Rives, John William (1818 NC - 1904 KY)

Rives, John William

Rives, John William


Father: Stephen Turner Rives
Mother: Sophia Meeks Cannon

Birth: 3 Dec 1818, Warren Co., Kentucky
Birth Source: Reliques of the Rives

Death: 31 Jan 1904, Mayfield, Kentucky
Death Source: Reliques of the Rives

Spouse1: Lucy Collins, m. 9 Dec 1841, Montgomery County, Tennessee
Spouse2: Sarah Elizabeth Coates, m. 1 Sep 1857


Children of John William Rives and Lucy Collins:
  1. Montgomery Rives, d. in infancy
  2. Silas Andrew Rives, b. 13 Sep 1842
  3. Stephen Thomas Rives, b. 8 Aug 1844

Children of John William Rives and Sarah Elizabeth Coates:
  1. James Irvin Rives, b. 28 Sep 1858, d. 9 Jun 1865
  2. Emma Anna Rives, b. 8 May 1860, d. 24 Dec 1861
  3. Mary Susan Rives, b. 27 Nov 1861, m. Benjamin Franklin Briggs
  4. John Robert Rives, b. 24 Oct 1867, d. 5 July 1869

The Paducah Sun, 2 Feb 1904
Mayfield, Ky., Feb. 2 - Mr. John W Rives died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. B. F. Briggs, age 85. He had been almost helpless for a long time and the death had been expected. Mr. Rives leaves two children, Mr. S. A. Rives, Prague, Okla., and Mrs. B. F. Briggs, of this city.
He moved to Grave county in 1850 and settled west of the city.

From Reliques of the Rives:
He accompanied his father to Tennessee, later removing to Graves county, near Mayfield, Ky., where he became “one of the most progressive farmers of the county.” In 1838 he married Ist, Mrs. Lucy Brown (Collins) Moss (a widow with four children, William, Lucy Brown, John and James Moss. She was a sister of Thomas Collins and Polly, wife of Thomas Rives). After the death of his first wife on July 20, 1856, John W. Rives married 2nd, September 1, 1857, Sarah Elizabeth Coates.

Research Notes

Note that the marriage date for John and Lucy from Reliques is incorrect.


Marriage1: Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 (FamilySearch)
Death:      The Paducah Sun, 2 Feb 1904
Census:    1880 Census - Grave County, Kentucky
History:    Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p164