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Richard Reynolds, Sr.

Birthplace: Isle of Wight County, VA
Death: before circa June 24, 1707
Newport Parish, Province of Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Christopher Reynolds, of Isle of Wight and Elizabeth Rivers Reynolds, widow Rivers
Husband of Joyce Reynolds
Father of Christopher Reynolds; Richard Reynolds; Elizabeth Neville; Richard Reynolds, II; Sharpe Reynolds and 2 others
Brother of Elizabeth Jordan; John Reynolds; Jane Reynolds and Thomas Reynolds
Half brother of Christopher Reynolds, Jr; Abbasha Reynolds and George Rivers

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About Richard Reynolds, Sr.

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

5) Richard Reynolds, Sr., born about 1642, Cypress Creek & Pagan River, Warrosquyoake, Virginia, married Elizabeth Sharpe, daughter of Richard Sharpe, Sr. Richard Reynolds, Sr., died testate in 1712 in Newport Parish, Isle of Wight County, Virginia

Richard Reynolds, son of Christopher, born : 1641, Isle of Wright Co. Virginia. died 7/27/1711. Newport Parrish, Va. Data from his will. Married Elizabeth Sharpe.

His children: Richard, born: 1669: Christopher, born, 1670; and Sharpe, died 7/8/1754

Richard Reynolds  (1638-48 - 1707)  Like his brother John, he was under 16 when his father made his will, in which Richard was left the home plantation.  His brother John Reynolds left him his own inherited land in his 1669 will.  He subsequently appears frequently in the Isle of Wight records beginning with a jury service in 1672.  With the first appearance of his nephew in 1679, he was sometimes styled as Richard Reynolds “Senior” to differentiate him from that nephew.  He appears to be the Richard Reynolds who was undersheriff in 1694, and he probably accounts for the majority of 17th century references to Richard Reynolds in Isle of Wight records.  On 23 April 1681, as “Richard Reynolds Sr.” he renewed the patent for the land he had inherited from his brother John Reynolds, plus adjoining additional land.  The succession of this patent proves that he was the same Richard Reynolds who died in 1707.  A year later, on 20 April 1682, he patented an additional 450 acres.  We can identify him as the patentee because his son Christopher sold part of that land in 1708, identifying Richard Reynolds, the original patentee, as his deceased father.  Despite having inherited so much of the original plantation, Richard Reynolds apparently leased it to others and was living on this 1682 patent at his death.  In 1694 he patented 720 acres in Nansemond County but evidently sold it off, for the 1704 quit rents show no land in Nansemond.  In 1698, he sold his patent of 1681 to his nephew Richard Reynolds, who immediately sold 100 acres of it back to him. Richard Reynolds died intestate before 24 June 1707 when his appraisal was taken.  His wife Joyce, who survived him, was first mentioned in a deed in late 1693.  Whether she was the mother of his children or not is uncertain, for two later joint deeds refer to “his” children.  She (or an earlier wife, if there was one) was evidently the daughter of Richard Staples, for their son Christopher later identified himself as the grandson of Richard Staples.    Richard Staples, is something of a mystery, as he apparently lived just over the line in Nansemond County, whose records are lost. He does not appear in the Isle of Wight records, though his lands are mentioned several times.  Richard Staples apparently left a will devising land to his grandson, for on 9 August 1704 Richard Reynolds and his son Christopher jointly sold land formerly belonging to Staples.  Richard Reynolds seems to have had only three children.  He made deeds of gift of parts of his 450-acre patent to two daughters, and his son Christopher Reynolds inherited the rest of his lands.  This clearly implies that Christopher was the only son, and there is no record of any other potential sons.

