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A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

John Reid[1, 2]

Male 1796 - 1879  (83 years)


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  • Name John Reid 
    Born 25 Apr 1796  Boghall, Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Interesting sports, story 
    Immigration 1830  , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1852  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer 
    Residence 1852  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    United Presbyterian 
    Occupation 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Farmer 
    Residence 2648 Alps Rd., North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    C. Presb. 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-58626 
    Died 6 May 1879  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7
    Cause: Cause: General Debility (4 years) 
    Buried Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7
    Person ID I58626  Generations
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2022 

    Family Catherine Mathison,   b. 14 Mar 1799, Yarrow, , Selkirk, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1876, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Children 
     1. Isabella Reid,   b. 1825, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1896, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     2. Agnes Reid,   b. 1827, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. John Sanfield Reid,   b. 8 Jul 1829, , Dumfrieshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1912, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     4. Catharine Jamima "Jemima" Reid,   b. CALC 13 Jul 1831, Atlantic Ocean Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1894, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)
     5. Alexander Reid,   b. 1 Jul 1834, Reidsville, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1919, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     6. Robert Reid,   b. CALC 13 Dec 1837, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1893, Reidsville, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
     7. Andrew J. "A. J." Reid,   b. 6 Jan 1840, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1923, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     8. Walter Irvine Reid,   b. 24 Aug 1844, Reidsville, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1909, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2022 
    Family ID F15128  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Death of Mr. John Reid, Sr.,

      This gentleman one of the Pioneers of the Township of North Dumfries, died on Tuesday morning last, at his residence near Cedar Creek aged 83 years. He came to this country from Roxboroughshire in 1831 and almost immediately settled on the farm where he died. His energy and perseverance met with its just reward, evidenced by the line property on which for many years he and his family have resided. About two years ago he had lost his wife. His family are all grown up and for many years have carried on an extensive lumber mill on the same property. They are well known throughout our Province.

      Mr. Walter Reid is the champion Quoit player of our Province, while the four brothers, Robert, Alexander, Andrew and Walter Reid turn out a curling Rink which is hard to beat. The other son is Mr. John Reid of Ayr. The old residence of North Dumfries, the men whose hardihood and energy have made the Township what it is, and rapidly passing away, and but few remain. All honor to their memory, and to the record for industry and uprightness they have left to us.

      Galt Reporter May 2 1879 pg 2

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      The first settlers of Dumfries were generally of a superior class. With few exceptions, they had received a good education at the Parochial Schools of their native land, and many of them brought with them to Canada a thirst for knowledge which even the necessities of bush life could not eradicate. This led to very early endeavours to combine instruction with amusement during their leisure hours.

      It will surprise many to learn, however, that as early as 1834, when clearings were but few and far between, and when the wolf and bear were not unfrequent visitors, that a Debating society was in full blast during the winter evenings. Such was the fact„ however, and long and excit-ing were the discussions which took place.

      The scene of these intellectual combats was the home Mr. John Reid, after whom the clachan of Reidsville has been called, and who only passed away to his rest a few months ago. The members of the society were Messrs.John Black, John Reid, Thomas and James Dalgliesh, William Veitch, Alex. Turnbull, Thomas Ritchie, William Hastie, Andrew Mathieson, James Cunningham, Andrew Elliott, John Currie, John Johnston, George Cunningham, Alex. Beckett, James Oliver, Thomas Cleghorn, and occasionally a few others. A majority of these gentlemen still survive, and the mere recital of their names will awaken in the minds of those acquainted with them, many pleasing, and possibly some sad, reminiscences of the past.

      It is needless to say that this Society was an exceedingly vigorous one, and that the questions discussed were characteristic of the time. Among them were the following:

      (1) Which is most benefit to mankind, Agriculture or Commerce ?
      (2) Whether is the profane man or the hypocrite most injury to society?
      (3) Which is the most destructive element, fire or water?
      (4) Whether does wood or iron most benefit mankind ? and
      (5) Would a ship made of iron sink or swim?

      The debates upon these and similar subjects, which, in the absence of candles, sometimes took place by the light of burning pine knots, were characterised by deep interest and not a little talent, and, to use the language of one of the participants: "Nothing could exceed the enjoyment of these gatherings."

