Reeves, John (c1755 NC? - c1810 SC?)
Birth: before 1755, probably Granville, North Carolina
Birth Source: Census of 1800 Pendleton SC lists age as over 45 years
Death: before 1810
Death Source: Unlisted in 1810 Census
Spouse1: Sarah MNU (Source: 1804 Pendleton SC Deed, Sarah Reeves relinquished her dower rights.)
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.
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.
Undocumented family lore tells that John Reeves was killed by indians. There is also supposedly a family bible that belonged to Frederick Reeves that lists his father as John and mother as Sarah. A transcription of that bible or photocopies would be a great benefit to research of this family.
Probable children of John Reeves and unknown wife:
- 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
- Malachi Reeves, c1776-1794
- Burgess Reeves, b. 1794
- Thompson Reeves, b. 1799
- Isaac Reeves, b. 1802