JOHN FRANKLIN REED FAMILY
I’m not clear as of yet and will modify this page later when I get the entire story; but here goes. Jack Reed as his uncle Frank Reed before him had searched for many years to complete the Reed Family Tree. The courthouses were all burned so they couldn’t get any farther than John Franklin Reed 1803- abt1870 and Phoebe Harris Reed 1820-?. They found a lot of older John Franklin Reed’s but without any documents they couldn’t prove any of it. So, the story goes, John Franklin Reed got into some trouble and they had to move the family back to LaFollette, Campbell, Tennessee.
John Franklin Reed Family Tree
They had 5 known children. I guessed at some ages but I cannot find any trace of them. Two daughters; Phoebe Reed (married John Shelton) and Ollie Reed. They had 3 sons; Dave, Charlie and John Franklin Reed.
John Franklin Reed Jr
John Franklin Reed b. May 1859 LaFollette, Campbell, Tennessee d: 1900 LaFollette, Campbell, Tennessee married 27 Aug 1877 at John Gentry’s home to Mary Emmaline Nickell 1857-1916. John D Bayes, Minister of the Christian Church performed the ceremony. Mary Emma was born in Andersonville, Kentucky which is now known as Magoffin County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Francis Marion (1836-1863) and Mary Elizabeth Howard Nickell (1835-1937).
John Franklin Reed migrated to Magoffin County around 1864 at the age of 14 and lived and worked with Farish Arnett, the father of Jack, Lee and Gratz Arnett. He made his living by farming and running log rafts on the Licking River. After his marriage to Mary Emma Nickell he settled around the mouth of Coon Creek and Cripple Creek area. He became terminally ill around 1895-1900 and his family from LaFollette, Tennessee took him along with is family to LaFollette where he died as was buried. The family then moved back to Magoffin County and grew up in the Lick Creek-Cripple Creek area. They had 9 known children. William Grats, Katherine “Kate”, Georgia, Ollie, Charles, Robert, Joseph, Jack, John Franklin Reed.
William Grats Reed
William “Grats” Reed the oldest son born May 18, 1878 Magoffin, Kentucky died February 22, 1917 in Magoffin, Kentucky (buried Cook Cemetery, Cripple Creek, Magoffin, Kentucky) married 26 Jul 1905 at J. N. Howard’s store house to Margret Cook b: October 20, 1891 in Magoffin, Kentucky died January 26, 1912 in Magoffin, Kentucky. Margret Cook was the daughter of Havila “Viley” Cook (no info) and Marth Hammond 1865.
Their two children:
Charlie Reed: born 10 Apr 1907 in Magoffin (farmer) and died 24 Apr 1969 (buried Cook Cemetery. “Low Gap” on Cripple Creek, Magoffin, Kentucky) married 22 Mar 1933 by Noah Howard, Church of Christ Minister to Zelma Coffee b: 19 Aug 1911 Magoffin, Kentucky d: 18 Feb 1986 (buried by her husband) She was the daughter of Mort Coffey and Pocahontas Howard. They had 5 known children: d: Brondell Reed, d:Virginia Faye Reed, s: Robert “Jack” Reed, s: Harold James Reed, d: Sandra Sue Reed. ( The story goes that uncle Joe Reed and Virginia Blanton Reed took him in after the death of both parents but he decided to go live with the Cook family in Ohio).
Phebie Reed: b: 20 May 1909 according to school records but she celebrated her birth 2 Apr 1909 in Bloomington, Magoffin, Kentucky (cook) died 24 AUG 1987 Middletown, Butler, Ohio (buried at Woodside Cemetery, Middletown, Ohio).
Phebia, Phebie, Feby in school and Phoebe on her marriage license, she married Kelley Adkins b: 15 Jan 1905 Magoffin, Kentucky (carpenter) d: 9 Aug 1983 Middletown, Butler, Ohio (buried in Prater Cemetery, Rock House, Kentucky) son of Jasper Adkins and Theresa Montgomery. They married in Greenup County, Kentucky on 22 Jul 1925 in front of two witnesses J.B. Dillow and Beverage Spears. Phebie was raised by her uncle Joe Reed on Pricey Creek.
They had 12 known children, Hassel (d), Lisa P (d), Charles Lee (d), Albert Roscoe aka Tom, Della Ruth aka Ruth(d), Russell B, Willie Louis (d), Edith (d), Mary Sue, Betty Lou, Denny Ray and Ella Mae Adkins.
Phebia Reed Adkins 1901-1987 one of two children born to William Grats Reed 1878-1917 and Margret Cook 1881-1912 both parents died very young so she was raised by Uncle Joseph “Joe” Reed 1892-1987 and his wife Virginia “Jennie” Blanton Reed 1892-1968. Both from Magoffin, Kentucky. Joe is buried in the Forks of Big & Little Pricey, Cisco, Kentucky. Even though they had 11 children of their own the took in a lot of children. Big hearted people and are owed a huge debt of gratitude.
Little know fact: Joe Reed – Uncle Joe Reed filed for her birth certificate. He stated all the info on it. Birth date was obtained from her school records, due to a fire in Magoffin County that destroyed all county records, He said that she was born in Salyersville and her mother was Margie Cook born in Bloomington and died in Salyersville. It states that Grats died in Johnson City, Tennessee (Carter County) but he has a Magoffin County, Kentucky death certificate. Grats & Margie were married in in J. H. Howard’s Store House.
