Amzira Anthony Reynolds
Amzira Anthony Reynolds



Absalom Green Reynolds
1823-1881


Kizziah Ann Goolsby
1827-1880

Amzira Anthony Reynolds

Born:    22 May 1853   Tennessee
Died:    27 Dec 1918   Bedford County, Tennessee

Spouse:   Clarasa Ann Reavis   b. 9 Feb 1854   d. 13 Apr 1917
Married:   10 Dec 1875   Lincoln County, Tennessee

Children of Amzira and Clarasa
Estella (18761906)
Lonzo (18781949)
Dovie Ann (18811936)
Louella R (18821945)
Amzira (18851976)
Ida Mae (18891973)
Betty Alice (1889)
George Wesley (18911963)
Thomas Benton (18941929)

A brief history of Amzira Anthony Reynolds

Amzira Anthony Reynolds was born 22 May 1853 in Tennessee to Kissiah Ann Malissa (Goolsby) and Absalom Green Reynolds. In both the 1850 and 1860 censuses, Absalom and family were living in Franklin County, Tennessee, and thus it is likely that Amzira was born in Franklin County.

In the 1870 census Absalom had taken his family to Lynville (Graves County) Kentucky; however, they returned to Tennessee.

On December 10, 1875 Amzira married Clarasa Ann Reavis who was born 9 Feb 1854 in Lincoln County, Tennessee to Clarasa Ann (Brown) and David Jasper Reavis.

Clarasa and Amzira raised their family in the state of Tennessee, initially in Lincoln County; however, by the birth of their son George Wesley, they had relocated to Bedford County. Their children included Estella, Lonzo, Dovie Ann, Louella, Amzira, Ida Mae, Betty Alice, George Wesley, and Thomas Benton.

Amzira seems to have used shortened versions of his name, including Amzi and Emzi. He also seems to have used the variation of "Runnels" instead of Reynolds. His occupation is listed as "farmer" on the 1900 and 1910 censuses.

Clarasa passed away April 13, 1917 in Singleton, Bedford County, Tennessee of a heart attack. Less than two years later, Amzira died on the 27th of December 1918 in Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee. He was 65 years of age. Amzira and Clarasa were both laid to rest in Willow Mount Cemetery in Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee

Research References:

1- 1860 U.S. Federal Census -- District 8, Lincoln, Tennessee. Listed (Page 6 or 13) A G Runnels 37, Malissa Runnels 34, Wm I Runnels 13, Nancy I Runnels 11, Martha E Runnels 9, Emzi Runnels 7, John P Runnels 4, Saml Runnels 1, Saml Gales 60
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: District 15, Franklin, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1249; Page: 190; Image: 385. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls.

2- 1870 U.S. Federal Census -- Lynnville, Graves, Kentucky. Listed (Page 16 or 33) Green Runolds 45, Melisa Runolds 42, Elizabeth Runolds 19, Euzi Runolds 17, John Runolds 15, Samuel Runolds 12, Thomas Runolds 10, David Runolds 6, Lewella Runolds 4, Rufus Runolds 2
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Lynnville, Graves, Kentucky; Roll: M593_464; Page: 158; Image: 319. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003. Original data: 1870. # United States. Ninth Census of the United States, 1870. Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Administration. M593, RG29, 1,761 rolls.

3- 1900 U.S. Federal Census -- Civil District 20, Bedford, Tennessee (Page 2 of 18) Amzi Reynods 42, Clarisa A Reynods 46, Estella Reynods 22, Alonzo Reynods 22, Dovie An Reynods 19, Louela Reynods 17, Amzi Reynods 15, Betty A Reynods 13, Ida May Reynods 11, George W Reynods 8, Thomas B Reynods 5
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Civil District 20, Bedford, Tennessee; Roll: T623_1558 Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 17. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.

4- 1910 U.S. Federal Census -- Civil District 23, Bedford, Tennessee, Listed (Page 11 of 18) A Reynolds 56, Claress Reynolds 56, Loudle Reynolds 27, Ida M Reynolds 24, George W Reynolds 18, Thomas Reynolds 15
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Civil District 23, Bedford, Tennessee; Roll: T624_1490; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 22; Image: 845. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1910. T624, 1,178 rolls.

5- Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002
Name: A Runnels
Spouse: Miss C A Reavis
Marriage Date: 10 Dec 1875
Marriage County: Lincoln
Marriage State: Tennessee

Source Information: Ancestry.com. Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008. Original data: Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002. Nashville, TN, USA: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Microfilm.

6- Tennessee State Library and Archives. Tennessee Death Index 1918 > Part 17: Praitt-Rockfield
Reynolds, Amzira / County of Bedford / Death: 12/16/1918 / Vol 1 Page 322
http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/history/vital/1918-17.htm

7- Photo of Amzira through the generosity of Glen Reynolds