Rev. John Reyner

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John Rayner (Reynor), Rev.

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Gildersome, Yorkshire, England
Death: April 20, 1669 (60-68)
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, USA
Place of Burial: Dover, Stafford, NH, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Reyner and Ellen Reyner
Husband of Anna Reyner and Frances Reynor
Father of Anna "Hannah" Lane; Jachin Reynor; Elizabeth Southworth; John Reyner; Dorothy Reyner and 3 others
Half brother of Dorothy Reyner; Grace Reyner; Jane Reyner; Judith Reyner; Thomas Reyner and 2 others

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About Rev. John Reyner

Rev. John Reyner

  • Birth: 1605 - Gildersome, West Yorkshire, England
  • Death:  Apr. 22, 1669 - Dover, Stafford County, New Hampshire
  • Parents: William Raynor
  • Married: Anna Boyce, Frances Clark

brief biography

The name has been spelled many different ways including Reynor, Reyner, Rayner, Raynor and Reinor. John was born at Gildersome in West Riding County York, England which is about 35 miles from Scrooby. He attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge and graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford where he received his A. B. in 1625. His first wife was Anna Boyse who was one of four coheiresses in his native parish. He had two children with her. His second wife was Frances Clark with whom he had six children. She had been a maid servant in the family of Rev. John Wilson of Boston. John had an estate in Gildersome in the parish of Batley in Yorkshire near Leeds where he had been born.

He emigrated to Plymouth in 1635 or 1636 and had lands granted to him Feb. 6, 1636. He was called to be teacher and became a Freeman in 1637. At Plymouth "he was an able and godly man of meek and humble spirit, sound in truth and every way:. He wrote a letter on Moral Laws in 1642. After 18 years of service in Plymouth he was called to be pastor at Dover, New Hampshire in 1655. He was held in great esteem by his parishers. One of his sisters became the second wife of Governor William Bradford. Governor Bradford spoke of him in his history of Plymouth Plantation.

He died April 21, 1669 and his will, made two days before his death was probated on June 30, 1669. It was recorded in Exeter, New Hampshire and stated that he still owned an estate in Gildersome when he died and it was bequethed to his present wife and their five children (the sixth may not have been living at the time of the will). It made careful provision for them and stated that his children by his first wife had already been taken care of. The will stated that they were to receive "a cup I had with their mother". The children by his first wife did not agree and they filed a petition that money from the Boyse estate had been enjoyed by their father and withheld from them. Quite modestly they were asking merely to share the estate with their father's second family.


Pastor John Reyner, according to SAINTS AND STRANGERS, was born c. 1605 at Gildersome, Yorkshire, England (about 35 miles from Scrooby, Eng.) Pastor Reyner and his daughter, Elizabeth, arrived in Boston on the ship "James" c. 1635.

He was pastor for the Plymouth church from 1636 until 1654. Pastor John resigned because of doctrinal disputes in 1654. He removed to Dover, New Hampshire, where he died in 1669.

Pastor John's daughter Elizabeth, at Plymouth, in 1637, married Thomas Southworth (son of Edward and Alice Carpenter-Southworth), who had been raised in Holland before joining Alice (who had since married Gov. William Bradford). Elizabeth had one child (no name known) only.

Pastor Reyner, teacher of the Dover Church died 21 Feb 1669. He made his will 19 April 1669 and probated on June 30. He bequeathed to his wife - John, Elizabeth, Dorothie, Abigail and Judith; to son Jackim of Rowly and dau Hannah, wife of Job Lane of Ballerica "A cup I had with her mother." (Samuel Richardson and Josiah Ellsworth, (page 193).



Joanna Boyse, daughter and fifth child of Rev. John Boyse and Joanna Stowe (daughter of John Stowe and Joanna Baker) of Halifax, Yorkshire, England, who had come to America and settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts with her sisters Silence Robinson and Anna Reyner and their husbands.




  1. The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623 to 1660: A Descriptive List. By Charles Henry Pope. Page 172
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Rev. John Reyner's Timeline

Gildersome, Yorkshire, England
Age 13
Leiden, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Age 25
Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA
Age 27
Gildersome, York, England
Age 28
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Age 40
December 26, 1647
Age 42
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Age 44
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA