Reeves, George (1691-1773 VA)
Birth: c1696, place of birth unknown
Death: Before Feb 1774, Prince William County, Virginia
Death Source: Executors/Administrators Bond Book 2, page 108
NarrativeChildren of George Reeves and Ann Doggett:
- Thomas Reeves, b. 17 Oct 1719
- Benjamin Reeves, b. 4 Jan 1721
- George Reeves, b. before 1731
- John Reeves
- Elizabeth Reeves, b. c1727, m. Unknown Haggard
- Moses Reeves
- Asa Reeves
George Reeves, described as of Northumberland County, received a grant from Lord Fairfax on 7 Oct 1726 for 370 acres in Stafford County on a branch called Croopers Cabbin Branch adjoining Edward Grayham and Richard Melton.
There is a deed of gift from George to John Reeves on 19 April 1732, the deed specifically identified John as "my Loving Brother John Reeves." George Reeves deeded 313 acres on the upper side of Occoquan to his brother John Reeves, the land being part of his 941 acre grant. Reeves deeded the land in exchange for love, good will, and five pounds, the same consideration described in the deed below to Thomas Davies. (Prince William County, Virginia, Deeds, 1731-1732, Liber A, pp. 181-183.)
Prince William County, Virginia, Deeds, 1731-1732, Liber A, pp. 137-138, shows that on 17 November 1731 George Reeves of Hamilton Parish in Prince William County deeded, "for naturall love and affection....unto my dear and well beloved friend Thomas Davies of same, mason and bricklayer....113 a.... branch of Bull Run and branches of Buckhall....part of tract of 941 a....granted George Reeves by Proprietors Office dated Feb. 24, 1728" The deed also mentions five pounds consideration. The land was described as adjacent property owned by Howsin Hoe. George Reeves signed the deed with James Miller and William Rice as witnesses. The deed was acknowledged on 17 November 1731 in open court, at which time Ann, wife of George Reeves, relinquished her dower.
Prince William County, Virginia, Deeds, 1731-1732, Liber A, pp. 138-140, shows that on 17 November 1731 George Reeves of Prince William County deeded to "William Rice and Jain his wife and John Rice his son of same.... for natural lives of William Rice, Jain Rice and John Rice.... 100 a....land joyning the land of Thomas Davies." George Reeves signed the deed with Thomas Davies and James Miller as witnesses. Reeves acknowledged the deed in open court on 17 November 1731.
Because of the terms of the deeds to Davies and Rice, and the similarities to the deed to his brother John Reeves, some researchers have speculated that the wives of Davies and Rice may have been near relatives, perhaps sisters, of George Reeves. (NOTE that a 27 August 1739 Prince William County deed from Thomas Davies to Margaret Evans "for love and affection" identifies Thomas Davies's wife as Judith; the land deeded bordered "John Reeve's Mill Branch.")
The association between George Reeves and Thomas Davies lasted for many years. On 16 July 1746 (Prince William Co., VA, Deeds, 1745-1746, Antient Press, pp. 136-137), "George Reeve" deeded 100 acres on the south side of Buckhall Branch to Joseph Hutchinson. The land bounded the lands of Thomas Davies, Edward Barry, and Joseph Bohanan. The deed was "for the natural lives of Joseph Hutchinson and Ann his wife and or William his son," provided that an annual rent was paid to George Reeve. Thomas Davies, Thomas Wallis, and Richard Dogged witnessed the deed.
