The following autobiography covers a time period in Johnson County, Missouri from 1866 to 1877. David Reed (1847-1938) Autobiography - Johnson County, Mo. Portion. This information was given to me by Donald P. Reed. "These are transcribed copies of a portion of the autobiography that the half-brother to my grandfather wrote in ~1930. Both men were born about 10 miles from my house and both were in the civil war at the same time but in different units. David actually served two hitches. During his life he moved from Ohio to Missouri to Nebraska to Colorado to Arizona and finally to California. He was married twice- first to Charlotte Groves, who he refers to as "Lot" in the attached pages. It appears that this marriage was very bumpy. He seems to have had a tendency to exaggerate a little when it comes to the number of cattle, hogs or bushels of grain etc. but the beauty of the book is his description of the events of the time and what appears as a great memory for the names of his friends, neighbors, and geographical locations. Those of you in Johnson County will undoubtedly know where the "Warrensburg & Chilhowee" road or where the "Post Oak" creeks are located. The comments in
the book are sometimes disjointed and hard to follow.
Most will make sense if you "ponder" them for awhile."
|Name: Donald P. Reed|
Referred by: Mo GenWeb
From: Bucyrus, Ohio 44820
Comments: My g g grandfather, Samuel Reed and his family moved from the Marion/Morrow/Crawford County area in Ohio in 1866 to Johnson County, MO. He eventually moved in 1877 to St. Clair County,MO and died in Schell City in 1880. One of Samuel's 7 children from his second marriage was David. David also moved from the same area in Ohio a few months after his father to Johnson Cty. and lived near Warrensburg. In his 80's and early 90's David wrote a remarkable autobiography which discusses, in great detail, the names of farmers etc. that lived in his area near Warrensburg and stories about the vigilante committee that saved him and neighbors from local bad guys. Neighbors names like: Lyons, Nathaniel Bludget, Johnny Gardner, Tom Houts, Nick Bender, Henry Shoop, Henry Turner, W.H.Burford, Ben Bartley, Bill Linn, Sam Mathews,George Laufman, and many others. With the possible exception of David's one brother, Samuel, who probably died in Johnson County, most of the Reeds moved on to St. Clair Cty, MO. Thanks.
Preface: In 1978 and 1979 in preparation for publication of "Families of Crawford County, Ohio" by the Crawford County Chapter of Ohio Genealogical Society, Inc.., we became interested in this project. With the help of various relatives, we began collecting data on our ancestors for this book which was published in 1979. Through David A. Reed of Grants Pass, Oregon, we obtained a copy of the autobiography of David Reed (1847-1938) who wrote it in long hand about 1929 in his home in Whittier, California. We understand that his great grand-daughter in Colorado typed the original of the copy we received. She apparently took great pain to type it exactly as it had been written by David. Most of his words were spelled phonetically--as a word sounded rather than as it should be spelled. As will be seen in the original text, David had a very limited formal education and it is remarkable that he did have such a large vocabulary. Nevertheless, reading the original typed version of his book was extremely difficult, both because the reproduction was poor and because of the phonetic spelling.. In an effort to provide easier reading by those in our family who were interested in our genealogy, and for those who may happen to read this in the future, we decided to retype his "book" and make it easier to read. It is not our intent to expurgate the original text in any way. However, due to our interpretation of what we read in the first typed copy, there may be some thoughts or words which have been incorrectly translated. Whenever possible, when a word or phrase was either not legible or unintelligible, it was either omitted or retyped "as is" and enclosed in parentheses. We offer this explanation only in the event that our revised typed version is separated from the original so that anyone reading our version can refer to the original for the "pure" story. In an effort to perpetuate the continuity, we request that anyone making copies of the 1985 version also make and attach copies of David's 244 pages. Transcribers notes: Donald P. Reed sent me both his wife's version and copies of the original book that pertain to Johnson County, Missouri. I asked Donald's permission to transcribe his wife's version since it was much easier to read. He has no problem with this as long as I tell the reader that if you want copies of the original book or any additional information you must contact him for them : "Donald P. Reed" firstname.lastname@example.org Transcribed for the WWW by M. Antal (c)1999