Martha Elizabeth Reynolds (Morton) (1849 - 1918)

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Birthplace: Pontotoc, MS, USA
Death: Died in Prattsville, AR, USA
Managed by: pamela dianne fleharty
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About Martha Elizabeth Reynolds (Morton)

   Obituary (from unknown source probably Church newsletter)
   Sister Martha Elizabeth, wife of G. A. Reynolds, was born in Mississippi, February 11, 1848; died in Grant County, Arkansas, January 13, 1918. She was married to G. A. Reynolds, November 30, 1864. To them were born thirteen children, ten of whom are still living. She professed a hope in Christ at the early age of eleven, joined the Methodist church immediately after and lived a most devoted Christian life all of her days. I never had the privilege of meeting her, but everyone who knew her and her sweet-spirited life, says she was beyond question a Christian, and that her life was one to be worthy of imitation. Our faith in the power of God to save comes through the faith we have in others whom God has saved. This good woman's faith in God constrained many others to have faith in Him.
   Her friends tell me that her interest in others never grew weary, and her efforts to help others never ceased. She was always interested in the welfare of others, as she was in the welfare of her own.
   She was a faithful member of the Church which she loved, a true friend to her pastor, andher home was his home; she was a peaceful and helpful neighbor, she was a true and patient mother, and a very affectionate wife; and, best of all, she was a meek and lowly follower of her Lord and Master. She died as she had lived -- in triumphant faith in the living Christ.
   T. F. Hughes, Pastor.
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   Note: Martha Elizabeth's death certificate says she was born February 10, 1849 and the "medical" certificate of death is January 20, 1918. Cemetery records state birthdate as Feb 11, 1848 and death as January 13, 1918. Census records for 1860 and 1870 show her to be born in 1849.
   Birth and death dates taken from death certificate NOT cemetery tombstone in Philadelphia Cemetery, Prattsville, Grant County, Arkansas. Obituary will be same source as cemetery records which is incorrect. Gaylan, Galen, Galin, Gayland, etc. are all spellings used by various family members as each wrote what they "heard." Take your pick as to what you want to use.
   Martha Elizabeth is difficult to trace. Fortunately, I received much information from notes kept by Mary Jane Henson (my grandmother) and other family members. However, proving facts OUTSIDE family information and interviews is difficult because census records are not accurate. Fortunately, my grandmother, Mary Jane Henson, knew her grandmother who was Martha Elizabeth Morton. My grandmother also kept names of children and their addresses until she died in 1988. That has helped considerably to tie other relatives together correctly. -- Bernice Dehl
   Martha Elizabeth and Galen were born in Mississippi. Alpheus (Alvis) Reynolds was born in Alabama. Alexander Peden Morton was born in Tennessee. There are a LOT of Reynolds and Morton descendents in Arkansas: especially around Grant, Saline, Dallas, Hot Spring, and Pulaski counties, especially Saline and Grant counties.
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   1860 census lists birthplace as Mississippi. 1870 Census lists birthplace as Mississippi. 1880 census lists birthplace as Mississippi and both parents birthplace as "Dont Know." 1870 Census lists birthplace as Mississippi. 1900 birthplace is Texas which is incorrect. Family moved there right after she was born. 1910 census lists birthplace as Mississippi. Father's birthplace is Georgia and mother's is England. The 1910 census shows that she had 13 children with 10 living. All 10 living children have been accounted for. Note that the uncertainty in birthplaces can be explained because her father moved around alot. He lived in South Carolina?, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas.
   1860 Census Beech, Lafayette County, Arkansas Post Office Rondo 28 Jul 1860:
   Alex P Morton Age 44 Birthplace Tennessee Mechanic
   Eliza E Morton Age 49 London, England
   Joseph L 23 Alabama Mechanic
   Wm D 18 Alabama Mechanic
   Mary E 17 Alabama
   Jas A 16 Alabama Farm labor
   Joseph S 16 Alabama Farm labor
   Saml C 14 Mississippi
   Benjm P 13 Mississippi
   Martha E 11 Mississippi
   A F 8 Texas
   Daniel O 1 Texas
   1870 Census: shows "Galin" Reynolds living in Davis Township, Grant County, Arkansas but post office is listed as Tulip, which is in Arkansas' "Dallas County".
   Galin Age 24 Born in Mississippi Occupation Farmer
   Marth E Age 21 Born in Mississippi
   Elizabeth E Age 2 Born in Arkansas
   Joseph A Age 1 Born in Arkansas
   1880 Census 10 Jun 1880: Elizabeth J. Pratt (Gaylen's Mother) mentioned in 1880 census for Davis, Grant County, Arkansas when she was living with son Gaylor(n) Reynolds. Birth place was given as South Carolina in same 1880 census.
   Galen and other household members are
   Gaylor A Age 34 Occupation: Miller Born Self: Miss Father: Ala Mother: S.C.
   Martha E *Wife" Age 27 Keeping house Born Self: Miss. Father: Don't Know Mother: Don't Know
   Elizabeth E Age 12 Works in house
   Joseph Age 11 Works at Mill
   Mary J Age 9
   Marvin Age 7
   Emma Age 6
   Ida Age 5
   Beatrice Age 4
   Nancy Age 3
   Mittie Age 1
   Elizabeth J Pratt Widow Relationship Mother Age 52 Works in house Born: S.C. Father: S.C. Mother: S.C.
   Alexander Morton Age 21 Servant, Farm Laborer (He could this be a relative of Martha) Born: Self: Arkansas is crossed out. Father: Don't Know Mother: Don't Know
   1900 Census River Township, Grant County, Arkansas 8 June, 1900:
   Golin A Born Sept 1846 (58) Self: Mississippi Father: Alabama Mother: Mississippi
   Martha E. Born Mar 1869 (50) Self: Texas Father: Georgia Mother: England
   Joseph A Born (Mar 1869 (31) Self: Arkansas Father: Mississippi Mother: Texas
   Monroe C. Born Dec 1880 (19) Self: Arkansas Father: Mississippi Mother: Texas
   Stacks?, Fannie Servant Born Oct 1880 (19) Self: Mississippi Father: Mississippi Mother: Mississippi
   1910 Census Galen A Reynolds and Martha E Reynolds are living in River Township, Grant County, Arkansas. Galen lists birthplace as Mississippi, Father's as Alabama and Mother's as Mississippi. Martha lists her birthplace as Mississippi, Father's as South Carolina and Mother's as "Eng English."
   Galen Reynolds is living with his son-in-law, Richard Henson, and daughter, Mary Jane (Reynolds) Henson in the 1920 census. Martha is dead.
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Martha Elizabeth Reynolds's Timeline

1845
May 1845
1849
February 10, 1849
Pontotoc, MS, USA
1867
December 2, 1867
Age 18
1869
March 3, 1869
Age 20
1870
June 1, 1870
Age 21
Grant, AR, USA
1871
November 3, 1871
Age 22
1874
November 1874
Age 25
1875
1875
Age 25
1878
1878
Age 28
1879
1879
Age 29