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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bailey Bright Reese & Lillian Vianna Conner

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Bailey Bright "B.B." Reese (DOB: 1/26/1878 in Joe, Madison County, NC, DOD: 12/10/1949 in Marion, McDowell County, NC) to William Hanes "W.H., Haynes" Reese and Nancy Rebecca Lundsford. Bailey Bright Reese was named after Adam Bright, a preacher and neighbor. Adam Bright was described as full of mischief, jovial, nice looking and tall by Lillian V. Conner Reese. For more on his family see the post on William Hanes Reese & Nancy Rebecca Lunsford.
Here is B. B. Reese with his cousin, Arcemus Reese. Arcemus became a pastor and evangelist.







Lillian "Lily" or "Lilly" Vianna Conner (DOB: 1/9/1887 in Marshall, Madison County, NC; DOD: 1/15/1984 in Marion, McDowell County, NC) was born to McCoy Conner aka Mack Coy Conner (DOB: 7/24/1861 in Henderson County, NC; DOD: 2/7/1950 in Madison County, NC; Buried in Zion Missionary Baptist Church cemetery, Bluff, Madison County, NC) and Margaret Alice Ensley (DOB: 10/12/1859 in Marshall, Madison County, NC; DOD: 2/7/1950 in Madison County, NC; Buried in Zion Missionary Baptist Church cemetery, Bluff, Madison County, NC).


This is Margaret Alice Ensley and Mack Coy Conner, Lily's parents. Evidently they were at a picnic. Notice the tall coconut cake on the table!


Mac and Margaret Alice had 8 children that I know of:
1) Lillian Vianna Conner (see above)

2) Fred Conner (DOB: 11/10/1901 in Joe Madison County, NC; DOD 2/21/1968 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC; Buried in Zion Missionary Baptist Church cemetery, Bluff, Madison County, NC) married Inez Davis.

3) Floyd Washington Connor (DOB: 2/2/1895 in Bluff, Madison County, NC; DOD: 3/22/1936 in Madison County, NC; Buried in Zion Missionary Baptist Church cemetery, Bluff, Madison County, NC) married Ora Dell Waldrop. He served in WWI as Sgt NC 315 Field Artillery 81 Div. He was gassed and was sick a lot when he came home. He died young due to complications from this. He was a farmer.


4) Gertrude "Gertie" Conner (DOB: 7/15/1903 in Madison County, NC; DOD: 3/1987 in Spartanburg, SC) married Ollie Clyde Knipp. Here are the sisters Gertie (left) and Lilly at Wilford's funeral:


5) William Jeter Connor (DOB: 6/15/1897 in Madison County, NC; DOD: ? in Spartanburg, SC) married Bea.

6) James Coy Connor (DOB: 9/23/1892 in Madison County, NC; DOD: 2/24/1987 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC) married Lillie Mae Baldwin.

7) Hattie Louester Conner (DOB: 10/9/1893 in Madison County, NC; DOD: 10/1974 in Spartanburg, SC) married a Keith and had Cecil Keith who married Quanita and had on boy, Terry. He also married Ona. Then Hattie married James Lewis Holt. Hattie Conner Keith and James Holt had twins: Beulah and Eula. Beulah married Curtis and had 6 girls, Betty Sue Curtis Cash, Marianne Curtis Catoe, Linda Curtis Smith, Barbara Jean Curtis, Gail Curtis Greene, Peggy Curtis Hammett. Eula married Claude Seagle and had 4 children: Cecil, Patsy, Brenda and Roy. Hattie and James Holt also had James Bruce "Ralph" Holt who married Maxine and had Alan and Gina. Finally they had Faye Holt who married Wallace Lavender and had 4 girls Joan, Debbie, Donna and Jeri.

8) Minnie Conner (DOB: 5/19/1889 in Ohio; DOD: 5/24/1979 in Madison County, NC) married Lee Franklin Fowler.

Lily recalled that she was born in Marshall, NC and her father, Mac Coy Conner, was born in Henderson County, NC. She said Mac's Dad had a big farm in Henderson County. When her Grandfather, McCoy Conner, left to go in "service" in the Civil War he left his land, livestock, etc. and never came back. He died in the War. Lillian said her mother, Margaret Alice Ensley Conner, and her family lived in Madison County. Lillian said that Mac left home when he was 19 years old because his mother was washing dishes and left the dishpan full of water while she went to throw the slop to the hogs. When she came back the pan was empty and hanging on the chair post. She got mad and they argued and he left home.



