My REID family of Bonne Bay, Newfoundland, Canada are descendants of William Henry REID born around the first week of February 1793 in England as per his burial record, buried December 21, 1883, Norris Point, Newfoundland at age 90 years minus 5 weeks as per Church of England parish records.
I have been researching our family for over 30 years and have not been able to find his origin in England. The first recorded event is his marriage in 1827 where his name is listed as Henry READ. All other records after that as his name listed as William with most records after 1848 with the surname spelt as REID, which is also the current day spelling.
There are a various numbers of oral history stories about William REID 1794 – 1883 William, a fisherman, arrived in Bonne Bay by June 4, 1871 (three members of the REID family were witnesses to the baptism of Lorenzo RUMBOLT at that date). He was the first settler of Deep Water Cove in the south-arm, opposite Woody Point. William was a native of England, settled in Conception Bay on arrival in Newfoundland. He later moved to Quirpon, then Canadian Labrador and finally Bonne Bay, Newfoundland, where he died in 1883, at Deep Water Cove. His family abandoned Deep Water Cove in the 1890's and settled at Neddies Harbour, Bonne Bay, just a little further to the north.
William (BRAMPTON) REID came from London, ENGLAND to Conception Bay to Quirpon to Labrador to Bonne Bay.
According to oral history, William REID's surname was originally BAMPTON. His father, an elite gentleman of London, married a servant girl REID. The marriage was condemned by many, as she was not good enough to marry a person of his social position. Consequently, their son, William, disturbed by this, changed his name to REID.
According to oral history, William REID's (1794 - 1883), parents were William BAMPTON and Sophia REID, (as per Clarence REID).
According to oral history, William REID jumped ship in Newfoundland and took his mother’s maiden name.
According to oral history, William jumped ship in Savage Cove, went ashore and covered himself with a punchin' tub, he went to Quirpon, there was also a Frenchman who went to St. Anthony. He went from Quirpon to Labrador fishing and went to Mutton Bay to winter. The next year he crossed the straits and went to Bonne Bay. He sent his son back to England in the winter time to get his education.
All of the older families always said that William had sent his oldest son Timothy REID 1829/30 – 1906 back to England for an education. Tim’s family bible still exist that was presented to him during his stay in England, apart from the family births printed in the bible is the following statement “Timothy READ from A.S.H. Poole, England, 1844”. From the front of the bible and on the bottom of the page is the following; Diamond Twenty-Fours M.DCCC.XL; M.DCCC.XL equals 1840.
If Timothy READ attended school at your church in 1841 – 1844 are there any records of this that may contain information as to whom is father was and if any info where his father was a native of.
I have found a copy of the 1841 census which list a Timothy READ that could be a match to my great-great grandfather Timothy REID 1829/30 - 1906 with the following citation: Class: HO107; Piece 294; Book 12; Civil Parish: St. James; Foloi 29; Page 2; Line 23; GSU roll: 241343. There Timothy, age 11, is living at Old Orchard with a schoolmaster Josiah PENNY, he is also listed as not being born in England.
If this info is related to Tim, then we know he was there in the 1841 census to possibly 1844 the date his bible was presented to him.
Any shipping records that may contain his arrival(s) and departure(s).
Where he would have been taught, possibly nearby St. James Church at The Quay, if so possible church records may exist, thus leading to more details about his English father and his origin.
I am not sure how much you can help, or if I need to hire a professional researcher.
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PS: This is the only BAMPTON – REID marriage that I was able to find where the dates would match, but it may not be related. William BAMPTON married Elizabeth READ in Amesham, Buckinghamshire, England February 5, 1784