Rives, Richard Hardaway (1807 VA - 1879)


Rives, Richard Hardaway


Father: Richard Augustus Rives
Mother: Ann Rivers

Birth: 15 Apr 1807, Virginia
Birth Source: Reliques of the Rives

Death: July 1879
Death Source: Reliques of the Rives

Spouse1: Harriet Elizabeth Rives, m. 3 Feb 1829 (d/o Thomas Rives)


Children of Richard Hardaway Rives and Harriet Rives:
  1. Olivia Virginia Rives
  2. Leonidas Rives, b. 1833
  3. Lycurgus Rives
  4. Harriet Victoria Rives, b. 24 Mar 1839

From Reliques of the Rives:
Richard Hardaway Rives was born April 15, 1807, in Dinwiddie county, Virginia. In 1823 he came into possession, by testamentary bequest of his father, of 566 acres of land in Dinwiddie situated on the Rocky Run. On February 3, 1829, he was married by the Rev. John Grammar, rector at that time of Old Saponey Church of Bath Parish in Dinwiddie, to his cousin, “Miss Harriet Rives at Mr. Thomas Rives” at “Cedar Green.” A few years later, in 1836, he moved with his family and slaves, and accompanied by his mother, his brother William Augustus, his sister Julia, and her husband, to Fayette county, Tennessee; taking with him his household belongings, and traveling in his own equipages. Mr. Richard Rives was a man of excellent judgment, nice literary tastes, and of a very affable and courtly manner. He never served in any public capacity but spent his life on his plantation near Mason, Tennessee, esteemed as a good neighbor and respected as a wise father and kind master. He died in July, 1879 (his wife in Jan. 1850), leaving a will naming as legatees his son Lycurgus, to whom he gave the homestead tract of land called “Hopewell,” and his daughter Harriet Victoria Seay “who has always been kind and dutiful to me,” and to whom he gave 200 acres called “Caspoon Place,” and “my secretary, sofa, one pair of looking glasses, and two parlor tables.”

Research Notes


Census:    1830 Census - Dinwiddie County, Virginia
                   1840 Census - Fayette County, Tennessee
                   1860 Census - Fayette County, Tennessee
                   1870 Census - Fayette County, Tennessee
History:    Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p262
                   1875 Will - Richard Rives Fayette County, Tennessee Will Book B, p364