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Andrew Reid, Jr.

Birthplace: County Down, Ireland
Death: Died in Rockfish Gap, Amherst, Virginia
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Son of Andrew Reid and Sarah Reid
Husband of Sarah Reid
Father of Sarah Reid; Esther Reid; Martha Reid; Agnes Ann Reid; Flora Reid and 2 others
Brother of John R. REID; Margaret CARTER; Dr. Samuel M. REID; Alexander Reid, II and Thomas REID

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About Andrew Reid, of Rockfish Gap

Andrew Reid  was born in 1697 in , Down, Ulster, Ireland. He died in 1765 in Rockfish Gap, Amherst, Virginia. He married Sarah Reid after 1739. Son of Andrew Reid b Abt 1675

  • From "Historic Families of Kentucky" by Thomas Marshall Green -Regional Publishing House, 1959, Originally Published 1889 in Cincinnati:

Among the pioneers of Augusta county, were three brothers, of Scottish extraction, who came from the County Down, in Ireland, where they were born - Thomas, John and Andrew Reid.

The third brother, Andrew Reid, Sr., had, among others, a son, Andrew Reid, Jr., who married Sarah, daughter of his uncle, Colonel John Reid, Sr., and Martha Nisbet, and the widow of his uncle Thomas Reid's son, Nathan. This Andrew Reid, Jr., and Sarah Reid, had six children.

One of their sons was General Andrew Reid, of Rockbridge, who married Magdalen McDowell, twin-sister of the first wife of Judge Caleb Wallace, and daughter of Judge Samuel McDowell and Mary McClung.

One of the daughters of Andrew Reid, Jr., and Sarah, was Agnes Ann Reid, who married William Alexander, was the mother of Dr. Archibald Alexander, of Princeton. Their residence stood on the ground now occupied by the residence of the late General Robert E. Lee, in Lexington, Virginia, and in which General Custis Lee now resides.

A third daughter, Flora, married John Lyle; and Rev. John Lyle, who taught a female seminary at Paris, and established the "Citizen," was one of their sons. This latter married the widow Lapsley, whose maiden name was Irvine, and who was a sister of the wives of Samuel McDowell, of Mercer, and Colonel Joseph McDowell, of Danville. One of their sons was John Lyle, of Boyle county, who also married an Irvine. The fifth child of Andrew Reid, Jr., and Sarah, was Esther Reid, who married John Cummings, and was the mother of Elizabeth Cummings, the wife of Andrew McKnight.

Another daughter of Andrew Reid, Jr., and Sarah-also named Sarah Reid-married Joseph Alexander, the fourth son of Archibald Alexander and Margaret Parks, brother of William Alexander (who married her sister, Agnes Ann Reid), and uncle of the great preacher and theologian. Sarah Reid, the wife of Andrew, Jr., in 1766, was murdered, and her body thrown into a creek, by a negro whom she had reproved. Andrew, son of William Alexander and Agnes Ann Reid-brother of Dr. Archibald-married Anne Aylett, and their fifth child, Evaline, was the wife of the distinguished General Samuel McDowell Moore, referred to on a previous page. Andrew McKnight and Elizabeth Cummings had a son born to them in Virginia, James, who married a Miss Paxton in that state. When this child was an infant, they removed to Woodford county, Kentucky, where they bought and lived upon a farm, and where their other children were born. That they were highly respected by all was but natural. For their high character, strong good sense, and quick-witted intelligence, they were honored by suchmen as Dr. Louis Marshall, and others, who could appreciate their worth.


The two eldest children of Judge Samuel McDowell and Mary McClung, born October 9, 1755, were twin sisters, Sarah and Magdalen. The former married Caleb Wallace, a graduate of Princeton-a Presbyterian minister at the time of the marriage. She died soon, and without issue. Mr. Wallace abandoned the ministry, became a successful lawyer, and was one of the first judges of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Magdalen married Andrew Reid. Their oldest daughter, Sarah married Andrew Moore, whose father, also names Andrew, was a soldier in the French and Indian War. The son distinguished himself for gallantry at Point Pleasant.

General Andrew Moore, as he was designated, was a member of Congress from the Lexington, Virginia, district from 1789 to 1997; he was re-elected in 1804, and that same year was elected to the United States Senate, filling the place until 1809. He died in 1821. His oldest son was a member of Congress from 1833 to 1835; was a member of the convention that passed the ordinance of secession in 1861, against which he voted. Then a very old man, the efforts of Henry A. Wise to dragoon him into the support of secession met with humiliating failure. Afterward, he served in the Confederate army. His wife was Evelyn, daughter of William Alexander, of Rockbridge. Their daughter, Sallie Moore, married her cousin, John Harvey Moore. The second son of General Andrew Moore and Sarah Reid was David E.Moore, a lawyer of high standing in Lexington, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Harvey, a daughter of Matthew Harvey and sister of Mrs. Wm. A McDowell, and had by her eight children; of whom his son and namesake, David E. Moore, is a prominent member of the bar of Rockbridge. Virginia married Tedford Barclay, and Elizabeth is the wife of the scholarly Prof. Alexander Nelson.

A daughter of Andrew Reid and Magdalen McDowell married a Mr. McCampbell, and their daughter married a Venable, of a family distinguished in Virginia for literary attainments.

The second and third daughters of Andrew Reid and Magdalen McDowell also married members of the Venable family.

The fourth daughter married Judge Abraham Smith, of Rockbridge. The fifth daughter of Andrew Reid and Magdalen McDowell, married Major John Alexander, of Lexington, Virginia. Their son, John Alexander, is a lawyer of ability, and a citizen of prominence in Lexington, and their daughter, Agnes, was the wife of Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacey, the noted Presbyterian divine.

The only son of Andrew Reid and Magdalen McDowell, was Dr. Samuel McDowell Reid, a skillful and distinguished physician of Lexington. He married a Miss Hare, and his daughters married, respectively, Prof. James White and Colonel John S. H. Ross. His son, bearing his own name, is a wealthy and reputable citizen of Rockbridge."


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Andrew Reid, of Rockfish Gap's Timeline

County Down, Ireland
Age 30
Amherst, Virginia, USA
Age 30
Rockbridge Co., VA
March 1740
Age 43
July 1741
Age 44
Rockfish Gap, Ablemarle, Virginia
February 1743
Age 46
February 13, 1751
Age 54
Amherst Co., VA
Age 57
Virginia, United States
September 20, 1765
Age 68
Rockfish Gap, Amherst, Virginia