|William D. Reed51 was born about 1845 in KY. He died on 11 June 1912. A message was received here yesterday announcing the sudden death in Bellevue, Campbell County, Ky., of William M. Reed, 72, who was born in Frankfort and has a number of relatives here, including A. W. Overton, cashier of the Farmers Bank and Miss Eliza Overton. He died at the residence of his son-in-law, F. B. Johnson, after a very brief illness that was regarded as not at all serious. He had been prominent in Louisville politics for many years. He served two terms as Receiver of the Jefferson Circuit Court, and from 1898 to 1904 was Chief Deputy Circuit Clerk under the administration of that office by John H. Page. He was a brother of J. Duff and P. Booker Reed, the family being for many years prominent in society, in business and in politics.|
The Frankfort News-Journal, Frankfort Ky, Wednesday, June 12, 1912 Parents: William Decatur Reed and Jane Maxwell Sharp.
William Decatur Reed51 was born on 15 February 1815. He died on 30 May 1858. Lawyer
Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky, by H. Levin, editor, 1897. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago. Reprinted by Southern Historical Press. p. 200. Jefferson County.
WILLIAM DECATUR REED was born February 15, 1815, near Danville, now Boyle county, then Lincoln county, Kentucky, and died on the 30th day of May, 1858, at Louisville, this state.
In our age of refined reason and enlightened liberty, the lives of the virtuous great who have lived and are interred in our state exhibit the most attractive models for our emulation, for they have ennobled and blessed the state and nation. Few have been fraught with greater import for the advancement of the good of mankind than that of William Decatur Reed........
The family came to Kentucky from Virginia, to which state the son of the first Reed had emigrated, between 1775 and 1780, and settled on the fine lands about four miles from Danville, at what is put down on Filson's first map of Kentucky as "Reeds." Here the grandfather of William D. Reed built a brick house, known later as Reed's Mansion--probably the first erected in Kentucky, of brick burned on the premises; it stands today, 1896, with the bullet marks of the Indians' rifles, received while its
inmates were repelling attacks of the savages--a mute monument of the heroism of its early builders. In this home Jonathan Reed, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born and resided until his marriage to Annie Gaines, whose father was of English descent and of the earliest pioneers into Kentucky, having emigrated from the state of Virginia in the latter part of the eighteenth century.
William D. Reed was left an orphan in early boyhood, and was reared in the home of his sister Letitia, the wife of Judge Paul J. Booker, near Springfield, Kentucky. He was sent to Center College, Danville, Kentucky, and there received a good academical education. On reaching his maturity, and coming into possession of his estate, being desirous of seeing and knowing his country better, he journeyed by stage and on horseback through the settled parts of both the United States and Canada. With his intellect broadened by these travels, and with an ambition to make a place for himself in the world, which to him was of greater extent than the county and state in which he lived, he returned to his home to begin the serious work of life. He had determined upon the law as his profession and entered the office of Hon. Ben. Chapeze, of Bardstown, Kentucky, one of the brightest minds and most indefatigable workers at the bar; later he attended the Transylvania University at Lexington, taking there the law course, and, when fully equipped by careful study, was admitted to practice in the courts, and settling at his old home, Springfield, he entered at once on the business of his life, the pursuit of his honorable profession. He at once secured a footing and became one of the most active practitioners in the circuit. His diligence and sober, intelligent application and faithful honest work in the interest of his clients made and kept them his friends and steadily increased their number. His interests and professional business grew with astonishing rapidity, and in 1841 he determined to removed to Frankfort, where the court of appeals offered to his genius an ample field and more congenial and more lucrative practice than the circuits. There he entered into partnership with Hon. Charles S. Morehead, one of the leaders of the state bar at that time, who was in 1855 and 1859 elected governor of the state. In 1844 he was appointed by Governor William Owsley to the office of secretary of state. In 1846 he was elected a member from Franklin county to the state legislature. In 1852 he sought a still broader field for the practice of his profession and moved to the metropolis of his state, Louisville, where he entered into partnership with Judge Owen G. Cates, which relationship continued until a few years before he was compelled to abandon active work by his last illness, with which he was attacked in January, 1857. On taking up his residence in Louisville, he entered at once into a lucrative practice, his reputation being well established throughout the state, of which he was a prominent factor in both the political and social life.
Mr. Reed took a laudable interest in national politics and was an elector for the Democratic party in the electoral college which chose James Buchanan president and John C. Breckinridge vice president.
