Reeves, William (c1750 MD - c1800 NC)

Reeves, William

Reeves, William


Father: Thomas Reeves
Mother: Mary Murphy

Birth: 9 Feb 1770, Charles County, Maryland
Birth Source: Trinity Parish Records

Death: before 1804, Rowan County, North Carolina
Death: 1800-1804, Rowan County, North Carolina
Death Source: Wife remarried in 1804

Spouse1: Eleanor Wakefield


Children of William Reeves and Eleanora Wakefield:
  1. Thomas Reeves
  2. Samuel Reeves
  3. Sally Reeves
  4. Nancy Reeves, b. 1798, m. Mr. Kesler
From The History of Rowan County, North Carolina:
"About the year 1794, a number of Episcopal families removed from Maryland to the western part of Rowan, among them two families of Barbers, and other families by the names of Gardner, Chunn, Harrison, Alexander, Lightell, Mills, Swan, Reeves, Burroughs, etc.¹

The last wife of Michael Braun of the ''Stone House" was Mrs. Eleanora Reeves. Mrs. Reeves was a Maryland lady, named Wakefield, and was first married to William Reeves, when quite young, by whom she had four children – Thomas, Samuel, Sally, and Nancy. Samuel was the late Samuel Reeves, the father of Dr. Samuel Reeves and of Mrs. Sarah Johnston. Nancy Reeves married a Mr. Kiestler, and was the mother of Mrs. Jane Price, and the grandmother of Robert Wakefield Price and others, now of Salisbury.¹

Eleanor Wakefield Reeves is named in the probate records of St. Mary's County, Maryland as the daughter of Benjamin Wakefield -
  • Will of Benjamin Wakefield, SMC, 8/7/1772; 1/7/1773. Negro Lucy, furniture, and clothing to be sold and after debts are paid, the overage to be paid to daughter Eleanor. To: Fawnie Shanks, negro girl Cloe. Friend, Joshua Gibson, my silver watch. Exec: Rev. George Goldie. Wit: Raphael Neale, Roswell Gibson, Raphael Neale, Jr.²
  • 9/16/1788: Admin. accts. of Benjamin Wakefield by George Goldie, Exec. To: Famnie Shanks, Eleanor Wakefield, Joshua Gibson. (Balances and Distributions, Chr. of SM, Summer 1993).


¹A History of Rowan County, North Carolina by Jethro Rumple, copyright 1916
²St. Mary’s County, Maryland Will Book TA1, page 667
1790 Census - Charles County, Maryland
1800 Census - Rowan County, North Carolina