Saturday, May 23, 2015

Marriage of Cornelius Reynolds and Margaret Carter, 1647, St Alphage London Wall Parish, London, England

Marriage record of Cornelius Reynolds and Margaret Carter, 14 Mar 1647, St. Alphage London Wall Parish, London, England

Transcription of text in document
1647 Mariages 
March the 14 Cornelius Reynolds and Margaret Carter

St. Alphage London Wall was a church built directly into the Wall of London. It was also known as St. Alphage Cripplegate. Alphage is also spelled Alphege and Elphege. He was a Saxon saint. It was said to have been established before 1608. There were two subsequent churches, both now demolished. 

The Parish was within the walls of London in the City and County of London.

Map about 1667 from the Family Seach Wiki showing the parish:


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Susannah Reynolds Deeds 1675-1705

Deeds and Grants which identify Susannah (Susan) Reynolds as the daughter of Cornelius Reynolds and wife of John Goss and Thomas Meador

From Cavaliers and Pioneers, p. 168, Patent Book No., 6 (VA):

MR. THO. MEAD. 640 acs., New Kent County, N. side of Mattapony Riv., upon branches of Peanketank maine Sw., about 2 mi. from Mr. Tho. HOLMES; 6 Oct. 1675, p. 570. On Timber Br., along lland of Johnn PICC & Jno. MADDISON. Granted to Cornelius REYNOLDS 6 June 1664, assigned to Richd. SANKEY, who assigned to sd. MEAD. 8 Jan 1673."

Book 12 page 154 Deed. 14 Dec. 1705. Thomas Meadors (sic) and Susanna Meadors Daughter of Cornelius Reynolds deceased sell John Taliaferro, for 6 negros, 300 acres in the Freshes of the Rappahannock River which was granted Mr Cornelius Reynolds 16 April 1683, and by him given to said Susanna as by assignment recorded 14 June 1683.


Thomas Meades (sic)

Susanna x Meades


Jno Battaile

James Coghill

Weldon Jefferson

Ack by Thomas Meades (sic) and Susanna his wife and rec 11 Feb. 1705 / 6.

Old Rappahannock Co Deed Book 7 - 1682-1686; pg 43-44

TO ALL TO WHOM these prsents shall come, I THOMAS LORD CULPEPER, Baron of Thorsway, his Majties. Lieut, and Govnr: General of Virginia send Greeting in our Lord God everlasting. Whereas his Majtie. hath been gratiously pleased by his Royal Letters Patents under the Great Seale of England bearing date at Westminster the Tenth day of October in the Eight and Twentieth yeare of his. Reigne amongst other things in the sd Letters Pattent contayned to continue the antient lidge of granting Fifty acres of land for every person imported into this Collony of Virgo.: NOW KNOW yee that I the said THOMAS LORD CULPEPER &c. Governer &c, doe with the consent of the Coun cell of State accordingly give CORNELIUS REYNOLDS Three hundred acres of land according to the antient and lawful' bounds thereof being in the Freshes of Rappa: on the South side of the River in the County aforesaid the said land being formerly granted unto JOHN GODFREY deced and lately found escheat to his Majtie, as by an Inquisition recorded in Mr, Secretarys office under the hands and seales of Coll, ISAAC ALLERTON Escheatr: Generall of said Collony and a Jury sworn before him may appeare dated the Fourteenth day of Decembr: One thousand Six hundred and Eighty one the moyety whereof was sold and assigned him the said JOHN GODFREY the Sixth of May 1674 by RICHARD PERK INSON the assigne of JOHN DOLTON who possessed the said land by the last Will and Testament of THOMAS FARRELL deced; the other moyety being sold to said JOHN GODFREY by the said JOHN DOLTON the legatee of said THOMAS FARRELL assignee of JOHN SPEED the eighth of Aprill 1674 as by the several! Deeds upon record may appeare and since granted to the said CORNELIUS REYNOLDS who lately made his composition according to Act; To have and to hold the said land with his due share of all mines and mineralls with all right and privilidges in as larg manner as hath been allowed since the first plantation, To be held of or: Soveraigne Lord the King &c. yeilding and paying &c. Given under my hand and the Seale of the Colony this Sixteenth day of April One thousand six hundred eighty and threen

Recordatr Test NICHO. SPENCER Secrety, THO: CULPEPER

Recordatr x4 die Junii anno 1683 Test EDMD, CRASKE CI Cur

June 4th 1683: Be it known unto all men by these presents that I CORNELIUS REYNOLDS doe freely give unto JOHN GOSS all the within mentioned land during his own natural life and to my Daughter, SUSAN, his Wife and her heires forever, and if in case my Daughter SUSAN should dy without an heir then the said land is to return to the said CORNELIUS REYNOLDS and his heires forever Witness my hand the day and year above written



Recordatr x4 die Junii 1683. Test EDMD. CRASKE Cl Cur

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Transcription of the Will of Cornelius Reynolds, 1734, Essex County, Virginia

1730-1735 Essex County Virginia Will Book No. 5; Antient Press: Page 320-231

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN the fifteenth day of Aprill in the year of Christ one thousand seven hundred & thirty & four I CORNELIUS REYNOLD of Essex County being weak in body but of perfect sence memory thanks be to God for the same do make & ordain this my last will & Testament as followeth viz.

Item I give & bequeath to my Son WM REYNOLD all my land whereon I now dwell after my wifes decease & if he should dye without heir the same to my Son CORNELIUS & if he should dye without heir then the same to return to my Daughter SARAH & if she should dye without heir then the same to be Equally divided amongst my three daughters Vizt. ANNE, MARGARETT and MARY.

Item I give to my five daughters vizt. ELIZABETH, ANNE, SARAH. MARGARETT MARY twelve shillings a piece to buy them each of them a gold ring before they come to ye age of Eighteen Except ELIZA. which already past that age.

Item I give to MARTHA my beloved Wife all the rest of my Estate both real & personall during her natural life not to be Interuped or called to account by any person for the same provided she never marry but and if she should marry then my will is that my sd Estate be Immediately equally divided amongst my six children vizt. WILLIAM. CORNELIUS, ANNE., SARAH, MARGARETT MARY, And do constitute & ordain my sd Wife sole Executrix of this my last will & Testament, IN WITNESS whereof I have sett my hand & seal the day & year above written.

In presents of us BLOUMFEILD LONG, Cornelius Reynolds


At a Court held for Essex County at Tappa on the xviiith day of February MDCCXXXIV This last Will and Testamt. of Cornelius Reynolds decd was presented in Court by Martha Reynolds the Exx, therein named who made oath thereto and being also proved by the oaths of John Long Blomfield Long two of the witnesses thereto was admitted to record

pp. KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that we MARTHA RENNOLDS, BLOM. LONG & THOS. THARP are held & firmly bound unto WM. DAINGERFIELD, SAL. MUSCOE, ROBT. BROOKE, JAS. GARNETT, NICHO. SMITH & RICHD. TYLER Gent Justices of the County of Essex in sum of two hundred pounds Sterling this xviiith day of Febry MDCCXXX I V

The Condition of this obligation is such that if the above bound Martha Rennolds Exx of the last will and Testament of CORNELIUS RENNOLDS decd do make or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all the goods chattles & credits of the sd decd the same

so made do exhibit or cause to he exhibited in the County Court of Essex at such time as she shall be thereunto required by the sd Court & further do make a just and true account of her actings and doing therein when thereto required by the sd Court and do well and truly pay and deliver all the Legacies contained & specified in the sd Testament as far as the goods chattles and credits will thereunto extend according to the value thereof & the Law shall charge They this Obligation to be void „ . .

Martha A Reynolds

Bloumfeild Lang Mos, Tharp

At a Court held for Essex County at Tappa on the zviiith day of February MDCCXXXIV (those bound) acknowledge to be their act & deed which is ordered to be recorded.

From Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties, by, on Rootsweb

William and John Reynolds land grant, 1697, Richmond County, Virginia

Land grant issued to William and John Reynolds, 15 Oct, 1697, Richmond County, Virginia, by the agents of the Fairfax Proprietary. Taken from the Archives at the Library of Virginia. North Neck Grants, reels 288-311.

William and John Reynolds Land Grant 1697


279 William and John Reynolds 500 acres Exam’d. 

Margaret Lady Culpeper, Thomas Lord Fairfax to all whereas know ye that we of and in consideration of the composition give and grant unto William Reynolds – John Reynolds of the County of Richmond five hundred acres of land in said county bounded as followeth, viz. beginning at a marked white oak the corner tree of the land of Robert Payne by the side of a sunken ground opposite to a certain glade, and extending by the said Paynes land north eight hundred and sixty poles to a white oak, thence East ninety three poles to a Spanish Oak, thence eight hundred and sixty poles to the roadside near or almost thence to the prime station ninety three poles containing and being now laid out for five hundred acres. Together Royall mines excepted to have and hold yielding


280 Yielding and paying ten shillings yearly provided dated the fifteenth day of October one thousand six hundred and ninety seven. 