He foresaw that the telegraph, then a new invention, was destined to fill an important place in the business world, and the wondrously beneficial influence its development would have on the general welfare of the country. He was one of the original projectors of the Southwestern Telegraph Company, which owned its existence to his perseverance and faith in the usefulness and practicability of the invention of Morse to utilize electricity on wires as a means of communication in the world of business. Mr. Reed became greatly interested in the development of this wonderful agency of civilization, and to his foresight and courage, more than to that of any other, the establishment of this pioneer company was
due. It was through his earnest advice and solicitation that his friend, Dr. Norvin Green, who afterward became president of the consolidated companies, under the name of the Western Union Telegraph Company, took an interest in the enterprise, in which Mr. Reed, with unbounded faith in the success of the company, had made a liberal investment of his means. He had also secured the co-operation of his brother-in-law, John M. Sharp, and was with him among the largest stockholders, evidencing his faith by risking his own means when others were invited to make investments. He was the secretary and attorney for the Southwestern Company, and traveled over all of the states through which its lines passed, securing protecting legislation for the property of the corporation. It was while engaged in this labor that he was one of the passengers on an ill-fated steamer which sank in the Mississippi in the
early part of January, 1857, and, being exposed without shelter to the inclement air and the snow and rain of winter, he contracted neuralgia, which, after a confinement of eighteen months to his house and bed, resulted in his death.
Although a practicing lawyer at the Louisville bar for only five years, he secured a most lucrative clientage, his fees for the last twelve months of his career amounting to over ten thousand dollars, which for a Louisville lawyer in 1856--before the day of railroad receivership and sales--was a very liberal income. He left an estate, which, when closed, returned to his heirs over one-fourth of a million dollars, the result of his own individual effort in his profession and from his
His personality may be summarized as one of great individuality, forcefulness and perseverance being predominant factors. Of sterling integrity and high purpose, every act of his life was but the stepping stone to something greater. There seemed no limit to the possibility of what he might have accomplished but for the interposition of death at the early age of forty-three years.
He was married in 1839 to Jane Maxwell Sharp, only daughter of Colonel Solomon P. Sharp, of Frankfort, Kentucky, whose biography appears in this volume.
Mrs. Reed partook largely of the characteristics of her father, a loving and kindly disposition, with great force of intellect and industry and with power that enabled her to devote her life assiduously to the
rearing of her family,--five boys and two girls. Mrs. Reed and four of her sons are still living. Of the sons, P. Booker, Leander Sharp and William D. Reed were successively receivers of the Louisville chancery court for fifteen years, and the last is still the incumbent of that responsible office. P. Booker Reed was mayor of Louisville from 1885 to 1887; Solomon S. Reed is a farmer in Oldham county, Kentucky; and Jonathan Duff Reed is a member of the Louisville bar.
Spouse: Jane Maxwell Sharp. Jane Maxwell Sharp and William Decatur Reed were married in 1839. Children were: Leander Sharp Reed, Dr. Paul Booker Reed, William D. Reed, Solomon S Reed, Eliza T. Reed, Jonathan Duff Reed, Anna K. Reed.
William Maxwell Reed (private). Parents: Jonathan Duff Reed and Ella Ferguson.
Willis Reed (private).
Spouse: Eliza Rice.
Spouse: Child Jackson.
Celeste Aya Reeves (private). Parents: Matthew Fontaine Reeves and Lisa M. Noguchi.
Matthew Fontaine Reeves (private). Parents: Robert Estill Reeves and Celeste Maury Offutt.
Spouse: Lisa M. Noguchi. Children were: Celeste Aya Reeves.
Nellie G. Reeves (private).
Spouse: Herman Lee Kelley. Children were: Child Kelly.
Robert Estill Reeves (private).
Spouse: Celeste Maury Offutt. Children were: Matthew Fontaine Reeves.
Jessa Regan (private). Parents: John Ragan and Jennifer Lynn Holloway.
Kara Regan (private). Parents: John Ragan and Jennifer Lynn Holloway.
Leah Regan (private). Parents: John Ragan and Jennifer Lynn Holloway.
Alice Janet Reid (private). Parents: Samuel Leslie Reid and Maud Anna Brown.
Spouse: John Ogden Meloy. Children were: Lynn Elizabeth Meloy, John Reid Meloy, Rachel Hayes Meloy.
Ann Katherine Reid (private). Parents: Samuel Leslie Reid and Maud Anna Brown.
Spouse: David Poling. Children were: John David Poling, Lesley Ann Poling, Andrew Paul Poling, Charles Cupp Poling.
John Ratchford Reid I (private).
Children were: Samuel Leslie Reid.
John Ratchford "Jack" Reid II (private). Parents: Samuel Leslie Reid and Maud Anna Brown.
Spouse: Lois Arlene Lorenz. Children were: John Ratchford "Ricky" Reid III, Suzanne Lois Reid.
John Ratchford "Ricky" Reid III (private). Parents: John Ratchford "Jack" Reid II and Lois Arlene Lorenz.
Spouse: Kathleen Ann LeVea. Children were: Shelley Ann Reid.
Spouse: Mary Elizabeth Morgan. Children were: John Ratchford Reid IV.
John Ratchford Reid IV (private). Parents: John Ratchford "Ricky" Reid III and Mary Elizabeth Morgan.
