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IMMIGRANT Henry Reynolds[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

Male 1655 - 1724  (68 years)


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  • Name Henry Reynolds 
    Title IMMIGRANT 
    Born 23 Sep 1655  Chichester, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Aug 1724  Reynoldsville, Jefferson Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Burlington Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I10794  My Reynolds Line | Descendants of Henry Reynolds
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2020 

    Father William Reynolds,   b. Abt 1620, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Margaret Exton,   b. 5 Feb 1623, Chichester, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 15 Oct 1688, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 6 Mar 1644  Pancras, Chichester, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Rev. Speede
    Family ID F3573  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Prudence Clayton,   c. 20 Oct 1657, Lewes, Chichester Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1727, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married 10 Nov 1678  Burlington MM, Burlington Co., New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • MARRIAGE:NJ Burlington Co.: Church Records Vol 1, Early
      Church Records of Burlington County, NJ, Volume I, Meldrum,
      Charlotte D., Westminster, MD: Family Lines Publications,
      1994 -
    Children 
    +1. Henry 'Preacher' Reynolds, Jr.,   b. 16 Aug 1693, Chester County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1779, Township of West Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. Margaret Reynolds,   b. 25 May 1680, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Mary Reynolds,   b. 13 Sep 1682, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Francis Reynolds,   b. 15 Aug 1684, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1760, Chichester, Chester Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     5. Prudence Reynolds,   b. 20 Mar 1686, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Deborah Reynolds,   b. 16 Apr 1689, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1747  (Age 57 years)
     7. William Reynolds,   b. 30 May 1691, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1693, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    +8. Hannah Reynolds,   b. 11 Nov 1697, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1726, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)
    +9. William of Randolph Co. Reynolds,   b. 5 Jul 1701, Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1773, Randolph Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     10. John Reynolds,   b. 13 Sep 1695, Chichester, Chester Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1728, Chichester, Chester Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    Last Modified 3 May 2021 
    Family ID F3445  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Henry Reynolds History
    Henry Reynolds History
    henry and prudence clayton reynolds (1).jpg
    Reynolds Homestead
    Reynolds Homestead
    Cecil County, Maryland
    Will of Henry Reynolds
    Will of Henry Reynolds
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    Will of Henry Reynolds
    Will of Henry Reynolds
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    Will of Henry Reynolds
    Will of Henry Reynolds
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    Will of Henry Reynolds
    Will of Henry Reynolds
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    Will of Henry Reynolds
    Will of Henry Reynolds
    Names all of the children
    Quaker Record Intent to Marry
    Quaker Record Intent to Marry
    Henry Reynolds to Prudence Clayton (upper left side of page)
    The Ancestor Roster for the Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century 1915-2005;
    The Ancestor Roster for the Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century 1915-2005;
    _ColDamesAncestorRoster-1.pdf
    Henry Reynolds History by Reynolds Family Association
    Henry Reynolds History by Reynolds Family Association
    10794-Henry Reynolds.jpg
    Henry Reynolds/Prudence Clayton (some family information from Google Books)
    Henry Reynolds/Prudence Clayton (some family information from Google Books)
    henry-prudence.PNG
    Marriages in Burlington Monthly Meetings Records-Henry Reynolds to Prudence Clayton
    Marriages in Burlington Monthly Meetings Records-Henry Reynolds to Prudence Clayton
    claytonreynoldsm.jpg
    Pennsylvania Land Patent INDEX
Henry Reynolds of Chichester[Chester]7 Mar 1701 491 Acres [Warrant Date] 3 Mar 1735[Date of Patent]
John Reynolds [Lancaster] 193 acres, 10 Oct 1738[Date of Warrant]
3 Mar 1739 [Date of Patent]
    Pennsylvania Land Patent INDEX Henry Reynolds of Chichester[Chester]7 Mar 1701 491 Acres [Warrant Date] 3 Mar 1735[Date of Patent] John Reynolds [Lancaster] 193 acres, 10 Oct 1738[Date of Warrant] 3 Mar 1739 [Date of Patent]
    A-AAPatentIndex260.pdf
    Pennsylvania Land Patent Index
Henry Reynolds, 475 acres, 4 Feb 1735 Chester [Warrant Date]5 Feb 1735 [Patent Date]
Henry Reynolds 1 Jun 1737 Lancaster and Chester 125 Acres 8 Mar 1737
    Pennsylvania Land Patent Index Henry Reynolds, 475 acres, 4 Feb 1735 Chester [Warrant Date]5 Feb 1735 [Patent Date] Henry Reynolds 1 Jun 1737 Lancaster and Chester 125 Acres 8 Mar 1737
    A-AAPatentIndex259.pdf
    Pennsylvania Land Patent Index
Henry Reynolds 491 acres, 7 Mar 1701 Chester
John Reynolds 465 acres, 6 Oct 1738 Lancaster;  193 ACRES 10 Oct 1738 Lancaster
    Pennsylvania Land Patent Index Henry Reynolds 491 acres, 7 Mar 1701 Chester John Reynolds 465 acres, 6 Oct 1738 Lancaster; 193 ACRES 10 Oct 1738 Lancaster
    A-AAPatentIndex260.pdf
    Pennsylvania Land Patent Index
Henry Reynolds 14 Apr 1752 247 Acres ; 6 Oct 
George Reynolds 343 acres 13 Dec 1752  6 Oct 1738 Cumberland
    Pennsylvania Land Patent Index Henry Reynolds 14 Apr 1752 247 Acres ; 6 Oct George Reynolds 343 acres 13 Dec 1752 6 Oct 1738 Cumberland
    A-AAPatentIndex262.pdf

