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Loyalist Directory: William Reed

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Surname : Reed
Given name : William
Rank : Sergeant
Where Resettled : Thurlow Twp., Hastings, Upper Canada, 1788 (now known as Corbyville which is just outside of Belleville ON)
Status as Loyalist : Proven
Proof of Loyalty :  
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
Regiment : South Carolina Militia or South Carolina Loyal Militia (info from UC Land Petition 51 of son John Reed Sr, C-2744, pp. 311-315)
Enlistment Date :  
Date & Place of Birth : Before 26 Feb. 1723, in Thirteen Colonies
Settled before war : Somewhere along the Delaware River
Date & Place of Death : Died after Will signed 1799 and before Probated 1827, in Thurlow Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario
Place of Burial :  
Wife Name : Nancy Agnes Nesbitt b. abt 1745 and prob died abt 1827, before husband's Will probated 29 Aug 1827.
Children : - John m. Esther Ethey;
- Solomon m. Sarah Lake;
- Susan m. Samuel Hough;
- Samuel m. Mary Lake;
- William m. Elizabeth Dixon;
- Nancy m. Elias Hoffman;
- Elizabeth (b. 3 Dec. 1771 in USA, d. 10 Feb. 1832 buried Lazier Cronk Cemetery
Biography :  
Proven Descendants : Bay of Quinte 1982.03.02;
Bay of Quinte 1982.10.26;
Bay of Quinte 1984.01.17;
Bay of Quinte 1984.05.30;
Bay of Quinte 1984.06.19;
Bay of Quinte 1984.07.10;
Bay of Quinte 1984.08.21;
Bay of Quinte 1987.11.27;
Bay of Quinte 1988.02.15;
Edmonton 1999.03.01;
Bay of Quinte 2000.12.12;
Kawartha 2001.05.07;
Kingston & District 2003.04.28;
Kingston & District 2004.03.15;
Kingston & District 2004.03.15;
Victoria 2012.03.26 (Elva J. (Ware) Wheelhouse);
Victoria 2012.12.10 (Charlene E. Cresswell);
Bay of Quinte 2013.01.28 (Mary Isobell Alford);
Calgary 2013.04.08 (Jane Hawley Sutherland, Emma Catherine Sutherland, and Grace Hawley Sutherland);
Victoria 2013.06.03 (Elizabeth Agnes Aberdeen);
Military Info :  
Loyalist Genealogy : Certificate Applications from Elva (Ware) Wheelhouse and her daughter, Charlene Elva Cresswell – perhaps the only ones who have proved through William's daughter Elizabeth.
(1) William Reed
(2) Elizabeth Reed m. William Foster (s/o Joseph Foster Jr and Agnes Martin) b. 27 Jul 1763 Lebanon Twp, New London, Ct. Children: Agnes m. Robert Thompson, Nancy m. Garrett Miller, Joseph m. Elizabeth Roblin, John m. Clarinda Parks, Samuel m. Eliza Simmons, Esther m. Sylvester McCumber, Abigail m. James Osborne, William m. Cynthia Casey Clapp, Asa m. Susan Lawsher, Elizabeth spinster, James d. young
(3) William Foster Jr. (12 Jun. 1815 - 9 Sep. 1866) m. 10 Sep. 1839 Cynthia Casey Clapp (10 Mar. 1822 - 15 Feb. 1892) Children: Rebecca Cronk Foster m. cousin Aaron Bowerman Foster, Emma Marinda m. Donald Cameron, Jacob Samuel m1 Bertha E. Gardener m2 Hannah Melissa VanDusen, Cynthia Alma m. George A. Parrott
(4) Rebecca Cronk Foster (28 May 1842 - 10 Apr 1919) m. Aaron Bowerman Foster on 9 Dec. 1862 (1 Jun. 1838 - 16 Jun. 1919) children: James Rector m. Sarah Annie McCartney, Frank Dryden m. Ida E. Quigley, William Jacob m1 Estella Gorsline m2 Beatrice Welch, Mary Annie m. Joseph Wilde Roblin, Rosaline Blanche m. Allen Osborne, Cynthia Emily unm, Cinderella Huffman unm, Asa Garnet m. Sarah Devlin
(5) James Rector Foster (12 Nov. 1864 - 19 Oct. 1939) m. 25 Jan. 1893 Sarah Ann McCartney (12 Aug. 1870 - 8 Feb. 1955), Children: Osmund Greer unm, Walter Lee m. Elva Irene Simpson, Wesley, Isabell Rossie m. Alton Rowe, Mary Eliza m. Thomas Ebdon
(6) Walter Lee Foster (27 Nov. 1895 - 6 Feb. 1980) m. 22 Jun. 1921 Elva Irene Simpson (27 Jan. 1900 - 6 Nov. 1990) Children: private and Annie Irene Foster
(7) Private
Family History : “The first Reed to come to Canada was William Reed, a descendant of John, who with his family came as United Empire Loyalists in 1780. They travelled by torch light at night and concealed themselves in the forest in the daytime as protection against the American Revolutionists. They reached the St. Lawrence River in early Autumn and travelled westerly to the Moira River and then proceeded northerly from Meyers Creek, as Belleville was then known, about five miles to the grant of land that they had received, which is now called Corbyville. It is believed they were the second family to locate in the area.”
(From Carmel, 1855-1955 (p. 33), published in commemoration of the centennial of Carmel Public School, School Section No. 9, Thurlow Township)
Family Genealogy : Refer to the publication Yours, Theirs and Ours, by John E. Holden, Ch. 16 (Reed family).

There seem to be many other publications, such as another called Yours... Theirs... Ours... Mine, by June Dafoe; and also Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte, which contains information on some Foster (Reed) ancestors.
Sources : Upper Canada Land Petition #107 of William Reed, RG 1, L3, Vol 424, Microfilm C-2740 (20 July 1797)
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