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REED, HENRY (1800–1854). Henry Reed (Reid), soldier and jurist, was born on November 10, 1800, in Lebanon, Tennessee. On June 25, 1829, he married Nancy Caruth. After arriving in Texas from Arkansas with his nine-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son, he received a grant of one league along Muddy Creek in the Sterling C. Robertson colony, on January 1, 1835. At the battle of San Jacinto Reed served as third sergeant in Capt. William Kimbroqv's Company Eight of Col. Sidney Sherman's Second Regiment, Texas Volunteers. He was elected captain of the San Augustine Volunteers, a militia company organized on June 4, 1836, for three months' service. He was also brigade quartermaster in Col. Edwin Morehouse's regiment. By 1840 he owned 4,560 acres in Robertson County, where, on June 10, 1844, he was appointed chief justice. Reed died on November 11, 1854, and was buried six miles east of Calvert. In 1836 his grave was marked with a Texas Centennial Commission monument.


Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Founders and Patriots of the Republic of Texas (Austin, 1963-). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Compiled Index to Elected and Appointed Officials of the Republic of Texas, 1835–1846 (Austin: State Archives, Texas State Library, 1981). Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones, 1932). Malcolm D. McLean, comp. and ed., Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony in Texas (13 vols., Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1974–76; Arlington: University of Texas at Arlington Press, 1977-).

Thomas W. Cutrer


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Thomas W. Cutrer, "REED, HENRY," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.