George Reeve deeded to his sons Benjamin, John, Moses and Asa for natural love, land on Bull Run in Prince William County on October 18, 1751. Another son, George, appears to have been deceased by the date of this conveyance. This son, George, is documented on page 1 of the 1747 tithables list for Dettingen Parish in Prince William County wherein George Reves Senr is recorded with 2 tithes, himself and George Reves. The deed from George Reeves to his children reads:
"To all and to whom these present Writings shall come Greeting. Know ye that I George Reeve of Prince William County for the natural love and good will which I have and do bear to my loving Sons Benjamin Reeve & John Reeve, Moses Reeve & Asa Reeve of the County aforesaid & for divers good causes have given unto Benjamin Reeve, John Reeve, Moses Reeve & Asa Reeve and to their heirs and assigns a certain Quantody of land in the County aforesaid Vizt. I George Reeve of the County aforesaid have given unto BENJAMIN REEVE of the said County & to his heirs and assigns a tract of land of Fifty five acres whereon he now lives and Ninety five acres more or less out of a Tract of Nine hundred & Forty one acres laid off to him as followeth Adjoining to the line of Capt. Thomas Davis and the line of Mr. Housin Hooe and thence by a dividing line beginning at a Hickory standing in or near the line of Mr. Howsin Hooe thence NE along a line of marked trees to a branch to a Gum thence down the branch to Bull Run together with all the houses & appurtenances whatsoever belonging To Have and To Hold unto my loving Son Benjamin Reeve and to his heirs and assigns forever they paying yearly the Quitrents due. I have also given unto my loving Son John Reeve of the County and to his heirs & assigns One hundred & fifty acres of land taken out of a Tract of Nine hundred & Forty one acres laid off to him as followeth beginning at a Hickory standing or near the line of Mr. Housin Hooe thence along the line of said Hooe to the Rushy Branch thence down the said Branch to Bull Run thence down Bull Run to the branch that divides between him & his Brother Benjamin Reeve then up the sd branch to the beginning Together with the houses & appurtenances whatsoever belonging To Have and To Hold the said land unto my loving Son John Reeve and to his heirs and assigns forever they paying yearly the Quitrents due,I have also given unto my loving Son Moses Reeve of the sd County and to his heirs and assigns One hundred & Eighty acres of land part of a Tract of Nine hundred & forty One acres and part out of a tract of Three hundred and Seventy acres laid off to him as followeth adjoining to the line of Abraham Raw thence joining upon Joseph Buchana thence by a dividing line beginning at a small white Oak standing near the head of a Drean thence down the Drean to the main branch thence down the branch to the Corner of a tract of Three hundred & seventy acres (all Necessary priviledges of One hundred acres more or less marked off En cluding the plantation whereon William Byrt now livest to my Daughter Elizabeth Haggard during her natural life only excepted) together with all the houses and appurtenances whatsoever appertaining To Have and To Hold unto my loving Son Moses Reeve & to his heirs and assigns they paying yearly the Quitrents due. I have also given unto my loving Son Asa Reeve of the said County and to his heirs and assigns One hundred and fifty acres of land being part of a tract of three hundred & seventy acres laid off to him as followeth from the dividing line between him and his Brother Moses Reeve to the Roling Road that goes to Kays Ford encluding the Manner Plantation whereon I now live (all necessary priviledges to me & my Wife during our natural lives only excepted) together with all and singular the houses and appurtenances whatsoever appertaining To Have and To Hold the said land unto my loving Son ASA REEVE his heirs and assigns forever he or they paying yearly the Quitrents to be paid for the same. In Witness whereof I have set my hand & seal this 18th day of October 1751." James Bridges, Abraham Raw, and Benjamin Hamrick witnessed the deed. George Reeve signed the deed and acknowledged it in open court on 28 October 1751.
On 22-23 November 1751 (Prince William Co., VA, Deeds, Liber M, 1749-1752, pp. 205-207), George Reeves and Ann his Wife of Prince William County deeded to John Reeves of the same county of the other part, "for the sum of Fifty pound Sterling do sell unto said John Reeves and to his heirs all that tract of land which was formerly made over unto said John Reeves by said George Reeves by Deed of Gift recourse unto which being had will appear together with all the houses & appurtenances whatsoever to the said Three hundred and Thirteen acres of land (according to the bounds and Courses mentioned in the former Deed of Gift)(all which said premises are now in the actual possession of him the said John Reeves by virtue of Indenture for term of one year and by virtue of the statute for transferring uses into possession)." George Reeve and Anna Reeves signed the deed, and Judith Davies, Thomas Stone, and Isaac Reeve witnessed it. George and Ann acknowledged the release and receipt in open court on 25 November 1751.
When George Reeves died, an executor's bond for his son, Asa Reeves, was recorded in the Prince William County Virginia Executors/Administrators Bond Book 2, page 108, dated 7 February 1774. The will is not extant.
A descendant of George Reeves and Ann Doggett through their son Benjamin's son Austin Smith Reeves has participated in the Reeves DNA Project and was placed in DNA Group 10 which includes a descendant of William Reeve, son of George Reeve who was named as a legatee in George's 1778 will. This closely matching DNA confirms the family connection between George Reeves and his brother, John.
Note: The wife of George Reeves is listed in numerous web locations as Mary Ann Doggett; however, she was referred to simply as Ann in the will of her father, Benjamin Doggett Jr, written 18 September 1723 and proved on 13 November 1723 in Lancaster County Virginia. The will referred to her as "my daughter Ann now wife of George Reves." Three surviving documents from Prince William County include Ann's name: (a) Ann Reeves entered her signum on a deed of release from George Reeves to Thomas Davies on 25 October 1751; (b) Ann Reeve entered her signum twice in 1770 — on deeds of lease and release from George & Ann Reeve and Benjamin & Sarah Reeve to Maximilian Haynie on 8-9 March 1770. In all of these places, her name is listed as "Ann" rather than "Mary Ann." George and Ann Reeves' son Asa named one of his daughters "Ann Doggett Reeves" — not "Mary Ann Doggett Reeves." (From the research of Lois Downey.)