W[illiam] N. REESE was born in Somersetshire, England, in 1810. He is the son of William and Martha (Norris) Reese. He was reared at Bath, England, his father being a merchant there. During his youth he was engaged in the brewing business with an elder brother, he remained in England until thirty years of age, when he emigrated to the United States. He spent only six days in New York City, and then took a steamboat up the Hudson River to Albany. Remaining there but a short time he went to Buffalo, and from there took passage to Chicago, Ill., where he remained two or three weeks, and then went to St. Charles, Kane County. From there he started on foot to look at the country, and finally bought 100 acres of land in Du Page County, where he lived about ten years, and where his marriage was celebrated with Betsey Lewis, Oct. 15, 1856. She is the daughter of Samuel Lewis. They are the parents of five children — Ella M., Florence L., Frank L., Gertrude and Elizabeth. Mr. Reese moved to Iowa in 1863, and settled on section 23, Jackson Township, where he bought 16O acres of improved land; he now owns 177 acres. He and his wife are members of the United Brethren Church.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 322.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 13th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.