23 Apr 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album Whiteside County, IL
Originially published 1885
Reproduced on CD purchased from OLD GLORY ACCENTS
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
Joseph C. Reeves, farmer, section 20, Hahnaman Township, is a son of Howell and Phebe (Howell) Reeves, his father a native of New York and his mother of New Jersey. They passed their entire lives in the Empire State. They had eight children, as follows: Stephen, Hila, David, Amos, Fanny E., Joseph C., Harlan P. and Charles E.
The subject of this sketch was born in Wayne Co., N.Y., April 26, 1840, and obtained his education at the common school until 17 years of age and then for two years at the Marion Collegiate Institue in Wayne Co., N. Y. In the fall of 1860 he came to Whiteside County; taught school in Hahnaman Township the following winter, and the next autumn returned to Wayne Co., N. Y. for the purpose of enlisting in the army. He enrolled Sept. 19, 1861, in the Eighth N. Y. Cav., and served nearly fouryears, being in about 60 general engagements, esides numerous skirmishes. At the battle of Five Forks, Va., in April, 1864, he was wounded in the neck by a minie ball, which incapacitated hm for further service, and he remained in the hospital at Washington until the close of the war.
After receiving his discharge he came directly to Whiteside County and in company with his brother Amos, purchased 200 acres of land in Hahnaman Township, since which time he has resided there, with the exception of nearly six years, when he lived in the township of Tampico. He is now the owner of 160 acres on section 20, all of which is in cultivation.
Mr. Reeves is a member of Samuel G. Steadman, Post No. 491, G.A.R., has held the office of Township Assessor one year, is a Republican in his political views, and both himself and wife are members of the Baptist Church.
He was married in Washington, D. C., Nov. 30, 1869, to Fanny R. Brewer, daughter of Hiram and Clarissa (Hollister) Brewer, natives of Massachusetts and now residing in Washington, D. C. Their children were six in number, and named Mason H., Auren S., Hiram H., Maria C., Fanny R. and Daniel E. Mrs. Reeves was born in in Berkshire Co., Mass., Nov. 26, 1843. Mr. and Mrs. Reeves are the parents of four children, vix.: Auren C., J. Mason, H. Edson and Walter E.