Reeves, Willis Watson (1846 AL - 1930 TN)

Reeves, Willis Watson

Reeves, Willis Watson


Father: Willis A. Reeves
Mother: Harriet C. McDowell

Birth: 9 Mar 1846, Morgan County, Alabama
Birth Source: 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Tishomingo, MS

Death: 8 Dec 1930, Madison County, Tennessee
Death Source: Find A Grave - Bemis Cemetery, Madison County, Tennessee (gravestone photo)

Spouse1: Nancy Ann Holder


Children of Willis Watson Reeves and Nancy Holder:
  1. James Henderson Reeves, b. 1866
  2. Martha C. Reeves, b. 1868
  3. Sarah Etta Reeves, b. 1871
  4. Amanda Reeves, b. 1877
  5. Flora D. Reeves, b. 1884
  6. Lela Reeves, b. 1886
  7. Eva Ethel Reeves, b. 1889
According to his service record, Willis Watson Reeves served in Company D, 26th Mississippi Infantry, CSA. He was captured in February 1862 at Fort Donelson, held for 3 months, then exchanged. He is recorded as deserting his unit at least once. After his return to the regiment, Reeves was shot in the left hand — possibly intentionally — at Petersburg, Va., on 15 June 1864. He lost three fingers and was treated in a Confederate hospital in Richmond, VA. He was discharged not long after.

Long after the war, Willis W. Reeves was included in a picture of Confederate veterans whose memorabilia had been stolen from a library in Jackson, TN.


1850 Census - Northern Division District 4, Tishomingo County, Mississippi
1870 Census - Township 3 Range 10, Tishomingo County, Mississippi
1900 Census - Civil District 16, McNairy County, Tennessee
1910 Census - Civil District 11, Chester Chester, Tennessee
1920 Census - Civil District 1, Madison County, Tennessee
1930 Census - District 1, Madison County, Tennessee
Find A Grave - Bemis Cemetery, Madison County, Tennessee