This is Who we are Reese - Pharr and Related Families

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 ASTON               Corum
 BOLLING             FOARD
 COCKE               HOWIE
 COOK                JOHNSTON 
 DUDLEY              MORRIS
 HALL                ROGERS
 Hampton             SCOTT
           HERBERT              WHITE 
           PEARSON              YOUNG 


Copyright 1992 by John Dudley Reese, III All Rights Reserved



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  John D. Reese, III
                 403 South Park Ave.
                 Dothan, Al. 36301
                 (334) 792-2404
                 (205) old area code

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For Dudley, Gemma, Mary Virginia, & Paola And for dearest Gemma without whom they would never have been and of whom "the half has never yet been told." Dothan, Alabama August 31, 1992


" So all Israel was enrolled by genealogy: and these are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel." I Chronicles "These sought their registration among those enrolled in the genealogies, but they were not found there, and so they were excluded Ezra 2:62

"Then God put it into ,my heart to assemble the nobles and the rulers and the people that they might be recorded by genealogy. found a record of the genealogy of them ...." Nehemiah 7:5

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Acknowledgements            vii 

Foreword                       ix

Index  481

My Ancestors Who Held Colonial Office  xi

My Ancestors Who Served in the American
                   Revolution    xi 

My Ancestors Who Served in the Army of
                   the Confederacy   xii

Dates of Family Arrivals in America   xii
A Personal Word                       xv
Introduction                           xvii

Chapter One The Reese Family        1
                            Polk        6
                            Tasker     10
                            Story      23
                            Burnham    24

Chapter Two     The Dudley Family         67

Chapter Three   The Reese Ancestors of                
                Sarah Hammond Dudley      72 

Chapter Four    The Bolling Family     82
                            Stith              89
                            Cocke         91
                            Aston                    92 
                            Hall                  95 
                            Wingfield     97
                            Wynne   99

Chapter Five The Aston Family
                  A Line of Royal Descent 112
   Rulers, Kings, & Emperors        115
   Signers Of The Magna Charta                      121 
   Canonized By The Roman Catholic Church            122
   The Lines Of Descent                             123   
   The Magna Carta                Go To
Chapter Six The Cook Family                        162
                    Pearson and Raiford       164
Chapter Seven    The Herbert Family     192
Chapter Eight    The Womack Family  218 
                 Lewis and Noland                  227 
Chapter Nine     The Hampton Family     231
Chapter Ten      The Pharr Family                 258 
Chapter Eleven   The White Family                  325
                The "Cabarrus Black Boys"          326
                              Scott                331
                              Rogers               335

Chapter Twelve The Howie Family                   341 
                 Corum and Young                  344
Chapter Thirteen The Johnston Family              380
                                  Foard            380
                                 Morris            383
                 Secrist, Simms, and Rea           385
                                 Johnston          389
 Chapter Fourteen some Family Letters              431
 Chapter Fifteen Aunt Susie's Stories              
          "And My Youth Comes Back To Me"         455

Bibliography                                      473


My special thanks to my dear wife, Gemm a Coisson Reese , for her patience with me in the writing of this book. So many times she has come to my office door after midnight "to tell good night to Charlemagne", to let me know she was going along to bed, and to remind me not to stay up too late. Hours which rightfully should have been spent with her have been spent at the computer or in a library somewhere or on the toad seeking another cousin. She has made many trips with me and has been most supportive of my efforts.

Lee Byron Whitman of Dothan has given assistance for which there is no adequate expression of appreciation. He has spent hours with me at the computer, loaned me his equipment, and demonstrated patience and long suffering which neither of us knew he possessed in such great measure !

My children, John Dudley Reese, IV and Mary Virgina Reese, have assisted in reading and correcting the manuscript and have made many helpful suggestions. They have also been of invaluable aid with the computer, which is much more a part of their world and work than of mine, and without their help I could not have completed this task.

My daughter, Paola Coisson Reese, and a family friend, Earl Wells of Dothan and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, have been of great help in the indexing of this work.

My daughter, Gemma Maria Reese Fowler, and her husband, Mark Bradley Fowler, provided the four grandchildren whose existence validates my wanting to write this record "for future generations".

I appreciate the many letters and telephone calls received from the numerous cousins to whom I have written. Those I have visited have been most gracious and hospitable, with only two exceptions. That is remarkable when you consider that about two thousand people have been contacted regarding this project.


While I cannot include all who have sent me information, I do want to acknowledge the considerable help and encouragement from the following cousins:

Betty Baker Benjamin        Lowndesboro, al.
Elizabeth Hart Bennett           Greensboro, N.C.
Frances Gulledge Byrd                    Troy, Al.
Mattie Pharr Cooper                   Clayton, Al. 
Martha (Mott) Pharr Cranford         Concord, N.C.
Joy Brown Croteau             Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Jack Pearce Dean                      Jackson, Ms.
Frances Cooper Gilmore                Clayton, Al.
Isabel Dunn Hill                    Millbrook, Al.
Elizabeth Hall Hobbie           Castro Valley, Ca. 
Bonnie Quay Howie                  Harrisburg, N.C.
Franklin Howie                     Harrisburg, N.C.
Johnston Howie                     Harrisburg, N.C.
Ben Johnston                        Charlotte, N.C.
Louise (Lou) Little Johnston          Raleigh, N.C.
Hessie Williams Owen                    Austin, Tx.
Carl and Carolyn Hilton Parker
                                 Lawrenceville, Ga.
Cynthia Jones Reese             Witchita Falls, Tx.
Donna Lee Christner Reese              Kiowa, Colo.
Louise Johnston Robinson            Charlotte, N.C.
Caroline Crenshaw Rogers            Greenville, Al.
Michael Wingfield Walker             St. Louis, Mo.
Troy B. Watkins                        Natchez, Ms.                                     
Linda Hilton Williams                 Norcross, Ga.
Mayme Williamson Williams           Montgomery, Al.
Carlos U. Womack            Colorado Springs, Colo.


 My surname is REESE. Therefore, people say, "You are a
Reese." I have always said it myself, and with a certain pride of
family. The name means something. It speaks of who I am.
  My father was a Reese - so was his father, and his father,
and his father, and his father.
  My father's mother was a Cook. Her mother was a Herbert.
Her mother was a Womack. Her mother was a Lewis. Her
mother was a Noland. Her mother was an Avery.
  My mother was a Pharr, because that was her surname -so was
her father, and his father, and his father, and his father.
  My mother's mother was a Howie. Her mother was a Johnston.
Her mother was Morris. Her mother was a Rea. Her mother
was a Secrist. Her mother was a Simms.

Other families from whom we descend are: Alexander, Allen, Allerdale, Arderne, Arles, Aston, Asura, Aubrey, Audley, Bamville, Barton, Beauchamp, Beaumont, Berenger, Berkley, Bigod, Birmingiam, Black, Blackborn, Boeteler, Bohun, Boisseau, Bolling, Bonner, Botetcourt, Bowles, Braiose, Bredbury, Brereton, Brewys, Brian,Brienne, Bromfield, Brooke, Brooks, Burley, Burnham, Burns, Byron, Cantelou, Cardigafl, Carie, Carlisle, Chateaudun, Chejter, Childers, Clare, Claremont, Clark, Clarke, Clifford, Cocke Combe, Cooke, Coppin, Corum, Courcy, Coventry, Dale, Danmartin, Daubigny, Dawkins, Debar, Dehoo, Delves, Denne, Derby, Despenser, Deu, Devere, Devreux, Diaz, Dix, Dixon, Dover, Dreux, Dudley, Dunbar, Duncalfe, Earde, Elvira, Eshehurst, Fernandez, Ferrers, Fienes, FitzCerald, FitzGilbert, FitzHamon, FitzJeaffrey, FitzJohn, FitzMaurice, FitzOtes, FitzPatrick, FitzPiers, FitzRichard, FitzRoy, FitzThomas, Fleming, Foard, Foster, Freville, Fralaz, Gaill, Galloway, Geneville, Gifford, Glenn, GLoucester, Goodrich, Grantmesnil, Greene, Gregory, Crey, Griffith, Groby, Guernons, Guilette, Haraldsson, Hall, Hamlin, Hampton, Henderson, Horne, Hunt, Huntingdon, levan, Jackson, Jainville, Jefferys, Jenkins, Jones, Jordan, Konan, Lacy, Lain, Lainez, La Zouche, Lincoln, Littlebury, Longespee, Lorraine, Lusignan, Lyttleton, MacAlpin, MacBrice, MacDonald, MacDuncan, MacKenneth, MacMurrough, Macon, Main, Mandeville, Mann, Marshall, Maxwell, McGinty, McCregor, Meredith, Mills, Minr, Mitchell, Mohaut, Montaigne, Montfort, Montgomery, Mortimer, Morville, Morvois, Muir, Nason, Nunez, Orreby, Owen, Palmer, Parr, Parsons, Pearson, Plantagenet, Polk, Pollok, Poor, Popeley, Powis, Poythress, Preston, Puckett. Quincy, Radcliffe, Raiford, Rees, Rhys, Roucy, Savage, Say, Scott, Seawell, Smith, Somery, St. Hilary, Stith, Story, Stuart, Sydney, Tasker, Tatum, Thornore, Thornton, Thouars, Toeni, Tudor, Tufton, Turnbridge, Ufford, Valance, Valois, Vaudemont, Vaughn, Veale, Venables, Verdun Vere, Vermandois, Wade, Walshe, Warenne, Wescote,White, Winnchester, Wingfield, Wynne, Young...............

So, in reality, I am all of these.

Counting myself as generation 1, my 2 parents as generation 2, my 4 grandparents as generation 3, my 8 great grandparents as generation 4, my 16 great-great grandparents as generation 5, this makes 30 people from whom I am descended in 5 generations.

The figure doubles with each generation, so that in generation I have 512 ancestors in that one generation. In generation 15 there are 16,384, and in generation 20 there are 524,288. By generation 25 there would be 16,777,216, if none of those from whom I descend had intermarried.

That's why I just say, "I'm a Reese. " It makes it simpler. But, really, I am all of them.

..And this is what genealogy is all about. I find it fascinating.

My purpose in writing this book is to provide my children and grandchildren with a record of just a few of their ancestors. I do not Pretend to be a "genealogist" and this is not intended to be a professionally executed work. I am sure there are many errors in it. I have already corrected quite a few. If you find others and will notify me of them, I will keep the information on file for future corrections . Sometimes where there have been conflicting records I have made a choice about what seemed TO ME most likely to be correct.

I have not attempted to give exhaustive lists of all relatives, but have tried to include siblings of those from whom we directly descend when I had record of them. I believe enough information is included for the reader who discovers an ancestor to make the connection where it might exist. Where I discovered friends or neighbors of long standing who were also distant blood relatives, I have noted the same.

 If you have records of other ancestors and families  which I 
have  not  included,  please let me know so I can include them in my
files. My address is: John D. Reese, III
                   403 South Park Avenue
                   Dothan, Alabama 36301

Colonial Service

For all of MY DIRECT DESCENDANTS, Descendants of John Dudley Reese, II

These ancestors saw Colonial Service, prior to 
The American Revolution:

Lt. Col.             Walter Aston
Co 1.                 Robert Bolling

                         Robert Bolling, II
                         Richard Cocke
Capt.                 Thomas Dixon
                         John Hall
                         Anthony Hampton
Capt.                 John Hampton
Major                John Hampton
Rev.                  Thomas Hampton, II
Lt.                      Hillary Herbert
Capt.                 John Pearson
                          Robert Bruce Polk, Jr.
                          David Reese
Major                Nicholas Seawell
                         John Stith
                         Thomas Tasker
                         Abraham Womack
                          Robert Wynne
  Capt.               Thomas Wynne

These ancestors served in the American Revolution:

Capt,                  John Cook
                           John Dudley
                           John Foard, Also Civil: Signer,Meck-
                            lenburg Declaration of Indepence
                           Dixon Hall
                           Anthony Hampton, Civil Service
Maj.                    John Hampton
                           Thomas Herbert
                             Samuel Howie, Civil: A patriot
                                provider of supplies.
                        David Reese, Civil: Signer, Mecklen-
                        burg Declaration of Indepence


Lt.         George Reese
Capt.    James Reese
            Littleton Reese
            John Rodgers, II
            Seth Rogers
            William Scott, Civil: A patriol
                             provider of supplies.
            William White
            Abraham Womack

These ancestors served in the Army of the Confederacy:

Henry Corum Howie

Dr. Charles Edwin Reese

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Family Arrivals in America

1618          Nathaniel Tatum in virginia
1620          William Hampton in Virginia
Ca, 1627/30   Richard Cocke in Virginia
By 1634       Lt. Col. Walter Aston in Virginia
1635          Burnham family shipwrecked off
                  the coast of Maine

1637          William Story in Massachusetts
1637          John Puckett in Virginia
By 1637       Jarvis Dix in Virginia
By 1656       William Womack in Virginia
1660          Col. Robert  Bolling in Virginia
By 1660       Southy Littlebury in Virginia


By 1663       Col. John Stith in Virginia
By 1667       William Cooke, Sr. in Virginia
By 1667       John Herbert in Virginia
By 1667       William Wingfield in Virg.
Before 1671   Co1. Robert Wynne in Virginia
By 1672/80    Robert Bruce Pollok (Polk) in Md.
By 1674       William Guilette in Maryland
By 1674       Father of Susan Mills in Maryland
By ca. 1680   Thomas Horne, Jr. in Virginia
By ca. 1680   Henry Dale in Virginia
By 1694       James Wade in Virginia
By 1695       Thomas Brooke in Maryland
By 1695       Major Nicholas Seawell in
By 1695       John Tasker in Maryland
Before 1700   Thomas Dixon in Virginia
By ca. 1700   Joseph Rodgers in Pennsylvania
Before 1710   Father of Hugh Reese in Virginia
Before 1710   Father of John Hall in Virginia
By ca. 1710   Rev. David Reese in Pennsylvania
By 1720       Edward Preston in Virginia
By 1720/30    Isaac Raiford in South Carolina
By 1720/30    Capt. John Pearson in S.C
Before 1727   Father of John Foard in Maryland


Before 1730   Henry Childers in Virginia

By 1741       Father of William Johnston

Before 1744   Col. Edward Mitchell  in N.C.
Before 1745   Father of John Rea in N,C.
By 1745       Father of William Morris in

Before 1750   William White in Pennsylvania
Before 1750   Jacob Lewis in Virginia
Before 1750   George Noland in Maryland
Before 17S4   William Scott in Pennsylvania
Before 1754   A second William White in Pa.
By ca. 1755   Philip Jackson in America
Before 1760   John Dudley in Virginia
By 1767       Walter Fair (Pharr) in Pa.
Before 1770   Robert Bonner in Virginia
Ca. 1770/85   William Howie in North Carolina
Before 1772   Jacob Secrist in North Carolina
By 1774       Father of Henry Corum  in N.C.


A Personal Word

It is interesting to know something of our ancestors and their accomplishments, of which we can be justly proud. That is why I have written this book.

The more important matter, however, is the way in which we live our life in the span of time allowed each of us so that our descendants may also find cause for pride in us as their ancestors.

But the most important matter goes far beyond both of these and has to do with what God's word calls "making your election sure". This centers in the question:

"What have you done with Jesus ?"

It is faith in Him alone which determines our eternal state. It is His death alone that atones for sin and bridges the gap between man and God. 'The supreme joy of life for me is that 1 know Him and rest secure in His unconditiona1 and unchanging love. I pray that it may be the same for each of you.

With complete assurance I daily commit my spirit into the hands of my Savior Christ, full of confidence that, having redeemed me and washed me with His blood, He will keep me by His power unto eternal life and will one day present me faultless before the Father; and I entreat my children and grandchildren and the generations yet to come, should the Lord tarry, to maintain and defend at all cost of personal sacrifice the Bible doctrine of complete atonement of sins through the blood of Jesus Christ once offered, and through that alone.

The young missionary Jim Elliot who gave his life in preaching the Gospel among the Auca Indians in South America had written this in his diary before his death: "He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." It is the things which are not seen which are eternaL

 The Reese Coat of Arms bears the Latin motto:

         Spes nelloris aevi
         Spes tutissima ceolis

         "Hope for a better age.
        The safest hope is Heaven."
  "My hope is built on nothing less
  Than Jesus blood and righteousness;
  I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
  But wholly l can on Jesus' name."

     "On Christ, the solid rock, I stand
     All other ground is sinking sand,
     All other ground is sinking sand.''

  The depth of my prayer is that He may be personally known to
each of you.



In 1903 a book by Miss Mary E. Reese of Auburn, Ala - bama, entitled "Genealogy of the Reese Family in Wales and America from Their Arrival in America to the Present Time" was published. The names of my father, John Dudley Reese, Jr., and his living siblings born before 1901 were included in that book. When Miss Reese acquired her information the two youngest children, Bessie and a child who died shortly after birth, were not yet born.

My grandfather, John Dudley Reese, died in Port Arthur, Texas, on Feb. 2 , 1942. 1 was twelve years old at the time. Grandpa- pa Reese left no Possessions of monetary worth, but he did leave rich heritage of love and honor in his children who, quite literally, adored him. Each of them adored him, as those who could remember her also adored his wife, Sallie Herbert Cook Reese, who had died on Christmas day, 1908, at the age of forty- three.

My brother, Sammy Reese, and I, from 1936-1942, spent our summers on the farm in Cabarrus County, N.C., where my mother grew up and where her widowed father, Sam Pharr, lived with his two unmarried sons, Code and Joe, and an unmarried daughter, Johnsie Virginie. The family had lived there since the 1750's. They were devout christian believers and committed in their church life and relationship; and they were members of Rocky River Presbyterian Church which had been organized in 1751 in a home of an ancestor, William White. My grandfather's twin bother, Laird Pharr, and his family lived in the vicinity of Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church.

My grandfather Reese had given his copy of the "Reese Genealogy" to my father, and after Grandpapa's death I read it. You can imagine the excitement of a twelve year old boy in discovering that his father's family and his mother's family both had homestead ed in old Mecklenburg County, N.C., in the 1700's; both had provided Elders in Rocky River Presbyterian Church; and both had provided Signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence in Charlotte, N.C., on May 20, 1775. The Signers were John Foard and David Reese. Their descendants, Mary Scotland Pharr and John Dudley Reese, Jr., met 146 years later in Panama City, Florida, in 1921, and were married in Concord, C., in 1922.

On my next visit to North Carolina to spend the summer of 1942, I expressed my interest in learning something about the family, and my Uncle Code took me to the graves of my maternal ancestors in three cemeteries, all within two miles of the Rocky River Presbyterian Church. These included the ancestral graves of the first Scotch-Irish emigrants who came over in the 1700's down to the grave of my grandmother, Martha Johnston (Mattie) Howie Pharr, who died in 1931. From that time to this, I have had an interest in learning more about "the family".

