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Elizabeth G. Isaacs Wife of Hartwell S. Reynolds

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Additional information on Isaacs, McGuire, Stockton, and Reynolds Families contained in the book Into the Mouth of The Cannon  

(A must for those researching these family trees)


        Silas Isaac's first introduces himself to my research in land records located in Pickens County, Alabama. Silas purchased two parcels of land containing 40 acres each in Pickens, County on February 2, 1836, and December 30, 1836. We find these records in the book, Early Settlers of Pickens County, Alabama, written by James Dalphus Johnson Jr. One the parcels of land was located south of Pickers Alabama.  The description  reads T19, R14, S34, purchased on December 30. The other parcel of land is located south of Carrollton, Alabama. The description reads T21, R15, and S2 and was purchased on February 2.
      A study of the records and other documents that Silas left behind on his journey to Arkansas reveal a pattern of moving often. This was not uncommon especially for early settlers to move frequently. Silas' journey west begins in North Carolina where he was born and traverses Alabama, Mississippi, and ends in Saline County, Arkansas. The early settlers moved west, attracted to the frontier by the prospects of productive land that was waiting to produce a bountiful harvest. The optimism that they shared with one another produced an intoxicating stimulant that compelled them to move. Pointing to the fulfillment of their dreams the early morning sunrise would beckon them to follow it, to a hope and new destiny beyond the western horizon. Their enthusiasm was born of faith, knowing they were participants in a new beginning. Freshness lay ahead where they could build communities to educate their children, and have the freedom to give thanks, and worship God in churches that were just waiting to be built. Enterprisers would dream of gristmills to be built on waterways that would grind the grains produced from fields ripe for the harvest. Blacksmiths would hope for the opportunity to fire their forge's, to beat and shape new farm implements that would be needed to bring in the overflowing harvests.
       Ministers of the gospel would become the circuit riders on the frontier, bringing in the ingathering of souls. Unrestricted by the eastern establishments they would spawn a revival on the Kentucky frontier that would usher in the brush arbor meeting and would echo the praises of the Lord throughout the frontier.
        Out of this revival, unique to the western frontier the shouting Methodist's movement continued to blossom and grow. It has been reported that their services could be heard for up to a mile. I can well understand this because they didn't have the distractions of our modern life like noise created from a constant flow of traffic bumper to bumper on our modern freeways. We have grown accustomed to background noises that has dulled our senses. I havalked to old-timers that lived during the period when the first Model T Fords were produced in mass by Henry Ford's assembly lines. Mr. Crabtree a neighbor of mine who grew up in this time told me, "That you could hear a car coming miles away before it got there and the exhaust fumes would linger on for hours after it passed."
       True to the spirit of this revival, numerous Methodist Churches would appear throughout the wilderness and many cemeteries  would be establish near them.  Elizabeth Isaacs is buried at one of these church cemetery. New Hope Cemetery was an early pioneer cemetery located in the Cherry Grove Community, now present day Crossroads, which is located in Grant County, Arkansas. The cemetery is located near New Hope Methodist Church and possible Silas and Sarah are buried there, but their tombstones, which would prove they are buried there must have long ago vanished, because there are several  graves to the right of Elizabeth's that have no markers.