Samuel Leslie Reid (private). Parents: John Ratchford Reid I.
Spouse: Maud Anna Brown. Children were: John Ratchford "Jack" Reid II, Alice Janet Reid, Ann Katherine Reid.
Shelley Ann Reid (private). Parents: John Ratchford "Ricky" Reid III and Kathleen Ann LeVea.
Suzanne Lois Reid (private). Parents: John Ratchford "Jack" Reid II and Lois Arlene Lorenz.
Susan Reinan (private).
Spouse: John Francis Irwin. Children were: Kyle Irwin, Hannah Irwin.
Margaret Roller Reishman (private). Parents: Robert Stark Reishman and Margaret Maury Robinson.
Robert Stark Reishman (private).
Spouse: Margaret Maury Robinson. Children were: Margaret Roller Reishman, Sarah Breckinridge Reishman, Robert Stark Reishman , Jr..
Robert Stark Reishman , Jr. (private). Parents: Robert Stark Reishman and Margaret Maury Robinson.
Sarah Breckinridge Reishman (private). Parents: Robert Stark Reishman and Margaret Maury Robinson.
Cassandra Dee Reitan (private).
Spouse: Brent Leslie Schmidt. Children were: Evan Andrew Schmidt, Venessa Breanne Schmidt.
David Norman Rench (private). Parents: Marshall E. Rench and Louvenia Foreman.
Spouse: Sarah Ann Arnold. Children were: Laura Jean Rench, Julie Marie Rench.
Julie Marie Rench (private). Parents: David Norman Rench and Sarah Ann Arnold.
Laura Jean Rench (private). Parents: David Norman Rench and Sarah Ann Arnold.
Marshall E. Rench (private).
Spouse: Louvenia Foreman. Children were: David Norman Rench.
Gertrude Trimble Renick (private).
Spouse: James Duncan Bell.
Seymour G. Renick (private).
Spouse: Rena Garfield Marcy.
Lucy Resinig (private).
Spouse: Thomas Austin. Children were: Lucy Austin, Thomas Austin, Moses Austin, Joel Austin, Phebe Austin, Aaron Austin, Samuel Austin.
Charlotte Lee Reynolds (private). Parents: Daniel Reynolds and Charlotte Reed Mason.
Spouse: Jeremy. Children were: Lyndsay Reynolds.
Daniel Reynolds (private).
Spouse: Charlotte Reed Mason. Children were: Charlotte Lee Reynolds.
Lyndsay Reynolds (private). Parents: Jeremy and Charlotte Lee Reynolds.
Mary Rezek48 was born on 4 September 1919 in KY. She died on 9 July 1993 in Sarasota, FL.
Spouse: Joseph Sterling Goddard , Jr.. Mary Rezek and Joseph Sterling Goddard , Jr. were married on 18 July 1991.
Catherine Delene Rhoads (private). Parents: Oscar Elsworth Rhoads and Ruth Ethel Wright.
Spouse: Raymond Brunger.
Leonard Hayes Rhoads29,30 was born in 1926. He died in 1951. Parents: Oscar Elsworth Rhoads and Ruth Ethel Wright.
Spouse: Helen Jehlicka.
Mildred Lucille Rhoads (private). Parents: Oscar Elsworth Rhoads and Ruth Ethel Wright.
Spouse: Frederick Biltz.
Norma Mae Rhoads (private). Parents: Oscar Elsworth Rhoads and Ruth Ethel Wright.
Spouse: Clyde Shatto.
Spouse: Rocco Del Sesto.
Oscar Elsworth Rhoads29,30 died in 1970. He was buried in Ridge Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, Lorain, Lorain Co., OH.
Spouse: Ruth Ethel Wright. Ruth Ethel Wright and Oscar Elsworth Rhoads were married on 1 September 1915 in Elyria, Lorain Co., OH. Children were: Catherine Delene Rhoads, Mildred Lucille Rhoads, Norma Mae Rhoads, Leonard Hayes Rhoads.
Michael Anthony Ribero (private).
Spouse: Victoria Marie Lockhart.
Frances Mae Ricci (private).
Spouse: Robert Giese Smith. Children were: Donald Smith, Carol Smith, Douglas Smith.
Annis Rice3 was born on 29 November 1800. She died on 29 November 1800. Parents: Levi Rice and Annis Hayes.
Archibold Rice (private).
Spouse: Elizabeth Rice.
Benjamin Rice (private).
Spouse: Phoebe Rice. Children were: Levi Rice.
Edward Rice3 was born on 15 April 1814. He died on 27 May 1850 in Helena, Phillips Co., AR. He was a merchant.3 Parents: Levi Rice and Annis Hayes.
Eliza Rice3 was born on 12 February 1812. She died on 7 September 1862. Had no children (Hayes, 1884, p. 31) Parents: Levi Rice and Annis Hayes.
Spouse: Willis Reed.