Reynolds Family

Biographical Sketch


The History and one line of

descendants of Robert and Mary Reynolds

(1630?-1928) of

Boston, Massachusetts


Marion H. Reynolds

Reynolds Family Association

Published by Reynolds Family Association


Brooklyn, NY

Pages 75 to 81

     Page 75

     Captain Nathaniel Reynolds married first Miss Lydia Raymond, Nov. 8, 1753, Beverly, Mass., the daughter of Boanerges & Jemima (Meacham) Raymond of Beverly.  Lydia was b. Jany. 3, 1736, there; d. Amherst, N. S., between 1776-1781.  It is said she had been a school-teacher, but this is doubtful.  All Nathaniel's children were of this first wife: the first three were born in Marblehead; others in Nova Scotia (1760-76).  Boanerges Raymond (also spelled Rayment) was the son of Jonathan & Sarah (Woodbury) Raymond of Beverly; and grandson of the supposed emigrant from England, John of Salem and Beverly who m. Rachel Scruggs, daughter Thomas Scruggs.  John had a brother William at Bass River, Salem.  The were among the first Puritan families of Salem.

     The Captain married second, Mrs. Mary Chapell Blaney, Jan. 13, 1782, Marblehead, daughter William & Sarah Chapell, who was b. 1731, Marblehead, baptz. April 12, 1741; died "old age," aged 81, May 16, 1812, Marblehead.  In 1753, Nathaniel had jilted her and married Lydia Raymond.  She never removed to Maine with her Reynolds step-children at North Lubec.  She and Nathaniel had no children.   Apparently none of the minor Reynolds children lived with her.  Eunice, Jonathan, and possibly Raymond lived with their brother Benjamin, the eldest of the Reynolds children, in North Lubec, according to the Census of 1790.  On Sept 15, 1786, Mary (Chapell-Blaney) Reynolds executed relinquishment of her right to administered the estate of her husband, Captain Reynolds, who died intestate.  Benjamin was administrator appointed by the Wash. Co., Me., Court, Nov. 3, 1786.  The Estate which was insolvent, was appraised at realty 18,; personalty 8, total 26; expenses of Administrator 20.  On Dec. 28, 1790, it was sold for 12 at the dwelling of Benjamin of Passamaquoddy.

     The nine children of Captain Nathaniel and Lydia (Raymond) Reynolds were:

501.  BENJAMIN, b. Nov. 16, 1754, Marblehead; d. Jany. 14, 1835, Pembroke, Me., and interred there.  He m. Lydia Watson  "of Nova Scotia, native of Eng-


Full descent given in the Raymond Genealogy, by Samuel Raymond, N.Y., 1886.

Essex Antiquarian; IX, 35, No. 56.  Stephen Blaney, son of Jedeiah & Bethiah (Cogswell) Blaney was baptized Oct. 3, 1742, and became a mariner.  On Dec. 12, 1765, he m. Miss Mary Chapel, and had:  Stephen, bapt. 1766; Mary, b. 1768, d. young; Mary, b. 1770; Jonathan, bapt. 1772; William, b. Dec. 11, 1774; Jonathan, bap. Feby. 17, 1788, when aged, 11; therefore b. 1777.

Records of Washington County, Me., Probate Court.

The Watsons were a famous family of Tories in Ft. Lawrence, N. S.  Lydia was perhaps daughter of Robert or Brooks Watson.