HISTORY
OF
MENARD & MASON COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
1879

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W.W.M. REED, farmer, Sec. 20; P.O. Greenview; was born in Dubois Co, Ind., Dec. 20, 1823; is the second child of a family of twelve children, born of Isaac and Winnie Morgan Spears, both natives of Kentucky, who came to Indiana at an early day; at the age of 23, the subject of this sketch came to this county empty handed, but with ready hands and a wiling heart, and resolved to make something of himself, if economy and industry would accomplish it; he began work by the month, for E.D. Powers; subsequently, went to Indian, where he was engaged as Superintendent of a gang of men on the Evansville & Crawfordsville Railroad, and continued here three years, and discharged his duties with credit to himself, and to the satisfaction of his employers; having accumulated means enough to purchase forty acres of land, he returned to this county, and made the purchase. Jan. 24, 1856, he was married to Charlotte Lanternman, who was born May 17, 1836; they have had four children - Winnie, born Dec. 18, 1856; Charles H., June 3, 1858; A.J., March 30, 1860; Charlotte T., Aug. 25, 1862. His wife died Aug. 25, 1862, at the birth of last child. Sept. 10, 1863, married Mrs. Elizabeth Wilcox, born Aug. 15, 1835; daughter of George and Mary Curry; have three children - Clara F., born July 18, 1864; George C., April 9, 1866; Wallace M., Aug. 25, 1875. Since his first marriage, has been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and has a snug farm, and is a well-to-do farmer, all the results of his own labor. Is a member of Greenview Lodge, A., F. & A. M, No. 653.


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