Birth: circa 1740, possibly New Jersey
Birth Source: Estimated
Spouse1: possibly Susanna Hays, m. 4 Oct 1762 in Salem County, New Jersey
Ameriah is listed on the roster of officers and private soldiers detached from the first or Southern Battalion of Militia of Orange County, North Carolina under the command of Col. Ambrose Ramsey to march against hostile indians during the American Revolution.
This may be the same Amariah Reeves who married Susanna Hays on 4 Oct 1762 in Salem County, New Jersey. No further records were found of Amariah in New Jersey so he may have migrated to North Carolina and be the same individual.
Very little else is known of Ameriah Reeves other than the few references to him in the records of Orange County, North Carolina during the 1770s.
Ameriah Reaves purchased a steer from the estate of Jacob Baison, which was recorded in Orange County November Court 1774.
He was also recorded as a taxpayer in Orange County in 1779 along with George Reeves and John Reeves who are the only other Reeves individuals in the county. That 1779 tax list records Ameriah as being taxed on 400 acres.
It appears that Ameriah may have migrated westward to the New River area as other Orange County residents had done prior to the Revolution. A TRP researcher has located the following Grayson County VA records for an Amariah Reves:
1796 Grayson County personal tax list
Amariah Reves 1 0 0 0
Grayson 1799 delinquent revenue taxes Library of Virginia , Grayson County Court Records Barcode 1117701
Amariah Revs, no land, 1 horse, not found
Abner Revs, no land, 1 horse, not found
A list of the volunteers and drafted men, Halifax return, MCH. 1779
D.A.R. of NC. Durham, NC. 1932. (12,709p.):593
William D. Bennett, Orange County Records, Volume XIII, Inventories & Accounts of Sales, 1758 – 1785, self-published, Raleigh, NC (1994), pp. 129-130
Orange County NC Early Tax
Tax Records of Grayson County, Virginia