Rives, George (c1720 VA - c1773 VA)

Rives, George

Rives, George


Father: William Rives
Mother: Elizabeth Foster

Birth: 1720, Brunswick County, Virginia
Birth Source: Reliques of the Rives

Death: 1773, Brunswick County, Virginia
Death Source: Reliques of the Rives

Spouse1: Sarah Cook, Married before 1 March 1746 (see below)


Children of George Rives and Sarah Cook:
  1. Elizabeth Rives, b. 1745, Brunswick County, Virginia. She is believed to have married first James Massey and to have married second William Massey and to have died in Lancaster Co., SC, in 1786.
  2. Ann Rives, b. Jan 1747, Brunswick County, Virginia. She married William Peebles, who died testate in Greensville Co., VA, in 1784.
  3. Benjamin Rives, b. 1749, Brunswick County, Virginia
  4. William Rives, b. 1751, Brunswick County, Virginia
  5. Frances Rives, b. 2 Mar 1761, Brunswick County, Virginia, d. 1 Nov 1843, Chester Co., SC, m. Henry E. Jordan.

From Reliques of the Rives
George Rives, son of Col. William and Elizabeth Rives, of Prince George county, Virginia, was born about 1720 and resided from an early age in Brunswick county, Virginia. He may have been an executor, with his brother Benjamin Rives, of his father's estate for on March 1, 1746, as "George Reives of the County of Brunswick" he deeded with "Benjamin Rives of the County of Prince George," and Thomas and Mary Jeffries (Mary (Rives) Jeffries), of the county of Brunswick, to Timothy Rives, of Brunswick, part of a "tract of land surveyed by William Rives (having been patented by William Rives in 1724) and given by will by the said William Rives decd to Thomas Jeffries." In this deed, Sarah wife of George Rives, relinquished her dower rights (D. B. 3, p. 261). On April 18, 1747, he purchased from Henry Cook (his father-in-law), of Brunswick, 500 acres of land on the southside of the Great Swamp, and in the following year he is included with Timothy Rives, Foster Rives, and Thomas Rives in the Brunswick list of voters. Differences must have arisen in the settlement of his father's estate for in January 1753, he was defendant in a suit brought by Thomas Jeffries for assault and battery, the suit however being dis missed after an agreement had been reached between the two (O. B. 4, p. 375). In that year he served as a juryman on the county court of Brunswick.
The records are silent concerning him until September 26, 1760, when he patented, upon the payment of fifteen shillings, 154 acres in Brunswick county adjoining the lines of John Sledge, George Wyche, and Stephen Housman, a tract which he disposed of on April 1, 1763, to James Brown for £50; Sarah, wife of George Rives, making her mark in token of the relinquishment by her of her dower rights. In 1761, with Sarah, his wife, both described as "of Meherrin Parish" in Brunswick county, he deeded to Drury Cook of the same county for £150 three tracts of 11o acres, 190 acres, and 190 acres, respectively, comprising a part of the plantation of George Rives, and which had originally been granted Henry Cook by patents dated October 31, 1726, and August 20, 1728, respectively, representing apparently the land which George Rives had acquired from Henry Cook in 1747. On July 23, 1763, James Massey, of Meherrin Parish, Brunswick county, "for and in consideration of the love and goodwill and affection which I have and bear towards my loving father-in-law George Rives of the same parish and county aforesaid" deeded him his property in anticipation of death, the witnesses being John Tomlinson, John Housman, Benjamin Sykes, and Wm. Cook. The following year he purchased for £10 from Thomas Wise 80 acres "on the northside of Cattale Creek," the witnesses thereto including Wm. Fox, Benjamin Sykes, and Wm. Ivy. On May 7, 1768, he was deeded, upon payment of £20, a tract of 300 acres on the southside of Fountain Creek in Brunswick by John Peebles, executor of Wm. Ezell, deceased, to which John Peterson, Wm. Massey, and Simon Turner were witnesses; and which he sold in 1769 for £28 to John Tomlinson, the witnesses being Moses Vinson, John Maclin, Jr., and Wm. Wrenn. Both in 1769 and in 1772 he witnessed deeds of his nephew, William Rives, of Prince George county. Finally, November 20, 1772, with his wife Sarah Rives, and William and Elizabeth Massey (his son-in-law and daughter), and John and Elizabeth Doby, he deeded 538 acres of land on Cattale Creek for £ 160 to James Young, of Brunswick. George Rives made his will December 19, 1772, which was recorded in Brunswick county, Virginia, January 25, 1773, as follows:
In the name of God Amen : I George Rives of the County of Brunswick & Parrish of Meherrin being weak of body but of sound mind and memory, thanks be to Almighty God for the same therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die, I do make and ordain this to be my Last Will and Testament in manner and form followeth. First, Principally I recommend my Immortal soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it to me hoping through the merits of my Beloved Redeemer to inherit life everlasting, as to my body I commit to the Earth from whence it was taken to be buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named, First my will is that my just debts and funeral expenses be paid, secondly I lend my worldly Estate as followeth viz: I leave all my lands to be sold. Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin Rives one negro man Peter, & one negro girl Fib, to him and his heirs and assigns forever. Item, I give and bequeath to my son William Rives, one negro man Roger and one negro girl Winney and also one hundred and ten pounds Virginia money & one feather bed & furniture, to him and his heirs and assigns forever. Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Frances Rives one Negro woman Diner and one negro boy Dick and also thirty pounds Virginia money to her and her heirs and assigns forever. Item, I leave the use of the residue of my estate both real and personal to my beloved wife Sarah Rives during her widowhood. Item, The part of my estate that I have left the use of to my wife I give equally to be divided amongst all my children, Elizabeth Massey, Ann Peeples & Ben Rives & William Rives and Frances Rives, to them their heirs and assigns forever, my desire is that my children may be fixed at the age of sixteen years and possess their Estate at that age, also I desire that my estate may not be appraised. Lastly I constitute and appoint my son in law Wm. Massey and my son Wm. Rives Executors of this my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th day of December in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and seventy-two.
George Rives (SS)
Signed sealed & delivered)
in presence of us )
John Tomlinson )
William Fox )
Thomas Massey )
Benjamin Sykes )
At a Court held for Brunswick County the 25th day of January 1773 This Will was presented in Court by William Massey one of the Executors therein named, who made oath thereto according to law and the same being proved by the oaths of Thomas Massey and Benjamin Sykes two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said Exor. who together with W. Edwards and Benj. Sykes his securitys entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of Three thousand pounds with condition as the law directs. Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, and the will directing to appraisement.
Teste : P. Pelham Jur. Clk Cur.

