edwin, Dr., 238.' 

Horace, 238. 

George, 238. 

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Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

Reese — 

Hesperia, 238. 

Catharine Augusta, 238. 

Mary Cherry, 238. 

Rebecca Ann, 238. 

Thomas Sidney, 238. 

Sydenham Witherspoon, 238. 

Howard Tinsley, 238. 

Mary Addison, 238. 

John Dudley, 239. 

Charles Edwin, Jr., 239. 

Hesperia J., 239. 

Horace M., 239. 

Mary Cecil, 239. 

Sallie Dudley, 239. 

Neil Robinson, 239. 

Lucy, 242. 

James Vinson, 242. 

Valeria, 240. 

George Simpson, 240. 

Lawrens, 242. 

Henry Dobson, 205. 

Elizabeth George, 240. 

Simpson, 240. 

Ewing, 240. 

Leila, 240. 

Lucile, 240. 

John Dudley, Jr., 239. 

Philip Cook, 239. 

Susie H., 239. 

Sallie Herbert, 239. 

Julia H., 239. 

Lulu, 147. 

Horace Croft, 147. 

Horace Austin, 147. 

Ann Eliza, 252. 

Richard Lewis, 252. 

John Lewis, 252. 

Sarah Miller, 252. 

Mary Eleanora, 252, 269. 

Carolina Alabama, 252, 272. 

Margaret Miriam, 252, 274. 

Annie Maud, 260. 

Richard Pope, 260. 

Pauline, 260. 

Reese — 
Eugene, 260. 
Edwin Earle, 260. 
Mary Kate, 256. 
Edwin Lightfoot, 256. 
Frank Clyde, 257. 
Margaret Caroline, 257. 
John Richard, 257. 
Virginia Idalette, 261. 
John Lewis, Jr., 261. 
Carlos, 62. 
Sidney Harris, 60. 
Maria, 60. 
Edwin, 61. 
Flora, 62. 
Harriet, 63. 
Milton Elihu, 63. 
Jane, 63. 
Thomas, 64. 
Mary C, 63. 
Joseph E., 62. 
Carlos, Jr., 62. 
Margaret, 63. 
Susan, 64. 
Sidney, 62. 
Catharine, 63. 
John Pickens, 63. 
Fannie, 62. 
Carlos, 61. 
Mary Cren«haw, 63. 
Virginia, 63. 
Ella, 61. 
lone, 61. 
Irene, 61. 
Florence, 61. 
Edwin, 61. 
Carlos, 61. 
Clarence, 62. 
Fred, 62. 
Maud, 62. 
Ella, 62. 
Fred, Jr., 62. 
Nannie, 61. 
Charlotte, 62. 
Frank, 60. 

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Reese — 

Sidney, Dr., 60. 

Susan Gullet, 120. 

David Tasker, jr., 120. 

Catharine, 120. 

Matilda, 120. 

Ruth Alexander, 120. 

Robert Polk, 120. 

Caroline, 120. 

Mary Wilson, 120. 

George Sidney, 120. 

Dorcas, 120. 

Susan Polk, 32, 120, 171. 

Jesse, 302. 

Thomas, 303. 

David, 303. 

John, 303. 

William, 303. 

Leroy D., 303. 

Egbert C, 303. 

Joseph A., 303. 

Seneca C, 303. 

Jesse E., 303. 
Rbid — John, 59. 

Janie, 59. 

John, Dr., 112. 

Robert, Dr., 59. 

Hallie, 59. 

Emma C, 114. 

John, Capt., 114. 

Mary, 112. 
RiOHABDSON — Grief, 52. 

Mary, 52. 

Leonora, 53. 

Wm. Hull, Dr., 52. 

John Taylor, 53. 

Ida E., 54. 

Sallie, 55. 

Reese Taylor, 53. 

Miss, 52. 
RiCHEY, Miss, 01. 
Riddle, Mr., 59. 
Roberts, Mary, 51, 57. 
Robertson — ^T. R., 114. 

Annie G., 114. 

Robertson — 

T. R., Jr., 114. 

Elizabeth C, 114. 

Julia J., 114. 
Robinson — David, 149. 

Edward Croft, 149. 

Ellis, 149. 

Mary, 149. 

Beatrice, 149. 

Howard, 149. 

Annie, 149. 

Joseph D., 106. 

Rosebud C, 106. 

William, 260. 

Erin, 261. 

Mary Louise, 261. 

