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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:54 am    Post subject: John Reynolds Reply with quote

JOHN REYNOLDS, a successful agriculturist and stock-raiser and esteemed citizen of Priest Valley, Monterey county, California, is a native of London, England, born November 24, 1840. He left the home of his birth and came to America when quite young. His boyhood and youth were spent in Oneida county, New York, on a farm near the city of Rome. At about fifteen years of age he went to Michigan and commenced work for the Michigan Central Railroad Company, at Grass Lake, Jackson county, where he remained until the breaking out of the late war.

In 1862 Mr. Reynolds volunteered his service and was mustered into Company F, Seventeenth Michigan Infantry, at Detroit, being immediately sent to the front. He participated in the battles of South Mountain the following September, and there received a gunshot in the left leg, and soon after, while lying on the field of battle, was wounded in the left side by a bursting shell. On account of disability, he was honorably discharged, in January, 1863, and has since been granted a pension.

Returning to Michigan, Mr. Reynolds resumed his connection with the service of the Michigan Central Railroad Company, acting as station and ticket agent at Grass Lake He came to California in April, 1868, via Panama, and the following May, through the agency of a friend, located on his present estate in Priest Valley, being among the first in the valley to make permanent settlement.

Mr. Reynolds married, in Washtenaw county, Michigan, Miss Ada II., daughter of John W. Green, a Michigan pioneer. Of their four children, Arthur E. is the first white child born in Priest Valley, the date of his birth occurring July 29, 1870. Mr. Reynolds is wide and favorably known in San Benito and Monterey counties as a discreet and prosperous business man.

Source: A Memorial and biographical history of the coast counties of central California : illustrated : containing a history of this important section of the Pacific coast from the earliest period of its discovery to the present time, together with glimpses of its auspicious future, illustrations and full-page portraits of some of its eminent men, and biographical mention of many of its pioneers, and prominent citizens of to-day. Chicago; Lewis Publishing Co. 1893.
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