9/04/2004

Henry Taylor Reynolds

Reynolds, Henry Taylor ("Uncle Henry")
b.8/16/1847; d.3/25/1910.
USA? or CSA?
Old Fairlawn cemetery; Stephens County, OK.

Henry is a good example of several dozen men who
are buried in Stephens County, Oklahoma, in that I
know that he is a Civil War veteran, but I have no
nothing of his military service - not even on which
side he fought. But in any case, he would have been
a young man in the service, not celebrating his
eighteenth birthday until several months after the
end of the war.

Henry was born in the southeast portion of
Tennessee - McMinn County to be exact. He moved
from Tennessee to Fannin County, Texas in 1880 and
on into Oklahoma in 1900. Though I don't know when,
I know Henry married following the war ("Martha E.",
born in Georgia about 1856) and that he fathered at
least three children (all three of them sons) in Texas.
"Uncle Taylor," as he was commonly known around
Comanche, moved into the town of Comanche the year
before his death. He died at a relatively young age,
too - 62. His obituary follows, reproduced from the
Duncan Banner, April 1, 1910 and a byline
in the Comanche American:
“Last Friday night a telegram from Ft. Worth brought
the sad news of the death of Uncle Taylor Reynolds,
who had gone to a hospital there about ten days
before to be operated on for cure of complicated
kidney trouble.

“Mr. Reynolds was born August 16, 1847, in
McMinn County, Tennessee, and removed to Fannin
County, Texas in 1880, from there to Oklahoma in
1900. Uncle Taylor as he was familiarly known, has
resided on a farm west of Comanche until last fall,
when he rented his farm and bought property in
Comanche and located here. He was a veteran of the
civil war, an honest, honorable, upright citizen, a
good neighbor and a true husband and father.”
As is the case with all of the Civil War veterans buried
in Stephens County, I'd like to know more. If you know
more about this man - or any of the other men - please
contact me (sccwvets@yahoo.com).