Person:Vanbibber Reynolds (1)

Van Bibber Reynolds
b.28 Dec 1795
d.5 Dec 1843
m. 1790
  1. Van Bibber Reynolds1795 - 1843
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Name Van Bibber Reynolds
Gender Male
Birth? 28 Dec 1795
Death? 5 Dec 1843
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    i. VANBIBBER3 REYNOLDS, b. 28 December 1795; d. 05 December 1843.


    VAN B. REYNOLDS seems to have been the only one of these children placed in charge of Dr. McElhenney at the Lewisburg Academy. His wife was a daughter (Elizabeth) of Major Thomas Buster, a gentlemen several times chosen by Kanawha as a representative in Virginia's legislative halls. This lady was a cousin of Claudius F., Thomas J., Julia M., Eliza and Mary A., children of George W. Buster of Greenbrier, which statement is made in this connection to correct a mistaken idea of relationship. The business part of Mr. Reynolds' life is easily summed up in a single sentence. "He was a salt maker for nearly fifty years at the salt furnaces of the Salines." But when he died in malden, was, like his father, nearly if not altogether insolvent. He also took a hand in forming the political history of Kanawha--was its representative for one or more terms in the Legislature. Isn't it amusing, though, what insignificant issues the friends of a candidate will introduce into a political canvass to insure his election? Col. John Reynolds was the first settler to bring a rifle gun into Kanawha county, and when Van. B. was running for the Legislature, with strong opposition, this fact was made the issue of his election. One of the salt-makers' meetings was thrown into a fever of excitement when Phillips Miller rushed in and asked Wm. Tompkins "what was to be done next," as they had 'run the gun argument into the ground?" As the ancestors of the two Reynolds families in Kanawha were of Scotch-Irish origin the religious inclinations of their descendants have been to the Presbyterial faith, yet Van. B. is thought never to have been connected with any church. Two of his children, James and Mary, died when young and unmarried, and a surviving son (Henry W.) married a daughter of Thos. Whitaker, of Charleston. At present Henry Reynolds is largely interested in coal mines at Paint Creek, Kanawha county. He also was engaged several years ago in the manufacture of salt. Van. B. Reynolds died about the year 1860.

    Source: (Death)

    Title: WV Newspapers Obituaries 1822-1899, Vol. 1

    Media: Book

    Page: 73

    Census: Date: 1820

    Place: Kanawha Co, VA #20-6

    Census: Date: 1830

    Place: Kanawha Co, VA #211-20

    Census: Date: 1840

    Place: Kanawha Co, VA #47-30

    Note: 1820 Kanawha Co, VA census: 1 male 18-26; 1 female 16-26; and 3 slaves.

    1830 Kanawha Co, VA census: 1 male 30-40; 1 female 20-30; 1 male 0-5; and 5 slaves.

    1840 Kanawha Co, VA census: 1 male 40-50; 1 female 60-70 (Mother); 1 male 10-15; 1 male 5-10; and 1 slave.