Rives, Edmund Harris (1783 VA - 1842 TN)


Rives, Edmund Harris


Father: John Rives
Mother:Amy Carter

Birth: c1783, Prince George County, Virginia
Birth Source: Reliques of the Rives

Death: 1842, Humphreys County, Tennessee
Death Source: Humphreys Co TN, Co Ct Min #67

Spouse1: Mary Ann Harding, m. 11 June 1807, Davidson County, Tennessee


Children of Edmund Harris Rives and Mary Ann Harding:
  1. Albert Rives, b. c1807
  2. John Harding Rives, b. 2 Apr 1809
  3. Evelyn Rebecca Rives, b. 15 Feb 1811, m. Henry S. Thomas
  4. Susan Raines Rives, m. Capt. Ammon Cabler
  5. George Washington Rives, b. c1813
  6. Mary Rives, m. Clark Owen
  7. Thomas La Force Rives, b. 1 Mar 1820
  8. Robert Granville Rives, b. 30 Sep 1823
  9. Elizabeth Rives
  10. Frances Rives

Marriage record gives names as Edmund or Edward Rives (two entries) and Polly Harding.

From ''Reliques of the Rives":
Edmund Harris Rives was born about 1783, presumably in Prince George county, Virginia, removing early in life to Davidson county, Tennessee. As early as 1808 he purchased for $400 from Robert Carter Rives 40 acres in Davidson county on the west fork of Mill Creek; and, in the same year, 38 acres on the Big Harpeth river. In 1814 Robert Carter Rives conveyed to Edmund Rives, of Davidson county, 1 1/2 acres on Hogan’s Branch in that county. On January 31, 1818, in a deed made by him to Abraham De Moss of 15 acres on the north side of the Big Harpeth river, the land is described as being “one ninth part which the said Edmund Rives is entitled to as one of the heirs of Thomas Harding, deceased, out of his widow Betsey Harding’s dower.” On March 5, 1834, he conveyed to William W. Johnston in Williamson county, Tennessee, 100 acres on Hay’s Creek, the witnesses to which were John H. and Giles Rives. In December, 1841, letters of administration were granted on his estate in Humphreys county, Tennessee, to S. E. Harris and William McCaslin. The inventory shows that he was possessed of 348 acres of land in that county alone, nine slaves, and much other personality. Edmund Rives married Mary Ann, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Harding, of a prominent Tennessee family of that name, the marriage bond being dated January 13, 1807, in Davidson county. According to his living granddaughter, Mrs. Louisa America Roberts, and other sources, he had issue:

Research Notes

Thomas L. Rives and John H. Rives are named in the inventories.


Marriage: Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 (FamilySearch)
Death:       Humphreys Co TN, Co Ct Min #67

1820 Census:  Davidson County, Tennessee
1830 Census:  Davidson County, Tennessee
1840 Census:  Humphreys County, Tennessee

Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p674
Humphreys County, Tennessee Will and Estate Book E, pp. 447, 466, 467, 532, 584, 598, 599, 602, 603