Reeves, Asa (1798 SC - 1841 GA)


Reeves, Asa


Father: probably Abner Reeves
Mother: probably Sarah Wright

Birth: 9 Oct 1798, York County, South Carolina
Birth Source: Undocumented

Death: before May 1841, Meriwether County, Georgia
Death Source: Will admitted for probate 4 May 1841

Spouse1: Sarah Elizabeth Barnes, m. 9 Jul 1828 in Jackson County, Georgia


Children of Asa Reeves and Sarah Elizabeth Barnes:
  1. Martha Ann Reeves, b. c1830, d. 1857, m. David Ellis on 29 Jan 1850
  2. William Reeves, b. 1831. He lived in Alabama.
  3. Judge Thomas A. Reeves, b. 1833. He lived in Florida.
  4. Madison Reeves, b. 1835, d. 1904, m. Mary Render on 9 Nov 1858.
By the time the 1850 census was taken, Sarah Barnes Reeves was a widow. She and her three sons above were recorded living in the home of her father, Thomas Barnes in Meriwether County, Georgia.

The following article was published in the Meriwether County (GA) Vindicator dated 13 Jan 1905, about the pioneers of Meriwether County:

"Asa Reeves from Wilkes County settled a plantation near Greenville. He was an energetic, sensible and substantial pioneer, and had a fine property at the time of his deceased (sic) in middle life. He belonged to the best class of citizenry, possessing the old time characteristics of manhood - unimpeachable veracity, honesty and honor. He was one of the kind without envy or covetousness who would rather have a good neighbor than to own his land and who had pleasure in the well-being of his fellows. He was a gentleman of firm convictions although liberal in his views and tolerant toward those who intelligently differed with him. Mr. Reeves attended diligently to his personal affairs and took interest in such matters as affected the public weal. He was loved and respected by his household and slaves and highly esteemed by his fellow citizens. We believe he was not a churchman but moral and upright in his general deportment. He was an old line Whig favoring the preservation of the American nation and a strictly impartial and constitutional administration of government. Like most of the independent country patriots of his time he had no itching for official distinction. In early life Mr. Reeves was married to Miss Barnes a lady of attractive personal, bright intellect and parity of character. Mrs. Reeves was a sister to the Hon. William Barnes of Senoia, Coweta County. William Reeves resident of Alabama, Judge Thom. A. Reeves of Florida and Hon. Madison Reeves of LaGrange, all deceased, were sons of Asa Reeves. His brothers were the late Hon. Tyre Reeves and William Reeves, of this county, and Abner Reeves of Mississippi, also deceased."


Marriage: Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950 (FamilySearch)
Census:     1830 Census - Jasper County, Georgia
                   1840 Census - Meriwether County, Georgia
History:   1840 Will - Asa Reeves - Meriwether County, Georgia Will Book A, p47
                   1862 Will - Sarah E. Reeves - Meriwether County, Georgia Will Book B, p57
                   Reeves, Mary Elizabeth. Reeves Lineage and Related Lines, Anderson, Anthony, Render (Privately Printed, LaGrange, GA, 1990). Miss Reeves includes transcriptions and photocopies of many family records preserved by Asa's grandson, Judge Henry Reeves of LaGrange. Among these are copies of military commissions and original handwritten receipts for products purchased and sold (dated 1825-1830).
                   Meriwether County (GA) Vindicator, 13 Jan 1905