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The Reynolds family are of Irish extraction. This family however united early with one of English blood (The Nortons). For two generations they have lived in the State of New York. Nehemiah Reynolds and Truman 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 Permelia Norton, a girl born 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, April 19, 1832. The home was on the 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 the common schools 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 has lived all the times since. Sept. 12, 1869 he married Miss Mollie Young, daughter of G. W. Young, assessor and collector for Harrison Co., 18 years and was widely know. Aug. 25, 1873 she died and Aug. 1874 he married Miss Jennie Young, a younger sister of his deceased wife. She still survives and they are the parents of three children Geo. Robert, Mollie and Janie. The hone is now in Myrtle Springs, where it has been for 23 years. Mr. Reynolds was quite active in the establishment of the little city, going north in behalf of the Myrtle Springs Investment Co. and enlisting quite a number of people and a deal of capital. He has an elegant home, a grist mill, saw mill, a cotton gin, a nursery and other interests. He has a small farm near by and 160 lots in the city linits. He is an elder and recognized strong support in the Christian church. He is superintendent of his Sunday-school and is always found on the right side of things. He is a Royal Arch Mason and a great picture for East Texas for Van Zandt county and especially for Myrtle Springs. He has a wide acquaintance and by affability and tenderness has won the sobriquet of "Uncle John."