We are coming to the end of 2009 and looking forward to the beginning of 2010. But before the month of December closes out, I decided to write another “Ancestory”. This one is about my wife’s 3rd Great Grandfather, Corydon Bloomfield Reeder. He is one of those enigmas that some come across while researching. We know an incredible amount about his life but we know almost nothing about his parents, his birth, or his death.
According to the 1850 census he is listed as 26 years old. However, the 1860 census lists him as 31 years old. In the 1870 census he is listed as 36 years old and by 1880 he is 58 years old. Everyone else in his family ages the normal 10 years between censuses. Based on this information, we can either assume that he was a time traveler and didn’t age like the rest of us or that, based on the 1850 and 1880 censuses, he was probably born around 1823 in Montgomery County, Ohio.
In 1848, Corydon moved to Wayne County, Indiana where he received a land grant for ¼ of a section of land. On January 10, 1850, he married Elizabeth Longfellow in Henry County, Indiana and by the time he was recorded in the 1850 census, he and his wife were living in
After the assumed loss of his wife Elizabeth, Corydon begins to move further west. On January 22, 1852, Corydon marries Mary Jane Reeder at the home of her father William in Louisa County, Iowa. Mary Jane was 18 years and 7 months old at the time of their marriage. Corydon would have been about 30 years old if our guess is correct. It appears that Mary Jane may have been a cousin of Corydon since her father, William Reeder, had lived in
Corydon appears to have been active in local organizations. In 1867, he became a charter member of the Umatilla Lodge, No. 40, A.F. & A.M. This is the parent lodge of
By the 1870 census, Mary Jane and Priscilla are no longer listed with the family. We are assuming that both may have died sometime during the 1860’s. We know that Mary Jane was still around in 1862 since there are two more sons, Andrew and Gamelion, listed in the 1870 census. In 1872 Corydon is granted a 160 acre land grant in
The next time we find Corydon is in the 1880 census. He is living with two of his sons, Leonidas and Andrew, in