  • Notes 
    • There existed an ancient pitcher, known as the Reynolds Pitcher. It was in the possession of a Miss Weir in 1901. It was supposed to be bequeathed to J. T. Reynolds, of Media PA. One one side of the pitcher was a portrait and the words "Reynolds, the Philanthropist" . The reverse side bore the legend";
      "Not in the fiery hurricane of strife,
      Midst slaughtered legions, he resign'd his life;
      Reynolds expires, a nobler chief than these;
      But Widow's tears, in sad bereavement fall,
      And foundling voices on their father call'
      But sweet repose his slumbering ashes find,
      As if in Salem's sepulcher enshrined;
      And watching angels waited for the day,
      When Christ should bid them roll the stone away."
      Mr. J. T. Reynolds believed the portrait was that ofWilliam Reynolds, father of Henry Reynolds of Chichester,PA. The present location of the pitcher is unknown.

      Henry Reynolds was granted lots 5 and 19, about 1000 acres, in the "Nottingham Lots" by William Penn in 1701. The Nottingham Lots were thought to be located in Chester Co., PA, but were found to be in Cecil Co., MD when the boundary between these states was settled in 1768. Henry Reynolds' will bequeathed 290 acres in Chichester Twp., PA, where he lived, to his son, Francis. His son, William was left 490 acres, the south lot, in Nottingham. His son, John, received 210 acres on the south west side of the middle branch of Naman's Creek in Chichester Twp., Chester Co., PA. His son, Henry, Jr., received 490 acres the north lot in Nottingham. Henry bequeathed each of his 4 daughters, one schilling. He left his personal estate to his loving wife, Prudence. He stipulated Francis and John to each pay 20 pounds to thier brother, William, when he reached the age of 21.

