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IMMIGRANT James [B103] Reynolds[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

Male 1625 - 1700  (75 years)

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  • Name James [B103] Reynolds 
    Title IMMIGRANT 
    Born 13 May 1625  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Aug 1700  Kingstown, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Reynolds Lot North Kingstown Washington County Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2433  My Reynolds Line | Descendants of James Reynolds
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 

    DNA Tests  1 person has linked a DNA test to IMMIGRANT James [B103] Reynolds 

    Father William [B102] Reynolds,   b. Est 1585, Stamford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1660, Kingstown, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Mother Ann, Mrs. William Reynolds,   b. Est 1585,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F7797  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Deborah Potter,   b. Abt 1626, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1700, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married 28 Oct 1650  Kingston, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • 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
     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

    Family 2 Susannah/Joanna Shelton,   b. Est 1650,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F6902  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Anne Holbrook,   b. Est 1629, Kingstown, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1699, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    • The children of John and Anne (Holbrook) Reynolds were:
      *2. Thomas Reynolds b. 1652, d. Oct. 21, 1723; m. Sarah Clark, Newport, Oct. 29, 1683.
      *3. Hannah Reynolds b. 1653, d. after 1711; m. Dec. 28, 1681 Joseph Wells
      4. Mary Reynolds b. Weymouth Mar. 15, 1660; m. tradition says to Benj. Burdick.
      *5. John Reynolds b. about 1662, d. Apr. 13, 1734; m. Abigail ---. [15]
     1. John Reynolds,   b. 1655, Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1691, Westerly, Washington Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F6903  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Memoir William Reynolds of Providence and Son James Reynolds
    Memoir William Reynolds of Providence and Son James Reynolds
    Rhode Island Reynolds
A Memoir by George W. Reynolds
    Rhode Island Reynolds A Memoir by George W. Reynolds
    James Reynolds Report
    James Reynolds Report
    Emailing Reynolds Report 1 - 120419.pdf

    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
    Memoir George W. Reynolds Family of Warwick, Massachusetts.
    Memoir George W. Reynolds Family of Warwick, Massachusetts.

  • Notes 
      Quidnessett it is to he noted that James 1 Reynolds was among those favored with the prefix of "Mr." because in those days that really meant a certain recognition of dignity and importance. After being "engaged" James 1 Reynolds and others made application to the court and desired "to know whether or noe this Court on behalf of the Colony doe lay claim to their possessions which they do now inhabit; to which demand this present court doe return unanimously their answer that on behalfe of the Colony
      this Court doe not lay any claime to their possessions which they now innabitt."* Any question of right arising from different Indian deeds of the same property, at one time, to the Atherton Company and at another time to the Rhode Island government, were thus effectually settled. The Quidnessett freemen then chose men for the local offices, and James 1 Reynolds was appointed Constable. Later in the same year, on Sept. 25, 1671, the Assembly directed that:
      For the inhabitants between Pettaquamscutt and Warwick the
      Assembly do nominate Mr. Richard Smith, Mr. Thomas Gould, Mr. Samuel Dyre, Mr. James Reynolds, and Henry Tibbotts, they or any three or more of them shall be the persons to levie and assess the rate of the Inhabitants there.

    • John Reynolds of Weymouth, Mass. and Stonington, Conn.
      by Mrs. Mary Reynolds Fosdick, founder of the RFA
      ©Reynolds Family Association, 1992
      Chapter 1
      Generation 1

      (This article was originally published in the 1922 RFA Annual. Further additions and corrections were published in later annuals, and these have been incorporated into this article.)

