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 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.
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).