Is This House Still Standing?

For many years, an old photo of a house has intrigued me as I vaguely recalled someone mentioning that the house had been built by Jacob Reynolds, a direct line ancestor from the 1700’s. The picture was inside a very old frame and the backing paper was falling apart. Under the backing paper were wooden slats holding the picture in place and on those slats was scrawled “Sept. 7, 1864”, which just so happens to be great-grandfather’s birth date. So we’re definitely on the right track – this was a Reynolds house!

To add to the fun, a second old frame held what appears to be a drawing of the same house. On the reverse of the print, under the deteriorating backing paper, was a note that stated that this house was the birthplace of Isaac G. Reynolds and had been the home of David and Amanda G. Reynolds. It also stated that David died when is Albert was 5 years old and the family moved to Amanda’s father’s place near New Garden. After her father died, Amanda and the kids moved to Union Street in Kennett Square.

I know that Amanda was buried at Hockessin Friends ( as were her parents) in New Castle County and David’s stone can be found at Penn Hill Friends. but it would be nice to know where they lived.

It would also be nice to know where David’s parents were buried. His father,Samuel, died in 1842 and is stated to have been a member of the Octorara Particular Meeting. His wife Mary Chambers died 9 years later. I have found no stone for either of them at this point. The search will continue.

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