The Families of Reynoldston:
For some of those whose ancestry reaches back to Eddy Road, Reynoldston is remembered more for the character of its residents than for the prosperity of its mill. The community’s real wealth rested in the work ethic of the labourers, each striving to support a large and extended family. Each man and woman toiled the best one could, showing great fortitude and resilience in the face of a difficult existence, yet the interconnectedness of Reynoldston’s families created a sense of comfort, for it was a community of kin, and the help of family was always close at hand.
While the six or seven families who became the roots of this community came from diverse
places, Reynoldson’s isolation brought them together biologically, socially and economically. The numerous offspring of these founding families filled the one room school each year. Few progressed past the eigth grade, and many left school earlier to join the workforce, helping to support younger brothers and sisters. At the head of it all was the powerful Reynolds family, many of whom also went to school in Reynoldston, although unlike most residents, they had the opportunity to continue their education in high school in Malone.
This section is dedicated to the families. It provides more information about them, including
some genealogies. This will allow you to better understand the dynamics of these families
and their interrelationships.
Over time we hope some of the families themselves will contribute information to this section and update information on their genealogy.
YANKEE AND FRENCH FAMILIES IN REYNOLDSTON:
During its heyday in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Reynoldston had the reputation of being a French town. Many of the residents and former residents interviewed for this project held that opinion. Indeed, many people of French Canadian (usually Quebecois) descent – the Bordeauxs, Bombards, Jondros, Dusos, LaHares, and Moquins – lived in Reynoldston, and through large families probably comprised a majority of the community early in the 20th century. Many of these families intermarried – Campbells married Bordeauxs married Frenches married Bombards and LaHares. Living among them at various times throughout the community’s history, however, were a significant number of English, Irish, or Scottish people, – often settlers from New England – the Coxes, Clarks, Campbells, McGoverns, Pattersons, Trimms, and of course the Reynoldses.
All of those families, French or Anglo, were relative newcomers to the area, arriving post-1870. They appear to have come specifically to work in the forests and fields of Reynoldston. Not one typical Reynoldston name appears in Hurd’s list of nearly 100 Civil War veterans from the Town of Brandon, and none appear among the more than twenty town officers attending at the first town meeting in 1828.
Whether French or Anglo, Reynoldston people came there to work, and when the trees were gone the work was largely gone, and most of the people moved on to other places, just as they had originally moved in.
The Reynoldston Family names:
Baker, Beaman, Bean, Berry (Berrie), Bombard, Bordeaux, Trushaw, Clark, Campbell, Collins, Cox, Durant, French, Gonia, LeClair, Lincoln, McGovern, McNamara, Meno, Merrick, Moquin, Patterson, Reynolds, Trim or Trimms
(D.H. Hurd, History of Clinton
and Franklin Counties, New York, (18 ), pp. 449-50.)
Bordeaux Reynolds Bombard Campbell French LeHare Moquin Trim Trushaw