Biography of Reuben M. Reynolds
Monroe County, MI Biographies

REUBEN M. REYNOLDS. an active farmer of London, Mich., was born in Lester, Livingston counly, N. Y., Feb. 27, 1829. His parents were eastern people. His father died when he was seven years old, and from that time untit his eleventh year he lived with an older sister. In 1847 he went to French Creek, Ohio. to learn the blacksmith's trade. In 1853 he learned the cooper's trade, and came to Wayne county, erected a cooper's shop. He sold this for a right in three counties of a patent farming mill, and engaged in the sale of mills, In 1856 be came to Oakville, Monroe county, and purchased some property, and erected a house. Dec. 21, 1856, he married Esther M. Wheaton, of London, Mich. She was born in Andover, Allegany County, N. Y., Feb. 13, 1836. Her parents were residents of London township, and her father a carpenter and joiner. In 1857 he erected a manufacturing and repair shop of barrels and repairing wagons and carriages; he continued this until Aug. 18, 1861, when he enlisted in Co. K, 1st Mich. Cav. as a private, but was detailed as company blacksmith. He was with the regiment in the battle of Cedar Mountain. and the battle of Bull Run. He returned to Oakville, Mich., April 7, 1864. Since his return he has been unable to do any hard work. In 1883 he was placed upon the pension rolls, and has had one increase in the same. At present he manages his farm, and from a patented wagon jack he has received quite an income. Mr. Reynolds is the father of five children; Sylvanus G. born Oct. 12, 1857; Francis L., born Jan. 7, 1865; Reuben M., jr., born Jan. 31, 1871; Newton G., born Sept. 22, 1873; and Bessie M., born Jan. 8, 1875. Sylvanus G was married Jan. 17, 1883, to Sarah C. Magraw, of Augusta, Mich. She was born Sept. 4, 1861, in New York State They have two children, Viola W, born Dec. 29, 1884, and Minnie M., born May 30, 1886; Mabel M., born May 8, 1889. Reuben M. Reynolds, Sr., is member of Lucius Taylor Post 274, G. A. R. In 1888 exchanged his farm for village property in Essex Centre, Ont., and moved there; in 1889 exchanged his Canada property for a farm in Lawton, Van Buren County, Mich., where he now lives.

History of Monroe County, Michigan
Talcott E. Wing, Editor
Munsell & Company, Publishers
New York 1890.

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