Pike Atlases


Was born in Brown county, Ohio, September 16, 1844. His father, the late Aaron Reynolds, was born in the same county, in the year 1808, and in that state received his early education. His vocation was that of a farmer. On arriving at the age of about twenty-two, he was married to Miss Mary A., daughter of Mr. John Forsythe, who was a native of Pennsylvania. His vocation in early life was that of a shoemaker, but the latter part of his life was devoted to farming. Mrs. Forsythe (David's grandmother) died at their residence in Ohio. After her death, Mr. Forsythe removed to Pike county, Ill., remaining but a short time, then removing to Iowa, where he died, near Wells' Mills, in Appanoose county. Mr. Aaron Reynolds had a family of ten children, eight of whom five boys and three girls are now living, of whom the subject of this sketch is the sixth. In Ohio Mr. Reynolds was engaged in farming until 1847, when he removed with his family to Illinois, crossing the Illinois river at Griggsville Landing, Pike county, and immediately after engaged in agricultural pursuits, making a specialty of stock raising. As a business man, he was more than ordinarily successful, becoming quite wealthy. He raised a large and intelligent family. On the 24th day of October, 1862, he died at his residence, two and a quarter miles north of Griggsville, on the main road leading to Perry. His widow and two daughters are still residing at the old homestead. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds are both members of the Christian church. Politically, he was always a democrat. His son, Dr. Jacob T. Reynolds, who was a very promising young man, possessing much more than ordinary abilities, was a graduate of the Eclectic School at Cincinnati. Last October, while out with a shotgun, he met with a sad and fatal accident from the discharge of the gun, the effect of which caused his death in a few days. He died in the prime and vigor of manhood, leaving many friends to mourn his untimely death. David B. Reynolds received his early education in the schools of Pike county, and a short term at Bryant & Stratton's Commercial School, Chicago. After leaving school he returned to his home, where he assisted in carrying on the business of his father's farm. At the age of twenty-three he was married to Miss Emma C., daughter of Wm. P. and Kizzie Gray, who were formerly from Ohio. In 1856 Mr. Gray moved to Pike County, and here engaged in farming. He had a family of seven children, of whom five are yet living. In 1868 he retired from active business, and is now residing in Griggsville. Mr. and Mrs. Gray are both hale and hearty, and are enjoying life. Mr. Reynolds and wife have had born to them one boy, named William Percy. They are now residing on their beautiful and well-improved farm, one mile and a quarter south of Perry. He has a large, tasty, and commodious residence. Every thing considered, it ranks as one of the finest places in the county. A lithographic view it is shown in this work. Politically, Mr. Reynolds is, and always has been, a democrat. He is a genial, whole-souled gentleman, and is highly respected by his neighbors. He is surrounded by an interesting and happy family.