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Nancy Reed

Female Bef 1773 -


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  • Name Nancy Reed  [1
    Born Bef 1 Aug 1773  [2
    Gender Female 
    Baptised 1 Aug 1773  Lincoln, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Old Cemetery, Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I6785  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2020 

    Father Artemus Reed,   b. of Lincoln, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F16258  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Reuben French Ring,   b. 8 Oct 1772, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Ring,   b. 1794, Old Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1871, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +2. Reuben French Ring,   b. 22 Jan 1801, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Hop Bottom, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2016 
    Family ID F62  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Mary Ring, born 1794 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, died 1871 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, was the wife of William Sisson Champlin, born 1792 in "West Green River", Vermont, died 1861 in Lehi, Utah. Her father was Reuben French Ring, born 1772 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts. The identity and origin of her mother, called variously Nancy and Anna (the latter names being often interchangeable at the time) can, we believe, be teased out of various sources.

      A History of Brooklyn, Susquehanna Co., Penn'a (citation details below) says (p. 273) that the mother of the younger Reuben French Ring (b. 1801), son of Reuben French Ring (b. 1772), was named Nancy Reed, and (p. 54) that "The family [of the aforementioned Reuben French Ring's grandfather, David Ring] removed to Vermont before the sons French and David and their sisters, Anna (Mrs. Walter Adams) and Mary (Mrs. Wm. Champlin) came here. Mr. R's mother was a sister of Mrs. Jacob Tewkesbury. She died here and is buried in the Old Cemetery."

      Also according to A History of Brooklyn, Susquehanna Co. (p. 26), Jacob Tewkesbury, who "came from Vermont", married as his second wife "Mary Reed of Brattleboro, Vt."; presumably this is the Mary Reed called in the above "Mrs. Jacob Tewkesbury", sister of the mother of Reuben French Ring (b. 1801), identified as Nancy Reed. Mary Reed being called "of Brattlesboro, Vt." fits with the statement, also in the above, that the family of David Ring, whose origins were in Essex County, Massachusetts, was in Vermont for a time, before sons French Ring and David Ring and daughters Anna Ring and Mary Ring came to Pennsylvania. "Jacob Tuxbury," who is recorded as born to Isaac and Judith Tuxbury in Amesbury, Essex county, Massachusetts on 17 Aug 1767, is said to have married Mary Reed in Brattleboro in 1792, and (according to his Find a Grave page) to have died 19 Feb 1842 in Gibson, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. The 1820 census of Waterford, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania shows a Jacob Tewkesbury living there. The 1830 census of Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania shows a Jacob Tewkesbury living there, on the same page as three other Tewkesburys and a Jefferson Ring. The 1840 census of Bridgewater, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania shows a Jacob Tewkesbury living there.

      The aforementioned Find a Grave page includes a photograph of the gravestone, at the Old Brooklyn Cemetery in Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, of Jacob Tewksbury who "died in 1842, aged 74 yrs", the latter being, if he did indeed die in Feb 1842, consonant with a birthdate of 17 Aug 1767. The Find a Grave page also says that he was married to Mary Reed Tewksbury, and links to her Find a Grave page, which says she was born 1 Aug 1773 in Lincoln, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died 18 Aug 1863 in Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, was buried in the Old Brooklyn Cemetery in Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania (the same place that A History of Brooklyn, Susquehanna Co. says Nancy Reed, wife of Reuben French Ring (b. 1772) was buried), and that her father was named Artemis.

      The above establishes to a reasonable degree of probability that Nancy, wife of Reuben French Ring (b. 1772) was, as asserted in A History of Brooklyn, Susquehanna Co., a sister of Mary, wife of Jacob Tewksbury (b. 1767).

      The town records of Lincoln, Middlesex, Massachusetts show a Molly Reed and an Anna Reed, both daughters of "Artemus Reed and w.", baptized 1 Aug 1773, corresponding to Find a Grave's birth information for Mary Reed Tewksbury. (Mary and Molly being often names as interchangeable as Anna and Nancy.) The town records of Lexington, next door to Lincoln, show the baptism of an "Artemus Reed" on 1 Mar 1747, no parents given.

      An "Artemus Rud" is listed in the 1800 census as living in Hartland, Windsor, Vermont, the same place where William Sisson Champlin married Artemus Reed's granddaughter Mary Ring sixteen years later. The ideas that Mary Ring's father Artemus Reed was a "Green Mountain Boy", and that he was the Artemis Reed of the "Massachusetts Line" who died a pensioner in Brooke County, Virginia in 1826 -- ideas promulgated in various online sources and DAR pedigrees -- can probably be dismissed. (Of course, our Artemus Reed was certainly of the right age to have fought in the Revolution.) Our Artemus was also not a child of William Reed (b. 1720) and Abigail Stone (b. 1719), whose children are fully documented.

      William Sisson Champlin, born in Vermont of emigrés from Rhode Island and Connecticut, married Mary Ring of Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, daughter of Reuben French Ring (b. 1772) of Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts and Nancy (also Anna) Reed of Lincoln, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 28 Mar 1816 in Hartland, Windsor, Vermont, following which, according to the Deseret News obituary of Mary (Ring) Champlin, they removed to Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania sometime before 1832, at which time and place they "embraced the gospel" and emigrated westward with other early converts to Mormonism.

      Taken together these facts form a good circumstantial case that the wife of Reuben French Ring (b. 1772) was Nancy (also called Anna) Reed, daughter of Artemas Reed of Lincoln, Middlesex, Massachusetts, and that her family, along with the Rings and the Tewksburys, were part of a kinship network that moved from eastern Massachusetts to Vermont in the late 1700s, and then on to Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania in the early 1800s.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2583] Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, on ancestry.com.

    2. [S2717] Massachusetts births and christenings, 1639-1915, on familysearch.org.

    3. [S1325] A History of Brooklyn, Susquehanna Co., Penn'a: Its Homes and Its People by E. A. Weston. Brooklyn, Pennsylvania: W. A. Squier, 1889.