Thomas Franklin David Reynolds

M, #117, b. 30 January 1885, d. 31 January 1949
FatherRobert Clyde "Babe" Reynolds
MotherSarah Mariah Jane Grigg b. 5 Mar 1856, d. 3 Apr 1929
Relationship2nd great-grandfather of Kellie Sue Thompson
FamilyThe Stout Family
ChartsConrad Frederick Keck Descendants
Manuel Reynolds Descendants
     Thomas Franklin David Reynolds was born on 30 January 1885. He was the son of Robert Clyde "Babe" Reynolds and Sarah Mariah Jane Grigg. Thomas Franklin David Reynolds married Almeda Jane Keck, daughter of James Frederick "Major" Keck and Almeada Jane Reeves, on 17 September 1901 at Madison, Arkansas.
Groom: Tom Reynolds
Groom's Age: 17
Groom's Estimated Birth Year: 1884
Groom's Residence: Kingston, Madison, Arkansas
Bride: Mudy Keck
Bride's Name: 17
Bride's Estimated Birth Year: 1884
Bride's Residence: Venus, Madison, Arkansas
Marriage Date: 17 Sep 1901
Marriage License Date: 13 Sep 1901
Marriage Place: , Carroll, Arkansas, United States
Film number: 1035151
Digital Folder Number: 4331434
Image number: 00404
Page number: 14
Source: Arkansas County Marriage Records, 1837-1957
Collection: Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957
Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 about Mudy Keck
Name:     Mudy Keck
Gender:     Female
Age:     17
Birth Year:     abt 1884
Residence:     Venus, Madison, Arkansas
Spouse's Name:     Tom Reynolds
Spouse's Gender:     Male
Spouse's Age:     17
Spouse's Residence:     Kingston, Madison, Arkansas
Marriage Date:     17 Sep 1901
Marriage License Date:     13 Sep 1901
Marriage County:     Madison
Event Type:     Marriage
FHL Film Number:     1035151
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data:
"Arkansas County Marriages, 1838–1957." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2011. "Arkansas County Marriages, 1838–1957," database, FamilySearch; from Arkansas Courts of Common Pleas and County Clerks. Digital images of originals housed at various county courthouses in the State of Arkansas. Marriage records.
Thomas Franklin David Reynolds married Viola Emaline Burgess, daughter of Doc Burgess and Clarissa Jane Dotson, on 28 April 1910 at Madison, Arkansas.
Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957
Groom Thomas Reynoldo
Groom's Age 24
Groom's Estimated Birth Year 1886
Groom's Residence Loy, Madison, Arkansas
Bride Viola Burgess
Bride's Name 17
Bride's Estimated Birth Year 1893
Bride's Residence Wharton, Madison, Arkansas
Marriage Date 28 Apr 1910
Marriage License Date 27 Apr 1910
Marriage Place , Carroll, Arkansas, United States
Film number 1035151
Digital Folder Number 4331434
Image number 00799
Page number 264
Source Arkansas County Marriage Records
"Arkansas County Marriages, 1838-1957", database, FamilySearch; from Arkansas Courts of Common Pleas and County Clerks. digital images of originals housed at various county courthouses in the State of Arkansas. Marriage records. FHL microfilm, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Thomas Franklin David Reynolds died on 31 January 1949 at age 64. He was buried in February 1949 at Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, Madison, Arkansas.
Thomas Franklin David Reynolds's obituary was published on 3 February 1949 . Elva Sara Marple, Melvin Reynolds, Dewey Reynolds, Franklin Reynolds, Lee Troy Reynolds, Wesley Reynolds, Elsie Louise Stout, Fanny Carter, Samuel Spurgeon Davis, Fawn Florence Maggard, Golda "Goldie" Carpenter, Sarah Jane Coble, Viola Reynolds and Melinda "Lennie" Harris were listed as survivors in the obituary. Loy Reynolds and Almeda Jane Keck preceded Thomas Franklin David Reynolds death.
Father of 17 Passed Away Monday, Jan. 31

Thomas Franklin David Reynolds, age 64, passed away Monday, Jan. 31, at his home in the Reynolds community east of Wharton. He had been ill several months and his death was due to a stroke suffered a few days ago.

Mr. Reynolds had lived all his life in the community which derived its name from his family, having been born there on Jan. 30, 1885. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for 27 years. He was the father of 17 children, 16 of whom survive. One boy, Loy, passed away in 1935.

The deceased was first married to Mead Keck in 1900. To them were born three children. His first wife passed away in 1908 and in 1910 he was married to Viola Emaline Burgess, who survives. To them were born 14 children.

