Mother: Susannah Cowan
Birth: 25 Jul 1803, Tennessee
Birth Source: Gravestone and census
Death: 19 May 1862, Franklin County, Tennessee
Death Source: Gravestone in Bean's Creek Cemetery
Spouse1: Nancy Reeves, m. c1828 Franklin County, Tennessee
- Sarah "Sallie" Ann Handley, b. 1830
- Samuel Avery Handley, b. 1834
- Robert Clinton Handley, b. 1837
- Jonathan "John" R. Handley, b. 1839
- Rebecca L. Handley, b. 1842
- Claiborne Reeves Handley, b. 1844
After Avery Reeves's death, William was involved in numerous transactions with Avery's presumed son, Hance Henderson Reeves.
The amount of records connecting the two leave little doubt that Avery Reeves was the father of Nancy Reeves Handley.