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Ferdinand Silas REYNOLDS

Male 1850 - 1936  (85 years)


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  • Name Ferdinand Silas REYNOLDS 
    Born 20 Oct 1850  Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Silas Reynolds
    Silas Reynolds
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Aug 1936  OH - buried Mt Olive Cemetery Bidwell, Gallia Co, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Gallia County, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 

    • Loretta said Silas was a great dancer. Thinks he was Republican.

      Marriage Record
      Jackson County, WV
      F S Reynolds, 24, to Loretta V Casto, 16
      4/10/1875, Bk 1-B, pg 466

      Loretta and Silas came to OH about 1919.
      Census: 1900, 1880 - married
      1870, 1860 - with parents

      Birth and death dates from Monuments in Mt Olive Cem, Bidwell, OH

      Land Deed Records bk 41, pg 222
      Mary Reynolds to FS Reynolds for $1000 and to care for her the rest of her life and bury her on the farm of CH Parish beside her 2 deceased children. On Grass Lick on Charleston, Ripley Turnpike. Sept 12, 1892
      (Mary was second wife of James M Reynolds)


      from The Gallia Times, Thursday, August 13, 1936

      F. S. REYNOLDS DIES

      F.S. Reynolds, 85, a native of West Virginia but a resident of this county nearly 20 years, died at his home between Bidwell and Wood's Mill Friday evening after long illness from heart trouble.
      Surviving sons and daughters are James on Campaign, this county; Creighton of Porter; Mrs. Ernest Motz at home with her father; Mrs. Kennice Winters, Mrs. Minnie Robey, Mrs. Alice Fisher, all of West Virginia; Mrs. Mary Schack, Columbus; Mrs. Dorothy Adams, Kerr; and Ferd of Cambridge, Mass.
      Funeral services were at Mt. Olive Sunday with burial in the cemetery there.

      Ferdinand Silas Reynolds
      Birth: Oct. 20, 1850
      Fairplain
      Jackson County
      West Virginia, USA
      Death: Aug. 7, 1936
      Bidwell
      Gallia County
      Ohio, USA
      Son of James M and Sarah Angelina (Skidmore) Reynolds. Married Loretta Victora Casto, 10 Apr 1875 in Jackson County, WV. Their children:
      Mary Samantha 12/12/1875 - 10/30/1878
      Ernie Loretta 9/27/1878 - 8/28/1948
      Tennia Irene 3/21/1880 - 10/25/1947
      James Abram 2/16/1882 - 4/20/1973
      Minnie Belle 2/16/1884 - 6/7/1955
      Alwilda Dee "Allie" 3/8/1886 - 7/3/1970
      Petey 10/30/1888 - 8/14/1890
      Claude Crayton 4/19/1891 - 2/19/1945
      Dorcus Marie 2/24/1893 - 1/14/1985
      Ferdinand Taylor 10/8/1896 - 3/15/1940
      Frankie Mae 9/4/1899 - 6/10/1957
      Family links:
      Spouse:
      Loretta Victoria Casto Reynolds (1859 - 1931)*
      Children:
      Ernie Loretta Reynolds Strawsbaugh (1878 - 1948)*
      Tennia Irene Reynolds Winter (1880 - 1947)*
      James Abram Reynolds (1882 - 1973)*
      Minnie Belle Reynolds Robie (1884 - 1955)*
      Alwilda Dee Reynolds Fisher (1886 - 1970)*
      Claude Crayton Reynolds (1891 - 1945)*
      Dorcas Marie Reynolds Adams (1893 - 1985)*
      Frankie Mae Reynolds Smith (1899 - 1957)*
      Burial:
      Mount Olive Cemetery
      Bidwell
      Gallia County
      Ohio, USA [Add Plot]
      Created by: Betty Briggs
      Record added: Dec 06, 2010
      Find A Grave Memorial# 62621698
    Person ID I333  WVPioneers
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2006 

    Father James Mark REYNOLDS,   b. 12 Jun 1827, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1891, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Sarah Angelina SKIDMORE,   b. 23 Jan 1831, Botetourt County, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1870, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 15 Mar 1847  Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 