Besides his widow, survivors include eight sons, Melvin, of Kingston, and Dewey, Tommie, Franklin, Lee Troy, Roy, Wesley and Junior, all of the home; eight daughters, Mrs. Bert Harper of Clarksville, Mrs. Claud Stout of Kingston, Mrs. John L. Carter, Mrs. Melvin Davis, Mrs. H. H. Maggard and Mrs. Charlie Carpenter, all of Huntsville; Mrs. Arnold Coble of Aurora; and Viola of the home, 52 grand children and 4 great grand children; a sister, Mrs. Lennie Harris of Oklahoma.

Graveside services were held at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2, by Rev. Cecil Garrison of Huntsville. Burial was in Kingston cemetery under the direction of Brashears Funeral Home here.
Photograph by Kellie S. Thompson

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     His son Melvin Reynolds was born on 26 July 1901 at Arkansas. His daughter Elva Sara Reynolds was born in 1905 at Arkansas. His daughter Elsie Louise Reynolds was born on 11 November 1906 at Witter, Madison, Arkansas. His wife Almeda Jane Keck died on 24 February 1908.

Thomas Franklin David Reynolds appeared on the 1910 Federal Census Madison, Arkansas in the household of his mother Sarah Mariah Jane Grigg.
1910 United States Federal Census
about S M C Reynold Name: S M C Reynold
Age in 1910: 54
Estimated birth year: abt 1856
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Tennessee
Mother's Birth Place: Tennessee
Home in 1910: Kings River, Madison, Arkansas
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: White
Gender: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
S M C Reynold 54
T F Reynold 25
Fannie Reynold 23
Willie Coble 19

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Kings River, Madison, Arkansas; Roll T624_57; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 72; Image: 174.

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA

His daughter Fawn Florence Reynolds was born in 1912 at Arkansas. His daughter Golda "Goldie" Reynolds was born in 1916 at Arkansas. His son Dewey Reynolds was born in 1917 at Arkansas.

Thomas Franklin David Reynolds and Viola Emaline Burgess appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Madison, Arkansas, at Venus Township, enumerated 12 March 1920, Elva, Fanny, Selva, and Fawn are shown as attending school. Thomas, Viola, Melvin, Elva, and Selva are shown as being able to read and write. The entire family was born in Arkansas as well as all their parents. Thomas was a farmer on a general farm.. Their children Melvin, Elva Sara, Fanny, Sylvia, Fawn Florence, Golda "Goldie" and Dewey were listed as living with them.
1920 United States Federal Census
about Thomas F Reynolds Name: Thomas F Reynolds
[Thomas F Reynalds]
Home in 1920: Venus, Madison, Arkansas
Age: 35
Estimated birth year: abt 1885
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
[Head]
Spouse's name: Viola Reynolds
Father's Birth Place: Arkansas
Mother's Birth Place: Arkansas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Thomas F Reynolds 35
Viola Reynolds 27
Melvin Reynolds 17
Elva Reynolds 15
Fanny Reynolds 8
Selva Reynolds 7
Fawn Reynolds 5
Galda Reynolds 4
[4 0/12]
Dewey Reynolds 2
[2 6/12]
Tommy F Reynolds 0
[8/12]


Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Venus, Madison, Arkansas; Roll T625_71; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 160; Image: 868.

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).
His son Franklin Reynolds was born on 1 July 1921 at Madison County, Arkansas. Thomas Franklin David Reynolds was (an unknown value) with Elsie Louise Reynolds on 27 August 1921 at New Hope Church, Madison, Arkansas.
linben_2added this on 9 Jun 2011
New Hope Church Membership Records.. New Hope Church constituted; Territory of Arkansas, County of Washington (now Madison County, Kingston, Arkansas) dated Feb 12 1832 Members convened & called for a Presbatery consisting of Elders S. Wheat & William Pasten & was constituted into a church called New Hope. This information was sent to me by Tom Mitchell of Midland, TX.

Sarah Reynolds, Tom and Viola Reynolds, and Elsie Reynolds, Alvie Reynolds, and Altie Reynolds all joined the church on Aug 27 1921. The records also confirm the death of Elsie Reynolds in 1973.


