Isaac  Reed

          "ISAAC  REED, farmer, P.O. Casey [Clark Co, IL], is one of the self-made men of the county, and is now one of the wealthy and thoroughgoing farmers in the township. He was born in Shelby County, Ind., 1837, November 28.  He is the son and child of  Philip Reed and  Mary Smith, both natives of North Carolina, where they were married, and removed to Shelby County, Ind., about the year 1818.  Here they lived until their death.  They had eleven children born to them, seven of whom were raised to maturity.  Isaac was thrown upon his own resources at an early age, his mother dying, and a step-mother was not congenial to him; and at the age of fourteen he began for himself, and when nineteen years of age he came to this State [IL] and to the township in the fall of 1856, and has since been identified with the interests of the county, excepting a year and a half when he lived in the Edgar County.  He worked out by the month, and for several years made the best use of his time, and saved his money and purchased eighty acres in 1859, on Section 4, where he now lives, for which he paid $1,063, and moved on the same in the fall of 1860, and since that time has been a resident of this place.  He has now about 535 acres, all in this township except 160 in Casey Township.  He was married, 1860, March 11, to Josephine Allen, born in Edgar County, 1840, May 24, eldest daughter of  William Allen and  Elizabeth Barnes. William Barnes[sic] was a Virginian; she (his wife) was from Indiana.  William was son of  James Allen.  Mr. Reed has had five children, four are living ---- Mary,  Louella,  Willie  and  Cora.  Mary is wife of  Charles Gard.  Flora died May, 1881, aged eighteen years six months and ten days.  Democratic.  Mr. Reed is one of the most successful farmers and business men in the county.
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