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\\'ight, who resides in Nicholson aforesaid, and.
(\\ escott) Stone, who resided some time in Nich -
olson and now in Greenfield adjoining.

H. Pettibone. George Reynolds.

The Colonel's name was not Toppin, but
Topham, as George Runnold's name appears on;
the original muster roll of the company which
was certified to in 1778, and now in possession of
the Pension Bureau. The old records I ex -
amined this morning, June 24, 1892.

John Miller, clergyman from Abington, Wes -
cott Stone and Aaron ^^^ight testify in the claim
as to claimant's good character, truthfullness &c._
(Signed) Z. W. Reynolds.

In the autumn of 1776 the Rhode Island
forces were reorganized and embodied in the-
Continental army and marched abroad^". In the-
winter of 1777 the Assembly resolved to raise a
brigade of fifteen hundred men to serve for one
year from the coming March. In fact, it was a
re-enlistment of so many of the existing force as.
chose to serve, over whom Gen. Cornell was
made brigadier, having received a commission
in the Continental army. Col. Topham became
colonel thereof'^ Those interested will find a^
full account of Col. Topham's regiment and its.
excellent record in Arnold's "History of Rhode-
Island." George Reynolds (6), son of Robert,.
was a private in Captain Benjamin West's com-
pany of Topham's regiment, and was wounded by
the Hessians in the battle of Newport Island..
Sarah (?), daughter of George (6), who mar-
ried William Rice, related that George was.
wounded by the Hessians in this fight and suf-
fered all his life from a suppurating w-ound and
that he told her of the battle and of his participa-
tion therein in detail. He succeeded his father
Robert as captain of the First E.xeter company,
1793-94^-, after Robert removed to Pennsyl-
vania (1794), and his company was a part of the-
quota of state militia ordered bv Congress, be-
ing the Second Regiment, Washington County
Brigade. The children of George were as fol-
lows :

I. Waitey, born May 11, 1785, died Sept.
26, 1830 ; married Henry Hall. 2. Daniel, born
NoV. 27, 1786, died June 29, 1863; married
(first) ^lercy Hall, born June 9, 1789, died June



29. The battle of Newport was one of the -most
severe battles of the Revolution. The best descrip-
tion of this desperate engagement will be found in
Arnold's "History of Rhode Island," vol. ii. page 428.
Lafayette in speaking of this battle said, "it was the
best fought action of the war."



30. .Arnold's "History Rhode Island," vol. ii,
page 366.

31. Arnold's "History Rhode Island," vol. ii, note-
page 367.

S2. "Rhode Island Colonial Records."



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12, 1828; married (second) Sally Ann Colvin,
.born March 17, 1805, died March 5, 1885. 3-
Ezra, born Feb. 17, 1789, died May 21, 1858;
married Chloe Gorman, Jan. i, 1815, died Feb.
5, 1846. 4. Robert, born June 17, 1791, Exeter,
R. I., and Factoryville, Pa., died Aug. i, 1856;
married Susan Capwell. 5. Stephen, born Jan.
17, 1794; Exeter, R. I.; died March 29, 1856;
married Mary Clark, died Jan. 13, 1850. 6.
George, born May 27, 1797, died Feb. 17, 1870;
married, Sept. 15, 1818, Julia Prudy, born March
5, 1802, died Nov. 11, 1869. 7. Solomon, born July
9, 1799; Abington, Pa.; died Dec. 13, 1872, Dan-
ville, N. Y. ; married Rachel Dan. 8. Nicholas,
born 1803, died Aug. 31, 1865; married (first)
Sybil (widow of Mr. Nichols) and daughter of
Rev. John Miller, born 1802, died Aug. 8, i860;
married (second) Mary Smith, born 1817, died
Sept. I, 1882. Left no children. 9. Sarah, born
May 20, 1806, died Feb. 26, 1874; married Will-
iam Rice, 1829.

