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Hosea Reed

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Hosea Reed

Posted: 10 Sep 2004 7:52PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Reed, Williams, White, Phelps, McVicker, Dale, Abbott, Evans

From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 558-560

The gentleman for whom the following lines are written is a gallant
ex-soldier of the great American Civil war, and one of the progressive
and intelligent citizens of Polk township. Mr. Reed was born in Lagro
township, Wabash county, Indiana, July 30, 1848, and is the son of John
and Elizabeth Reed. The father, a native of Virginia and of Irish
descent, became a resident of Wabash county as early as 1834, while the
Williams family, the maiden name of subject's mother, moved to Indiana
from Kentucky a number of years prior to that date, settling in the
county of Fayette.

John Reed and Elizabeth Williams were married in the latter county about
1832, and, upon their removal to the county of Wabash, located on an
eighty-acre tract of government land in Lagro township, which was their
home until 1856. Mr. Reed cleared and otherwise improved his place, and
was one of the sturdy pioneers of the section where he located.
Disposing of his farm in 1856, he removed to Huntington county, settling
in the township of Warren. His first wife died in 1853, and in 1855 he
was united in the bonds of wedlock with Lucy White, to whose farm he
removed and upon which the family lived until taking up their residence
in Illinois in 1878. Mr. Reed's death occurred in the city of
Bloomington, Illinois, in the year 1899. By his first marriage John Reed
was the father of six children: Jonathan, who married Laura, daughter of
James and Lucy Phelps, now residing in Bloomington, Illinois; Wiley, the
second born, married Liza McVicker, after whose death he married Allie
Dale, and they now live in Wabash county; Levi married Laura Abbott, and
died several years ago; Eli, the fourth in order of birth, was a soldier
of the late Civil war and met his death August 10, 1861, in the bloody
battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri; Sarah died at the age of fourteen;
the birth of Hosea, the youngest member of the family, is given in the
opening paragraph of this sketch. By his second marriage he had one son,
George M., married and a resident of Nebraska.

The early years of Hosea Reed were passed on the home farm until the age
of thirteen, when he went to live with an older brother. He attended the
country schools, obtaining a fair knowledge of the branches taught
therein, and by vigorous out-door exercise laid the foundation of a
strong, healthy constitution, which served him well in the trying scenes
through which he afterward passed as a brave and gallant defender of the
National Union. On the 29th of November, 1863, he enlisted in Company G,
One Hundred and Thirtieth Indiana Infantry, but experienced some
difficulty in entering the service by reason of his age and size, being
small of stature and rather boyish in appearance. These two difficulties
were successfully overcome, however, and in due time the young soldier
found himself in the army under Gen. Sherman at Atlanta, Georgia. He
took part in the celebrated Atlanta campaign, participated in the many
bloody battles preceding the city's fall, and later served with his
regiment under Gen. Thomas at Nashville. After the battle of Nashville
his regiment principally performed guard duty until mustered out of
service December 2, 1865, whereupon Mr. Reed returned to Huntington
county and engaged in civil pursuits. He bore well his part as a
soldier, never shrinking at duty, but always ready to encounter those
dangers incident to a soldier's duty; he is now the recipient of a
reasonable pension from the government he did so much to defend.

In 1871 Mr. Reed and Elizabeth, daughter of George and Elizabeth Evans,
became man and wife, and their marriage has been blessed with the
following offspring: Lloyd, born April 8, 1880; Cecil, born April 30,
1888; Lizzie, born May 4, 1890; and Lena, whose birth occurred February
22, 1893. Mrs. Reed was born October 12, 1849, and comes from one of the
oldest and best known pioneer families of Dallas township, this county.

At the present time Mr. Reed, in addition to other vocations, is
substitute mail carrier on rural route No. 1, and is discharging the
duties of the position in a very able and satisfactory manner. While not
wealthy in the sense of accumulating worldly goods, he is in comfortable
circumstances and rich in all that goes to make up sterling character and
strong and vigorous manhood. His record as a citizen is above reproach,
his word stands unimpeached among his neighbors and friends, and to his
good name no taint of suspicion has ever attached.

In politics he is an earnest supporter of the Republican party, having
served at different times as member of the county central committee,
besides representing his township in a number of conventions. While
enthusiastic in the support of his principles he is not offensively
partisan, as is evinced by the large number of his friends in the
opposing party, and he is by no means a seeker for official or public
honors of any kind whatsoever. He holds membership with the Masonic
lodge at Andrews, and at the present time is filling the office of junior
warden; he also belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic.

The foregoing is a brief review of the leading facts in the history of
one of Huntington county's most estimable citizens. His career
illustrates the fact that character, not wealth or position, makes the
man, and that a name above reproach is more desired than any other
blessing the world can bestow. As a soldier, he is entitled to the
respect and gratitude of every lover of his country and its institutions,
while as a factor in the quiet every-day affairs of life he has honorably
earned the high esteem in which he is held by his neighbors and the
public at large.

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