Person:Michael Reid (4)

Watchers
  1. John Reidabt 1821 - 1887
  2. Maria Reidabt 1822 -
  3. William Reid1823 -
  4. Ellen Reid1825 -
  5. Martha Reid1827 -
  6. Catherine Reid1828 -
  7. Joseph Reid1830 -
  8. Bridget Reid1832 -
  9. Michael Reid1833 - 1918
  10. Theresa Reid1835 - 1913
  11. Ann Reid1837 -
  12. Agnes Reid1839 - 1901
  13. Patrick Reid1842 -
  1. Joseph Reidabt 1859 -
  2. John Reidabt 1861 - 1928
  3. Maria Reidabt 1863 - 1919
  4. James Reid1867 -
  5. William Reid1870 - 1889
  6. Margaret Reid1872 -
  1. Ella Reidabt 1874 -
  2. Agnes Reidabt 1876 - 1898
  3. Edward Vincent Reidabt 1878 - 1884
  4. Leo Anthony Reid1882 - 1948
  5. Anna Mercedes Reid1883 - 1918
Facts and Events
Name Michael Reid
Gender Male
Christening[1] 30 Nov 1833 Monasterevin, County Kildare, Ireland
Immigration[2] 20 Apr 1854 New York, New York, United StatesSS Constitution
Census[3] 1 Jun 1855 New York, New York, United States
Census[4] 1 Jun 1870 New York, New York, United States
Census[5] 1 Jun 1880 New York, New York, United States323 East 62nd Street
Census[6] 1 Jun 1900 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States116 West 12th Street
Census[8] 1 Jun 1905 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States116 East 70th Street
Census[9] 15 Apr 1910 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States116 East 70th Street
Census[10] 1 Jun 1915 Queens, New York, New York, United StatesReeds Lane, Far Rockaway
Death[11] 10 Dec 1918 New York City, New York, United States

Michael Reid was baptised on 30th November 1833 in the small town of Monasterevin in County Kildare, Ireland. He was son of Mary Reid, formerly Dennan (or Denning) and her husband Michael Reid, who was apparently a mason. In the late 1840s Michael Reid senior was claimed to be responsible for building the new Catholic Church in Monasterevin.[14]

In 1854, aged 20, Michael emigrated to America, where he settled in New York. His older brother Joseph and sister Theresa had emigrated to New York earlier in the 1850s. His mother and four other siblings would follow him about a year later. The 1855 census finds the family living in New York together. Michael worked as a mason.

Michael married Margaret Kelly in the late 1850s, and they had at least six children together. Margaret died in 1872, aged 30.

Michael married again, with his second wife being Mary Ann McCormick. They appear to have had at least five children together between the mid 1870s and mid 1880s. Mary died in 1892, aged 37, leaving Michael a widower for the second time.

Michael became a successful building contractor, working on several notable buildings including the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the Morgan Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and eleven Carnegie libraries. Around 1890 he was joined in his business by his nephew William MacDonald, son of his late sister Ellen.

In about 1899 Michael bought 116 East 70th Street on New York's Upper East Side, which he extensively altered. He also appears to have had a house at Far Rockaway, where he was living with some of his children in the 1915 census, although he retained 116 East 70th Street as his town house.

Michael died on 10th November 1918 at 116 East 70th Street, aged 85.

References
  1. Monasterevin, County Kildare, Ireland. Catholic Parish Registers.

    1833 / Novemb[er] / 30th
    Michael
    Parents: John Reed & Mary Dennan
    Sponsors: Christy Hussey & Margret Gorman

    Although this baptism records Michael's father's name as John, it is considered this is likely to be a mistake. There was clearly a sequence of children baptised at Monasterevin with parents named Michael Reid and Mary Dennan - this baptism is the only instance of a John Reid and Mary Dennan baptism. Moreover, Michael's sister Ellen's son William MacDonald is recorded in his 1933 obituary as having been nephew of this Michael. Also, the age quoted on Michael's New York death certificate of 1918 suggests he was born on 29th November 1833, which is just the day before this baptism.

  2. National Archives and Records Administration. New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957. (Washington, D. C.: National Archives and Records Administration), SS Constitution, Image 7, 20 Apr 1854.
    NameAgeSexOccupationCountry to which belongsCountry in which they intend to become inhabitants
    Michael Reid18MaleLabourerIrelandU. States
  3. New York, United States. 1855 New York State Census, 1st Election District, 15th Ward, New York City, New York County, 1 Jun 1855.

