John Reynolds

John Reynolds

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Death 29 Feb 1832 (aged 73)
Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA
Burial London, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 35189412 · View Source
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John Reynolds was born on November 15, 1758, probably in Botetourt County, Virginia. He was the son of Silas Reynolds and Hannah Griffith, who was the daughter of Methusalem Griffith and Lucretia Rees of Augusta County. John was an officer during the Battle of Point Pleasant, and took an active part in the defense of Bryan's Station. John married Miriam VanBibber, daughter of John VanBibber and Chloe Standifer. They were married about 1790 in Point Pleasant, which was then known as Ft. Randolph, in Mason County, Virginia. In 1794, John was a town trustee in Point Pleasant, but the family soon settled in the Kanawha area, where John obtained considerable land. John and Miriam had eight children. John was one of the early officers of the Kanawha County Court and by 1797 he was County Clerk and living on the west side of the Kanawha, just above Charleston. He served as delegate to the Virginia Legislature from Kanawha from 1806 to 1810. He was a major land owner in the Charleston area and donated the land on which the court house was built.

John was a founding member of the Kanawha Salt Company and joined the original salt cartel, with a quota of 12 thousand bushels for 1818. Salt making on the Kanawha was a big business in the time before the Civil War, and the Kanawha salt, which was tinged red because of it's iron content, was famous throughout the east. In 1830, John gave each of his sons an interest in the salt works, and they all apparently followed him into the salt making business.

John and Miriam both died in Kanawha County, Virginia, John on February 29, 1832 and Miriam on February 13, 1850. In 2000, John's grave was located in the Reynolds Cemetery, circa 1830-1900, at West Belle, near the mouth of Burning Springs Branch, along with the graves of several other members of the family. There were also several unidentified graves in the cemetery, which most likely contain the remains of Miriam and possibly their son Ellicott. The graves were relocated to Montgomery Memorial Park in London, Kanawha County, which is now located in West Virginia.


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  • Created by: Ken Smith
  • Added: 26 Mar 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 35189412
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Reynolds (15 Nov 1758–29 Feb 1832), Find a Grave Memorial no. 35189412, citing Montgomery Memorial Park, London, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Ken Smith (contributor 46985536) .