(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 A. Walters (1849-1879). The
family moved to Sherman township in the spring of 1873. They had
eight children, Frances Susannah (1866-1902), Harry Ellsworth
(1868-1869), Joseph Thomas (1870-1876), Rachel Jane (1872-1966),
Sarah Elizabeth (1873-1898), Adam Adrian (1876-1948), Henrietta
(1878-1878), and Ernest Edwin (1879-1968).
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.
their second unions, they were blessed with five children, Mary
Estella (Dolly) (1881-1883), Melvin Leroy (Dick) (1883-1930), Leona
May (1885-1953), Grace Adell (1887-) and Emma (1891-1975).
Frances married Frank Martz and J. C. Wilson. She was mother of one
daughter, Hazel Pearl Martz (1893-1902).
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.
Sarah Elizabeth (Mrs.
Wilbur Crowe) was mother of Lilly, William, Maud and Merle.
Adam married Nancy Erma
Rush (1882-1966). They were parents of a son, George (1902-1909) and
adopted son Paul Reed of Montrose, Colorado.
Anna Barr were parents of George, Lester, Elva (Mrs. E. Carl Smith)
and Lawrence. Ed's second marriage was with Mrs. Edna Kirchert.
Heath was married twice, to Mattie Hauser and Elsie Roseberry. They
lived in Joplin, Missouri.
Wilfred Heath married May McClintic and they raised their family in
Melvin LeRoy Reed biography.
married William Isaac Kirby (1886-1976). They adopted a daughter,
Lorena M. (Mrs. Delbert Peterson) (1916-1978).
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.
married H. H. Van Nordstrand (1887-1949). They were parents of
Vertice (1913-1955), Ross R. and Lucile D. (Mrs. Everett Oster).
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.
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.