      It is often stated Henry Reynolds came to America with William Penn. Henry came to America in 1676, and William Penn came to America in 1682. Henry Reynolds is also reputed to be the founder of the village of Rising Sun, MD by opening a Public House. Other sources say Henry never lived in Rising Sun. Henry was shown as a non-resident taxpayer for his property in the Nottingham Lots from March 1718 to 1722. Henry appeared before the Chester Co. Court 14 Mar 1681, for selling strong liquors by small measure in his house contrary to the Governor's and Council's order. His will, dated 1720 states he lives in Chichester and has no mention of a public house. The north lot near Rising Sun MD, bequeathed to Henry Jr. is described as a plantation. The south lot near Rising Sun Md., bequeathed to William is described as a tract of land. Henry Reynolds' Will (excerpt)To son Francis the plantation where I live in Chichester containing 290 acres, he paying his bother William when 21, 20 pounds. To son Henry tract of land in Nottingham containing 490 acres. To son William, tract in Nottingham [being a south lott] containing 490 acres. To each of my daughters, viz Margaret, Prudence, Doborah and Hannah 1 shilling each. To wife Prudence all personal estate, also executrix.
      Witness: William Clayton, John Hanby.

  • Sources 
    1. [S48] Ancestry Link.
      http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paslchs/clippings1.html
      pg58 Cecil Whig

      THE REYNOLDS FAMILY- Twelve sons of a respected sire, Jacob, Stephen, Jonathan, Samuel, Reuben, David Jesse, Isreal, Henry , William, Elijah and Benjamin the sons of Henry Reynolds of Nottingham. It is not often that the history of any family, either in Maryland or elsewhere, that twelve sons gather around the parental board, all the offspring of one man. Yet such is the case in the Reynolds family in Cecil . The number itself is coincident and suggestive. Beginning with the history of the mans own redemtion, the savior selected and honored tweleve disciples as the chosen messengers of Christianity. Long antedating them, under the patriarcial dispensation, god had blessed Jacob with twelv sons as the heads heads of the twelve tribes of Isreal. In the number there is character and respectablity. Henry Reynolds, the progenitor of the Reynolds of Cecil, was a distinguished minister of the Society of Friends in England. He was a man of large wealth and with his wife, emigrated from Nottingham in England, to America and settled in New York. An her brother John came later and settled in Carolina. Henry?s English wife died, and he afterwards married a miss Haines, of Cecil County He had twelve sons namley Jacob, Stephen, Jonathan, Samuel, Reuben, David, Jesse, Isreal, Henry, William, Elijah, and Benjamin. These brothers scattered thoughout t western and Southern United States. Jacob the eldest, remained in Cecil county and married Rebbeca Day, and they had nine sons, all of whom lived and died in Cecil County and have numerous descendants now living. The names of these sons were Henry, Stephen, Jacob, Isreal, Thomas, Jona an , Benjamin and Reuben. Benjamin was the father of judge David Reynolds, of Juniatia County, Pa., whose daughter Ellen Moore Reynolds, by his second wife married Dr. John Cromwell Reynolds, Surgeon in the United States Army. Another son of Benjamin, John Reynolds married annah Knight of Nottingham. His daughter married Daniel Megready - Their only child Hannah Elizabeth married Colonel Edwin Wilmer. Another daughter Eliza married the Rev. Robert Gerry and left one child, L.A.C. Gerry of Port Deposit, who married Jane Vanneman. Lydia Ann, the youngest , married William Parker and left three sons and one daughter, all of whom have removed from the county. A son William Reynolds , was at the time of his death a partner of Jos. Abrahams, merchant at Port Deposit. Mrs. Hannah Reynolds survived her husband, and married Cornelius Smith, a prominent business man in his day and represented the county in the legislature of Maryland. He had one son Cornelius J. , who drowned in the Susquehanna river in early manho . Reuben Reynolds married Henrietta Maria Cromwell. She was a lineal descendant of Oliver Cromwell through his son Sir Henry Cromwell and Lady Mary Russel. Her parents were John Hammond Cromwell and his wife Mary Hammond Dorsey. They resided on the O orara and are buried in the family cemetery at the old homestead. Now owned and occupied by Andrew Nickles The children of Reuben and Henrietta Maria Reynolds were Dr. John Cromwell Reynolds, Surgeon U.S. Army, Mary who married Colonel Prosser of Baltmo whose father Major Uriah Prosser, fell at the battle of North Point; Rebecca a lady of rare endowments of both intellect and heart, died unmarried; Maria who married George Calbreath a gentleman of prominesce of McVey town, Ma. Delia who married the Ho Thaddius Banks of Holidaysburg, Pa. one of whose daughters is the wife of Ambrose Ewing, of this county, and another is the wife of George W. Satler, of Baltimore. Mrs Reuben Reynolds survived her first husband and afterwards married John Briscoe, of Kent county, who purchased and removed to a property near Risisng Sun, in this county , and remained there until his death in 1835. He left three sons and two da hters. Benjamin read medicine and removed to California, Alexander read law , but is now farming. He has represented this county in legislature. Henry and his sister Elizabeth reside at the homestead. Sarah, desceased married the Hon. R. A. McCurtrie of ennsylvania. We regret that at this time we cannot follow other branches of this numerous and influental family of the Reynolds in this county, and must defer doing so to a future time - Cecil Whig

