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Marion William Reed was born in Indiana on January 30 1870, the second of 12 children and first son of Thomas Reed and Mary Eleanor Mullett Reed.

According to the 1870 US Census, (Taken in Noble Township, Wabash Co. Indiana on July 18, 1870) Others in the household included his father Thomas 26,, mother Ellen 21, sister Alice 2 and John Mullett, 13, brother of his mother, Mary Eleanor Mullett.

In the 1880 US Census, the family is living in Bell Crrek, Washington County, Nebraska. Marion is listed as Mariane, female age 10. Others on this record include his father Thomas 37, mother Ellen M. 31, older sister Melle 12, and younger siblings Minia 8, Thomas 6, Florence 4, Harry 2, and Clarence as a female age 5 months.

The 1885 Nebraska State Census lists the family living in Eden Precinct of Antelope County Nebraska: Tom 43, Ellen 36, Nelli 17, Marion 15, Minnie 13, Tom 11, Florence 9, Harry 7, Walter 3 and Elsie 7 months. Thomas and Marion were again listed as farmers, and the other children were At School or too young.

The 1900 US Census records his family living in district 0074 of Logan Township,, Dixon County Nebraska. His birth is noted as January 1870 in Indiana. His father Thomas as July 1843 born in Indiana, mother Ellen October 1845 Indiana, sister Minise April 1871 Indiana, Brother Thomas January 1874 in Nebraska, Florence December 1875 in Nebraska, Henry F. February 1877 in Nebraska, brother Clarence February 1879 in Nebraska, Walter W. September 1881 in Nebraska, Elsie November 1884 in Nebraska, Lloyd May 1890 in Nebraska, Russell on August 1896 also in Nebraska.. Father Thomas, Marion, brother Thomas and Henry all listed as farmers. Sisters Minise and Florence listed as Teachers. Elsie and Lloyd are listed as At School and Russell was not old enough to attend school.

1910 US Census lists Marion and Elizabeth L (nee Gotto) married for five years (19 Oct. 1905 in Bristol, aurora, South Dakota) with two daughters: Margaret E age 3 and Helen B age 1, both born in Nebraska. Marion was listed as working on his Own Account as a farmer and paid rent. Elizabeth is listed as born in Minnesota whose parents were from Germany.

The 1916 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta shows Marion W, 46, Elizabeth L., 34 Margaret E. 9, Helen B.7, Marian K. 5, Elizabeth L. 3 and William W. 1 at 219 18 Avenue West, next door to the rectory of St. Mary’s Church (now Cathedral) which is currently located at that very address. I was told that Marion worked as a custodian for St. Mary’s school during the time they lived in Calgary. I’m not sure what took them outside the US border, but we have a letter to the Canadian consulate asserting that they did not intend to stay in Canada but were just there to work. They are listed as Roman Catholic. Although all are listed as born in the United States, Marion and all the children are of “Irish: race and Elizabeth is listed as “French.”

According to the US Census of 1920, the family “immigrated” back to the US in 1919 and were residing in Spokane, Washington where he worked in a Gas Plant. Once again, Marion’s father’s nationality iand language are listed as Irish (his mother as German). Elizabeth is listed as having a French born mother who spoke French. Children are Margaret, Helen, Marian, Elizabeth, Willard and Anna M. age 1 1/2.

US Census of 1930 finds the family living on a farm in Pleasantview, Boulder County, Colorado with Marion 61, Lillian L. 49, Willard W 14, Anna M. 11, Thomas E. 8 Colorado, James R. 5 months Colorado. The family did own a radio In this census, Marion’s father’s birthplace is listed as Ohio.

In 1940, Marion was living with 15 year old son Jimmy Reed on a farm in Pleasantview, Boulder County, Colorado.

In 1950, the US census records 80 year old Marion a widow living with daughter Anna May 31 at 612 Mapleton St. in Pleasantview, Boulder County, Colorado. Wife Elizabeth Lillian Gotto Reed died 23 August 1941 in Boulder County, Colorado.

Marion was an avid beekeeper and passed away on 23 June 1951 after a fall which occurred while he was trying to remove a swarm of bees. He is interred in Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder, Colorado.