    Mary Reid, 60 [1794/5], female, b. Ireland, widow, 1 year resident in city, cannot read or write
    Jos[eph] Reid, 23 [1831/2], male, child, b. Ireland, 5 years resident in city, Mason
    Maria Reid, 32 [1822/3], female, child, b. Ireland, 1 year resident in city
    Mich[ae]l Reid, 20 [1834/5], male, child, b. Ireland, 2 years in city, Mason
    Therasa Reid, 19 [1835/6], female, child, b. Ireland, 4 years resident in city, Cloak Maker
    Ann Reid, 17 [1837/8], female, child, b. Ireland, 1 year resident in city, Cloak Maker
    Agness Reid, 14 [1840/1], female, child, b. Ireland, 1 year resident in city
    Pat[ric]k Reid, 13 [1841/2], male, child, b. Ireland, 1 year resident in city

  4. United States. 1870 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publications M593 and T132), 13th District, 9th Ward, New York County, New York, 1 Jun 1870.

    Michael Reid, 35 [1834/5], male, Brick Mason, b. Ireland
    Margaret Reid, 28 [1841/2], female, Housekeeping, b. New York
    Joseph Reid, 11 [1858/9], male, b. New York
    John Reid, 8 [1861/2], male, b. New York
    Maria Reid, 6 [1863/4], male, b. New York
    James Reid, 3 [1866/7], male, b. New York
    Willie Reid, 2/12, b. Apr 1870, male, b. New York
    Maria Murray, 26 [1843/4], female, Servant, b. Ireland

  5. United States. 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule, Enumeration District 618, 1 Jun 1880.

    Address: 323 East 62nd Street, New York, New York
    Michael Reid, male, 43 [1836/7], married, Builder, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland
    Mary A. Reid, female, 25 [1854/5], wife, married, Housekeeping, b. N.Y., father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland
    Joseph A. Reid, male, 21 [1859/60], son, Painter, b. N.Y., father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland
    John Reid, male, 18 [1861/2], son, Apprentice to Carpenter, b. N.Y., father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland
    Maria Reid, female, 16 [1863/4], daughter, at School, b. N.Y., father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland
    James Reid, male, 13 [1866/7], son, at School, b. N.Y., father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland
    William Reid, male, 10 [1869/70], son, at School, b. N.Y., father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland
    Ella Reid, female, 6 [1873/4], daughter, at School, b. N.Y., father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland
    Agnes Reid, female, 3 [1876/7], daughter, b. N.Y., father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland
    Edward Reid, male, 1 [1878/9], son, b. N.Y., father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland

  6. United States. 1900 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T624), Enumeration District 0701, 1 Jun 1900.

    Address: 116 West 12th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York
    Michael Reid, head, male, b. Jun 1835, widower, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland, immigration 1859, naturalizd, Builder & Contractor, house owned free of mortgage
    John F. Reid, son, male, b. Apr 1865, single, b. New York, father b. Ireland, mother b. New York, Building Contractor
    Maria M. Reid, daughter, female, b. Jun 1867, single, b. New York, father b. Ireland, mother b. New York
    Ella M. Reid, daughter, female, b. Feb 1875, single, b. New York, father b. Ireland, mother b. New York
    Anna M. Reid, daughter ,female, b. Feb 1883, single, b. New York, father b. Ireland, mother b. New York, At school
    Leo A. Reid, son, male, b. Feb 1885, single, b. New York, father b. Ireland, mother b. New York
    Maggie Lalor, servant, female, b. Dec, single, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland immigration 1888, servant
    Mary Kelly, servant, female, b. Feb 1872, single, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland, immigration 1891, Servant

  7.   Various New York City Directories.

    Goulding's New York City Directories
    1875-76, Reid Michael, mason, h 323 E. 62d
    1876-77, Reid Michael, builder, h 323 E. 62d

    New York City Directories:
    1877, Reid Michael, builder, 323 E. 62d
    1878, Reid Michael, builder, 507 W. 32d, h 323 E. 62d
    1880, Reid Michael, builder, 228 W. 10th, h 323 E. 62d
    1882, Reid Michael, builder, 228 W. 10th, h 323 E. 62d
    1883, Reid Michael, builder, 228 W. 10th, h 323 E. 62d
    1884, Reid Michael, builder, 228 W. 10th, h 210 E. 62d
    1888, Reid Michael, builder, h 210 E. 62d
    1889, Reid Michael, builder, h 210 E. 62d