    2. [S48] Ancestry Link, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/47736916/person/6835275931.
      Henry Reynolds
      Birth May 01, 1655 in 1677985, Sussex, England
      Death Aug 07, 1724 in Chichester, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
      1st Child of parents William and Margaret Exton Reynolds

    3. [S32] Find-A-Grave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=98922822.

    4. [S40] Will, https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/8802/005547089_00391?pid=1444048&backurl=http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc%3DXFO502%26_phstart%3DsuccessSource%26usePUBJs%3Dtrue%26indiv%3D1%26db%3DUSProbatePA%26gss%3Dangs-d%26new%3D1%26rank%3D1%26gsln%3Dreynolds%26gsln_x%3D0%26_8A004260__ftp%3DPennsylvania,%2520USA%26_8A004260%3D41%26_8A004260_PInfo%3D5-%257C0%257C1652393%257C0%257C2%257C0%257C41%257C0%257C0%257C0%257C0%257C0%257C%26MSAV%3D1%26MSV%3D0%26uidh%3Dhyh%26pcat%3D36%26fh%3D395%26h%3D1444048%26recoff%3D%26fsk%3DBEEGZmYIgAAiYgAWJpk-61-%26bsk%3D%26pgoff%3D%26ml_rpos%3D396&treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=XFO502&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true#?imageId=005547089_00395.
      Name: Deborah Reynolds
      Description: Daughter
      Date: 12 Apr 1720
      Prove Date: 16 Aug 1724
      Book/Page: A:164
      Remarks:
      Henry Reynolds of Chichester. April 12, 1720. 8/16/1724. A. 164. To son Francis the plantation where I live in Chichester containing 290 acres, he paying his brother William when 21, £20. To son John, tract of land in Chichester, containing 210 acres, paying his brother Wm. £20. To son Henry tract of land in Nottingham containing 490 acres. To son Wm, tract in Nottingham [being a south lott], containing 490 acres. To each of my daughters, viz Margaret, Prudence, Deborah and Hannah 1 shilling each. To wife Prudence all personal estate, also executrix. Witnesses: William Clayton, John Hanby.

