Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tully Washington Reed 1856-1910

Tully Washington Reed and Katie Thompson Reed

Tully Washington Reed was born 22 March 1856 in Barnwell County, South Carolina to Samuel and Matilda Willis Reed.  Katie Thompson was born 4 August 1860 to Henry Melville Thompson and Josephine Matthews.  

Tully and Katie were married 12 May 1880 at the Baptist Church in Williston, SC, by the Rev. Al Buist.  
(Source:  The Working Christian, May 20, 1880 compiled in Marriage and Death Notices from Baptist Newspapers of South Carolina, 1866-18,  published in the South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research [database on-line at])

The Tully Reed Family
Standing, from left:  Norman McCloud Reed (1886-1955), Leila E. Reed (1882-1970), Tully Washington Reed, Josephine Matilda Reed (1884-1970).  
Seated, from left:  Laurie Tully Reed (1889-1938), Katie Thompson Reed

Left to right:  Norman M. Reed, unknown woman (background, light dress), Josephine Matthews Thompson (background, dark dress with apron), Tully W. Reed, Katie Thompson Reed, Josephine M. Reed, Laurie T. Reed, Leila Reed. 

Grandchildren of Tully & Katie Thompson Reed.  
Back, from left:  Elizabeth Reed, Norma Reed, McCloud Reed, Katie Thompson Reed, Elmo Brodie.  
Front:  Tully Reed, Catherine Brodie

Grandchildren of Tully and Katie Reed, taken about 1922.  
From left:  Myrtle Reed, Catherine Brodie, Lilah Reed, Elizabeth Reed, L. Tully Reed, Norma Reed, Charles Reed, N. McCloud Reed.  The oldest of the grandchildren Elmo Brodie is not seen, but there is a pair of feet, presumably his, to the left of Myrtle. 

 Henry Melville Thompson and Josephine Matthews Thompson, parents of Katie Thompson Reed.  

Family H. M. and Josephine Matthews Thompson
From left.  BACK:  Katie Thompson, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Thompson; George G. Thompson, Henry Melville Thompson, Jessie Thompson, William G. Thompson.  
FRONT:  John G. Thompson [with dog], Robert G. (Bobby) Thompson, Benjamin Thompson [in lap], Josephine Matthews Thompson [seated], Martha (Mattie) Thompson, Rivie Thompson; Josephine (Dodie) Thompson, Mary (Mamie Thompson.  

Tully Washington Reed died 13 March 1918 in Williston, SC.  Click here to see Tully's probate records. 

After Tully's death, Katie went to live with her daughter Josie (Mrs. Fred Parker) in Pantego, North Carolina.   In 1925 she made an extended visit back home to Williston. 

In 1929, 6 months after the death of Fred Parker and after the school year was over, Katie and Josie visited Williston together.  This was likely Katie's last trip to Williston.  She died six months later. 

Katie Thompson Reed died on 16 December 1929 in Pantego, NC.  

Tully and Katie are buried at Williston Cemetery.  

Many thanks to Josie Reed (great-granddaughter of Tully W.  and Katie Reed) for all of these photographs.  

The newspaper articles were gleaned from Genealogy Bank and are used with permission.  

Your comments are welcomed!  Please feel free to share with us.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

One Picture Leads to Another Leads to ...

This is the story of how one picture on the internet can lead to some rich discoveries.  

This is the family of Robert Clinton McLeod of Timmonsville, SC.  In front are Oswell Boyce, Robert Clinton, Aubrey, and Ellen Irene Jones McLeod.  In back are Kenneth Carroll, Reuel Carmen, and Mary Medley "Sehoy."  Boyce McLeod was my maternal grandfather.  I posted this photo on my tree three years ago.  (An interesting aside:  notice the scenic background hanging on the side of the house.)

Recently I received a message on Ancestry from someone who had an old photo of a very large family gathering.  She said my McLeods were in it dressed in the same clothes as in the picture above !   
And there they are, over on the left. (Click on pictures to enlarge.) 

