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Reid, David B.


Age: 29, credited to Vermont
Unit(s): USN
Service: LNDS, USN, 1860-1868, Vessels: North Carolina, Canoe (several others post-war, see obituary)

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Birth: 02/26/1831, Bannockburn, Scotland
Death: 10/26/1912

Burial: Boltonville Cemetery, Newbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 73753380


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Boltonville Cemetery, Newbury, VT

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David B. Reid

The death of David B. Reid, one of the oldest residents of Newbury, occurred at that place October 14 after an illness of stomach trouble which had confined him to the bed since the middle of August. Although very infirm from rheumatism for the past ten years he had continued a life of activity when many, hampered by the same difficulty, would have chosen a life of ease. From his back door a platform the height of an ordinary farm wagon was built and from here he entered and left the vehicle and traveled about in surrounding towns dispensing farm produce, doing a large amount of business, although he was not able to leave the wagon except by the high platform. He was a man of affairs and his advice was sought and relied upon by his acquaintances. He was 81 years old.

Mr. Reid was born in Bannockburn, Scotland, in 1831, and came to Lowell, Mass., with his parents in 1832 and to Newbury in 1843. In 1850 he went to Boston and worked, sometimes as a sailor and part of the time in Newbury. In 1880, he went to New Jersey as a track layer on a railroad and there enlisted in the United States navy and was sent to the receiving ship North Carolina, then transferred to the torpedo boat Canoe and went up James river and was in the Canoe at the surrender of Richmond.

This boat going out of commission at Washington, he was sent to the Boston navy yard and served as guard on the ship Ohio, then transferred to the ram Dictator then to the Bainbridge and later to the monitor Monadnock, which was ordered to San Francisco and was the first monitor to take a long seas voyage, in company with the Vanderbilt, Tuscarora and Powhatan.

They left the navy yard at Philadelphia May 2, 1865, and were absent three years. During this time, Mr. Reid kept a careful diary, recording with minuteness his observations of the countries and cities which he visited and incidentally, much of the war between Spain and Chile. They touched at the principal ports on the eastern coast and entered the straits of Magellan February 3, 1866, reaching the harbor of Valpariso March 1, and on the 31st witnessed the bombardment of the city and the withdrawal of the Spanish fleet, which they followed to the harbor of Callao, Peru, and there saw the bombardment of Callao, May 2, and the repulse of the Spaniards. They reached San Francisco June 22, and Mr. Reid remained on different ships till February, 1868, when he returned to Newbury and bought a farm. Since leaving the life of the water, he has constantly kept in touch with the sailors' home in Boston and has furnished the institution periodicals.

Mr. Reid is survived by his wife, whom he married February 9, 1863, and to them were born two sons, Arthur W., who lives in Piermont, N. H., and Charles, who lives in Newbury.

A brother, John Reid, has made his home with him since his own home was broken up and is now in an unconscious condition, having become ill about the time of his brother's death, of which he is unaware.

Source: St. Albans Weekly Messenger, November 7, 1912.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.