Some of the Descendants of
WILLIAM and AVIS REED
of Weymouth, Massachusetts
LEMUEL B.6 REED (Anna5, Thomas4, William3, James2, William1) was born at Dartmouth, Massachusetts, on 26 October 1787 (VR Dart 1:194), the son of Anna Reed. About 1807 he married FALLEY6 WOODMANSEE (James5, Thomas4-3-2, Gabriel1), a daughter of James Woodmansee and his wife Mary Beden. Falley was born at Dartmouth on 18 February 1787, if the age given on her death record is accurate.
Lemuel and Falley Reed gradually accumulated a sizable amount of property in the vicinity of what is now Reed Road, in the northwest corner of the Town of Dartmouth. On 25 November 1822 he bought for $700 from Samuel Allen, about 100 acres in Dartmouth adjoining land he already owned. (BCD 10:521-523). On 23 December 1823 he bought for $400 from Lewis Gifford, about 40 acres, two lots of woodland in Dartmouth (BCD 10:520-521). On 6 October 1825 Falley's mother, Mary Woodmansee, signed with her mark, and turned over to Lemuel two tracts of land, which she had received from Richard Beden (perhaps her father?), on deeds dated 20 February 1802 and 10 August 1803. Mary Woodmansee placed her mark on a deed in which she stated she gave the land:
in consideration that I have heretofore been supported and maintained at the expense of Lemuel B. Reed of Dartmouth aforesaid, and also in consideration that the said Lemuel B. Reed has secured to me my future support and maintenance during my natural life and also in consideration of the love and good will which I have from the said Lemuel B. Reed. (BCD 7:519-520)
On 7 August 1832 Lemuel B. Reed, with wife Falley, bought for $200 from Stephen Howland, about 34 acres of woodland in Dartmouth, which Howland had bought from Lewis Gifford. (BCD 10:520-21)
Lemuel B. Reed died at Dartmouth on 5 June 1849 (Deaths Recorded in the New Bedford Mercury, 1845-1874; gravemarker; Reed Cemetery). According to his grave marker he was 62 years and 7 months old--exactly one year off from his age based on his birth record. Lemuel did not leave a will, and the probate records of his estate are extensive. One impetus to settling the estate was the pressure from the creditors of son Philip, who were demanding his share (see the web page on son Philip). The probate records include the following (I have photocopies of all this material, but unfortunately do not have precise references for the location of each item):
Falley Reed continued to live on her "dower" on Reed Road for many years. The 1850 census (CR 1850: 309:451) reported her as the head of a household at Dartmouth which included four children and two sons-in-law:
- 7 August 1849: bond for Zacheus Gifford, Joseph Gifford, both of Dartmouth, and Peleg Peckham of Westport, to make inventory of the property of Lemuel B. Reed.
- 3 October 1849: committee appointed to set off widow's dower (BCP 94:298-99).
- 9, 11, 13 October 1849: committee took oath (BCP 94:299).
- 6 November 1849: report setting off dower received at court (BCP 94:299-300).
- 20 March 1850: petition received from some, but not all, of the children of Lemuel Reed, requesting partition of land--so ordered. For the text of the petition see below.
- 15 June 1850: partition made
- 6 August 1850: partition granted by court. Reads in part:
- To Stephen Reed . . .
- To Warren Reed . . .
- To George Henry Reed . . .
- To Lemuel Mosher, who represents Rodney R. Reed . . .
- To Royal Reed . . .
- To Hannah Tripp . . .
- To Jonathan Peckham Gifford to whom the share of Philip Reed has been assigned on Execution . . .
- To Lemuel F. Reed a minor and son of Lemuel Reed Deceased . . .
- To Andrew Reed . . .
- To Mary Ann Latham . . .
- To Lavina Tripp . . .
- To Allen Reed . . .
- To Willard Reed . . .
|George H. Reed
|Andrew H. Reed
|Lavina W. Tripp
|Andrew M. Tripp
|Peleg N. Tripp
On 10 June 1862 Falley and son Andrew R. Reed sold land in Dartmouth for $100, part of the dower of Lemuel B. Reed, including water rights to William B. Trafford of Dartmouth, at Westport Factory Pond, (BCD(S) 52:402-03)
The 1860 census (CR 1860: 492:851) reported Falley (age 79) in a household at Dartmouth headed by Andrew Tripp, including Andrew's wife Anna and son Peleg (age 10).