      This article superseded the sketch of John of Weymouth in the 1907 RFA Report. Mrs. Fosdick died Feb. 22, 1904, a month after the following preface to this genealogy was written. At her death it was not quite completed. From 1904 until 1921 it lay almost untouched until her brother, Giles L. Reynolds, once President of the Association, decided to go over it carefully and to bring the whole line down to 1922. A part of it, at least, is complete to that date, but many other branches of it have not been followed down over the centuries. A few statements and dates, shown by later researches to have been inexact or wrong, were taken out by Marion H. Reynolds. The John of Weymouth line should be read carefully and then compared with the James of N. Kingstown genealogy. The great development of these two families is not dissimilar.

      by Mrs. Mary Reynolds Fosdick

      For years it has been my desire to see published a history and genealogy of the Descendants of John Reynolds of Weymouth. Realizing that each passing year made it more difficult to secure old family records and to trace the posterity of those born during the eighteenth century, I was led to undertake this work in 1890. Since then I have devoted to it all the time that could possibly be spared from a busy life. For those of the tribe of John of Weymouth, who have aided me in this work, cheerfully furnished the required facts, and in every way tried to make the work a success, I am under great obligations and extend the heartiest words of thanks.

      I trust that this book will be an incentive to the future preservation of family records, that it will foster a spirit of honest Americanism, pride in an ancestry for two hundred and seventy years faithful to the spirit and institutions of America, and that no future cause in the interest of religion, patriotism and good government will ever lack supporters and defenders among us and our descendants.

      At the commencement of these researches into the genealogy of the Reynolds family some twelve years since, it was not my intention to go further than tracing my own lineage to my earliest ancestor in this country. It was my recreation from other duties, but as I went on my interest increased, and curiosity was awakened to know the descent of others as well as myself who inherited our surname. Ours is one of the small family groups not as yet certainly connected with other families of our name, several of whom lived at an early date in Connecticut and elsewhere in New England. The same names occurring in succeeding generations in the Wethersfield and Stonington, Conn. families may, however, be an indication of some kinship between them. After tracing my family back to John Reynolds of Weymouth, Mass. and Stonington, Conn., and trying to connect him, first with the Rhode Island family, then with the Wethersfield family, I still had no thought of publishing the results of the search, expecting only to leave them in safe keeping until they might perhaps some day be added to similar accounts furnished by descendants of other families of the Reynolds name, thus making a work of more general interest and one more worthy of being called a family genealogy. But the interest of my immediate relatives in their family history had become in the meantime much quickened through hearing from time to time of the results of my investigations, and they are now desirous to see them preserved in some more enduring form. Yielding, therefore, to their wishes in the matter, especially to those of my brothers, Wilson C. Reynolds of East Haddam, Conn., Ephraim O. Reynolds of Lyme, Conn., and Giles L. Reynolds of Philadelphia, Penn., who have undertaken the expense of publication, these records have been prepared for that purpose and are now offered to our family. No effort nor toil, nor expense, in my power has been spared. I have made careful and thorough examination of all public and private records that promised to throw light upon this matter and have held correspondence with a great number of individuals in different and distant parts of the country. It is hoped that what is here contained may prove also of some assistance to inquiring descendants of other branches of the Reynolds family, should it be only by relieving them from the need of search in one already explored direction. There is still a large work in Connecticut and Rhode Island waiting for some future genealogist.

      In searching for additional material regarding our first Stonington ancestor, I have had assistance from Miss Charlotte Goldthwait of Hartford, compiler of the Boardman Genealogy, who established his earlier residence at Weymouth, and has prepared the account of him here given.

