These are the front and top views of my great-grandfather, James R. (Razee) Reed’s headstone in Falls City, Nebraska.
James Reed is an enigma to me. His surname was originally “Razee.” At some point he changed it to “Reed.” I am searching for the reason for his name change. At this point, I believe it was due to the following factor…James R. Razee served in the Civil War. He was wounded and sent to a hospital in Tennessee. At some point during his hospital stay, he simply walked away, and disappeared. He is listed on military records as a deserter. I am thinking he must have ended up in Nebraska, and decided to begin a new life, with a new name. However, I have no proof that this is the reason for the name change. If you have any proof that will shed light on this conundrum, please contact me.