Rives, Robert Burwell (1828 VA - 1905 VA)


Rives, Robert Burwell


Father: Joseph Rives
Mother: Mary Frances Prunty

Birth: 1828, Franklin County, Virginia
Birth Source: CW Records, Headstone

Death: 28 Feb 1905, Richmond, Virginia
Death Source: CW Records

Spouse1: Martha McEnheimer, m. 8 Nov 1854, Franklin County, Virginia
Spouse2: Mary Smith


Children of Robert Burwell Rives and Martha McEnheimer:
  1. Jacob Joseph Rives, b. 16 Dec 1856
  2. Frances Patience Rives, b. 18 Sep 1860, m. Albert S. Herndon
  3. Josephine McEnheimer Rives, m. John Thomas Haynes

From Reliques of the Rives:
Robert Burwell Rives was born and died in Virginia. His father owned a tannery which he operated for a time in Franklin county, Virginia. During the war he served as a private in Co. K, 10th Virginia Cavalry, C. S. A., and some time after the war went West and joined his brother, William Waller Rives, who had been made Mayor of Maysville, Colorado, in 1883. Robert Burwell Rives was appointed town marshal of Maysville by his brother.
These were the salad days of the West which are only known to the present generation through the motion pictures.
The appointment of a Virginian, fresh from the South, with his Southern accent and easy manners, was received with much amusement by the gun-men, saloon-keepers, and fences of Maysville, Colorado, until the occasion arose for "Bob" Rives to exercise publicly the powers of his office. The fearlessness which he displayed came thereafter to command for him universal respect. Returning to Virginia in 1902, he died there in 1904. Mr. Rives married, 1st, in Virginia, Martha McEnheimer, and after her death in 1866, Mary Smith, of Botetourt county, Virginia.

His confederate pension application states he was born in Franklin County.

Robert B. Rives (1828 - 1905) is buried in the Riverview Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.

The Times Dispatch, 1 Mar 1905
Robert B. Rives.
Mr. Robert B. Rives died at the Retreat for the Sick yesterday at 8:30 P. M., in the 77th year of his age. He was born in Franklin county, Virginia, where he resided during his lifetime. Mr. Rives was a consistent member of the Methodist Church and was prominent in Church work. He was oin the Confederate Army during the war between the States.
He is survived by three children, J. J. Rives, of Martinsville, Va., Mrs. J. T. Haynes and Mrs. A. S. Herndon, of this city.
The funeral will occur from the residence of his daughter, 304 East Clay Street, this afternoon at 4 o'clock, The interment will be made in River View.

Research Notes


Marriage1:  Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940 (Ancestry)
Death:        The Times Dispatch, 1 Mar 1905

1860 Census:  Franklin County, Virginia
1900 Census:  Montrose County, Colorado

Alabama, Texas and Virginia, Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958 (Ancestry)
Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p407