Descendants of James Reeves Sr.

James ReevesAge: 59 years17851844

Name
James Reeves
Given names
James
Surname
Reeves
Name suffix
Sr.
Birth 1785
Source: Census
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Date range comes from 1810-1840 census records. Birth place comes from children's census records listing father's birthplace.

MarriageBetsy GarrisView this family
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MarriageBethenia WilliamsView this family
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Birth of a son
#1
John Reeves
about 1805 (Age 20 years)
Birth of a son
#2
Elisha Reeves
1808 (Age 23 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3
Winnie Reeves
about 1809 (Age 24 years)
Birth of a son
#4
James Brady Reeves
about 1812 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5
Jane Reeves
February 1, 1815 (Age 30 years)
Source: Headstone
Publication: Information was gathered either from a transcription, headstone photo, or from directly viewing the gravestone.
Death of a wifeBetsy Garris
between 1820 and 1824 (Age 35 years)

Text:

Betsy appears to be on the 1820 census. James remarried to Bethena and their first child was born in 1825. So Betsy must have died 1820-1824.

Birth of a daughter
#6
Elizabeth H. Reeves
about 1825 (Age 40 years)
Birth of a daughter
#7
Malissa Caroline Reeves
November 15, 1827 (Age 42 years)
Marriage of a childElisha ReevesRebecca MitchelView this family
March 27, 1831 (Age 46 years)
Birth of a daughter
#8
Mary Missouri Reeves
May 1831 (Age 46 years)
Birth of a daughter
#9
Dorcas A. Reeves
1835 (Age 50 years)
Source: Headstone
Publication: Information was gathered either from a transcription, headstone photo, or from directly viewing the gravestone.
Birth of a son
#10
Thomas Jefferson Reeves
December 7, 1837 (Age 52 years)
Source: Headstone
Publication: Information was gathered either from a transcription, headstone photo, or from directly viewing the gravestone.
Birth of a daughter
#11
Amy Ella Reeves
August 4, 1840 (Age 55 years)
Source: Headstone
Publication: Information was gathered either from a transcription, headstone photo, or from directly viewing the gravestone.
Death January 29, 1844 (Age 59 years)

Birth of a daughter
#12
Charlotte Ann Bethenia Reeves
July 31, 1844 (6 months after death)
Source: Headstone
Publication: Information was gathered either from a transcription, headstone photo, or from directly viewing the gravestone.
Family with Betsy Garris - View this family
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BirthCensus
Text:

Date range comes from 1810-1840 census records. Birth place comes from children's census records listing father's birthplace.

DeathJames A. Blackmon Bible
Shared note

All of James Sr.'s children are named in his will except the baby Charlotte whom Bethena was pregnant with at the time. Bedford Garris's estate records name the children of Betsy Reeves, so from this we know which were from Betsy and which from Bethena.

The following is taken from thereevesproject.org and is based on my research and research of Dan Knight and Beverly Watson:

James Reeves Sr. is thought to have been born around 1785. There is no good source for this exact date, but the ages on the census records narrows the window down to about 1785-1790. His middle name may have been Brady, just as his son Junior's is, but no record which states this has been located. A notice in the Camden Gazette, 11 April 1816, of letters remaining in the Post Office in Camden on the 1st of April lists a "J. B. Reaves." This likely refers to James Sr.; however, James B Reeves was also likely in the area at the time, so this may be a reference to him.

The names of his parents have not been determined, but there are several possibilities. It has been suggested that James had a brother, John Reeves, who died August 3, 1840 in Mississippi, and a sister, Elizabeth Reeves, who married David Williams. In the 1790 census, there is an Elisha Reeves living in Camden District with a wife and a boy under 16 years old. By 1800, Elisha was gone. Based on age, enumeration, associations, and geography, Elisha seems to be the best candidate to have fathered James Reeves and John Reeves, although it is possible that they were children of John Reeves by his second marriage.

