Birth: before 1750
Birth Source: Unknown
Death: after 1790, probably Duplin County, North Carolina
Death Source: Last recorded in 1790 Census
Hardy Reeves since the only record for him is from the 1790 census of Duplin County, North Carolina. That record may be a duplication with an error in the listed members of the household; however, the original census records two distinctly different Hardy Reaves living in different neighborhoods. This individual is listed on page 44 of the census listing of James Kenan in Duplin County.
In the 1790 census, there are two Hardy Reaves recorded in Duplin County. One Hardy Reaves is listed with a household consisting of 4 Males over 16, 4 Males under 16 and 5 Females on page 44 of the census listing of James Kenan. Another Hardy Reeves, is listed on page 40 of that same census listing with a household containing 2 Males over 16, 3 Males under 16 and 5 females. Since the total persons in the households differ, presumably there were two Hardy Reaves living in fairly close proximity in Duplin County.
The 1800 census records the household Hardy Reaves with 1 Male 0-10, 1 Male 10-15, 2 Males 16-25, 1 Male over 45, 1 Female 10-15 and 1 Female over 45, but that may be the other Hardy Reaves listed in 1790.
It is also unknown whether this is the Hardy Reaves recorded as a revolutionary soldier serving in North Carolina forces in the Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution, published in Durham, NC, USA: The North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution, 1932.
Recently a Jane Reaves has been discovered in the deed records of Duplin County in 1763. Nothing beyond this deed and a mention in the index of Dobbs County's deed book 6 is known of Jane Reaves. However the Duplin County deed is in an area where Hardy Reaves lived and where some of his descendants are found to this day. Jane may have been an unmarried spinster or could be a widow and possibly the mother of Hardy Reeves.
Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution
1763 deed, Duplin County NC DB 1, pgs 359-360