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Delaware County, Iowa


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Benjamin H. Reynolds, M. D.




     Though more than three decades have passed since Dr. Benjamin H. Reynolds was called to his final rest, he is still remembered by many of the older residents of Delaware county as an able medical practitioner of Manchester, where he followed his profession successfully for a number of years. His birth occurred in the state of New York on the 22d of July 1839, his parents being Asehel and Hettie (Hogan) Reynolds, who were natives of New York and Virginia respectively. They removed to Indiana in an early day and in that state spent the remainder of their lives.

     Dr. Benjamin H. Reynolds, who was one of a family of three children, spent the days of his boyhood and youth in Indiana and attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education. Having determined upon a professional career, he entered a medical college of Iowa City and following his graduation located for practice at Masonville, Delaware county, in 1866. At the end of eight years, however, in 1874, he removed to Manchester, here remaining until his demise, November 13, 1883. He demonstrated his skill in the successful treatment of many difficult cases and an extensive and lucrative practice was accorded him.

      In 1865 Dr. Reynolds was united in marriage to Miss Jennie A. Peterson, a native of Greene county, Ohio, and a daughter of Aaron and Jane (Wickersham) Peterson, both of whom were born in Virginia. They removed from Ohio to Indiana in an early day, and the mother there passed away in 1867. Subsequently the father came to Delaware county, Iowa, here continuing to reside until his demise, which occurred in 1907, when he had reached the age of ninety three years. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson were the parents of eight children, five of whom survive. To Dr. and Mrs. Reynolds was born one son, William Anson, who died in infancy.

      Dr. Reynolds was a devoted and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church, served as one of its officers for many years and always took an active part in its work. He was also a worthy exemplar of the Masonic fraternity, and his life in every relation was actuated by the highest principals. Mrs. Reynolds survived and resides in a handsome residence at No. 112 East Union street in Manchester. The period of her residence in Delaware county covers nearly a half century, and she has gained a very extensive and favorable acquaintance here.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 127-128. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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