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Christopher Reynolds, II

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Birthplace: Isle of Wight, Virginia
Death: Died in Somerset, Maryland
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Son of Christopher Reynolds, of Isle of Wight and 1st wife of Christopher Reynolds
Husband of Elizabeth Ann Reynolds
Father of Richard Reynolds; Elizabeth Moorman; Thomas Reynolds of Ann Arundel; Christopher Reynolds and Jane Reynolds
Brother of Abbasha Reynolds
Half brother of Elizabeth Jordan; John Reynolds; Richard Joshua Reynolds, Sr. and Jane Reynolds

Managed by: Ned Reynolds
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About Christopher Reynolds, Jr

According to Isle of Wight County records and the will of Christopher Reynolds, Sr., he had the following children:

1) Christopher Reynolds, Jr., born about 1632, Warrosquyoake Bay, Warrosquyoake, Virginia


Christopher Reynolds II (by1633 – by1679)  He was apparently of age by the date of his father’s will, for his father devised his land outright while specifying that his brothers would receive their lands at age 21.  In fact, he may have already married, since his daughter Elizabeth was apparently married to John Neville by January 1664/5 and his son Richard was born no later than 1658.  Though he was clearly born by 1633, it may have been much earlier.  On 25 November 1657 he recorded a patent for 350 acres which he assigned to Richard Jordan, 100 acres of which Jordan immediately sold back to him. He appears in no further records.  He was deceased by 10 May 1679 when his son Richard renewed by patent both that 100 acre purchase and the land his father had inherited. This patent identified Christopher Reynolds II as the eldest son of his father Christopher Reynolds Sr., and Richard Reynolds as his only son and heir.  Although no record of his death is preserved in the Isle of Wight records, this patent states that he left a “last will & testament.”  Whether that will was recorded in neighboring Nansemond County or is among the apparently missing wills of Isle of Wight between 1656 and 1661 is unknown. His wife’s name does not appear in any records, but she was apparently a sister of Richard Sharpe, whose 1700 will makes bequests to three “cousins” who were sons of “my cousin Richard Reynolds”.  Richard Reynolds, son of Christopher Reynolds II, was also executor of that will. The usual meaning of “cousin”, and the obvious one in this case, was “nephew” (see lengthy note below}, implying that Christopher Reynolds’ wife was a sister of Richard Sharpe.  Her first name is unknown and appears in no records.  From the patent of 1679, his only son was Richard Reynolds.  A later court record indicates a daughter named Elizabeth:   1.1.   Richard Reynolds (by1658 – 1712)  As “Richard Reynolds the younger” he renewed the patent for his father’s inherited land on 10 May 1679, declaring that he was the only son and heir of his father.  He appears frequently in Isle of Wight records, often as “Richard Reynolds Jr.” to differentiate him from his uncle of the same name.  He married Elizabeth Williams, daughter of George Williams, sometime before mid-1685  when he and his wife, along with her brother George Williams Jr., divided the estate of their deceased brother William Williams.  George Williams Sr. had died in 1672, naming three minor children in his will:  William, George, and Elizabeth.   Elizabeth Reynolds, wife of Richard Reynolds Jr., is later identified as George Williams’ daughter in deeds of 1694 and 1700.  In 1698, Richard Reynolds purchased the land his uncle Richard Reynolds had inherited.   He is the same Richard Reynolds named as a “cousin” in Richard Sharpe’s 1700 will, which makes bequests to the three sons of Richard Reynolds and names Richard himself as executor.  Richard Reynolds own will, dated 27 July 1711 and proved 26 May 1712, names his wife Elizabeth and the same three sons.


