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Thomas Reynolds was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- Reynolds, Thomas. Will probate: December 1804.
- Names wife: Ann and Children: John (eldest), Harry Byne, Sarah Loyd, Pattie King and Betty McGee.
- Grandchildren: John Givin (son of Joseph and Ann), Nancy Ann Taylor.
- [Source: Early Marriages, Wills and some Revolutionary War Records, Botetourt County, Virginia, Compiled by Anne Lowry Worrell, pg. 62].
- In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Reynolds of Botetourt County being in my proper sense and Memory thanks be to Almighty God for the same and knowing the unsertainty of this earthly life do make and declare this my last Will & Testament &c.
- In primis I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Ann Reynolds all my whole property now in Botetourt Coty lying in whose hands or custody the same may be found to her and at her disposal to whom of her children (she my said wife) shall think proper at her decease and what she has in her possession in Madison County to the same with as above mentioned.
- Item, I give and bequeath unto my son John Reynolds my Shot Gun which he has now in his possession it being all that he my sd. Eldest Son or any of his Heirs shall ever get or inherit of my Estate forever; likewise if he my Son John Reynolds should produce a Bond (as I think he has in keeping) which he will say he had of me there wth (he got the Bond faudalent) and I desire my Executors hereafter named should prosecute him my said Son John Reynolds.
- Item, I give and bequeath to my Son Henry Byne Reynolds my two Negro Boys Viza Isaac & Jacob after his Mother's decease to him and his Heirs forever.
- Item, I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Loyd my Negro Girl Mima after my wifes decease to her and her Heirs forever she my said Daughter Sarah paying her Sister Betty McGee Ten pounds for the good of her Children.
- Item, I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Pattie King my Negro Girl Easter after my Wife Ann Reynolds decease to her and her Heirs forever she my said Daughter Pattie paying to her sister Betty McGee two pounds current money for the good of her children.
- Item, I lend unto my Daughter Betty Magee after my wifes decease my Negro woman Mille and her increase to her my said Daughter Betty Magee after my wife Ann Reynolds decease as own property to her own use, but if in case her Husband Samuel Magee should become bankrupt them my Exectors heareafter mentioned shall be impowered to take the said Negro woman and her increase into their possession and them to keep and make what advantage they can for the benefit of my said Daughter Betty Magee's Children.
- This my last will and Testament shall inpower them so to do.
- Lastly I comititute my loving wife Ann Reynolds Excutrix and my Son Henry Byne Reynolds my son in law Thomas Loyd and my friend and neighbor Zachariah Hendrickson Excutors of this my last Will and Testament revoking & making void all other wills by me formerly made.
- In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this fifteenth day of October one thousand eight hundred and three.
- (signed) Thomas Reynolds
- Sealed and declared in the presence off
- Jereh Bell
- Jeremiah X Getty (his mark)
- John X Griffac (his mark)
- A Codicil or Schedule to my Will wrote by my own hand.
- Be it known unto all men by these presents that I Thomas Reynolds of Botetourt have made and declared my last Will and Testament in writing bearing date the day of October last.
- I the said Thomas Reynolds do by these presents Codicil confirm and Ratifie my said last Will and do give and bequeath unto my Grandson John Given and Ann his wife my Mulatto Girl named Tillah to him and his Heirs forever also I give and Bequeath unto my Grand Daughter Nancy Ann Taylor my Mulatto Girl named Hap to her and her Heirs forever. But it is my desire that the above mentioned Mulatto Girls be kept in the hands of one or more of my Executors until the above named Grand Children arrive to age or Marry.
- And my meaning is that this Codicil or Schedule be and be adjoined to be a part & parcal of my sd last will & Testament and all things here in inforth fully kept and performed in as full & ample manner in every respect as if the same were so declaired and set down in my said Will.
- In witness whereof I the said Thos Reynolds have here unto set my hand and Affixed my Seal this __ day of __ One thousand Eight hundred and three.
- (signed) Thomas Reynolds
- Signed sealed & declared
- in the presence of:
- Jereh Bell
- Jeremiah X Getty (his mark
- John X Griffac (his mark
- At Botetourt December Court 1804
- This instrument of writing purporting to be the last will & testament of Thomas Reynolds dec'd together with a codical thereto was exhibited in Court and proved by the oath of Jeremiah Bell a Witness thereto subscribed And Zachariah Hendrickson being sworn deposeth that he was present and saw the said Thomas Reynolds dec'd sign and Acknowledge the said Will and Codicil and at the time of doing the same he believes the said deceased was in his perfect sense and Memory - This Deponent further deposeth that he saw Jeremiah Getty & John Griffac two of the subscribing Witnesses (who are now absent) sign their names to the said Will & Codicil which will & Codicil is ordered to be recorded.
- Hry (Henry) M Bowyer DC
- Botetourt County, Virginia Will Book B, Page 81-83].
- From Genforum Message Board:
- Thomas Reynolds, born abt. 1728 in either Caroline or Essex Co., Va., married abt. 1751 Ann ____ (Could be Miller d/o Maj. Simon Miller of Essex Co.???? This needs to be proved or disproved.), occupation, School Master. Records indicate they were living in Caroline Co. in 1772. In 1782 Thomas resided at Port Royal where he lived and held classes at the home of a Mr. Frawner. The only property he is known to have owned in Caroline Co. was 53 acres that he purchased from the Ship family in 1782. Thomas and Ann Reynolds continued to live in Caroline Co. until some time in the late 1780's or early 90's. About this time they separated, he moved to Botetourt Co. to live with thier oldest son John. Ann moved to Madison Co. where she purchased two tracts of land, one she lived on and the other she loaned to her youngest son Henry B. Reynolds. The reason Ann and Thomas lived apart is unknown. Thomas was living in Botetourt Co. by abt. 1790 and continued to live there except for a period when he, according to a neighbor, "went down county". Probably he was with Ann in Madison Co. during this time. Thomas died 1804 at Botetourt Co. and Ann 1810 at Madison Co.
- 1. John Reynolds b. abt. 1752 m. Magadaline Thomas d/o Lodowick Thomas abt. 1773/74. and lived on the upper part of Sinking Creek in Botetourt Co. Va. He was not listed on the 1772 tax list for Sinking Creek so must have arrived in Botetourt Co. between that date and when his father-in-law named him as executor of his will dated August 1775. John was a Rev. War Veteran, appointed Lt. in Capt. McMutry's Militia Co. at the July 1780 Court. This Co. was transferred to Capt. Joseph Looney the same year. Many of their children removed to Illinois and Indiana in the early 1800's.
- 2. Martha "Patsy" Reynolds b. abt 1757 m. John Pettis a Rev. War veteran. They were wed in Port Royal, Caroline Co. Va. in 1782 and later lived in Spotsylavina Co . Patsy (Pattie) removed to Orange Co. to live with one of her sons after John's death.
- 3. Thomas Reynolds removed to Kentucky by 1804.
- 4. Sarah Reynolds m. Thomas Lloyd.
- 5. William Reynolds
- 6. Bettie Reynolds m. Samuel McGee and lived in Caroline Co.
- 7. James Reynolds
- 8. Reuben Reynolds
- 9. Henry "Harry" Bayne Reynolds m.____ and lived in Madison Co.
- [Source: http://genforum.genealogy.com/reynolds/messages/3293.html[.
- Note: another source claims that Ann's maiden name was Blanton.
- [Source: http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.blanton/1075/mb.ashx].