Reeves, William C
Death:c 1839 Independence County, Arkansas
Death Source:Probate records
Spouse1:Martha Ann Tucker
Records for William C Reeves in Independence County are sparse. This much is known:
He first appears in the 1834 Arkansas census in Black River Township, Independence County.
The next record of him is his marriage to Martha Ann Tucker on 31 July 1836 in Independence County, Arkansas. Entries in marriage records are variously spelled as Rives, Reeves, and Reves. The marriage was announced in the Arkansas Gazette on August 23, 1836, per arkansasties.com:
In Independence county, on the 31st ult. by Hon. Wm. Arnold, Capt. Wm. C. Reans [sic], to Miss Martha Ann Tucker, daughter of Peyton Tucker, Esq.
The title "Capt" would seem to imply military service.
William had died by the April 1840 term of the Independence County probate court when the administrator of his estate, Peyton Tucker, petitioned the court to discharge his duties as executor, having found assets totaling $84. The same petition states that William C Reaves left a widow and one child.
His widow Martha Reeves appears in the 1840 census age 20-29 with one male < 5, one male 15-19, one female 10-14. The two older children are not likely to be Martha's. Their parents are unknown.
Oddly, the 1850 census records identify a daughter Sarah A Reeves, born about 1838, and living with her mother who is remarried to William Hooper. No male child has been found.
Sarah A Reeves b 1838 Arkansas, married Adam Allen on 23 Feb 1860.
On October 2, 1854, Sarah Ann Reeves was issued a land grant in White County, Arkansas as the minor heir of Lieutenant William C Reeves, deceased, who served in Captain Bateman's unit of the Arkansas Militia in the Florida Wars. The unit referenced was commanded by Beniah Bateman of Independence County Arkansas.