Austin Reed married Bertha Briggs 31 August 1904

Austin Herbert Reed was born 12 April 1877 in Newport NH, the son of Herbert W Reed and Elizabeth A Richardson.  The family was in the 1880 census in Newport, living with Herbert’s parents, Jackson and Harriet (Crowell) Reed.  In 1900, Austin was with his parents in Newport.  Herbert was a farmer.  Austin, age 23, was at school. 

Berth Lillian Brigs was born 5 May 1880 in Lebanon, NH, daughter of Darius B Briggs and Amy J Demary.   They lived in Lebanon in 1880, coincidentally with her father’s parents, Benoni and Matilda Briggs.  They were still in Lebanon in 1900. 

On 31 August 1904 in Lebanon, Austin married Bertha.  Austin was a clergyman, and Bertha was a teacher.  This was the first marriage for both.  He was a resident of Woodstock, and Bertha a resident of Lebanon. 

In 1910, they lived at 29 Walnut Street in Laconia, and Austin was listed as a clergyman.  Their first son Herbert was two years old.  Son Herman was born in Amesbury, MA in 1912.

In 1918, Austin registered for the WW1 draft, in Fitchburg, MA.  He was 41, and clergyman at Christ Church.  Bertha was his nearest relative.  He was described as medium height and build,  blue eyes, and brown hair.

 He was living as a Reverend in Keene ,N.H. on 3 Jan 1920. The 1920 census lists the family at 147 Washington street in Keene.  He was the clergyman at the Episcopal church. On May 1, he became rector of the St. James Episcopal Church, in Keene.  (1930 Keen Directory).  The 1930 census lists the family at 147 Bowen (?) street in Keene, where Austin continued his work as an Episcopalian minister. 

I was not able to find death records for Austin or Bertha.  Herbert died in 1994 and Herman in 1980, both in Keene.



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