History of the County of Perth, 1825-1902
William Johnston, 1903
James Reid, treasurer of Mornington, was born in County Down, Ireland, April 25th, 1825. In his twenty-second year he came to Canada, settling in Mornington in 1847, on lot 16, concession 6. He was one of the first settlers where Millbank now stands, it being then an unbroken forest. The record of Mr Reid as a township officer is somewhat unique, in so far that he has retained office for a longer period than any official in this county, having been appointed treasurer consecutively for 47 years. This acknowledgement of his services is a high tribute to his integrity, and a public recognition of his honesty as an officer and his worth as a citizen. In 1857 he received from His Excellency the Governor-General a commission as captain in the militia as a testimony to his loyalty and devotion to British institutions. He is Conservative in politics, and a consistent member of the Presbyterian church. His life has been quiet and orderly, and his influence for good has been great, not only in his own family, but with those he has come in contact in every day life.
Meg Fuller Perth County Coordinator
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