Rives, John Hood (1826 NC - 1904 IL)

Rives, John Hood

Rives, John Hood


Father: James Rives
Mother: Elizabeth Hood

Birth: 4 Aug 1826, Warren County, North Carolina
Birth Source: Reliques of the Rives

Death: 24 June 1904, Green County, Illinois
Death Source: Reliques of the Rives

Spouse1: Elizabeth Ann Randle, m. 23 Aug 1848, Greene County, Illinois


Children of John Hood Rives and Elizabeth Ann Randle:
  1. Andrew Jackson Rives, 19 Oct 1849
  2. Edward Newton Rives, b. 23 May 1852, d. 28 Feb 1904
  3. James Randle Rives, b. 26 Nov 1853, d. 11 Jan 1854
  4. Ellia Irene Rives, b. 4 Apr 1855, d. 28 Aug 1870
  5. Charles William Rives, b. 27 May 1857
  6. Lucy Rives, b. 27 Apr 1859, d. 27 Aug 1860
  7. John Rives, b. 8 Aug 1861
  8. Elizabeth Elvira Rives, b. 4 Oct 1863, m. Ralph Metcalf
  9. George Eldon Rives, Sr., b. 23 Apr 1866
  10. Robert Rives, b. 12 Aug 1868

From Reliques of the Rives:
John Hood Rives, widely known in later life as Judge Rives, was born in Warren county, North Carolina, and accompanied his parents in their migration to Kentucky, and subsequently to Illinois. He shared all the privations of frontier life in the, at that time, Territory of Illinois. After completing his studies at McKendree College he became, like his father, a farmer and stockraiser. Judge Rives was a very public—spirited man, broad—minded in his views, and charitable almost to a fault. He took a deep interest in public affairs, serving for a time on the board of county commissioners of Greene county. He was eminently successful in farming and in business, owning 1,400 acres of land in Greene and 480 acres in Cumberland county, Illinois.
John H. Rives married August 23, 1848, Elizabeth Ann Randle (b. Oct. 6, 1829, at Edwardsville, Ill., d. Jan. 31, 1894, near Greenfield, Ill., daughter of Rev. George D. Randle, one of the earliest and best known of the pioneer Methodist circuit riders in Illinois, by his wife, Lucy Ann Pettus Arnold, daughter of Aaron Arnold—son of George Arnold, friend of the apostolic Bishop Francis Asbury—and his wife, Louisa Pettus, natives of Virginia, the last—nameddaughter of William Pettus, 1735-1803, who, in 1771, was Major of the 4th Battalion of Virginia militia in Louisa county where he lived and died). Mrs. Elizabeth (Randle) Rives attended Monticello Seminary in its early days and afterwards taught school until her marriage. Her sterling qualities of character commanded the respect and admiration of all with whom she came in contact. Mr. and Mrs. Rives were married in the double log cabin, which stood on a hill one mile south of Rock Bridge, near the intersection of the wagon road with Macoupin Creek, and in the vicinity of which stood the grist mill, built in 1826, and owned and operated by Rev. George Randle. The young couple settled in Barr Township in the neighboring county of Macoupin, purchasing‘ the farm of Dr. Metcalf, and there they lived until 1852, when they bought the “Old House” in Rivesville from Rev. James Rives. Here they made their home until 1868 when they removed into the substantial and commodious brick home which Mr. Rives built a short distance east of the old homestead. Judge Rives survived his wife and remained active in business affairs and in farming until a few months before his death on June 24, 1904. The multitude of neighbors, estimated to have numbered 1,000, who attended his funeral, evidenced the high esteem in which he was held by the community.


Marriage: Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940 (FamilySearch)
Census:    1860 Census - Greene County, Illinois
                   1880 Census - Greene County, Illinois
History:   Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p195