    5. [S55] Meet Your Ancestors - Philpott, http://www.reynoldsdna.org/_pedigrees/pedigree_chart_307162.php.
      Family Tree DNA Ancestor Research
      Pedigree Chart
      Part ID Contact EMail
      265494 Mark Arthur Reynolds sisu722@yahoo.com
      Ancestor Spouse
      Gen: 2 Arthur Wirth Reynolds Liisa Lulu Lahtinen
      Birth November 22, 1924 Dixon, Illinois, USA May 9, 1932 Tampere, Finland
      Death October 3, 2011 Sarasota, Florida, USA September 3, 2014 Sarasota, Florida, USA
      Marriage June 14, 1959 Tampere, Finland
      Gen: 3 Arthur Wesley Reynolds Florence Ellen Wirth
      Birth September 25, 1880 LeRoy, Illinois, USA January 5, 1891 Chicago, Illinois, USA
      Death January 6, 1967 Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA November 16, 1968 Dixon, Illinois, USA
      Marriage June 12, 1918 Dixon, Illinois, USA
      Gen: 4 Charles Swittier Reynolds Eliza Jane Coon
      Birth October 6, 1847 Champaign County, Ohio, USA March 8, 1850 McLean County, Illinois, USA
      Death January 10, 1929 Dixon, Illinois, USA January 20, 1918 Dixon, Illinois, USA
      Marriage April 2, 1868 McLean County, Illinois, USA
      Gen: 5 Henry Isaac Reynolds Mary Ann Davis
      Birth January 29, 1788 Nottingham, Pennsylvania, USA May 16, 1850 Woodford County, Virginia, USA
      Death May 8, 1860 Downs Township, Illinois, USA January 14, 1873 LeRoy, Illinois, USA
      Marriage October 8, 1846 Champaign County, Ohio, USA
      Gen: 6 Jesse Reynolds Sarah Haines
      Birth August 22, 1747 Nottingham, Pennsylvania August 8, 1751 Nottingham, Pennsylvania
      Death June 2, 1804 Chester, Pennsylvania, USA 1811 Greene County, Pennsylvania, USA
      Marriage January 31, 1770 Chester, Pennsylvania
      Gen: 7 Henry Reynolds Mary Coles
      Birth August 16, 1693 Nottingham, Pennsylvania May 4, 1708 Nottingham, Pennsylvania
      Death December 17, 1779 Nottingham, Pennsylvania, USA February 17, 1817 Nottingham, Pennsylvania, USA
      Marriage June 23, 1743 Maryland
      Gen: 8 Henry Reynolds Prudence Clayton
      Birth May 1, 1655 Chichester, Sussex, England August 20, 1657 Lewes, Sussex, England
      Death August 7, 1724 Chichester, Pennsylvania April 2, 1728 Chichester, Pennsylvania
      Marriage November 10, 1678 Burlington County, New Jersey


    6. [S122] Genealogy. com, http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/a/n/g/Donna-Angelone-ny/GENE2-0004.html.
      i. HENRY5 REYNOLDS, b. May 01, 1655; d. Unknown; m. PRUDENCE CLAYTON, January 10, 1677/78; b. August 20, 1657; d. August 07, 1724, Chester,Pa.
      Notes for HENRY REYNOLDS:
      Henry Reynolds came from England in 1676 and settled first in Burlington, but moved to Chichester where he died. Henry and Prudence Clayton declared their intentions of marriage at Burlington MM and although he was not a member, yet out of tenderness to them and others concerned they were allowed to marry. Will Chester Co., PA 1713-1748 will abstract A 164. Will written 11/17/1726 and proved 4/15/1728. From History of Chester Co., PA
      1) 1722 tax list Upper and Lower Chichester-Henry Reynolds
      2) Henry posts a mortgage of his house and lot at Chichester to James Sanderlain for 29 pounds dated the 6th of the 2nd month 1685.
      3) Henry was a juror in the first case in the first session of the court held at Upland in 1682.
      he Nottingham area at that time has been described as rich in natural resources, with heavily forested lands and trees that included hickory, chestnut, walnut, and oak. The land was fertile and the streams were said to be clear and vibrant. New economic opportunities were plentiful for new settlers to this area.
      It is believed that two pioneer brothers, James and William Brown, both Quaker ministers, were among the first settlers here. They were sons of Richard and Mary Brown, members of Wellingborough Monthly Meeting in Northamptonshire, England, and apparently had become Friends before they came to America. Tradition has it that the Brown brothers were likely accompanied by several other founding members, including Andrew Job, John Churchman, and Henry Reynolds.
      Nottingham was a frontier village for its first 30 years, while settlers cleared the land and built roads, shops, dwellings, and the Meetinghouse. The Lots were populated by "simple, frugal, and industrious people" who combined farming with one or more of the occupations of that time including milling, blacksmithing, carpentry, clock making, tanning. They raised extensive crops of wheat, corn, and vegetables. Tobacco was not grown here since the soil would not support it.
      The community became highly self-sufficient by the sharing of services, such as home-building, relying very little on outside resources other than perhaps support from the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends.
      The religious and cultural heart of the Nottingham Lots was clearly the East Nottingham Monthly Meeting (or Brick Meetinghouse), which was part of William Penn's original plan. In either 1707 or 1709, a log cabin was built to serve as the first Nottingham Meetinghouse. In 1715, the East Nottingham Monthly Meeting was organizationally affiliated with the Newark Monthly Meeting. In 1718, Brick Meetinghouse was put under the care of New Garden Monthly Meeting after New Garden separated from Newark.
      The original purchasers of lots included the following individuals: Joel Baily, John Bales or Beals, Edward Beeson, James Brown, William Brown, John Churchman, James Cooper, Robert Dutton, Cornelious Empson, Ebeneser Empson, Randal Janney, Andrew Job, Samuel Littler, Henry Reynolds, and John Richardson.
      ttp://www.churchman.org/Nottingham_hist.htm
      Births, Deaths and Marriages of the Nottingham Quakers, 1680-1889 by Alice Beard (Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1989)