By 1800,William Reeves was living in Lancaster County with his wife, one girl under 10, and two boys under 10. This William is known to have been a son of John Reeves. His children were named in his will, and he is not the father of this James or John. William's neighbors, however, place him living in the same area where Elisha Reeves had been living in 1790. One neighbor was David Williams, husband of Elizabeth Reeves. Several members of the Blackmon family were also living nearby.

It is known from Daniel Reeves's pension application that Daniel was born in 1754 and that he was a son of John and Nancy. Also from Daniel's pension application, it is known that his mother Nancy had died and that John had remarried by the time that Daniel was away fighting in the Revolution. Daniel's relationship with his step-mother was so strained that he stayed with his father's brother (apparently Moses Reeves of Lancaster County) when he was home for leave, and, after Daniel married, he left his wife Eleanor to live at his uncle's home rather than with his own father. It would seem that with John's second marriage he had begun a new family and that relations with his older children may have soured, at least with Daniel. This scenario fits well with the 1790 census, which shows John with one son born after 1774 and what appear to be three unmarried daughters in his household. It seems possible that James Reeves, Sr., was the son of John Reeves by his second marriage. One factor that seems to support the idea that James Reeves might have been John's grandson is that James was born after 1785 and John Reeves in or after 1790. Another important factor is the tradition that James Reeves, John Reeves, and Elizabeth Reeves, wife of Daniel Williams were close relatives. Since James Reeves married Elizabeth's daughter, she almost certainly was not his sister. Age estimates based on census reports indicate that she was probably born between 1775 and 1778. She could have been the daughter of either John Reeves or his brother Moses Reeves. But the close proximity between David Williams, Britton Blackmon, James Reeves, and John Reeves — and the frequency of intermarriages among these four families — suggests a close connection. If Elizabeth were John's daughter and James were John's grandson, this would make her his aunt. But all relationships remain speculative until further evidence emerges.

It is likely that James and his first wife Betsy Garris were married about 1804 or 1805 in Lancaster District. Bedford Garris, her father, first bought land in Lancaster in 1805, and the oldest child John was born about 1805 as well. By 1810, James Reeves was living in Lancaster County as a head of household. James owned a good deal of land in/around Rich Hill and Primus in Lancaster County. On the 1825 Mills Atlas map of Lancaster County, his place is marked 'Reeves.' Based on the map, it appears he lived on the right side of Rocky River Road between Rich Hill and Primus about where Daisy Couch Rd. intersects today. One deed mentions the James Reeves old place and the plat it refers to shows he owned that area of land, and may possibly have moved further up the road near the Primus Crossroads.

Based on the early census records, it appears James and Betsy had three children who died young. James died January 29, 1844 according to his son-in-law James A. Blackmon's family bible.

He left a will in which he leaves his current residence to his wife and wills his children slaves and/or money. The Michael Horton Tract is mentioned several times. It is thought that this particular piece of land is what gave rise to the equity case that followed. It has been suggested that John thought his father had meant to give him the land, but had forgotten. However, no document has been located that shows this. On 14 November 1844, Elisha and Bethena registered a Bill of Complaint in the Lancaster District Court of Equity. This turned into the equity case Elisha Reeves and Bethena Reeves vs Richardson et al. After a hearing on 28 November, James H. Witherspoon, Comr. of the Court, decreed that all the lands and three slaves in question be sold at public auction by him. After duly advertizing, the auction took place on 6 January 1845 at Lancaster Court House. Three slaves named Ann, Meranda, and Wylie were sold off for a total of $981. Elisha bought two of them. Four tracts of land were bid off as well. John bought the Horton acres for $1802. He made a down payment, but then immediately mortgaged it back to Witherspoon for $1 to be returned to hum upon payment of $1761.50. This was to be paid in thirds yearly through 1848. The mortgage was made on January 15, the same day Witherspoon deeded the land to him. Thomas Flemming bought tract B (78 acres) for $210.50. This was deeded to him on January 27th, but then mortgaged it back as well to be paid in halves through 1847. James A. Blackmon bought tract C for $800. John Taylor bought tract D for $201.01. He mortgaged this back to Witherspoon as well, to be returned on the payment of the total by halves through 1847. Both the deed and mortgage were made January 20. The mortgage names this tract as the James Reeves old place and includes the triangle below Primus crossroads(external link) and extends west and south from there towards Rich Hill.

