Reeves, William ( - c1733, VA)


Reeves, William


Father: John Reeves
Mother: Elizabeth MNU Clarke

Birth: Before 26 May 1703
Birth Source: Named in William Brightman's will

Death: Before 17 January 1732/3, Northumberland Co., VA
Death Source: Estate Administration, Northumberland Co., VA

Spouse1: Sarah MNU Kirk


William Reeves and Sarah MNU Kirk Reeves were the parents of one known child:

1. James Reeves (c. 1729 - living 1735, Lancaster Co., VA).

William Reeves is identified as "of Northumberland County" when he served as security for his brother Eaton Reeves's marriage in 1724.

On 12 November 1729, the suit of Reeves v Fleet, Junr., was heard in Lancaster Court. The Petition exhibited by William Reeves against Henry Fleet, Junr. Gent., Sheriff of this County for the Estate of Thomas Kirk, deced., in Henry's hands, on a full hearing is rejected, Lancaster County, November 12, 1729. (Lee, Abstracts Lancaster County, Virginia Wills, 1653-1800 (1959), p. 26.)

On 17 January 1732/3, Thomas Burnett was named administrator of the estate of William Reeves in Northumberland County, Virginia, "Sarah Reeves, the administratrix, not being able to carry the burthen of administration."

Following William's death in Northumberland County, several records regarding his estate were filed in Lancaster. These suggest that he had married Mrs. Sarah Kirk, a widow who already had a child. Sarah is identified in 1735 as mother of James Reeves, age 6, orphan of William Reeves, and mother of John Kirk, aged 11 years on 26 September 1735, orphan of Thomas Kirk.

The following record makes it appear that William had a son named William born 17 Aug 1729. From Northumberland County, Virginia Order Bok 1743-1749, p100 from 14 Apr 1746:
William Reeves orphan of William Reeves sixteen years old the seventeenth day of 8br last is hereby bound unto James Oldham until he attains the age of twenty one years in consideration where of the sd James Pldham obliges himself to learn him the trade of a brick layer for the due performance whereof the sd James Oldham with Adcock Hobson his security enter into a recognizance of five thousand pounds of tobo. To the worshipful his Majestys justice of the peace for this County for the time being for the use of the ds Orphan in case the sd James Oldham not complying with the act of assembly in the case case made & provided.


Northumberland Co., VA, Order Book, 1729-1737, p74
Northumberland Co., VA Order Book 1743-1749, p100
Lancaster Co., VA, Order Book No. 8, 1729-1743