Facts and Events
||Rev. John Reece
||Rev. John Reese
||17 Oct 1819
||Clark, Indiana, United States
||Clark, Indiana, United States
||Clark, Indiana, United States
||Johnson, Indiana, United Stateslicensed to preach, Second Mount Pleasant Baptist Church
||28 Nov 1839
||Shelby, Indiana, United Statesto Phebe Ann Tucker
||Johnson, Indiana, United Statesordained, Second Mount Pleasant Baptist Church
||21 Feb 1842
||Shelby, Indiana, United Statespurchased property
||30 Jan 1847
||Shelby, Indiana, United StatesPurchased property
||10 Jun 1847
||Shelby, Indiana, United Statesto Mary Jane Midkiff
||8 Jan 1848
||Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana, United StatesPurchased property
||20 Jan 1848
||Shelby, Indiana, United Stateswith wife Mary Jane, sold property
||Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana, United StatesBegan to preach at First Shelbyville Baptist Church (also known as Mount Pisgah Church)
||21 March 1849
||Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana, United Stateswith wife Mary Jane, sold property to Trustees of Shelbyville Baptist Church
||Shelby, Indiana, United States
||14 Aug 1854
||Shelby, Indiana, United StatesWith mother, sister, one brother, sells land to another brother
||Shelby, Indiana, United States
||Shelby, Indiana, United StatesRegistered for the draft
||Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana, United States
||Forest Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana, United States
The Rev. John Reece is well known in this community as the pioneer minister of the Baptist denomination. It is an interesting fact concerning him, that his father and grandfather before him were Baptist clergymen. His grandfather, John Reece, . . . became a minister of the Missionary Baptist Church. . . . He died while the subject of this sketch was quite young. Benjamin Reece, his son, . . . . came to Shelby County, and settled in Hendricks Township; he began preaching the Gospel of Christ about this time, . . . John Reece, the son of Benjamin and Sarah Reece, was born in Clarke Co., Ind., Oct. 17, 1819; came to Shelby County with his father in 1834, and has spent his entire life here, except the four years devoted to his collegiate education at Franklin College. He made a profession of religion in the Second Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, of this county, in March, 1838; called to the Gospel ministry, he was licensed by the same church in July, 1838, and ordained Jan. 12, 1840; he has been in the active work of the ministry ever since, without any intermission; in all the Baptist Churches of this region he has preached, in most of them he has held successful revival meetings, and hundreds upon hundreds have been added to the church under his earnest and faithful labors. Mr. Reece was first married to Phebe Ann Tucker, Nov. 28, 1839, and one son, Benjamin H., was born to them. Mrs. Reece died at an early age, Aug. 7, 1846. He was again married, June 10, 1847, to the present Mrs. Reece, Mary Jane, daughter of Samuel and Agnes Midkiff. Their son, William V., was born Dec. 9, 1851. Mrs. Reece is also advanced in life, and a more motherly, wise and popular lady it would be difficult to find. For twenty-three years, Mr. Reece has been the Pastor of the Mount Pisgah Church, and he enjoys the very rare good fortune of living in his old age among the people who know him best and yet love him as a neighbor, friend and spiritual father.
Atlas of Shelby Co., Indiana, Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co, 1880, pg 35.
- ↑ Washington Township, Clark, Indiana, in United States. 1820 U.S. Census Population Schedule, Primary quality.
Benjamin Reas, 2 males under 10 [William, John], 2 males 26-45 [Benjamin, unknown], 1 female 16-25 [Sarah]; 1 person in agriculture
- ↑ NE of State Road, Clark County, Indiana, in United States. 1830 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 40, Primary quality.
Reece, Benj. 2 ma 10-15 (William, John), 1 m 30-40 (Benjamin), 1 f under 5 (unknown), 1 f 30-40 (Sarah)
- Hendricks Township, Shelby, Indiana, in United States. 1840 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 344.
Benjamin Reece, 1 m 10-15 [Thomas], 1 m 25-30 [ William], 1 m 40-50 [Benjamin], 1 f 5-10 [Martha], 1 f 30-40 [Sarah]
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Biographies, Rev. John Reece , in Shelby County, Indiana - GenWeb Project, accessed 14 May 2001, Secondary quality.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Indiana Baptist History 1798-1908. Franklin, Indiana, 1908. [Repository:Indiana State Library|ISL] 286 S888, p. 120, Secondary quality.
“Elder John Reece, son of [Benjamin], was licensed to preach by the Second Mount Pleasant church in 1839, and the next year it called a council for his ordination. He was moderator of his association [Flat Rock] for eighteen years. He had many of the characteristics of his father – earnest piety, sterling integrity and complete loyalty to Christ. He died at his home in Shelbyville in July 1894.”
- ↑ Shelby County (Indiana). Recorder. Deed records, 1822-1886, and partitions, 1876-1891. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984), Vol. J, p. 690; FHL #1403621, Primary quality.
John Reese Deed from Ephraim Tucker
21 February 1842
Ephraim Tucker of Shelby county, IN
and John Reese and Phebe Ann Reese of same
for $1.00 paid by John and Phoebe Ann Reese
Ephraim Tucker sells
W1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Sec 7, T12N, R6E
containing 80 acres
Signed Ephraim Tucker
Winnaford X her mark Tucker, his wife
Witness Wm Law JP, James H. Tucker
Recorded 27 January 1843
- ↑ Churches of Shelby County Indiana, First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, in Shelby County, Indiana - GenWeb Project, accessed 2 Apr 2009, Secondary quality.
