Fonds MG H 160 - Reid family

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Reid family

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  • 1896-1996, predominant 1898-1945 (Creation)
    Reid family

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11 cm of textual records
2 audio cassettes
1 map

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(Branch begins in 1863)

Biographical history

William T. Reid was born in Salt Springs, Kings County, New Brunswick in 1863. He married Margaret Campbell, and they had a son Ivan William, born 17 February 1898. The Reids made their home in Clintondale, New York where William T. worked as agent for the Clintondale railway depot. After William's death in 1899, Margaret and Ivan W. returned to New Brunswick, although she retained property in Clintondale. In 1904 Margaret died, leaving her son Ivan W. in the care of his maternal grandfather James Campbell.

During the First World War, on 12 June 1916, Ivan William Reid joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force, serving in Canada, Britain, and France. He received an honourable discharge on 26 May 1919, and on 23 July 1919 he married Gladys Rebekah Allaby at Southfield, N.B. The same year he purchased a farm with assistance from the Soldier Settlement Board.

In addition to farming, Ivan Reid was active in the Masonic Lodge, Canadian Legion, and Hampton Curling Club. For many years, he served as a county councillor and a school trustee. He was also involved in the purchase and export of Christmas trees and blueberries to the American market. Ivan Reid died on 2 February 1973 in Saint John.

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This fonds documents the personal activities of two generations of the Reid family. It reflects Ivan William Reid's wartime experiences, his acquisition of land under the aegis of the Soldier Settlement Board, Gladys' R. Reid's personal experiences, and Margaret Campbell Reid's financial difficulties in the wake of her husband's death.

The fonds contains personal correspondence, wartime notebooks (Ivan Reid), legal documents related to the acquisition of land, estate documents (William and Margaret Reid), financial records, photocopied diary (Gladys Reid), genealogical material, interviews with neighbours, and a hand-drawn map of the Norton-Bloomfield area.

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  • English

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All publication rights retained by the Ivan William Reid family.

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Information copied from Archives Canada Database, CAIN No. 158950, 25 October 2012.

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