Biography - Winfield S. Reed

Winfield Scott Reed, a prominent and intelligent farmer of Arcola township, was born in Union county, Indiana, May 1, 1851, and is a son of John T. Reed. The latter was a native of Butler county, Ohio, and emigrated to Douglas county and settled in Tuscola township in 1862. He moved to Arcola township in 1867 and there resided up to his death, which occurred in March. 1891, in the seventy-first year of his age. His wife was Ann Walters, who was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, in 1826, and moved with her parents to Butler county, Ohio, in 1836; she is now in the seventy-fourth year of her age. John T. Reed was a renter when he first came to the county, but in 1867 he bought the farm where his son, W. S. Reed, now resides. He was a tailor by trade, but quit that and went to farming. W. S. Reed owns one-half of the old homestead farm, which contains one hundred and twenty-two and a half acres. He has been a successful farmer, progressive in his ideas, and owns a beautiful home.
February 24, 1875, he was married to Miss Nellie Watson, a daughter of Thomas Watson, of Clark county. They have three children; Ollie, wife of A. Wright; Dora M. and John G. Thomas Watson was a native of Frederick county, Virginia, where he was born in October, 1794, and was married to Susanna Thomas, in 1824. To them were born two sons and one daughter. His wife died in 1832, and he was married the second time, in 1834, and removed to Ohio in 1837, residing in Fairfield county until October, 1854, when he came to Illinois. Mrs. Reed's mother was Nancy Franklin, who was born near Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Her father died in 1872, aged seventy-eight years. He was in the war of 1812. His father, Henry Watson, came from England. Mr. Reed is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Court of Honor and the Woodmen.

Extracted 12 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, published in 1900, pages 156-157.

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