The Raynor Family Association (RFA) was founded in 1992
by Arthur D. Raynor of Bartow, Florida (formerly of Westhampton, Long
Island, New York) as an outgrowth of a meeting he called to bring Raynors
together on October 3, 1992 at the Beach United Methodist Church in Westhampton
Beach, Long Island. This initial meeting was attended by nearly 200
Raynor descendants and their families.
Since that beginning in 1992, the Raynor Family Association
has sponsored annual "Raynor Round-Ups" which are held on the first Saturday
in October and provide opportunities for the exchange of Raynor genealogical
Most of the members of the RFA are direct descendants of
either Thurston Raynor or Thurston’s nephew, Edward Raynor, who accompanied
Thurston Raynor and his family on the ship, "Elizabeth," from Ipswich, England
to Boston, Massachusetts in 1634.
Our Raynor Family Association constitution states that
ACTIVE membership in this Association is open to all persons who are descendants
and/or spouses of descendants of Thurston and Edward Raynor. ASSOCIATE
membership is open to all others.
The purposes of the Raynor Family Association – as expressed
in the Association’s Constitution and By-Laws – are as follows:
- To promote study and development of genealogical information
on the descendants and/or the spouses of Thurston and his nephew, Edward
- To conduct and/or sponsor research on the direct descendants
of Thurston and Edward Raynor and associated families.
- To make available the results of said research for the
benefit of members and the general public.
- To identify, restore, and preserve artifacts, manuscripts,
or real property of historical interest related to the Raynor Family.
- To arrange meetings, reunions, and such other social activities
which may bring all elements of the Family closer together, including publication
of "Raynor Shine," a bulletin which shall be the official publication.
- This Association shall not engage in politics or business
In addition to the annual "Raynor Round-Ups" – which provide
opportunities for exchange of Raynor genealogical information, lectures,
visits to historic Raynor sites, as well as socialization among Raynor cousins
– a newsletter, or bulletin, "Raynor Shine," is published three times each
year and distributed to members of the Association.
Visitors to this Web Site are invited to submit Raynor
Family information and/or queries, and to join the Raynor Family Association.
The annual membership dues for both ACTIVE and ASSOCIATE
members are minimal. Contact the Raynor Family Association for information.
To join the Raynor Family Association, on
the Raynor Coat of Arms below for a membership form to complete and mail
with the appropriate dues to the Membership Chairman at the following address: