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James Reed (son of Margaret Dehoofe) was born 17502276, 2277, and died 1820 in Montgomery Co, OH2278, 2279. He married Mary McMahan on 06 December 1774 in Rowan Co, NC2280, 2281, daughter of James McMahan and Suzanna Hildebrand.

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From Mary Reed Frost Rollins Defrees account of her family:

My grandparents on my mother's side were named as follows James Read whoes (whose) father came from the county down Ireland and located on monacaca (Monocacy) creek Marieland (maryland) waire (where) he married Margaret Dehoofe of French decent (descent). My grandfather James Read married Mary M. Mac mahan she was the daugher (daughter) of John McMahan who also came from the county Down Ireland his wife's name was Susan Hilderbrand of German decent (descent). So my children are of four nations of the old world combined.

History of Frederick County ; T.J.C. Williams; 1979
Long before there were any settlements in Frederick County, MD, parties of Germans passed through going from PA to seek homes in VA. The principal route for these people, coming as they did from Lancaster County, was over a pack horse or Indian road crossing the present counties of York and Adams to the Monocacy where it passed into Maryland, thence across Maryland through Crampton's Gap, crossing the Potomac at several fords. This is the route by which it is probable that the first German settlers reached Frederick County. The date of their arrival has been given as 1729 (First Settlements of Germans in MD, E. T. Schultz) The first settlement in the limits of what is now Frederick County was probably at the town or village which was known as Monocacy, a name which has now disappeared from that location. This ancient village, the oldest in western Maryland beyond the lower part of Montgomery County, was situated, it is believed, at, or near the present village of Creagerstown

1710-1799) - From FHL Genealogy "The Descendants of James Reed (settled in the Province of PA" by William Blose Reed
James Reed, b. in Ireland m. Margaret Floyd, served as an officer in the Assoc & militia of York Co., PA
Perhaps emigrated from Ireland to Philadelphia in 1728 - Rev War- Carlisle, PA in 1790. The children of the James who m. Margaret Floyd are Wm., James, Joseph, Samuel, Benjamin, John, Thomas, Sarah, and Mary.

(This is not my James Reed)

by 1740 - James, John and Mary Reed are listed with Other Marsh Creek Settlers in the Northern Monocacy Area. This was in Adams County, PA. (Monocacy and Catoctin Some Settlers of western Maryland and Adjacent Pennsylvania and Their descendants 1725-1988 C.E. Schildknecht, Ed. p. 83)

Settlers in the Forks of the Yadkin (Davie County, a Brief History by James W. Wall, Raleigh, 1976)

The Forks of the Yadkin was in the Granville District, the upper half of North Carolina. Settlers began migrating into this area west of the Yadkin about 1746 but apparently in small numbers for in that year the president of the governor's council, Matthew Rowan, estimated that "there were not above one hundred fighting men in all that country (western North Carolina)." By 1748 there was a sufficient number of settlers to warrant the forming of Anson County - comprising all of western North Carolina - from Bladen County. The bill established Anson as a county but with an undefined western boundary, was passed in 1750. Anson's population was estimated at between 200 to 300 white "tithables." Rapid settlement continued, and in 1753 Rowan County was formed from Anson. The new county comprised the upper half of Piedmont and western North Carolina; like Anson, it had an undefined western boundary.
Rowan's population quadrupled in the fifteen years from 1754 to 1769, increasing from about 1,200 to over 4,000 inhabitants.

The Yadkin River valley was settled rapidly, with many settlers looking for relatively cheap, fertile land. Some came down the PeeDee and Yadkin Rivers; others, particularly those from Pennsylvania, came down the "Great Wagon Road," which was sometimes called "The Carolina Road" or "The Road to The Yadkin River." This well traveled road extended for a distance of some 435 miles from near Philadelphia to the Yadkin at the Shallow Ford. It came through Wachovia and after 1756 extended beyond the Shallow Ford to Salisbury, passing through Davie County. Most of the new inhabitants were English but there were also many Germans and a few Scotch-Irish.



