Rieves, Elijah (1790 SC - 1872 TN)


Rieves, Elijah


Father: Reuben Reeves
Mother: Unknown

Birth: c1791, South Carolina
Birth Source: 1850 Census and Estate File of Reuben Reeves

Death: 6 May 1872, Maury County, Tennessee
Death Source: Whig and Tribune Death Notice

Spouse1: Mary "Polly" Stallings, m. 14 Jul 1819, Maury Co., Tennessee


Children of Elijah Rieves and Polly Stallings:
  1. Joel S Rieves, b. c1823
  2. William Jones Rieves, b. 27 Jan 1825, m. Haskea Maddox
  3. Thomas Jefferson Rieves, b. 13 Oct 1829
  4. Mary Jane Rieves, b. 16 Apr 1834
  5. Tempy Angeline Rieves, b. c1836
  6. Wiley James Rieves, b. 29 Nov 1838

According to extant deeds, Elijah first bought land in Maury County in 1818, a 38 1/2 acres piece of property from Edmond Harris.

In 1838, the Maury County School Census listed Elijah Rieves with 5 (between the ages of 6 and 21) children in school.

The 1840 census of Maury County, Tennessee lists Elijah Reeves/Rieves household as containing 1 Male ‹5 (Wiley), 1 Male 5-9, 1 Male 10-14 (Jeff), 2 Males 15-19 (Joel & unknownWilliam J.), 1 Male 50-59, 1 Female ‹5 (Angeline), 1 Female 5-9 (Mary), 1 Female 10-14, 1 Female 15-19 and 1 Female 40-49. This indicates that there are 3 children, 2 females and 1 male, which have yet to be identified. There is a statement in the notes included in the family bible of another son, Bose, but currently no documentation of this child has been located.

An entry from the local newspaper in 1871 mentioned that Elijah Rieves was one of several men in the 24th district of Maury County who were drawing on pension records for service in the War of 1812.

On May 18, 1872, the Whig and Tribune published the following:
ELIJAH RIEVES died Maury Co., Tenn. May 6, aged 81.¹

The Herald and Mail, 10 May 1872
It is a little remarkable that three persons, Mrs. Jesse S. Harris, of this town, and Mr. Elijah Rieves and Jackie Fleming Dobbins, died last Monday evening about the hour of six o'clock. Mr. Rieves was an old soldier of the war of 1812, and had been sick a long time.

Historical Sketch of Maury County states that "Among the early Pilots who navigated Duck river with flat-boats and rafts were....Elijah Rieves."


Death:       Whig and Tribune, 18 May 1872 (¹Reported Deaths in Nineteenth Century Jackson, Tennessee Newspapers by Jonathan K. T. Smith, 1996)
                   The Herald and Mail, 10 May 1872
Marriage: Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950
Census:     1820 Census - Maury County, Tennessee
                   1830 Census - Maury County, Tennessee
                   1840 Census - Maury County, Tennessee
                   1850 Census - Maury County, Tennessee
                   1860 Census - Maury County, Tennessee
                   1870 Census - Maury County, Tennessee (Hugh Griffin HOH)
History:    Maury County TN Estate File of Reuben Reeves
                   Nashville Union and American, 19 December 1871
                   Historical Sketch of Maury County, p97
                   Haskea Maddox Reeves Bible
                   1818 Deed - Edmond Harris to Elijah Reaves - Maury County, Tennessee Deed Book G, p401