Mother: Mary Magdalene
Birth: c1762, probably Brunswich County, Virginia
Birth Source: Reliques of the Rives
Death: Sep-Oct 1811, Union County, Kentucky
Death Source: Will/Probate
Spouse1: Mary Gillum/Gilliam, m. 27 Nov 1785, Henry County, Virginia
- Sarah Rives, m. Thomas Prunty
- Elizabeth Rives, b. 29 Jan 1790, m. Aaron Waller on 12 Jun 1812
- Peter Gillum Reeves, b. c1794
- Patsy Rives, never married
- Mathilda Rives
- Lucy Rives, m. Murrel Price
- Mary Rives
- Nancy Gillum Rives, b. 1801
From Reliques of the Rives:
Burwell was born about 1762, evidently in Brunswick county, Virginia, where his parents were residing in that year, and died in 181 1 in Union county, Kentucky.
In 1779 in Henry county, Virginia, a bounty of 100 pence was paid by the authorities for an old wolf's head and 50 pence for a young wolf's head. In that year "Burwell Rieves" presented an old wolf's head and was the recipient of the bounty of 100 pence. At the Henry county court of January 23, 1783, he was appointed an Ensign in Capt. Tully Choice's company of militia. On June 4, 1786, he purchased for £60 from Frederick Rives([his father) 400 acres in Franklin county "on the north side of Pigg River * * * beginning at the mouth of Glaid Creek * * * in his actual possession now being." In the Franklin county tax lists of 1787, 1791, and 1795 he appears as the owner of this land and of three slaves. In the deed of conveyance executed by Frederick Rives' daughters in 1816, to which reference has previously been made, the land was described as situated on a branch of Pig river "opposite the Plantation of Burwell Rives Decd."
Burwell Rives married, November 27, 1785, Mary Gillum (Gilliam), in Henry county, Virginia, according to an entry included in the returns of marriages made to the clerk of that county, John Cox, by Robert Jones. Burwell Rives removed to Union county, Kentucky, in 1807 where his will dated September 23, 1811, was probated on October 28, 1811, appointing Joseph Rives, his brother, his executor, and directing that so much of his estate be sold as was necessary to pay his debts. He specified that all his lands "lying in the County of Franklin, State of Virginia, be sold and the proceeds equally divided between my eight children Elizabeth Rives, Nancy Rives, Peter Rives, Patsy Rives, Mathilda Rives, Polly Rives, Lucy Rives, and Sally Prunty, wife of Thomas Prunty." He further provided that "my only son Peter Rives have $300 out of the sales of my land to be laid out in land in the western country if he chooses and if not to be put to interest till he is 21."
Death: 1811 Will - Burwell Rives - Union County, KY Will Book A, p3
History of Union County, Kentucky, Courier Co. Printers pub 1886
Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p352