Reeves, George W. (1812 VA - 1896 NC)


Reeves, George W.


Father: John Reeves
Mother: Phoebe Osborne

Birth: 25 Apr 1812, Grayson County, Virginia
Birth Source: Gravestone inscription, photo of stone in Jefferson Cemetery

Death: 18 Oct 1896, Ashe County, North Carolina
Death Source: Ashe County Probate Records, DOD Gravestone inscription, photo of stone in Jefferson Cemetery

Spouse1: Caroline Thomas


Children of George W. Reeves and Carolyn Thomas:
  1. Wiley W. Reeves, b. 23 Jun 1847
  2. Stephen F. Reeves, b. 1850, d. before 1860
  3. Alice Reeves, b. 5 Dec 1852, d. 22 Mar 1932, m. William S. Hundley
  4. Rebecca Reeves, b. 30 Sep 1854, d. 7 Jun 1902
  5. Elizabeth Ann Reeves, b. 6 Mar 1857, d. 5 Apr 1900, m. John Bryan
  6. John Milton Reeves, b. 1860, died as an infant - gravestone inscription "Little John Milton Reeves"
  7. William L. Reeves, b. 24 Mar 1863
  8. Thomas Edgar Reeves, b. 10 May 1867
On the 28th of February 1839 Jesse Reeves executed a Power of Attorney giving his brother George W. Reeves authority to transact business pertaining to the sale of property owned by him in Georgia. Ashe NC DB M:p551

On 28 Jun 1845, presumably around the time of his marriage, John Reeves conveyed to George W. Reeves three tracts of land in Grayson County, Virginia "for the good will he has toward his son". Grayson VA DB9:p376-377

The statement below from a letter written by George W. Reeves of Ashe County, son of John Reeves, was included in a 1951 volume published by a descendant of Edward Reeves of Bladen County, North Carolina. Ancestral Sketches - Ancestry of William P. and Peter M. Reeves by LeRoy Reeves pub. in 1951 included the following passage regarding the origins of George Reeves, Sr. of Grayson County as quoted from a letter written by 86 year old George W. Reeves:
In December, 1897* (sic) George W. Reeves of Jefferson, Ashe County, North Carolina, then almost 86 years of age, wrote: "My grandfather's name was George Reeves whose birthplace I am unable to give, but was principally raised in eastern North Carolina. He was born about the year 1704 or 1705 (sic) and came from Neuse River, N.C., to New River, Grayson County, Virginia, about the year 1725 (sic) bringing his wife with him. They had born to them seven daughters and four sons, the youngest of which was John Reeves who was my father. When my grandfather came to Virginia no others of the Reeves family came with him, but my recollection is that he left others of the Reeves family in eastern N. C. whose names I am unable to give. But well remember my father had two cousins, William and Jeremiah Reeves, who visited my father since my recollection. I also remember that my grandfather's family frequently visited their relatives in eastern N. C, and I am sure that my grandfather left brothers and sisters in that part of the state...My grandmother's maiden name was Jane Burton."

Research Notes


Grayson County VA Deed Book 9, pgs 376-377, online scanned deed books at Family Search
1850 Census - Grayson County, Virginia
1860 Census - Ashe County, North Carolina
1880 Census - Ashe County, North Carolina
Ashe County NC Estate File of George W. Reeves
Find A Grave, gravestone inscription at Jefferson Cemetery, Ashe County NC
Ancestral Sketches - Ancestry of William P. and Peter M. Reeves by LeRoy Reeves pub. 1951