1745, month of March, a James Reed obtained a license to marry in PA. (Early PA Marriages, p. 204)

1750 - James Reed b. in NC, m. Mary McMahan, died in 1820, OH per DAR Patriot Index

1751, James Reed b. Rowan Co., NC per Genealogical Index of Miami Valley (OH) Pioneers

1751 - James Reed, and James Reed Jr. are listed as taxables in Lurgan Twp., Franklin Co., PA, as well as William and Robert Reed.

1753 - Rowan Co., NC Deeds 1:19-22. Robert Reed to Samuel Reed, cordwinder, for L40 VA money 630 acres on N. side of Catawba River adj. Thomas Gilespy. June 19, 1753

1753 - plat 6 July 1753, 268 acres in Rowan Co. on Fourth Creek joining Samuel Reed, also N. side of Third Creek. This to Alexander Reed, brother of Samuel Reed, per Samuel's will written in


1757, 26 July #844 Will of William Reed, of Cumberland Co., PA probated 11 Nov. 1757. Being sick in body &c. Gives to his wife Margaret the 1/3 of the personal & living with children during her widowhood. Gives to sons John, James, and Robert his plantation as soon as they come of age. Gives to the rest of his children Eleanor, Mary, Margaret and an unborn child his moveable property, bonds. Appoints his wife Marg't and James Sharp Exectrs.. Witnessed by Robt. Reed and Wm. Anderson signed Wm. Reed seal

This will is also recorded in the Chester Co., PA will book A page 48

1758 - Rowan Co., NC Deeds. Vol. 2: 257, 258 Samuel Reed witness to deed for Thomas Allison.
Rowan Co. Deeds Vol. 4:492, 493 land sold to Henry McHenry adjacent to Samuel Reed


1758 Will of James Read York County Wills Book A, p. 193-194 from FHL Microfilm

In the name of God Amen. I James Read late of the County of Cumberland and Province of Pennsylvania being weak of Body but of Perfect Mind and Memory Thanks be to God and Calling to mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament. First of all I recommend my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it and as for my body I recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Decent Christian manner at the discretion of my executors Nothing Doubting but it shall be raised again by the Mighty Power of God at the General Resurrection and as for such worldly goods wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give demise and bequeath in the manner and form following Imprimis I order and allow that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid off and discharged as soon as possible by Executors hereafter mentioned.
Item I give and bequeath unto my grandson James Read, son of John Read of Chester County and Province of Pennsylvania Deceased the sum of Four Pounds fifteen shillings and eleven pence that lies in Benjamin Chambers office late Magistrate Recovered in the name of William Watson
Item. I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Margart Reed Daughter of my son William Read Deceased the sum of Five Pounds to be paid to her when she becomes of age Together with what interest can be made of it by my Executor or Executors untill that time to her, her Heirs and Assigns forever
Item I give and Bequeath all the Residdue of my Executor Real and Personal to my three grandsons John, James and Robert Read sons of my son William Read Deceased to be divided as follows Viz To John and James the one half to be equally divided equally amongst them when they arrive at the age of twenty one Years Together with all the interest that may be made of it untill that time and I will and bequeath the other half to my Grandson Robert Read Son of the above named William Read Deceased to be paid to him when he comes to age Together with all the interest that can be made of it untill that time to them their heirs and assigns forever. And my further will and pleasure is that if any of the heirs of William Read Deceased should depart this life before they come of age that then and in every such case then those shares shall be equally divided between the surviving Males heirs of the said William Read. And if it should please God that all the Male heirs of the above said William Read should die before they come of age then in that case I order that the female heirs of the foresaid William Read shall have all that I have willed to their brethren divided in equal shares amongst them. I constitute and appoint my trusty friend John Ralston of Carrolls Delight and Province of Maryland my sole Executor of this my last will and testament and do hereby evoke Disannul and make void all and every other will and testament by me at any time heretofore made Declaring this to be my last will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the fourteenth day of December one thousand and seventeen hundred and fifty eight - 1758. Signed James Read (his mark LS)
Signed, sealed and published & Declared in the presence of Wm Waugh WillM Waugh John Redick
York County