    The New Hope Methodist Church propelled by the holiness movement appeared in Saline County, Arkansas some time between 1850 and 1851. In the book "Our Timber Home", by Elwin L. Goosy, page 108, the Reverend Elijah L. Crowson who preached in homes before the church was built, gives a colorful account of the first revival he preach "My father, Seth Atchley, and my material grandfather, Edward Calvert, settled on what is now the old Dr. Richard C. Rhodes' place in the fall of 1838. Calvert Township is named for Edward. In my early boyhood days, society in the neighborhood containing a considerable element that was rough and wicked. The doggery and the dance rained. My parents hated these things.
        We had no Methodist preaching in the neighborhood except at long intervals till about the year 1851 or 1852. There was a Baptist Church (Shiloh) within one mile of my father house at which I attended a Union Sundays School for several years. I think it was in 1851 we heard that a boy preacher was at "Possum Walk Church" about eight miles from our home. Father went over to hear him and invited him to the neighborhood. The boy's name was H. R. Withers. He made careful inquiry about the neighborhood and told my father that if he and his neighbors would build a house for a Methodist church, he would take us into the circuit and preach for us regularly. Father came home and reported to his neighbors. All were pleased. Before the month closed a split and hewn log was up, floored, and sealed, in the old-fashioned board pulpit was ready for the preacher.
       Father went to Possum Walk and reported the house ready. Said the preacher, "Tell your neighbors I will preached in the new house on Friday night before my next appointment at this place." He came and preached at the appointed time. "One month from tomorrow," he said, " I will begin a protracted meeting here if the Lord wills it."
      The time came, and meeting was begun, with the services at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and at night. The meeting continued for nine days. At the close they're had been 39 conversions and 41 accessions to the church. This was the beginning of New Hope Church. I was one of the converts of the meeting and join the church. Father and Mother also joined.
       The earliest record I have of the Silas Isaacs family presence in Saline County dates back to May 26, 1855. It contains the minutes of the Quitman Masonic Lodge, which was located in the county. The documented names Dr. James L. Isaacs as one of the presiding officer's of the lodge. I was fortunate to find this rare manuscript in The Grant County Museum. Grant County was created from Saline County, which took place in 1869 after the Civil War.
        If we closely examined the 1850 Census Record of Marshall County, Mississippi will be able to determined when the Isaac family moved from Pickens County, Alabama. to Itawamba County, Mississippi.  George W. Isaacs was born in 1839 in Pickens County and his sister RoseAltha was born in Mississippi in 1841 according to the census record. Some time between the two dates he had to have moved. This was after the removal of the Indian peoples in 1836 to the Indian Territories. Itawamba County tax records dated 1846 list Silas as residing in the county. Some time between 1846 and 1850 the family must have moved to Marshall County. It might be interesting to speculate why he moved from Alabama to Mississippi and later Arkansas.
       By examining the paper trail and the areas he moved into, a clearer picture of his intentions begin to emerge. Silas Isaacs' family was educated; his oldest son James L. Isaacs was a physician, and his youngest son George W. Isaacs was a teacher and studying for the law in 1860 in Arkansas. His youngest daughter RoseAltha Isaacs was a schoolteacher. Margaret Isaacs married a Doctor, William C. Gillespie. Silas married Sarah Isaacs in 1824 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

    The University of Alabama was endowed by the United States Congress in 1819 and established by the state constitution the same year. The University was well established at the time of they married in Alabama. The Family is listed in 1850 census of Marshall County, Mississippi. Holly Springs is the county seat, and was a center of culture and learning, having at that time four colleges. It is obvious that the family must their received their education at one or more of these universities on their track to Arkansas. I have not unearthed any certificates of graduation for any of the above persons that I mentioned, but I can safely assume that they were educated somewhere along their journey west.
       Silas died during the Civil War. According to the Saline County tax records his property was assessed in 1861 and he pay taxes on his assets. The Saline County records are incomplete for the years 1862 through 1864, because of disruptions caused by the war. Record keeping was resumed in 1865. Sarah was assessed for the value of Silas property in1865 and paid taxes on his estate that year. It is clear that Silas' death occurred during the period between 1861 and the resumption of taxes paid by Sarah in 1865 at the war end.

Part of this information is excerpts from a book I wrote, Into the Mouth of the Cannon. The books deals with the hardships the Isaacs family endure during the Civil War. The book followers the track of  their two sons Lieutenant James L and Lieutenant George W. Isaacs, C. S. A. who enlisted in the 18th Arkansas Infantry. Written and  researched by Robert Reynolds 3rd Grandson of Silas Isaacs.

