My husband's 4gr-grandfather was Francis Rinehart, in Pennsylvania in 1749. His son Michael had several different spellings to his name - Reyner, Renner, and Reiner were the most common. Michael's son Jacob began using the "Reynard" spelling when he moved from Lancaster County PA to Erie County PA in 1834. There were several Reynard families in Chester County, just east of Lancaster County in this time frame, but I was never able to make a connection. Family legend says that the origin of the family was in Germany, but that Francis Rinehart lived in France for years before coming to the US.
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