Thank you all for your contributions of time, research, donations, support and feedback.

Many thanks to the good folks at Bassett Historical Center for their input and assistance.

Thank you for visiting our heritage and history.
Please consider making a contribution (any amount is appreciated) to help offset the expense, and help us continually improve the quality and quantity of information.

We Gratefully Accept Yout Old/Odd Bitcoin, and Bit Cents at:
14Q2Cm1pRmUrSGTfn1a66Qe9YbAmdD8Dez

  First Name:  Last Name:
Log In
Surnames
What's New
Statistics

Terms of Use & Privacy
Contact Us
Join Our Community

Deborah Potter[1, 2]

Female Abt 1626 - 1700  (~ 74 years)


Personal Information    |    Media    |    Sources    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Deborah Potter 
    • Other Potters are associated with these Reynolds families.
      Also seen as Jordan. Green is also a possibility
    Born Abt 1626  North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 14 Oct 1700  North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I17827  My Reynolds Line
    Last Modified 12 Mar 2021 

    DNA Tests  1 person has linked a DNA test to Deborah Potter 

    Family James [B103] Reynolds,   b. 13 May 1625, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1700, Kingstown, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 28 Oct 1650  Kingston, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Notes 
    • This reference notes James Reynolds who married Deborah is NOT the s/o William Reynolds and Ann ?
    • Seaver Memoir
      Taken with others to prison in Hartford, for refusng to acknowledge allegiance to the Colony of Connecticut, 1677; m. Deborah ___; d. in Kingstown, RI 1700/1702
    Children 
     1. John B. [killed by Indians] [B103-(1)] Reynolds,   b. 12 Oct 1648, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1675, Kingstown, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
    +2. James D. [C104-(1)] Reynolds,   b. 28 Oct 1650, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1701, North Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
    +3. Joseph D. of James [B103-(5)] Reynolds, Sr.,   b. 27 Nov 1652, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1739, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     4. Sarah [B103-(2)] Reynolds,   b. Abt 1654, Kingstown, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +5. Henry [Potter] [RI B103-(6)] Reynolds,   b. 1 Jan 1656, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1716, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     6. Deborah [B103-(03)] Reynolds,   b. 1658, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1714, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     7. Deliverance Reynolds,   b. 1661, Kingstown, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +8. Joseph of James [C104-(2)] [RI] Reynolds,   b. 1652, North Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1739, Kingstown, RI Colony Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     9. Robert [B103-(10)] Reynolds,   b. 1660, Kingstown, RI Colony Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1715, Kingstown, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    +10. Francis [Potter] [B103-(8)RI] Reynolds,   b. 12 Oct 1662, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1722, North Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     11. Mercy/Mary [B103-(9)] Reynolds,   b. 22 Dec 1664, Plymouth, Massachusetts Colony Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1737, North Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     12. Benjamin [B103-(11)] Reynolds,   b. Est 1666, Kingstown, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F6424  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Memoir William Reynolds of Providence and Son James Reynolds
    Memoir William Reynolds of Providence and Son James Reynolds
    ReynoldsJamesofMass&Deborah-1.jpg

    Histories
    New Jersey-Connecticut-Delaware Reynolds; Reynolds Family History by J. Montgomery Seaver; American Historical-Genealogical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1929
    New Jersey-Connecticut-Delaware Reynolds; Reynolds Family History by J. Montgomery Seaver; American Historical-Genealogical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1929
    ReynoldsFamilyHistorybySEAVER.pdf
    Memoir George W. Reynolds Family of Warwick, Massachusetts.
    Memoir George W. Reynolds Family of Warwick, Massachusetts.
    ny_reynolds.pdf

