Reeves, John (1790 SC - 1840 MS)


Reeves, John


Father: possibly Elisha Reeves

Birth: c. 1790, Lancaster Co., SC
Birth Source: Reeves-Blackmon Bible Record

Death: 3 August 1840, Lauderdale Co., MS
Death Source: Reeves-Blackmon Bible Record

Spouse1: Nancy MNU


John Reeves and wife Nancy MNU were the parents of:
  1. Elizabeth Reeves, b. 4 October 1818, Lancaster Co., SC, d. 23 December 1886, MS. She apparently never married.
  2. William Reeves, b. 23 August 1820
  3. Sarah Reeves, b. 16 December 1822, married John A Blackmon
  4. Susan Isabella Reeves, b. 21 December 1824, Lancaster Co., SC. She died, apparently unmarried, before 9 December 1850, when John A. Blackmon became administrator of her estate in Lauderdale Co., MS.
  5. Jane Reeves, b. 31 July 1828, Lancaster Co., SC, d. 20 November 1863, Lauderdale Co., MS, married George William Brown.

This John Reeves was probably the man who witnessed a 15 June 1818 deed from John Blackmon, Sr., to Benjamin Stogner (Lancaster Co., SC, Deed Book N, p. 31).

This John Reeves may be the man enumerated in Lancaster Co., SC, in 1820. His household included two males aged 16 to 26 and one female under age 10, two females aged 16 to 26, and two females over age 45. Other Reeves households in 1820 Lancaster County included James Reeves, Prestley Reeves, and Asa Reeves.

The 1830 census of Lancaster County records a John Reeves whose household consisted of 1 Male 5-9, 1 Male 15-19, 1 Male 30-39, 2 Females under 5 years old, 1 Female 5-9, 1 Female 10-14 and 1 Female 30-39.

The parentage of this John Reeves has not been conclusively established. He was known by descendants to be related to James Reeves, Elizabeth Reeves Williams, and Anna Reeves Blackmon. John could be a son of John Reeves or of John's probable son Elisha Reeves. It is currently thought that James and John were probably brothers and sons of Elisha and that Elizabeth and Anna were their aunts.

The 1850 Lauderdale Co., MS, Census, HH 938/952, showed Nancy Reaves, 53, SC, and Elizabeth, 32, SC. Single daughter Susan Reeves was living with a Tolman family in HH 939/953, and married daughter Jane and her husband George W. Brown appeared in HH 937/951.

The 1860 Lauderdale Co., MS, Census, HH24/24 (next door to William Reeves, in HH23/23) showed Nancy Reeves, Farmer, $4000/$16000, SC, with daughter Elizabeth, 41, Domestic Business, SC, and several boarders.

The Reeves-Blackmon Bible indicates that Nancy Reeves, wife of John Reeves, was born 7 November 1795 and died 8 August 1874. There is also the note that John A. Blackmon, son of Britton Blackmon and Anna Reeves and son-in-law of John and Nancy Reeves, "started for Mississippi January 7, 1842."

The list of those received for baptisms during the revival at Fork Hill during the fall of 1839 includes a Nancy Reaves, John Reeves Jr., John Reaves Sr., and Sarah Reaves, not listed together. These may be a reference to some members of this family.

Research Notes

John Reeves was known by family members to have been a close relative of James Reeves, Elizabeth Reeves Williams, and Anna Reeves Blackmon. The exact relationship among these three individuals is unclear. Viola Caston Floyd suspected that they were brothers and siblings, but this seems unlikely since James Reeves married a daughter of Elizabeth Reeves Williams. Hopefully further research will clarify the relationships among these individuals; until then, any discussion of how they were related one to another must remain speculative.


Death:      Blackmon-Reeves Family Bible
Census:    1820 Census - Lancaster County, South Carolina
                   1830 Census - Lancaster County, South Carolina
History:   Viola Caston Floyd Papers, Lancaster Co., SC, Public Library.
                   Viola Caston Floyd Collection, Folder 2-19 BLACKMON-CLARK, A List of Names of Candidates Received at the Fork Hill Church During the Several Protracted Meetings in the Fall of 1839, Lancaster Co., Library, SC