Samuel Reed with an ordinary English education studied law and practiced it successfully in Martinsburg, VA. He died about 1808 in New Orleans. Samuel Reed was a Lieutenant in the War of the Revolution and Colonel in the "Whiskey Rebellion." He married Anne Kennedy, daughter of Col. David Kennedy of Frederick county in 1762. He left one son James Randolph, who died in the War 1812 at sea. He had three daughters, Maria, who married Alexander Cooper, five children, buried in the Old Presbyterian graveyard, Norbourne, Martinsburg, Va., Eliza Strawbridge married Samuel Baker, they had eight children. Eliza and Samuel Baker are buried at Martinsburg. Margaret (Peggy) married James Brown, they had several children (The Lookout: Notable American Families-The Boyd and Reed Families; by Zella Armstrong, Jan 22, 1927 VOL. XXXVII, NO. 14, Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Zella Armstrong in her book indicates that the original Robert Armstrong family Bible
was in her family. If there is a descendant of Zella Armstrong who has access either to
this Bible or to her notes it is possible there might be some additional helpful information
about this John Armstrong.
Anyone who might have information on how to contact Zella Armstrong's family or any
additional information on this John Armstrong, please e-mail me.
On Sept. 21, 1940, more than 200 Chattanoogans gathered in the ballroom of the Hotel Patten to honor Miss Zella Armstrong. Lauded for "loving her city, her state, her nation and her Southland, with a fervor and a constancy that few could boast," Miss Zella was presented with a commemorative silver medal, one side proclaiming her as "Chattanooga's No. 1 Woman Citizen," the other depicting the flags of the city, Tennessee, United States and the Confederacy.