Mother: Susan Woodard
Birth: 16 Jul 1832, Petersburg, Tennessee
Death: 4 Sep 1876, Paris, Texas
Spouse1: Martha Jane Cates (?Parker), m. 19 Sep 1865, Bedford County, Tennessee
- Charles Rives, b. c1862
- Benjamin Joseph Rives, b. 9 Jul 1866
- John Robert Thomas Rives, b. 13 Jul 1875
According to Reliques: "He was a farmer and carpenter and, during the war, served in the Confederate Army as a private in Co. C, 8th Tenn. Inf. Following the war he became a member of the original Ku Klux Klan."
His Civil War service record state he deserted 28 Nov 1863.
There is a stone, but not original, for him in Shady Grove Cemetery, Pattonville, Lamar County, Texas.
1880 Census: Bedford County, Tennessee (Martha J Reaves - HOH)
Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p282
Civil War Service Record, James M. Rives, 8th Tennessee Infantry, Co. C.