Descendants of Silas Isaacs

Generation No. 1

1. SILAS ISAACS was born 1802 in North Carolina, and died Bet. 1861 - 1864 in Saline County, Arkansas. He married SARAH G. ISAACS. She was born 1810 in Tennessee.

Census: 1850, Marshall County, Mississippi
Fact1:  Isaack spelling used in early records in Pickens County
Occupation: Silas was a farmer
Record 1: 1860, Census Saline County, Arkansas
Record 3: 1840, Pickens County, Alabama Page 350

Census: 1850, Marshall County, Mississippi

Children of SILAS ISAACS and SARAH ISAACS are: DR. JAMES L. ISAACS, b. May 19, 1826, Tuscaloosa, Co., Alabama; d. February 21, 1917, Handley, Texas, Tarrant County; m. AMELIA C. CARVER, December 03, 1868, Saline Co. Arkansas; b. April 12, 1828, Richmond Co, North Carolina; d. April 12, 1888, Handley, Texas, Tarrant County.

Burial: 1917, Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Texas
Census: 1850, Census Marshall Co., Mississippi
Obituary: Arkansas Methodist, June 30, 1888
Occupation: James was a physician.
Record 1: 1860, Census Saline Co., Calvert Township
Record 3: 1870, Census Saline Co., Calvert Township
Record 4: 1900, Census Tarrant Co., Texas, Sheet 14 E. D. 80 Line 11
Record 5: 1910, Census Tarrant Co., Texas, Sheet 400 E. D. 91 Line 61

Military Record
Name: Silas Isaacs
Gender: Male
Rank: Ensign
Commission Date: 24 May 1828
Commission Place: Alabama, USA
Division: 2nd
Brigade: 5th
Regiment: 17th

Burial: 1888, Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Texas
Individual Note: Arkansas Methodist. June 30,1888
Obituary: Arkansas Methodist June 23, 1897

Marriage: December 03, 1868, Saline Co. Arkansas
Marriage license: Married by Cadesman Pope, Elder,  Book C-167

2. ELIZABETH E. ISAACS, b. 1828, Alabama; d. April 09, 1894, Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Arkansas; m. (1) HARTWELL STAIN REYNOLDS; b. 1832, North Carolina; d. Abt. 1863, Franklin County, Arkansas; m. (2) HORACE M. KNOWLES, February 03, 1870, Bradley Co. Arkansas; b. Georgia.

Burial: 1894, New Hope Cemetery, Grant County, Arkansas.
Census: 1850, Source 1850 Census Marshall Co. Miss.
Record 1: 1880, Source 1880 Census Bradley Co. Hurricane T. S.

Burial: A Soldier Grave
Census: Source: 1860 Census Bradley Co.
Individual Note: Living in Hurricane Township in June 9, 1860
Military service: CSA Monroe's Arkansas First Cavalry, CO., G
Property: Purchased land at Champagnolle land office in July 1857. Source: AR Land Records

Marriage: February 03, 1870, Bradley Co. Arkansas
Marriage Fact: Married In Methodist Episcopal Church

3.  NAOMI J. ISAACS, b. 1830, Alabama; m. GRANVILLE M. MCGUIRE, June 22, 1852, Marshall Co. Mississippi; b. 1830, Tennessee.

Census: 1850, 1850 Census Marshall Co. Ms.
Record 1: 1860, Census Saline Co., Calvert Township
Religion: Methodist Faith in Christ

Applied for license: June 19, 1852, G. Wait, County Clark
Marriage: June 22, 1852, Marshall Co. Mississippi

4.  ADDISON J. ISAACS, b. 1831, Alabama.

5. MARTHA L. ISAACS, b. 1834, Alabama; d. Bet. 1857-1880, Grant County, Arkansas; m. RICHARD THOMAS STOCKTON, September 05, 1860, Saline Co. Arkansas; b. September 11, 1836, Alabama; d. March 23, 1897, Grant Co. Arkansas.

