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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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William B. Reynolds, Jr., a merchant, grain and stock dealer, and also farmer, is a resident of Green Top, and a native of Madison County, Ill., where he was born in 1846, being the eldest son of William B. and Mary Ann Reynolds [see sketch of Henry C. Reynolds]. He spent his early life at home, receiving a limited common-school education, and came with his parents in 1854, to Adair County, and in 1850 entered the mercantile business, in company with his father and Mr. Rutter, in which he continued until 1860. The year previous to this he married Miss Ruth D., daughter of Alfred and Gertrude Story, formerly of New York, where Mrs. Reynolds was born in 1843. The union was blessed with ten children, only five sons and one daughter now living, viz.: William S., Henry M., Alfred, Maude Elidian, Garfield and Everett. He located at Willmathsville, and farmed a few years, and, in 1863, he, in company with his brother, James H., entered the mercantile trade in Willmathsville, in which he continued until 1870. He then went to his farm, two and one half miles southwest of Willmathsville, where he remained until 1881, when he returned to Green Top, where he has since been engaged as above stated. Mr. Reynolds is the owner of 620 acres of land in one tract, besides ten acres and several residences, and a business block in Green Top, the most of which he has accumulated by his own efforts. He was postmaster from 1859 to 1872. He is an active worker for the cause of education, and general welfare and prosperity of the country. He is a Republican, and cast his first presidential vote for John Bell. Mrs. Reynolds is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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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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