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Rufus Rankin Reed Family
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Anita (Tucker) Poole


By: Anita (TUCKER) Poole

I. Rufus Rankin Reed
Born: Oct. 1844 Place: Floyd County Georgia
Died: 27 March 1925 Place: Donley Co. Texas
Parents: Unknown Reed born NC & Ellen or Eleanor unknown born NC

1st Marriage: 21 April 1867 Jackson Co., Alabam a to Mary Elizabeth Reed
Mary Elizabeth Reed Born: 15 Aug 1836 Place: Georgia
Died: 5 Jan 1892 Place: Plainview, Hale Co., TX
Burial: Plainview, TX Cemetery


(i.) Margarett Melvina “Mellie” Reed born 29 Jan 1869 AL
Died 6 Aug 1941 Corona, California Burial: Plainview, Hale Co., TX
Married John Horace Leach 17 Aug 1890.

(ii.) Charles Reed born 1871 AL

(iii.) Green Reed born 1873 AL

(iv.) Ellen Reed born 1875 TX.

2nd Marriage Abt 1893 to Mrs. Julia Ann (MURPHY) Baker, Grimsley
Born: 4 July 1855 Flora, Smith Co., TX
Died: 18 March 1917 Clarendon, Donley Co., TX
Burial: Citizen Cemetery - Clarendon, Donley Co.,TX
Parents of Julia Ann Murphy - Thomas Murphy and Martha ?

On the 1900 US Census of Donley Co., TX Julia mother of 5 children;
however, in my research, I only know of the following 4 children from the unions of Julia’s three marriages.
Rufus R. Reed was her third & last husband. Julia first two marriages ended & reason unknown.

Children of Rufus R. Reed & Mrs. Julia (MURPHY) Baker, Grimsley, Reed are:

(i.) Genia Dovie Reed
Born: Jan 1894 Indian Territory, OK

(ii.) Susie Addaline Reed
Born: 21 Jan 1897 Indian Territory, OK. (Ardmore, Carter Co., OK)
Died: 11 Sept 1971 Amarillo, Potter Co., TX
Burial: Memory Gardens Cemetery I-27 & McCormick Road Amarillo - Canyon, TX
Married: 9 Sept 1917 Clarendon, Donley Co., TX
Groom: Lloyd Marion Tucker and he was born 3 Sept 1899 Blanket, Brown Co.,TX
& died 26 Nov 1981 Amarillo, Potter Co., TX
Burial: Memory Garden I-27 South & McCormick Rd. Amarillo/Canyon, Randall County, Texas.
Lloyd’s parents are James Marion Tucker & Mary Elizabeth Bearden - burial Clarendon,TX



1st Marriage of Miss Julia Ann MURPHY
m. 4 Jan 1872 to John S. Baker in Carroll County, AK.
Marriage Record in Carroll Co., AK -Eastern Division Bk A page 54.

One Child from the union of John S. Baker & Julia Ann (MURPHY) Baker was
Jo Sephus S. “Joe” Baker
Born: 5 March 1873 Carroll Co. AK.
Died: 24 April 1969 Portales, NM.
Burial 27 April 1969 Portales Cemetery, with Services 2:00 P.M. Wheeler Starlight Chapel in Portales,
Married. 27 Sept 1902 License issued Clarendon, Donley Co., TX to Mrs. Annie C. Wallace;
however, marriage took place in Alanreed, Gray Co., TX.
Children born to this union were born in Clarendon, Donley Co., TX.
Also, most of their grandchildren were born in Clarendon, Donley Co., TX.
Many of the descendants of Joe Baker & Annie C. Wallace never left Donley Co., TX.
Clarendon was their home and Burial for these descendants Citizens Cemetery of Donley Co., TX.



2nd Marriage of Mrs. Julia Ann (MURPHY) Baker to John Grimsley.

Child born to union:

Mary Loretta Grimsley
Born: 22 Jan 1879 Kosoma, Indian Territory (Pushmataha Co) Oklahoma
Died: 14 April 1965 Amarillo, Potter Co., TX
Burial: Citizen Cemetery in Clarendon, Donley Co., TX
Mary Loretta Grimsley married James Henry Casey abt 1887
Possible in Clarendon, Donley Co., TX.