Before me the subscriber one of his Majestys Justices of the Peace for said County of York came William Waugh and John Redick Viz two of the subscribing Witnesses to the within Will who having been Solemnly Sworn on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God did say that they were Present and saw James Read testator Sign and seal the within ____ Testament and Last Will and heard him Publish & declare the same that they subscribed their names as witnesses to the same and that the testator James Read was of sound and discerning mind & Memory to the best of their Knowledge at the time of Executing the same will sworn & subscribed this 6th of January 1759 Wm. Waugh Jn Redick
Patt. Watson

1758- Dec 14. Will of James Read, probated June 6 1759. Executors: John Ralston of Carrolls Delight, MD Cumberland Twp. Children: John and William. Grandchildren: James Read (son of John) and Margaret, John, James and Robert (children of William). Abstr of York Co. Wills

1759 - Rowan Co. Tax List the only Read/ Reed names are William, Eldad, and Samuel Jr.



1759 James Reed has a Probate Inventory in Cumberland or York Co., PA

1761 - V. 4:825,826 entry and warrant 10 Feb 1761 640 acres on N. side of S. Yadkin, mouth of Little Dutchman's Creek, in Rowan Co., NC Granville to Samuel Reed for 10 sh sterling. Grant dated 21 Dec 1761.

1762 - entry in Feb of 700 acres both sides of Fourth Creek joining John Wilson to Samuel Reed..
Vol. 5: 156. Granville to Samuel Reed for 10 sh 456 acres on both sides of Fourth Creek adj. John Wilson & John McElwrath. 10 Aug 1762.
Vol. 5:155 Granville to Alexander Reed for 10 sh 385 acres on both sides Reeds Branch of Yadkin River adj. John McWhorter. 26 Aug 1762.
Vol. 5: 161. Granville to Samuel Harris land on S. Fork Fourth Creek adj. to George Reed 10 Aug. 1762
1763 James Reed has a Probate Inventory in Chanceford or York Co., PA

1764 1 Aug a James Reed m. Elizabeth Cather in PA

1766 - a James Reed m. a Margaret Baley 2 Sept. in Rowan County, NC. She is listed as first wife on DAR application of Ruth Frost Wall. Mary McMahan listed as second wife.

1767 - Alexander Reed Jr. land granted on South side of the Yadkin River.

1767 Will of John Reed York County, PA Will Book 2 B p. 137-
In the name of God, Amen. I John Reed of (Straban?) Township County of York blacksmith being thro the mercy & goodness of God tho weak in Body yet of a sound mind & understanding & memory do constitute this my last will & Testament & desire it to be received by all as such
Imprimis. I most humbly bequeath my Soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent manner at the Discretion of my Exrs hereafter mentioned and as to my Worldly estate I will and positively order that all my debts be paid.
Item. I give to my dearly beloved Wife Fanny Reed her Bed & Bedcloaths & her maintenance while she lives the Mare that she rides, her Bible & one Chest of Drawers
Item, to my four Daughters Jane Reed, Fanny Reed, Hannah Reed & Rebecca Reed the sum of twenty pounds a piece one half thereof to be paid to each of them at two years after my decease & the other half to be paid to each of them at five years after my decease.
Item, I give to my son Matthew Rippy the sum of ten pounds.
Item I give to my son William Salisbury the sum of thirty shillings
Item to my son Samuel Reed I give two pounds.
Item, To my son Thomas Reed I give the one half of my Plantation he paying to each of the girls the one half of their parts at the terms aforesaid.
Item to my son John Reed I give one half of my Plantation together with two cows & one horse he paying the four girls before mentioned the one half of their parts mentioned above at the terms aforesaid.
Item. To my Daughter Jane Red one bed & bedcloathes.
Item. As to the rest of my estate I order it to be sold at Vendue in order to pay off the debts I owe. I give the one half to my Son Thomas & the other Half to my son John Reed and I do constitute my two sons Thomas & John Reed Exrs of this my Last Will & Testament In Witness whereof I Have hereunto set my hand & Seal this Sixth Day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Sixty Seven 1767 John Reed (his mark LS)
Witness William McCredy, Stephen Giffen, Robert Scott

Probated 29 October 1767

1768, 28 Sep. a James Reed m. Mary Porter in PA

1769 - Vol. 7: 149, 150. Alexander Reed Jr. to Willuam Bone Sr. for L10, 385 acres on Reed's Branch of s. Yadkin River adj. John McWhirter. 2 Aug 1769.

