Reeves, Sampson Witt (1839 TN - 1917 AL)


Reeves, Sampson Witt


Father: George W. Reeves

Birth: 9 Jun 1839, White County, Tennessee
Birth Source: Confederate Pension Application

Death: 24 Apr 1917, Tuscaloosa Confederate Home, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Death Source: Obituary

Spouse1: Virginia Nowlan, m. 9 Jun 1868, White County, Tennessee


Children of Sampson Witt Reeves and Virginia Nowlan:
  1. Charles Armistead Reeves, b. 1 May 1868
  2. Willie Reeves, b. c1871

White County Record of Wills includes the following note:

Report of a settlement made by the clerk of White County Court with Joseph Herd Guardian to Sampson Reeves minorship of George W Reeves Decd, on the 25 day of March 1850 to wit...

The 1900 census states his father was born in Virginia and mother in North Carolina.

Sampson's statements in his Confederate Pension Record gives his age, birthday and his birthplace as White County, Tennessee. He is in the household of Rachel Reeves in 1850 in White County. He had moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama by 1860, but then back again after the war.

An Amelia Rieves, age 57, is listed with the family in 1870. This may be Sampson's mother. She is the same age as Rachel on the 1850 census.

Sampson is not present with the family in 1880.

The Tuscaloosa News, 25 Apr 1917
Tuscaloosa Veteran Dies at Mt. Creek
Mr. S. W. Reeves, a Confederate Soldier died Last Night at the Soldiers Home. Many Friends Here.
Tuscaloosa relatives and friends will regret to learn of the death of Mr. S. W. Reeves which occurred at the Old Soldiers Home at Mountain Creek last night and interment was made in that little city this morning.
The deceased was one of the loyal braves who went out from Tuscaloosa in defense of his country. He fought in defense of his country. He fought a good fight, and was one of the most beloved veterans in this city. The last days of his life were spent with his comrades in the home provided with comforts for Confederate Veterans by patriotic friends and the news of his death brings sorrow to the hearts of Tuscaloosians with whom Mr. Reeves was universally popular.

Research Notes


Birth:       Confederate Pension Record, Reaves, Sampson W, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Marriage:   Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1950 (FamilySearch)
Death:       The Tuscaloosa News, 25 Apr 1917

1850 Census: White County, Tennessee
1860 Census: Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
1870 Census: White County, Tennessee
1880 Census: White County, Tennessee
1900 Census: Talladega County, Alabama (Witt Reaves)

White County, TN - Record of Wills - 1841-1858, p803 (original p386)