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Hugh Reid (1803 - 1887)

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Hugh Reid
Born in Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotlandmap
Husband of — married in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Argyle, Winnebago County, Illinois, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 3 May 2018 | Last significant change: 28 Dec 2018
02:32: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography for Hugh Reid (1803-1887). [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | 1840 US Census, Winnebago County, Illinois | Argyle, Illinois | 1850 US Census, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois | Scotland, Reid Name Study | Argyle, Illinois, Reid Name Study.



Hugh was an early resident of the Scottish Immigrant Settlement in Argyle, Illinois

Hugh was born in 1803 in Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland. He was the son of James Reid and Margaret Douglass. [1]

He married Mary Howe (or Huie) in 1835 in Scotland. [2]

A few years later they emmigrated to the United States. [3]

They first lived in Ottawa where he worked as a stone mason on an aqueduct of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Their second son William was born while they were there.

They were the second couple after John Greenlees to come to the part of Illinois that would become the Scottish Settlement in Argyll.

"Leaving Scotland in 1837, they spent the winter at Ottawa and coming to the Armour claim in the spring of 1838, and occupied the Armour cabin. It was here that James S. Reid was born, being the first male child of the colony."[4]

Hugh passed away in 1887.


Margaret 1836-1912
William Howie 1837-1918
James S 1840 - 1927

When Alexander McDonald and his wife Margaret died, leaving six young children, the Reids took in James. [5]


Rockford Daily Register, Thursday, December 29, 1887 Death of Hugh Reid Hugh Reid, of Argyle, died at 4:30 this morning, from heart trouble, aged 84.

John Reid, of Rockford, and Wm. Reid, of Guilford, are brothers. James S. Reid and William Reid, of Argyle, are sons. One daughter, Margaret Reid, also survives. Funeral Saturday at one p. m. Deceased settled at Argyle in 1837.

1840 US Census

"United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 24 August 2015), Hugh Reid, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing p. 421, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 73; FHL microfilm 7,644.

Hugh farmed in Harlem Township, Illinois

1850 US Census

Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States [6]

  • Hugh Reed 45
  • Mary Reed 45
  • Margaret Reed 13
  • William Reed 11
  • James Reed 9
  • James McDonald 6 (orphaned son of Alexander
  • David Reed 27

1860 US Census

Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States[7]

Name: Hugh Reid
Age: 55
Birth Place: Scotland
Home in 1860: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois
Occupation: Farmer
  • Hugh Reid 55
  • Mary Reid 55
  • Margaret Reid 23
  • William Reid 21
  • James Reid 18
  • James McDonald 15
  • Isabella Reid 13
  • Isabel Coville 23 (School Teacher)

1880 US Census

Harlem, Illinois[8]

  • James S. Reid 38
  • Edie B. Reid 12
  • Hugh F. Reid 7
  • James M. Reid 4
  • Margret Reid 43 Sister
  • Hugh Reid 76
Mary Reid 77


  1. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Hugh Reid, 22 Nov 1803; citing , Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland, reference 2:16F41PT, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,386.
  2. "Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Hugh Reid and Mary Huie, 04 Aug 1835; citing Southend,Argyll,Scotland, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  3. Ancestry Record 7488 #1043689997 New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957] Year: 1837; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Microfilm Roll: Roll 035; Line: 11; List Number: 761
    Name: Hugh Reid
    Arrival date: 1 Sep 1837
    Birth Date: abt 1806
    Age: 31
    Gender: Male
    Port of Departure: Greenock, Scotland
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
  4. Daniel Harvery, .The Argyle Settlement in History and Story, pg. 36
  5. Daniel Harvey The Argyle Settlement in Story and History, pg 35.
  6. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Hugh Reed, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing family 34, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2017), Hugh Reid, 1860.
  8. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 August 2017), Hugh Reid in household of James S Reid, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district ED 220, sheet 59D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0261; FHL microfilm 1,254,261. (living with son James)

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #53432777 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 13 August 2018), memorial page for Hugh Reid (20 Aug 1803–29 Dec 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53432777, citing Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Amelia Crombie-Christy (contributor 46861625) .

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