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Reed Name Study

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About the Project

The Reed Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Reed name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Reed name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Reeds), by time period (18th Century Reeds), or by topic (Reed DNA, Reed Occupations, Reed Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.


Also see the related surnames and surname variants.

How to Join

To join the Reed Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Billie Keaffaber for assistance.

... ... ... is a member of the Reed Name Study Project.

Once you are ready to go, you can also show your project affiliation with the ONS Member Sticker:


Research Pages

Here are some of the current research pages included in the study. I'll be working on them, and could use your help!


Related Surnames and Surname Variants

This profile is part of the Reed Name Study.

Categories So Far

If you want to add additional categories, there are instructions here:

Categorization Help

There is a learning curve and it can be confusing so if you like, just comment on the profile of Joelle with the profile and what category you'd like for it and I'll set it up.







The goal of this project is to ... study migrations, compile family lines, help others with lines.

Noteable Reed/Reid


Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • Updating profiles
  • Adding tags
  • Helping with Name Study
  • Taking over non managed profiles

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!

Here Tag to group to put on profiles

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Mary Ellen REED-Scott Mary Ellen Reed (1881-1945)

Hey y'all! Would love to join this project as Mary Ellen REED (b: 15 Sep 1881-12 Feb 1945) is my brick wall. She says she was born in Arkansas (prob in or around Baxter County) and died in Stillwell, Cherokee, Oklahoma. She variously lists her parents as being born in AR or IL.

DNA matches tie her ancestry to CANNON COUNTY, TN but not to one specific son or the other of JAMES HUGH REED (1784 Somerset, PA - 16 MAR 1880 Cannon County, TN) although JOHN TAYLOR REED (1825-1900) and GEORGE I REED (1826-bef 1870) are the strongest contenders. Neither wife has verified DNA ties either, as both of their mothers surnames (Cooper & Kearly) also regularly show up in my matches. (Southern endogamy?)

She apparently had a brother (maybe half), William James REED (1869-bef JUN 1901-Muskogee, OK) who married Margaret Rosa Belle BAILEY. A sister (maybe half), Milley Alice | Polly REED (Mar 1873, MO - bef 1904, Ft Gibson, Muskogee, OK) who married William Monroe BAILEY. And possibly a half sister or aunt, Marth M REED (8 OCTOBER 1892 • Joplin, Jasper, MO - 31 JUL 1991 • Irving, Dallas, TX) who married Charles Clinton CARTER.

Earliest death records on file in OK is 1908. Mary Ellen's death certificate says parents unknown.

Let me know what I need to further add, --Cheri

posted by Cheri Huntley
Hello, My name is William Reed. My MDA is James Reed b.1772 Va. and died 1827. I believe that he lived in Loudoun Co. Va. I show two different James Reed's in the 1810 Loudoun Co. Census. I'm not positive which one he is. His widow Charlotte (Francis) Reed is showing as head of household on the 1830 census. I have taken the Ychomosome tests for FamilyTreedna.com and Ancestry. I have records for some of his children in Loudoun Co and Clarke Co. Va. Also Montgomery and Frederick Co. Maryland.
posted by William Reed
Hi im a Reed from norfolk uk. My big y dnathough links me Farnhams npe? Adoption name change?
posted by Darren Reed
Hi, here to add another Reid to the project. I have only made it back to 1818 so I'm not sure where my line originated from exactly.
posted by Ethan Reid
If Reid is a variant, it doesn't get its own separate name study category, so shall I rename it or do you want to split it off? We are slowly going through name studies to address such issues. If it's a variant, the category should be [Category:Reids, Reed Name Study]. If it is its own study, then the category [Category:Reid Name Study] should remain as is.

Regards, Natalie ONS Leader

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
edited by Natalie (Durbin) Trott

I sent you message in regard to this question.


Question if we do Category:Reids, Reed Name Study then how do we name sub categories would it be Category:Reids, Scotland, Reed Name Study?
Or we could just lump Reids under Reids. That might be confusing in some locations. But like Scotland there are nobReeds just Reids. But some Scottish Reids became Reeds after migrating. So like with Andrews everyone is Andrew in Scotland and they are under Andrews but I explain on category that it’s Andrew in Scotland.
Steve Harris did some research and perhaps Reid needs its own study. The name has been around since around 1185.


posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
I found another Reed I may need bit help finding her stuff. She a Pennysvania Reed.



Hi I would love to Join, I am a Reid originating in Perthshire and my great great granparents emigrated to South Africa before 1882.
posted by Fiona (Reid) Lee

Thanks for making Vermont subcategories for this project you such a gem dear.


Are there any specifications/criterion that a profile needs to meet before being added to the project?
posted by Noah Doolan
My great-grandfather was Fay Davis Reed 1897-1980. He married Ollie Manuver Johnson and had one daughter my grandmother-Janie Margaret Reed.
posted by Janie Dale
I just added a bunch of Reed's; many of which don't have Profile Manager's
posted by Keith Cook

Maybe someone can volunteer to look into them.


Will help if I can. My Reid ancestor


posted by Leslie Cooper
I am one of the descendants of Mathias Reed from Bennington County, VT in the late 1700s. I would like to join the Reed Project.
posted by Noah Doolan
If you want a new category please give me the link to the profile for that category. You need a profile for a category.
Sussex Reed Name Study with the same profile as the Kent one perhaps?
posted by Nicky Cunningham
If you want a particular sub category tell me the profile. It works better to start with a profile to make a new category
I'm researching the Reed family of Sedlescombe and Salehurst in Sussex, England. Some of the family migrated to the US in the 19th century so a broader research category than just this area.

If you can add a sub-category, I'll try to get all my research on the site.

posted by Nicky Cunningham

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