Nolley Family Genealogy Forum
1763 Marriage proven: Christopher Reynolds and Mrs. Penelope Nolliboy [Nolley], relict of Needham Nolliboy. [Isle of Wight Order Book 1759-1763, p464 according to Marriages of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1628-1800, Blanche Adams Chapman, p39.]
Chapman abstracts the name as “Nolliboy” but it also appears in the records as “Nolley”. Needham Nolley first appears in Isle of Wight records in 1750, lived in the northern portion of the county, and died by 7 May 1761 when his appraisal was ordered [WB 7, p105] A supplementary accounting was filed in 1771, suggesting that he left small children [WB 8, p107]. His son Josiah Nolley was ordered bound out in 1763 [VGSQ 25:37]. Josiah Nolley may have been the person of that name who was later in Brunswick County. Penelope Nolley Reynolds was already in North Carolina by 1763. The only explanation that makes sense is that Josiah was not Penelope’s son (rather the son of a prior wife) and was perhaps left in the care of his blood relatives when his stepmother left the area.
Assuming this is the same Penelope Nolley or Nolleboy, she must have married Christopher Reynolds not long after her husband’s appraisal was ordered, for by November 1762, Christopher Reynolds had a son James whose later will calls Penelope “my mother”. Christopher Reynolds was the son of Christopher Reynolds and Ann Coleman, who had earlier married Mary Lightfoot, and we know from the deed record above that his wife Mary was likely dead by 1762 and perhaps as early as 1756.
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