Alice Reed


Personal and Family Information

Alice was born in NOV 1897 in Lonoke County, Arkansas, the daughter of Howard A Reed and Maggie Mat Deese.

She died before 1910. The place is not known.

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Alice Reed


Howard A Reed


Maggie Mat Deese


Culpepper Watkins Deese


Milton Deese


Mary P.


Mary Elizabeth Sanders



BirthNOV 1897
Place: Lonoke County, Arkansas
DeathBEF 1910
Cause: family tradition: accidential gunshot wound
Census12 JUN 1900
Place: Butler Twp, Lonoke Cty Arkansas
Age: 2 born Ark
Type: with stepfather? Moran born Mississippi
Address: dwelling 98 family 100
Census 1900 LonokeButler

See Note 2


Note 1

Family tradition that Maggie divorced Luther Moran because of his drinking problem. After 1900 census and probably before 1906.

The three girls were born to Maggie and Howard Reed The three girls were:

Rotha Alma Reed  b. 21 May 1894 - d. 12 Feb 1976 .She married Cecil Nash Smith (died 1959) 26 Dec. 1917 in Altus, Ok.  No children.

Carra Willie Reed  b. 15 Oct 1895  - she married Clarence R. Widby (born 1884) 19 Jan 1913 Altus, Ok.

  One child:  Howard Maurice Jr. Widby - b. 23 Aug 1916 in Altus, Ok.  Maurice died 9 June 1988.

The third daughter's name was Alice (which I got off the census) and family gossip was that Rotha accidentally shot her when they were both very, very young...probably shortly after the 1900 census.Not very discussed in family for obvious reasons.


Guess Maggie was definitely an adventurous person as she took the two girls to Shawnee, Indian Territory, Ok. where she opened a boarding house.  This must have been after the 1900 census and before 1908, as this is where she met Dustin Q. Meridith.  He and his brother Will were boarders in her house.

Don't know when she married Meridith, but soon after they moved to Altus, Ok where they had two girls:

My Mother:

Nadine Josephine Meridith b. 20 March 1909 (Altus, Ok) - died 30 April 1990 (in Dallas, Texas). She married Thomas Edward Christopher b .6 April 1908 -( Bellevue, Texas )  - died 30 Nov 1971 (in Dallas, Texas)

They had two girls:

Betty Ann Christopher b. 1931 (Altus, Ok) married Robert Eugene Lincecum (1930) in Dallas Texas 1952.

Mary Jo Christopher  b. 1932 (Altus, Ok)  married John A. Lowrey b. 1930 Carrollton, Texas


Allie Jewell Meridith  b.14 Sept. 1912 (Altus, Ok) - died Little Rock, Ark.  She married George Crain b. 1910 Elmer, Ok - d. Siloam Springs, Ark.

They had two children:

Jo Carol Crain - b. ?? (Altus,Ok)

Dustin Meridith Crain  b.14 Nov 1950 (Siloam Springs, Ark) - d. 1973??


Note 2

Census 1900 Lonoke Butler dwelling 98 family 100 confirms Luther Moran with Maggie Deese and 3 daughters by first husband Reed. Note place of birth for all---Luther in Miss but father of Ropia, Carrie, and Alice born Arkansas

Also orginal image of census seems to have been revised. "9 years" is different ink on Luther and written over "1 year" on Maggie M. Maggie M also changed from "0 childen 0 Living" to " 3 and 3" the different ink.

see also Lonoke Marriage index for Marriage Maggie Reed and Luther Moran July 1899

there is a Reed family same page 1900 census, dwelling 104 family 166