MARGARET (KESLER) REID, Springfield; widow of James Reid, deceased, who was born Sept 8, 1785, died 1857; when
James was a young man, his father sold the farm in Virginia, receiving Continental money as pay, preparatory to
his coming to Ohio; but, about the time they were ready to start, he took sick and died, which deferred their coming.
Mrs. Reid, being left a widow, with nine children - seven boys and two girls - was at a loss what to do, keeping
the money until she would determine whether to come to Ohio or remain in Virginia; during the time, the Revolutionary
war closed, and the money became worthless, leaving them destitute, having sold everything but their team, and,
in 1802, two of the boys came to Ohio, locating in Springfield; during that year, they preempted the farm now owned
by Margaret and her children; on this farm the, during the summer, raised a crop and erected a cabin, and in the
fall went back to Virginia, and returned to this county with the rest of the family. In 1846, James was married
to Margaret Kesler, the subject of our sketch; she was born in Bavaria, Europe, in 1819; her mother died in 1831,
and in 1833 her father, with Margaret and her two brothers, emigrated to America, coming direct to Springfield;
they were shipwrecked on the ocean, losing everything they had except the clothes they had on; the wreck was occasioned
by the Captain of the ship, in company with others, being down below drinking wine, and not paying attention to
the direction the ship was going, and ran on a sand bank. To Margaret and James four children have been born -
William J. (who died young), George H., James A. and Sarah J. George was married, Jan. 4, 1870, to Eunice E., daughter
of Silas and Margaret Byrd; they have one chid - Sarah J. - and live with his mother on the farm; George is an
active, enterprising young man, of excellent character. James A. was married, Oct. 11, 1877, to Harriet A., daughter
of. John and Mary Oxtoby, they live on the farm, in sight of his mother's house; he is also an energetic young
man, of good habits. Mrs. Reid, although 61 years old, is in excellent health, and is almost as active as when
a young girl, and devotes great care to her daughter, Sarah, who is helpless, being afflicted with rheumatism.
History of Clark County, Ohio
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Clark County, Ohio
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