Benjamin Reed

Brief Life History of Benjamin

When Benjamin Reed was born on 22 February 1752, in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Jacob Reed, was 35 and his mother, Lucy, was 33. He married Lois Powers in 1775, in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Princeton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States in 1790. He registered for military service in 1776. He died on 19 October 1810, in Quebec, Canada, at the age of 58.

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Benjamin Reed
Lois Powers
Marriage: 1775
Benjamin Towne Reed Jr
Mary Polly Reed
Jacob Reed
Dr. Webber Reed
Abishai G Reed
Elisha Reed
Bridget Reed
Lucy Reed
Peter Reed
Joseph Reed
Samuel Reed
Nancy Reed
Thomas Reed

Sources (8)

  • Benjamin Reed, "United States Census, 1790"
  • Benjamin Read, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Benjamin Read, "Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783"

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Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

1776 · The Declaration to the King

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

1783 · A Free America

The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which gave the new nation boundries on which they could expand and trade with other countries without any problems.

Name Meaning

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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