FAMILY OF MARY ANN (POLLY) REED AND WILLIAM LEWIS CHESSER
MARY ANN (POLLY) REED was born about 1827 in Washington County, Arkansas, and died about 1863 in Fairland, Burnet County, Texas. She is buried in Joy Cemetery, Fairland, Burnet County, Texas in an unmarked grave. She married WILLIAM LEWIS CHESSER May 1841 in New Salem Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Neosho, Newton County, Missouri, son of DANIEL CHESSER and MARTHA SPARKS. He was born December 10, 1819 in Tennessee-on 1860 census Burnet Co, TX hh 37, and died February 12, 1881 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. He is buried Lock Hill Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.
Notes for MARY ANN (POLLY) REED:
Mary Ann (Polly) is the first person to die in Burnet County, Texas, during an epidemic of diphtheria during the Civil War sometime in 1863. She is buried in the Joy Cemetery, Fairland, Burnet County, Texas.
Notes for WILLIAM LEWIS CHESSER:
FROM PIONEERS OF THE SIX BULLS-THE NEWTON COUNTY, MISSOURI SAGA-3RD SERIES, EARLY FAMILIES, VOL. V BY LARRY A. JAMES, 1992
William Lewis Chesser was born on 10 December 1819 in Tennessee and died ca 1876 in San Antonio, Texas. He married first Mary Ann (Polly) Reed in May 1841 in Newton County, Missouri. She was born in1827 in Arkansas and died ca 1863 at Fairland, Texas. He married a second time to Lucretia Jane McDonald on 03 August 1868 in Gillespie County, Texas. She was born on 26 January 1833 in Illinois and died on 07 December 1928 at Animas, New Mexico.
FROM BURNET COUNTY HISTORY, VOL. I BY DARRELL DEBO, PUBLISHED BY THE BURNET COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION, 1979
Was a petitioner for the formation of Burnet County (from Williamson) in 1852. He was elected in 1852 as a county commissioner in newly formed Burnet County. Also was a member of the Masonic lodge, Ruthven.
W.L. Chesser is found on a list of Frontier Troops organized 15 December 1863 in Burnet County, Texas during the Civil War
CHILDREN OF MARY ANN (POLLY) REED AND WILLIAM LEWIS CHESSER
John Dan Chesser
Christopher Columbus (Lum) Chesser
Martha L. Chesser
George Washington (Wash) Chesser
Sina A. Chesser
Mary Jane Chesser
William Seth Chesser
Sarah Malisia Chesser
Rebecca Angeline (Becky) Chesser
FAMILY OF JOHN S. REED AND SUSAN A.
JOHN S. REED was born about 1831 in Washington County, Arkansas-on 1860 census Burnet Co, TX hh 32, and died September 26, 1887 in Big Spring, Howard County, Texas per Mexican War pension. He married (1) SUSAN A. about 1850 in Williamson County, Texas. She was born January 13, 1830 in Arkansas per 1860 Burnet Co. TX census, and died February 15, 1868 in Llano County, Texas-. She is buried at Board Branch Cemetery, Llano County, Texas. He married (2) ELIZA/ELIZABETH AMERICA VEST May 25, 1871 in Bagdad, Williamson County, Texas by G.W. Vest. She was born between 1847 - 1851 in Alabama.
Notes for JOHN S. REED:
FROM FREEMASONRY IN BROWNWOOD-A CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF BROWNWOOD LODGE NO. 279, A.F. & A.M., BROWNWOOD, TEXAS BY DONAVON DUNCAN TIDWELL, DEPARTMENT OF PRINTING, MASONIC HOME AND SCHOOL, FORT WORTH, TEXAS, 1966
CHAPTER 1-IN A WESTERLY DIRECTION Despite the danger of Comanche raids, new settlers continued to come to Brown County as is evidenced by the fact that several more Freemasons were residing in the County in the fall of 1864.