(VII) Robert (7), George (6), Robert (5),
George (4), Joseph, Jr., (3), Joseph (2), James
(i), born June 17, 1 791, at Exeter, Rhode Island ;
married Susan Capwell, daughter of Stephen and
Hannah ; died 1856, interred at Factoryville. She
was born April 9, 1798, died September 5, 1855.
With his father's family Robert came to Abing-
ton, Luzerne county, now Clinton township,
Wyoming county, in 1805. (See affidavit for pen-
sion). He was a millwright, lumberman and
farmer. When the second war with Great Brit-
ain was declared, the inherent military and pa-
triotic spirit of his forbears impelled him to en-
list. In an old paper of 1814. in the possession
of J. W. Stark, of West Nicholson, Pennsylvania,
there is contained an account of the enlistments
from this vicinity, and it is as follows :

"45th Company, ist Regiment, Ensign Rob-
•ert Reynolds, Privates Marshall Dickson, Chris-
topher Reynolds, Crispin Reynolds, Drummer
Stephen Reynolds."

These men marched from that part of Abing-
ton (now Clinton township), Wyoming county,
formerly Luzerne county, through the woods,
and at each little settlement were greeted en-
thusiastically by their neighbors. The fifer,
whose effortg at blowing caused him to look pale,
was taunted by the small boy, then as now ubi-
quitous, with this evidence of cowardice, and
was chased by the indignant musician over the
worm-fence and into the woods toward Wpv-
erly. The commands of the ensign in charge fell
upon the indignant ears of the insulted one with-
out eifect. This detail joined the main force
under Captain Camp, at Wilkes-Barre, and it is



said they floated down the river on a raft to Har-
risburg, and thence to Havre De Grace. Mary-
land, where they received news of the battle of
New Orleans, and that peace was likely, and
were ordered home. In the possession of the
writer is a warrant for one hundred twenty acres
of land which has never been located, and which
is now practically worthless, as the legaf costs of
securing the formal conveyance of title would be
more than the cost of a purchase of a like area
from the government. This land warrant is as
follows :

120 120

United States of America.
Department of the Interior.
Office of the Commissioner of Pensions.
It is hereby certified, that under the Act
of March 3rd, 1855, entitled "An Act in addition
to certain Acts granting Bounty Land to certain
Officers and Soldiers who have been engaged in
the military service of the United States,"
Robert Reynolds, Ensign. Captain Camp's Mi-
litia, War of 1812, is entitled to locate One Hun-»
dred and Twenty acres at any land office of the
United States in one body, and in conformity to
the legal subdivisions of the public lands upon
any of the public lands subject to sale at either
the minimum or lower graduated prices. Given
under my Hand and the Seal of the Department
this 2nd day of July, 1856.
D. T. Jenks. No. 791 12.

J. MiNOT, Coiniiiissioiicr.

Robert Reynolds (Ensign) and his wife are
interred in the Depot cemetery, at Factoryville,
Pennsylvania, but arrangements are nearly per-
fected for the removal of their remains to Ever-
green cemetery, Factoryville, Pennsylvania. The
children of Robert and Susan :

I. Joseph Whipple, born March 11, 1815,
Clinton township, Wyoming county, Penn ; died
March 10. 1866, West Nicholson, Penn. ; mar-
ried Phoebe Stark. He was a veteran of the Civil
war. 2. Stephen Cromwell. 3. Seth W,, born
June 13, 1819, died October 13, 1822. 4. Eliza J.,
born June 13, 1823 ; married Alinor Worden. 5.
Robert Leroy, born October 2. 1826, died Nich-
olson, Penn. ; married Sprague, daughter

of George Sprague. Veteran of Civil war. 6.
Caroline S., born Sept. 22, 1829. 7. Frederick
Earl, born Aug. 28, 1831, died Dec. 29, 1833.
8. Hannah Morella, born Aug. 30, 1833: married
Norman Williams. 9. Ellen A., born Dec. 25,
1835 ; married John Fedrick Eaton, Wyoming
county, Penn. 10. Emeline A., born Jan. 31, 1838,
died 1902 ; married Henry P. Jacobs.



