Reaves, Mary nee Gore (c1800 NC - c1840 NC?)


Reaves, Mary nee Gore


Father: Joseph Gore, Sr.

Birth: circa 1800, estimated 30-39 years of age in 1830 census
Birth Source: 1830 Census - Brunswick County NC

Death: possibly before 1840, Brunswick County, NC
Death Source: Absent from family household in 1840 census

Spouse1: George Reaves


Children of George Reaves and Mary Gore Reaves:
  1. John Reaves
  2. Rachel Reaves, m. George Ward
  3. Caroline Reaves
  4. Patricia Reaves
  5. Joseph Reaves
  6. Adeline Reaves
An 1831 Columbus County Deed from Joseph Gore, Sr. to his daughter Mary Reaves identifies the wife of George Reaves. Online I see that quite a few people have believed and posted that another daughter of Joseph Gore, Jr., married Joel Reaves, which was not the case. The deed mentioned, clearly states that Mary was the wife of George Reaves, not Joel.

Mary A. Reaves, widow of George Reaves, petitioned the Brunswick County Court in it's Sept Term 1838 for a year's provisions with which to provide for her family while his estate was being settled.

The youngest children listed above are named in an 1842 petition from the Estate File of George Reaves where Mary A. Reaves and these children requested a division of the slaves of George Reaves. The petition stipulated that Caroline, Patricia, Joseph and Adeline were minors.

Oddly, the household listing Mary Reaves as head of household in the 1840 census of Brunswick County does not appear to include an adult female. The household seems to only include the children of George and Mary Reaves with a male 20-29, perhaps John, listed as the oldest person in the household.

Research Notes


1840 Census - Brunswick County, North Carolina
1840 Census - Brunswick County, North Carolina (Mary Reaves HOH)
1831 Columbus County Deed Book E p 198
Brunswick County, North Carolina Estate Files, Estate File of George Reaves Application for Widow's Provisions
IBID Petition to Divide Slaves