Reaves, Ashur (1757 VA - 1845 OH)


Reaves, Asher


Father: Unknown
Mother: Unknown

Birth: 1757, Prince William County, Virginia
Birth Source: RW Pension Statement #S17649

Death: 31 Jul 1845, Greene County, Ohio
Death Source: RW Pension File #S17649

Spouse1: Diana Miller, 1780, Sandy Creek, Halifax County, Virginia


Only known children of Asher Reaves and Diana Miller:
  1. Catherine Reaves, b. 1784, m. Lemuel Cottrell on 7 Jun 1822, Greene County, Ohio
  2. Elizabeth Reaves, b. 1787, m. Hiram Cottrell
  3. George Reaves, b. 1794, m. Mary Lee on 26 Jul 1817, Greene County, Ohio
  4. Sarah Reaves, b. 1802, m. Levi Hadley on 7 Jun 1822, Greene County, Ohio
  5. Obadiah Reaves, b. 1803, m. Charlotte Moorman on 10 Jul 1820, Greene County, Ohio
  6. Susannah Reaves, b. 1809
Asher Reaves was born in Prince William County, Virginia and joined the revolutionary forces from Halifax County, Virginia in 1778 according to his pension statement given in 1832 in Greene County, Ohio. His pension statement states that he lived in Halifax County, Virginia prior to the Revolutionary War from where he originally enlisted, then his father relocated to Wilkes County, North Carolina, where he was recruited for subsequent tours of service. Asher stated that he moved with his father to Wilkes County in the State of North Carolina about 2 miles from Wilkes Court House on the Yadkin River where he lived until the fall of 1789. Asher's parents are unknown however, the following appear to be some of the earliest references to Reeves or Reaves in Halifax, Virginia:
  • On 27 Dec 1771, George Reeves witnessed (signed with his mark) a deed from Luke Williams, carpenter, and Catherine his wife of Halifax County to James Ingram, gentlemen of Accomac County for 500 acres near Sandy Creek. Halifax County Deed Book 8, p. 295.
  • On 18 Jun 1773, Luke Williams of Halifax County executed a deed of trust to John Lewis, Jr. of Halifax County for 986 acres adjoining William McDaniel, James Henry, Charles Wormack, George Reaves, Joseph Morrosson, George Curry. Halifax County, Virginia Deed Book 9, p. 202
  • On 15 Oct 1778, Luke Williams of Halifax County deeded 100 acres on Court house branch to George Reaves of same county. Halifax County, Virginia Deed Book 11, p. 128-129.
Other than George Reves∗ of Grayson County VA who was at times listed in Wilkes County NC due to the changing state boundary line, the primary Reeves' individual living in Wilkes County, North Carolina during the Revolution was an Isaac Reeves with wife Margery. The fact that Isaac and Margery Reeves are known to have left Virginia and relocated to Wilkes County NC around the time of the Revolution indicates a possible connection between Asher and Isaac Reeves. Isaac Reeves did not name any of his children in his 1807 will, but most of his children have been identified in tax lists and deeds and do not include Asher.

After being discharged in Wilkes County, North Carolina, Asher returned to Halifax, Virginia where he married and remained for around 16 years according to his RW pension statement.

The following deed would appear to be by the George Reeves of Halifax, Virginia, selling his property in Wilkes NC when returning to Halifax:

9 Dec 1794 Deed - George Reeves deed to William Petty, Sr. for 200 acres on Little Lick Creek adjacent to the Moravian line. Wilkes County, North Carolina Deed Book B-1, p. 416

The George Reaves of the 1800 tax list is listed with 0 (zero) tithes which may indicate that he was over 60 and may have been Asher's father but could also have been an older brother. There is currently no way to determine whether the George Reeves of the early Halifax deeds is the same older individual who returned there before 1800 but it appears to be so.

In Halifax County VA, Deed Book 14 page 447, Recorded on 22 June 1789 Charles Powell and wife Sarah sold 150 acres on Licking Creek to Ashur Reaves for 100 pounds. This land was sold back to Anthony Powell, son of Charles, in the two following transactions:
  • Book 16 page 23, Dated 31 Jan 1792 - Asher Reeves sold to Anthony Powell - 100 acres for 72 pounds on Licking Creek and Deep Bottom Creek - Bounded by Wilies line, John Dickies line, Frances Pellies (Pettys?), and Robert Stanfield line - Signed by William Watkins, William Wood, and Dickie
  • Book 16 page 184, Dated 1 June 1793 - Asher Reeves sold to Anthony Powell - 50 acres for 28 pounds on Licking Creek bounded by Elmer Wiley, John Wiley, Faney Turner, and Anthony Powell - Note: This is surely the same land Charles Powell sold to Asher Reeves in 1789 and Reeves sold it in two parts to Anthony for the same 100 pounds he paid for it.
Asher Reaves signed Anthony Powell's marriage consent as a witness. Anthony married Elizabeth Miller who may have been a sister of Asher's wife Diana.

There are two other Reaves listed in the 1800 tax lists of Halifax County - George Reaves and an Elijah Reaves. Their identities are unknown but they may be of the same family.

It should be noted that the DNA of descendants of the known Reeve family of Prince William County, Virginia is a different lineage than descendants of Isaac Reeves of Wilkes County. DNA of the descendants of Asher and George Reaves would be a great help in resolving the identity of these individuals.

From the "History of Greene County (Ohio), Jefferson Township" - Asher Reeves, whose son George is yet a citizen of this township, located permanently near the site of what is now known as Blanetown.

∗ The residence of George Reves (Reeves) of Grayson VA was on the north side of the New River in the Peach Bottom Tract as early as 1767 which is approximately 40 miles from the area around the Wilkes Courthouse and the Yadkin River where George Reeves of Halifax County's property was located.


RW Pension Statement #S17649 of Asher Reaves
1790 Tax List of Halifax County VA
Deed Records of Halifax County VA
Deed and Tax records of Wilkes County, NC
History of Greene County (Ohio), Jefferson Township

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