Capt. Nathaniel Reynolds

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Nathaniel Reynolds

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Aylesford, Kent, England
Death: July 10, 1708 (81)
Bristol, Bristol, Rhode Island
Place of Burial: Bristol, Bristol , Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Reynolds, of Boston and Mary Reynolds
Husband of Sarah Reynolds and Priscilla Reynolds
Father of Sarah Fosdick; Mary Reynolds; Nathaniel Reynolds, Jr.; Mary Woodbury; Captain Peter Reynolds and 6 others
Brother of Ruth Whitney; Tabitha Abbey; Sarah Mason; Mary Sanger; Michele Jennison Whitney and 2 others

Occupation: shoe-maker, tanner
Managed by: Marilyn Jeanne Haslem
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About Capt. 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 (King Phillips War) 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)

Served in militia from Massachusetts. Commanded the garrison at Chelmsford in 1676

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Capt. Nathaniel Reynolds's Timeline

Aylesford, Kent, England
July 26, 1659
Age 32
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Age 33
March 3, 1662
Age 35
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 38
Boston, MA, United States
August 4, 1668
Age 41
Boston, MA, United States
January 26, 1670
Age 43
Boston, MA, United States
September 15, 1674
Age 47