ANTHONY REECE
1774 - 1870
Tracking our Ancestor
CHILDREN OF  ANTHONY REECE AND SARAH "SALLIE" CHAMBERS ARE:

  1. Enoch Reece – b: 28 AUG 1796, NC; d: 1882 Transylvania, NC
  2. Daniel Reeceb: 1799, Ashe County, NC; d: Aft. JUN 1880, Haywood County, NC
  3. Mary Ann “Polly” Reece – b: 1808, Ashe County, NC; m: James Mann on 23 JUN 1829,
    Haywood County, NC (son of William Mann and Isabelle Neal. James Mann is a brother to
    William Mann, Jr., who married Catherine Reece)
  4. Samuel L. Reece – b: APR 1810, Ashe County, NC; d: Aft. 1901, Haywood County, NC;
  5. m: Lucinda “Cindy” Church on 08 MAR 1834, Ashe County, NC (b: 1820 Ashe County, NC; d:
    Bef. 1899, Haywood County, NC)
  6. David R. Reece – b: 1813, Haywood County, NC; d: Aft. 1889
  7. Rachel Reece – b: MAY 1816, Haywood County, NC; d: Aft. 1901; m: Eli Collins
  8. Sarah “Sally” Reece – b: 17 AUG 1819, Haywood County, NC; d: 1887, Haywood County, NC
Anthony Reece (Johann Valentine2, Johan Jacob Ries1) was born 03 September 1774 in    
Rowan County, NC and died in January 1870, Haywood County, NC. (See
mortality schedule)

He married Sarah “Sallie” Chambers Bet. 1794-1795 in Ashe/Watauga County, NC.  She was the
daughter of James Lewis Chambers and she was born about 1772 in NC and died between 1851-
1859, probably in Haywood County, NC.
(He is alone on 1860 census.)

Notes for Anthony Reece and Sallie Chambers:

    He was named for his uncle, Anthony Harmon, who was his mother's (Christina) brother.

    There was more information available regarding the Chamber’s family.  I found a large
    document.  There was more information available regarding the Chamber’s family.  Here is
    the portion that refers to Sarah. This section is found on Page 14.
The first story that has been passed down for many generations says that when Anthony and
“Sallie” had just gotten married that they lived in a hollow tree for a season until they finished
their cabin.  
Another tale told is that one day an eagle swooped down and picked up Anthony and “Sallie's”
baby daughter who was playing in the yard.  Sarah ran from the house with a scrag (straw) broom
and fought the eagle until it finally released the child.


A
video shows this type of incident being recreated and there is a discussion of its real probability
on the same page.
maybe
something like
this one?
Two of my favorite family stories come from this pair.
    Anthony and his family show up on line 9 of the 1800 Ashe County, NC census along
    with his father and two of his brothers (John and Valentine Jr).  He, his wife (26-44) and
    2 sons under 10 are in the house (most likely Enoch and Daniel).
Column headings for all census years can be found here.
Column headings for all census years can be found here.
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Link to full document is in above paragraph.
    In 1810, on line 24 of the Ashe County Census Anthony Rees has 2 boys under 10
    (Amos and Samuel), 2 boys 10-16 years old (Enoch and Daniel) and 2 females under
    age 10 (Mary Ann and Rachel).  It gives the ages of the Anthony and Sarah as
    between 26 and 45 years old.
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Link to full document is in above paragraph.
    The 1820 Ashe County, NC census (line 11) lists his name as Anthony Rees and
    shows son, Enoch, as having his own household. It appears that Daniel, Samuel,
    David, Mary, Rachel and Sarah are still at home. It is my belief that the household now
    includes some extended family. Also on the same census page his brother Valentine
    appears as well as a few other Rees households. The entire census page is difficult to
    read and can be reached via the link at the beginning of this paragraph.
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    Breaking with the rest of the clan, Anthony moved his family to Haywood County,
    probably buying land from Chambers.  As the years passed he and his children
    settled up the East Fork and the West Fork of the Pigeon River, and became a well
    known family in the neighborhoods such as Cruso and Sunburst.

