Biography of Capt. William H. Reynard
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Reynard, Capt. William Hathaway, is one of the best known men of this vicinity. He was born in New Bedford, April 20, 1844, a son of Capt. William H. and Emily H. (Russell) Reynard, and grandson of John Reynard, who came to this country from London, England, about 1760. Captain Reynard's ancestors on his mother's side were Quakers. During his early boyhood he attended the academy and private schools in New Bedford, and made his first sea voyage when only fifteen years old, going before the mast on a whaler sailing from New Bedford. In due course of time he became mate and then master, and sailed in whale ships and merchantmen during his entire active life, passing through many hard experiences and exciting adventures. His father had also been a sailor and at one time was master of the ship Flying Cloud, which early in the fifties broke the record from New York to San Francisco. He also represented the New Bedford district in the State Legislature for one term. Captain Reynard retired in 1885 and now spends the greater part of his time at his residence in South Dartmouth. December 20, 1886, he married Martha J., daughter of Harrison and Eliza J. Robinson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Of their union one son was born, William H., jr., who died when an infant.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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