Farmer and stock-raiser; Floyd Township; (postoffice Berwick); is descended from the Reynoldses, of South Carolina and the Reeds of Kentucky, his parents being Samuel and Ann Jane (Reed) Reynolds. His father was born in South Carolina in 1802, and died in 1889; his mother, born near Frankfort, Ky., in 1808, died in 1892.

Her parents were John, and Catherine (Wyet) Reed, and her mother was born near Edinburg, Scotland. Samuel Reynolds removed from his native state to Kentucky in 1814 and lived near Maysville, until he emigrated to Park'County, Ind., where he married. He came to Illinois in 1837 and settled in Section 27, Floyd Township. He prospered in a business way and be­came a large land owner and, at the time of his death, was a member of the Christian Church. John R. Reynolds was born in Park County, Ind., April 3, 1832, and received a public school education.

He began active life for himself at the age of twenty-one, and about 1855 bought a farm in Floyd Township, by subsequent purchases increasing his real estate holdings to 820 acres. In politics he is independent and is not without considerable local influence. He is a liberal supporter of all interests of the Christian Church. He married, in Floyd Town­ ship, in 1854, Elizabeth Armstrong, then twenty years old, a daughter of John Armstrong, a pioneer in Illinois in 1835. After the death of his first wife, who lived only about a year after their marriage, he married Maria Harbet, who was born in Illinois, of Virginia parentage.

His present wife was Miss Delilah B. Ball, daughter of Doctor Ball and Letitia (Weld) Ball. Doctor Ball was born in New York and settled early in Michigan, where he practiced medicine for half a century; his wife was a native of Delaware County, N. Y. Mr. Reynolds' second wife bore him seven children: Theodore C., Laura B., Ella E., Dora A., Clement E., Austin C. and Ernest R.


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