Descendants of James Reeves Sr.

James Brady ReevesAge: 82 years18121894

Name
James Brady Reeves
Given names
James Brady
Surname
Reeves
Name suffix
Jr.
Source: Dora Reeves
Birth about 1812 27 32
MarriageFrances H. SimsView this family
yes

Birth of a sisterJane Reeves
February 1, 1815 (Age 3 years)
Source: Headstone
Publication: Information was gathered either from a transcription, headstone photo, or from directly viewing the gravestone.
Death of a motherBetsy Garris
between 1820 and 1824 (Age 8 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 half-sisterElizabeth H. Reeves
about 1825 (Age 13 years)
Birth of a half-sisterMalissa Caroline Reeves
November 15, 1827 (Age 15 years)
Birth of a half-sisterMary Missouri Reeves
May 1831 (Age 19 years)
Birth of a half-sisterDorcas A. Reeves
1835 (Age 23 years)
Source: Headstone
Publication: Information was gathered either from a transcription, headstone photo, or from directly viewing the gravestone.
Birth of a half-brotherThomas Jefferson Reeves
December 7, 1837 (Age 25 years)
Source: Headstone
Publication: Information was gathered either from a transcription, headstone photo, or from directly viewing the gravestone.
Birth of a son
#1
Thomas Columbus Reeves
May 5, 1840 (Age 28 years)
Source: Headstone
Publication: Information was gathered either from a transcription, headstone photo, or from directly viewing the gravestone.
Source: Obituary
Text:

The Lancaster Enterprise, 31 May 1899

Text:

This was apparently either John or James Jr.'s family Bible. Was last owned by Cecile Kinnet Small according to Mrs. Dora Reeves who transcribed the names and birth dates of James Jr.'s children from it.

Birth of a half-sisterAmy Ella Reeves
August 4, 1840 (Age 28 years)
Source: Headstone
Publication: Information was gathered either from a transcription, headstone photo, or from directly viewing the gravestone.
Birth of a daughter
#2
Mary Elizabeth Reeves
November 14, 1843 (Age 31 years)
Text:

This was apparently either John or James Jr.'s family Bible. Was last owned by Cecile Kinnet Small according to Mrs. Dora Reeves who transcribed the names and birth dates of James Jr.'s children from it.

Death of a fatherJames Reeves
January 29, 1844 (Age 32 years)

Birth of a half-sisterCharlotte Ann Bethenia Reeves
July 31, 1844 (Age 32 years)
Source: Headstone
Publication: Information was gathered either from a transcription, headstone photo, or from directly viewing the gravestone.
Birth of a son
#3
John Jarrett Reeves
February 23, 1845 (Age 33 years)
Text:

This was apparently either John or James Jr.'s family Bible. Was last owned by Cecile Kinnet Small according to Mrs. Dora Reeves who transcribed the names and birth dates of James Jr.'s children from it.

Birth of a daughter
#4
Sarah Jane Reeves
April 22, 1847 (Age 35 years)
Text:

This was apparently either John or James Jr.'s family Bible. Was last owned by Cecile Kinnet Small according to Mrs. Dora Reeves who transcribed the names and birth dates of James Jr.'s children from it.

Birth of a son
#5
James Calvin Reeves
April 23, 1849 (Age 37 years)
Text:

This was apparently either John or James Jr.'s family Bible. Was last owned by Cecile Kinnet Small according to Mrs. Dora Reeves who transcribed the names and birth dates of James Jr.'s children from it.

Birth of a son
#6
William Darling Reeves
December 31, 1850 (Age 38 years)
Text:

This was apparently either John or James Jr.'s family Bible. Was last owned by Cecile Kinnet Small according to Mrs. Dora Reeves who transcribed the names and birth dates of James Jr.'s children from it.

Birth of a daughter
#7
Dorcas Missouri Reeves
July 21, 1854 (Age 42 years)
Text:

This was apparently either John or James Jr.'s family Bible. Was last owned by Cecile Kinnet Small according to Mrs. Dora Reeves who transcribed the names and birth dates of James Jr.'s children from it.

