I'm researching my Reed family blood-line that happens to be from Texas. Starting with [Pap] Riley Reed. He was born into slavery about 1828. Although his last slave-owners were Scotts, he maintained the name Reed. Once freed from slavery, he purchase land and lived in an area known today as Jacksonville Texas or [East Texas]. He had three brothers: Jobe, Jesse and Sun. Riley,s youngest son Luther, daughter married into the Alexander family. Her name is Thelma Alexander and lives in California. Anyone with additional information, I'd loved to hear from you.