1750 - 1814
||Johann Valentine Felty Reece |
||Wilkes Co., NC
||16 Apr 1814
||Carter Co., TN
||7 Aug 2011 |
||Christina Cristener Harmon, b. 1748, NC , d. 1848, TN |
||6 Apr 1769
||Rowan Co., NC
| ||1. Jacob Reece, b. 1772, Wilkes Co., NC , d. 1851, Gilmer Co., GA |
| ||2. Daniel Reece, b. 1792, Wilkes Co., NC , d. Oct 1850, Johnson Co., TN |
- North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004 Name: Cristener Harmon Spouse: Fillip Reese Marriage Date: 6 Apr 1769 Marriage County: Rowan Marriage State: North Carolina Source Vendor: County Court Records - FHL # 0317002 and 0500949 - 0500957 Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT
Family Data Collection - Deaths Name: Valentine Reece Death Date: Apr 1814 City: Carter State: TN Country: USA
Family Data Collection - Marriages Name: Valentine Reece Spouse: Christine Harmon Marriage Date (Day, Month, Year): 1769 State: PA
American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) Name: John Reece Birth Date: 1750 Birthplace: North Carolina Volume: 143 Page Number: 499 Reference: Roster of soldiers from N.C. in the Amer. Rev. Comp. By D.A.R. of NC. Durham, NC. 1932. (12,709p.) :189
American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) Name: Felle Reece Birth Date: 1750 Birthplace: North Carolina Volume: 143 Page Number: 499 Reference: Heads of fams. at the first U.S. census. NC. By U.S. Bureau of the Census. Washington, 1908. (292p.):122
1790 United States Federal Census Name: Felle Reece County: Wilkes State: North Carolina Number of Free White Males Under 16: 5 Number of Free White Males 16 and Over: 1 Number of Free White Females: 4 Number of Household Members: 10
Originally they set up housekeeping near Valentine's father on the south side of Deep Creek in Rowan County (now Yadkin). Times must have still been hard for the family, Valentine, like Jacob before him sold some of his land. "Feb 1784 Valentine Reese to Benjamin Clanton 120 pods 180 ac S side Deep Creek adj Peter Sprinkle." was found in another deed book. He continued to raise his large family on Deep Creek, and appears in court records up until 1787. In that year, on March 22 he received a land grant in Wilkes County, NC (listed as Phelty Rease!) for "200 acres of land lying on the North Side of ( can't read ) on the South Side of Howard Creek." So, after almost twenty years of marriage Valentine and Christina sold their land on Deep Creek to William Zachary in November 1788 and settled in what is today Watauga County, NC. "Felle" Reece is listed in the Wilkes County census in 1790, in the Eighth Company, which included the area now in Watauga County.
The next transaction we know of was another grant of 100 acres entered June 25, 1795 "on the waters of Cove Creek." Another grant for 40 acres was entered on April 2, 1799. This land was "on the waters of New River" on the "Little Branch of Howard's Creek". This land, probably adjacent to the 1787 grant just north of Boone, NC may have been his home for a while. He appears in the 1800 census for Ashe County, as do his sons. Around the same time as Valentine's 1799 Howard's Creek grant Anthony received a grant for 76 acres on Cove Creek, across Harmon's Knob from Howard's Creek, at Zionsville, NC, near the little hamlet called Trade. (See Map of the area) Then on the 8th of September 1802, "Valentine Reece purchased 100 Acres formerly in Wilkes CO, NC now Carter Co. TN on Roans Creek." Here in Trade, near the new Tennessee / North Carolina line, Valentine and Christina finally ended up at what was known as the "Old Bowers Place" on Roan Creek where they lived out their years.
Obviously Valentine was an adamantly religious man, and he and his children fill the rolls of the earliest Baptist Church, Three Forks Church, founded in 1790 in the area of the mountains that would later become Watauga County NC and Johnson County TN. The Reece clan is almost all accounted for on those Church Rolls before 1799:
Christeana Reese, Valentine Reese, John Reese, Sarah Reese, Jacob Reese, Valentine Reese, Jr., Hannah Reese, Anna Reese, Mary Reese, Liz. Reese, Isaac Reese, Anthony Reese
Later the Three Forks Church "spun off" another branch by 1799 which was known as the Cove Creek Baptist Church. The membership rolls show the following Reeses:
Reese,Ann;Reese,Anna;Reese,Anne;Reese,Christine;Reese,Elizabeth;Reese,Hann ah;Reese,Hiram;Reese,Jacob;Reese,John;Reese,John;Reese,Mary;Reese,Rachel;Reese, Rebeccah;Reese,Rhoda;Reese,Sarah;Reese,Susannah;Reese,Valentine;Reese,Valentine, Sr.
Valentine died in 1814 but Christina lived on and on. She can still be found living in the home of her youngest son Daniel in the 1840 census, over 90 years of age. Valentine left a will in Carter Co., Tennessee on April 16, 1814. It mentions "my wife Christinnah, my son Daniel to have one sugar camp on Cove Creek, also 50 acres of land; bequeath the rest of my property to be equally divided between my other children and as I ordain." He appointed his sons John and Jacob as executors. The will was witnessed by Abnor Smith, Jaret Arnold Jurat and Hugh Eggers.The children of Valentine and Christina were John Reese, Jacob Reece, Valentine Reece Jr., Anthony Reece, Hannah Reese, Anna Reece, Mary Reece, Elisabeth Reece, Issac Reese and Daniel Reece.
Since the original spelling was actually Ries, it probably didn't matter how the name was spelled to these early pioneers. The records have Ries, Ries, Reece, Reese and even Rease. Later it seems it settled into Reese or Reece, and it seems that it was the choice of the person involved as to how to spell their name. The spellings here are according to the various sources.
(Source: Daniel P. Smith Jr originally submitted this to Dan Smith's Family Tree on 5 Jun 2007)