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"Vol. Ill of the Battle Abbey Koll Ijy the Duchess of Cleve- 
land, gives five names of Renard in the men at arms who came over 
from Normandy with the Conqueror; that this same device of the 
three foxes obtained more than five hundred years ago in the 
French family ; and that its antiquity is to a certain extent guaran- 
teed by the fact that in the earliest times the symbols adopted were 
largely representations of animals. As a rule they adopted what 
they called a "canting" device, that is, an allusion to the real name 
of the proprietor, simply that the illiterate men at arms should at 
once distinguish it. For instance, the name DeWolf, comes from 
an old line and has a wolf as the crest, and for the same reason the 
old Norman name of Renard has the fox, which is of course for the 
sake of the illiterate men at arms who would immediately associate 
it with the name as they would not perhaps a star or a circle or 
some such device which has no possible connection with the 
name. The French coloring was a blue shield with three gold 
foxes upon it." 

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The Reynolds Family 

One record has been stated as follows : 

William Reynolds, born in 1560 in (Gloucestershire, 
England, (some say the family came from Wales) married 
Esther in 1594. 

I'heir son, William Jr., born 1596 in Gloucester, 

England, married Ruth 1615. It has been stated, 

but not proven, that this William jr. had two brothers, 
Christopher and John, all linen weavers by trade, and that 
about the year 1634-5 they sailed from England and landed 
on the Island of Bermuda From thence Christopher came 
to the Carolinas and William to New England (probably 
New Plymouth, now Salem, Mass.) John remained in 
Bermuda, and in later years his son, John, came to and 
settled in Pennsylvania. 

There were three early settlements of the Reynolds 
family in Rhode Island : Jonathan at Bristol ; John, called 
John the Carpenter, in what is now Exeter, and James in 
what is now North Kingstown. By the marriages of three 
sons of said James to three daughters of James Greene, we 
have the ancestry of their descendants back to Henry, King 
of France, 1030, and to Robert, Earl of Leicester, England, 
I ^10. 

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The correct report of our branch, beginning with 
James Reynolds, whose will is on record in North Kings- 
town, R. I., proved 1702, is as follows : 

James Reynolds, born 16 17, possibly in Gloucester, 

England, married Deborah ; he died in 1702. 

Their children were John, James, Joseph, Henry, Deborah, 
P'rancis, Mercy, Robert, Benjamin and Elizabeth. 

Joseph Reynolds, born November 27, 1652, married ; 
(first wife not known) had son John. It is thought he 
lived in Exeter, R. I. Died 1739. 

Children of Jose]>h Reynolds, by his second wife : 

Joseph Jr. 













The writer after careful research believes the following 
record to be correct from James, 161 7 : 

William Reynolds, 1^60, 


William Reynolds Jr.. 1 596. 


James Reynolds. 161 7, 

England ; 

d. 1702, U.S. 

Joseph Reynolds, 1652, 

U. S.; d. 

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lohn Reynolds. 

John Reynolds Jr. (lilind). 

Eldred Reynolds. 

Joseph Langford Keynokls. 

Kli Whitney Reynolds. 

Joseph Everett Reynolds. 

\ Kthel Scott Reynolds (Kme 


Joseph La.N(JFORD Retnolds. 

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Joseph Langford Reynolds was born on the old farm 
in the village of Wickford, a part of North Kingstown, R. I., 
Dec. 31, 1796. Died in Monson, Mass., June 9, 1S85. 
He had three brothers and three sisters : John, Henry, 
Sheffield C, Sarah, Martha L. and Mary G. He passed his 
life up to the age of fourteen at North Kingstown, attending 
school at the village of Wickford, R. I. In the year 181 1 
he went to Portsmouth, R. I., and engaged in farming, 
but returned home the following year. At the age of 16 
he went to Coventry, R. I., to learn machine-making with 
Hinds, Arnold & Co., where he remained three years. He 
then went to Bozrah, Conn., making brass andirons. He 
afterwards took service with Eli Whitnev, the inventor of 
the cotton gin, at Whitneyville, Conn., making muskets for 
the United States government. Here he remained for 
three years, at the expiration of which he went to Paw- 
tucket, R. I., and engaged in the machine business. 

In 1820 he went to Brimfield, Mass., and engaged in 
the manufacturing of cotton sheeting. 

In 1 82 1 he went to Monson, Mass., and associated 
himself with the Hampden Cotton Mfg. Co. He first 
became general overseer for the company, and afterwards 
acted as agent for twenty-five years. 

In 1850 the company, as some mark of appreciation of 
the long and valuable services of Mr. Reynolds, presented 
him a handsome solid silver pitcher, bearing the inscription. 

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CENTURY. 1850. 

This "token" (siher pitcher) and the old grand- 
father's clock, one hundred years old in June, 1904, are 
both in possession of the writer, September, 1903. 

The Hampden Company finally dissolved, and Mr. 
Reynolds engaged in running his own enterprise, having 
rebuilt the Rockland mill, purchased of the Hampden Co., 
June 5, 1869. 