Lily's first memories were having to get up and rock the cradle when she was so sleepy herself. She said there were 13 brothers and sisters in all. Evidently there were 2 half sisters and 1-2 died young. She was the oldest of "their group of 8". She had all the responsibility and couldn't remember when she first started doing chores and cooking. She remembered making cornbread, cabbage and turnips real young. She remembered her Daddy teaching her how to milk when she was a "teeny young'un."

She told the story about burying the cabbages and how they had to work hard to eat but they never went hungry. They made their own butter, chickens, dried beans, cabbage, "taters", turnips, beets, etc.

Her grandson, Joe E. Young, Jr. asked her what kind of chores she had to do and she said she had to do it all. She split fence rails in quarters, chopped stove wood, grubbing with a mattock, tying corn tops into bundles for fodder, working the fields. She said she did everything but make a "board." She was the oldest and had to lead the younger ones. She said it was hard on her.

She said her father, Mac, was a carpenter and that was what made it so hard on her. He would make sure the crops got in but she and the children were responsible for working the fields. She said her father made their log house. She said she didn't know why he built it the way he did with a breezeway. She said, "You had to walk through the snow to get to the kitchen." She said he would get up about 4:00am and the rest of them started their day about 5:00-5:30am.

Lillian said she never saw her Grandma Ensley but she remembered Grandpa Ensley and said he died when she was about 10-11 years old. She said he was a "good ole thing." She said he was gone for 7 years during the Civil War. But he made it back. She remembered her Grandma Conner and said she "wouldn't say harm of her but she couldn't stand her." She would come to stay and sleep with Lillian. Lillian said she would roust around in the feather and straw ticking. Lillian said Grandma Conner was a good cook but she still hated to see her coming.

Lily remembered playing Skip To My Lou, Hide 'N Seek, making dolls out of rocks and doll beds out of moss. But they didn't get to play much. She didn't go to school much. They didn't have grades so she remembered studying from 3 books...The 4th Reader, Harrington Arithmetic, and some Speller. They only had school 3 months a year and she said she never got to go the whole 3 months at any time. She did learn to read and write. She would just pick up in the books where she left off on the days she got to go back to school.

Mack Conner used to curse a lot until baby Lillian started saying the bad words. Margaret Alice Conner would spank her and told Mack Connor it wasn't right for Lillian to get spanked for every time he cursed so he stopped. Lily Conner said she never heard him curse and never saw him drink. She remembered the worst thing was when he and some men were talking about the Oddfellows Boy's Home. Mack said someone had taken some family's two boys there and what he said made one man mad. He jumped up and said it wasn't true and shut up. Mac replied he'd say what he wanted to and started to get up but the man hit him on the head. They tussled and John Baldwin stepped between them and stopped it. Mac went to the creek to wash his face and saw the blood. He came back and told the man he would settle this later. When he got home, Lilly was sewing and Margaret Ensley Conner was outside. Lillie saw the blood and asked what had happened and he told her. She said he was so mad she thought he would die. He reached to get his gun off the wall and she ran and grabbed his arm and started saying, "No, Daddy, you can't kill him for you'll be running the rest of your life." Alice Ensley Conner came in and helped stop him.

Lillian told of a trip when they moved from Marshall to Meadow Fork in a covered wagon when she was a little girl. There were 3 families in 4 covered wagons and they had to go over Doggett Mountain on a dirt road in the snow. She said it was fun. She was about 14 years old. They put straw in the bed of the wagon for the children and spread quilts on the straw. It took 2 days to go from Marshall to Meadow Fork. On top of Doggett Mountain they found an abandoned cabin. They had to run cattle out of the house, scrape the floor and make pallets to sleep on. They built a fire in the house fireplace. It snowed all night until it was knee deep. The next day they started out and the further they went, the deeper it got. They had to stop the wagon and cut a tree out of the road. They heated rocks and put them in the quilts to help keep them warm. It seems that they leased a 1500 acre fram from Tune Good. He got everything they grew for 3 years and after that he got 1/3 of what they grew. They lived there for about 10-15 years.

