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Jeremiah Reeves


Jeremiah Reeves, the youngest of William Reeves' children, appears to have joined his brother George in his migration from North Carolina to Madison County, Kentucky sometime around 1800. By January of 1805, Jeremiah married Deborah Lanham whose family had migrated from Maryland to Ft. Boonesborough much earlier.

At the time of William Reeves' death, Jeremiah and his young family had settled not far away in Rockcastle County, Kentucky because he is listed as "of Rockcastle County" in a deed recorded in Madison County on 24th of October 1822. In the deed listed as Reeves Heirs to Reeves, all of the children of William Reeves along with the heirs of Sarah Reeves Geer of Wake County, NC who had died prior to that date, sell their interest in William Reeves' land on Otter and Muddy Creeks in Madison County to Jeremiah. This deed is recorded in Madison County, Kentucky Deed Book Q, Pages 7 to 9.

Jeremiah returned to Madison County after 1822 and is found there in census records until 1860 when he and Debby were living in neighboring Estill County in the household next to their daughter Elizabeth and Jefferson Reeves. Jeremiah cannot be found in any subsequent census records so it is presumed that he died sometime between 1860 and 1870 in Estill County.

Children of Jeremiah & Deborah Lanham Reeves:
  1. William S. Reeves
  2. Stephen Reeves
  3. Harvey Reeves
  4. Elizabeth Reeves
  5. Rittie Ann Reves
  6. Jeremiah M. Reves


(Pictured - family of Jeremiah Reeves' grandson Henry Thomas Reeves, wife Martha Ann Hollis and son Elburn. Photo courtesy of Lois Reeves of Estill County, Kentucky.)