William Henry Harrison Reeder
was born on 15 November 1813 at Centerville, Montgomery County, Ohio. He was the son of George Huff Reeder
and Margaret Benham Van Cleve
William Henry Harrison Reeder married Elizabeth Dealy
on 17 August 1847. William Henry Harrison Reeder left a will on 17 February 1885 at Grant County, Indiana.
In the name of God, Amen, I William H. H. Reeder, of Grant County and State of Indiana, considering the uncertainty of mortal life, and being of sound and disposing mind, and being desirous of directing how my estate, real and personal, shall be disposed after my decease, do make and publish this my last will and testament; and first, I command my soul to God, and my body to the earth, to be buried in a decent Christian way, without ostentation or extravagant expense.
And as to my earthly estate, real, personal, or mixed, of which I shall die seized and possessed, or to which I may be entitled at the time of my decease, I do devise and bequeath to Elizabeth Reeder, my lawful, faithful and beloved wife, all my estate, real and personal and otherwise to have, hold, and use during her natural lifetime; instructing and empowering her, however, to sell, as soon as advisable in her judgment, as much of said estate as may be necessary to pay all just and lawful debts against said estate, and to defray my funeral, burial and monumental expenses, and instructing her to pay, as soon as practicable thereafter, said debts and expenses, and to the end that the provisions of this, my last will and testament, may be carried out, and my estate put into the best possible position and shape, I hereby give to Elizabeth Reeder, my own lawful wife, full power (and endow her with the same) to execute and carry out the provisions of this Will and Testament, during her natural lifetime, fully authorizing and empowering her to sell any or all of said estate, by public or private sale, at her discretion as to mode and as to prices, and to make and execute such in accordance with the laws of the State of Indiana may admit or require for any oral of said real estate thus sold to pay for purchasing the same, this my last will and testament, also providing that said Elizabeth Reeder, my beloved wife, shall have full power to invest, as she shall see fit, any and all funds accrued from the sale, or sales, of any or all my said estate, (over and above the amount necessary to pay the debts and expenses mentioned in the foregoing); but funds so invested shall through all her natural lifetime, and at her death remain subject to the inheritance of my children as herein after named and provided for, except so much of the same as shall be needed for her personal, comfortable and decent maintenance which shall be for her use, and at her disposal, in both income and capital.
I also further desire and bequeath all my estate, real and personal or mixed, and the proceeds of the same, which shall remain after expenses in the maintenance of my beloved wife in her natural lifetime and in providing for her funeral, burial and monumental expenses, to my own lawful and dutiful children, Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Broyles, Mrs. Eliza Catherine Broyles, William Henry Harrison Reeder, Flora M. Reeder, and Robert Braden Reeder, to be shared equally by them, and to belong to them and their heirs and their assigns forever.
I hereby declare the foregoing to be my last will and testament, contained on one sheet of paper, and solemnly enjoin on all interested in the same to harmonize with its provisions:
In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 17th day of February in the year of our Lord, 1885.
William H. H. Reeder (Seal)
The above instrument of one sheet, was at the date thereof, declared to us by the testator Wm. H. H. Reeder, son, to be his last Will and Testament; and he acknowledged
to each of us, that he subscribed the same, and we, at his request sign our names hereto as attesting witnesses.
Alexander M. Deesen, residing in Fairmount Township, Grant County, Indiana. Samuel Couch, residing in Jefferson Township, Grant County, Indiana.
State of Indiana, Grant County: Before me, Glyn W. Neal, Clerk of the Grant County Circuit Court, personally came Alexander M. Deesen, one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing Last Will and Testament of William H. H. Reeder, Sr., late of said county, deceased June 24th and being duly sworn on oath says that he was present at the execution of said last will; that the same was duly executed; that of the time of the execution thereof, said testator was of full age to devise his property, of sound mind and memory and not under any coercion or restraint; that said testator requested him to sign said will as witness thereto, which he accordingly did in the presence of testator and in the presence of Samuel Couch, the other subscribing witness thereto.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 30th day of June 1885.
Glyn W. Neal, Clerk.
He died on 24 June 1885 at Fairmount Twp., Grant County, Indiana, at age 71. The obituary was written by Bishop Milton Wright, a nephew of the deceased, and was read at the funeral held at the home. The Sermon was preached by Rev. Garretson of the M. E. Church.
Wm. Henry Harrison Reeder, Sr., son of George and Margaret Reeder, was born in Centerville, Montgomery County, Ohio, on November 15, 1813. Nine years later his parents removed to Rush Co., Indiana, where he lived with little absence, till his marriage on 8-27-1847 to Miss Elizabeth Dealy of Decatur Co., Indiana, with whom he has lived happily and without undiminished affection for thirty-eight years.
A few months after his marriage he settled in Grant Co., Indiana, on land which he had entered about ten years before and where he continued to live with a one year absence till his decease.
He leaves a widow, five children, a number of grandchildren, an only surviving sister and other relatives and friends stricken with the grief over their sad bereavement. Warm were his affections and he did not fail to have them warmly reciprocated by his own faithful wife and dutiful children.
A beloved son died at the age of fourteen years, and a lovely daughter years ago passed on.
Much candor and great sincerity distinguished Mr. Reeder from his childhood years, but these were accompanied with pure and innocent mirth, that, joined fine conversational powers, and a very sympathetic heart, they made him the light of any social circle into which he entered.
A quick and penetrating mind, a sound careful judgment; a quick and firm conscience, an honesty unimpeachable, a deep love for truth and the right, and a like hatred for the wrong, a generosity even to self-sacrificing, sacred reverence for God and religion, love of home and country, and a lively affection for relatives and friends were characteristics of Mr. Reeder, and of his whole life.
His death occurred a few minutes before midnight June 24th A. D., 1885 in the 72nd year of his age.
About two years since, he was afflicted with cancer on his lip, of several years existence, but which at last began to grow. This yielded to treatment, but the disease after lying one year dormant, took hold of his throat and made its inexplorable demand for his life. He has just now yielded up his life to that dreaded monster and his soul to God, in hope of the resurrection and of life everlasting.
Many years before his death, he experienced the power of saving grace. But he made the mistake of not connecting himself with the visible church and, as a consequence, did not enjoy, in these and subsequent years, that degree of grace or maintain that abiding steadfastness which otherwise might have been his.
In his last months, he often said, "I know I have not lived as I ought to have lived." Sometimes this may sound dark: but his faith in God failed not, and he often expressed the fullest resignation to a Divine will.
But he expressed strong desire to live that he might live a better life and that he might obey the commandments of God. He seemed to refer to connection with the church and the observance of the ordinances of God's house.
He expressed strong desire that his children should none of them put off duty as he had done, but live better lives than he has lived. But a number of times he expressed full resignation to the will of God and confidence that all would be well with him eternally. He trusted not in his own merits, but in the merits of the Savior's atonement. His was that righteousness which is by faith.He knew the power of living, loving faith. "He that believeth in the Son is not condemned", says the Savior. "He that believeth in the Son hath everlasting life" says John the Baptist. "Therefore it is of faith that it might be by grace, to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed", says Paul. "God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him" says the Apostle John. And the same apostle says, "Everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God."
Seeing then as James says that "God purifies the heart by faith", that " faith which worketh by love" let us like the Apostle Paul fight "the good fight" and keep "the faith" that we may have "an entrance abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." - Amen.