Let’s see what we have in the Thomas B. Reid Family Photo Collection today.
Below is a photo of the birthplace of Thomas B. Reid, as the back of the photo reads: “Birthplace, Cumberland, Md”.
You might be wondering why I am so certain that this is the home that Thomas B. Reid was born…Well…I began doing some background research on Thomas, and in the New York Passenger List dated December 7, 1922, Thomas was returning from Kingston, Jamaica to New York and the travel document stated that he was born in Cumberland, MD.
I have other documents showing that he lived in Maryland, but he had also lived in West Virginia. I also connected through Ancestry with one of the descendants of Thomas Reid, and it is documented that Thomas was born in Cumberland, MD. So it is very probable that this is Thomas’ Birthplace.
I then came across the photo below:
On the back of the photo it says: “Our Old Home”. I am not positive that this is the same home as the one above this one, as it is clear that their are fewer windows on the house in the front. It is possible that this photo is of the homestead of Thomas’ Mother & Father Lavinia & Frank B. Reid, as they owned a home in West Virginia. The writing on the back had different handwriting than the one above. As I do further research and comparisons of other photos in my possession I hope that I will be able to know for sure what home this is.
As I stated earlier, I have been in contact with one of the descendants of Thomas, and it is possible that he holds a lot of the answers for me. My goals is to post and make these photos available to their family members.
Now of course if you know anything about these phortos or are a family member please drop me a message.