George Rives married Sarah, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Cook, of Brunswick county, Virginia.

Other Information:
In this deed, George Reives (Rives), his brother Benjamine, his brother-in-law Thomas Jeffreys, and his brother Timothy sell land originally patented to their father William Rives. Henry Cook who witnesses the deed is the father of George's wife Sarah, who releases her dower.
  • Indenture made 1 March 1746, between Benjamin Reeves of Prince George County, George Reives of Brunswick County, Thomas Jeffris of Brunswick County and Timothy Rives of Brunswick County, £40, (1st) 400a, (2nd) 50a being part of a tract of Land surveyed by William Rieves of Prince George County given by Willby the said William Rieves deceased to Thomas Jeffries and is the upper end of the sd. Land. Signed Benjamin Rieves, George Rieves, Thomas Jefferes. Witnesses: Burrel Brown, William Wommack, Henry Cooke (bhm), Absolam Atkison. Court March 5,1746, Indenture and Memorandum proved by the oaths of Burrell Brown, Henry Cook and William Womack and Sarah the wife of George Reives personally appeared and relinquished her Right of Dower. (Deed Book 3, Page 261)

More deeds referencing George Rives:
  • Indenture made 4 March 1746, between Benjamin Rives of Prince George County and Timothy Rives of Brunswick County, and Thomas Jeffris of Brunswick County, £50, on South side of Maherin River (1st) 200a, (2nd) 50a excepting 50a at the uper end of atract or percil of 200a aforesaid that Benjamin Rives George Rives and Thomas Jeffris sold and made over by deed in writing unto Timothy Rives the sd. deed baring date before the date of these presents. Signed Benjamin Rives and Timothy Rives. Witnesses: Burrell Brown, William Wommack, Henry Cooke (bhm), Absolome Atkinson. Court March 5, 1746, Indenture and Memorandum proved by the oaths of Burrell Brown, Gent., Henry Cooke, and William Womack. (Deed Book 3, Page 267)
  • William Womack of St. Andrews Parish, Brunswick County, for Love and Affection which I bare to my son in law Benjamin Syks of same, £30, 21 January 1746. Signed William Womack. Witnesses: Burrell Brown, Timothy Reves, George Rives. Court March 5, 1746,Deed acknowledged by William Womack. Deed Book 3, Page 273.
  • Indenture made the 18 April 1747, between Henry Cook of Brunswick and George Rives of same, £30, on South side of the Great Swamp, 500a. signed Henry Cook (bhm). Witnesses: Jeremiah Brown, Samuel Clark, Kirby Moody(bhm). Court May 6,1747, Indenture &c; Memorandum were acknowledged by Henry Cook. (Deed Book 3, Page 305)
  • Indenture made 4 May 1747, between Samuel Clark of Brunswick county and John Peebles of same, £12, on South side of the great Swamp, 100a. Signed Samuel Clark. Witnesses: Jeremiah Brown, Henry Cook (bhm), George Rives. Court May 6, 1747, Indenture and memorandum were acknowledged by Samuel Clark. Deed Book 3, Page318.
  • Indenture made 14 December 1748, between Thomas Cook of St. Andrew Parish, Brusnwick County, and John Rosser of Albemarle Parish, Surry County, £55, 290a, on South side of Maherrin River. Signed Thomas Cook (bhm). Witnesses: John Tomlinson, George Rives, Henry Cook (bhm). Court June 27, 1749, Indenture and Memorandum proved by the oaths of John Tomlinson, George Rives, and Henry Cook. Deed Book 3, Page 575.


Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p287
1746 Deed - Benjamin Reeves et al to Timothy Rives - Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Book 3, p261
1746 Deed - Benjamin Rives et al to Thomas Jeffries - Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Book 3, p267
1747 Deed - Henry Cook to George Rives - Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Book 3, p305
1747 Deed - Samuel Clark to John Peebles - Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Book 3, p318
1748 Deed - Thomas Cook to John Rosser - Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Book 3, p575
1761 Deed - George Rieves to Drury Cook - Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Book 7, p25
1763 Deed - James Massey to George Rives - Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Book 8, p377
1772 Will - George Rives - Brunswick County, Virginia Will Book 4, p135