James Henry Reid, Jr. was born at Brentsville, Prince
William County, Virginia in 1845. His parents were James Henry
Reid, Sr. and Amy Ann Tolson. Reid entered the Virginia
Military Institute in 1862 and resigned in January 1864 to
join the Confederate Army. He served in 1864-1865 as a private
in Company A, 13th Battalion Virginia Light Artillery (Otey's
Battery) and was paroled at Appomattox.
During the post-war years Reid engaged in many professions,
including that of teacher, justice of the peace, notary
public, bookkeeper, banker, and farmer. He married Beulah
Reese on December 10, 1868, at Christ Church, Alexandria,
Virginia. They had several children; living in 1921 were J.
Henry, Jr., William, David, Beulah, and Amy. Much of Reid's
life was spent in Prince William County, Virginia, where he
died in 1921. He is buried at Manassas, Virginia.