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at the present seat of justice. He was brought
in frequent contact with such men as R. E.
B. Baylor, the first district judge; Asa M.
and James Willie, J. D. Giddings, and Jolhn
Taylor, and others not now so well remnembered.
In 1850 Bell county was cut off from
Milam, and a new county government instituted.
Mr. Reed was called by general consent
to the office of Sheriff, and Hlied that
office acceptably for six years. Then and
for years later lie took great interest in
county affairs, and was frequently consulted
by his neighbors with reference to public
He was a Democrat in politics and a great
admirer of General Houston, whose career he
followed with much interest down to the
General's closing years. He opposed annexation
in 1846 and secession in 1861, but when
each was accomplished by a majority vote of
the people he gave his support to the measures
and did his part as an humble citizen
for the success of the State. His later years
were passed on his farm, where lie was pleasantly
and profitably engaged in agriculture
and stock-raising, for both of which pursuits
he always had the strongest taste and in
which he ever manifested the greatest interest.
His death occurred August 21, 1891, in
the seventy-fifth year of his age. His wife,
with whom he had always lived in the greatest
harmony and for whom he cherished the
most marked affection, and preceded him by
about a year and a half, having died February
2, 1890, in the sixty-fifth year of her age.
She was an estimable lady, and to her he
owed a large share of his success as well as
the most lasting of the pleasures which it
was his privilege so long to enjoy. She was
a native of Alabama and came with her par
ents to Texas when a girl, hler father being a
pioneer of this State and founder of a large
family here. Mr. and Mrs. 1Reed were tlhe
parents of ten children, seven of whom became
grown. Their eldest son, Jamnes M.,
enlisted in the Confederate army and died at
Grenada, Mississippi, of a woun(l received at
Slhiloh. The next, Mrs. MZartha R. ogers, is a
resident of Cameron, being the widow of
Major J. C. Rogers, for many years a worthy
citizen of this place; Sarah A. was married
to Mathias Armstrong, both of whom are deceased;
Wilson C. resides in Bell county;
Virginia is the wife of J. AM. Sypert, of Bell
county; Texana is the divorced wife of Dr. J.
R. Bucker; William S. is a farmer of Bell
county; and Volney E. H. is a physician of
Cameron, Milam county.
The name of the last one has been placed
at the head of this sketch because he is the
representative in name of this pioneer family
in Milain county, and also because he is a
representative citizen of the community in
which he lives. Dr. Reed was born on the
old family homestead in Bell county, Juine
17, 1859, where also he was reared. He was
educated in the schools of his native county,
receiving good scholastic training. He read
medicine with Dr. W. F. Sharp, of Davilla,
Milam county, and attended lectures at the
Missouri Medical College of St. Louis, Missouri,
graduating in March, 1881. At that
date he located at Cameron, where, with the
exception of two years, he has since resided,
engaged in the active pursuit of his profession.
He has taken rank with the best practitioners
in the county, and is enjoying a
steadily growing practice. He has been
Secretary and President of the Milam County
Medical Society, has served as Health Officer
of the town of Cameron, and as a member of
the Medical Examining Board of the Twen
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