Is Phillip Reid Pernia Reed's father? (Adair Co KY) (Pernia Reed Page 1829-1913)

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I have no documentation about who Pernia Reed's (Reed-13069) father was. (OR what her first name really was, but this is the spelling on her headstone, and I think it was probably something like Pernia or Pernina, from the many spellings in the records). The best evidence is that she married in 1849, and lived next door to Phillip and Mary Reed and their 17-year-old son, George, on the 1850 census. Records indicated that she lived in Adair Co all her life, so she was probably born there, and he was the only Reed head of household who was on both the 1830 and 1840 census in Adair Co.

Some trees have Phillip Reed/Reid as her father. Her death certificate only says her father's name was Read, from Virginia. Several censuses also state her father was from Virginia. Phillip Reed had come from Virginia, and her older half-siblings were born there, but actually, Phillip had traveled there from Pennsylvania, where he was born. But she may not have known that. Her father had come "from" Virginia, after all.

My ideas are to look for family Bibles, a marriage bond (not sure there was one), a will, or a land transaction showing that Phillip named Pernia as his daughter when he gave or sold the land next door to his farm to Pernia and her husband, Willis Page.

There are as yet no Wikitree profiles for Phillip and Mary. I'm waiting until I am more certain whether they are her parents.

If anyone has any suggestions on other sources I could try, or has any information that isn't so circumstantial, please help!


P. S. Phillip Reed's Familysearch profile:

Reed on Adair Co censuses 1830-1840

Phillip Reece
Moses Rite
Isaac  Rite
Thomas Rite

(of these, Phillip and Moses have a tick mark that could be her)

Philip Reid
Andrew Reid
Emanuel Reed
David Reece

Phillip (1 female 5-10; 1 female 10-15)

Andrew (might be son of Philip; next door with wife and daughter under age 5, not Pernia's father, possibly her half-brother)

Emanuel (1 female 5-10 and 2 females 10-15)

David (1 female age 10-15)

1840 Pg#
REECE          28
REED           26
REID           02

(from Ky Kin Folk web site for Adair Co, and Familysearch)
WikiTree profile: Pernia Reed
in Genealogy Help by Susannah Rolfes G2G6 (7.7k points)
edited by Susannah Rolfes

Did not find her father. Interesting about husband, Willis Page:

Willis Page

Kentucky Death Records

Name Willis Page
Event Type Death
Event Date 1916
Event Place Sparksville, Adair, Kentucky, United States
Event Place (Original) Sparksville, Adair, Kentucky
Gender Male
Father's Name Dont Know (Left By A Band Of Gypsies)
Mother's Name Dont Know

Citing this Record

"Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1963," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 October 2016), Willis Page, 1916; citing Sparksville, Adair, Kentucky, United States, Office of Vital Statistics, Frankfort; FHL microfilm 1,942,748.


View the original document. The original may contain more information than was indexed.

Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1963

Reference ID 29224
GS Film Number 1942748
Digital Folder Number 004186048
Image Number 2833


Yes, he may remain a brick wall forever. I managed to rule out the parents listed for him on Familysearch (James T. Page and Susannah I. Foster), though they may have raised him.

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