Reeves, Willis Long (1793 KY - 1866 KY)


Reeves, Willis Long


Father: Brewer Reeves
Mother: Martha Davis Long

Birth: 9 Feb 1793 1796, Christian Woodford County, Kentucky
Birth Source: The Biographical Encyclopaedia of Kentucky, pub. 1878 and substantiated by Woodford County tax records.

Death: circa Dec 29 Apr 1866, Todd County, Kentucky
Death Source: Will probated 14 Dec 1866

Spouse1: Susan Edwards Phillips, m. 13 Nov 1823 in Todd County, Kentucky
Spouse2: Mrs. Margarett Edwards Harrison, m. 18 Nov 1830 in Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky
Spouse3: Mrs. Caroline M. Wilson Connelly, m. 9 Nov 1840 in Logan County, Kentucky
Spouse4: Mrs. Emily Carr, m. 19 Nov 1856 in Todd County, Kentucky


Children of Willis Long Reeves and Susan Edwards Phillips:
  1. William Reeves, b. 7 Sep 1824, m. Mary F. Jones on 12 Oct 1847 in Logan County, Kentucky
  2. Albert Reeves, b. 7 Dec 1826, d.18 Jun 1847
  3. Douglass Reeves, b. (Sat) Aug 1828, m. Florida P. Gorin on 10 Oct 1849 in Logan County, Kentucky
Children of Willis Long Reeves and Margarett Edwards Harrison:
  1. Martha Park Reeves, b. 2 Sep 1831, d. 16 Mar 1833
  2. Willis Brewer Reeves, b. 19 Jun 1835, d. 27 Dec 1921, m. Priscilla G. Davidson on 15 Dec 1858 in Logan County, Kentucky
  3. Haden Edwards Reeves, b. 27 Apr 1838, m. Bettie H. Goodman on 6 Jan 1864, Todd County, Kentucky
  4. Infant Son Reeves, b. 4 Feb 1840, d. 4 Feb 1840
Children of Willis Long Reeves and Caroline M. Wilson Connelly:
  1. Willis Long Reeves, Jr., b. 6 Sep 1841, d. 25 May 1904, m. Elizabeth C. Weathers on 1 Mar 1877
  2. Caroline D. Reeves, b. 1844 (Male) Physician
  3. John C. Reeves, b. 1846
  4. Sarah P. Reeves, b. 1848, living in home of Jonathan and Mary Reeves Bell in 1860 census

Wife Margaret passed away "Friday AM Feb 7, 1840 at half past one o'clock after an illness of 13 days." (Family Bible)

From The Biographical Encyclopaedia of Kentucky, pub. by J. M. Armstrong & Company, 1878
Willis Long Reeves, Sr., Lawyer, was born in Woodford County, Kentucky, while his parents were en route from Virginia to Kentucky, on the 9th of February, 1796. His educational attainments were necessarily limited, but, by close application, he succeeded in acquiring an English education in advance of the ordinary facilities offered in his times. Owing to a pecuniary misfortune with which his father was stricken, he was, at an early age, thrown upon his own resources, and succeeded, at the age of sixteen years, in obtaining employment in the clerk's office at Hopkinsville, notwithstanding his residence in Trenton, Todd County. In this position he remained until 1822, when he was made, first Circuit Clerk of the County, and, in a few year, County Clerk, holding and filling both offices until the adoption of the new State Constitution, in 1850. After leaving his public offices he gave his attention to his farm, and other large property interests, of which he had at this time possessed himself. He early united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, of which he was an active and leading member, and transacted all the legal business of the congregation gratuitously, besides donating largely from his means toward the support and encouragement of the cause. In politics, he was a steadfast Henry Clay Whig, both from conviction of the correctness of the principles and a strong personal attachment to the leader of the party. He was a man of great energy and most indomitable will, who knew not failure. He turned a great deal of his time and attention, besides his means, to the education and elevation of the masses. His death, which occurred on the 29th of April, 1866, was universally regretted, and the community sustained a loss not easily repaired. He was married, in 1856, to Mrs. Emily Carr, daughter of James H. Davidson, Esq., of Logan County, and left five children.


Kentucky, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850 (spouse 1), database online at Ancestry.com
1830 Census - Todd County, Kentucky
1840 Census - Todd County, Kentucky
1850 Census - Todd County, Kentucky
1860 Census - Todd County, Kentucky
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1783-1965, database online at Ancestry.com
Kentucky, Death Records, 1852-1964, online at Ancestry.com
The Biographical Encyclopaedia of Kentucky, pub. by J. M. Armstrong & Company, 1878
Willis Long Reeves Family Bible
Reeves, Harrison, Edwards Family Bible