Surname: Reynolds

Slave Narrative of Mrs. Hannah Davidson

Interviewer: K. Osthimer Person Interviewed: Hannah Davidson Location: Toledo, Ohio Place of Birth: Ballard County, Kentucky Date of Birth: 1852 Place of Residence: 533 Woodland Avenue, Toledo, Ohio Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Mrs. Hannah Davidson occupies two rooms in a home at 533 Woodland Avenue, Toledo, Ohio. Born on a plantation in Ballard County, Kentucky, in 1852, she is today a little, white haired old lady. Dark, flashing eyes peer through her spectacles. Always quick to learn, she has taught herself to read. She says, “I could always spell almost everything.” She has eagerly sought education. Much of her ability to read has been gained from attendance in recent years in WPA “opportunity classes” in the city. Today, this warm hearted, quiet little Negro woman ekes out a bare existence on an old age pension of $23.00 a month. It is with regret that she recalls the shadows and sufferings of the past. She says, “It is best not to talk about them. The...

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Slave Narrative of Margaret E. Dickens

Interviewer: T. Pat Matthews Person Interviewed: Margaret E. Dickens Location: Raleigh, North Carolina (1115 E. Lenoir St.) Date of Birth: June 5th, 1861 My name is Margaret E. Dickens and I was born on the 5th of June 1861. My mother wuz free born; her name wuz Mary Ann Hews, but my mother wuz colored. I don’t remember anything about Marster and Missus. My father was named Henry Byrd. Here is some of father’s writing. My mother’s father was dark. He had no protection. If he did any work for a white man and the white man didn’t like it, he could take him up and whup him. My father was like a stray dog. My name was Margaret E. Byrd before I got married. Here is some of father’s writing–“Margaret Elvira Byrd the daughter of Henry and Mary Ann Byrd was born on the 5th June 1861.” My grandfather, my mother’s father was a cabinet maker. He made coffins and tables and furniture. If he made one, and it didn’t suit the man he would beat him and kick him around and let him go. Dis was told to me. My father was a carpenter. He built houses. I can read and write. My father could read and write. My mother could read, but couldn’t write very much. I have heerd my mother say when she heerd the...

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Biography of William Reynolds

William Reynolds, on the west coast of Ireland, on the 9th of February, 1831. At the early age of eight, shortly after the death of his father, he was sent to London, England, to be educated under the eye of his uncle, Rev. Henry Reynolds, rector of Henley-on-Thames. It being determined that he should enter the royal navy, and having passed a satisfactory examination, he received a cadetship in the year 1845. After cruising a short time in the Channel, he was ordered to India. The inactive life at that time on board a war vessel, did not suit his adventurous spirit, so he gave up his commission, with a determination to see as much of the world as possible. During the years 1846, 1847, and 1848, he visited Calcutta, Bombay, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, St. Helena, Ascension, the Sandwich and Society Islands, and Mexico, and in 1849, California, where he remained until 1852. During that period he served as a volunteer in the Oregon war, in which he received several, but no severe, wounds. In the year just mentioned, Mr. Reynolds sailed for England, but, as we once heard him remark, the old sod had in a great measure lost its charms for him; so he again set sail for California, and on his way called on an uncle and a brother, living in the...

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Biography of Nelson G. Reynolds

Nelson Gilbert Raynolds, high sheriff of Ontario county, since it was organized in 1853, is a son of Rev. John Reynolds, many years a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal church, and a native of the north of Ireland, and was born at Kingston, Upper Canada, January, 23, 1814. His mother was Mary nee Gilbert, whose father was from England. Young Reynolds was educated at Upper Canada College, and Cazurovia (New York) seminary; at fifteen years of age went to England, and became an officer in the 11th Lancers, afterwards Huzzars; in 1833 returned to Belleville, Canada, where his parents were residing; shortly afterwards went out to what is now Manitoba, as Lieutenant of a company of the 54th regiment, contingent troops, in the service of the Hudson Bay company, going as far west as Jasper House, part way up the Rocky Mountains, and enduring many privations, hardships, and perils. Returning to Belleville, he was elected to the Upper Canada Parliament, from the county of Hastings, before he was of age, taking his seat as soon as legally entitled to it. The Parliament, however, was soon dissolved. For several years Mr. Reynolds was President of the celebrated Marmora foundry, or smelting company; was also at one time at the head of a steamboat company, and interested in banking, mercantile business, railroading, and other enterprises, this period of his life being...

