Rives, Lucy Shands (1794 VA - 1872 VA)

Rives, Lucy Shands

Rives, Lucy Shands


Father: Robert Rives
Mother: Margaret Cabell

Birth: 18 Nov 1794, Warminster, Nelson County, Virginia
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Death: 30 Mar 1872, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Spouse1: Alexander Brown, m. 27 Apr 1819, Nelson County, Virginia


Children of Alexander Brown and Lucy Shands Rives:
  1. Robert Lawrence Brown, b. 9 Mar 1820
  2. Margaret Brown, b. 22 May 1821
  3. Elizabeth1 Brown, b. 22 May 1823

From Reliques of the Rives:
Lucy Shands Rives, born at Warminster, Nelson county, Virginia, November 18, 1794; married, at "Oak Ridge," April 27, 1819, Alexander Brown; died in Charlottesville, at the Piedmont Institute, March 30, 1872, and was buried there by the side of her husband and daughter, Mrs. R. K. Meade.
"Her husband, Alexander Brown, was born near Perth, Scotland, March 27, 1796; educated at Perth Academy, and afterwards attended a course at William and Mary College, Virginia ; came to Virginia in 181 1 with his uncle, the Rev. James Henderson, and resided with him in Williamsburg for several years ; after attaining his majority he took charge of a mercantile establishment at Lovingston, Nelson county, Virginia, for his uncle Henderson and Mr. Parker Garland. After his marriage in 1819, he settled at Variety Mills and became a partner in business with his father-in-law, Robert Rives, who, on the dissolution of the copartnership, gave him the Variety Mills estate, consisting of a large farm, stores, flour, corn and sawmills, an extensive tannery, etc. He resided at his seat, 'Belmont' (named for a seat of the Fleming family in Scotland, from which family General Brown descended through his mother), on the estate, until his removal to Richmond. From about 1818 to his death he was a prominent Mason. One of the leading justices of Nelson, he was for many years the presiding magistrate. He repeatedly represented Nelson Parish, as lay delegate, in the conventions of the Episcopal Church ; he was long colonel of the 28th Virginia Regiment, and in 1840 was elected brigadier-general of this district; he was a member of the House of Delegates from Nelson County, 1835-1839 and in 1841-1842, but political life was always distasteful to him. In i860, he removed to Richmond, Va., where he conducted a commission business in copartnership with J. Bruce McClelland, until Mr. McClelland's death in 1862, and with the late Frank Deane from 1862 to his own death. He was elected to the vestry of old St. John's Church in September, 1861 ; was for a time superintendent of the Sunday-school ; warden, April 6, 1863 ; died at his residence on Church Hill, April 24, 1864, and was buried in Charlottesville by the side of his daughter. Rev. Dr. Norwood, while preaching his funeral sermon in old St. John's Church, Richmond, said of him: 'I have known many good men, but a better man than Alexander Brown I never knew'.

Her aunt Phoebe Rives was living with them in 1850.

Research Notes


Marriage1:  Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940 (Ancestry)

1850 Census:  Nelson County, Virginia
1860 Census:  Henrico County, Virginia
1870 Census:  Albemarle County, Virginia

Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p586