Besides the delightful discovery of the photo, finding a third cousin was a particular pleasure.  Many thanks to G. Dianne Floyd of Charlotte, NC, not only for sharing the photo, but for her keen powers of observation as well! 

This appears to be a reunion of the descendants of George Washington McLeod and Louisa Abegail Anderson (my 2-great grandparents).  Dianne's picture had "Mr. P. M. Jordan, Bethlehem, Aug. 19."  (Bethlehem was a community near Timmonsville.)  Mine had the year 1898 written on the back.   

The only other people identified so far are the man on the front row with the very long beard and the woman standing behind him.  They are Dianne's great-grandparents Peter Manley Jordan and Elizabeth Abbylona McLeod (my great-grandfather Robert Clinton's sister).  

I realize these people are on the opposite side of my tree from the Reeds, but I wanted to share with you how this came about.  Keep an eye out for photos you see on other trees on the internet.  You might find some surprises.  

I hope that someone surfing the net for these folks will find them here and help us identify some more of the family. 

From Dianne:  "The more people we show it, hopefully, the more we will find out about it. Please ask that anyone who can identify any one in the photo email me at DianneATDianneFloydDOTcom.  The whole point to this ancestry thing is to share the information, right?" 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Serendipitous Photo

I can't resist sharing this montage I created quite by accident this week.  I was viewing the video of my sister created by the funeral home last August, and as one picture faded into the other, I hit PrtScr and captured this wonderful shot.  

The older picture was taken in the Spring of 1974.  The more recent one was taken about two years ago.  Both are excellent likenesses of my sister Ellen and her husband Henry.  One is from the beginning of their life together, and the other is towards the end.  I just love it! 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

John Osborne Reed (1894-1965)

John Osborne Reed was born on May 8, 1894, a son of John William Cook Reed and Nan Jerusha Beard.  He was born in Barnwell County (in a section of what is now Allendale County) and grew up in Barnwell, South Carolina.  He was my grandfather. 
 The photo above was taken on January 24, 1962, shortly after Granddaddy retired from the South Carolina Highway Department where he spent his entire career as a Civil Engineer. 

Osborne as a teenager, about 1910

Osborne's Portrait as a Junior at the University of South Carolina in 1921 

As a Senior at USC in 1922
Osborne's senior year entry in the USC year book in 1922.  The "little trained nurse" referred to was Carrie Belle Strickland.  

Osborne entered the University of South Carolina in the fall of 1916.  He registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.  Registration Location: Barnwell County, South Carolina; Roll: 1852495.

Osborne served in the United States Navy in World War I.  For more information on his service, click here

After the war, Osborne returned to USC in the fall of 1919.  

My grandmother told me that the first time she saw Osborne Reed, she thought he was the ugliest man she had ever seen!  He had been working and was disheveled and dirty, and his red hair and freckles did not appeal to her at all.  

That feeling did not last long.  By February 3, 1922, they were issued marriage license number 12627 in Richland County, SC.  They were married at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Columbia, SC, 1517 Gregg Street at the corner of Taylor and Gregg Streets.  (A Benedict College Community Development Building is located there now.)

Carrie Belle Strickland was a daughter of David Newton Strickland (1850-1918) and Martha Ann Cupstid (1855-1933).  She grew up in Swansea, SC, in the Bull Swamp area.  

 Carrie Belle Strickland 
(photo taken abt 1917 at Southland Studio 
in Birmingham, AL)

Carrie's nursing training was at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.

Miss Carrie Belle Strickland, Registered Nurse

Carrie Strickland 
(photo dated 9/20/1920)

 The Reed Family about 1944
L-R, back:  Bob, Florrie, Carolyn, Bill
L-R front: Joe, Osborne, Carrie

 Relaxing on their lawn about 1950

 Osborne and Carrie's first grandchildren were born on July 16, 1948:  
John Osborne Reed, III, and 
James McLeod Reed (my brothers). 

Granddaddy with John, Pete, and Jim about 1951.  

