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Deborah unproven Potter[1, 2]

Female Abt 1626 - 1700  (~ 74 years)


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  • Name Deborah unproven Potter 
    • Other Potters are associated with these Reynolds families.
    Born Abt 1626  North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 14 Oct 1700  North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I17827  My Reynolds Line
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2017 

    Family James [C104] Reynolds,   b. 13 May 1625, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1700, Kingstown, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)  [3
    Married 1648  New Englanad Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • https://www.ancestry.com/mediaui-viewer/collection/1030/tree/13326403/person/-84055884/media/38bb1854-23cc-45cd-a4d4-3b2f5d7b1985?_phsrc=Tkn83&usePUBJs=true
      The Tefft/Tifft Family Immigrates from England to America; Posted 22 Oct 2009 by jlchipman

      John Tefft (1614-1676) immigrated from England with his brother William. They arrived at Boston, MA in 1633 and moved soon to Portsmouth/Kingstown, RI. John Tefft was a Freeman by 1655.

      Mary Barber's ancestors are as yet not documented by this researcher.

      John Tefft (1614-1676) married Mary Barber at Portsmouth, RI. In May 1671 this John Tefft is listed as an inhabitant of Pettaquamscott, RI. They raised 4 children in RI. This John Tefft's will of 30 November 1674 names his wife and children. This John Tefft's widow Mary was still living on 19 November 1679 when her signature was witnessed.
      Son Samuel Tefft (1644-1725) married Elizabeth Jenckes at Kingstown, RI and they raised 11 children there. Samuel Tefft's will was dated 16 Mar 1725. Their son Joseph is named in this will and there is no other record of him.

      Grandson John Tefft (1676-1762), son of Samuel (1644-1725), married Joanna Sprague at South Kingstown, RI and they raised 11 children there.

      Great Grandson John Tefft (1699-1766), son of John Tefft (1676-1762), married Mary Reynolds at Westerly, RI and they raised 12 children there.

      Great Great Grandson Robert Tefft (1732-1771), son of John (1699-1766) married first cousin Abigail Tefft (daughter of Samuel Tefft born 1709 and brother to John Tefft born 1699) at Richmond, RI and they raised 5 children at Exeter, RI. Abigail's father Samuel Tefft born 1709 was married to her mother Mercy Barber born 1709 at Kingstown, RI and the raised 6 children at South Kingstown, RI. Samuel Tefft born 1709 had his will proved 19 Jan 1790.

      Great Grandson Samuel Tefft (1709-1790), son of John Tefft (1676-1762), married Mercy Barber at Kingstown, RI and they raised 6 children there.

      Great Great Granddaughter Abigail Tefft (1731-1762), daughter of Samuel Tefft (1709-1790), married first cousin Robert Tefft (son of John Tefft born 1699 and brother to Samuel Tefft born 1709) at Richmond, RI and they raised 5 children at Exeter, RI.

      Sources: Tifft Family Book by M. E. Tifft, 1896; The Tefft Ancestry by C. Stocking, 1904; Babcock and Allied Families by L. E. DeForest, 1928; Record of the Descendants of John Tefft of Portsmouth, R.I.
      The Reynolds Family Immigrates from England to America
      Posted 22 Oct 2009 by jlchipman
      James Reynolds who died in about 1700 in Kingstown, RI is the authenticated ancestor of this American Reynolds family. He was probably born in England and came to America as a young man. Family tradition says that he landed at Plymouth, MA. There was a James "Rennell" in Plymouth Colony, MA in August 1643 listed with those "from 16 to 60 able to bear arms" and this is probably our James Reynolds.

      The "Three Brothers Tradition" cannot be proven ... it says that 3 Reynolds brothers, William and John and Christopher who were all weavers went to Bermuda from Gloucestershire, England. It further states that William moved from there to New England and Christopher moved to one of the Carolinas and John remained in Bermuda with his son John later moving to Pennsylvania. William Reynolds of Providence, RI is often identified with this William from Bermuda and he is said to have had 3 sons, James and John and Samuel, with son James being "our" James Reynolds.

      James Reynolds married Deborah (surname and place of marriage and place of settling all unknown). They were probably in Plymouth Colony, MA, but they may have been in Newport, RI or in the wilderness. All of their 7 children were born before they settled on the Potowomut River.

