Alton D. Tynes was born on 22 October 1897 in Nacogdoches County, Texas. He was the son of Calvin D. Tynes and Sophronia Walker. Calvin died when Alton was eight. Sophronia seems to have married again; at least I haven't found her on censuses after her husband's death. The family moved to Waco, Texas, where Alton worked as a hatter at the time of the 1920 census. He married a woman named Annie, born 1901 in Texas; in 1920, he and Annie were living at 724 South 4th Street in Waco, with no children. I lose track of them after that, but I'm pleased to see that Alton has descendants.
Alton's father, Calvin Tynes, was born 15 December 1863 in Nacogdoches County, Texas, the son of William Luther Tynes and Caroline Compton. He married Sophronia A. Walker on 6 February 1889, and they had seven children that I know of: Della, Bailey, Luther William, Alton, Buel C., Joseph Ford, and Clarence Burean. Calvin died in September 1906.
Calvin's father, William Luther Tynes, was born in Alabama in December 1822, and married Caroline R. Compton (1830-1879) there on 16 January 1850. They moved to Sabine Parish, Louisiana, during the 1850s, and then to Nacogdoches County, Texas. They had at least seven children: Mary Frances, Samuel J., John Frank, Mary Laura Elizabeth, Henry R., Calvin D., and William W. William Luther Tynes died in Nacogdoches County on 6 July 1906 and is buried in the Hopewell Cemetery there.
William Luther Tynes's father was Timothy Tynes, but his mother is unknown. She was Timothy's first wife; some say she was an Indian. Timothy was born in South Carolina about 1788, seems to have lived in Tennessee during the War of 1812, and was in Conecuh County, Alabama, by the 1830 census. He had eleven children by his first wife, and six more by his second, Margaret Gipson (1815-1892). He died in Butler County, Alabama, on 23 July 1869.
That's about as far as your line can be traced with any certainty. Timothy's parents are unknown, although his paternal grandparents were probably William Tynes and Patience Davis, both of whom died in Granville County, North Carolina, about 1761. William and Patience had at least four sons (William, Samuel, John, and Fleming) and one daughter (Juriah), all of whom moved to South Carolina shortly before the Revolutionary War; Timothy was probably the child of one of those sons. The fact that Timothy named four of his own sons William, Samuel, John, and Fleming is a pretty good clue.
You can see some more about the early Tyneses on my Tynes Website:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~tmark/Tynes.html or http://www.geocities.com/tmarkjames/Tynes.html
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