She told about how 2 of her uncles, Charlie and Elmore Ensley left to go out West in covered wagons. They were Margaret Alice Ensley Conner's brothers. Charlie landed in Oregon and Elmore in Colorado. They may have followed the Oregon Trail.

She remembered her father, Mack Coy Connor, sitting under an oak tree whittling before church.

Lily said she and Baily B. Reese met in Marshall probably at church although she wasn't sure. She knew that his mother and her mother knew each other. She said she was born and raised in Madison County and lived there all her life until she married Bailey. She said everyone wanted Bailey Bright Reese and she didn't know why he chose her to marry. Lillian said B. B. Reese had gone to work in Knoxville, TN and came home one Saturday. He stopped at one of her sister's houses. Meanwhile she and another sister had gotten into a tiff and she left and walked to her sister's house and saw Bailey Reece. They came home and were married at home. She said she was just wearing an old skirt and calico blouse. He would travel to Knoxville, TN on the train from Hot Springs.

B.B. and Lily are here with their first child, little Estie.

Minnie Louesta "Estie" was born in late 1907. At some point, B.B., Lily and Estie moved to Spartanburg, SC. They were living in Beaumont mill village so, I assume, they moved there for Bailey to work at Beaumont Mill. They lived at 148 Fairview Avenue, Beaumont, Spartanburg, SC. Their son, Paul McCoy Reese, was born on 7/2/1909 in Spartanburg. Estie became sick and died of "Illeocolitis" only 5 weeks after Paul was born. I looked "illeocolitis" up. Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which involves ongoing (chronic) inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Ileocolitis is the most common form. It affects the lowest part of the small intestine (ileum) and the large intestine (colon) and causes inflammation of the mucous membrane of the ileum and the colon. Crohn disease causes small scattered shallow crater-like areas (erosions) called aphthous ulcers in the inner surface of the bowel. In more serious cases, deeper and larger ulcers can develop, causing scarring and stiffness and possibly narrowing of the bowel, sometimes leading to obstruction. Deep ulcers can puncture holes in the bowel wall, leading to infection in the abdominal cavity (peritonitis) and in adjacent organs. Symptoms are abdominal pain, fever, rapid pulse, anemia, diarrhea. Treatment today includes medications that are anti-inflammatories, immune suppressors, or antibiotics. Surgery can be necessary in severe cases. Back then, they didn't have treatment and Estie died. The family story is that the officials wanted to do an autopsy. An autopsy, back then, was considered desecrating a Christian body and the Reese parents were against it and just wanted to take her home. So they were issued SC State Board of Health Physician's and Coroner's Certificate and Transportation of Corpse.

Name of Deceased: Estie Reese
Date of Death: Aug 13, 1909
Hour of Death: 10pm
Age: 2 years
Place of Death: 148 Fairview Avenue, Beaumont
Cause of Death: Illeocolitis
"I hereby certify that the above is true to the best of my knowledge and belief." signed by A. W. Leonard, MD or Coroner
"This permit must be properly signed, and with the Physician's Certificate presented to the Railroad or Express Agent before a body can be shipped. In the City of Spartanburg, SC, County of Spartanburg, State of SC, on the 13 day of Aug 1909"
"Permission is hereby given J.F. Floyd holder of Emblamer's License No. 2 to remove for burial at Hot Springs in the County of Madison and the State of NC the body of Estie Reese who died at Spartanburg, SC, County of Spartanburg, State of SC, on the 13 day of Aug 1909, Aged 2 years."
"B.B. Reese is hereby authorized to accompany said remains. Signed H.C. Health Officer or Sec'y Board of Health"

I don't know where Estie is buried at this point.

His son, Paul, said that his Father never got over the death of little Estie. Years later, he was suppose to help Paul with a funeral for a child but it was too much for him and Paul did it virtually by himself after all. He was such a kind hearted and gentle man. His rather passive nature contrasted with Lillian's, and they often had conflicts. One source of contention was Bailey's tendency to sell their cow, when they needed extra cash. That meant no milk for their children. Lillian would strong arm him into going out and buying another cow.

