Birth December 1, 1818 37 36
Publication: 2005
Citation details: page 10
Publication: 1850
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80 and 81
Publication: 10 Nov 1903
Publication: Wm. Le Baron and co., Chicago, IL, 1879
Citation details: page 603
Publication: 1900
Publication: October 1987
Birth of a brotherWilliam Reed
February 7, 1822 (Age 3 years)
Citation details: page 2
Anecdote December 1, 1829 (Age 11 years)

Publication: Wm. Le Baron and co., Chicago, IL, 1879
Citation details: page 394
Note: On his eleventh birthday he left the state of Kentucky with his family to find a new home in the wilderness of Illinois. They came with a five-horse team, the journey consuming nearly a month. Arriving in Edgar County, Illinois, they spent a few days, and about New Year 1830, they went on to Coles County, Illinois and settled about one and a half miles northeast of the village of Ashmore. Caleb Reed later owned that farm.
Anecdote 1830 (Age 11 years)

Publication: KES Print, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, 2002
Citation details: page 8
Note: If he attended school, perhaps he went to the first school in Ashmore, located at the southwest edge of town. It was a fair weather school made of logs and had an earthen floor. The three sided structure with a split log shelf along the two sides was open to the south. The seats were crude split logs with pegged legs. The building also served as a church.
Death of a paternal grandfatherCaleb Reed
between 1832 and 1835 (Age 13 years)

Publication: 1 February 1832
Citation details: pages 288-289
Real Estate Grantee May 20, 1841 (Age 22 years)
Publication: 26 Sep 2011
Note: the SESE/4 of Section 6, T12 N, R14W, Coles County, Illinois at the federal land office
MarriageJanete CarterView this family
February 22, 1844 (Age 25 years)
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Publication: Wm. Le Baron and co., Chicago, IL, 1879
Citation details: page 603
Publication: October 1987
Birth of a son
#1
Samuel Harvey Reed
April 9, 1845 (Age 26 years)
Publication: 3 October 1928
Note: Samuel H. Reed obituary, Charleston Daily Courier, 3 October 1928, page 3, column 5.
Publication: 1850
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: pages reproduced in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore", pages 80-82.
Publication: October 1987
Publication: undated
Death of a brotherWilliam Reed
October 11, 1845 (Age 26 years)

Citation details: page 2
Birth of a daughter
#2
Mary C. Reed
October 31, 1847 (Age 28 years)
Publication: 1850
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Birth of a daughter
#3
Martha Ann Reed
October 12, 1849 (Age 30 years)
Publication: 1918
Publication: 1850
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Publication: self-published, Danville, Illinois, 1985
Real Estate Grantee February 1, 1850 (Age 31 years)
Publication: 26 Sep 2011
Note: the NESE/4, Sec. 6, T12N, R14W, Coles County, Illinois at the federal land office
Residence November 23, 1850 (Age 31 years)
Publication: 1850
Birth of a son
#4
George Robert Reed
April 25, 1851 (Age 32 years)
Publication: 1927
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Publication: 1870
Publication: Munsell Publishing Company, Chicago, 1906
Note: According to his cemetery marker, he was born a day later, on April 26.
Death of a fatherThomas Reed
December 21, 1852 (Age 34 years)
Publication: 1857
Publication: Wm. Le Baron and co., Chicago, IL, 1879
Citation details: page 394
Publication: October 1987
Note: When Earl Reed visited the cemetery in 1987, he interpreted the marker to give the death year as 1853.
Anecdote about 1852 (Age 33 years)

Publication: privately published, Ashmore, Illinois, 1988
Citation details: page 46
Note: When his father died, Caleb inherited a 1/4 share of the farm. He and his brother Rob then purchased their sisters' shares.
Birth of a son
#5
Thomas B. Reed
May 19, 1853 (Age 34 years)

Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Death of a sonThomas B. Reed
April 12, 1854 (Age 35 years)

Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Birth of a daughter
#6
Emma Jane Reed
June 27, 1855 (Age 36 years)
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Publication: 1870
Publication: self-published, Danville, Illinois, 1985
Note: Her cemetery marker says she lived 30 years, 11 months, and 16 days. That would make her birth date 28 June 1857. The birth date given in her parent's Bible is more likely correct.
Death of a daughterMary C. Reed
December 19, 1855 (Age 37 years)

Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Burial of a daughterMary C. Reed
1855 (Age 36 years)
Citation details: page 4
Anecdote 1855 (Age 36 years)
Publication: 1855
Note: Caleb owned $1200 worth of livestock.
Birth of a son
#7
John Carter Reed
April 27, 1857 (Age 38 years)
Publication: 1921
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Publication: 1870
Publication: October 1987
Birth of a son
#8
Thomas Logan Reed
February 16, 1860 (Age 41 years)
Publication: 1925
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Publication: 1870
Publication: October 1987
Occupation
a farmer with $6000 in real estate and $1000 in personal property.
August 30, 1860 (Age 41 years)
Publication: 1860
Birth of a son
#9
James N. Reed
January 1, 1862 (Age 43 years)
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Anecdote June 1863 (Age 44 years)
Publication: 7 April 2011
Note: Caleb Reed registered for the Civil War draft.
Anecdote 1863 (Age 44 years)
Publication: Wm. Le Baron and co., Chicago, IL, 1879
Citation details: page 405
Note: During the war in 1863, the Masons organized in Coles County, and Caleb Reed was a charter member of Ashmore Lodge, No. 390. He was elected Junior Warden.
Burial of a sonJames N. Reed
1864 (Age 45 years)
Citation details: page 4
AnecdoteJanete CarterView this family
between 1861 and 1865 (Age 42 years)

Publication: Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, 1961
Note: During the Civil War, Coles County furnished more than its quota of soldiers, including some of Caleb's nephews. Most volunteers, however, were from the western part of the county. On the eastern side, where the Reeds lived, there were many rebel sympathizers who, like the Reeds, had come from Kentucky. They had not been slaveholders themselves but hated abolitionists and the draft. As the war progressed, troops constantly moved through the area, and local farmers supplied corn at the high war price of $.60 per bushel.
AnecdoteJanete CarterView this family
March 1864 (Age 45 years)

Publication: Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, 1961
Note: In March 1864, Caleb and Jane must have watched with interest as tensions between Union soldiers and local insurgents known as Copperheads heightened in Coles County. On March 28, 1864, violence erupted when the former sheriff of Coles County and the Copperheads attacked a group of soldiers in Charleston, the county seat 10 miles from the Reed farm. In the end, 9 people died, 12 were wounded, and 29 men were arrested in the Charleston Riot. Among those apprehended was one of Caleb's relatives by marriage, John Galbreath.
Birth of a daughter
#10
Ida May Reed
April 21, 1864 (Age 45 years)
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Publication: 1870
Anecdote May 1864 (Age 45 years)

Publication: 23 Sep 2011
Note: In May and October 1864, Caleb paid income tax of $9 and $15 to the assessor.
Death of a sonJames N. Reed
September 3, 1864 (Age 45 years)

Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Residence 1865 (Age 46 years)
Birth of a son
#11
Albert M. Reed
April 16, 1866 (Age 47 years)
Publication: 1870
Publication: self, Danville, Illinois, 17 February 1985
Death of a motherAnn Kirkham
February 3, 1869 (Age 50 years)
Publication: 2005
Citation details: page 3
Publication: October 1987
AnecdoteJanete CarterView this family

Publication: 1900
Publication: 13 Nov 1903
Note: Six of their eleven children (Mary, George, Thomas B., Emma, James, and Albert) preceded them in death.
Marriage of a childSamuel Harvey ReedNancy Jane DudleyView this family
August 1, 1869 (Age 50 years)
Publication: 3 October 1928
Publication: 1880
Burial of a motherAnn Kirkham
1869 (Age 50 years)
Citation details: page 2
Death of a brotherRobertson Mitchell Reed
December 11, 1871 (Age 53 years)

