Reaves, Lee (c1775 NC - c1848 GA)


Reaves, Lee


Father: William Reaves
Mother: Elizabeth Carraway

Birth: c1775 1785, Wayne County, North Carolina
Birth Source: DOB from 1850 census, Will of William Reaves

Death: c Jan 1860, Hancock County, Georgia
Death Source: Will Probate

Spouse1: Deborah MNU


Children of Lee Reaves and Deborah:
  1. William L. A. H. Reaves, b. c1840

On Jan. 9, 1807 Lee Reaves of Hancock Co. GA went back to Wayne Co. NC and deeded to Stephen Reaves "my equal share of a tract of one hundred acres which my father William Reaves Sr. dyed possessed of and never willed away."

The 1820 US census of Hancock County, Georgia lists Lee Reeves as head of household which includes one male and one female, both 26-45, along with 8 slaves. A William Reeves, Senr. is also listed on that census.

Lee Reaves of Hancock County, Georgia is also listed in the 1821 Georgia Land Lottery.

From the history of Darien Baptist Church in Hancock County, Georgia , Lee Reaves, James Gladden, and William Reaves, were appointed to lay off a tract of land, and take tithes to it, for the purpose of building a meeting house in December, 1824. In May, 1845, F. Trawick, G. Andrews, Stephen Mills, J.B. Thompson, Jon Mills, W. Clay, P. Pitman, James Mills, Jr., J.R. Hitchcock, and Wm. Thomason, were appointed to trace and ---, at the next meeting Lee Reaves, Green Andrews, and William Rushin, were to act for this church in making a transfer of the original deed that was given by Ambrose Ray a certain parcel of land to Darien Church and A. J. Ray, and have the same amount of land deeded to them as commissioners of said church, making such a survey of the land the commissioners may think most conducive (?) to the interest of said church.

Lee Reaves and John Reaves were listed as trustees when Darien Baptist Church was incorporated in 1832.

The court records of Washington County contain the adoption by Lee Reeves and change of name of William L. A. H. Reeves. The court record only indicates that the male child was given to Lee Reeves by George W. Emsweller, of Washington County. There is no further explanation.

In The Southern Recorder on November 30, 1847 - Andrew J. Ray of Washington County and Louisa Speights, daughter of John Speights of Baldwin County, married at the home of her father 25 Nov 1847, by Lee Reaves. From the court records of Washington County, Georgia recorded on 5 May 1825, Lee Reaves was a justice of the peace in that county.

The obituary of Mrs. Deborah Reeves, wife of Lee Reeves, Esq., who died on 10 Dec 1855 at the age of 71 was published in The Central Georgian, Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia on the 3rd of January 1856.

Lee wrote his will in 1855, but then amended it in 1858. It was probated in January of 1860. He ended up giving everything to William L. A. H. Reaves.

Research Notes

1850 census places his birth around 1785.


1850 Census:  Hancock County, Georgia

Georgia Legislative Documents, Galileo Digital Initiative Database
The Central Georgian, Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia
1807 Deed - Lee Reaves to Stephen Reaves - Wayne County, North Carolina Deed Book 8, p352
1855 Will - Lee Reaves - Hancock County, Georgia Will Book U, p328