Sarah May

#38122, b. 18 October 1778, d. 7 July 1853

Individual's Timeline

Christening18 October 1778Sarah May1
Marriage1 June 1798Sarah May2
Marriage of Daughter20 September 1832Margaret Reid3
Deathbefore 1841James Reid
Marriage of Son1849Andrew Reid
Marriage of Son25 May 1849Andrew Reid4
Death7 July 1853Sarah May

Primary events

  • Christening: Sarah May was christened on 18 October 1778 in Saline, Fife, Scotland. The register reads William MAY, workman in Lecture Stone and Janet HUTSON Baptised Sarah Lawful 18th in Presence of the Congregation.1
  • Marriage: She married James Reid on Friday, 1 June 1798 in Saline, Scotland.2
  • Marriage of Daughter: Her child Margaret Reid was married on 20 September 1832 in Inverkeithing, Fife, Scotland.3
  • (Widow) Death: In 1841 Sarah was left a widow by the death of James Reid; Sarah was a widow in 1851, and he was not in the house with her in 1841.
  • Marriage of Son: Her child Andrew Reid was married in 1849 in Saline, Scotland.
  • Marriage of Son: Her child Andrew Reid was married on 25 May 1849 in Saline, Scotland.4
  • Death: Sarah died on 7 July 1853 in Hollands, Saline, Fife, Scotland, Info from Pierce via Email - She was a widow. This was registered by Free Church at Saline
    (1843-1954) [MR18/1] (Aged 74 years, 8 months and 19 days, worked back from recorded birth date).

Secondary circumstances

  • Married Name: Her married name was Reid.

Census details

  • Sarah was named first in the census taken on the night of 6th June 1841. Others in the house included Janet Reid, Ann Reid and Andrew Black, but no relationships were recorded in this census. The address was Hollands, Saline, Fife, Scotland. She was aged 62 years.. In the house as well were Andrew REID aged 20 and Andrew BLACK aged 5, both born in Fife. The elder Andrew was a Smith.
  • In the census taken on the night of 30th March 1851 Sarah was the head of the household. The address was Saline, Fife, Scotland. Her children Janet and Ann were living with her, along with Andrew Black, a grandson aged 15 who is working as a carter and who was born in Saline.

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Received this from another REID researcher (Linda) - Saline, Fife. Poors' Board: Minute and Cash Book, 1845-1865, 6-51-1,
    Fife Archives, Carleton House, Markinch, Fife:SO].
    7 February 1851 - She was a widow aged 70 when she was admitted. It was on condition that her two sons (one named Andrew) repay a moity of whatever sums may be expended on her by the Parochial Board. (We viewed the book in the Fife Archives a number of years ago).
  • Research note 01: Unable to find Sarah's death after 1851 in Scotland's People under REID or MAY.

Children of Sarah May and James Reid


  1. International Genealogical Index (IGI), C114552.
  2. International Genealogical Index (IGI), M114554.
  3. International Genealogical Index (IGI), M114326      1820 - 1855      1040112.
  4. Website ( "12     25/05/1849     BARROWMAN     JEAN     ANDREW REID/FR438 (FR438)     F     SALINE (FIFE)     /FIFE     455/00 0020 0174."
  5. International Genealogical Index (IGI), c114554.