Falley (Woodmansee) Reed died of old age at Dartmouth on 8 June 1876, age 89 years, 3 months, and 18 days, according to her death record (Ma Deaths 1876:283:77:22). Her gravemarker gave the same age, without the days.
The small Reed Family Cemetery, on the former Reed property, near 661B Reed Road, Dartmouth, was recently described by Judith Navas Lund, in Burials and Burial Places in the Town of Dartmouth, Massachusetts. (Dartmouth Historical Committee, 1997. p. 356), as follows:
Surrounded by a substantial stone wall, the Reed family cemetery is not far off Reed Rd. in property that once belonged to the family. Access is gained through a wooden picket gate, but the overgrowth inside now is nearly impenetrable. In the past, the cemetery suffered extensive vandalism . . . there is a deeded right of way.
This visitor found the cemetery much as Ms. Lund described it. The only two legible grave markers there commemorated Lemuel B. and Falley Reed.
Lemuel B. and Falley Reed had the following children:
- PHILIP7 REED b. abt 1808
- STEPHEN7 REED
- b. on 1 April 1810 (based on age at death)
- d. on 1 December 1884 (age 74 yrs 8 mo) (Maple Grove Cemetery, Westport)
- m. (int. at Dartmouth on 28 October 1842) MATILDA BOOTH (both of Dartmouth) (VR Dart 2:383)
- b. on 8 December 1811 (based on age at death)
- d. on 13 April 1883 (Maple Grove Cemetery, Westport)
- WILLARD7 REED
- b. on 12 September 1812 (based on age at death) (Maple Grove Cemetery, Westport)
- d. on 11 April 1884 (Maple Grove Cemetery, Westport)
- m. (int. at Westport, MA, on 30 December 1833 (VR Westp 211)) at Dartmouth on 2 February 1834 ELIZABETH S. BORDEN (VR Dart 2:383)
- b. on 17 October 1818 (based on age at death) (Maple Grove Cemetery, Westport)
- d. on 3 April 1880 (Maple Grove Cemetery, Westport)
- ALLEN7 REED
- b. on 1815 (VR Westp 77)
- m. (int. at Westport on 17 October 1839 (VR Westp 210)) at Dartmouth on 24 November 1839 CAROLINE G. TRIPP of Westport (VR Dart 2:379)
- b. at Westport on 1821 (VR Westp 77)
- MARY ANN7 REED
- b. at Massachusetts about 1815/6 (CR 1880: 523:390A)
- m (1). bef 1850 ________ LATHAM
- m (2). abt 1859 PELEG TRIPP (BCD(S) 75:182-83)
- HANNAH7 REED "Anna"
- b. at Massachusetts about 1816/7 (CR 1850: 309:451)
- m. bef 1850 ANDREW M. TRIPP
- b. at Massachusetts about 1816/7 (CR 1850: 309:451)
- ROYAL7 REED
- b. at Massachusetts about 1818/9 (CR 1850: 309:439)
- m. at Dartmouth on 28 March 1839 MARY COWEN (both of Dartmouth) (VR Dart 2:382)
- b. at Massachusetts about 1818/9 (CR 1850: 309:439)
- WARREN7 REED
- b. on 27 August 1821 (VR Westp 78)
- m. (int. at Dartmouth on 2 July 1849 (VR Dart 2:383)) at New Bedford on 15 July 1849 LYDIA B. TRIPP (VR NB 2:435)
Warren Reed, 27, farmer, of Dartmouth, son of Lemuel B. and Fally,
Lydia B. Tripp, 21, of Dartmouth, dau. of Job and Betsey
- b. at Westport on 17 November 1827 (VR Westp 77)
- RODNEY R.7 REED
- b. at Dartmouth on 6 September 1825 (from age at death)
- Residence. at Chilmark, MA, on 1873 (BCD(S) 75:182-83)
- d. at Chilmark on 2 October 1894 (VR Chil Deaths from 1871 2:5)
- Rodney R. Reed, married, 69 y, 26 d, cerebral hemorage, res., d., and bur. Chilmark; farmer; b. Dartmouth to Lemuel and Fallie Reed, both b. Dartmouth
- m. at Chilmark on 6 November 1846 PRUDENCE W. COTTLE (VR Westp 211)
Reed, Rodney R., 21, laborer, b. Dartmouth, s. Lemuel B. and Falla of Dartmouth, and Prudence W. Cottle, 17, of Chilmark, b. Chilmark, d. Francis and Sofrona of Chilmark
- GEORGE7 HENRY REED
- b. at Massachusetts about 1828/9 (CR 1850: 309:451)
- LAVINA7 REED
b. at Massachusetts about 1828/9 (CR 1850: 309:451)
- d. bef 1859 (before husband's second marriage)
- m. bef 1850 PELEG TRIPP
- b. at Massachusetts abt 1819/20 (CR 1850: 309:451)
- ANDREW R.7 REED
- b. at Massachusetts about 1833/4 (CR 1850: 309:451)
- LEMUEL F.7 REED
- b. aft 1829 (a minor at partition of father's estate in 1850)
Falley is an unusual name; I never heard of it before, and have not encountered it elsewhere. Yet another person of the same name--Falley Reed--appeared in the records not far in time and place from this Falley Reed. Could there be a connection?
