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Reeves, William Sr. (c 1720 - c 1770 NC)
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Reeves, William Sr.


Summary

Father: Unknown Reeves
Mother: Unknown

Birth: c1720, Unknown
Birth Source: Adult per 1746 Deed

Death: c1770, probably North Carolina
Death Source: Last records in mid 1760's

Spouse1: Unknown



Narrative

Known children of William Reeves, Sr.
William Reeves, Jr.

Probable child of William Reeves, Sr.
George Reeves, Sr.

The presence of William Reeves, Sr. in the area of Wake County, North Carolina is noted in Durham County - A History of Durham County, North Carolina by Jean Bradley Anderson, on page 19, “Among the first to take up land in present Durham County were William Reeves, who received 400 acres where Ellerbee Creek runs into Neuse River (1746).” This deed was recorded in Granville County Deed Book A at page 18 on 5 Nov. 1746.

The Markham Maps which have 1800 of the earliest land grants in the Neuse River basin platted on maps of Orange and Wake counties show four tracts for William Reeves in Orange County. Section 5 of the Fish Dam Road website listing William Reeves' land grant as shown on the Markham maps - http://enoriver.org/fishdam/markham5.htm(external link)

William Reeves begins to be recorded in the court minutes of Orange County, North Carolina around 1752 as follows:
  • William Reeves, William Rhodes and others were on the “Grand Inquest” for the Court of Pleas, Orange County, June 1752.
  • William Reves, Robert Thompson and others were on the “Grand Inquest” for the Court of Pleas, Orange County, December Term 1752.
  • William Reaves, William Rhodes, Lawrence Rambo and others were members of the grand jury for the Court of Pleas, Orange County, July 1752.
  • William Reaves, Henry Bedingfield, Abraham Whitworth, John Dunnagan, John White, John Rhodes, William Copeland, William Rhodes, William Miers, James Swafort?, Lodwick Clap, Robert Patterson, Mathews, Hosea Tapley, and James Hendricks were on the “Grand Inquest” for Orange County, June 1753 Court.
  • The following were appointed to attend next General Court to wit: William Reaves, Mark Morgan, James Rainey, Joseph Boggs, John Wade, James Dickey Grand Jurors, Orange County, March 1754 Court.
  • The Grand Jury called and impaneled to wit: James Bowie, George Williams, John Dunnagan, Zachariah Martin, William Hellems, Lawrence Rambo, William Horton, William Rhodes, David Mitchel, Hugh Wood, William Reaves, and William Barbee, Orange County, July 1754 Court.
  • William Reves and James Forrester, Sr. were appointed to appraise property in the possession of Nicholas Culbertson by the Court of Pleas, Orange County, March 1755 Court.
  • William Reaves was a member of the grand jury for the Orange County Court of Pleas, November 1760.
William Reeves, Sr. is listed as William Reves with 4 white male tithes in "A List of Tythables for the Year 1755", Orange County, North Carolina. Note - there are numerous transcriptions of the Orange County Tythables for 1755 online which list William Reves with only 1 white male tithe but the original document shows 4 white tithes.

As this land south of the Neuse and east of Ellerbys Creek changed county designations, throughout the 1750's, William Reeves, Sr. is found primarily in the records of Orange County serving on juries and in other misc. court records. When the area became part of Johnston County in the early 1760's he is found in numerous deeds of that county.

On 10 October 1763 the land between the Neuse and Ellerbe Creek was conveyed by William Reeves, Sr. to William Reeves, Jr. by deed as follows: William Reeves Sr., Johnston County to Wm. Reeves Jr. Orange County, £140 Va money, 400 Acres beginning at a White Oak on southside Neuse River running S25 W 254p to a persimmon tree: S65 E254p to a pine on east side of Ellowbys creek: N25 E104p to the river: up the river courses to 1st sta., buildings, orchards &c Wit: John Bullard, Wm. Downs +, recorded in Deed Book D-1 Pg 63, Johnston County, North Carolina.

This same land remained in this particular Reeves' family for 52 years until it was conveyed by the second William Reeves to Nathaniel Jones, Sr. on October 16, 1798.

William Reeves Sr. does not appear in the records of Orange, Johnston or Wake Counties after several deeds recorded in Orange County in 1765. It is unknown whether he died about this time or moved to another location. He may have been selling his property in anticipation of moving, possibly along with his kinsman George Reeves who left around the same time for the New River area. There is an unidentified William Reeves with son George listed on the tax lists of Rowan County in 1767 and 1770 as well as a William Rieves listed in the 1779 tax lists of Randolph County (formed from Rowan and Guilford in 1779). This individual could be this William Reeves but it is questionable and no further records have been found to identify him.


Research Notes

The identity of the children of William Reeves, Sr. other than William, Jr. is unknown; however, George Reeves, Sr. of Grayson County, Virginia appears to be the individual by that name in the records of Orange, Johnston and Wake Counties throughout the 1750's to around 1765. The individual associated in deeds with William Reeves, Sr. and George's father-in-law Richard Burton seems far more likely to be George Reeves, Sr.. The George Reeves who died in Wake County in 1778 may be closely related to this family, but it is doubtful that he was the son of William Reeves, Sr..

Descendants of William Reeves have been placed in Group #6A in the Reeves DNA Project and are genetic matches to participants who descend from George Reeves of Grayson County, Virginia. George Reeves of Grayson, Virginia and William Reeves are definitely closely related but their family connection is yet to be documented.

Sources

Durham County: A History of Durham County, North Carolina by Jean Bradley Anderson, pg 19, Pub 1990
Ruth Herndon Shields, Orange County, N.C., Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of September 1752 – August 1766, Southern Historical Press, Inc., Greenville ((1965)
Deed Records of Orange, Granville and Johnston Counties
Court Records of Orange County NC
Orange County NC Tax List of 1755
Tax lists of Rowan and Randolph Counties of NC


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