FC: Reid-Haviland Family History by Muriel Agnes Reid December, 2013
1: Donald Bedel Reid 1914 - 1999 | Muriel Dorothy Haviland 1921-2001
2: James Reid (1800 - 1874) was the son of the steward of an estate in Scotland, Lord Eglington Estate near Glasgow. The story is that James owned a very fine horse that was admired by visiting nobility who then commanded that he sell it to him. James rudely indicated he would not let go of his horse. He then married his sweetheart Janet Reid (same name) (1806- 1885) in 1828 in Scotland, and they sailed for America. James was a cabinet maker, having apprenticed in Scotland, and worked as such in Buffalo, NY, where Archibald Francis was born (1829 - 1913). The family later immigrated to Norfolk County, Ontario (1844). | REID MIGRATION | In James Reid's obituary, it was said that James had become a recluse, and the only thing that made him happy was news from home in Scotland.
3: My father Don Reid in England, on a fine horse, while on leave during WWII | Archibald, also a cabinet maker, married Jane Holtby (1836 - 1901), whose parents had also immigrated to Norfolk County from England (father) and from Ireland (mother). Archibald and Jane were the parents of Milton, my grandfather. They had 7 daughters before their son, Milton, finally arrived.
4: Milton Douglas Reid 1878 - 1956 Milton, my grandfather, became a farmer, purchasing and moving to the farm in Drayton with his young family in 1922. Milton died less than a month after my birth, apparently quickly of a heart attack while shaving.
5: Milton met and married Grace Cohoe, probably because she came to the area as a school teacher. Grace had also grown up in this region south of Woodstock.
6: Grace Helen Cohoe 1881 - 1961 My grandmother. A teacher and leader in her community, as was her mother, Miranda. Reading was always a high priority in these family homes. | An interesting "brush with fame" was that Miranda's school friend returned to America, and became the mother of President Herbert Hoover.
7: Daniel, Albert, Wallace Bessy, Miranda, holding Edgar, and Grace in front. The family traveled to Brantford for this photo, 1886. Ruth (died in infancy) and Gordon, were yet to come. Daniel would have been Reverend Cohoe at this time.
8: Andrew Cohoe (1785 - 1862), was second generation in America. His grandparents came from England and Ireland to Pennsylvania as Quakers via New York around 1740. Andrew immigrated as a baby with his family to Canada in 1787 after the American Revolution. New land was being offered, attracting many to Thorold, Ontario. The unexpected influx of settlers to the area caused a great shortage of food and supplies. 1788 became known as the “scarce year”, and Andrew's father Ambrose died the following year from starvation. These ancestors are buried in an old Quaker cemetery near Norwich, Ontario, the area that became the family home for generations. | Andrew became the grandfather of Daniel Bedel Cohoe (1849-1942), father of my grandmother Grace. Daniel's mother died due to a hemorrhage during childbirth when Daniel was only four. | COHOE MIGRATION
9: Harriet Cohoe, Daniel's eldest sister, became the caretaker of 5 brothers when her mother died in childbirth. She never had children of her own. | Daniel married Miranda Stover (1850 - 1935), also a Quaker, whose family were “Pennsylvania Dutch” (German descent) and had immigrated to the same county. Miranda was a school teacher prior to marriage. Daniel was not a farmer, but made his money buying, improving and selling farm properties. In 1881 (the year of my grandmothers' birth), Daniel decided to leave the Quakers and become a Baptist minister. He was ordained at the Toronto Baptist College in 1882. As a minister, the family moved several times, until he then retired to the farm in Burgessville, near Norwich. I remember visiting this farm, where my dad's Uncle Ed still lived.
10: COHOE AMBROSE COHOE - DEBORAH HEACOCK 1744-1789 1749-1848 First Generation born in Pennsylvania Moved to Ontario after the American Revolution where Ambrose died of starvation ANDREW COHOE - LYDIA WASLEY 1785-1862 1789-1860 FRANCIS COHOE - ELIZABETH WILSON 1811- 1868 1816-1853 DANIEL COHOE - MIRANDA STOVER 1849-1942 1850-1935 WALLACE, ALBERT, BESSIE, 1875- 1966 1877-1966 1879-1971 GRACE, EDGAR, GORDON 1881-1961 1885-1974 1895-? I believe that my grandfather and my great-grandfather married the visiting schoolteacher, as did my father.