Citation details: page 2
Marriage of a childJames Thomas WrightMartha Ann ReedView this family
November 19, 1873 (Age 54 years)
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Publication: privately published, Ashmore, Illinois, 1988
Citation details: page 7
Marriage of a childGeorge Robert ReedElizabeth Martin DavisView this family
March 30, 1876 (Age 57 years)
Citation details: p. 8
Marriage of a childJarrett Elbridge DudleyEmma Jane ReedView this family
February 4, 1877 (Age 58 years)
Citation details: p. 8
Anecdote September 10, 1878 (Age 59 years)
Publication: 20 Sep 1878
Note: Caleb Reed was appointed by the Coles County Board of Supervisors to serve as a Grand juryman from Ashmore Township for the November term.
Occupation
a farmer and stock raiser. He never sought official positions, his farm of 430 acres requiring his entire attention. He lived on the site of his father's orginial settlement, northeast of Ashmore. According to his granddaughter Bertha Reed Evert, he owned a big farm and raised and fed cattle.
1879 (Age 60 years)
Publication: Wm. Le Baron and co., Chicago, IL, 1879
Citation details: page 603
Publication: 1976
Burial of a sisterJane Reed
after 1879 (Age 60 years)
Citation details: p. 3
AnecdoteJanete CarterView this family
after 1879 (Age 60 years)
Publication: privately published, Ashmore, Illinois, 1988
Citation details: page 4
Note: When they retired from the farm, Caleb and Jane moved into Ashmore. They lived in one house for awhile and then traded houses with their friend Newt Austin for a home located mid-block west of the Presbyterian Church. When their grandchildren visited, they sent them to the butcher shop to buy for the noon dinner.
Marriage of a childJohn Carter ReedMary Christina ScheerView this family
January 17, 1883 (Age 64 years)
Citation details: p. 8
Publication: Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas, 1976
Citation details: page 800
Marriage of a childSamuel Harvey ReedAnna Petronellia ShermanView this family
September 6, 1883 (Age 64 years)
Publication: undated clipping
Marriage of a childHenry Paul BovellIda May ReedView this family
October 15, 1884 (Age 65 years)
Death of a sonGeorge Robert Reed
June 2, 1886 (Age 67 years)
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Publication: Munsell Publishing Company, Chicago, 1906
Publication: self, Danville, Illinois, 17 February 1985
Death of a sisterEliza Reed
September 20, 1886 (Age 67 years)

Publication: 4 May 2011
Death of a daughterEmma Jane Reed
June 13, 1888 (Age 69 years)

Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
Publication: self-published, Danville, Illinois, 1985
Death of a sonAlbert M. Reed
March 8, 1890 (Age 71 years)

Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: pages 80-82
Publication: self, Danville, Illinois, 17 February 1985
Burial of a sonAlbert M. Reed
March 1890 (Age 71 years)
Citation details: page 4
Note: no marker
Marriage of a childWalter N. ThompsonIda May ReedView this family
November 25, 1894 (Age 75 years)
Death of a sisterJane Reed
October 11, 1899 (Age 80 years)
Publication: 27 April 2011
Publication: Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas, 1976
Citation details: page 800
Occupation
a retired farmer
June 2, 1900 (Age 81 years)
Publication: 1900
Real Estate Grantor 1902 (Age 83 years)
Publication: 9 Sep 1902
Note: land to his sons T. L. Reed and John C. Reed for $31 and $3600 respectively.
Real Estate Grantor May 1903 (Age 84 years)
Publication: 21 May 1903
Note: to his daughter Ida May Thompson for $1.
Anecdote May 22, 1903 (Age 84 years)
Publication: 22 May 1903
Publication: 29 May 1903
Note: The Mattoon newspaper reported that Caleb Reed had taken quite sick on the previous Saturday, May 16, and remained in feeble condition.The following week he was no better.
Cause of Death November 10, 1903 (on the date of death)

Publication: 12 Nov 1903
Note: chronic crystitis
Death November 10, 1903 (Age 84 years)
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: pages 80-82
Publication: October 1987
Publication: 13 Nov 1903
Note: Mr. Reed had been ill for a long time with kidney trouble and died very suddenly. He ate a hearty breakfast and was taking his usual rest after that meal and felt as well as usual. There was no one present when he passed away. His aged companion was in another room attending to her household duties. Thinking that he had slept long enough she went to rouse him and found he had passed over the river.
Anecdote November 12, 1903 (2 days after death)
Publication: privately published, Ashmore, Illinois, 1988
Citation details: page 4
Note: On the day of Caleb's funeral, the family sat at the house in an uncomfortable hush until it was time to go to the cemetery. A few, including his widow, went by carriage, but the others walked behind the men carrying the casket. As one bearer tired, another stepped up to take his place. There was a graveside prayer.
Burial November 12, 1903 (2 days after death)
Publication: October 1987
Publication: 13 Nov 1903
Note: Rev. King [Presbyterian] conducted the funeral service at the family home.
Anecdote about 1904 (52 days after death)