His son Melvin Reynolds was married on 10 September 1922 at Madison, Arkansas.
Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 about Melvin Reynolds
Name:     Melvin Reynolds
Gender:     Male
Age:     20
Birth Year:     abt 1902
Residence:     Whorton, Madison, Arkansas
Spouse's Name:     Glayds Cornett
Spouse's Gender:     Female
Spouse's Age:     19
Spouse's Residence:     Aurora, Madison, Arkansas
Marriage Date:     10 Sep 1922
Marriage License Date:     8 Sep 1922
Marriage County:     Madison
Event Type:     Marriage
FHL Film Number:     1035152
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data:
"Arkansas County Marriages, 1838–1957." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2011. "Arkansas County Marriages, 1838–1957," database, FamilySearch; from Arkansas Courts of Common Pleas and County Clerks. Digital images of originals housed at various county courthouses in the State of Arkansas. Marriage records.
His son Wesley Reynolds was born in 1923 at Arkansas. His daughter Elsie Louise Reynolds was married on 28 December 1924 at Madison, Arkansas.
Groom: Claude J Stout
Groom's Age: 21
Groom's Estimated Birth Year: 1903
Groom's Residence: Kingston, Madison, Arkansas
Bride: Elsa Reynolds
Bride's Name: 18
Bride's Estimated Birth Year: 1906
Bride's Residence: Wharton, Madison, Arkansas
Marriage Date: 28 Dec 1924
Marriage License Date: 23 Dec 1924
Marriage Place: , Madison, Arkansas, United States
Film number: 1035152
Digital Folder Number: 4331435
Image number: 00548
Page number: 330
Source: Arkansas County Marriage Records, 1837-1957
Collection: Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957
Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 about Elsa Reynolds
Name:     Elsa Reynolds
Gender:     Female
Age:     18
Birth Year:     abt 1906
Residence:     Wharton, Madison, Arkansas
Spouse's Name:     Claude J Stout
Spouse's Gender:     Male
Spouse's Age:     21
Spouse's Residence:     Kingston, Madison, Arkansas
Marriage Date:     28 Dec 1924
Marriage License Date:     23 Dec 1924
Marriage County:     Madison
Event Type:     Marriage
FHL Film Number:     1035152
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data:
"Arkansas County Marriages, 1838–1957." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2011. "Arkansas County Marriages, 1838–1957," database, FamilySearch; from Arkansas Courts of Common Pleas and County Clerks. Digital images of originals housed at various county courthouses in the State of Arkansas. Marriage records.
His daughter Sarah Jane Reynolds was born in 1925 at Arkansas. His son Lee Troy Reynolds was born on 17 January 1928 at Arkansas. His mother Sarah Mariah Jane Grigg died on 3 April 1929 at Madison, Arkansas.
Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950
about Sarah Mar Reynolds Name: Sarah Mar Reynolds
Death Day: 3
Death Month: Apr
Death Year: 1929
County: Madison
Roll Number: 19241933

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: Division of Vital Records, Arkansas Department of Health. Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950. Arkansas: Arkansas Genealogical Society. Microfiche.


Thomas Franklin David Reynolds and Viola Emaline Burgess appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Madison, Arkansas, at Venus Township, enumerated 7 April 1930, Tom and Viola are both shown as being married for the first time when they were 17. Viola would be married for 20 years and Tom for 28 years. However, since this is Tom's second marriage this verifies the date of 1910 for Tom and Viola to be married (20 years previously) and provides a date of 1902 (28 years previously for Tom's first marriage to Almeada Keck the mother of his first 3 children, Elsie, Melvin, and Elva).

The entire family was born in Arkansas as were all of their parents.

Tom is a farmer on a general farm who is not a veteran.

The children Silva, Fawn, Goldie, Dewey, Tommie, Franklin, and Wesley are attending school. Sarah, Lee, and Roy are not attending school but they are 5 or under so they are too young for attending school. Tommie, Dewey, Goldie, Fawn, Silva and Tom and Viola are all shown as being able to read and write.. Their children Sylvia, Fawn Florence, Golda "Goldie", Dewey, Franklin, Wesley, Sarah Jane and Lee Troy were listed as living with them.
1930 United States Federal Census
about Tom Reynolds Name: Tom Reynolds
Home in 1930: Venus, Madison, Arkansas
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Age: 45
Estimated birth year: abt 1885
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Viola Reynolds
Race: White
Occupation:

Education:

Military service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents' birthplace: View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Tom Reynolds 45
Viola Reynolds 37
Silva Reynolds 71
Fawn Reynolds 15
Goldie Reynolds 14
Dewey Reynolds 12
Tommie Reynolds 10
Franklin Reynolds 8
Wesley Reynolds 7
Sarah J Reynolds 5
Lee F Reynolds 2 2/12
Roy Reynolds


Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Venus, Madison, Arkansas; Roll 82; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 26; Image: 502.0.

