Hardy County Families
George Washington Reynolds
of Hardy County to Lafayette County, Missouri

Submitted by
J. Reynolds
George Washington Reynolds was apparently born in Hardy County, (West) Virginia, about 1822. He probably was the first child of Henry Reynolds and Elizabeth "Betsy" Virgin Reynolds.

In the 1850 Hardy County Census, George W. Reynolds, age 28, laborer, is recorded as residing in the household of John William Reynolds and Sarah Jane Reynolds. John, born in October, 1824, was a younger brother.

George married Louisa Jane Wise, daughter of Henry Wise and Mary Catherine Swisher Wise. The date of their marriage is not known. They had four children: (1) Angus Wood "Wood" Reynolds, (2) John Henry Reynolds, (3) William Branson Buchanan Reynolds, and (4) Virginia Catherine Reynolds.

George was able to acquire 330 acres of land in Hardy County, (West) Virginia, through the family connections of his wife. Her mother was the daughter of Hardy County pioneer Michael Swisher, who had quite substantial land holdings. He had willed his main property to his son Joseph in 1841. Apparently Joseph died, as the land (over 800 acres) bequeathed to him was reapportioned among his surviving brothers and sisters. In order to get the 330 acres, George bought out the interests of his mother-in-law, Catherine, and her sister, Elizabeth Swisher Bean, for $400. This transaction occurred on January 6, 1855.

John William Reynolds and family may have already moved to Missouri prior to the taking of the 1860 Census in Hardy County as they do not show up in the census recorded in the county for that year. George W. Reynolds and his family, however, are recorded in the 1860 Hardy County Census. In that Census, George W. Reynolds, age 38, is shown as the head of the household. His occupation is recorded as "Farmer". Other members of the household are recorded: Louisa J. Reynolds, 35; Angus W. Reynolds, 7; John H. Reynolds, 5; William B. Reynolds, 3; Joseph Bedinger, 70; and Margaret Bedinger, 71.

On October 2, 1860, George traded/sold this 330 acres and another 160 acres he had somehow acquired to Andrew and Elizabeth Funkhouser. The transaction is recorded at the Hardy County Courthouse, Deed Book 27, page 185: "that in consideration of the sum of one thousand three hundred dollars to be paid by the said A. Funkhouser in the following manner to wit: one hundred and sixty acres of land laying in the County of Carroll in the State of Missouri for eight hundred dollars, and two hundred dollars on the first day of October, 1861. Two hundred dollars on the first day of October, 1862, and one hundred dollars on the first day of October, 1863."

The transaction for the Carroll County, Missouri, land is recorded in the Carroll County Courthouse, Deed Book R, page 631, as follows:

This deed made and entered into this 24 day of September in the year of our Lord, 1860 by and between Andrew Funkhouser and Elizabeth, his wife, of the County of Shenandoah and State of Virginia of the first part, and George W. Reynolds of the County of Hardy, and also of the State of Virginia, of the second part. Witnesseth: That the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of $800 to them in hand, is hereby acknowledged, has given granted, bargained, and sold, and by these presents does give, grant, bargain, sell, convey, and confirm unto the said party of the second part, and of land lying and being in the County of Carroll in the State of Missouri to wit: The southeast quarter of section eight in township 55, of range 25, containing 160 acres more or less, to have and to hold the said tracts, pieces or parcels of land with all the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining unto the said party of the second part, and to his heirs, executors, and administrators doth covenant and agree that they will warrant and forever defend the title to said tracts, pieces, or parcels of land, and every part there of unto him, the said party of the second part, his heirs, and assigns against the lawful claim or claims of all persons whomsoever. In testimony where of the said parties of the first part hereunto set their hands and seals this day and year written above.

(Signed) Andrew Funkhouser
Elizabeth Funkhouser

Whether George Reynolds and his family ever settled in Carroll County, Missouri, is not known. As his brother John and his family had settled south of the Missouri River in Lafayette County, it is possible that George and his family settled for a while in northern Lafayette County. However, in January, 1866, he purchased land in southeastern Lafayette County. That transaction is recorded in Lafayette County Deed Book R-1, page 340, as follows:
Know all men by their presents that we, James G. Suddath and Ada H. Suddath, his wife, of Lafayette County in the State of Missouri, for and in consideration of the sum of $1,000, to us paid by George W. Reynolds of said county, the receipt whereof is acknowledged, do grant bargain, sell, and convey unto him the said George W. Reynolds, his heirs, and assigns, the following described tracts of land situated in the County of Lafayette, in the State of Missouri: The Northwest quarter of the southwest quarter and the southwest quarter of the northwest quarter of section 24 in township 48 of range 25.

To have and to hold the same with the appurtenances, excepting one acre out of the Southeast corner, and forty feet, used as a Burying ground, to him the said George W. Reynolds, his heirs, and assigns forever, and I the said James G. Suddath for my self, my heirs, and assigns, covenant with the said George W. Reynolds, his heirs, and assigns to warrant and defend the title to said premises against the legal claims of all persons.

In witness whereof said James G. Suddath and wife hereto set their hands and seals this 30th day of January, A.D., 1866.

(Signed) James Suddath
Ada Suddath

George Washington Reynolds died August 22, 1868, and he is buried in the Reynolds Family Cemetery located in Lafayette County, Missouri, near Ernestville.

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