Orson Olen Reed

21 August 1892–20 October 1963 (Age 71)
Tyler, West Virginia, United States

The Life Summary of Orson Olen

When Orson Olen Reed was born on 21 August 1892, in Tyler, West Virginia, United States, his father, William Alonzo Reed, was 34 and his mother, Nancy Ellen Snyder, was 32. He married Della Maud Pratt on 11 March 1916, in Harrison, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Lincoln District, Tyler, West Virginia, United States in 1910 and Grant District, Harrison, West Virginia, United States for about 10 years. He died on 20 October 1963, in Clarksburg, Harrison, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Lost Creek, Harrison, West Virginia, United States.

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Orson Olen Reed
Della Maud Pratt
Marriage: 11 March 1916
Harold Harebell Reed
Mary Helen Reed
Billy Francis Reed

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  • Marriage
    11 March 1916Harrison, West Virginia, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Age 4
    A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
    1898 · War with the Spanish
    Age 6
    After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
    1912 · The Girl Scouts
    Age 20
    Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

    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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    Sources (10)

    • Orson Reed, "United States Census, 1930"
    • Orson Al?? Reed in entry for Billy Frances Reed and Mary Lou Waterbury, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
    • Orson O Reed, "United States Census, 1940"

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