David Reynolds, my fifth great-grandfather was born in 1760 in Horseneck, Fairfield, Connecticut to John Joseph & Martha Tibbets Reynolds.
He married Hannah Hastings in 1774 in Connecticut and with her had three children – Samuel in 1774, Rhoda in 1780 and Henry in 1787.
He enlisted in the Continental Army in Lyme, Connecticut in April 1777 – and was taken prisoner in 1782 by the British in Tarrytown, New York. He was held on one of the British prison hulks in New York and when Washington threatened retaliation for the conditions prisoners were kept on the ships, they were moved north – heading for Nova Scotia where many Loyalists had escaped to.
David escaped the prison ship in Passamaquoddy Bay, probably somewhere near Robbinston, Maine. and made his way through Maine back to Connecticut. While he was in Maine, he met a fellow soldier, Nathaniel Cox…father of Rebecca Cox, and his family. It is pretty clear that he went back to Connecticut – because Henry was born in 1787…but he left his family in Connecticut and returned to Maine, having obtained a Revolutionary War Land Grant in Washington County.
October 15, 1787 he married Rebecca Cox and in 1789, Rebeah was born. David (my 4th gr.grandfather) in 1792, Isabella in 1795, Haskell in 1797, Isaac in 1800, Hannah in 1803, Eliphalet in 1804, Thirza in 1807 and Elizabeth in 1810.
David lived in Maine the rest of his life and died March 31, 1832 in Columbia, Washington County, Maine.
Much of my information about David – who was for many years a ‘brick wall’ in my research, came from the papers and documents surrounding his Revolutionary War pension. I’ve attached a few of the pages below.
A link to my collection of David’s Rev. War papers.
Resources on prison ships: http://www.mountvernon.org/educational-resources/encyclopedia/prisoners-war