1769 - Vol. 7: 167,168. Murray Reed, son & heir, & Isabella Reed, relict of Samuel Reed deceased, late of Rowan and now of SC to matthew Locke Esq. for 200 pounds proc 630 acres on North side Catawba River on Third Creek adj Thomas Gillespiy granted Robert reed & wf Agnes, sold to Samuel reed who died intestate & descended to Murray Reed eldest son & heir at law to said Samuel Reed. 10 mar 1769

1770, July 9 James Reed m. Susannah Curren in PA

1771 - Rowan Co. NC Deeds V.7: 432,433. Samuel Reed & wife Agnes to William Beard for L20 sterling 450 acres on both sides of Fourth Creek adj John Mills & John McElwrath granted 10 Aug 1762. Dated 26 July 1771

1772, 3 Apr James Reed's daughter Margaret was bapt. in Mercersburg, PA

1774 - a John Reed m. a Mary McFeeters 21 November, Rowan Co., NC


1774 - 6 Dec James Reed & Mary MaMachan marriage bonds with consent from James McMachan (Rowan Co. marriages)

1774, William Douthit, bondsman for the Rowan Co. marriage of James Reed and Mary McMachan, 6 Dec Ad. Osborn Witness. Consent from James McMachan, 2 Dec. 1774 headed "the fork of the adkin".

NC Rev Soldiers, Sailors, Patriots & Descendants V. 1 lists James Reed (RS - Capt. - NC) 1750-1820 m. Mary McMahan

c1775 - Reed Wills in Rowan Co., NC (NC Wills Testator Index 1665-1900; Mitchell; 1987)
- Alexander Reed c1775 Will Book A -243, Reed Wills in Rowan Co., NC (NC Wills Testator Index 1665-1900; Mitchell; 1987) Will Book "A" Rowan Co., NC p. 243. Alexander Reed. Jan 11, 1775. Wife Margrat. Sons: Alexander, Samuel, John, Andrew, George. Daus: Frances Hall. Hannah Knox, Margrat Willson. Daughter Mary Wilson's two children: Alexan & Margrat Willson. Exrs: Sons Samuel and Andrew. Wit: Samuel Young, John Armstrong, George Kerr. prb. 1777.

c1784 - George Reed Will Book B - 154 George Reed c1784 Will Book B - 154, Reed Wills in Rowan Co., NC (NC Wills Testator Index 1665-1900; Mitchell; 1987)

1775 - Jan 11, Will Book "A" p. 243. Alexander Reed. Wife Margrat. Sons: Alexander, Samuel, John, Andrew, George. Daus: Frances Hall. Hannah Knox, Margrat Willson. Daughter Mary Wilson's two children: Alexan & Margrat Willson. Exrs: Sons Samuel and Andrew. Wit: Samuel Young, John Armstrong, George Kerr
1777 - will probated

1775 - James Reed served as a Juror in Rowan Co., NC. That qualified him for service acceptable to DAR. There were 17 men by the name of James Reed who are credited with Rev. War service by the DAR, but none other born in NC.

1776. Clark's State Records of N. Carolina show a James Reed 1st Lieut. Dixon Co. First N. Carolina Regiment, date of enlistment and commission July 7, 1776.


1776- Revolutionary Army Acct's N. Carolina Brigade Capt. James Reed Ensign 1st N. Carolina Jan 4, 1776. Rev. Army Accts. NC Brigade Vol. Viii p. 24-40 Folio 3.
July 7, 1776 1st Lieut.,

1777 Captain July 8 (Roster of NC Soldiers)

1778 - Prisoner 1 June 1778 (Roster of NC Soldiers)

1778 - Rowan Co. Tax List there is a James Reed and a James Reede sen.

