Reeves, Isaac (c1725 ? - 1808 NC)
Reeves, Isaac, Sr.
Birth: before 1727, possibly Virginia
Birth Source: 1787 Wilkes County tax lists record Isaac's household with 0 polls indicating that he was over 60 years of age and none of the male children remaining in his household were over 16.
Death: before May 1808, Wilkes County, North Carolina
Death Source: 1807 Will probated in Wilkes County Court May 1808
Spouse1: Margery MNU
NarrativeIsaac "Rives" was on the list of tithables for Mecklenburg County, 1764.¹
The Isaac Reaves of Wilkes County, N.C. was previously in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. Early Settlers of Mecklenburg Co., Va., Vol. II, by Katherine B. Elliott, mentions that Isaac and Margery Reeves sold 100 acres at the mouth of Buckhorn Creek in Mecklenburg County to Ephrain Puckett, 14 October 1765.² (Recorded in Deed Book 1, pg. 165.) Isaac Reeve is also recorded on a list of tithes taken in Cumberland Parish, Lunenburg County on June 10, 1769.
Wilkes Court of Pleas & Quarter Session Minutes of 28 Oct 1784 lists Isaac Reaves as one of those assigned to assist Benjamin Glover in working on the road from the fork of road above court house to the fork at Thomas Holman's.
In 1787, he was listed on the Wilkes County, NC Tax Lists in Capt. Gordon's District with 5 white males under 21 or over 60 years old and 5 white females.
Isaac Reaves will written 11 May 1807 does not name any children and the only legatee is his wife, Margery.
An incorrect theory which appears to have originated in the Reeves Review has created an amalgamation of Isaac Reeves of Wilkes County, North Carolina, Isaac Reeves the son of William Reeves who died in Granville in 1751 and Samuel Reeves of Rowan County NC. This composite is listed in various websites as “Isaac Samuel Reeves”. There is no evidence to support that there was such a person. There are even copies of the Rowan County will of Samuel Reeves online which have had the name “Isaac” added. This is unsubstantiated by any historical record. In neither the deed nor probate records of Rowan County, is Samuel Reeves referred to as Isaac Samuel Reeves nor can any records be found in Wilkes County that list Isaac Reeves, Sr.'s name as Isaac Samuel Reeves.
There is a deed between Margery Reaves and Zebediah Baker for 50 acres on the middle fork of Hunting Creek and adjoining land granted by North Carolina to Isaac Reaves on May 18, 1789, now Peter Reaves land, agreed line between Peter Reaves and William Jones. Witnessed by John Sales and Thomas Baker, Wilkes County, August 6, 1808.
Probable children of Isaac Reaves and Margery:
- James Reeves
- Bettie Reeves, m. John Wilson, Wilkes County bond dated 28 Oct 1784, James Reeves bondsman
- Isaac Reeve, Jr.
- John Reeves
- Sarah Reeves, m. William Holton, 1798 in Madison County, Kentucky
- Joshua Reeves, m. Providence Baker, Wilkes County bond dated 1 Nov 1796
- Peter Reeves, b. before 1780, m. Sally Redden on 29 Apr 1801
- Rebecca Reeves, m. William Jones (undocumented)
Research Notes: Since Isaac Reeves did not name any of his children in his 1807 will, there is no way to positively identify all of those chidren.
It is worthy of note that a George Reaves is described as "of Wilkes County, North Carolina" in a Halifax deed dated September 6, 1793. This may indicate a family connection to Isaac since his is the only Reeves/Reaves family known to be located in Wilkes at this time. (Excepting the family of George Reeves of Grayson County, Virginia for whom there are Wilkes County citations; however he was always located in the Grayson County, Virginia area of Peach Bottom Creek along the New River. The area along the Virginia/North Carolina border for 20 miles either side continued to change state designations for an extended period of time.)
Additionally, Asher Reaves Revolutionary War 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. It was from Wilkes County that Asher was recruited for subsequent tours of service. 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.
Asher Reeves describes his father as living about 2 miles from the Wilkes County Courthouse in his RW pension statement and mentions the Yadkin River. Based upon water courses identified in Wilkes County deeds executed by Isaac Reeves, this is the same general area where Isaac was located on Hunting Creek which may have been one of the many small tributaries of the South Fork of the Yadkin and is also located just south of the town of Wilkesboro.
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 from the lines of George Reaves of Halifax VA and Asher Reaves of Halifax VA/Hawkins County TN/Greene County OH would be a great benefit to the research of these families. There are no participants in the Reeves DNA Project from those lines currently but a comparison of the DNA of those lineages to that of descendants of Peter Reeves, son of Isaac, could answer many questions.
Sources¹Katherine B. Elliott, Early Settlers, Mecklenburg County, Virginia, Volume I, self-published (1984), p. 164.
²Katherine B. Elliott, Early Settlers, Mecklenburg County, Virginia, Volume II, self-published (1984), p. 98.
1807 Will of Isaac Reeves, Wilkes County WB 2 p229