52 Ancestors #44: Jonathan Reynolds, Founder of Greenwich, CT

Jonathan Reynolds, my 9th great-grandfather was born in 1636 in Watertown, Massachusetts to John Reynolds and Sarah Chesterfield who had come to the colonies in 1635.

Sometime around 1665, he married Mary Husted in Greenwich, Connecticut. She gave him five children: Rebecca (1666-1730), Elizabeth (1667-1710), Jonathan Joseph [8th gr grandfather] (1669-1727), Judith (1672-1743), and Ebenezer (1673-1749)

“John Reynolds of Sussex County in England emigrated to America as early as 1633, settling initially in Watertown, Massachusetts. In 1635, he was named a freeman but soon moved to Wethersfield with his wife, Sarah, and their children. Five years later he was a resident of Stamford, known at the time as Toquams or Rippowams.

Jonathan, his brother, was among the first proprietors of Greenwich in 1656, and John’s purchase of six acres from Angell Husted just seven years later was the first deed recorded in Greenwich. By 1672, both were proprietors of the town, and members of the family live here still, more than three centuries later. Jonathan’s son, also Jonathan, was appointed a member of a committee in 1701 to “dismiss the preacher, Morgan, for dullness.”

One of the progeny of a later John and his wife, Judith “Judah” Palmer, had a son, Joshua, who was born in Greenwich in 1685 and lived here until the age of 80. Joshua married Abigail Pennoyer and had four children, John, David, Caleb and Mary. In 1741, Joshua deeded land to his son John and, the following year, to both David and Caleb.
Joshua shared rights to land in Indian Field and Elizabeth Neck with Daniel Reynolds and served as a fence viewer and a surveyor of highways. In 1718 he was named a selectman and was a grand jury man for many years. For two years he was the Greenwich representative to the General Assembly.”  From Greenwich Historical Site

(no title) Marker

Inscription. In memory of the courageous men who founded the first settlement of the Town of Greenwich in the Connecticut Colony
July 18-1640
Everardus Bogardus • John Bowers • Robert Feaks • Jeffre Ferris • Angell Husted • Robert Husted • Andrew Messenger • Daniel Patrick • Robert Williams • John Winkelman
27 Proprieters of 1672
John Asten • John Bowers • Walter Butler • Thomas Close • James Ferris • Joseph Ferris • Joseph Finch • Angell Husted • William Hubbert • John Hobby • Samuel Jenkins • Joshua Knapp • Gershom Lockwood • Johathan Lockwood • John Marshall • John Mead • Joseph Mead • Ephraim Palmer • John Palmer • Jeremiah Peck • Samuel Peck • William Ratleff • John Reynolds • Jonathan Reynolds • William Rundle • Stephen Sherwood • Daniel Smith
Erected 1935 by Angell Husted Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists

He died on January 3, 1673  in Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Greenwich, Connecticut

Greenwich, Connecticut



Jonathan Reynolds (1636 – 1673) is your 9th great grandfather
Joseph Reynolds (1699 – 1749) son of Jonathan Joseph Reynolds
John Joseph Reynolds (1730 – 1799) son of Joseph Reynolds
David Reynolds (1760 – 1832) son of John Joseph Reynolds
David Reynolds (1792 – 1864) son of David Reynolds
Edgar Bliss Reynolds (1868 – 1923) son of Ephraim Weston Reynolds
Harry Nelson Reynolds (1896 – 1963) son of Edgar Bliss Reynolds
Helen Adelaide Reynolds (1920 – 2003) daughter of Harry Nelson Reynolds

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2 Responses to 52 Ancestors #44: Jonathan Reynolds, Founder of Greenwich, CT

  1. Richard Reynolds says:

    I am reasonably confident that John Joseph Reynolds (1727 – 1799) is my ancestor through his son John, by marriage to Lydia Parker, his second wife. Seeking more information to confirm this connection.

  2. Mary Addington Smith says:

    I am an Addington descendant with John Addington & Hannah Hobby my gr8 gr8 gr8 grandparents. In reading and research many of the founding families are in our tree. So very proud of my ancestry!

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