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John Reeves


John Reeves was the only son of William Reeves who remained in Wake County, North Carolina after his brothers Peter and Charles moved to Halifax, Virginia and his father, along with brothers William, Jr., George and Jeremiah, migrated to Kentucky.

On the 26th of November, 1799, John married Elizabeth "Betsy" Holloway, daughter of Major and Sarah Patterson Holloway who were neighbors in the area of the Fishdam on the Neuse River.

When Betsy's father, Major Holloway, died in 1804, John Reeves was one of the securities for her mother, Sarah, as administrator of his estate per the Wake County Court Minutes 1804-1807, Book VI:
May Term 1804 - Administration on the estate of Major Holloway decsd. Granted to Sarah Holloway Widow &c who enters into bond in the sum of Three thousand pounds with William Ferrell and John Reves her Security and at the same time qualified agreeably to Law.
Betsy Holloway Reeves died sometime before November of 1820 when John married Deborah Roycroft.

In 1822, Jesse B. Geer acted as attorney in fact for John as he did for Bartlett and Mary Reeves Allen and the other children of Sarah Reeves Geer in the settlement of William Reeves estate in Madison County, Kentucky. The power of attorney executed by John to Jesse B. Geer was recorded in Wake County Deed Book P at Page 210 on 10 August 1822.

John, like his brother George did not live long after their father's death. In 1824, John Reeves died leaving nine children, seven of whom were still minors - James, John, Salley, Elizabeth, Jefferson, Caroline and Martha. Betsy Holloway Reeves' brother James Holloway was appointed guardian of the minor children. See Wake County WB 20, Page 169.

There is a deed to heirs in Will Book 21 at page 228 of the Wake County probate records dividing the land of John Reeves among all nine of his children and setting aside 72 acres for a dower to his widow, Debby Reeves.



After John Reeves death in 1824, his widow, Debby, married Thomas Humphries, a Wake County resident, in 1826. In a deed dated 17 November 1828 in Wake County Deed Book 9 at page 140, the Sheriff, William R. Hinton conveyed to Ambrose Phipps, the 72 acres that had been set aside for Debby Reeves' dower. The deed states that the sheriff had seized this tract to be sold in payment of Thomas Humphries debts.

The children of John and Elizabeth Holloway Reeves were:

  1. Susannah Reeves Allen
  2. Mary "Polly" Reeves Gill
  3. James Reeves
  4. Sarah "Sally" Reeves Wood
  5. John Reeves
  6. Elizabeth Reeves Broadwell
  7. Jefferson Reeves
  8. Martha Reeves Latta
  9. Nancy Caroline Reeves Latta
See Index link at top of page for database which includes descendants of John Reeves.