    7. [S80] Google Books, https://books.google.com/books?id=Ns0wAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA461&lpg=PA461&dq=henry+reynolds+married+mary+miller&source=bl&ots=zP8r3O8I5-&sig=c8BEMAw9X-hTRLtUw7rJb3PU8cE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CEsQ6AEwCWoVChMIl9PwqrfHyAIVino-Ch2-9g1-#v=onepage&q=reynolds&f=false.
      Henry Reynolds-Prudence Clayton

    8. [S99] Quaker Records, http://interactive.ancestry.com/2189/31906_283772-00291?pid=6608135&backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2f%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3findiv%3d1%26db%3dQuakerMeetMins%26h%3d6608135%26tid%3d51287999%26pid%3d290005936033%26usePUB%3dtrue%26rhSource%3d4895&treeid=51287999&personid=290005936033&hintid=&usePUB=true.
      Henry Reynolds to Prudence Clayton (Marriage)

    9. [S18] Family Search, LDS, Henry Reynolds Birth 23 Sep 1655 Chichester, Sussex.
      "England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977," database Family Search citing p.54, Chichester, Sussex, record group $G6, Public Record Office, London

    10. [S10] R.W. Ryan.
      Reynolds

      Select Reynolds Surname Genealogy

      The name Reynolds was a Norman import to England, from Reginald or in Old French Reinold. The earlier root is the Old Norse Rognvaldr, comprised of the elements ragin meaning "counsel" and wald meaning "rule." Reynold was a Viking leader who harried the English and Irish shores in the 10th century.

      Name variants have included Reynold and Reynell. The Irish MacRaghnaill derives from the Gaelic of Randal or Reginald. This name became anglicized to Reynolds.

