Rives, George (1802 VA - 1874 VA)

Rives, George

Rives, George


Father: Robert Rives
Mother: Margaret Cabell

Birth: 24 Apr 1802, Virginia
Birth Source: Headstone

Death: 13 Aug 1874, Albermarle County, Virginia
Death Source: Headstone

Spouse1: Mary Eliza Carter, m. 16 Jun 1826, Albermarle County, Virginia
Spouse2: Maria F. Tucker, m. 31 Mar 1840, Virginia or Maryland


Children of George Rives and Mary Eliza Carter:
  1. Robert Rives, b. c1827
  2. George Cabell Rives, b. 1831
  3. James Henry Rives, b. 22 Feb 1835

Children of George Rives and Maria Farley Tucker:
  1. George Tucker Rives, b. 1843
  2. Eleanor Rosalie Rives, b. 1847, d. 1904
  3. Charles Edward Rives, b. 1849
  4. Lawrence Alexander Rives, b. c1850

From Reliques of the Rives:
George Rives was born April 24, 1802, at Warminster; attended William and Mary College and Hampden-Sidney; married, 1st, at "Redlands," Mary Eliza Carter; and lived at Warren in Albemarle county, Virginia, and later at "Sherwood," which he built. He afterwards went South and engaged in cotton planting on a plantation near Edwards Station in Mississippi. He was a very successful business man and was offered the presidency of the company which reclaimed that part of Chicago now occupied by the Palmer House but declined it. After his return to Virginia, while managing his estates in Albemarle, he became also interested in the firms of A. Y. Stokes & Company, and Hartsook, Stokes & Rives, of Richmond. Although never a candidate himself for any office, he took an active interest in politics, and for many years was the most influential citizen on the southside of Albemarle county. Kindness of heart, simplicity of manners, and love of truth were his distinguishing marks.
His first wife, Mary Eliza Rives died on April 11, 1837. She was a daughter of Robert Carter of "Redlands," by his wife, Mary Coles, sister of Edmund Coles, first Governor of Illinois, and daughter of John Coles (1745- 1808) and his wife, Rebecca Tucker (1750-1826), son of Edward Carter (by his wife, Sarah Champe), son of Secretary John Carter (by his wife, Elizabeth Hill), son of Robert ("King") Carter, of Corotoman.
Mr. George Rives married, 2nd, March 31, 1840, Maria Farley Tucker (b. 1800; d. Mch. 19, 1878, at "Sherwood"), the daughter of Professor George Tucker (born 1775 in the Bermudas; member of the Virginia legislature; member of the House of Representatives of the United States, 1819-1825; Professor at the University of Virginia, 1825-1845; author of numerous books; died April 10, 1861. His wife, Maria Ball Carter, was a daughter of the only daughter of Washington's only sister). Mr. George Rives died August 13, 1874, at "Sherwood."

The second marriage of George Rives (to Mary Tucker) is listed both under Albermarle County, Virginia and Baltimore County, Maryland.

George's headstone reads "In Memory of George Rives son of Robert & Margaret Cabell Rives of Oakridge, Nelson Co., Va Born April 24 1802 Died August 13 1874 at his residence Albermarle Co."

Chicago Tribune, 21 Mar 1893
Death of a Relative of Washington.
Baltimore, Md. March 20. -[Special.]-Mrs. Maria Farley Rives, widow of George Rives and one of the most distinguished women in the South, died last night at her home in Charlottesville, Va. Mrs. Rives was the daughter of George Tucker of Bermuda, member of Congress from Virginia from 1820 to 1845. Her mother was Maria Bali Carter, daughter of Charles Carter of Blenheim, Albermarle County, and Betsy Lewis, was the only daughter of Betsey Washington, George Washington's sister.

Research Notes


Birth:          Headstone, University of Virginia Cemetery and Columbarium, Charlottesville, Charlottesville City, Virginia
Marriage1:  Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1740-1850 (Ancestry)
Marriage2:  Maryland, Compiled Marriages, 1655-1850 (Ancestry)
                   Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1740-1850 (Ancestry)
Death:        Headstone, University of Virginia Cemetery and Columbarium, Charlottesville, Charlottesville City, Virginia

1830 Census:  Albemarle County, Virginia
1840 Census:  Albemarle County, Virginia
1850 Census:  Albemarle County, Virginia
1860 Census:  Albemarle County, Virginia
1870 Census:  Albemarle County, Virginia

Obituary of Mrs. Maria Farley Rives, Chicago Tribune, 21 Mar 1893