Peter Reeves (Rives)
Birth: 17 Mar 1750, Virginia
Birth Source: Albemarle Parish Register
Death: by Jun 1827
Death Source: Admin Notice
Spouse1: Miss Eaton
- Unidentified son, b. about 1783
- Unidentified daughter, b. about 1785
- Peter Rives/Reeves, b. about 1787
- Richard Eaton Rives, b. about 1789
From Reliques of the Rives:
Richard Rives was born March 17, and was baptized April 29, 1750, in Albemarle Parish. He evidently accompanied his father to Pitt county, North Carolina, where he was residing in 1790, the head of a family of three sons under sixteen years of age, and one daughter, and the owner of three slaves. His descendants claim that he was a Revolutionary soldier; if so, he must have served from North Carolina. He probably married a Miss Eaton, and had at least four children, of whom only two are identifiable by name.
Research by TRP Member Richard Reeves provide support for his participation in the Revolutionary War:
- Captain Richard Reeves was referenced as a fellow soldier in the Pension Application of Thomas Jenkins (S2651) filed in Edgecombe County, North Carolina on August 29, 1832. Jenkins enlisted while living with his parents in Pitt County, North Carolina. He volunteered a second time and was placed in the company of Captain Rich’d Reeves whose lieutenant was Samuel Warren and Ensign Charles Waldrum. They went to Wilmington and met Colonel Shepard at Kingston (Kinston) and halted for some weeks. They then marched to Hanover in pursuit of Major Craig. He was in the skirmish at Long Field Coxe’s upon the Neuse River. This service embraced three months.
- Pension Application of Charles Waldrom (Waldrop) (S32574), was filed in Lowndes County, Alabama, on November 5, 1833. His first term of service began in 1780 and expired in three months at which time he resided in Pitt County, North Carolina. His second term began in September 1781 for three months, under Captain Richard Reaves of Pitt County. He was in no battle during this latter period, but service began at Pitt Court House and then Kingston (Kinston) then Wilmington and then back to Pitt Court House. Captain Rich’d Rives provided a certificate dated December 30, 1781, attesting to Waldrom’s service.
- The Revolutionary Pension Application of Alexander Wheatley who filed in Weakly County, Tennessee in August 1832, states that about the year 1776 he moved to Pitt County and volunteered under Captain Richard Reeves. They went against the British at New Berne, serving for three weeks.
North Carolina Free Press, 2 Jun 1827
At MAY TERM, 1827, of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Pitt county, the subscribers qualified as Executors of PETER RIVES, dec'd. All those holding claims against said estate, are requested to bring them forward properly authenticated, within the time prescribed by law, or this notice will be plead in bar of their recovery. All those indebted to said estate will consult their interest by calling and settling the same.
RICHARD E. RIVES,
9th May, 1827
1790 Census: Pitt County, North Carolina
1800 Census: Pitt County, North Carolina
Revolutionary War Pension Application - Thomas Jenkins (S2651)
Revolutionary War Pension Application - Charles Waldrom (Waldrop) (S32574)
Revolutionary War Pension Application - Alexander Wheatley (W102)
Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p419