1880 Census of Spring Creek Township (#8), Madison County, NC, Series T9, Roll 971, Pg 119, lines 10-15, Dwelling 134, Family 134, "Reece, William H." They lived close to his father, Green Hill Reese, see next page (pg 120).
Reece, William H., W(hite), M(ale), 33 ys old, Farmer, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Rebecca, W, F, 33 yrs old, House Keeping, Wife, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Marion F., W, M, 6 yrs old, Son, Born in NC, Father Born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Martha, W, F, 11 yrs old, Daughter, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Baily B. (sic), W, M, 2 yrs old, Son, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Susan, W, F, 18 yrs old, Sister, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC

1900 U.S. Census of Meder Fork (sic, should be Meadow Fork), Spring Creek Township, Madison County, NC, Roll T623_1205, Pg 5A, ED 86, Ancestry.com, Lines 5-11, Dwelling 77, Family 77, "Reece, W.H."
Reece, W.H. (sic), Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born, April, 1847, 53 yrs old, Married 30 yrs, Born in NC, Father born in MC, Mother born in NC, Farmer, Cannot read or write, speaks English, Owns Farm free of mortgage
Reece, Rebecca, Wife, W, F, Born Sept, 1847, 52 yrs old, Married 32 yrs (30 yrs is striked through and 32 yrs put over and yet her husband has 30 yrs), 4 children with 4 still living, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Martha, Daughter, W, F, Born Oct 1875, 24 yrs old, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Baley (sic, should be Bailey), Son, W, M, 22 yrs old,Born Jan, 1878, Single, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Horrett (sic, should be Harriett), Daughter, F, W, Born Sept, 1880, 19 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Messer, Rebecca, Granddaughter, W, F, Born July, 1887, 12 yrs old, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Hogans, S. or L., Neice, W, F, Born April, 1884, 16 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC

1910 Census of Hot Springs, Madison County, NC, ED 8, Series T624, Roll 1107, Pg 125, Sheet 2A, "Reese, Baily B." (sic) enumerated in same household as "Smith, Robert", Lines 38-43, Dwelling 29, Family 30, "Smith, Robert", Family 31, "Reese, Baily B."
Smith, Robert, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 64 yrs old, 2nd Marriage 6 years, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, speaks English, Laborer in lumber yard, Rents home
Smith, Mary M., Wife, F, W, 45 yrs old, 2nd Marriage 6 years, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Smith, Treadway Ossy, Son, M, W, 18 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, Labor in grocery store
Reese, Baily B., Head, M, W, 32 yrs old, Married 4 years, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, Labor in lumber yard, Can read & write, Rents home
Reese, Lillie, Wife, F, W, 23 yrs old, Married 4 years, 2 children with 1 still living, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, Can read & write
Reese, Paul, Son, M, W, 9/12 months old, Single, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC


1920 U.S. Census of Rosman-Taxamany Road, Eastatoe, Transylvania, NC, Roll T625-1321, Pg 9A, ED 188, Image 522, Lines 20-27, Dwelling 158, Family 154, "Reece, Bailey B." (sic)
Reece, Bailey B., Head, Owns Farm, M(ale), W(hite), 41 yrs old, Married, Canr ead & write, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, Laborer at Lumber Mill for wages
Reece, Lillie, Wife, F, W, 38 yrs old, Married, Can read & write, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Paul, Son, M, W, 10 yrs old, Attends school, can read & write, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Willfred (sic, should be Wilford), Won, M, W, 8 yrs old, Attends school, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Bufort (sic, should be Buford), M, W, 6 yrs old, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Allie, Daughter, F, W, 4 3/12 mos old, born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Gertrude, Daguhter, F, W, 2 6/12 mos old, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Mabell (sic, should be Mabel), 8/12 mos old, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC


