Reeves, John (1760 VA - 1834 MO)
Birth: 1760, Frederick County, Virginia
Birth Source: Revolutionary War Pension Statement of 1833 R8684
Death: c 30 Apr 1834, Madison County, Missouri
Death Source: Statement of widow in RW pension file #R8684.
Spouse1: Rachel Barnes, m. 1796 in South Carolina
NarrativeChildren of John Reeves and Rachel Barnes:
- Hiram Reeves, b. 1799
- John Reeves, b. 1804
- Isaac Reeves, b. c1811
- Mary Reeves?
- Levina Reeves?
- Caswell Reeves, b. 1815
He married in South Carolina around 1796 and lived there for a few years before moving to Madison County, Missouri where he died in 1834 according to the statement of his wife, Rachel.
It appears that John Reeves settled in the area that became Madison County, Missouri when it was still part of French Louisiana before the Louisiana Purchase:
- John Reaves (1801), says in 1804 on account of the Osage Indians, the inhabitants were driven together for a common defense, and that they raised a common crop in that year...¹
- December 26, 1833 - And also came John Reaves, a witness, aged about 73 years, who, being also duly sworn as the law directs, deposeth and saith that he was well acquainted with Benjamin Pettit, jr. the original claimant; that he came to this country, then the province of Upper Louisiana, in the year 1802 or 1803. Witness also knows the land claimed, and knows that the claimant actually settled on the same in the spring of 1803; built a cabin on the land, in which he resided with his family...²
SourcesRevolutionary War Pension Statment:
¹A history of Missouri from the earliest explorations and settlements until the admission of the state into the union (Volume 1) by Louis Houck
²Missouri Land Claims - 1976 POLYANTHOS, New Orleans
pg 252 (Claim of Benjamin Pettit, Jr.)
1830 Census - Madison County, Missouri