West Virginia Pioneers

James Mark REYNOLDS

Male 1827 - 1891  (64 years)


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  • Name James Mark REYNOLDS 
    Born 12 Jun 1827  Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Aug 1891  Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 

    • JCDR:
      Jas. M. Reynolds, 8/14/1891, 64 y, 3m, Died Jackson Co, Parents, R & M Reynolds, married

      Middle name came from Beth, no idea where she got it.
    Person ID I442  WVPioneers
    Last Modified 13 Mar 2008 

    Father Reuben REYNOLDS,   b. Abt 1784, prob Richmond Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 28 Feb 1840 and 24 Aug 1840, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Mother Jean TANNER,   b. 1789/90,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 31 Oct 1805  Harrison County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 

    • Harrison County, Virginia (West Virginia) Tax Lists
      1804, Reynolds, Reuben 1-1 = 12¢
      1805 - Reynolds, Reuben 1-1 = 12¢
      1806 -
      1812 - Runnels, Reuben 1 0 3 = 36¢
      1812 - Runnels, Benjamin 1 0 0 = (no tax)
      1813 - Runnols, Reuben 1 0 2 = 32¢
      1813 - Runnels, Benjamin 1 0 1 = 16¢
      1814 - Runnels, Reuben 1 0 2 = 42¢
      1814 - Runnels, Benjamin 1 0 1 = 21¢
      1815 - Runnels, Reuben 1 0 2 0 2 = 40¢
      1816 - Runnels, Reuben 1 0 2 = 36¢

      Lewis County, Virginia (West Virginia) Tax List
      1817 - (many pages missing, went from the Bs to the Ss)
      1818 - Runnels, Ruben 1 0 3 = 54¢
      1819 - Reynolds, Reuben 1 0 2 = 36¢
      1819 - Reynolds, Benjamin 1 0 1 = 18¢

      Kanawha County Personal Property Tax Lists
      Reuben Reynolds
      1820, March 24, 1 male 16+, 2 horses, $.36 tax
      1822 March 29, 2 horses, 27 cents
      1824, Feb 11, 1 horse, 12 cents
      1825, Feb 14, 2 horses, 24 cents
      1826, May 19, 4 horses, 48 cents

      1827
      Reynolds, Reuben, Apr 14, 4 horses, 48 cents
      Reynolds, Benj, Apr 14, 1 horse, 12 cents

      1828
      Reynolds, Benj Sr, May 17, 1 horse, 12 cents
      Reynolds, Reuben, May 17, 3 horses, 36 cents

      1829
      Benj Reynolds Sen, May 29, 1 horse
      Reuben Reynolds, 2 horses, 20 cents

      1830, all Apr 12
      Reuben Reynolds, 2 white males 16+, 2 horses
      Reynolds, Wm, 1 white male 16+
      Reynolds, Ben Jr, 1 white male 16+
      Reynolds, Vincent, 1 white male 16+, 2 horses
      Reynolds, Charles (something that looked a little like decd), 1 white male 16+

      1831
      Reuben Reynolds, May 16, 3 horses
      Ben Reynolds Jr, 1 horse

      1832
      Reuben Reynolds, Apr 16, 3 horses
      Charles Reynolds, Apr 7, 1 horse

      1833
      Reuben Reynolds, Apr 9, 4 horses
      Vincent Reynolds, Apr 11, 1 horse
      Charles Reynolds, Apr 6, 1 horse

      1834, all on Apr 17
      Reuben Reynolds, 3 horses, 18 cents
      Ben Reynolds Jr, 2 horses, 13 cents
      Charles Reynolds, 1 horse
      William Reynolds, 1 horse

      1835
      John Reynolds, Apr 13, 1 horse
      Reuben Reynolds, Apr 13, 2 horses
      Ben Reynolds, Apr 13, 4 horses
      William Reynolds, Apr 13, 1 horse
      Charles Reynolds, Apr 3, 1 horse

