Bail Bonds

A collection of 16 documents including a group of bail bonds and executions from GIDEON REYNOLDS' time as SHERIFF of the COUNTY OF RENSSELAER (1843-6) consisting of three printed Bail Bonds accomplished, signed by Doc. 1) Solomon Spicer, Henry A. Benton, James W. Pittman, Doc 2) Harlin "Stinger" Hollis, James Upham, Levi Baly, Seth H. Coons, Doc. 3)Samuel Robinson, Phillip G. Milliman and Stephen Yates; a manuscript bail bond signed by William Hunter and Edmond Daley; 4 printed Judgement Executions accomplished, signed by William Hagen as Clerk, endorsed and 6 other pieces relating to legal matters also includes two early PETERSBURGH manuscript documents being STEPHEN POTTER's autograph receipt signed "Stephen Potter," Petersburgh, 29 November 1802 for monies received of WILLIAM W REYNOLDS and a Manuscript Document, signed by DAVID CARD, WILLIAM FULLER and SILAS CARD with HENRY MUSELL JR. AND THOMAS REYNOLDS, witnessing, [Petersburgh?], 28 July 1825 dividing up the farm of WILLIAM CARD and agreeing to pay the outstanding monies or rents on the property to STEPHEN VAN RENSSELAER.

Petersburgh, Rensselaer County: 1840's, 1802, 1825.

1/4 page and 1 page. 1 vols. 7 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches; 4to. Bail Bonds. Creases, some light spotting and soiling, else very good (16) Item #39541

WILLIAM W. REYNOLDS and THOMAS REYNOLDS came from Westerly, Rhode Island to Petersburgh in 1780. THOMAS REYNOLDS became a a successful merchant and the father of GIDEON REYNOLDS. GIDEON REYNOLDS (1813-96) was a member of the N.Y. State Assembly in 1839, Sherriff of Rensselaer County 1843-46, Member of Congress 1847-51, was a delegate at the first Republican National Convention at Philadelphia in 1856 and a member of the Republican State Central Commiittee. He was appointed by Lincoln as Internal Revenue Collector of the 15th District of New York and in 1867 he became a Democrat.¶ Stephen Potter was one of the early settlers of Petersburgh as was Stephen Card, probably the father of saidWilliam. Petersburgh (formerly "Rensselaer Mills") was created from Stephentown in 1791. Many of the first settlers were Dutch who came over in about 1750 as tenants under Van Rensselaer.

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