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Susan Elizabeth REYNERSON

Female 1849 - 1918  (69 years)

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  • Name Susan Elizabeth REYNERSON 
    Nickname Bett 
    Born 6 May 1849 
    Gender Female 
    Married Name Bett Mitchell 
    1850 U.S. Census 1 Jun 1850  , District #72, Pulaski [later Phelps] County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Age: 1y 
    • She was recorded in the household of Christopher Reynerson. The members in his household were:

      Christopher Reynerson, age 38, male, born in Kentucky
      Elizabeth Reynerson, age 44, female, born in Kentucky
      Coonrod Kitchen, age 15, male, born in Missouri
      Margaret Kitchen, age 12, female, born in Missouri
      Andrew J. Kitchen, age 11, male, born in Missouri
      Polly Ann, age 9, female, born in Missouri
      Sarah F., age 7, female, born in Missouri
      Susan E. Reynerson, age 1, female, born in Missouri
      Mary Adams [Elizabeth's mother], age 78, female, born in North Carolina
    1850 U.S. census, Missouri, Pulaski County, District #72 [REYNERSON]
    1850 U.S. census, Missouri, Pulaski County, District #72 [REYNERSON]
    Died 4 Jul 1918 
    Buried Mitchell Cemetery, Edgar Springs, Phelps County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Andrew Jackson (Dick) Kitchen was the son of George Kitchen and Elizabeth Adams. Dick (Bushwhacker book) married Martha Ellen Mace Edgar, March 31,1867, the daughter of Henry Mace and Elizabeth Black. Dick and Martha had a little girl who died after eating too many dried apples. She is buried at the Renaud Cemetery.

      Oral family history says Dick and others fought the North as bushwhackers instead of putting on Southern uniforms. They destroyed government supply wagons at Beaver Creek, south of Rolla and around Edgar Springs and also gave food back to those people from whom the army had taken it.

      At the conclusion of the war all Southern sympathizers were to be pardoned, but the one in charge of Missouri said, "No". This area put out posters for Dick Kitchens, Anthony Wright, Bill Wilson and Jim Jamison.BILL went to Texas, Anthony to Louisiana, Jim was later pardoned and became a Texas Ranger.

      After the war Dick was hiding in a cave east of Edgar Springs (where Highway H crosses Little Piney). Dick's mother's home was at the foot of the hill that leads to the Mitchell Cemetery. Sergeant Jim Samples and the Home Guard came looking for Dick. Dick's half-sister Bett, age 16, would slip out at night and take him food. Samples and his men caught her and tried to make her reveal where Dick was. She wouldn't, so they hung her from a walnut tree by the house. They shoved her mother into the house, chained the door, piled straw up to the front door and set it on fire. When they let Bett down, she said, "Now I didn't tell you, and I never will!" Then they hung her again. The second time, she was turning blue. By then Dick had gotten there with his guns shooting. The soldiers ran off. Bett had rope burns on her neck for many years. Dick said he could have killed them all, but he didn't want to kill anyone.

      Another time Samples and his men came to Coon's (Dick's brother) home and took him up on a ridge to kill him if he didn't tell where Dick was. Coon thought the only thing that saved him was that John Samples, Jim's father, came. He was a Baptist preacher. He preached in a coat that had a bullet hole in the back. He walked stooped over. They asked him how he got that way. He said, "From dodging Bill Wilson's bullets." He had a crease on the back of his head from one.

      Martha Ellen's mother was very sick. (She lived where Bud Arthur's farmis now located.) Dick went there to help sit up with her. Samples found out where he was and brought the Home Guard after dark. They fired two bullets into Mrs. Mace's pillow. Dick told his relatives to blow out the light and get on the floor. Dick saw the glint of a gun barrel and went out with both guns firing. He killed Samples and wounded some other. Dick escaped on his horse.

      The soldiers went up to Uncle Antnie's (Dick's brother) at 2:00 in the morning to make him haul Samples's body home. He hauled the body with ateam of oxen and wagon. John Samples thanked him for bringing his boy home. Somebody asked Antnie if he didn't hate to haul him. He said, "Only thing I hate -- I didn't have a full load."

      Dick was freighting and was at a blacksmith shop in Evening Shade, Arkansas. He had to shoe his horse. He took off his guns and hung them upon the bellows. He didn't have enough horseshoe nails and while getting them, someone shot him in the back with his own gun. He is buried at Evening Shade.

      Martha's farm was where Roy Davidson's farm is located today. Martha later married Tom Kepler. She is buried in Renaud Cemetery.

      Dicks's uncle, "Piney Bill" William Adams was kept awhile as a prisoner during the Civil War because authorities accused him of harboring bushwhackers in his home.

      Submitted by Connie Davidson [3]
    Person ID I684  Kult-Lawhorn-Case-Collier Family Tree | Collier Branch
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2016 

    Father Christopher REYNERSON,   b. 1806, , , , Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Elizabeth ADAMS,   b. 1806, , Bradfordsville, Washington [now Marion] County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1878, , Yancy Mills, Phelps County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married Bef 1848  [4
    Family ID F273  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Levi MITCHELL,   b. 22 Mar 1842, , , Morgan County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1913  (Age 71 years) 
    Married Y  [4
     1. Margaret MITCHELL,   b. 11 Oct 1867,   d. 31 Jul 1898  (Age 30 years)
     2. Martha Francis MITCHELL,   b. 17 Oct 1869,   d. 27 Apr 1936  (Age 66 years)
    +3. Cynthia Ann MITCHELL,   b. 2 Mar 1874,   d. 1 Dec 1947  (Age 73 years)
    +4. Augusta Isabelle MITCHELL,   b. 1 Oct 1876,   d. 5 Jan 1951  (Age 74 years)
    +5. Josie A. MITCHELL,   b. 7 Dec 1878,   d. 29 Jul 1921  (Age 42 years)
    +6. Alfred Lee MITCHELL,   b. 25 Apr 1883,   d. 8 May 1911  (Age 28 years)
    Family ID F330  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google Maps1850 U.S. Census - Age: 1y - 1 Jun 1850 - , District #72, Pulaski [later Phelps] County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mitchell Cemetery, Edgar Springs, Phelps County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1106] 1850 U.S. census, Pulaski County, Missouri, population schedule, District #72, p. 111, dwelling 547, family 557, Christopher Rynerson (sic) household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 June 2012); citing National Archives microfilm publication M432, roll 411 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S190] Barabara Pugh, compiler, "Burials, Phelps County Missouri," index, USGenWeb Archives, MOGenWeb, (http://www.usgwarchives.net/mo/phelps/phelpbur.htm: accessed 27 June 2012).

    3. [S207] Phelps County Genealogical Society (Mo.), Phelps County Missouri Heritage, Vol. I, (Rolla, Missouri : Phelps County Genealogical Society, 1992), p. 229.

    4. [S41] Lundi S. Leonard, submitter, "World Family Tree, Vol. 58, Tree 14," website by subscription, Genealogy.com, (http://www.genealogy.com/wftonline/v58/0001to0050/v58t0014.html : accessed 25 Jul 2004).