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Biographical Sketch of E. M. Reynolds

E.M. Reynolds is business manager for C. Hatfield, furniture dealer and undertaker. This business was established in 1879, and contains a complete stock of furniture and undertakers’ goods, and is the agency for the Whit, Wilson and Victor sewing machines, also for the Mason & Hamlin...

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Biography of M. C. Reynolds

M. C. REYNOLDS, the most prominent merchant in Douglas County, has made his home in this section of the country since 1856, but was born in Roane County, East Tennessee, December 30, 1844, a son of J . A. G. and Eliza (Miller) Reynolds, who were also Tennesseans by birth. The mother died when the subject of this sketch was about eight years old, a daughter of Dobson Miller, who was one of the early settlers of Tennessee. J. A. G. Reynolds was a member of an early family of Tennessee, but in 1856 became a resident of Douglas County, Missouri, settling on a farm six miles north of Ava. He served in the State militia during the war, and died in 1892, at the age of sixty-six. He and his wife became the parents of three children: Mary J. is the wife of W. C. Kelton and lives in Berry County; M. C., and Mira, who became the wife of William Hartley and is now dead. For his second wife Mr. Reynolds took a sister of his first wife, and two children were born of this union, only one of whom grew to maturity, J. D., who is a merchant of Mansfield, Missouri. The subject of this sketch passed his boyhood days in Tennessee, and after coming to Missouri was engaged in tilling the soil until after the...

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Biography of Dutton J. Reynolds

DUTTON J. REYNOLDS. Dutton J. Reynolds, county clerk, is one of the most efficient, faithful and painstaking officers Stone County has ever had, and in discharging the functions of his office, he has shown the utmost courtesy to all with whom he h as come in contact, and has won innumerable friends. He is a product of the Blue Grass State, born in Jackson County September 9, 1861, and the son of Thomas H. and Margaret (Jones) Reynolds. The father was born in Owsley County, Kentucky, about 1830, of English descent, and of a prominent old Kentucky family. His father, Pleasant Reynolds, was born in North Carolina, in which State the founders of the family settled, when coming to this country. The father of our subject made his home in his native State until 1875, when he moved to Madison County, Arkansas, where he remained until 1880. In that year he came to Stone County and located at Carr, where he now lives and where he is postmaster. During the Civil War he served in the Forty-seventh Kentucky Volunteer Regiment and is a pensioner. While residing in Kentucky he held the office of justice of the peace, and since residing in this county he has been postmaster at Carr for nine years. In political matters he affiliates with the Republican party. Mr. Reynolds is a wealthy man and one...

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Biography of Chester Garfield Reynolds

Chester Garfield Reynolds is one of the enterprising young farmers of Harwood Township, his well cultivated and managed farm being in section 11 of that township, not far from the Village of Gifford. Mr. Reynolds was born in that township in 1881, the next to the youngest of the fifteen children of Hanford and Antoinette (Roberts) Reynolds. Two of the children died in infancy. A conspicuous factor in the early days of Illinois was Father Hanford Reynolds, who was born in Westchester County, New York. He was a surveyor by profession and followed that calling in the early days, laying out the City of Geneseo, Illinois. Before the war he also sold fruit trees in Missouri. He had a varied and active experience throughout the Middle West and came to Champaign County about 1866. In his early travels in Missouri he would come upon what was called a grocery store at every cross roads. Whiskey was one of the chief commodities sold in such stores. When he came to Champaign County the nearest railroad to his home was Ludlow. The land was all prairie, and deer and wild game of all kinds abounded. He hauled lumber from Ludlow to build a small house and moved in before the roof was completed. There were so many ducks, geese and brant in the country that he had to hire men to...