On the front steps with Granddaddy are John, Marilyn, Jim, and Pete, about 1952

Grandmama was wonderful about labeling her photos.  

Lots of Reeds at Christmas Time 1958:  Left to Right, Front:  John, Ellen, Mary Ella holding Cindy; Seated on couch:  Pete, Marilyn, Grandmama holding Eddie, Granddaddy, Jim
Standing in back:  Phil, Dianna.

In this picture taken about 1964, the loving look Granddaddy gives here says it all.  He still remembered that "little trained nurse."  

Granddaddy died on March 30, 1965.  He is buried at Lexington Memorial Gardens in Lexington, SC.  

Grandmama Reed died on August 27, 1983.  She is buried at Lexington Memorial Gardens, too.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

John William Cook Reed (1860-1928)

John William Cook Reed (1860-1928) was the oldest son of James Henry Reed and Mary A. Cook and a great-grandson of Samuel and Mary Reed.  In 1988, he married Nan Jerusha Beard (1861-1935).  Nan was a daughter of Thomas Beard and Catherine "Kate" Chitty.  They are my great-grandparents.  
JWC and Nan Reed about 1920

JWC Reed (in hat) is seated beside Nannie.  In front are their sons Osborne (my grandfather), Rupert (in glasses), and Harold.  Standing in the back is Mary Louise Beard (1852-1935), Nannie's sister.  

The Sons:  Rupert Lide Reed (1892-1965), John Osborne Reed (1894-1965), Harold William Reed (1898-1941). 

JWC and Nan had twin daughters born December 11, 1888.  One apparently died at birth.  Florrie Mae Reed was almost five years old when she died on October 3, 1893.  The twins are buried at Restland Cemetery in Bamberg, South Carolina. 
Nan Jerusha Beard Reed

Thank you to Cousin Brad Wise (5-great grandson of Samuel and Mary) for this photo of JWC Reed and his son Harold taken in the 1920s.  We are told this was their general store.  

1961 Reunion of Descendants of 
JWC and Nannie Reed
at Barnwell State Park.
The two gentlemen in the center are Osborne and Rupert.  
To the left of my grandfather is my grandmother Carrie and then Lula Walters Reed (Aunt Lou), Uncle Rupert's wife. 
Hattie Perry Reed, Uncle Harold's widow, is to the right of Uncle Rupert sitting on the arm of the chair where her mother Edna Perry is seated.  
That's me behind and between Granddaddy and Uncle Rupert.

James Henry Reed (1826-1901)

James Henry Reed was the oldest son of John and Julia Odom Reed and a grandson of Samuel and Mary Clark Reed.  
He was my great-great-grandfather. 

 James married Mary A. Cook about 1859.

The handwriting is my grandfather's.  I have learned in my research that James's wife's name was Mary, not Martha.  

These portraits were identified and entrusted to my care by my grandmother Carrie Strickland Reed around 1978.  Two more portraits she identified that day are below.  

Grandmother said that this couple was John and Cintha Beard and that they were the parents of Nan Jerusha Beard Reed, my great-grandmother.  (Grandmother spelled "Cintha" twice for me to make sure I had it right.)  

Thirty years later, after months of research, I determined that Nan's parents were Thomas Beard and Catherine "Kate" Chitty.  There was a John and Cintha Beard in the area at the same time, but I have been unable to determine their connection to my family as yet.  

Are these people John and Cintha or Thomas and Kate?  At the moment, I am assuming they are Thomas and Kate.  

Where did Grandmama get the names John and Cintha?  It's one of the first questions I'll ask her next time I see her! 

These four portraits started my genealogical journey.  What a wonderful journey it continues to be!

Cousin Bruce Odom led me to James's birthdate and middle name that he found in the family Bible of Benjamin Odom, Jr.  (James's mother's brother).

Sharon Crowley (my fifth cousin twice removed) found his grave in a family plot in a field off of Gardenia Road in northern Barnwell County. 
I am forever indebted to Bruce and Sharon for helping me pass this important milestone in my journey.