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Hugh Reid (1803 - 1887)

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Hugh Reid
Born in Southend, Argyll and Bute, 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: 14 Jun 2018
16:12: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography for Hugh Reid. [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Scottish Immigrants to Illinois | Argyle, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, 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]


From FindAGrave: 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.


  1. Original data: Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
    Name: Hugh Reid
    Gender: Male
    Birth Date: 22 Nov 1803
    Birth Place: , Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland
    Baptism Place: , Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland
    Father: James Reid
    Mother: Margaret Douglass
    FHL Film Number: 1041386
    Reference ID: 2:16F41PT
  2. Original data: Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
    Name: Hugh Reid
    Gender: Male
    Marriage Date: 4 Aug 1835
    Marriage Place: Southend,Argyll,Scotland
    Spouse: Mary Huie
    FHL Film Number: 1041076
  3. 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.


1850 US Census

Year: 1850; Census Place: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: M432_134; Page: 378B; Image: 167

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

Year: 1860; Census Place: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: M653_240; Page: 547; Family History Library Film: 803240

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

Year: 1880; Census Place: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: 261; Page: 59D; Enumeration District: 220 (living with son James)

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

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