Biography of Darius Reed
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Darius Reed, the fourth of a family of six children of Reuben and Hannah (Bailey) Reed, was born in Monroe County, N. Y., June 3, 1816. He was reared on a farm, receiving a limited education, his youth being spent in hard labor. When lie was seven years of age he left his native county with his parents, and for five years following lie had no settled home. The family lived a short time at Olean Point, Pa., thence moved to Eastern Kentucky. and later to Cincinnati, Ohio, where the mother died of consumption, and later the two daughters, Tirzah and Alvenia died. Angeline is also deceased. Ansel, Emeline and our subject are still living, the two former residing in Kendall County, Ill. After the mother's death Darius and Ansel were bound out until twentyone years of age to Colonel Reese Price, of Cincinnati, but two years later the Colonel went insane, and the brothers were released from his service. In the meantime, the father, Reuben Reed, was again married to Mrs. Hannah (Hibbard) Shaw, and with his family he went to Chicago, Ill., where Levi. the first child of his second marriage, was born Oct. 1, 1827, he being the first white male child born in the limits of the present city of Chicago, now living in Pekin, Ill. In 1827 the family moved to what is now La Salle County, Ill., and shortly after Darius was again bound out, this time to James Galloway, his brother being bound to Moses Booth, and his sister to Lewis Bailey. He remained with James Galloway until 1836, after which he worked on his own account as a farm laborer until his marriage, March 4, 1841, to Mary H. Ford, born Dec. 22, 1812, in Weymouth, Mass., a daughter of Aaron and Mary Ford, who settled in Illinois in 1822. To this union were born two daughters- Mary Alvenia, died, aged one month, and Emeline A., who, since her mother's death, March 26, 1881, has been her father's housekeeper. After his marriage, Mr. Reed commenced life on rented land at Hickory Point, and in 1844 he settled on the farm on section 5, Brookfield Township, where lie has since resided. He is the owner of 160 acres of land, 120 acres being under a high state of cultivation, and forty acres being timber land. Mr. Reed has been a resident of La Salle County for fifty eight years, and has held many local offices of trust, among which may be mentioned, Commissioner, Township Collector and School Director. He is a member of no church, lodge or society, but lives a good practical life. In politics he was formerly a Whig, but since the organization of the Republicans he has been ati active worker for that party.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886