Willliam W. Reynolds
William W. Reynolds

Information on this page is from History of Rensselaer Co., New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, published in 1880.

WILLIAM W. REYNOLDS. Wlliam W. Reynolds, Sr., was a native of Westerly, R. I., and settled in Petersburgh in the year 1780. He had a family of eight children, of whom Parley Reynolds was the first, born in Petersburgh, Aug. 24, 1780, "the year the family came, then consisting of Mr. and Mrs. William W. Reynolds and their two sons, Thomas and Benjamin, who were born in Westerly, R. I."

Parley entered at an early age into the mercantile business as a clerk for his eldest brother, Thomas, and after a few years he was taken in as a partner. Commencing life poor, by close attention to business he became one of the wealthy men of his town. He married Esther Holmes, of Stonington, Conn. He held several town offices, and was a strong Democrat of the Jeffersonian school. He was strictly honest in all his business relations, and he and his brother Thomas became the leading men of the town. He died Jan. 22, 1861, leaving the record of an honest, busy, and successful life.

William Whitford Reynolds, son of Parley and Esther Reynolds, was born in Petersburgh, Sept. 25, 1816. He recieved a common-school education, and at the age of fifteen had completed his studies. About this time he settled on a farm with his parents and following the occupation of a farmer and receiving his property from his father. He married Mary, daughter of Braddock Peckham, of Grafton, by whom four children were born, of whom one only, Charles W., is living. Mrs. Mary Reynolds was born in Grafton.

Mr. Reynolds was an eminent advocate of the principles of the Democratic party. He was often called to occupy positions of trust and honor in his town, among which may be mentioned that of supervisor for four years. He was also a prominent Mason. His death occurred June 4, 1 876. Mrs. Reynolds is still residing on the old homestead in Petersburgh.

Charles W., son of William Whitford Reynolds and Mary Peckham, was born in Petersburgh, on the 8th of February, 1848.

He received a common-school and academic education, and taught school several terms. In 1869 he commenced business as a merchant in Petersburgh, and continued four years; then began the manufacture of shirts, in company with David H. Kellyer. The business has continued to grow from the first, and to-day they have a large and lucrative trade.

In politics he follows in the footsteps of his honored father and grandfather. He does not aspire to any official position, preferring to attend to his legitimate business, He is an enterprising young man, intelligent and courteous, and by his strict business habits is making a handsome fortune. He married Lucy M., daughter of Alonzo and Mary J. Gifford, of Albany, by whom two children have been born, viz.: William G. and George Treadwell.

Charles W. Reynolds inserts the above portrait and biography in memory of his honored father.

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