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Richard Joshua Reynolds

Richard Joshua Reynolds[1]

Male 1850 - 1918  (68 years)

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  • Name Richard Joshua Reynolds 
    Born 20 Jul 1850  Rock Springs, Patrick Co., Va Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Jul 1918  Old Town, Forsyth, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Salem Cemetery, Winston-Salem, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I3740  My Reynolds Line
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2016 

    Father Hardin William Reynolds,   b. 20 Apr 1810, Patrick County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1882, Winston Salem, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Nancy Jane Cox,   b. 31 Mar 1825, Brown Mountain, Stokes Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1903, Winston-Salem, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 26 Jan 1843  Stokes, North Caroline Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F82  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Katharine Smith,   b. 17 Nov 1880, Mount Airy, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1924, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married 27 Feb 1905 
    Children 
     1. Richard Joshua "Dick" Reynolds, Jr,   b. 4 Apr 1906, Winston-Salem, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1964, Lucerne, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     2. Mary Katherine Reynolds,   b. 8 Aug 1908, Winston-Salem, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1953, New York County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     3. Nancy Susan Reynolds,   b. 5 Feb 1910, Winston-Salem, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1985, Fairfield. Conn. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +4. Zachary Smith Reynolds,   b. 5 Nov 1911, Winston-Salem, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1932, Winston-Salem, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2016 
    Family ID F5680  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    R. J. Reynolds & Wife & Children
    R. J. Reynolds & Wife & Children
    p3740-6083RJReynolds&Wife.jpg
    R. J. Reynolds & Brothers
    R. J. Reynolds & Brothers
    p3740RJR&Bros.jpg
    Reynolds photo
    Reynolds photo
    harbourhreynolds.jpg
    Reynolds Brothers, Richard Joshua, Hardin,
    Reynolds Brothers, Richard Joshua, Hardin,
    reynoldsharbour.jpg

    Documents
    Death Certificate
    Death Certificate
    Richard Joshua Reynolds
    Richard Joshua Reynolds-Funeral Service
    Richard Joshua Reynolds-Funeral Service
    Winston-Salem Journal
    Jul 31, 1918
    Richard Joshua Reynolds-Obit
    Richard Joshua Reynolds-Obit
    Raleigh News and Observer
    Jul 30, 1918
    Death Certificate-Zachary Smith Reynolds
    Death Certificate-Zachary Smith Reynolds
    zacharysmithreynolds.jpg
    Mary Katherine Reynolds Babcock-Obit
    Mary Katherine Reynolds Babcock-Obit
    The Index-Journal
    Jul 18, 1953

    Headstones
    Richard Joshua Reynolds-Headstone
    Richard Joshua Reynolds-Headstone
    ReynoldsRichardJoshua.jpg
    Grave of Richard Joshua Reynolds
    Grave of Richard Joshua Reynolds
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    Histories
    Richard J Reynolds-Sketch Of His Life
    Richard J Reynolds-Sketch Of His Life
    Raleigh News And Observer
    Jul 30, 1918
    Richard J Reynolds-Established Himself in Winston-Salem
    Richard J Reynolds-Established Himself in Winston-Salem
    Raleigh News And Observer
    Jul 30, 1918
    Nancy Susan Reynolds-Reynolds Homestead Opening
    Nancy Susan Reynolds-Reynolds Homestead Opening
    The Danville Register
    Jun 21, 1970

  • Notes 
    • http://www.freestateofpatrick.com/rjrh.htm

      On July 20, 1853, a son was born to Hardin William and Nancy Jane Cox Reynolds at their home Rock Spring at the foot of No Business Mountain in the eastern section of Patrick County. Little could they realize what an impact this man would have on the world.
      Two local traditions linger about the young man. In April 1865, he supposedly hid horses from the U. S. Cavalry under George Stoneman raiding in the last days of the Civil War. Another is in 1870 he attended Emory and Henry College, like Jeb Stuart twenty years earlier, but that Rufus James Woolwine apparently took his favorite girl from him and they married her.
      The young man in question suffered from dyslexia and stammered. He had large appetites for work, women, gambling, and drink. He worked for his father as a salesman for the family tobacco business traveling through Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina saving his money for a future venture.
      He needed a railroad hub for his business plans and since there was not one in Patrick County, he traveled to the nearest one. In 1874, he arrived in Winston, North Carolina with 5,000 dollars. Winston and Salem were separate towns then. He spent $388.50 for a hundred foot lot near railroad tracks to build a factory to manufacture chewing tobacco.
      He married Mary Katherine Smith in 1905 and produced four children: Richard, Mary, Nancy and Zachary. When he died of cancer on July 29, 1918, his company had 121 buildings, ten thousand workers, made ten million dollars a year profit. He left an hundred million dollar estate including Reynolda House and Tanglewood. Virginia Tech operates his birthplace and seven hundred acres as the Reynolds Homestead.
      Richard Joshua Reynolds is buried in the cemetery near Old Salem within site of the giant Wachovia building and the statue of himself as a young man coming from Patrick County to change the world.

  • Sources 
    1. [S18] Family Search, LDS.
      Name: Richard Joshua Reynolds
      Event Date: 29 Jul 1918
      Event Place: Old Town, Forsyth, North Carolina
      Gender: Male
      Age (Original): 68y 9d
      Birth Year (Estimated): 1850
      Spouse's Name: Katherine Smith
      Father's Name: H. W. Reynolds
      Mother's Name: Nancy Cox

      GS Film number: 1892356 , Digital Folder Number: 4215513 , Image Number: 331 , Reference ID: cn 321

    2. [S32] Find-A-Grave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=reynolds&GSfn=richard&GSmn=j&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=29&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=10170364&df=all&.