      1836
      Jno L Reynolds, Apr 1, 1 horse
      Wm Reynolds, Mar 26, 1 horse
      Chas Reynolds, Apr 2

      1820 Kanawha Co, WV
      20 7
      REYNOLDS, Reuben
      Males 0-10 2
      10-16 2
      26-45 1
      Females 0-10 2
      26-45 1


      1830 Kanawha Co, WV
      211-04 RUNNALDS, Reuben
      1102201010000
      1020010000000
      males
      0-5 1 James
      5-10 1 Thomas
      15-20 2 William & John
      20-30 2 Ben & Vince
      40-50 1 Reuben
      60-70 1 ??? Ben
      female 0-5 1 Sarah
      10-15 2 Nancy & Elizabeth
      30-40 1 Jean

      1840 Jackson Co, WV ????
      Reynolds, Thomas
      males
      0-5: 1 who???? grandchild?
      5-10 1 could be James with age given wrong or in wrong box, s/b 13
      15-20 1 obviously Thomas
      females
      10-15 1 Sarah
      20-30 1 Nancy?
      40-50 1 Jean

      BOOK 2 PAGE 128 [Harrison County, Virginia]
      KNOW all men by there presents, that we Reubin Reynolds and Paul Shaver are held and firmly bound unto John Page Governor of Virginia, in the just and full sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, to which payment well and truly to be made, to the said Governor or his successors, we bind our selves, and each of our heirs, executors and administrators. Jointly and severally, firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals, and dated this 31st day of October 1805

      The condition of the above Obligation is such, that whereas there is a Marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between said Reuben Reynolds and Jean Tanner who is upwards of twenty one years old now if there be no lawful cause to object the said Marriage,
      then the above Obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
      Signed sealed and delivered his
      in presence of Reuben X Reynolds (seal)
      mark
      his
      B. Wilson, Jr. DC Paul X Shaver (seal)
      mark

      Pg. 284, Bishop's History of Roane Co. Thomas Reynolds and his wife, Lucinda (Tolly) Reynolds, were among the oldest of the pioneer settlers on lower Spring Creek; Thomas was a son of Ruben Reynolds, of Rockbridge Co., VA, a soldier of the War of 1812. Thomas Reynolds left two sons, William Lane Reynolds and F. Asbury Holt Reynolds. William L. married Emily D., daughter of Joshua and Samantha (Miller) Runnion; of this union one son yet surviving is Joshua Thomas Reynolds, of the City of Spencer, now serving as office deputy of Walter A. Carpenter, the sheriff of the county.
      Pg. 313- The Rev. Ruben Reynolds came in 1826, from where or of what sect is not given us. The same year came the Rev. P. Hall, a Methodist minister. These are recorded as preaching "in the wilderness;" but not until 1833, was a religious society organized. That year, Mathew Matties, a Baptist preacher, organized a congregation of Baptist worshippers, at Presley Vineyard's near the mouth of Johnson Creek. (Presley Vineyard was my 3rd g-grandfather.)
      Pg.458- Elizabeth Ann, daughter of Joshua and Elvilda, married William Whetzel Short, of Spencer District. Rebecca Viola of this first family was thrice married; first two husbands died, her last being Ruben Reynolds, of Spencer District.
      ~~

      Early Court Records, Kanawha County 1789-1803

      Court held for Kanawha county 9th April 1799

      "A power of arrorney from Dennis Cochran to Andrew Donnally having been presented
      in Court & approved by the oaths of Reuben and John Reynolds, witnesses thereto and
      ordered to be recorded."
      ~~
      Pioneers of Jackson Co, WV by John House
      Heart of Mill Creek
      Reynolds Family [a portion of the sketch]

      The founder of the Reynolds family was Reuben Reynolds, who came from Botetourt county, Virginia, and settled on Poca River, Walton District, Roane County. His wife was Virginia (maiden name not learned). Their children were:

      Benjamin Reynolds, married a Dye, in 1838 or 1839. He at one time lived on the Kyger place where Hardman Station now stands.

