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Sampson Reed, III

  • Birth 14 Mar 1799 Hartford, Oxford County, Maine, USA
  • Death 6 Apr 1877 Hartford, Oxford County, Maine, USA
  • Burial Hartford, Oxford County, Maine, USA
  • Memorial ID 29350670

OF ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH ANCESTRY

MAYFLOWER DESCENDANT OF GOV. WILLIAM BRADFORD AND RICHARD WARREN

FATHER OF CIVIL WAR HERO AXEL HAYFORD REED

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE MAINE LEGISLATURE

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A BIOGRAPHY OF SAMPSON REED, by Laurence Overmire (3rd great grandson), Aug. 2008:

Sampson Reed (III) was born in Hartford, Oxford County, Maine, on Mar. 14, 1799, the second of ten children of Sampson Read Jr. and Jane Bradford Ellis.

On July 8, 1820, on the old Charles Bisbee homestead near Buckfield village, 21-year-old Sampson married 16-year-old Huldah Bisbee, the daughter of Revolutionary War veteran Lt. Elisha Bisbee and his wife Mary "Molly" Pettingell. They had 8 children: Elisha Bisbee, Lewis Bradford, Emily Mandeville, Lydia Phelps, Huldah Bisbee, Sampson Jr., Axel Hayford, and Augustus Stevens (died in childhood).

Initially, Sampson and Huldah moved to the 'Mason Farm' near Bear Mountain where their first child Elisha was born." After his brother Bradford died, Sampson and Huldah settled on the family homestead to care for his parents. Sampson made many improvements on the homestead until it became the center of attraction for the whole township.

Sampson was a prominent farmer and cattle drover. His son Axel H. Reed gave the following description of his father in his "Genealogical Record of The Reads, Reeds, the Bisbees, the Bradfords of the United States of America":

"He was a man of a strong constitution, vigorous in action as well as 'head strong' in his younger days. His build was a heavy, set, weighing two hundred and forty pounds in his palmy days at a height of near six feet. In addition to living a farm life, he dealt mainly in stock and for more than twenty years he visited nearly every part of Oxford County each year, buying cattle, gathering them at his home farm and from there driving them on hoof to the Westbrook and Brighton markets. The Westbrook market being near Portland, Me., and the Brighton market near Boston, Mass. He took an active part in politics and served as a representative in the Maine legislature and a term as one of the governor's council."

Sampson's family changed the spelling of the family name from "Read" to "Reed." His son Elisha initiated the spelling change when he entered the mercantile business in Boston. His brothers and many other relatives subsequently adopted the spelling of "Reed."

Sampson's wife Huldah died of consumption at the age of 38. He married again to a woman named Betsey H. sometime before 1850.

Sampson died at Hartford on April 6, 1877, at the age of 78, and was buried in the Read family lot in the Starboard Hill (aka Meeting House Hill) Cemetery there.

A Find A Grave volunteer could not locate Sampson's grave in 2010 and reported: "Searched entire cemetery and could not find grave. Not to say it isn't there because there are many many plots that are only marked with a cross and no name. Found wife Hulduah and a plot next to her that could be his but then again - no stone no name."





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  • Created by: Laurence Overmire
  • Added: 27 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29350670
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sampson Reed, III (14 Mar 1799–6 Apr 1877), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29350670, citing Meeting House Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Oxford County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by Laurence Overmire (contributor 46950879) .