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
His daughter Viola Reynolds was born in 1932. His daughter Golda "Goldie" Reynolds was married on 19 October 1932 at Madison, Arkansas.
Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957 for Charles Carpenter
Groom: Charles Carpenter
Groom's Age: 24
Groom's Estimated Birth Year: 1908
Groom's Residence: Wharton, Madison, Arkansas
Bride: Golda Reynolds
Bride's Age: 16
Bride's Estimated Birth Year: 1916
Bride's Residence: Wharton, Madison, Arkansas
Marriage Date: 19 Oct 1932
Marriage License Date: 19 Oct 1932
Marriage Place: , Madison, Arkansas, United States
Film Number: 2020627
Digital Folder Number: 4331495
Image Number: 00211
Page Number: 362
Source: Arkansas County Marriage Records, 1837-1957
His son Loy Reynolds was born on 2 February 1934. His daughter Sylvia Reynolds was married on 10 May 1934 at Madison, Arkansas.
Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957 for Sylvia Reynolds
Groom: Melvin Davis
Groom's Age: 24
Groom's Estimated Birth Year: 1910
Groom's Residence: Purdy, Madison, Arkansas
Bride: Sylvia Reynolds
Bride's Age: 21
Bride's Estimated Birth Year: 1913
Bride's Residence: Loy, Madison, Arkansas
Marriage Date: 10 May 1934
Marriage License Date: 08 May 1934
Marriage Place: , Madison, Arkansas, United States
Film Number: 2020627
Digital Folder Number: 4331495
Image Number: 00263
Page Number: 465
Source: Arkansas County Marriage Records, 1837-1957
His son Loy Reynolds died on 27 March 1935. His daughter Elva Sara Reynolds was married on 22 April 1944 at Clarksville, Johnson, Arkansas.
Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 about Elva Favers
Name:     Elva Favers
Gender:     Female
Age:     37
Birth Year:     abt 1907
Residence:     Clarksville, Johnson, Arkansas
Spouse's Name:     Bert Marple
Spouse's Gender:     Male
Spouse's Age:     36
Spouse's Residence:     Jamestown, Johnson, Arkansas
Marriage Date:     22 Apr 1944
Marriage License Date:     22 Apr 1944
Marriage County:     Johnson
Event Type:     Marriage
FHL Film Number:     2132504
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data:
"Arkansas County Marriages, 1838–1957." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2011. "Arkansas County Marriages, 1838–1957," database, FamilySearch; from Arkansas Courts of Common Pleas and County Clerks. Digital images of originals housed at various county courthouses in the State of Arkansas. Marriage records.
"Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957," Elva Favers, 1944
name:     Bert Marple
event:     Marriage
event date:     22 Apr 1944
event place:     , Johnson, Arkansas, United States
age:     36
estimated birth year:     1908
residence:     Jamestown, Johnson, Arkansas
spouse:     Elva Favers
spouse's age:     37
spouse's estimated birth year:     1907
spouse's residence:     Clarksville, Johnson, Arkansas
marriage license date:     22 Apr 1944
page:     174
film number:     2132504
digital folder number:     004331577
image number:     00226
Source Citation
"Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NMBR-5QY : accessed 11 Aug 2012), Bert Marple and Elva Favers, 1944.

Thomas Franklin David Reynolds died before Franklin Reynolds but was mentioned in Franklin Reynolds's obituary as a deceased father.
Franklin Reynolds

Franklin Reynolds, 61, of Huntsville died Oct. 11 at Huntsville Memorial Hospital. He was born July 1, 1921, in Madison County, the son of Thomas F. and Viola Burgess Reynolds.

Survivors include two sons, Johnny Reynolds of Huntsville and Franklin D. Reynolds of Wesley; two daughters, Janice Wright of Huntsville and Linda Reynolds of Rogers; his mother of Huntsville; five brothers, Dewey and Roy Reynolds of Huntsville, Tommy Reynolds of Gentry, Wesley Reynolds of Hindsville, and Junior Reynolds of St. Paul; one half brother, Melvin Reynolds of California; six sisters, Fannie Carter and Goldie Carpenter of Huntsville, Sylvia Davis of Lowell, Fawn Bryant of Witter, Sarah Jane Coble of Yakima, Wash., and Viola Johnson of Springdale; eight grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Brashears Funeral Home with Guy Couch officiating. Burial will be in Venus Cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Photograph by Kellie S. Thompson

Thomas Franklin David Reynolds died before Viola Emaline Burgess but was mentioned in Viola Emaline Burgess's obituary as a deceased husband.
Viola Reynolds

Viola Reynolds, 92, of Huntsville died Oct. 6 at Huntsville Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 15, 1893, at Whorton Creek, the daughter of Doc and Clarissa Jane Dotson Burgess. She was a Baptist. She was the widow of Thomas F. Reynolds, who died in 1949.