      Mary Reynolds Fosdick
      Philadelphia, Penn.
      January 1904


      JOHN REYNOLDS of Stonington, Conn., the first ancestor of this family so far found in New England, was born, probably in England, about 1625-30. His earliest appearance here is at Weymouth, Mass., where he had a grant of five acres of land in the first division of Dec. 14, 1663, numbered the 77th lot from the "Brauntry lyne" and a lot of 15 acres, numbered the 14th, in the second division of the same date. He does not appear in previous divisions of 1636 and 1651-2, though he perhaps lived in the town soon after the latter date, about which time his oldest son, Thomas, was born. But one child, Mary, b. March 15, 1660, is recorded to him and his wife, Anne Holbrook, in Weymouth, though two or three older children may have been born there.
      The parentage of Anne, wife of John Reynolds, appears from the will of Thomas Holbrook of Weymouth made Dec. 31, 1668, proved April 24, 1677 (Vol. VI, p. 201, Suffolk Prob. Recs. Boston), who mentions his wife Jane; sons John, Thomas, William and daus. Anne Reynold, Elizabeth Hatch, Jane Drake; naming also grandsons John, Peter, William to whom he leaves respectively his sword, gun and musket. In original lists of passengers to New England we find the following entry: "Weymouth ye 20th of March 1635-6." Then follows a list of 106 passengers of whom are: 66. Thomas Holbrook of Broudway, 34 years; 67. Jane Holbrook, his wife, 34 years; 68. John Holbrook, his sonne, 11 years; 69. Thomas Holbrook, his sonne, 10 years; 70. Anne Holbrook, his daughter, 5 years. [for further discussion of the Holbrook family see 1922 RFA Report]

      September 8, 1664, John Renolds, carpenter, and Anne, his wife, "of Weymouth," sold to Edward Grant of Boston, shipwright, and Sarah, his wife, their property in Weymouth, consisting of a dwelling house, barn and cow-house, with about 20 acres of orchard, and planting land and pasture thereto belonging, together with an acre of meadow and one common lot, "formerly John Osborne's," the deed to take effect the succeeding March 31, 1665 (Suffolk Deeds, IV:276).

      About the latter date of shortly before, John Reynolds appeared in Westerly, RI, making preparations to settle. This was the same year in which James Reynolds of Kingstown appears in Kingstown, RI, some few score miles away. Westerly was in territory the right to which was being contested between Connecticut and Rhode Island, but especially at the time of John Reynolds' arrival, when commissioners had just been sent over by the King to settle disputes of this kind between the colonies. John Reynolds had therefore arrived at an unfortunate time and the succeeding period, about two years of his stay in Westerly, was not a peaceable one, his experiences at that time resulting in an appeal to the courts in 1670. It is to the evidence given in the trial which ensued that we are indebted for several important particulars throwing light on him and his family. His case is thus summed up by Dr. J.W. Trumbull, in a note, Colon. Recs. of Conn.: Vol. II:166.

      "John Reynolds, some time previous to 1667 came to Misquamicut (Westerly) where he bought a house and lot of James Babcock. In 1667 he was dispossessed by the Constable of Stonington as an intruder on lands belonging to that town and within the charter limits claimed by Connecticut. Reynolds subsequently submitted to Connecticut authority, became an inhabitant of Stonington, and, as he alleged, hired of Mr. Roger Plaisted the same land he had formerly purchased from James Babcock. In September 1670, he complained to the County Court at New London against Jonathan Armstrong, a Rhode Island man, "for unjust molestation and contemtuous improving of the said Renolds land, etc." The jury gave a verdict for the plaintiff of £14 and costs, with liberty to the defendant to review at next Court. The Court, June 1671, confirmed the former verdict. Armstrong appealed to the Court of Assistants in October following. The Court of Assistants reduced the damages allowed to Reynolds to £10-15-6, from which Armstrong appealed to the next General Assembly."

      The Assembly refused to interfere further in the matter at its next session, expressing its opinion as follows:

      "They find it too apparent that the sayd Armstrong as well as others of those people of Squamacuk, have been troublesome, injurious and provoking to this Colony, and their settlement and manageing there is no other but an intrusion and so very offensive which might call for severity, etc."

      Going back to the time of John Reynolds' arrival in Westerly, we may learn some of the circumstances attending his first settlement there from the testimony of John Osborne, already mentioned:

      "This deponent testifieth that when John Renolds came first to Squamecute to settle, being destitute of habitation there, he went to James Badcock, Senior, to see if he could procure a place to be in for the present; and this deponent being present he heard the sayd Badcock offer to sell the above said Renolds his sellar he lived in: and he lett him the land he had then broake up for that yeare: for both which, to witt the purchase of the sellar and hyre of the land he demanded forty-five shillings which sayd should satisfye him full for his paynes the which the Aforesd John Renolds Agreed to give him and this Deponent sawe John Renolds paye partt of the forty-five shillings in cloth unto James Badcock the rest he Ingadged to paye when his wife came up to Squamacut. And this deponent sayth further that the Seller aforementioned is the seller that Jonathan Armstrong afterwards lived in."

