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Reid Family papers

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0027

Scope and Contents

Series 1 of this collection primarily covers the period from 1763 through Samuel McDowell Reid's death in 1869. There are also a few later items dealing chiefly with his estate. The bulk of the papers deals with business matters. Documents concern such matters as the James River and Kanawha Company, the North River Navigation Company, Washington College's relationship with the Society of the Cincinnati, slavery, and the financial dealings of John Robinson and the Hare family. Series 2 is comprised of a second set of materials received at a later date. The correspondence supplements that found in Series 1. The other materials consist chiefly of court and other legal records during the 74-year period (1778-1852) in which Andrew and his son, Samuel McDowell Reid, were clerks of the court of Rockbridge County: tavern licenses, taxation lists, apprenticeship deeds, voter lists, militia rolls, invoices, etc. There are also some Washington College papers.

Andrew Reid, Sr. was the father of Samuel McDowell Reid. Andrew's other son, Andrew Reid, Jr., is represented in the collection. All of Samuel McDowell Reid's children are represented in the collection as well: William Hare Reid, Henry Cabell Reid, Mary Louisa Reid, Samuel McDowell Reid, Jr., and Agnes Jane Reid.

Clerk of Court: According to Fairfax County (Va.)'s Historic Records Center, the Clerk of Court provided services such as recording documents, issuing court orders, taking despositions, making inventories, processing estates, and keeping records of births, deaths, and marriages. Clerks would also collect taxes. They collected fees for services rendered which was their initial source of income.


  • Creation: 1760-1896

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Biographical Information

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Andrew Franklin Reid, Sr.

Andrew Franklin Reid, Sr. was born on February 2, 1751 in Amherst County, Virginia to Andrew Reid, Jr. (of Ireland) and Sarah Reid. In 1776, he married Magdalene McDowell. They were the parents of the following children: Sarah Reid Moore (1777-1860), Andrew Franklin Reid, Jr. (1783-1811), Elizabeth Reid Alexander (1788-1870), Samuel McDowell Reid, Sr. (1790-1869), Magdalene Reid (1793-1867), Ann A. Reid (1795-1863), and Jane Stuart Reid Venable (1800-1834). Reid worked as the Clerk of Court for Rockbridge County, Virginia for many years. He died in 1837.

Samuel McDowell Reid, Sr.

Father of William Hare Reid (1823-1842), Henry Cabell Reid (1826-1844), Mary Louisa Reid White (1832-1901), Samuel McDowell Reid, Jr. (1835-1856), and Agnes Jane Reid Ross (1838-1923)


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Separated Materials

Samuel McDowell Reid's 4 volume New Testament set was separated and cataloged into rare books.

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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA