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James Reid (1833-1910)

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James Reid (1833-1910) telegraph contractor, civil engineer.

1833 Born in London, son of William Reid and his wife Jane. Baptised at Old Church, St Pancras in 1834[1]

Apprenticed under Mr W. Reid, which business presumably became William Reid

1851 William Reed 53, Engineer, lived in Tottenham Court Road, with Jane Reed 48, Jane H Reed 28, William Reed 26, Helen W Reed 23, Robert N Reed 21, Mary A Reed 19, James Reed 17, Matilda Reed 15, Hannah Reed 12[2]

From 1852 Superintended the erection of telegraph lines including those from London to the North, Glasgow, etc. Also superintended the erection of lines in France and Belgium. Also involved in the testing of the Atlantic Cable during its construction.

1859 of 25 University Street, Bedford Sq, London, was proposed as an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers

1861 William Reid, 37, contractor, lived at 25 University St, London, with Emma Reid 25, his brother Robert N Reid 27, contractor, William G Reid 3, and his brother James Reid 25, contractor[3]

1867 Associate of Inst of Civil Engineers, of 25 University Street, Bedford Sq, London[4]

1871 Jane Reid, widow, 66 (b in Scotland), lived in Hampstead with her children: James Reid 36, civil engineer, Jane H Reid 40 (b in Scotland), Mary J Reid 30 (b London), John Reid 28, no profession, Matilda Reid 26, Hannah Reid 24[5]

1881 Jane Reid 70, widow, lived in Hampstead with Jane Reid 50 (b. Scotland), Mary Reid 40, James Reid (age unclear), civil engineer, Matilda Reid 35, Hannah Reid 37[6]

1891 Jane Reid 88, widow, lived in Hampstead with Jane Reid 68, Mary Reid 58, James Reid 56, civil engineer, Matilda Reid 52, Hannah Reid 48[7]

1896 Associate of Inst of Civil Engineers, of 12 Wharf Road, City Road, London - ie Reid Brothers, Engineers

1901 James Reid 67, civil engineer, employer, lived in Hampstead with his sisters, Matilda M Reid 63 and Hannah Reid 58[8]

1906 Associate of Inst of Civil Engineers, of 12 Wharf Road, City Road, London[9]

1910 Died in Hampstead

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Sources of Information

  1. Parish records
  2. 1851 census
  3. 1861 census
  4. Civil Engineer Records
  5. 1871 census
  6. 1881 census
  7. 1891 census
  8. 1901 census
  9. Civil Engineer records