      The annual dinner of the Debaters was an occasion never to be forgotten. It was also held at Mr. Reid's house, but the viands were provided by the members of the Society generally. It could not boast of the cuisine of Delmonico, nor of bills of fare in French and perfume. It was considered, however, a veritable feast at that time. The Society unitedly purchased a sheep. That was the first step. From this was made soup, a haggis-the oat-meal for which had to be brought from a drug store in Dundas and roast and boiled joints. Add to this description, a few " cakes of the period," and you have the dinner, gastronomically considered, in all its glory

      It was, however, "the feast of reason and flow of soul" which followed, that gave the occasion its princi-pal attraction. The speeches-the songs-the hilarity-can be better imagined than described. As an illustration of the mirthful spirit which prevailed, it may be mentioned that, on one occasion, whilst ladling out huge platefuls of the steaming haggis, John Black, the chairman, vigorously recited Burns' address to that famous dish:

      "Fair, fa your honest, sonsie face,
      Great chieftain o' the puddin' race;
      Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
      Painch, tripe or thairm,
      Weel are ye wordy of a grace
      As lang's my arm."

      Nothing could better illustrate the character of the early settlers of Dumfries than efforts at intellectual improvement under such formidable difficulties. It is not too much to say of them, that no part of Canada has been settled by a class of men of greater physical and mental energy. "None but Lowland Scotchmen would ever have cleared North Dumfries," is a remark which has frequently been made. This may be an exaggeration. But those who remember how heavily timbered, how stony and how swampy its rugged hills and valleys were forty years ago, will readily admit, that only the highest courage, and most indomitable energy and perseverance, could have made the township what it is today in the same space of time. Had their work to be done over again, could a magician's wand once more make Dumfries the tangled forest it was when this history began, we venture to say their descendants would never undertake to perform it!

      Reminiscences of the Early History of Galt and the Settlement of Dumfries in the Province of Ontario, by James Young, 1880 Toronto: Hunter, Rose

  • Sources 
    1. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      John Sanfield Reid Death Date: Jan 1913 Ayr, Ontario, b. 8 Jul 1829 Scotland, son of John Reid b. Scotland and Catherine Matheson, b. Scotland. cause: Aoeritc obstruction (heart) some years, Heart failure and Dropsy.

    2. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Andrew J. Reid b. North Dumfries res: North Dumfries Age: 26 born abt 1841 father: John Reid mother: Catherine Matheson married Isabella Johnston Age:: 18 born abt 1849 b. North Dumfries Spouse res: North Dumfries father: John Johnston mother: Isabella Hastie married 18 Jul 1867 Marriage Place: Ayr

    3. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      In memory of/ John Reid/ born at Boghall/ Scotland/ April 25th 1796/ died/ May 6th 1879/ CatherIne Mathison/ his wife/ born at Yarrow/ Scotland/ March 14th 1799/ died/ Nov. 6th, 1876

    4. [S233] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1852, Div. 3 Page 13.

    5. [S355] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 23.

    6. [S355] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 24.

    7. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      [Front/East] In memory of/ John Quincy Reid/ June 24, 1869 - Oct. 14, 1944/ Fannie Marie Bartlett/ beloved wife of/ John Q. Reid/ Apr. 14, 1869 - June 10, 1928/ Their daughter/ Alice Bartlett Reid/ Feb. 5, 1910 - Feb. 28, 2003
      [Left/South] In memory of/ John Reid/ born at Boghall/ Scotland/ April 25th 1796/ died/ May 6th 1879/ Catherine Mathison/ his wife/ born at Yarrow/ Scotland/ March 14th 1799/ died/ Nov. 6th, 1876
      [Back/West] In memory of/ Walter I. Reid/ died Nov. 25th 1909/ In his 67th year/ Agnes Anderson/ wife of/ Walter I. Reid/ born at Hawick, Scotland/ Nov. 2nd 1844/ died Jan. 12th 1904/ Reid
      [Right/North] Nellie Scott/ dau. of/ Walter I. & Agnes Reid/ died Mar. 18, 1919/ In Her 46th year/ Clara H./ Johnson/ dau. of/ Walter I. & Agnes/ Reid/ died Dec. 7, 1970/ In Her 89th year

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Apr 1796 - Boghall, Stirlingshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1830 - , Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1852 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - United Presbyterian - 1852 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - C. Presb. - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cause: General Debility (4 years) - 6 May 1879 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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