11: REID JAMES REID - JANET REID 1800-1874 1806-1885 Scotland to Buffalo, NY, 1828 to Norfolk County, 1844 ARCHIBALD REID - JANE HOLTBY 1829-1913 1836-1901 Married in Norfolk County Had 7 Daughters, then MILTON REID - GRACE COHOE 1878-1956 1881-1961 Parents of DOUGLAS, ARCHIBALD, DONALD, 1910-1981 1913-1992 1914-1999 WALLACE, ROBERT 1917-1921 1918-1942 DONALD REID - DOROTHY HAVILAND Parents of ARTHUR -1950(died in infancy) JOHN, BRUCE 1952-, 1954-, MURIEL, SUSAN 1956-, 1958-
12: Daniel was well known as a business man and as a minister. His brother John was also an entrepreneur, developing several cheese factories in Ontario. He later became a successful miner in California (gold) and then Minnesota (iron ore). Apparently he made and lost much money more than once. Wallace mentions visiting and helping his Uncle John in mining. Was he the inspiration for our Uncle Archie’s career in Northern Ontario mining? I connected online with John's descendant Caroline Cohoe-Shulz, born in Memphis. | COHOES A Fascinating Family | Grace and Milton with her father Daniel | Miranda and Daniel Cohoe my great-grandparents | "Gold Rush"
13: Wallace Cohoe became a well known research chemist in New York. Notable was the 1939 invitation to a garden party at Buckingham Palace and his British Messel Medal of the Society of Chemical Industry in July, 1946. He was a technical adviser to corporations in Britain and the U.S. and apparently invented the synthetic sausage casing that replaced the use of intestines. Wallace attended McMaster in its early years, and achieved the university's first Masters Degree, in 1898. He then received M.A. from Harvard, and was offered a teaching position back at McMaster. At Harvard, Billy King had the room across the hall. Billy later became Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. As a young professor Wallace earned $1000/year, which was enough to rent a large house and have a maid. In 1907 he resigned and went into business. | Grace's brothers Wallace, Edgar, Albert
14: Following his father, Albert Cohoe became a well known minister, for a time in Halifax, and Saint John. Most of his time was spent in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity from McMasters, and was given an honorary doctorate degree from the same university as well as from Acadia University in Wolfville Nova Scotia. Apparently he was a well loved minister, and widely known as a great story teller. We remember our Uncle Archie, his nephew, taking after him in this way. | Wallace Cohoe
15: COHOES A Fascinating Family | Edgar was less fortunate than his older brothers. He was the right age to go to war in 1914. He returned alive, but apparently showed signs of "shell-shock". He returned to the family farm for the rest of his life, where I remember visiting him. | Bessie married Judson Wilcox and they moved to Washington State and established a farm (1908) where descendants still live. We visited her son Trueman and family (Dad's cousin) in 1972 - an impressive farm with 3 family homes! Trueman's sister Helen married a man who became the State Senator. JT Wilcox managed then sold the farm business, still lives there and currently represents his district in the State Legislature.
16: Milton Reid with Doug, Archie, Don (my father) Robert in his lap, and Wallace, 1920 Wallace died the next year of diphtheria. At that time vaccines were still in experimentation. The family then bought the Drayton farm and moved in 1922. | Grace, my grandmother, was a schoolteacher, then married Milton, a farmer, and had 5 sons.
17: Robert, Doug, Milton, Archie, Don Grace, Marguerite (Doug's wife)
18: Dear Don, August 16, 1942 Just received your air letter. So glad to hear from you again. It seems as though we are again getting your correspondence smoothly. That is good. Although there is little to write about it is good to write just the same. Kenny has a photo for you. Had a couple taken for her that turned out well - just casual. ' The time seems to just roll on. Unfortunately I have not been able to contact Angus for some time. Remind him it is his turn to write... Am going home on the 29th of August for a week's rest. Right now after a week of doing nothing every evening I have lost the dark circles under my eyes for the first time in over a year. Think I'll keep them that way. By Jove, I'll be glad when this is over. Let's hope the world will be as grand a place to live and yes, we will hope it will be there! For awhile, Bob.
