Reeves, John (c1755 NC? - 1818 GA)
Birth: before 1755, probably Granville, North Carolina
Birth Source: Census of 1800 Pendleton SC lists age as over 45 years
Death: before Sep 1818, Jackson County, Georgia
Death Source: Burgess Reeves and Andrew Boyd were granted letters of administration in Jackson County for the estate of John Reeves on 7 Sep 1818
Spouse1: Sarah MNU (Source: 1804 Pendleton SC Deed, Sarah Reeves relinquished her dower rights and Frederick Reeves Family Bible)
NarrativeThe 1790 census of Pendleton County, South Carolina records John Reeves with 1 male over 16, 5 males under 16 and 4 females.
Again in Pendleton County, the census of 1800 lists John Reeves' household as: Males - 4 under 10; 2 10-15; 2 16-25; 1 over 45 (total of 8 sons); Females - 1 under 10; 1 10-15; 1 16-25; 1 26-44.
By the 1820 census in Gwinnett County, Georgia, eight Reeves male individuals are found - John Reeves, 26-44; Frederick Reeves, 26-44; Jonathan Reeves, 26-44; Loftin Reeves, 26-44; Malachi Reeves, 26-44; Isaac Reeves, 16-25; Burgess Reeves, 16-25; and Thompson Reeves, 16-25. After 1850 when census records include place of birth, the older of these individuals list their birth place as North Carolina while the younger list South Carolina.
It may be mere coincidence that eight Reeves' males left South Carolina before 1820 and eight Reeves' males arrived in Gwinnett County, Georgia before that date, but the records of both Pendleton, South Carolina and Gwinnett, Georgia need to be researched in the most minute detail in order to either rule out or establish a connection between these Reeves.
The 1809 Tax List of Jackson County, Georgia lists John Reeves and an unidentified Thomas Reeves is listed on the same page. That individual has been found to be Thomas Rives the son of Thomas Henry Rives and Mary Edwards of Chatham County NC. Thomas Rives' son Rev. John Edwards Rives family history and narrative of his own life furnishes many details of the family's move to Georgia and documents their early presence there.
Fanny Reeves who married Andrew Boy (sic Boyd) in Jackson County, Georgia in 1811 is likely one of John Reeves' daughters as they are found in the same neighborhood of Gwinnett County in 1820 only a few households from John, Burgess and Jonathan Reeves.
The family bible of Frederick Reeves lists his father as John and mother as Sarah. A transcription of that bible is attached to Frederick Reeves page.
Undocumented family lore tells that John Reeves was killed by indians.
Probable children of John Reeves and Sarah:
- Malachi Reeves, b. c1780
- John Reeves, b. c1776-1794
- Frederick Reeves, b. 15 Sep 1784
- Jonathan Reeves, b. 10 Oct 1788
- Fanny Reeves, b. c1790, m. Andrew Boyd 27 Sep 1811 in Jackson, Georgia
- Loftin Reeves, b. 1792
- Burgess Reeves, b. 1794
- Thompson Reeves, b. 1799
- Isaac Reeves, b. 1802
SourcesFamily Bible of Frederick Reeves
Tax Lists of Granville County, North Carolina
1790 Census - Pendleton District, South Carolina
1800 Census - Pendleton District, South Carolina
1804 Deed, Pendleton (Anderson), South Carolina naming wife, Sarah
1809 Tax List - Jackson County, Georgia
Jackson County, Georgia Court Records, administration of estate granted 7 Sep 1818