SummaryFather: Thomas Henry Rives
Mother: Mary Edwards
Birth: 1770, Virginia
Death: 1841, Lumpkin County, Georgia
Death Source: Will Book A, Lumpkin County, Georgia
Spouse1: Susanna Thweatt, m. 1793 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia
NarrativeChildren of Thomas Rives and Susanna Thweatt:
- James Robert Rives, b. c1794, m. Sarah Johnson
- Mary Rives, b. 1796
- Thomas Rives, b. 1800
- John Edwards Rives, b. 5 Mar 1802, d. 10 Jan 1895, m. Elizabeth Warren on 30 Apr 1824
- William Rives, b. c1804
- Burwell G. Rives, b. c1807, m. Anny Yarborough Jay
- Reuben T. Rives, b. 1810, m. Margaret L. Keith on 10 Dec 1844
- Martha Rives, b. 1812, m. Henry Huff on 27 Nov 1828
- Susannah Rives, b. 1814, m. Elijah Edwards on 2 Feb 1832
From Reliques of the Rives:
Thomas Rives, the eldest son by the second marriage of Thomas Henry Rives to Mary Edwards, was born in Dinwiddie county, Vir ginia, about 1770. He was brought up in Mecklenburg county, Virginia, removing later to Chatham county, North Carolina, with his father who died there in 1809. After the custom of the time, Thomas Rives had received land from his father before the latter's death. As early as 1810 the records show him as the owner of 10 slaves in Chatham county.
In 1811, following the death of his father, Thomas Rives removed with his family to Jones county, Georgia, and settled six miles from the Ocmulgee River which, at that time, was the dividing line be tween the Creek Indians and the whites. In 181 7 he removed to Jackson county, Georgia, and settled three miles north of Jefferson ; but remained there only a short while, finally making his home near Bark Camp in Hall county, Georgia. The date of his death is not known; his great-great -grandson, Col. Homer V. Johnson, Clerk of the Court of Hall county, having informed the writer that there is no record of his will or of the administration of his estate among the Hall county records. Thomas Rives married about 1793, Susanna Thweatt, of Dinwiddie county, Virginia, whose mother appears to have been a Miss Edmundson.
Land records show that Thomas received 300 acres of land in Jackson County through two 1815 land warrants. He also was deeded some land there in 1817 and granted land in 1818. He sold some of this land in 1820.
There is an excellent family history and narrative of his own life written by Rev. John Edwards Rives in 1883 that provides many details of the life of Thomas Rives at World Connect.
SourcesCensus: 1810 Census - Chatham County, North Carolina
1820 Census - Jackson County, Georgia
1830 Census - Hall County, Georgia
Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, 220
1838 Will - Thomas Reeves, Lumpkin County, Georgia Will Book A, p19
1815 Land Warrant, Thomas Reeves - Surveyor General Headright Land Grant Records, Headright and Bounty Documents, 1783-1909, Georgia Archives
1815 Land Warrant, Thomas Reeves - Surveyor General Headright Land Grant Records, Headright and Bounty Documents, 1783-1909, Georgia Archives (300 Acres)
1815 Land Warrant, Thomas Reeves - Surveyor General Headright Land Grant Records, Headright and Bounty Documents, 1783-1909, Georgia Archives (100 Acres)
1817 Deed - Thomas Ewing to Thomas Reeves - Jackson County Deed Book G, p40
1818 Grant - Georgia Headright and Bounty Land Records, 1783-1809, Register of Grants, 1816-1818, Vol. LLLLL, p. 647
1820 Deed - Thomas Reeves Sr. to Charles Hemphill - Jackson County, Georgia, Superior Court Deed Records and Mortgages Book H 1822 - 1829, pp61-62