Publication: privately published, Ashmore, Illinois, 1988
Citation details: page 4
Note: The Reed farm was divided among the surviving children.
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: November 24, 1806Nelson County, Kentucky
21 months
elder brother
2 years
elder sister
7 years
elder sister
14 months
himself
3 years
younger brother
William Reed
Birth: February 7, 1822 41 39Spencer County, Kentucky
Death: October 11, 1845
Family with Janete Carter - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: February 22, 1844Coles County, Illinois
14 months
son
3 years
daughter
Mary C. Reed
Birth: October 31, 1847 28 22Coles County, Illinois
Death: December 19, 1855
23 months
daughter
18 months
son
2 years
son
2 years
daughter
22 months
son
3 years
son
Myrtle and Thomas Reed scannedThomas Logan Reed
Birth: February 16, 1860 41 35Ashmore Township, Coles County, Illinois
Death: December 22, 1925Ashmore, Coles County, Illinois
23 months
son
James N. Reed
Birth: January 1, 1862 43 37Coles County, Illinois
Death: September 3, 1864
2 years
daughter
2 years
son

BirthLeslie Reed database
Publication: 2005
Citation details: page 10
BirthColes County, Illinois deaths, Record Type: Death certificates, Name Of Person: Caleb Reed
BirthCaleb Reed, 1850, Coles Co., IL, Record Type: U.S. census, Household: Caleb Reed household, Record Info: population schedule, Hitesville, page 111, dwelling 73, family 73, Film: micropublication series M432, roll 101
Publication: 1850
Birthunknown title, Family Info: Caleb and Jane Reed family Bible, Present Owner: held by great-granddaughter Nola Griffith Adams in 1988, Location: New Mexico
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80 and 81
BirthCharleston Daily Courier: J. K. Reed Dead, Location: Charleston, Illinois, Page: hand copied 21 May 1986 by Charleston librarian Barbara Krehbiel
Publication: 10 Nov 1903
BirthHistory of Coles County, Illinois
Publication: Wm. Le Baron and co., Chicago, IL, 1879
Citation details: page 603
BirthCalib Reed household 1900, Record Type: U.S. census, Household: Calib Reed household, Record Info: population schedule, Ashmore Twp., ED 19, SD 13, sheet 2B, dwelling 47, family 48, Film: micropublication series T623, roll 244
Publication: 1900
BirthJane and Caleb Reed cemetery marker, Record Type: cemetery marker, Name Of Person: Reed, Jane and Caleb, Reader: Earl Reed
Publication: October 1987
AnecdoteHistory of Coles County, Illinois
Publication: Wm. Le Baron and co., Chicago, IL, 1879
Citation details: page 394
AnecdoteAshmore Illinois: 1800-2000
Publication: KES Print, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, 2002
Citation details: page 8
Real Estate GranteeCaleb Reed 1841 cash entry, Record Type: Bureau of Land Management, Subject: database and images, Photographer: BLM, Url: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch, Series: General Land Office records, File Name: Caleb Reed document no. 11990
Publication: 26 Sep 2011
Marriageunknown title, Family Info: Caleb and Jane Reed family Bible, Present Owner: held by great-granddaughter Nola Griffith Adams in 1988, Location: New Mexico
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: reprinted in Hayden's "The Reeds of Ashmore" pages 80-82
MarriageHistory of Coles County, Illinois
Publication: Wm. Le Baron and co., Chicago, IL, 1879
Citation details: page 603
MarriageJane and Caleb Reed cemetery marker, Record Type: cemetery marker, Name Of Person: Reed, Jane and Caleb, Reader: Earl Reed
Publication: October 1987
Real Estate GranteeCaleb Reed cash entry 1850, Record Type: Bureau of Land Management, Subject: database and images, Photographer: BLM, Url: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/Patents, Series: Government Land Office records, File Name: Caleb Reed document no. 17866
Publication: 26 Sep 2011
ResidenceCaleb Reed, 1850, Coles Co., IL, Record Type: U.S. census, Household: Caleb Reed household, Record Info: population schedule, Hitesville, page 111, dwelling 73, family 73, Film: micropublication series M432, roll 101
Publication: 1850
AnecdoteA Wright Interesting Story
Publication: privately published, Ashmore, Illinois, 1988
Citation details: page 46
AnecdoteCaleb Reed household 1855, Record Type: Illinois State Census, Household: Caleb Reed household, Location: Township 13, Coles County, Illinois, Record Info: Archive Collection Number 103.008, roll no. 2188, line 14
Publication: 1855
