Reeves, Asa (1730 VA - 1823 KY)

Reeves, Asa

Reeves, Asa


Father: George Reeves
Mother: Ann Doggett

Birth: 1736 or later∗, Prince William, Virginia
Birth Source:

Death: Nov 1823, Fleming County, Kentucky
Death Source: Will Probated 3 Nov 1823

Spouse1: Sarah Unknown, m. 1761 (surname is listed in various online sources as Lambert but there is no documentation)


Children of Asa Reeves and Sarah Lambert:
  1. Benjamin Reeves (Adopted), b. c1760 Virginia, m. Mary Crooke
  2. William Reeves, b. 8 Apr 1765, m1 Sarah MNU, m2 Ellinor Wood on 9 Nov 1806 in Fleming County, Kentucky
  3. Ann Doggett Reeves, b. 10 Apr 1767, m. John Crooke on 5 Jan 1786 in Madison County, Kentucky
  4. Eli Reeves, b. 8 Apr 1769, m. Sarah Ann Redman on 28 Jul 1791 in Mason County, Kentucky
  5. Susannah Reeves, b. 6 Nov 1770, m. Spencer Reeves, son of Elijah Reeves, on 6 Nov 1790 in Mason County, Kentucky
  6. Elizabeth Reeves, m. Samuel Jones on 3 Nov 1790 in Mason County, Kentucky
  7. Sarah Collingsworth Reeves, b. 27 Nov 1773, m. Matthew Mahan on 11 Apr 1795 in Mason County, Kentucky
  8. Margaret "Peggy" Reeves, m. Samuel Burke on 8 Jun 1797 in Mason County, Kentucky
  9. Jabez Reeves, b. 30 May 1781, m. Mary Ross on 18 Dec 1800 in Fleming County, Kentucky
  10. Jane Reeves, b. c1783, m. Jonathan Carter
  11. George Reeves, b. c1786, m. Nancy Hiday on 3 Aug 1805 in Fleming County, Kentucky
  12. Asa Reeves, Jr., b. 13 Oct 1788, m. Susannah Hiday on 17 Oct 1808 in Fleming County, Kentucky
  13. Isaac Reeves, b. c1793, m. Sarah Burke on 29 Nov 1810 in Fleming County, Kentucky

Asa Reeve along with a William Reaves was among those who petitioned the governor to move the court of Prince William from the Town of Dumfries following the division of Fauquier County from Prince William County on October 14, 1779.

Asa Reeves holds the status of Patriotic Service with the DAR by furnishing supplies to the Militia in Prince William County, and is listed in Abercrombie and Slatton's Virginia Revolutionary Publick Claims, Vol. 3, Pg. 808. Asa Reeves is also listed on the 1783 Personal Property Tax List of Prince William County, VA.

Asa is also on the list of taxpayers for Prince William County in 1788.

On 22 August 1789, Asa and Sarah Reeves sold to William Robinson a tract of 158 acres and ¾, "the said ¾ being reserved by Asa Reeves being a Grave Yard," on Branches of Occoquan, beginning at a corner of John Hammitt and joining Henry Margerum and the west side of the road to Dumfries. William Barnes, Richard Barnes, Jr., William Carr, Asa Blansett, Thomas Marshall, and Benjamin Dockett (perhaps a Doggett cousin) witnessed the deed. (Prince William Co., VA, Deed Book X, 1787-1791, pp. 276-278.) The reference to the graveyard may hold a clue to the resting place of Asa's father George Reeves and other members of his family.

The biography of Asa's grandson Benjamin F. Reeve states: "Near the beginning of the present century his grandfather, Asa Reeve, removed from Virginia to Fleming county, Kentucky, where he died more than forty years ago. He was a most zealous Methodist, and the most of his family embraced the faith in which they were brought up. Two of his sons became Methodist preachers, but Benjamin, the father of Benjamin F., never made any profession of religion; and especially did he not receive the doctrines of the Methodists."

Lois Downey, in her research, has noted that the families of Asa Reeves and his cousin George Reeve all seem to have had a strong attachment to the Methodist faith.

Research Notes

∗ Believed to have been younger than brothers John and Asa Moses, based on the ordering of names in George Reeves' 1751 deed of gift to his children). All three sons were <16 years old when the tithables list for Dettingen Parish, Prince William County VA, was compiled in 1747.


1747 Tithables - Dettingen Parish, Prince William County VA
1783 Personal Property Tax List, Prince William County, VA.
1787 Virginia Tax List Census - Prince William County, Virginia
1795 Census of Kentucky - Mason County, Kentucky
1810 Census - Fleming County, Kentucky
Fleming County KY Will, WB C:106
Daughters of the American Revolution, Asa Reeves A094980