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Biography of Thomas J. Reynolds

Thomas J. Reynolds. The “Poot of the Wakarusa” was the title bestowed upon that beloved old pioneer of that section, Thomas J. Reynolds. He was a man better versed in the arts and skill of the woodsman, the plainsman, the humter, the miner and the pioneer than making poetry, but there was a fine spirit dwelling in his nature, and it found expression in such a way as to bring him the title above noted. He arrived in Kansas in 1854 and pre-empted land near where Wakarusa now stands. Thomas J. Reynolds was a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, born in 1812 and of Welsh ancestry. His early life was spent in and around Pittsburgh. While growing up he received better than the average education of the time, but what he knew of practical affairs far transcended his knowledge of books. He learned the glass-blower’s trade and followed that occupation for a number of years. He also kept a store in Pittsburgh at one time. In 1848 gold was discovered in California. News reached the East a few months later, and early in the following year began that exodus of the California ’49ers. Among them was Thomas J. Reynolds, who went west overland. Those who made fortunes on the Pacific Coast during the following years are pretty well known. The majority, however, had only their experience to show for the...

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Reynolds, Joe – Obituary

Troy, Wallowa County, Oregon Joe Reynolds, a Grouse Flats farmer, died of leukemia Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1992, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center at Lewiston, Idaho. He was 67. He was born April 13, 1925, at Walla Walla, Wash., the son of Earl and Pansy Reynolds. He attended high school in Anatone. Mr. Reynolds moved to Grouse Flats in 1937. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service and also logged while farming there. On Jan. 6, 1947, he married Coralie Woodward of Lewiston, Idaho. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and horseback riding. Besides his wife Coralie at, their home on Grouse Flats, he is survived by two daughters, Nancy Johnson of Clarkston, Wash. And Debbra Reynolds of Troy; two sons, Dan Reynolds of Troy and Darrell Reynolds of Lostine; his mother, Pansy Wickham of Milton-Freewater; one brother, Gordon Reynolds of Ione, Wash.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A brother, Forest Reynolds, a sister, Pansy Lee Reynolds, a granddaughter and a great-grandson died earlier. Graveside services were held Sunday at the Bartlett Union Cemetery on Grouse Flats. The family asks that memorials in his memory be made to the cancer society. Wallowa County Chieftain-Thursday, September 10, 1992, Page 2 Contributed by Sue Wells Transcribed by Dixie...

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Reynolds, Charles – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Charles Reynolds, of pioneer family dies Chas. H. Reynolds, prominent member of one of La Grande’s pioneer families died Wednesday evening September 2nd at a local hospital. He was 78. Mr. Reynolds was born on December 29, 1891 in La Grande, the son of James and Lulu Childers Reynolds. He was a star athlete at La Grande High, graduating with the class of 1909. He played on the Oregon State football team for four years as quarterback graduating in June of 1913. He returned as coach of La Grande until 1920. His football team of 1917 won the State Championship defeating Franklin of Portland 14-0 on the fairgrounds field which today is the site of the Boise Cascade Lumber Mill. On January 1, 1914 he founded Reynolds Insurance Agency, which he operated with his sons Everett and Charles Jr. until suffering a stroke on January 11, 1969. On June 25, 1914 he married Hazel Theisen, his childhood sweetheart. They enjoyed 56 years of married life, which ended on August 27, 1970 when Hazel preceded him in death. Mr. Reynolds founded the Old Oregon Trail Highway Association and was it’s president for 12 years. He was also president of the La Grande Chamber of Commerce and was fund chairman when the road was built to the top of Mt. Emily. His experience on the Oregon...