1.1.1.      Richard Reynolds (c1680 – by1741)  Richard Sharpe’s will of 15 January 1700 devises a lease to Richard Reynolds the “son of my cousin Richard Reynolds”, implying that he was of age.   In 1706, as “Richard Reynolds Jr.”, he surveyed land south of the Blackwater.  The patent for that land was issued seven years later, on 13 November 1713, in the same name (though he was by then no longer a “Junior”).  A posthumous patent to his father was issued the same day.  Having by then inherited much of his father’s lands, he apparently never lived on that patent, which he and his wife Rebecca sold in two transactions in 1715 and 1718.  The maiden name of his wife Rebecca is unknown.   He may have died not long afterward.  Following that last sale in early 1718, there is not a single mention of a living Richard Reynolds in Isle of Wight records for another 18 years, by which time this Richard Reynolds was apparently dead. There is no record of his death, but on 7 April 1741 his estate was distributed among the four children below, each of whom was evidently of age by then.  He may have died much earlier, as the first references after 1718 appear to be for his son, beginning in 1736.  Rebecca Reynolds’ own will, dated 4 May 1745 and recorded 6 March 1755, names the same four children, plus a grandson.

1.1.1.1.   Richard Reynolds (c1710 –1773/4) He is likely the grandson mentioned in the 1711 will of his grandfather Richard Reynolds.  His mother’s will of 1745 also mentions his own son Richard, and he was a legatee of his uncle Sharpe Reynolds’ will.  He first appears in the records in 1736, when his land was processioned.  Thereafter he appears frequently in Isle of Wight records.  The appraisal of his estate is undated, but recorded on 3 February 1774.  His wife was perhaps Prudence Pitt, daughter of John Pitt, but there is no proof. Richard and Randolph can be proven to be his children, and several records tie the other two sons to them.

1.1.1.1.1.    Richard Reynolds (c1738? –c1760?) As mentioned above, he was mentioned in the will of his grandmother Rebecca Reynolds, dated 4 May 1745.  The only certain reference to him is a deed witnessed by both his father and him in 1759, he signing as Richard Reynolds Jr.  There are no further references to a “Jr.”, nor any later references that we can identify as him.  He evidently did not survive his father, as there are no references to a Richard Reynolds for 23 years following the death of his father.

1.1.1.1.2.    Rowland Reynolds (? – c1799)  He first appears as a witness in 1772. He later leased out land formerly owned by his father which he presumably had inherited.  He married Martha Godwin, widow of Jeremiah Godwin, in 1787, though probably as a second wife.  The 1791 will of Joseph Chapman names “granddaughter Liddia Reynolds, daughter of Roland Reynolds” but it’s not clear if she was the daughter of the widow Martha or of an earlier wife of Rowland Reynolds. He was not on the 1799 tax list, and an accounting of his estate was recorded in 1800, paying Randall Reynolds among others.

1.1.1.1.3.    Randall Reynolds  (? - ?)  His father made a deed of gift to son Randall Reynolds on 8 February 1772, his first appearance in the records.  Subsequent records are for both “Randall” and “Randolph”, probably the same person.  He married Martha Dickinson in 1795, surely not his first wife.  He is on the 1799 tax list but was not tracked further.

1.1.1.1.4.    Pitt Reynolds (c1740? – c1774) He first appears in the records in 1762.  He died about the same time as his father, as an undated appraisal of his estate was recorded on 1 September 1774.  An estate accounting recorded sixteen years later on 2 November 1790 suggests he had two daughters by then married to Benjamin Applewhaite and Charles Groce, who split the estate.  He may also have had a son Richard, for whom Rowland was guardian.

1.1.1.2.   George Reynolds  (bef1721 – 1763) He married Elizabeth Norsworthy, daughter of Joseph Norsworthy, whose 1757 will identifies Elizabeth Reynolds as a daughter.  His son Isham Reynolds also identified Rachel Norsworthy, widow of Joseph Norsworthy, as his grandmother.  George Reynolds died intestate before 5 July 1763, when his estate was appraised.  Elizabeth evidently survived George, for she was briefly the guardian of two of the children.  Later records identify four minor children.


1.1.1.2.1.    John Reynolds  (c1760? - ?)  He was apparently the surety for the marriage of his cousin Rowland Reynolds in 1787.  He is on the 1790 tax list of Isle of Wight, and married Elizabeth Whitley in 1792 then Polly Jordan in 1798,  but was not tracked further.

1.1.1.2.2.    Robert Reynolds  (c1760? - ?)  Robert Reynolds may have been the youngest child, as he was bound out as late as 1773 and 1775.  He appears in no further Isle of Wight records.

