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Re: Afro American Social Columns
In Response To: Afro American Social Columns ()
Thanks for alerting us to the value and use of the social columns in AA Newspapers as we research our family and community histories. Although not from AA newspapers I would like to share with AfriGeneas some items collected on my Reno, pronounced Ray-No, family branch in the print media over the past 7 years or so.
Below are items from newspapers that were posted and shared on a MyFamily.com website of one of my extended families "The Descandant Families of Lewis & Susan Adams".
I guess the lesson is to "leave no stone unturned", especially the printed word, wherever it may be found, in the quest of our family research.
Art Thomas - Mar 9, 2005 View | Edit | Delete | Viewers
We're starting to get a handle on the children/descendants of Frank and Rachel Reno, mother and step-father of Susan (Reid) Adams.
We've come from ONLY the interview of Rachel in the Draper Manuscript (1862) & her Obituary (1876)in the St.Paul A.M.E. Church bulletin.
Her children have NOW been located in marriage and census records in OH, IN, IL, MI and Iowa.
Her son, Joseph, (1812-1872) is of course, documented as being in Medina, OH, where Rachel died. We have a copy of his marrige record (11 Aug 1830) in Springfield, Ohio.1850-1870 Census records for him and his family. And newspaper clippings from the Medina County, Gazette. We're still searching for his burial location. AS well as Rachel's burial site....Medina or Urbana ??
Rachel's Obit mentioned sons, Abram and Lewis, as living in Saginaw, MI.
Abram/Abraham is found in Census, newspaper articles, court records and city directories for Saginaw from 1850 to the 1880's.
Francis, Jr. and Rosanna Reno, along with their mother Martha "Patsy" (Ford) Reno are located in Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa from the 1850's thru the 1890's. We have them on Census, marriage & burial records from the Iowa City, IA area.
Edwin from his marriage in 1838 to Eliza Redman in Shelby County, OH to his migration to Saginaw, MI.
There are many other "bits & pieces" we're putting together, this is just a quick update as promised.
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Art Thomas - Apr 30, 2005 Edit | Delete | Viewers | Reply to this item
1) 22 May 1855 "Alex McClure has purchased the lot on which the barbershop of Joseph Rena (sp) stands, and intends to erect a new building on the site".
I don't know if the lot was owned and/or purchased from Joseph Reno.
Ca 1858 - Baskins & Batty "History of Medina County, Ohio (1880)
"At another time a larceny had been committed in Medina, and Joseph Reno, a colored man, had ferreted out the thief and arrested him, and fearing he might not be able to testify on account of his color, so induced the criminal to confess in the presence of a white witness as to effect his conviction. Reno was offered to show that he was more than half white, but Judge Dean would not hear of any such proof and decided that, by "inspection" Reno was a "negro," and refused to allow him to testify. At that time, by the laws of Ohio, "negroes and mulattoes" were not competent witnesses where a white man was a party".
2) 1870........."At the election in the village this last Monday, Joseph Reno, colored, (everybody knows "Joe") cast his first vote. Sixty years old and a tax-payer for many years, he comes into the exercise of a right which all now are bound to respect. It is needless to say that Joseph voted the straight Republican ticket"
3) 1872........"Following upon the heels of the Chatham murder we have to report another attempt to take human life, this time in Medina. On Thursday evening June 25, Joseph Reno, a colored man known far and wide as the Attache of the American House, was shot by Erastus Hitchock, a lad about 19 years of age. The cause in the affair was an attempt by Joe to quiet two boys who were firing a pistol in the neighborhood of his home, thereby disturbing a sick child. He requested them to stop which they refused to do. He had in his hand a broom handle used as a cane with which he struck young Hitchcock. At this, Hitchcock, who afterwards said the blow did not hurt him, only made him mad, fires on Joe, but missed. He fired again, and Joe fell. After lingering for a few days he died. During his sickness he was the recipient of the best care and kindest attention of Mr. and Mrs. Warren at the American House, the most comfortable quarters being provided for him. The funeral was largely attended."
4) 1875....."Erastus Hitchcock, who was sentenced to the Penitentiary for six years for shooting Joe Reno, was pardoned last week."
Art Thomas - Jul 23, 2005 Edit | Delete | Viewers | Reply to this item
More Reno information from an Associate Professor of History located at The Univ. of Iowa
The Rewards of Placing Your Research Information On-Line
Below is a communication from the Univ. of Iowa concerning some of OUR Reno ancestors. The "informative postings" were found on my personal website "Families of Arthur Lee Thomas.....Springfield, Ohio".
I had most of the information shared, but was unaware of the "legal" battles of Martha "Patsy" Reno who was the wife of a 3rd great-granduncle, Francis Reno, Jr.
The below mentioned Joseph Reno and Francis Reno, Jr. are brothers and they are sons of OUR Francis & Rachel (McKee) Reno (Grandma Reno) who came from Essex County, Ontario, Canada and settled in Champaign Co., OH,.... Urbana, ca 1815.
So, I guess the lesson is to make your research efforts available to as wide an audience as possible. There is no telling what additional information you may receive in return,
Dear Mr. Thomas:
I found some of your very informative postings online on various websites, and
I copy below the information I have gathered.
Maria and Francis Reno, co-signed by Walter Butler [built first hotel in Iowa
Walter Butler in IC at least since 1839, when he obtained a license to keep a
December 17, 1855: Iowa City City Council meeting, City Marshal "represented
7/15/56: in Johnson Co., IA, William C. Trevan (AME minister, Muscatine, Iowa)
1840 census for Medina, Ohio: a Joseph Reno's household includes 2 blacks: a
1850 census, Iowa City: Patsy Reno, 36, B. OH, 1500 pers. wealth; Francis, 16,
1854 city census: Martha Reno HH head, 2 males, 3 females in hh.
1860: Martha, 45, b. OH, dau. Nancy, 18, b. OH; Henry, 26, barber, b. OH.
1870, Martha, 54, $3500 real, $125 pers., b. OH; Nancy, 24, b. OH, at home.
1880: Iowa City, Martha, widowed, 65, keeping house, b. OH, father b. OH,
DOD: 2/9/81, Martha Reno buried at Oakland cemetery, IC
Any information or inklings you might have would be warmly appreciated.
Leslie A. Schwalm