Reeves, Stephen (c1750 ? - ?)

Reeves, Stephen

Reeves, Stephen


Father: Probably Moses Reeves
Mother: probably Jane MNU

Birth: c1750
Birth Source: Age estimated from age of children in 1790 census of Lancaster, SC

Death Source:

Spouse1: Unknown


Only identification of this particular Stephen Reeves to date is the listing in the 1790 census of Lancaster County, South Carolina. The household is described as 2 Males under 16, 2 Males over 16 and 3 Females.

On 11 August 1794, Stephen Reves and William Doud were sued by David Bush and Company in Kershaw Co., SC (Holcomb, Kershaw Co., SC, Minutes of the County Court, 1791-1799, p. 60.)

One Stephen Reeves purchased at the sale of Moses Reeves in Kershaw County, South Carolina, in 1797. He is also listed as having signed a deed in which Stephen Reeves, Jesse Reeves, and Prestley Reeves sold 80 acres of the land granted to Moses Reeves on White Oak Creek in Kershaw County. The name appears as both Reeves and Reaves in these documents. (Kershaw Co., SC, Deed Book B, p. 248.)

One Stephen Reeves appeared as a head of household in Kershaw County in 1800. His family consisted of three males aged 0-10, 1 male aged 10-16, and 1 male aged 16-26. His household also included one female aged 16-26. It would seem that this is the same man shown in Kershaw County in 1820; at first glance, it would appear that he was too young to have been the Stephen Reeves enumerated in Lancaster County in 1790. It could be, however, that that Stephen was a younger man with a brother or brother-in-law living in his household in 1790 rather than a son over age 16. The 1800 and 1820 census reports suggest that this Stephen was probably born about 1774.

One Stephen Reeves applied for a War of 1812 pension on the basis of having served in Capt. Chapman Levy's Company, South Carolina militia, during the War of 1812. The claim was denied. (Chapman Levy was enumerated in Richland Co., SC, in 1820.)

One Stephen Reave — apparently a younger man that the one enumerated in 1790 — was enumerated in Kershaw Co., SC, in 1820: one male 10-16, one male 16-18, 3 males 16-26, 1 male 26-45, 1 female over 45. An Andrew Reaves, also aged 26-45, was shown as another head of household.

This younger Stephen Reeves may be Stephen Reeves, born 1790 in South Carolina, who married Eliza Dowdy in 1845 in Lauderdale County, Alabama and was enumerated there in 1850 (age 60), in 1860 (age 72), and in 1870 (age 80).


Census:    1790 Census - Lancaster County, SC
                   1800 Census - Kershaw County, SC
                   1820 Census - Kershaw County, SC
                   1850 Census - Lauderdale County, Alabama
                   1860 Census - Lauderdale County, Alabama
History:   Pension Records - War of 1812
                   Kershaw County SC Court Records