Reeves, Ephraim (c1780s - c1819 VA)

Ephraim Reeves

Reeves, Ephraim



Birth: c1780s
Birth Source: Census

Death: 25 Dec 1818
Death Source: Headstone

Spouse1: Nancy Swayney, m. 4 Aug 1807, Shenandoah County, Virginia


Children of Ephraim Reeves and Nancy Swayney:
  1. Mary Ann Reeves, b. c1806
  2. Elizabeth Reeves, b. 7 Oct 1809
  3. Isaac Reeves, b. 16 Mar 1811
  4. Joseph Reeves, b. 27 Jul 1812
  5. Ephriam Reeves, b. 18 Mar 1814
  6. John Reeves, b. 1 May 1815
  7. Margaret Ann Reeves, b. 19 Dec 1816
  8. Thomas Reeves, b. 16 Jun 1818

The above children are recorded in a Reeves Family Bible, except for Mary Ann. She is mentioned as an heir in an 1832 heirs deed.

Ephraim was living in Shenandoah County, Virginia in 1810, apparently married with three daughters under 10. This would appear to be the Ephraim "Reivas" who married Nancy Swayney 4 Aug 1807 in Shenandoah County.

He appears in deed records from Shenandoah County in 1812.

This is probably the Ephraim Reeves who is listed from Virginia in the index to War of 1812 soldiers in several different Militias.

He appears on personal property tax lists in Shenandoah from 1811 to 1818. His estate is listed in 1819 and Nancy is listed in 1820 and 1821.

According to a listing of a lone headstone for "Ephriam Reevs" in Shenandoah County, he died 25 Dec 1818. The directions to the cemetery are provided as follows: "On Rt. 623 slightly northeast of Mt. Olive, turn northwest onto Rt. 697 and proceed to the end of state maintenance sign with 9 mailboxes on the left. Turn right on a road leading to a residence. The cemetery lies about 100 yards north of the main dwelling and at the edge of the yard."

The estate of Ephraim "Reaves" was appraised Apr 1819 according to Shenandoah County probate records.

Nancy Reeves appears as head of household in the 1820 census in Shenandoah County.

There is a headstone for an Ephraim Reeves in Shields Chapel Cemetery, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois. It states he was born in Shenandoah Co., Va. and died March 24, 1877, aged 63 yrs 14 ds. In the same cemetery is Nancy Reeves who died Jun 1843, aged 57y 6m.

Research Notes

The 1810 entry at FamilySearch is indexed as "Reaver." The 1820 is indexed as "Rewes."

There is a timeline of this Reeves family posted by ancestry user "VCovalt" on her tree in which this family is traced to Fulton County, Illinois. The notes contain references to a family Bible listing some of Ephraim's children.


Marriage1:  Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940 (Ancestry)
Death:        "Reevs" Cemetery, Shenandoah County, Virginia http://www.vagenweb.org/shenandoah/cem/reevs.html

1810 Census:  Shenandoah County, Virginia https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YY2-PBN?i=57&cc=1803765
1820 Census:  Shenandoah County, Virginia (Nancy HOH) https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YYD-HDH?i=2&cc=1803955

Ephraim Reaves Estate Appraisement - Shenandoah County, Virginia Will Book 1813-1822, p359
Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book T, pp. 445, 447
United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815 (FamilySearch)
Shenandoah County, Virginia Tax Lists
Ephraim Reeves Family Bible
1832 Deed - Heirs of Ephraim Reeves to Benjamin Ramey - Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book LL, p462