1.1.1.2.3.    Isham Reynolds  ( - 1777)  He evidently died unmarried, leaving a will dated 12 August 1776 and proved on 1 January 1778 bequeathing his estate to his grandmother Rachel Norsworthy.

1.1.1.2.4.    Martha Reynolds  She may have been the Martha W. Reynolds who married George Bains in 1787.

1.1.1.3.   Tabitha Reynolds (bef1721 - ) She was unmarried when she received her share of her father’s estate in 1741, and evidently still unmarried when her mother’s will was written four years later.   A 1752 estate accounting mentions a debt to Tabitha Reynolds, suggesting she was still unmarried.

1.1.1.4.   Christopher Reynolds (bef1721 - 1763)  By 1747 he had married Elizabeth Saunders, sister of John Saunders, according to a court record.  Indeed, he and his wife Elizabeth sold land on 29 January 1750.  Immediately thereafter he bought land from his cousin Christopher Reynolds.  His wife apparently predeceased him, for she is not mentioned in his will dated 22 March 1763 and recorded six weeks later on 5 May 1763, which names children Sharpe, Saunders, and Sweeting and implies other children. Two of these other children were Mourning and Mary from later guardian accounts.  On 7 September 1775, Sweeting Joyner filed a guardian account on behalf of her deceased husband (the will’s executor) for Mourning, Mary, Saunders, and Sweeting Reynolds, orphans of Christopher.  The will had left to son Sharpe Reynolds “the plantation I bought of my cousin Christopher Reynolds” thus identifying which of the several Christopher Reynolds he was.  When his son Sharpe Reynolds sold that land in 1773, his deed clearly identified his father as the son of Richard Reynolds.

1.1.1.4.1.    Sharpe Reynolds (c1750 - 1784 ) was apparently the eldest son.  His will, dated 13 February 1784 and recorded 6 May 1784, names his wife Sophia and children Henry, Betsey and Patsy.  His wife was the daughter of Samuel Godwin, whose 1791 will mentions his daughter Sophia Reynolds.

1.1.1.4.2.    Saunders Reynolds was still a minor when the 1775 record above was filed.  He doesn’t appear in further Isle of Wight records, and likely died young.

1.1.1.4.3.    Sweeting Reynolds 

1.1.1.4.4.    Mourning Reynolds  She was apparently a witness to a deed by her cousin in early 1775.

1.1.1.4.5.    Mary Reynolds    

1.1.2.      Christopher Reynolds  (c1690? - 1733)  His father’s will left him land which eventually passed to his own eldest son Christopher.  He married Ann Coleman, both being legatees of her brother Robert Coleman’s will in 1716 and of her father Robert Coleman’s will in 1721.   He was himself dead, at a reasonably young age, by 27 March 1733 when an appraisal of his estate was ordered.  He apparently left small children, for the personal estate was not divided amongst the widow and orphans until nine years later, in early 1742 and his eldest son was still a minor in 1743.  His widow Ann, remarried to a Hunt and was again widowed, for as Ann Hunt she released her widow’s dower in two land sales by her son Christopher in 1753 and in one land sale by her son Robert in 1754.  She was apparently dead by early 1762 when her son Christopher sold the remainder of this land without her release.