My brother Sammy died Sept. 12, 1985, the day after his fifty- fifth birthday, Sammy was an artist at heart, an actor and a writer . Doubleday published his book, "I'm Waiting", and he had roles in "PT 109" ''King Rat",, and a number of other screen and TV productions . We were sixteen months apart in age, I being the elder, and were close friends all our lives. After I married, Sammy was the closest friend my wife, Gemma, and I had. Our children were devoted to him. He was a wonderful son and dedicated the last fifteen Years ol his life to caring for our parents , with whom he lived when he returned to Montgomery from Hollywood and New York . Sammy was the best company I've ever known and had a wide Variety of friends that ranged the whole economic, educational, social, and racial scale. He was as much at home at a "Black Tie" dinner in Los Angeles or New York or Washington, as he was when visiting in the hospital the seven year old daughter of the Black attendant who serviced his ancient Oldsmobile at the corner filling station in Montgomery. I will miss him all the rest of my life on earth and will certainly see him in heaven, for he was a true believer in Jesus as God and Savior.

After Sammy died it fell my task to close the home where he lived with mother in Montgomery. Mother was less than a month from her ninety-fourth birthday when Sammy died and was not able to see to the dismantling of her home. She had lived there fifty-seven years and had discarded very little. In three weeks I went through it all - and did a lot of thinking about the brevity of life on this earth. Among the many things in Mother's house were various books, notes, letters, and scribbling of genealogical information which I carefully collected in a large manila folder and filed away for future action with the notation: "Organize all of this information and put it in understandable form for the children."

In May of 1986 my father's oldest sister, Aunt Susie Reese Kennedy, died in Atlanta at age 93 and a half. Gemma and I went to the funeral. Hessie Williams Owen, my first cousin from Austin, Texas, and her daughter, Hessie Brawley from Atlanta, were there. Young Norman Gayle, III, from Atlanta and Patrick Henry Wood, III from Port Arthur, Texas, both sons of first cousins, were there, and, of course, Aunt Susie'r daughter, Betty Reese Kennedy. Another cousin, Eleanor Pritthett of Atlanta, related through the Cooks, was also there.

I thought again of doing something about gathering informa- tion on these scattered "Reeses" who were descendants of my grandparents, John Dudley Reese and Sallie Herbert Cook. So, finally, in October, 1987, I sent letters to all their grandchildren asking for assistance. It took months for the information to get back to me, but it finally did; and I thank all of those who helped.

Meanwhile, I decided to go back another generation and see Meanwhile, I decided to go back another generation and seek to complete the record from my great-grandparents, Dr. Charles Edwin Reese and his wife Sarah Hammond Dudley. It became most interesting and a real challenge. I have learned that there is no end to it, ---and there is some information that is always just beyond my grasp - --and there are some cousins who just won't write ! I have met many cousins I never knew, and of whose existence I knew nothing, and have found them, as my father would have said to be "our kind of folks" ...~......whatever that might mean. I've also discovered kinship with people I have known all my life and did not know that we were related by blood. For instant, growing up in Montgomery on Norman Bridge Road, we lived between Mrs. Virginia Burton Crosland and Bolling Powell Starke, both of whom I have discovered are our relatives, though not related to each other.

So let me begin


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Reese originally came from the Welsh "Rhys", and means to twist, to change, thus: Rhys, Rys, Rees, Reece, Reese. The line from which we descend, upon coming to America, used this final speIling.

Miss Mary E. Reese, in Chapter III of her book "The Reese Family in Wales and America ", pages 19-24, gives extensive lists relating to the Welsh Pedigree of Rhys found in Powell's "Cabri- an History", "Burke's Landed Gentry", "Hoar's Giraldus" and Woodward's "History of Wales".

Welsh Pedigree of Rhys

1. Conan,  King of all Wales, had
2. Princess Essylt who married  Merefynfrych, King of Anglessey,
845, and  had

3. Rhodri Mawr, King of all Wales, died 876, who married  lady
Angharad, daughter of Meirig Ap Dynwal, son of Arthur Ap
Seissyllt,  Prince  of  Cardigan, King of Britain. Rhodri Mawr and
Lady  Angharad  had

4. Cadell, Prince of South Wales, who married Lady Reingar,
daughter of Tudor Trevor, Earl of Haverford, and had

5. Howell, King of all Wales, who  married  Lady  Jane, daughter of
the Earl of Cornwall  and  had

6. Owen, Prince  of  South Wales,  who  married  Lady  Augharad,
daughter of  Llewellyn Ap Mervyn,  Prince  of  Powys,  and  had

7. Einion, the eldest son,  who  married  Lady  Nesta, daughter of the 
Earl of Devonshire, had

8. Tudor Mawr,  Prince  of  South  Wales, who married  Gwenlian,
daughter  of  Gwyr Ap  Rhyddrch,  Lord  of  Dyfet,  and  had

9. Rhys  Ap  Tudor Mawr, Prince of South Wales,  who  married
lady Gladys,  daughter  of  Rhiwallon,  Prince  of  Powys,  and  had

 10. Griffith Ap Rhys, Prince of South Wales, who married lady 
 Gwenlain, daughter of Griffith Ap Cynan, Prince of North Wales,and had
 11. Rhys Ap Griffith, Prince of South Wales. Lord Rhys was
 Chief Justice of South Wales 1171. He married Lady Gwenlain,
 daughter of Madoc, Lord  of  Brornfield,  and  had

 12. Rhys Gryd,  Lord  of  Yestradtywy,  who married Lady Joan,
 daughter of  Richard de Clare,  fourth Earl of Hertford,  one of  the
 twenty-five Magna  Charta  Barons, and his wife Lady Anacia,
 second  daughter of William, second Earl of Gloucester, and  his
 wife,  a daughter of Robert-Cossn de Bellomont,  Second  Earl ol
 Leicester,  Lord Justice  of  England,  a  grandson of  Hugh Magnus,
 son of Henry I,  King of France, and  a son of Robert the  Consul
 (Robert of Caen), Earl of Mellent, created 1109 Earl of Glouces-
 ter,  a  natural son of Henry I, King of England. [See Chapter Five,
 The Aston Family,  for  more  complete documentation on this and
 related lines]. Rhys Gryd and Lady Joan de Clare  had

 13. Rhys Mechyllt, died 1242,  Lord  of  Llandovery  Castle, who  had

14. Rhys-Vaughn, of Yestradtywy,  who  married  Lady  Gwladys,
daughter of Griffith, Lord of Cymcydmaen, and  had

 This is  supposedly  the line through which Rev. David Reese,
the  Emigrant to  America, descends,  though  the direct connection
has not been traced  in Miss Reese's book. While I am not including
aII of her information here, as  there  are  gaps  in the lines of
descent which I have not been able to fill, I am including below 
some of her material which seems correct and unbroken to me. 

The Line of Descent

1.  Rhys Ap Ievan married Gwenhwyvar, daughter of Howell
Vaughn, of Tronolen, and  had

 2. Ievan Ap Rhys  who  married Louisa Bamville, daughter of
Richard  Bamville, and  had

3. Meredydd Ap  Ievan  Ap Rhys, of Gwydir Castle in the Vale of   Conwy Carnaroonshire, who  had

4. Lord  Rhys,  of  Dinevar Castle, a celebrated  warrior, fron whom
are descended the Rhys family  who went  from  Wales  to  England
and  thence  to  America.  Lord Rhys married  Lady  Elspeth, daugh-
ter of RhYS AP Tudor,  the  great  Prince of South Wales, had

5. Gwenlain,  married  Griffith Konan,  King  of  South  Wales, had
6. Gwendolyn (Gwellion) who married Sir Davydd Rhys  and had 
7. Sir Thomas  Rhys  who  married  Mawd,  daughter  of  Sir William
de Brewys,  a  great-grandson of Bellyt,  some time  Emperor of
Great Britain.  Sir  Thomas  and  Mawd  had

8. Sir David Ap Rhys who married  Gladys,  daughter of Redwall-
on,  Prince  of  Powis,  had

 9. Rev. David  Ap  Rees,  Pastor  of  a  Presbyterian  congregation at
Southwark, who  had

1O. Rev. David Ap  Rees , Pastor of a Presbyterian congregation at
Cardigian, who married  Maud Owen, daughter of Meredith Owen
of South Wales. This Rev. David Reese immigrated to America
with  his  family  between  1710-1720.

Generation Ten

Rev. David Reese, The Emigrant


There were several brothers, and perhaps some sisters, who landed at New Castle, Delaware, about 1710. Rev. David settled with his family in the section of Cecil Co., Maryland, which later became a part of Pa. One brother, Charles, remained in Delaware. After he died his family emigrated to Pennsylvania. George, another brother, settled in Maryland.

Rev. David Reese was a Presbyterian minister in South Wales before he immigrated to America, and was at the siege of Londonderry, which took place in Northern Ireland between April and August, 1689. He was among the Protestant emigrants who had been induced to settle in Ireland, but he later returned to Wales, from which land he emigrated to America.

Miss Reese in her book, "The Reese Family", on page 231 recounts this humorous episode regarding Rev. David Reese:"One Sunday morning while he was arranging the head notes of his Sermon, his daughter Ruth, who had been discussing with her sister Esther the recognition of friends in heaven, rushed into his room, exclaiming, 'Father, will we know each other in heaven ?' the old gentleman pushed up his spectacles and said,'Why, Ruth, I reckon we will have as much sense in heaven as we have here." Miss Reese writes on page 30: "Rev. David Reese had what was considered a choice selection of books for that period. Some of these books were as follows. A large family Bible brought from Wales. Watts' Psalms and Hymns. Shakespeare's Plays. Pope's works. Youth's Sermons. Whole Duty of Man. Royal Fables. Paradise Lost and Regained. Ancient History. Plutarch's Lives. Religious Philosopher. Young's Night Thoughts. Hewey's Meditations. Looking Unto Jesus. Harwood's Testament. Humph- rey Clinker. Ray's Wisdom of God. Cambrian History. Medical Works, and miscellaneous reading."

Rev. David Reese was born in Brecknoc, Wales, about 1660. The son, David Reese, was born Feb. 11, 1709, also in Brecknoc. So it was after this date that the family emigrated to America and settled in Md./Pa. Rev. David Reese would be considered the immigrant as the first family head in the line in America. He was widowed when his children were young, his wife, Maud Owen, daughter of Meredith Owen of South Wales, having died ca. 1711/12. It is not certain whether she died in Wales or America He is thought to have died in Haverford, Pa., ca. 1745.

Generation Eleven

Children of  Rev. David  Reese and Maud Owen:
 1. Esther Reese married  a  Mackay, a descendant of General 
Mackay  who  had  commanded  the  army of Scotland at the Battle

                                                     4                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Ruth Reese. Miss Mary Reese writes on page 25: "Ruth, the
second daughter, never married, but studied medicine, and  was
considered a fine female doctor and nurse of that period... These
sisters lived and died in Pennsylvania. At one time they visited 
their brother David, who had emigrated to North Carolina. They 
rode double on a big bay horse called Chester all the long
distance," which was quite an undertaking in that day.

3.David Reese married Susan Ruth Polk.

4. William Reese. Miss Reese lists only three children in her 
book. Some records indicate that  there  was a fourth child, William
Reese, who moved  from  Pennsylvania to North Carolina  and
settled in Rowan County, where  he died in 1808 when he was 99
years old. This information is taken from the book by  S. Worth
Ray entitled  "The  Mecklenburg  Signers and  Their  Neighbors," in
which Mr. Ray identifies this  William Reese as a brother of David
Reese, the Signer.

Generation Eleven

David Reese, The Signer

David Reese, The Signer, was born in Brecknoc, Wales, on Feb. 1l, 1709. He died in Mecklenburg Co., N.C., on Aug. 11,1787. He married in Pennsylvania on December 23, 1738 (Some Records have March 3, 1738), Susan Ruth Polk, who was born June 16 (or 8), 1719, in Somerset Co., Md., and died Nov. 19 (or 9),1800, in Cabarrus Co., N.C. She was the granddaughter of the Emigrant, Robert Bruce Pollok (Polk) of Md., and his wife, Magdalen Tasker, and was a first-cousin-once- removed of Brigadier General Thomas Polk, Col. Ezekiel Polk, and Captains Charles and John Polk, noted officers in the Revolutionary Army. Ezekiel Polk was the grandfather of James Knox Polk, eleventh president of the United States.

Both David and Susan Ruth Polk Reese are buried in the cemetery of the Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church in Cabarrus Co. N.C., near Concord. Their graves are not marked.

David Reese's name first appears as a witness to the will of Henry Hendrickson in Cecil Co., Md., on Nov. 16, 1733. He lived with his family in Maryland and Pennsylvania until he joined the great migration from the New Munster region in which they lived to N.C. They established their plantation home on the North side of Coddle Creek, just outside the present town of Concord, on 770 acres of land acquired by grant and deed between 1763 an 1788. A grant for 150 acres was filed Aug. 6, 1784, but not issued until


July 6, 1788, after his death. The farm was located in the south east section between the road that leads to Poplar Tent Presbyter- an Church and the highway to Charlotte, U.S. 29., in what was then Anson County. This part of Anson Co. became a part of the newly formed Mecklenburg Co. in 1762 and is now a part of Cabarrus Co.

David Reese served in a Foot Company under Captain Zebulon Hollingsworth in the Colonial Militia of Cecil County, Maryland in 1740. (This information is taken from the Maryland Historical Magazine, Vol. 6, p. 48.) He was a member of the group that formed the County of Mecklenburg, N.C., in 1762 and was one of the county's first Magistrates. His interest and influence helped to make possible a number of schools in Mecklenburg Co.

Mr. King writes in 'Lives and Times of the 27 Signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence": "There many records that bear witness to the patriotism of David Reese. During the war of the American Revolution though too advanced in years to take the field, he was appointed by the Provincial Congress of April, 1776, with Thomas Harris, to procure, purchase and receive fire arms for the use of the troops of Mecklenburg. He also furnished provisions for the County Militia."

"He was long a Magistrate and member of the Mecklenburg County Court, serving in this capacity from December 23,1778, until December 25, 1786, when the Court accepted his resignation."

The Polks are of Scotch-Irish descent, the original name being Pollok (Pollock). John Pollok, from Lanarkshirc, near Glasgow, was a loyal Presbyterian who left his native Scotland to join a colony of Protestants in the north of lreland in the troublous times between church and state. His great grandson, Robert Bruce Pollok (Polk, Polke), was founder of the family in America, and settled on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Most of my information on the Polk Family comes from two books: "Memoirs of a Southern Woman" by Mary Polk Branch, and "Polk Family and Kinsmen" by William Harrison Polk. The book, "To Hope, To Labor, And So To Live" by Mary P. Engels was also helpful, as was the printed material so graciously provided by Cynthia Jones Reese of Witchita Falls, Texas.

Generation One

Fulbert the Saxon

Fulbert the Saxon was a native of Normandy in France. He was said to be Chamberlain to William the Conqueror, and for his


services to the King he received, ca. 1073, a large grant of land in Scotland, which became known later as the Barony of Pollock,in Renfrewshire.

Fulbert is reported to have been an uncle of Heloise,whose love of Abelard, and its finale of sorrow, constitute one of the noted human love stories of the Middle Ages.

Generation Two

Robert de Pollok

William Harrison Polk writes on pages 2-5:"Fulbert died in 1153, at the beginning of the reign of Malcolm 4th,and was succeeded by his son Petrus.... Petrus assumed as a surname, (which at that time only came to be used) instead of a patronymic, the name of his great hereditary lands of Pollok. The Lord Baron Pollok of this feudal kingdom, was a man of great eminence in his time, and a benefactor of the Monastery of Paisley, which dona- tion was confirmed by Joceline, Bishop of Glasgow, who died A.D. 1190. Petrus was "a law unto himself," and equaled the Sovereign in wealth, rank, and power. He was the ancestor of many brave warriors and Crusade Knights, who joined in the mighty struggle of Europe, during the eleventh and twelfth centuries, to free the Holy Sepulchre from the grasp of the Moslem."

"Petrus de Pollok was greatly distinguished for "valor in arms and prowess in the chase," and his exploits in them were the subject of many minstrel lays. His next brother, Helias, gave to same monastery the church of Mears, the next parish to eastward."

"Besides the vast estates in Renfrewshire, the chevron of which barony is still borne on the shield of the Prince of Wales, he held the great barony of Rothes, in Aberdeenshire, which he gave to his only daughter, Mauricle, who married the celebrated Sir Norman de Lesley. Mauricle de Rothes was the ancestress of the great Earls of Rothes and Lords of Lesley. The 8th Earl of Rothes was constituted after the Restoration Marquis of Ballenbriech, Duke de Rothes, President of the Council and Lord High Chancel- or of Scotland."

"The "State Records" show that many inter-marriages have taken place between the Lesleys, Poiloks and Royal Stuarts". "Sir John Pollok Lesley (Knight) was Receiver General to King James 4th, and married a granddaughter of that Monarch."

"On the death of Petrus de Pollok, his ancient patrimonial estates of Pollok being settled on male heirs, passed to his brother Robert de Pollok (1175), and it is noticeable how the name of Robert has been handed down from father to son to the present generation"


"Robert 1st was witness in the donation of the Kirks of Strathgry and Ninerwick, by Walter, founder of the Monastery of Paisley in the beginning of the reign of William the Lion. He is also witness in several of the Charters of Allen, the son of Walter, Robert de Pollok 1st was succeeded by his son Robert 2d."

Generation Three

Robert De Pollok (2nd)

"Contemporary with Alexander 2d (A.D. 1214) mortified a yearly rent to the same Monastery for the soul of Petrus de Pollock, and Robert, son of Fulbert, his father. Alexander 2d reigned from 1214 to 1249. Robert 2d was succeeded by his son, Thomas."

Generation Four

Thomas De Pollok

"Thomas de Pollok was witness to sundry charters of donation to the Abbey of Paisley (A.D. 1249). He was contemporary with Alexander 2d and Alexander 3d of Scotland. Alexander 3rd reigned from 1249 to 1286. Thomas was succeeded by his son Petrus de Pollok 2d."

Generation Five

Petrus De Pollok (2nd)

"Was one of the persons of rank who, in A.D. 1296, gave a forced submission to Edward 1st of England, in the bond known as the "Ragman's Roll." He was succeeded by his son Robertus".

Generation Six

Robertus De Pollok

"Married Agnes, daughter of Sir John Maxwell, Lord of Caerlverok, and was succeeded by his son John.'' The wife of Sir John Maxwell was Annabella Stuart.

Generation Seven

John De Pollok

"Who, in A.D. 1372 obtained from his grandfather, the said John Lord Maxwell, a charter of certain lands, dated at Caerlave- rok, was succeeded by his son Brucii or Brucis de Pollok."

Generation Eight


Brucii De Pollok

"Left a son John de Pollok."

