Melinda "Lennie" Reynolds

F, #150
FatherRobert Clyde "Babe" Reynolds
MotherSarah Mariah Jane Grigg b. 5 Mar 1856, d. 3 Apr 1929
Relationship2nd great-grandaunt of Kellie Sue Thompson
ChartsManuel Reynolds Descendants
     Melinda "Lennie" Reynolds was the daughter of Robert Clyde "Babe" Reynolds and Sarah Mariah Jane Grigg.

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     Her married name was Harris. Her married name was Harris.
Melinda "Lennie" Harris of Oklahoma was listed in Thomas Franklin David Reynolds's obituary on 3 February 1949 as a surviving sister.
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
Melinda "Lennie" 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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