Reynolds family reunion set for May 19

Published 1:42 pm Tuesday, May 14, 2019

By Mark Bateman

The 52nd Reynolds Family reunion will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 19, in the Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church

south of Columbia.

This is a reunion of the descendants of William Reynolds Jr. and his sister Matilda Jane Reynolds Spencer, both originally from Chelsea, England.  William Reynolds Jr. lived in Tyrrell County and became a Primitive Baptist preacher, while Matilda Jane Reynolds Spencer lived near Roper in Washington County and ran a local store.

Also, everyone is encouraged to bring any items of family interest that they have (such as old pictures, family Bibles, diaries or handiwork) to the reunion for “show and tell.”


Cynthia (Cyndee) Reynolds Rabil, now of Wilmington, will present her family research, the fourth of her “In Their Shoes” series.  “Life of Richard and Joseph Reynolds, Brothers” is the story of the two middle brothers of our William Jr. and Matilda.

Cyndee was formerly a researcher in cytogenetics and headed departments of bone marrow and tissue culture in genetics for the Dr. Arthur Robinson laboratories.  She has applied those research skills to her newfound interest in our Reynolds Family genealogy.


10–10:30 a.m. Registration and Fellowship

10:30–noon Business Meeting and Program

  • Welcome and Invocation
  • Announcements
  • Kids Corner
  • Minutes and Treasurer Report
  • Memorial Service
  • Program:  “IN THEIR SHOES:   Life of Richard and Joseph Reynolds, Brothers”
  • Old Business / New Business
  • Family Lines Count
  • Recognitions and Show & Tell
  • Closing

Noon Picnic lunch

1:30 p.m. Bethlehem PBC Preservation Society annual meeting

The picnic is pot luck luncheon. The reunion provides barbecue and plates, utensils, cups, ice.  Everyone should bring their drinks and a dish to share. Reminder that out-of-town family members are not obligated to bring a lunch; you are invited to be guests of the local members.

DIRECTIONS TO BETHLEHEM PB CHURCH:  Take US Highway 64 to Columbia.  At traffic light head south onto NC Route 94 for about 2 miles, and take right onto Newlands Road.  The church is 1/8 mile west, park in the yard.

For more information contact Mark Bateman, President, 860-464-1715; or Gail Reynolds, Treasurer, 252-796-9471.