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Elihu Reynolds
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Birth: Jan. 7, 1840
Clay County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Feb., 1929
Owsley County
Kentucky, USA

Co B 5th Reg, Inf, Confederate
Elihu was a musician in the service (Fifer)

Lived in Owsley county and made Federally licensed moonshine and Whiskey

1907
Moonshiners on Way to Frankfort:

Deputy U.S. Marshall, W.M. Mays, the most noted foe of the moonshiner in Eastern KY, arrived here Sunday afternoon from Jackson with a gang of 18 "shiners" to take them to Frankfort where they will be tried in the Federal court which convened at the capital today. Marshal Mays has been capturing moonshiners for six years, and he has his first man yet to put under lock and key while on way to court, and there has never been one of his prisoners attempt to escape from him. When he arrived here with his men he remarked to them:

"Well boys, this is probably the last night that many of you will have an opportunity to have some jun for some time," and giving each man some money told him to get out and have some fun, but to report at the hotel at 11 o'clock last night. They were all in on time, and they were taken to Frankfort today.

" There's no use for them to run from me," said Marshall Mays, for they know that I will get them and there is not a man in the bunch that wouldn't fight for me. If you don't think they will just tackle me once when I am taking them to Frankfort. They haven't any guns and the lid is on here, so why should they be locked up in jail."

Among the prisoners are Mack Bowling, Elihu Reynolds, P. Barrett, John Sandlin, Sug Sandlin, Elijah Couch, Elijah Sandlin, Wm Morrris, Eli Couch and a number of others. All of them are charged with moonshining and bootlegging. Several of the men were captured last week by Marshall Mays on this raids on the mountain stills in Owsley and Breathitt.

Elihu owned and operated the only legal Moonshine business in Owsley County which was named the Elihu Reynolds Distillery. He employed John C. Woods as the head distiller. In 1876, after many years of friendly personal and business relations with the two had a falling out and a pistol and knife fight ensued. Elihu shot and killed John.

The Decatur Review
Decatur Illinois
April 17, 1907

Feb. 1,
Elihu Reynolds, the distiller and logger of Owsely County, who shot and killed John
Woods a few weeks since at his log camp in Perry county, and in which fight he received severe
cuts in the face at the hands of Woods, has become a raving maniac and his life is despaired of.


I found this interesting story told by Stephen Arnold Gabbard who at the time was living in Richmond, KY with his second wife. Stephen was the son of Michael "Drunk Mike" Gabbard & Mary Ann McKinley Mangan. His youngest sister was Mary Belle (Gabbard) Cornett, w/o Sam Cornett. Mary Belle and Sam lived in a house on Cow Creek right beside the Richard Reynolds Cemetery. This house is where Stephen and Mary Belle grew up and it later became known as the Sam Cornett house. It still stands but is empty. Stephen ran a store out of the house in the early 1900's. The following is an excerpt from the book Early and modern history of Wolfe County, Campton, KY. The Club, 1958 pgs.19-20:
At hand is a leisurely report from S. A. Gabbard, Richmond, KY., upon a singular incident remembered from days of yore.

"Some 15 or 20 years after the Civil War," Mr. Gabbard begins, "a veteran of the Rebel Army built himself a distillery just across the creek from the farm where I grew up. He made corn whiskey under the supervision of a gauger appointed by the government. He'd boil his mash during the week, then make his run over the week end.

"He was visited upon an occasion of one week end run by Dick McIntosh, a veteran of the Union Army, and Zeke Rose, a veteran of the Rebel Army. Dick had lost a leg during the war. He heard Zeke say to Dick: 'Dick, I'm the one who shot off your leg. You're getting a pension now, so I think you aught to set up a quart of whiskey.'

"Dick set up the quart of whiskey as suggested, but it did not last long. After a while, I heard Zeke speak to him again and say: 'Dick, if you'll set up another quart, I'll shoot off your other leg.' "
Joel Meyers

information per Roots Web - Tom 
 
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 Spouse:
  Salley Ann Wilson Reynolds (1839 - 1913)
 
 Children:
  Armenia Reynolds*
  Jeremiah Reynolds (1862 - 1918)*
  William P. Reynolds (1872 - 1937)*
  Mary Belle Reynolds Hughes (1873 - 1947)*
  Amelia Jane Reynolds Treadway (1876 - 1962)*
  Charles Everett Reynolds (1879 - 1961)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Elihu Reynolds Cemetery
Cowcreek
Owsley County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: Donna Lee Wall
Record added: Oct 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98777518
Elihu Reynolds
Added by: Denny Roach
 
 
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Rest in Peace, Ancestor in My Family Tree.
- Steve Caudell
 Added: Nov. 2, 2013
Thank you for your service from a grateful nation.
- Denny Roach
 Added: Feb. 7, 2013
Rest in peace - Son of Richard Reynolds and Jemimia Scrivner Owens, he is my 1st cousin 3x removed of husband of Grand Aunt.
- Denny Roach
 Added: Feb. 7, 2013
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