Generation Nine

John De Pollok

"Is designated in a charter by James 2d of Scotland, of date 12th December, A.D. 1439, as "Nobilis Sir Johannes de Pollok, filius et heiress Brucii de Pollok." He fought at Queen Mary's side at the battle of Langside, for which he was forfeited. His son -

Generation Ten

John De Pollok

"Was killed at the faction fight of Lockerbie when assisting his kinsman, Lord Maxwell, against the Laird of John's Stone. From this (A.D.1439) famous noble sprang the illustrious line of Pollok ...His successor was Charles De Pollok. He had another son besides Charles. This other son was -" The wife of this John De Pollok was Janet Muir.

Generation Eleven

Robert De Pollok

"Who became Sir Robert de Pollok of Ireland, and who received from King James 2d. the great land grant of "Vetus Scotia" or "New Scotland", as lreland was then called. This Sir Robert's eldest son, Sir John, inherited the hereditary estates in Old Scotland. Sir Robert's younger son, Robert, inherited the estates Ireland, and became Sir Robert." This generation eleven Sir Robert De Pollok died in Ireland in 1605.

Generation Twelve

Sir Robert De Pollok (2nd)

"Of Ireland, inherited the estates in Ireland and became founder of the family in Ireland (where the name to this day is often spelled and pronounced P-O-L-K,as of one syllable, by the natives) and whose American descendants, the Polks, still preserve the "lineal memorial" of their noble and knightly ancestors." This generation twelve Sir Robert De Pollok (2nd) was born in Ireland ca. 1595/98 and died there ca. 1646/7.

"In 1640, Sir Robert of Ireland joined the Scotch Covenaters whose Commander-in-Chief and Governor of Dunbarton Castle was a relation, General Sir Alexander Leslie."


"Sir Robert Pollok was succeeded by his son, Thomas Pollok, This Sir Robert also had a second son, Robert Bruce Pollok. "

Generation Thirteen

Robert Bruce Pollok, The Emigrant

Capt.. Robert Bruce Pollok (Polk) was the second son of Sir Robert De Pollok (2nd) of Ireland. He was born in Ireland ca. 1646 and died in Maryland after May 6, 1699, when his will was dated, and before June 5, 1704, when his will was probated. He served as an officer in the regiment of Col. Tasker of Bloomfield Castle, near Londonderry, County Donegal, Ireland, and as a Captain under Col. Porter in the Parliamentary Army of Oliver Cromwell against Charles I. He later married (ca. 1661) Magdalen Tasker Porter, the widow of his friend Col. Porter, and the daughter of Col. Tasker, then Chancellor of Ireland, of Bloom- field castle on the river Dale. Through inter marriage, Robert Bruce Pollock was related to the royal families of Bruce and Stuart.

To Continue The Polk Line To President Polkfrom Burke's Presidential Families of the United States

Generation One

John Tasker of Maryland married Eleanor Brooke, daughter of Thomas Brooke, and had at least two children.

Generation Two

1. Thomas Tasker married Clara Seawell, daughter of Major Nicholas Seawell, half-brother of Lord Baltimore. Thomas Tasker is listed as a freeman of Maryland, 1695. and Judge of Probate, 1698, in Browning's "Americans of Royal Descent", and Dwinn's "Visitations of Wales". WE DESCEND THROUGH THIS LINE OF THOMAS AND CLARA SEAWELL TASKER.

2.Benjamin Tasker was president of the Council and Governor of the province of Md. He married Annie Bladen, daughter of William Bladen. The Taskers and Bladens descend from Henry I. King of France, and his wife, Anne of Russia, daughter of Jaroslav I, Ruler of Russia and Grandduke of Kiev.

Generation Three

Thomas and Clara Seawell Tasker had a son, Col. Tasker, Chancellor of Ireland, of Bloomfield Castle on the River Dale. He


had at least two daughters.

Generation Four

1.Barbara Tasker married Capt. John Keys, an English soldier, and their descendants still owned Bloomfield Castle in the early twentieth century.

2. Magdalen Tasker was heiress to the estate of Moneen Hill in the Barony of Ross, Donegal County, Ireland, which she left in her will to her son Joseph Polke in Maryland in 1726. She married (1) Col. Porter. After his death she married (2) Robert Bruce Pollok (Polk, Polke).


Robert Bruce Pollok (Polk) and Magdalen Tasker had at least nine children. He was the founder of the family in America. He came with his family to Maryland sometime between 1672 and 1679, landed at "Dawn Quarter", and planted their home between the Manokin and Nanticoke rivers. Grants of land were made to Robert Pollock and his sons which amounted to 4,152 acres. The Immigrant himself received two grants from the Lords Baltimore, one on March 7, 1687, called "Polke's Lott", and another on Nov. 8, 1700, under the name of "Polke's Folly", a total of 150 acres in both grants. This lies south of Fauquier Sound, opposite the mouths of Nanticoke and Wicomico Rivers. The Polk family members were active participants in the Presbyterian congrega- tions in Somerset county and other nearby counties. Robert Bruce PoIk's will, dated May 6, 1699, at which time he was living in Somerset Co., was probated June 5, 1703-04, and is on record at Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co., Md. Magdalen Tasker Polk's will, dated April 7, 1726, was probated March 20, 1727, and is on record in Somerset County, Maryland. Among their descendants are Charles Polk, Governor of Delaware; Trusten Polk, Gov. of Missouri and U.S. Senator; Col. Thomas Polk of Revolutionary fame; and James Knox Polk, speaker of the House of Representa- ives and eleventh President of the United Stat6es.


"In the Name of God, Amen:" "This sixth day of May in the year of our Lord 1699, 1 Robert PoIke of Somerset County in the Province of Maryland being of good health and perfect memory at this present thanks be to Almighty God for the same yet knowing the uncertainty of this


present life and being desirous to settle my affairs doe make this my last will and Testament in manner and form following:"

"First and principally I commend my soul to God who gave it to me, assuredly believing that I shall receive full and free pardon of all my sins and be saved by the pretious Death and Merits of my Blessed Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ and my Body to the earth from whence it was taken to be buried after a decent and christian manner at the discretion of my Execulor hereafter named and as touching such worldly estate as God in his mercy hath bestowed upon me. It is my will that it be disposed of as hereafter is expressed."

"Secondly I leave to my son Robert Polke a parcel of land called Lone Ridge being part of a tract of land called Forlone Hope, formerly belonging to Augustine Standforth but now conveyed to me the said land called Lone Ridge beginning at a marked pine standing in a slash next to my said Son's House and from thence running north east the number of poles specified in the pattent so leaving to my son Robert what land belongs to the said pattent on the north east side of the said slash to him the said Robert Polke and his heirs forever."

"Thirdly I leave to my said son David Polke the remainder of the above said tract of land called Forlone Hope as also one hundred acres of land called Polks Folly bounded as per pattent will appear both said tracts of land to him the said David and his heirs forever."

"Fourthly I leave to my beloved wife Magdalen Polke my now dwelling house and plantation during her natural life as also a third of what goods and moveables I am possessed with or shall hereafter to the day of my death the said goods and moveable s to be at her dispossing at her decease. Another third of my goods and moveable s I leave to my daughter Martha be it little or much here and her heirs forever and as for the other third. It is my will it be equally divided between my sons David and Joseph, and if it should please God to Remove me before I purchase a seat of land after my son Joseph, this my will; that my son David give unto my son Joseph four thousand pounds of Tobacco in the leu of the above said tracts of land left to my son David and as to what cattle I have given to my son Joseph they being in his proper mark its my will that he enjoy and possess the same he and his heirs forever for his boy Christopher must live with Magdalen Polke during her life time then."

"Fifthly I leave to my son James an Orpahan boy called Christopher  Little to him the said James and his heirs during the time of his Indre."
     "I leave unto my son Ephraim the choice of what stear I have or may have at the day of my death." 
  "I leave  to my sons John and William Polke to each of them 
twelve pence."
   "I constitute and appoint my son David Polke and my and my wife
Magdalen Polke to be executors of this my last will."
   "Codicil -1 constitute my sons Ephraim and James Polke to be
executors to this my last will and testament disannulling and 
making voide all former Will or Wills by me made either by word
or written."
   "In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 
day  and year above written this being altered the eighth day of 
August, 1703."
"Richard  Knight           "Robert Polke" Seal
Mary O. English
Richard Whittley"
   "And I desire  that Martha  Poock may have Iiberty  let her cattle
run on  the plantation until she gets plantation and as to Sarah
Powers  she must have a heifer at her freedom day."
   'Signed,  sealed  and delivered in the Presence of us
Robert Polk
Richard Whittley
Richard Knight
Mary  O. English."
   "On the back of said will was thus written: "Viz; - Memoran-
dum  this 5th day of June  the within will was proved to be the Act 
and  Deed of the within named  Robert  Polke by  the  oaths of 
Richard Whittley, Richard  Knight, and Mary English before."
                    "Peter Dent, Depty Com'y"


"In the name of God Amen."

"I, Magdalen Pollock, being weak and sick of body, yet of Perfect mind and memory, praise be to Almighty God, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament, in manner and form as followeth."

"First: -I give my soul into the hands of Almighty God, hoping through the merits of my Savior Jesus Christ to receive full pardon of all my sins. And my body I commit to the earth from whence it was taken, to be buried in Christian burial, at the discretion of my Executor hereafter nominated."

"Item -I give and bequeath a tract of land called Morning, lying in the Kingdom of Ireland, in the Barrony of Rafo and county of Donegal, and in the parish of Liford, unto my son Joseph Pollock and to the heirs of his body forever, with all the rest of my moveable estate, and him to be whole Executor of this my last will and Testament, hereby Revoking all other wills and Testaments by me made by word or writing."


"In testimony whereof I set my hand and seal this 7th day of April, 1726."

"Magdalen Polk" Seal.

"Signed, sealed and delivered in sight and presents of us: David Polk, William Pollet, Magdalen Pollet."

"March ye 20th, 1727. Then came David Polk, William Pollett and Magdalen Pollett, subscribing evidences to ye within will, who made oath upon ye Holy Evangelist of Almighty God that they see ye within named Magdalen Polk, ye Testator, sign and seal within instrument as her last will and Testament, and that they heard her publish and declare ye same as so to be, and that at ye time of her so doing she was of sound, disposing mind and memory. Sworn to before me the day and year above written." "John Tunstall, Depty. Com'y of Somerset Co."

Tradition in the Polk family holds that after the death of magdalen Polk in 1727, leaving her estate of "Moneen" in Ireland to her youngest son Joseph, he returned to that country, sold the property to his Aunt Barbara Tasker Keys, and after some years returned to America.

Magdalen Tasker Polk lived to be over ninety years old. She was born in Ireland ca. 1637, married Robert Bruce Pollock (Polk) ca.1661 in Ireland, and died at her home, "White Hall", in Somerset County, Maryland between April 7, 1726, when her will was made, and March 20, 1727, when it was probated and admit- ted to record.

Generation Fourteen

Children of Robert Bruce Pollok (Polk) and Magdalen Tasker:

1. John  Polk probably born in Ireland, died in Maryland in 1707.
Married  (1) Jane ? died Oct 28, 1700. 2 children. Married (2)
Joanna  Knox.

2. William Polk  Probably born Co. Donegal, Ireland, ca. 1664, died
ca. 1739, as will proved Feb. 24, 1739/40. Married (1) Nancy Knox,
3 children. Married (2) ? Gray. They had three children.

3. James Polk was probably born in Ireland and died in Maryland
In 1727. He  married Mary Williams and they had ten children.

4. Ephraim Polk probably born Ireland ca. 1671, died Somerset
Co.,Md. ca.. 1717/18. Married, ca. 1700, Elizabeth Williams and
they had five children.


5. Robert Bruce Polk, Jr., THROUGH WHOM   WE DESCEND.

6. David Polk  was probably born in Ireland and was still living 
May 6, 1699, and  is mentioned in his father's will of  that date.

7. Ann Polk probably died before May 6, 1699, as not mentioned 
in father's will of that date. Married (1) Francis Roberts; 2
children. Married (2) John Renshaw, Jr.

8. Martha  Polk was probably born in Maryland ca. 1679. She 
married (1) Thomas Pollett. She married (2) Richard Tull.

9. Joseph Polk probably born Md. ca. 1681, died 1752. Married (1)
   _Wright; 2 children. Married (2)  3 or 4 children.

Generation Fourteen

Robert Bruce Polk,Jr.

Robert Bruce Polk, Jr. was probably born in Ireland ca. 1672. He died in Somerset Co.,Maryland, between Feb. 2,1726/27, when his will was dated, and May 10,1727, when it was proved. Mrs. Branch in her book says that he married a Miss Gillette. Cynthia Jones Reese of Witchita Falls, Texas, has sent me information which gives the name of his wife as Grace Guilette, daughter of William Guilette and his wife, Susen Mills, who were married Nov. 1, 1674, in Somerset Co., Md. William Guilette died in Somerset Co. in 1716. Miss Mary Reese in her book gives the name of the wife of Robert Polk, Jr. as "Miss Gullett" and this name is also found in other records relating to this family and their descendants. No doubt it is simply a case of spelling variations, common in early records. Robert Bruce Polk, Jr., and Grace Guilette (Gillette, Gullett) were married in 1699 and had at least five sons, David, Thomas,Daniel, William, and Robert Polk and five daughters, one of whom was Susan Ruth Polk, Through Whom We descend. Grace and Mary were named in his will.


"In the Name of God Amen. "
     " I Robert Polk of Dorchester in the province of our Planter 
being very sick and weak of body but of sound perfect mind and memory praise therefore be given to Almighty God do make and 
ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form 
following that is to say"
     "First and principally  I recommend my soul into the hands of 
Almighty  God  hoping  that through the Merits Death and
Perfection of my Savior Jesus Christ to have full and free
pardon of all my sins and to inherit Everlasting Life and my
Body I commit to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my
Executors and as touching the disposition of all such temporal
Esteets as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I give
and bequeath as followeth"
    "First , I will that my just debts and funeral charges be paid as discharged. "
     "Item. I give unto my son Thomas my now dwelling  plantation
called  Virture bounded and angling according to the pattent to 
him my aforesaid: Son Thomas  to him and to his heirs forever
only preserve my well beloved wife her privilege of the afore-
said plantation during her widowhood.
     "Item.  I give and bequeath unto my son Robert a certain tract
of land called Hazard joyning to the aforesaid  tract of land called
Virture  bounded and  running accordingly as shall appear upon
record to  him therefore said Robert and to his heirs forever."
     "Item. I  give and bequeath unto my brother Joseph Polk part of
Forlorn  Hope on the  northern end being a certain tract of land
formerly surveyed  for Augustine Stanford  and  likewise a certain
tract  of  land called Bally Hack lying near the head of a creek
called  Pidgeon House Creek  to him and to his heirs of his own 
body  forever."
     "Item. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife  a  Negro
man  called Minggo during  her natural  life only I will the said 
Negro shall labor and help to maintain my two youngest daughters
Grace and Mary."
     "Item. I give unto my son Thomas one gun."
     "Item. I give unto my son Robert one gun being the newest of 
the  two. Then all the rest of my moveable estate I  will that it be 
equally divided among my five daughters only Set apart my 
wife's  third:"
"Likewise I will that my five daughters shall have a privilege
upon  both the aforesaid tracts of land for their creatures cattle 
sheep  ,hogs or any other useful creature whatsoever till such
time as they are disposed  in marriage  providing  that the girls do 
provide  such food  as  is necessary for their creatures on their own
cost and charge."
    Likewise 1 will that my son Robert shall be a Freeman at the 
age of  Fourteen  or before he be of that age  if my wife shall
marry and likewise I will that my two daughters Grace and Mary
be free whenever their mother marries otherwise to remain with 
their mother till the years of sixteen."
     "As  witness I have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal" 

I n the presence of William Polk
          Daniel Harrison               "Robert Polk"
          Robert Polk"                      His mark''
"On the back of the aforegoing will is thus written Viz:
May  10, 1727 came Daniel Harrison and Robert Polk two of the 
subscribing witnesses of the last will and Testament of Robert 
Polk  late of Dorchester County deceased and made upon oath the 
Holy Evangelists of Almighty God that they saw the within 
named Robert Polk sign and seal and  heard him publish and
declare the within instrument oF writing to be his last will and 
testament  and at the time of his so doing  he  was to the best of 
their apprehension in perfect sense and memory and that the 
other witness Viz William Polk was then and there present and 
signed with them."
        "John Pitt  Depty  Com y
          for Dorchester County"

Generation Fifteen

Susan Ruth Polk

Susan Ruth Polk was born in Somerset County, Maryland, on June 16, 1719, and died in Mecklenburg Co., N.C. on Nov. 19,1800. She married in Pennsylvania on Dec. 23, 1738, David Reese who was born in Brecknoc, Wales, on Feb. 11, 1709, and died in Mecklenburg Co., N.C., Aug. 11, 1787. Both are buried in the Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Cabarrus Co.,N.C. near Concord, and their graves are not marked.

From Pennsylvania, to North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama

David Reese, The Signer

David Reese emigrated with his wife and children from Pennsylvania to old Anson Co., N.C., in 1752, and settled near Charlotte in the Poplar Tent section of the Catawba country. Well educated for his day, he became a prominent man among the early settlers, and was chosen as one of the first elders of the Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church when that congregation was organized. He previously had served in the same capacity in the Rocky River Presbyterian Church, the "Mother Church" of the Presbyterian Churches of Mecklenburg. He served as an elder from 1754-1786. Miss Reese writes on pages 39-40: "David Reese was a pious, exemplary man, and possessed great influence in religion and politics. He brought his children up around the family altar,


where they assembled for worship each morning and evening. they were carefully and prayerfully taught the principles and practices of their religion as found in the tenets of the Presbyterian- an Church."

"His house was the home of the preachers, and he was a strict attendant on the house of worship, and required his children to go to church whenever there was preaching."

"The old Reese homestead near Charlotte, N.C.,as described by one of the grandsons, was a plain, comfortable weather-boarded building one and a half stories high, having four large rooms, two shed rooms, and two attic rooms, with dormer windows, beside two rooms in the cellar, one of which was used for a dining room. At each gable end were immense rock chimneys, the long piazza in front, with a trellis covered with roses at either end.The house was surrounded by majestic oaks, under which hung the inviting swing on one side, on the other was a long row of bee gums, which yielded a wealth of golden honey."

"The floors were waxed, and the furniture, some pieces of which were brought from Wales, was polished like glass. Quaint rag carpets of the brightest hues covered the floors in winter, except in the drawing room the floor was covered with a brought carpet. The flower garden was bright with all the old-fashioned flowers. The walks were bordered with sweet pinks. In the rear of the house was the big spring with its clear, cold water,hard by the brick spring house, where the milk and butter were kept."

"On the roadside stood the old sweep well where the weary travelers refreshed himself and beast."

"In this old home ten children grew up. The daughters married here and had their wedding suppers. The sons tilled the soil, and at the remote period, it was considered one of the finest places in Mecklenburg County. Not a vestige of it is left to show where it once stood."

On May 20, 1775, David Reese was among the men who 'went to Charlotte, N.C., where the resolutions drawn up by Dr. Ephraim Brevard to declare themselves free from the British yoke of oppression were read to a large concourse of people assembled to witness the proceedings of the committee. There were six resolu- tions read and unanimously adopted and signed by these gentle- men delegates, and ever afterwards known as the famous 'Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence."' (Reese, p 32) The Hon. W.S. Harris wrote: "Though too old to take to the field in the Revolutionary War, David Reese was appointed, with his son Thomas, to the Provincial Congress of 1776. He was a member of the committee to procure, purchase, and receive fire arms for the use of the troops of Mecklenburg. He also furnished provi- sions for the county militia. He was a magistrate and member of


the Mecklenburg County Court from December 23, 1778, to December 25, 1786. His name appears on a monument in Char- lotte, N.C. which commemorates the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. He was a born statesman, and one of the best of men. He was commanding in appearance, fine looking, with bright, black eyes." As noted above, he was an Elder in the Rocky River Presbyterian Church and later in the Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church when that church was formed and located nearer his home on Coddle Creek. He and his wife are buried in the Poplar Tent Cemetery with no stone to mark their graves. They had 10 children. Miss Reese, on pages 217-218 of her book, quotes a manuscript of Major George Reese, son of George Reese and grandson of David Reese. The manuscript tells of his visit in 1875 to the site of his grandfather's home. "I went to the spot on which stood the old family mansion, where the old Patriarch, David Reese, lived for half a century, Kneeling every morning, with his face toward the East, surround- ed by his family, returning fervent thanks to his Maker for the light of another day, and invoking continued blessings upon his family and his country, not forgetting the Jews and their early return to christianity."' "The old Mansion and its picturesque surroundings is no more - razed to the ground...."'


This will is on record in the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, Charlotte, N.C., and is copied as recorded.

"In th Name of God, Amen. I, David Reese, of the County of Mecklenburg and State of North Carolina, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, Do this 5th day of February, in the year of our Lord, 1787, make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say, after all my just debts are paid." "First, I give and bequeath unto my loving son-in-law William Sharpe, of Rowan County, and to my loving son, James Reese, all that freehold in fe-simple in the said county of Mecklenburg, on Coddle Creek, whereon I now live, with all the appurtenances Thereunto belonging, to hold to them the said Wm. Sharpe and James Reese, their trustees, administrators or assigns from and immediately after my decease, together with sixty acres or thereabouts adjoining or nearly adjoining the said manor planta- tion as also an entry or claim to and for a small size piece of land lying between and adjoining the said sixty acre tract of my said manor plantation. Upon this special trust and confidence that the Said Wm. Sharpe ana James Reese, or the survivors of them, do


and shall permit Susan Ruth, my dearly and well-beloved wife, to have, hold, and enjoy all my manor, plantation, and premises, to them denied as aforesaid during her natural life, and premises, to her own use the rents, issues and profits arising therefrom during her natural life aforesaid."

"She making no waste nor destruction thereon, nor clearing any large quantity of land. And upon this further condition that she Shall not rent, lease, or farm out the said land, without advice and consent of the said Wm. Sharpe and James Reese, or the survivors of them. And after the decease of my said wife or with her cheerful concurrence during life, upon this further trust and confidence that they, the said Wm. Sharpe and James Reese or the survivors of them, shall sell the whole of the land herein demised, with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging, on reasonable credit for the most money that can be obtained for the same, and that the money so arising shall as soon as may be paid in the following manner, namely, ten (pounds) per annum to my beloved wife during her life, 30 (pounds) to my son Charles, 5(pounds) to my son James for his trouble in executing this will. The remain- der of the money arising as aforesaid to be equally divided between my sons George and Solomon, but in case Solomon should Choose his share in land, then his equitable share shall be laid off for him by my Executors in lieu of his share of the money above mentioned "

"To my grandson Sidney Reese I give and bequeath 10(pounds) to be paid out of the above mentioned fund provided my wife and George and Solomon should agree on the matter, then George may likewise take his share in land, they first agreeing with my Executors to pay their mother and the other legacies hereinbefore mentioned ."

"I further give and bequeath to my beloved wife the largest bay mare, her choice of cow and calf, three sheep and five hogs, also all my beds, bed clothes, household furniture and vessels of every kind within doors (excepting such as is hereinafter bequeathed) to be divided equally at her decease among all my daughters, who may be then alive. In case they should die intestate my Executors shall be careful in making an equal distribution of the beds and furniture which is intended by the foregoing clause.

"To my daughter Ruth I give and bequeath one feather bed and furniture, with two cows and two calves."

"To my son Solomon I give and bequeath a riding horse, saddle, and bridle. I give and bequeath that my just debts be paid out of the residue of my estate, and the remainder be equally divided between Solomon and Ruth. That in case Solomon should die without wife or issue, his share shall be equally divided between


my sons James, David, and Charles, and my grandsons Thomas Reese Sharpe, Edwin Reese, and Thomas Henry, and I do hereby constitute and appoint my son-in-law Wm. Sharpe and James Reese to be the sole Executors of this my last will and Testament, strictly charging them to execute the same according to the plain meaning thereof."

"In witness whereof I, the said David Reese, have to this my last will and Testament set my hand and seal the day and year above written. Signed, sealed, published, and delivered by the said David Reese, the Testator, as and for his last will and Testament in presence of all who are present at the signing an sealing thereof."

"James Campbell           "David Reese."
Thomas Campbell, Witnesses" "(Seal.)"

Generation Twelve

Children of David  Reese, the Signer, and Susan Ruth Polk:

1. James Polk Reese born Pa. 1739. Married (1) his cousin Annie
Gullet Polk, of N. C.  5 children (according to M.E. Reese).
(2) Elizabeth  Brevard of  Iredell Co., N.C., moved  to Maury
Tn., had 11 children, possibly  total  number from both
among whom was at least one son, Thomas Brevard Reese. James
Polk Reese  was a Revolutionary soldier and was present when the 
Mecklenburg  Declaration of  Independence  was  signed.

2. Rev. Dr.  Thomas Reese, a  noted Presbyterian minister, was a 
graduate of Princeton,  which later conferred on him the D.D. de-
gree.  Born Pa. 1742, died  in  Pendelton, S.C., August, 1796,
and is 
buried in the cemetery of the Old Stone Church where he served
as pastor. Married in 1773  Jane  Harris. Seven children.

3. Catharine Reese born Pa. Sept. 23, 1744, died May 6, 1826
Married  May 31, 1768, in N.C., William Sharpe. 12 children. 

4. David Tasker Reese born Pa. 1746. Married Mary Wilson of 
Sumter, S.C.; 10 children. He was a Revolutionary soldier,
wounded at the  battle  of Guilford Court-house.

5. Susan Polk Reese born Pa. 1748. Never married.

6. Charles Gullet Reese born Pa. 1750. He was a Revolutionary soldier, inclined to be wild, gave his family much trouble. Known as "Fighting Charlie Reese", left home and went to Iive among the Indians. Married, ca. 1779, Nancy Deer (Nancy Wickett), an


Indian princess, said to be a daughter of Adair in the "Reese Geneaolgy". She was born Old Cherokee Nation, Tn. Married Alexander McPherson after Charles Reese's death. Charles left large family of children and grandchildren in the Cherokee nation.

A daughter, Susannah Reese, born Old Cherokee Nation 1782, married ca. 1799 David Watie born East Cherokee Nation 1773. He died ca. 1842. Their son, Stand Watie, born Sept. 12, 1806,in Ga. died in the Indian Territory Sept. 9, 1871. Married as fourth wife Sarah Caroline Bell. Stand Watie was a signer of the disputed 1835 treaty with the Cherokees. These descendants figure prominently in the "Trail of Tears".

A son, Charles G. Reese, Jr., born 1783, Old Cherokee Nation, Tn., died Nov., 1845, at the Colorado River, West Texas. marriage was polygamous to three sisters, Louise, Diana, and Lucinda Levi. At least six children from this marriage; Joseph M.,Josiah, David, Johnson (Tooltonna), and William W. Reese. Second marriage to Nancy Timberlake in Old Cherokee Nation in 1805. 1 child of record, Susannah Reese. Third marriage: was Nellie McCoy in 1806. In 1837 they set out for Texas, where both died in 1845. At least twelve children from this marriage: Sallie, Henry Dobson, Catharine, Mary, John C.,Polly, Charles III, George F., Margaret Ann, Eleanor Ellen, Roderick A., AND Charlotre Reese.

8. Mary Joanna Reese was born in Mecklenburg Co., N.C., 1754.,  
She married Robert Harris and they had 5 children.

9. Solomon Tasker Reese born Mecklenburg Co., N.C
married Harriet Jack of N.C., and they had 4 children

 10. Ruth Elizabeth Reese born Mecklenburg Co., N.C
 married Mr. Henry of Va. and lived there. 3 children.

Generation Twelve

George Reese

George Reese was born in Mecklenburg Co., N.C., on March 11, 1752. He died in Pendelton, S.C., on November 11, 1837, and is buried in Hopewell Cemetery near the Old Stone Church beside his favorite brother, Thomas Reese. I visited his grave site in June. 1992. His mother-in-law, Mary Alexander Story, is buried there also. This is a well preserved cemetery which is still used for burials today, and the church is an historical landmark. Thomas


Reese was the pastor at the time of his death. George Reese was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church for many years. He married on January 20, 1785, Anna Story of Sumter, S.C. who was born Nov. 16, 1764, and died in Chambers Co., Al., March 26, 1852, and is buried there at "Hopewell", a family burying-ground. Several of her children and their spouses and some of their children are also buried there. Among them are Thomas Sidney Reese and his wife Susan McGregor. Both died in Lowndes county but were buried in Chambers County, a considerable distance to have been transported for burial in 1863 and 1858 when they died. On Oct. 7, 1991, I located this cemetery and the graves of these three ancestors from whom we descend. A young man employed by the local cemetery and the city of Lanett, Al., tramped with me through the woods for several hours trying to locate the cemetery. We finally saw the principal of the private school who directed us to the spot. It is near the private school in Lanett, and is very over- grown and neglected, difficult to reach but quite interest- ing. Many of the markers have been broken and have fallen but are still lying there and are legible.

There are various spellings in old documents and on tomb stones: "Staurie, Storey, Stoery, Story."

Miss Reese writes on p. 123: "The Story family were French Huguenots who fled from their native land at the revocation of the Edict of Nantes and found refuge in England. The origianl name was Staurie. Several brothers who came from Brittany in France to England afterwards emigrated to America in the seventeenth century, and settled at Marbelhead, Massachusetts. From there some family members moved to Pennsylvania, and then, later, some of this branch moved to South Carolina. There were four brothers and a sister who moved South: Thomas, Charles, Daniel, Ebenezer, and Ann ElizaStory who became the second wife of J. Chadwick, an English gentlemen. Chief Justice Story who was born in Marbelhead, Mass., in 1779, belongs to this family; also, the artist JulianStory and the Sculptor William w. Story. The Story family were talented in music, art and litera- ture, and several of them were poets of merit". "The first WilliamStory came to America in 1637, settled in Mass., and married Sarah Foster, a descendant of Reginald Foster who is said to have come from Exeter, Devonshire, England, in one of the ships embargoed by King Charles I, Reginald Foster brought with him his wife Judith and several sons and daughters."

1. William Story and Sarah Foster had
 2. Samuel Story who married ? and had
 3. a. Elizabeth Story who died young.
 3. b. Jacob Story who married Martha Burns and had
 4. Stephen Story who married a cousin Elizabeth Story
 5. a. Daniel Story who married Ruth Burnham and had
 1. Ruth Story
       2.Sally Story
 5. b.David Story who married Thankful Burnham.


"The Ship "Angel Gabriel" arrived off the coast of Maine in August, 1635, and was cast away in a storm at Pennaquid. Captain Anduwan and his three nephews,John , Robert, and Thomas Burnham barely escaped with their lives and lost their personal property. The "Angel Gabriel" was 240 tons and carried 14 guns. It is said that Sir Walter Raleigh sailed in this same ship on two voyages from England to South America. It is also said that an ancestor of these Burnhams was a follower of William the Conqueror and was known as "Walter le Ventre". Lands were granted him by William the Conqueror which were known as Burnam Beeches." (Reese, pp 126-127)


 5.b.David Story and Thankful Burnham had
   6.David Story who married ? and had
   7. Charles Story who married (1) Rosana McLeon and had
   8. a.Fereby Story             d. Margaret Story
      b.Elizabeth Story          e. Rebecca Story
      c. John Story 

 Charles Story  married Mary Alexander of N.C., and had
   8. f. Anna Story married George Reese
       8. Charles Story who was born Sept. 13, 1766, and died Jan 
       27, 1835. He married Susannah Carter.
       h. Esther Story who died young.
       i. Mary Alexander Story married William Byrd of

Mary Alexander, the Second wife of Charles Story (7 above), 'departed this life in the full assurance of a happy immortality on the fifth day of September, 1822, aged 80 years.' So reads the monument on her grave in the Hopewell Cemetery at the Old Stone Church, near Pendelton, S.C. She was a remarkable woman. A letter which she wrote to her daughter,Anna Story Reese, is included below. This letter is copied without any change


In punctuation or spelling. It was written when she was 52 years old, and she lived 28 additional years.

"January the 3rd. 1794 "friday night."

'Dear daughter, having this opportunity I now set down to write a few lines by Mr. James hall he come sence night. my dear you may be assured I have not forgot you but as providence ordard it so that we are to be parted I desire to be content and wish you to be resigned to the will of a wise god that will make all things to work for good if we do but love him. The old year is gone and if we look back what a nothing it appears departed as a tale that is told thus will our whole life appear when our end approaches and eternity opens. but eternity will never expire but will last world without end, when millions of ages are past away eternity we may say will only be a beginning and this short life this little span is the seed time of the long, long eternity and do dear indeavor to improve time and make the best provision for an eternity of happiness. Should we not be careful to get faith in our lord Jesus Christ to get the love of god shed abroad in our hearts. and our souls renewed according to the amiable example of our blessed redeemer this and nothing but this is trew religion. fix dear daughter this truth in your memory a true faith in Christ an unfeigned love of God and a real holiness of hart the greatest blessings you can desire without them we cannot be happy and this is the wish of your poor frail mother. that you will incessantly and earnestly mind the one thing needful through the whole advancing year. if you do so you will have god for your friend and he is able to supply all your wants and make you good friends of strangers it was my intent to come up in february but- "(Satrday morning.) there is so menny things to hender me. I am week and this couid sesen of the year might hard for me at this time Charls has a bad cof, and fever and is much redust, Susannah has hard fevers yestrday they got medeson from the doctour and Charls thinks he is som better this is Susannahs best day and I cant tell if the medeson has hope her or no.I hope Charls is gettin better of his other complant I hope god will in his own good time send him comfort and speak peas to his concunse I convarsed with him on the subject yestrday James Weather- spoons fameiy I hope is well I heard from them Wednesday. none of our peeple has gone to town yet I expect they wold gon next week if they had ent been taken sick the Gentleman is waiten I may conclude with my love to you and Mr Reese and my little dears give my complements to my good frends Crs famely and all my inquiring frends fearwell my dear fearwell I am your souls well wisher tell deth.''

"Mary Sloery.



Miss Reese writes on page 131: "George Reese was a Revolu- tionary soldier, a Lieutenant under Gen. Lincoln. He was in the Snow Campaign at Beans Station, Tenn. Severe exposure gave him rheumatism, from which he ever after suffered. He was consid- ered a well educated man at that period. He was fond of the classics, well acquainted with church history and its tents, as, well as that of our government, and its principles, which he aided to establish and was always ready to defend. His noted bravery and nobility of character made him a popular officer."

'He was an extensive reader, and possessing a fine memory made him an agreeable, interesting companion. He was a devoutly pious man, and like his father, a Presbyterian Elder. He was a planter and reared his children on the farm; was noted for raising the finest wheat in the district, and at one of the fairs he received as a premium for the best crop of wheat a large hand- some silver pitcher.... He was quiet and gentle in his manners, amiable and good natured to such an extent that he left the control of the family almost entirely to his wife, whose judgment and executive ability he freely confessed to be vastly superior to his own."


This will is found in the record of Wills for the Old Pendelton District, S.C., pp. 68-69, now in care of Anderson County, S.C. "So. Carolina '. In the Name of God Amem I George Reese Anderson District" of the District and State aforesaid being of a sound and disposing mind and memory & understanding but weak in body and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and being desirous of disposing of such worldly goods as I am possessed of do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in form and manner following (Viz)"

"lst I desire that all my plantation and Farming utensils and also all my stock of every kind consisting of horses cows sheep & hogs (except such things as shall be hereafter differently disposed of) be sold by my executors within a reasonable time and the proceeds arising from the sale thereor be applied to the payment of my just debts and legacys and to defray my funeral expenses."