      Early RI history was marked by a long drawn-out and acrimonious dispute concerning lands on the western shore of Narragansett Bay which were claimed by RI and CT because both colonies were given grants to this area by England. This included the area in which James Reynolds settled. In 1665 an appointed Commission named the disputed area King's Province and by 1674 it was known as Kingstown. James Reynolds was among the men (all of the others are confirmed as being from Newport, RI) who applied 13 May 1665 asking officially for land in King's Province from the RI General Assembly. James Reynolds somehow did end up being the first actual settler to live on the 150 acres he appears to have been granted in the northeast part of King's Province called Quidnessett (Aquitawaset by the Indians who sold the land in 1659 to the Atherton Company which allocated this particular parcel of land to Walter Cunnigrave who apparently never occupied it and there is no known deed of this land to James Reynolds from Walter Cunnigrave or the Atherton Company) where he settled before 1669 as on 29 Jan 1669 he purchased adjoining land there. James Reynold's 150 acre farm was near present-day East Greenwich, RI on the south side of the Potowomut River (a small stream also known as Reynolds River and Mill River and Green's River over the years). James Reynolds built his homestead on the 50 acres west of a little brook (now Sand Hill Stream) that flows north through this land into the Potowomut River. At the 20 May 1671 General Assembly of RI, James Reynolds took the Oath of Allegience and confirmed ownership of the land he had settled and was appointed Constable. In 1675 James Reynolds was made Tax Assessor there.

      In 1675, during King Philips War, James Reynold's house was burned down and his oldest son John was killed as the family "fled to the blockhouse near Wickford, RI" owned by Richard Smith since his 1641 purchase of Indian land there. Son John was buried in the land in front of where the house had been and the house was rebuilt.

      On 26 December 1673 James Reynolds deeded 150 acres in Quidnessett to son John and it was later recorded as deeded on 04 Jun 1699 to John's daughter Sarah. On 25 February 1684 James Reynolds deeded the 50 acres west of the brook (the family homestead) to son Francis Reynolds (1662-1722) and the remaining 100 acres to son James. James Reynolds and his wife continued living at the homestead and son James also (until he should build on his inheritance). The deed to Francis was recorded on 20 January 1690 and the deed to James was recorded on 29 April 1684. James Reynolds acquired 100 acres more land after King Philips War and perhaps this went to son Joseph. According to records, additional land purchases were also deeded to his sons.

      Connecticut again in 1677 tried to take charge of the Narragansett area including James Reynold's land. James Reynolds and others petitioned the RI General Assembly for help. On 24 May 1677 James Reynolds and others were arrested by Connecticut officers for refusing to acknowledge allegiance to the Colony of Connecticut and they were imprisoned at Hartford, CT. They were released later that year and RI was established as having jurisdiction in the Narragansett Country.

      On 16 June 1687 James Reynolds was made Overseer of the Poor and on 03 March 1690 he was made Conservator of the Peace.

      James Reynold's had slaves which he deeded to his children with the expressed wish that each be freed at 30 years of age. In September of 1700 his children recorded formal statements agreeing to do this.

      James Reynold's will was dated 15 October 1692 and it was probated 14 October 1700. His wife is not mentioned in it and, therefore, probably died before the will was written. This is the first will in the North Kingstown, RI Probate Records.

      The wills of James Reynolds and son Francis plus an old document containing the names and dates of birth of James Reynold's 7 children were passed down through the generations. The old homestead was destroyed by fire in 1730 (house #4) and it appears that the old document "A Memorandum of the births of the Children born to Mr. James Reynolds and Deborah his Wife who settled in North Kingstown, Washington, RI having Emigrated from England" was written soon after to replace the record destroyed by the fire. The wills were probably copied from the Wickford Recrods (in the same handwriting) and the Widkfor Records themselves were later "mutilated" by fire.

      There are a number of official records of James Reynolds deeding property to son Francis Reynolds: 25 February 1684 it was a deed for the west 50 acres of the old family homestead, 13 April 1695 ie was a deed for 50 acres he'd purchases of Samuel Waite, 16 Apr 1695 it was a deed for a slave named Thomas, 12 February 1697 it was a deed for 50 acres he'd purchased of Thomas Harris, 25 Jan 1699 it was a deed for a slave named John and on 21 September 1700 Francis signed a document promising to give slave John his freedom at age 30 years. Francis Reynolds was taxed 2s 5d on 06 September in Kingstown. On 20 February 1674 Francis Reynolds bought 150 acres from John Sweet on "the great Plain" which is now part of North Kingston.

      Francis Reynold's will was proved on 14 April 1722: to son Francis the west half of 150 acre farm "on the great plain", to son Peter the east half of the 150 acre farm "on the great plain", to son James the Waite and Harris 50 acre parcels of land, to son Jabez (executor) the 50 acre homestead farm, sons to provide for their mother Elizabeth Greene Reynolds after Francis Reynold's death, daughters Elizabeth and Deborah and Mary (who married John Tefft) and Susannah were each to receive L20 10s.