  • Sources 
    1. [S18] Family Search, LDS, https://familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/21690709.
      James Reynolds (1625-1700)
      James Reynolds married three times. He married Susannah Sheldon. He married Ann Holbrook. He married Deborah Potter about 1647. Deborah was born 1620. Deborah died Before October 15, 1692 at approximately 72 years of age. He was possibly a twin. In 1664, he settled on the Potowomut River; before 1669, lived in King's Province not far from present village of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, on south side of Potowomut (Reynolds River). October 1667, was in Newport, Rhode Island. Quidnessett, land tract 150 acres. October 1667, appointed Constable of Quidnessett. In 1673, gave 150 acres to his son, John. In 1683, he deeded 50 acres to youngest son, Francis and the other 100 acres to eldest son, James. In 1687, was made Overseer of the Poor. In 1690, was made Conservator of the Peace.
      Negro slavery was prevalent in the Rhode Island Colony in the time of James and he evidently owned several negroes, most of whom he gave to his children in his lifetime. Deeds show April 3, 1692, he gave negro slave, Elizabeth and her child sucking at her breast to his son-in-law Thomas Nichols and Mercy (Reynolds), his wife. April 16, 1695 of a negro "born in my house" by the name of Tom or Thomas, of Jay, of Doogint to his son, James. And on January 25, 1698/1699 of a negro John to son, Francis. In his will, he bequeathed a negro girl Betty to his daughter, Deborah Sweet. Before he died, James expressed a wish that all his former slaves be given their freedom when they reached 30 years of age. This wish was honored by the grantees.
      All 7 of their children were born before they settled on the Potowomut River. 6. Early Rhode Island history had a long and difficult dispute concerning lands on the western shore of Narragansett Bay which were claimed by Rhode Island and Connecticut because both colonies were given grants to this area by England. The land James Reynolds settled in included this area. 7. An appointed Commission named the area that was fought over King?s Province, but by 1675, it was named Kingstown. 8. James Reynolds applied 13 May 1665 asking officially for land in King's Province from the Rhode Island General Assembly. 9. James Reynolds was the first actual settler to live on the 150 acres Call Quidnessett, he appears to have been granted. 10. Quidnessett was in in the northeast part of King's Province Quote: (Aquitawaset by the Indians who sold the land in 1659 to the Atherton Company which allocated this particular parcel of land to Walter Cunnigrave who apparently never occupied it and there is no known deed of this land to James Reynolds from Walter Cunnigrave or the Atherton Company) 11. James Reynolds settled in Quidnessett before 1669 and on 29 January 1669 he purchased adjoining land there. 12. James Reynold's Farm was 150 acres. 13. His farm was near present-day East Greenwich, Rhode Island on the south side of the Potowomut River (a small stream also known as Reynolds River and Mill River and Green's River over the years). 14. James Reynolds?s homestead was built on the 50 acres west of a little brook that runs north through this land into the Potowomut River, now called Sand Hill Stream. 15. James Reynolds too the Oath of Allegiance at the 20 May 1671 General Assembly of Rhode Island. 16. He confirmed ownership of the land he had settled and was appointed Constable. 17. James Reynolds was made Tax Assessor In 1675. 18. The home of James Reynolds was burned down in 1675 and his oldest son John was killed by the Indians as the family fled to a blockhouse near Wickford, Rhode Island. (The blockhouse was owned by Richard Smith, who had purchased it in 1641) 19. John Reynolds was buried in front of where Jame Reynold?s home was. 20. James Reynold?s home was rebuilt in the same spot as the old home. 21. James Reynolds deeded 50 acres west of the brook where the family homestead was to Francis Reynolds (Isaac Mitton Stewart?s direct ancestor) 22. James Reynolds and his wife continued living at the homestead and son James also (until he should build on his inheritance). The deed to Francis was recorded on 20 January 1690 and the deed to James was recorded on 29 April 1684. (*Direct quote from book, I, the editor don?t know how to summarize this.) 23. After King Philips War, James Reynolds got 100 acres more land. 24. James Reynolds and other were arrested by officers in Connecticut, 24 May, 1677. 25. He was arrested and imprisoned at Harford Connecticut for refusing to ?acknowledge allegiance to the Colony of Connecticut?. 26. James Reynolds was released later that year. Also in that year, Rhode Island received jurisdiction in the Narragansatt Country. 27. James Reynolds became Overseer of the poor on 16 June 1687. 28. James Reynolds became Conservator of the Peace on 16 June, 1687. 29. James Reynolds had slaves that he deeded to his children. 30. The slaves were deeded to his children with the wish that the slaves be freed when 30 years old. The children agreed to this in formal statements September 1700. 31. James Reynolds died about 1700 in Kingston Rhode Island. Sources: Reynolds Family Records by J. married Seaver, 1929; Reynolds Family Association by S. R. Clement, 1992; James Reynolds of North Kingstown, Rhode Island by V. H. Linley, 2000; Ancestors and Descendants of William and Elizabeth Reynolds by T. A. Reynolds and W. A. Reynolds, 1903 http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/ViewStory.aspx?tid=13326403&pid=-84055884&oid=38bb1854-23cc-45cda4d4-3b2f5d7b1985&pg=32768

