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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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James H. Reynolds, one of the leading farmers and stock raisers, is a native of Madison County, Ill., where he was born in 1843. He is the second child of William B. and Mary Ann Reynolds, natives of Kentucky. [Account of parents given in sketch of Henry C. Reynolds.] Our subject was reared under the parental roof, and received his education at the common schools. When a lad of fourteen, while belting some of the machinery in his father’s mill, he was caught in the machinery and his right arm severed from his body. In 1863, in company with his father and older brother, he entered into mercantile life at Willmathsville, and afterward purchased the entire stock, and conducted the business on his own responsibility until 1879, when he sold the stock, and has since turned his attention to agriculture and stock raising. In 1870 he was united in marriage to Miss Lucy M. Garlinger, a native of Wisconsin. Three children have been born to them as follows: Milton J., Alvin and Carrie A. Mr. Reynolds is located about half a mile west of Willmathsville, and owns about 390 acres, the fruit of his own busy life. During his mercantile life he occupied the office of postmaster for twelve or fourteen years. He is a Republican, the first president he voted for being Abraham Lincoln. Mrs. Reynolds’ father was one of the victims of the “Mountain Meadow Massacre.”

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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