Reeves, Martha (c1670 VA - ?)

Martha Reeves

Reeves, Martha


Father: Henry Reeves, Sr.
Mother: Elizabeth Bagnall

Birth: after 1670, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia
Birth Source: Was not 16 years of age in 1686 when Will of Henry Reeves, Sr. was written.

Death: after 1711 1714
Death Source: Living in May 1714 when will of husband Robert Moss was probated

Spouse1: Robert M. Moseley
Spouse2: Robert Moss, m. after May 1707


Children of Martha Reeves and Robert Moseley:
  1. Edward Moseley, b. c1705
  2. Benjamin Moseley, b. c1707
Children of Martha Reeves and Robert Moss:

The identity of Martha Reeves' husband was unclear based upon inconsistencies in the Essex County records. A court order of 1711 regarding a petition filed against the administrators of the estate of her brother, James Reeves, named Robert "Moss" and wife Martha. However, two years previously in 1709, the will of her mother Elizabeth Reeves suggested that her husband's name was Moseley, not Moss, in that Elizabeth left a bequest to a grandson Edward Moseley.

On the 10th of May, 1707, Martha Moseley, her brother-in-law Thomas Munday and James Reeves signed a bond for Martha's administration of the estate of Robert Moseley, deceased. This is noted in Order Book B as well as D&C Book 12, at page 411. This document appears to explain the inconsistencies noted above in that Robert Moseley, Martha's first husband died before May of 1707, after which Martha married Robert Moss who is named in the 1711 Petition by heirs of James Reeves against the administrators of his estate.

The will of second husband Robert Moss was written on the 25th of November 1713 and presented for probate on the 13th of May 1714. In his will he names his wife Martha and seven children. Since Martha and Robert Moss would only have been married for around six years, the majority of these children were probably from a prior marriage and there is currently no known record as to which children are from his marriage to Martha Reeves.


1686 Will of Henry Reeves, Sr.
1707 Bond Estate of Robert Moseley, D&C Bk 12, p411
1709 Will of Elizabeth Reeves, Essex County VA WB 14 p. 17-18
1711 Petition - Coleman et al vs Adms of James Reeves
1813 1713 Will of Robert Moss, Essex County VA WB 14, p. 244

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