Nathaniel Reynolds (1627 - 1708) MP

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Birthplace: Aylesford, Kent, England
Death: Died in Bristol, Bristol, Rhode Island
Occupation: shoe-maker, tanner
Managed by: Marilyn Jeanne Haslem
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About Nathaniel Reynolds

Nathaniel was born in England and came to Boston with his family as a young child; he was the first of a line of seven Nathaniels who were expert in making shoes and boots.

He lived in Robert Reynolds' original house on Milk Street in Boston.

He was active in fighting against the Indians and was a member of Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company, as were numerous of his descendants.

Served as Boston's Chief Constable (Police Chief).

During military period, he probably saw farmland he liked in Rhode Island. Later moved there and was one of founders of Bristol, and was later a selectman.

He had 11 children with two wives.

The witness to inventory in his will was Josiah Franklin, father of Benjamin Franklin, who was a tenant in the original Reynolds house on Milk Street in Boston.

"It thus came about that for many years Nathaniel was the landlord of Josiah Franklin, father of the famous statesman. In the little house rented of Captain Reynolds, Benjamin Franklin was born, January 6, 1706, o. s., son of Josiah and Abiah (Folger) Franklin." (p. 45)

From "The History and Descendants of Robert and Mary Reynolds (1630-1931) of Boston Mass" compiled by Marion H. Reynolds. (The Reynolds Family Association, 1931)

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Capt. Nathaniel Reynolds's Timeline

1627
1627
Aylesford, Kent, England
1655
1655
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk, Mass
1657
December 30, 1657
Age 30
Massachusetts
1659
July 26, 1659
Age 32
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
1660
1660
Age 33
1662
March 3, 1662
Age 35
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1665
1665
Age 38
Boston, MA, USA
1668
August 4, 1668
Age 41
Boston, MA, USA
1670
January 26, 1670
Age 43
Boston, MA, USA
1674
September 15, 1674
Age 47