"2nd I give and devise Unto my beloved wife Anna Reese a life time Estate in the portion of my cleared land embraced in the following lines (viz) Beginning at the new ground bars running along the fence NE 'till it strikes the big branch thence up the said branch as far as the land was originally cleared thence due south to the tract on


which Mrs Story formerly lived and along the line of said tract to Beginning corner including the buildings of every description and a right in common to the pasture also so much wood or timber as she may want"

"3,dly I give and bequeath unto my wife Anna Reese to be disposed of as she may think proper the following negroes old Sabina Big Jim Devvy & Wezor with all my books household and kitchen furniture"

"4thly I bequeath unto my wife Anna Reese one horse and gig three cows and all the money remaining on hands at my decease"

"5thly I give and bequeath unto my son Horatio Reese and his heirs forever the following negroes Charlotte Mary Enely and Jackson"

"6thly I give and bequeath unto my son C.M Reese to him and his heirs forever the House and lot in the village of Penaleton in which he now lives"

"7thly I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Cherry the sum of four hundred sixty seven dollars to be Paid one year after my death"

"8thly I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susan Harris sum of three hundred & twenty nine dollars to be paid one year after my death"

"9thly I will and bequeath unto my son DA Reese & his heirs forever a negro boy called Jenny"

"10thly I will and bequeath unto my son George to him and his heirs forever the tract of land whereon I now live with the reservations made to my wife provided the said George do pay to my Executors or the Estate the sum of two thousand three hundred and eleven dollars one third payable one year after my decease the other two thirds to be paid in two equal and annual instalments"

"11thly I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas S. Reese a negro named Ranson and one called Bina & all her Isue with the following restrictions the said Thomas to have a Iife Estate in the same and at his death they are to descend to his lawful heirs"

"12thly I give and bequeath unto my son J E Reese two hundred and eighty five dollars payable one year after my death'

13thly I will and bequeath unto my son Edwin to him and his heirs forever a negro boy called Carter and sum twelve hundred and thirty five dollars payable one year after my decease"

14thly I will and bequeath unto my son AH Reese the following negroes (Viz.) Fanny & Cyrus and the sum of nine hundred and sixty seven dollars payable one year after my decease"

15thly I will a negro named Sylvia & her daughter Teaner to be sold the proceeds to be applied to the payment of Legacys"


"16thly I will that one hundred and fifty dollars of the
Residue should so much remain be appropriated for the educa-
tion of Laurens M Reese or Charles Edwin Reese to be drawn
from the Executors as is needed for the purpose of Thomas S
 "Lastly I do hereby nominate and constitute my sons George 
and J Elihu my Executors to this my last will and testament 
hereby revoking all former wills by me made"
  "In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal 
this fourteenth day Of July in the Year of our Lord One Thou-
sand Eight Hundred & Thirty and the fifty fourth of American 

"Signed sealed published and                  "George Reese
Declared in presence of us                         (seal)"
                                     "Recorded in Will book 
RM Cherry
W.B. Finley                            page 83
                                       Recorded April 30, 1836
John Mullinnix"                        Proved April 30,1838
                                       John Harris, O.A.D.
                                       Roll No. 576"
  Miss Reese writes on pp. 132-133: "Anna Story, the wife of 
George Reese, was the eldest child by a second marriage. She was
slight, graceful, and quick in her movements, with Penetrating 
grayish blue eyes, fair complexion, and black hair.Her education-
al advantages Were limited, but she possessed a wealth of native
intellect, and being quilr ambitious, she improved ever opportu-
nity. She was no ordinary woman. Reared by a godly mother, she 
exhibited even in childhood that nobility of character and 
Greatness of Spirit, that strength of mind, precision of thought
and indefatigable Perseverance that made her remarkable. Her 
husband said 'she was his Christmas gift~' He met her by chance 
on Christmas Day as she was returning on horseback from service
at a neighborhood church. He was so charmed her beauty, 
grace and sprightliness that he surrendered his heart to her at 
once and soon obtained a Promise of marriage." They were 
married in less than a month, on Jan. 20, 1785.
    "She became a christian in early life, and lived a life of
strict religion. She found more real enjoyment and solid
happiness in attending upon the services of the church than in
any other pleasures in life."
    "She was an anxious mother, and her chief desire was to plant 
the seeds of faith in the young hearts of her children. How 
transcendent must have been the work of this godly woman in 
bringing up this large family in the 'love and admonition of the 

Lord !"
She was truly a helpmeet, a frugal housewife, and ordered her
household with wisdom. She not only superintended the spinning
and weaving for the family, but laid her own hands to the distaff
and loom.Her three daughters were taught all domestic accom-
plichments. Her ambitions and aspirations for her eight sons were
remarkable, and her authority and prestige in her family contin-
ued as long as she lived, and they paid her the tribute of obedi-
  Her religious habits and associations made a deep impression
upon her family which lasted them throughout life. She assisted
in building and supporting three Presbyterian churches, and gave
three communion services. This is told as a fitting memorial of
her. She also gave liberally of her means to support the Gospel
in heathen lands."
    Her favorite grandson, on being asked what he knew of his
ancestor, replied,'I know nothing farther back than my grand-
mother , nor do I care to trace beyond her, for to me she was the
grandest woman that ever lived - the alpha and omega of the
family; and she possessed that strength, firmness, and dignity of
character which belong to womanly goodness and greatness."'
    "After her husband's death she made her home with her son
George, and had her own faithful maid Margaret, whom she
called Marget, to wait on her."
   Hers was a long, useful life, full of good deeds. Four of her
sons were ruling Elders and many of her grandsons --elders and
deacons in the Presbyterian Church. She fulfilled her obligations
to her family, her church, her friends, with great honor to
herself,and died a peaceful, happy death. and sleeps among her
children in Hopewell", the family burying-ground in Chambers Co.,
Al.,and near West Point, Ga."


   This will is recorded in Chambers Co., Ala., Wills 1-2, 1833-
1856, pp.351-352. The courthouse is located in Lafayette.

Alabama      Chambers County"

   "I, Anna Reese , of the state and county aforesaid, being of a
sound and disposing mind and understanding, and desiring to
dispose of such worldly goods as I am possessed of, do make and
ordain this my last will and testament, in manner and form
following ." 
   'Item 1st.I give and bequeath to George Reese a certain Negro
girl named Margaret in trust and for the sole Purpose and benefit

of Dr. A. H. Reese, during his natural life, and should be die 
leaving no lawful issue, the aforesaid girl Margaret with her 
increase, shall revert to his surviving brothers."
    "Item 2. I will and direct that a boy named Derry, be sold, also 
a Negro boy named Jim, a carpenter, also a Negro boy named 
January, also a carpenter be sold (and I desire that neither of the 
above named Negroes be sold beyond the reach of their respective 
wives & family,) together with all my personal property of every 
description and kind not otherwise disposed of."
     Item 3d. I give to my daughter Mary S. Cherry all the furniture
I have in Pendleton, and I give to my daughter in law Mary 
A. Reese, all my furniture beds and book, that may be on hane, 
or in my possession at my death."
     Item 4th. I will and bequeath, to the daughters of my son
Horatio Reese, who may be living or alive at my death, to each 
the sum of forty dollars, to be paid one year after my death, and 
to Anna Ellis my silver cup, if living at my death."
     "Item 5th. I will and bequeath to Mary S. Cherry, the sum of
three hundred dollars, to be paid one year after my death."
    "Item 6th. I will and desire, that the rest and residue of my 
estate, be equally divided between Susan Harris, David A. Reese, 
Geo. Reese, Thomas S. Reese, James E Reese, the two together to 
wit: William M. and Charles S. Reese to get together an amount 
equal to the share of any of my children, named in this clause, 
and the same to be divided equally between them, and to be paid 
one year, together with the rest of the legacies, after my death."
     "Item 7th. I desire that my Executor or Executors hand over to 
Dr. A. H. Reese, a certain note for twelve hundred & fifty dollars, 
payable to Dr. C.M. Reese, dated 20th May 1846, with a credit of 
six hundred and fifty-three dollars & 60/100, dated 21st May 
1846, the same I relinquish to him, with whatever interest may 
have accured thereon."
     "I do hereby nominate and constitute, my sons Geo. Reese, and 
James E. Reese, my executors to this my last will and testament, 
revoking all former wills."
     "In testimony whereof, I have this day signed and set my seal, 
in presence of, 
James A. Cherry
Mary E. Cherry 
William J. Witherspoon "
"this 23rd of April 1849
Anna Reese"(seal)
     Miss Reese, on pages 218-219 of her book, quotes a manuscript 
of Major George Reese, son of George Reese, in which he tells of 
his visit to the site of his boyhood home in Pendelton,  S.C., in 
1875, and his memories of that home from his childhood.  "From 
Charlotte we went to Pendelton, S.C. to visit relatives an my 
boyhood home. We went to the spot where my father lived, and
where most of us first saw the light. Everything gone ! The long
piazza shaded by venerable oaks, where we were wont to congre-
gate for nearly a half century, under whose shade was hung our
swings, and where all were innocent and happy then. Here my
sainted mother, every Sabbath, could be seen with the Shorter
Catechism in hand, guiding us upward and onward."'
  "In this old piazza our Father, 'the old Israelite indeed,'
welcomed, reared, and married seven sons, and with open arms 
he gave away three obedient, beautiful daughters to three most
excellent, and as it turned out, most worthy and suitable hus-
ands. These three sisters were as lovely as Job's daughters. This
home of ours was the resort of the elite of the neighborhood.
here my father raised and educated eleven children, and lived to
see them all well and happily married."'
   "From this old mansion the happy spirit of my father ascended
to heaven without a doubt in his own mind, untainted and
blameless, and is buried at Hopewell Cemetery, at the Old Stone
Church, beside his kindred."'

            Generation Thirteen
Children of George Reese and Anna Story:

1. Horatio (Horace) Reese born April 18, 1786, died Pendelton,
May 22,1830. Married Margaret Carter Feb. 14, 1811. 10 children.

2. Charles Milton Reese born Jan 20, 1788, died April, 1862.
Married (1) 1817, Anne Miller of Philadelphia; 2 children. He
married (2) in 1831, Mrs. Lucy Meriwether,2 children. Married
(3) in 1833, Mrs. Elizabeth Gerdine, no children. Studied
in Philadelphia, was for some years a surgeon with the U.S. Navy
Lived in Italy for a time. Later settled in Pendelton, S.C.

3. Mary Story Reese was born April 17, 179O, and died Aug. 3,
1875. She married in Jan., 1817, David Cherry. Two children.

4. Susan Polk Reese was born Feb. 19, 1792, and died Sept. 16,
1864. She married in Sept., 1817, Nathaniel Harris. Four

5. David Addison Reese born March 3, 1794, at his grandfather's
home near Charlotte, N.C., while his parents were on a visit
for several months. Died Dec. 16, 1871. Married Dec., 1819, Mary
Gaines Meriwether. 4 children. Studied medicine in Philadelphia,
practiced in Elberton, Ga. In Ga. Senate several terms, went to
U.S. Congress as representative of Ga. 7th Congressional


6. George Reese born Sept. 17, 1796, died Jan. 26, 1877. Married
Sept.,1824, Mary Ann Witherspoon. 8 children. None survived.

7. Thomas Sidney Reese was born Aug. 12, 1799, and died Dec. 26,
1863. He married March 8, 1827, Susan L. McGregor. Ten children.

8. James Elihu Reese born July 12, 1802, died July 2, 1876. Mar-
ried  1843  Lucy Allison of Lafayette, Al. No children.

9. Edwin Reese was born July 17, 1804, and died Dec. 5, 1877. He
married May 13, 1834, Sarah Ann Lewis. Seven children.

10. Esther Ann Reese born Jan. 1, 1807, died typhoid fever Aug
11,1823. Married Jan. 11, 1823, David Meriwether. No children.

11.Alexander Hamden Reese born July 12, 1810, died Sept. 19
1868. Married May 1834, cousin Jane Cherry. No children. Studied
medicine in Philadelphia; surgeon in the Confederate army.

  These eleven children were born in Pendelton, S.C., except
David Addison Reese, as noted above. They were all slave owners.
All were reared and educated at historic old Pendelton, a town
where the people possessed wealth, learning, culture, and religion
One of the first female high schools in the South was established
there. This old academy graduated some of the finest women in
the land. One of the first military academies was located there,
and the first Farmer's Society in the South was organized by the
planters of that section.


Generation Thirteen

Thomas Sidney Reese

Miss Reese writes on page 243 of her book: "Thomas Sidney Reese, son of George and Anna Story Reese, was born at Pendelton, S.C., August 12, 1799."

"He was a bright, industrious lad, a close student, and made a fine record at school. His mother used to say of him that 'Sidney was her pious, polite boy, who always loved to go to Sunday school and church.' He possessed courtly manners and was the Chesterfield of the family."

"When a lad, he was sent to Philadelphia to be trained to mercantile business by a famous Dutch merchant. He did not like confinement of the life of a merchant and only remained a year, and much against the better judgment of his brother, Milton, with whom he lived while in Philadelphia, he gave up his position and set to travel. He embarked upon a flat boat, and went down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, finally landing at Vicks- burg. While there he had a spell of typhoid fever, and was confined to his bed for months. When he became strong enough he procured a horse and traveled on horseback through the country to his home in South Carolina."

"At that time most of the country was only inhabited by Indians, with a few trading stations, such as Montgomery, Ala., and several in Georgia. Upon reaching home he was the hero of the day, when he related the many narrow escapes he made, and the intense excitement and the severe fatigue he endured for so many days."

"During the exciting days of Nullification in South Carolina, at a military drill in Pendelton District, when armed resistance to the laws of Congress was led by John C. Calhoun, he was the first to volunteer his services.''

"This was an evidence of his strong states' rights feelings, which he never faltered in as long as he lived. He willingly gave six sons to the Confederate army, one of whom gave up his life for the southern cause."

"He removed from South Carolina to Alabama, and settled near West Point,Ga., where several of his brothers had already settled.During the Indian troubles, when most of the people fled from their homes on account of a rumor of the approach of the Indians,he volunteered and stood guard alone on the bank of the Chattahoochee River, so that he might give warning of the enemy's approach. These incidents in his life showed his sturdy nature, indomitable will, and bravery."

"He was truly a gentleman of the old school whose bland cheerful humor, and instructive conversation were a delight to his friends."

"The purity of his life was exceptional even among pious people, and he was exemplary in all the walks of a christian gentleman. He was a most gifted man in prayer, and his fine conversational powers were rare, being a ready, fluent speaker, always using the choicest English."

"For many years he was an Elder in the Presbyterian church, and lived an upright Christian life."

He died at his home in Lowndes County, Ala., on December 26, 1863, and is buried in Hopewell Cemetery in Chambers Co., Al.

The inscription on his burial monument reads:
    He brought joy into every home he entered,
    and most of all to his own when he returned to it."

On March 8, 1827, he married Susan L. McGregor who was born Nov.13,1802, in James Parish, South Carolina, and died Jan.10, 1858, in lowndes Co., Al., and is buried in Hopewell Cemetery In


Chambers Co.,Al. She was, writes Miss Reese on page 245 of her book "a most estimable christian woman and came from the distinguished old Scotch family of McGregors. They were wealth and aristocratic,and were reared at Charleston, S.C., and posses- sed that soft, musical accent so peculiar to the Charlestonians."

She was the daughter of Henry L. and Anna R. McGregor and she joined the Presbyterian Church in Pendelton, S.C., in 1831.

The inscription on her burial monument reads:
"No pain, no grief, no anxious fear,
  Invade thy bounds, no mortal woes
 Can reach thy peaceful slumbers here,
  While angels watch thy soft repose."

Thomas Sidney and Susan M. Reese were among the 13 citizens who formed the Presbyterian church at Bluffton, Al., in 1837, which became the Presbyterian Church of West Point, Ga.On December 13, 1837, these 13 people met in the home of T.S.Reese, and six of the group bore the name Reese! Thomas S. Reese was elected the first Ruling Elder. A silver communion service was given to the West Point Presbyterian Church in 1840 by Mrs.Anna Story Reese, who lived with her son George in the Bluffton community of Chambers Co., Al. It has been told that during the War Between the States the set was hidden under the front steps of the church for safe keeping. It is still Preserved in the present church, displayed in the Stanley Class Room.

Thomas S. Reese was the Census Taker of Chambers Co. in 1840. Census records show that he had 30 acres of improved land, 180 acres of unimproved land, with a cash value of $ 2,400 set all the land, and livestock valued at $ 445. He was recorded as a Farmer with 19 people in his household, 5 of whom were slaves.

Obituary of Susan L. Macgregor Reese

(I believe this appeared in The Christian Observer. )

Departed this life on Sabbath, the 10th of January, 1858, in Lowndes County, ala., Mrs. Susan L. Reese, wife of Thomas S. Reese, in the 56th year of her age.

The deceased was born in Saint James' Parish, South Carolina- The daughter of Henry L. and Anna R. McGregor. In 1831 she united with the Presbyterian church in Pendelton, and removed in 1836 to alabama, and was one of the little band that in 1837 formed the Presbyterian Church in West Point, of which her husband was elected an elder. In 1856 she removed to Lowndes Co., where after a brief period of little more than a year, she was dismissed from the toils and trials of earth and of the church militant, to join , as we fondly hope and believe, the church of the first born, whose names are written in Heaven.

The character and conduct of Mrs. Reese evinced to all who knew her that she was a Christian indeed. Meek and humble in spirit, simple and unsophisticated in her manners, kind and affectionate in disposition, faithful in all the relations of life, she well illustrated the spirit and precepts of that religion which she possessed. "None knew her but to love her; none spoke of her but to praise."

The Bible was the man of her counsel. She searched the scriptures daily; especially did she delight in those devotional Psalms which lifted the spirit up and brought it into communion with the throne of God. As she lived the life of the Christian, so she died the death of the righteous. Through her last sickness was painful and protracted, she was never heard to murmur nor complain. Her Savor was with her - "A very present help in time of trouble." "She knew Him in whom she believed and was persuaded that He was able to keep what she had committed to His Care." Thus trusting in and stayed upon her savior, she had 'perfect peace, and at last fell asleep in Jesus, with a hope full of life and immortality. "Blessed, Thrice blessed, are the dead that die in the Lord." "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace." Mrs. Reese left a husband and nine children to mourn her irreparable loss


Generation Fourteen

Children of Thomas Sidney Reese and Susan L. McGregor:

  • 1.Laurens McGregor Reese born Feb.20, 1828, in Pendelton,S.C. He married Lucy Tinsley of Monticello, ca. Three children.
  • 2. Charles Edwin Reese. WE DESCEND THROUGH THIS LINE
  • 3. Horace Reese born Dec. 31, 1831, Pendelton, S.C. died battle of Malvern Hill, Va., during War Between the States. Never married.
  • 4. George Reese born April 2, 1834, Pendelton, S.C.Married Anna Simpson of Pensacola, Fl. June 6, 186l. 4 children. Confederate officer.
  • 5.Hesperia Delphemia Reese born April 15, 1836, Pendelton,S.C.


    died 1855. Married Thomas Whitman, West Point, Ga. No children.
  • 6. Catherine Augusta Reese born July 13, 1838, Pendelton, S.C. Married Tecumseh Farriss. 4 children.
  • 7. Mary Cherry Reese born Oct. 13, 1840, Al. Married 1860 Edward Dudley, brother of Sarah Wammond Dudley who married Mary's brother, Dr. Charles Edwin Reese. 4 children.
  • 8. Rebecca Ann Reese born Jan. 18, 1842, Al. Married E.H. Jones of Texas. 2 children.
  • 9. Thomas Sidney Reese, Jr. born Jan. 31, 1844, Al. Moved Texas. Attorney. Married Oct. 26, 1869, Mary Virginia Lester.4 children.
  • 10. Sydenham Witherspoon Reese born Jan. 5, 1846, Al. Joined Confederate army age 16, moved to Texas after war, died Jan., 1882, as a result of old war wounds. Never married.

    Generation Fourteen

    Dr. Charles Edwin Reese

    Charles Edwin Reese was born in Pendelton, S.C., on October 26,1830.His. family moved to Chambers Co., Al., after 1837 and at some later date they moved to Lowndes Co., Al. He was the second of 10 children and pursued his higher education by attending the Medical College of Philadelphia, as had several of his father's brothers a generation before. He returned to Lowndes Co. and began the practice of medicine there.On April 4, 1858, in the Good Hope Presbyterian Church, Benton, Lowndes Co., he married Sarah Hammond Dudley who was born in Lowndes Co. on May 19,1837, She was the ninth of 12 children, being the daugh- ter of John(Jack) Dudley and his wife, Julia Ann Reese, who was the daughter of Littleton Reese and his wife Elizabeth (Betsy) Hall. [See chapters two, three, four, and five.].