1930 U.S. Census of Main St, Valleytown, Andrews, Cherokee County, NC, Roll 1681, Pg 3A, ED 9, Image 450.0, Lines 31-40 , Ancestry.com has him indexed as "Baily B. Rusa"
Reece, Bailey B., Head, Rents home, $25, M(ale), W(hite), 53 yrs old, Married at age 22, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, Lumber Inspector for wages
Reece, Lilly, wife, F, W, 43 yrs old, Married at age 19, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Paul, Son, M, W, 20 yrs old, Single, Can read & write, Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Wilford, Son, M, W, 18 yrs old, Single, Attends school, Can read & write, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Buford, Son, M, W, 16 yrs old, Attends school, Can read & write, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Allie, Daughter, F, W, 14 yrs old, Attends school, Can read & write, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Gertud (sic, should be Gertrude), Daughter, F, W, 12 yrs old, Attends school, Can read & write, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Mabel, Daughter, F, W, 10 yrs old, Attends school, Can read & write, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Clifford, Son, M, W, 8 yrs old, Attends School, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Reece, Grace, Daughter, F, W, 4 5/13 mos old, Does not attend school, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC

The Reeses lived in Rosman, NC where Bailey was a Lumber Inspector in the lumber yard by the river.




Then they moved to Andrews, NC. They lived in a large 2 story house that Lillian loved. He lost his job during the Depression and he sold the house to get out of debt against her wishes. They rented a large house and the rent was more than the house payment had been. The picture above is of Paul Reese standing in front of the house. Paul, Louise and their daughter, Sarah, took a road trip to see the homeplace and Sarah took this photo. This house was just across the street from the Baptist church that they were members of.

B.B. Reese had a team of mules named Alec and Dinah that he used to haul lumber to the lumber yard when he worked in Hot Springs. B. B. had to move his family out of the mountains to seek work in the textile mills because much of the woodlands in the NC mountains was declared national park land, greatly impacting the lumber business.

They moved to Bluff Rd (Hwy 209 towards Hot Springs, NC, turn left on Bluff Rd). This was when times got tough. They would make a paste and wallpaper the house with newspaper to try to keep the house warm. In the summer, they peeled the paper off and washed the paste off the walls. To preserve cabbage, they pulled them up roots and all. Then they dug a trench and turned the cabbages in it upside down with the roots up. They covered the cabbages with dirt. For green beans, they picked them and strung them and hung them up in the garden. They called them leather britches. To preserve sweet potatoes, in the early Spring they dug a pit and lined it with manure. They covered it with straw and nestled potato slips in the straw. They covered with straw and dirt and let them sprout. The sprouts were planted. Carrots, turnips were covered deeply with dirt and left in the ground. Fruit were cut in slices and dried in the sun.

B.B. Reece was ordained 8/26/1917 at Zion Baptist Church in Rosman, NC. He married Grandmother and Granddaddy. He was also a Justice of the Peace. Here is his Bible and his handwritten Ordination Paper is taped inside.

Bailey was a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Andrews. After his ordination to the ministry, Bailey worked in churches on the weekend in Transylvania County and preached to chain gangs during the week. His other public speaking was limited.









The Reeses came down from the mountains to Marion, NC and went to work in the Clinchfield Mill. They lived in the mill village. Bailey Bright was the night watchman at the mill. They lived at 58 Virginia Road (or the house behind that one) when Eleanor Reese (their granddaugther and my mother) used to visit them. It was there that Eleanor remembered seeing the Jewel Tea dishes that Eleanor collects now.












Lily remembered when Arcemus Reese (son of Patterson Reese) came to do a revival and stayed with them. She said he preached "awful" against smoking. The next morning he went to town and got her some candy. He offered it to her and she declined because she had snuff in her mouth. He asked her if she didn't hear his sermon the night before and she said that she heard him preach against smoking cigarettes, pipes and tobacco but she didn't remember him preaching against snuff. She just chuckled over that. She said she was always close to Patterson Reese's family because they lived close and they went to church together. She was close to his children and spoke very highly of Arcemus. She said her Dad, Mack Coy Conner, thought a lot of Arcemus. Arcemus rode on a train to preach at their church. They stayed with Lily and Bailey Bright Reese in the house where Wilford William Reese found the little black collar iron under the house. The family still has that iron. Arcemus had a singer with him. Lily said she washed and ironed many a shirt for him. She remembered that Arcemus had a married son and the wife wanted a better home. Arcimus Reese mortgaged his own home so his son could build a bigger and better home. Arcemus Reece and his son both lost their homes. Lillian said that Arcemus wrote her a long letter after Bailey died and that was the last she heard from him.

