Rives, Neil Smith Brown (1848 TN - 1896)


Rives, Neil Smith Brown


Father: Willis Green Rives
Mother: Virginia Fonville

Birth: 27 Sep 1848
Birth Source:

Death: cMay 1896
Death Source: Headstone

Spouse1: Eliza J. Dollins, m. 8 Oct 1872, Lincoln County, Tennessee


Children of Neil Smith Brown Rives and Eliza J. Dollins:
  1. Virginia Dollins Rives, b. 1 Jul 1873; m. James D. Cole
  2. Milton Jackson Rives, b. 19 Apr 1875, d. 15 Dec 1902
  3. Nellie Eliza Rives, b. 1 Jan 1878, m. Hastings Ladd
  4. Willie Neil Rives, b. 3 Dec 1879
  5. Charles Ross Rives, b. 8 Oct 1882
  6. Cora Eugenia Rives, b. 20 Nov1884, m. James Crane
  7. Elizabeth Ann Rives, b. 23 Apr 1887, d. 15 Oct 1913
  8. Joel Mallory Rives, b. 24 Sep 1890
  9. Ethel Enda Rives, b. 25 Jan 1893, m. Will J. Collier

From Reliques of the Rives:
Neil Smith Brown Rives, born in Petersburg, Tennessee, attended the local schools and later moved to Kankakee, Illinois, where he was engaged in the mercantile business. He returned after a few years to his former home in Lincoln county, Tennessee, and rose to a position of some eminence in his community, serving a term in the Tennessee legislature, 1893-94. “In the prime of manhood, and in the midst of a useful life, he fell in a pistol fight
with Jim Buntley, very much deplored by the whole community,” his death occurring May 24, 1896, at Fayetteville, Tenn. He married in 1872, Eliza Jane Dollins, daughter of Joel Mallory and Margaret (Summerford) Dollins, of Bellville, Tenn.,

The Tennessean, 15 Feb 1896
Hon. N. S. B. Rives has announced his candidacy for a seat in the lower house from Lincoln County. Mr. Rives was a member of the House in 1893=94, and did good service.

The Comet, 28 May 1896
Hon. N. S. B. Rives, an ex-member of the house and present democratic nominee for Lincoln County, was shot and fatally wounded near Fayetteville Saturday by a neighbor named Jim Buntley. They quarreled over Buntley's stock getting into Rives' field.

Research Notes


Marriage1:  Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1780-2002 (Ancestry)
Death:        Headstone, Rose Hill Cemetery, Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee
                   The Comet, 28 May 1896

1880 Census:  Lincoln County, Tennessee
1900 Census:  Lincoln County, Tennessee (Eliza J. Rives)

The Tennessean, 15 Feb 1896