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Mary "Polly" A. Reynolds

Female 1810 - 1887  (76 years)


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  • Name Mary "Polly" A. Reynolds  [1
    Nickname Polly 
    Born 8 Oct 1810  Pulaski County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Buried Aug 1887  Russellville Cemetery, Russellville, Russell Township, Putnam County, Indiana; Lot # 132; In Russellville, Per Headstone Photo Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 11 Aug 1887  76y, 10M, 3D; Putnam County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I22519  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 11 Feb 2014 

    Father William M. Runnels Reynolds,   b. Abt 1780, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1830 and 1840, Jackson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Mother Abigail Hayes Hays,   b. Between 1780 and 1790, Unknown At Present Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 16 Sep 1807  Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F65408  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 James Elkins,   b. Between 1806 and 1809, Pulaski County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1836, Jackson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years) 
    Married 25 Aug 1827  Knox County, Kentucky; Bands Per William Reynolds Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • SOURCE: Book - "Knox County Kentucky Marriages 1800 - 1850
      By V. Lorraine Duncan
      Another Researchers Publication
      Davenport Public Library
      321 Main Street
      Davenport, Iowa 52801 - 1490
      SC 976.9125 KNO, Page 4
      Elkins, James Reynolds, Polly (Mary) 28 August 1827'
      Bondsman: William Reynolds for Polly Reynolds and James Elkinsmarriage
      [Obtained & Transcribed 30 March 2007, SLJuhl, compiler]
    Children 
     1. **Eliza Aliza A. Elkins,   b. 12 Dec 1829, Jackson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1869, Russell Township, Putnam County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     2. Peter Elkins,   b. 1835, Jackson County, Indiana; Per Elkins Eagle, Vol. V, No. 1, P.21 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1850 and 1860, Possibly Jackson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
     3. **William H. Elkins,   b. 1 Mar 1836, Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana; Scottish Descent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1906, 70 Years Old, Englewood, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana; Widower At Death Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F5227  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 *James C. Graham,   b. Between 1775 and 1794, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1879 and 1880, 80 Years Old; Tama County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 104 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1840  Jackson County, Indiana; Per Elkins Eagle, Vol. V, No. 1, Pg. 21 Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941
      Name: Mary Elkins
      Spouse Name: James C. Graham
      Marriage Date: 7 Nov 1840
      Marriage County: Jackson
      Book: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT
      OS Page: 1314624
      Source Citation: Title: , , ; Book: Family History Library, SaltLake City, UT;Page: 1314624.
      Ancestry.com. Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 [databaseon-line].
      [Transcribed 12 January 2008, SLJuhl, compiler]

      Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941
      Name: Mary Elkins
      Spouse Name: James C. Graham
      Marriage Date: 7 Nov 1840
      Marriage County: Jackson
      Performed By: Elkins, Mary
      Comment: Elkins, Mary married Graham, James C. on 07 Nov 1840 inJackson County, Indiana
      Source Title 1: Elkins, Mary married Graham, James C. on 07 Nov 1840in Jackson County, Indiana
      Source Title 2: Indiana
      Jackson County
      Source Citation: Title: Elkins, Mary married Graham, James C. on 07Nov 1840 in Jackson County, Indiana, Indiana
      Jackson County
      Ancestry.com. Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 [databaseon-line].
      [Transcribed 12 January 2008, SLJuhl, compiler]