Lucile, 261. 

Maud, 261. 

Bessie, 261. 
RocKETT — ^William, 59. 

Leonora, 59. 

Julian, 59., 

Margaret, 5. 

Lydia Reese, 59. 

Julia, 58. 

Sarah, 59. 

Sidney, 59. 

Frank, 59. 

Rosa, 59. 

Harriet, 59. 

Eliza, 58. 

John R., 54. 

Wm. R., 55. 

Percy T., 55. 

Ida L., 55. 

Thomas, 58. 
Rogers — J. M., 77. 

Francis M., 77. 

Miss, 94. 
Roland, Mr., 62. 
Ross, Viola, 162. 
Roundtree, Louisa, 146. 
RuDisiLL, Mr., 161. 
Sanders — Brittian H., 146. 

Mary Susan, 146. 

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Genealogy op the Reese Family. 

Sanders — 

Laura Louise, 146. 

Linn Banks, 146. 

Mr., 92. 
Scales — Joseph H., 80. 

Joseph H., Jr., 80. 

Annie P., 81. 

John W., 81. 

Waightstill M., 81. 

Waightstill A., 80. 
ScHENCK — Weldon E., 99. 

Weldon E., Jr., 100. 

Lewis Bevens, 100. 

John R., 100. 
ScHTJLL, Edmonia, 70. 
Scott— Walter W., 63. 

Walter, Jr., 63. 

Wingfield, 63. 

Willie, 63. 

Robert, 63. 

Mary, 64. 

Greorgiana, 64. 
Searct — Richard, 96. 

Hubert D., 96. 

James H., 96. 

Robert D., 96. 

Ramsey W., 96. 

Adlai H., 96. 

Mary Jane, 95. 
Seawell, Clara, 29. 
Shabpe — William, Hon., 

Catharine Reese, 114. 

Matilda, 74, 114. 

Ruth Reese, 74. 

Thomas Reese, 74, 108. 

Cynthia, 74, 92. 

Betsy, 74, 108. 

Abner, 74, 108. 

Elam, 74, 105, 107. 

David, 74. 

Edwin, Dr., 74, 107. 

Marcus, 74, 108. 

Carlos, 74. 

Oscar, 105. 


Shabpe — 

Elvira, 74. 

Elizabeth, 108. 

Edwin Reese, 105. 

Elizabeth Susan, 106. 

Fannie H., 106. 

Maiy Clara, 106. 

Ann Eliza, 107. 

Martha, 107. 

Rosa H., 107. 

Pinkey, 107. 

Wm. Oscar, 107. 

Gertrude E., 107. 

Annie E., 106. 

Robert Lee, 106. 

lone, 106. 

Hamilton H., 106. 

Eleanor L., 106. 

Wm. Oscar, 106. 

Hayne, 106. 

Marcus, 106. 

Wm. Loyd, 107. 

Louise v., 107. 

Susan H., 107. 

Thomas A., 109. 

Archibald Young, 109. 

Margaret M., 110. 

Harriet E., 110. 

Julia, 110. 

Emma, 112. 

Thomas L., Jr., 109. 

Anthony, Maj., 109. 

Thomas L., 109. 

Goodman G., 109. 

Mary P., 109. 

Julia L., 109. 

Kate H., 109. 

Henry S., 109. 

Archibald Y., Jr., 110. 

Lucile Y., 109. 

Sarah, 112. 

Catharine S., 109. 
Shipp, W. T., 113. 
Shufobd, Caroline, 113. 
Simpson, Anna, 240. 

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SiSNANBB, Mary G., 115. 
Skinner, Miss, 50. 
Sledge, Catherine A., 109. 
Smith — ^Mr., 179. 

Sarah, 118. 

Catherine, 118. 

Walton E., 267. 

Philo Ina, 267. 

Carrie Alleen, 267. 

Edwin Reese, 267. 

Mattie K., 267. 

Washington, 63. 

O. M., 152. 

Ellen, 149. 

Susan C, 70. 

George T., 67. 

Mary Lewis, 67. 

Lillian Louise, 67. 

Robbins B., 179. 

Mary Cherry, 70. 

Jonathan, 70. 
Spratt, Margaret, 91. 
Spence— D. W., Prof., 242. 

Thomas Reese, 242. 

Virginia W., 242. 
Stanton, Mr., 51. 
Stabke, R., Capt., 75, 108. 
Steele, Maria, 62. 
Stephens — ^Theophilus S., 103. 