2.1.   Christopher Reynolds (c1675 – aft1749) He first appears in the records as a witness to a power of attorney to his father on 8 February 1701, then again as a witness on 12 December 1701.  He was the eldest son (and apparently the only son), for all the land of his intestate father descended to him.  Within four years of his father’s death he had sold all of his father’s lands in northern Isle of Wight, including the land on which his father had lived, and moved into the southern part of the county.  He sold the 100 acres his father had purchased in 1698 on 28 July 1707 in a deed in which both his wife Elizabeth and mother Joyce released dower.  This deed not only clearly identified his father, but also his wife (for his cousin of the same name was married to Ann Coleman).  On 28 April 1708, he sold land to his “father-in-law” Robert Brock, identifying it as part of his father’s 450-acre patent, portions of which his father had previously gifted to his daughters Elizabeth Reynolds and Jane Casey.  Christopher Reynolds’ wife Elizabeth was later named as the daughter of Susannah Brock in her will of 1724, which also named John Reynolds as a grandson.  (There is some uncertainty over whether Elizabeth was her child by Robert Brock;  see footnote.)  Christopher Reynolds also sold 200 acres in 1711 which appear to have been the original plantation of Christopher Reynolds the immigrant.  With this 1711 deed, he sold the last remaining land his father had held in the 1704 quit rents, and apparently moved to or below the Blackwater.  By 1712 we find him witnessing the first of several deeds for land south of the Blackwater.  Having geographically separated himself from his cousins, he appeared quite frequently as a witness to wills and deeds, and as an appraiser, for persons living in the southern part of the county for the next several decades.  He was perhaps the “Mr. Reynolds” schoolmaster referred to in a 1724 letter by the minister of Newport parish[118], for in 1738 Christopher Reynolds leased out 100 acres adjacent “the schoolhouse.”  The school was perhaps the one located on land donated for that purpose by Hugh Campbell on the north bank of the Blackwater, for we also know that Campbell had left adjacent land to Christopher Reynolds’ father.  In 1731 he patented two parcels nearly on the North Carolina line, in the fork of the Blackwater and Nottoway Rivers, in what was then Nansemond County (and was later added into Southampton County).  What became of these parcels is lost with the records of Nansemond.  On 8 January 1748, as a resident of Nottoway Parish he sold the 100 acres on the north bank of the Blackwater described as given by Hugh Campbell to Richard Reynolds [son of the immigrant].  A little over a year later, on 10 May 1749, identifying himself as the grandson of Richard Staples, he sold part of a Richard Staples patent of 1661.  After 1749, the only certain reference to him is a 1758 patent adjoining his of 1731 which may have used an old survey.  If he was living on that land in Nottoway parish, it was in Nansemond County, whose records are lost. Though it eventually became Southampton County, I did not find any further record of him or his children in Southampton, nor in Isle of Wight.  If either he or his son John produced male descendants, they are to be found elsewhere. Only one child is certain.   2.1.1.      John Reynolds  (c1710 - ?)  He was named as a grandson in the in the 1724 will Susannah Brock, which left land to his mother with reversion to him.  He must have reached majority shortly before 21 March 1733 when he confirmed the earlier sale of that land by his parents.  He appears again in 1738, jointly executing a lease with his father. He is apparently the John Reynolds whose land was processioned in 1743.  He does not appear in any Isle of Wight records thereafter, nor could I find a later sale of the land leased out in 1738. Whether his disappearance was caused by death, or by migration elsewhere, or simply because he lived in Nansemond County (whose records are lost), is unknown.  Note:  A Michael Reynolds married the daughter of a neighbor living south of the Blackwater, and may be another son.  There may also have been a son William Reynolds, who is mentioned once in Isle of Wight, as a witness to a will in 1729 for which the principal and other witnesses were neighbors of Christopher Reynolds.    It is also possible that there was a son Robert Reynolds, who witnessed a deed for land adjoining the Staples patent in 1750 and who may have been a different person than the Robert Reynolds who was the son of Christopher Reynolds and Ann Coleman mentioned above.

2.2.   Elizabeth Reynolds (c1680s - ?)  She was unmarried but evidently an adult in 1706 when her father gifted her with part of his 450-acre patent.  Who she married, and what became of her, is unknown. I was unable to follow the succession of this land.

2.3.   Jane Reynolds (? – aft1746) She was married to Richard Casey, son of neighbor Nicholas Casey, by 1706 when her father made her a deed of gift of part of his 450-acre patent.  The Caseys remained in northern Isle of Wight, apparently living on that gifted land.  Jane was named as the widow in Richard Casey’s will of 8 March 1745/6, which also identified five children.  These children were Richard Casey Jr., Ann Applewhaite, Sarah Smelley, Patience [Casey?], and Martha Wills.  The last, Martha Wills, was the wife of John Wills and mother of John Scarsbrook Wills who appear in several subsequent records with members of the Reynolds family.  Sarah Smelly was apparently the wife of John Smelley.

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Richard Reynolds, Sr.'s Timeline

July 27, 1641
Isle of Wight County, VA
Age 3
Age 27
Lower Parrish, Isle of Wright, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 28
Isle of Wight County Virginia
Age 30
Isle of Wight County Virginia
June 24, 1707
Age 65
Newport Parish, Province of Virginia
October 5, 1710
Age 65
Isle of Wight, Virginia
Isle Of Wright Co. VA, USA