19: Bob was 24 years old, and a trainer of pilots, dangerous work. He had wanted to go overseas, but was asked to stay at the air base in Clinton to train other pilots, as he was a good teacher. The plane crashed into another just north of Norwich, killing 4 men. Robert died within a week of writing this letter, the funeral being August 25, 1942. His uncle Rev. Albert, whom he may never have met, spoke at this funeral. His grandfather Daniel, 93, was close to his own death and could not attend. He was indeed home to rest on Aug.29. Don, my father received the news while overseas in Burma. "Kenny" was the woman he intended to marry after the war. She was working overseas too, in London England, at the time.
20: Donald, Doug, Archie at the Drayton farm
21: Don enlisted too, at age 26. There was only money to send Doug to university, who went to Guelph and became a veterinarian. Archie went to work up north in mining. The war trained Dad as a radar technician - a new technology that some say won the war. He was stationed in Burma, near the Japanese front. He would have "leave" to England on occasion, where he made life long friends. We visited the Alstons in England years later. Robert's best friend, Angus Hamilton, also worked with Dad. Angus wrote a book about the experience of the Canadians in radar. When our dad returned from the war, he could have taken government sponsored training, and was offered an opportunity to go to New York to work in the new industry of television (invitation from Uncle Wallace perhaps?). But all he wanted to do was return to the farm. He took over the Drayton farm from his parents.
22: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. | So, Dad met Mom, a new school teacher from Stratford.
23: with Milton, Grace, Agnes, Arthur Caroline (Doug's daughter) and Richard Manuel (Gladys' son)
24: Mae, Agnes, Gladys with baby Dorothy | Dorothy was a surprise. Her sisters were Mae, 12 and Gladys, 14 at the time of her birth. She was a well-loved sister, cousin and daughter.
25: Dorothy was a teacher in a one room school by the age of 18. She continued to study, gained her degree from Western and became a high school French teacher. A new job brought her to Drayton High School. | Dorothy' with grandfather, John Haviland | Age 18, 1939
26: Vikings took over the northwestern corner of France, Normandy - our people! The Norman Havilands then joined William the Conqueror (1066) and moved to Guernsey Island. 500 years later they moved to England. There, William was born (1606) in Salisbury, where his father had been mayor. William was the first Haviland to come to New York, 1640. One hundred years later, John was born in the Quaker community of Haviland Hollow, NY (1751-1839). John left the Quakers, and became a captain in the American Revolution. He then immigrated to Ontario in 1787, claiming Loyalist land grants. Most Havilands stayed in America. John and his wife Sarah eventually settled in Norfolk County, just east of the Reids and the Cohoes. My dad said his family knew of a "Saddlebag Preacher Haviland" from the area. Apparently many Havilands have achieved high ranks in both military and government positions, in contrast to the gentler Quaker side of their nature. The Havilands stayed in Ontario, my grandfather Arthur being born in West Lorne, where he met my grandmother, Agnes Churcher. Arthur became a chartered accountant, business teacher and store manager. Agnes was a mother and seamstress. CHURCHER. I know little of this family, except they came from England. When the train was opened in Canada, Agnes' family migrated to Winnipeg in 1901, and then settled in Saskatchewan. Agnes, however, at age 25, returned to Ontario to marry Arthur. She returned by train to Toronto in December 1905 for the wedding. I met my mother's cousin, Allan Churcher and his wife and daughter Claire in 1978 in Winnipeg. | HAVILAND MIGRATION | A side note is that Thomas Haviland, famous Canadian of PEI, is not part of our line. His family immigrated directly from England in early 1800's
27: Margaret and John Haviland, my mother's grandparents | HAVILAND JOHN HAVILAND - SARAH BIRDSALL 1751-1839 1758-1822 from Haviland Hollow, NY. John first married Sarah's sister Ann, had one child, both of whom stayed in NY. John and Sarah are the first Canadian Havilands. JOHN HAVILAND - ESTHER FAIRCHILD 1781-1845 1788-1875 JOHN HAVILAND - HARRIET MALCOLM 1810-1896 1824-1901 JOHN MALCOLM HAVILAND - MARGARET EADIE 1850-1934 1850-1923 ARTHUR HAVILAND - AGNES CHURCHER 1880-1951 1880-1955 GLADYS, MAE, DOROTHY 1907- 1990 1909-2001 1921-2001 | Dorothy, Agnes, Gladys, Arthur, Mae
29: This Story is how John, Bruce, Muriel and Susan Reid came to be here.