      Sources: Reynolds Family Records by J. M. Seaver, 1929; Reynolds Family Association by S. R. Clement, 1992; James Reynolds of North Kingstown, RI by V. H. Linley, 2000; Ancestors and Descendants of William and Elizabeth Reynolds by T. A. Reynolds and W. A. Reynolds, 1903

      The Reynolds Family Immigrates from England to America
      1600s & 1700s
      England & Plymouth & RI
      The Reynolds Family Immigrates from England to America

      wolffrv may1787, you are correct. see the record here "U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700". I have spent a considerable amount of time on the Mary/Mercy mix-up. Mary married Benjamin Burdick. I invite you to see what I have concluded on my "Burdick, et al tree.

      Marilyn Kenyon Thanks for this. Interesting informative history.

      clee145 I think the Mary, who married John Teft was the daughter of Francis. There is an International marriage record for John and Mary Reynolds. John and Mary had a daughter, Elizabeth. There is a birth record for Elizabeth, b 1744 in Rhode Island.

      wolffrv clee145, I'm not saying that a John Reynolds did not marry a Mary. What I am saying is that a different Mary married Benjamin Burdick. Mary, John and Reynolds are all very common names. That is one of the problems in trying to compose a family tree. Nothing in the various records is 100% certain. One example I can cite is an ancestor on one of my family trees. There were 67 other trees at the time I was researching that ancestor. Over half of the trees named a wife (three different names). I went looking for a saved record on all of the trees. Only five had a record and all five of the records were for his son's wife and her name wasn't the same as on the various trees. Then I searched for a record of the father's wife using the names that corresponded from the trees. I couldn't find a single document (record) of wife. So were did the trees get a name let alone three? I documented this as a story on my Huckaby, et al tree. See Isham Huckaby. By the way Huckaby is spelled about five different ways within the same family. I've spelled it like my maternal grandmother did.
    Children 
     1. John B. Reynolds,   b. 12 Oct 1648, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1675, Kingstown, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
     2. James D. Reynolds,   b. 28 Oct 1650, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Joseph D. [C104-(2)] Reynolds, Sr.,   b. 27 Nov 1652, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1739, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    +4. Henry Reynolds,   b. 1 Jan 1656, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1716, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     5. Deborah Reynolds,   b. 1658, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Mercy Reynolds,   b. 1664,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +7. Samuel [D105] Reynolds,   b. 1668, Haverhill, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1745, Haverhill, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     8. Benjamin Reynolds,   b. Est 1672, Kingstown, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +9. Francis Reynolds,   b. Abt 1674, North Kingstown, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1722  (Age ~ 48 years)
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F6424  Group Sheet

  • Histories
    New Jersey-Connecticut-Delaware Reynolds; Reynolds Family History by J. Montgomery Seaver; American Historical-Genealogical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1929
    New Jersey-Connecticut-Delaware Reynolds; Reynolds Family History by J. Montgomery Seaver; American Historical-Genealogical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1929
    ReynoldsFamilyHistorybySEAVER.pdf
    Memoir George W. Reynolds Family of Warwick, Massachusetts.
    Memoir George W. Reynolds Family of Warwick, Massachusetts.
    ny_reynolds.pdf

