John William Reaves
(1) ± 1777
Wineford "winney" Smith
He is married to (1) Sarah Floyd about 1777 at Mullins,marion Co.,sc.
He had a relationship with Wineford "winney" Smith
Note from Susan Formyduval Thomas re Solomon's death.
Solomon was visiting a daughter after church one Sunday, was sitting in a straight back chair on Rhoda R. Gore's porch. The leg of the chair went into a knothole, the chair leaned forward and Solomon suffered a head trauma. He died the next day. He was a well-liked Methodist preacher who had a lot of influence on the whole community.
Per Columbus County Recollections and Records:
With Thomas Frink, he was appointed to Commission in forming the new county of Columbus.
Solomon Reaves grew up in Virginia and visited the Carolinas when he was a young man.
When Solomon became twenty-one, his father offered to give him a slave. Solomon replied that he did not want the slave; all he wanted was to preach. With his father's blessing, he left Virginia and traveled to South Carolina.
In 1777 Solomon married Sarah Floyd who lived near Mullins. The couple decided to settle at Reaves Ferry, NC. Solomon purchased 480 acres of land for $34.40 and built a home on the banks of the Waccamaw River.
Reaves became eventually a large landowner, but preaching was his major interest. He spoke at churches and tent meetings throughout the territory which was to become Columbus County. Apparently he was the best-known preacher in the area. His services were in great demand.
Reaves served as chaplain of a local militia company during the American Revolution. He was twice burned out by the Tories because of his activities with the Whigs.
Solomon and Sarah were the parents of nine children. Solomon's will, on file in Columbus County Courthouse, mentions his wife, Winney. This was his second wife.
Solomon Reaves will dated Jan. 26, 1836 identifies only two
family members by name, Winney, his wife and his son Samuel. Winney was
given her choice of parts with her dower in Plantation with Samuel. Samuel
was to have the care of her through life. This was taken from "Reaves
Family" ByDavid Yeilding---June 2000. (per Shelia Garris)
Solomon moved to Bug Hill, Reaves Ferry, NC.
Middle name may have been Benjamin.
NOTE from Jo Church Dickerson (e-mail adres niet gepubliceerd) on 15 Jun 2003:
"A local Reaves descendant stated in his writings in late 1800s that his grandfather, Solomon Reaves, came from Roanoke to live near his maternal uncle, Benjamin Harrelson near Huggins Bridge"
Abstracted by Vicky L. Hammond from; Abstracts of Wills, Columbus County
SOLOMON REAVES - Dtd 26 January 1836; DP: February Term 1836.
Wife: WINNEY REAVES, her choice of parts with her dower in plantation with
SAMUEL REAVES to have the care of her through life. To SAMUEL REAVES,land
below the tract that JAMES GARREL lives upon, & JAMES GARREL to have the
other part. His man Handy to be freed for his "meritorious exersions in
Saving my life when drownding being a man of good morrals. Also my Wil lis
that my property shall be divided in pease for I yearned it Without law,and
I wish it divided without law." Wit: EDWARD HICKMAN & WRIGHT NORRIS. (p.
Columbus County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Earliest Deeds 1809 - 1819 Book A & B
8 Feb 1815 B-25 Solomon Reaves to Joseph Sowls, quit claim deed by SolomonReaves relinquishing all rights & title to land where Joseph Sowls livescont.150 A. Wit: Thos. Frink & Titus Soles.
Columbus County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Deeds 1829 - 1840, Book E & F
1 Nov 1824
BOND dts 1 Nov 1824; SOLOMON REAVES bond unto SAMUEL REAVES, $500, in regard to 300 A. on Seven Creeks adj. William Mounds ( or Monds) and Joseph Sowls; 100 A. purchased of William Monds. SAMUEL REAVES not to sell or convey tracts of land during lifetime of SOLOMON REAVES & wife WINNA REAVES.
Wit: James Garrell, Aug Term 1837 (F-210/211)
10 Sep 1832
SAMUEL STEPHENS to SOLOMON REAVES, 10 Sep 1832;$100, 100 A. on Cow bog branch. Wit" D. O. Etheridge & John S. Long. Aug Term 1836. (F-133/134)
1790 Wilmington District, Brunswick County, NC
REAVES, SOLOMON; 1 male over 16, 5 males under 16, 3 females
1800 Brunswick County Census
REAVES, SOLOMON; 1 male 10-16; 1 male 16-26; 1 male 26-45, 1 male over 45, 4 females.
Not found in 1810 census.