Janet’s Grandson William Howard Taft Bumpus
I am just numbering the 52 ancestors challenge entries rather than referring to them by week number because I don’t do them weekly. Right now I am trying to get them caught up to date as if I started early in January 2014.
I also am finding that as I write each story, I encounter more and more gaps in their story. Janet M. Reid, who is the sister of Alexander William Reid, is a person whose story fascinates me. Alexander William Reid is my third great grandfather. He immigrated with his parents and sister Ann in 1803. He was three years old and Ann was a little over a year old. Both children were born in April and they left Scotland on the Commerce which landed in Canada in August, 1803.
Janet is their sister, born to John Reid (1777-1867) and Elizabeth (Betty) Stewart (1777-1876) around December 1821. She was the youngest of the family. Next to her was her brother Daniel. The birthdates for both of them is listed as being about 1821. I am looking to see what else I can find to reveal more about when they were born. I don’t think they were twins. He could have been born early in 1821.
You might have noticed that Janet’s mother lived to be nearly 100 years old. So did Janet. In the United States Census of 1920, she is listed as living with her daughter, Annie, and Annie’s husband and children. He age is noted in the census as 100.
Janet shows up in the family tree as never having been married. Neither was Daniel. There were other children between them and the two oldest, Alexander and Ann and some of them had been married and there is more information on them.
One day, browsing around the Island Register, I found John Reid’s will. In an agreement dated April 1865, John wrote “And the said Daniel Reid and his heirs do hereby agree and engage to maintain and support the said John Reid his father and Elizabeth Reid his mother during the terms of their natural lives to treat them with kindness and to provide them with proper food and raiment suited to their age and infirmities subject nevertheless to the discretion of the Trustees hereinafter mentioned and the said Daniel Reid and his heirs or the next lawful heirs agree and engage to support Janet Reid his sister and her child during the term of the natural lives of the said John Reid and Elizabeth Reid or either of them and as long as the said Janet Reid remains single, but if she marries then she receives nothing either annually or otherwise except one bed and bedding should she at any time after her parents death show sufficient cause to the trustees that she is not properly provided for and they in their investigation see sufficient cause of complaint, then she may leave the said Estate and the said Daniel Reid, his heirs or heir to the estate shall pay or cause to be paid to the said Janet Reid the sum of six pounds lawful current money of Prince Edward Island annually during the term of her natural life.”
More Questions Than Answers
This bit of information set me off on a quest to find out more about Janet’s child. In April 1865, Janet would have been 44 or 45 years old. I found Annie A. Reid. The birth date I found for her was in another family tree and it was noted as November 1865. It is possible that John made the will eight months before Annie was born but not likely. I’m looking for details on when Annie was born because I have a strong feeling it was on or before April 1865.
Annie’s middle name is Alexona. This was revealed in the birth record of her daughter, Josephine Naomi Bumpus who was born on April 26, 1898.
While John might have made the will while Janet was pregnant, it is more likely that it would not have been in her first few weeks of pregnancy.
In the 1881 census, 60-year old Daniel is listed as the head of a household where he lived with “Jannet” and Ann and Mary. Janet is listed as being 58 and Ann is 79. Mary is 17. There is no mention in that census of the relationships in the household. This does indicate that Daniel is older than Janet so I stopped looking for evidence they were twins.
There is no mention of the date that this census was taken other than the year. If people were widowed or married, there was a notation of M or W. Otherwise that column was left blank. For all four members of this household, the entry was left blank. Daniel died on March 14, 1882.
In 1891, Janet was living with her nephew, John Reid, 49, his wife Annie, 45, and her sister Ann. Janet’s name was spelled Jennet in the census records and Ann was spelled Anne. Sixteen-year-old Annie M was living with them and listed as John and Annie’s daughter. They also had George H., 13, and James E., 10, living with them. “Jennet” was listed as being 69 years old and “Anne” as 89.
John was the son of Janet’s brother, Alexander William Reid. He was born on February 1, 1839. His wife was Mary (Annie) Llewellyn. Their children were Annie McLure, born August 23, 1874, George Herbert, born on June 5, 1877 and James Irving born on January 23, 1880. These three children were born in Norwood, Norfolk, Massachusetts. John and Annie married on April 26, 1872 in Woodley Grove, Lot 63, Prince Edward Island.
In the 1920 United States census, nephew John is listed as living with his son Irving who is a policeman in the town of Norfolk, Massachusetts. They lived at 197 Vernon Street. According to one ancestry tree, in 1894, in her mid-seventies, Janet moved to the United States. Her daughter, Annie, married Charles Franklin Bumpus on September 25, 1888. Charles is listed as a farmer and Annie as a domestic. He is 23 and she is 24. Her mother is listed as Jeannette and her father as Daniel.
In the United States census of 1900, Janet (Jennette) is shown as the widowed 76-year-old mother in law of Charles Bumpus living with him and his wife Annie. Janet’s birthdate is shown as December 1823 and Annie’s as November, 1865. Janet is recorded as having immigrated in 1894 and Annie in 1880.
In the 1910 United States census, 89 year old Janet is shown as a widow who had given birth to two children but who only had one child still living. Annie and Charles are shown as having eight children, with seven surviving. Janet is shown as having her own income. They had a boarder living with them, Edgar Browning who was 53 and did odd jobs. He was a veteran of either the confederate or union army or navy and divorced.
In the United States census records of 1920, records show that Annie had immigrated in 1880 and so had Janet. In this record taken on January 3, 1920, Janet’s name is spelled Jeannette. She is listed as a widow and as being 100 years old. The family lived at 60 Worchester Road, Hubbardston, Massachusetts.
The photo is from Janet’s grandson William’s obituary. He lived to be 98, dying in 2006.