Reeves, Stephen (1780 - 1843)


Reeves, Stephen


Father: James Reeves

Birth: 14 Mar 1780
Birth Source: Census

Death: c1843
Death Source: Will Probate

Spouse1: Elizabeth Smith, m. 8 Jan 1805, Salem County, New Jersey
Spouse2: Sarah Paullin, m. 20 Apr 1813, Salem County, New Jersey


Children of Stephen Reeves and Elizabeth Smith:
  1. Infant Child

Children of Stephen Reeves and Sarah Paullin:
  1. Enos P. Reeves, b. 5 May 1815
  2. Jacob P. Reeves, b. 16 Feb 1825
  3. James Reeves, d. 19 Jan 1826, d. 6 Aug 1838
  4. Stephen P. Reeves, b. 19 Jan 1826, d. 6 Aug 1838
  5. Josiah H. Reeves, b. 21 Mar 1827
  6. William Reeves, b. 22 Dec 1831, d. 26 Dec 1854
  7. Charles A. Reeves, b. c13 Sep 1834, d. 26 Jan 1856
  8. Stephen Reeves, b. 19 Feb 1838, d. 8 Jan 1857
  9. Jefferson Reeves, b. c1842, d. 2 Jan 1854
  10. Hannah Ann Reeves, m. James B. Barker
  11. Sarah Ann Reeves, m. Mr. Ballinger
  12. Mary Jane Reeves, m. Mr. Smith

Stephen is named as a son in the will of James Reeves from 1800.

Findagrave indicates he was born 14 Mar 1780 and died 20 Dec 1843.

Stephen's will shows he was a very wealthy individual, owning numerous tracts of land which he willed to his children. It names six sons and three daughters. According to Findagrave, there are a couple young children buried in the same cemetery with them.

The following is extracted from the mortuary biography of his son Josiah written by a life-long friend of Josiah's:
His father, Stephen Reeves, was in his day the most wealthy landowner in Upper Alloways Creek township, or if not that, at least among the most wealthy there.
At this distance I am not able to state (and believe no one (else able) the exact acres of farmland, miles of timber, vessel property, mills, stores, hotels, dwelling property, &c of which he died possessed, but it was large. Beginning at where House's saw mill now stands he may have owned in nearly an unbroken line, and I believe did, property nearly the whole way to Quinton’s Bridge, a distance of over four miles by the main road. The elder Reeves (Stephen) married when quite young and had the misfortune to lose both his wife and a child soon thereafter. His second marriage was to a Miss Paullin, daughter of Deacon Enos Paullin, of Salem, N. J.
This family of Paullins were Baptists while Mr. Reeves, as he often declared, belonged to the "big church," by which he meant no church at all.
By this second union were born a number of children, all of whom, or nearly all, died rather young. Their names were Enos, the eldest, who died in 1852 aged 86; Sarah Ann, afterward the wife of John Ballenger, died in 1857, aged 33 years; William in 1854, aged 23 years; Charles in 1858, aged 22 years; Stephen in 1857, aged 19 years. Mary, wife of David P. Smith, in 1863, aged 40 years; Hannah, the wife of James Barker, in 1871, (age unknown to the writer,) and Jacob was born on the old homestead Feb. 16, 1825 and died in Alloway March 4, 1883 in the 59th year of his age. The date of the death of Josiah is so recent as not to require mention.

Research Notes


Birth:          James Reeves Family Bible
Marriage1:  FamilySearch - New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956
Marriage2:  FamilySearch - New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956
Burial:       Findagrave - Alloway Baptist Church Cemetery, Alloway, Salem County, New Jersey

1830 Census:  Upper Alloways Creek, Salem County, New Jersey
1840 Census:  Upper Alloways Creek, Salem County, New Jersey

1800 Will - James Reeves - Salem County, New Jersey Will Records 2438Q
1842 Will - Stephen Reeves - Salem County, New Jersey Will Book D, p422
Dollar Weekly News, 6 Aug 1898