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.

Howard William Reece (1914-1982) & Inez Faye Perkins (1921-2005)

updated February 2019

Howard and Inez were Todd’s maternal grandparents.

Howard William Reece was born on June 23, 1914 in Shannon City, Iowa. His parents were Thomas Elmer Reece and Katherine Pamelia Hampton. He was the 4th of their 8 children. Read about their family here.

Inez Faye Perkins was born on January 31, 1921 in Knowlton, Iowa. Her parents were Oatis Nelty Perkins and Laura May Ruby. She was the 10th of their 12 children. Read about their family here.

Howard William Reece, Inez Faye Perkins Reece, and their daughter, in about 1945.

On the 1920 US Census, Howard was 5. His father Thomas was 36 and mother Kate was 37. Siblings in the home were: Edna, age 14; Lela, age 9; Elmer, age 7; Leona, age 3; and Marion, age 1. They farmed in Jefferson, Ringgold County, Iowa. The next year, Howard’s brother Marion died.

On the 1930 US Census, Inez was 9, and lived with father Oatis, age 53, and mother Laura, age 45. They were farmers in Ringgold County, Iowa. Siblings in the home were: Clay, age 20; Maisel, age 16; Martin, age 14; Vildren, age 12; Carmel, age 11; Addie, age 7; and Goldie, age 4. Her sister Bernice had died in 1926.

Meanwhile, Howard was 15. His father Thomas was 47 and his mother Kate was 47. They farmed in Jefferson, Ringgold County, Iowa. Siblings in the home were: Elmer, age 17; and Leona, age 13.

In 1936, Inez’s mother Laura died.

On the 1940 US Census, Inez was 19, and she worked as a housekeeper for another family. Her father Oatis was 63 and widowed. Her brother Martin, age 24, was a farmer, and her sister Goldie, was 14. They lived in Jefferson, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Meanwhile, Howard was 25 and the only child living at home. His father Thomas was 57 and his mother Kate was 56. They farmed in Grant, Union County, Iowa.

Howard and Inez were married on June 5, 1941 in Ringgold County, Iowa. Inez was 20 years old, and Howard was 26. They had a daughter that year too.

Howard served in the Army in World War II, from December 14, 1942-November 18, 1945. During this time they had a daughter who died the day she was born. In 1946, they had son Wayne, In 1948, and they had two more sons in 1948 and 1949.

In 1951, Howard’s father Thomas and his sister Edna died. In 1954, Inez’s father Oatis died. In 1956, Inez’s sister Maisel died. In 1962, Howard’s mother Kate died. In 1967, their son Wayne died serving in Vietnam. In 1968, Inez’s brother Ray died. In 1979, Inez’s sister Alice died.

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Howard William Reece & Inez Faye Perkins

Howard died on August 9, 1982 in Creston, Iowa. He was 68 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

In 1986, Inez’s brother Martin died. In 1989, her sister Goldie died. In 1993, her sister Mettie died. In 1994, her brother Cecil died. In 1999, her brother Addie died. In 2001, her sisters Carmel and Vildren died, leaving Inez with no living siblings.

Inez died on September 12, 2005 in Creston, Iowa. She was 84 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Howard William Reece & Inez Faye Perkins:

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Howard Wayne Reece

Daughter, living

Patricia Mae Reece – Patricia was born and died on January 1, 1943. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Howard Wayne Reece – Wayne was born on August 21, 1946 in Diagonal, Iowa. He served in Vietnam with the United States Marines. He died in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam, on February 16, 1967. He was 20 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Two sons, living

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.

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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.