Reavis, Jesse (c1735 VA - c1820 NC)

Jesse Reavis

Reavis, Jesse


Father: Edward Reavis
Mother: Sarah Gillam

Birth: c1735, Henrico County, Virginia
Birth Source: Date is undocumented

Death: before 1820, Surry County, North Carolina
Death Source: Wife is widowed, head of household in 1820 Census

Spouse1: Fortune Jordan
Spouse1: Prudence Webb, m. bef Mar 1792
Spouse1: Mrs. Mary Gibbons, m. 6 Oct 1806


Children of Jesse Reavis and Fortune Jordan:
  1. Susan Reavis
  2. David Reavis
  3. John Reavis
  4. Edward Reavis
Child of Jesse Reavis and Prudence Webb:
  1. Nancy Reavis
Children of Jesse Reavis and Mary Gibbins:
  1. Jesse Marshall Reavis, b. 1808
  2. Joel Reavis, b. 1811
1768 Jesse Reavis witnessed a deed for 100 acres on Jamry's Run, Northampton County, North Carolina from William Clark to Samuel Reavis.

1772 Jesse Reavis named as one of organizers of Dutchman's Creek Baptist Church of Surry County in church minutes.

1789 Jesse Reavis of Surry County bought from Harris Revis of Rutherford County 540 acres on Harmon's Creek.

1790 Jesse Reavis was listed in the census of Salisbury District, Surry County, NC with one male over 16 years, and 2 females with no slaves.

20 Dec 1791 Jesse Reavis (Reviss) was granted by the state 100 acres on Dutchman's Creek, in Surry County.

1792 Jesse Reavis and Prudence his wife are listed on the Bear Creek Baptist Church register.

1795 Jesse Reavis in Surry County, signed the marriage bond of Edward Reavis to Mary Haddocks.

1796 Jesse Reavis sold to Edward Reavis, both of Surry County, 400 acres in the same county at the head of Harmon's Creek.

1802 Jesse Reavis of Surry County sold to Harris Reavis of Rutherford County, 140 acres on Harmon's Creek. Witnesses: Joseph Reavis, Edward Reavis, James Renard.

The Surry County NC census of 1810 records Jesse Reavis with 2 males under 10 years of age, 2 males 10-15, 1 male over 45, 1 female under 10 years of age, 1 female 10-15 and 1 female 26-44.

Research Notes

Various sources give the date of death of Jesse Reavis as 1835 because they believe that he was the Jesse Reavis listed on the Surry County tax list of that year; however, a widowed Mary Reavis is found in the 1820 Surry census as head of household. The Jesse Reavis recorded in the 1820 census of Surry County was a much younger person, listed as age 26-44 or born between 1776 to 1794.


1790 Census - Surry County, North Carolina
1800 Census - Surry County, North Carolina
1810 Census - Surry County, North Carolina
1820 Census - Capt. Atwood's District, Surry County, North Carolina
Deed Records of Surry County, NC
The Reavis Family