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Samuel Raynor

Birthdate: (42)
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: 1632 (42)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Place of Burial: St. Mary's Elm Church, Ipswich, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Raynor and Margery Raynor
Husband of Mary Surname?
Father of Marie Raynor and Edward Raynor
Brother of Mary Cooper; Robert Raynor; Edward Jr Raynor; Anna Lewes; Margery Raynor and 5 others
Half brother of Mary Raynor

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About Samuel Raynor

This Edward Raynor is probably the Edward Raynor of Hempstead, Long Island, whose will, dated 27 Mar. 1881 but not recorded, mentions wife (not named), eldest son Samuel, " her [wife's] five children" (not named), and "my brother Thomas Patrigh." Simon Searing, Thomas Patrigh, Jonathan Seaman, and Nathaniel Pearsall are to be "overseers over my wife and children . . . and thev may dispose of the estate for their benefit, till they come to age." (New York Historical Society's Abstracts of Wills, vol. 1, p. 469.) This Edward, both from the position of his name in the shipping list and from the fact that he is not mentioned in Thurston Rayner's will, could hardly have been Thurston's son. Savage (Genealogical Diet., vol. 3, p. 514) suggests that he may have been a nephew of Thurston. He was too young to be the Edward, son of Thurston's brother Edward (SEE BELOW), or the Edward, son of Thurston's brother Richard, both of whom were mentioned in the will of Thurston's father in 1620/21 ; but he may have been a son of Thurston's brother Samuel, his own eldest son being named Samuel. The original will of " Thirstan Rainer" is in the Surrogate's Office, Hall of Records, New York City, where also the recorded copy may be found (lib. 1-2, pp. 22- 23). The statements given above have been taken from the original will. There is an abstract of this will in the New York Historical Society's Abstracts of Wills, vol. 1, pp. 6-7.

Edward Rayner


Information taken from a series of unidentified articles in "Raynor Family History,"

by Clinton E. Metz - Freeport Village Historian (undated abt 1970)

    Freeport's founder was an orphan when he crossed the Atlantic with his uncle Thurston Raynor.  That fact has always been suspected but has been a source of contention until research finally bore fruit at the Suffolk County Historical Society Museum in Riverhead, on Long Island. 
   Thompson, in his famous Long island History called Edward and Thurston brothers - Pelletreau's "American Families of Historical Lineage" contended that Edward probably was Thurston's son when they sailed together from Ipswich, England in 1634. 
   Now, like a breeze dispelling fog, comes a pair of letters found at the Riverhead Museum.  The letters from George W. Matthews of Cutchogue (formerly a Rockville Centre resident) said that he had a copy of the will of Edward Raynor - the Freeport founder's grandfather - which was probated in Elmset, England on July 7, 1621. 
   After mentioning his "son Thurston" three times in the will, Mr. Raynor bequested sums of money to others, including "Ann, Marie, John, Edward and Robert, sons and daughters of my late son Edward Raynor, deceased." 


   Mr. Matthews kindly shared a copy of the will.  He also shared a copy of a will written by an earlier ancestor, Robert Reynere of Wickham Market, County of Suffolk, England, on October 4, 1571. 
   Robert Reynere's great-grandson Edward sailed to massachusetts with his uncle Thurston.  The boy's mother had died in England before his father.  Orphaned, Edward joined the children of his uncle Thurston and aunt Elizabeth on their voyage to the "new world."  Thurston ultimately settled in Southampton. 
   Mr. Matthews quotes Donald Linus Jacobus, editor-in-chief for many years of the American Genealogist, on the origin of the Raynor family in England. Jacobus' statement, summarized briefly follows:  The Raynors derived from Robert Reynere of Wickham Market, Suffolk, who died testate between October 4 and December 5, 1571.  His son Edward Raynor of Elmsett in the same county, made a will on March 22, 1620, proved July 7, 1621, which names his sons Edward, Richard, John, Samuel, Thurston and Robert, and daughter Anne, wife of Robert Lewes of Great Bricet, Suffolk, as well as a son-in-law Henryn Pinson until the grand-children's 18th birthday. 
   Clifford Roe Raynor of Manorville gave copies of both wills to Mr. Matthews. 
   The other discovery sheds light - or at least presents an ingeniopus theory on the name of Edward raynor's wife.  A quest in the Genealogy Room of the New York Public Library uncovered a 1946 survey, entitled "Edward Raynor of Hempstead, Long Island and some of his descendants," by Henry Alanson Tredwell.  Edward's wife was probably named Deborah Partridge before her marriage. 
   From her husband's will, plus the wills of Elizabeth Partridge of Flushing dated 1696, and Thomas Partridge of the same place, dated 1696, Mr. Treadwell believes that Mrs. Raynor may have been the Deborah Raynor listed as a Hempstead Town resident in 1698.
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Samuel Raynor's Timeline

Norwich, Norfolk, England
Age 29
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Age 34
Stmary Elms Church, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Age 42
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Age 42
St. Mary's Elm Church, Ipswich, England