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Anne, wife of William Reeves


The only record found thus far for the wife of William Reeves, Jr. is from the Wake County Court Minutes of December Court 1791:
Ordered that John Alston, to whom David and Hester Weaver, Children of Penny Weaver was bound apprentice, be summoned to make his Personal appearance at our next County Court & that he bring said Children with him, into Court, then and there to shew cause if any he hath, wherefore the said Children should not be removed from their apprenticeship, ordered that a summons issue for William Reeves and Any his Wife as Witnesses for the Orphans. From: Wake County Court Minutes 1787 to 1792 by Weynette Parks Hawn, 554-175
Her actual name was very probably Susannah since 5 of their 8 children named a daughter Susannah or Susan with son Peter naming a daughter Anna.

There may also be some significance to the repeated use of the surname "May" in this Reeves' family which with additional research could eventually provide more information on Anne Reeves' origins. Of five Peter Reeves in the next two generations of this family, 4 of the 5 have either the middle name of May or the middle initial "M". The name May is also used as a middle name in several other instances.

A May family was present in the Johnston/Orange/Wake area from about 1750. The closest neighbor to William Reeves' two tracts on Stirrup Iron Creek was John May as shown on the Markham Map of Orange/Wake Counties wherein 1800 of the earliest grants in the Neuse River basin are platted. Additionally, there are various instances of that May family being associated with the Reeves.

The wife of William Reeves was misidentified in the Reeves Review as Fortune Rhodes . In actuality, no such person as Fortune Rhodes ever existed even in the James Reeves' family of Guilford County, NC other than the widow of Malachi Reeves who married John Rhodes.