|The REYNOLDS - SLADE Family Tree|
J. Timothy Reynolds
October 26, 2004
Since starting the research into my ancestry a couple of years ago, I have uncovered a significant number of additional and interesting generations. The first edition of this family lineage, published on the internet in December 2001, detailed four generations, principally limited to surnames REYNOLDS & SLADE. At that time, I was fortunate to have a number of aunts and uncles from both families available for interviews that shared my interest in learning more about our ancestors. All of them provided good data, dates and stories about both families. Additional information and facts were passed down to me came by my maternal grandmother, Mary Alma Barefield Slade (b.1893 - d.1988), with whom my brother and I shared many years of great memories, as she lived with us all, in our home. It was a great start.
All of her six children, together with a large number of first and second cousins, were accessible and close. Their stories sparked my interest, and in time, gave me the inspiration to link these families together. This second edition of our Family Tree is dedicated to each of them, so that we hand down this information to the generations that will follow, and in doing so; honor the memory of those that came before us.
A Family Tree has to have a meeting point, so I elected myself to be the ‘center of the hour glass’ for our Family Tree. My brother and I are the only two children of Tony Lester Reynolds and Helen Irene Slade Reynolds. I was born in 1950 and my brother, Richard Tyler Reynolds, in 1954. We both entered the world, and were raised in Gadsden, Alabama, in the northeast area of the state. As there are at all points two family surnames, the primary families are outlined first.
The REYNOLDS Family
In my first edition, the REYNOLDS surname was limited to my great grandfather, Dilmus (originally understood the spelling as ‘Delmus’) F. (believed to be Francis) Reynolds, born in Georgia. From information passed on from my father and his sister (Dorothy Gray Reynolds), Dilmus’ parents were born in South Carolina. Starting with the U. S. Census of 1900 for the State of Alabama, I found Dilmus Reynolds, along with new facts about his residence and the general point in time that he first settled in Alabama. Documentation from the Census dated June 11, 1900, (Twelfth U. S. Census in 1900, State of Alabama, Marshall County, Township or other division of county being Precinct No. 16, signed by registrar Harvey L. Hornsby) lists Dilmus F. Reynolds, born in Georgia, including his wife, Julia A., also born in Georgia.
The U. S. Census of 1900 was formatted to list the head of household, (typically the husband), followed by the spouse (typically the wife), then the remainder of the listing detailed each childin the household. Other information included the age of each person as of the date of the census, and the number of years of marriage for the husband and wife. Occupation information was also provided for anyone of sufficient age to work. For Dilmus and wife Julia, the census lists five children. My grandfather, Toney, the second youngest as age two (b.1898).