Hiram W. REECE, planter, was born in Carter, now Johnson County, September, 5, 1821, the son of Daniel and Lucretia (Smith) REECE, natives of Tennessee and North Carolina respectively, and successful farmers. Our subject, the eldest of eight children, was educated near Taylorsville, and has farmed, in connection with other business, all his life, locating first in Lee County, Va., about 1846, and fifteen years later in Jonesville, and eight years later on Powell River. He was a blacksmith at the first mentioned place, and about 1867 settled in Claiborne County, in the Ninth District, and four years later in the Eighth District, and finally at his present home, where he now owns about 900 acres. In 1882 he built a saw mill, and the next year a grist-mill, and has a fine water power.
He is now a merchant, having commenced when he was forty-four years of age. December 25, 1842, he married Nancy SNYDER, and they have had seven sons and four daughters. The latter deceased. He is a Democrat, and both are Missionary Baptists, of which church he has been a deacon twenty years.
Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of from Twenty-Five to Thirty Counties of East Tennessee. Chicago: Goodspeed, 1887.