Sunday, April 3, 2011

Assembling the Puzzle...

Knollwood Home of Robert B. Reynolds

I have found the family histories for the Reynolds family complicated and confusing. Everyone seems to have their own complicated numbering system etc., which they understand but is difficult for an outsider to interpret. After looking for several days now at everything I've collected on the family I now understand who's who.
Three Reynolds siblings migrated to America from Ireland, Margaret Reynolds was the first to come with her husband Andrew Forgey abt. 1768.  A little more than a decade later her brother James Reynolds and sister Ellen Reynolds followed, around 1785. James and Ellen lived near their sister briefly then relocated to Knox County, TN.
James Reynolds had two sons John and Robert. Robert migrated to Illinois around 1800. John remained in Knox County, TN. John was often referred to as the Major Reynolds. Hugh Forgey was taxed in John Reynolds Militia company in 1806 .
John Reynolds had a son named Robert Bannon Reynolds who built the house Knollwood, pictured above. According to one of the Reynolds' researchers Robert Bannon visited James Reynolds Forgey in Surgoinsville at which time he shared the Reynolds family history? This is kind of odd because the Forgeys seemed to be acquainted with John Reynolds his father? It's strange they had not heard the family history before?
Palma Scheumack was likely a descendant of Robert Bannon Reynolds because she had a needle point of  Knollwood  in her home?

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