On the 1810 census, there are listed the ages which correspond to these people: James (listed as head) 16-25; Betsy (16-25); John (0-10); Winnie (0-10).

On the 1820 census, there are listed the ages which correspond to these people: James (listed as head) 26-45; ?Betsy (26-45); John (10-16); Winnie (10-16); Elisha (0-10); James Jr. (0-10); male1 (0-10); male2 (0-10); Jane (0-10); female (0-10). Three children, two boys and one girl, unidentifiable.

On the 1830 census, there are listed the ages which correspond to these people: James (listed as head) 40-50; Bethena (20-30); John (20-30); Elisha (16-20); James Jr. (16-20); Jane (10-15); male (10-15); Betsy (0-5); Malissa (0-5). One boy unidentifiable.

Although early Lancaster County, SC, probate records were destroyed, the land transactions are largely in tact. In one early transaction, circa 1814, James Reeves purchased 100 acres on Bear Creek that had been granted to James Blackmon in January 1786 (deed incorrectly states 1780) from James Blackmon of Lancaster County. David Myers and John Blackmon witnessed the deed. In 1827, John Blackmon sold 15 acres to James Reeves. The deed states the land had been granted to John Blackmon on 16 January 1786; however, no grant with that name appears to exist. It is more likely it was part of the grant to James Blackmon, mentioned above. This piece of land joined land owned by Dudley Hale; George Craig and David Williams, husband of Elizabeth Reeves, witnessed the transaction. James was involved in a number of other transactions. Cumulatively, land transactions associate James Reeves and his sons John and James Brady Reeves with Flat Creek, Rocky River Road, Bear Creek, and Little Lynches Creek in southeastern Lancaster County.

The John Reeves, father of Daniel, and possibly the father of James and/or Elisha may be the same individual as John Reeves of Prince William County, who sold land in Prince William County about 1774. That John had a brother Moses Reeves who with wife Jane sold land in Prince William in 1773. By about 1777, John Reeves and Moses Reeves were living in what became Lancaster County, South Carolina. Both were middle-aged men with families; they may be the two brothers of about the same age who had previously lived in Prince William County, Virginia.

Sources: Camden Gazette, 11 April 1816 1844 Will of James Reeves - Lancaster Co., SC, Will Book A 1865-1892, , pp 329-331 Equity Case Report - Lancaster Dist., SC, Court of Equity Report Book A, pp. 243-247 1813 Deed - Lancaster Co., SC, Deed Book H, p155 - James Blackmon to James Reaves 1816 Deed - Lancaster Co., SC, Deed Book L, p284 - John Blackmon to James Reves 1845 Deed - Lancaster Co., SC, Deed Book P, pp40-41 - James H. Witherspoon, C E to John Reeves 1845 Deed - Lancaster Co., SC, Deed Book P, p42 - John Reeves to James H. Witherspoon 1845 Deed - Lancaster Co., SC, Deed Book P, pp23-24 - James H. Witherspoon, C E to John Taylor 1845 Deed - Lancaster Co., SC, Deed Book P, pp39-40 - John Taylor to James H. Witherspoon CE LD 1845 Deed - Lancaster Co., SC, Deed Book P, pp35-36 - James H. Witherspoon, C E to Thomas Flemming 1845 Deed - Lancaster Co., SC, Deed Book P, p38 Thomas Fleming to James H. Witherspoon CE LD