Biography of Isaac Reed
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ISAAC REED, County Commissioner, was born in Kent County, Del., July 22, 1826, and is the son of William L. and Rachel (Cohee) Reed, natives of Delaware, and of Irish and English descent; his parents had eight children - Isaac, Lydia Brown, William C., Hannah Allen, Sarah, Martha, Mary and Elizabeth Conway, five of whom are yet living. Mr. Reed located in Rush County, Ind., in 1836; he and his wife were identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church. Isaac spent his early life on a farm, and was married, December 27, 1849, to Miss Hannah Osburn, born April 19, 1833, daughter of Harmon and Elisa J. (Packard) Osburn, natives of Ohio and Delaware. Mr. Reed came to Howard County in 1853, and purchased 160 acres of land in Union Township, which he began to clear and make for himself and family a home. By industry and economy, he has been able to add seventy six acres more, and now has a comfortable home. Mr. and Mrs. Reed have had twelve children - Sarah E. Powell, born November 2, 1850; William W., born November 10, 1851; Rachel A. Elmore, born June 1, 1854; Harmon O., born May 17, 1856; John H., born September 17, 1858; Benjamin E., born August 5, 1860, died December 8, 1861; Mary J. Frasier, born June 25, 1862; Oliver L., born April 23, 1864; Laura B., born June 19, 1866, died September 18, 1866; Edith L., born September 7, 1869; Frank A., born January 24, 1874, and Etta P., born August 3, 1875. Mr. Reed is an active working politician, voting with the Republican party; he cast his first ballot for Franklin Pierce in 1848; he held the office of Township Clerk for two years, and has served four terms as Township Trustee; he is now holding the office of County Commissioner, this being his second term, and he and wife are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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