Ellicot Reynolds

Ellicot Reynolds

Birth
Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA
Death Jul 1880 (aged 75–76)
Marmet, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Marmet, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 72166653 · View Source
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Elicott was born in Virginia about 1804, the son of John Reynolds and Miriam VanBibber. His father was one of the founders of Charleston, Virginia (now West Virginia) and the family undoubtedly lived there, so Elicott probably grew up in Charleston. He married, about 1830, Elizabeth Howe, the daughter of Chester Howe and Nancy Duvall Drown. Ellicott and Elizabeth had nine children born between 1830 and 1846.

When their father died in 1832, his sons received an interest in his salt making operation, so Ellicott and his brothers went into the salt making business for themselves, taking over the whole operation. The brothers' largest creditor was James McFarland, who married their sister Alethea in 1819. The brothers got into the salt business at a time when the need for salt at the stockyards in Cincinnatti was waning, and McFarland came to control more and more of their property. The Reynolds brothers continued to make salt, however, and in the two year period of 1830-31, produced over 50 thousand bushels. Salt making technology was changing, requiring greater outlays of capital. During the winter of 1834, Ellicott and VanBibber made costly improvements to their property, building a small railroad and two new salt furnaces. Unfortunately, they were over extended and creditors stepped in and forced them from the business when they were unable to meet their obligations.

No death record has been found for either Ellicott or Elizabeth, but Elizabeth probably lived until after 1900, while Ellicott died a considerable time before that. Their daughter Aletha’s obituary indicates that Ellicott was living in Brownstown, known as Marmet after 1900, in 1875. Neither have the graves of Ellicott and Elizabeth been found, but since they lived in Brownstown, they were surely buried in the Ebenezer Church Cemetery. Their grave stones were most likely lost when that cemetery was moved for turnpike construction in the 1950s.


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  • Created by: Ken Smith
  • Added: 28 Jun 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 72166653
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ellicot Reynolds (1804–Jul 1880), Find a Grave Memorial no. 72166653, citing Marmet Memorial Gardens, Marmet, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Ken Smith (contributor 46985536) .