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Archibald Alonzo Reynolds

Male 1855 - 1935  (79 years)


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  • Name Archibald Alonzo Reynolds 
    Born 10 Oct 1855  West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Jul 1935  Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Fairplain, Jackson, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 


    • JCDR:
      Archie A Reynolds, 7/18/1935, 79y, 9m, 8d, d. Jackson co, Jim and Angeline Reynolds, b. WV, Farmer, married

      Ancestral File Number: 1ZNK-29M
      Notes for ARCHIBALD ALONZO REYNOLDS:
      A heart attack last Thursday morning was fatal to Archibald Alonzo Reynolds, 79 year old farmer and businessman, of Evans, as he sat in the home after returning from the fields where he had gone to work that morning. Dr. T. E. Rymer said that death caused from a severe heart attack and that death had been sudden. He was one of the well known citizens of the county and has been engaged in business for a generation. A native of the county, he entered the mercantile business at Fairplain many years ago and conducted a successful business there. Later he moved to Evans where he conducted a general store until a few years ago when he retired from business. He had always enjoyed reasonably good health, was active in business and civic affairs and was one of the most highly respected citizens of the county. When the news was flashed of his sudden death, which was a shock to friends and relatives alike, there was many who recalled some kind of deed "Archie" had done for them during his lifetime or some word of encouragement he had spoken. The funeral services were held at the Otterbein United Brethren Church on Saturday morning under the direction of Rev. E. E. Roush, pastor of that church . The Flower girls were six granddaughters; Virgina Casto, Marie Litton, Mildred Bennett, Freda Casto, Permelia Roach, and Hazel Casto, assisted by two others, Faye Oldham and Mildred Stewart.The pallbearers were eight grandsons; Fred Sayre, Thaw Stewart, Willard Casto, Orville Sayre, Clayton Stewart, Raymond Casto, Archie Casto, and Owens Casto
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    Person ID I450  WVPioneers
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2014 

    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  [2
    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 Permelia Ann Shinn,   b. 27 Dec 1855 OR 7 Jan 1855, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1943, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 18 Dec 1879  Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 

    • 1880 Census Place: E.D. 43, Jackson, West Virginia # 361-363
      Archibold REYNOLDS Self M M W 24 VA
      Permelia REYNOLDS Wife F M W 24 VA
      James CASTO SSon M S W 8 WV
      Clora CASTO SDau F M W 3 WV
      Wesley LEWIS Other M S W 19 VA
      Robert STARCHER Other M S W 21 VA

      1900 JC Ripley Dist # 19
      ARch A 10/1855 m20y
      Permelia A 12/1855 6-5
      Della M 11/1894

      1920 JC
      Reynolds, Archie A, 64
      Permelia, 64, wife

      JCWR: B4, pg 487
      AA Reynolds 4/20/1933, prv 7/25/1935
      wife Permelia A
      daus Della Long, Minnie Casto, Mary Sayre
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      A heart attack last Thursday morning was fatal to Archibald Alonzo Reynolds, 79 year old farmer and businessman, of Evans, as he sat in the home after returning from the fields where he had gone to work that morning. Dr. T. E. Rymer said that death caused from a severe heart attack and that death had been sudden. He was one of the well known citizens of the county and has been engaged in business for a generation. A native of the county, he entered the mercantile business at Fairplain many years ago and conducted a successful business there. Later he moved to Evans where he conducted a general store until a few years ago when he retired from business. He had always enjoyed reasonably good health, was active in business and civic affairs and was one of the most highly respected citizens of the county. When the news w as flashed of his sudden death, which was a shock to friends and relative s alike, there was many who recalled some kind of deed "Archie" Reynolds had done for them during his life time or some word of encouragement he had spoken. The funeral services were held at the Otterbein United Brethren Church on Saturday morning under the directions of Rev. E. E. Roush, pastor of that church. The music was furnished by the United Brethren Church, of Ripley, Rev. Fred Slaughter read the scripture and Rev. Curtis Robin son made the prayer. Burial followed in the cemetery at Fairplain. The flower girls were six granddaughters; Virginia Casto, Marie Litton, Mildred Bennett, Freda Casto, Permelia Roach, and Hazel Casto, assisted by two others, Faye Oldham and Mildred Stewart. The pallbearers were eight of his grandsons; Fred Sayre, Thaw Stewart, Willard Casto, Orville Sayre, Clayton Stewart, Raymond Casto, Archie Casto, and Owens Casto. We have shared his joys, we now pay our grateful tribute. This hour we unite our heart s with all the sorrowing ones. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, children and relatives, may each one look to Him, who can comfort and bless. Heaven drops it's charm of richest gifts upon the sad hearts. (Jackson Herald, 26 July 1935)

