Apr. 25, 1838 - 1926
information courtesy of FindaGrave contributors and Adriana "Rian" (Langerwerf) Farley
William Burton Reed was born in Indiana [25 April 1838], the son of Thomas and Maria (Myrick) Reed: "Reed, William B., 12, male, born in Indiana." with his marriage recorded as: William B. Reed and Margaret A. Hamilton were married by Wm. H. Cochran J.P. Their marriage was also listed in a newspaper account, as follows: "1st 100 Marriages In County Recalled. The State Historical Society called upon the various chapters of the DAR to compile a list of the first 200 marriage licenses issued in each county and forward to the Historical Society. In compiling the list the local DAR committee found the work very interesting. ... Thinking it would be of interest to [Jefferson, Greene County Iowa newspaper] Bee readers to scan the list and note the names of well known families today, we are printing the list of the first 100, and the name of the minister or public official who solemnized the marriage ceremony. William B. Reed and Margaret A. Hamilton, April 26, 1859, Wm. H. Cochran, J.P."
The Methodist Church was organized in 1855; listed as members of the congregation were "Wm. Reed & wife". Noting his farming, and family standing, by 1860: Reed, William, 22 years, male, farmer, personal property $200, born in Indiana Margaret, 17 years, female, born in ______ Margaret Jeanette, 2/12 female, born in Iowa, and in later accounts, William is noted to have lived in Perry IA, employed as a bill collector and farmer. He was appointed Township trustee in Virginia Twp., and belonged to IOOF in Carlisle, IA.
Reed, William B., Farmer, 32, male, personal property $200, born in Indiana Margaret, 27, female, born in Indiana Margaret Jeanette 10, female, born in Iowa Leona, 8, female, born in Iowa Oliver, 5, male, born in Iowa Phillis, 3, female, born in Iowa and printed sources note him to be "William Reed, Farmer, Sec 14, P.O. Palmyra."
He died at Perry [26 Aug 1926], as noted; "W.B. Reed, 415 S. 3rd St., 1st Ward, Perry, Dallas County, Iowa, male, white, married, husband of Margaret A. Reed, born April 25, 1838 age 88 years, 4 months 1 day, retired, son of Thomas Reed, born in Penn., and Maria Myrick, born in ME. Informant: Minnie Latimer, Yale, Ia. Date of death: Aug 26, 1926. I hereby certify that I attended deceased from June 12, 1926 to Aug 26, 1926 and I last saw him alive on Aug 25, 1926 and that death occurred on the date state above at 1:40 a.m.. The cause of death is as follows: chronic intestinal nephritis, contributed to by old age. Burial to take place at Violet Hill on 8/29/1926. /s/ T.R. Phillips, MD., Perry."
"Golden Wedding is Celebrated.
"Family Reunion Held at Home of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Reed on South Third Street.
"An enjoyable event was that held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Reed, on South Third street Monday, when a large number of the relatives and their friends gathered to help them observe the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding.
"Few people are privileged to celebrate an event of this kind and the hearty congratulations of all their friends in this city are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Reed on this occasion. They are pioneers of Iowa and this vicinity but one would never guess they had lived so long as both are in good health and as active as most people twenty years younger.
"Quite a large number of relatives were present and they brought with them good cheer and congratulations. A fine gold watch fob was presented to Mr. Reed and his wife was given a god watch chain and some gold coins. A big dinner and supper was served at the family reunion, and although all of the children and grandchildren could not be present, the occasion was one which will be long remembered by all. The children and grandchildren who have come to bless the union of these estimable people are:
"W.E. Reed and wife of Madison, Neb.; C.H. Reed, wife and baby Claude of Madison, Neb.; Mrs. D. Trent, of Madison, Neb.; Mrs. G. Farley, of Wilton, N.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gill, of Wilton, N.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Wahring and daughter of Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Oatmer, of Yale; Fred Farley of Coon Rapids; Ray Farley, of Churdan; Mrs. Ella Motes, of Granite, Oklahoma; Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Kloss of Churdan; Mrs. H.R. Proctor, of Gacoma, Iowa; Mrs. Perry Myrick, of Sac City. The only children absent were, Attorney and Mrs. M.O. Reed, of Colfax, Washington, who telegraphed congratulations on the event, and Dr. W.H. Reed, of Valley, Neb."