The information on her death certificate says that my great Aunt Nora Beauchamp McQueen, my maternal grandfather Charles Lessley Beauchamp’s sister, was born in Rockwell (Rockwall?) Texas on March 27 1886. However, the 1900 US Census lists Norah Beauchamp born in Indiana in March 1888. The 1910, 1920,1930, 1940 and 1950 US Censuses also give Texas as her birthplace.

Since she lived most of her adult life in Pulaski County, AR, I’m curious as to why her parents Steven (Stephen) Ross Beauchamp and Ada Ann Thompson Beauchamp were in Texas at the time of her birth. This seems Out of Place and bears more research.

My first step will be to talk with my cousin who is Nora’s granddaughter and who lived in Arkansas near her grandmother. I will also sketch out a time line to get a feel about how Nora’s family moved from place to place during her lifetime.

52 Ancestors 2023, Weeks 1 and 2

I’d like to meet myself as I grew up to understand myself as I am now. While I go through photos over the years, I’ve always wanted to know what was going on behind those brown eyes and in that little head. I’ll be adding photos as I come across them and seeking answers in their context. And I love this photo of me and my mother!

Tomorrow, through the magic of technology and hosted by FamilySearch, I will realize a dream, being at rootstech Connect.

Today I will select the livestream and videos that interest me and add them to my Playlist. If I cannot watch them over the next few days, they will be available for access for the entire next year!!!

Are you interested too? Here is the link to their YouTube channel website tutorials

I’m especially interested in the Show My Relatives feature, a sort of matching program that will let participants know if another attendee’s tree shows ancestors you may share in common. This should be exciting!

Please let me know if you are joining this amazing event as well. I hope rootstech Connect will be a springboard and inspiration for genealogists, family historians, story tellers and record keepers throughout the world!

Debbie Reed Hutchison

C1D22922-877D-461C-95DF-6C420EC74B49As I watched our grandson practice “long tones” on his clarinet, I realized what an important place music has had in our family over the generations. Musicians in our family have hummed, whistled and sang through the years. They have played a long line of instruments including guitar, ukulele, drums, xylophone, violin, recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano and accordion. It’s so true, music unites our family 🎼 

Mom and me sharing a laugh.

This is one of my favorite photos of my mother, Otha Beauchamp Reed, born in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Her family was not enumerated in the 1930 United States census when she was just a girl herself, and I hope to find out where they were living that year to tie up some loose ends in our family history.

This is my challenge, my course of action for the year, my exercise regimen, day in and day out. Hopefully my reward will be to develop a powerful new habit that will make me stronger in all aspects of my life.

My father, Willard William Reed was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I was told that his family moved around as part of crop harvesting and they were living in Canada when he was born for that reason.

My first goal for 2020 is to request his Canadian birth record and to locate the house they lived in from the information on the 1921 Canadian census.

Did my ancestors follow the harvests?

My great grandfather Thomas Reed (1843-1917) was listed as a farmer living in Indiana and Nebraska in the US Census records of 1870, 1880, 1900 and 1910. His father, Ezekiel Reed (1818-1891) farmed in Indiana as well according to the US Census records of 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880.

With all this in mind, it should be logical to believe the family story my father told that his father, my grandfather Marion William Reed (1870-1951) was a laborer who worked with a group that went from state to state harvesting whatever was ready to pick, pull, pluck or scythe.

That might also explain why their family moved from Indiana, where my grandfather was born, to Nebraska where he met and married Elizabeth Lillian Gotto, my grandmother, to Calgary, Canada where my father was born, to Colorado, Washington and back to Colorado where he is listed on the 1940 census as a farmer.

It must have been hard to follow the crop harvesting cycle, taking temporary jobs in the off season and moving your wife and nine children across country. However, in the early 1900s, times were economically challenging for everyone and I’m proud to see how resourcefulness and following the harvest helped my family survive.


When we visited Hodgenville, KY on a genealogy research trip, we were fortunate to meet Carol in the LaRue County Kentucky Genealogy Society and the great staffers in the LaRue County Public Library. All of these fine folks were so instrumental in guiding our travels through the county roads and through the cemeteries there.

The 1899 map above was a key find, charting the location of farms in the area listed by the names of the landowners in 1899. So many of the names in the county were familiar to us from our family tree. Seeing where they lived made these ancestors come alive once more!

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks
Week 2: Challenge

Because my New Year’s resolution was to keep in touch with my DNA matches, it should not have been a surprise when I went to my Ancestry Message Center and found that notes from my “cousin matches” had been piling up.

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