    Dr.Charles Edwin Reese was a fourth cousin of James Knox Polk, eleventh president of the United States


    The following was written by John Dudley Reese, Sr., eldest son of Dr. C.E Reese. Reese. "I am writing this sketch of the life of my father, the late Dr. Charles Edwin Reese,because I feel that I owe it to my children, and also a duty that I feel I owe to the memory of the best man I ever knew. Dr.C.E. Reese was born in Pendelton, South 2Carolina, October 26, 1830, and was the son of Thomas Sidney and Susan McGregor Reese. He moved to Chambers 35 County, Alabama with his father's family (I do not know the date) - from which place he moved to Lowndes County, Alabama, "He received a common school education there and attended a Medical College in Philadelphia. He began the practice of medicine in Churchill Beat, Lowndes County, and practiced there until the year 1869, when he moved to the village of Lowndesboro and enjoyed the practice of his profession until his death." "He was buried in the Village cemetery there . He was a ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church for 40 years, as was his father and grandfather. He volunteered his services to the State of Alabama in 1861. He went to the front but was afterwards transferred to Selma, Alabama and placed in charge of the Confederate hospital there until the close of the war. He married Sarah Hammond Dudley at the old Good Hope church in Lowndes County. She survived until....when she went to join him in Heaven. My father was one of the purest minded men I ever knew. I never knew him to soil his lips with a profane, foul, or unclean word." (Signed) "J.D. Reese"

    The following is taken from the minutes of the lowendesboro Presbyterian Church where Dr. C.E. Reese worshiped and faithfully served as a ruling elder and spiritual leader, as is obvious from what is written here.

    Lowndesboro Presbyterian Church, Oct. 11, 1871

    "Our congregations have been good, and the preaching of the Word has been earnestly received, and we trust profitably by the professors of religion. But as yet sinners are unconverted, and seen determined to reject alike the voice of warning given in the law, and the voice of mercy given in the gospel..."

    "We have a weekly prayer meeting in the church on Thursday afternoons. It is attended by only a few. It gives us pain to see this precious means of grace so generally neglected."

    "We conclude this narrative by remarking, the sins of profanity intemperance, and sabbath breaking that abound in our midst, the want of family prayer in our church, the absence of that soul-absorbing piety demanded by the word of God and the cause of Christ, and sin of worldlimindedness so deeply fastened upon the Christian heart, are sapping the church of its power and capacity for accomplishing its great and glorious mission. "

    C.E. Reese, Clerk of Session

    Lowndesboro Presbyterian Church, Mar. 18, 1900

    "The officers of the church have been faithful in discharging duties to the flock, although enfeebled by disease the elders have attended the sanctuary services, when to all appearances it was impossible. By their presence under difficulties, others have been moved up to the measure of duty."


    "This church though financially weak has contributed faithfully in support of the benevolent objects of the church."

    Family worship entirely neglected, a source of great regret to the Session. The Standards and Sabbath School literature of the Presbyterian Church are used. Perfect faith in and conformity to Calvinistic teaching on the part of almost all the members. The church both adults and children are drilled in Shorter Catechism. Attendance upon Sanctuary services regular and large."

    "Sabbath observance by church members, above the average church members."

    "No outpouring of the Holy Spirit. A source of deep regret and cause of fervent and unfortunate prayer to the great head of the church, that he would visit vine of his own planting and give the harvest of souls so earnestly desired. Harmony, peace, and love prevails throughout the congregation all willing to work as the father directs." C.E.Reese, Clerk of Session

    The following resolution was made by the Lowndesboro United Daughters of the Confederacy following the death of Sarah Hammond Dudley Reese.

    "In Memorial by Lowndesboro U.D.C.

    "Danny Reese"

    "In the early hours of Jan. 7, 1924 just as the midnight was over, God in his unerring and infinite wisdom plucked one of his choicest flowers - in the spirit of Mrs. Sarah Reese- and bore it off to be transplanted in a brighter field; in a lovelier sphere and on loftier heights where it will never fade."

    "The sudden departure of "Danny" as she was known and called by all, cast a gloom over our community and U.D.C. Chapter of which she was an honorary member. She was much esteemed and loved by all who knew her."

    "Mrs. Reese was born on May 19, 1837 and was a daughter of an old aristocratic family. Before her marriage to Dr. Reese she was Sara Dudley. For years she had made her home with a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Charlie Reese, and may this daughter some day reap her reward for being so kind, so loving and thoughtful of her aged mother-in-law."

    "During the latter years of Danny's life she was held a prisoner in the dreary hours of blindness. Her wonderful patience was an inspiration to her many friends. Two years previous to her death an operation made it possible for her to gain the sight back in one eye. Never was a person more happy than she -when she could again face her loved ones. and friends." Two years previous to her death an operation made it possible for her to gain the sight back in one eye. Never was a person mire happy than she -when she could again face her loved ones and friends."


    "She was a dear lover of little children and kind to all she met. Always to cheer to strong, comfort the weak, lift up the fallen and lend a helping hand to anything furthering the interests of the community and church. "

    "When quite a young woman she joined the Presbyterian Church, and had always been a devout worker and loyal member. "

    Danny was a type of true southern womanhood. She was intellectual and cultured with ideas based upon a true conception of the brightest standard of christian womanhood. Personally we never knew a more nobel character."

    "Her body lies sleeping beside that of her beloved husband in Oakview Cemetery -Lowndesboro, Alabama. "

    The following letter was written by Sarah Dudley Reese to her eldest grandson, my father, John Dudley Reese, Jr. and indicates the spiritual quality of her life as clearly as the Session minutes indicate the same of her husband.

    "Lownsboro, Jan 18, 1907."

    "My dear Boy,"

    "Words are insufficient to express the great gratification afforded me when your Papa told me you and Susie had connected yourselves with the church. The gratification was two fold. I know we can serve our Father as well in one church an another, but the Presbyterian church has for ages been the church of your Fathers, and I am proud that you should come into this fold, to honor and serve Him, who died for our salvation."

    "You cannot realize what a gratification this is to me."

    "Horace has been to see me and I had all my children, but Hessie, with me for a short while. Horace looks to be in better health, but I thought there was a shade of sadness, perceptible during his whole visit. He was anxious to go to see you all but could not arrange to go, unless he spent the night and then to on to Pell city and this he could not do . Lucille was so happy to see him."

    "We have had letters from Mary C. she is much pleased."

    "I am glad you are located in business near us. I was a little afraid of the R. Road business -- so much Sunday work. Go to Sabbath School my dear by and come to see us when you can."

    "May God richly bless you. Honor Him my son, and we have His Word that He will honor you. Much love for all --Papa, Mama & the children."

    "I do pray that Phil may soon come and follow your example.""Kiss Susie for me.""With much love for your dear self affectionly Danny."

    Dr. C.E. Reese died at Lowndesboro, Al., on April 4, 1903. After his death their home, "Marengo", was sold and in the 1970's became the property of the State of Alabama as an historic landmark. Sara Dudley Reese made her home after her husband died with their son Charlie Reese and His wife Betie Whitman Reese. Charlie died Nov. 16, 1916, and his wife continued to lovingly care for Sarah Dudley Reese until (Marengo Entrance Staircase) her death on January 7, 1924 in Lowndesboro.

    "Marango"(living Room)


  • The following Does not appear in My uncle's book I have add it here.11/7/99.

    From "Jeffrey's Latest 13 more Alabama Ghosts" by Kathryn Tucker Windham (paperback 1987) published 1982.

    chapter 10 (sudden laughter) page 107


    It is no wonder that Colonel Jeffy Doherty fell in love with Lowndesboro: the gentle beauty of the autebellum village has captured many hearts.

    Colonel Doherty came upon Lowndesboro rather unexpectedly one day in the spring of 1974. Stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, he was approaching retirement and wanted to find an old house, a fine old house , to restore for use as a dwelling and as a location for catering private parties. He had found nine houses that appealed to him in and around Montgomery, but a variety of complications(potential demolition for interstate highway rights-of-way, inability to get clear title, disagreement among heirs, ets. ) prevented his buying any of them.


    He was becoming discouraged about finding the right house and was considering returning to California when, on a Sunday afternoon drive, he discovered A lowndesboro. He turned off Highway 80 between Montgomery and selma, and drove down a winding road, a road linking proud old houses like gems on a twisting chain.

    He drove slowly past the homes, the churches, the post office, the store, and he pulled into a driveway to turn around. At the end of that driveway, in a yard bright with johquils, hyacinths, and flowering shrubs, stood a graceful house with slender Doric columns across the front and a wide front door that seemed to invite and welcome guests.

    "That is my house," Colonel Doherty said aloud. " My house." So he made inquiries and found that the house, known as Marengo, was managed by the lowndesboro Landmarks Foundation and might possibly be available for leasing. It had been damaged by a recent tornado, he was told, and was badly in need of repair. His informant was about to tell him the history of the house, but Colonel Doherty was not interested in history-not then. All he wanted was to be able to move into Marengo, repair it, and open his business.

    There were delays, as there often are in such transactions, but in the fall of 1974, Colonel Doherty and his wife, Allison, moved into Marengo.

    "We were glad to be in the house," Colonel Doherty recalls, "but I felt uneasy there. I thought at first the feeling came because the house had been damaged and was not secure, that it was too easy for intruders to enter the place.

    "But even after we had completed the major repairs and had made the house as burglarproof as such a house can be, the uneasiness continued. i slept with my pistol near me each night though deep down I sensed that whatever it was that gave me this uncomfortable sense of foreboding could not be shot--not with an ordinary pistol. But I still kept that weapon nearby."

    While he was still trying to analyze his feeling of uneasiness, he was diverted by the recurring sound of laughter, sudden laughter, as though a woman were laughing over a happy surprise.


    Sometimes Colonel and Mrs. Doherty would be awakened by the sudden laughter of an unseen woman. At other times, busy with the continuing work of repairing Marengo, they would hear the laughter coming from another part of the house.

    Though the laughter was quite distinct and though they hurried to the rooms where the sounds seemed to come from, they never found anyone--or anything--in the house.

    "We tried to tell ourselves that it was the wind we heard whistling around this old house," Colonel Doherty recalls, "but winds moan; they don't produce the happy sound of laughter. And the sounds we heard were happy, very definitely the sounds of a woman laughing about something that pleased her very much."

    But though the sounds were happy, they still disturbed the Dohertys, as the unknown always tends to disturb logical human beings.

    There was a feeling, too, that someone, someone unseen, was in the house with them, the feeling that they were being watched by eyes they could not see.


    Visitors to Marengo confessed to experiencing the same sensations, the awareness of an unseen presence and the felling of being closely watched. Mrs. Doherty's mother, for example, came for a visit but was so upset by the "strange feeling" she had in Marengo that she refused to sleep there.

    It was at this point that Jerry Doherty became extremely interested in learning more about the history of the house he and his wife occupied. He started by asking the postmaster, a longtime resident named Mrs. Dorothy Howard. He did not wish to appear foolish nor did he wish to start any rumors about ghosts, so one day when he stopped by the post office to mail a letter, he chatted for few minutes and than asked casually, " Is there anything unusual about Marengo? Anything I should know about?" Mrs. Howard chuckled. "We've been wondering when you would ask about the ghost," she replied." You've heard her, haven't you?"


    Jerry Doherty was relieved, relived to learn that there was a ghostly legend surrounding Marengo, that he and Allison had not conjured up the strange feelings of an unseen presence nor merely imagined that they had heard sudden laughter.

    From conversations with natives of Lowndesboro, from scattered records, and from local histories, Jerry and allison Doherty pieced together the story of Marengo and of the ghostly laughter there . This is what they learned from their research:

    The house originally stood across the alabama River, north of Lowndesborok in Antauga County where it was built by Dr. John Howar in 1835. After his family had lived in the house for several years, Dr. Howard became dissatisfied with its location. The area had not prospered or grown as he had though it would, and it did not offer the opportunities for professional and cultural advancements he had expected.

    Lowndesboro, on the other hand, was a thriving community with good schools and strong churches, and it was a place where his medical skill would be in greater demand.

    Dr. Houwar would likely have moved immediately except for one thing : he liked the home he had built in Antauga County, and he did not want to leave it. So he decided to take it with him.

    Board by board and brick by brick he had his servants dismantle the house. Each brick and each board was numbered so that the house could be reconstructed at its new site exactly the way it was originally built.

    The materials were floated across the river on rafts to Newport Landing, then hauled by ox teams to its present site and rebuilt there.

    Dr. Howard did change the house slightly, making an outside door form one of the Windows that flanked the fireplace in a front room. The door, he explained, was placed there for the convenience of his patients, to give them easy access to his office.

    This office, where first Dr. Howard and later Dr. Charles Edwin Reese Treated their patients, played a role in saving Lowndesboro from destruction by Wilson"Raiders during the final days of the War Between the States.



    After the ravage of Selma in April 1865, General Wilson's troops marched toward Montgomery. Lowndeboro lay in their path, and citizens feared that their homes and churches would be vandalized and burned, just as homes and churches in Selma had been destroyed. As the Federal forces neared Lowndesboro, it chanced that Dr. Reese had a patient in his office, that office in his home, whose face was broken out with an angry rash.

    Taking that patient with him, Dr. Reese rode out to meet the Yankees. He requested and was given an interview with General Wilson. After introducing himself, the doctor said: "General, I feel I must warn you that there is smallpox in Lowndesboro. Your men will occupy that town at great personal risk to their health. " He motioned to the young man who had accompanied him. "This is one of my patients, " he said. General Wilson, from a save distance, looked hard at the bumps and splotches on the man's face. Then to the doctor he said, "Take that man away. And I thank you for your warning. I will not subject my men to the possibility of catching that decease. We will avoid your town."

    So, though the Yankees did camp in a grove near the town and though there persist accounts of sporadic raiding by some troops, Lowndesboro was not destroyed.

    Whether or not Dr. Reese's patient actually had smallpox has never been definitely determined .

    These and other stories of Lowndesboro and of his home Colonel Doherty learned as he delved into the history of the place.

    Dr. Reese's family, Colonel Doherty was told, lived in the home (they called it Jasmine Because of the luxuriant Cape Jasmine bushes growing in the yard) until Mrs.Sarah Dudley Reese's death in 1924.

    It was Mrs. Reese, according to local tradition, who had a massive brass lock, a lock still in place, installed on the front door. She was frightened at being left in the isolated house when Dr. Reese was called out to see his patients at night, and she continuously nagged and berated him for leaving her there unprotected.


    "You are more concerned about your patients than about the safety of you own wife ! You care more about them than you do about me !" she accused him.

    So the big brass lock with its big brass key was put on the front door, Mrs. Reese, they said, kept that key with her at all times. And there were reports, never verified, that she in fits of anger, sometimes used to lock her husband out.

    L. James Powell bought the property in 1925, and it was he who named the house Marengo, honoring the southwest Alabama county where his wife had grown up.

    L. James Powell, Jr., inherited Marengo in 1959, becoming master of the house where he had grown to manhood, the house he loved.

    Jimmy wa a talented, charming man, friends told Colonel Doherty. He was an artist, musician, writer, lover of books, and delightful conversationalist. Yet he frifted from one occupation to another, always seeking, never Satisfied. His one obsession was to restore Marengo.


    His wife, Kathleen, shared his devotion to Marengo. Kathleen Powell, Colonel Doherty was told, was an unusual woman. She was an invalid when Jimmy met and married her, unable to walk because of injuries suffered in an accident. She could get about a bit on crutches, burt she spent most of the time in a wheel chair.

    As had other women before her, Kathleen disliked being left alone at Marengo. So Jimmy bought her a pistol and taught her how to use it. He pushed her chair out onto the back porch at Marengo and showed her how to aim and fire at targets in the yard. Kathleen was an apt pupil.

    One night in 1961, after Kathleen's maid had put her to bed, Jimmy drove the woman home in his pickup truck. He returned to Marengo and found Kathleen lying on a blood-drenched pillow. "Come quickly," he telephoned friends. "Kathleen has shot herself." She died a few hours later.


    The death was ruled suicide, but there were questions, ugly questions, as there often are when prominent people are involved in tragedy.

    Kathleen left her husband a "substantial sum " of money, some reports say as much as half a million dollars. It was enough money to restore Marengo, but though extensive work was done on the house, Jimmy Powell's interest in the project was diverted. Before long, the money was gone.

    In 1971 Marengo was sold to Colonel (retired) and Mrs. robert Simpson. It was later sold to Mr. And Mrs. William Cabiness of Birmingham who turned it over to the town of Lowndesboro.

    Jerry Doherty studied the history of the house, thought of the people who had lived there, and wondered. That sudden laughter--whose was it??

    He and Allison established "The Marengo Tea House " in their home, and Jerry when asked to do so, often entertained their guests by telling them of the history of Marengo and of the strange happenings, the sudden laughter, there. Some guests even claimed they heard the laughter, but Jerry was never sure they did.

    One night in the fall of 1975, a group from Maxwell came out to have dinner at Marengo. Among the guests was Syliva C., a psychic from New York, who was visiting a friends at the air force base. There was no talk of ghosts or of haunting that night, only a brief, almost stylized, account of the early years of the house.

    After dinner, the guests were assembled in the downstairs bar, and Jerry was standing behind the cash register there. Sylvia, who had been quiet almost to the point of being withdrew all evening, walked around to him and said softly: "Jeffy, you know you and Allison are not alone in this house." He was surprised, but he curbed his desire to question her, thinking he might give her information she could use in what could be mere speculation. He know she had never been in the house before and that she had no knowledge of the people who had lived in it through the years.

    "There is a presence here , a woman named Kathleen," the psychic continued. "She was born in February, she died in February, and her spirit will leave this house in February,"


    Page 115 had a photo the the brass key.

    The psychic added that Jerry and Allison had made Kathleen happy, thus freeing her spirit. "The beauty and the love and the happiness you have brought to Marengo have given her peace and joy. You two are living here the kind of life she dreamed of living. Because of you, her spirit is free to leave."


    Jerry pondered the words he had heard. He put his hand in his jacket pocket and felt the big front door key. On impulse, he laid it on the bar.

    Sylvia recoiled and threw up her hands."Don't put that key near me," she said loudly. "It has an evil charge."

    The other guests, attracted by the commotion, congregated around Sylvia and Jerry. They saw Syliva point to the key and say, "It belonged to a woman who was very unhappy here, a woman whose name was --"She hesitated a moment. "Whose name was Sarah. Sarah Dudley ??"

    The rest of the evening was spent discussing Sarah Dudley Reese and Kathleen Powell and Marengo and ghosts and sudden laughter. As the guests were leaving , Sylvia said again, "Dathleen will leave Marengo in February."

    The latter part of January 1976 Jerry and Allison Doherty left Lowndesboro on and extended vacation to California and Hawaii. It wa the last day of February when they returned to Marengo.