      Archibald Alonzo "Archie" Reynolds was born near Fairplain, Jackson County, October 10, 1855, died at his home at Evans, July 18, 1935, aged 79 years, 9 months and 8 days. He was united in marri age to Permelia Ann Shinn Casto, and to this union four children were born, namely; Mary, Minnie, John, and Della, the son d ying in infancy. He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife and three daughters, Mrs. Mary Sayre, Mrs. Minnie Casto and Mrs. Della Long, all of Evan s; two step-daughters, G. W. Casto of Evans, and Mrs. Flora Stewart of Ripley. Two brothers, Charles Reynolds of Fairplain, and Silas Reynolds of Bidwell, Ohio; 19 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren. (Jackson Herald, 26 July 1935)


      Mrs. A. A. Reynolds will be 81 years old on December 27, 1936. She was a daughter of George Shinn, born 1855 in Mason County, on Thirteen Mile Creek. She was the only girl in a family of six children. When she was nine years old the Shinn family moved to Jackson County, settling at Fairplain, then called Grass Lick . It was there that fifteen year old Parmelia Shinn became Mrs. Thaw Casto. Mr. Casto died when his two children, W. G. and Flora (now Mrs. Bert Stewart) were small. Later his young widow married A. A. Reynolds, and their children are: Mary (now Mrs. Jeff Sayre), Minnie (now Mrs. James Casto), and Della (now Mrs. Marshall Long). Besides her children, Mrs. Reynolds has seventeen grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren living. (Jackson Herald, 25 Dec 1936)

      Funeral services for Mrs. Permelia Ann Reynolds w ere held at the Ripley United Brethren Church Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o 'clock with the Rev. Roy Davis, of Cottageville, in charge and he was assisted by Rev. Harry miller. The body was taken to the Fairplain cemetery for interment. The Vail Undertaking Company had c harge of the arrangements. Mrs. Reynolds, who would have celebrated the eighty-eight (88) birthday next month died at her home at Evans Sunday evening following an illness of mote than a month. She was a daughter of the late George W. and Elizabeth Stone Shinn, and was born on Thirteen Mile Creek on December 27, 1855. When she was fifteen (15) years of age she married Thaw Casto, who died eight years later. By that marriage she was the mother of two children, George Wallace Casto of Evans, and Mrs. Flora Stewart of Ripley. On December 18, 1879 she married A. A. Reynolds, who preceded her in death eight years ago. Surviving from that union are three daughters, Mrs. Mary Sayre and Mrs. Della Long, both of Evans, Mrs. Minnie Casto of Ripley. One child, John, died in infancy. Other survivors include one brother, J. O. Shinn of Point Pleasant, seventeen (17) grandchildren, twenty-seven (27) great grand children, and six (6) great great grandchildren. Although she was older than her brothers, friends Tuesday recalled that she had her full share of sorrows because she had seen one of her children, her husbands, and her parents, as well as all her brothers, except one, precede her in death. Among the brothers were the late S. F. Shinn, R. P. Shinn, N. U. G. Shinn, and John A. Shinn. (Jackson Herald, Friday, 19 November 1943)
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      Jackson County, WV Past and Present:
      Archie and Permelia Reynolds

      Samuel and Early Hindman Shinn had a son named George W Shinn who met and married Elizabeth Stone Shinn.
      They had five sons, Owens, Fred, Ruben, Liss and John. They had one daughter, Permelia Ann, born December 27, 1855.
      When Permelia was nine years old, the family moved from Thirteen Mile Creek in Mason County to Grasslick in Jackson county, now known as Fairplain.
      When Permelia was 15 years old, she met and was married to Clermont Thaw Casto on February 7, 1871 by the Reverend J.I.Ankrum.
      Clermont was the son of Elmore and Phoebe Cunningham Casto.
      To this union were born two children, George Wallace and Flora Elizabeth.
      But this marriage was not to be. When George Wallace was seven and Flora Elizabeth was five, there father died and is buried in the Webster Cemetery near Fairplain.
      Permelia Ann then met and married Archie Alonzo Reynolds on December 18, 1879, by the Reverend J.W. Martin.
      Archie was the son of James M and Angelina Skidmore Reynolds. . . .
    Children 
    +1. Mary E Reynolds,   b. 12 Jul 1881, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1954  (Age 72 years)
    +2. Minnie Samantha Reynolds,   b. 4 Jun 1883, Fairplain, Jackson, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1973, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     3. John A Reynolds,   b. 21 Feb 1893, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1893, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. Della May Reynolds,   b. 7 Nov 1894, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F702  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Oct 1855 - West Virginia, 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.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Death Records, Jackson Co, WV.

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