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Oldest Known Reynolds Ancestor

Thomas Lightfoot Reynolds
Thomas Lightfoot Reynolds was born about 1762 in Nansemond County, North Carolina, according to some sources. Thomas's son, Jonathan Henderson, lists his father's birthplace as Tennessee in the 1900 census of Guthrie County, Iowa. His birthplace and date have not been proven.

Thomas married Nancy Henderson Sep 23, 1818 in Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee. Nancy was born Jul 06, 1794 in Virginia to Jonathan and Jane Henderson. Thomas and Nancy, along with their children, moved from Tennessee to Lawrence Co, IN. Thomas died there in 1830; however, his burial place has not been located. Nancy married again on Jan 23, 1835 to William Guthrie. William Guthrie died a little more than a year and a half after his marriage to Nancy. Nancy moved the family to Jackson Township, Guthrie County, Iowa on Nov 13, 1855. She died in Guthrie County Apr 28, 1864. Her tombstone next to son Robert and daughter-in-law Leanna in Moffitt Grove Cemetery states "Nancy-wife of Thomas L. Reynolds."

Children of Thomas L. Reynolds and Nancy were:

  • Jonathan Henderson Reynolds
  • Christopher Reynolds
  • Samuel Reynolds
  • Katherine Reynolds
  • Robert Reynolds (gg-grandfather)
  • Jacob Reynolds
  • Mary Reynolds

Robert Reynolds
Robert Reynolds was born Feb 01, 1828 in Indiana; married Leanna Hoopingarner Mar 15, 1849; and died Oct 07, 1886 in Guthrie County, Iowa. Robert and Leanna are both buried in Moffitts Grove Cemetery, Seely Township, Guthrie County, Iowa.

Excerpt from History of Guthrie County, Iowa:
...Robert and Jonathan Reynolds were the next settlers, coming here in September 1855. Jonathan, the elder, was born on the 10th of July 1819 in Blount County, Tennessee, and is the son of Thomas L. and Nancy Reynolds. His parents moved to Lawrence County, Indiana in 1826 and engaged in farming. His father died there in 1830 and the widow, with her children moved to this County, settling in Jackson Township on the 13th of November 1855. Jonathan, leaving the parental roof, came to this township, locating on section 5, where he still resides. His wife was Mary Jane, a daughter of James and Christian Dalzell, and they have had five children--Albinus, James, Samuel, Thomas, and Cora Edith. James and Samuel are both dead. His brother Robert was born in Lawrence County, Indiana on the 1st of February 1828. When he came to Victory Township on the 1st of September 1855, he located on section 6 where he is still living. His mother accompanied him hither and lived with him until the day of her death which deplorable event occurred April 28, 1863. Robert was married in Indiana to Miss Leaner Hoopingarner, on the 16th of March 1849, and they have three children--Simpson, Elizabeth C. and Charles H.

James Dalzell, Mary Jane's father, was both 9 September 1811 in Monnahan, Ireland, died 23 August 1877.

Children of Robert Reynolds and Leanna Hoopingarner were:

  • Simpson Reynolds (g-grandfather)
  • Caroline Elizabeth Reynolds
  • Charles Henry Reynolds

Simpson Reynolds
Simpson Reynolds was born May 09, 1850 in Indiana; married Alfredda Bell Feb 06, 1879; and died Jan 25, 1917 in Guthrie County, Iowa. Alfredda and Simpson are buried in Union Cemetery, Guthrie Center, Iowa.

Children of Simpson Reynolds and Alfredda Bell were:

  • Eunice Reynolds
  • Charles Wesley Reynolds
  • Allettie Reynolds
  • Effie Reynolds
  • Robert Burl Reynolds (grandfather)
  • Ross Reynolds

Robert Burl Reynolds
Robert Burl Reynolds was born Aug 14, 1892 in Guthrie County, Iowa; married Hazel Harriett Sauvago Jun 03, 1914; and died Dec 29, 1957 in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Robert and Hazel are buried in Union Cemetery in Guthrie Center, Iowa.

Children of Robert Burl Reynolds and Hazel Harriett Sauvago were:

  • Lillian Marie Reynolds
  • Rex Simpson Reynolds
  • Dorothy Pauline Reynolds (mother)
  • Kathleen Hazel Reynolds

Wedding Picture of Robert and Hazel Reynolds