Reeve, Jane nee Riddle or Durham (1739 VA - c1790 VA)

Jane Reeve

Reeve, Jane nee Riddle or Durham1


Father: Unknown, possibly William Durham
Mother: Unknown, possibly Margaret Colclough

Birth: probably 2 Oct 1739, Stafford County, Virginia
Birth Source: St. Paul's Parish Register recorded the birth of a child Jane to William and Margaret Durham on this date.

Death: aft 1790, Prince William County, Virginia
Death Source: Living when a deed was executed on 28 Nov 1790

Spouse1: George Reeve
Spouse2: Edward Jones


Children of George Reeve and Jane:
  1. William Reeve, b. 1754
  2. James Reeve
  3. Jonathan Reeve
  4. Jesse Reeve
  5. Joshua Reeve
  6. Noah Reeve
  7. Jemima Reeve, m. Nicholas Mooney
  8. Susanna Reeve, m. John Gill
  9. Jane Reeve, m. Charles Cox
From Fauquier Families by Alcock:
Reeves, George. D 4-321, 1771 & 5-257, 1773. Buys 420 a. on Kettle Run Tract from execs of Charles Carter, Esq. RP. RR1777 420 a. D 9-3, 1784. Jane + Reeve and William & Netty Reeve to William Settle of PW 100 a. devised by him to Jane during her widowhood and then to William Reeves. (transcription)

Jane was taxed as Jane Reeve in Prince William County in 1782 and 1786; descendants report that she married Edward Jones after 1786 and appeared in Fauquier County during the 1790s, when Edward Jones was involved in a court suit with his stepdaughter Jane Reeve.

Also in 1790, on the 28th of November, a Prince William County deed by William Reeve and Netty, his wife, of Abbeville, South Carolina, along with Edward Jones and Jane, his wife, conveyed a 45 acre tract of land lying in both Prince William and Fauquier counties to Jesse Reeve. The deed specifically states that Jane was the widow of George Reeve.

Research Notes

1 A 1933 letter from a descendant, Mrs. Ethel Pruett, to the Bureau of Pensions in Washington, D.C. in regard to the Revolutionary War Service of William Reeve states that his mother's maiden name was Riddle. However, recent research of the Prince William, Fauquier, and other northern neck counties has produced some evidence indicating that Jane may have been the daughter of William Durham and Margaret Colclough.

Merchant Daniel Payne's ledger for his store at Dumfries in Prince William County lists a George Reeves who was the "son-in-law of William Durham". That George Reeves is listed as such in the 1762-1763 and 1763-1764 ledgers.

The fact that Jane's son William Reeve named one of his sons "William Durham Reeve" appears to verify this family connection. Another son was named "James White Reeve" for the father of Netty (Arnetta) White Reeve, William's wife. Descendants from this line also indicate that the wife of James White was a Riddle, daughter of Noah Riddle, which would account for the naming of another of their sons "Noah Riddle Reeve".

Research also contributed by TRP members Dan Knight and Anne McDonald.


Birth:       St. Paul's Parish Register, Stafford County, Virginia

Fauquier Families by Alcock
Deeds 1796-1799 from Deed abstracts of Prince William County, Virginia abstracted by Ruth & Sam Sparacio, pub. c1989
1784 Deed - Jane Reeve et al to William Settle - Fauquier County, Virginia Deed Book 9, p3