ABRAM REED, a prominent citizen of Alcona County, was born in Canandaigua, N.Y., in 1830. When five years of age he came to the State of Ohio with his parents. At the age of twenty-five years he removed to Michigan and settled in Saginaw City. Afterward he removed to Genesee County, Mich., where he remained until October, 1868, when he removed to Harrisville. He had previously
visited this region, looking for lands. On arriving here he cleared the ground and built the mill at what is now South Harrisville. He had operated two mills in Genesee County and took machinery from one of them to put in the mill at South Harrisville. He remained in the concern operating the mill two years, and the removed to the village of Harrisville. In 1876 he moved on his farm having purchased 131 acres of land which he cleared and has converted into a fine farm. In the Fall of 1859 he was married in Genesee County to Miss Harriet Beebe. They have two children. Mr. Reed is supervisor at the present time, and has held the office of highway commissioner nine years. He is a pioneer in Michigan. While in Saginaw he made the first pair of bobs used for carrying passengers on the ice between Saginaw and Bay City. In the affairs of the county Mr. Reed takes prominent part, and is one of its leading farmers.
(Bibliography: “History of the Lake Huron Shore and Its People with Illustrations & Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Pioneers”, 1883, Chicago, Page 276)