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Obits - NJ - 1900 - Charles Reeves
SEPTEMBER 5, 1900
DEATH OF AN OLD SLAVE
CHARLES REEVES DIED AT LINCROFT LAST WEDNESDAY
He was owned by David Williamson of Holmdel
until he was twenty-five years of age, when
he was freed
Charles Reeves of Lincroft died last Wednesday of Bright's disease, aged eighty years. He was taken sick about five months ago, and since that
time he had been unable to leave his bed. The funeral was held on Friday at two o'clock in the house and at three o'clock at the Lincroft chapel
The body was buried in Cedar View cemetery.
Mr. Reeves was born at Holmdel In his youth he was a slave and was owned by David Williamson. He was freed when he reached the age of
twenty-five. He then left Williamson and worked at different times on several farms in the vicinity. When about thirty years old he married Hannah
VanCleaf of Middletown. He was at that time working for Garrett D. Hendrickson. About a year after his marriage he went to the Brookdale farm and
stayed there ten years. Then he moved to Lincroft and worked for George W. Crawford of Nut Swamp for thirty years. He had lived in the same house
at Lincroft ever since his removal there.
Mr. Reeves was one of the best known colored men in Middletown township. He was a member of the Baptist church at Red Bank, and for thirty-three
years had rarely missed a Sunday. After his marriage he and his wife walked from Lincroft to Red Bank every Sunday morning, returning home at noon,
and he would go alone to church every Sunday night. In later years he was able to buy a horse with which he and his wife went to church, and after
he got the horse the children became regular attendants.
Mr. Reeve's wife and ten children survive him. The children are all grown up. They are James Reeves of Lincroft, Mrs. Hannah McGuire, Mrs. David
Miles and Albert Reeves of Red Bank; Mrs. Henry Mumford and Mrs. Charles Dean of Navesink, Charles Reeves, Jr., of West Long Branch, Miss Addie
Reeves of New York, Miss Sarah E. Reeves of Trenton, and Mrs. John Norman of Philadelphia. One sister, Mrs. Jane Holmes of Red Bank, also survives
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Sep 5, 1900
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