Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Stephen Roscoe Reynolds II (Iowa Pioneer)

Stephen R Reynolds II, my 2nd G-Grandfather, was born August 4 1811 in Ferrisburg Vermont to Stephen Reynolds I and Mary Polly Gage. Stephen's early years were spent living with various families after the death of his mother in 1817.

On New Years day 1840 in Westford Vermont, Stephen married Nancy Worley (subject of an earlier post) and the newlywed couple traveled by wagon to Booneville Missouri. The couple's first three children were born in Booneville.

During the mid 1840's, due to the politics of the time, Stephen moved his family to Forestville Iowa becoming one of the first settlers of Richland Township (named by Stephen himself).
Stephen and Nancy were to have nine more children born on the family homestead in Iowa.

Stephen spent the first few years in Iowa improving his land, but was a salesman by trade. In Richland Township, Stephen was to serve ten years as it's Postmaster along with duties as it's Road Commissioner and Justice of The Peace.

Stephen died on May 1 1906 and is buried at the Reynolds Family Cemetery locaded on the old homestead

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  1. FWIW, I'm Stephen Peter Russell, named after Stephen Roscoe Reynolds III. He was my great grandfather on my Father's side, making SRR II my Great Great grandfather.....

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