1893 Register of Enlistments
Samuel Reid enlisted at Chicago Illinois on August 7, 1893, committing to five years. He was 21 years and four months old (b. May 1872). His occupation is "waiter" and he is described as having brown eyes, curly black hair and a black complexion. His height is listed at 5' 5 3/4" and he was assigned to the 25th Infantry, Company E. He was discharged November 6, 1896 at Fort Assinniboine, Montana with the rank of private and a rating "Excellent"
1897 Register of Enlistments
Reid re-enlisted January 10 at Fort Harrison, Montana. He was 24 years and 9 months old. He was born in Charlotte, N.C. and described as a soldier with brown eyes, black hair and a mulatto complexion. He was 5' 5 1/2" tall and attached to the 25th Infantry Company G. He was discharged January 9, 1900 at Botolau, P.I. with a rank of sergeant and ranking of "Excellent."
1900 Register of Enlistments
Reid re-enlisted January 10, 1900 at Zambales Luzon, P.I. He was 26 yeara and nine months old. He was described as having black hair and a mulatto complexion. He was assigned to the 25th Infantry, Company M. On November 26, 1902 he was discharged at Fort Niobrara, Nebraska. He had attained the rank of sergeant and received an "Excellent" rating.
1903 Register of Enlistments
On the 13th of January, 1903, Reid re-enlisted once again, this time at Asheville, North Carolina. On this register he is described as having brown eyes, black hair and a light complexion. He was moved to the 24th Infantry, Company I. On December 5, 1905 he was discharged from Ft. Missoula with the rating "Excellent".
1907 Register of Enlistments
Reid re-enlisted in February, 1907 at Ft. McIntosh, Texas. He was 33 years and 8 months old. This enlistment he was described as having brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion. His height is recorded as 5' 6 1/2". He was back with the 25th Infantry, Company M. On February 5, 1910 he was discharged at Ft. George Wright with the rank "sergeant" and rating "excellent".
1910 Register of Enlistments
Reid re-enlisted at Ft. George Wright on the 6th of February for a three year committment. He age was 36 years 10 months. His occupation was "waiter" and he was attached to the 25th Infantry Company M. He was discharged February 5, 1913 at Schofield Barracks in the Hawaiian Islands with the rank of sergeant and an "excellent" rating.
Sam Reid [Reed?], aged 8, a mulatto male from Poplar Tent Township, County Cabarrus [?] (21 miles from Charlotte). In the Reid household are father, James (41 yrs.-mulatto); mother, Maggie (38-mulatto); William (12); Charley (10); Mac (9); Sam (8); John (5); Mattie (6) and Nettie (2). James is a farmer; Maggie keeps house; William and Charley are laborers and the rest of the children are "at home". William and Charley are marked as having attended school but both are also marked as being unable to read and write. Maggie is also marked as not being able to read and write but not James.
1900 Census - Philippine Islands Province of Zambales - Military and Naval Population
[Eugene Jones is also on this census and possibly others]
Samuel Reid is a 1st Sergeant with a U.S. residence in "Charlotte, North Carolina 26 Town[?] St.". Reid is a 27 year old, single black male born April 1873. He, his mother and his father are all listed as being born in North Carolina. The record also indicates he could read and write.
1910 Federal Census Fort Wright, Spokane County, WA
Thirty seven year old Samuel Reid is single and a sergeant in Co. M of the 25th Regiment. He lives at Fort George Wright in Spokane, Washington. His and his parents are all listed as having been born in North Carolina.
1920 Federal Census Concord City, Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Forty-eight year old "Reed" [sic] is married to a thirty-three year old woman named Bessie Ingram. They are living with Bessie's mother and uncle Charlie Bamhardt. Sam and his wife both teach high school. [I think the school is connected to Immanuel Lutheran College].
1930 Federal Census, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
Samuel and Bessie are still married and living in Greensboro where they are dorm parents [he- "supervisor of male students" and she- "matron"], on the Immanuel Luthern College campus. Reid is listed as a veteran of the "Sp. Phil W.W." Living with them are 15 year old Buford L Reid "Ad son" and Margaret Turner a roomer.