Birth Source: Census
NarrativeThere was a William Reeves who lived in Sumter County, South Carolina in the early 1800s. He appears in the census records, a few deed records, and some common pleas cases. Besides these, nothing is known of him. He was living next to a Drury Reaves in 1810 who was likely the young man (probably son) in his household in 1800. If so, then Drury was born 1784-1790.
In 1802, William Reaves of Claremont in Sumter District, deeded land to Robert Henry which had originally been granted to William P. Brown in 1780 and 1787 (DB A, p293). In 1802, William bought some land from Anthony Lee (DB B, p73). In 1817, William bought more land from Pleasant Tisdill (E, p53).
He was involved in a couple suits in Common Pleas. In 1821, he was involved in a plea of trespass in the Common Pleas court filed by Vincent & Hotchkiss (D, p171).
In 1820, William Reaves against Elijah Phillips for $129 which Phillips had promised to pay Reaves (Mathis, p459).
In 1822, all the sheriffs in the State were notified of a case of trespass by Robert Henry and another by Spencer Fields against William Reeves who is said to be "absent from and without the limits of this State." William Reeves owed them money. (Bradford, pp. 9, 13)
In 1822, a deed reveals that the Sheriff William H. Cooper seized all his property by a writ of fieri facias issued by the court of Common Pleas per a case called N Coggshall & Son v. William Reeves. He sold all the land to Peter C. Coggshall (DB FF, p297)
In William Newman's 1815 will, he named Wm. Reaves as an executor. In 1824, deeds reflect this as William handled selling part of William Newman's estate (DB GG, p47).
In 1825 there is a case where William Reeves, acting as administrator for the estate of Abel Holton, deceased, filed a case against John Anderson who owed the estate. (Bradford, p62) In another, John Ricks filed against William Reaves and Mary Holton as admins. of the estate to recover some money. (Bradford, p115).
Sources1800 Census: Sumter District, South Carolina
1810 Census: Sumter District, South Carolina
1820 Census: Sumter District, South Carolina
Sumter County, South Carolina Common Please Book D, p171
Sumter County, South Carolina Common Please Book Mathis, p459
Sumter County, South Carolina Common Please Book Bradford, pp. 9, 13, 115
1815 Will - William Newman - Sumter County, South Carolina Will Book A, p211
1802 Deed - William Reaves to Robert Henry - Sumter County, Deed Book A, p293
1803 Deed - Anthony Lee to William Reaves - Sumter County, Deed Book B, p73
1817 Deed - Pleasant Tisdill to William Reaves - Sumter County, Deed Book E, p53
1822 Deed - Sheriff William H. Cooper to Peter Cogshell - Sumter County, Deed Book FF, p297
1824 Deed - William Reaves to Robert Henry - Sumter County, Deed Book A, p293