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(\'III) Stephen Cromwell (8), Robert (7),
■George (6), Robert (5), George (4), Joseph,
Jr. (3), Joseph (2), James (i), born March 26,
1817, at Factoryville, Pennsylvania, died Janu-
ary 17, 1890; married (first) ]\lary Laura Cap-
well, daughter of Stephen and Sevalla (Sea-
mans) Capwell, February 9, 1847, ^'^ Factory-
ville. She was born September 12, 1829, died
1870. Married (second) Mary C. Mousey.
Stephen was moulded in the likeness of Him of
whom it has been declared, that "An honest man
is the noblest work of God." He possessed an
excellent mind, was well read, and by his ability
in debate won a high place in the public discus-
sion of the great questions involved in the Mex-
ican and Civil wars. His earnest loyalty in 1861
found expression in the work of enlistments for
the service, and his interest in the welfare of the
soldiers is attested by a great mass of correspon-
dence in the possession of the writer from them,
thanking him for his kindness and thoughtful-
ness for the welfare of their families in their ab-
sence at the front. For upwards of a quarter of
a. century he, with Bartly Wall, conducted a line
of stage-coaches running from Factoryville to
Tvmkhannock, Pennsylvania, which was contin-
ued until the construction of the Lehigh \"alley
railroad relegated the stage coach to oblivion.
The mails were carried by this conveyance, and
during the entire period not a single time was
there a failure to deliver the pouches on time to
the mail trains of the Delaware, Lackawanna and
Western Railroad Company at Factoryville. His
early life was that of the pioneer and his tales of
hunting and woodcraft and of the early days of
the settlement of Abington are yet subjects of
interesting discussions in the family gatherings.
He was a business man of character and accom-
plishment, but his natural bent for discussion, and
particularly upon matters of law, of which he
was a student, influenced greatlv the lives and
career of his family. Two of his sons entered
the law, and find in their chosen profession the
same intellectual delight that was experienced by
their father, whose chief regret was that his cir-
cumstances in early life had prevented him from
realizing his ambition to become a lawyer. With
a conscious rectitude, knowing the approach of
death, he conversed of his ancestors during much
of the last days, insisting upon giving dates and
incidents that they might be preserved. He ex-
acted a promise from the writer of this sketch
that he would take up at once the work of gath-
ering the family and local history before it should
"be too late. Asked but a moment before his



death, "is it well with your soul"? he replied,
■"Why not?" With a perfect confidence in the
saving grace of his Alaker and of his prepared-
ness to meet Him, he passed peacefully away, so
that none could tell just the moment when the
mortal became the immortal. Without having in
his lifetime been a professor of religion, he had
been a close student of the Scriptures, and had
written views and intrepretations thereof which
demonstrate the broad and analytical mind with
which he had been endowed.

The children of Stephen Cromwell and Mary
Laura (Capwell) Reynolds: i. Sevalla Laura,
born December 29, 1847; married Westcott
Stone ; daughter of Earl Reynolds Stone. 2. Na-
poleon Bonaparte, born November 6, 1849. 3-
Stephen ]\larion, Factoryville, Scranton, and
Terre Haute, Indiana, born August 4, 1854; mar-
ried Jessie Mae Ford ; their children: Ford Pal-
mer Reynolds, Jean, Stephen Marion (Jr.).
( Daughter named for her father ) . 4. Harry
Cromwell. 5. Mary Laura, born November 9,
1870; married Rev. George B. Smith; children:
Arline, born September 14, 1896. Children of
Stephen Cromwell and Mary C. (Monsey) Rey-
nolds: I. Lem. v., born November 27, 1882.
2. Charlotte, born April 30, 1889.

(IN) Harrv Cromwell Revnolds (9),
Stephen C. (8),' Robert (7), George (6), Rob-
ert (5), George (4), Joseph (3), Joseph (2),
James (i), born May 12, 1863, at Factory ville,
Pennsylvania ; married Adelaide Coltart Scott,
daughter of William Arnold Scott and Adelaide
Marian (Coltart) Scott Wood, December 20,
1894.