      It thus appears that John Reynolds went from Weymouth to Westerly in the early spring of 1665, leaving his wife and children, the oldest then thirteen, to follow as soon as he should have made provision for their reception. As both Weymouth and Westerly were near the sea, their journey is quite likely to have been taken by water, which would furnish the easiest means of transporting them and their goods. With wise caution, to which he was no doubt partly influenced by a knowledge of the unsettled claims to that part of the country, he began by hiring land and procuring a temporary home. The settlers on that side of the Pawcatuck River were divided in their allegiance, some having come from Rhode Island, acknowledging the jurisdiction of that colony, while others, considering themselves as in a part of Stonington, held to Connecticut. John Reynolds, having emigrated from Massachusetts with no bias in favor of Rhode Island, early submitted to the authority of Connecticut and steadily adhered to that colony.

      The King's Commissioners on their arrival in 1665, inclined to the Pawcatuck boundary and John Reynolds could have hardly more than have taken of the land he had leased, before, by their orders, he and others on that side of the river, were dispossessed, but by subsequent arrangement with Mr. Roger Plaisted, the Massachusetts grantee of the land he occupied, he was allowed to remain as his tenant. After about two years, Rhode Island still continuing to assert her authority, John Reynolds was arrested as a Connecticut man and finally compelled to remove his residence to the west side. This, according to the testimony given, was in April 1667. His departure seems to have been a hurried one, for he left behind some of his goods and part of his livestock. It was Jonathan Armstrong's conduct at that time, throwing down and cutting up the timbers of his "seller," throwing the goods "oute of Dores," shutting up the swine, etc. which led to the appeal to the General Court for redress. Thomas Renolds and Hannah Renolds, the two oldest children, the former aged 18, and the latter "17 yeares or thereabouts" testify Sep. 21, 1670:

      "Jonathan Armstrong forced our father's family from five acres of land which he intended to plant,so that we were forced to depart and leave it to him and were exposed to great extremities for want of corne that year and several goods left with him."

      John Badcock, aged 26 years, testifies, Sep. 19, 1670:

      "That hee Did heare Ann Renolds wife to John Renolds demand of Jonathan Armstronge one parcell of Swine that the sayde Armestronge had locked up in a cellar as she sayde, but the aforesd Jonathan Armestronge Denied and syde shee should not have them untell such time as shee had payded for some Damadges they had done unto him ... further this deponent testifieth that John Renolds was putt to very much trouble by Jonathan Armestrong and greate Damadge, and this Deponent did see the cellar that John Renolds lived in very much demolished and part of the timbers in Jonathan Armestronge's fence."

      As appears from further testimony, the father went first to the west side, the wife and children remaining "at Osbornes' till they followed him" to Mr. Thomas Stanton's house, which seems to have been their first stopping place.

      Having thus become an inhabitant in undisputed territory, John Reynolds took immediate steps to secure land and a permanent home, and bought first one hundred acres which had been originally laid out to John Gallup Senior, the deed dated Jan. 28, 1667. This grant lay along the east side of the Mistuckset, a river or brook running into the Sound about two miles east of the Mystic, and was bounded on the north by land of Gov. John Winthrop. This land he retained through life, leaving it to his youngest son, John, together with about two acres, presumably not far distant, which is described as on the west side of Calkins Brook, having on it "a mantion house," barn and mill, the latter, it may be supposed, a saw-mill used in connection with his business. This house lot is spoken of as bought of Robert Holmes, but the deed is not on record and the time of its purchase does not appear. A census of those in Stonington who were heads of families was taken in 1668. There were forty-three, among them John Ranols. "The mark of John Ranols his chattels and swine is a crop on the near ear right off," dated June 11, 1668 [Stonington Deeds I:15].

