Rives, Henry (1768 VA - 1824 VA)

Rives, Henry

Rives, Henry


Father: William Rives
Mother: Lucy Shands

Birth: 12 May 1768, Albemarle Parish, Sussex County, Virginia
Birth Source: Albemarle Parish Register

Death: 19 Oct 1824, Buckingham County, Virginia
Death Source: Obituary

Spouse1: Anne Anderson Allen, m. 17 Dec 1810, Cumberland County, Virginia


Children of Henry Rives and Anne Anderson Allen:
  1. William Henry Rives, b. 30 Oct 1811
  2. Lucy Shands Rives, b. 11 Jun 1814
  3. Elizabeth Austin Rives, b. 8 Feb 1816
  4. Ann Lavinia Rives, b. 28 Mar 1818
  5. Robert Rives, b. 4 Apr 1820
  6. Bnjamin Allen Rives, b. 29 May 1822
  7. Herietta Rives, b. 22 Nov 1824

Henry Rives was born May 12, 1768, in Albemarle Parish, Sussex county, Virginia, and resided the last eighteen years of his life in Buckingham county, where he was a merchant at Ca Ira. Mr. Henry Rives was taken into partnership by his older brother, Robert Rives, in connection with the interests of the latter at Ca Ira. Here merchandise was sold, and tobacco bought or taken in exchange for goods for shipment to England, the trade in tobacco in this section being virtually a monopoly of the Rives brothers. An obituary notice of him in the Richmond Enquirer on October 26, 1824, states: "At his residence in the County of Buckingham, on Tuesday the 19th instant, Mr. Henry Rives for 18 years past a respectable merchant in Ca Ira. He was a tender and affectionate husband and parent, a kind and humane master, and a virtuous and respectable member of society." His wife wrote of him : "He was to me indeed a husband. To our dear children he was indeed a father. The afflictive dispensation is indeed a bitter one to my heart but blessed be the God of mercy that it is mingled with the sweetest consolation,—an assurance that my loss has been his eternal gain."
Henry Rives married December 20, 1810, Anne Anderson Allen, born 1785, daughter of Benjamin Allen, born 1746 (by his wife Elizabeth Austin, of Hanover county, Virginia), son of James Allen, born 1699, died 1773 (by his wife Anne Anderson), of New Kent and Hanover counties, son of Daniel Allen, who owned 250 acres of land in New Kent in 1704 (by his wife Rebecca Richardson), the only son of James Allen, an early settler at Jamestown, who married a Miss Tucker at an advanced age.
Mrs. Rives was a woman of vigorous mind and great force of character. She was considerably past middle life when, with several of her children, she emigrated in a covered wagon to Ray county, Missouri, where one of her Allen kin had preceded her. She had been left by her husband with ample means which included twelve slaves which she put out to hire for one hundred dollars a year each. With these and other proceeds, she built a comfortable home on her plantation in Missouri where she lived in dignified style. An excel lent executive, she managed her plantation with great acumen, possessing that resourcefulness which distinguished the early settlers of America and which has given character and strength to the Nation. The broken leg of one of her slaves was set by her so skilfully that the doctor, when he arrived, exclaimed with admiration that he could not improve on the work. During the war she espoused with her whole heart the Southern cause. Mrs. Rives is said to have founded two Presbyterian churches, one in Virginia, and another in Missouri. She died at her home in Ray county, Missouri.

Note that Reliques states they married on the 20th.

Virginia Argus, 27 Aug 1806
The partnership of Jesse Higginbotham & Co is this day dissolved, by mutual consent - All persons who have accounts with the concern, are requested to come forward and settle them with Jesse Higginbotham.
Brown, Rives & Co.
Jesse Higginbotham.

Caira, 1st August, 1806
The business will be continued by James Brown of Richmond, Robert Rives of Amherst county, and Henry Rives of this place, under the firm of HENRY RIVES & CO. who will pay all claims against the late concern of Jesse Higginbotham & Co.
James Brown.
Robert Rives.
Henry Rives.

Research Notes


Birth:          Boddie, John Bennett. Births, Deaths and Sponsors 1717-1778 from the Albermarle Parish Register of Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia, p122
Marriage1:  Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1740-1850 (Ancestry)
Death:        Richmond Enquirer, 26 Oct 1824

1810 Census:  Cumberland County, Virginia
1820 Census:  Buckingham County, Virginia
1830 Census:  Buckingham County, Virginia (Mrs. H. Rives HOH)
1840 Census:  Buckingham County, Virginia (Ann A. Rives HOH)

Virginia Argus, 27 Aug 1806