Samuel Montgomery (1824-1897) & Phoebe Elizabeth Pruitt (1820-1881)

Samuel Montgomery and Phoebe Elizabeth Pruitt are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents.

Todd’s mother Marilyn is in the DNA Circles at Ancestry.com for Samuel and Phoebe, plus both of Phoebe’s parents and both of Samuel’s parents.

MONTGOMERY Samuel Phoebe OriginalMONTGOMERY Samuel Phoebe BACKSamuel Montgomery was born on November 24, 1824 in Gibson County, Indiana. His parents were Robert Montgomery and Patience Marvel. Read about them here.

Phoebe Elizabeth Pruitt was born on August 20, 1820 in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. Her parents were Moses B. Pruitt, Jr. and Phoebe Williams. Read about them here.

Samuel and Elizabeth married on December 12, 1844 in Vanderburgh County, Indiana.

On the 1850 US Census, Samuel and Elizabeth were both listed as being 28 years old. They lived in Armstrong, Vanderburgh County, Indiana and had 4 children: Martha, age 4; John, age 3; James, age 2; and Joseph, an infant. Also in the home was Elizabeth’s mother Phoebe Pruitt, age 66. Elizabeth’s brother Simon lived on one side, and her brother John lived on the other. Brother William was close by.

On the 1855 Illinois Census, the family was listed in Township 20, Logan County. The household included 4 males under age 10 (John, age 8; James, age 7; Joseph, age 5; Simon, age 2) ; 1 male aged 30-40 (Samuel was 31); 2 females under age 10 (Martha was 10 and Mary was 1) ; 1 female aged 30-40 (Elizabeth was 35). One person was in the militia. The value of their live stock was $445 and they had 90 pounds of wool.

On the 1860 US Census, the family was in Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois. Samuel was said to be 31, and Elizabeth was said to be 39. They had 8 children: Martha, age 14; John, age 12; James, age 11; Joseph, age 9; Simon, age 7; Mary, age 5; Absolom, age 3; Phoebe, age 1. (Daughter Patience Comfort had been born and died since the last census. I believe there should be a son, Samuel Jr., listed too. He would have been 6 months old and died a year later.) Also living in the home was James Check, age 21. It is indicated that neither Samuel nor Elizabeth could read or write.

On the 1870 US Census, the family lived in Oran, Logan County, Illinois. Samuel was 46 and Elizabeth was 50. They had 5 children at home: Joseph, age 20; Simon, age 17; Mary, age 14; Absolom, age 13; Elizabeth, age 12.

On the 1880 US Census, the family remained in Oran, Logan County, Illinois. Samuel was 57 and Elizabeth was 61. Two children were at home: Absolom, age 23; and Pheobe, age 21. Also in the home was Clark Gardner, a 23 year old servant working on the farm.

Elizabeth died on October 8, 1881 in Cynthiana, Posey County, Indiana. She was visiting her sister and brother, became ill and died there. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Samuel died on January 24, 1897 in Beason, Logan County, Illinois.

The 10 children of Samuel Montgomery & Phoebe Elizabeth Pruitt:

Martha Ann Montgomery – Martha was born November 23, 1845 in Posey County, Indiana. She married John Harmon, a farmer and carpenter, and they had 7 children. Martha died in 1926 in Beason, Logan County, Illinois. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

MONTGOMERY John William FRANKLIN Martha VictoriaJohn William Montgomery – John was born in 1847 or 1848 in Posey County, Indiana. He married Martha Victoria Franklin. They farmed and had 8 children. John died May 10, 1921 in Assumption, Christian County, Illinois. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

(Photo: John William Montgomery and his wife Martha Victoria Franklin.)

James Thomas Montgomery – James was born March 15, 1849 in Indiana according to his Illinois death records. He married Juliett A. Mounts on April 8, 1877 in Gibson County, Indiana. They had at least 2 children. On the 1920 US Census James was a 69 year old widower living in a hotel in Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois. He worked as a watchman at a casket factory. He died November 8, 1922 in Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois.

Joseph Franklin Montgomery – Joseph was born in 1850 or 1851 in Indiana. The only records I have of him as an adult are 3 marriage records and one census. He married Martha Gasaway on August 17, 1873 in Logan County, Illinois. They are on the 1880 US Census with 2 children. He married Anna Ingram on March 28, 1891 in Logan County, Illinois. He married Mary Schafer on December 27, 1896 in Logan County, Illinois.

MONTGOMERY Mary Lavina and sisters MONTGOMERY Mary Lavina sisters back of photoSimon Wesley Montgomery – Simon was born May 15, 1853. He married Emeritta E. Eaton (pictured in middle, above). They had 6 children. Simon worked as a farmer, and on the railroad. Simon died on December 9, 1931. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Lavina Montgomery – Mary is Todd’s 2X Great Grandmother. (Pictured on right, above.) Read about her here. Don’t miss the 4-part series of photos belonging to her, starting here.