      About twelve years after his first recorded purchase in Stonington "John Renalls, senior" received May 25, 1679 a grant of fifty acres, and a year later March 8, 1680, another of 100 acres adjoining it on the east. These lay in a different quarter of the town from his earliest grant, being situated on the north side of the Ashaway River, which formed the southwestern boundary of the fifty-acre lot. This river is in North Stonington, runs south, then southeast, and south again, emptying into the Pawcatuck at the state line. These lots may therefore have been in North Stonington or possibly in what is now Rhode Island. No deed of conveyance of them from John Reynolds Sr. appears and the 150 acres they contain may be supposed to be the double portion given to the oldest son, Thomas, to which the father alludes in his final disposition of his property in 1689-90.

      One more grant that had been given to John Reynolds Sr. appears in his last recorded deed of sale, dated Nov. 14, 1690, not long, probably before his death. It is described as "one twelve acre lott which was my grant from the Town of Stonington scituate & lying near to the Meeting house." It was sold to "Owen McCharta, Taner." His son, John Reynolds acknowledged this as "his father's act and deed" Oct.29, 1692 before Samuel Mason, Assistant. Feb. 15, 1689-90 he had made the final disposal of his estate, before alluded to, by the deed of gift, equivalent to a will, and in it had spoken of his "age and crasie estate." His wife was evidently at that time dead.

      All the three children of John Reynolds removed early from Stonington. Thomas, the eldest married the daughter of Joseph Clarke of Newport, one of the patentees of the Rhode Island Charter of 1663, and settled on the Rhode Island side of the Pawcatuck in Westerly. The daughter, Hannah, settled also in Westerly, while John the youngest, not many years after his father's death removed to Preston, the town next north of Stonington. The name appears once more in Stonington records when Ebenezer, grandson of John Jr., became owner of a farm lying partly in Preston and partly in North Stonington. John Reynolds' descendants intermarried with those of some of the best-known settlers in that part of Connecticut - those of the present day numbering among their ancestors Capt. George Denison, William Cheesebro, Thomas Stanton, Capt. James Avery, Lieut. Thomas Tracy, William Billings, Walter Palmer, Roger Sterry, and others.

      John Reynolds' name does not appear on the records of Stonington Church, and it is undoubtedly due to Baptist sentiments that the trouble arose and grew whereby the said Jno. Reynolds Sr., the wife of said Reynolds, and Thomas Reynolds were presented to the Court by the Commissioners of Stonington for using profane and irreligious expressions and aspersions cast by him on Mr. James Noyes and some others, for which they are fined. Thomas Reynolds' alliance with the Clarke family, the founders of the Baptist Church in Newport, helps us to understand the intolerance of the times.

      From the records of New London County Court, at Norwich, it appears that the last will and testament of John Rennalds of Stonington, deceased, with his inventory, were exhibited in court, January 14, 1691, when execution was granted to his son, John Reynolds. This will and inventory are not now to be found, and must have been destroyed with the other New London Probate Records when New London was burned by Arnold. John Reynolds Sr. gives deed, Nov. 14, 1690, which fixes the date of his death the last of 1690 or before January 14, 1691. Copy of his will follows:

