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Nathaniel Reynolds (abt. 1703 - 1748)

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Nathaniel Reynolds
Born about in Greenwich, Connecticutmap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [half] and
Husband of — married in 2nd Congregational Church, Greenwich, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died [location unknown]
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Categories: Greenwich, Connecticut.



The 1924 Reynolds Family book says he died in the spring of 1748.

There were but two families of the name of Purdy in Greenwich: Francis Purdy, who in a deed of Nov. 5, 1718, was described as "of Greenwich" and his brother John, who owned land there as early as Feb. 19, 1722. John must have been much younger, as he married the dau. of the younger brother of his sister-in-law (Sarah Brown). Moreover, Ruth Purdy Reynolds had a son Francis, which was not a Reynolds name. We may assume therefore that Ruth was the dau. of Francis Purdy, who in turn was the son of Francis Purdy b. in 1650, rem. to Rye, N. Y. (with his step-father), in 1760. He was a proprietor as early as 1679. He m. before 1714 Sarah (b. about 1692) dau. of Peter Brown, who was b. about 1670 d. Jan. 11, 1733 (will probated in N. Y.) and whose wife was Martha, dau. of Peter Disbrow. Peter Brown was the son of Hackaliah Brown, b. at New Haven in 1645, went with his father Thomas Brown to Stamford and settled in Rye in 1665 where he died in 1720. His wife was Mary, dau. of John Hoit of Stamford and Rye. Thomas Brown was b. in Eng. about 1610 and sailed on ship Hector with Rev. John Davenport, arriving at Boston June 26, 1637. Settled in New Haven in 1638, rem. to Stamford 1647, where he d. Aug. 22, 1658. His wife Elisabeth d. at Stamford Sept. 2l, 1657 and he m. 2ndly Unity, widow of Clement Baxton May 25, 1658. Francis Purdy (b. 1650) was the son of Francis b. in Eng., rem. about 1635 to Concord, Mass., rem. to Fairfield, Conn., & d. there in 1658. He m. Mary dau. of John Brundage of Wethersfield, who after his death m. John Hait of Rye, N. Y. John Brundage was b. in Eng. about 1585, emigrated to Mass., in 1632 and rem. to Wethersfield, Conn., where he d. 1639, leaving widow Rachel, who m. Anthony Wilson & rem. to Fairfield, where he died 1642. After the death of Nathaniel Reynolds, widow Ruth m. Jonathan Fiske of Greenwich. In the distribution of Fiske's estate, recorded at Stamford, July 21, 1762, mention is made of the "use by his widow of one-third part of said described lands, being conveyed to said widow by her father-in-law, Mr. James Reynolds, in part, and partly by her husband, Nathaniel Reynolds, deceased." While the Greenwich Records of this period make constant mention of a Nathaniel Reynolds, it is not always possible to determine which refer to him and which to Nathaniel4, b. 1715, son of Ebenezer3 Nathaniel, together with Joshua, Peter, and James, Jr., petitioned the General Assembly in 1733, to be "set off from the Parish of Stanwich in the South West of which they live and to be joined to the Parish of Horseneck." At a court of probate held in Stamford, June 7, 1748, letters of administration were granted on the estate of Nathaniel Reynolds, late of Greenwich, deceased, and Ruth his widow was appointed administratrix. Distribution was made April 7, 1752; after paying debts amounting to £413 of a large amount of real estate. In Vol. VII, p. 67, Greenwich Deeds, is recorded: "Know all men that I, James Reynolds, Senior, of Greenwich, in consideration of the love I have for my grandsons, namely, Nathaniel Reynolds, Francis Reynolds. Stephen Reynolds and Solomon Reynolds, all natural sons to Nathaniel Reynolds of Greenwich, and also by the love and good will I bear to their natural mother. Ruth Reynolds, widow and relict of the deceased Nathaniel", etc. Feb. 2, 1749-50.

He was elected Constable of Greenwich, Dec. 27, 1728. On Sept. 12, 1729, spoke of Uncle Ebenezer Reynolds—probably a mis-statement (Greenwich Deeds, iii, 133). The Greenwich Common-Place Rook records the birth of "Nathaniel Renalds' " children : "Dec. 8, 1729, Nathaniel. July 8, 1731, Frances Renyalls." As several of them migrated in adult years, we have lost track of Francis, Ruth, Solomon, and Hannah. Nathaniel and Ruth lived in Greenwich. All the children were living and mentioned in Stamford Probate Records, April 7, 1752:

Transcribed from History and Descendants of John and Sarah Reynolds, page 70, 71


Source of Birth and Death is History and Descendants of John and Sarah Reynolds, page 70.

Source of wedding: History and Descendants of John and Sarah Reynolds, page 70. This is nicely sourced, saying "On ye first day of January 1729-29 Nathaniel Reynolds was married to his wife Ruth whose name was Purdy," so we read in the records of the Second Congregational Church.

The Frederic W. Bailey book, Early Connecticut marriages as found on ancient church records prior to 1800, Volume 4, 1899, page 87 says the marriage was 1/29/1729. It appears he made a transcription error.

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