SummaryFather: probably Joseph Rives
Death: aft 1768
Spouse1: Amy, m. bef 23 Mar 1769
NarrativeAlthough Reliques of the Rives lists Burwell and Frederick as children of Joseph and Sarah, proof is currently lacking that this is the case. As noted by Reliques, Burwell and Frederick bought and sold land together which has been taken to mean they were brothers. In addition, Burwell is recorded in some records from Bristol Parish as indicated by Reliques. So the relationship to Joseph and Sarah is possible, but not proven.
Burwell was appointed constable in Brunswick County in 1760 (OB 8, p71).
From Reliques of the Rives:
Burwell Rives lived early in life in Bristol Parish, removing thence to Pittsylvania co. Va., in or about 1769, and disappears thereafter from the records. In a deed executed on Apr. 26, 1757, and recorded in Brunswick county on June 28, 1757, he purchased, with Frederick Rives, from John Marshall of Brunswick co., 330 acres in that county on the southside of Briery Creek which had been granted originally to John Ezell on July 25, 1741, and which had been conveyed in turn to Richard Russell, William Lindsay, Henry Seward, and thence to John Marshall. As “Burrill Reeves” he is credited in Bristol Parish in 1765 with three tithables. The following year, on April 25, 1766, “the petition of Burwell Rieves against John Bates (jockey) for two pounds ten shillings said to be due by account" was dismissed by the Brunswick county court (O. B. 9, p. 172). Finally, on Mch. 23, 1769, with his wife Amy, and Frederick and Mary Magdalene Rives, all described as of Pittsylvania co. Va., he sold for £150 to George Stegall, of Brunswick county, the tract of land which he and Frederick Rives had purchased in 1757. This land, described as on Briery Creek, was in 1769 bounded by the land of David Merideth, John Threadgill, Bottom Stegall, and George Stegall, Jr.
SourcesChilds, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p347
1757 Deed - John Marshall to Frederick & Burwell Rieves - Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Book 6, p168
Brunswick County, Virginia Order Book 8
Brunswick County, Virginia Order Book 9