Reeve, William (1756 VA - 1842 GA)


Reeve, William


Father: George Reeve
Mother: Jane Riddle Durham - See Research Notes below.

Birth: 5 Apr 1756, Prince William County, Virginia
Birth Source: RW Pension Statement S.31924 filed 5 Apr 1833 in Abbeville, South Carolina

Death: 14 Mar 1842, DeKalb County, Georgia
Death Source: Burial in Nancy Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, 1838 Will of William Reeve

Spouse1: Nuttey "Netty" White*, m. 1775 in Prince William County, Virginia


Children of William Reeve and Nuttey White:
  1. Elizabeth Reeve, m. Narwood
  2. Jane Reeve, m. James Mitchell
  3. Lucy Reeve, m. Nimrod Mitchell
  4. George Washington Reeve, b. 19 Oct 1781
  5. Nancy Reeve, b. c1790, d. 1824, m1. George Mitchell, m2. Thomas T. Newsum
  6. James W. Reeve, b. 6 Dec 1792, d. 8 May 1852 in DeKalb County, Georgia*
  7. William Durham Reeve, b. 14 Jun 1797, d. 15 Apr 1877*
  8. Noah Riddle Reeve, b. 12 Feb 1799, d. 27 Jan 1880 in Anderson County, South Carolina
  9. Nuttey Reeve, m. Lankford Hughes
  10. Sarah Reeve, m. William J. Donaldson
  11. Joshua Smith Reeve, b. 21 Aug 1801 SC, d. c1860 Georgia
*Burial in Nancy Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, DeKalb County, Georgia

In April of 1833, William Reeve appeared in court in Abbeville, South Carolina and made a declaration regarding his service in the Revolutionary War. He stated that he had entered the service in the summer of 1776 in Prince William County, Virginia as a drafted militia man serving in troops commanded by Colonel Henry Lee. See full transcription of William Reeve's pension application.

William named his wife, Nuttey, and his children (including deceased daughters) in his 1838 will.

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)

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".

Above research contributed by TRP members Dan Knight and Anne McDonald.


1790 Census:   Abbeville County, South Carolina
1800 Census:   Abbeville County, South Carolina
1810 Census:   Abbeville County, South Carolina
1820 Census:   Abbeville County, South Carolina
1830 Census:   Abbeville County, South Carolina
1840 Census:   DeKalb County, Georgia

1778 Will of George Reeve, Prince William County VA Will Book G, Pg 51-52
Fauquier Families by Alcock
Colonial Supermarket Daniel Payne's Ledger for His Store at Dumfries in Prince William County, Virginia for the Years 1758-1764 by Charles and Virginia Hamrick, xxi, 2007, 163 pp
William Reeve RW Pension Statement S31924
1838 Will of William Reeve, DeKalb County, GA Will Book A, Pg 11-12
1784 Deed - Jane Reeve et al to William Settle - Fauquier County, Virginia Deed Book 9, p3