      John Renalls Deed of Gift

      Know all men by these presents that I, John Renalls, senior, of the Town of Stonington in the Collony of Connecticut for Divers good causes Reosons me moveing thereunto: in the serious consideration of my own Age & Crasiness and in Consideration yt my younger son and his wife hath & doth & is still free and willing to keep with me & take care of me in this my Age & Crasie Estate. And having formerly Disposed of the Rest of my Children and given them their portions, but especially until my son Thomas Renalls for whome I have Done According to my Abilitie in lands & other wayes for his settlement, Equivalent unto a Doble portion with the Rest & have given him Deeds Accordingly, and having formerly Designed my Now Mantion place for my son John Renalls and did some years since give him a deed thereof which deed hath by some means or other mislaid as that the seal & my Name is torn out & soe that deed made invalled in law; soe that now as the Case is, circumstances, that son who hath showed soe much love & Duty to me in my weak estate & --- whome my hope and expectations Are & have been placed for my future comfort is or may bee in A likely waye to Cose both his portion and reward for his love & care for the preventing such & all manner of inconveniencies upon that Account and for the settlement of my past or in future peace when I shall be layed in the Dust. I count it my Duty as I have settled somewhat upon my Son Thomas for now while I have my reason & understanding to do the something upon my son John Renalls for his future Comfort in order whereunto & for the Reasons forementioned, --

      These may signifie unto All & All manor of persons Anyways concerned, that I the aforesayd John Renalls, Senior, have & by These Presents Doe give grant enfeofe & Confirm unto my son John Renalls the whole of that hundred Acres of land which I purchased of John Gallop, senior, as it was bounded layd out & recorded to me in Stonington book of records. As Alsoe a small parcell of land Contayning two Acres more or less, lying on the West side of the Brooke called Calkins his brook, as it is bounded unto me in Robert Holmes his deed of sale, together with my now mantion house, barn, mill with All other buildings, sellers, fences, being or standing upon the said Lands with all orchards, woods, timber, swamps, Runs of water, and all privileges and appurtenances thereunto appertaining: excepting only the lower orchard which is to be, Remayn unto my son Thomas to witt: the fruit thereof untill the year 1691 but after that unto the use and benefitt of my son John Renalls.

      Alsoe I doe give unto my son John Renalls the fether bed which I now lodge upon being a bought tiking & not home made with the boulster & all the beding belonging unto it together with the bedstead. Moreover I doe give unto my son John one large iron pott and by bigest brass chettell which hath A seam around itt: as Alsoe one great bible which I doe order my son to leave to his son and my grandchild John Renalls.

      I may All and singular the parts and parcel as before expressed my whole right therein and title unto, I doe hereby give, grant make over & Confirm unto my son John Renalls, his heirs, executors administrators & assigns to be to him or them to his or their proper use & behoof for ever, only reserving unto myselfe the use and improvement of the same as I shall have occasion for my own and their comfort during my natural Life; but at what time it shall please God to take me out of this world by death; then this present deed of gift to stand in full force and virtue unto all interests and purposes not only for the Right and title to but to the uses & improvement thereof to be to him the sayd John Renalls his heirs Executors & assigns freely & absolutely to have Hold possess & enjoy to the World's end without any lett hindrance or molestation by any of my Heirs under any pretentions whatsoever or by any other person or persons whatsoever by from or under me or by any means:

      And therefore, for further considerations of this my present Deed of gift unto my son John as above written I have hereunto sett to my hand and seale: in the first yeare of the Reign of their Magesties William and Mary of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, King and Queen, Defenders of the Fayth, and in the yeare of our Lord, one thousand six hundred and eighty-nine or ninety: the 15th day of februarie.
      Signed sealed and delivered in
      the presence of
      William Denison
      Thomas Bell
      John X Renalls
      his mark

      The children of John and Anne (Holbrook) Reynolds were:
      *2. Thomas Reynolds b. 1652, d. Oct. 21, 1723; m. Sarah Clark, Newport, Oct. 29, 1683.
      *3. Hannah Reynolds b. 1653, d. after 1711; m. Dec. 28, 1681 Joseph Wells
      4. Mary Reynolds b. Weymouth Mar. 15, 1660; m. tradition says to Benj. Burdick.
      *5. John Reynolds b. about 1662, d. Apr. 13, 1734; m. Abigail ---. [16]

