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History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois, Vol. II.

William Henry Perrin, ed.

(Chicago: O.L. Basking & Co. Historical Publishers)


Leander N. Reed, farmer, P. O. Clark Centre, native of Clark County, Ind., born November 28, 1837, son of John S. and Frances (Beadle) Reed.  The father was born in Kentucky August 30, 1808.  Subject came to Illinois and to Clark County with his parents in 1846, where he grew to manhood, settled in what is now Dolson Township.   He received the elements of an English education in the common schools of the county, and married March 21, 1858, in Auburn Township, to Miss Evaline Hurst, daughter of Nicholas and Harriet (Craig) Hurst.  She was born in Edgar County, Ill., August 19, 1839.  In 1859, he bought the land on which he has since lived of Allen Michael, and entered by Richard Sutherland, consisting of fifty-five acres, to which he has added sixty-five acres.  Seventy-five acres are in Section 35 and the remainder in Section 2; eighty acres in cultivation; principal production, small grain.  Member of the Masonic fraternity, a Democrat and has represented his township several years as Supervisor.  Their family consists of nine children, all born in Auburn Township.   Harriet E., born September 19, 1859; Nicholas, born June 14, 1861; Dora F., born March 20, 1863; Easter, born April 1, 1866, died September 18, 1872; Emily M., born April 27, 1869; Eveline, born September 2, 1871; Viola, born July 12, 1874; John A., born July 27, 1877; Ollie, born March 26, 1879; an infant died.  Mrs. Reed and two oldest children are members of the Baptist Church.  Dora F. married March 7, 1883, to James W. Dunn.  He is a native of the county, son of Judge and Rebecca Dunn.  He was born December 1861.

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