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The REED and COLE families of Floyd Co, Va.

Updated July 6, 2008

James Ronald Reed

I have gathered information from family individuals,private and public records and have strived to be accurate. However, I realize that there are some data presented here that can be questioned and corrected, and indeed, solicite your input..

I present data for my "Updikes" dating from about 1800. Data prior to 1800 is credited to the research and publication of the "Virginia Updikes"

I am still searching for the ancestors of Wm Amsterdam Reed of Floyd county.. Any help would be appreciated.. thanks...

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  • James Glenn Updike of Buena Vista, Va. circa 1875 (17 KB)
    Capt. James Updike was head of Co"H", 4th Va. Reg. Inf. CSA. "Rockbridge Grays" Stonewall Brigade.
  • George A. Updike and Mary E. Brown circa 1911 (26 KB)
    George Andrew Updike (son of James Glenn Updike) and Mary Elizabeth Brown the parents of Nellie Glenn Updike. Their home was in Buena Vista, Mary Brown died when her daughter Nellie was eleven years old.
  • Pleasant Cole and Sarah Jane Lawrence circa 1930 (7 KB)
    Pleasant Cole (son of Wm Bird Cole) served with the 54th Va. CSA. He and Sarah Jane rest in a family cem. on Coles Knob in Floyd County, Virginia. They had seven children.
  • Plesant Cole family gathering on August 31,1930 (333 KB)
    This family photo shows Plesant Cole and Sarah Jane Lawrence in the front row center. The photo was taken at the Cole homeplace on Coles Knob, Pilot, Virginia. 23 of the individuals are identified. My own mother and father (Camden G Reed and Nellie Glenn Updike) and 2 brothers (Eugene and Earl) are seated on the ground and to the left of Mr and Mrs Cole.
  • Nellie Glenn Updike circa 1913 (22 KB)
    Nellie Updike was born 1900 in Buena Vista and grew up there and in Clifton Forge, Va.
  • Me, Jim Reed the author of this page. (71 KB)
    I (g-g-grandson of Wm Amsterdam Reed) retired from the US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC in 1990.. I live in southern Maryland near Laplata and have been in this area since 1960. I have sold my homebuilt airplane because of the flight restrictiions around the DC area and I no longer perform in airshows. I do inspect electric power lines and teach flying as a part time retirement job.
  • William Benjamine (Bill) Reed and Julia Bryd (16 KB)
    Bill Reed, (son of William Amsterdam Reed and Catherine Margaret Farley circa 1910). This is a photo of a pencil sketch (artist unknown). Bill served with Capt Phelhams Battery, Sturart's Horse Artillarly, CSA. Bill and Julia are at rest at the "Head of the River Primative Baptist Church" at Check, Virginia. They had 8 children.
  • James (Jim) Riley Reed and Lula Cole circa 1954 (26 KB)
    Jim (grandson of Wm. Amsterdam Reed) and Lula (grand-daughter of Wm. Bird Cole) celebrating their 60 th wedding anniversary at Check, Va. They raised 5 boys. They were pioneers and lived very much as their parents did. They did not have indoor plumbing. Electricity did not come to their home until late in their lifetime. Coal oil lamps were used for lighting, a fire place for heating, a woodstove for cooking. The bathroom facility was an out house. A hand crank (party line) phone and a dinner bell was used for communications. Sourdough buckwheat cakes, country ham and apple pie was allways available in Lula's kitchen.
  • Jim and Lula Cole and their 5 boys (39 KB)
    Up front of course, is Jim Reed and Lula Cole. Second row left to right is: Marvin Perry (Fats) Reed, Nelson Wallace Reed, Camden Goebell Reed, Frank Emory Reed, and Clyde Sherman Reed this photo was taken at the home place in Check, Virginia, circa 1945
  • A beatuiful palce in Virginia is Mabry's Mill (84 KB)
    This old historic grist mill, which is still in operation by the U S Park Service, was an important part of the community of southwest Virginia in years gone by. Today, thousands of visitors stop by and visit this landmark.
  • Cam Reed and Nellie UPdike with family circa 1950 (33 KB)
    Camden (great grandson of Wm. Amsterdam Reed) and Nellie Updike (grand daughter of James Glenn Updike) at their home place in Roanoke, Va. From left to right: Shirley Ann, Earl Banks, Nellie with Nancy Carylon standing in front of her, James Ronald, Camden with Owen Warren standing in front of him, Glenn Odell and Wallace Eugene. The story goes, that when Nellie met Cam, she said "wait a minute, and I will walk with you". and she did, for 75 years....

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