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AMBROSE REEDER - STEAMBOAT CAPTAIN

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AMBROSE REEDER - STEAMBOAT CAPTAIN

Posted: 18 May 2014 11:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: REEDER KENNEDY HUFF
See attached advertising his riverboat junkets.
Ambrose Reeder married Mary Battersby.

1850 United States Federal Census
Name: Ambrose Reeder
Age: 34
Birth Year: abt 1816
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1850: Cincinnati Ward 5, Hamilton, Ohio
Gender: Male
Family Number: 58
Household Members:
Name Age
Rebecca Reeder 62
Ambrose Reeder 34 Steamboat Captain
David H Reeder 30
Harriet D Reeder 19
Rebeca Spencer 13
Ambrose R Reeder 5
Mary Reeder 22

1860 United States Federal Census
Name: Ambrose Reeder
Age in 1860: 44
Birth Year: abt 1816
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1860: St Louis Ward 4, St Louis (Independent City), Missouri
Gender: Male
Post Office: St Louis
Household Members:
Name Age
Ambrose Reeder 44 River Man
Mary M Reeder 33
Reuben Reeder 8
Lillie Reeder 5
Mary Stevens 19

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Quincy, Adams Co, IL
"DAILY WHIG REPUBLICAN" dated November 19, 1864.

DEATH OF AMBROSE REEDER

The following notice of death of this old and well known river Captain, and owner of the largest steamboat on the Mississippi, is from the St. Louis Democrat of the 17th:

Ambrose Reeder was born in Columbia township, Hamilton county, Ohio, on the 15th of June, 1816, and was consequently over forty-eight years at the time of his demise. He commenced the pursuit of river navigation some time in the year 1833, and thereafter struggled upward from a cabin boy on board of a steamboat to a high position among his fellow men. During these struggles he was remarkable for his perseverance and the tenacity with which he adhered to his purpose. In the year 1844 he was connected with and employed on the steamer Shepherdess, which ended her days by being lost in Cahokia bend, no great distance below St. Louis, on the Mississippi. From that time to the end of
his life, he was identified with St. Louis as commander of the steamer Whirlwind. Subsequently he commanded the Ben West and Monongahala. Still later he built the F. X. Aubry, in connection with Captain Henry H. Symmes and Daniel G. Taylor, Esq., who are still among our citizens. The Aubry was
a famous Missouri river packet in her day, and her affairs were conducted with great ability by her indefatigable commander, Captain Reeder. At a subsequent period in his life, he bought the St. Louis and New Orleans packet Nebraska, which promised to be an unfortunate transaction, but it at last because, under his direction, a profitable vessel. The crowning act of his life in regard to river matters was the projecting and building of the largest steamer on the Western rivers; the Leviathan, which is but a few months old, and has proved a great success. This vessel carries two thousand tons of freight.
The deceased had drawn to him many friends by his genial temper. His deportment was always gentle and unassuming, and he was always ready to give good advice and render assistance to the deserving. His record as a son, husband, brother and father is one to be envied. He had few equals and no superior.

I believe he is the son of Reuben Reeder/Rebecca Kennedy grandson of Joseph Reeder/Anna Huff
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