OccupationCaleb Reed household 1860, Record Type: U.S. census, Household: Caleb Reed household, Record Info: population schedule, Ashmore Twp., dwelling 1950, Film: micropublication M653, roll 171
Publication: 1860
AnecdoteCaleb Reed Civil War Draft Registration, Record Type: U.S. Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865, Subject: database online, Photographer: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., Url: www.ancestry.com, Series: Coles Co., Illinois Class 2, File Name: Caleb Reed
Publication: 7 April 2011
AnecdoteHistory of Coles County, Illinois
Publication: Wm. Le Baron and co., Chicago, IL, 1879
Citation details: page 405
AnecdoteColes County in the Civil War 1861-1865
Publication: Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, 1961
AnecdoteReed tax assesments 1864, Record Type: U.S. Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918, Subject: Collection District 7 of the State of Illinois, Photographer: NARA, Url: Ancestry.com, Series: monthly lists for May and October 1864, File Name: Reed
Publication: 23 Sep 2011
AnecdoteColes County in the Civil War 1861-1865
Publication: Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, 1961
ResidenceC. Reed household 1865, Record Type: Illinois State Census Collection, 1825-1865, Household: C. Reed household, Location: Town of Ashmore, County of Coles, Record Info: 1865
AnecdoteMattoon Gazette: Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors, Location: Mattoon, Illinois, Page: page 1
Publication: 20 Sep 1878
OccupationHistory of Coles County, Illinois
Publication: Wm. Le Baron and co., Chicago, IL, 1879
Citation details: page 603
OccupationBertha Reed Evert letter to Teri Reed Hjelmstad, Recipient: Hjelmstad, Teri Reed, Author Address: Hyannis, Nebraska
Publication: 1976
AnecdoteA Wright Interesting Story
Publication: privately published, Ashmore, Illinois, 1988
Citation details: page 4
OccupationCalib Reed household 1900, Record Type: U.S. census, Household: Calib Reed household, Record Info: population schedule, Ashmore Twp., ED 19, SD 13, sheet 2B, dwelling 47, family 48, Film: micropublication series T623, roll 244
Publication: 1900
Real Estate GrantorMattoon Daily Journal: Real Estate Transfers, Location: Mattoon, Illinois, Page: page 4
Publication: 9 Sep 1902
Real Estate GrantorMattoon Daily Journal: Real Estate Transfers, Location: Mattoon, Illinois, Page: page 1
Publication: 21 May 1903
AnecdoteMattoon Daily Journal: Ashmore, Location: Mattoon, Illinois, Page: page 4
Publication: 22 May 1903
Cause of DeathColes County, Illinois deaths, Record Type: Death certificates, Name Of Person: Caleb Reed
AnecdoteCalib Reed household 1900, Record Type: U.S. census, Household: Calib Reed household, Record Info: population schedule, Ashmore Twp., ED 19, SD 13, sheet 2B, dwelling 47, family 48, Film: micropublication series T623, roll 244
Publication: 1900
NameCharleston Daily Courier: J. K. Reed Dead, Location: Charleston, Illinois, Page: hand copied 21 May 1986 by Charleston librarian Barbara Krehbiel
Publication: 10 Nov 1903
NameJane and Caleb Reed cemetery marker, Record Type: cemetery marker, Name Of Person: Reed, Jane and Caleb, Reader: Earl Reed
Publication: October 1987
DeathColes County, Illinois deaths, Record Type: Death certificates, Name Of Person: Caleb Reed
Deathunknown title, Family Info: Caleb and Jane Reed family Bible, Present Owner: held by great-granddaughter Nola Griffith Adams in 1988, Location: New Mexico
Publication: unknown publisher, unknown place of publication, unknown date
Citation details: pages 80-82
DeathJane and Caleb Reed cemetery marker, Record Type: cemetery marker, Name Of Person: Reed, Jane and Caleb, Reader: Earl Reed
Publication: October 1987
DeathMattoon Daily Journal: Ashmore [news], Location: Mattoon, Illinois, Page: page 8
Publication: 13 Nov 1903
AnecdoteA Wright Interesting Story
Publication: privately published, Ashmore, Illinois, 1988
Citation details: page 4
BurialColes County, Illinois deaths, Record Type: Death certificates, Name Of Person: Caleb Reed
BurialJane and Caleb Reed cemetery marker, Record Type: cemetery marker, Name Of Person: Reed, Jane and Caleb, Reader: Earl Reed
Publication: October 1987
BurialMattoon Daily Journal: Ashmore [news], Location: Mattoon, Illinois, Page: page 8
Publication: 13 Nov 1903
AnecdoteA Wright Interesting Story
Publication: privately published, Ashmore, Illinois, 1988
Citation details: page 4
Anecdote
