Those Who Came Before Us
This is a humble effort to chronicle the ancestry of George Samuel Reid and LaVon Holt. The stories and references you will find herein span well over 300 years of history, from our early American immigrant ancestors to the lives of a great patriarch and matriarch.
Most of the writings are compilations from the exhaustive research of C. Richard Reid, Douglas Reid, Paul and Colleen Reid, Robyn Reid Dickson, and Stan and Patti Reid, as well as many others who have helped along the way. It is not a complete index to their findings, but rather, an extraction from those materials which help to document the family heritage. Inasmuch as it is not a complete account, these writings will be revised frequently to reflect current findings and present new perspectives.
Tracing the ancestry of George Samuel Reid and LaVon Holt began in earnest over 40 years ago. Initially the pursuit of C. Richard Reid (Uncle Dick), it has since become the combined effort of many family members who share in their great love of George and LaVon and desire to know more about their Reid family heritage.
Over the years, many have given selflessly of their time and talent, but we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the special contribution to this work of a few of its most devoted. Uncle Dick dedicated much of his life to the research. His son Douglas spent hundreds of hours while living in Georgia, searching court houses and other local public record sources. Colleen Bennett Reid and her daughter Robyn Reid Dickson have spent the past 20 years sifting through countless books and films at the Family History library in pursuit of our past. Robyn, in particular, has a unique gift for the work, combining her special connection to our ancestors with unwavering determination and a penchant for detail. The majority of the references you will find herein are credited to her work.
In addition to those mentioned, many others have now engaged. In all, it’s hard to imagine greater devotion to a cause. We are very grateful to all who have, or yet will, contribute to this noble labor of love.
As grateful as we are for all that has been done, we realized that most of the records that have been collected in the research process were being stored in dusty boxes and seldom-accessed files. Hence, the genesis of this blog. This site has been created to share what we know of our ancestry with family, friends, and anyone else who may be interested.
This site is organized in two major sections: Ancestral Lines, and Research Files. The Ancestral Lines are organized by surname and contain detailed information about our Reid and other ancestors organized by heads of families. The Research Files are a collection of records gathered during the research process about people and locations that the Reids were associated with.
Here are a few tips for navigating the site:
LOOKING FOR ANCESTORS? Follow the links in the sidebar under the category ANCESTORS.
NOT SURE WHO BELONGS TO WHOM? The links near the bottom of the sidebar under the category FAMILY TREES provide access to family trees for ancestors by surname.
LOOKING FOR RESEARCH FILES? Follow the links in the sidebar under the category RESEARCH FILES. You’ll find that those files are organized into two sub-categories: STATES and SURNAMES.
LOOKING FOR RECENT POSTS? Check the RECENT NEWS page for updates on current research strategy, progress and other family news.
STILL CAN’T FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR? Try the SEARCH utility. It’s a powerful tool to locate any person, place, or date containted in the site.
We have chosen a blog format to present this information for several reasons, not the least of which is that the research process is iterative and collaborative. There is much more to post here than there is time to do so in any one sitting. For that reason we hope you will check back often to see what has been added. We also hope that as you read this information you will be inspired to contribute any knowledge or feelings you might have about the people and areas to which this site is dedicated.
We welcome you, and hope you will find it informative and useful. We look forward to your comments.