      Select Reynolds Resources on The Internet
      Reynolds Family History in Essex Reynolds Essex genealogy.
      Reynolds Family Association. Reynolds arrivals in America.
      Reynolds Family Circle. Reynolds family genealogy.
      Reynolds Irish Reynolds history.
      R.J. Reynolds. R.J. Reynolds family tree.
      Reynolds Family Beginnings. John Reynolds in New Brunswick.
      Select Reynolds Ancestry
      England. The Reynolds name first appeared in Somerset where they were granted lands after the Norman Conquest in 1066. William filius Raunaldi is recorded in the Domesday Book.
      SW England. A Reynell family originally from Cambridgeshire transplanted themselves to Devon in the 14th century where they were substantial landowners. They were described as "men of great credit, fidelity, and service to their kings, country and state in peace and in war." Both the Reynell and Reynolds names were to be found in Devon. A Reynolds family in Plympton produced the great 18th century portrait painter Sir Joshua Reynolds.
      The naval Reynolds came from Cornwall. They made their home in the late 18th century at Penair near Truro. And the Reynolds name was also prominent in tin mining at St. Agnes, starting possibly with William Reynolds who was born there in the 1680?s.
      Owen Reynolds, a yeoman farmer from Melcombe in Dorset, was five times its mayor in the 1550?s. His nephew Edward benefited from the patronage of the Earl of Essex and died in 1623 in London a rich man.
      Kent. A Reynolds line dating back to the 16th century in East Bergholt in Kent included descendants who were among the early immigrants to America. From a later naval family came George Reynolds who got himself involved in the Chartist movement in the 1840's. He founded a radical newspaper, Reynolds's Weekly Newspaper, which became popular. The paper continued in a different guise as Reynolds News until 1967.
      East Anglia. The birth of Thomas Reynolds was recorded at Great Chesterford in northern Essex in 1569. He appeared in court in 1598 after a brawl with a neighbor. One family history dates back to the marriage of James Reynolds and Susannah Wood at Little Bardfield in 1711. In the churchyard of the nearby village of Great Sampford there are a number of Reynolds gravestones of the late 18th and 19th centuries.
      Just across the border into Cambridgeshire were the Reynolds of Castle Camps and the Reynolds of Leverington:
      Sir James Reynolds, a Cromwellian general, had taken a lease on the Castle Camps estate as a safe retreat for his family during the Civil War. His grandson Sir James was appointed Chief Justice of the Common Pleas in 1727.
      While Richard Reynolds was rector of Leverington near Wisbech in the 1670?s. His son Richard, born there, became the Bishop of Lincoln. He acquired Paxton Hall in Huntingdonshire in 1730 where the family remained for several generations.
      Lancashire. There was a Reynolds family in Lancashire which inherited the Strangeways estate near Manchester in 1711. Francis Reynolds from this family distinguished himself in naval actions in the West Indies and later took over the family estates at Tortworth in Gloucestershire (his home there is now a country house hotel).
      Lancashire received an influx of Irish Reynolds in the 19th century. Mary Reynolds from Mohill in county Leitrim settled her young family in Manchester after the death of her husband during the famine years. Her letters recently published, The Reynolds Letters: An Irish Emigrant Family in Late Victorian Manchester, present a story of Irish immigrants making good in industrial England at that time.
      Ireland. The Reynolds name came to Ireland at the time of Strongbow in the 1200's. These English invaders took the titles of Earls of Cavan, Lisburne and Mountmorris. A later English invasion in the 17th century gave rise to the Reynells from Devon of Reynell castle. However, the largest numbers of Reynolds have been home-grown. From early times the lands around Lough Rynn in county Leitrim were owned and settled by the MacRaghnaill clan. Sean na gCeann or John of the Heads, so called for beheading his rebellious clansmen, was their chief in the late 1500's.
      The next century saw the English taking over Leitrim and the Irish, including the McRaghnaills, being gradually pushed out. A second exodus occurred at the time of the potato famine. Even so, nearly half of the Reynolds in Ireland today come from Leitrim. The Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds was born in nearby Roscommon.
      Portugal. A Reynolds family from Kent has been in Portugal since 1820, first as cork importers and then as wine producers.
      America. The English Reynolds in America came first. Early Reynolds settlers in New England were Robert and Mary Reynolds and their four children who got there in 1630. Christopher Reynolds from Gravesend in Kent arrived in Virginia in 1622 on the Francis and John. Their family line is documented in Stephen Tilman's 1959 book, The Rennolds-Reynolds of Virginia and England. [Beware of this reference-mfe]
      Members of this family were subsequently involved in the freighting business in upstate New York. They later moved west:
      P.G. Reynolds became a mail contractor and stage operator in Dodge City for the trails heading south to the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. His brother Milton, who adopted the writing name of Kicking Bird, covered Indian council meetings as a roving reporter and became an advocate for Western settlement.
      another Milton Reynolds, but of German origin, introduced the first ballpoint pen to an unsuspecting public in 1945.

