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The David P. & Harriet Tarwater Reed Family

The David P. & Harriet Tarwater Reed Family

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Published by: Perry Iverson on Nov 02, 2012
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David P. Reed & Harriet F.E. Tarwater Family
David Pace Reed
was born on August 8, 1838
in Morgan County, Ohio
. He was the onlychild
of Joseph Reed and Mary Pace. David’s mother died when he was young, probably before
1850. David and Joseph can be found in the 1850 Census of Deerfield Township, MorganCounty, Ohio living with Margaret Reed, age 75, and Margaret Laughlin, age 18
. Moreresearch is needed to determine their relationship to these women. Sometime between 1850 and1856 both David and Joseph moved from Ohio to Putnam County, Missouri. On April 1, 1856,Joseph purchased 40 acres of land about one mile northwest of the current location of Powersville, Missouri
, and on April 15, 1856, David purchased 80 acres of land adjacent to his
father’s property
This map shows the location of the D.P. & Joseph Reed Farms relative to the current location of Powersville,Missouri. The D.P Reed farmland is shaded light blue and the Joseph Reed farmland is shaded light green. The
location of the houses, the church & cemetery and the city are also labeled. None of Joseph’s farmhouse, David’s
farmhouse or the M.E. Church still stand.
David married
Harriet Francis Elizabeth Tarwater
on January 24, 1857
 or 1858
. The placeof their marriage is unknown. No marriage record was found in Daviess County, Missouri whereHarriet lived or in Putnam County where David lived. More research needs to be done to find themarriage location.Harriet was born on September 18, 1839 in Ray County, Missouri
.She was one of twelvechildren of Lewis Tarwater and Martha Ann McHaney. She grew up in Daviess County,Missouri near the town of Gallatin. She can be found living with her father and mother in the
1840 Census of Gallatin, Daviess County, Missouri
as one of the females under age 5, and alsoin the 1850 Census of District 27 of Daviess County, Missouri
living with her parents.David and Harriet made their home on the property David purchased in 1856. David and Harrietcan be found in the 1860
, 1870
, 1880
and 1900
U.S. Federal Censuses living on this farmin York Township, Putnam County, Missouri. The home was a one-room log cabin with a loftwhere their four daughters and six sons were born. The family lived off of the land. They raisedsheep from which they shore wool, hand-spun it, and knit their clothing. They also raised pigs,
and bartered with the meat for anything they couldn’t produce on the farm. In 1887, theMilwaukee railroad came through about a half mile east of the family’s home, and the town of 
Powersville was founded.David bartered with the superintendent of schools in Powersville, trading him a barrel of molasses in lieu of the $2 tuition so that his sons could go to school. Four of his six sonscontinued their education, eventually becoming doctors.The family was Methodist, attending church at the Methodist Episcopal Church that was lessthan a quarter mile south of their property. The church stood on the ground where the
Powersville Cemetery is today. Harriet’s brother William Andrew Tarwater w
as a MethodistEpiscopal Minister, and one of their sons, D.W. Reed was a Free Methodist preacher for severalyears.David died on May 31, 1903
 in Mercer, Mercer County, Missouri
 probably at the home of hisson, Dr. David William Reed. Harriet lived several years after his death. She can be found in the1910 Census living in Gravity, Taylor County, Iowa
near her son, Dr. Lloyd Thomas Reed. She
died on February 4, 1912 at her son D.W. Reed’s home in Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa
. David and Harriet are buried in the Powersville Cemetery located a half mile west of Powersville, Missouri
David Reed obituary
 Harriet Reed obituary

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