    Anthony Reece settled at the forks of the Pigeon River near Bethel and is listed on
    line 6 in the 1830 census for Haywood County, NC.   This census shows    Anthony
    and Sarah as being between 50 and 59 with 5 children still at home.

    Anthony appears with his family in the church membership rolls for Three Forks
    Baptist Church (see list on his father’s page 1790-1799).  
Anthony appears with his family in the church membership rolls for Three Forks Baptist Church (see list on his father’s pages).  
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Link to full document is in above paragraph.
    1840 Haywood County, NC census again misspells Anthony’s last name and lists him
    as Anthony Rece.  He is on line 28. During this time he is listed as being between the
    ages of 60 and 69.  It is odd that there is no place for a female in that age range. It
    lists one person as being employed in Agriculture. One female age 20-29 is the only
    other person listed on the rolls.  It is most likely Sarah, as she is still in the household
    the next census period.
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Link to full document is in above paragraph.
    In 1850 Anthony (on line 12) is still living in Haywood County, NC and this time his
    name is recorded as Anthona Reace.  It says he is still a farmer and that he is was
    76 years old on his last birthday.  Wife Sarah is now listed again and shows as
    being 78 years old.  Sarah Reace (31 years old) is still within the household and a
    child Mary A. Laford (Ledford? 7 years old) is now part of the household.
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Link to full document is in above paragraph.
In 1860 Haywood County Census Anthony (line 27) is now 85 years old and lives with
his daughter Rachael and her husband, Robert Collins, and their young family.
 "Reece
Ancestors of A. Hyatt" researched by Janet Webb of Haywood Co., NC,
says he is now
widowed.
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Link to full document is in above paragraph.
AND IN CLOSING
On the US Federal Census Mortality Schedule for 1870, Anthony is listed as having
died in January, 1870, at 90 years of age.

The cause of death was given as "gravel" which is an archaic medical term for kidney
stones.  He was living in Haywood Co., NC.

I do not know where he or his wife was laid to rest.
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A Bit of History -

    The removal of the Cherokee Nation created a vacuum in the mountains of western North
    Carolina, a vacuum which drew settlers to the rich and vacant lands previously occupied by the
    Nation.  Land was here for the taking, and many poor settlers, mainly of Scotch-Irish descent,
    finding themselves a “lesser class” in the long settled “German” areas of Pennsylvania
    answered the call.  

    For several generations from the valleys near Lancaster and Harrisburg covered wagons
    moved through Harpers Ferry, down the great valley in Virginia and Tennessee.  Originally
    stopping in areas like the Upper Yadkin in North Carolina or the Watauga Settlements in what
    is now Tennessee, they moved on after the Revolution, up and across Swannanoa Gap, up
    the French Broad or thorough Davenport Gap and up the Pigeon River into the area around
    what is now Waynesville NC.  The Shooks, Millers and Reeces were part of the influx.

    The Shooks family, originating in Holland, took up residence in the fertile valley around Clyde.  
    Anthony Reece found a home in the magnificent valley of the upper Pigeon River at Cruso
    (this is when they lived in a hollow tree until their cabin could be built).  

    Three Miller brothers and their families made the journey and found homes in Haywood
    County maybe as early as 1824, and were recorded as some of the first pioneers to settle the
    area.  One of the Miller brothers moved on after a time to Blairsville, GA.  This is a tie which
    may explain the Reece’s move to Clay County near Blairsville several generations later.

    All of these folks were of solid Welsh, Scotch-Irish, Dutch and German stock, tempered by
    generations of strife and poverty and solidly Protestant (Calvinist, Baptist and Methodist) in
    religion.  It was only natural that the patriarch of the family was often a Reverend in each
    generation.  The histories of the early churches in these mountain coves still reverberate with
    the echoes of the “old time” sermons of the Shooks and the Reeces who have occupied their
    podiums in times past.


    I am sorry, but I did not document where I found this narrative, but suspect it came from Bob
    Jones.