Rives, John Greenleaf (c1815 GA - 1860 MS)

John G. Rives

Rives, John Greenleaf


Father: Unknown

Birth: c1815, Georgia
Birth Source: 1850 Census of Wilkes County, Georgia

Death: 5 Nov 1860, Mississippi
Death Source: Undocumented

Spouse1: Sarah Ann Wingfield, m. 9 Jan 1838, Wilkes County, Georgia


Children of John Greenleaf Rives and Sarah Ann Wingfield:
  1. Mary Elizabeth Rives, b. 21 Oct 1838, d. 29 Dec 1838
  2. Thomas G. Rives, b.1840
  3. Eliza G. Rives, b. 1842
  4. James Wingfield Rives, b. 23 May 1846
  5. Mary B. Rives, b. 1848
  6. Fannie Rives, b. 1851
  7. Leonora Rives, b. 1856
  8. George Rives, b. 1858 in Mississippi
  9. Sarah A. Rives, b. 1858 in Mississippi
Sarah Wingfield Rives apparently died in childbirth with George and Sarah (twins?) in 1858 for she is deceased by the 1860 census.

A file in the name of John G. Reeves, dated circa 1858 which pertains to the guardianship of the Rives children with an F. G. Wingfield as trustee, can be found at the Georgia Virtual Vault

There is a tombstone in the Madison Historic Cemeteries, Madison, Morgan County, Georgia which reads "Mary Elizabeth infant daughter of John G. and Sarah Ann Rives Born 21st October Died 29th December 1838 aged 2 months 8 days."

In the 1860 census, John G. Rives (incorrectly listed as Reaves) is living in what appears to be a boarding house next door to the residence of his mother-in-law, Susan Wingfield in whose home his five youngest children are living (names are also listed as Reaves). Thomas G. Rives, age 19, is living at another residence of a merchant, Thomas Hogue, and is listed as a clerk.

John Greenleaf Rives' origins are unknown. There is additional information regarding the Wingfield family in biographical data for Edmond Golucke who married sisters of Sarah Ann Wingfield at: http://files.usgwarchives.org/ga/wilkes/bios/golucke922gbs.txt.
Susan Wingfield's will is also transcribed at that link and the Rives children are mentioned in the will.

Research Notes

There is a will for a Simon Rives recorded in Morgan County Will Book B, p105 from the year 1821 which mentions children Mary, Eliza, Thomas, and John. This may be the son John mentioned in the will, especially since the executor named in the will was John Wingfield Jr., perhaps the father or brother of Sarah Ann Wingfield.


Marriage:   Georgia, Marriage Records From Select Counties, 1828-1978 (Ancestry) - John G. Riven

1830 Census:  Morgan County, Georgia
1840 Census:  Morgan County, Georgia
1850 Census:  Wilkes County, Georgia
1860 Census:  Wilkes County, Georgia