Biography of Josiah Reed
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JOSIAH REED was born October 27, 1822, in Preble County, Ohio, and is the son of James and Sarah (Curry) Reed, of Pennsylvania, and of Irish descent; his father located in Preble County, Ohio, in 1816, and purchased eighty acres of land, upon which he remained until his death, in 1826; his wife died in 1855; his parents had ten children, two of whom, Josiah and Mary A., are yet living. Our subject was reared upon a farm, where he received a common school education, and at the age of eighteen began teaming in Cincinnati; this he continued until September 15, 1844, when he was married to Lucinda King, born in 1826, and daughter of John and Elizabeth (Price) King, natives of Tennessee and of English descent. Shortly after his marriage, he located in Wayne County, near Richmond, where he farmed five years; he then located in Gettysburgh, Ohio, and subsequently made sale of his personal property, and engaged in the mercantile business for eighteen mouths, after which he began the cooper trade. In 1860, he came to Huntington County, Ind., and purchased fifty two acres of land, upon which he remained until 1877, when he moved to Kansas. Two months later, he returned to Indiana and purchased eighty acres of land in Howard County, two miles northeast of West Liberty, where he still lives. Mr. Reed was a member of the Grange movement; is also an active politician in the Republican ranks, having cast his first ballot for Henry Clay in 1844, and Mrs. Reed is a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. and Mrs. Reed have had the following children: Sarah E. Coolman, born December 1, 1845; Cythia J., born April 5, 1847; William J., born March 27, 1851, died February 15, 1852; Samuel A., born May 26, 1853, died March 27, 18.55; David A., born March 28, 1855; Emma A. Tolle, born March 5, 1862, and Leander, born July 15, 1864.

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


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