Birth of a daughter
#8
Martha “Matta” Reeves
about 1861 (Age 49 years)
Death of a half-sisterDorcas A. Reeves
1863 (Age 51 years)

Source: Headstone
Publication: Information was gathered either from a transcription, headstone photo, or from directly viewing the gravestone.
Marriage of a childThomas Columbus ReevesSarah Elizabeth GayView this family
May 1864 (Age 52 years)

Death of a brotherElisha Reeves
1864 (Age 52 years)

Marriage of a childJohn Jarrett ReevesRebecca Jane ColeView this family
1865 (Age 53 years)

Marriage of a childWilliam Darling ReevesVirginia GayView this family
about 1868 (Age 56 years)

Source: Dora Reeves
Death of a half-sisterElizabeth H. Reeves
February 10, 1876 (Age 64 years)

Death of a half-sisterCharlotte Ann Bethenia Reeves
December 25, 1890 (Age 78 years)

Source: Headstone
Publication: Information was gathered either from a transcription, headstone photo, or from directly viewing the gravestone.
Death of a sisterJane Reeves
October 16, 1892 (Age 80 years)
Source: Obituary
Text:

Lancaster Enquirer, 19 October 1892

Source: Headstone
Publication: Information was gathered either from a transcription, headstone photo, or from directly viewing the gravestone.
Death of a daughterSarah Jane Reeves
between March 12, 1893 and 1900 (Age 81 years)

Death about March 11, 1894 (Age 82 years)

Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage:
elder brother
5 years
elder sister
elder brother
5 years
himself
3 years
younger sister
Father’s family with Bethenia Williams - View this family
father
step-mother
Marriage:
half-sister
3 years
half-sister
4 years
half-sister
5 years
half-sister
3 years
half-brother
3 years
half-sister
4 years
half-sister
Family with Frances H. Sims - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage:
son
Thomas Columbus Reeves
Birth: May 5, 1840 28 26Flint Ridge Community, Lancaster Co., South Carolina
Death: May 24, 1899Kershaw Co., South Carolina
4 years
daughter
15 months
son
2 years
daughter
2 years
son
20 months
son
William Darling Reeves
Birth: December 31, 1850 38 36Flint Ridge Community, Lancaster Co., South Carolina
Death: February 28, 1923Flat Rock, Kershaw Co., South Carolina
4 years
daughter
7 years
daughter

Shared note

Although James's father appeared in all known references as James Reeves or James Reeves, Sr., Lancaster Co., SC, deeds show this James's name as James Reeves Jr, James B Reeves, and Brady Reeves Among these items was a plat for 354 acres on Little Lynches Creek dated 1854.

The 1870 Lancaster Co., SC, Census, showed this family on page 427 in Pleasant Hill Township, HH 295/295: J. B. Reaves, 60, Farmer, $1200/$900, SC; Franky, 56, Keeping House, SC; Dorcas, 16, Works on Farm, SC; Elizabeth, 27, Works on Farm, SC; Madison, 21, Works on Farm, SC; William, 19, Works on Farm, SC; Metta, 9, At Home, SC. Next door, in HH 296/296, was Jane Reaves, 18, SC, white, living with Laney Caston, 75, SC, black, and J. Ellis, 21, Farm Labor, SC. In HH 294/294, next door, were the two older sons, already married: Thomas Reeves, 30, Farmer, SC, No Property; Elizabeth, 25, Keeping House, SC; John, 25, Farmer, $250/$140, SC; Rebecca, 26, Keeping House, SC; William, 3, At Home, SC; Louisa, 1, At Home, SC.

