SummaryFather: Timothy Rives
Mother: Sarah Gee
Birth: 10 Sep 1762
Birth Source: Reliques of the Rives
Death Source: Reliques of the Rives, Petersburg Intelligencer Notice
Spouse1: Anne Cureton
NarrativeChildren of Briggs Rives and Anne Cureton:
- Susanna Jones Rives, b. 4 Dec 1790, m. Joseph T. Mason
- Francis Everod Rives, b. 14 Jan 1792
- Sarah Gee Rives, b. 23 Jan 1795, m. William Shands
- Thomas Cureton Rives, b. 13 Aug 1797, d. young
- Elizabeth Cureton Rives, b. 17 Oct 1799, m. Hartwell Peebles Heath
- Ann Briggs Rives, b. 5 May 1802
- Timothy Rives, b. 26 Jan 1804
- Jane Hambleton Rives, b. 26 Jun 1805, m. Joseph H. Hall
The above birth dates which are contained in Reliques are also found on a loose paper filed with the family Bible of grandson William B. Shands recorded by Shands.
From Reliques of the Rives:
Briggs Rives, born in 1762; lived in Prince George county, Virginia, where he inherited extensive land holdings from his wife's family. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and "was taken prisoner, carried to the West Indies and kept there for several months," according to the written testimony left by his grandson, General William B. Shands.
Briggs Rives married December 23, 1789, Anne Cureton, born January 21, 1765, daughter of Thomas and Susanna (Jones) Cureton, of Prince George. There is a deed of conveyance of 440 acres of land recorded in Prince George on January 4, 1791, between William Dunn and Jane, his wife, Nathan Heath and Elizabeth, his wife, Briggs Rives, and Anne, his wife, and Mary Cureton (Mary, Jane, Elizabeth, and Anne, being described as "daughters and devisees of Tho. Cureton, dec'd"), parties of the first part, and Nathan Jones, executor of the said Cureton, of the second part, to which transaction William Bonner, Pleasant Hunnicutt, Robert Eldridge, Williamson Bonner, Littleberry Epes Tatum, and Peyton Mason were witnesses. Briggs Rives died between 1806 and 1810; for, in the latter year, his estate was taxed with two tracts of 61 1 and 450 acres, respectively. This land was north of the Blackwater and joined the land of Thomas Conner and others. His slaves, which had numbered only eight in 1794, had increased to sixteen in 1802, and to twenty-four at the time of his death.
Petersburg Intelligencer, 3 Jan 1809
On Tuesday the 10th of January next, WILL BE HIRED at Prince George Courthouse, (it being court day) the NEGROES belonging to the estate of Peter Jones, deceased; consisting of men and children, for the ensuing year. Terms made known on the day of hire.
ANN RIEVES, Executrix,
CHARLES GEE, Executor,
of BRIGGS RIEVES, who was executor of Peter Jones, dec'd.
December 31st, 1808.
Briggs bought some land in Prince George County, Virginia from a Henry Mitchell of Hancock County, Georgia in 1801. This likely means Henry Mitchell had previously lived in Prince George County. In 1802, a survey was made for Briggs Rives of 827 acres of land which he had "lately purchased of Joseph Goodwin agent for Henry Mitchell. The land was next to Black Water Swamp.
On 3 Jan 1816, a division of the land of Briggs Reeves was made. It was described as: Lot #1 - drawn by Wm Shands in right of his wife Sally, #2 the mansion house &c by Thoas Mason in right of his wife Susan, and #3 by Francis E. Rives, the other moiety remaining undivided between the children under age to wit Elizabeth, Ann and Jane Rives. Then in Nov 1819, it was noted that since the above division, the land belonging to the last three children each being 25 1/2 acres, the middle lot #2 was drawn by Hartwell & Elizabeth Heath. This would appear to indicate that son Timothy had died by 1816, and that Ann (who was listed in the middle and apparently would have received #2) had died by late 1819.
SourcesChilds, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p632
1787 VA Tax List - Prince George County, Virginia
Petersburg Intelligencer, 3 Jan 1809
1801 Deed - Henry Mitchell to Briggs Rives - Hancock County, Georgia Deed Book D, p528
Prince George County, Virginia Surveyor's Record 1794-1824, pp. 78, 299
William B. Shands Family Bible