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Reynolds, Hazel Mary – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Hazel M. Reynolds of 1507 First St. died Thursday August 27th at a local hospital. She was 78. Mrs. Reynolds was born on May 19, 1892 in La Grande, the daughter of Peter and Mary Theisen. She was a lifetime resident of this city. She was the oldest member of the Our Lady of The Valley Catholic Church and was a member of the Catholic Alter Society. She was married to Chas. H. Reynolds in La Grande on June 25, 1914. Mrs. Reynolds is survived by her husband Chas. H. Reynolds of La Grande; sons, Everett J. Reynolds, La Grande; Charles A. Reynolds, Yakima, Washington; and M. E. (Bud) Reynolds, Las Vegas, Nevada; 4 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Recitation of Rosary will be Sunday, August 30th at 8 p.m. at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, August 31st at Our Lady of The Valley Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Father Patrick Gaire will officiate. Concluding services will follow at the La Grande Mausoleum. Those who wish may make contribution to the St. Joseph Hospital Coronary Care Unit c-o Daniels Valley Chapel, P.O. Box 772 or c-o St. Joseph Hospital. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Friday, August 28, 1970 Page...

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Reynolds, James Edward (Ed) – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Pioneer Resident Dies At Age 93 James Edward (Ed) Reynolds, 93, pioneer La Grande resident, died yesterday at a local hospital after a short illness. He had lived here for 80 years. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Daniels Funeral home, under the auspices of La Grande Lodge 41, AF & AM, with the Rev. Louis Samson officiating. Burial will be in City cemetery. Reynolds was born in Iowa on Dec. 23, 1862 and came to La Grande with his parents at the age of 13, making the trip by train, boat and stage coach. His first home was in what is now known as “old town.” He attended local schools and the then recently established Blue Mountain University. Always intensely interested in schools and education he was quite proud of having more direct descendants who attended Oregon State College than any other parent. He was for a short time county superintendent of schools and for many years a member of the La Grande school board. High school band and athletics were given much of his interest and he was primarily responsible for the purchase and early development of the present athletic field. He was a timer for football and track for many years until failing eyesight made it necessary to discontinue. A life time pass to high school athletic contests...

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Reynolds, Lee – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Lee Reynolds, of 1310 Ninth St., died Saturday, Jan. 3, at his home. He was 87. Mr. Reynolds was born Oct. 16, 1893 near La Grande, the son of James Edward and Lulu Adeline (Childers) Reynolds. He attended La Grande schools graduating from La Grande High School in 1912 and from Oregon Agricultural College in 1915. On Dec. 25, 1916 he was married to Lillian Evans. She preceded her husband in death on Sept. 12, 1963. Mr. Reynolds had been a member of the First United Presbyterian Church since 1911. He was a member of the board of trustees for 45 years, an elder for four years and Sunday school superintendent for 13 years. He was widely known for his work with youth. He began starting track meets in 1916, kept time for football games since 1928 and also started local swim meets.     He began Scouting in 1929 and was a Scoutmaster for many years. He farmed and ran the Island City Store, was Union County assessor for 12 years and was manager of the La Grande Cemetery District for many years. Survivors include his daughter, Dorothy Lee Bloomer of Selah, Wash.; brothers, Earl of Auburn, Calif.; Joe of Honolulu, Hawaii; sister, Marjorie Christenson of Healdsburg, Calif.; grandsons, Lee Hurley; Dennis, Gregory, Kim, Chris and Scott Bloomer; granddaughter, Jolene Weber; 10 great-grandchildren and other...

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Reynolds, Lillian Mrs. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Lillian Reynolds is Fatally Stricken Mrs. Lillian Reynolds, 1508 Second St., housewife and music teacher, died at her home today from an extended illness. Born in Michigan, she had been a resident of La Grande for 47 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian church. Survivors include her husband, Lee Reynolds, La Grande; one daughter Mrs. Dorothy Lee Bloomer, Yakima, Wash.; two brothers, Robert and Howard Evans, La Grande; seven grandchildren and other relatives. Services will be held at Daniels Funeral Home, Monday at 2 p.m. Rev. Louis Samson will officiate. Interment will follow at Hillcrest cemetery. Observer La Grande, Oregon Thursday September 12, 1963 Page...

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