Frances appears on the census records as Frankey. In a message from P. T. Hammond of the Court of Ordinary printed in the Lancaster Ledger from March to May of 1864, "Frankey H. Reeves and husband James B. Reeves" are summoned to appear before Hammond to prove or disprove the will of Ervin Sims. In the court case "Samuel B. Sims vs. J. A. P. Blackmon & Heirs at Law of Ervin Sims Deceased" from Lancaster Co., SC, 1871, it states "heirs surviving were Garret Sims, Samuel B. Sims,...Franky H. Reeves, wife of James B. Reeves...children of said Ervin Sims." In a deed from Lancaster County, "Francis Reaves wife of the within named James B Reeves" released her dower (1875, DB A, p. 258).

A Hawkins Reaves was listed next to James Jr. in the Fork Hill revival baptism record of 1839. The name is also listed in Fork Hill members list with (dead) written next to the name. On James Calvin's Death Certificate, it looks like the mother's name is Hawkins Reeves. This is would be an odd middle name. The name Harwell has also been suggested as her middle name, given that family's connection to the Sims family.

The names and birth dates for the children of James Jr. (minus "Matta") were recorded in a Reeves family Bible, now apparently lost, and recorded from there on a family group sheet by Dora Reeves (see attached). Although it can be assumed the names and birth dates appear as recorded in the family Bible, be aware the spouses names on this sheet appear to be incorrect based on research and were likely additional notes.

James was a planter, listed as a farmer in the census. He was given a choice in his father’s will to take $175 or a negro boy named Morris. He probably took the boy, as he owned one slave, a 20 year old male, in 1850. John J.'s daughter-in-law, “Tish” Robertson Reeves, said he always wore a suit and white shirt. Although the 1850 and 1860 censuses both put his birth about 1812, the 1870 and 1880 give a range of 1810-13. He was a member of Fork Hill Baptist Church as the old minutes book indicates. Tax records show that he died about 1893 or 1894. He was listed on the tax duplicate records for 1893, was missing in 1894, and his estate was listed in 1895. It says that land was divided among Elizabeth Ellis, J. C. Reeves, and John J. Reeves.

Tax Duplicate Records show that James had died by 1 November 1895, and likely after 1 November 1893. 1893 tax duplicate (Nov. 1) Reeves, J B; O. H.(Oakhurst); $2131 (taxable real property and all taxable property); Levy 1895 tax duplicate (Nov. 1) Reeves, Est. J B (no residence listed); $2238 (taxable real property and all taxable property); $41.40 total tax; Real property not in cities, towns and villages - total acres: 697, value $2196; buildings: 2, value $42, total value of property not in c, t, and v. - 2238. Remarks: 108 1/4 from Est J. B. Reeves, 5 a to Thos Reeves, 123 a to Elizabeth Ellis 388, 125 a to J. C. Reeves 375, 125 to J. J. Reeves 375.

Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas records state that James B Reeves died intestate on or about the 11th day of March 1894. His heirs were Thomas C Reeves, Elizabeth Ellis, J J Reeves, James C Reeves, William D Reeves, and Jane Gardner, who had since died intestate. It also states that Jane Gardner "left as her only heir-at-law and next of kin, her husband, Henry J. Gardner a defendant herein and the above named plaintiffs, her brothers and sister." This proves that as long suspected, Jane Gardner was the daughter of James Jr.

In two separate Lancaster County deeds, Henry J. Gardner was mentioned as an heir of James B. Reeves (See 1910 DB S p32; 1897 DB J p44). As the common pleas case shows, he was husband of James's daughter Sarah Jane Reeves. Jane, wife of Henry J. Gardner, is listed on the 1880 census, age 32. This fits with Sarah Jane Reeves's birth year. There is another deed where a Sarah Jane Gardner 101 acres to E. L. Hinson dated 12 March 1894. H. J. Gardner witnessed the deed. Notice that this is a day after the approximate date of death for her father. Further research is needed to determine if that land came from her father (1894, DB I, p. 54).

There is a Dorcas Parker, wife of Durham Parker in Kershaw Co., SC on the 1880 census who fits the age for Dorcas Reeves. Both disappear from the census after 1880, which fits with the fact that only Elizabeth Ellis was alive of the sisters in 1899, per T. C.'s obituary.