Mother: Fortune MNU
Birth: c1765, North Carolina
Birth Source: Census
Death: before Feb 1795, Guilford County, North Carolina
Death Source: Guilford County Court Minutes
Spouse1: Elizabeth Burton
Feb 1795: The Administration of the Estate Thomas Reves Decsd. is Granted to Elizabeth Reves Widow and Relict of the Sd. Decsd. who qualifyed as such and Entered into bond with Richard Barton Junr. Sect.. in the Sum of 100 pds. Recorded in Guilford Co, NC Court Minutes, page 289.
The North Carolina Early Census Index of Guilford County for 1795 lists both the estate of Thomas Reeves, deceased, and Elizabeth, widow of Thomas Reeves.
On 26 Apr 1796, Elizabeth Reaves (widow of Thomas) married Elias Simons in Guilford County. Bondsman was Henry Billings and Henry Manship, witness. From: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868.
In the 1800 census of Guilford County, Elias Simmons appears as head of a family in Guilford Co, NC census, page 650. Enumerated are M26-45, F26-45, M10-16, M<10, F<10 plus another F26-45. They are close neighbors to Richard Burton and Richard Burton Jr.
Elizabeth Simons, a widow, is found in the 1820 Wilkes County, Georgia census with younger children born during her marriage to Elias Simons. Sons Thomas and Richard Reeves had also relocated to Wilkes County.
The will of Richard Bourton Senior, lists his daughter Elizabeth Simons and also the 3 Reeves grandchildren Richard, Martha and Thomas who had previously been presumed to be children of Malachi and Fortune Reeves:
The Will of Richard Bourton was signed 17 Dec 1799, proved Feb 1801 and recorded in Guilford Co, NC Will Book A, Pg 23-24.