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JAMES STAFFORD REID

"Ghost Hand Picture"

Stafford Reid's first wife, Partha Della Yates-Reid had died.  This picture is of James Stafford Reid and his second wife, Janie McLane.  It was taken shortly after they married in 1913.

The story passed down in the Yates/Johnson family was that Stafford Reid liked to take off from family duties for months at a time with no one knowing his location.  He also had a weakness for the "bottle and ladies", so when P.D. died, it was generally felt that a contributing cause was the responsibility of taking care of home and children virtually alone.

If you will look closely to the left of Mr. Reid, there is a hand tucked in the crook of his arm and a "light" area as though someone is standing there with their hand showing plainly.   It is said that when this tin type picture was new, the figure to the left could be seen plainly enough that he recognized it to be his dead first wife.  P.D. was a very short woman well under 5 feet tall so a figure of her height would fit....

When Stafford Reid saw the picture, he was extremely upset and it is said he changed his way of thinking about life and family... he never drank again or was unfaithful to his second wife and he became a model husband, providing for his family to the best of his abilities thereafter.

 

 

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2. James Stafford2 Reid/Reed (Charles Claiborne1 Reid) was born 02 May 1870 in Livingston, Polk Co., TX, and died 05 Jun 1945 in Crockett, Houston County, TX. He is buried in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.

He married (1) Partha Della (P.D.) Yates 31 Jul 1895 in Crockett, Houston County, TX, daughter of Samuel Yates and Della D. "Dovie" Waller. She was born Nov 1877 in Charlotte, Dickson County, TN, and died 20 Nov 1911 in Wesley Chapel, Houston Co., TX.

He married (2) Lydia Jane (Janie) McLane 21 Feb 1913 in Houston Co, TX. She was born 1896 in TX.

 

More About James Stafford Reid/Reed &  Partha Della Yates:

- FACT #1 -: 1900 Houston Co TX census: 392-400 Pct 1: REID, J.S., May1871 29, m8yrs, LA LA TX, teamster saw mill; P.D., wife, Nov 1877 22, 2ch 2liv, TN VA TN; J.F., son, Oct 1896 3, TX; I.M., dau, Sep1898 1, TX.

 

-- FACT #2 -: 1910 Houston Co TX census: #77-70: READ, Jas. S., 34, m1x15yr, TX LA Ger, farmer; Partha D., wife, 30, 5ch 4liv, TX; Frank, son, 14, TX; May, dau, 12, TX; Roy, son, 8, TX; David, son, 2, TX.

 

-- FACT #3 -: 1920 Houston Co TX census: 210-210 Pct 1: REED, J.S., 48, TX TX TX, farming; Jane, wife, 24, TX TX TX; Roy, son, 16, TX TX TX; Dave, son, 12, TX; Stokes, son, 8, TX; Diamond, son, 5, TX; J.C., son, 4, TX.

 

Children of James Reid/Reed and Della Yates are:

3 i. James Franklin (Frank)3 Reed, born 08 Oct 1896 in Wesley Chapel, Houston Co., TX; died Feb 1918 in Crockett, Houston County, TX.

More About James Franklin (Frank) Reed:

Burial: Wesley Chapel, Houston Co., TX

4 ii. Ida Mae Reed, born 27 Sep 1898 in Wesley Chapel, Houston Co., TX; died 19 Nov 1963 in Crockett, Houston County, TX. She married George Jeffrey Hargrove 03 Oct 1913 in Crockett, Houston County, TX; born 15 May 1883 in Lacomb, LA; died 19 Mar 1967 in Crockett, Houston County, TX.

More About Ida Mae Reed:

-- FACT #1 -: 1920 Houston Co TX: HARGROVE, J.F., 36, TX TX TX, farmer; May, wife, 21, TX TX TX; Opal, dau, 4, TX; J.T., son, 2, TX; John, son, 1, TX.

Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Crockett, Houston Co., TX

 

More About George Jeffrey Hargrove:

-- FACT #1 -: 1930 Houston Co TX..Hays Springs Rd..Pct 1: HARGROVE, George J., 47, m@31, LA LA LA, farmer; Ida M., wife, 31, m@16, TX TX TN; Opal, dau, 14; James T., son, 12; John S., 10; Charles, son, 7; Esta, dau, 5; George F., son, 1 2/12.

Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Crockett, Houston Co., TX

5 iii. Alice Della Reed, born Sep 1900 in Wesley Chapel, Houston Co., TX; died Sep 1903 in Wesley Chapel, Houston Co., TX.

6 iv. Samuel Roy Reed, born 13 Sep 1903 in Wesley Chapel, Houston Co., TX; died 06 Jun 1980 in Crockett, Houston County, TX. He married Myrtle Lou Jones 25 Jan 1925 in Crockett, Houston County, TX; born 24 Feb 1910 in Morrison Chapel, Leon Co., TX..

More About Samuel Roy Reed:

-- FACT #1 -: 1930 Houston Co TX Pct 1 n/w part, Old Navarro Rd: REED, S.R., 26, M@19, TX TX TX; Myrtle, wife, 20, m@15, TX; JONES, Annie M., sis-in-law, 17, TX

7 v. David Duncan Reed, born 06 Jan 1908 in Wesley Chapel, Houston Co., TX; died 10 Jul 1981 in Payson, Gila Co., TX. He married Gussie Lois Manning 03 Nov 1928 in Crockett, Houston County, TX; born 27 Oct 1907 in Myrtle Springs, Van Zandt Co., TX; died Unknown.

More About David Duncan Reed:

-- FACT #1 -: 1930 Houston Co TX, Pct 1, Reynard or Navarro Rd: REED, D.D., 22, m@20, TX TX TX, farmer; Gussie, wife, 22, m@20, TX LA LA.

8 vi. Charles Stokes Reed, born 14 Nov 1911 in Wesley Chapel, Houston Co., TX; died 31 Jan 1988 in Houston Co., TX. He married Edwina Willis 17 Nov 1932 in Latexo, Houston County, TX; born 09 Sep 1916 in Latexo, Houston Co., TX; died 14 Dec 2001 in Houston Co., TX.

More About Charles Stokes Reed:

Burial: Latexo Cemetery, Latexo, Houston Co., TX

 

More About Edwina Willis:

Burial: Latexo Cemetery, Latexo, Houston Co., TX

 

Children of James Reid/Reed and Lydia McLane are:

9 i. Diamond3 Reid/Reed, born 1915 in TX.

10 ii. J.C. Reid/Reed, born 1916 in TX.

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