In the auction notice of William McKenna's estate 1861, a woman called Charlotte born about 1821 was named. She was a skilled seamstress and cook. Her husband was not named but 'belongs to William Reid'. Her children were named as William born about 1845 a ploughboy, Anna (1848) a housegirl, Louis (1850), Nancy (1853), Mary (1858), and an infant (1860).
In 1870, Charlotte was living with her husband Samuel Reed, born c1823, a farm labourer, in Gills Creek Township, Lancaster County. Louis and Nancy were still living at home. Agnes, Maggie, Abram, Sallie and Harriet were also named. Another member of the household is Ally McKenna aged about 75 years. It is likely this is the same woman named as Alley, born about 1797 in the auction notice with 'Old' Joe, not to be sold' born 1775. This raises a question as to whether Ally was Charlotte's mother.
Samuel had become a mail carrier by 1880. He and Charlotte were still living in Gills Creek with their son Abraham/Abram and daughter Sallie.
It is possible that the slaveholder William Reed 1791-1863 was the man who enslaved Samuel Reed. William Reed was recorded as owning 25 human beings in 1860. He was a farmer with Real Estate to the value of $4,200 and Personal Estate of $14,655. Reed was born in Pennsylvania and his wife Isabella was born in South Carolina. Some sources identify William Reed as the son of Margaret Davis 1754-1850, born in Ireland.
No Death Certificates for Charlotte and Samuel Reed have been found to date. The search for the will and estate inventory of William Reed who died in 1863 is also ongoing.
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1870 US Federal Census
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Enslavement to citizenship: African Americans in Irish Slaveholder records by Martine Brennan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.