    As they entered the house, they were immediately aware of a feeling of peace and tranquillity such as they had never experienced before.

    And never again have they heard that strange, sudden laughter.


    This is the end of chapter 10 , about Marengo, in the book" Jeffery's Latest 13 more Alabama Ghosts"

    "There every tear is wiped away 
              Sighs no more shall heave the breast
              Night is lost in endless day 
              Sorrow in eternal rest."

    This inscription is on Dr.Reese's grave monument:

    The Numbering

    Beginning a this point I have assigned numbers to each descendant of Dr. Charles Edwin Reese and Sarah Hammond Dudley. An asterisk * before a number Indicates children who will appear in the next generation. Parenthesis --(thus)-- around a number refer to the asterisk ed number of the preceding generation. The numbers are given in order of descent, beginning with the eldest, and lines can be easily located and traced.

    Generation Fifteen

    Children of Dr. Charles Edwin Reese and Sarah Hammond Dudley: ( All born in Lowndes Co., Al.)

    *1. John Dudley Reese was the eldest child of Charles Edwin and Sarah Hammond Dudley Reese. He was born April 7, 1859. When he was tow years old his father went to the front to serve the Confederacy, and John Dudley (always called Dudley) and his mother went to live with the Dudley family on their plantation near Benton, Al. They lived there during those critical war years, and when the Union troops came through Alabama they stopped at the Dudley plantation. Some of the Union soldiers saw John Dudley and asked him to recite a piece for the, as it was a custom of the time for children to learn short poems, etc., which they recited when company came. Young Dudley refused, and more Union soldiers joined the scene, all urging him to recite a piece. Finally he agreed, and this is the poem he chose:

    "Jeff Davis rides a white horse
              Abe Lincoln rides a mule;
              Jeff Davis is a gentleman 
              Abe Lincoln is a fool."


    The Unionists laughed and enjoyed the joke. After the War his Father returned to Lowndes County, and several years later John Dudley entered Auburn College at Auburn, Alabama, which he attended for two years.

    On April 8,1885, in the Episcopal Church in Hayneville, Al., he married Sallie Herbert Cook, the daughter of Judge Philip Henry Cook and his second wife, Mary Ellen Herbert ("Danmay"), who were married Feb. 17, 1858.

    Sallie Herbert Cook was born Nov. 20, 1865, in Hayneville, Al. She died Dec. 25, 1908, in Lowndes Co., and is buried in Hayneville in "The Pines" Cemetery.

    Her mother, Mary Ellen Herbert Cook, "was a staunch Episcopalian and dressed every day as though it were Sunday, and then sat reading her prayer Book. She never worked at all, for she thought is below her station to do so." So wrote her granddaughter, Susie Reese Kennedy.

    Sallie Cook Reese was greatly loved by everyone in the county and was known as "Miss Sallie". She devoted her life to her husband, her children, and her neighbors. It was said that the only time she thought about herself was in wondering what she could do for someone else. In 1892 she suffered from and attack of Typhoid Fever from which she never fully recovered. On Christmas Day , 1908, as was her custom, she drove around the plantation in her buggy delivering presents to the families who worked the land. All the little Negro children, when they saw her familiar buggy, ran from the house shouting, "Heah come Miz Sallie." It was on this day, after she returned home, that she suffered a heart attack and died at the of 43. Only the night before, the house had been the happy scene of a dance honoring her daughter, Susie, who would celebrate her sixteenth birthday in one week.

    The last note of Sallied Herbert Cook Reese to her Son, John Dudley Reese, Jr., on the occasion of his 20th birthday, just 19 days before her sudden death, is included below.

    " I send my dear son a cake & lots of love and good wished on his birthday.""I pray that the dear lord will spare you many years to your old mother & may you be as great a joy to me in your manhood as you have been in your childhood."" With prayers and love from your ever Loving Mama" "Dec 6th 1908"


    John Dudley Reese was Register in Chancery and County Treasurer of Lowndes County for 16 - 20 years. He was chairman of the Board of Education for 8 years. He was an Elder in the Hay neville Presbyterian Church for over 30 years. It is recorded in the Session Minutes of the Lowndesboro Presbyterian Church that he first became a church member in that congregation on August 21, 1873. He was a farmer, and at the time of the First World war had 2500 acres in cotton. He had rented the land, and when the war came , the cotton market fell and he, as did many other southern farmers, lost almost everything. He had other business ventures in Lowndes county, and lived for several years in Montgomery, Al. While he was in Montgomery, Aunt Easter served the family. She was one of the Dudley slaves and had helped care for John Dudley when, as a small child, he had lived on the Dudley Plantation during the year4s of the War Between the States. He later moved to Port Arthur, Texas, with his daughters, Hessie and Bessie. They joined his son Phil, who was already living there. John Dudley Reese died in Port Arthur, Texas, on Feb.7, 1942, and was buried at "The Pines" cemetery in Hayneville, Al., beside his wife. They had nine children.

    I am including here the letter that John Dudley Reese, Sr., wrote his son, John Dudley Reese, Jr. for his 33rd birthday. This was also the day when the first grandchild, David Earl Dunn, Jr., was born.

    "Tuesday Afternoon 12/6/21

    Dear John

    "Little David Earle DDunn, Jr. arrived safely at 5 this morning . and Sallie is doing fine."

    "Salliewent out to Hubbard's Sunday night about 10:30. She had a few pains and Dr. Laslie advised her to go at once. "

    "Bessie and Mrs. Dunn went with her and stayed all night out there. Mrs. Dunn got a wire to David Earle who was in Mobile and he was fortunate enough to get on a train in 15 minutes after getting the telegram and he reached Montgmery about 7:30. Bessie had come home so we had breakfast & D.E. and Bessie went at once to Infirmary. But Sallie did not have any severe pains until last night about 11 - I don't know how long she was in labor but thing a good long time."

    "Mrs. Dunn called up this morning about 5:10 to tell me Sallie had a fine son weighing 8 1/2 # and that Sallie was all right. It certainly was quite a relief to me for I was so worried. Bessie said she would phone me as soon as the baby came and I waked up sever times during the night hoping to hear from them. So I came on to my place this morning as I had some work being done here which required my attention."


    I wrote you as usual yesterday but as I always do forgot today was your birthday. Bessie reminded me of it yesterday so you can consider this a birthday letter and I know Sallie thinks you should feel flattered that D.E. Jr. came on your birthday."

    "Of course we are all proud of the first grandson and nephew in the family. But I am no prouder than I was of the first son and I can truthfully say I have continued to be proud of the first son for these 33 years. For he has been always a respectful, affectionate, and devoted son. I can say what few men can say and that is : that neither of my sons ever spoke a disrespectful or harsh word to their Daddy. It will do you good some day to recall that I said this and if you should be so fortunate as to be blessed some day with a son of your own you can tell him your Dad wrote you there. I remember once Pa told someone who told me that I had never caused him a heartache by my conduct."

    " I can say the same for you. I treasure up in my memory as something sacred that my father said this about me. And you will some day when I have crossed on the river treasure what I have written you today. I really ought to write you this with a pen so that you could put it away to show your son someday."

    "I will go back to see the grandson Friday evening."

    "May God bless you and give you success in life -a good wife
    and many  fine children."            "Affct. Papa"

    My Papa, to whom this letter was written, saved it and did show it to his sons, and I treasure it still. God did bless my Father with a Wonderful wife - and children and grandchildren who love him dearly. He was, perhaps, the most thoroughly contented an fulfilled man I ever met. He loved his Lord, loved his family, and loved his church -in that order. And he was well loved by them in return. He always treated my mother like a queen and before his death he charged my brother and me to treat her exactly the same way after he died. He was ever a faithful churchman and was for many years Clerk of the Session of the First Presbyterian Church in Montgomery; and after he became very old he was made Clerk Emeritus for life, an honor he highly prized.

    I am also including a letter which John Dudley Reese, Sr., wrote to the Montgomery Advertiser p'esumably in 1920, relating to the Census.

    "Editor -The Advertiser·"

    "This is not a good road bonds issue letter, for I know little about the roads and I am not quite so egotistical as to attempt to write about a subject of which I haven't even a "passing" acquaintance


    I have read in your columns of some of the trials and troubles of a census enumerator in your city. But let me tell you, the city enumerator does not know what trouble is in comparisons to the trouble the enumerator has in the country districts."

    Now listen and you will agree with me:"

    A few days ago my friend in Hayneville, Mr. John V., who is the enumerator for this beat, told me he would be out to take the census on my farm and some of the adjoining ones; I told him I would be glad to go with him and pilot him to the various negro cabins in the neighborhood. So I told "Uncle Burke", my lot man, if Mr.V. came while I was away from my "apartments" to ring the sweep for me."

    "The next day I was riding out the plantation looking for some stray yearlings when I heard the sweep ring. Have you ever lived on a Plantation to come to the lot to physic a sick mule or to settle a ruceous" among in the Black Belt and heard the sweep ring at 5 a.m. for the hands to go to work, again at 12 for them to come in and at 1:30 for them to go out to work ? Or sometimes ring for the ''boss man"ong the negroes ? Or sometimes in the dead hours of the night to announce to the expectant negroes that "Aunt Charity done dead? I take it that you are familiar with these plantation customs for most of the successful city men were "raised on the farm", at least they say so, when they get in politics and go out after the farmers vote. And although we were expecting Aunt Charity's death, for the negroes had seen having a settin' up to Aunt Charity's house" for a week, we do wish poor Aunt Charity had selected a more opportune time to "Shuffle off this Mortal coil." For it has been raining so long the plowing is terribly behind and we know there will be no plowing done tomorrow. Aurlt Clharity is kin to most of the negroes on the place, besides she is a leader in the church, and the wife of a caste, and then, too, most any gegro had rather attend a burial than to plow."

    "But that census man is waiting. How I do wander when I get started."

    "The first house we visited, the head of the family, as is so frequent the case in this section, was the mother. The father was else where. Jane, the mother, has evidently always been a believer in the doctrine of free love as evidenced by the various surnames of her numerous progeny."

    "John proceeded to question "the head" - and this is what followed:"

    "'How old are you, Jane ?"
             "I bout 32."
             "Oh, you are older than that, Jane."


    "No, sir, I sure about 32,'case when sis Liza's mamma.'s funeral
    was preached at Shilo I was a right smart sized gal and dat been 
    about 20 years."
    "All right, I put Your age at 32.'''
    Now give me the name and age of your oldest child.'''
    "He name Tom an he bout 22."'
    "Oh,  that wont do, Jane, that would make you only ten years
    old when Tom was born."'
    "Oh go way man, I was mighty nigh big as I is now when Tom
    was born."'
    "John scratched out 32 and guessed Jane's age to be 40."
    "Next Child's name, Jane."'
     :De next one name Riah, she bout 20."'
    "Can she read and write, etc. ?"'
    "Who, Riah ? Man dat gal done dead."
    "More scratching out."
    "Jane, do not give me the names of your dead children. I only 
    want the names of the living ones who are living with you."
    "Yas, sir."
    "Now the name of the next one."'
    "I declare I disremember dat gal's name. Lem-mesee --oh, yes,
    she name Dinah. I don't know how old dat gal is. Dal gal was
    born de year us moved to Tribucation. Sis Liza, what year was
    dat us moved to ---."'
    "Oh never mind, I will put her down al 18, she looks about that 
    "After giving the name of seven children and estirnating their
    ages as best he could John remarked:"
    "Seven living children, Jane ?"'
    "No,sir, I got eight living children."'
    "Well you only gave me the names of seven."'
    "Lem-me see, Tom, Dinah, Cicero, an - I clare, fore God I
    forgot Cicero - he de next one to Dinah."'
    "Morc complicalions, etc. But the real trouble began with the
    farm schedule. After getting thc acreage of the various crops
    adding, scratching and scratching out trying to get a correct
    balence in the average value of farm implements, farm products
    etc. Jane casually remarked:"
    "I worked wid Bro. Bill las year on de Lipscomb place and bot
    dis hlere mule fore Christmas and wid de money my Tom got
    outen de army, I didn't work no crop 'cept a little patch, but I 
    hope Bro. Bill make dat crop I been telling you bout."'
    "John is wonderfully patient with these simple ignorant people.
    You see John is a deacon and no matter how mad he gets he can't
    say cuss words, ---not out loud, anyhow. But I Ihoughl I saw
    from the movement of his lips that he was whispering --


    dam-ages ! which I "suppose" refhuman erred to the mutilated condition
    of his census sheet.
    "I wonder if any but a man born and reared among these goodnatured
     negroes could take the census ? I don't believe he could
    and make expenses and keep from losing his religion. But this is 
    John's experience taking the census and although he has passed 
    the three score milestone he told several of the negroes he would
    be round in 1930 to take the next census."
            "J.D. Reese"

    Remember that this was written 72 years ago by a man born before the War Between the States in a world so very different from our world today. What a bright and clever man he was, with a lot wit and a lot of understanding of nature. When he wrote this he was 61 years old, two years younger than I am now, with one fourlh of his life yet before him. I hope I will have the same -and more.

    2. Thomas Laurens Reese was born Dec. 28, 1860, and died Sept. 14, 1861.

    *3. Charles Edwin (Charlie) Reese,Jr. born Feb.17, 1862, died in Lowndes Co. Nov. 16, 1916. Married Nov. 2, 1886, Bettie Allen Whitman of Alabama, born 1865, died 1936. 5 children.

    4. Julia Hesperia (Hessie) Reese born Jan. 14, 1864, died March 15, 1941. in Birmingham, Mich. Married Lowndesboro Jan. 17, 1888, Nicholas C. Baker of Alabama, born Jan. 25, 1856, in Ga., died Auburn, Al., Aug. 5, 1905. 4 children.

    Horace Malvern Reese born after 1865, died before 1920. He married (3) Alice (Sammie) English Nov. 10, 1891. She died ca. 1892 . 1 child. Married (2) after March, 1914, Pearle __?__

    Generation Sixteen

    (1) Children of John Dudley Reese and Sallie Herbert Cook: (Nine children were born to this marriage, six of whom survived chiLdhood. All the children were born in Iowndes Co., and probably all were born in the Village of Hayneville.)

    6. Mary Cook Reese born Sept. 5, 1886, and died April 22, 1887

    *7. John Dudley Reese, Jr. was born Dec. 6, 1888, and died Sept. 13, 1975, in Montgomery, Al., where he was buried in Greenwood cemetery. He married on Dec. 21, 1922, in Concord, N.C., in the


    home of Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Caswell, Mary Scotland Pharr who was born Oct. 10, 1891, in Cabarrus Co., N.C., and died October 16, 1988, in Dothan, Al., at the home of her son, John Dudley Reese III. She was called "Dear Dear" by her sons and grandchildren and others who were especially close to her in her old age. She is buried beside her husband in Montgomery, and their son Sammy is buried there also. Two children.

    My father was, perhaps, the most thoroughly contented and fulfilled man I ever knew. He loved his Lord, loved his family, and loved his church in that order. And he was well loved by them in return. He always treated my mother like a queen, and before his death he charged me and my brother to treat her exactly the same way after he died. He was ever a faithful churchman and was for many years Clerk of the Session of the First Presbyterian Church in Montgomery; and after he was very old he was made Clerk Emeritus for life, an honor he highly Prized

    My father's sister, Susie Reese Kennedy, wrote the following to: my brother:

                                 "June IOth, 1980"
    "Dear Sammy,"
    "In the middle of the night is when I like to write and that's
    what it is now. I thought you and John D. might Iike some of my
    memories of John, so here they are. I gave out of paper and it's
    very scratchy, as I am writing in bed. Hope you can read it and
    will like it. Thank you so much for your letter and the paper
    about Lowndes Co."
    "John  Albert is coming in tomorrow and he will enjoy it too.
    Then I'll  send it to Hessie and Bessie."
    "Come to see us sometime. So glad Mary had such success with
    her eye operation. Wish I had mine over. My doctor was killed and
    I had to go to another. I am fine and stay busy all the time."
    "Love  to Mary and always to you."
                                                  "Aunt Susie'
                    " My Brother John"

    "My brother John was really 'a gentleman of the Old School." That means he had rare intellect, culture, impeccable manners, and deep faith in the Presbyterian religion. He was an elder in the church for many years. He was gentle and quiet. A great reader, he could converse on almost any subject of his time."

    "However, he wasn't always such a paragon. I have heard my parents say he was the worst child they had. He would have temper tantrums as a three and four year old, that nothing but a peach tree switch could control. But afterwards he was always sorry."


    "I remember once when Mama and I were at the neighbors' house, he came running to get us, choking with sobs and crying That he had broken Phil's back. We rushed home to find Phil lying on the floor, seemingly in terrible pain, but recovering immediately when Mama appeared."

    "John and Charlie would fight often, I suppose most brothers do .I remember their last fight. They were both at the long pants age. They each used a dining room chair as a weapon and were trying to kill each other. I stood on the side lines crying and screaming. Finally Mama managed to get in between them and stop the duel."

    "That night Papa had a long talk with them and they never fought again. I never knew what he said, but it was effective." "I dearly loved my brothers, but John was special. He was patient and good and always so generous. He was proud of my musical talent and always praised and encouraged me. Since I was the eldest of the four sisters, I was special to him. He would give all of us presents, but mine would be a little bigger or more expensive."

    "When I was wanting to go to Germany to study music, Papa borrowed from his life insurance for my expenses. There was not quite enough, but brother John came forth with his bank savings, and Susie went to Berlin."

    "He never went to college. It cost too much. I remember as a very young adult he had the urge to go West to try his fortune. He 2got as far as St. Louis. He was standing on the street corner, smoking a cigarette, when a young Negro boy came by and said, 'Hey Buddy, give me a light.' That familiarity was just enough to send him back to Lowndes Co., where he had a responsible position as Cashier in the Hayneville Bank."

    "When World War I erupted he was among the first to enlist and got his training at Ft. McPherson in Atlanta. I remember how we grieved when he went overseas (as we did for Phil ,our "Billy boy", when he went to the Mexican Border, but that is another story). We had a great time of rejoicing when they both came home. I was married then, but living in Montgomery with Papa and the girls while Bill, my husband, went to Law School in Atlanta. The Reese family lived together again for two years and I kept house for us all at 16 Ala. St."

    "I love to think of those happy days with my family so long ago."

    Aunt Susie was 87 1/2 when she wrote this. She died about six years later and was a remarkable person all her life.


    8. Philip Cook (Billy) Reese born Jan. 10, 1890, died Sept. 23, 1962, Port Arthur, Texas. Married Leona Burris, a widow. They had no children.

    *9. Susie Hammond Reese born December 31, 1892, died May 8, 1986, in Atlanta, Ga., where she is buried. Married Dec. 22, 1917, Due West, S.C., William Patton (Bill) Kennedy born Feb. 11, 1894, Due West, died June 25, 1958, Atlanta. Two children.