    • Marriage Record
      Date: March 15th 1847 by E J Rollins
      Place: Jackson, West Virginia, United States
      James Reynolds to Anglena Redman

      From Uncle Jim Reynolds, Aug 1972:
      James is father of Silas, Holt is Silas's brother
      James and wife buried in old Pfost cemetery
      Abram and Becky Casto are parents of Loretta, names of children

      JCMR:
      James M Reynolds, 43, (W), Jackson, Reuben & J
      to Mary Rader, 51, (W) Kanawha, Adam Aultz ---5 Sept 1870

      1860 Jackson, VA
      James M , 33, farmer, on Grasslick
      Angelina, 29
      A. Taylor, 11 b. Jackson Co
      Ferdinand, 9, Jackson Co
      M.D., (female), 7, Jackson Co
      Archibald A, 5, JC
      M.T. (female), 2, JC
      Martha Rhodes, 66, VA ---did they buy her farm???

      1870 Mill Creek, Jackson Co, WV
      Reynolds, Jas M, 42, farmer, 2000 RE, 400 PP, VA can't write
      , Allen F, 21, Farm laborer, Va,school
      , Ferdinand S, 19, VA school
      , Melissa, 18, school
      , Archibald, 14, farm laborer, school
      , Martha J, 11, school
      , Leonora I, 9, school
      , Ellen M, 7, school
      , Charles L, 5

      1870 Mortality Sch
      Reynolds, Angeline, 33, f, March, VA, measles

      1880 census Jackson Co, Ripley E dist
      James M, 53
      Mary, 60
      Malissa D, 26
      Martha T, 21
      Ellen M, 16
      Charles S, 15

      Jackson Co Births [typed copy so could be errors in transcription]
      Malissa D Oct 19, 1853
      Martha I Aug 1858
      Lenorah Dec 1860
      Wm H Sept 13, 1868
      George W March 20, 1870

      Pfost Cemetery Fairplain, WV
      on top of hill overlooking the freeway, cow pasture, some stones knocked over
      James M Reynolds d. Aug 14, 1891 age 64y 2m 2d
      Angelina wife of JM Reynolds Mar 25, 1870
      son of JM and A Reynolds d. March 21, 1870 age 1 day

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      Pioneers of Jackson Co, WV by John House

      Heart of Mill Creek

      Reynolds Family

      James M Reynolds, who married Angeline Skidmore, was a son of John Reynolds [incorrect - obviously], who was born in 1827 and died in 1891.

      They were married in 1847, and lived for a while with her parents. Their oldest child was A.T. Reynolds, usually called ‘Taylor." He was born on the Skidmore farm in September of 1848. Some time after his birth, his father moved across into the cove on the south side of Salt Lick hill, and built a house, the orchard he then planted is still standing, that is many trees are and still bear fruit.

      From him, Salt Lick hill, or more correctly speaking, the highest point of the hill, took the name of "Runnel's Knob", by which it is sometimes known.

      Taylor Reynolds lives on the ridge just beyond a twin peak of the above mentioned knob. I think it is on a part of the old Reynolds farm, I stayed there the night of the 16th of September, 1904, and found them most pleasant and hospitable people. His wife was a daughter of Mark and Hannah Harpold Staats, mentioned before.

      They are all readers and very intelligent, tow of the daughters are, or were, teachers in the schools of Jackson County.

      James M Reynolds afterward married the divorced wife of Abraham Rader for his second wife, and lived at the forks of Grass Lick.

      On the morning of the 17th, I watched the sun rise from the top of the twin peaks to which should be given the name of Reynolds Knob. I had come in the evening before, about sundown, "weary, hungry and dispirited", tired out, with a ride of about twenty five miles, and had been very hospitably received by those of the household present, although all total strangers to me, the family consisted of two young ladies, Misses Emma and Hannah Reynolds, and a younger girl, Mary, of perhaps sixteen. There was also present an aunt and some of her children from Pennsylvania, and a young man, a cousin also from Pittsburgh, whose name I do not now recall.

