Reeves, John (c 1771 NC - 1854 NC)

Reeves, John

Reeves, John


Father: George Reeves, Sr.
Mother: probably Tabitha Geer

Birth: 1771, Orange County, North Carolina
Birth Source: Orange County 1850 census.

Death: 1854, Orange County, North Carolina
Death Source: 1846 Will

Spouse1: Mary Gwinn, m. 3 Dec 1793, Orange County, North Carolina


Children of John Reeves and Mary Gwinn:
  1. Mary Reeves "Polly", b. 23 Dec 1787¹, m. Archibald Andrews
  2. George Reeves, b. bef 1800
  3. Susanna Reeves, b. bef 1800, d. bef 1846, buried in Archibald Andrews Cemetery
  4. Tabitha Reeves, b. 1795, m. Thomas Kirk
  5. Priscilla Reeves, b. cDec 1802, d. Jan 1889
  6. Martha Reeves, b. c1806
  7. Delilah Reeves, b. c1808
  8. John Reeves, b. 1810-1820
  9. Sinah Reeves b. 31 Dec 1816, m. Chesley Moore

An 1842 Power of Attorney from Madison County, Tennessee reveal that John had a son George who had moved there and died by that time. The power of attorney names all the above children except Susanna and John.

Daughters Tabitha, Martha, Priscilla, and Delilah were still living with their father, unmarried, in 1850. Delilah made her will in Alamance County, North Carolina in 1883, mentioning land that had been owned by her father John Reeves. She gave everything to Chesley and Sinah Moore.

Research Notes

There is much evidence to support the belief that George Reeves, Sr.'s wife and John's mother was Tabitha Geer, daughter of John Geer who died in Orange County in 1769. See Research Notes on George Reeves, Sr.'s page.

¹Although the date of birth of daughter Mary "Polly" Reeves Andrews is listed as 23 Dec 1787 in countless websites, this date could not possibly be correct. None of the cemetery sites such as Findagrave provide a photo of the gravestone inscription. When census records for the family of Archibald and Polly Andrews are reviewed, in every census beginning in 1820, her date of birth estimated is after 1790. The 1850 census when individuals in the household are listed, Polly's age was 53 or 1797. In subsequent census through the rest of her life her age is approximately the same, always born after 1790.


1821 Will of George Reeves, Sr., Orange County, North Carolina Will Book D, pg 6o5
1800 Census:   Hillsborough, Orange County, North Carolina
1810 Census:   Hillsborough, Orange County, North Carolina
1820 Census:   Orange County, North Carolina
1830 Census:   Orange County, North Carolina
1840 Census:   Southern Division, Orange County, North Carolina
1850 Census:   Orange County, North Carolina
1846 Will of John Reeves
1842 Power of Attorney - John Reeves et al to Chesley Moores & John Andrews - Madison County, Tennessee Deed Book 8, p447