Absolom Jasper Montgomery – Absolom was born January 15, 1856. He didn’t marry. He died January 2, 1882 after being struck by lightening. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Patience Comfort Montgomery – Patience is said to have been born on April 11, 1857 in Beason, Logan County, Illinois. She is said to have died on October 12, 1857.

Phoebe Elizabeth Montgomery – Phoebe was born April 26, 1859 in Logan County, Illinois. She married George Henry Eaton and they had 3 children. (She’s pictured on left, above.) Phoebe died March 16, 1942 in Logan County, Illinois. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Samuel Montgomery Jr. – Samuel is said to have been born on January 3, 1860 in Beason, Logan County, Illinois. He is said to have died on July 19, 1861.

William Henderson Reece (1851-1931) & Mary Lavina Montgomery (1854-1929)

William & Mary are Todd’s great great grandparents, the parents of his great grandfather Thomas Elmer Reece.

REECE James Loving RemembranceWilliam Henderson Reece was born on January 6, 1851 in Jackson County, Ohio. His parents are James E. Reece (whose parents were born in Germany) and Nancy Jane Anthony (whose mother was born in Ireland). He was the 3rd of their 9 children.

(Photo, right: A funeral card for James Reece.)

MONTGOMERY Samuel PhoebeMary Lavina Montgomery was born on October 15, 1854 in Beason, Illinois. Her parents are Samuel Montgomery and Phoebe Elizabeth Pruitt. She was the 6th of their 10 children.

(Photo, left: Samuel Montgomery & Phoebe Elizabeth Pruitt.)

On the 1860 US Census, Mary was 5 and lived with her father Samuel, age 31, and mother Elizabeth, age 39. They were farming in Lincoln, Illinois. Also in the home were 7 siblings: Martha, age 14; John, age 12; James, age 9; Joseph, age 11; Simon, age 7; Absalom, age 3; and Elizabeth, age 1. James Check, age 21, was also living in the home. (Samuel and Elizabeth had a daughter, Patience Comfort, who was born and died in 1857. They had a son, Samuel, who was born in 1860 and died in 1861.)

Meanwhile, William was 9 and lived with his father James, age 38, and mother Nancy, age 37. They were farming in Clinton, Iowa. Five siblings lived in the home: Mary, age 16; Darius, age 14; John, age 5; Cyrus, age 3; and Thomas, age 1. Also in the home was Elizabeth Long, age 22.

On the 1870 US Census, Mary was 14 and lived with her father Samuel, age 46, and mother Elizabeth, age 50. Four siblings lived at home: Joseph, age 20; Simon, age 17; Absalom, age 13; and Elizabeth, age 12. The family was farming in Oran, Illinois.

Meanwhile, William was 19 and lived with his father James, age 49, and Nancy, age 47. The family was farming in Chester, Illinois. Six siblings lived in the home: John, age 15; Cyrus, age 13; Thomas, age 11; Rufus, age 8; Matilda, age 6; and Levi, age 3.

William and Mary were married on August 27, 1876 in Logan, Illinois.

On the 1880 US Census, William was 29 and Mary was 25. They were farming in Oran, Illinois.

On the 1900 US Census, William was 46 and Mary was 45. Thomas was 17, Oscar was 14, Nancy was 10, and Gilbert was 7. They’d been married 25 years and Mary had given birth to 5 children, and 4 were living.

On the 1910 US Census, William was 59 and Mary was 55. Oscar was 24, Nancy (Lizzie) was 20, Gilbert was 17. They were farming in Grant, Iowa.

MONTGOMERY Mary Lavina and sisters black and whiteOn the 1920 US Census, William was 69 and Mary was 70. They were living in Creston, Iowa.

(Photo: Left to Right, Elizabeth Montgomery Eaton, Emeretta Eaton Montgomery, Mary Lavina Montgomery Reece.)

Mary died on April 30, 1921 in Creston, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1930 US Census, William was 79 and living in Creston, Iowa.

William died on September 5, 1931 in Creston, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of William Henderson Reece & Mary Lavina Montgomery:

Thomas Elmer Reece – Thomas is Todd’s great grandfather. Read more about him here.

Oscar Roy Reece – Oscar was born on December 15, 1885 in Sumner County, Kansas. He married Grace E. Hampton on November 19, 1907 in Afton, Iowa. They had 3 children. (Grace’s sister Kate married Oscar’s brother Thomas Elmer – they are Todd’s great grandparents.) Oscar and Kate divorced sometime after being enumerated together on the 1930 US Census in April, and he died on September 17, 1931 in Creston, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Nancy Elizabeth Reece – Lizzie was born on September 16, 1889 in Logan County, Illinois. She married John H. Coleman on January 2, 1912 in Creston, Iowa. They had 2 children. She died on December 20, 1978 in Leon, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Gilbert Henderson Reece – Gilbert was born on June 30, 1892 in Logan County, Illinois. He married Mary Alma Summers on July 20, 1923 in Sioux City, Iowa. (They considered themselves married much earlier than that, having had a child together in 1913. He listed himself as married on his 1917 World War I draft registration card, and they are listed as married in the 1920 US Census.) He died on January 5, 1970 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Thomas Elmer Reece (1883-1951) & Katherine P. Hampton (1882-1962)

updated February 2019

Thomas & Katherine are Todd’s great grandparents, the parents of his grandfather Howard William Reece.

