Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 582] a tinsmith and slate-roofer of New Castle, was born in New Castle May 11, 1857, and is a son of William H. and Susan H. (Squier) Reynolds, and a grandson of Joseph Reynolds, who married a Miss Inbody, who was of German origin. Our subject's great-grandfather, Josiah Reynolds, was one of three brothers who came from England during the last century, and displayed exceptional business abilities, all accumulating comfortable fortunes. Joseph Reynolds went into business on the Diamond in 1834, and was enabled to retire late in life with the reputation of a successful business man.

William H. Reynolds learned the trade of a tin and copper smith in Mercer County when a young man, and labored at smithing the remainder of the active period of his life. He was a Democrat to the backbone, as are his sons; he served as president of the select council for the city of New Castle, as school director and as poor director. Under President Buchanan's administration he served as postmaster. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and of Fidelias Lodge, F. & A. M. He was married in New Castle to Susan H. Squier, who was born in the above-mentioned city April 10, 1823, a daughter of Anthony and Mary (Hudson) Squier. Anthony Squier was born on the site of New Castle Jan. 18, 1796, and in the early days of the settlement kept a tavern in a log building on Jefferson Street, which building was one of the best and most substantial of any of the structures of New Castle at that time. He died Feb. 27, 1837. He was a son of James and Lydia (Reynolds) Squier. James Squier was a soldier of the Revolution, enlisting at the age of eighteen May 28, 1778, at Monmouth, N. J.; he received a pension from the government in his old age. He was born in England Jan. 7, 1760, and, died in 1848 in New Castle. Mary Hudson, our subject's grandmother on his mother's side, was a daughter of Capt. William and Susanna (Gray) Hudson. Capt. William Hudson's first wife was Agnew Rutherford. He was a son of John Hudson, who was born in County Antrim, Ireland, in 1698, and came to America in 1730, settling in Chester Co., Pa., later moving to Dauphin County of the same State. He took part in the French and Indian War. To our subject's parents were born five children, as follows: Mary, who married T. J. Garvin, who is engaged in the livery business on Apple Alley, New Castle; they have seven children; Grace died in infancy; Addie; Charles L., the subject of this brief biography; William H., Jr., married Ella Brown, now deceased, and is the father of one child.

Our subject received his education in his native place, and took up the trade of a tinner, serving the required apprenticeship with his father; after his parent's death he remained at the old stand in the same business, and has also added another branch, that of slate-roofing. He married Anna Gaston, daughter of Philo Gaston of New Castle, and there were born to them five children, who are: Frank; Joseph; and Mary Etta; Jean and an infant both died in infancy.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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