    2. [S175] Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, http://www.ancestraltrackers.net/va/resources/virginia-magazine-history-biography-v12.pdf.
      Northern Neck Records
      We find in the old Rappahannock (Richmond County) records (Vol. 1671-76, pp. 324-26 Va St. Lib) a deed of sale from Henry Reynolds to Mathew Kelly, witnessed by Wm Bruce and Barnaby Wells--also a power of attorney from same to same, witnessed by Geo. Bruce and Barnaby Wells; also a power of attorney from Reynolds to Wells, witnessed by George Bruce. These three papers were apparently drawn together as they bear the same date, Nov 1, 1675, and were all recorded together. The two Bruces were evicently friends and near neighbors of Reynolds. (Henry)
      At this time, George1 Bruce was thirty-five years of age, as we know from the deposition already quoted. William was older. In 1654, when George1 was only fourteen, William 1 was of age, for we find him giving a bond to Sir Henry Chicheley (afterwards Deputy-Governor) for 1,031 pounds of tobacco," to be paid at his (Bruce"s) plantation in upper Wyencock." This bond is witnessed by Cuthbert Potter, one of the leading men in the Northern Neck (Rap. Rec, 1668-72, p.19, Va.
      St. Lib.)

    3. [S211] State Select Marriages, http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=NewEnglandMarriages&h=64686&tid=22493484&pid=29789006350&usePUB=true&usePUBJs=true&rhSource=60525.

    4. [S80] Google Books, https://books.google.com/books?id=JK8yAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA63&lpg=PA63&dq=James+Reynolds+%2B+Mary+Davis+%2B+1744+%2B+Rhode+Island&source=bl&ots=J8DuuU0HiE&sig=PEhw6E7EjOxVkDuz8kUH8QiNU7U&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiKyK3i0YfWAhWC7YMKHUPLAbYQ6AEINTAC#v=onepage&q=James%20Reynolds%20%2B%20Mary%20Davis%20%2B%201744%20%2B%20Rhode%20Island&f=false.
      John died in 'The Great Swamp Fight' Dec 19, 1675

    5. [S270] Rhode Island Reynolds, (J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago 1908), 3 1924 092 219 892.
      Biography of James Reynolds d. 1702, who married Deborah; his 2nd son, James b. 28 Oct 1650, married (first) 20 Feb 1685, Mary Green.
      Son, Henry, b. 1 Jan 1656, m. Sarah Greene; and Francis, b. 12 Oct 1662, m. Elizabeth Greene -- all daughters of James Green

    6. [S10] R.W. Ryan.
      Reynolds

      Select Reynolds Surname Genealogy

      The name Reynolds was a Norman import to England, from Reginald or in Old French Reinold. The earlier root is the Old Norse Rognvaldr, comprised of the elements ragin meaning "counsel" and wald meaning "rule." Reynold was a Viking leader who harried the English and Irish shores in the 10th century.

      Name variants have included Reynold and Reynell. The Irish MacRaghnaill derives from the Gaelic of Randal or Reginald. This name became anglicized to Reynolds.