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Elmer Howard Reece, Thomas Elmer Reece, Howard William Reece

Thomas Elmer Reece was born on March 8, 1883 in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. His parents were William Henderson Reece and Mary Lavina Montgomery. He was the oldest of their 5 children. You can read about them here.

Katherine P. Hampton was born on July 29, 1882 in McLean County, Illiois. Her parents were Francis Marion Hampton and Nancy Jane Kinsel. She was the 4th of their 5 children. You can read about them here.

In 1899, Kate’s father Francis died.

On the 1900 US Census, both Thomas and Kate’s families were farming in Grant, Union County, Iowa. Thomas was 17 and attending school. He lived with parents William, age 49, and Mary, 45. Three younger siblings were at home: Oscar, age 14; Nancy, age 10; and Gilbert, age 7. Meanwhile, Kate was also 17, and wasn’t attending school. She lived with her widowed mother Nancy, age 56, and 3 siblings: Albert, age 32; Alice, age 25; and Grace, age 11.

Thomas and Kate were married on March 10, 1904 in Creston, Iowa. In 1905, their daughter Edna Irene was born.

On the 1910 US Census, Thomas and Kate were both 25. Their daughter Edna was 5. Kate had given birth to 3 children, only 1 living. They were farming in Grant, Iowa. Later that year, daughter Lela Mae was born.

In 1913, Kate’s mother Nancy died.

On September 12, 1918, Thomas filled out a World War II Draft Registration card. On it he is described him as tall and slender, with blue eyes and brown hair. Also in 1918, their son Elmer Howard was born. In 1914, their son Howard William was born. In 1916, their daughter Leona Marie was born. In 1918, their son Marion Leo was born.

On the 1920 US Census, Thomas was 36 and Kate was 37. They were farming in Jefferson, Iowa. They had 6 children: Edna, age 14; Lela, age 9; Elmer, age 7; Howard, age 5; Leona, age 3; and Marion, age 1.

Marion died in 1921 at age 2, and was accidentally shot in the head.

At some point they had unnamed twin boys who died as infants. We only know of them from a stone, in Oakland Cemetery where Thomas and Kate are buried, that reads “Infant sons of T.E. & K.P. Reece.”

In 1929, Thomas’ mother Mary Lavina died.

On the 1930 US Census, they were continuing to farm in Jefferson, Iowa. Thomas and Kate were 47. Still at home were Elmer, age 17; Howard, age 15; and Leona, age 13.

In 1931, Thomas’ father William Henderson and his brother Oscar Roy died.

I can’t find the family on the 1940 US Census. In 1940, Kate’s sister Alice died.

Thomas died on January 1, 1951 in Diagonal, Ringgold County, Iowa. He was 67 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

In 1951, daughter Edna Irene died. In 1952, Kate’s brother Albert died.

Kate died on April 15, 1962 in Diagonal, Ringgold County, Iowa. She was 79 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Thomas Elmer Reece and Katherine P. Hampton:

Edna Irene Reece – Edna was born on February 6, 1905 in Shannon City, Union, Iowa. She married Nathan Gilbert Byers on August 9, 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa. They had 2 children, and divorced. She then married Leo McBride. She died on January 10, 1951. She was 45 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Lela Mae Reece – Lela was born on September 30, 1910 in Shannon City, Iowa. She married Louis Gianasi sometime after the 1940 US Census. She died on November 12, 1998 in Hayesville, Kansas. She was 88 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

REECE Elmer and SIMPSON Marjorie Wedding photo

Elmer Howard Reece & Marjorie Irene Simpson

Elmer Howard Reece – Elmer was born on May 13, 1912 in Shannon City, Union County, Iowa. He married Marjorie Irene Simpson on December 20, 1936 in Creston, Iowa. They had 2 children. He died on September 7, 1993 in Creston, Iowa. He was 81 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Howard William Reece – Howard was born June 23, 1914 in Shannon City, Union County, Iowa. He married Inez Faye Perkins on June 5, 1941 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They had 5 children. Howard served in World War II. He died August 9, 1982 in Creston, Union County, Iowa. He was 68 years old. Read more about him here. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Leona Marie Reece – Leona was born on March 7, 1916 in Creston, Union County, Iowa. She married Roy Coverdell on October 29, 1931 in Albany, Missouri. They had 2 children. He died in 1955. She married John Prouty Pepper on September 16, 1956 in Wichita, Kansas. She died on November 10, 2004. She was 88 years old. She has two Find A Grave memorials, here and here.

Marion Leo Reece – Marion was born on December 17, 1918 in Grant, Union County, Iowa. He died February 13, 1921 in Jefferson, Ringgold County, Iowa. He was 2 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Twin Boys Reece – Their birth and death dates are unknown. Their Find A Grave memorial is here.