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William Reynolds Family of Laurens Co, S.C.


William and his wife Alsey/Alice or Elsie, who formed the base for many of the Reynolds families in the United States. They first appear in Laurens Co S.C. by 1790, when William is listed in the 1790 Laurens Co SC. Census in the 96th District. He purchased land from Stephen Mullings of Laurens Co for 50 acres on Bever Dam Creek of Little River the 18th of Feb. 1795; then sold that land in July 20, 1799 in a deed that mentions his wife Alsey. He also owned 170 acres of land on Rabourns Creek or Starnes Branch in Laurens. His children married into the neighboring families of Carter, Daniels, Robertsons and Abbots. By 1815 he had moved his family to Mercer Co, Ky and lived on Gilberts Creek along the Kentucky River. Evidently the families named above must have also moved from Laurens to Mercer as they are found in the census and deeds on Gilberts Creek. William died by 1822 as his will is recorded in Will Book 7, pg 62, Inventory March 22, 1822. His wife Alsey died in Parke Co, Indiana by 1830-32. Their children were:
1. Nancy who married William Daniel and later lived in Parke Co, Indiana
2. Alcey b. May 24, 1789 in Laurens, married January 12, 1818 in Mercer Co, Ky to a neighbor Isaac Darland and she died in Poweshiek Co, Iowa Feb. 25, 1872 age 83.
3. Maryann who married John Abbitt May 6, 1822 Mercer Co, Ky and lived in Parke Co Indiana
4. Rebecca who ws born May 4, 1799 and first married a Carter, later widowed she married Abraham Darland December 12, 1819 in Mercer Co, Ky; dying in Powshiek Co, Iowa June 1, 1873 age 73
5. James Robert whose wife was Sarah E. and who moved to Fountain Co, IN
6. Elizabeth who married James Robertson probably in Anderson Co, Ky and later moved to Fountain Co, IN
7. Jane who married William Robertson in Mercer Co, KY April 7, 1817 and died in Fountain Co, IN
8. Samuel lived in Anderson Co, KY with wife Anna
9. William b. 1800 in Laurens Co, SC. married January 2, 1821 Mercer Co, Ky inherited his father's farm in Anderson Co, KY (the Gilberts creek portion of Mercer became Anderson in 1825), and he died there Aug 1868. His wife was Margaret Abbitt.
10. John who lived in Anderson Co.

We have often wondered if this family came by ship into the port of Charleston or whether they came into Philadelphia and then down the coast to South Carolina. We do not know if they were Scotch or Irish. We do know that they were weavers. I understand that a bedspread woven by Rebecca is still in the posession of some of her descendants.

This family information was submitted by Judy Cassidy.



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