Reeves_Jonathan (c1750 NC - 1798 NC)
SummaryFather: Malachi Reeves
Mother: Elizabeth MNU
Birth: before 1750, Granville County, North Carolina
Birth Source: Tithe of Malachi Reeves in 1769 Granville County NC Tax records, listed as adult (21 Yrs old) in 1771 Tax List
Death: c 1797, Wake County, North Carolina
Death Source: Wake County Probate Records
Spouse1: Nancy Hooker, m. 12 Oct 1769 in Granville County, NC
NarrativeJonathan Reeves received pay for 12 day’s service in the Granville County Militia, March 29, 1769. He was also a taxpayer in Granville County in 1771.
Jonathan Reeves and Malachiah Reeves, both of whom signed with a mark, witnessed on 1 Aug 1774 a bill of sale from Henry White to William Reeves for 25 pounds for various items of furniture and livestock. This was apparently an executor’s sale.
Jonathan Reves was security for the 1789 marriage of Ruth Banks to Willis Jones in Wake County.¹ Ruth Banks was the daughter of Richard Banks and Karrenhappuch Hooker believed to be another daughter of John Hooker and sister of Jonathan's wife Nancy. When another daughter of Richard Banks, Sally, had married Garland McAlester on 1 Jun 1784, in Granville County, William Reeves was the bondsman and John Minor a witness.²
Jonathan Reeves is listed on the 1790 Wake County census as head of a household that consists of 2-5-4-0-0-11 (2 males over 16, 5 males under 16 and 4 females).
The 1793 Wake County tax list shows Jonathan with 200 acres and 2 white poles. He is living in the same area close to the family of William Reeves in the neighborhood of the Fish Dam on the Neuse River, but is not a member of that family as neither he nor his heirs are mentioned in any probate records for William Reeves. Also listed as a resident of the Fish Dam area on this tax list was Richard Banks next neighbor to Jonathan Reeves.
Jonathan Reeves effects were sold in the settlement of his estate in March 1798. There are no guardian records in the Wake County probate records for underage children of Jonathan Reeves after his death which would indicate that his children were all over the age of fourteen.
The widow and children of Jonathan Reeves appear to have left Wake County immediately following his death because they are not listed in the 1800 census.
Probable children of Jonathan Reeves and Nancy Hooker:
- Avery Reeves
- Ruth Reeves
- Hooker Reeves
- John Reeves
- Abner Reeves
- Cary Reeves, m. John Rhyley 21 Apr 1790 in Wake County
- Sally Reeves, m. William Phillips 18 Mar 1800 in Wake County
Sources¹Wake County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, part I. Genealogical Society of Utah, 1943
²Marriages of Granville County, North Carolina, 1753-1868, by Brent H. Holcomb, GPC, 2003, p 213