Reeves, Austin Smith (c1786 VA - c1850 IN)

Reeves, Austin Smith

Reeves, Austin Smith


Father: Austin Smith Reeves
Mother: Abigail Mason

Birth: c1786, probably Virginia
Birth Source: Estimate - age 40-49 in 1830 census of Monroe County, Indiana

Death: after 1830, Monroe County, Indiana
Death Source: Last record was the 1830 census.

Spouse1: Elizabeth "Lisey" Dill (b. 1790), m. 7 May 1806 in Mason County, Kentucky


Children of Austin Smith Reeves and Elizabeth Dill:
  1. Milton O. Reeve, b. 14 Sep 1808
  2. John Reeves, b. 1810
  3. Samuel Reeves, b. 1814
  4. Austin S. Reeves, b. 1818, d. 15 Jul 1901 in Davis County, Iowa; m. Ellen
  5. Arabella Reeves, b. 1824
  6. Nancy Reeves, b. 1826
  7. George W. Reeves, b. 1829
  8. Benjamin Reeves
Samuel, Arabella, Nancy, and George W. Reeves are listed in the 1850 census with their mother Elizabeth Reeves listed as head of household in Monroe County, Indiana.

In an 1847 deed from Mason County, Kentucky, "John Reeves, Samuel Reeves, Arabella Reeves, Nancy Reeves, Austin Reeves & Ellen his wife, children of Austin S. Reeves, late of the County of Monroe and State of Indiana, deceased, and Grandchildren and heirs of Austin Smith Reeves, late of the County of Mason and State of Kentucky Decd" sold their portion of their grandfather's land to John Reeves. In the following deed, John Reeves of Monroe, "guardian of Benjamin Reeves, George Reeves and Nancy Reeves infant children of Austin S. Reeves Junr both of the County and State aforesaid" (Monroe) sold their portion.

The 1830 census of Austin S. Reeve's household shows it as containing 2 males under 5, 3 males 10-15, 1 male 15-19, 1 male 20-29, 1 male 40-40, 2 females 5-9, 1 female 10-15 and 1 female 20-39.

By the 1840 census, Elizabeth Reeves household contains 2 males 5-9 1 male 20-29, 1 female 5-9, 1 female 15-19, 1 female 20-29 and 1 female 40-49.

The History of Sangamon County, Illinois contains a biography of another son, Milford O. Reeves, born in 1808.
That biography of M. O. Reeve gives the following information regarding his father Austin Smith Reeves:
M. O. Reeves, Springfield, Illinois, was born in Mason county, Kentucky, on the 14th day of September, 1808, son of Austin and Elizabeth (Dill) Reeves; father of Virginia, and mother a native of Maryland; was married in Mason county, Kentucky, where four sons and four daughters were born, four of which are living at the present writing. In 1820, they moved to Monroe county, Indiana, where he died in 1828; mother died in 1858.

The heirs of Austin S. Reeves are named among the legatees in the distribution of the slaves of his father, Austin Smith Reeves in Mason County in 1842.

Research Notes

The above biography indicates that Austin Smith Reeve only had four sons; however, the 1830 census lists 7 male children in his household and only 3 daughters. The 1830 census also calls into question the 1828 date of death for Austin S. Reeve listed in the above biography for he is recorded in that same 1830 census.


Marriage: Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850 (Ancestry)
1810 Census:  Mason County, Kentucky
1820 Census:  Mason County, Kentucky (Smith Reeves)
1830 Census:  Monroe County, Indiana
1840 Census:  Monroe County, Indiana (Elizabeth Reeves HOH)
1850 Census:  Monroe County, Indiana (Elizabeth Reeves HOH)

1847 Deed - John Reeve et al to John Reeves - Mason County, Kentucky Deed Book 56, p224
1847 Deed - Infant Heirs to John Reeves - Mason County, Kentucky Deed Book 56, p225
History of Sangamon County, Illinois... pub 1881 Chicago IL