NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The immigrant ancestor of the late Jacob Reynolds, of Beekmantown, was William Reynolds, who arrived in New England priot to 1637, and settled in Providence, Rhode Island. As one of the original proprietors of the Providence Plantation he was intimately associated with Roger Williams in the auguration of religious liberty in America, and with eleven others he signed the following compact, establishing the first civil government in Rhode Island:
"We whose names are here under, desire to inhabit the town of Providence, do promise to subject ourselves in active and passive obedience to all such orders or agreements as shall be made for public good of the body, in an orderly way by the major assent of the present inhabitants, masters of families, incorporated together into a town of families, and such others whom they shall admit unto them, only in civil things."
(I) William W. Reynolds, a native of Westerly, Rhode Island, and a descendant of William Reynolds, immigrant, served without pay in the revolutionary war and participated in the battle of Bennnington. In 1780 he settled in Petersburg, Rensselaer county, N.Y., and became a very successful farmer. For many years he as a magistrate, was supervisor several terms, and also served as coroner. He reared four sons and two daughters.
(II) Elisha, probably a son of William W. Reynolds, went from Rhode Island to Petersburg, and in 1812 removed to Isle La Motte, Grand Isle county, Vermont, and engaged in farming. Information at hand states that he was an officer in the revolutionary war, and in his later years was granted a pension for his valuable services.
(III) Jacob, son of Elisha Reynolds, was born at Petersburg, in 1788, and accompanied his parents to Isle La Moote, in 1812. His earlier years were devoted to farming, but he later engaged in the marble-cutting business in Plattsburgh, and in 1853 remoed from Isle La Moote to Beekmantown, residing there until 1871. His last days were spent with his daughter in Mooers, N.Y., and he died Feb. 4, 1872.
He married Sarah Wood, a native of Grand Isle county, Vermont. Her death occurred May 15, 1864.
Martin Van Buren, see forward.
Marinda, Sarah, Amanda, Minerva,
Jacob, see forward.
John, marrie Margaret Hislop.
(IV) Martin Van Buren, son of Jacob and Sarah (Wood) Reynolds, married Lavincey Hall.
George Reynolds, died in infancy.
Gary Whitney, mentioned below.
Sarah, died in Lowell, Mass.
(IV) Jacob (2), son of Jacob (1) and Sarah (Wood) Reynolds, was born in Isle La Motte, Aug. 19, 1824. When a young man he was for about three years employed as a boatman on Lake Champlain, but with this exception he devoted his active life to farming, and in 1853 settled upon a large farm located on the boundary line between Beekmantown and Chazy. He was one of the most progressive farmers and prominent residents of Beekmantown, attaining substantial success as an agriculturalist and enjoying the esteem and good will of his fellow townsmen. He died an octogenarian, Jan. 21, 1908.
He married, July 4, 1870, Sarah Amelia Hislop, born May 11, 1849, daughter of William Hislop, and a sister of Margaret Hislop, previously mentioned as the wife of his brother John.
William Hislop came from Scotland when nine years old and was reared in Canada, where he learned the mason's trade. He married Margaret M. Young, and had a family of twelve children.
Mrs. Sarah A. Reynolds died Nov. 21, 1904. She was the mother of six children:
1. Ada, born Jully 1, 1871, now (1910) the widow of James L. Barnes, late of Beekmantown (see Barnes); children: Ada, George W., James F., Fanny and Charles A.
2. Ida Amelia, born May 26, 1875; married May 12, 1903, Ernest S. Fresn, a native of Grand Isle, Vermont.
3. Charles M., born Dec. 24, 1877; married Florence Peck; children: Kenneth, born Jan. 13, 1906, and Florence Lynn, March 7, 1908.
4. Dorothy M., born Nov. 28, 1880; married, Nov.16, 1909, Henry C. Wilton, of Rouse's Point, now of Norwood, N.Y.
5. Eva Adel, born April 30, 1882, died in infancy.
6. Jacob, born Jan. 5, 1892.
(VI) Gary Whitney Reynolds, M.D., son of Martin Van Buren and Lavicey (Hall) Reynolds, was born in Grand Isle county, Vermont, June 10, 1840. He attended the common and select schools. He graduated from the medical department of the University of Vermont, and inaugurated his professional career in Moreley, St. Lawrence county, N.Y. He subsequently practiced in Madrid, St. Lawrence county, and in 1896 removed to Potsdam in order that his children might attend the State Normal School in that town. he died of valvular disease of the heart, Dec. 20, 1906.
Dr. Reynolds was an able physician, and in addition to his professional attainments was well read in history, biography, economy, etc. He was an ardent Democrat, affiliated with the Masonic order, and was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
He married (first) Charlotte A. Hoyt, who bore him two children: Clarence J., married Anna Wright; and Jessie M.
He married (second) Amanda M. E. Martin, who bore him four children:
Martin Van Buren.
Charlotte, married Sherman A. Clute.
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