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Rebecca Reynolds

Female Abt 1657 - 1730  (~ 73 years)


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  • Name Rebecca Reynolds  [1
    Born Abt 1657  [2
    Gender Female 
    Died 3 Jun 1730  Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I2571  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 22 May 2020 

    Father Jonathan Reynolds,   b. Abt 1631,   d. Bef 23 Jan 1673  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Mother Rebecca 
    Married Abt 1656  [4, 5
    Family ID F17046  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Walter Butler,   d. Apr 1693 
    Children 
    +1. Esther Butler
    Last Modified 11 May 2021 
    Family ID F5619  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Her parentage is not perfectly proven, but Donald Lines Jacobus argued (in "Walter Butler of Greenwich, Conn." and "Walter Butler, Penoyer, and Reynolds", citation details below) that she was probably a daughter of Jonathan and Rebecca Reynolds. In deeds at Greenwich after the death of her husband Walter Butler, her name is generally written "Clapman." Peter Clapham, a widower with one daughter, married a second wife Rebecca about 1694. By her he had three children and died 18 Feb 1698. His widow married, by 1717, a man named Brown, and died in Fairfield, where her oldest married Clapham daughter was living, and where her stone says that she died 3 Jun 1730 in her 75th year, placing her birth near 1655.

      The inventory of the estate of Jonathan Reynolds, taken 23 Jan 1674, lists daughter Rebecca "about sixteen years of age", which would place her birth about 1657. Assuming this is the woman buried at Fairfield in 1730, as argued above, this would make her a sister-in-law of Joshua Knapp (husband of her sister Elizabeth Reynolds), who was her co-administrator on the estate of her first husband Walter Butler, and also a sister of Jonathan Reynolds who with Jonathan Knapp was, after the death of Peter Clapham, guardian of the Clapham children.

  • Sources 
    1. [S399] The Settlers of the Beekman Patent by Frank J. Doherty. Ongoing multivolume series begun in 1990.

    2. [S520] Donald Lines Jacobus, "Walter Butler, Penoyer, and Reynolds." The American Genealogist 33:50, 1957., first name only.

    3. [S519] Donald Lines Jacobus, "Walter Butler of Greenwich, Connecticut." The American Genealogist 32:145, 1956.

    4. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    5. [S4171] The History and Descendants of John and Sarah Reynolds by Marion H. Reynolds. Brooklyn: The Reynolds Family Association, 1924.