When John Reed was born in June 1742, in Uxbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Lieutenant John Reed, was 37 and his mother, Lucy Taft, was 32. He married Hannah Taft on 23 June 1763, in Uxbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 22 August 1833, in Seneca, Ontario, New York, United States, at the age of 91, and was buried in Seneca, Ontario, New York, United States.
English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English and Older Scots red(e) ‘red’, no doubt denoting someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion.
English: from Middle English ride, rede, rude (Old English rīed, rēod, rȳd) ‘clearing’. The surname may be topographic for someone who lived in or near a clearing, or habitational, for someone who lived at one of a number of places so named, including Rede Court in Strood (Kent), Rides in Eastchurch (Kent), Ride Way in Ewhurst (Surrey), and Reed Farm in Wadhurst (Sussex). The word is particularly common in the southeastern counties of England, from Kent to the Isle of Wight. See also Rider and Reader .
English: habitational name from Read (Lancashire), Reed (Hertfordshire), or Rede (Suffolk). The Lancashire placename derives from Old English rǣge ‘roe, female roe deer’ + hēafod ‘head’. The Hertfordshire placename derives from Old English rȳhth ‘rough piece of ground’. The etymology of the Suffolk placename is uncertain.
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