      Thomas Reynolds, son of Reuben, married Lucinda Tolley. They lived on Tug Fork. They had a son, W.L. Reynolds, born in 1841, he married Emily D Miller, daughter of Joshua and Samantha Runyan Miller, William L Reynolds was in Company B, Ninth West Virginia Infantry.

      William Reynolds, son of Reuben, married Mary Wolfe, a daughter of Jonathan Wolfe. Their daughter married Bazil Wright.

      Sarah Reynolds, daughter of Reuben, married Ferdinand Sallaz, a Swiss Frenchman.

      Nancy Reynolds, daughter of Reuben, married a Wood.

      Elizabeth Reynolds, daughter of Reuben, married John Casto, son of William Casto, and later she married R.S. Deweese.

      Vincent Reynolds, married Isabel Wright.

      John Reynolds was born in 1827 and died in 1891. (Wife's name not learned.) James Reynolds, their son, married Angeline Skidmore. A.C. (Taylor) Reynolds was their son.
      [a little sketchy here!. . .bb]
      ~~~
      Sims Index to Land Grants in WV. Kanawha county Reynoldses:
      John, 450 ac Gr Sandy River, 1802; bk 1, pg 318
      John, 50 ac, Gr Sandy River, 1802, Bk 1, pg 317
      Reuben, 108 1/4 ac, Wtrs Pocaatalico, 1836, bk 2, pg 325
      ~~
      there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto Reuben Reynolds . . . a certain tract or parcel of land, containing one hundred and eight and a quarter acres, situate in the county of Kanawha on Pocatalica river & bounded as follows. . . on the 30th day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty six and of the Commonwealth the 61st.

      Kanawha County Court (land sold)
      Book L, Page 121
      This Indenture made this 5th day of April 1839 Between Ruben Reynolds and Jane his wife of Jackson County and State of Virginia of the one part and John Harper of the County of Kanawha and State of VA of the other part. . .
    Family ID F28  Group Sheet

    Family 1 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  [5
    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

      ~~
      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]
    Children 
    +1. Allen Taylor Reynolds,   b. 8 Sep 1848,   d. 5 Nov 1925, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +2. Ferdinand Silas REYNOLDS,   b. 20 Oct 1850, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1936, OH - buried Mt Olive Cemetery Bidwell, Gallia Co, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    +3. Melissa D Reynolds,   b. 19 Oct 1853, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1934  (Age 80 years)
    +4. Archibald Alonzo Reynolds,   b. 10 Oct 1855, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1935, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +5. Martha T Reynolds,   b. Aug 1858, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1888, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years)
    +6. Lenora Isabell Reynolds,   b. Dec 1860, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1920 and 1930  (Age ~ 59 years)
     7. Ellen M Reynolds,   b. 15 Jun 1863, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1886, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
    +8. Charles Lewis Reynolds,   b. 22 Feb 1865, Mason, Mason County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1944, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     9. William Holt Reynolds,   b. 13 Jan 1868, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1868, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     10. George W Reynolds,   b. 20 Mar 1870, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1870, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F116  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Mary (Martha) Aultz,   b. 5 Aug 1819, Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1905  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 27 Sep 1870  Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 

    • Marriage Record
      Date: 9/5/1870 by J J Ankrum
      Place: Jackson Co, WV
      Jas M Reynolds, 43, wid, Jackson co, Jackson Co, Reuben & J Reynolds, farmer
      Mary Rader, 51, wid, Kanawha Co, Jackson Co, Adams & -- Areltz

      1880 Census Place: Ripley, Jackson, West Virginia
      James M. REYNOLDS Self M M W 53 WV VA VA
      Mary REYNOLDS Wife F M W 60 WV VA WV
      Malissa D. REYNOLDS Dau F S W 26 WV
      Martha T. REYNOLDS Dau F S W 21 WV
      Ellen M. REYNOLDS Dau F S W 16 WV
      Charles L. REYNOLDS Son M S W 15 WV
      Jack J. MCKORON Other M W 20 WV
    Family ID F304  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] Gravestone.

    2. [S4] Death Records, Jackson Co, WV.

    3. [S37] Betty Briggs.

    4. [S30] Marriage Record.

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