Sunday, January 14, 2018

William Wheeler Reese

© Kathy Duncan, 2018

William Wheeler Reese, son of Solomon Reese and his first wife, was born 1816 on Duck River in Maury Co., Tennessee. He married Frances J. Halbert, daughter of Martin and Susan (Poindexter) Halbert, on 19 July 1838 in Lincoln Co., TN. Frances J. Halbert was born in 1816 in Madison Co., AL and died 10 Feb 1896. She is buried in the Coop-Prairie Cemetery in Mansfield, Arkansas next to her husband William W. Reese who died a few months later on 24 May 1896.

The source for William W. Reese's middle name are his Arkansas homestead land records.

The Goodspeed biography of their son John Reese reveals the following information about William W. and Frances J. Reese:

His [John’s] parents, William W. and Frances J. (Halbert) Reese, were born on Duck River, Maury County, Middle Tenn., and Madison County, Ala., respectively, and were married and made their home in the former State until 1839, at which time they immigrated to Arkansas, locating on a tract of land in Cove Creek Township, Washington County, [Ark] and still make Washington County their home.
[Source: Reprint of the Washington County Section of Goodspeed’s Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian Counties Arkansas History by Goodspeed Publishing, 1889]

In September of 1844, William W. Reese of Washington County, Arkansas appointed his brother-in-law Mark H. Halbert to act on his behalf in his interests in his father Solomon's estate.

11 November 1850, Cove Creek Twp., Washington County, Arkansas, p. 359:

William W. Reese 32 M Farmer $300 b. KY
Frances ---- 34 F b. NC
Susan ---- 9 F b. TN
John ---- 8 M b. Ark
Eliza ---- 4 F b. Ark
Margaret ---- 5/12 F b. Ark

During the Civil War, William Reese and family removed to Missouri and probably did not return until after the war. Their son John Reese joined them in Missouri after his discharge at the end of the war. Shortly after, they returned to Washington Co., AR where they remained until the 1890s.

Sept. 1870, Cove Creek, Washington County, Arkansas, P.O.: Billingsly, p. 122:

Reese, W. W. 55 M W Farmer $800-$400 b. TN
---- Francis 54 F W K H b. AL
---- T B 17 M W At Home b. Ark

13 June 1880, Cove Creek, Washington County, Arkansas:

Reece, William W M 65 Farmer b. TN fb. TN mb. TN
---- Frances W F 64 wife Keep house b. Ala fb. NC mb. NC
---- Thos W M 27 son Farmer b. Ark fb. TN mb. Ala
Davis, John W M 42 hired Farmer b. TN fb. TN mb. TN

In the 1890s, William W. and Frances J (Halbert) Reese removed to Sebastian Co., AR near their daughter Susan P. (Reese) Hodges Duncan, wife of Isaac Duncan. When their grandson Samuel A. Hodges built a new house, he had them move into his old house.

Solomon Reese Estate Settlement Notes

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