      THE ACTUAL MARRIAGE LICENSE STATES:
      "The Clerk of the Jackson Circuit Court, of Jackson County, Indiana,issued a Marriage License for James C. Graham and Mary Elkins on the7th day of November 1840. Attest: Walter Benton, Clerk."
      THE ACTUAL CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE STATES:
      I certify that I joined in Marriage, as husband and Wife, James C.Graham and Mary Elkins by authority of law, this 8th day of November1840. John Crabb, J.P."
      SOURCE: Jackson County Marriage Book, Jan 1816 - June 1849, Book A &B, Page 247.
      [Transcribed 31 January 2008, SLJuhl, compiler]
    Children 
     1. George F. Graham,   b. 9 Aug 1842, Jackson County, Indiana; Per Obituary Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1914, Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. Aaron A. Graham,   b. 22 May 1844, Jackson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1919, Putnam County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     3. James F. Graham,   b. 1846, Jackson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1854, 8 Years Old; Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)
     4. John Graham,   b. 1859, Jackson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ? Died Young Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F8794  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "MARY A. REYNOLDS, Listed as mother on death certificate of sonWilliam H. Elkins. Born according to census records, between1811-1820 in Tennessee or Virginia. Died in Montgomery County,Indiana, August 11, 1887 at age 77. Buried in Russellville Cemetery,Russellville, Indiana, with her children. Only Elkins child known -William H. Elkins - possibly a Peter Elkins? They were living inJackson Co. IN. near Seymour in the 1830's. It is said Father (James)Elkins died at an early age. Mary A. Reynolds Elkins, marriedNovember 7, 1840 in Jackson Co., Indiana to James C. Grahams."[Transcribed by, SLJuhl, Compiler 09 Jan 2005]. [William H. Elkinswas raised by his uncle/cousin Amaziah Amabiah Elkins in Brown County,Indiana. NOTE: It is certain now that there was also two morechildren, Eliza Aliza Elkins and Peter Elkins who was raised byWilliam H.'s uncle/cousin Joseph Elkins in Brown County, Indiana alsoafter the death of their father James Elkins. -
      NOTE: Most of Mary's adult children and their spouses are buried withher at Russellville Cemetery, Russell Township, Russellville, PutnamCounty, Indiana; George F. & Aaron A. Graham, William H. Elkins &Eliza Elkins Hamilton; As well as her grandchildren and their spouses,Franklin A. Elkins (no stone) & Mary Leoda Elkins Spencer. [SLJuhl,compiler, ca.2007 & 2008]

      "1830--Census; Driftwood Twp., southern part of Jackson Co., Ind., has
      Grahams (James & Jonathan) and a William Runnells (Reynolds)
      living next door to this James Elkins. William Runnells is Mary
      Reynolds father. 1836--Southern Brown Co., Ind., was formed fromJackson, Monroe, and Barthalomew Co.'s, in 1836, and this is the yearMary's son William H. Elkins was born.
      1835-1840--William H. Elkins' father, James Elkins, died.

      1840--"Jackson County, Ind., Marriage Book (1816-1849) Bk A, Pg. 247.James C. Graham and Mary Elkins (Lic.) November 7, 1840 (Married)November 8, 1840. By: John Crabb JP. Clerk; Walter Benton. Census:No James Elkins is listed in the state of Indiana."

      "MARY A. REYNOLDS: ...etc. A marriage record in Jackson Co., IN.states that a Mrs. Mary Elkins on November 7, 1840 was married toJames C. Graham (See Graham Family history). In 1850, Hamilton Twp.,Jackson Co., IN. we find them and in 1860 Green Twp. Parke Co., IN.Only a son, George Graham in 1870 Russell Twp. Russellville, IN.census. [Transcribed from the records of Joyce Lorraine Clore Elkins,copies in Elkins Records, SLJuhl, compiler, 09 Jan 2005].

      In the 26 August 1850 Federal Census, page 227/114, dwelling 255/258for Salt Creek Township, Jackson County, Indiana, it was noted byJoyce Elkins in her research that there was a Peter Elkins, 15 yearsold listed with the family of Joseph & Tabitha Elkins, however withhis age, Peter Elkins could not have been a son of Joseph & TabithaElkins. Upon re-checking the census record again on www.Ancestry.comthis compiler noted the same findings, and could not find any otherindications of relationship from the original census page. It isstrongly believed by this compiler that Peter Elkins is the son ofJames & Mary Polly A. Reynolds Elkins. After James died it was notedthat his son William H. Elkins was living with Amaziah (Amayiah)Elkins, and since Joseph is Amaziah's (Amayiah) brother, it's quitepossible that James's son Peter might be living with Joseph & TabithaElkins as well during the 1850 census year. Peter Elkins disappearsin all of the census records after 1850. It is assumed that he diedyoung. SLJuhl, compiler; sljuhl1234@yahoo.com