1778 - Vacant Land Entries, Rowan Co., NC
#1098, 25 July, James Reed 130 A. on W. side of Dutchmans Crk adj William Whitaker, Isaac Wilcox, & James McMahan, including his own improvement. (9:611)
#1656, 21 Oct 1778, James Reed 310 A. on W waters of Fifth Crk adj James Murdoh's W line William McKee's N line, Patrick Duffy's E. line, & running N for Compliment. Made over to William McKee

1780 - a James Reed was taken prisoner at Charleston, May 12,

1781 - Capt. James Reed taken prisoner 12 Sept 1781 in the Battle of Eutaw Springs. (Roster of NC Soldiers in The Am. Revolution, p. 620)

1782. James Reed was discharged

1783 - Received land grant No. 552 of 130 acres from N. Carolina. In "Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants Awarded by State Governments" by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, James Read NC Captain is listed 25 Oct 1783, granted 3480 acres.
Goldene Fillers Burgner's "NC Land Grants in TN 1778-1791; Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1981
Also in Shirley Hollis Rice "The Hidden Rev. War Land Grants in the TN Military Reservation (Lawrence burg, TN; Family Tree Press; 1991) warrants assigned and deeded to someone other than the veteran

1784-1787 A James Reed is listed in the State Census of NC p. 74 with 1 WM 21-60, 6 WM under 21 & above 60, 1 WF

1784 - Samuel Reid of Rowan County writes his will, naming wife Agnes, son James (who is to receive land where Samuel lived, part of the tract where James also lived), Samuel, Alexander, John & Andrew, daughters Mary, Margaret, Jean, Agnes, and Sarah. This Samuel was a Capt. in the Rev. War, was one of only two men by the name of Reed who served in the Rev. War and were old enough to be the father of James Reed born in 1750. The other was George Reed b. in 1730 who md. Abigail ____ and died in Rowan Co.
Samuel Reid did not die until 26 years after this was written, by then he lived in GA.

1786 - #3032, 11 Aug. Andrew Mock 100 acres levied adj. James Reed on waters of Dutchmans Crk.


1787 - a John Reed m. Elizabeth Tate 3 November in Rowan Co., NC

1790 - There are James Reed wills in Cumberland Co., PA Will Book E p. 196-197 Apr. 30, and

1790 - Rowan Co. NC Federal Census lists James Read with 1 free white male 16 and upwards, 2 free white males under 16 years, 6 free white females, no other free persons, no slaves. His order of entry is #283,

1796 - James Reid of Hamilton Bawn Township, York County, PA writes a will, naming wife Margaret and children John, Benjamin, William, Thomas, Samuel, Mary, and Sarah. It is probated in 1803 at Gettysburg (now Adams County). Hamilton's Ban Township is close to Mt Joy Twp., Tom's Creek, Emmitsburg and the Monocacy.

1797 - Deed Book 16, Rowan Co., NC p. 278. 7 Dec. State grant #2502 @ 30 sh per 100 acres to James Reed, 6 acres on the W side of Dutchman's Creek adjacent to his own land and William Whitaker. The warrant was dated 6 Nov. 1794.

1797- -Will Book F 16 Dec East Burough Twp. PA



c1805 - John Reed G - 32John Reed c1805 Will Book G - 32. June 6, 1805. Probated 1808. Wife Mary. Sons : John, David, Noah & Moses Reed. Dau: Salley Lewis. Exrs: wife Mary & friend John Hampton, Sr. (No son James.) Reed Wills in Rowan Co., NC (NC Wills Testator Index 1665-1900; Mitchell; 1987)

1805 - Deed Book 19, Rowan Co., NC p. 474 1 Oct James Reed of Rowan and wife Mary (X) sell to John Stevenson of Guilford Co., NC for 300 pounds, 136 Acres on Dutchmans Creek adjacent to Stephen Noland, Whitaker, and John McMachan. Wit: Frederick Deal, William McMahan. Prvd. by McMahan at Nov Court 1805.

1809 - The reference on page 113 of "Beside the Stillwater" by Dora Class
Brentlinger does not tell where James Reed migrated from.
"Prior to 1809, the following families had settled between the
Stillwater and Miami Rivers: ... [about 20 names are listed, followed by]...
James Reed...James Reed and Widow Johnson with her four children. Reed and
wife, Mary McMayon settled on the Old Springfield Road and were buried there
on their farm."

