On February 4, 2004, the Board of Supervisors of Nelson Co., Virginia unanimously supported a resolution recommending to the Board on Place Names of the US Geological Survey that the names of Reeds Creek and Reeds Gap be restored to their original spelling, Reids Creek and Reids Gap. The change was the result of several years of effort led by Peter Agelasto III, a property owner of part of 18th century land of Alexander Reid, Sr., through which Reids Creek flows. The proposed change had already received the support of the State Names Authority for Virginia, and, in the case of Reids Gap, Augusta County and the National Park Service.
I'm pleased to report that the on February 11, 2004, the Board on Place Names unanimously approved the Requested change. The spelling change will be made in the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), the nation's official geographic names repository, in the next few days; the GNIS can be searched online at http://geonames.usgs.gov.
Reids Creek is a tributary of the South Fork of the Rockfish River in what since 1808 has been Nelson County, Virginia. Reids Gap lies in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the line between Nelson and Augusta Counties. Sometime during or shortly before 1740, the brothers John Reid and Alexander Reid, Sr., their cousin Andrew Reid, Jr., and other family members migrated from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to the Rockfish River Valley in what was then Goochland County, Virginia. As that county was successively divided the valley became part of Albemarle, then Amherst, and finally Nelson County. John served as an early magistrate in the area, and his son Alexander Reid, Jr., a sheriff of Amherst County, received a patent to the land in Reids Gap. Reids Creek flowed through the property of Alexander, Sr. and Andrew Jr. Alexander Reid, Sr., survived until 200 years ago this year. After his death, his son Samuel Reid, the last member of the family remaining in the area, settled his father’s estate, sold his own land, and joined his brother Alexander Reid, minor, in Garrard County, Kentucky. By the time maps were drawn of the area, no family members remained to provide the correct spelling of the creek and the gap.
In 2002 I moved to Nelson County. I now live very close to the confluence of the Rockfish River and what in the 18th century was known as Corbins Creek (now Gulleyville Creek). It was on the headwaters of this Creek that John Reid and his son Alexander Reid, Jr., had their homes.
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