Harry Cromwell Reynolds was educated in
the public schools and at Keystone Academy,
Factoryville, Pennsylvania. In 1883 he came to
Scranton and took a position as bookkeeper for
Watson and Barber. He studied law, and in the
same year became a student in the office of the
law firm of Loomis & Reynolds. He was
twelve }'ears a member of the Thirteenth Regi-
ment, National Guard Pennsylvania, and for two
years a lieutenant in Company G. He was ad-
mitted to the bar of Lackawanna county, 1886.
and was subsequently admitted to the superior and
supreme courts of the state and to the United
States courts, and the bars of Luzerne, Wyo-
ming, Susquehanna and other counties, where he
now ( 1906) practices. The children of Harry
Cromwell and Adelaide Coltart (Scott) Rey-
nolds: I. Adelaide jMarion Scott, born December
9. 1893. 2. Harry Cromwell, Jr., born March
27, 1897. 3. Robert Coltart, born August 23,



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1901, at Ravenswood Cottage, summer home of
the family at La Plume, Pennsylvania ; the two
first named children were born in Scranton.

The military bent oi the family is shown in
the records of the family. The scope of this work
has not permitted, indeed it would scarcely be in
good taste, to recount in detail here the excellent
military and civic record of the family. More
than fifty of the name and a like number of the
lialf blood went to the front in the Civil war, and
at least four participated in the Spanish war in
Cuba and Porto Rico. Some of these have of-
fered up the "full measure of their devotion"
upon the field of battle, from the French and In-
dian wars to the last conflict. In civic life the
duty they owe to their country has been well per-
formed ; and if the present and future generations
shall "hand down to posterity the heritage un-
tarnished," then only shall they be worthy of the
name they bear. Samuel Reynolds, John Rey-
nolds and Ziba (Reynolds) Hinds, all of Fac-
toryville, Pennsylvania, and Z. W. Reynolds, pay-
master of the L^nited States navy, were in the
blockade ofif Havana, on board the monitor
"Miantonomah."

STANISLAUS A. DANGEL. A citizen of
distinctive strength and sterling character, a
forceful and vigorous writer, and identified in a
peculiar way with the journalistic profession, be-
ing editor and publisher of the Sfraa Guard,
of the church, and its title was then changed to its
Oifficial organ of the Polish National Church and
movement in America, Mr. Dangel wields in-
fluence in the noble organization with which he
has thus closely identified himself, while he is
held in high regard as a citizen of worth and
ability, maintaining his residence and business
headquarters in the city of Scranton. Lackawanna
county, where his paper is published.

In the year 1895 Mr. Dangel established in
Scranton a local newspaper, which he entitled
the Pcnnsvlvania U'cckly, and which was pub-
lished in the Polish language and in the interests
of the Polish people. Two years later he was one
of the leading spirits in the founding of the Po-
lish National Church in America, being one of
the most valued coadjutors of and co-workers
with Bishop Hodur, concerning whom individual
mention is made elsewhere in this work, together
with details concerning the movement mentioned.
Upon the inauguration of the new movement the
Pcnnsyhviiia Weekly became the official organ
of the church, and its title was then changed to its
present consistent form, the Sfra;:, meaning "the
Guard." The church represents a reformation



and its leading exponents have withdrawn their
allegiance to the Church of Rome, while under
the wise direction of Bishop Hodur the advance-
ment has been along safe and legitimate lines, and
it has been the function of the Stra:: to stand
guard at the very threshold of this new move-
ment, so important and vital to the Polish people.
The paper is vigorous and aggressive in its policy,
is a veritable guard and tower of strength in ad-
vocating and protecting the doctrines, tenets and
material welfare of the church, while Mr. Dan-
gel has incidentall\- gained the highest esteem
and the implicit confidence of his fellow country-
men and is a leader in the Polish circles of Amer-
ica.

