Re: Richard Spencer Reynolds d. 1787 Wilkes Co. GA
To Reynolds researchers studying this line:
I have some additional information which suggests that this Richard could not have been born in 1749, as Tillman's book suggests, and seems to place him in Orange and Culpeper Cos of VA in the mid-1700s, before he moved to GA (with an apparent stopover in Pittsylvania or Henry Cos VA before Wilkes Co. GA.)
Orange Co Virginia deed bk. 13, p. 103-6. Indenture6 Jul 1754 bet. John Spotswood & Richard Reynolds for rents & covenants hereinafter mentioned, to farm lett 200 ac...Natural lives of RICHARD, SPENCER & GEORGE Reynolds, or longest liver...1000 lbs tobacco.Signed John Spotswood & Richard Reynolds; wit. Robert Spotswood, W. McWilliams, F. Fox, rec. 28 aug 1760.
Another researcher with whom I'm working believes this was a lease that included Spencer and George, the two young sons of Richard, in order to maximize the term of the lease.
Also, in Orange Co. VA court records dated March 29 1754,
Richard Reynolds is named as a defendant in a lawsuit, and George Doggett is providing securities for Richard. I believe, as indicated in my earlier posting, that Richard married Sarah Ann Doggett, not Sarah Hamilton; this suggests that perhaps father-in-law George Doggett was providing securities for his son-in-law in this suit.
Although there appear to be transactions in both Orange Co. and Culpeper Co. VA records, it looks as though this Richard may have owned land on Cedar Run in Culpeper Co.
Unfortunately, we haven't been able to link Richard to the other Reynolds of the early to mid 1700's in Culpeper, Orange, and back into Spotsylvania and possibly Caroline. Other names include William, John, Joseph, Benjamin, and possibly an older Richard; also Cornelius.