Census: 1870, Census Grant Co., Calvert Township
Obituary: September 01, 1888, Arkansas Methodist
Record 1: 1880, Census Grant Co., Calvert Township

Burial: 1897, By the Member Masonic Lodge
Fact 2: Held the Rank of Sergeant. <RBR> Military service: CSA 18th. Arkansas Infantry Co., H
Obituary: May 26, 1897, Arkansas Methodist
Record 1: 1860, Census Saline Co., Saline Township
Record 3: 1870, Census Grant Co., Calvert Township

More About RICHARD STOCKTON and MARTHA ISAACS: Marriage: September 05, 1860, Saline Co. Arkansas

6.  SARAH LUCETTA ISAACS, b. 1838, Alabama. died September 19, 1851 in Marshall County, Mississippi

More About SARAH LUCETTA ISAACS; Obituary appeared in The Nashville Christian Advocate  1850-1851, page 43

7.  LIEUT. GEORGE W. ISAACS, b. 1839, Pickens Co, Alabama; d. October 10, 1862, Holly Springs, Mississippi.

Census: 1850, Source 1850 census Marshall Co. Ms.
Obituary: True Democrat March 4, 1863
Record 1: 1860, Census Saline Co., Calvert Township

( Note Obituary from Into The Mouth of The Cannon) Article taken from the True Democrat, March 4, 1863, Arkansas History Commission.
Died near Corinth, Miss., October 10th, 1862, Lieut. George W. Isaacs, aged 23 years. Prior to our national difficulties, he had just finished a classical education, and had commenced the study of law, with brilliant prospects for the future, but as one of the sons of Arkansas, he responded at an early day to his country's call. He received a severe wound from a grape shot at the battle of Oak Hills, but so soon as he had partially recovered, he raised a company and rushed again to his country's rescue. In a charge on the federal fortifications at Corinth, on the 4th of Oct., he received a wound in the right hand, three of his fingers were shot off and his sword knocked out of his hand; he picked it up with his left hand and rushed on in the charge, when terminated his mortal existence on the 10th. Amidst his severe sufferings he was not heard to utter one word of complaint and died as the truly brave alone can die. He was a member of the Methodist E. Church, and we trust that he has gone to that land where there shall be no more wars, sickness, pain and death. To his aged parent, I would say, weep not for your devoted son, he will not be forgotten, and when the night of death is past you will see him again in that Heaven, "where friends shall meet again who have loved," and meeting shall part no more.
Constantine C. Gillespie.

8.  MARGARET Y. ISAACS, b. Abt. 1845, Marshall County, Mississippi; m. DR. WILLIAM C. GILLESPIE, December 17, 1868, Saline County, Arkansas; b. Abt. 1845, Marshall County, Mississippi. died 1873, Little Rock, Arkansas

Caste: 1870, Pulaski County, Big Rock Township, Page34. Census: 1850, Marshall County, Mississippi, Page 263.
Census 2: 1860, Saline County, Arkansas, Saline Township
Record 1: Married in Methodist Episcopal Church South

Record 2: Buried; Oakland Cemetery, Lot 9, Little Rock

Census: 1870, Pulaski County, Big Rock Township, Page34
Census 2: 1850, Marshall County, Mississippi, Page 229

Occupation: Physician
Record1: Married in Methodist Church Episcopal South

Marriage: December 17, 1868, Saline County, Arkansas
Marriage license: Married by Cadesman Pope, Elder Book C-167

9.  MARY GLASS ISAACS, b. 1846, Marshall County, Mississippi. died: August 17,1858 Saline County


Record 1: Obituary submitted by her uncle E. H. Gillespie: Published in The Nashville Christian Advocate,1857-1860, page 40

10.  ROSALTHA D. ISAACS, b. 1850, Marshall County, Mississippi.

Census: 1870, Page 189 Grant Co., Calvert Township
Occupation: 1870, Listed as school teacher

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