Reeves, William (c1740 NC - c1821 KY)
SummaryFather: Reeves, William Sr
Birth: c1740, Unknown
Birth Source: Presumed adult on 29 Nov 1760 - Chain Carrier, John Alston survey, Orange County, North Carolina
Death: Nov 1821, Madison County, Kentucky
Death Source: Madison County KY Court Order Book E Pg 172 and Deed by Heirs of William Reeves, November 5, 1821
Spouse1: Anne MNU, Wake County NC Court Minutes Dec 1791
NarrativeChildren of William Reeves and Anne:
- Sarah Reeves
- Mary Reeves
- Peter Reeves
- William Reeves, Jr.
- Charles Reeves
- John Reeves
- George Reeves
- Jeremiah Reeves
Prior to the formation of Wake County, he is listed along with his father in Orange County Court Minutes and various deeds. As William Reaves, Jr. the Orange County court minutes record the registration of his “mark”, a crop and a half in the right ear and a Swallow fork in the left, before James Aycock, Orange County Court of Pleas, August, 1760.
He appears countless times in the minutes of the Wake County Court from the county's inception in 1771 through 1803. The Wake County Court records establish his continued residence there. He is recognized as a Revolutionary War Patriot based upon his civil service as a tax assessor in Wake County during the revolution by the DAR. From the 1770s, he served on juries, was overseer of the road from Munns Store to the county line, was assessor and tax gatherer in Captain Woodson Daniel's district and from 1787 to 1803 was a Magistrate Justice of the Wake County Court.
In 1784, William Reves is listed on Capt. Daniel's District, Wake County tax list as follows: William Reves - 1512 acres, 6 slaves, 7 horses, 25 cattle.
On the 22nd of February in 1845 in Wake County, Milley Gooch gave her statement in an application for a Revolutionary War widow's pension that she was married to Rowland Gooch in Wake County in 1789 by William Reeves, Esqr.
Three descendants of his son George Reeves have been placed in Group #6 in the Reeves DNA Project and match participants who descend from Jesse Reeves of Ashe County, North Carolina, and John Reeves, sons of Lt. George Reeves, Sr. of Grayson County, Virginia.
The only information at present regarding the wife of William Reeves is the given name Anne (Annie). The Wake County Court Minutes of September 1791 refer to William Reeves and Any his wife (Wake County Court Minutes 1787 to 1792 by Weynette Parks Hawn, pg 554-175). Anne Reeves died sometime after September of 1791 for in the Hillsborough, Wake County Census of 1800, William Reeves and two slaves are the only members of the household.
His last appearance in the Wake County Court minutes is in May of 1803. Sometime after that date, he and William Reeves, Jr. with his wife and five children follow the youngest sons, George and Jeremiah to Madison County, Kentucky. He is listed in the 1810 and 1820 census of Madison County and on 5 Nov 1821, letters of administration are granted to his son, George Reeves and John Hawkins on the Estate of William Reeves deceased.
He left no will, but on October 23, 1822, his six surviving children along with the attorney-in-fact for the heirs of deceased daughter Sarah Reeves Geer conveyed to the youngest, Jeremiah, his land on Otter and Muddy Creeks in Madison County, Kentucky.
Note: William Reeves and his father William, Sr. both signed their name REVES. George Reeves of Grayson County, Virginia and his heirs also used the Reves spelling of the name. In subsequent generations, many changed to the more commonly used spelling of Reeves while some descendants maintained the original spelling of Reves.
SourcesOrange County NC Court Minutes
Deed Records of Johnston County NC
Wake County NC Court Minutes
Deed & Court Records of Wake County NC
1790 Census - Wake County, North Carolina
1800 Census - Wake County, North Carolina
1810 Census - Madison County, Kentucky
1820 Census - Madison County, Kentucky
Madison County KY Court Order Book E Pg 172
Deed by Heirs of William Reeves
Website for William Reeves and his descendants - William Reeves of Madison County, Kentucky