Rives, Thomas (1690 VA - 1758 VA)


Rives, Thomas


Father: Rives, George
Mother: Maidenname, Unknown?

Birth: 1690 Surry, VA
Birth Source: Reliques of the Rives

Death: 1758, Brunswick, VA
Death Source:

Spouse1: Bishop, Hannah?


See p 318 in Reliques of the Rives for details. He is person #7

These Deeds connect him to his son George Reeves:
  • Thomas Rives of St. Andrews Parish, Brunswick County, for Love and Affection which I bear to my son George Rives of same, 50a, being part of the land where I now live on, dated 29 November 1746. Signed Thomas Rives (bhm). Deed Book 3, Page 245 (the entire text is found on page 319 in Reliques)
  • George Rives of Northampton County, North Carolina for £50 paid by James Parham of Brunswick County, St. Andrews Parish,50a, being a tract of land granted to the sd. George Rives by a deed of Gift dated 29 November 1746 by Thomas Rives his father, dated 5 May 1748. Signed George Rives (bhm). Witnesses: Absalom Atkinson,John Atkinson, William Ezell, Junr. Court May 5, 1748, Deed and memorandum acknowledged by George Rives and Mary the wife of the said George appeared and relinquished her right of Dower. Deed Book 3, Page 411.

The following text is a partial transcription of the material for Thomas Rives found in James Rives Childs' Reliques of the Rives, pp 318-321. For the rest of it, please see the attached file.

Thomas and Hannah Bishop Rives and sons Thomas, Harmon, George, Joseph, Benjamin and William
Reliques of the Rives by J. Rives Childs
Page 318-321

7. Thomas Rives (George, William [amended to Timothy]), born about 1690, became resident of Brunswick county, Virginia, from its formation, and was residing therein in St. Andrews Parish as late as 1757. He must have died shortly thereafter as there is no further mention of him in the records. He resided in the lower part of Brunswick county near the North Carolina line, and adjacent to Northampton county, North Carolina, in that part of Brunswick county which had formed a part of Isle of Wight county before the formation of Brunswick. Living near him were his nephews, Timothy, Foster, and George Rives [12. Timothy, 14. Foster, and 16. George], sons of Col. William Rives, of Prince George county, Virginia, who had acquired land-probably that, in fact, on which Thomas Rives himself was seated-in this section as early as 1722. Another neighboring landowner of Thomas Rives was his younger brother Joseph Rives [8. Joseph], who had obtained a patent to land in the same neighborhood in 1722 and on the same day on which Col. William Rives had acquire his holdings which were afterwards to pass into the possession of his son Timothy Rives and his son-in-law Thomas Jefferies.
The first mention of Thomas Rives in the Brunswick records occurs in 1733 when he was ordered with "Thomas Reaves, Jr., Timothy Reaves, and Foster Reaves" to clear a road in Brunswick county opposite Nathaniel Perry's (O.B. 1, p. 37). In 1735, and again in 1737, 1739, and 1743, his land is described as adjoining that of Timothy Rives [12. Timothy] when the land of the latter was ordered to be processioned by the parish authorities (V.B., St. Andrews Parish). On May 9, 1738, Thomas Rives, "of Brunswick county," purchased from John and Batte Peterson, "of Prince George county," 100 acres of land in Brunswick which was described as part of a larger tract of 385 acres taken up by John Peterson on February 20, 1719, the said 100 acres being defined as "up the Fork next to Rives little old field to Mathew Parham's line and along Parham's line to Jeremiah Brown's land***to Sikes line along Richard Sikes to Highland." The witnesses to the deed were Burwell Brown, Thomas x Rives, Jr., and Robert x Douglas. One half of this land he deeded on November 29, 1746, to his son George Rives, in the following terms:
To all christian people to whom these presents shall come I Thomas Rives of Saint Andrews Parrish in Brunswick County sendeth greeting know ye that I the said Thomas Rives for Divers good causes & consideration of the true love and natural affection which I bear to my son George Rives of the Parrish & County aforesaid, have given granted and confirmed and do by these presents freely clearly and absolutely give grant make over and confirm unto my son George Rives & his heirs forever, one part of a certain tract of land containing by estimation fifty acres more or less being part of the land where I now live on and in the Parrish of Saint Andrews and County of Brunswick and beginneth in manner following, at a red oak by the side of a gul, thence east down a dividing line to a red oak a corner tree of Jeremiah Brown's land, thence North west along the said Brown's line to a red oak a corner tree, thence South West to the aforesaid gul. and down the gul. as it meanders to the beginning***
In witness whereof I the said Thomas Rives have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty ninth day of November, one thousand seven hundred and forty six.
Signed, sealed and delivered Thomas X Rives (SS)
In the presence of us mark
[no witnesses signed]

At a court held for Brunswick County December the 4th 1746 this deed was acknowledged by the within named Tho. Rives and ordered to be recorded.
Teste: Ro. Clack, Cler. Cur.
The vestry of St. Andrews Parish paid Thomas Rives on October 10, 1741, an amount of 100 pounds of tobacco for a coffin for Katherine Harris, and in 1748 he appeared with Timothy, Foster, and George Rives [12. Timothy, 14. Foster, and 16. George] among the voters from Brunswick county. In December, 1751 he was co-defendant with Joseph Rives [1924. Joseph, his son], in a suit brought by Joseph Parkes, executor of Joseph Parkes, deceased, for a debt of 1 (pound): 13 (shillings): 1 (pence) (O.B. 4, p. 144); and a little later, in 1752, he was defendant in a similar suit for a debt of 20 (pounds): 10 (shillings) brought by John Peterson, administrator of Batte Peterson, judgment being given against him for 10 (pounds):3 (shillings): 6 (pence) (O.B. 4, p. 301). He was now nearing the end of his life and by reason, no doubt, of his age, and possibly his restricted means, the county court ordered in March, 1755, on his petition, that he be discharged from the payment of county and public levies for the future (O. B. 5, p. 2378). The second half of the 100 acres "on the southside of the Meherrin River," acquired by him in 1738, was deeded by him on May 24, 1757, to Harmon Rives [1923. Harmon, his son] for "natural love and affection." The deed, signed "Thomas X Reaves," and witnessed by Tho. Person, Wm. Parham, Nathaniel Perry, and Nathaniel Hicks, gives no clue to his wife's name. She had probably died some time previous.

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1. Sarah Reeves b: 1712 in North Carolina, , , USA
2. Thomas Rives b: 1714 in , , Virginia, USA
3. George Reeves b: 1716 in Brunswick County, Virginia, USA
4. Harmon Rives b: 1720 in , , Virginia, USA
5. Joseph Rives b: 1725 in , , Virginia, USA
6. Benjamin Reeves b: 1725 in , , Virginia, USA
7. William Rives b: 1733 in , Brunswick, Virginia, USA


Reliques of the Rives pub 1929 by J. Rives Childs Page 318-321
Brunswick County VA Deed Book 3, Page 245
Brunswick County VA Deed Book 3, Page 411

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