Capt John Hanna Reid

Capt John Hanna Reid

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Death 1 Nov 1885 (aged 62)
Wood County, Ohio, USA
Burial Bowling Green, Wood County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section SW Row 1 Stone 27
Memorial ID 104764409 · View Source
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John Reid was the son of James and Priscilla Reid and was born near Edinburgh, Scotland. The family located in Pennsylvania and later in Hancock County, Ohio, at a point known as Reid's corners, where James Reid who was a ship's carpenter by trade began business as a house builder.He was also a justice of the peace for many years. James and Priscilla had seven children: James who lives in Van Wert County, Ohio; William, a character sui generis, a Carpenter, a Shoemaker, a lawyer, and worldwide traveler, who died at Sedalia, Missouri; John H., Raine, a resident of Paulding County, Ohio; Alexander G., living at North Baltimore, Wood County; Sarah P., the wife of Edward Koons, of Lawrence, Kansas; and Thomas C., who died at Bowling Green, Ohio, September 7, 1892.

John H. Reid was born in Pittsburg Pennsylvania, February 11, 1823. Not being content with a common-school education and the carpenter's trade, he determined to enter Oberlin college, where, by working in the harvest field in summer, and doing odd jobs during term time, he succeeded in paying his expenses and graduating. He then read law in Findlay, and on being admitted to the bar located at Delta, Fulton County, where, in 1851, he was elected prosecuting attorney.
There he remained until 1853, when he moved to Perrysburg, Wood County. He had previously married a native of this county, Miss Aurelia Augusta Howard, who was born at Grand Rapids January 30, 1826. On his appointment as postmaster in Perrysburg, his wife, a lady of fine mental ability, took charge of the office while he devoted his time to his profession. In 1863 he organized Company D, 86th Regiment,OVI and went to the front as their captain. The company went through the campaign which resulted in the evacuation of Cumberland Gap, Captain Reid receiving a severe sunstroke while in the mountains. His company had enlisted for six months, but were kept on duty nearly a year. After returning home he again entered the Army, this time as quartermaster of the 144th OVI, in the hundred-day service. Shortly after the Regiment went to the front Frank A. joined his father at Fort Dix, Maryland, and saw considerable of Army life during that summer. They took part in the operations in the vicinity of Annapolis and Harpers Ferry. At the close of the war Captain Reid resumed his practice at Perrysburg, and at the time of the contest over the County seat he was retained on the side of Bowling Green, whose interests he heartily espoused and earnestly defended in the highest courts of appeal. Victorious in spite of the array of learned counsel on the opposing side, he removed to Bowling Green, where he carried on his practice, the latter part of the time in partnership with his son, Frank A., until a stroke of paralysis gave warning of his approaching death, which occurred on November 1, 1885. As a judge he had few equals in soundness of logic and subtlety of analysis. As an advocate he was remarkably successful, and when occasion required he could rise to an impassioned yet graceful eloquence. So well balanced was he in his acquirements and gifts that it is difficult to make a distinction, and mention any leading characteristic. Before the war he was a Democrat, but studying the issues of that time he became a Republican.

He and his wife, who survives him and resides at Chattanooga, Tennessee, were members of the Presbyterian Church. Of their children, five grew to adult age, of whom Frank A. is the eldest; J. Howard, born May 13, 1860, died September 30, 1886; James R. and Richard W. are clothing merchants at Chattanooga; Mary Augusta lives with her mother.

The Howard family, from whom John's wife descended, were prominent in the history of the Maumee Valley. Thomas Howard, came from Yates County, New York, in 1823 with his wife, a daughter, Sydney, who afterward became Mrs. Howard Davidson, and his three sons – Edward, Robert A., and Richard M. W. – with their respective families. Part of the family came by water, the rest taking the land route and driving their livestock. They first located at Fort Meigs, but later removed to the rapids of the Maumee, Gilead, where they made their home for many years.

Thomas Howard(who was born November 15, 1758), died there May 25, 1825. His son, Robert A. Howard, Aurelia's father was born November 10, 1798, and survived all the other members of the band of pioneers. His last years were spent in what is now Pike Township, Fulton County, where he died November 26, 1872. The Toledo Commercial of December 4, 1872, gave an extended obituary notice, and mentioned his valued service as a justice of the peace in Fulton County, an office which he held for many years, and used as a means of quietly adjusting difficulties, his kindly advice as a man of well-known impartiality being as potent in its influence as his judicial decisions. After Fulton County was established he was employed to transcribe the old records and later was elected County recorder. His wife, formerly miss Priscilla Nelson, was highly esteemed by all who knew her. After a half-century of married life, they died within a year of each other. Of their nine children five are now living: A. A., of Mason, Michigan; Col. N. M., a prominent businessman of Omaha, Nebraska; Edwin A., of Hillsdale, Michigan; formerly and Indian agent in Dakota under President Grant; James W., of Fulton County, Ohio; and Aurelia Augusta who married John Reid.

Beers, 1897 P. 470

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