      Select Reynolds Resources on The Internet
      Reynolds Family History in Essex Reynolds Essex genealogy.
      Reynolds Family Association. Reynolds arrivals in America.
      Reynolds Family Circle. Reynolds family genealogy.
      Reynolds Irish Reynolds history.
      R.J. Reynolds. R.J. Reynolds family tree.
      Reynolds Family Beginnings. John Reynolds in New Brunswick.
      Select Reynolds Ancestry
      England. The Reynolds name first appeared in Somerset where they were granted lands after the Norman Conquest in 1066. William filius Raunaldi is recorded in the Domesday Book.
      SW England. A Reynell family originally from Cambridgeshire transplanted themselves to Devon in the 14th century where they were substantial landowners. They were described as "men of great credit, fidelity, and service to their kings, country and state in peace and in war." Both the Reynell and Reynolds names were to be found in Devon. A Reynolds family in Plympton produced the great 18th century portrait painter Sir Joshua Reynolds.
      The naval Reynolds came from Cornwall. They made their home in the late 18th century at Penair near Truro. And the Reynolds name was also prominent in tin mining at St. Agnes, starting possibly with William Reynolds who was born there in the 1680?s.
      Owen Reynolds, a yeoman farmer from Melcombe in Dorset, was five times its mayor in the 1550?s. His nephew Edward benefited from the patronage of the Earl of Essex and died in 1623 in London a rich man.
      Kent. A Reynolds line dating back to the 16th century in East Bergholt in Kent included descendants who were among the early immigrants to America. From a later naval family came George Reynolds who got himself involved in the Chartist movement in the 1840's. He founded a radical newspaper, Reynolds's Weekly Newspaper, which became popular. The paper continued in a different guise as Reynolds News until 1967.
      East Anglia. The birth of Thomas Reynolds was recorded at Great Chesterford in northern Essex in 1569. He appeared in court in 1598 after a brawl with a neighbor. One family history dates back to the marriage of James Reynolds and Susannah Wood at Little Bardfield in 1711. In the churchyard of the nearby village of Great Sampford there are a number of Reynolds gravestones of the late 18th and 19th centuries.
      Just across the border into Cambridgeshire were the Reynolds of Castle Camps and the Reynolds of Leverington:
      Sir James Reynolds, a Cromwellian general, had taken a lease on the Castle Camps estate as a safe retreat for his family during the Civil War. His grandson Sir James was appointed Chief Justice of the Common Pleas in 1727.
      While Richard Reynolds was rector of Leverington near Wisbech in the 1670?s. His son Richard, born there, became the Bishop of Lincoln. He acquired Paxton Hall in Huntingdonshire in 1730 where the family remained for several generations.
      Lancashire. There was a Reynolds family in Lancashire which inherited the Strangeways estate near Manchester in 1711. Francis Reynolds from this family distinguished himself in naval actions in the West Indies and later took over the family estates at Tortworth in Gloucestershire (his home there is now a country house hotel).
      Lancashire received an influx of Irish Reynolds in the 19th century. Mary Reynolds from Mohill in county Leitrim settled her young family in Manchester after the death of her husband during the famine years. Her letters recently published, The Reynolds Letters: An Irish Emigrant Family in Late Victorian Manchester, present a story of Irish immigrants making good in industrial England at that time.
      Ireland. The Reynolds name came to Ireland at the time of Strongbow in the 1200's. These English invaders took the titles of Earls of Cavan, Lisburne and Mountmorris. A later English invasion in the 17th century gave rise to the Reynells from Devon of Reynell castle. However, the largest numbers of Reynolds have been home-grown. From early times the lands around Lough Rynn in county Leitrim were owned and settled by the MacRaghnaill clan. Sean na gCeann or John of the Heads, so called for beheading his rebellious clansmen, was their chief in the late 1500's.
      The next century saw the English taking over Leitrim and the Irish, including the McRaghnaills, being gradually pushed out. A second exodus occurred at the time of the potato famine. Even so, nearly half of the Reynolds in Ireland today come from Leitrim. The Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds was born in nearby Roscommon.
      Portugal. A Reynolds family from Kent has been in Portugal since 1820, first as cork importers and then as wine producers.
      America. The English Reynolds in America came first. Early Reynolds settlers in New England were Robert and Mary Reynolds and their four children who got there in 1630. Christopher Reynolds from Gravesend in Kent arrived in Virginia in 1622 on the Francis and John. Their family line is documented in Stephen Tilman's 1959 book, The Rennolds-Reynolds of Virginia and England. [Beware of this reference-mfe]
      Members of this family were subsequently involved in the freighting business in upstate New York. They later moved west:
      P.G. Reynolds became a mail contractor and stage operator in Dodge City for the trails heading south to the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. His brother Milton, who adopted the writing name of Kicking Bird, covered Indian council meetings as a roving reporter and became an advocate for Western settlement.
      another Milton Reynolds, but of German origin, introduced the first ballpoint pen to an unsuspecting public in 1945.

