Sarah Mariah Jane Grigg

F, #147, b. 5 March 1856, d. 3 April 1929
FatherJohn G Grigg b. 22 Jun 1801, d. 1883
MotherElizabeth Betsy Cook b. 1812
Relationship3rd great-grandmother of Kellie Sue Thompson
FamilyThe Stout Family
ChartsManuel Reynolds Descendants
     Sarah Mariah Jane Grigg was born on 5 March 1856 at Wharton, Madison, Arkansas. She was the daughter of John G Grigg and Elizabeth Betsy Cook. Sarah Mariah Jane Grigg married Robert Clyde "Babe" Reynolds, son of Manuel Reynolds and Louisa J (?), in 1872 at Madison, Arkansas. Sarah Mariah Jane Grigg died on 3 April 1929 at Madison, Arkansas, at age 73.
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.

Other Events

     Sarah Mariah Jane Grigg appeared on the 1860 Federal Census Madison, Arkansas in the household of her parents, John G Grigg and Elizabeth Betsy Grigg.
1860 United States Federal Census
about John Grigg Name: John Grigg
Age in 1860: 60
Birth Year: abt 1800
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1860: Kings River, Madison, Arkansas
Gender: Male
Post Office: Kingston
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members: Name Age
John Grigg 60
Elizabeth Grigg 43
David Grigg 22
Irvin T Grigg 15
George Grigg 41
Robert Grigg 13
Albert Grigg 11
Sarah Grigg 3

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Kings River, Madison, Arkansas; Roll: M653_45; Page: 465; Image: 465; Family History Library Film: 803045.

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.




Sarah Mariah Jane Grigg appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Madison, Arkansas, in the household of John G Grigg and Elizabeth Betsy Cook.
1870 United States Federal Census
about John G Griggs Name: John G Griggs
Birth Year: abt 1800
Age in 1870: 70
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1870: Kings River, Madison, Arkansas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members: Name Age
John G Griggs 70
Elizabeth Griggs 60
Robert Griggs 22
Sarah Griggs

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Kings River, Madison, Arkansas; Roll: M593_58; Page: 390A; Image: 304; Family History Library Film: 545557.

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Original data:
•1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
•Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

As of 1872,her married name was Reynolds.

Sarah Mariah Jane Reynolds appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Madison, Arkansas, in the household of Henry Amasa Grigg and Mary Grigg, her uncle's family.
1880 United States Federal Census about H. A. Grigg
Name:     H. A. Grigg
[Henry Amasa Grigg]
Home in 1880:     Kings River, Madison, Arkansas
Age:     49
Estimated Birth Year:     abt 1831
Birthplace:     Tennessee
Relation to Head of Household:     Self (Head)
Spouse's Name:     Mary Grigg
Father's birthplace:     Tennessee
Mother's birthplace:     Alabama
Neighbors:     View others on page
Occupation:     Farmer
Marital Status:     Married
Race:     White
Gender:     Male
Household Members:     
Name     Age
H. A. Grigg     49
Mary Grigg     56
J. A. Grigg     17
D. A. Grigg     10
R. W. Moore     36
Sarah Reynolds     22

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Kings River, Madison, Arkansas; Roll: 50; Family History Film: 1254050; Page: 492C; Enumeration District: 101; Image: 0708.
Source Information:
Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site.
Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Her mother John G Grigg died in 1883. Her son Thomas Franklin David Reynolds was born on 30 January 1885. Her son Thomas Franklin David Reynolds was married 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.
Her son Thomas Franklin David Reynolds was married 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.



Sarah Mariah Jane Grigg appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Madison, Arkansas, at Kings River Township, enumerated 3 May 1910, Sarah is widowed and the mother of 7 children with 2 still living, Thomas and Fannie, both of whom are living with her. Thomas is shown as Married but his wife is not shown on this census.

Willie Coble, a boarder, is shown as living with the family. His birthplace is Missouri while his parents were shown as born in the US.

Thomas is listed as a farmer on the home farm. Willie is a laborer on the home farm.

The entire household is shown as being able to read and write.

Sarah is shown as owning the family farm free.. Her children Thomas Franklin David and Fannie were listed as living with her.
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



Sarah Mariah Jane Grigg appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Madison, Arkansas, at Venus Township, enumerated 10 March 1920, Sarah owns the family home farm "free". She is widowed and living with her single brother and her granddaughter. She is a farmer.

Sarah can read and write but her brother Robert cannot. Elsie is attending school.

Sarah and Elsie were born in Arkansas. Robert and Sarah's parents were both born in Tennessee. Elsie's parents were both born in Arkansas.

The family lives only a few farms from the Thomas F and Viola Burgess Reynolds family. Thomas F was the son of Sarah and the father of Elsie. Family stories have it that Elsie didn't get along with her new stepmother and therefore went to live with her grandmother..
1920 United States Federal Census
about Sarah M Reynolds Name: Sarah M Reynolds
Home in 1920: Venus, Madison, Arkansas
Age: 63
Estimated birth year: abt 1857
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
[Head]
Father's Birth Place: Tennessee
Mother's Birth Place: Tennessee
Marital Status: Widowed
[Widow]
Race: White
Sex: Female
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Sarah M Reynolds 63
Robert Grigg 74
Elsie Reynolds 13


Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Venus, Madison, Arkansas; Roll T625_71; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 160; Image: 867.

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).
She 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.


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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Photo from the Reynolds Family File in the Madison County Genealogy Library photographed in March 2011 by Kellie S. Thompson.
Photo of Robert and Sarah Grigg Reynolds

This appears to be the same photo as the photo in the Reynolds Family File but this photo is from the boxes of photos of my Grandmother Gwen Stout Thompson.
Robert and Sarah Grigg Reynolds

This is a photo of a photo in the collection of photos from my grandmother, Gwen Stout Thompson