Sterling Williamson Rives
Mother: Louisa H. Turner
Birth: 28 Sep 1837 (or 1839), Richland County, South Carolina
Birth Source: Reliques of the Rives, Census
Death: 16 Oct 1918
Death Source: Reliques of the Rives, Headstone
Spouse1: Sallie Wade
Wade Hampton Rives served as a 1st Lieutenant in Bookter's Co. D, 12th S. C. Infantry, Gregg Brigade, Jackson's Corps. He was wounded many times and, as a prisoner, was marched "coatless and hatless" through the streets of Washington. At the close of the war he returned to South Carolina and engaged in business in Columbia, serving for a time as State Inspector of Lands for the British & American Loan Company. In 1876, during the period of reconstruction, he took a very active part in redeeming the state from the infamous rule of the Black and White Republicans. Mr. Rives married his cousin Sallie, daughter of Martha Taylor Wade and her husband, Dr. Walter Wade, but died without issue on October 16, 1918. His widow, who resides at Lancaster, S. C, has in her possession large oil portraits of Mrs. Martha (Rives) Wade, of her husband, James Taylor Wade, and of their son-in-law, Dr. Walter Wade.
"The Rives, the Taylors and the Wades," she writes, "were among the first settlers of Columbia, S. C, and were Virginia people, that is, the Taylors and the Rives were, but the Wades came from Wadesboro, N. C.1 All the connections I have known of the Rives and Taylors demonstrate that they were fine people. My kin here are farming people. There are no Episcopalians in this neighborhood now. My sister was raised in that church but her children have all become Presbyterians."
His elaborate marker states he was a son of Sterling and Louise Reeves. It gives dates and agrees with the 1837 year.
Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p151