Fidelia Reed

15 January 1819–7 February 1894 (Age 75)
Acworth, Sullivan, New Hampshire, United States

The Life Summary of Fidelia

When Fidelia Reed was born on 15 January 1819, in Acworth, Sullivan, New Hampshire, United States, her father, Tillison Reed, was 31 and her mother, Delia Deliverance Byam, was 29. She married Andrew Colton on 30 April 1839, in Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Council Grove, Morris, Kansas, United States in 1870 and Agnes City Township, Lyon, Kansas, United States in 1880. She died on 7 February 1894, in Bigelow Township, Marshall, Kansas, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Bigelow, Marshall, Kansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Andrew Colton
Fidelia Reed
Marriage: 30 April 1839
George Washington Colton
Alma Morton Colton
Philena Jane Colton
Andrew Myron Colton
Melissa Ann Colton
Harriet Amanda Colton
Ephraim D. Colton
Mary Rosetta Colton
William Henry Colton

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 April 1839Hancock, Illinois, United States
  • Children


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    +7 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1820 · Making States Equal
    Age 1
    The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
    Age 8
    Historical Boundaries: 1827: Hancock, Illinois, United States
    1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place
    Age 20
    By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

    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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    Story Highlight

    1895 state census

    show her living with son Andrew and family

    Sources (28)

    • Adelia Colton in household of Andrew Colton, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Fidelia Read, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
    • Fidelia Colson in household of Andrew Colson, "United States Census, 1850"

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