  • Sources 
    1. [S18] Family Search, LDS, https://familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/21690709.
      James Reynolds (1625-1700)
      James Reynolds married three times. He married Susannah Sheldon. He married Ann Holbrook. He married Deborah Potter about 1647. Deborah was born 1620. Deborah died Before October 15, 1692 at approximately 72 years of age. He was possibly a twin. In 1664, he settled on the Potowomut River; before 1669, lived in King's Province not far from present village of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, on south side of Potowomut (Reynolds River). October 1667, was in Newport, Rhode Island. Quidnessett, land tract 150 acres. October 1667, appointed Constable of Quidnessett. In 1673, gave 150 acres to his son, John. In 1683, he deeded 50 acres to youngest son, Francis and the other 100 acres to eldest son, James. In 1687, was made Overseer of the Poor. In 1690, was made Conservator of the Peace.
      Negro slavery was prevalent in the Rhode Island Colony in the time of James and he evidently owned several negroes, most of whom he gave to his children in his lifetime. Deeds show April 3, 1692, he gave negro slave, Elizabeth and her child sucking at her breast to his son-in-law Thomas Nichols and Mercy (Reynolds), his wife. April 16, 1695 of a negro "born in my house" by the name of Tom or Thomas, of Jay, of Doogint to his son, James. And on January 25, 1698/1699 of a negro John to son, Francis. In his will, he bequeathed a negro girl Betty to his daughter, Deborah Sweet. Before he died, James expressed a wish that all his former slaves be given their freedom when they reached 30 years of age. This wish was honored by the grantees.
      All 7 of their children were born before they settled on the Potowomut River. 6. Early Rhode Island history had a long and difficult dispute concerning lands on the western shore of Narragansett Bay which were claimed by Rhode Island and Connecticut because both colonies were given grants to this area by England. The land James Reynolds settled in included this area. 7. An appointed Commission named the area that was fought over King?s Province, but by 1675, it was named Kingstown. 8. James Reynolds applied 13 May 1665 asking officially for land in King's Province from the Rhode Island General Assembly. 9. James Reynolds was the first actual settler to live on the 150 acres Call Quidnessett, he appears to have been granted. 10. Quidnessett was in in the northeast part of King's Province Quote: (Aquitawaset by the Indians who sold the land in 1659 to the Atherton Company which allocated this particular parcel of land to Walter Cunnigrave who apparently never occupied it and there is no known deed of this land to James Reynolds from Walter Cunnigrave or the Atherton Company) 11. James Reynolds settled in Quidnessett before 1669 and on 29 January 1669 he purchased adjoining land there. 12. James Reynold's Farm was 150 acres. 13. His farm was near present-day East Greenwich, Rhode Island on the south side of the Potowomut River (a small stream also known as Reynolds River and Mill River and Green's River over the years). 14. James Reynolds?s homestead was built on the 50 acres west of a little brook that runs north through this land into the Potowomut River, now called Sand Hill Stream. 15. James Reynolds too the Oath of Allegiance at the 20 May 1671 General Assembly of Rhode Island. 16. He confirmed ownership of the land he had settled and was appointed Constable. 17. James Reynolds was made Tax Assessor In 1675. 18. The home of James Reynolds was burned down in 1675 and his oldest son John was killed by the Indians as the family fled to a blockhouse near Wickford, Rhode Island. (The blockhouse was owned by Richard Smith, who had purchased it in 1641) 19. John Reynolds was buried in front of where Jame Reynold?s home was. 20. James Reynold?s home was rebuilt in the same spot as the old home. 21. James Reynolds deeded 50 acres west of the brook where the family homestead was to Francis Reynolds (Isaac Mitton Stewart?s direct ancestor) 22. James Reynolds and his wife continued living at the homestead and son James also (until he should build on his inheritance). The deed to Francis was recorded on 20 January 1690 and the deed to James was recorded on 29 April 1684. (*Direct quote from book, I, the editor don?t know how to summarize this.) 23. After King Philips War, James Reynolds got 100 acres more land. 24. James Reynolds and other were arrested by officers in Connecticut, 24 May, 1677. 25. He was arrested and imprisoned at Harford Connecticut for refusing to ?acknowledge allegiance to the Colony of Connecticut?. 26. James Reynolds was released later that year. Also in that year, Rhode Island received jurisdiction in the Narragansatt Country. 27. James Reynolds became Overseer of the poor on 16 June 1687. 28. James Reynolds became Conservator of the Peace on 16 June, 1687. 29. James Reynolds had slaves that he deeded to his children. 30. The slaves were deeded to his children with the wish that the slaves be freed when 30 years old. The children agreed to this in formal statements September 1700. 31. James Reynolds died about 1700 in Kingston Rhode Island. Sources: Reynolds Family Records by J. married Seaver, 1929; Reynolds Family Association by S. R. Clement, 1992; James Reynolds of North Kingstown, Rhode Island by V. H. Linley, 2000; Ancestors and Descendants of William and Elizabeth Reynolds by T. A. Reynolds and W. A. Reynolds, 1903 http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/ViewStory.aspx?tid=13326403&pid=-84055884&oid=38bb1854-23cc-45cda4d4-3b2f5d7b1985&pg=32768

    2. [S175] Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, http://www.ancestraltrackers.net/va/resources/virginia-magazine-history-biography-v12.pdf.
      Northern Neck Records
      We find in the old Rappahannock (Richmond County) records (Vol. 1671-76, pp. 324-26 Va St. Lib) a deed of sale from Henry Reynolds to Mathew Kelly, witnessed by Wm Bruce and Barnaby Wells--also a power of attorney from same to same, witnessed by Geo. Bruce and Barnaby Wells; also a power of attorney from Reynolds to Wells, witnessed by George Bruce. These three papers were apparently drawn together as they bear the same date, Nov 1, 1675, and were all recorded together. The two Bruces were evicently friends and near neighbors of Reynolds. (Henry)
      At this time, George1 Bruce was thirty-five years of age, as we know from the deposition already quoted. William was older. In 1654, when George1 was only fourteen, William 1 was of age, for we find him giving a bond to Sir Henry Chicheley (afterwards Deputy-Governor) for 1,031 pounds of tobacco," to be paid at his (Bruce"s) plantation in upper Wyencock." This bond is witnessed by Cuthbert Potter, one of the leading men in the Northern Neck (Rap. Rec, 1668-72, p.19, Va.
      St. Lib.)

    3. [S211] State Select Marriages, http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=NewEnglandMarriages&h=64686&tid=22493484&pid=29789006350&usePUB=true&usePUBJs=true&rhSource=60525.