Reavis, William (1796 NC - 1855 IN)

William Reavis

Reavis, William


Father: Isham Reavis
Mother: Anne Matilda Jones

Birth: 13 Jul 1786, Rutherford County, North Carolina
Birth Source: Gravestone photo and census

Death: 12 Feb 1855, Gibson County, Indiana
Death Source: Photo of gravestone in Reavis Cemetery

Spouse1: Elizabeth Strickland, m. 25 Jun 1806 in Warren County, Kentucky
Spouse2: Catherine Hensley, m. 14th of Dec 1814 in Gibson County, Indiana


Child of William Reavis and Elizabeth Strickland:
  1. Joseph Logan Reavis, b. 6 May 1807
Children of William Reavis and Catherine Hensley:
  1. Julia Reavis, m. John T. Wallace
  2. James Riley Reavis, b. 1826
  3. Mary Ann Reavis, b. 1827
  4. Rebecca Reavis, m. Bryant
  5. William Alexander Reavis, b. 1835
The above children are documented in the 1854 Gibson County, Indiana will of William Reavis. Based upon census records there appear to be other children who may have predeceased William and left no heirs.

The History of Gibson County, Indiana records that William Reavis "made the long and tedious trip to this county on pack horses, arriving in the summer of the same year. They settled near the present town of Francisco, about a mile southwest in the timber, where they cleared a tract, erected the usual humble log cabin, and by industry and perseverance made them a farm and home." There are several errors in the text of this book which have been omitted. That history also mentions that William's brothers Daniel and Isham also came to Gibson County and made a settlement not far from their brother's place.

Research Notes


History of the Reavis Family by Winfred Elmo Reavis, pub. 1951
History of Gibson County, Indiana by Jas. T. Tartt & Company, pub. 1884
Gravestone photo at Family Search
1810 Census - Warren County, Kentucky
1820 Census - Gibson County, Indiana
1830 Census - Gibson County, Indiana
1840 Census - Columbia, Gibson County, Indiana
1850 Census - Columbia, Gibson County, Indiana