Jehu Reece

Male, #5847, (28 Jan 1831 - 18 May 1905)
Name Variation He was also known as John Reece. 
Nickname  Jehu Reece also went by the name of Big Jay Reece. 
Birth*28 Jan 1831 Jehu was born at Grainger Co., Tennessee, on 28 Jan 1831. 
Marriage*4 Mar 1857 He married Elcy Elvira Culpepper on 4 Mar 1857 at age 26. 
Birth of Son1 Sep 1860 His son Dr. David Tyler Reece was born on 1 Sep 1860 at DeKalb Co., Alabama.1 
Death of Spouse1 Apr 1895 His wife Elcy Elvira Culpepper died on 1 Apr 1895 at DeKalb Co., Alabama
Marriage7 Jun 1896 He married Letitia Frazier at DeKalb Co., Alabama, on 7 Jun 1896 at age 65. 
Photographed*say 1900 He was photographed say 1900 at DeKalb Co., Alabama.
Jehu Reece
Death*18 May 1905 He died at DeKalb Co., Alabama, on 18 May 1905 at age 74. 
Burial*say 20 May 1905 His body was interred say 20 May 1905 at Fischer Cemetery, Fischer Crossroads, DeKalb Co., Alabama.2
Obituary* Reece--Jehu Reece was born in Grainger County, Tenn., January 28, 1831, and departed this life May 12, 1905. He was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1853, in communion with which he remained an honored member until the reorganization of the Methodist Episcopal in Alabama after the civil war, when he was among the first to identify himself there with. At a meeting held in the home of Andrew Reece, conducted by Lemuel Bowers, opportunity was given for any who were desirous of uniting with the Methodist Episcopal Church to do so. A class was there organized of which Jehu and his bother William Reece became members. This was the beginning of the
Reorganized Methodist Episcopal Church in Alabama. Of this original class, William Reece alone remains. Brother Jehu Reece has served the church in the capacity of steward, trustee, class-leader and Sunday school superintendent and in every position was faithful in the discharge of duty, loyal to the church and to every interest entrusted to him. Brother Reece was twice married--in 1857 to Miss Elsa Culpepper, with whom he lived happily until in 1895 the bonds which united them in life were sundered by death. Twelve children were the fruits of this union, nine of whom
survive. In 1896 he was united in marriage to Miss Letitia Frazier,
who died three years ago, leaving him sad and lonely. His children did all they could to cheer and comfort him and succeded in making his life as pleasant and happy as the circumstances would permit. As was his custom, he conducted family worship in his house in the evening of May 17th, using the hymn, “O, for a closer walk with God.” After prayer, he retired, apparently in his usual health, and fell into a sweet sleep. In the morning when one of the children went to awaken him, it was found that the angel of death had summoned him during the night to join the company of the redeemed and glorified around the throne of God. A large concourse of relatives and friends were presentst the funeral services,contucted by Rev. J.G. Johnson, presiding elder of Anniston District, Alabama Conference, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Fisher Cemerery to await the resurrection of the just.
W.F. Pritchet, Pastor
Mentone. Alabama’’.3 
Biography* Jehu Reece donated land and started a Methodist church called Reece’s Chapel in DeKalb Alabama.4 


Elcy Elvira Culpepper (11 Jun 1835 - 1 Apr 1895)
Marriage*4 Mar 1857 He married Elcy Elvira Culpepper on 4 Mar 1857 at age 26. 
Last Edited7 Apr 2008


  1. Doris Mayer Reece, compiler, Reece Family Tree, Ancestry World Tree (online family tree), 27 May 2002.
    e-mail address.
  2. E-mail written Apr 2006 to Lew Griffin from Hayley Crocker, e-mail address.
  3. E-mail written Oct 2007 - Oct 2008 to Lew Griffin from Barbara Hammett, e-mail address.
    from the DeKalb County newspaper.
  4. E-mail written Oct 2007 - Oct 2008 to Lew Griffin from Barbara Hammett, e-mail address.