I have additional information on the John Laney REYNOLDS & Elizabeth (CHESTER?) family, which was in Harris Co., GA, by 1836. Ezekiel CHESTER, formerly of Lancaster Co., SC, listed two stepchildren in his Tallapoosa Co., AL, will, probated 1855: (Oscar) Jacob CHESTER and Elizabeth REYNOLDS.
Ezekiel CHESTER was in the 1850 Tallapoosa Co., AL, census, aged 84. The family tradition is that Elizabeth's maiden name was CHESTER. There seem to be connections of the REYNOLDS & CHESTER families to the FUNDERBURKs & LANEYs of Lancaster Co. George M. FUNDERBURK was the administrator of Ezekiel CHESTER's estate.
John's middle name was Laney, which indicates that his family was connected to the LANEY family of Lancaster, which intermarried with the FUNDERBURKs. John & Elizabeth had a son Jacob F. (for FUNDERBURK?), & Elizabeth's brother was Jacob CHESTER, maybe both named for Jacob FUNDERBURK?.
There are five additional children now known for John Laney REYNOLDS & Elizabeth CHESTER(?)--I'm hoping that this additional information will indicate more about which families these people belong to.
John Laney REYNOLDS, Sr. (b 2 Mar 1782 NC or SC?, d 3 Dec 1847, Harris Co., GA), m 29 May 1808 to Elizabeth “Betty” [CHESTER?] (b 22 Dec 1789 SC or NC, d 29 Apr 1872, Harris Co., GA); settled in Harris Co., GA, by 1836. Children:
Lewis B. REYNOLDS b 4 May 1809
William REYNOLDS b 17 Mar 1811
Jacob F. REYNOLDS (b 15 Dec 1812, d by 1864 Harris Co., GA) m Mary LORD 8 Nov 1841, Harris Co., GA
Mary REYNOLDS b 4 Sep 1814
Joseph A. [Anderson?] REYNOLDS b 21 Jul 1816
Enoch A. REYNOLDS b 4 Apr 1818
John Laney REYNOLDS, Jr. (b 10 Feb 1820, d aft 1880 Jefferson Co., AL), m Frances “Franky” HOLT 20 Oct 1844, Chambers Co., AL
Nancy E. Luvenia REYNOLDS (b 10 Feb 1820, d aft 1880 Walker Co., TX) m Jesse G. CLINE 14 Aug 1839, Harris Co., GA
Henry James REYNOLDS (b 20 Mar 1822, d 14 Dec 1894 Beulah, Lee Co., AL) m Lucinda Elizabeth POWELL 14 Nov 1841, Harris Co., GA
Elizabeth S. REYNOLDS (b 17 Feb 1824, d 24 Nov 1914, Chilton Co., AL), m Nathaniel A. DOBBS, Jr., 22 Jun 1843, Harris Co., GA, and settled in Clanton, AL;
Susannah Laura Cerenna or Serenna REYNOLDS (b 20 Jun 1825, GA, d 25 Oct 1911, Russell Co., AL) m 12 Jul 1852, Harris Co., GA, to Ambrose Alexander NORRIS, Jr., & settled in Russell Co., AL by 1880
Ailsey Jones REYNOLDS (b 20 Oct 1826, d 1911 Fannin Co., TX), m James CASTLE [also CASSELS] 15 Dec 1847, Harris Co., GA.