John Patrick Reid (1825 - 1916)

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Birthplace: Drumbo, County Down, Ireland
Death: Died in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States
Managed by: Rebecca Sattler
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About John Patrick Reid

Compiled by Dortha R. Brough

     John Patrick Reid was born in Drumbo, Down County, Ireland. He added the P. for Patrick to his name after he came to America. He learned to be a gardener at an early age and worked at it for a number of years. (It is reported that he worked for an Earl.) At the age of twenty-six he became a French polisher and did all kinds of fine furniture. He and his wife, Margaret Kirkwood Reid, joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1847. We are not sure whether it was in Belfast, Ireland or Edinburgh, Scottland that they were baptised. Clara Sloan Smith has been unable to find this in the Belfast records but has not yet checked the Edinburgh records. His uncle, William Reid, first brought the Gospel to him and his brothers, William Taylor and Edward, after the family moved back to Belfast. He was Branch President there for sixteen years and for about nine of these years, meetings were held in his home. Many times he and Grandmother have had stones and eggs thrown at them because they were Mormons and Grandmother had her shawl and bonnet torn off of her. John Kirkwood Reid and William Taylor Reid came to Utah in 1869. John Patrick came in 1870 and settled in Manti, Sanpete County, Utah. The rest of the family came in 1872. John Patrick quarried rock and built a home there which is still standing and occupied. 
     While living in Belfast, in 1861, John K. was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The baptism took place at 10:00 at night in the ocean. This was to prevent being mobbed by those who were against the Church. Mormons were viewed as just another Protestant Church and Protestant Churches were not looked on very kindly by the predominant Catholic Church. 
     Edward Reid, John K. 's brother, was a sailor on a Man of. War. He was tared and .feathered in Australia in 1868. He gave all of his money to help the family come to Utah. He was on his last trip and was then coming to Utah when his money stopped coming and they never heard from him again. 
     John Patrick Reid was very well read and could talk intelligently on any subject. Grandfather spent the later years of his life in Cardston, Alberta, Canada and in Portland, Oregon, living with his daughter, Margaret. Clara Sloan Smith says she remembers him as a man of about five feet, nine inches tall, weighing about 150 or 160 pounds and with snow white hair and blue eyes.
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John Patrick Reid's Timeline

February 26, 1825
Drumbo, County Down, Ireland
October 10, 1844
Age 19
Belfast, Antrim, Ireland
November 26, 1847
Age 22
December 22, 1850
Age 25
Edinburgh, Scotland
April 3, 1879
Age 54
October 7, 1916
Age 91
Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States
October 9, 1916
Age 91
Manti City Cem., Manti, Sanpete, Utah
April 13, 1933
Age 91