Here's some obits on our Rynard family that may help fill in some blanks. I notice that the Rynard family moved to Kansas in 1866...just after the war. How did Joseph Rynard and Sarah Elizabeth Summers meet?
THE METZ TIMES, Metz, MO. Friday, November 26, 1926.
J. T. Rynard Laid to Rest
The funeral of J. T. Rynard, who died at his home in Metz Wednesday morning of last week, was held at the Christian church Thursday at 2 o'clock p.m., conducted by Eld. Earl Bingham. Burial was in Balltown cemetery.
Joseph T. Rynard was born in Clarion county, Pennsylvania, December 28, 1844, and at his death was aged 81 years, 10 month and 17 days. In 1866 he moved to Wyandotte county, Kansas, and lived on a farm near Kansas City, Kas., about eleven years.
On January 31, 1875, he was united in marriage to Sarah E. Summers, daughter of Moses M. and Candacy Summers.
In 1877 they moved to Vernon county and located on a farm in this township, southeast of Metz, and for many years was engaged in general farming and feeding cattle and hogs. After a continuous residence on the same farm for about thirty one years they gave up the old home and moved to Metz in 1910.
To Mrs. and Mrs. Rynard five children were born. They are Mrs. Stella Cary, Mrs. Bertha Dickson, Mrs. Maud Johnston, Lewis Rynard and Mrs. Audrey Stark, all of whom were at his bedside during his last hours.
Shortly after moving to Vernon county he united with the Rinehart Christian church and remained a faithful member until death. He was a devoted husband, a loving father and a friend and neighbor to every one in his community.
Besides his wife and five children he leaves thirteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren, three sisters and a host of relatives and friends.
RICH HILL MINING REVIEW, Rich Hill, MO. November 25, 1926.
J. T. Rynard Dies at Metz
Joseph T. Rynard, 82 years old, an old and highly respected citizen of Vernon county, died at Metz, Wednesday, Nov. 17th. He had been a resident of Vernon county since 1877. On January 21, 1875 Mr. Rynard was united in marriage to Sarah Summers, a member of one of Vernon county's best known families and to this union were born five children, Mrs. Stella Cary, Mrs. Bertha Dickson, Mrs. Maude Johnson, Lewis Rynard and Mrs. Audrey Stark. The deceased is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren and three sister.
Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Metz Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment in the Balltown cemetery.
THE METZ TIMES, Metz, MO. December 20, 1940.
An Early Resident at Rest in Balltown
Mrs. Sarah Rynard passed away at her home in Metz at 2 o'clock Sunday morning. Two weeks ago Mrs. Rynard suffered a heart attack. Almost from the first it was known the end was inevitable, thus every care and attention was given her by her loved ones until the end.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 o'clock Wednesday morning at the Christian church conducted by Rev. Earl Bingham. Burial was by the side of the husband in Balltown cemetery.
A quartet composted of Mrs. H. J. Finch, Mrs. C. O. Wilson, L. A. Robinson and Guy Harryman sang "Sweet Bye and Bye," "Going down the Valley" and "Calling Me Over the Tide." Mrs. Velma Reed was at the piano.
The pallbearers were Joe Cary, Dryden Baze, Thomas Johnston, Orville Rynard, James Stark and Virgil O'Rear.
Sarah Elizabeth Summers, eldest child of eight children, was a daughter of Candacy and Moses Summers. Born south of the river, February 1, 1854, she had lived her entire life in this community. Had her life been prolonged until next February 1, she would have been 87 years of age.
On January 31, 1875, she was united in marriage to Joseph T. Rynard who preceded her in death November 17, 1926.
To this union five children were born, all of whom survive. They are: Mrs. Bertha Dickson, Mrs. Stella Cary, Mrs. Maud Johnston and Lewis Rynard of near Metz and Mrs. Audry Stark of Warrensburg.
A brother, G. H. Summers, of Nevada and a sister, Mrs. I. N. White, of south of Metz; 15 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends are also left to mourn her passing.
At an early date Mrs. Rynard placed her life in the trusting hands of her Maker, uniting with the Rinehart Christian Church in 1872-the year it was organized. Her death brings to a close the last living charter member.
Following her marriage to Mr. Rynard the couple lived on a farm south of Metz where he engaged in that occupation until he retired in 1910 and they moved to town. Here they resided until the end.
Born a granddaughter of Allen Summers, one of the first white settlers of Vernon county, Mrs. Rynard knew the hardships of early pioneer life. Through their trials and tribulations she learned a gentle touch and loving care that endeared her to all who knew her. A kind and gentle lady has reaped her reward beyond the sky.