Rives, Joel (1761 - aft 1828)

Rives, Joel

Rives, Joel


Father: William Rives
Mother: Lucy Shands

Birth: 6 Apr 1761
Birth Source: Reliques of the Rives

Death: 1820, Sparta, Hancock County, Georgia
Death: after 1828
Death Source: Deed

Spouse1: Jemima Bonner


Children of Joel Rives and Jemima Bonner:
  1. William Rives, b. 1790
  2. Jane Rives, b. 1792, d. 1838
  3. Jacobine Rives, b. 1794, m. Thomas Bonner
  4. Henry Rives, b. 10 Nov 1796
  5. Nancy Rives, b. 1800
  6. Robert Rives, b. 29 Dec 1804
  7. Sarah Ann Rives, b. 1808
  8. Bonner Rives, b. 1810
  9. Lucy Rives, b. 1813

From Reliques of the Rives:
Joel Rives, a legatee named in the will of his father, William Rives, in Sussex county, Virginia, in 1777, was born in Virginia, presumably in Prince George county, on April 6, 1761, and was "a young volunteer in the patriot army of the War of the Revolution," according to a family bible record, now in the possession of Mrs. Clauselle Whiting Baptist Rives, of Birmingham, Alabama, to whom the compiler is under obligations for this and other data regarding the descendants of Henry Rives. According to this same bible record, Joel Rives married Jemima Bonner, born March 11, 1761, who, Mr. Andrew Pierce Rives, grandson of Joel Rives, states, was a daughter of Colonel Henry Bonner. The service of Joel Rives in the Revolutionary War is confirmed by Knight (Georgia's Roster of the Revolution) who shows a grant of land to Joel Rives, of Hancock county, Georgia, for his military service. Joel Rives is stated to have married Jemima Bonner in Virginia about 1789 and to have removed with her to Georgia about 1792. He died at Sparta in Hancock county, Georgia, in 1820, and his wife in Stewart county, Georgia, in 1841.

Georgia's Roster of the Revolution states that Joel Rives was granted his land in Hancock County, District 14, 29 Dec 1825. Reliques records he died in 1820, however, this grant and an 1828 deed indicate otherwise.


1820 Census:  Hancock County, Georgia (Joel Reeves)

Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p558
1787 VA Tax List - Prince George County, Virginia
1812 Tax List - Hancock County, Georgia
Georgia's Roster of the Revolution (1920), p314
1820 Deed - Nathan Nolley to Joel Rives - Hancock County, Georgia Deed Book N, p127
1829 Deed - Joel Rives to Robert Rives - Hancock County, Georgia Deed Book N, p480