George K., 103. 

Ralph C, 103. 

Mary J., 103. 

Harry D., 103. 

Lutie M., 103. 

Gertrude F., 103. 

J. A., 62. 
Story — Charles, 127. 

Fereby, 127. 

Elizabeth, 127. 

John, 127. 

Margaret, 127. 

Rebecca, 127. 

Anna, 123, 127. 

Charles, Jr., 127. 

Esther, 127. 

Story — 

Mary A., 127. 

Chief Justice, 125. 

Wm. Wetmore, 125. 

Thomas, 123. 

Charles, 123. 

Daniel, 123. 

Ebenezer, 123. 

Ann Eliza, 123. 

David, 127. 

David, Jr., 127. 

Samuel, 126. 
• Elizabeth, 126. 

Jacob, 126. 

Daniel, 126. 
Street, Adelaide, 97. 
Sturdivant — James P., 109. 

Archibald Y., 109. 

Catharine, 109. 

Lillian, 109. 
Sullivan, Miss, 63. 
Taggert — ^Mr., 51. 

Jane, 51. 
Taseer — ^Thomas, Col., 28. 

Magdalen, 28. 

Benjamin, 29. 

Barbara, 28. 
Taylor — Samuel, Major, 49. 

Harriet, 50. 

Thomas Reese, 51. 

Samuel, Jr., 51. 

Reese, 56. 

John, 57. 

Drusilla, 52. 

Wm., Dr., 57. 

Walter, 57. 

Sallie, 57. 

Lide White, 57. 

Hattie W., 57. 

John, Jr., 57. 

Jane, 51. 

Mary, 57. 

Frances, 51. 

Maria, 51. 

Edwin Reese, 51. 

Digitized by 



Genealogy of the Reese Family. 

Taylor — ^Aquilla, 51. 

Wm. D., 61. 

Thomas, 51. 
Thomas — John, 177. 

Suecylla, 177. 
Thornton, E.Q., Prof., 274,276. 
TiERNAN, Prof-, 90. 
Tinsley, Lucy, 238. 
Todd — ^Louis, 60. 

Sam, 60. 

John, 60. 

Noah, 60. 

Kate, 50. 

Julia, 59. 

Cosey, 59. 
ToMLiN, Gordie, 106. 
Tompkins— L. C; 242. 

Sidney C, 242. 
ToRRENCE, Delia, 113. 
Trammell, Mary Fannie, 143. 
Troy, Rebecca, Mrs., 90. 
Turner — ^L. L., 71. 

James F,, 71. 

Julia, 71. 

Mary, 71. 

Edward, 71. 
Van Ness, Annie, 146. 
Walton, Elizabeth T., 79. 
Ward, Emma, 242. 
Ware, Miss, 60. 
Watkins, Narcissa, 51. 
Webster — (Jeorge W., 97. 

Lila Austin, 97. 
West — George, 117. 

Idelette W., 261. 
Westcott, Ellie, 203. 
Westbrook — Mr., 145. 

Clarence Croft, 145. 

Mignon, 146. 
White — Eleanor, 57. 

Lide, 57. 

Whitesides — John B,, 93, 94. 

Elvira L., 94. 

John Adams, 95. 

Catherine M., 95. 

Cynthia E., 95. 

Mary E., 95. 
Whitfield, Hattie, 109. 
Whitman — Thomas, 241. 

Bettie, 239. 
WiLBiES, Agnes, 116. 
Williams— CoL, 161. 

Nora, 151. 

John Edwin, 98. 

Janie E., 98. 

Edwin M., 98. 

Lawrence M., 98. 
Wilson— J. W., Maj., 117. 

Mary W., 117. 

Alice, 117. 

Adolphus, 117. 

Louisa, 117. 

Mary, 120. 
WiTHERSPOON — ^Mary Ann, 229. 

Donom, 211. 

Mary Reese, 211. 
WooLFORK, Mary Sowell, 201. 
WooTEN, Anna, 143. 
Word — Clarke, 106. 

Joseph, 106. 

Fannie, 106. 

Edwin, 106. 
Wright — ^Mr., 70. 

Sallie, 141. 

Laura, 240. 

Charlotte S., 70. 
Wycough — ^Mark A. R., 95. 

Monnie, 95. 

Adelaide, 95. 

M. Adolphus, 103. 
Young, Harriet E., 109. 

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