Person:Robert Reed (26)

m. Aft 16 Sep 1737
  1. Capt. James ReadAbt 1745 - 1832
  2. Robert Reed1748 - Bef 1796
  • HRobert Reed1748 - Bef 1796
  • W.  Elizabeth Hartwell (add)
m. 2 Mar 1771
  1. Swithin Reed1771 -
  2. Elizabeth Reed1773 -
  3. Robert Reed1775 - 1805
  4. Sarah Reed1778 -
  5. Daniel Reed1781 -
  6. Maximilla ReedAbt 1784 -
  7. Margery ReedAbt 1786 -
Facts and Events
Name[3] Robert Reed
Gender Male
Christening[1] 5 Oct 1748 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage 2 Mar 1771 Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United Statesto Elizabeth Hartwell (add)
Death[2] Bef 2 Nov 1796 Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
  1. Christ Church, in Dunkle, Robert J., and Ann S. Lainhart. Records of the Churches of Boston and the First Church, Second Parish, and Third Parish of Roxbury: including baptisms, marriages, deaths, admissions, and dismissals: (1600s-1800s). (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001)
    p. 32.

    Oct. 5 Reed, Rob't Son of Swithin & Margery of West Woburn

  2. FHL film 0421500, in Massachusetts. Probate Court (Middlesex County). Probate records, 1648-1924. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1964-1967)
    Case 18598 "Robert Reed 1796".

    3 Jun 1796: Will of "Robbart Reed of Lexington ... Yeoman", mentions "my Son Robart Reed", "My Son Daniel Reed", "my Daughter Elizebeth Reed", "my Daughter Sarah Reed", "my Daughter Maxmily Re[ed]", "my Daughter Margery Reed", "my son Sweathron Reed" [sole executor].
    2 Nov 1796: Proved.
    12 Nov 1813: Final account of Sweethen Reed approved. Includes legacy to "Daniel Reed, a son of said deceased", "Ephraim Perkins and Elizabeth his wife, a daughter of said deceased", "Caleb Coolidge and Sarah his wife, a daughter of said decease", "Maximilla Reed, a daughter of said deceased", "Margery Reed, a daughter of said deceased". [No mention of the legacy to son Robert.]

    Case 18599 "Daniel Reed & al 1796"
    2 Nov 1796: Bond of James Reed Genetleman of Lexington as guardian of "Daniel & Sarah Reed at their own Election ... Minors of more than fourteen years of age & children of Robert Read late of Lexington"

    Case 18600 "Maximily Reed & al 1796"
    2 Nov 1796: Bond of James Reed of Woburn Gentleman as guardian of "Maximily & Margery Reed Minors under fourteen years of age & Children of Robert Reed".

  3. Reed, Jacob Whittemore. History of the Reed Family in Europe and America. (Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States: John Wilson and Son, 1861)
    p. 470.

    Robert Reed, s/o Swithin Reed and Margery [maiden name not given], m. 2 Jul 1771 Elizabeth Hartwell of Bedford. "He was drowned, when out on a fishing excursion outside of Boston Lighthouse, June 5, 1805."
    [The sentence about drowning follows a list of children, the last of whom is son Robert. But it reads as if it applies to the father Robert. Apparently confused by this, Hudson, p. 571-2, says both drowned in 1805. But the information of the probate makes it clear the father died in 1796, and so it must be the son, only, who drowned in 1805.]