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Introduction / Margaret Gray and Thomas Reid / Thomas Reid and Ann Reid

Thomas Reid and Elizabeth Thomson

Thomas Reid was born at Gravesend 6th May 1881. He married the 10th of September 1908 Elizabeth Thomson (born 9th July 1890 at Lesshammer, Cusbay, Eday). Thomas and Elizabeth had six children, all born on Eday:

  • Thomas Reid, born 1st November 1908, died 3rd September 1991, married and had one son. In addition to farming at Croyhouse, he earned his living by selling bikes and outboard motors, driving children to school and running a car hire business
  • Mary Jane Reid, born 14th November 1910
  • John Reid, born 7th March 1912
  • Elizabeth Ann Reid, born 27th October 1914
  • William Reid, born 21st May 1916
  • Son, still living

Mary Jane and William both died as young adults and are buried in the same plot in old Eday Kirkyard:

In Loving Memory
of Mary Jane Reid (Eldest Daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth Reid)
Who Died Suddenly at Croyhouse
on 5th Aug 1932
Aged 21 Years and 8 Months

The Fairest Flowers Are The First To Fade

Also Their Son
William Reid
Who Died at Croyhouse on 23rd Dec 1951
Aged 35 Years

Peacefully sleeping rest at last
Earth's weary pain and suffering past.
Safe with the angels whiter than snow.
Watching for Dear Ones waiting below

Thomas and Elizabeth lived at Croyhouse on Calfsound. He was called "Postie Tom" because he delivered letters around Calfsound and Cusbay. Thomas died the 12th of December 1960 and Elizabeth died the 18th of February 1968.

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