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Reed, Iowa Byington, 1851-1936



  • Existence: 1851 - 1936


Iowa Byington was born on July 23, 1851 to Mary McCollister Byington and LeGrand Byington. She was the second of six children: Charlie (born 1846), Robert (born 1854), Mahaska "Hattie" (born 1857), Otto (born 1859) and Lee (born 1862). Byington grew up in the Iowa City area. She taught for a while in both Iowa and Illinois, but spent the better portion of her unmarried years earning money sewing. Byington was an accomplished seamstress. She also embroidered, knitted, and tatted lace. Iowa Byington married William "Will" Reed on May 12, 1886 in Iowa City. According to his obituary, Will Reed engaged in farming with conspicuous success. Will Reed died on December 10, 1918. Iowa Byington Reed died February 13, 1936.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Iowa Byington Reed papers

 Collection — Folder 1
Identifier: IWA0555

The diaries of an Iowa City woman who supported herself as a seamstress prior to her marriage in 1896.

Dates: 1872-1936