B.B. was a member of Clinchfield Baptist Church when he died. Lily told how she remembered him sitting in his rocking chair reading his Bible or his Biblical Recorder. How he would fall asleep until the Bible fell and woke him up, then he would pick it back up and try to read some more.

Charles Bailey Reese (son of Paul McCoy Reese) told that B.B. had back trouble and walked humped. One day he was taking a calf on a rope out and the calf jumped a ditch dragging B.B. after him. This seemed to help his back and may have realigned his spine. Joe Edgar Young, Jr said he remembers B.B. gathering the grandchildren around and told a story about a black panther.



Bailey Bright and Lily were living with Rass and Gertrude Young at 50 (or 52) Virginia Rd when Bailey Bright died. According to his death certificate he was 71 years old when he died. He died 12/10/1949 at 7:40am and was buried on 12/11/1949 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Marion, NC. He died of cerebral hemorrhage due to cardio vascular disease. His doctor was Dr. L. William Hogan. According to Judy Reese, his grandaughter, he was drinking a cup of coffee and said he had trusted God all his life and was perfectly willing to trust Him from now on. "If we gonna go, let's go." While his oatmeal was waiting, he got sick when he was in the bathroom. He had a stroke. He lingered for a time but didn't recover.

Bailey had a series of strokes during the last years of his life. They were prone to occur as a major holiday neared. He once told his son, Paul, that he thought his strokes were brought on by stress related to the approaching holiday and the expectation of the usual large holiday family gathering.



Rass & Gertrude's house (I think)


Bailey Bright & Lillian Conner Reese at their son's house, Paul and Louise Reese, in Statesville, NC.






B.B. and Lily Reese are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Marion, McDowell County, NC. This is their granddaughter, Eleanor Reese Huneycutt and her youngest daughter, Melinda at the grave.

B.B. and Lily had 9 children:
1) Minnie Louesta "Estie" Reese (DOB: 11/7/1907 in ? ;DOD: 8/13/1909 in Spartanburg, SC)

2) Paul McCoy Reese (DOB: 7/2/1909 in Spartanburg, SC, DOD: 5/3/1996 in Winston-Salem, Forsythe County, NC) married Louise Saunders.



3) Wilford William Reese (DOB: 5/1/1911 in NC; DOD: 5/25/1979 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC) married Geneva "Gennie" Margaret Lamb.

Baby Wilford and his older brother, Paul. Yes, that is Paul in dress and curls!


Paul and Wilford with girlfriends.


Paul (left), Wilford and unknown friend.


4) Charles Beauford Reese (DOB: 4/24/1913 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC; DOD: 1/11/1992 in Marion, McDowell County, NC) married Jenny Young.



5) Margaret Alice Reese (DOB: 9/16/1915 in Rosman, Transylvania County, NC; DOD: 11/10/2003 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC) married Joe Edgar Young, Sr.



L to R: Joe Edgar Young, Sr., Eleanor Reese Huneycutt and her daughter, Sharon, Margaret Alice Reese Young. Taken at Reese Reunion 2002.




6) Gertrude "Trudy" Lillian Reese (DOB: 1/14/1917 in Rosman, Transylvania County, NC; DOD: 4/28/1995 in Union Mills, Rutherford County, NC) married Rass Samuel Young, Sr.



7) Mabel Tobiatha Reese (DOB: 4/21/1919 in Rosman, Transylvania County, NC; DOD: ? in ? married Walter B. Phillips, had son Larry David Phillips, divorced. May have married 1 or 2 more times. She disappeared, to the family, in the 1970's.



8) Clifford Jeter Reese (DOB: 7/22/1921 in McDowell County, NC; DOD: 12/12/2006 in Raleigh, Wake County, NC) married Marcia Norman.



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Lilly, Paul and Clifford at Wilford's funeral.


Clifford and Marcia (right) at Wilford's funeral.


Clifford and Marcia

9) Ann Grace Reese (DOB: 10/18/1925 in Andrews, Cherokee County, NC; DOD: 2/9/2005 in Sylva, Jackson County, NC) married Charles Jackson "Jack" Beck, Sr. She was a librarian for 30 years.



Grace Ann Reese Beck is in the center and surrounded by her family at the Reese Reunion 2002.


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Duane Reese said...

Thank you so much for this blog.I am Duane,
(son of Clifford and Marcia Reese).

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