MS 448 - Reynolds Family Papers (Wood County, Ohio)
|Title||MS 448 - Reynolds Family Papers (Wood County, Ohio)|
The Reynolds Family Papers were donated to the Center for Archival Collections by Michael Reynolds on June 5, 1990. The collection consists of 3.5 cubic feet of family correspondence, photographs, and negatives. Much of the correspondence documents family members in the military during World War II and the Korean War.
The collection was processed and finding aid prepared by Paul Buckingham in October 1993.
Genealogical charts in this collection trace the Reynolds Family history back to John Reynolds and Eliza Kerr, both of whom were part of the first settlers of Wood County, Ohio. The donor of these papers resides in the homestead of John and Eliza on Jerry City Road. Other documents in the collection suggest that the family originated in Ireland under the name McReynolds and MacReynolds. The bulk of this collection is centered upon the Reynolds line especially following the family of Robert Reynolds (1881-1954), son of John Reynolds (1835-1902), son of John Reynolds and Eliza Kerr. Contained within the collection also are significant tracings of the Fry Family (Helen Fry married Robert Reynolds). The photograph collection also depicts relatives from the families of Bockover, Cole and Graham. A detailed listing of the Lee and Craig families is contained within the genealogy file.
|Scope and Content|
This collection primarily focuses on the lives of Robert Kerr Reynolds, his wife, Hazel Fry Reynolds, and their children. The majority of the documents are in the form of correspondence and photographs.
The largest series of correspondence belongs to Wade Reynolds (1929-1961), son of Robert and Hazel. It covers the period 1951-1953, when Wade served in an Army transportation unit stationed primarily in Texas. The letters begin with his basic training and cover his stay in Texas as well as a short trip to Korea and Japan. Another set of letters follows the service of John Reynolds as an Army Air Corps mechanic between 1941 and 1945. Additional correspondence documents the lives of other family members and also details genealogical research conducted on the Reynolds Family.
Throughout the letters of Wade Reynolds and Hazel Reynolds, there is mention of a religious group called The True Way to which some Reynolds family members belonged. There is also a separate subject file with more information on this group.
Finally, this collection contains a large set of photographs and negatives including two photograph albums. These photographs depict members of the Reynolds family as well as agricultural scenes and date from early tintypes to photographs taken in the 1970s.
WADE REYNOLDS CORRESPONDENCE
JOHN REYNOLDS CORRESPONDENCE
NANCY MARKS CORRESPONDENCE
REYNOLDS FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE
THE TRUE WAY
ACCOUNT LEDGER/ATTENDANCE BOOK
Box 4Folder (Photographs)
Folder (Photographs and/or negatives-unless otherwise noted)