  • Sources 
    1. [S243] THE REYNOLDS FAMILY, J. Montgomery Seaver, (American Historical Genealogical Society).
      Lineage of Christopher Reynolds who married Clarissa Huntington
      He is s/o Samuel and Amey Weaver. Samuel is the s/o Thomas who m. Elizabeth Hopkins. Thomas is s/o Samuel and Ann Gardiner. Samuel is s/o Joseph Jr.: d. 1722 m. Susanna Babcock. and Joseph b. 1652 is the second son of James Reynolds who d. in Kingstown, Rhode Island 1700/02; First son of James b. 1650 m. Norah LNU; m. 2nd Joanna LNU m. third, Mary Greene.
      James Reynolds: taken with other to the prison in Hartford, for refusing to acknowledge allegiance to the Colony of Connecticut, 1677; m. Deborah LNU; d. in Kingstown, R.Island 1700/02.

    2. [S40] Will,
      This is a transcription of the will of James Renolds (Reynolds). The original will was burned badly in a fire. The edges were burned and part of the will is no longer legible. This transcription of what is left is readable. The copy of the was proved by the Rhode Island Historical society Library 121 Hope Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02906-2098. It can be located in Volume I of the ?North Kingstown Probate Records?, Page 7. . . . .Make and ordaine this my. . . . . .?m manner and form following that. . . . . .? I commend my soule into the hands of. . . . . .the Merritts Death and Paszsion of my savaiour . . .and free Pardon and forgiveness of all my sins a. . . . . .ng Life and my Body I commit to the earth to be. . . . . .discretion of my Executor hereafter named and. . . . . .sssition of all such temporal Estage as it hath p. . . . . .to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as. . . . . .ia?; my Debts and Funeral charges shall be p. . . . . .ive unto my son Francis Renolds Fourty Shillings. . . . . .ivolent. I give unto my Daughter Deborah Five. . . . . .Betty for Ever and one feather and Bolster on. . . . . .Blanketts and one coverlette and doe give unto married . . . . .cy Nicholas Five Pounds in money or Equivolent to . . . . . .ve unto my grandson John Renolds Tenn Shillings. . . . . .I give unto my granddaughter Sarah Renolds. . . . . . .ney. All the Rest and Residue of my personal Esta. . . . . .cilly whatsoever I Doe give and bequeath unto my Le. . . . . .s Renolds whom I appoint full and sole Executor of. . . . . . .and teastament and I doe hereby Revoke Disanul An. . . . . .nmer wills and Testaments by me heretofore made. . . . . .I the said James Renolds to this my last will and . . . . . .sett to my nand and scale this fifteenth day of October . . . . .ond god one thousand six hundred ninety two 1692. . . . . .in presence of The Mark
      It first mentions his name, his father name, place of residence and the death year. The second line reads that on May 13, 1665, he signed the petition for land in Kings Province, and on May 20, 1671, he took the oath of allegiance. He served as constable in 1671, overseer of the poor in 1687, grand juryman in 1688, conservator of the peace in 1690. On May 2, 1677, he was one of those who petitioned the assembly for instruction, assistance and advice, as to the oppressions they suffered from Connecticut, and on May 24, 1677, he and the others who had been taken to Hartford ad prisoners, received the following from the Rhode Island authorities in a letter: "That you might receive all suitable encouragement that as you continue true to your engagement to this colony and upon that account are kept prisoners, we shall equally bear your charges of imprisonment, and with all expedition address ourselves to his Majesty for relief." On July 29, 1679, his name was on the petition to the King for an end to the troubles between the two colonies.

    3. [S32],
      James Reynolds
      Birth, 13 May 1625, Plymouth, Plymouth Unitary Authority, Devon, England
      Death, Aug 1700 (aged 75)
      North Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island
      Burial: Reynolds Lot, North Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island

    4. [S107] Family Histories,

    5. [S18] Family Search, LDS,
      James Reynolds (1625-1700)

      7 January 2016·

      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.

