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Charles H. Reynolds
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Birth: Aug. 19, 1852
Kenosha
Kenosha County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Jul. 25, 1905
New Lisbon
Juneau County
Wisconsin, USA

Son of Richard & Margaret Ann (George) Reynolds. Married Freida R. Krohmer on 5 Jun 1884 in New Lisbon, WI. Father of George b: 15 Jul 1887; Henry b: 9 Jul 1902; Louisa b: 25 May 1904.

Found at the New Lisbon Library:
"In 1846 five Georges - 4 sisters and 1 brother (supposed to be cousins of Lloyd George) Montgomeryshire, Wales. They sailed from Liverpool in the Niagara with 500 Irish on board. (The boat after burned). They were 8 weeks on the ocean. Starting in June, reached America in August. They came by way of the Erie Canal and Great Lakes to Kenosha, settling at Pleasant Prairie.

The five families were Edward George, his wife, Elizabeth; Richard Reynolds, his wife, Margaret George; John Price, his wife, Jane George; and Lewis and his wife Mary George. In 1855 the Reynolds, Georges, Merediths and two families who were friends, the Browns and Boyces, left Pleasant Prairie and came north by wagon driving their cattle. They forded the river at Maughs Mills, now Mauston, and the the Browns settled E. of town in what is now Lemonweir. The other four families went north about 6 miles and settled in a clearing in the wild heavily timbered land. This clearing they later called Welsh Prairie. The Prices and Lewises came the next year and settled on the prairie.

There were many indians and about 300 of them were having a pow wow a short distance to the west on the river. The George cabin was built on the indian trail and it was not unusual to see an indian's face in the unglassed windows. Their horse power was oxen and the first year they suffered great loss by the death of many of the cattle and oxen (change of climate and food). That winter there was deep snow, with a thick crust, and they were able to easily have pleanty of venison, which with prairie chicken, quail and partridge, rabbits, squirrel with large flocks of pigeons supplied their meat. There was also fish which they could spear. For fruit, the berries were plentiful, especially blueberries and cranberries which they kept all winter in barrels. For flour, corn meal and feed they had to take their grain to Dustville (later Lemonweir Mills), a day's journey with oxen. At first they threshed the grain with flails. Later the horse power threshing-machine came around. They cut their grain with a cradle and the hay with scythe.

Many quilting bees, husking bees and barn raisings provided social activity. The land was new and productive and they prospered. They were social and very hospitable and had many fine times together. When they went visiting, the whole family went along, and the families were large. Some of their favorite foods were cranberry dumplings boiled in a large kettle, rice pudding, custard pie, pancakes, doughnuts and dodgers.

The soap was made by lye packed in a barrel of hard wood ashes with water poured on and left to drip. This lye was then boiled up with fat in a big iron kettle, over an open fire. They did their own spinning and weaving and knitted stockings, socks, mittens and scarves, doing their sewing by hand. The lighting of the house was by candles, which they made by melting tallow in molds.

George Family: Ned, Jack, Price, Dave, Carrie, & Maggie
Reynolds: Richard, George, John, Charlie, Annie, and Mary
Merediths: Tom, Ed, George, Sarah, Jane, Emma, Rachel, & Maggie
Prices: Jack, Dick, Charlie, Tom, Miah, Ann, & Mary
Lewises: Sarah, Dick, Jack, Ed, Tom, Dave, & George

Of course, as the years passed, other families moved in, and settled until the prairie was well peopled. Cattle no longer grazed on the commons where their many bells indicated their whereabouts but were kept in pastures. The bears, wolves and ohter wild animals disappeared, roads were made and oxen were replaced by horses."

~ Persis Ackerman 
 
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 Parents:
  Richard Reynolds (____ - 1891)
  Margaret Ann George Reynolds (1822 - 1889)
 
 Spouse:
  Freida R. Krohmer Reynolds (1862 - 1945)*
 
 Children:
  George Henry Reynolds (1887 - 1964)*
  Louisa Reynolds (1904 - 1905)*
 
 Siblings:
  Charles H. Reynolds (1852 - 1905)
  George E Reynolds (1854 - 1882)*
  Mary Reynolds (1855 - 1891)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
New Lisbon City Cemetery
New Lisbon
Juneau County
Wisconsin, USA
 
Created by: Diane & John
Record added: May 25, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14406621
Charles H. Reynolds
Added by: Diane & John
 
Charles H. Reynolds
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