      The father and mother an one or two of the younger children were on a visit to Charleston, but were expected home at any hour. They did get in about nine o'clock, and although they had other company and were themselves tired and travelworn, made me as welcome as if I were a "long lost uncle".

      It was probably near one o'clock when we retired, and perhaps between seven and eight the next morning when the family arose. I. However, awoke about daylight, and going quietly downstairs, took quite a morning stroll before the family was stirring.

      From the top of the knob, which stands about one hundred fifty yards east of the house, I beheld one of the most glorious views that can be imagined.

      The knob itself was covered thickly with peach trees, some of the later varieties of which were still hanging thick with fruit, large and handsomely painted in red and gold by the lavish hand of nature. At its western base clustered the house and farm building, surrounded and partially hidden, by apple, peach and plum trees.

      To the south were the low rolling hills of the Grass Lick country, mostly cleared and well sodded with blue grass, on which were grazing herds of cattle and flocks of sheep. Hill and valley being dotted with farm houses and orchards.

      To the north was the wide valley of Mill Creek and the hills around Ripley, the Mill creek Sandy divide on which was discernible the Pleasant View Church at the head of Crooked Fork, "A city set upon a hill that cannot be hid", and beyond this to the west and northwest, miles and miles away -

      The Hills of Ohio, how sweetly they rise
      In the beauty of nature, to blend with the skies,
      With fair azure outline, and tall ancient trees
      Ohio, my Country, I love thee for these.

      How good to see agin the hill tops of the dear old Buckeye state (the state of my birth).

      Salt Hill and Reynolds Knob are the highest land in the vicinity, though not in Jackson County, as someone states. These are nine hundred and ten feet high, while lands near Liverpool reach eleven hundred, and are higher still in the vicinity of Limestone Hill and Kentuck. So far as I can ascertain, Sorrel Knobs reach as high as eleven hundred and forty feet in the Limestone Hill county, which is the highest elevation.

      On other sides, the view was bounded by the line of hills circling the headwaters of Mill creek, Elk Fork, Tug Fork, and Parchment. The shortest lookout is perhaps to the high dividing ridge about the head of Joe's Run, some six or eight miles away. While I watched, the sun came up, grand, majestic and glorious, over the summit of the neighboring peak, flooding the hilltops with light and driving shade, smoke and fog lower and lower into ravine and lowland.
      [the rest of the sketch is in Reuben's notes]
    Family ID F116  Group Sheet

    Family Loretta Victoria CASTO,   b. 9 Jan 1859, Grass Lick, Jackson Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1931, Bidwell, Springfield Township, Gallia County, Ohio, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 14 Apr 1875  Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 

    • Marriage Record
      Date: license: 4/10/1875 Marriage 4/14/1875
      Place: Jackson, West Virginia, United States
      F S Reynolds, 24, Jackson Co, Jackson Co
      Roletta V Casto, 16, Jackson Co, Jackson Co

      1880 Jackson Co, Ripley E Dist # 199-200
      living with Abram G and Rebecca Casto
      Silas Reynolds, 28, son-in-law
      Roaletta, 21 (Loretta)
      Ernetine, 1, gr dau (Ernie)
      Infant, 2/12 gd dau (Tennia)

      1900 Jackson Co, WV, Ripley Dist, sheet 14, line 5, 239/241
      Reynolds, Ferdinand S, Oct 1850, 49, 25, WV, WV, VA, farmer/blacksmith, owns farm free, farm sch #174
      Reynolds, Loretta V, wife, Jan 1858, 42, 11-9, all WV
      Ernie L, Sept 1878, 21
      Tennia, Mar 1880, 20
      James A, feb 1882, 18, Sch 4 mo
      Minnie B, Feb 1884, 16, Sch 5 mo
      Alwilda D, Mar 1886, 14, Sch 5 mo,
      Claude C, Spt 1891, 9, sch 4 mo
      Dorcas M, July 1893, 6, sch 5 mo
      Ferdinand T, Oct 1896, 3,
      May, Sept 1899, 8/12
      Mary, step-mother, Aug 1819, 80
      Everyone and parents born WV, except Silas's step-mother born VA, all can read/write and speak English thru Alwilda.