1810 - there is no OH census

1813 - Deed Vol. 02 p. 316 Monroe Twp. Miami Co., OH Land Warrant

1814 - Sells land Vol. 2 p. 318 in Monroe Twp., Miami Co., OH

1820 - James Reed is listed in the 1820 census Montgomery Co., OH Butler Twp, with 1 male 45 and up, one male 26-45 and two females. [p.105] Roll 94 M-33 N.A. microfilm Federal Census p. 229 Turtle Creek Twp and


1820 - James Reed died.
He is buried in Reed Cemetery 2 mi. east of US Route 25, 2 miles from Vandalia, OH.

Published Ohio References to James Reed include:

James Reed whose wife was Mary McMahon, emigrated from North Carolina, settling in Section 3, Township 2, Range 6, where he entered 160 acres of land. Both were buried in the Reed Graveyard. (Butler Twp.) p. 105.
In addition to the burying grounds about the several churches are those in Sections 3 and 11 of Twp. 3, Range 6. The former, known as the Reed Graveyard from its situation on the Reed land, is quite ancient, and in it sleep a number of the first settlers. The wife of James Reed, having selected the spot where she was desirous of interment, was the first buried there, and from this fact it became a place for burials. p. 110
Reed Cemetery location: SE 1/4 section 3, T#, R6E - Old Springfield Road, north side of road, 1200' E. of Engle Rd., 800" E of IR 75
Inactive - family
Inscriptions are listed - Dayton Public Library.

1825 - The following named persons were elected Justices of the Peace of Butler Township ..... James Reed, December 3,......
Ref: History of Montgomery Co., OH; Chicago; W. H. Beers & Co.; 1882

1828 - A James Reed buys land Vol. 8 p. 114 in Brown Twp., Miami Co., OH

1830 Census, p. 26 Brown Twp., Miami Co., OH a James Reed is listed

1835 - State Census Brown Twp., Miami Co., OH lists a James Reed household. p. 170

1835 - a James Reed sells land Vol. 13, p. 579 in Brown Twp., Miami co., OH

DAR Supplemental application approved 6 June 2000


Colonial N.C. Militia


Hutman's Historical Record
Ref: Rowan Co. Marriages
DAR Patriot Index
DAR Application of Ruth Frost Wall.
Ref: Cumberland Co. Wills p. 22 FHL microfilm 389421




Mrs. Anna Dial Simmons Friedline.
DAR ID Number: 115905
Born in Mount Carmel, Ohio.
Wife of J. R. Friedline.
Descendant of Capt. James Read, Aaron Mattson and John Simmons, as follows:
1. Aaron Matson Simmons (1832-94) m. 1859 Rebecca Dial Lane (1835-1912).
2. James Simmons (1807-92) m. 1830 Elizabeth Gatch Matson (1812-88); Samuel Lane (1802-68) m.
1827 Elizabeth Dial (1805-65).
3. James Simmons m. 1797 Sarah Evans; Shadrach Dial (1757-1843) m. 2nd 1803 Susannah Read (Reed)
(1776-1857); Aaron Philip Matson (1776-1857) m. 1808 Elizabeth Gatch (1786-1834).
4. Adam Simmons (1747-1827) m. 1770 Mary Hatton (1753-1831); James Read m. 1774 Mary
McMahan; Aaron Matson m. 1770 Mary McMinn (1738-1820).
5. John Simmons.
James Read (1744-97) was a juror, 1763-75, and commanded a company of North Carolina troops, 1781.
He was born in North Carolina; died in Rowan County, N. C.


More About James Reed:
Burial: Unknown, Reed Cemetery, Butler Twp, Montgom Co. OH.
DAR: 06 June 2000, Application 760046 approved.
Military: Captain in the American Revolution.

More About James Reed and Mary McMahan:
Marriage: 06 December 1774, Rowan Co, NC.2282, 2283

Children of James Reed and Mary McMahan are:
  1. +Elizabeth Reed, b. 22 October 1780, Rowan Co, NC2284, d. 27 January 1864, Springcreek Twp.,Miami Co, OH2284.
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