The First Baptist Church of Shelbyville was organized in March, 1849, when Shelbyville had but five Baptists. The first sermon was preached by Rev. John Reece in the old court-house that stood in the center of the public square and the services were attended by twelve persons. Meetings were held every other two weeks and preaching had by Reverend Reece. The constituent members of this church were:
William E. Midkiff,
Elizabeth T. Brown,
[Submitted by Marita Bolson. Original Source: Chadwick's History of Shelby Co., Ind., p. 158]
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Shelby County (Indiana). Recorder. Deed records, 1822-1886, and partitions, 1876-1891. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984), Vols M-O; FHL #1403623, Primary quality.
Vol M, p. 395
John Reese from William Clark (both of Shelby County, IN), 30 January 1847
E1/2 of the NE1/4 of S7, T12N, R6E, = 80 acres
Signed William Clark, Sarah Ann Clark
Witness James M. Smith, Enoch M. Tucker JP
Vol N, p. 524
John Reese Deed from Thomas Vaughn & wife, all of Shelby County
8 January 1848
part of Lot 11 on Washington Street in Shelbyville bounded and described as follows:
Beginning at a point on the S line of said lot on the N side of Washington St. 24 ft from the SE corner of said lot thence W 42 feet to a point dividing the S boundary into 2 equal parts thence N99 ft thence E42 ft thence S 99 ft to the place of beginning
Signed Thomas Vaughn, Sarah Vaughn
Witnesses Bush Vaughn, William E. Midkiff JP
Vol O, p. 65
John Hurston of Franklin Col, IN from John Reese and Mary Jane Reese his wife of Shelby Co, IN
20 January 1848
E1/2 of NE1/4, S7, T12N, R6E
and W1/2 of NE1/4, S7, T12N, R6E
Signed John Reese, Mary Jane Reese
Witnesses William H. Tucker, Enoch M. tucker JP
- ↑ Shelby County (Indiana). Recorder. Deed records, 1822-1886, and partitions, 1876-1891. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984), Vol P, p. 117; FHL #1403624, Primary quality.
Trustees Baptist Church Deed from John Reece
John Reece and Mary J. Reece his wife of the County of Shelby, Indiana
paid by Nymphus Bassett, Reuben Debord and Samuel Midkiff of same county and state, Trustees of the Baptist Church of the Town of Shelbyville constituted on the articles of faith of the Flat Rock Association
for the purpose of a House or Church of public worship
a part of Lot Number 11 on Washington Street in the Town of Shelbyville, commencing at the SW corner of said lot running East along said street 40 ft then running due North 70 feet then due West to an alley 40 feet then South along said alley 70 feet to the place of beginning
Signed 21 March 1849
John Reece, Mary Jane Reece
Witness: John Weakley, JP; John M. Mahoney
- ↑ Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana, in United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule, HH 103, Fam 105, Primary quality.
Reece, John, 30, Baptist Minister, [no RE listed], b. IN
, Mary J., 24, b. IN
, Benj T., 9, b. IN
Vawter, Achilles, 24, b. IN [Grandson of Jesse Vawter ]
, Philoman, 19, b. IN
- ↑ Shelby County (Indiana). Recorder. Deed records, 1822-1886, and partitions, 1876-1891. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984), Volume Y, p. 366, Primary quality.
William A. Reese and Emily Reese his wife
John Reese and Mary J. Reese his wife
Lindsey C. Garrison and Martha E. Garrison his wife
And Sarah Reese
Of Shelby County, Indiana
Convey and Warrant to
Thomas H. Reese of Johnson County, IN
For the sum of $4000, Real Estate in Shelby county
North part of the N1/2 of the NW1/4, S12, T12, R5, containing 53 acres and 33/100s of an acre
Also the west part of the NE1/4, S11, T12, R5, containing 106 acres and 66/100 more or less
The fee in said land being in the said Sarah Reese, John Reese, William Reese and the said Martha Garrison
Signed 14 August 1854
William A. Reese, Emily J. x her mark Reese, John Reese, Mary Jane Reese, Lindsey C. x his mark Garrison, Martha E. Garrison, Sarah Reese
Witness Eldridge G. Mayhew, JP
Recorded 11 Sept 1855
- ↑ Indiana, 6th Congressional District, in United States. Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865, Vol 4, Class 2, No. 282, Primary quality.
Shelby County, Addison Township
Reese, John, 43, farmer, b. IN
- ↑ Addison Township, Shelby, Indiana, in United States. 1860 U.S. Census Population Schedule, HH 26, Fam 27, Primary quality.
Reece, John, 40, Minister, Baptist, RE = $4000, PE = $810, b. IN
, Mary J., 31, b. IN
, Benjamin, 18, farm laborer, b. IN, attended school
, William V., 9, b. IN, attended school
- ↑ Find A Grave, Memorial# 13859836, Secondary quality.
Rev John Reece
Birth: Oct. 17, 1819
Death: Jul. 24, 1894
Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana, USA
- John Reece also helped found or served at at least two other churches, the Hurricane Baptist Church in Clark County, and the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Trafalgar County.
"History of Johnson County, Indiana" 1888, by D. D. Banta
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
HURRICANE BAPTIST CHURCH (Clark Township) was organized about the year 1840 or 1841 by Rev. Benjamin Reece, who preached for several years thereafter, holding meetings in the old log building, known as Friendship Church. John Reece has also served as a pastor.
MT. ZION BAPTIST CHURCH (Trafalgar) was formally organized June 8, 1844, by Elders Reece and Chandler. Elder J. Reece was called to the pastorate in 1844.