SummaryFather: Henry Reeves, Jr.
Birth Source: 1728 Will of Henry Reeves, Jr.
Death: before April 1783 Essex County, Virginia
Death Source: 1781 Will, proved in court April 1783
Spouse1: Susanna MNU Price, widow of Richard Price, m. 1726
Spouse2: Elizabeth MNU (probably Mrs. Elizabeth Dix)
Child of Joseph Reeves and Mrs. Susanna Price:
- Patience Reeves, m. John Ball
In August 1736, Joseph Reeves initiated a land trial suit against Henry Reeves over property that had belonged to their father, Henry Reeves, and his father, Henry Reeves. Various pieces of evidence were submitted concerning the bounds of the land, including the will of their grandfather Henry Reeves and depositions. On 17 May 1738, judgement was decided against Henry Reeves. [Essex County, Virginia, Land Trials 1715-1741, pages 119-137.]
Joseph Reeves was witness to a deed for his brother George Reeves on 1 Oct 1739.
Joseph's brother George Reeves' will of 1753, names Patience Ball, daughter of his brother Joseph
It appears that Joseph Reeves' second wife Elizabeth, was probably a Mrs. Elizabeth Dix. His wife is named as Elizabeth in Joseph's 1781 will and in a 1752 deed, Joseph conveyed a tract of land to his well beloved ″son-in-law″ James Dix. In the colonial era, the term son-in-law was also used for "stepson" which would explain this puzzling deed of gift.
The only legatees in the 1781 will of Joseph Reeves are his second wife Elizabeth, his grandchildren, the children of Patience and John Ball, and a friend, Lewis Moody, to whom he left several items.
SourcesIndex to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia, 1655-1900
Essex County, Virginia, Land Trials 1715-1741, pages 119-137
1752 Deed of Gift to James Dix, Essex County VA DB 26, pgs. 23-24
1754 Will of George Reeves, Spotsylvania County VA WB B pgs. 183-184
1781 Will of Joseph Reeves, Essex County VA WB 13, p. 371