J. ROSS REED, a prosperous farmer of Wayne township is a native of Jefferson county, born three miles south of Bloomingdale, September 5, 1851. He is the son of James and Mary (Mansfield) Reed, the former of whom was born in Westmoreland county, Penn., April 14, 1816 and died December 20, 1878 and the latter was born October 10, 1814, near Bloomingdale this county. The father was one of nine children of Adam and Mary (Christie) Reed. One brother, William is also deceased, and the others are living, viz: John, Mrs. Mary A. Leach, Joseph, David, Mrs. Jane Warren, George, Mrs. Margaret Leach. The subject of this mention is one of eight children, of whom five; Adam, William M., Catharine, Mary E. and Mahala, are deceased; and three, Thomas M., Sarah J. (McNary), and Ross are living. He had the ordinary advantages of the district school for education in childhood, and attended until he was about twenty years old, after which he devoted himself entirely to the duties of the farm. On December 20, 1877, he was married to Mary J. Hervey, and their union has been blessed with two children: M. Estella and Mabel. Mr. Reed and wife are members of the Presbyterian church, and he is in politics an active republican. He has been successful in his calling, and is reputed to be one of the capable and enterprising men of the country. Mrs. Reed, an estimable lady, was born February 24, 1851, the daughter of William Hervey, born in this township, December 31, 1811 and died September 30, 1887 and Mary (McNary) Hervey born February 14, 1812 and died May 9, 1885. She had two brothers, George W., now of Omaha, Neb., and Samuel A., who died in Libby prison, January 4, 1864. Mrs. Reed's father was the son of William Hervey, born October 9, 1775 and died about 1850 and his wife, Susannah Hawthorne, a native of Taylorsville, Washington county, Penn. Of these parents there were nine children, of whom James, Joseph, William, Sarah, Hervey, Hannah, Robert, John, and Susannah are dead, and Mrs. Mary Wallace survives. The mother of Mrs. Reed was the daughter of Judge Samuel McNary, who was born December 26, 1781 and died February 19, 1865 and Mary Anderson, his wife who was born June 8, 1783 and died September 23, 1830. Of the ten children of those parents, there is now but one survivor, Margaret B.
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