John Reynolds, of Stamford

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John Reynolds

Birthplace: Boxford, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of George Reynolds; George Reynolds; Thomasyn Reynolds and Thomasyn Nathanielle Reynolds
Husband of Sarah Reynolds
Father of Elizabeth Ferris; Nicholas Reynolds; Jonathan Reynolds of Greenwich; John Reynolds, Il; David Reynolds and 1 other
Brother of Richard Reynolds; Robert Reynolds, of Boston; Anne Reynolds; James R Reynolds; William Reynolds and 2 others

Managed by: Ned Reynolds
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About John Reynolds, of Stamford

John Reynolds was born abt. 1612 in Boxford, Suffolk, England, and died aft. 1651 in Stamford, Connecticut. [1]

parents: George Reynolds & Thomsyn Church


  1. about 1630 in Boxford, Suffolk, England to Sarah Cheserton

children of John Reynolds and Sarah:

  1. Elizabeth (1634-1702) m. Peter Ferris
  2. Jonathan (1636-1673) m. Rebecca Heusted
  3. John (1638-1702) m. Juda Palmer
  4. David (1640-?)


  • John's name is noted on the monument to the original settlers of Watertown, Mass., to have arrived in 1630 with Governor Saltonstall. His name is included with the original 60 other settlers listed on that monument.
  • Other historical records reveal [John & Sarah] to be part of the Winthrop fleet, many of which emigrated from the area around Grafton and Boxford, in Suffolk, England.
  • He was admitted as a "Freeman", of Watertown, suggesting he may have been indentured. In 1636, he removed with several other settlers, including Robert Reynolds (probably his brother [whose name is NOT on the monument of the original settlers]), to Weathersfield, Connecticut. The site of his home is noted on the early maps of that town. He is not to be confused with another John Reynolds, who arrived some time later, and was married to a Naomi Latimer.
  • see descendants of John Reynolds published in early 20th c.



  1. The place and date of his death is not known, but in 1651 the Stamford town records (p. 51) Deed: "the housing and lands of John Holly.... more or less bounded by ye lot which was John Renoles..." His name is not mentioned in 1657 when the death of Sarah Reynolds his wife is recorded. There is some speculation that he was a seaman, crew or officer, and perchance one of the Captains of one of the Winthrop fleet ships and that he made several trips back and forth to England, while at Watertown. This may explain why his name is not listed on the passenger manifest of any of these ships, but that later his wife Sarah's name is so listed. He may have also died in England on a trip back to the land of his birth. The gravestone of Joseph, grandson of Robert Reynolds who is also noted to have come from Boxford, suggests that the family were of some stature in England, as the tombstone with this Reynolds Family coat of Arms, carries the helmet of a Squire. (Dr. Reynolds)

-------------------- John Reynolds, born about 1612 in Ipswich, England, died after March 1651 in Stamford, Connecticut; married before 1634 in England Sarah Chesterfield.


  1. Elizabeth, born 1634 in Greenwich, Connecticut, died 1703 in Stamford, Connecticut; married 15 July 1654 in Stamford, Connecticut, Peter Ferris.


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John Reynolds, of Stamford's Timeline

Boxford, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Age 18
Boxford, Suffolk, England
Age 22
Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Age 23
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire
Age 24
Watertown, (Present Middlesex County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Age 26
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
Age 28
Age 28
of Stamford,Fairfield,Connecticut
July 18, 1641
Age 29
Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut