Searching for William Reynolds Descendants.

This week  the association received the following email from Sherwoods Gallery:

To whom it may concern,
Recently I acquired a painting of, who I believe to be,
William Reynolds. Who was the father of
Sally Reynolds Hitt. She was married to
Robert Roberts Hitt. He was an assistant and a
good friend to Abraham Lincoln.
The purpose of this note is to find someone that is
able to identify the gentleman in the portrait or who
may own a photograph of William Reynolds to compare.
On the back of the portrait there is a
statement which reads “the father
of Sally Reynolds Hitt”.
It was painted in 1879 by the well-known
artist George Healy. He also was the principal artist
of Abraham Lincoln’s portraits. At that time Healy was
in France as well as William Reynolds and Robert Hitt.
Possible William Reynolds.
Any confirmation of the identity of this portrait that you could provide
would be appreciated.
Please note attachment of btb William Reynolds


Sherwood McCall

2618 Briar Ridge Drive

Houston, TX 77057
Contact the above person or the Association with information.


The Reynolds Family Association has in the past held a Annual Reunion and Business Meeting each year. These meeting are designed to not only hold a required Board Meeting but also to provide an opportunity to do some genealogy research at a nearby Library or Genealogy Society, a chance to come together and share what we have been working on since the last gathering, a chance to meet old and new friends, and an opportunity to enjoy some local entertainment.

Anyone with an interest in the Reynolds Family history is invited to attend, members, their guests, and non members alike. The RFA Annual Reunions draw people from all over the U.S.

This year we did not have a reunion due to illnesses, and challenges.  We have asked for feedback regarding what you would like as a Reynolds Family Association member for future planning.

board_meeting 2013
2013 Board Meeting – Sons of the American Revolution National Headquarters

A thought on holding a reunion is that it provides a means for younger members to learn about their heritage and to make contacts with members who have been researching for years. The elders can lead the reunion with stories about the start of the family association and family stories they know. Depending on your own unique heritage, you may hear personal stories about war, struggle and immigration. There is an element of learning and fun associated with getting together. The younger want to know there is something that can help them with their research. What are our resources for younger researchers wanting to join in?

One suggestion was to have it in conjunction with the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference.  What do you think?

Reynolds Hints in Edgefield, South Carolina…

When asked to help a Reynolds member to help find information that could help him source a father for his Daniel Jacob Reynolds that was born in 1810 in Edgefield this is what was found at the Montgomery County, Texas Genealogy Department at their County Library. Maybe you can use it in your research…
Edgefield findings that are related to Birth in 1810 …
In 1820 there is a Thomas Runnels in Edgefield.   Your Daniel Jacob would fit in the 10 year spot that has a mark in it.  Interestingly it was miss indexed as The Runnels.  There is also a William Runnels who could fit too because of the marks in the 10 year old mark.
 In 1820 there was a Fielding Runnels but he would not have been the father of William,maybe a brother.  No children age needed.
They also had Rennolds Reynolds spellings  in docs
Thomas  Reynolds,  was in Edgefield in time for a son to be born in 1810.  Although the transcribed Edgefield Marriage Records, 1970 by Carlee T McClendon p 133 says about 1815, the history of Edgefield puts him there in 1800.
Reynolds, Thomas born Fairfield District, and Mary Meredith July 9 1804 settled in Edgefield County about 1815.
 (these are the Reynolds in Fairfield 1800… Isaac ReynoldsUnited States Census, 1800 Not Stated, Fairfield, South Carolina,William Reynolds United States Census, 1800 Not Stated, Fairfield, South Carolina, Edward Reynolds, United States Census, 1800 Not Stated, Fairfield, South Carolina, Edwd Reynolds United States Census, 1800 Not Stated, Fairfield, South Carolina, Nancy Reynolds, United States Census, 1800
Not Stated, Fairfield, South Carolina)
Edgefield Co. SC Deed Books 13,14,15 abstracted Carol Wells
p 16
Bk 13 conveyance  p223-235
Peggy Reynolds wit. Thomas Dalton to Benjamin May Deed Jun 1793
Edgefield County South Carolina Abstracts of Deed Books 1-12 1786-1793 Vol 1
Page 39-40
Deed book 3, Pp. 284-288 24 Mar 1789
William Runnalds to Talliafero Cox both of Edgefield Co. SC, for 57 pounds, sold 130 Acres, being part of 200 acres originally granted 6 1774 unto James Harris, who conveyed to said William Runnalds on the West side of Stephens Creek of Savannah River, adj Ross, Talliafero Cox; lands surveyed for the Irish; DAvid Callaham; and JNO Herington. S/ William Renalds. Wit: Joseph Tucker, Joel (x) Cox, John Searls, who swort by oath 12 Aug 1789 efore Benj.Tutt J.P.
The next two make me wonder is there a relationship between the Morgans and William Rennolds/Reonald.
page 198
Deed book 12: Pp 90-91, 30 Oct 1793
Durary Pace & Mary his wife to Abiah Morgan both of Edgefield Co. SC for 40 pounds, sold 244 acres being part of a tract originally granted John Crawford adj Joel Crawford, said Pace, William Rennolds. S/ Drury Pace, Mary (n) Pace.  Wit: William Page, Onias Morgan, Rodah (X her) Morgan, who swore by oath 7 Mar 1795 before Hugh Middleton, J.P. Rcd. 12 mar 1795
page: 199
Deed book 12:  Pp. 94-96, 19 Jan 1792
William Reonolds and Peggy his wife to Onias Morgan, both f Edgefield Co. SC for 100 pounds, sold 100 acres, part of a tract granted to John Harris of Stephens Creek, Darton’s (Dalton) old survey David Calleyham and John Herrington, S/ Wlliam Reonalds, Peggy (+) Reonalds Wit: DrurayPace, Nancy Morgan, Mary Pace, Abiah Morgan who swore by oath 7 Mar 1705 before Hugh Middleton, J.P. Rcd. 12 Mar 1795.
This one might be a relationship for family.
page 219
Deed book 12: Pp 303 -307  21 May 1795
Benjamin Reynolds of Edgefield SC to Abraham Herndon for 200 pounds, sold 247 acres, being of two tracts; (1) 100 acres granted 3 April 1786 to Field Reynolds on the Main road from Augusta to the Ridge known by the Name of old wells also; (2) 147 acres granted 1 Jan 1787 unto John Ryan on the Maild Road that leads from the pine wood house to Augusta known by the name of the old well.  S/ Benja. Reynolds. Wit: Jonahthan (I) /rucgardsibm /dabuek /rutcgetm wgi /swire bt iatg 22 May 1795 before Joseph Hightower J.P. Rcd. 4 Sep 1795
You would have to order it from Edgefield Court House, but there is a will for Thomas Reynolds Sr. 30 Aug 1841
I found in a will of Joab Wooten, in May 1808, a reference to his having a daughter  Prisselly Rennolds and her issue  giving them 3 negros.  (Since  Daniel had a Priscilla  this could be a clue)

Census Sunday: Joseph Reynolds born about 1760

Joseph Reynolds is found 1778 on the Fidelity Oath records in Washington County, Maryland in the data base MD Early Census Index. [i]

This article tells us he had to have been at least 18 which was the minimum age required to that the Fidelity Oath. Oaths of Fidelity

In 1800 we find him in Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland.  He has   1 male under 10, 1 male 16 thru 25, and 1 male 26 thru 44 which should be him. There is 1 female under 10, 1 female 16 thru 25. a total of 5 members in his household. [ii]

joseph Reynolds 1800 Hagers town Washington

I do not find him after that.  There is a Joseph Reynolds in Washington, Maryland in 1820 but the ages to not coincide with the previous census of 1800 or even of 1778, and I do not find a Joseph Reynolds in 1810 in Washington.  There is a Joseph Reynolds in 1810 in Cecil, Maryland who could possibly be at least one of the 4 Joseph Reynolds in the male over 44 hash marks. Not enough information to provide proof there regarding censuses.  There are some trees that give his death as the date 1808.  However it is in Ohio, and the trees have a variety of fathers assigned to him.  No proofs there.  One of our researchers in the Family Histories gives his death date as 1848.  I can see that much research of other sources is needed here.

[i] Maryland, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999.

[ii] Year: 1800; Census Place: Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland; Series: M32; Roll: 12; Page: 104; Image: 113; Family History Library Film: 193665. Accessed at, Digital image.


Census Sunday: Abraham Reynolds B 1790 New Jersey

This will be the beginning of a series of census findings to hopefully help our members if they have not found this information or new researchers trying to find their ancestors. The information will be from censuses only.  We will not be using family trees or other records to fill in any information.

The first is Abraham Reynolds born about 1785 in New Jersey, according to the 1850 United States Federal New Jersey Census in Mendham, Morris, New Jersey.  He is with his apparent wife Julia A Reynolds. 1

abraham 1850 NJ

Next there is an Abram/Abraham Reynolds born about 1790 in New Jersey, according to the Newark Ward 9, Essex, New Jersey  1870 census widowed with an apparent son Abram M Reynolds who was born about 1831 also in New Jersey.  This census was taken June 1870. 2

abraham with son 1870 essex NJcrop

The Abraham Reynolds born about 1790 is found in the 1880 United States Federal Mortality Schedule in Morris, New Jersey. 3

Abram Reynolds, Male, White, Widowed, abt 1790, United States, 90, Death Date: Apr 1880, Cause of Death:     Paralysis of heart

.1880 mortality census for Abram Reynolds b1790 crop


The 1850 and 1880 Abram/Abraham Reynolds are most likely the same man and the 1870 Abraham, is a good candidate to be the same although in a different city.

Is this your Abram/Abraham Reynolds?  Come join us.  ~FranEllsworth

1. 1850 United States Federal Census; Census Place: Mendham, Morris, New Jersey; Roll: M432_458; Page: 126B; Image: 259. accessed Oct 12 2014 on

2. 1870 United States Federal Census; Census Place: Newark Ward 9, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: M593_881; Page: 259A; Image: 524; Family History Library Film: 552380. accessed Oct 12 2014 on

3.  National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Non-population Census Schedules for New Jersey, 1850-1880: Mortality; Archive Collection: M1810; Archive Roll Number: 2; Census Year: 1880; Census Place:  , Morris, New Jersey. accessed Oct 12 2014  on Ancestry,com

Free Membership

At our last Business Meeting, the Reynolds Family Association approved free Membership for all Active Duty Military Personnel.  If you know of any active duty Reynolds’ please let them know that they can now join for free.  Just have them go to and put Active Duty in the Comments section.

Joe Reynolds