Rives, William (c1733 - aft 1805)

Rives, William

Rives, William


Father: Thomas Rives
Mother: Hannah Bishop

Birth: c1733
Birth Source:

Death: aft 1805
Death Source:

Spouse1: Ms. Morris


Children of William Rives:
  1. Winifred Rives, b. c1765, m. James Hilton, 16 Dec 1786
  2. Sarah Rives, b. c1768, m. William Collier, 10 Jan 1789
  3. John Rives, b. c1770
  4. William Dymer Rives, b. c1772

From Reliques of the Rives:
William Rives, who was born about 1733, and who resided in Brunswick and Greensville counties, Virginia, was, like his brothers, illiterate. In 1767 mention is made of him in the Brunswick records as "William Rives son of Thomas Rives" to distinguish him from William, son of Timothy Rives, and William, son of George Rives, all of whom were residing in Brunswick county at that time (O. B. 10, p. 432). As "William Rives (son of Thomas Rives)," his petition against Drury Bass was dismissed in Brunswick in 1772. On November 13, 1775, as "William Rives of Brunswick county," he conveyed for £45 to James Parham a tract of 122 acres patented by him in Brunswick county on March 10, 1756. The deed, to which he affixed his mark, was witnessed by Nathaniel Hicks, Frederick Davis, Richard Poindexter, and Dempsey Tooke. In 1776 Harmon Rives made mention in his will of "my Brother William Rives' children" and appointed "my brothers William Rives and Benjamin Rives" his executors. Greensville county was formed from a part of Brunswick county in 1781; and in the following year William Rives appears in the tax lists of Greensville as the owner of 196 acres of land and of five slaves. In 1790 he paid in Greensville the personal taxes of William and John Rives [his sons]. It would appear that his wife was a daughter of Thomas Morris who made his will in Brunswick county about 1772 mentioning his wife Boyce, sons Chisholm, Henry, daughter Bathia Brewer, granddaughter Ann Brewer, daughter Agga Bass, grandson Thomas Bass, son-in-law John Brewer, grandson Thomas Eppes, granddaughter Sarah Rives, granddaughter Rebecca Davis, daughter Sarah Davis, and son Jabez Morris. William Rives appears to have died after 1805.

Research Notes


Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p343