Stanislaus A. Dangel was born in the famed
old city of Warsaw, Poland, November 13, 1871,
being a son of Alfonse and Bronislawa Dangel,
representatives of sterling old families of that
noble country, whose once majestic fortunes have
fallen upon evil da}s. In the excellent schools of
his native city our subject was aiiforded the best
of educational advantages, completing his scho-
lastic discipline in the famous Universitv of War-
saw. In 1894 Mr. Dangel came to America, be-
lieving that under our institutions he could find a
wider field for useful action and for personal ac-
complishment. He first located in the city of To-
ledo, Ohio, where he held a position on the edi-
torial staff of a Polish newspaper for a period of
six months, at the expiration of which time he
came to Scranton and established the Pcnnsvlva-
nia JJ'cckly. as before noted. He has since main-
tained his home in this city, and his course has
been such as to gain for him a place among the
representative young business men of this section
of the state, while he has gained also the social
recognition due to one of his high attainments and
ability. He is a valued member of the Polish
National Alliance, of which he is president at the
time of this writing, being in his third term of
consecutive service in this important capacity. He
is affiliated with several national secret societies in
Scranton, and politically is a stalwart adherent of
the Republican party and an active and efficient
worker in its cause. During the national cam-
paign of 1904 he was a member of the Republican
executive committee. Air. Dangel is a member
of the Scranton Press Club, and at the convention
of the International League of Press Clubs held
in Detroit in July, 1905, he was elected a member
of the national executive committee. On July 18,
1896, Mr. Dangel was united in marriage to Miss
Mary Kr}ger, daughter of William and Frances
Kryger, of Scranton, and they have two daugl
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J. BENJAMIN DIMMICK, president of the
Lackawanna Trust and Safe Deposit Company,
of Scranton, and actively identified with various
important financial institutions and commercial
enterprises in that city, is widely known through-
out the state for his efficient services in behalf of
educational and humanitarian institutions.

The family name has undergone various
changes, appearing at diiTerent times under the
forms of Dymock, Dimmock and Dimick. Rev.
Dr. Miller says : "The Dymocks came down
from Tudor, Prince and Chief of the Welsh
Marches, to David ap Madoc, some five hundred
)'ears, thev being known in Wales as Dai (from
Dy), Dai being in Welsh the diminutive of Da-
vid. His successors were known as Daimoc, and
Sir William Dymock, the sixth in descent from
him. had the spelling in that form." The Eng-
lish Dymocks have been the hereditary cham-
pions of England- from an early period, the office
having been acquired by the marriage of Sir John
Dymock, in the reign of Edward III, to the sole
heirship of the Marmions, in whose family the
position had previously been held. The office was
abolished in the reign of George IV.

Elder Thomas Dimmock (I), son of Edward,
of Barnstable, England, was the first settler in
this country, and the common ancestor of all of
the name in New England. It is not exactly
known when he came to America, but in 1635
he was a resident of Dorchester, Massachusetts,
where he was a selectman that year ; a freeman
May 25, 1636; removed to Hingham, 1638; and
to Scituate the next year. One authority says
he removed to Barnstable in 1640, and another
has the year as 1639. when Barnstable was incor-
porated. Thomas Dimmock was the first repre-
sentative from the new town in 1640 and several
times thereafter, and was ordained a ruling elder
in the church August 7, 1650. Mr. Otis, in his
"Historj- of Barnstable," says Mr. Dimmock was
identified with the early history of the town, and
cannot be separated from it. He was a leading
man, and was in some way connected with all the
acts of the first settlers. He was one of the asso-
ciate justices of the county court, one of the
council of war. and lieutenant, the highest rank
then known in the local militia. He was a man
of pure life, integrity and ability, and greatly re-
spected. Lnlike many of his contemporaries he
was very tolerant in his religious views. There
is no record of his marriage, but he is thought to
have married Ann Hammond, daughter of Wil-
liam, of Watertown, before he settled in Barn-
stable. He died in 1658 or 1659. His widow
2-3



Ann was living in 16S3, but probably died before
1686. He hau at Barnstable the follownig chil-
dren. I. Timothy, baptized by Rev. John Lath-
rop, January 12, 1639-40, who was the first of the
English to die at Barnstable, and who was buried
June I/, 1640. 2. Mehitabie, baptized April 18,
1632, married Richard Child, of Watertown, and
haa a family of two. 3. Shubael, baptized Sep-
tember 15, 1644.

