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Nelson Benjamin Reynolds

7th E, 5th L, and 1st MI Cavalry, Company I(1833 – 1905)  Born June 2, 1833 in Covington, Genesee County, NY to Chester Lee and Elizabeth (Randal) Reynolds on August 18, 1862 at age 31 Nelson B. Reynolds enlisted in the 7th MI Cavalry, Company E in Almont, Lapeer County, MI.  He transferred into the 5th MI Cavalry, Company L on April 4, 1865 and transferred again on Sept. 1, 1865 into Company I of the 1stMI Cavalry.  He was mustered out of the service on March 10, 1866 in Salt Lake City, UT.  Reynolds applied for his military pension on April 2, 1887 and reported he was disabled by deafness on the 1890 Census Veteran’s Schedules.
Nelson B. Reynolds was married to Mary Temperance Fay on February 22, 1858 and by 1860 the couple had 1 child (Clara) and were living in a Royal Oak, Oakland County, MI inn run by Mary’s father, Corydon E. Fay.  Nelson listed his occupation as laborer in 1860.

Following the war the couple moved to an 80 acre farm in Southfield Twp. Located at the SE corner of Southfield and 13 Mile Roads.  The couple  were to have 5 children:  Clara (b.1859), Nellie (b.1866), Lillian (b.1868), John E. (b.1869), Mary A. (b.1872), all except Clara born in Southfield Twp.  Nelson was enumerated on June 7, 1900 as a widower, born in November 1835, living alone in Birmingham Village, Bloomfield Twp., Oakland County, MI.  At that time he reported his occupation as a “sawyer in a sawmill”.  A week later on June 13, 1900 he was enumerated a second time in a boarding house in Delray Village, SpringwellsTwp. Wayne County, MI claiming a birth date of June 1834 and reporting his occupation as “sawyer in a saw mill.”

Nelson Benjamin Reynolds passed away at age 72 from “rheumatism and general sclerosis of heart and blood vessels” with a contributory factor of “heart exhaustion” on July 5, 1905 in Birmingham Village, MI.  His death certificate indicates his place of burial to be Royal Oak, Oakland County, MI.

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