Read your post but I can not see a connection to our NC family. Raynor is a common European name like Smith, Brown, or Davis. Many Raynor immigrants landed here throughout the colonial period. I think our line in NC originate in James Town Virginia 1623 where Wassail and Joanne Rainer, Adam Rainer and his wife all appear in Isle of Wight Co. Currently this is a theory, but I think our roots are here.
As I have ascertained so far, John Raner of Norfol Co VA died in 1691 survived by "wife Anne" and "son Richard, not of age of majority" and John who is "in the Wilderness of NC". John and Richard begin to appear often in records around the early ALbemarle region. In 1722 John purchased
land in the area which is sold by his son Daniel and Daniel's mother Mary Rutter in 1937. Other records show Mary as dau of Edward Wood.
Daniel remained in the region that over the years and throughout county divisions changed his county of residence from Chowan and Craven to Onslow and Duplin. Daniel and his heirs migrated into Onslow and Duplin counties and many are still there today along the serene calm of Cypress Creek in Duplin County and down into Maple Hill in Northern Pender County.
Goshen Swamp flows through Duplin Co from the Northeast Cape Fear. Goshen runs into South western Sampson county and it is in this region where my gggrandparents settled and where my great grandparents and grandparents also were located.
We have no direct connection yet between David's family of the Onlsow and Duplin area but I feel certain we descend from Daniel.
Thurston and Edwards families were of higher quality and status and our NC lines were but poor yeoman farmers who may have arrive to the states as servents. Wassail and Joane and Adam and his wife found in 1623 Va records were servents.
Who knows though, you may happen upon some startling info that I have not discovered and be the cause of bringing it all together. And if you did, I would be eternally grateful because as much as I love to research, knocking down the family barriers has been difficult.
Betty Ann Raynor of Sampson Co Raynors
A good way to resolve the Rainer/Raynor lines in the US would be to initiate Raynor genealogy DNA testing.
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