Dedicated to George Reed

"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword. His truth is marching on." Julia Ward Howe




Introduction

George Reed was my great-great grandfather (1816-1864). He and his family immigrated to the United States in 1858. They settled in what is now Great Neck, New York. He worked as a farmer until his enlistment in the Federal Army on September 1, 1863. He was killed at the Battle of Olustee on February 20, 1864.




Gettysburg Address

".... that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain ...." Abraham Lincoln



Epilogue

"... they were not swept away while rushing with terror and confusion to the rear, but were killed and wounded while standing up in solid and unbroken line, bravely and gallantly fighting the enemy."


Information

I have compiled considerable information on George Reed, the Federal Army and the Battle of Olustee. Moving forward I will be posting various stories documenting these topics. If you would care to share any information please do so. Thank you for your interest.









Friday, May 28, 2010

"The Workhouse"

I have been using "Ancestry.com" to develop additional information for this blog. I was directed by a fellow researcher that the town of Froyle, where George Reed emigrated from had its own website. Through e-mail, I have "met" Chris Booth who is the historian for Froyle. The website along with Chris' input have provided me with a more personal view of Froyle. There are photographs of Froyle, including two where my ancestors lived. There are church documents recording births, baptisms, marriages and death.

What I have learned about George Reed is that in 1851, he, his wife Harriet and children resided at "The Workhouse". It was common in England that the poor were given shelter in return for labor. I can only assume that this was one reason George sought the opportunity to come to the United States to find "fortune" as many people did in the 1800's.

I have provided a link to both "Ancestry.com" and Froyle.

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