SAMUEL REID. - Samuel Reid, now deceased, was well known among the pioneer settlers of Sangamon county and throughout the greater part of his life followed farming near Springfield. He was brought to the county in 1827 when a very young lad, his birth having occurred in Warren county, Kentucky, May 20, 1818. His parents were Samuel H. and Elizabeth (Roberts) Reid, the former a native of Warren county and the latter of Shelby county, Kentucky. The father engaged in farming in Warren county until 1825, when he came to Illinois to look over the country and, being well pleased with the conditions of the land and the prospects of central Illinois, he purchased a farm in Springfield township, Sangamon county. He then returned to Kentucky, but after two years he sold his property in that state and brought his family to Illinois, settling upon the tract of land which he had purchased. For several years he resided on that farm and then bought another farm in Gardner township, to which he removed his family, carrying on agricultural pursuits there until his death in 1837. His first wife, the mother of Samuel Reid, died in Kentucky and he afterward was married again in that state, his second union being with Jane, Gott, who died in Gardner township in 1837, just two weeks after the death of her husband. There were six children by the first marriage, three of whom died in Kentucky and three in Lincoln county, Missouri. There were also three children by the second marriage and all are now deceased.
Samuel Reid acquired a common school education in the country schools of Sangamon county. His widow was also educated here in one of the old time log schoolhouses which were a feature of every pioneer settlement. The little buildings were constructed of native timber, were furnished with slab benches and other primitive equipments and the methods of instruction were likewise very crude when compared with those of the present time. Samuel Reid when not engaged with the duties of the school room assisted his father upon the home farm until the death of his parents, which occurred when Samuel Reid was bur eighteen years of age. He then left home and went to live with a Mr. Lindsay on a farm near Springfield, making his home there for a few years. He afterward resided with other farmers of the county until his marriage, which occurred in 1840, the lady of his choice being Miss Elizabeth Davis, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, born September 3, 1825, and a daughter of Robert and Margaret (Gore) Davis, also natives of Maryland, in which state the father followed milling and farming throughout his life. He died in Baltimore county when his daughter, Mrs. Reid, was only eighteen months old and his widow afterward married John Davis, a cousin of her first husband. They then came west, arriving in Springfield on the 1st of February, 1837, and Mr. Davis afterward purchased a farm in Curran township, where he carried on agricultural pursuits until 1890, when on account of advanced age he put aside business cares and took up his abode in Springfield, where he lived retired until his death in August, 1900. He was then ninety-one years of age, and his wife died in Curran township in 1881.
After his marriage Mr. Reid settled upon the first farm that his father had purchased - located in Springfield township near the city. He had bought his brothers' and sisters' interests in this place and there he carried on agricultural pursuits throughout his remaining days. His life was one of industry and his untiring diligence, thorough understanding of practical farm methods and good business judgment enabled him to so conduct his affairs as to win a very desirable success.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Reid were born three children. Sarah Jane is the widow of Thomas Connor, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who became a real estate and insurance agent of Springfield, carrying on business here until his death in April, 1900. His widow now resides on Walnut street. David A. died at the age of five months. Robert S. died at the age of thirty years, leaving a widow who bore the maiden name of Olive Cross and who now resides in Springfield. Mrs. Reid adopted her niece, Miss Anna M. Bruce, who lived with her and who is employed in the telephone exchange office in Springfield, having charge of the long distance telephone service.
It was on the 16th of November, 1880, that Mr. Reid passed away. In early life he was a Whig and afterward became a Democrat. He held membership in the Second Presbyterian church of Springfield, to which his wife also belonged, and of which his father was elder when the church was first built. On account of his health he was unable to do hard work during the greater part of his life, but, though he had to employ men to work his farm, he nevertheless became very successful, leaving his family in comfortable circumstances. He was well known among the early settlers of Springfield and Sangamon county as one well worthy of high regard and esteem and he contributed his full share toward the agricultural development of central Illinois.
After her husband's death Mrs. Reid resided on the farm for a few months, after which she sold the place, comprising one hundred and sixty acres of valuable land. She then took up her abode in Springfield, where she purchased a nice home at No. 422 South Walnut street, residing there until her death, which occurred on the 28th of April, 1904.