My great grand father was a man called Hugh or Hubert Reynolds.According to family lore he was a member of the Church of Ireland from Mohill in Co. Leitrim. He is reputed to have converted to Roman Catholicism prior to marrying my great grand mother, Bridget O'Flaherty (c1849-1927) on 15 November 1879 in Killanin RC Church, Roscahill, Co. Galway. Both were National School Teachers. Hugh's father, John Reynolds, a farmer, was deceased at the time of the wedding. He had a brother called John Reynolds and a sister called Mary Reynolds.
After marriage, Hugh and Bridget lived at Gortnagroagh, Roscahill, Co. Galway. Hugh and Bridget had 7 children. I know the names of r of them. They were Anne Marie, Sarah Angela, Mary Bridget, Winifred, John Joseph and Michael John Reynolds.
According to family legend, Hugh renounced Roman Catholicism and deserted his family after a RC Parish Priest failed to secure Hugh a promised National School Head Mastership. There is a possibility that the Priest was Fr. Patrick Coyne of Killannin, a combative individual and prominent member of the Land League. Family lore says that Hugh wmay have gone to the Antipodes or to the USA. Sadly, he never contacted his Irish family again. His youngest child was born in 1893. In the Irish 1901 census, his wife, Bridget was listed as Head of Household so he must have left between 1893 and 1901.
Does this info mean anything to Reynolds researchers. I know that the info is meagre but it is all that I have on Hugh Reynolds.