Reeves, William (1814 NC - aft 1869 AR ?)

William Reeves

Reeves, William H.


Father: William Reeves
Mother: Anne Terrell

Birth: c1812 or 1818 1814, Ashe County, North Carolina
Birth Source: 1860 census and marriage record.

Death: after 1869, possibly in Independence County, Arkansas
Death Source: Last known record is dated 1869.

Spouse1: Jane Johnson, m. 18 Mar 1869, Independence County, Arkansas


Recorded in the home of his brother, Gaston, in Independence County, Arkansas in the 1850 US Census and in the same year he was recorded in Ripley County, Missouri at his brother Timothy's residence. The ages stated in the two census are conflicting, in one entry he was born about 1812 and in the other, 1818. William Reeves has not been found in any other census records was recently discovered in the 1860 census with a date of birth of 1814 which matches an 1869 marriage record which gives his age as 55.

Marriage Book 2 of Independence County on page 228, gives "credentials" for William H. Reeves as a minister who could perform marriages. He was ordained as a Baptist minister on 13 Mar 1852. [Independence AR MB 2 p.228] As William H. Reves, he is recorded as the minister who performed the marriages of his nieces Jane and Elizabeth Reves, daughters of his brother John in the mid 1850's.

William H. Reeves was recorded on the Independence County, Arkansas tax lists beginning in 1851 along with his brothers Gaston, John and a William Reeves who may have been his father but was more than likely the son of his brother John C. Reeves. William is recorded on the tax lists there in 1851, 1852, 1854, 1855, 1856, 1857, 1860 and 1861. By 1861, he appears to have sold the land in Independence County that he had previously paid taxes on.

From - Ozarks Watch
Vol. IV, No. 4, Spring 1991 / Vol. V, No. 1, Summer 1991
Between Missourians - Civil War in Ripley County
...After the Thompson-Righter capture, the Reverend Reeves combined his Independent Scouts with Righter's cavalry, and took command of a united 15th Missouri Cavalry Regiment. Together with remnants of Missouri units that had fought in Arkansas (Battle of Helena, July 1863) and many new recruits, Reeves's new regiment had as many as twenty full companies--actually a brigade-strength command. Colonel Reeves's brother William, from neighboring Butler County and also a Baptist minister, was his adjutant.

William H. Reeves is recorded living in the Healing Springs community of Independence County, Arkansas in the 1860 census. On the 28th of July, 1860, he conveyed a 40 acre tract in Independence County to Thomas Johnson which is recorded in Deed Book Q, pg. 528.

After the civil war, it appears that William returned to the Healing Springs area of Independence County and on the 18th of March 1869, at 55 years of age he married.


1850 Census - Buncombe, Independence County, Arkansas
Ordination, Independence County AR, Marriage Book 2, pg. 228
Tax Lists of Independence County, Arkansas 1851 through 1861
1860 Census - Healing Springs, Independence County, Arkansas
1860 Deed to Thomas Johnson, Independence AR DB Q, p528
Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957

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