John Reaves, Sr.
Mother: Catherine Duncan
Birth: 14 Apr 1807, Wayne County, North Carolina
Birth Source: 1834 Will of John Reaves, Wayne County Probate Records
Death: 25 Feb 1867, Chambers County, Alabama
Death Source: Wills 1856-1899, WB 3, Pg 195
Spouse1: Rachel Howell, m. Mar 1826, Wayne County, North Carolina
Spouse1: Sarah Welden, m. 2 Aug 1841, Chambers, AL
- John Howell Reaves, b. abt 1827
- Henry Duncan Reaves, b. 21 Dec 1828, d. 2 Apr 1899, Stephens County, Oklahoma
- Emily Ann Elizabeth Reaves, b. c1831, m. William G. Calloway on 10 Oct 1848
- William David Reaves, b. 12 Jun 1839, m. Mary A. McWhorter 1860
William Reaves and his wife, Rachel are mentioned in the probate documents of her father, Benjamin Howell's estate, probated in Wayne County in September 1833.
From an undocumented source (presumably a family bible of unknown origin), Rachel Howell was born on 1 Jan 1810 and died on 7 Feb 1840. Her birth date does agree with what can be derived from census records for Benjamin Howell and his will. Benjamin Howell named nine daughters in his will with Rachel listed last possibly indicating that she was the youngest and from census records, his youngest daughter was born 1810-1820.
William and Rachel Reaves left North Carolina and moved to Chambers County, Alabama in 1838 where Rachel died in 1840.
Will of John Reaves
Wayne County NC Will of Benjamin Howell
1830 Census - Johnston County, North Carolina
1840 Census - Chambers County, Alabama
1850 Census - Chambers County, Alabama
1860 Census - Chambers County, Alabama
Alabama Select Marriages, 1816 to 1957
Chambers County AL Probate Records- Estate of William Reaves
Chambers County AL Will Records Vol 1-2 p. 300