Rachel Reed1

ID#1530, b. about 1803, d. 22 July 1893
Father: not yet identified.
Mother: not yet identified.

Birth date: about 1803.2 It has also been reported that Rachel was born in 1805;3 another source lists a full date of 4 July 1805.1
Birth place: Virginia.2

Rachel's first marriage was to James VanGilder on 13 March 1825 in Monongalia County, Virginia. Joshua Hickman reported that he executed the marriage.4

She became a widow when James reportedly drowned in the Mississippi River before 1850.1

Her second marriage was to David Summers, son of Rev. Alexander Summers and Mary Ann Vinagar, before 1 June 1850.1,2 Their blended family of Summers and VanGilder children is reflected in the U.S. Federal Census of 1850.2

Rachel died on 22 July 1893 in Taylor County, West Virginia.1

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1850Marion County, VirginiaRachele Summers, female, age 47, born in Virginia
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)2
1860Taylor County, VirginiaRachel Summers, female, age 57, born in Va
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1860)5

Deceased Children of Rachel Reed and James VanGilder:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=22 Jan 2016


  1. [S375] ""Linda Hughes Hiser Family File" (Ancestry World Tree)," online http://awt.ancestry.com, Linda Hughes Hiser.
  2. [S253] David Summers household, 1850 U.S. Census, Marion County, Virginia, the Eastern District, pages 125B and 126A, National Archives micropublication M432_958.
  3. [S861] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/4484.htm (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Rachel Reed data.
  4. [S1074] Register of Marriages for James VanGilder and Rachel Reed, Monongalia County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file _00022.jpg.
  5. [S376] David Summers household, 1860 U.S. Census, Taylor County, Virginia, Pruntytown Post Office, page 49 (549 handwritten), National Archives micropublication M653_1381.