Reeves, Mauldin (1781 NC - 1873 TN)


Reeves, Mauldin


Father: Burgess Reeves
Mother: Frances Mauldin

Birth: 5 Mar 1781, probably North Carolina
Birth Source: Obituary

Death: 7 Nov 1873, Madison County, Tennessee
Death Source: 1871 Will probated Dec 1873 and Gravestone in Gladney-Reeves Cemetery

Spouse1: Nancy Stevenson, b. 12 Apr 1785, d. 6 Apr 1825, married 3 Sep 1800, buried in Gladney-Reeves Cemetery
Spouse2: Mary Neeley, m. 12 Nov 1829 in Madison County, Tennessee
Spouse3: Carrie Warren whose gravestone in the Gladney-Reeves Cemetery is inscribed "wife of Mauldin Reeves died Mar. 28, 1843 age 55 years"


Children of Mauldin Reeves and Nancy Stevenson:
  1. John C. Reeves, b. 1802, m. Barbara Shankle
  2. Alethia Reeves, b. c1805 m. Henry Moore
  3. Elizabeth Reeves, b. 1806, m. Austin E. Moore
  4. Winifred Reeves, b. c1807, m. Barnett Hardy
  5. Ann Reeves, b. 1810, m. Asa Goodwin
  6. Mary Reeves, b. c1812, m. James Gladney
  7. William Mauldin Reeves, b. 1814, m. Mary Gladney
  8. Robert S. Reeves, b. 1818 m. Lorena Parker
  9. Emeline Reeves, b. c1820, m. Colville Wilson on 13 Dec 1838
  10. Adeline Reeves, b. c1822, m. George Perkins on 9 Oct 1845
  11. Frances Isabelle Reeves, b. c1824, m. Major Croom
Child of Mauldin Reeves and Mary Neeley:
  1. Maria Tom Davidson Reeves, b. 1830, m. Dr. David Hardie Parker
The obituary of Mauldin Reeves, published in the Whig and Tribune on 17 January 1874, stated that he was born in North Carolina on March 5, 1781 and had moved to Pendleton District, South Carolina when young. He married Nancy Stevenson on Sept. 3, 1800, moving to Lincoln County, Tennessee in 1811 and then in 1812 he moved across the Elk River to Franklin County, Tennessee. Finally in 1824 he moved to Madison County, first at Cotton Grove but in 1825 moved "near to what was then called Frozen Oak, but now Medon. He lived there until outbreak of the Civil War, when as a widower, he broke up housekeeping and lived among his children, dying in Medon at home of son-in-law, Dr. D. H. Parker.

From The History of Madison County, Tennessee:
Mauldin Reeves and his wife were the parents of nine daughters and three sons, all born before they came to West Tennessee. He was a successful farmer, but owned less land than many wealthy men of his day - he was not very enthusiastic about slavery. His money was accumulated by trading, and by making many loans, which he made without a mortgage or note of any kind - with him a "man's word was his bond."

He filled a bit of place of the farm demonstration agent - spent much time "riding the farm" on which he had made loans, and making suggestions as to successful crop making. In 1860, he had a family reunion, (paying the fare home for each of the families who had moved into Arkansas, Texas, or Mississippi) and gave to each of his twelve children $3,000.00 in gold, saying that he wanted them to enjoy it while they were rearing their families, and might need it. After the War, he called them together again, and gave each $2,000.00; and at successive birthdays, he divided most of what he had left, among them. He lived to be almost 94 years of age...He died at the home of his daughter, and son-in-law Dr. David H. Parker, on November 7, 1873, and is buried in the Reeves Cemetery, near his old home.

Research Notes

Please also note that Mauldin Reeves is found in Pendleton District, SC Abstracts of Deeds: Deed Books , IJ (1807-1812) p.65, as Witness and Oath, Jan. 12, 1808. The deed is from Benjamin Fuller to James Thompson, 115 acres on a branch of Beaver Creek, bordering Benjamin Fuller and Daniel McCoy.

In that the Mauldin family is intimately connected with the Reeves family in Granville, NC, and Pendleton, SC, TRP member Otis Fuller has attached a file referring to the Mauldin family living in Pendleton District during the time period mentioned in the paragraph directly above: This also contains material on Thomas Millsap, who apparently married Keziah Mauldin, who seems to be the widow of Capt. Blake Mauldin.
Capt. Blake Mauldin was one of the first Mauldins coming to Pendleton from NC (contemporary with Burgess and John Reeves).
Also note that Thomas Millsap was previously married, in Randolph Co., NC, to Sarah Fuller, sister of Benjamin Fuller who lived adj. to the family of John Reeves and James Thompson, in Pendleton District, SC. According to the Millsap family history, Sarah Fuller Millsap had died earlier (see 1829 Jackson Co., GA will of Thomas Millsap, attached below). Note that in addition to sons Fuller, Ezekiel and Jacob, mentioned in below will, he also had sons, Reuben and Eldridge, the latter named for Eldridge Fuller, brother of Benjamin Fuller, Sr. and uncle of Benjamin Fuller, Jr., the latter who was deeded land in Pendleton District, SC, by John Reeves.

There is a marriage contract contained in Madison County, Tennessee deeds from 1842 for the marriage of a Mauldin Reeves and Cara A. Windrow (DB 13, p387). Mississippi Marriage records include a record for this marriage, 10 Nov 1842 in Marshall County. It's not clear if this is the same Mauldin.


1811 Will of Burgess Reeves
1810 Census - Pendleton District, South Carolina
1820 Census - Franklin County, Tennessee
History of Madison County, Tennessee
1830 Census - Madison County, Tennessee
1840 Census - Madison County, Tennessee
1850 Census - District 2, Madison County, Tennessee
1860 Census - District 2, Madison County, Tennessee
Obituary of Mauldin Reeves, pub Whig and Tribune 17 Jan 1874
1871 Will of Mauldin Reeves