Reeves, Prior (1800 GA - 1864 AL)


Reeves, Prior


Father: Unknown

Birth: 22 May 1799, Georgia
Birth Source: Gravestone at Payne Cemetery and Census

Death: 9 Feb 1865, Lowndes County, Alabama
Death Source: Lowndes County Probate Records and Gravestone (Photograph at FAG)

Spouse1: Pamelia Graves, m. 14 Dec 1821 in Jasper County, Georgia


Children of Prior Reeves and Pamela Graves:
  1. Davenport Reeves, b. c1822, m. Mary Ann Lee on 4 Feb 1844, Chambers County, Alabama
  2. Norburne Powell Reeves, b. 24 Feb 1825, d. 3 Mar 1917
  3. Jonah Reeves, b. 1828
  4. Malinda Reeves, b. 1832, m. Elijah Smith
  5. Cyrus Sherwood Reeves, b. 25 Jun 1830 (1831), d. 10 Jun 1899, m. Mary E. Brown
  6. Permelia Caroline Reeves, b. 3 Feb 1835, d. 11 Sep 1928, m. Samuel Burdette Stone
  7. Charlotte "Lotty" Reeves, b. 1836, m. Asa B. Stone
  8. Helen Reeves, b. 1838
  9. Maria Reeves, b. 1840
  10. Calista Penelope Reeves, b. 11 Jun 1842, m. William H. Moore
  11. Pryor Reeves, b. 1842
  12. Lewis Cantrell Reeves, b. 1845

In an 1826 deed, Prior Reeves old some land in Pike County. It states that Prior was of Pike County.

In an 1833 deed from Newton County, Georgia, Prior sold some land that had previously been in Henry County, but was then situate in Newton. In an 1834 deed recorded in Carroll County, Georgia, Prior Reeves of Newton County, Georgia sold some land in Carroll County to Elisha Knight of Jasper County. In 1834, as Prior Reeves of Newton County, he sold some land in Jasper County to John Stevens.

Prior Reeves received a land patent in the Talladega District of Alabama on 25 Apr 1840 for 318.8 acres.

In 1840 a Jesse B. Reeves of Muscogee County, Georgia sold some land to Prior Reeves in Russell County, Alabama. Prior also sold some land to him.

From The Millennial Harbinger, History Of The Christian Churches In The Alabama Area, by George H. & Mildred B. Watson: "Early in the 1840s he (Prior Reeves) was a circuit minister among the Baptists in southeast Alabama. Preaching for the Shady Grove Baptist church around 1845 or 1846..."

Prior had moved to Macon County by 1849 at which time he sold some of his land in Russell County to Stephen Nixon.


Research Notes

Either the 1850 census taker made errors in the listing of Prior Reeves' children or two of the younger children listed in the household, Maria and Pryer, may have been deceased by the time of Prior Reeves, Sr.'s death since they are not mentioned in probate of his estate. Jonah, born 1828, as listed in the 1850 census is also not named in probate documents. Other children were named as heirs in probate documents i.e. Lewis C. Reeves and C. P. (Calista Penelope) Reeves although they were not listed in that 1850 census and both are named in Prior's 1860 household.


Georgia Marriages to 1850, Online database - Ancestry.com
Alabama Land Records
1840 Census - Chambers County, Alabama
1850 Census - Macon County, Alabama
1860 Census - Macon County, Alabama
Lowndes County Probate Records - online at Ancestry.com
1826 Deed - Prior Reeves to Phillip Jackson - Pike County, Georgia Deed Book A, p513
1833 Deed - Prior Reaves to Willis A H Evrett - Newton County, Georgia Deed Book D, p493
1834 Deed - Prior Reeves to Elisha Knight - Carroll County, Georgia Deed Book H, p172
1834 Deed - Prior Reeves to John Stevens - Jasper County, Georgia Deed Book B(2), p646
1840 Deed - Jesse B. Reeves to Prior Reeves - Russell County, Alabama Deed Book D, p132
1840 Deed - Prior Reeves to Jesse B. Reeves - Russell County, Alabama Deed Book D, p230
1849 Deed - Prior & Permelia Reeves to Stephen Nixon - Russell County, Alabama Deed Book G, p388