1.1.2.1.   Christopher Reynolds (c1725 – c1782?)  He was evidently the eldest son, for he inherited his father’s land.  He was still a minor, or had just reached majority, on 26 September 1743 when his guardian and uncle, Sharpe Reynolds, submitted a guardian account.  On 1 February 1750 he and his wife Mary sold part his father’s land to his cousin Christopher Reynolds, identifying himself as the son of Christopher Reynolds, deceased.  A few days later, he made a gift of 200 acres of his inherited land to his brother Robert Reynolds.  He and Mary then sold part of the land his father inherited from Robert Coleman on 5 July 1753.  On 1 January 1762, he again sold land identifying it as land willed to his father by Robert Coleman and descended to him as heir, this time without Mary’s release.]  His wife Mary was apparently Mary Lightfoot.  Mary Reynolds and Patience Reynolds were legatees of Henry Lightfoot Sr. in 1754, evidently the wives of brothers Christopher and Robert Reynolds.  She did not release dower in his land sales of 1758 or 1762, apparently having died by 1756.  Christopher Reynolds then remarried before 1763, and probably in 1761, to Penelope Nolleboy, the widow of Needham Nolleboy.  (There is some mystery about this, however.)   Since he was a resident of Isle of Wight as late as 1763, it could be that he was not the same Christopher Reynolds who appears in Johnston County, North Carolina by the late 1750s.[83]  On 7 February 1763, as Christopher Reynolds of Isle of Wight, he bought land in Craven County, North Carolina in or near the part that became Jones County.  He subsequently accumulated land in Dobbs (later Greene and Lenoir), Craven, and Jones counties and appears in the records of each county.  Two deeds of gift to his children, dated 1756 and 1762 and acknowledged by him in 1775, name his children.  Later records suggest that the first five children below were by Mary Lightfoot and the last four by Penelope Nolleboy.   1.1.2.1.1.    Christopher Reynolds          1.1.2.1.2.    Robert Reynolds          1.1.2.1.3.    Sharpe Reynolds         1.1.2.1.4.    Elizabeth Reynolds  (the wife of James Wood) 1.1.2.1.5.    Mary Reynolds  (the wife of Simon Speight) 1.1.2.1.6.    Richard Reynolds (c1761 - ?) 1.1.2.1.7.    Sarah Reynolds              1.1.2.1.8.    James Reynolds (c1761 – 1785) 1.1.2.1.9.    Nancy Reynolds  (the wife of Nathan Bryan)

1.1.2.2.   Robert Reynolds (c1725? – aft1780)  He first appears on 6 February 1750 when his brother Christopher Reynolds deeded him 200 acres on which he lived.  On 7 June 1754 he and his wife Patience sold that land. with his mother Ann Hunt releasing dower.  His wife was Patience Lightfoot, sister of his brother’s wife and daughter of Henry Lightfoot, whose 1754 accounting mentions her as a legatee.  After selling his land in 1754 he moved to Johnston County, North Carolina where a Robert Reynolds appears twice in the indices of its lost deeds recorded in 1757-8.   He was probably the Robert Reynolds who witnessed the 1758 will of Benjamin Brock of Johnston County, which was recorded in Isle of Wight.  By 1762 he was in neighboring Craven County when he bought land there.  He then lived in both Craven and Jones County, but was Robert Reynolds Sr. of South Carolina in 1780 when he sold his land in Jones County to his brother Christopher Reynolds.  He has not been further traced.

1.1.3.      Sharpe Reynolds (c1690s - 1754)  He is first mentioned in the 1700 will of Richard Sharpe, but appears infrequently in the records, first as an appraiser of an estate in 1733.  He had inherited land from his father, which was processioned in his name as early as 1736.  He was guardian of his nephew Christopher Reynolds in 1743 (see above).  He left a will dated 8 July 1754 and proved on 5 September 1754.  He was evidently unmarried and childless, for he left his estate to his “cousin” (nephew) Christopher, son of his brother Christopher Reynolds, to cousins Richard and George Reynolds, the sons of Richard Reynolds, and to Sarah Wooten.

Elizabeth Reynolds (c1645? - ?)  A 1690 deed regarding a dispute over land indicates that Elizabeth, the wife of John Neville, was the sister of Richard Reynolds.  The dispute was likely over a deed three months earlier, when John Neville and his wife Elizabeth gifted 100 acres of the Richard Sharpe patent to Benjamin Beale Jr. and his wife Martha, evidently their daughter.  John Neville had evidently married Elizabeth prior to 1665 when when, as residents of Nansemond, both signed three deeds for land in Isle of Wight.   Because the Nevilles lived in Nansemond County, whose records are destroyed, we have few records of them.  John Neville was apparently dead by 1704 as the quit rents show no land owned by him.  They appear to have three children named John Neville Jr., Martha (the wife of Benjamin Beale), and Benjamin Neville   

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Christopher Reynolds, Jr's Timeline

1632
1632
Isle of Wight, Virginia
1669
1669
Age 37
1674
August 29, 1674
Age 42
Isle of Wight County Virginia
1678
1678
Age 46
Calvert, Maryland
1690
1690
Age 58
1697
1697
Age 65
Somerset, Maryland
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