      A reason why I believe Mary A. Elkins was born in Kentucky. (1). Mom(Joyce) also noted the relationships in Jackson County of William H.Elkins and Amayiah (Amaziah) Elkins, Peter Elkins and Joseph Elkinsand the fact that Mary had left her sons with them while they weregrowing up. (2) The 1850 census for Hamilton Twp., Jackson County,IN. lists James C. Graham, Mary, and their children in the household.In the Graham household is living a certain Norval Hamilton, 26 yearsold, and a farmer, family from Kentucky. Mom (Joyce) believed him tobe a near relative, because two lines above their listing on thecensus is listed also another Hamilton who was their next doorneighbors.
      As we continue to follow the census records we come to the year 1870.In Russell, Putnam County, IN. where Mary spent her last days she islisted on the census as Mary Graham living with a family of FranklinHamilton, and his children. Franklin Hamilton is only 38 years old atthis time with five children, but no wife. Mary is listed as keepinghouse. It would seem that she is helping the family at this time.It is believed that the children were those of Eliza A. Elkins, Mary'sdaughter from her marriage to James Elkins, and of course Mary'sgrandchildren. This is another reason for the strong contention thatshe is related to the Hamilton's. Next, on this very same censuspage is listed our William H. Elkins with Martha and three of thechildren including our Franklin as neighbors as well. So, this isobviously William H. Elkins' s mother Mary Polly A. Reynolds ElkinsGraham. Well, guess what? Mary Polly's birth place is listed as"Kentucky" on the c.1870 census as well. And of course, they are allburied together at the Russellville Cemetery, Russellville, RussellTownship, Putnam County, Indiana.

      Mary stated in the 1870 Indiana Census that she was born in Kentucky.Her son William H. Elkins by her first marriage, who lived near her atthat time also stated that his mother was from Kentucky on the 1880census record. Since Mary "Polly's" parents were living in KnoxCounty, Kentucky when her and James Elkins were married it will beassumed until further research shows differently that she was born inKnox County, Kentucky.

      NOTE: The older folks in the family said that the Elkins family werefrom VIRGINIA. This is true since there is a 1787 Census of Virginiawith Drury and his brother living in Russell County, Virginiatogether. Also, the older family members told Joyce Elkins that MaryA. Reynolds family was from Virginia, and this was stated as we knowby her son William H. Elkins death certificate. I believe thatMary's family is from Virginia, that they traveled through Tennessee,the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky, and settled in Indiana eventually.I also believe it is possible that Mary was born in Kentucky, and thisis why: When census records are filled out usually the adult personin the household gives the information of their births and theirparent's births to the preparer. So, if that is the case, I believeit is quite possible that Mary herself told the preparer in the 1870Census that she was born in Kentucky since she was the oldest memberin the household of Franklin Hamilton at the time, and would have beenavailable at the home to assist with that duty of giving familyinformation to a preparer of the census.

      07 July 1870 United States Federal Census; page 2
      Name: Franklin Hamilton
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1832
      Age in 1870: 38
      Birthplace: Indiana
      Home in 1870: Russell, Putnam County, Indiana
      Race: White
      Gender: Male, carpenter
      Post Office: Russellville
      Franklin Hamilton as above
      Charles E. 17, male, white, at home, IN, attended school
      Winiford (Winifred ?) 11, male ?, white, at home, IN, attended school
      Alla (Alta ?) 9, male ?, white, at home, IN, attended school
      Sara Jane (Arizona ?) 7, Female, at home, IN
      Otto 4, male, white, at home, IN
      Mary Graham (mother-in-law) 59, female, white, keeping house, KY
      NOTE: Two of Mary's sons are living very near this family--William H.Elkins & George F. Graham.
      Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Russell, Putnam, Indiana;Roll: M593_353; Page: 228; Image: 458. Source Information:Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line].Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003. Original data:1870.

      In the 1880 census for Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana, WilliamH. Elkins stated that both of his parents were born in Kentucky.This agrees with the 1870 census where Mary stated that she was bornin Kentucky as well.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1421] Certificate of Marriage of Mary Elkins, 8th November 1940 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S115] Marriage Of James & Mary Polly A. Reynolds, Sandra Lee Elkins Juhl, Compiler, (Name: Book - "Knox County Kentucky Marriages 1800 - 1850, by V.Lorraine Duncan; Obtained 30 March 2007, Davenport Public Library,Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, Page 4; Sandra Lee Elkins Juhl, Compiler, Marriage Of James & Mary Polly A.Reynolds (Book - "Knox County Kentucky Marriages 1800 - 1850, by V.Lorraine Duncan; Obtained 30 March 2007, Davenport Public Library,Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, Page 4), Source Medium: Book .).

    3. [S138] Marriage Of James C. & Mary Polly A. Reynolds Elkins, Joyce Lorraine Clore Elkins, (Name: Jackson County Marriage Book, Jan 1816 - June 1849, Book A & B,Page 247.; Joyce Lorraine Clore Elkins, Marriage Of James C. & Mary Polly A.Reynolds Elkins (Jackson County Marriage Book, Jan 1816 - June 1849,Book A & B, Page 247.), Source Medium: Civil Registry .).