William Reid

William Reid (1823 - 1901)

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William Reid
Born in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Husband of — married in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Apr 2018 | Last significant change: 28 Dec 2018
02:04: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography for William Reid (1823-1901). [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Kintyre, Argyll | Charlotte Harrison, Sailed July 1850 | Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | 1860 US Census, Guilford Township, Winnebago, Illinois | Argyle, Illinois | Scotland, Reid Name Study | Guilford Union Cemetery, Rockford, Illinois.



William was born in 1823. He was the son of James Reid and Margaret Douglass [1]

He married Elizabeth Breckenridge 1850 in Scotland. [2]

A few months after they were married they came to the US. [3]

He passed away in 1901.


Edward 1851–1927
Margaret (PcPhail) 1854–1947
James 1855–1928
Hugh 1862-1834
Isabel 1865–1931
Wiliam 1870–1870


From FindAGrave.

WILLIAM REID Resident of Guilford for Mary Years - Funeral Monday William Reid, who sustained a stroke of paralysis last Wednesday, died at his home, 213 North Third street, Saturday morning.

Funeral services will be held at the house Monday at 11 a. m., the Rev. W. I. Alexander officiating. The interment will be at Guilford.

Mr. Reid was a native of Argyleshire, Scotland, and was 78 years of age. About 40 years ago he and his wife came to America and made their home in Guilford up to a little over a year ago when they moved to Rockford. He was well known in that part of the county and was highly respected.

Mr. Reid was married to Elizabeth Breckenridge. The widow and five children survive. The latter are Edward, Mrs. McPhail, Isabel of Rockford, and James and Hugh Reid of Guilford.

William farmed in Guilford, Illinois

1860 US Census

Guilford, Illinois[4]

Name: William Reid
Age: 32
Birth Year: abt 1828
Birth Place: Scotland
Home in 1860: Guilford, Winnebago, Illinois
Occupation: Farmer
  • William Reid 32
  • Elizabeth Reid 28
  • Edward Reid 9
  • Margaret A Reid 7
  • James Reid 6
  • Elizabeth Reid 2
  • James Reid 83 (father
  • Ann Reid 36 (sister)
  • David Reid 34 (brother)

1870 US Census

Guilford, Illinois[5]

  • William Reid M 46 Scotland
  • Elisabeth Reid F 44 Scotland
  • Edward Reid M 18 Illinois
  • Margaret Reid F 16 Illinois
  • James Reid M 14 Illinois
  • Elisabeth Reid F 11 Illinois
  • Hugh Reid M 8 Illinois
  • Isabel Reid F 4 Illinois
  • William Reid M 0 Illinois

1900 US Census

Guilford, Illinois [6]

  • William Ried 77
  • Elizabeth Ried 73
  • Hugh Ried 38
  • Isabel Ried 35
  • John Hill 24 (servant from Norway)


  1. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTJS-H9X : 10 February 2018), William Reid, 01 May 1823; citing , reference 2:16BKL14, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  2. "Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTKJ-HMG : 10 February 2018), William Reid and Elisabeth Breakenridge, 25 Apr 1850; citing Southend,Argyll,Scotland, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  3. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:27P5-WSP : 11 March 2018), Wm Reid, 1851; citing NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .
  4. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXHP-WD6 : 13 December 2017), William Reid, 1860.
  5. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6W1-WP6 : 12 April 2016), William Reid, Illinois, United States; citing p. 2, family 9, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,793.
  6. "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSCH-XSB : accessed 10 May 2018), Elizabeth Ried in household of William Ried, Guilford Township, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 122, sheet 2B, family 35, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,355.

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #102881565 Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 14 July 2018), memorial page for William Reid (1 May 1823–14 Dec 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102881565, citing Guilford Union Cemetery, Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Charles Drewes (contributor 47310053) .

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WIlliam Reid and Elizabeth Breckenridge Monument
WIlliam Reid and Elizabeth Breckenridge Monument


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