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Mrs. Anna S. Hunt
Anna Skillman Hunt

About the Colonel Thomas Reynolds Chapter

The Colonel Thomas Reynolds Chapter was organized on March 25, 1913, and has a long history of involvement in the objectives of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Anna Skillman Hunt (Mrs. Wilson D. Hunt) of Pemberton, New Jersey, was the Organizing Regent of Colonel Thomas Reynolds Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. A preliminary meeting was held in her home on February 20, 1913. Eight of the fourteen votes counted that day were for Colonel Thomas Reynolds as the name of the chapter.

On June 18, 1952, Mrs. Hunt officiated at the unveiling of a bronze marker on the tombstone of Colonel Reynolds. On December 6, 1974, the location of the chapter was changed from Pemberton and registered as Mount Holly.

 

About Colonel Thomas Reynolds

Colonel Thomas A. Reynolds was born in 1729/30, and died on January 7, 1803. He is buried near the chapel in St. Andrews Cemetery, Mt. Holly, New Jersey — Sec. 49 NW, Grave 10. Thomas Reynolds was the son of Irish immigrant Patrick Reynolds, who built Pemberton Mills, then called “New Mills,” in 1752. Thomas’ grandfather was the Lord Mayor of Dublin, a wealthy Irish linen manufacturer.

Thomas Reynolds was one of the incorporators of the Bridgetown Library (now Mount Holly Library) and was on the vestry of St. Andrews Church when each received its charter from King George III in 1765. He was a member of the Provincial Congress of Burlington and, in 1776, was given a commission in the Second Battalion of Burlington County Militia. He was captured by the British and taken to New York to be exchanged for a British officer. Colonel Thomas Reynolds served again with the Revolutionary forces until 1782.

 

Historic sites marked by the chapter

Click here for a complete list of historic sites marked by the chapter.

Battle of Iron Works Hill (December 23, 1776)
Mansion of James Longstaff
House of John R. Slack
House of Thomas Budd

The Colonel Thomas Reynolds Chapter has also marked, in this area, the graves of Major Joseph Budd, Captain Jacob Perkins, John Fort, and Patrick Reynolds, father of Colonel Thomas Reynolds.

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