Reavis, John (c1760 NC - 1841 NC)

John Reavis

Reavis, John


Father: Jesse Reavis
Mother: Fortune Jordan

Birth: 1760, Northampton County, North Carolina
Birth Source: DOB is as stated by John Reavis in RW pension application. 1830 census age is listed as 60-69 (born 1761 to 1770).

Death: 6 Jul 1841, Davie County, North Carolina
Death Source: Davie County Estate Records and DOD from RW Pension Application

Spouse1: Prudence Ridings (undocumented)


Children of John Reavis and Prudence Ridings:
  1. Betsy Reavis, m. Henry Atchison Garner
  2. Prudence Reavis, m. Thomas Lundy
  3. John Reavis, b. 1787
  4. David Reavis, b. c1797, m. Nancy Cain
  5. Nancy Reavis, b. c1792, m. John Pharr
  6. Jesse Reavis, b. c1795, m1 Alyse Cain; m2 Polly Beamon
  7. Samuel Reavis, b. c1800 m1 Nancy Wilkins; m2 Sally Cranfill
  8. Martha Reavis, b. c1801 m. unknown Brown
  9. Polly Reavis, b. c1805, m. Asa Reavis son of Joseph Reavis
  10. Temporance Reavis, b. 1809, m. Enoch Reavis son of Edward Reavis
  11. Joseph Reavis, b. c1810, m. Susie Masters
  12. Ruth Reavis
John Reavis stated in his Revolutionary War pension statement of 1832 that he was born in Northampton County NC in 1760 and was living in Surry County when called into service. He also stated that he had lived there continually from the Revolution until that time.

In the Surry County census of 1790, John Reavis is listed with 2 males under 16 years of age, 1 male over 16 and 1 female.

Research Notes

It is questionable that this individual is actually John Reavis, son of Edward Reavis and Sarah Gillam as published in The Reavis Family by Marie Reavis Hall. John Reavis who died in 1841 in Davie County stated in his RW pension statement that he was born in Northampton County NC in 1760. The 1760 date agrees with census data from most years which indicate a date of birth 1761 to 1770. It is far more likely that this John Reavis was the son of Jesse Reavis, Sr., son of Edward and Sarah Gillam Reavis.


1790 Census - Surry County, North Carolina
1800 Census - Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina
1820 Census - Battalion 3 or Forks of the Yadkin, Rowan County, North Carolina
1830 Census - Rowan County, North Carolina
The Reavis Family