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Samuel Watson Reid
Birth: Dec. 12, 1831
Death: Dec. 24, 1902

Source: McDowells & Connections by J. H. McDowell, 1918:
1. Jonathan, born at Steele Creek, April 8, 1855; married Lizzie Clark, at Pineville, NC Nov 15, 1876.
2. James Pressly, born at Steele Creek, April 22, 1857, married Lula Kirkpatrick, Sharon, NC, Dec 24, 1889.
Issue: Ellen Moore Reid, born at Sharon, NC Sept 17, 1891;
Walter Kirkpatrick Reid, born Nov 20, 1893;
Louisa Reid, born May 15, 1898.
3. William Lowry Reid, born May 27, 1859, unmarried (note: he later married Mary Jane Burns of Richburg, SC and had three children - Jean Patterson Reid, William Lowry Reid II, and Frances Burns Reid)
4. Laura Jane Reid, born Sept 21, 1861, died Nov 6, 1863.
5. Mary Ellen Reid, born Oct 13, 1863; died Nov 18, 1893; Married Rev John W. Moore. She went to Japan as a missionary, and returned in 1893, broken down in health, and soon died. She was a most lovely character, greatly esteemed by all who knew her.
6. Robert McDowell Reid, born Aug 20, 1865, married Lelia Sheppard, at Gastonia, NC, April 28, 1897.
Issue: Francis Allen Reid, born Sept 3, 1898;
Robert McDowell Reid, born June 2, 1901;
Martin Shuford Reid, born Oct 3, 1906
7. Samuel Watson Reid, born Sept 9, 1867. Unmarried.


Major Samuel Watson Reid, third son of Jonathan and Jane McDowell Reid, was born September 12, 1831, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, a few miles south of the city of Charlotte.
His education was obtained in the common schools of his neighborhood. At the age of fourteen he was sent to a high school in Yorkville, SC taught by a Mr. Jacobs.
In 1819 he entered Erskine College, Due West, SC and was graduated from that institution in the summer of 1853.

On February 22, 1854, he was married to Jane Patterson Pressly, daughter of the Rev. James P. Pressly, D.D., professor of Greek in Erskine college. She died in 1872, the mother of nine children, as follows:
Jonathan, James Pressly, William Lowry, Laura jane, Mary Ellen, Robert McDowell and Samuel Watson.
Laura Jane died at the age of two years, and two other children died In infancy. All the others lived to the age of maturity and became useful and respected citizens, some of them attaining eminence in their callings: one of them as an educator, a daughter was a missionary of the Presbyterian Church to Japan, one a popular Physician, one a minister of the A.R.P. Church, now a pastor in Louisville, KY and two successful farmers.

Major Reid's second marriage on Juy 29, 1873, was to Anna Eleanor Pressly, daughter of Dr. William Adams Pressly, of Mecklenburg, who survives him.

After completing his education Major Reid chose the pursuit of agriculture and settled on a good farm about ten miles south of Charlotte, where he spent the greater portion of his life.
He was a man of more than ordinary ability and much public spirit. His neighbors recognized his worth Board of County Commissioners. He was made a member of the County Board of Education in 1872 He was elected by the people of Mecklenburg to represent them in the lower House of the Legislature, where he served two terms. Perhaps the most distinguished service he rendered his fellow-men was in the enactment of the "No Fence" law. We are not informed whether the original conception of this beneficent measure was his own or not. At any rate it was his to formulate and introduce and have the bill pass the Legislature and become a law. Beginning with a few townships in Mecklenburg County as an experiment, it has continued to spread until the whole Southern country is enjoying its blessings in the saving of hundreds of thousands of dollars and in the exemption of the people from untold labor and inconvenience. If Major Reid had left nothing else to remind us of his mission here, the "no fence" law will always remain a monument to his memory in the hearts of a grateful people.
His last public service was a member of the Building Committee of Mecklenburg's beautiful courthouse, where on a tablet at the entrance his name is chiseled, together with other members of the committee.
Major Reid was equally useful and honored in the work of the church. For more than forty years he was an elder in Little Steele Creek A. R. Presbyterian Church. For many years he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Erskine College. He was made agent and canvassed the church for an additional endowment of the College with gratifying results He was also a member of the Board of Foreign Missions. He took a deep interest in the American Bible Society, and was president of the Mecklenburg County branch of this society for thirty years. In January, 1895, he removed from his country home to the city of Charlotte, where he continued to live until his death, which occurred on Christmas Eve, Dec 24, 1902.
Family links: 
  Jonathan Reid (1800 - 1860)
  Jane Parks McDowell Reid (1802 - 1848)
  Jane Patterson Pressly Reid (1835 - 1872)*
  Anna Eleanor Pressly Reid (1853 - 1943)*
  Jonathan Reid (1855 - 1938)*
  James Pressly Reid (1857 - 1926)*
  William Lowry Reid (1859 - 1931)*
  Laura Jane Reid (1861 - 1863)*
  Mary Eleanor Reid Moore (1863 - 1893)*
  Robert McDowell Reid (1865 - 1917)*
  Samuel Watson Reid (1867 - 1945)*
  Infant Reid (1871 - 1871)*
  John McDowell Reid (1824 - 1841)*
  William W Reid (1826 - 1841)*
  Samuel Watson Reid (1831 - 1902)
  Thaddeus S Reid (1834 - 1835)*
  Hugh S Reid (1836 - 1837)*
  Elizabeth Jane Reid Potts (1852 - 1928)**
  Nancy Caroline Reid (1854 - 1922)**
*Calculated relationship
Steele Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
Plot: 1EW
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Record added: Dec 22, 2006
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