John S. Reed was one of these. According to the 1860 census of Burnet County he was then 30 years of age, a native of Arkansas, and he and his wife, Susan, had three daughters, Mary, Martha and Sarah, aged 10, 8 and 6. The daughters were natives of Texas, indicating his residence in the state went back to 1850 and probably earlier. He was a very ardent Mason, having received the Entered Apprentice on April 12, 1856, the Fellowcraft in June and the Master Mason on July 13, 1856 in Valley Lodge No. 175 at Hamilton (now Burnet), Texas. He became a dual member of the Ruthven Lodge No. 248, serving as the first Junior Warden and then as Master in 1862. He demitted from Valley Lodge in 1862 and affiliated with Llano Lodge No. 242, retaining his membership in Ruthven No. 248. he was a charter member of Brownwood Lodge and presided over the first two meetings. He was a Royal Arch Mason.
CHAPTER 4-THE LOWEST VALE The year 1869 ended on a low note. At the December 11, 1869 meeting demits were granted Arch A. Moore and Robert A. Tate, while four charter members were suspended for nonpayment of dues. These were: John S. Reed, Wm. Booker Smith, Wm. C. Phillips and Albert W. Conner. These brethren held dual membership in Ruthven Lodge No. 248 and they simply permitted their Brownwood membership to lapse. However, Ruthven demised in 1870 and nothing is known of these brethren after that with the exception of A.W. Conner.
PER TEXAS STATE ARCHIVES MUSTER ROLL CARD:
John evidently served in state/frontier troops during the Civil War as follows:
Reed, J.S. Pvt, Comm. Officer Moseley, D.H. Capt.
Organized Company of 2nd Frontier District, Brown County, Maj. Geo. B. Erath commdg. TST.
Enlisted February 5, 1864 in Brown County. Served 10 days at $2.00 - $20.00; Age 30
Remarks: R&F 73; Enrolling Officer Brooks W. Lee; Mus. Off. Maj. G.B. Erath; 1 shotgun and 1 pistol; Company organized under the Act December 15, 1863. 1 muster roll dated 2/5/1864 and 1 pay roll dated 2/5/1864 to June 1, 1864
John also served in the Mexican War in James S. Gillet's Company - 2nd Service. Mustered in at Camp Arbuckle, Texas 16 June 1848 to 16 December 1848. He was a private, age 19.
It must also be noted here that John was apparently in the cattle business with his brother, William Daken Reed in Comanche County about 1870-1873 and was a part of the firm, Reed Bros. & Co. which comprised William Daken Reed, John S. Reed, Dake's son, Benjamin Franklin Reed, C.T. Judd and George Hogg.
John received a Mexican war pension, which gives his date of death as 26 Sept 1887 in Big Spring, Howard Co. Texas. He married his wife Eliza America Vest 1871 at Bagdad, Williamson Co. TX per pension.
FROM HISTORY OF HOWARD COUNTY 1882-1982, p. 574-575
John S. Reed was county tax assessor 1882-1886. George Hogg was County Judge 1882-1884.
FROM HOWARD COUNTY...IN THE MAKING BY JOHN HUTTO, 1936,
The first fraternal organization perfected in Big Spring was that of the Masonic order, the Staked Plains Lodge No. 598, A.F. and A.M. which was chartered December 12, 1884. The charter officers were: John S. Reed, Worshipful Master; F.M. Day, Senior Warden; George Bauer, treasurer; George Hogg, secretary; Z.R. Porter, Senior Deacon; J.B.D. Boydstun, Junior Deacon; and R.H. Black, Tiler.
On 1860 Burnet County, Texas census, Burnet PO, p. 155, household 32-32, listed as stock raiser. On 1870 San Saba County, Texas census, San Saba PO, p. 110, household 71-71, listed as a merchant.
CHILDREN OF JOHN S. REED AND SUSAN A.
Mary E/J Reed - born between 1850-1853. Nothing further is known about this daughter.
Martha L. Reed - born about 1853. Nothing further is known about this daughter.
Malissa Jane Reed
Sarah K. Reed - born about 1856. Nothing further is known about this daughter.
Bettie Reed - born about 1860. Nothing further is known about this daughter.
Benjamin Reed - born about 1863.
CHILDREN OF JOHN S. REED AND ELIZA/ELIZABETH AMERICA VEST
John H. Reed