|Death: ||Aug. 9, 1942|
El Paso County
Belle was born in Texas sometime between 1860 and 1864. In census records, she listed her parents' birthplace as Tennessee. She had been married to a man with the last name of Lunsford. He went by the nickname "Rocky," but I haven't been able to find his real name. Together, Belle and Rocky had five children. Two of those children were W.L./Benjamin (who later changed his name to Frank Alva Stone) and May. May was born in Colorado. I have only hints of names for two of the three remaining children: A daughter "Mrs. C. P. Hall" and daughter "Mrs. Will Edmondson." These names came from blurbs that appeared in the El Paso newspaper in the early 1900s, but I've found numerous errors in other newspaper stories (names incorrect). Unfortunately, I haven't been able to track these names further, and I have been unable to find a name for her other child.
Belle married John/Jack I. Reynolds (born in Pennsylvania) after her first husband's death. Together Belle and Jack had one child, Elmer Ellsworth Reynolds. Elmer later became a police detective in El Paso for a time. Although the census showed they were living together in 1900 and 1910, newspaper records seem to indicate that Belle bought several property lots and built at least one house in her own name. Belle and Jack divorced in 1911, but in census records, she claimed to be widowed. She apparently owned several pieces of property in the early 1900s, which she rented out. Belle continued to live with her son, Elmer, for several years. After Elmer and his wife divorced, he left El Paso for California and left his young son, Elmer Earl, with Belle.
Jack died at the El Paso Poor Farm and is buried in a pauper's cemetery. On her son Elmer's death certificate, Belle's maiden name is listed as "Eannin." His social security application listed her name as "Fannin." On Elmer's 2nd marriage certificate, he listed his mother's maiden name as unknown. On his 3rd and 4th marriage certificates, he listed Belle's maiden name as "Mountain."
John I. Reynolds (1865 - 1935)
El Paso County
Plot: Section S, Plot 24, Place 5.
Created by: Jenny Scott
Record added: Nov 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101239130