Children of Mary Loretta Grimsley & James Henry Casey:

(A) Willie Casey
Born: 28 Jan 1890
Died: 8 May 1890
Burial: Citizen Cemetery Clarendon, Donley Co., TX.

(B) James Lee Casey
Born: 20 Feb 1899 Clarendon, Donley Co., TX
Died: 5 March 1938
Burial: Citizens Cemetery Clarendon, Donley Co., TX.

(C) Allan Reed Casey
Born: 6 May 1903 Alan Reed, Gray Co., TX
Died: 5 Dec 1979 Clarendon, Donley Co., TX
Burial: Citizen Cemetery Clarendon, Donley Co., TX

(D) Roxie Casey
Born: about 1909 Clarendon, Donley Co., TX
Married: Clarence Pipes.
Burial for Roxie and Clarence in Citizens Cemetery Clarendon, Donley Co., TX
and burial for their children is also Citizens Cemetery.

James H. Casey employeed in the Clarendon, Donley Co., TX Ice Plant
most of his working life.

Parents of Julia Ann (MURPHY) Baker, Grimsley, Reed

Father: Thomas Murphy and Martha ?


Notes for Rufus Rankin Reed:

Dec 1912 Rufus Rankin Reed applied for his Civil War Pension in Clarendon, Donley Co., TX. Jan 22, 1913 Pension was filed and June 1, 1913 Pension allowed. In his pension application he states that he had been a resident of Clarendon, Donley. Co., TX for 15 years. Migrating to Texas in Dec 1872 from Marshall Co., Alabama and the 1880 US Census living in Stephens Co., TX. Migration to Clarendon, TX 1897. R. R. Reed was also one of the original Land Owners in Clarendon, Donley Co., TX - HD Section #38 Abstract # 1576 Texas General Land Office - Austin, TX.

Rufus R. Reed enlisted in the Civil War at Marshall County Alabama (CSA # 21506)Confederacy - Enlisted 6 Sept 1862 - Company F, 9th Alabama Cavalry, Russell’s Battalion. Hampton’s Company. Serving in the Cavalry Branch & spending some of his duty in Nashville, TN. Served until Surrender in the spring of 1865 at the close of the war. Adjutant General’s Office War Department Washington ( Commissioner of Pensions State of Texas at Austin) Feb 4, 1913 #2005884 Washington.

Rufus Rankin Reed’s grandchildren (Tucker’s) tell the story that their grandfather put up the First Water Tower in Clarendon, Donley Co., TX. I have searched for records and have found no records that denied this or confirms this. However; the other information that was passed on was correct. Which leads me to believe that he did indeed, put up the first water tower in Clarendon, Donley Co., TX.

Resources: Marriage & Death Certificates, Cemetery Records, Civil War Documents, and Census Records. Reed AKA Reid & Read.
1860 US Census -Aurora, Marshall Co., AL Series M654 Roll 16 pg850

Head 414 Elenor or Ellen Reed age 48 with children George L. Age 25 NC, Mary E. Age 23 NC , Hugh M. Age 19 NC, RUFUS R. Age 15 GA, Frances M. “Frank age 10 GA, Green C. Age 8 GA, Martha F. Or T age 5 GA....

1870 US Census Madison Co. AL Series M593, Roll27 Pg 93 Head Rufus R. Reed & family. US Census 1880 Stephen Co., TX Rufus R. Reed & wife Mary E. & family. US Census 1900 Donley Co., TX wife Julia A & 2 dau., Genia & Susie and mother-in-law Martha Murphy and step son Josephus Baker... 1910 Donley Co., TX Roofus Reed & wife Julia & dau.s. Genia & Page 4 of 4 Susie A..... 1920 US Census Hale Co., TX R.R.Reed with his daughter, (R.R. Reeds daughter, Margaret from 1st marriage to Mary E. Reed) Margaret & her husband John Leach.

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