      1910 Ripley, Jackson, WV # 14 Charleston Turnpike
      Reynolds, Ferdinand S 59 m1- 35y
      Louretta 51 m1- 35y 11-9 children
      Erna da 31 s
      Alwilda da 24 s
      Craton son 18
      Dorcas da 16
      Ferdinand D son 15
      May E da 10

      1920 Dst 64, Springfield, Gallia, OH # 3-3 all WVWVWV
      Reynolds, Samuel 69
      Lorettia 60
      Crayton son 28
      Winters, Ernie da 41 wd
      Vaught gs 7
      Ora gd 5
      [Wm Strawsbaugh is at #9]

      1930 Dist 24, Springfield Twp, Gallia Co, OH 4/28/1930 # 131-134
      Reynolds, Ferdinand S white male age 79 married age 24 WVWVWV farmer - general farming
      Lorettia V wife white female 71 married age 16 WVWVWV

      Silas and Let Casto Reynolds lived off Woods Mill Road, outside Bidwell, Gallia County, Ohio. They moved there from Fairplain, Jackson, WV during World War I.
      Loretta died in 1931, Silas in 1936. They left everything to their daughter Ernie. She kept the big farm (over 100 acres) and gave the other farm (86 acres ) to her brothers & sisters: Minnie, Allie, Dorcas & Crayton. John & Minnie Robie and Jim & Allie Fisher bought out Dorcas and Crayton. Everett & Erma Robie bought out Fishers in Jan 1938 and moved in, In Oct 1939, John and Minnie Robie moved.
      Ernie's daughter owned half interest in the big farm. John Robie traded his farm in West Virginia for her interest in the farm at Bidwell, and wanted to live in the big house and Ernie to move out into the little house but Ernie was not agreeable to the idea. So John bought her out for $1,000. Ernie and Bill moved our on Rt 554.
    Children 
     1. Mary Samantha Reynolds,   b. 12 Dec 1876, Grass Lick, Jackson Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1878, Grass Lick, Jackson Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    +2. Ernie Loretta Reynolds,   b. 27 Sep 1878, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1948  (Age 69 years)
    +3. Tennia Irene Reynolds,   b. 21 Mar 1880, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1947, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +4. James Abram Reynolds,   b. 16 Feb 1882, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1973  (Age 91 years)
    +5. Minnie Belle REYNOLDS,   b. 16 Feb 1884, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1955, Gallia County, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +6. Alwilda Dee Reynolds,   b. 8 Mar 1886, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1970  (Age 84 years)
     7. Petey Reynolds,   b. 30 Oct 1888,   d. 14 Aug 1890  (Age 1 years)
    +8. Claude Crayton Reynolds,   b. 19 Apr 1891, Fairplain, Jackson, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1945, Gallia County, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    +9. Dorcas Marie Reynolds,   b. 24 Feb 1893, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1985, Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    +10. Ferdinand Taylor Reynolds,   b. 8 Oct 1896, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1940  (Age 43 years)
    +11. Frankie Mae Reynolds,   b. 4 Sep 1899, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1957  (Age 57 years)
    Photos
    Reynolds:  Silas Reynolds Family Reunion
    Reynolds: Silas Reynolds Family Reunion
    Can only ID a few.
    Family ID F67  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Gallia County, Ohio, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Reynolds Brothers
    Reynolds Brothers
    Hold cursor over head to see name.
    Reynolds:  Silas Reynolds Family Reunion
    Reynolds: Silas Reynolds Family Reunion
    Can only ID a few.
    Reynolds, Silas & Let Casto Reynolds
    Reynolds, Silas & Let Casto Reynolds

    Headstones
    Silas & Let Casto Reynolds
    Silas & Let Casto Reynolds
    Headstone
    Reynolds graves
    Reynolds graves
    Headstones

  • Sources 
    1. [S20] Family Bible.

    2. [S7] Gravestone.

    3. [S17] Marriage Records, Jackson Co, WV.