Abraham Reed is a native of Montgomery county, Ohio, born in the city of Dayton, August 29, 1819. He remained in the place of his birth, farming and attending school, until 1847. He was subsequently engaged in farming in the States of Indiana and Illinois during a period of six years, then came to Daviess county and worked at the carpenter’s trade one year. He enlisted in the Thirty-third Missouri Infantry Volunteers in 1862, was in active service and in many noted battles, among which were those of Helena, Sabin Cross Roads, Nashville; was also at Mobile Bay and Selma. He was mustered out at St. Louis, August 10, 1865, and returned to Daviess county. Mr. Reed was a brave soldier, serving his country faithfully, and enduring the hardships of war without complaint.
January 16, 1842, he was married to Miss Catherine Reach, of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Reed have seven children: Martin, Cynthia A., Matilda, Abraham, Stephen, David and Susan M.