James E. Reece (1820-1901) & Nancy Ann Anthony (1823-1914)

Updated November 2020.

James E. Reece & Nancy Ann Anthony are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents.

James E. Reece was born in Pennsylvania on September 10, 1820. He is thought to be the son of Johannes “Joe” Reece, born in Germany in 1787. On the 1880 US Census, James reported that his father was born in Germany and his mother was born in Maryland. On the 1900 US Census, James reported that both his parents were born in Germany. James has two known brothers, Joseph and John.

Nancy Ann Anthony was born in Ohio on August 13, 1823. She is the daughter of Jacob Anthony (born in New Jersey) and Mary Ellen Davis (born in Ireland.) Read about her parents and siblings in this blog post.

James and Nancy were married by Reverend Jacob Delay on August 17, 1843 in Jackson County, Ohio.

On the 1850 US Census, James & Nancy lived in Washington, Jackson County, Ohio. Nancy’s parents lived next door. James was 29 and Nancy was 26. Daughter Mary Jane was 5 and son Darius was 4. James’ brother Joseph Reece, age 21 and a laborer, lived with them.

The family next appears on the 1856 Iowa Census. They had lived in the state for 5 years. Enumerated in Dahlonega Township, Wapello County, James was age 35; Nancy was age 32. Also in the home were Mary Jane, age 12; Darias, age 10; William, age 5; John G., age 1; and James’ brother John Reece, age 33 (a potter who has been in state for 9 years.) They lived on 80 unimproved acres with these assets: 8 acres of spring wheat with 129 bushels harvested; 7 acres of oats with 325 bushels harvested; 25 acres of corn with 1200 bushels harvested; 1/2 acre of potatoes with 30 bushels harvested; 21 hogs sold for $44; 4 cows sold for $54; 75 pounds of butter manufactured; 31 pounds of wool manufactured; $16 value of domestic manufacture.

On the 1860 US Census, the family lived in Clinton, Wayne County, Iowa. James was 38 and Nancy was 37. They had 6 children: Mary Jane was 16; Darius was 14; William was 9; John was 5; Cyrus was 3; Thomas was 1. Also in the home was 22 year old Elizabeth Long.

On the 1870 US Census, the family lived in Chester, Logan County, Illinois. James was 49 and Nancy was 47. They had 7 children at home: William, age 19; John, age 15; Cyrus, age 13; Thomas, age 11; Rufus, age 8; Matilda, age 6; Levi, age 3. Son Darius lived next door with his wife.

On the 1880 US Census, the family lived in Aetna, Logan County, Illinois. James was 59 and Nancy was 57. They had 3 children at home: Cyrus was 23; Matilda was 16; and Levi was 15.

On the 1900 US Census, the family lived in Orvil, Logan County, Illinois. James was 79 and Nancy was 77. Son Elmer, a widower, lived with them, along with his children Minnie, age 8; and Etta, age 6. Daughter Matilda, age 38, also lived at home. It is noted that James can read but can’t write. Nancy had given birth to 9 children, all living.

James died December 9, 1901. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1905 Kansas Census, Nancy was 82 and living in Shawnee County, Kansas with Hannah Reece, age 41, widow of Nancy’s son John; and Hannah’s sons Harry Reece, age 20; Jesse Reece, age 14; Glenn Reece, age 6. It’s indicated that Nancy was blind.

On the 1910 US Census, Nancy was 87 and living in South Haven, Sumner County, Kansas. She lived with son Darius, age 64, and his wife Clarinda, age 64.

Nancy died on March 10, 1914 in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, according to her Find A Grave memorial.

The 9 children of James E. Reece & Nancy Ann Anthony:

Mary Jane Reece – Mary Jane was born in July 12, 1844 in Jackson County, Ohio. She married Isaiah Stephen Keeton on January 29, 1863 in Logan County, Illinois. They had 5 children. and lived in Iowa, then Kansas, and then California. Mary Jane died in Los Angeles County, California on July 4, 1934. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Darius Washington Reece – Darius was born on February 2, 1846 in Jackson County, Ohio. He fought in the Civil War when he was 18. He married Clarinda Arnold on December 30, 1868. They lived in Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas, had 5 children. He died on April 30, 1938 in Sumner County, Kansas. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Henderson Reece – William is Todd’s 2X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

John G. Reece – John was born October 24, 1854 in Iowa. He married Hannah Elizabeth Bean on March 30, 1882 in DeWitt County, Illinois and they had 5 children. He died January 21, 1901 in Shawnee County, Kansas. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Cyrus Orlando Reece – Cyrus was born November 14, 1857 in Iowa. He married Nina Martha Hunter in 1884 and they had 5 children. He worked as a real estate agent and county treasurer. He died on May 31, 1939 in Oklahoma. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Thomas Edgar Reece – Thomas was born March 7, 1859 in Iowa. He married Emma Alice Buchanan on February 16, 1882 in Logan County, Illinois. They had 2 children. Thomas farmed and managed a livery barn. He died January 6, 1954 in Coles County, Illinois. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Rufus Edward Reece – Rufus was born February 6, 1861 in Logan County, Illinois. He married Sarah Elizabeth Eichinger  in 1884. They had 7 children, but only 2 lived past childhood. He was a blacksmith, and also worked as a house mover. After Sarah’s death, he married Effie May Osborn Seager in 1904. Rufus died at age 101, on August 15, 1962 in Lucas County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Matilda Reece – Matilda was born in January 13, 1864 in Logan County, Illinios. She didn’t marry or have children. In 1900 she was living with her parents, a widower brother and his children.  In 1910 she was living at a “poor farm” in Shawnee County, Kansas. In 1925 she was living in a county home in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. On the 1940 US Census she was boarding in a house in Topeka, Kansas. She appeared on the Topeka Census through 1945. I don’t know when she died.

Levi Elmer Reece – Levi was born October 18, 1862 in Logan County, Illinois. He married Lillie Elizabeth Davis in about 1891, and they had 2 daughters before she died in 1895.  Levi worked as a day laborer and as a teamster for a livery stable. On the 1940 US Census Levi lived in the Jackson County Home For the Aged and Infirm in Jackson County, Missouri. He died October 17, 1945 in Jackson County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.