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Submitted by Zeta Wilson Peterson.

Great Granddaughter of Frederick Reed and Mary Ann Walters

Granddaughter of Thomas Wilson and Rachel Jane Reed





     Frederick Reed (1841-1923) was born in Ohio and came to Union Co., Iowa with his parents and family in 1855. He enlisted in the 17th Iowa Infantry Regiment (1862-1865). After receiving his honorable discharge, he returned to Union Co. and married Mary Ann Walters (1849-1879). The family moved to Sherman township in the spring of 1873.


   They were the parents of eight children.

1) Frances Susannah (1866-1902) married Frank Martz and J. C. Wilson. She was mother of one daughter, Hazel Pearl Martz (1893-1902).

2) Harry Ellsworth (1868-1869)

3) Joseph Thomas (1870-1876)

4) Rachel Jane married Alfred Ireland (1865-1895). They were parents of Anna Estella (Mrs. Edgar Kirby) and Fred Edwin Ireland (1894-1966). After Mr. Ireland's accidental death, she married Thomas H. Wilson (1877-1965) and they had four sons, Cleo, Leland, Glendon and Clair.

5) Sarah Elizabeth (1873-1898) (Mrs. Wilbur Crowe)  was mother of Lilly, William, Maud and Merle.

6) Adam Adrian (1876-1948) married Nancy Erma Rush (1882-1966). They were parents of a son, George (1902-1909) and adopted son Paul Reed of Montrose, Colorado.

7) Henrietta (1878-1878)

8) Ernest Edwin (1879-1968) and Anna Barr were parents of George, Lester, Elva (Mrs. E. Carl Smith) and Lawrence. Ed's second marriage was with Mrs. Edna Kirchert.


    Fred Reed and Sarah Angeline Eastes-Heath were united in marriage in 1880 at Red Oak, Iowa. She was the widowed mother of two sons, Charles E. and Thomas Wilfred Heath, Jr.


           1) Charles E. Heath was married twice, to Mattie Hauser and Elsie Roseberry. They lived in Joplin, Missouri.    

           2) Thomas Wilfred Heath married May McClintic and they raised their family in Miami, Florida.


     In their second unions, they were blessed with five children:

1) Mary Estella (Dolly) (1881-1883)

2) Melvin LeRoy was born 1 Feb. 1883 on a farm near Elliott, Iowa; the son of Frederick Reed and Sarah Angeline Eastes. He  attended school but only through the eighth grade. He married Grace Mabel Goltry, daughter of Edwin Lewis Goltry and Emma Adair Duff, on 20 Feb. 1907. Grace graduated from High School and attended Simpson College at Indianola, Iowa for a period of time. She taught school before being married.

    Their children were: two sons who died early in infancy; Merle Elton Reed born 2 Feb. 1911; Ronald Redell Reed born 26 Nov. 1913.

    Melvin was always known in local circles as "Dick" Reed and many did not know who you were talking about if you mentioned M. L. Reed. It was said that it was a nickname that he gave himself when a young boy. "Dick" lived most of his life as a farmer in the Elliott area. In 1918, when he was planning to buy a farm near Bedford, his father sold him 120 acres of the "home" place, retaining 40 acres for himself. Except for a winter in California, this is where he lived until he moved off the farm because of ill health, in 1925. He acquired an insurance business and moved into Elliott.

    He died at his home in Elliott, Iowa on 31 July 1930 from stomach cancer and was buried in Waveland Cemetery near Elliott. Grace survived him by many years and died on 28 July 1971 at the California Christian Home in Rosemead, California. Burial was also in Waveland Cemetery.

3) Leona May (1885-1953) married William Isaac Kirby (1886-1976). They adopted a daughter, Lorena M. (Mrs. Delbert Peterson) (1916-1978).

4) Grace Adell (1887-) married C. E. Van Nordstrand (1882-1959). They had two daughters, Verle (Mrs. M. E. Landress) and Verda (Mrs. Fred Luithle). After Mr. Van Nordstrand's death, she married George Arthur Gilbertson (1885-1973). She now lives in Portland, Oregon.

5) Emma (1891-1975) married H. H. Van Nordstrand (1887-1949). They were parents of Vertice (1913-1955), Ross R. and Lucile D. (Mrs. Everett Oster).  


      Mr. Reed was a large landowner around Elliott. In 1901 he gave 80 acres of land to each of his children, retaining possession until they attained the age of 21 years. The Century farm, 1 1/2 miles west and 1 1/4 miles south of Elliott where the Everett Oster family now reside is the only original 80 acre parcel of land that was given to a child, and still remains in the family. Mr. Reed built this farm house in 1879. In 1900, when the family moved one mile west of Elliott, he built another house, using similar plans.


      Fred Reed was one of the first stockholders in the First National Bank of Elliott and a trustee of the Church of Christ for many years. He was noted for his help in the construction of the present building.