I’m hoping to find some of Charlie Reed’s family to fill in some gaps. I need info on Vibey Cook and Marth Hammond. Grats gave this info on Margret’s death certificate as her parents. I have searched all of the Magoffin County, Cook records and the only Cook’s I’ve found is Havilla Cook married to Martha Reed Cook with about a dozen or more children. Now Jack Reed, said he didn’t know the names of the Cook’s Charlie went to live with but their was a slew of them. I just cannot locate any. So, I’m really hoping to do that here.
Phebie Reed Adkins
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Grats Kentucky death certificate
|Death Date:||22 Feb 1917|
|Birth Date:||4 May 1878|
|Father’s Name:||John Reed|
|Father’s Birth Location:||West Virginia|
|Mother’s Name:||Mary Nickell|
|Mother’s Birth Location:||Kentucky|
Informant: William Nickell of Bloomington, Magoffin, Kentucky. Buried in Elsie, Kentucky on February 24, 1917. Undertaker: William Nickell of Bloomington. Dr Signed: W. C. Conley in Salyersville, Kentucky stated that he attended the deceased from Jan 10, 1916 to Feb 22, 1917. Last time he saw him alive was Feb 20, 1917. His death occurred at 4:00 p.m. Cause of death: Tuberculosis of the lungs.
Margret Cook Reed Kentucky death certificate
|Death Date:||26 Jan 1912|
|Birth Date:||20 Oct 1891|
|Birth Location:||Magoffin, Kentucky|
|Father’s Name:||Vibey Cook|
|Father’s Birth Location:||Kentucky|
|Mother’s Name:||Marth Hamond|
|Mother’s Birth Location:||Kentucky|
A married housewife born in Magoffin, Kentucky: Informant: Grats Reed as M.D. Certified by undertaker: Robbert Reed of Gifford, Kentucky. Place of Burial or Removal: Gifford, Kentucky Date of Burial: Jan 20, 1912. Cause of death: No attending physician. (Ineligible) looks like to me a result of Tuberculosis of the lungs. Lot’s technical wording. Needs a doctor to translate. (Rough translation: Refrested by Clusbars Lubesaulo hers of lungs) Hey, I took a shot.
Katherine “Kate” Reed(child of John Franklin Reed and Mary Emmaline Nickell) b: 18 Apr 1882 Magoffin, KY m. Orlando Howard b: 1871 son of Moses and Arzelia Howard. Both are buried at the Mouth of Coon.
Georgia Reed(child of John Franklin Reed and Mary Emmaline Nickell) b: Jun 1883 Magoffin, Kentucky d: LaFollette, Tennessee. Married 13 May 1903 Jacksboro, TN to John Gregg b: Lafollette, TN (both are buried in LaFollette)
Ollie Reed(child of John Franklin Reed and Mary Emmaline Nickell) b: 27 Dec 1885 Magoffin, KY d: 27 Dec 1945 Magoffin, KY (buried Mouth of Coon Cemetery) m. Jan 1905 to Harrison “Harris” Howard b: 4 Dec 1884 Magoffin, KY d: 16 Oct 1981 Wayne, MI, son of Moses and Arzelia Howard. Harrison and Orlando were brothers.
Charles “Charlie” Reed(child of John Franklin Reed and Mary Emmaline Nickell) b: 7 Jul 1887 Bloomington, Magoffin, Kentucky (coal miner, farmer, caretaker, in KY, New Mexico and Oregon) d: 24 May 1980 Corvallis, Benton, Oregon (buried OaklawnMemorial Cemetery, Corvallis, Oregon) m. Marelda Mary Chadwell aka “Relda” b: 19 Oct 1890 Habersham, Campbell, Tennessee d: 30 Jan 1966 Corvallis, Oregon (buried by her husband) daughter of James Chadwell and Ann Hendrix.
Robert “Bob” Reed(child of John Franklin Reed and Mary Emmaline Nickell) b: 1890 Magoffin, KY (farmer) d: 24 Apr 1925 Greenup, KY (buried in Greenup, KY) m. 22 Apr 1912 at the home f Permelia Howard to Maggie Howard b: 14 May 1891 Magoffin, KY d: May 1967 Chillicothe, OH (buried Greenlawn Cemetery, Chillicothe, OH), daughter of John Tom and Permelia Howard. She married William Floyd.
Jack Reed(twin) (child of John Franklin Reed and Mary Emmaline Nickell) b: 27 Mar 1892 Bloomington, Magoffin, KY d: 1919 Magoffin, KY. Never married.
Joseph Joe Reed(twin) (child of John Franklin Reed and Mary Emmaline Nickell) b: 27 Mar 1892 Magoffin, KY (carpenter and farmer) d: 17 Oct 1987 Harrodsburg, Mercer, Kentucky (buried Reed Cemetery at Forks of Big and Little Pricey, Cisco, Kentucky) m. 23 Dec 1914 Virginia “Jenny” Blanton b: 3 Nov 1892 Coon Creek, Magoffin, Kentucky d: 28 Jan 1968 Harrodsburg, KY (buried Reed Cem.) daughter of Andy Jack Blanton and Marry Belle Fugate.
John Franklin “Frank” Reed (child of John Franklin Reed and Mary Emmaline Nickell) b: Mar 1897 Magoffin, KY (construction worker in Paintsville, KY) d: 4 Nov 1922 Paintsville, Johnson, Kentucky (buried in Mouth of Coon, Magoffin, KY. John Franklin was killed while he and his brother Joe worked on a bridge being built across the Big Sandy River. The mother of John Franklin’s son was Cynthia Blanton. Both mother and baby died within days of each other of measles in 1919. Grandmother Marry Belle Fugate died at the same time. All three were buried in the same grave at the head of Coon. His son, John Franklin Reed IV born and died 1919.
I have the known the names of all known grandchildren but not the permission to print them. I may add some later in future posts.