     Aunt Susie was a gifted woman and greatly loved and admired
    by relatives and friends. I rarely passed through Atlanta without
    stopping in for an hour or so, or to eat a meal or spend the night,
    as the case might be. She made her living by teaching piano and
    organ, and she played the organ for many years in the big
    Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. She was also
    the musician in the Jewish Synagogue for awhile.
      On Nov. 27th, 1983, she wrote this:
    "Dear John D.,"
     "Since I am the oldest member of the family now, and the only
    one to remember the facts and little stories my grandmothers told
    me, I have written them down for the family. Some won't care
    about them; maybe some will. I am sure you will."
     "I am also sending you my memories of my young days in Old
     "Betty and I have a nice life together. She is so good to me, and
    I look after her. I still do a little teaching and have wonderful
    health. I am very fortunate. Stay busy all the time, and that's
    what I like."
      "I hope Mary is feeling well. I think of you all often and wish
    I could see you. When are you coming again ? Let me know and
    I will fix you some "good vittles.""
      "It was so sweet of Dudley to call me on his way thru. I surely
    enjoyed talking to him."
      "My kin folks are so thoughtful of me. Old age appreciates that.
    I really miss Norman."
      "Much love to you all."
                   "Aunt Susie"
    "My eye sight's getting dimmer, and my hearing's not so well. But
    as long as I can keep my teeth, old age can go to - New York."
     I am including some of these stories, which she titled collec-
    tively, AND MY YOUTH COMES BACK TO ME. You will find
    them in Chapter Fifteen.

    10. Charles Edwin Reese was born December 24, 1894, and died Aug. 31, 1898. He is buried in "The Pines" Cemetery in Hayneville.


    *11. Sallie Herbert Reese born Sept. 30, 1898, died June 6, 1970, at Orange Beach, Al., buried Montgomery, Al. Married Dec. 28, 1920 in Montgomery, David Earl Dunn who was born Montgomery May 31, 1899, and was living there in 1991. Four Children.

    *12. Julia Hesperia (Hessie) Reese born Sept. 20, 1900, died Sept. 10, 1989, Austin, Texas, buried Port Arthur, Texas. Married Dec. 2, 1927, in Port Arthur, as his second wife, Philip Taylor (Pete) Williams, born May 20, 1891, Greensberg, Ky., died Dec. 7,1960, in Batman, Turkey. He was buried in Port Arthur. Two Children.

    Pete Williams was a widower with two children when he and Hessie Reese married in 1927. The children:

    A, Alice Hayden (Peggy) Williams born Aug., 1918, died May,
       1978. Married Gerald P. Rosen. Three children:
       A-1.Bill Rosen
       A-2.Ellen Rosen, married ? Perry
       A-3.Phil Rosen.
     S. Dr. Philip Taylor Williams, Jr. born 1920. Married Patricia
       Sweeny. Three children:
       B-1.Peter Vern Williams
       B-2.Pricilla Williams
       B-3.Patrick Williams

    *13. Bessie Pritchett Reese born Nov. 20, 1901, died Nov. 11,1987 in Port Arthur, Texas. Married Nov. 18, 1927, in Port Arthur, Patrick Henry Wood, born Nov. 7, 1902, Lake Charles, La., died March 20, 1989, Port Arthur. Two children.

    14. Thomas Sidney Reese born in 1906, and lived only one day.

  • (3). Children of Charles Edwin (Charlie) Reese, Jr. and Bettie Allen Whitman: (All born in Lowndes Co., Al.)

    15. Edwin Reese was born Sept. 16, 1887, and died June 9, 1894.

    16. Mary Cecil Reese born Jan. 16, 1891, died Feb. 18, 1981, Montgomery, Al., buried Lowndesboro, Al. Married Alston Pickett Robinson born Dec 19, 1890, Lowndes Co., died July 13, 1959. No Children but considered Marlow Reese, her nephew, as a son.

    *17. Sarah Dudley (Sallie) Reese born Sept.27,1893, died Feb. 11, 1975, B'ham. Married Lowndesboro, Al., Hubert Dent Long, born Aug. 14, 1888, Eufaula, Al., died Nov. 10, 1963, B'ham. 2 children.

    *18. Neil Robinson Reese born Dec. 29, 1895, died March 4, 1997,


    Aurors, Colo. Buried Fort Logan Cemetery. Married Welsburg, W.Va., Feb. 16, 1926, Clara Bernadette Felder born December 8, 1908, Braddock, Pa., living in Aurora, Colorado, Sept. 1991.

    *19. John Dudley Reese (2) (second of this name) born Sept. 3, 1903, died April 30, 1966, B'ham, Al. Married Juliet Marian Beatty born Aug. 7, 1908, died Nov. 1963, B'ham. 2 children.

    *20. George Marlow Reese born May 23, 1907. Married Jan. 8, 1938,Montgomery, Al., Letitia Allen, born Sept. 12, 1911, Mobile, Al. They were living in Montgomery in 1991.

    (4) Children of Julia Hesperia (Hessie) Reese and Nicholas C. Baker:

    *21. Nicholas C. Baker, Jr. born Wilcox Co., Ala., Nov. 25, 1888, died Michigan ca. 1958, age 70. Married (1) Irene 3 who died ca. 1941 Married (2) Bridgette Winewaulski (?) Three children.**Hammond and Nicklas had a Enginering business together-- they were manufacture's reps for servicing Boilers , air conditioners, and ?Stookers

    22. Edwin Reese Baker born Wilcox Co., Al., Sept. 16, 1890. He died young.Edwin died of a College sports injury; resulting in convulsions-reported by blanch baker -jan 30,2000

    *23. Hammond Dudley Bakerborn Wilcox Co., Al., July 26, 1892, died Birmingham, Mich., Sept. 29, 1956. Married June 29, 1935, Annie Elizabeth Brown born Hartselle, Al., May 3, 1898, living Lowndesboro, Al., 1991. One Child.**Hammond and Nicklas had a Engineering business together-- they were manufacture's reps for servicing Boilers , air conditioners, and ?Stookers

    *24. Malvern Horace (Doc) Baker born Lowndesboro, Al., May 24, 1895, died Orchard Lake, Mich., March 9, 1966. Married Flint, Mich. ,Feb. 18, 1924, Helen Vincent Penoyar born Saginaw, Mich. Jan 31, 1902, died Chesapeake, Va., July 25, 1990. Helen Vincent Penoyar is the daughter of Herbert Eugene Penoyar and Mabel Gertrude Ellsworth. Hellen and Malvern had Two children.**Doc had a Auto-repair business (Valley Electric) for almost 20 years with Nora'x Father , from when blanch was 5 until whe was 22.

    (5). Children of Horace Malvern Reese and Alice (Sammie) English:

    *25. Annie Lucille Reese born Dec. 30, 1892, Lowndesboro, Al., died March 27, 1956, Selma, Al. Married Lowndesboro March 9, 1914 Peyton King born Selma June 30, 1891, died there Jan. 19, 1947. One Child.


    Generation Seventeen

    (7). Children of John Dudley Reese, Jr. and Mary Scotland Parr: (All born in Montgomery, Al.)

    *26. John Dudley Reese, III was born May 14, 1929. He married on July 7,1956, in the Waldensian Church in Piazza Cavour, Rome, Italy, Gemma Anna Maria Coisson who was born August 23, 1934, In Porto San Giorgio, Ascoli-Piceno, Italy. Gemma and John D. met when he was studying at the Waldensian School of Theology in Rome after his graduation from Southwestern- At-Mempis and Lousiville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Gemma was doing work on her Doctor in Letters at the University of Rome. They became engaged in April, 1955, and John D. returned to Alabama in June and became pastor of the Ozark Presbyterian Church in September. Gemma completed the residency requirements for her degree, and they were married in 1956. In 1957 she returned to Italy for: five months to complete her doctoral dissertation, and she received her Doctor of Letters in December of that year. In 1992 they were living in Dothan, Al., where John D. was Pastor of an Independent Charismatic Church, New Covenant Christian Fellowship. Four Children.

    27. Samuel Pharr(Sammy) Reese was born Sept. 116, 1930, and died on Sept. 12, 1985, in Montgomery, where he was buried in Greenwood Cemetery. He never married. Sammy was named after his maternal grandfather. Samuel Wilson Johnston Pharr. He was an actor and a writer. See the Introduction of this book, pp.xviii, xix, for more about him. Sammy had an aneurysm deep in his brain which burst in August, 1985, after which he lived thirty days, his brain spoiling little by little. How sad it was to see, for he had such a brilliant mind and quick wit. He developed pneumonia and died the day after his fifty-fifth birthday. The doctors said that it was a congenital condition and that there were actually four aneurysms in his brain which could have burst at any time. Sammy was my closest friend until Gemma and I married, and after that he remained that same close friend to us both. I Ioved him dearly and will miss him as long as I live.

    He had two friends very special in his life, to whom he was deeply devoted. One was Naomi Caryl Hirschhorn whom he met when they both attended Feagin's School of Drama in New York City in 1950. Later they went 6to Hollywood and remained the closest of friends for thirty five years. The other was Norma Weiss Grove, who lived in Montgomery, a third cousin through the Herberts. Norma and her children were considered by Sammy as his own family, and he loved them dearly.


    John Dudley and Mary Pharr Reese had also a foster daughter who lived with them from 1928 until she married. Her birth name was Ruby Jewel Marshall, but she was called Mary Louise when she came to live with the Reeses, the change having been made in a previous foster home. In 1944 she had her birth certificate amended to show both names. We always called her "Sister", and I still do,for that is what she is to me. She was born in Geneva, Al., April 11, 1923. She married June 11,1942 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Fuller in Montgomery, Alabama, Frank Kimbrough Bedford McDowell who was born March 1, 1919, in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1992 They were living in Grove, Texas, where, as a retired Presbyterian minister, Frank was serving as stated supply pastor of the Grove Presbyterian Church. Louise and Frank have one son, adopted in 1954, John Stewart McDowell, who was born July 30, 1944, in Kansas City, Kansas. John and his wife, Ruth, have no children. In 1993. they were living In Plainfield, Iowa.

    (9). Children of Susie Hammond Reese and William Patton (Bill)
    Kennedy: (All born in Atlanta, Ga.)
    28. William Patton (Billy) Kennedy, Jr. was born May 9, 1925, and
    died the next day. He was buried in Atlanta.
    29. Betty Reese Kennedy was born Nov. 28, 1926 and was living
    in Atlanta in 1991.
    (11).Children of Sallie Herbert Reese and David Earl Dunn:
    (All born in Montgomery, Al.)
    *30. David Earl Dunn, Jr. born Dec. 6, 1921. Married June 10, 1944
    Columbus, Ga., Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Lyerly born Alexander City,
    Al., Sept. ll, 1923. In 1991 they were living in Montgomery
    where he is a Medical doctor. Four children.
    *31. Sarah Isabel Dunn born Aug. 4, 1925 Married October 15,1948,
    Montgormery, Al; Wiley Croom Hill, III: born October 19, 1924,
    Montgomery. Living in Elmore Counly, Al., in 1991. One child.
    *32. Patricia Reese (Pattie) Dunn born October 3, 1928. Married
    June 9,1950, Montgomery, Norman Winn Gayle, Jr. born Sept. 12, 1926
    Montgomery. Living in Montgomery in 1991. Three children.
    33. Mary Susan (Sue) Dunn was born July 30, 1338, and was living
    with her father and step-mother in Montgomery in 1991.


    (12).  Children of Julia Hesperia (Hessie) Reese and Philip Taylor
    (Pete) Williams:
    *34. Sallie Ann Williams born  Oct. 10, 1928, Port Arthur, Texas.
    Married  July 12, 1957, Port Arthur, Elbridge Ruhl (El) Graef born
    March  29, 1920,  New York City. They were living in Kennett, Pa.,
    and Fla., in 1991. Four children.
    *35. Hessie Reese Williams born Oct. 4, 1929, Pryce, KY. Married 
    Sept. 30, 1950, Port Arthur, Texas, Jack Edward Owen born  Jan.
    19, 1924, Mexia. Texas. Living in Austin, Texas 1991. 2 children.
    (13). Children of Bessie Pritchett Reese and Patrick Henry  Wood
    (All  born in Port Arthur, Texas.)
    *36.  Sue Evelyn Wood horn May 12, 1929. Married June 30, 1950
    Port Arthur, Eugene  Sublett  (Gene) Broussard born  May 22, 1924
    Port Arthur. Living Groves, Texas, in 1991. Three children.
    *37.  Patrick Henry Wood, Jr, born Jan. 13, 1932. Married Dec. 28, 1958
    Port Arthur, Lysabeth  Ann (Sissy) Hogan, born  Feb. 17, 1935
    Sweetwater, Texas. Living in Port Arthur 1991. 2 children.
    (17).  Children of Sarah Dudley (Sallie) Reese and Hubet Dent Long.
    *38. Nimrod William Ezckiel Long, II born Sept. 13, 1921, Rome,
    Ga. Married Joan Conzelman born Aug. 21, 1925, Louisville, Ky.,
    died  Jan. 29, 1988, B'ham., Al. Living B'ham. 1991. Two children. 
    39.  Hubert Dent Long, Jr. born 1927 B'ham., Al., died There 1930.
    (18).  Children of Neil Robinson Reese and Clara Bernadette Felder:
    *4O.  Charles Edward Reese born Nov. 23, 1926, Braddock., Pa. 
    Married March 5, 1949, Raton, N.M., Donna Lee Christner  born 
    May 10, 1932, Strasburg, Co Living Kiowa, Co. 1991. 3 children.
    *41.  Mary Cecil Reese (2) (second of this name) born Nov. 1, 1930
    Denver, Co. Married Aurora, Co., Aug. 26, 1949, Huston Hezekiah .
    Slade  born  June 13, 1923,Denver  Co. In 1991 they were living in 
    Kiowa, Colo. Four children.
    *42.  Neil Robinson Reese, Jr. born Aurora, Colo., May 10, 1937. He 
    Married  (1) Aurora April 15, 1959, Sybil Pearl Scanlon born Nov.


    8, 1941 ,Denver, Co. Divorced 1965, Aurora. Two  Children. Married
    (2) Strasburg, Co., Kathy Ann Weller. Divorced 1974. No Children.
    Married (3) Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 23, 1989, Pheobe Jeanette
    Chamblin born Baxley, Ga., Jan. 17, 1945. In 1991 they were
    living in Golden, Colo. No children.
    (19). Children of John Dudley Reese (2) and Juliet Marian
    Beatty: (AII horn in Mobile, AL.)
    *43. John Dudley Reese, Jr. (2) (second of this name) born Sept.19,
    1934 , died March 7, 1986, Huntsville, Al., buried B'ham. Married
    Dec.  29, 1957, Childersburg,  Al.  Kathleen Kent Cleckler born
    B"ham  Sept. 24., 1937, living in Huntsville 1988. They were
    divorced in 1984. Two children.
    *44.  William Edwin (Ed) Reese born Dec. 3, 1935. Married May
    30, 1959  B'ham., Al., Sara Francis (Sallie) Hamill born Oct. 12,
    1937  B"ham. Divorced  Jan. 8, 1971. In 1988 he was living in
    Mobile  and Birmingharn and she was living in Houston, Texas.
    Five Children.
    (20). Children of George Marlow Reese and Letitia Allen:
    *45.  George Marlow Reese, Jr. born Jan. 13, 1939, Monrgomery,
    Al.  Married Montgomery Dec, 22, 1961, Ann Blun Covey born
    Aug. 25,  1942, B'ham.,  Al.  Living in Montgomery in 1991. Four
    children .
    (21) Children of Nicholas C.Baker, Jr.and Bridgette Winewaulski:
    (All born in Detroit, Mich.)
    *46. Barbara Baker married Barry Myers. About 1977 they  were
    living in  Ann Arbor, Mich. They had at least one child.
    *47. Mary Frances Baker married Ceorge Prescott. About 1977
    they were living in Orchard Lake, Mich. One adopted child.
    48. Another Girl who lived about six months.
    (23). Children of Hammond Dudley Baker and Annie Elizabeth
    49. Elizabeth Reese (Betty) Baker born March 10, 1937, Detroit,
    Mich.  Married Dec. 29, 1962  Detroit, Lysle Irving Benjamen born
    July 20,  1927 Detroit. Divorced June 2,  1971. They had no
    children.  In 1991 she was living in Lowndesboro, Al.


    (24) Children of Malvern Horace (Doc) Baker and Helen Vincent 
    *50.  Mable Reese    Baker born Flint, Mich., March 21,1927,
    Married Bay City, Mich., Sept. 6, 1947, Henry Roy Osterhout born
    Bay City June 13, 1923. Living Brookneal, Va., 1991. 3 children. 
    *51.   Blanche  Anne Baker born Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 9, 1928
    Married Bay City, Mich., Oct. 2, 1954, Roy Francis Johnson born 
    Essexville, Mich., Mar. 9,  1931.Living Poway, Calif. 6 children. 
    (25). Children of Anrlie Lucille Reese and Peyton King:
    *52.  Sara King born Nov. 27, 1920, Selma, Al.. Married  Joe
    Couvrette of East Grand Forks, Minn., born April 9, 1915, died
    April 5, 1986, Selma, A1. Living in Selma in 1991. One child.
                       Generation Eighteen
    (26).  Children of John Dudley Reese, III and  Gemma Anna Maria
    Cisson: (All born in Ozark, Al.)
       53. John Dudley Reese, IV was born Sept. 12, 1958. He married on
    July 25, 1992, in the Derry Presbyterian Church, Hershey, Pa.
    Julie Allene Heisey who was born  April 28,  1969  in  Lancaster Pa.
    In 1992 they were living in Merion, Pa., near Philadelphia, where,
    as an attorney, he was the legal and financial consultant for th 
    IAT  group of Companies, a multinational fruit producer and
    distributor. Julie completed her degree in Pharmacy at Temple
    University in May, 1992, and, while preparing for her wedding,
    was living with her parents in Elizabethtown, Pa.
       *54.  Gemma Maria Reese was born  Nov. 28, 1959. She married on
    March 11, 1982, in the First Methodist Church, Dothan, Al., Mark
    Bradley Fowler who was born Oct. 25, 1957, in Birmingham, Al.,
    and grew up in Onconta, Al. In 1992  they were living in Shelby
    Co. in a suburb of Birmingham, Al. Four Children.
        55. Mary Virginia Reese was born Oct, 26, 1961. In Aug., 1992, she
    completed her doctoral dissertation in French at the University
    of Alabama in Tuscaloosa  and began teaching French language
    and  literature at Grove City College, Grove City, Pa., in Sept.
       56. Paola Coisson Reese was born Sept. 26, 1964. In June, 1992, she
    received her at the University of South Alabama
    College of Medicine in Mobile and began the three year Residency 
    Program in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University Hospital,
    Nashville, Tenn., in July, 1992.