William Reed

Male24 September 1739–12 July 1817

Brief Life History of William

When William Reed was born on 24 September 1739, in Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Samuel Read, was 28 and his mother, Abigail Cummings, was 22. He married Priscilla Emery on 7 October 1762, in Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 12 July 1817, in Hollis, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Congregational Church Cemetery, Hollis, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States.

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William Reed
Priscilla Emery
Marriage: 7 October 1762
Samuel Reed
James Gilman Reed
Patty Reed
Polly Reed
William Read
Abel Reed
Silas Read
Priscilla Reed
Asa Read
Sarah Reed
Uriah Reed
Samuel Reed
Abigail Reed

Sources (36)

  • Massachusetts, Marriages, 1633-1850
  • William Read, "Find A Grave Index"
  • William Reed in entry for Abel Reed, "Maine, Church Records, 1734-1907"

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  • Marriage
    7 October 1762Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America
  • Children (13)

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    World Events (7)


    Age 4

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    Age 37

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


    Age 37

    New Hampshire is 9th state.

    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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