Phinehas Reed, a soldier of the Revolution, came to Fitzwilliam, from Westford, Mass., in 1784, built a tannery and conducted the business. His son Charles followed the same trade, and employed a large force of men in the manufacture of shoes, which were sold in the South. About 1838, he met financial reverses, and had to begin life anew. He was a claim agent for about fifteen years after 1850, and died in March, 1866, aged fifty-three years His son, D. H. Reed, was born February 8, 1819, and was brought up on a farm. He enlisted, October 11, 1861, in the 6th N. H. Vols., served three years in the army, and was discharged in 1864. He then engaged in the quarry business with his father, which he has continued up to the present date. He married, in October, 1865, Mary A. Keith, of this town, and has one daughter, Abbie F. He has filled, with honor, various offices of the town.
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