Survivors include five sons, Dewey Reynolds and Roy Reynolds of Huntsville, Tommy Reynolds of Gentry, Wesley Reynolds of Hindsville, and Junior Reynolds of St. Paul; six daughters, Mrs. Fanny Carter and Mrs. Goldie Carpenter of Huntsville, Mrs. Sylvia Davis of Lowell, Mrs. Fawn Bryant of Witter, Mrs. Sarah Jane Coble of Yakima, Wash., and Mrs. Viola Johnson Yeager of Nashville, Ark.; one brother, Dewey Burgess of Tahlequah, Okla., and more than 100 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Brashears Funeral ...


This is a photo of the tombstone for Thomas Franklin David Reynolds and Viola Emaline Burgess .
Thomas Franklin and Viola Burgess Reynolds Tombstone
Photograph by Kellie S. Thompson
Thomas Franklin David Reynolds was a witness Reynolds

In the days before 1861 a young man by the name of Franklin Thomas Reynolds lived in the Tennessee and his young bride, Sarah Griggs, had just started housekeeping and set to raising their family.

Young Frank was a farmer and a logger. One day he returned home to find his yard full of neighbors. The neighbors told him that there was 4 negros in the house with his wife, young daughter and son. And that the negros had weapons and had threatened to kill anyone that entered the house.

Frank flew angry and charged into the house carrying a 12 gauge shotgun. Two negros dropped from the fury of the shotgun. The third grabbed Sarah. Frank told him that he'd rather kill them both than have him touch her. The negro shoved Sarah and Frank cut him apart with a blast from the shotgun. The fourth ran from the house, Frank caught him on the porch. The neighbors heard him begging for mercy as the shotgun blast caught him between the eyes.

Frank was afraid that the sheriff would come and jail him for the murder of someones slaves. He and Sarah packed their belongings, and with the help of Sarah's family they made their way to Arkansas. They resettled on what is now called Reynolds Mountain, southeast of Huntsville.

A year passed in peace, then a US Marshall rode onto the homestead. He told Sarah his business but Frank wasn't there. The marshall left, saying that he would return later. He did, just as Frank drove his team into the yard. Frank leveled his shotgun and would have pulled the trigger but Sarah grabbed the gun and ruined his aim. The marshall then told Frank that he had hunted for him for a year, to tell him that no charges were ever made against him.

The Civil War broke out and Arkanas was torn apart. She felt the way the North did but, was located for the South. So, Frank and many, many others fought for the South. But, the families left behind suffered also, as they were trusted by neither side.

Soldiers on both sides took what they could, food, livestock, women, or whatever. Sarah hid her children in closets, down deep in the clothes whenever soldiers were around. This remarkable woman walked roughly two miles from her home, deep in the hills. There on a hillside she roughed out a underground room. She carried a rope ladder to climb in and out of this underground cave. When Sarah had it hollowed out she put her canned fruits, vegetables, and meat in a gunny sack and made trip after trip to her cave.

When it was all hidden she left the cave and hid the entrance. After that she would return to the cave under the cover of darkness, and remove only what she would need for the following day. Thus, she protected her family from soldiers revenge. Often they would take what food they wanted and mix together anything left.

Frank returned home unhurt at the end of the war. He and Sarah worked hard on their farm and developed a new strain of grass, known as Reynolds grass.

Frank and Sarah had 2 girls, Fannie and Lennie, and 1 boy Robert.

The only trouble they had was with a family named Burgess, that lived on Whorton Creek. The Burgess boys were a rough lot and enjoyed drinking and fighting.

Frank enjoyed a drink also, and start a good fight. So, in time he and the Burgess boys tangled. Frank walked away the winner, but hard feelings remained between the two families.

Sarah would give Frank the devil when he drank. But, Frank would just say, "Sarrie, you know you still me," start whistling and walk away.

Love him she did, and in 1883, twenty-two years after the war, she gave him another son, Thomas Franklin David.


Story from handwritten papers in the Reynolds Family File at the Madison County Genealogy Library. Author unidentified.

[Note: this is a story about Robert Clyde Reynolds and his wife, Sarah Grigg Reynolds. The handwritten story has the name as Frank or Thomas Franklin but that is the name of the last son mentioned. Also, the story continues with Tom and his second wife Viola. There may be pages related to the rest of Robert and Sarah or the earlier part of Tom's life between the two stories that I missed copying while I was at the library. KST]
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Family 1

Almeda Jane Keck b. 1 May 1884, d. 24 Feb 1908
Children

Family 2

Viola Emaline Burgess b. 15 Jan 1893, d. 6 Oct 1985
Children