  8. New York, United States. 1905 New York State Census, 14th Election District, 29th Assembly District, 1 Jun 1905.

    Address: 116 East 70th Street, Manhattan, New York, New York
    Michael Read, head, male, 70 [1834/5], b. US [sic], Builder
    John Read, son, male, 39 [1865/6], b. US, Builder
    Leo Read, son, male, 20 [1884/5], b. US, Builder
    Ella Read, daughter, female, 18 [1886/7], b. US
    Ann Read, daughter, female, 15 [1889/90], b. US
    Elizabeth Hessler, servant, female, 40 [1864/5], b. Germany, Servant
    Lizzie Meyer, servant, female, 28 [1874/5], b. Germany, Servant
    Lena Buckner, servant, female, 19 [1885/6], b. Germany, Servant
    Ammelia Miscal, care taker, female, 60 [1844/5], b. Germany, House Keeper
    Henry Miscal, servant, male, 70 [1834/5], b. Germany, Watchman

  9. United States. 1910 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T623), Enumeration District 1137, 15 Apr 1910.

    Address: 116 East 70th Street, Manhattan, New York, New York
    Michael Reid, head, male, 76 [1833/4], widower, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland, Contractor, retired
    John F. Reid, son, male, 44 [1865/6], single, b. New York, father b. Ireland, mother b. New York, Contractor, retired
    Mary M. Reid, daughter, female, 41 [1868/9], single, b. New York, father b. Ireland, mother b. New York
    Anna J. Reid, daughter, female, 22 [1887/8], single, b. New York, father b. Ireland, mother b. New York
    Emily Frazer, servant, female, 40 [1869/70], single, b. Scotland, father b. Scotland, mother b. Scotland, Servant
    Celia Farney, servant, female, 28 [1881/2], single, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland, Servant
    Mary Farney, maid, female, 24 [1885/6], single, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland, Maid

  10. New York, United States. 1915 New York State Census, Election District 54; Assembly District 3, 1 Jun 1915.

    Address: Reeds Lane, Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, New York
    Michael Reed, head, male, 82 [1832/3], b. Ireland, Mason Builder
    John F. Reed, son, male, 50 [1864/5], b. U.S., Mason Builder
    Maria Reed, daughter, female, 46 [1870/1], b. U.S., Housework
    Annie Connolly, cook, female, 50 [1864/5], b. Ireland, Domestic Servant
    Mary Tarney, waitress, female, 28 [1886/7], b. Ireland, Domestic Servant
    Delia Connolly, Laundress, female, 25 [1889/90], b. Ireland, Domestic Servant

  11. New York Death Certificate.

    State of New York
    Department of Health of the City of New York
    Bureau of Records
    Standard Certificate of Death
    Registered No. 41899
    1. Place of death: Borough of Manhattan, No. 116 East 70th St, character of premises: private
    2. Full name: Michael Reid
    3. Sex: Male
    4. Color or race: White
    5. Widower
    6. Date of birth: April 29, 1833
    7. Age: 85 yrs, 0 mos, 11 days [sic - doesn't tally with date of birth - suggests instead 29 Nov 1833 for date of birth]
    8. Occupation: Retired builder
    9. Birthplace: Ireland
    9a. How long in US: 70 years
    9b. How long in City of New York: 70 years
    10. Name of father: Michael Reid
    11. Birthplace of father: Ireland
    12. Name of mother: Mary Denning
    13. Birthplace of mother: Ireland
    14. Former or usual residence (if different to place of death): -
    15. Date of death: Dec 10, 1918
    16. Medical (not all transcribed) - died 12 am, cause Cerebral apoplexy, chronic endocarditis, 18 days, Contributory Acute Pulmonary Hypostatic Pneumonia, 5 days.
    17. Place of burial: Calvary

  12.   New York Times, 11 Dec 1918.

    Michael Reid, probably the oldest building and contractor in New York City, who had charge of the construction of some of the principal buildings in the city, died yesterday at his home, 116 East Seventieth Street, at the age of 86 years.
    Mr. Reid began as a builder and contractor at an early age and operated alone until about twenty years ago when he formed the M. Reid Company, Inc., with offices at 114 West Thirty-ninth Street, of which he was President at the time of his death. Among the buildings erected by Mr. Reid were the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Imperial Hotel, Morgan addition to the Metropolitan Museum, and eleven Carnegie libraries.

  13.   New York City: report on historic buildings including 116 East 70th Street, with some details of Michael Reid's work as a prominent builder in New York.
  14. See Michael's nephew William MacDonald's obituary of 1933.