Rives, George (c1771 VA - 1855 GA)

Rives, George

Rives, George


Father: Christopher Rives
Mother: Elizabeth Mason

Birth: 2 Jun (or 12 Jul) 1771 (or 1772), Sussex County, Virginia
Birth Source: Albemarle Parish Register and Headstone

Death: 4 Jun 1855, Hancock County, Georgia
Death Source: Probate records of Hancock County, Georgia, Will Book S, p. 199

Spouse1: Ann "Nancy" Shackelford, m. 9 Mar 1809, Hancock County, Georgia


Children of George Rives and Nancy Shackelford:
  1. Frances Mason Rives, b. 15 Mar 1810 m. John Bonner
  2. John Christopher Rives, b. 30 Oct 1812, d. infancy
  3. Robert Shackleford Rives, b. 30 Oct 1812, d. infancy
  4. George Shackleford Rives, b. 31 Dec 1819
  5. Elizabeth Ann Chappell Rives, b. 29 Jul 1825, m. Mr. Brown

Frances M. Bonner, George S. Rives, and Elizabeth Ann C. Brown are named in the wills of both George Rives and his wife Nancy who died in Hancock County in 1858.

From Reliques of the Rives:
George Rives was born in Sussex county, Virginia, June 2, 1771, and lived for a time in Northampton county, North Carolina, where, in 1810, he was the owner of five slaves. He later removed to Sparta, Hancock county, Georgia, where he died June 4, 1856, and where his descendants have been worthy representatives of the family. It is regretted that it has been possible to obtain only an outline of the history of the members composing this branch of the family which deserves more particular recording than it has been possible to give. The thanks of this family, as well as those of the compiler, are due, nevertheless, for such material as is presented, to Miss Corinth Baker, of Sparta, Georgia, whose commendable efforts have been the means of filling what might otherwise have constituted an unfortunate gap in these memorials.
George Rives married on May 9, 1809, Nancy Shackleford, born December 11, 1785, died February 27, 1858, daughter of John Shackleford and his wife, Frances Wade Butler, whom he married in 1780.

Note Relqiues states they were married May 9, but the index online states March 9.

J. C. R. (6 years), R. S. R. (4 years), and W. H. R. (6 months) are buried in the cemetery with George Rives which appear to be some of the children mentioned above.

In 1810, George "Reeves" and Tully Choice of Hancock County, George sold a "negro man named Mack aged about 30 years" to John Williams of Knoxville, Tennessee.


Birth:        Headstone, George Rives Family Cemetery, Hancock County, Georgia (2 Jun 1771, with place)
                    Boddie, John Bennett. Births, Deaths and Sponsors 1717-1778 from the Albermarle Parish Register of Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia, p121 (12 Jul 1772)
Marriage:   Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967 (FamilySearch)
Death:        Hancock County, Georgia, Will Book S, p. 199
                   Headstone, George Rives Family Cemetery, Hancock County, Georgia (with place)

1830 Census: Hancock County, Georgia
1840 Census: District 101, Hancock County, Georgia
1850 Census: Hancock County, Georgia

1810 Deed - Tully Choice & George Reeves to John Williams - Knox County, Tennessee Deed Book O1, p25
1812 Georgia Property Tax Digests, online at Ancestry.com
Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p488