James E. Reece (1820-1901) & Nancy Ann Anthony (1823-after 1910)

James E. Reece & Nancy Ann Anthony are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents. Todd’s mother’s DNA puts her into the DNA Circle for both James and Nancy.

James E. Reece was born in Pennsylvania. 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. 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.

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.

It is not known when and where Nancy died.

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

Mary Jane Reece – Mary Jane was born in 1844 in Jackson County, Ohio. She married Isaiah Stephen Keeton on January 29, 1863 in Logan County, Illinois. They had 6 children. and lived in Iowa, then Kansas, and then California. Mary Jane died in Los Angeles County, California in 1935. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Darias Washington Reece – Darius was born on February 14, 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 6 children. He died on April 30, 1938 in Sumner County, Kansas.

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 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.

Matilda Reece – Matilda was born in July 1861. 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 in October 1862 in 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. I don’t know when he died.

 

A Photo Album Belonging to William Henderson Reece & Mary Lavina Montgomery – Part 3

Check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 4 of the album. Here’s part 3:

The first 4 photos might be considered cabinet cards. They are less than 1/2 the size of the regular cabinet cards, but are constructed the same way – a photo attached to a thick card.

I wonder if these are William Henderson Reece and Mary Lavina Montgomery Reece. They were taken by Tandy’s Studio, Broadway, Lincoln, Illinois:

Here’s one taken by J. C. Cahoon, of Jackson, Ohio:

And the last cabinet card, taken by B. W. Lawson, Jackson, Ohio:

There were two photograph post cards in the album:

And finally, a little 1×1″ square of this young woman:

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A Photo Album Belonging to William Henderson Reece & Mary Lavina Montgomery – Part 4

This is Part 4, the final photos from an album belonging to William Henderson Reece and Mary Lavina Montgomery Reece. Check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Here’s a family portrait, and I think the photos that follow are of the daughters pictured here. Do you know who this family is?

REECE and MONTGOMERY album tintype 4 I think these are the same woman, and the daughter in the middle of the family portrait:

I think this is the daughter on the right in the family portrait:

I think this is the daughter on the left in the family portrait.

REECE and MONTGOMERY album tintype 6I have no idea who this baby is:

The final photo I have to share from this album is this young woman:

REECE and MONTGOMERY album tintype 1

Thanks for looking, and please let me know if you have any idea who these people are.

A Photo Album Belonging to William Henderson Reece & Mary Lavina Montgomery – Part 2

Check out Part 1, Part 3 and Part 4 of this wonderful photo album.  Here’s Part 2:

Here’s a cabinet card (E. N. Kerr, Lincoln, Illinois) that had 3 little 1×1″ photos tucked in with it:

 

And some more cabinet cards, the first labeled “Mirtha”, and both taken by Mrs. A. W. Chenoweth, Photographer, Atlanta, Illinois:

 

And some cabinet cards of babies, which were very faded. The first was taken by M. C. Gehres, Lincoln, Illinois. The second photo, back shown, was taken by Art Studio of Mrs. Chenoweth in Atlanta, Illinois.

 

And just look at this sweet one, taken by Elite Studio of Atlanta, Illinois:

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A Photo Album Belonging to William Henderson Reece & Mary Lavina Montgomery – Part 1

An album of amazing photographs has been passed to me, and I need help identifying most of the people in the photos. Please let me know if you can identify anyone! It belonged to Mary Lavina Montgomery Reece and her husband William Henderson Reece.

Here’s the cover sheet and the album itself:

I’ll start with photos that include identification:

MONTGOMERY John William FRANKLIN Martha Victoria

This is indicated to be John and Martha, and on Ancestry.com I found this same photo attached to John William Montgomery and his wife Martha Victoria Franklin. The photographer was Eckles Brothers in Lamar, Missouri.

John is the brother of Mary Lavina Montgomery Reece, the owner of the photo album.


Photographer: Scribner’s New Art Gallery, Altanta Illinois

GUMMERE Alice

Written on back in pencil: Alice Gummere

Research shows she is Celestia Alice Gummere, who worked for the Creston Post Office along with her father. The photographer was Caleb Agnew/Agnew Studios of Creston, Iowa. I don’t know yet if she’s related to the Reece or Montgomery family.

Here’s the start of the photos in the book which need identification. We will call these Photo 1 (Kerr’s Studio, Lincoln, Illinois), Photo 2 (Kerr’s Studio, Lincoln, Illinois), and Photo 3 (Nora, Coates, Cerro Gordo.)

We will call these Photo 4 (Farley Photgrapher), and Photo 5 (E. N. Kerr, Lincoln, Illinois):

Check out Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. I look forward to hearing from anyone who can identify someone in these photos!

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 “Kate” Pamela Hampton (1882-1962)

updated February 2019

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

Elmer Howard Reece Thomas Elmer Reece Howard William Reece around 1942 Knowlton Ia012

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 “Kate” Pamela 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. In July of 1907 they had twin boys, who died 10 days later.

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. He was accidentally shot in the head.

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.

HAMPTON Pamela Kate REECE Thomas Elmer

Katherine “Kate” Pamela Hampton & Thomas Elmer Reece

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 “Kate” Pamela 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.

Twin Boys Reece – They were born July 14, 1907 and died on July 24, 1907. Their 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. Her Find A Grave memorial is 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.