THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   EDMOND M. REED is a resident farmer of the town of Lenox, which has been his home for fifty-nine years. His grandfather, Christopher John Martin Reed, of Saxony, came over to this country with General Lafayette, and served seven years in the Revolutionary War. This patriot soldier died in Wallingford, Conn., at the age of eighty-two, in the year 1840. He was a farmer in moderate circumstances, his principal fortune being in children, of whom he had twelve, seven of them living to maturity. The maiden name of his wife was Johnson. His son, William Reed, the father of our subject, was born in the town of Durham, Conn., in 1786, and died at Oneida Valley Point in 1852. He served in the War of 1812. His wife was Jane Cameron, born in Albany, N.Y., daughter of John Cameron. Her father was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and during the Revolutionary War was in the English army, in New Jersey, but deserted and espoused the cause of the patriots. His wife's family name was Farr.
   Our subject's parents were married in Greene or Albany County. Edmond was the seventh of twelve children, and the third of four sons. He was born in New Haven County, Connecticut, in 1817. Of this large family all are dead but Edmond and three sisters, namely: first, Jane, widow, whose husband, William L. Bort, was killed in the battle of Gettysburg, July 3,1863, leaving her with seven children; second, Eliza, widow of Thomas E. Brodway, of New York City, a wealthy meat merchant, who has one son; third, Maria, now Mrs. Edson, formerly Mrs. Randall, the mother of three sons and one daughter.
   Edmond M. Reed was reared to farming and to hard labor. He had a fair education under private teachers, and continued studying until quite grown. He remained at home until his marriage, March 10, 1841, with Miss Henrietta Huntley, daughter of James and Nancy (Teharst) Huntley, the father native of Connecticut, and the mother from the Mohawk Valley. Mrs. Reed was born in Manlius, N. Y., 1820. The happiness of the married life of this couple has been shadowed by the death of four sons; but they have yet four stalwart sons living, namely: William F., a farmer, has a wife and six children; Edmond M., Jr., a carpenter of Oneida, married, and has two sons; Daniel C., farms part of the home farm, has a wife and three sons; and George V., living at home, with his wife and one son. In company with his sons Mr. Reed does general farming, and raises some tobacco. He also runs a dairy of fourteen cows. At one time his farm was over a mile long, but from time to time he has sold large portions of it to his sons.
   When Mr. Reed was a young man, in this part of the State of New York game of all kinds was very plentiful; and often they had to depend upon what their guns would bring down for meat for their tables. In this way they became expert marksmen; and marvellous, but true, are the tales told of these early Nimrods, especially of our subject. He was known far and near as a wonderful hunter, and had but few, if any, equals in those days, and in these latter years could take his place beside such celebrities as Bogardus and Dr. Carver. It is a matter of history his having killed two deer at one shot. In the winter of 1856 he killed one hundred and ten pigeons at one shot, and at another some seventy-six; but they were roosting at the time in large numbers. He was the first man who shipped game to New York City over the New York Central Railroad. In the winter of 1856, in partnership with one Leonard Baum, of New York City, he sent forty-two thousand pigeons to that city from Grafton Station, Ohio. He helped to lay the first track of the New York Central; and his first ride on the railroad was from Albany to Schenectady, in 1835. The train consisted of an engine and one box-car; and the engineer was conductor, fireman, brakeman, and the whole crew in himself. A very funny incident which evidenced the difference in the speed between that time and now occurred on this trip. The father's gun was hanging up in the box-car, and fell out by the roadside. Edmond jumped off the train, picked it up, and jumped on again, without any slacking up or waiting for him. It could scarcely be done to-day on the same road. Mr. Reed's sons have inherited his remarkable skill in gunning, especially George, who is at home on the farm.
   Mr. Edmond M. Reed is honorably connected with the Masonic order, being a Master Mason. He was Justice of the Peace for four years. In politics he is a thorough and consistent Democrat. He holds to the doctrines of the Presbyterian church, and his children have all been brought up in that religion.

 

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