Birth: 5 Dec 1732, Bristol Parish, Virginia
Birth Source: Parish Register
Joseph Rives apparently resided throughout his life in Bristol Parish, Prince George county, Virginia, where he was born December 5, 1732. On July 26, 1763, "Joseph Reeves and Thomas Deavenport with the freeholders of their precincts" were ordered "to procession from James Baugh's path between Black water and Second Swamp and Munk's Neck Road." On August 31, 1767, "Joseph Reves and William Edwards" were ordered to procession the same boundaries, while in 1769 and 1770 he is mentioned in the Bristol Parish Register as the assignee of John Hall.
Joseph Rives appears as the owner of 300 acres in Prince George county in 1782, and in 1783 is shown as the owner of six slaves in the tax lists. In later life he seems to have resided in Petersburg for in the Dinwiddie county tax assessments for 1787 he is included in a list "of the land tax in that part of Dinwiddie which lies in the Corporation of the Town of Petersburg." There is a deed recorded in Prince George county in 1788 to his daughter, Polly, at which time he is described as a carpenter in Petersburg.
It is probable that the Joseph Rives whose marriage bond to Margaret Hatton was recorded in Norfolk county, Virginia, March 2, 1767, was this Joseph Rives, of Petersburg, who appears to have had issue, as follows:
- Mary Rives, living in 1788
- Unknown Son Rives. Reliques surmises him to be the father of Burwell Rives, a taxpayer of Prince George County in 1813 and 1814 and who may have married Martha Stephens in 1811 and Joseph Rives who appears on the census in Prince George County in 1820 and 1830.
Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p348