Biography of William T. Reynolds
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Reynolds, William T., was born in Petersburgh on the farm he now owns in 1831. Squire William W. Reynolds, his grandfather, was a native of Westerly, R. I. He settled in Petersburgh in 1780 and became a prominent and successful farmer, and flfled the office of supervisor of his town for several terms, and was magistrate for many years. He served in the Revolutionary war as a volunteer for a short time without pay, and participated in the battle of Bennington. He reared four sons and two daughters. Elijah, the father of William T., was born in Petersburgh in 1782; he was an industrious and successful farmer and accumulated a large property; his wife was Betsey, a daughter of Thomas Crandall; they reared three sons and three daughters; he died in 1859 and his wife survived him many years and died in 1886. William T. was reared on a farm and received a common school education. He devoted his whole life successfully to agricultural pursuits, and in the mean time has added largely to his real estate possessions. For two years he was engaged in shoe manufacturing business in the village of Petersburgh. He lost his factory by fire and never rebuilt. He was supervisor of the town for five years. In 1857 he married Mary J. Wilcox. She was born in Petersburgh, the daughter of Currenton and Hannah (Hewitt) Wilcox. She is the great granddaughter of Sterry Hewitt, the Revolutionary soldier. To Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds were born four children: Minnie M. (deceased), Mrs. Fannie B. Rosenburg, Frank E. and Mrs. Cora A. Jones of Hoosick Falls.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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