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Pvt John Newland Reynolds

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Pvt John Newland Reynolds

  • Birth 19 Apr 1832 Chatham, Columbia County, New York, USA
  • Death 10 Oct 1903 Myrtle Springs, Van Zandt County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Myrtle Springs, Van Zandt County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 17432326

Reynolds-Wills Point Chronicle October 15, 1903

On Saturday morning, just as the sun began to turn purple in the east, "Uncle" John Reynolds, after having suffered for several days with yellow jaundice and congeston of the stomach, passed away at his home in Myrtle Springs. Mr. Reynolds was born in Canaan, New York, over seventy years ago. He came south previous to the Civil War and served in the Confederate Army. He was one of the pioneer ginners of this county, having resided in and conducted a gin at Myrtle for twenty-four years. He was a good man, a good neighbor and always identified with the upbuilding and progress of his town, community and country. He was a devoted Christian and active worker in the church and society. Sunday morning the largest funeral procession that ever went forth from Myrtle slowly filed up the beautiful shady lane to the cemetery in West Myrtle and carefully laid to rest all that was mortal of this good man. The funeral services were ably conducted by Rev. Smith, pastor of the Christian Church of which Mr. Reynolds was a devoted member. He leaves a wife, one son, two daughters, one brother and many friends to mourn his death.


My Greatgrandfather

CO F 3rd (Harrison`s) LA Calvary CSA

A Royal Arch Mason

Son of Robert Reynolds & Pamelia Norton

Husband of Virginia E Young m. 9 Aug, 1874

Father of George Robert, Mollie W, & Janie E


The Reynolds family is of Irish extraction. This family however united early with one of English blood (The Nortons). For two generations they lived in the State of New York. Nehemiah Reynolds and Thurman Norton paternal and maternal grandfathers lived there. Both were planters, Robert Reynolds was father to our subject and was born and reared in New York. At the age of 24 he married Miss Pamelia Norton, a girl born and and reared in the same country with himself. They were the parents of 9 children. Of these John was the fifth. He was born in the New York home in Columbia county plantation and hence the boy grew up, strong and vigorous. He was drilled in the rigid economy of that age and country. He went to school in common school six months in the year, the other six he labored on the farm. He afterwards went to school in Albany. At the age of 17 he entered an apprenticeship as carpenter and bridge builder and later became quite an expert in that line. He built 25 railroad bridges of importance in Alabama and Texas. In 1859 he moved from New York to Monroe, La. Here he conducted the sheriff's office for a kinsman and in 1863 entered into the confederate service. In 1868 he came to Harrison county, Texas and in 1879 came to Van Zandt county where he lived. Sept. 12 1869 he married Miss Mollie Young, daughter of G.W. Young, assessor and collector for Harrison Co., 18 years and was widely known. Aug. 25, 1873 she died and Aug. 1874 he married Miss Jennie Young, a younger sister of his deceased wife, and they are the parents of three children Geo. Robert, Mollie and Jennie. Mr. Reynolds was quite active in the establishment of the little city, going north in behalf of the Myrtle Springs Investment Co. and enlisted quite a number of people and a deal of capital. He had an elegant home, a grist mill, saw mill, a cotton gin, a nursery and other interests. He owned a small farm near by and 160 lots in the city limits. He was an elder and recognized strong support in the Christian church. He was superintendent of his Sunday-school and always found on the right side of things. He was a Royal Arch Mason.



  • Created by: Cherry Reynolds Solly
  • Added: 14 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17432326
  • Cherry Reynolds Solly
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt John Newland Reynolds (19 Apr 1832–10 Oct 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17432326, citing Myrtle Springs Cemetery, Myrtle Springs, Van Zandt County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Cherry Reynolds Solly (contributor 46822895) .