Early Settlers of
Their Descendants...Their Stories...Their Achievements
Lifting the Mists of History on Their Way of Life
By: Ethelene Dyer Jones
Josiah Queen, current citizen of
This entry, at least temporarily, will
wrap up my articles on the Reece family.
Enough remains, untouched, from what Bobby sent, that could make
good-sized book. I was not surprised at
how, from the earliest Reece settlers to
And so it is, in general. We “live and move and have our being.” Each generation leaves its mark, a circle in time, some work, some monument of service, some contribution to add to the corpus of knowledge or achievement. Or, alas, if we lack motivation and desire to contribute in a worthwhile manner to the good of all, our record can mar as well as help.
We can aspire to do as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) wrote in his great poem, “A Psalm of Life”:
“Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.”
I was interested, for example, in seeing how Bobby Josiah Queen himself lay in the line of Reece descendants. He got his second name from his grandfather, Eli Josiah Reece (04.02.1878), son of Quiller Frank and Elizabeth Clarica Adelia Logan Reece. Eli Josiah Reece was the sixth of sixteen children born to Quiller and Eliza. And Quller Frank, as you recall, was a son of William “Billy” Reece and Mary Daniel Reece. Uncle Billy Reece mined gold from the creekbed of Helton Falls Creek and hauled it to the Dahlonega Mint for processing.
Bobby’s mother was Nora Elizabeth
Reece (11.08.1907) a daughter of Eli Joseph Reece.
To them were born four children, Carl Winford
Queen, Durwood Norris Queen, Bobby Josiah Queen, and Frances Louella
Queen. I won’t attempt to trace the
marriages and descendants of these Reece kin.
Bobby Josiah Queen followed in the footsteps of several of his
and gave patriotic service in the U. S. Marines and the Coast Guard. He married Carmela Rinaldi.
He chose to return to his beloved
And looking through the many names of
Reece descendants, I noted with great interest that my high school
Elbert Dennis Wilson, now of
Going back to William “Billy” Reece
and his wife Mary Daniel Reece, I note that their daughter, Margaret
Reece (08.16.1856 – 06.20.1941) married John Spiva (04.22.1851 –
11.28.1933). To this couple were born
Mary Jane, Eliza, Minty Caroline, Henry
W., Emma, Frank, Jewell W., Gardner C.,
Josiah H., and Guy Cook Spiva. This
family link opened up another avenue of genealogical lines back to the
Reece settlers in
This brief overview only partially covers the links and names going back to “Billy” Reece and his children. But last, and not least, I want to pay tribute to the last-born of Quiller Frank and Elizabeth Logan Reece’s children, Alice Elizabeth Louise Reece (01.23.1893), who married Olin Hayes. Her great niece, Esther Minerva Clouse Cunningham (daughter of Nellie Caroline Reece and Zeb Clouse) wrote of her great aunt Alice Hayes:
“I remember Aunt Alice Reece Hayes. She was my grandfather’s youngest sibling. She stayed at home and took care of her parents (Quiller Frank and Elizabeth) until they died. She married late in life and never had any children. I think she felt her responsibility to keep her parents’ family united. When my grandma “Roxie” (Roxie Potts Reece, wife of William Drury Reece, firstborn son of Quiller Frank) was sick and dying, Aunt Alice and her husband, Olin Hayes, came. I brought them to my house to spend the night because my Aunt Kate was caring for her parents.” And so went this testimony of Esther Cunningham, who remembered her Great Aunt Alice as a “keeper of the family history.”
To Bobby Josiah Queen, thank you for
these and other great stories of the Reece Family in
Jones; published February 25, 2010 in The Union Sentinel, Blairsville,
GA. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
[Ethelene Dyer Jones is a retired educator, freelance writer, poet, and historian. She may be reached at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 478-453-8751; or mail 1708 Cedarwood Road, Milledgeville, GA 31061-2411.]