Deacon Shubael Dimmock (2), was called en-
sign in Barnstable records. He was a resident of
Yarmouth in 1669, but did not remain long. He
was one of the selectmen of Barnstable in 1685-
86 ; a deputy to the common court in the same
year; and again in 1689 was ensign of the militia
company. About the year 1693 he removed to
JMansfield, Connecticut, which was then a part
of Windham. The first mention of him in Wind-
ham records is December 22, 1697, when he was
chosen first on the committee to aid the select-
men in settling the town boundaries. He was
admitted an inhabitant of Windham, December
22, 1699, and chosen one of the selectmen the
same day. He was a member of the first Wind-
ham church and afterward a member of the first
church of Mansfield, organized October 18, 1710,
of which he was a deacon. His name stands first
in the list of inhabitants to whom the patent of
the town was granted, October 20, 1703, and first
after Rev. M. Williams in the list of the nine
organizing members of the Mansfield church. He
was the third deacon, being chosen and ordained
in 17 1 7. He married Joanna Bursley, daughter
of John, in April, 1663. She died in Mansfield,.
May 8, 1727, aged eighty-three years. He died
October 29, 1732. Their children born in Barn-
stable were: i. Thomas, April, 1664. 2. John,
January, 1666. 3. Timothy, March, 1668. 4. Shu-
bael, February, 1672. 5. Joseph, 1675. 6. Mehit-
abie, 1677. 7. Benjamin, March, 1680. 8. Joanna,
JNIarch, 1682, married Josiah Conant, of Wind-
ham, and has only one son, Shubael, who settled
in Mansfield, and was one of the most prominent
and distinguished men of that town. 9. Thankful,
November, 1684, married Deacon Edward Wal-
do, of Windham, and was the ancestor of all the
Waldo families originating in Windham. Judge
L. P. Waldo, of Connecticut, and the late Rev.
Daniel Waldo, of Syracuse, New York, were
among her descendants.

John Dimmick (3), as he wrote his name,
lived in Barnstable until 1709, when he removed!
to Falmouth. He married Elizabeth Lambert,
November, 1689, and had the following children:
I. Sarah, born December, 1690. 2. Anna, July,,



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1692. 3. Mary, June, 1695. 4. Theophilus, Sep-
tember, 1696, 5. Timothy, July, 1698. 6. Eb-
enezer, February, 1700. 7. Thankful, born April
20, 1704, married John Lowel. 8. David, bap-
tized May 19, 1706.

Timothy Dimmick (4), son of John, settled
in Mansfield. He married Ann Bradford, daugh-
ter of Joseph, a descendant of Governor Brad-
ford, of the "Mayflower," August 15, 1723, and
had children: i. Ann, May 23, 1725, married
Ebenezer Clark, of Mansfield. 2. Timothy,
April 8, 1726. 3. John, March 24, 1727. 4. Jo-
anna, August 28, 1730, married John Babcock,
of Mansfield. 5. Josiah, March 2, 1732-33. 6.
Simeon, September 19, 1735. 7. Sylvanus, June
18, 1738. 8. Oliver, December 31, 1740. 9.
Dan, May 14, 1743.

Deacon Oliver Dimmick (5) lived in the
parish of Mansfield. He was a deacon in the
North Mansfield church, and a very good man.
He married Sarah Gurley, daughter of Samuel,
in April, 1764. His children were: i. Oliver,
June 13, 1766, died young. 2. Lucinda, June 25,
1768, died aged twenty. 3. Sarah, June 6, 1770,
died young. 4. Samuel, March 2, 1773. 5. Dan,
March i, 1775. 6. Eunice, November 26, 1776,
married Nathaniel Dunham, and had children,
among them the late Austin Dunham, Esq., of
Hartford, Connecticut. 7. Oliver Ward, June
20, 1780. 8. Sophia, April 30, 1782, married



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