Name: Henry Reynett
Prefix: Lt 1
Death: ABT 1739
Residence: Sandhills, County Monaghan, Ireland
Change Date: 27 FEB 2013
His mother?s will dated 17 February 1739 mentioned ?my grandson Henry Reynet son to Lieutenant Henry Reynet lately deceased?.
He was left £500 by his brother Dr James, and so presumably was alive when the latter signed his will in 1730.
Henry Reynette settled at Sanhills in County Monaghan, where his son Henry was born in 1736.
But nb his earler ancestry given in THE HUGUENOTS of LISBURN is different to the version I now give.
(Have assumed the place is Sandhills.)
Family traditions are generally agreed that General Sir James Henry Reynett was descended from Dr Jacques of Waterford. Agnew states that from James Henry, the mayor of Waterford, son of Dr James Reynett (died 1730) 'the above clergyman [the general's father] and general officer sprang' and this is supported in a family pedigree which places the rev. Henry James (the general's father) as a son of James Henry, the mayor, and his wife Elizabeth Boyse. This, however, can hardly be correct. We know that the rev. Henry James Reynett (the general's father) was born in 1737 whereas James Henry, the mayor, did not marry Elizabeth Boyse until 1746.
Possibly Henry James was a son of James Henry by an earlier marriage but for James Henry, the future mayor, to have married and had a son by 1737 he must have been a son of Dr James by his first wife and not by Frances France. Yet Nathaniel France in his will refers to James Henry as his nephew and France has been used as a christian name by the Reynetts over the centuries.
Moreover, in the fairly well documented account of James Henry's children there is no indication that he had a clergyman son called Henry James. It would, accordingly, appear much more likely that the connection with the Waterford family, is a generation earlier.
Swanzy states that the rev. Henry James was born on 3 February 1737 at Sanhills, parish of Galloon, co. Monaghan, the son of Lieutenant Henry Reynett. Now it would appear very reasonable to identify this Lieutenant Henry with Henry the youngest son of Dr Jacques of Waterford (died 1721) who, as we have seen, was alive in 1730. Further evidence of a connection between the Reynetts of Northern Ireland and Waterford lies in the admission as freeman of Waterford city on 13 August 1758 of a rev Henry Reynett of Lisburn (presumably the general's father). There is also a Henry Reynett who in 1726 married Susanna Taboys" who may well be the mother of Rev. Henry James.
On the other hand, however, Lieutenant Henry may not be the son of Dr Jacques and husband of Susanna, but a descendant (son or grandson) of Dr Jacques's brother Nathaniel of Dublin, mentioned above, who may, or may not, be the husband of Susanna.
Be that as it may, Lieutenant Henry Reynett's son [Rev] Henry James Reynett entered TCD...
(The Ancestry of General Sir James Henry Reynett, by H F Morris. Decies, The Journal of The Old Waterford Society. Autumn 1993.)
Father: Jacques or James Renet b: in Aubenas
Mother: Charlotte Barbier
- Henry James Reynett b: 3 FEB 1737 in Sanhills, Parish of Galloon, Clogher, Ireland
- Type: Book
Periodical: History of the Connor Diocese
- Type: Book
Periodical: THE HUGUENOTS of LISBURN The Story of the Lost Colony
Author: E Joyce Best
Publication: LISBURN HISTORICAL SOCIETY