Rives, John (c1722 - 1750 VA)

Rives, John

Rives, John


Father: George Rives

Birth: c1722
Birth Source:

Death: 23 Jan 1750, Albermarle Parish, Surry County, Virginia
Death Source:

Spouse?: Elizabeth (?)
Spouse1: Sarah Gee


Children of John Rives and possibly Elizabeth:
  1. Winifred Rives, b. 4 Jan 1747

Children of John Rives and Sarah Gee:
  1. Rebecca Rives, b. 7 Mar 1749, m. Robert Temple
  2. John Rives, b. 7 Mar 1749

From Reliques of the Rives:
John Rives was born about 1722, and died January 23, 1750, in Albemarle Parish, Surry county, Virginia, where the inventory and appraisal of his personal estate to the value of £228 was made by his wife, Sarah Rives administratrix, as follows:
In Obedience to an Order of the Worshipful Court of Surry County Dated the 15th Day of May 1750 We the Subscribers being first Sworn before James Gee, Gent one of our Justices of peace for this County have appraised the Estate of Mr John Rives deceased - [omitted]
Sarah Reves Administratrix
Edward Pettway
Peter Poythress
Henry Mitchell
At a Court held for Surry County the 19th Day of June 1750.
The within Inventory & Appraisement of the Estate of John Rives, Dece'd was returned & by the Court Ordered to be Recorded.
Teste A. Claiborne Clk

John Rives married Sarah Gee, daughter of Captain James Gee, who was born in 1694, and died October 28, 1759, in Sussex county, Virginia, by his wife, Boyce Scott, daughter of John Scott, of Prince George county, Virginia, who died in 1724.

Reliques mentions a deed form Sussex County which shows Sarah to be the daughter of James Gee. It begins "James Gee late of the County of Sussex, Gentleman, deed did in his lifetime by parole give unto his granddaughters Rebecca and Winnifred daughters of John Rives and Sarah his wife, daughter of the said James Gee..." (DB D, p291)

From the Sussex County, Virginia Order Book 1757-1761, p89, from the October term court form 1757:

James Gee Gent is by the Court appointed guardian to John Rieves infant orphan of John Rieves deced whereupon he with Charles Gee junr his security enter'd into acknowledged their bond in $1000 penalty for (?) performance of that trust.

Research Notes

Reliques states that Rebecca was born 19 Oct 1746, Winifred on 4 Jan 1748, and John on 7 Mar 1750. However, he appears to have misread this. In John Bennett Boddies abstraction of the data from the parish records, John and Rebecca are listed with the same birthdate, 7 Mar 1749, with parents John and Sarah Rives. However Winney Rives is listed as the daughter of John and Eliz. Rives and born 4 Jan 1747. Rebecca's birth entry was sponsored by a Charles Gee along with Josh. Tatum and Judieth Rives. This fits with the will of James Gee which names his granddaughter Rebecca daughter of John and Sarah Rives. However the will also names Winnifred as a granddaughter. Either the parish record is wrong or James Gee was counting Winnifred as his granddaughter since she was the daughter of John Rives. A 1771 deed dealing with her share in the estate also names her as a daughter of Sarah.

Reliques identifies the son John as John Rives who moved to Northampton County, North Carolina. Although in need of further research, this does to appear to be the case. That John is associated with the family of William Rives who moved to North Carolina as well.


Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p435
1750 Inventory - Surry County, Virginia Will and Deed Book 9, p643
Sussex County, Virginia Order Book 1757-1761, p89
1770 Deed - Sussex County, Virginia Deed Book D, p291
1771 Deed - Charles Gee and John Mason Jr. to Winifred Rives - Sussex County, Virginia Deed Book D, p348
Boddie, John Bennett. Births, Deaths and Sponsors 1717-1778 from the Albermarle Parish Register of Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia, p120