Reeves, John Durdan (1759 NC - 1841 NC)


Reeves, John Durdan


Father: Unknown
Mother: Unknown

Birth: 30 May 1759, Halifax County, North Carolina
Birth Source: RW Pension Statement

Death: 9 Jul 1841, Surry County, North Carolina
Death Source: Pension Final Payment Voucher Received From General Accounting Office

Spouse1: Sarah Locke Elwell, c1788, Cumberland County, NC
Spouse2: Elenor Howard, m. 8 Jun 1811, Surry County, NC


Children of John Durdan Reeves and Sarah Locke Elwell:
  1. Richard Elwell Reeves, b. c1789, m. Eliza Miller
  2. Micajah Reeves, b. 15 Apr 1792, m. Elizabeth Early
  3. Elizabeth Reeves, b. 1798, m. Lewis Whitaker
  4. John Reeves, b. c1800, m. Sarah Smith
  5. Sarah Locke Reeves, b. 9 May 1805, m. Adam Marion
  6. Hannah Reeves, b. c1808
  7. Jesse Franklin Reeves, b. 12 Aug 1810, m. Mary Anne Priddy
John Durdan Reeves was born in Halifax County, North Carolina on 30 May 1759. He was a soldier of the Revolution and his service is described in his pension statement given in Surry County NC in 1833. He entered the service in 1780 from Halifax County NC under Colonel Levi Lane and General William Caswell, serving several other tours of duty in subsequent years.

The 1778 Halifax County will of Micajah Rawls left legacies to his half brothers John and Jesse Reves. It appears from this will that John Durdan Reeves' father had married a Rawls widow who was the mother of John and Jesse Reeves, but currently no records have been found in Halifax County that identify either his father or mother.

He married Sarah Locke Elwell around 1788 in Cumberland County, North Carolina where several other Reeves individuals are recorded but no documentation of a family connection has yet been found.

A 1791 Cumberland County deed by the heirs of his father-in-law Richard Elwell establishes his presence there but by the 1800 census he was recorded in Surry County, North Carolina.


Revolutionary War Pension Statement
1778 Halifax County NC Will - Micajah Rawls
Cumberland County NC Deeds
1790 Census, Cumberland County NC
1800 Census, Surry County NC
1810 Census, Surry County NC
1820 Census, Surry County NC
Line of Descent information taken from the historical Reeves DNA Project web pages on Rootsweb — 31 Dec 2019