      Abraham Reynolds was a poor tobacco farmer in Virginia in the early 1800's. His son Hardin started a plantation at Rock Spring in Patrick county. Hardin's son RJ, the second of sixteen children born there, embarked on a plan to build his own tobacco factory at Winston Salem. It was he who developed the huge tobacco empire that is RJ Reynolds.

      Irish. Irish Reynolds also came to America. John Reynolds arrived in Virginia in the 1770's. His descendants moved onto Kentucky and Missouri. Robert and Margaret Reynolds from Louth reached Tennessee in 1784 and then continued to Illinois. Their son John rose to be the fourth governor of that state. Nineteenth century arrivals were more numerous. And many Reynolds went to Canada at that time as well.

      Canada. Early arrivals had been Empire Loyalists, such as William Reynolds, leaving America after the Revolutionary War. William had been a coronet in the British army and led a group of Loyalists out of New York in 1796. He and his family ended up in Dorchester (near London), Ontario.

      Bernard and Mary Reynolds came in the late 1830's from county Leitrim and settled in Renfrew county, Ontario. Other Reynolds followed, from both England and Ireland, as the 19th century proceeded.

      South Africa. In 1850 two Devon farmers, Thomas and Lewis Reynolds, set off on the Justina for South Africa to seek their fortunes (their uncle Charles had previously emigrated to Australia). The brothers' business took them to sugar refining in Natal. But it was the next generation - Frank and Charles Reynolds - who are generally considered as the founders of South Africa's sugar industry. Frank built the family home of Lynton Hall at Pennington on the south coast. It now operates as a luxury hotel.

      Australia. Two brothers, Richard and Edward Reynolds, were convicted of petty theft in Chelmsford and were transported to Australia in 1791. They were educated and literate and Edward kept a diary of the hardships of the journey. The brothers later surfaced in Hawkesbury, NSW. Richard petitioned for a land grant:

      "The petitioner arrived in this colony on the Atlantic in 1791, has been free about 28 years, has endured all the hardships to which and infant colony could subject him, and has reared a family of ten children to the habits of industry."

      His petition was successful. He died in Wilberforce in 1837 and left a large number of descendants.

      John Reynell from Devon was an early settler in South Australia. He came in 1838 and started the first commercial vineyard in the colony. Meanwhile Thomas and Mary Reynolds arrived in Western Australia from Oxfordshire in 1842. Their descendants are still to be found there. Charles Reynolds from Devon came to Tocal in the Hunter valley in 1844 and worked there until his death in 1871. In his time he was recognized an an expert on horse and cattle breeding in New South Wales.

      Select Reynolds Miscellany

      If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for further stories and accounts:

      Reynolds Miscellany


      Select Reynolds Names

      Walter Reynolds was the son of a Windsor baker who became a favorite of King Edward II. The king made him Archbishop of Canterbury.
      Sir Joshua Reynolds from Devon was a leading English portrait painter of the 18th century.
      R.J Reynolds, a Virginia tobacco farmer, founded the R.J Reynolds Tobacco Company in 1890.
      Richard S. Reynolds, nephew of RJ, founded the American Metals Company in 1919 and developed it as one of the world's leading aluminium companies.
      Paul Revere Reynolds, a descendant of the American patriot Paul Revere, was the first literary agent in New York, in 1893.
      Milton Reynolds, a Chicago businessman, introduced the first ballpoint pen on the market in 1945.
      Albert Reynolds was the Irish Prime Minister in the 1990's.
      Debbie Reynolds, born in Texas, is an American actress and singer
      Burt Reynolds is a well-known American actor.

      Select Reynolds Today

      85,000 in the UK (most numerous in Cambridgeshire)
      76,000 in America (most numerous in Texas)
      32,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)

      Sent from Raymond?s iPhone

    7. [S46] Marriage Record/Certificate, http://reynoldspatova.org/documents/RI%20Kingston%20Marriages.pdf.
      James of James (of William) and Deborah 18 Oct 1650