Could it be, that Falley Woodmansee, by the age of sixteen, had married Daniel Reed, and became the step-mother of his seven minor children, became a widow at age eighteen, married Lemuel B. Reed at about age twenty, and then had thirteen children of her own? Or is it just coincidence that two women with the unusual name of Falley each married a man named Reed, in almost adjoining Towns, and the one was widowed a few years before the other was married?
- 6 March 1804, the Fall River selectmen having complained regarding Stephen Reed "by excessive drinking, gaming, idleness and debauchery" wastes his estate, the court named Daniel Reed to be guardian of Stephen Reed (BCP 40:346)
- 4 July 1805, Persons appointed to conduct inventory of the estate of Daniel Reed late of Troy (Fall River was briefly named Troy) (BCP 42:11)
- 24 July 1805, Falley Reed signed with her mark, as administrator of the estate of Daniel Reed late of Troy (BCP 109:63). She later reported that the debts of the estate exceeded its assets, and there was no distribution.
- 4 February 1806, Falley Reed swore to an oath that the list of ninety creditors was correct.
- 12 September 1807, Falley Reed of Troy, widow, appointed guardian to Daniel Reed, George Reed, John Reed, Bradford Reed, Nancy Reed, James Reed, and Oliver Reed, minor children of Daniel Reed late of Troy.
Petition for Partition of the estate of Lemuel B. Reed
20 March 1850
To the Probate Court for the County of Bristol.
The subscribers, the children + heirs at law of Lemuel B. Reed late of
Dartmouth in the County of Bristol deceased, respectfully represent that they are seized in fee as tenants in common of certain Real Estate situated in the said Dartmouth being the Real Estate which descended to them from their late father the said Lemuel--and is all the Real Estate of which the said Lemuel died seized except what has been set off to his widow for her dower; that they are seized of the same in equal shares--that the estate of the said Lemuel has been duly administered in the probate court for said County of Bristol--that they are desirous that partition of the said Real Estate should be made and the share of each one set off to theirs in severalty.
Wherefore they pray the Court here to cause partition of the said Real Estate to be made, and the share of each one set off to him.
Andrew M. Tripp in with my wife Hannah by his attorney [?] Tripp
Rodney R. Reed
Andrew R. Reed by his guardian Lemuel Mosher
Peleg Tripp in [?] of my wife Lavina by his attorney
Lavina W. Tripp
Some of the information on this web page comes from the following source, which can be consulted for further information:
Other references abbreviated above:
- Leonard Papers. New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford, Ma.
- Bristol County Registry of Deeds. Taunton, Mass.
- Bristol County (South District) Registry of Deeds. New Bedford, Ma.
- Bristol County Probate Records. Taunton, Ma.
- Census Records. ancestry.com
- VR Dart
- Vital Records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. Boston: NEHGS, 1929, 1929, 1930.
- Ma Deaths
- Death Records Archives Division/Vital Records, Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- VR Chil
- Holbrook, Jay Mack, ed. Massachusetts Vital Records: Chilmark. microfilm, Oxford, Mass.: Holbrook Research Institute.
- VR NB
- Vital Records of New Bedford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. Boston: NEHGS, 1932, 1932, 1941.
- VR Westp
- Vital Records of Westport, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. Boston: NEHGS, 1918.
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