Genealogy Wanderings

Today my plan was to go through census records and look for the occupations of some of my ancestors. I did start the process and of course found a lot of farmers and also the ones that I mentioned in my Labor Day post yesterday.

However, I got sidetracked while looking for census records on one branch of my family.

Some of you may remember the post that I wrote recently about The 1918 Flu Epidemic. In the same batch of letters there was another one that had caught my eye.

Eliza Jane Reynolds, Genealogy, 1910 letter, Family HistoryThe letter was to my 3rd great-grandmother Eliza Beck and was from her niece Kate Roberts. The letter was sent on November 10, 1910 from Jackson, Ohio.

The letter had a few interesting things in it that I could not figure out with my knowledge of the family.

First, I didn’t know who the Grandpa was who was referred to in the letter. I knew that Eliza was in her late 70’s so it would probably not be her father. I also saw that Grandma had died earlier in the year in February. Perhaps they were in the generation before Eliza, but I did not have any information that could help me.

1910 Letter, Eliza Reynolds Beck, Family History, GenealogyThe next page of the letter gave me a clue.

Poor old Grandpa is living all alone   Anne and John Eubanks lived with him during part of the summer but after that they went back to their own home.

I decided that the easiest way to find out who Grandpa was would be to look up Anne and John Eubanks in the 1910 census.

1910 Census, Lick, Jackson, Ohio, John RiceOK, this clip from the census is hard to see, but it shows that John and Anna Eubanks are living with a John Rice. He is listed as the head of household and is 79 years old. This was a name that I had never heard of before, but there were a few more hints. John Eubanks was listed as his brother-in-law and Anne as  his sister-in-law. One of them must be a sibling of his wife who had passed away earlier in the year.

Further research completed while writing this post found that Anna Rice Eubanks was a niece of John Rice. Not sure why the census had them as in-laws. However, sometimes the person answering the census taker does not have the correct information.

Jackson, Ohio, 1900 Census, John Rice, Catharine ReynoldsI then decided to go back to the 1900 census and see if I could find John Rice. Sure enough there he was along with his wife Catharine.

I noticed that Catharine was born in Virginia and I knew that my 3rd great-grandmother Eliza had also been born in Virginia several years earlier.

Eliza Beck, Reynolds, Atchinson, Missouri, Death CertificateMany years ago I had found the death certificate for Eliza. She died at the age of 88 in 1921 in Atchison County, Missouri.

Death Certificate, Atchison County, Missouri, Eliza Reynolds Beck, Virginia, Joseph ReynoldsThe certificate also listed that she was a housewife. Of interest to me though was the information about her birthplace and parents.

Her birthplace was listed as Old Virginia. Her father Joseph Reynolds was also born in Virginia. The maiden name of her mother was listed as Mrs Wade. Anyway that is how I interpret what is written. She was also born in Virginia.

This is all that I know about Joseph Reynolds and his wife. This is one of my brick walls.

I then did some more research on John Rice and Catharine and found a listing in

Catharine is listed as Catharine Reynolds Rice and was born October 28, 1835 in Campbell County, Virginia. She died March 2, 1910 in Jackson, Ohio. I now know that she was the sister of Eliza Reynolds. I also pieced together that Kate Roberts was the granddaughter of Catharine from other clues in the letter and census and that she would the great niece of Eliza.

I am still researching as I write this and am now starting to fill out some of this branch of the family. As I find more information I may be able to find a chink in the Reynolds brick wall.

If you can help me with my Reynolds family or are a long lost cousin, please leave me a message in the comments.


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