      Abraham Reynolds was a poor tobacco farmer in Virginia in the early 1800's. His son Hardin started a plantation at Rock Spring in Patrick county. Hardin's son RJ, the second of sixteen children born there, embarked on a plan to build his own tobacco factory at Winston Salem. It was he who developed the huge tobacco empire that is RJ Reynolds.

      Irish. Irish Reynolds also came to America. John Reynolds arrived in Virginia in the 1770's. His descendants moved onto Kentucky and Missouri. Robert and Margaret Reynolds from Louth reached Tennessee in 1784 and then continued to Illinois. Their son John rose to be the fourth governor of that state. Nineteenth century arrivals were more numerous. And many Reynolds went to Canada at that time as well.

      Canada. Early arrivals had been Empire Loyalists, such as William Reynolds, leaving America after the Revolutionary War. William had been a coronet in the British army and led a group of Loyalists out of New York in 1796. He and his family ended up in Dorchester (near London), Ontario.

      Bernard and Mary Reynolds came in the late 1830's from county Leitrim and settled in Renfrew county, Ontario. Other Reynolds followed, from both England and Ireland, as the 19th century proceeded.

      South Africa. In 1850 two Devon farmers, Thomas and Lewis Reynolds, set off on the Justina for South Africa to seek their fortunes (their uncle Charles had previously emigrated to Australia). The brothers' business took them to sugar refining in Natal. But it was the next generation - Frank and Charles Reynolds - who are generally considered as the founders of South Africa's sugar industry. Frank built the family home of Lynton Hall at Pennington on the south coast. It now operates as a luxury hotel.

      Australia. Two brothers, Richard and Edward Reynolds, were convicted of petty theft in Chelmsford and were transported to Australia in 1791. They were educated and literate and Edward kept a diary of the hardships of the journey. The brothers later surfaced in Hawkesbury, NSW. Richard petitioned for a land grant:

      "The petitioner arrived in this colony on the Atlantic in 1791, has been free about 28 years, has endured all the hardships to which and infant colony could subject him, and has reared a family of ten children to the habits of industry."

      His petition was successful. He died in Wilberforce in 1837 and left a large number of descendants.

      John Reynell from Devon was an early settler in South Australia. He came in 1838 and started the first commercial vineyard in the colony. Meanwhile Thomas and Mary Reynolds arrived in Western Australia from Oxfordshire in 1842. Their descendants are still to be found there. Charles Reynolds from Devon came to Tocal in the Hunter valley in 1844 and worked there until his death in 1871. In his time he was recognized an an expert on horse and cattle breeding in New South Wales.

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      Walter Reynolds was the son of a Windsor baker who became a favorite of King Edward II. The king made him Archbishop of Canterbury.
      Sir Joshua Reynolds from Devon was a leading English portrait painter of the 18th century.
      R.J Reynolds, a Virginia tobacco farmer, founded the R.J Reynolds Tobacco Company in 1890.
      Richard S. Reynolds, nephew of RJ, founded the American Metals Company in 1919 and developed it as one of the world's leading aluminium companies.
      Paul Revere Reynolds, a descendant of the American patriot Paul Revere, was the first literary agent in New York, in 1893.
      Milton Reynolds, a Chicago businessman, introduced the first ballpoint pen on the market in 1945.
      Albert Reynolds was the Irish Prime Minister in the 1990's.
      Debbie Reynolds, born in Texas, is an American actress and singer
      Burt Reynolds is a well-known American actor.

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      85,000 in the UK (most numerous in Cambridgeshire)
      76,000 in America (most numerous in Texas)
      32,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)

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