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William Reed

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: November 7, 1894 (76)
Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States (Bright's Disease)
Place of Burial: Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Reed, Jr. and Lucinda Reed
Husband of Sophia Brown Reed
Father of William Reed, Jr.; Sophia Reed; Maria Reed; Waldo Reed and Milton Reed
Brother of Lucinda Poor; Isaac Reed; Child Reed; Sarah Ann Hill and Nathaniel Lurvey Reed

Occupation: Journalist
Managed by: Erica Howton
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Immediate Family

About William Reed


William REED. Born on Mar 27 1818 in Newburyport. Died on Nov. 5 1894 in Fall River.  William Reed wrote an autobiography (among other things) that was published in 1903 by Davol Press in Taunton. Two of their sons  (William & Milton) purchased the Taunton Daily Gazette, and it remained in  the Reed family for many years.  The William Reed Memorial Scholarship at Harvard was established by their son Milton, a prominent Fall River attorney who served a term as mayor.  Another son Waldo was also an attorney in Fall  River.


  1. Sophia Brown LADD (daughter of John LADD and Sophia JAQUES) She  was born on September 20 1819 in Haverhill, Essex Co, Massachusetts, USA. 

  They had the following children: 

  1. William b. 1841/2, Newburyport  d. Oct. 9, 1913, Taunton 
  2. Milton    b. Oct./1/1848    d. Sept. 18, 1932 
  3. Waldo    b. June 2, 1850, Newburyport 
  4. Sophia    b. Jan 14, 1845 ;  d. Sept. 6, 1846 
  5. Maria     b. Aug. 17, 1846  d. Nov. 1854, Iowa


  1. Autobiography of William Reed. March 27th 1818-November 5th, 1894. (With introduction, and concluding remarks, by William Reed, IV) Taunton, Mass., The Davel Press, 1906. 35 pages.
  2. The Harvard Graduates' Magazine, Volume 16 page 97. "Meeting of May I3, 1907. The following letter was read: Fall River, May 3, 1907. To the President and Fellows of Harvard College: Dear Sirs, — It gives me pleasure to tender to Harvard College the enclosed bonds, of tbe face value of $4000 (four thousand dollars), to establish a Scholarship Fund in memory of my late father, William Heed (born at Newburyport, Mass., March 27, 1818; died at Fall River, Mass., November 7,1894); which shall bear his name: the income thereof to be given by preference to any of his descendants who may be students in any department of Harvard University, and who shall certify that they need it: otherwise to some needy and worthy student of the collegiate or scientific undergraduate department. Said bonds to be convertible into money and the proceeds to be invested and re-invested, from time to time, as you and your successors may deem expedient. Truly yours, Milton Reed."
  • page 102 of The Ladd Family: A Genealogical and Biographical Memoir of the Descendants of Daniel Ladd, of Haverhill, Mass., Joseph Ladd, of Portsmouth, R.I., John Ladd, of Burlington, N.J., John Ladd, of Charles City Co., Va author, 1890 - 413 pages


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William Reed's Timeline

Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
December 2, 1842
Age 24
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
January 14, 1845
Age 27
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
August 7, 1846
Age 28
October 1, 1848
Age 30
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
June 2, 1850
Age 32
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
November 7, 1894
Age 76
Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States