Reeves, William (c1766 VA - c1850 ?)
SummaryFather: George Reeves
Mother: Jane Burton
Birth: after 1766 Grayson County, Virginia
Birth Source: 1810 Ashe NC Census and George Reeves Probate Documents
Death: c 1850, probably Carroll County, Arkansas
Spouse1: Sarah Anne Terrill born 10 Aug 1776 in Botetourt County, Virginia, married circa 1790
NarrativeIdentification and documentation of William Reeves' children is still an ongoing process and several of the children below have yet to be proven and are listed based upon census records and various other undocumented sources:
- Listed in the household of William Reeves in the 1800 census of Ashe County NC are 1 Male 0-10, 1 Male 26-44, 3 Females 0-10 and 1 Female 16-25.
- The 1810 census of Ashe County NC lists a total of ten members of the household: eight children - 3 boys and 5 girls, as follows: 2 males 0-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 26-44, 3 females 0-10, 2 females 10-15 and 1 female 26-44.
- The 1820 census of Ashe County lists 5 males 0-10, 1 male 16-25, 1 male +45, 2 females 10-16 and 1 female 26-46 in William Reeves' household.
- William Reeves is recorded in the 1830 census of Greene County, Indiana with 1 male 5-9, 2 males 10-14, 1 male 15-19, 1 male 60-69, 1 female 15-19 and 1 female 60-69.
- 1840 census of Carroll County, Arkansas lists 1 male 15-20, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 70-80, 1 female 10-15 and 1 female 60-70 in the household.
Probable children of William Reeves and Anne Terrill:
- Sylvia Reeves, b. 1792, m. Allan Burton before 1810
- Jennie Reeves, b. c1794, m. Rev. Hardin Burton on 6 Dec 1815
- John Reeves, b. c1796
- Obedience Reeves, b. c1796, m. William Buchanan Burton on 25 Oct 1814
- Elizabeth Reeves "Betsy", b. c1801, m. John Barton on 16 Apr 1822 in Grayson VA
- Anne Reeves, b. c1803, m. Terrell Cox
- Terrell Reeves, b. c1807
- Lenoir Reeves, b. 1808
- Albert Reeves, b. c1813
- Gaston Reeves, b. c1814
- William H. Reeves, b. c1818
- Timothy Reeves, b. 1821
- Unknown Female born after 1820
The probate documents of the estate of George Reeves, Sr. include the following unexplained entry from the Grayson County VA Court Minutes:
Aug 1811: On motion of Jesse Reeves and for reasons appearing to the court a certificate is granted him and Martin Dickinson for obtaining letters of administration on the Estate of George Reeves, dec'd whereupon they together with Joshua Cox, Alexander Sutherland, Benjamin Phipps, Zachariah Osborne, Joseph Doughton, Bartholomew Austin and Joseph Fields their securities entered into bond acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $30,000 conditions as the law directs and qualified according to law, to which order William Reeves one of the heirs of the deceased by his attorney excepted which was sealed by the court and made part of the record. Recorded in Grayson Co., VA County Court Order Book.
William Reeves was still a justice of the Ashe County, NC Court when he is mentioned in the Minutes of the Grayson County Court on 24 Mar 1812 as one of the justices taking the deposition of a witness in a case filed in Grayson County.
By 1822, William was listed on the Lawrence County, Indiana Poll Tax List.
On the 10th of April, 1822, William Reves, of Green County, Indiana, received Federal Land Certificate No. 1357, for 80 acres, for the east half of the SW quarter of Section 26, in Township 8N, of Range 4W (land located in Greene Co, about 4-5 miles NW of present-day Town of Solsberry), in the district of lands offered for sale at Vincennes, Indiana.
From: History of Greene County, Indiana, pub. 1870 by J. Ward, Worthington, Indiana - As taken from the official records, and compiled from authentic recollections by pioneer settlers.
Chapter XV - Beech Creek Township:
Among other pioneers whose name deserves a place in the history of the township, may be mentioned James Turpin, Edward and Charles Beasley, Frederick Hendricks, Nathan Hogan, Joel Burks, William Sanderpher, Robert and Frank Chaney, William and Noah Reeves, James Crockett and William Watkins...Pg 47 - William Reeves and his boys first settled the farm now owned by Edward Walker.
In 1830, William and his oldest son John along with Terrel and Noah (Lenoir) Reeves are listed in the census of Greene County, Indiana. By the Census of 1840 for Carroll County, Arkansas, William, John, Terrel and Gaston Reeves are listed. The 1840 tax list for Carroll County lists Lenoir, William, Terrel and John Reeves. Those same Reeves' individuals, in addition to Gaston, are listed in the 1841 tax lists for Carroll County.
In Carroll County, Arkansas there is a Reeves Creek said to have been named for William Reeves who appeared there on the 1840 census. It is located near the headwaters of the Buffalo River in Van Buren Township.
In 1850, John, Gaston, William and John's son William Terrell are named in the census of Independence County, Arkansas, but the elder William Reeves is not found there. Various family records show a death date of about 1854 in Missouri for William but that is undocumented. It is far more likely that William and probably his wife Anne as well died in Carroll County, Arkansas sometime between 1840 and 1850.
Sources1800 Census - Ashe County, North Carolina
1810 Census - Ashe County, North Carolina
Probate documents and Deeds regarding the Estate of George Reeves, Sr., d. 1811
1820 Census - Ashe County, North Carolina
1830 Census - Greene County, Indiana
1840 Census - Carroll County, Arkansas
The Cheek Family of Alleghany County, NC