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James REID 60th Royal American Regiment


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Hi, I'm not really sure where to start but I am looking for information on a James REID who, according to his wife Sarah's death record, was a Shoemaker and also in the 60th Royal American Regiment.
Sarah, was Sarah CROWEL/CROWELL/CROAL born 1775 Nova Scotia to William and Mary CROWELL nee Westcott. This family had been living in Nova Scotia, Massachusetts etc for generations.
Sarah must have travelled to Scotland as next I find her is with the birth of a daughter Margaret REID in 1813 Loudoun, Ayrshire, Scotland. She had another daughter Elizabeth b.1807 Scotland (can't find her birth) but on Eliz's death her parents are named as James & Sarah Reid, nee Crowell.
Then there is a big gap until 1841 when Sarah REED is on her own and a Stocking Knitter in Newmilns, Ayrshire.
Then in 1851 Sarah CROWEL is 82, a Pauper born Nova Scotia.
When Sarah dies in 1858, it is noted she is the Widow of James REID, Shoemaker afterwards Private of the 60th Royal American Regiment. Sarah's son -in-law James HOWIE was present at Sarah's death. James HOWIE was the husband of Sarah & James REID's daughter Elizabeth. Whether James HOWIE would have known James REID or just been told about him I'm not sure.
I can find an 1818 death for a James REID, shoemaker of Newmilns but no further info.
Interestingly, in 1816, Sarah had a daughter Agnes with a James LAWSON. This seems to indicate James REID was not in the picture at this time.

So can I find anything further on James REID, Shoemaker and Private in the 60th Royal American Regiment. I'm guessing he may have been in Nova Scotia around 1800 and met Sarah CROWEL then? How did she get from Nova Scotia to Scotland, on her own, with James?

I have no birth, marriage or definite death date for JAMES REID other than what i have outlined re Military and on death records for his wife. I have checked Scotland's People, Ancestry.com and Family Search.

I have dna matches to the CROWELL and WESTCOTT families in Nova Scotia and to Sarah's daughters Margaret and Agnes. but nothing on the REID side other than relatives in Australia. I have all I need in Australia.

Appreciate if anyone knows any Military Records or Migration Records that may help............thanks, Sashar
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