      Information from David Lee Doll (
      Notes for James Reynolds: According to the LDS pedigree, this James Reynolds was a twin. McLaughlin has Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island; list DOB 13 May 1625 but also shows "16 August 1627" and "1630" as other possible dates. She also indicates him a twin, "to John Reynolds." James Reynolds from Plymouth Colony James Reynolds is the first authenticated immigrant. At some point it is believed that he landed in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts for in August 1643 there was a "James Renell" in Plymouth who was counted among those "Sixteen to Sixty years of age" able to bear arms. Plymouth Colony Records, Miscell, 1633-89. Edited by Nathl B Shurtleff, married died (1857) Vol. 8; p. 188. It is reasonable to assume James Renell was our James Reynolds. George Louis Nichols, A Nichols Genealogy, (1988). After settling in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1643, he later obtained land and lived in the Quidnessett region, which is now North Kingston of Rhode Island before 1669. His wife Deborah died before October 1692 in North Kingstown.

    6. [S245] Vital Record (Ancestry),
      Citation Information
      p. 99
      Source Information
      The Reynolds Family Assocation of America, 1892, 1932, 1933 and 1934
      Author: Anna C. Rippier
      ABBR RFA - 34TITL The Reynolds Family Assocation of America, 1892, 1932, 1933 and 1934 41st, 42nd and 43rd annual reports.TEXT James Reynolds of (North) Kingstown, R. I. BY SHERIDAN ELLSWORTH Gardiner, M. D. MT. PLEASANT, MICH. (See Pages 49-70 of the 31st (1922) ANNUAL for the History of JAMES1 Reynolds) History and the Descendants of Henry2 Reynolds, 1656-1716 THE SECOND GENERATION
      Bibliographic Information: Rippier, Anna C. The Reynolds FamilyAssociation of America, 1892, 1932, 1933 and 1934. N.p., n.d. CallNumber: R929.2 R462 v.41/43
      Repository Information
      No repository specified for this source

    7. [S61] United States Census,
      1790 Glocester, Providence Rhode Island
      Name: James Reynolds
      Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 2
      Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 1
      Free White Persons - Females: 3
      Number of Household Members: 6

    8. [S270] Rhode Island Reynolds, (J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago 1908), 3 1924 092 219 892.

    9. [S211] State Select Marriages,

    10. [S80] Google Books,
      John died in 'The Great Swamp Fight' Dec 19, 1675

    11. [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

    12. [S10] R.W. Ryan.

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      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.

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      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.
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      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.

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

      Reynolds Miscellany

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      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.

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

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    13. [S46] Marriage Record/Certificate,
      James of James (of William) and Deborah 18 Oct 1650

    14. [S18] Family Search, LDS,

    15. [S82] Wikitree,
      Mr. John Reynolds
      Born 1655 in Weymouth, Norfolk County, MA
      Son of James Reynolds and Anne (Holbrook) Reynolds
      Brother of John Reynolds [half], James Reynolds [half], Henry Reynolds [half], Thomas Reynolds [half], Joseph Reynolds [half], Elizabeth Reynolds [half], Deborah (Reynolds) Sweet [half], Robert Reynolds [half], Mary (Reynolds) Burdick [half], Francis Reynolds [half], Mercy Reynolds [half] and Benjamin Reynolds [half]
      Husband of Abigail (Unknown) Reynolds ? married 1685 in Connecticut
      Father of Deborah (Reynolds) Babcock
      Died 1691 in Westerly, Washington County, RI

      Anne Reynolds formerly Holbrook
      Born about 1629 in Glastonbury, Somerset, Englandmap
      Ancestors ancestors
      Daughter of Thomas Holbrook I and Jane (Powyes) Holbrook
      Sister of John Holbrook, William Holbrook, Thomas Holbrook Jr., Elizabeth (Holbrook) Hatch and Jane (Holbrook) Drake
      Wife of John Reynolds ? married 1650 in Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusettsmap
      Descendants descendants
      Mother of Thomas Reynolds, John Reynolds and Mary (Reynolds) Burdick
      Died 3 Jul 1699 in MA

    16. [S146] Reynolds Family Association,