SYLVANUS REED, deceased, was a native of Ohio, and a son of James and Nancy Ann Reed. He came to Michigan in 1849, and settled in Newaygo County, where he purchased 40 acres of land, and afterward added 120 acres, besides a tract of pine land. This land he sold, and bought 280 acres. He sold a portion of this, and at the time of his decease owned 160 acres of land, in Dayton Township, over a 100 acres being improved. He was married in this county June 3, 1849, to Harriet Barnhard, who was a native of Sandusky Co., Ohio, and they have had 13 children, viz: Emily, Francis W., Louisa J., Mary E., sarah F., Susan M., Oliver E., Olive L., Ida M., Stephen S. and Carrie B.; David F. and lucy are deceased.
Mr. Reed was Township Treasurer for several years. He died Sept. 7, 1881. Mrs. Reed still resides on the farm, a portion of which she cultivates.