A.D. (Abram David) Reynolds (1847-1925) was born on Rock Spring Plantation located near Critz, Virginia. His farther Hardin William Reynolds (1810-1882) was a successful tobacco manufacturer and merchant. Educated at Virginia Military Institute and Bryant and Stratton Commercial College in Baltimore, A.D. Reynolds went to work at an early age in his father’s tobacco factory before joining the Confederate Army where he achieved the rank of Major. After the Civil War, Reynolds became a wealthy tobacco manufacturer in Bristol, Tennessee. Meanwhile, his younger brother R.J. Reynolds (1850-1918) became a successful tobacco baron in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, founding the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. In later years, A.D. Reynolds’s tobacco companies became increasingly less successful, and he exited the tobacco trade around 1897. Three of A.D. Reynolds’s sons, Abram David Jr. (1879-1936), Richard Samuel (1881-1955), and Clarence Kelly (1890-1963), founded the U.S. Foil Company, which is now Reynolds Metals in Richmond, Virginia.