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Christopher Reynolds, of Isle of Wight

Birthplace: Gravesend,Kent,England
Death: Died in Cypress Creek, Isle of Wight, Virginia, USA
Place of Burial: Isle Of Wight Co., Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Reynolds, of Gravesend and Cecily Reynolds
Husband of Elizabeth Rivers and Elizabeth Reynolds
Father of Elizabeth Jordan; John Reynolds; Richard Reynolds; Christopher Reynolds, Jr; Abbasha Reynolds and 3 others
Brother of Cecily Reynolds

Occupation: Planter
Managed by: Ned Reynolds
Last Updated:

About Christopher Reynolds, of Isle of Wight

Christopher Reynolds was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses and progenitor of R. J. Reynolds. Other notable descendants include Mark Twain and "Lonesome" Charley Reynolds.

Please note:

Wikipedia Although there are many references to the information above, there are many who question the parents of Christopher being George and Thomasyn. After much research, the Reynolds Family Association does not accept this as fact. There are two very well written and referenced articles to be found at: and that cast serious doubt on the accuracy of the conclusions of the writers of the sources quoted for this information.


Christopher Reynolds was born in Gravesend, England in 1611. He arrived in the Virginia Colony along with several family members, including his brother Thomas,[3] in 1622 aboard the John & Francis. His party settled in Warrascoyack County, Virginia, later named Isle of Wight County.[4]

In 1622 Christopher and his older brother Thomas went to Virginia, likely to take possession of lands associated with their father's association with The Virginia Company of London. They crossed the Atlantic from mid-July to September - - nine weeks aboard the "John and Francis". In a 1623 census, Christopher is listed as one of the residents in an area south of the James River called Warrascoyask or Lawne's Hundred. He is referred to as a servant of Edward Bennett, whom he served as an apprentice until 1625.

Christopher acquired some land from Robert Sabin in 1635. He returned to England, picked up nine people as "headright" and returned to Virginia on the "Speedwell". He received 450 acres on Pagan Creek about three miles upstream from the James River.

By 1637, Christopher married Elizabeth - - - , a widow with 2 children. In 1640, he acquired 350 acres of land transferred in 1643 to Arthur Smith and now a part of Smithfield, Virginia.

In 1654, Christopher was the father of six children:

  1. Richard (1641-1712)
  2. Christopher b. 1642
  3. John (1644-March 11, 1688)
  4. Abasha b. 1646
  5. Elizabeth b. 1648
  6. Jane b. 1650
  7. Thomas b.1655

Christopher wrote his will May 1, 1654 and died shortly thereafter.

Reference: Polly Ryan - Journey in Virginia

The following will was on the Reynolds mailing list, 3/11/1998, provided by Edward Reynolds, email:

The Will of Christopher Reynolds born 1611

The first Day of May 1654. I, Christopher Reynolds, of the Isle of Wight County, in Virginia, planter, being healthful in Body and Sound in Mind and Memory.

Imprimis. I give and Bequeath unto my Son, Christopher Reynolds, all my land on the Southerly side of the Freshest Swamp that Richard Jordan, now liveth upon. And I give unto my son John, all my Land on the Northerly Side of the Freshest Swamp, and one cow, and he to enjoy the said Land at Twenty one years of age. And unto my Son Richard, I give all my Land I now live upon and one cow, and he to enjoy the said land at Twenty one years of age. And unto my daughter Abbash, I have given unto her a Portion already, which was two cows, and two calves. And I give unto my daughter Elizabeth, one Heifer of two years old, besides the stock I gave her formerly. And unto my daughter Jane, I give one cow and one yearling Heifer. And I give unto George Rivers one yearling Heifer. And I give unto the child my wife now goeth with if it lives two cows, to enjoy them at three years old. And if any of my children dye, my will is that the other should succeed what estate they leave. And unto Elizabeth, my loving wife, I give all the rest of my estate, both goods and chattels, moveable and unmovable, and debts that are due to me from any person or persons whatsoever, and my two servants, she paying all my debts Truly and justly. And I do constitute and ordain Elizabeth, my loving wife, my whole and sole Executrix. And my will is that my wife, Elizabeth, shall have the ordering and bringing up John and Richard, my sons, until they be sixteen years of age, and Elizabeth & Jane until they be fifteen years of age. In witness whereof, I, the said Christopher Reynolds, have hereunto set my hand & Seal the Day and Year first above written.

Christopher Reynolds

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of Sylvester B. Bullen, Anthony A. Mathews.

More About Christopher Reynolds:

Occupation: Planter



Came to Warwick County, VA around 1622 aboard the "Francis & John". There, they settled on 450 acre parcel of land. The patent for the land was dated September 15, 1636.

Source: The Rennolds, Reynolds family of England and Virginia, 1530-1948


Christopher Reynolds, son of George, born 1611, Gravesend, England, and died 1654, Isle of Wright County, Virginia. Married Elizabeth ???. Data is from his will. They arrived Warrick Co. Va. in 1622 on a ship called the "Francis and John". They settled there on 450 acres, patent to which was made 9/15/1636. Their children: Richard born 1641; Christopher B: 1642; John born 1644, died 3/11/1668. Abbasha B: 1646; Elizabeth B: 1648; Jane B: 1650; Thomas B: 1655. [source:]

-------------------- Christopher and Elizabeth Arrived in Warwick County, Virginia in 1622 aboard the Francis & John. They settled on 450 acres patent to which was made September 15, 1636.


4628. Christopher Reynolds (Source: Brøderbund Software, Inc., ANTHONY FAMILY, World Family Tree Vol. 8, Ed. 1 #3733, (Release date: January 12, 1997), "CD-ROM."), born 1611 in Gravesend, Kent County, England; died Aft. May 01, 1654 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He was the son of 9256. George Reynolds and 9257. Thomasyn Church.


Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850 about Christopher Reynolds

Name: Christopher Reynolds

Location: Isle of Wight

Property: Land that Jordan lives on.

Notes: This probate record was extracted from microfilmed copies of the original Will Book.

Remarks: Christopher Reynolds, Planter. Leg.-son Christopher land that Richard Jordan liveth on; son John; son Richard; daughter Abbasha; daughter Elizabeth; daughter Jane; George Rivers; unborn child; wife Elizabeth.

Description: Son

Book: A-46

Prove Date: 1 May 1654

Source: Crozier, William Armstrong, ed. Virginia County Records - Spotsylvania County Records, 1721-1800. Being transcriptions from the original files at the County Court House of wills, deeds, administrators' and guardians' bonds, marriage licenses, and lists of revolutionary pensioners. New York, NY: Fox, Duffield & Co., 1905.

The will abstracts for Isle of Wight and Norfolk counties were taken from microfilmed copies of the original Will Books. Some of these records may be found at the Family History Library as well as other libraries and archives. The originals may be found at the appropriate county courthouses.

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Christopher Reynolds, of Isle of Wight's Timeline

Age 11
Warwick County, VA
Age 20
Age 23
Isle of Wight, Virginia
Age 28
Age 29
Isle of Wight, Virginia
July 27, 1641
Age 30
Virginia Colony
October 23, 1642
Age 31
Isle of Wight, Virginia
Age 33
Isle of Wight County Virginia
Age 37