Reeves, Lawson (1798 SC - 1867 TX)

Lawson Reeves

Reeves, Lawson


Father: Hardy Reeves
Mother: Unknown

Birth: 11 Apr 1798, South Carolina
Birth Source: Probate of Estate of William Reeves to heirs of Hardy Reeves, Estate of Elizabeth Reeves, Census and Gravestone for date

Death: 11 Dec 1867, Sabine County, Texas
Death Source: Gravestone in Reeves Cemetery

Spouse1: Allerenia Bates


Children of Lawson Reeves and Allerenia Bates:
  1. Elizabeth Reeves, b. c1817, m. Theophilus Alexander Harris on 29 Dec 1832 in Henry County, Georgia
  2. Mary Reeves, b. c1820, m. James H. Dorsey, Jr.1 on 23 Dec 1842
  3. Rebecca Reeves
  4. Lucinda Reeves, b. c1825, m. James H. Dorsey1 on 23 Dec 1842
  5. Benjamine Franklin Reeves, b. 7 Apr 1829, d. 14 Nov 1915
  6. Joseph Reeves, b. 24 Jan 1832, d. 5 Jan 1910, m. Mary Ann Bennett
  7. Permelia Allerenia Reeves, b. 1835
Lawson Reeves remained in South Carolina until at least 1826 for he was a witness in Chester District to the will of Prudence Neely on 16 Nov 1826. (Chester District Probate Apt. 52, Package 839)

Lawson is recorded as serving in Mean's 1st Regiment South Carolina Militia during the War of 1812. He received a land warrant for service in that war as a private in Capt. Beaty's Company. Land Warrant #79657 for 120 acres in Nodaway County, Missouri was assigned by Lawson Reeves to Jacob Durham. The Bureau of Land Management issued a certificate to Jacob Durham on 1 Dec 1859.

Lawson Reeves is listed in numerous family trees as Richard Lawson Reeves and it would be interesting to locate the source of the first name Richard since all census records, probate records from York SC, military records and even his gravestone have only the name Lawson.

In 1837, Lawson Reeves bought land in Talladega County, Alabama from

1NOTE - According to available information, the James H. Dorsey, Jr. who married Mary Reeves was a cousin of James H. Dorsey who married Lucinda Reeves and the two couples were married in a joint ceremony.


1830 Census:  Henry County, Georgia
1840 Census:  Talladega County, Alabama
1850 Census:  Talladega County, Alabama
1860 Census:  Sabine County, Texas

Probate of Estate of William Reeves
Estate of Elizabeth Reeves
Mean's 1st Regiment South Carolina Militia
Bureau of Land Management GLO Records, Land Warrant #79657
1837 Deed - David Hubbard to Lauson Reeves - Talladega County, Alabama Deed Book B, p404
1838 Deed - Lauson & Allarena Reeves to Joseph T. Cunningham - Talladega County, Alabama Deed Book B, p467
1839 Deed - John N. & Mary O. Wills to Lawson Reeves - Talladega County, Alabama Deed Book H, p352