Reeves, William Steele ( 1794 SC - 1872 TX)

William Steel Reeves

Reeves, William Steele


Father: George Reeves Jr
Mother: Mary Polly Steele

Birth: 9 March 1794, Pendleton, Anderson, South Carolina
Birth Source: Robertson Family Bible

Death: 7 June 1872, Pottsboro, Grayson, Texas
Death Source: Tombstone

Spouse1: Nancy Totty


Children of William Steele Reeves and Nancy Totty:
  1. Betsy Caroline Reeves b: 11 Sep 1817 in Hickman, Tennessee
  2. John Peterson Reeves b: 11 Sep 1819 in Hickman, Tennessee
  3. Mary Ann Reeves b: 5 Feb 1822
  4. Robert OBarr Reeves b: 03 Feb 1824 in Hickman, Tennessee
  5. George Robertson Reeves b: 03 Jan 1826 in Hickman, Tennessee
  6. Thomas McNairy Reeves b: 09 Nov 1827 in Tennessee
  7. William Jasper Reeves b: 25 Jan 1830 in Tennessee
  8. Dorinda Sandal Reeves b: 17 Jul 1832 in Tennessee
  9. Lewis Totty Reeves b: 21 Jul 1834 in Crawford, Arkansas
  10. Matilda Jane Reeves b: 01 Oct 1836 in Crawford, Arkansas
  11. Nancy Tennessee Reeves b: 07 Feb 1839 in Crawford, Arkansas
  12. Talitha Ann Reeves b: 28 Nov 1841 in Crawford, Arkansas

According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, Bass Reeves, one of the first black lawmen west of the Mississippi River, was a former slave of the William S. Reeves family. Bass Reeves became a legend during his lifetime for his ability to catch criminals under trying circumstances.


William Steel Reeves Family Bible
Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, Bass Reeves
1850 Census - Grayson County, Texas
1860 Census - Grayson County, Texas