City Directories and History: I think the Reid family held the Catawba Indian lease on this parcel for a long time, as I have a Thomas Reid showing as an adjacency in 1827. One George Reid having married Amanda Boyd in 1830 was also in the area. But it was Samuel and George Reid who had the survey done in 1850, recording the property for his family. As you know, that is about ten years later than most people living in the Indian Land took legal title to the properties, so I think they were pretty well entrenched in that location and had been for quite some time. It was therefore, most likely George Reid who constructed the log cabin in the circa 1830’s after his marriage and before acquiring the legal title to the property.
The Rock Hill Record reported on Oct. 28, 1907 – “Mr. James F. Reid had a very serious loose at his plantation near Smith’s Turnout. His gin house, engine, two gins, press, four bales of cotton and other goods were lost in a fire.”
Click on the Heritage Plat Map found under the primary image to see plats from the Mt. Holly and Santuc area.
HISTORICAL INFORMATION ON THE REID FAMILY: George Reid. Born May 8, 1803. Died May 20, 1853. Married on May 5, 1830, to Rachel Amanda Boyd, daughter of John and Jane (Simpson) Neely Boyd. She was born on Sept. 20, 1812, and died on Oct. 28, 1868. She was a lineal descendant of the Rev. John Simpson, first pastor of Fishing Creek Church: Issue
1. John Boyd Reid. Born Jan. 24, 1831. Died May 30, 1861. C.S.A. Buried in Fishing Creek Churchyard.
2. Mary Jane Reid. Born Sept. 11, 1833. Died May 23, 1914. Married on Dec. 3, 1851, to Augustin Stultz. Born Dec. 24, 1828. Died Oct.9, 1856. Issue:
a. Jonathan Simpson Stultz (―Mr. Johnny Stultz‖). Born c.1852. Married Ida Workman, daughter of Capt. John Franklin Workman and wife, Margaret E. Boyd. Ida (Workman) Stultz was born in 1858 and died in 1942 at Rock Hill.
b. Susan Jane Stultz. Born c.1854. Married John Poag.
c. George Augustin Stultz. 1856-1912. Married Margaret Jane Deborah Garrison.
3. Martha Ann Reid. Born 1837. Died 1838, aged 10 months and 24 days.
4. Thomas Simpson Reid. Born Feb. 20, 1839. Died June 1, 1862. C.S.A.
5. William Gregg Reid. Born Feb. 8, 1842. Died Nov. 30, 1908. Married Mary Isabel Gill (Belle), daughter of Louis Harrison Gill and wife, Elizabeth JaneDrennan, who was a daughter of James Drennan and Mary Ann Boyd, the latter of whom was W.G. Reid‘s aunt. When the Civil War began, W.G. Reid enlisted at Rock Hill in Co. H, 12th
South Carolina Volunteers, McGowan‘s Brigade of Infantry. He served throughout the War and was twice wounded. One anecdote of his military service has survived. One of his good friends was John F. Wherry, from the Neely‘s Creek section of York District. They had marched off together to the War. On July 3, 1862, following a hard-fought struggle, Wherry looked at the Carnage and threw down his gun in disgust. The weapon discharged, killing Wherry. W.G. Reid gathered his friend‘s belongings and carried them with him for the rest of the War. Upon returning home in 1865 he returned Wherry‘s effects to his widowed mother (Margaret D.[Workman] Wherry) and thereby gained the everlasting love and respect of the Wherry family.
Not long after the War W.G. Reid opened a wagon, carriage, and farm implement repair and sales business at Rock Hill. The enterprise turned successful. He re-organized it and increased its size several times. In 1866 the name was Reid & Gill Company and the location was Main Street. It was not long until he added his brother-in-law John S. Stultz to the firm and created Reid & Stultz Co., a furniture store. When ―Mr. Johnny Stultz‖ moved to Gastonia, the W.G. Reid firm became Reid & Wroton in 1895. The firm dealt in vehicles and furniture. After this, the name was changed to W.G. Reid & Son, dealers in wheeled vehicles and in furniture. He also operated a
mortuary and in connection with the furniture department of the business and lasted far beyond the death of W.G. Reid. The funeral department was Rock Hill‘s first full-service mortuary and continued many years following the death of J. Ed Reid. The last of Reid‘s professional embalmers was Toy H. Greene, who organized Greene Funeral Home at Rock Hill, which today (2003) is the city‘s oldest and largest funeral home, being, in a sense, a continuation of W.G. Reid & Son.
6. George Washington Reid. Born Dec. 25, 1844. Married Mary Spain Houston, an orphan. Born May 6, 1850. Died 1880. He was a planter in the FishingCreek neighborhood.
7. Susan Amanda Reid. Born Sept. 3, 1847. Died 1936. Married on May 6, 1866, to Thomas Jefferson Roach. Born 1841. Died 1916.
8. James Ferdinand Reid. Born Mar. 6, 1850. Died Feb. 16, 1926. Married on Oct. 24, 1877, to Helen Agnes Mills. Born 1852. Died 1920. She was a daughter of Capt. Edwin Ruthven Mills, C.S.A.
He moved to Rock Hill in 1868 and lived in the home of Captain Mills.
His younger brother, Samuel L. Reid, came to Rock Hill soon afterwards. James F. Reid began his business career with the general merchandising firm of Capt. W. L. Roddey. After a few years James and Samuel were made members of the firm which became W.L. Roddey & Company. Still later, the firm was reorganized and named the Roddey Mercantile Company, which ultimately became Roddey-Poe Mercantile Company. [Along the Lands Ford Road, Vol. II, Wm. B. White, Jr.]
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