In the year 1879 Mr. Reynolds, having reached the 
age of 82, retired from active business, leaving its cares and 
details to the management of his sons, R. M. and Theodore 

He added much to the embellishment of the town of 
Monson, and for many years enjoyed living in his handsome 
and commodious residence in South Monson, which he 
erected in 1845. 

'I'he Reynolds family contributed liberally towards the 
cost of building Memorial Hall ; the cost was forty-odd 
thousand dollars, of which the Reynolds family gave 
several thousand dollars. 

Mr. Reynolds was State Senator in 1854; Justice of 
the Peace for many years ; first Master of Thomas and 

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Day Spring lodges of Masons, Thomas lodge removing to 
Palmer, Mass. Day Spring lodge was constituted 1862. 

On July 13, 1824, Joseph Langford Reynolds was 
united in marriage with Sylvia, daughter of William Smith 
of Brimfield, Mass. She died Aug. 9, 1836, leaving four 
children: Eli Whitney, Joseph Langford Jr., Sarah, 
Abraham Haskell. 

On March 8, 1837, he married Oral, daughter of Rice 
Munn, of Monson, Mass., the family having been among 
the first settlers of the town. Three children were born to 
them, one of whom died in infancy : 

Rice Munn Reynolds, b. Dec. 18, 183S: d. April 3, [898. 
Theodore Reynolds, b. Oct. 31, 1843; d. March zq. 1 <>oo. 

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Eli Whitney Rkvnolds, eldest son of Joseph Langford 
Reynolds Sr., was born in Monson, Mass., March 29, 1825. 
He was educated in the public schools and academy of the 
town. He was a man of rare intelligence and ability. By 
birth and education he was well fitted to fill positions of 
trust and honor. For several years he assisted his father 
in the management of his large mill interests. He after- 
wards engaged in the mill business in Manchester and 
Nashua, N. H. Later he interested himself in the building 
trade in Keene, N. H. April 2, 1853, he married Saphronia 
Adelaide, daughter of James Scott, of Stoddard, N. H. 
Two children were born to them : 

Joseph Everett Reynolds, b. F"elDruaiy 22, 1S54. 

Whitney Smith Reynolds, b. Sept. 11. 1856; d. Oct. 30, 1.S60. 

Saphronia A. Scott, wife of E. W. Reynolds, died 
Se])tember 18, 1863. 

August 22, 1864, Eli Whitney Reynolds married Mrs. 
Mary Hixon in Boston, Massachusetts. There were no 

children born to them. 


Joseph Enekett Reynoi^ds. 

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Joseph Everetj' Revnc^lds was born in Nashua, N. H., 
February 23, 1854. I'he family moved to Keene, N. H., 
where they resided for several years. The mother dying 
SeiJt. 16, 1863, brought many changes in the family circle. 
Joseph, who was about nine years of age, was left in the 
care of a domestic; the boy felt the loss of his mother 
very keenly. This was during the third year of the Civil 
War. The father was in the employ of the government at 

Mr. Reynolds was educated in the public schools of 
Keene, N. H., and the 1-ryant Stratton Commercial 
College, Boston, Mass. He is a member of Hockomocko 
lodge, I. O O. F., Westboro, Mass., and of Siloam lodge of 
Masons. For thirty years he was engaged in the manu- 
facturing of straw and felt hats in Holliston, Wrentham 
and Westboro, Mass., and Stamford, Conn. August, 1900, 
he came to Monson, Mass , to live at the earnest solicitation 
of many of Monson's representative citizens. He now 
occupies the handsome and commodious residence erected 
by Joseph Langford Reynolds in South Monson in 1845, 
and later occupied by Theodore Reynolds, uncle of Joseph 
E. Theodore Reynolds, who died March 29, 1900, had 
added to and improved the Reynolds homestead. The oak 
finished dining room and tine library addition are to his 

Joseph Everett Reynolds married Sarah Isadora, 
daughter of George L. and Elizabeth S. Rixford, in 
Holliston, Mass., July 24, 1876, Rev. Joshua G\\\ being the 

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ofificiating clergyman. Two daughters were the result of 
the union : 

Ethel Scott Reynolds, b. Nov. 24, 1877. 
Vivian Revnolds, b. April 4. iSSo. 

Vivian Reynolds. 


lisTiiKR Reynolds K.mkky. 

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Ethel Scoit Reynolds married Edward W. Emery, 
son of George F. and Sarah Elizabeth (Belknap) Emery, 
in San Francisco, California, Sept. 20, 1897. 

Thelma Elizabeth Emery, b. Nov. 21, 1S98. 
Esther Reynolds Emery, b. Sept. 5, lyoo. 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Emery reside in Westboro, 
Mass., in the former home of their parents (Reynolds). 

Note — Esther Reynolds Emery was born three hundred and 
six (306) years after the first William married the first Esther in 

Of those whose names appear in the foregoing record, 
the following are living at the time of this writing Sept. 15, 

Kli \\'hitney Reynolds — His wife. 

Joseph Everett Reynolds — His wife; her parents. 

Ethel S. Reynolds (Emery) — Her husband; his parents. 

Vivian Reynolds. 

Thelma Elizabeth Emery. 

Esther Revnolds Emerv.