Rives, Nathaniel (c1753 VA - 1789)

Rives, Nathaniel

Rives, Nathaniel


Father: Robert Rives
Mother: Elizabeth (Hicks?)

Birth: c1753, Prince George County, Virginia
Birth Source: Reliques of the Rives

Death: 1789
Death Source: Will

Spouse1: Lucille Robinson


Children of Nathaniel Rives and Lucille Robinson:
  1. Susanna Robinson Rives, b. c1784, m. William Randall
  2. Irvin Rives, b. c1780s
  3. Nathaniel Rives

From Reliques of the Rives:
Nathaniel Rives was born about 1753 in Prince George county, Virginia, and removed early in life to Greensville county, Virginia, where he is recorded on June 26, 1783, as taking the oath to the Commonwealth as deputy sheriff of Greensville (O. B. 1, p. 72). His marriage to Lucy, daughter of Littlebury Robinson, is attested by a marriage bond dated December 18, 1783, in Greensville county. Shortly thereafter he removed to Chester county, South Carolina, where his will dated October 18, 1789, was proved, December 31, 1789.

In 1794 a return was filed in Chester co. S. C., by Benjamin Rives, executor, showing a payment of £13 for board for Irvin and Nathaniel Rives. In 1799 Benjamin Rives' account showed a total paid out during 1791-94 of £112:18, including an item of £72 for "boarding 3 children 3 years." (Reliques)

Irvin was living in Chester Co. S. C, in 1816, when Braxton R. Eaves, planter, made his will in that county, in which he mentioned his wife Mary, to whom he left three negroes which, in the event of her death "before my brother Irvin Rives," should go to the last-named. The will also mentions Gen. Turner Stark, blacksmith Joseph Ferguson, and "my mother Mrs. Neal." The executor of the will, Col. Wm. Anderson, was later cited in 1820 by
Mrs. Sarah Neal to show cause why a distribution of the estate should not be made. (Reliques)

According to a footnote in Reliques which quotes from Nathaniel Rives's Estate Packet:
On Jan. 4, 1804, in Chester co. S. C., "Irwin Rieves, infant son of Nathaniel Rives, deceased, now above fourteen years old, have voluntarily chosen and elected William Randall, of the State of Georgia, to be guardian of my person and property." The above was signed "Irvin Reaves." His guardian, William Randall, was obviously his brother-in-law.

The above establishes that Irvin/Irwin Rives is the same as Irwin Reaves, listed as orphan, who won the 1805 Georgia Land lottery, and lived in Greene and Hancock Counties in Georgia. William and Susan Randall lived in Greene County as well.

Although a marriage to Lucille Robinson is recorded in Greensville County, Virginia, his will names his wife Sarah. It also names children "Sukey" Robinson Rives, Urvin Rieves, and "the child my wife is now big with."

Minutes from the County Court of Chester state that in September 1792 "Benjamin Reaves returned a Statement of the Estate of Nathaniel Reaves Deceased for the years 1791 & 1792 which was ordered to be recorded."

Minutes from the County Court of Chester state that "Stark Eaves is Appointed Guardian of Ervin Reaves orphan of Nathaniel Reaves Decd upon his complying with what the Law in that case requires." in March of 1798.

According to the Minutes, on the 6th of Jan, 1799, "Suckey Robinson Rives Orphan of Nathaniel Rives decld came into open court & voluntarily chose Brackston Robinsooon for his (sic) guardian which is approbated by the court he having given Bond of Security according to the law for his performance thereof.


Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p316
Will of Nathaniel Rives - Chester County, South Carolina Will Book A, p33
Holcomb, Brent. Chester County, South Carolina Minutes of the County Court 1785-1799
Nathaniel Rives Estate, Chester County, South Carolina Estate Apt 58, Pkg 900