Reaves, John (1800 KY - 1891 TN)

John Reaves

Reaves, John


Father: James V. Reaves
Mother: Margaret Ayres

Birth: 13 Aug 1800, Kentucky
Birth Source: Gravestone inscription

Death: 10 May 1891, Hickman County
Death Source: Gravestone in Mayberry Cemetery and Obituary in Maury Democrat 25 Jun 1891

Spouse1: Jane Oakley, m. 4 Nov 1828, Maury County, Tennessee


Children of John Reaves and Jane Oakley:
  1. S. Jerome Reaves, b. 28 Sep 1829, d. 17 Jan 1910 Hickman County, TN
  2. William C. Reaves, b. 1834
  3. Helen C. Reaves, b. 1837
  4. Leander E. Reaves, b. 1839
  5. Cleander Valona Reaves, b. 20 May 1832, d. 27 Sep 1861, m. William Dean
  6. Josephine Ophelia Reaves, b. 1837, d. Mar 1924, m. Joseph Holmes m. 1859
From A History of Hickman County Tenn, by by W. Jerome & David L. Spence, p. 149, pub. Gospel Advocate Pub. Co. 1900

"Just below the mouth of Gin Hollow (or Branch), near a good spout spring, lives Jerome Reeves, one of Hickman County's best citizens. He is a son of John Reeves, who was born in Kentucky on August 13, 1800. John Reeves was a son of James Reeves, who was born in Greene County, Tenn., in 1778, and who married Peggy Ayres, of Kentucky.

John Reeves came with his father to Maury County in 1805. He came to the Fourth District in 1836 and settled on the John Overbey place, which he bought from Robert Oakley, who had bought it from Henry Potts, who had located here about 1815. Hugh Hill then owned the place where Jerome Reeves now lives. Hill afterwards sold it to James Oliver, father of Captain Oliver, C. S. A. Sons of John Reeves were S. Jerome Reeves (born on September 28, 1829), and Leonard Reeves (born in 1839). His daughter, Cleander, married William Dean, of Dog (or Cedar)
Creek. Ophelia Reeves married Joseph Holmes, who, while a soldier in the confederate Army, was killed at Marietta, Ga."

It appears John sold two pieces of land in Maury County in 1828. This may be when he moved to Hickman County.

From Hickman County Obituaries:
Reaves, Uncle Jackie, just died; age 91; father of Jerome Reeves. (Maury Democrat 25 June 1891.)


1828 Deed - John Reeves to William Dodson - Maury County, Tennessee Deed Book P, p24
1828 Deed - John Reeves to Evan Livesay - Maury County, Tennessee Deed Book N, p29
1840 Census - Hickman County, Tennessee
1860 Census - Hickman County, Tennessee
1870 Census - Hickman County, Tennessee
1880 Census - Hickman County, Tennessee