Person:REED, James Frazier (1800 - 1874)

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REED, James Frazier (1800 - 1874)
Family(s): Keyes
Person ID (Link to genealogy): GED link doc.gif I9752
Sex: M
Date born: 14 Nov 1800
Born in: Armagh, Ireland
Date died: 24 Jul 1874
Died in: San Jose, California
Buried in: Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, California
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Spouse(s): KEYES, Margaret Wilson (1814 - 1861)
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Occupation(s): Entrepreneur, Farmer, Railroad
Occupation details: mined galena, he operated a mercantile, but he also farmed and owned a furniture factory on the Sangamon River at Jamestown (now Riverton), 7 miles east of Springfield, built local railroads
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Description When Black Hawks War erupted in 1832 he joined James D. Henry's battalion along with Abraham Lincoln and John Keyes.
Fawcett book: REED, James Frazier (1800 - 1874)
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From Bill Fawcett's book:

Biographical sketch

JAMES FRAZIER REED was born on November 14, 1800 in Amagh, Ireland. His mother brought him to Virginia as a small boy. At age 20 he traveled to Illinois to mine lead (Galena). In 1831 James Reed moved to Springfield. When Black Hawks War erupted in 1832 he joined James D. Henry's battalion along with Abraham Lincoln and John Keyes. In Springfield he operated a mercantile, but he also farmed and owned a furniture factory on the Sangamon River at Jamestown (now Riverton), 7 miles east of Springfield. He built local railroads. In 1834 James Reed married Margaret W. Keyes (Backenstoe), and they continued to live in Riverton. On October 16, 1834 he acquired 84 acres in the Clear Lake Township (T. 16N., R. 4W, S. 21 E). He listed his residence as Louisville, Kentucky. On February 17, 1836 James F. Reed acquired two more parcels in the same township (40 acres: T. 16N, R. 4W, S. 22 SW, NW; 80 acres: also S. 22 E1/2, SW). The community of Reed in the Clear Lake Township had a post office (1858-62 [Van Nattan 1982]).

The children of James F. and Margaret W. Reed were born near Springfield: (1) Martha J. "Patty" Reed (1838- ; m. Frank Lewis 12/25/1856 in Santa Cruz), James Frazier Reed Jr (1841 - ; m. Sarah Adams 3/16/1879), Thomas Keyes Reed (1843- ). In April 1846 they, her daughter, Virginia E. Backenstoe, and mother (Sarah H. Keyes) joined the Reed-Donner wagon party bound for California. The Illinois economy was depressed, and James Reed hoped the warmer climate would improve his invalid wife's health. After many well-known hardships Margaret and James Reed settled in San Jose. He prospered having brought with him considerable sums of money, and bought a large track of land close to San Jose. He participated in the gold rush (1849), and invested his new wealth in the purchase of more land. Reed further increased his wealth by gradually selling off and subdividing his property. During 1850 ads appeared on the front pages of San Francisco newspaper for his lots. He spent $20,000 in an effort to make San Jose the state capital. James F. Reed lost some of his wealth in later years. Margaret Keyes (Reed) died in San Jose on Nov. 25, 1861, and James F. Reed on July 24, 1874. Their children continued to live in San Jose.


Source

From A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America by William Bloys Fawcett. Used by permission of Dr. Fawcett.

This book was first published in 1996 and some of the information is quite dated. If you find errors or want to add updates, contact me, and I will add notes to the page.

Copyright © 1996, 2007 by William Bloys Fawcett, Jr. All rights reserved. No copies may be made of this document through any electronic, photocopying or other means without permission of the author.






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