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8. Lewis RENO (1)(2) was born about 1676 in Valence, Dauphin, France. He died on 27 Jan 1755 in Manassas, Prince Wm Co, Virginia.  It is beleived he was married to Ann WATERS (daughter of Thomas WATERS) in 1702 in Of Stafford Co., VA.  Ann WATERS (1)(2) was born in 1687 in Virginia. She died in Prince William, VA. She has Ancestral File number GJP6-RJ. Other sources say he may have been married to Margaret Faut. 

Lewis Reynaud, whose name appears as the anglicized version Renoe, Rennoe, or Reno in early Stafford County, Virginia records, had to have been under 21 years of age on October 10, 1688 when he was included in the Letter of Denization granted his parents, but he must have been at least 21 in February 1700 when he acquired land in Virginia, thus fixing his birth before 1678. He was still in London with his family in early April 1688, but was in Stafford County, Virginia by October 2, 1688, based on the documents described above for his father. The voyage to Virginia from London took about 13 weeks, so he probably arrived in the Northern Neck of Virginia between July and October, 1688 with his family and his uncle Benjamin and his family.

Lewis Reno acquired his first 100 acres of land from John Allen on February 25, 1700 for 2100 pounds of tobacco "to me in hand paid or promised to be paid" (Stafford County Deed Book Z, p. 73-74). This land had been purchased by John Allen and his brother William Allen from Augustine Kneaton, and was "situate and lying between the Rocky Run and Austins Run in Acquia". John and William Allen signed a Deed of Division for the parcel (witnessed by Lewis Reno) just prior to John Allen selling his portion to Lewis Reno. On March 9, 1705, John Allen confirmed the deed to Lewis Reno, "the 2100 pounds of tobacco having been fully paid" (Stafford Co. Book Z, p.309). A later land record by John Allen's brother, William Allen, mentions "a tract of land sold by my brother John Allen to Lewis Renoe a Frenchman of Westmoreland County". Stafford County was formed out of part of Westmoreland County, and Prince William County was later formed from part of Stafford County.
On June 7, 1707, Ursula Allen, "wife of John Allen of the County of Stafford", granted power of attorney to Nathaniel Pope to "acknowledge in Stafford County Court a certain tract of land granted by sale by my said husband Lewis Renoe in the same County the 9th day of March 1705 giving and granting unto my said attorney my whole power of authority in and about the premis to acknowledge in Court my right of Dower of the said land...".  (Book Z p.372). James C. Reneau, in his 1989 article in the Virginia Genealogist, interpreted this document as saying that Ursula Allen was the widow of Lewis Renoe, who must have died between 1705 and 1707, but I believe that Ursula left out the word "to" and was actually referring to the tract of land granted by my said husband TO Lewis Renoe in March 1705.

On August 24, 1711 Lewis Renoe and Clement Chevalle were granted 968 acres in Overwharton Parish of Stafford County on the upper side of Broad Run just east of Bristow (Northern Neck Grant Bk. 4, p. 28), and four days later, on August 28, 1711, Lewis Reno and Lewis Tacquett acquired a grant of 486 acres on Cedar Run, presently located east of Brentsville and south of Manassas in the northern neck of Virginia. Lewis Reno was living on this land in 1715 (Northern Neck Grant Bk. 5, p. 67). The title to this Reno-Tackett grant was the subject of a lengthy suit between Thomas Stamps and Thomas Reno in 1752 wherein the Court held that Lewis Reno in 1711 had been "duly naturalized and capable of taking and holding lands as by a Copy of Record in the office of Prince William County dated the second day of October 1688". The Court held that Lewis Tackett was not then naturalized and that this grant was invalid as to him. In 1712, Lewis Reno and Lewis Tackett divided the original grant equally between themselves, and this division was confirmed by the Court on June 16, 1779 (Prince Wm. Co. Bk. U, p.49). On June 30, 1712, Lewis Reno and Philomen Waters acquired a proprietary grant of 466 acres on the east side of Cedar Run, adjoining the Reno-Tackett Grant (Bk. M, p. 176). Thus, Lewis Reno acquired numerous lands, most of which were planted in tobacco.

Lewis Reno's will was probated on November 27, 1754, with his sons Lewis Reno and Thomas Reno named as executors. They presented his will in Court on January 27, 1755 and signed a bond, both spelling their name Reno (PW Co. Court Order Book 1754-1755, p. 181). On August 26, 1755 they reported an inventory and appraisal of his estate, but the detailed records have been lost or destroyed as has his will and any record of his marriage.
[Side Note: William L. Reno's 1975 manuscript and his published articles incorrectly showed this Lewis Reno as the son of Pierre Reynaud. Dr. Reno was unaware of the Stafford County records for Lewis and Benjamin Reynaud at the time, but court documents from the Thomas Stamps lawsuit in 1752 indicated that Lewis Reno was a naturalized citizen based on documents dated October 2, 1688, and Dr. Reno assumed that this Lewis Reno was Pierre Reynaud's son based on the following argument: "This date closely coincides with the Date (October 10, 1688) on which the Letter of Denization issued to his father, Peter Reynaud, was inscribed on the Patent Roll which was, of course, its effective date. The slight difference in dates was probably due to a clerical error in the many transcriptions which this court record has undergone; it probably said October 20, 1688, instead of October 2, 1688. If this be true, then October 20, 1688 would, under the New Style Calendar adopted in 1751, have been the equivalent of October 10, 1688 under the Old Style Calendar and would have precisely coincided with the date of the Letter of Denization."]

According to the 1723 Virginia Tobacco Lists, brothers Henry and Gabriel Moffett were living in the household of Lewis Reno in 1723 in Dettingen Parish. Frank Moffett wrote the following based on his research of these tobacco lists: "This was a census which was taken to allocate the number of tobacco plants which each male would be allowed to plant, as there was a tobacco glut, and the price was suffering. Sort of a colonial version of FDR's "Land Bank" program, wherein farmers were paid not to grow crops, etc. The brothers Henry (sometimes recorded as Heinrich) Moffett and Gabriel were listed in the household of Lewis Reno, a Huguenot, along with Reno sons, in Dettingen Parish, the location of which is now in Prince William County (then Stafford County).

  Lewis RENO and his wife had the following children:

child+18 i. Thomas RENO.
child+19 ii. Major Lewis RENO.
child+20 iii. Judith RENO.
child+21 iv. Francis RENO.
child+22 v. John RENO.