Reaves, William (c1700 MD ? - 1764 MD)


Reaves, William


Father: probably Roger Reeves

Birth: c1700
Birth Source:

Death: before Jun 1764, Baltimore, Maryland
Death Source: Will of 26 Sep 1760, WB 2, Pg 174

Spouse1: Elizabeth MNU
Spouse2: Tabitha MNU


Children of William and Elizabeth Reaves:
  1. William Reaves, b. 27 Jul 1720, d. before 1760
  2. Elizabeth Reaves, b. 5 Jul 1722 m. George Ensor
  3. Roger Reaves, b. 21 Jan 1725
  4. Margaret Reaves, b. 9 Jan 1728, m. Malance
Births of the above children were recorded in the parish register of St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

In 1701, Martha Bowen gave a cow to "John Pawlyne" and if he should die before reaching 18, she gave the "cowe & calfe & her increase to his Brother William Reeves & to his heirs forever." Roger Reeves's wife was formerly Mrs. Ann Pauling so this appears to be a reference to a half-brother and therefore makes William likely the son of Roger and Ann. Ann married after Roger's death to Jonas Bowen.

On 20 Jun 1723, he recorded his cattle mark as follows: "William Reves his mark for cattle and hogs viz a crop and an upperheal in the right ear and an upper heal in the left."

He bought land in 1725 from Edward Cox known as Reeves Neck and later sold 100 acres of land to John Willinott. In the 1727 deed, a Luke Raven signed as witness. This indicates that Josias Reeves of Baltimore may have been a son of William's. Josias's wife was Letitia Raven and he named a son Luke Raven Reeves.

Bowen, Jonas, planter,Baltimore Co.,12th Dec., 1728;
4th Feb., 1728.
To wife Ann, extx., dwell. plan. —— and personalty during widowhood; shd. she marry, personalty to dau. Martha Linch and hrs.
To granddau. Martha Linch and hrs., personalty at decease of her mother.
To dau. Rebecca Gray, personalty; she dying without issue, to child. of dau. Martha Linch. Land to be divided equally bet. them both; son Patrick Linch to have his pt. on that side of the branch where he now lives and to possess the same during life; granddau. Martha Linch to enjoy that pt. of land belonging to Martha Linch after the decease of her mother. Dau. Rebecca Gray and hrs. to have dwell. plan. on this side of the branch; dau. Rebecca dying without issue, her portion to pass to granddau. Martha Linch and hrs. Shd. both daus. die without issue, cousin Jonas and hrs., son of John Bowen, to possess all real estate.
To son William Reaves, personalty.
Test: Thomas Slye (Sly), Benjamin Bowen, John Eaglestone.
Note: Widow claims her thirds. 19, 580.


1701 Deed - Martha Bowen to John Pawlyne - Baltimore County, Maryland Deed Book HW2, p57
1723 Mark - William Reves - Baltimore County, Maryland Deed Book IS #G, p152
1725 Deed - Edward Cox to William Reeves - Baltimore County, Maryland Deed Book H, p144
1727 Deed - William Reaves to John Willinott - Baltimore County, Maryland Deed Book H, p327