The John & Elizabeth REYNOLDS family of Harris Co, GA, is definitely tied to the CHESTER family from Lancaster Co, SC, and the CHESTERs appear to be tied to the FUNDEBURKs. Ezekiel CHESTER in his will in Tallapoosa Co, AL, 1855, mentions his two stepchildren, Jacob CHESTER and Elizabeth REYNOLDS. Other heirs were children David CHESTER, Sarah KNIGHT, & Johnathan CHESTER. Ezekiel is in the 1850 Tallapoosa Co, AL census, aged 84.
Marriage, Death, & Estate Notices From the Lancaster Ledger SCMAR p105
George M. FUNDERBURK has pplied [sic] for admn. on the estate of Ezekiel CHESTER, late of Tallapoosa Co, AL. 2 Mar 1858. (3 Mar 1858).
Elizabeth who married John REYNOLDS of Harris Co, GA, seems to be the same Elizabeth REYNOLDS mentioned in the will. In the 1860 census of Harris Co, GA, Ezekiel’s son David, her stepbrother, is living with her:
1860 Harris Co, GA census p571:
#464 Elizabeth REYNOLDS 69F Farmer NC
David CHESTER 65M NC
The ancestry of John REYNOLDS (born 2 Mar 1782 SC, died about 1848, Harris Co, GA ) is unknown. He could be related to the REYNOLDS family living near Ezekiel CHESTER and the FUNDERBURKs on Wildcat or Wild Cat Creek in Lancaster Co, SC.
William (& Nancy?) REYNOLDS as well as a James REYNOLDS lived on Wild Cat Creek, which is in the eastern part of Lancaster Co, not far from the county line with Chesterfield Co—where Lynches River forms the border. Wild Cat Creek is a branch of Lynches River. This area is also near the SC-NC border.
Lancaster Co, SC deeds abstracted by Brent Holcomb:
Bk B p260 28 Jan 1794, Daniel CLARK of Lancaster Co., planter, to William ISOM of same, planter, for £25 ... 200A on Wild [Cat?] waters of Great Lynches Creek ... Daniel CLARK (Seal), Caty CLARK (X) (Seal), wit: Benjamin DEASON, Elijah CLARK (X), John CHESTER* ( ) [blank]. Prov. by Elijah CLARK, 14 Mar 1794, before James MCDONALD, J.P.
Bk F p175: 24 Mar 1803; Jacob FUNDERBURK of Lancaster Dist., to James RUNNELS* of same, 150A on waters of Wild Cat Creek, adj. Zekiel CHESTER ... Jacob FUNDERBURK (Seal)
Wit: David FUNDERBURK (F), Zekiel CHESTER (C).
Book F p213-214 10 Oct 1801 John PHILIPS of Lanc Dist to William RUNNALS* of same for $50 land on waters of Wild Cat adj Robert WELSH, JOHNSON, 200A ... John PHILIPS (Seal) Wits: Daniel CLARK, John LENNOX. Proved by Daniel CLARK, 17 Jan 1805 bef Jno CROWDER, JP
The following document references from the SC Archives show CHESTERs in Lancaster, with FUNDERBURKs:
Series Number: S165010 Year: 1813
Item: 00007 ignore: 00
Description: LANCASTER DISTRICT, PRESENTMENT CONCERNING THE CONDITION OF THE COURT HOUSE, AND DANGERS TO WHICH THE RECORDS OF LANCASTER DISTRICT AND THE REGISTER OF MESNE CONVEYANCE ARE EXPOSED. (2 PAGES)
Names Indexed: MONTGOMERY, JOHN/COUL, JOSEPH/BELK, LITTLE JOHN/CROCKETT, JOHN/BLACKMAN, JOEL/SIMS, MATTHIAS/FERGUSON, JAMES/FARMER, THOMAS/COLE, JAMES/HEGGINS, JOSEPH/BIRD, HUGH/CROXTON, LEWIS/FUNDERBURKE, SAMUEL/FUNDERBURKE, JACOB/CAGLE, LEONARD/JOINER, MIDDLETON/MORROW, JAMES/SHEWBERT, PHILLIP/*CHESTER, EZEKIEL
Locations: LANCASTER DISTRICT/
Topics: COURTHOUSES/PUBLIC RECORDS/REGISTERS OF MESNE CONVEYANCE
Series Number: S108092 Reel: 0076
Frame: 00240 ignore: 00
Description: HUNTER, JAMES, PETITION AND SUPPORTING PAPERS REQUESTING A PENSION FOR HIS MILITARY SERVICE DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. (4 FRAMES)
Names Indexed: HUNTER, JAMES/MARION, FRANCIS/JACKSON, CAPT./AARANT, ETER/ROBESON, JOHN/WHITAKER, ABEL/FUNDERBURK, NATHAN/BELK, HENRY/FUNDERBURK, JACOB/FUNDERBURK, JACOB JR./FUNDERBURK, JONAS/*CHESTER, EZEKIEL/WILLIAMS, JESSE/FUNDERBURK, URIAH/LANEY, ELIJAH/HARE, JAMES/WELCH, WILLIAM/FUNDERBURK, SAMUEL
Topics: PENSIONS AND ANNUITIES/
Series Number: S165015 Year: 1844
Item: 00120 ignore: 00
Description: CITIZENS OF LANCASTER DISTRICT, PETITION ASKING FOR THE ABOLISHMENT OF BRIGADE ENCAMPMENTS, AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF MUSTERS, AND THAT COMPANY COURTS-MARTIAL BE RESTORED. (4 PAGES)
Names Indexed: PRICE, HENRY N./MILLS, W. M./DRAFFIN, WILLIAM/HOOD, JOHN/GETTY, R. E./NELSON, A. B./PLYER, C. A./FUNDERBUNK, G. W./FUNDERBURK, G. M./ROWELL, J. H./KIRK, M. B./NESBIT, JOHN W./DAVIDSON, JAMES H. N./MCDOW, SAMUEL H./MIER, ANDREW M./PLYER, RANSOM/*CHESTER, JONATHAN/REDDEN, D. H./LANGLY, ROBERT/COWSAN, J. B.
Locations: LANCASTER DISTRICT/
Topics: MILITIA AND PATROL LAWS/COURTS-MARTIAL
Does anyone know more about the FUNDERBURK-CHESTER-REYNOLDS connections?