W.F., G.B

Friday, May 15, 2015

Abstract of the Wills of Martha Reynolds (1753) and Cornelius Reynolds (1734), Essex County, VA

Will of Martha Reynolds, 10 Mar 1753, 18 Sep 1753

To Son, Cornelius; to dau.s: Elizabeth Rucker, Ann Beazley, Margaret Leandall, Mary Goodloe; to grandson, Cornelius Reynolds, son of William Reynolds, dec'd. Executors: Son Cornelius Reynolds; Son-in-law, Thomas Rucker. Witness: David Dishman, Thomas Reynolds, William Moore (W.B. 9, p.246), Essex County, Virginia

Will of Cornelius Reynolds, 15 Apr 1734, 18 Feb 1734

To sons: William Reynolds, Cornelius Reynolds; to dau.s: Sarah, Annie, Margaret, Mary; To my wife, Martha. Witness: Broumfield Long, Samuel Bizwell, John Long (W.B. 5, p. 320), Essex County, Virginia

Transcribed by Sudie Rucker Wood, The Rucker Family Genealogy with Their Ancestors, Decendants, and Connections, Old Dominion Press, Richmond, VA, 1932, p. 175

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thomas Rucker's Will, Culpepper County, Virginia 11 June 1763

Will of Thomas Rucker, June 11, 1763, Oct. 20, 1763.

    "In the Name of God, Amen.  June the eleventh day in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred sixty three.
    I, Thomas Rucker of Blumfield Parish in the County of Culpeper, having my sound and Perfect Sense of mind, and memory Thanks to the Almighty God for the same, and Calling to mind the mortality of mankind and that all men must die, Therefore as Touching such Worldly Estate that it hath Pleased God to Bless me in this world with I do give and Bequeath in manner and form following.
    Imprimis.  First and Principally I Bequeth my soul to the almighty God that gave it to me, and my Body to be Buried in a christian like manner at the Direction of my Executors.
    Item:  I give and Bequeth unto my well beloved son John Rucker all that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and Being in Culpeper County and Bound between Cornelius Ruckers line, his line, and the road that now parts it from the Land I now live on to him and his heirs forever  
    Item:  I give and bequeth unto my beloved son George Rucker the Land and Plantation I now live on, it being Bounded by the Road that now is Thomas Rucker Jun. his line, the river and William Craford's line which said land and plantation I give to my son George and his heirs for ever.
    Item:  But and in case my son John Rucker should die without heir then his Part as above mentioned shall be and I give the same unto my son William Rucker and if in the like case my son George Rucker should die without heir that the part laid off for him above mentioned shall be and I give the same to my son Muldin Rucker, the above two Parcels of Land shall be to my two said sons William and Muldin and their heirs for Ever if Either of the forementioned John Rucker and George Rucker should die without heirs as above mentioned.
    Item:  I will and Desire that my wife, Elizabeth Rucker shall have the work and I do lend her the two negroes, as shall be here mentioned (viz) Jack and Hannah which said negroes I do lend to my Elisabeth for and during her Natural Life and no Longer and After the Decease of my said wife Elisabeth then the said Negroes and future increase of the said Negroes Hannah if any shall be at the Decease of my said wife shall return to my Estate and shall be as I shall hereafter mention.
    I lend unto my wife Elisabeth my manner Plantation I now live on For and During her Natural Life and no Longer and at the Decease of my said Wife Elisabeth then the said Lands and Plantation to return to my son George as above mentioned.
    Item:  I lend to my wife Elisabeth all and Every of my Estate that Remaineth and Every of my Estate Personal and all and Every Negro shall be sold and then the money arising thereby shall be Equally Divided Between my Children as shall be hereafter named, Thomas, Peter, Mary, John, Elisabeth, Martha, William, Muldin, Isaac, Easter, Franky, George.
    Item:  I constitute Nominate and appoint my Two sons Peter and John to be the Executors of this my last Will and Testament, utterly Revoking, Disallowing and Disannuling all former and other Wills, testaments, Bequests, Legacies by  me formerly made and Done and allowing this and only this to be my last will and Testament.  In Testimony whereof I do hereunto set my hand and Seal the Day and Year above written.  Signed Thomas Rucker

Transcribed by Sudie Rucker Wood, The Rucker Family Genealogy with Their Ancestors, Decendants, and Connections, Old Dominion Press, Richmond, VA, 1932, p. 176-178

I have not found Page 1 of the Original Will. Below is page 2 and 3

Source information:  Will Book A, p. 350, Culpeper County, Virginia