On his eleventh birthday he left the state of Kentucky with his family to find a new home in the wilderness of Illinois. They came with a five-horse team, the journey consuming nearly a month. Arriving in Edgar County, Illinois, they spent a few days, and about New Year 1830, they went on to Coles County, Illinois and settled about one and a half miles northeast of the village of Ashmore. Caleb Reed later owned that farm.
Anecdote
If he attended school, perhaps he went to the first school in Ashmore, located at the southwest edge of town. It was a fair weather school made of logs and had an earthen floor. The three sided structure with a split log shelf along the two sides was open to the south. The seats were crude split logs with pegged legs. The building also served as a church.
Real Estate Grantee
the SESE/4 of Section 6, T12 N, R14W, Coles County, Illinois at the federal land office
Real Estate Grantee
the NESE/4, Sec. 6, T12N, R14W, Coles County, Illinois at the federal land office
Anecdote
When his father died, Caleb inherited a 1/4 share of the farm. He and his brother Rob then purchased their sisters' shares.
Anecdote
Caleb owned $1200 worth of livestock.
Anecdote
Caleb Reed registered for the Civil War draft.
Anecdote
During the war in 1863, the Masons organized in Coles County, and Caleb Reed was a charter member of Ashmore Lodge, No. 390. He was elected Junior Warden.
Anecdote
In March 1864, Caleb and Jane must have watched with interest as tensions between Union soldiers and local insurgents known as Copperheads heightened in Coles County. On March 28, 1864, violence erupted when the former sheriff of Coles County and the Copperheads attacked a group of soldiers in Charleston, the county seat 10 miles from the Reed farm. In the end, 9 people died, 12 were wounded, and 29 men were arrested in the Charleston Riot. Among those apprehended was one of Caleb's relatives by marriage, John Galbreath.
Anecdote
In May and October 1864, Caleb paid income tax of $9 and $15 to the assessor.
Anecdote
During the Civil War, Coles County furnished more than its quota of soldiers, including some of Caleb's nephews. Most volunteers, however, were from the western part of the county. On the eastern side, where the Reeds lived, there were many rebel sympathizers who, like the Reeds, had come from Kentucky. They had not been slaveholders themselves but hated abolitionists and the draft. As the war progressed, troops constantly moved through the area, and local farmers supplied corn at the high war price of $.60 per bushel.
Anecdote
Caleb Reed was appointed by the Coles County Board of Supervisors to serve as a Grand juryman from Ashmore Township for the November term.
Anecdote
When they retired from the farm, Caleb and Jane moved into Ashmore. They lived in one house for awhile and then traded houses with their friend Newt Austin for a home located mid-block west of the Presbyterian Church. When their grandchildren visited, they sent them to the butcher shop to buy for the noon dinner.
Real Estate Grantor
land to his sons T. L. Reed and John C. Reed for $31 and $3600 respectively.
Real Estate Grantor
to his daughter Ida May Thompson for $1.
Anecdote
The Mattoon newspaper reported that Caleb Reed had taken quite sick on the previous Saturday, May 16, and remained in feeble condition.The following week he was no better.
Cause of Death
chronic crystitis
Anecdote
Six of their eleven children (Mary, George, Thomas B., Emma, James, and Albert) preceded them in death.
Death
Mr. Reed had been ill for a long time with kidney trouble and died very suddenly. He ate a hearty breakfast and was taking his usual rest after that meal and felt as well as usual. There was no one present when he passed away. His aged companion was in another room attending to her household duties. Thinking that he had slept long enough she went to rouse him and found he had passed over the river.
Anecdote
On the day of Caleb's funeral, the family sat at the house in an uncomfortable hush until it was time to go to the cemetery. A few, including his widow, went by carriage, but the others walked behind the men carrying the casket. As one bearer tired, another stepped up to take his place. There was a graveside prayer.
Burial
Rev. King [Presbyterian] conducted the funeral service at the family home.
Anecdote
The Reed farm was divided among the surviving children.
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