- 1831-c 2014 (Creation)
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The Reynolds family were associated with Heslington, near York, Millington in Cheshire and Ravenglass in Cumberland. Ann Reynolds was born c.1791 and was living in Heslington with her elder sister Elizabeth (born c.1781) by the time of the 1841 census. From her surviving papers it is evident that Ann was a talented artist who maintained a close relationship with her cousins George, John and Jane Reynolds. Elizabeth Reynolds died in 1851 and Ann subsequently lived with a companion, Bessie Smith, until her own death in 1859 at the age of 71.
Ann’s cousin John Reynolds was born in Wykeham, Yorkshire, c.1816. In 1841 he married Margaret Hannah Twiss, daughter of William and Frances Twiss, who was also a keen artist. Margaret and her sister Sarah were already the proprietors of a boarding school for young ladies at Denfield House in Millington, Cheshire. Following their marriage, John moved into Denfield House and is listed as a ‘schoolmaster’ in 1851 and 1861, with Margaret described as a school mistress and Sarah Twiss as a teacher of music.
John and Margaret had at least nine children: Sarah Jane, born 1842; William Francis, born 1844; John, born 1846; George Frederick Edward, born 1847; John Thomas, born 1849; Anne, born 1851; Jane Elizabeth, born 1853; Alfred Henry, born 1855; and Margaret Hannah, born 1856. George later became a Professor of Music at Denfield House school.
Their daughter Anne, or Annie, married Charles Alfred Barlow, a consulting engineer, in 1880 and briefly emigrated with him to Arcata, California, where their daughters Lilian and Gladys were born. They had returned to England by 1887 when their daughter Edith was born in Bradford and in 1891 the family were living in Crosthwaite, Westmorland.
Ann’s cousin Jane Reynolds was born in Wykeham c.1818 and married another Reynolds cousin, Frederick, who was born in Escrick, Yorkshire, to John and Maria. Frederick gained a position as an Excise Man in 1850 through the patronage of Lord Wenlock, who owned a large estate in Escrick. In 1861 he was described as an Officer of Inland Revenue. Jane died in 1867 and Frederick died in 1905, by which time he was living in Ravenglass in Cumberland with his second wife, Ann.
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