The Reeves family has been traced to the year 1490 and the birth of Robert Ryves in England. We are still searching for his parents but some family genealogists believe they migrated from France to England in the mid to late 1400s. While in England the family became close to throne of England and for several generations they were educators at Oxford University and churches officials in the Church of England. This surname has been found to undergo several changes in spelling such as Rives, Reavis, Reaves, Reeves, Reeve and others. The first, in our line, to come to America was Timothy Rives, who settled in Virginia sometime between 1608 and 1640. From Virginia, later generations migrated to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas.
1. Robert Ryves, b. 1490, England; d. 1551, Blandford, Dorcetshire, England. 2. Agnes Ryves 2. John Ryves (John of Damory Court), b. 1514, Blandford, Dorcetshire, England. +Ann Harvey, b. Tarant, Launceton, England; d. probably at Damory Court, Dorcetshire, England. 3. Mary Ryves, b. 1538, Damory Court. 3. Margaret Ryves, b. 1540, Damory Court. 3. Jane Ryves, b. 1542, Damory Court. 3. Robert Ryves, b. 1544, Damory Court. 3. Richard Ryves, b. 1547, Damory Court. 4. Timothy Rives, b. 1588, Oxford, England; d. 1643, Oxford, England. +Mary (last name unknown) 5. Richard Rives, b. 1623, Oxford, England. 5. Timothy Rives, b. 9 August 1625, Oxford, England. 5. George Rives, b. 1636, Oxford, England; d. 1677. 5. William Ryves, b. 1636, Oxford, England; d. About 1695, Surry Co., Virginia. 6. George Rives, b. Virginia. 6. Robert Rives, b. Virginia. +Sara (last name unknown). 6. John Rives, b. Virginia. 6. Timothy Rives, b. Virginia. 6. William Cabel Rives, b. 1680, Virginia; d. 1751 Granville Co., North Carolina. +Margaret Burgess 7. James Reeves. 7. William Cabel Reeves, b. about 1705. 7. Benjamin Reeves 7. Isaac Reeves 7. Malachi Reeves 7. Burgess Reeves 7. Ann Reeves 7. John David Reeves, b. 1700, Virginia. +Sarah Thompson,. 8. Fannie Rives. 8. Thompson Rives. 8. Frederick Reeves. +Permilia Parrott. 8. Loftin Reeves. 8. Wylie Reeves, b. 1765, m. 24 November 1798, Granville Co., NC.; d. 1864 Morgan Co., Alabama. +Rebecca Ransome. 9. Isaac Newton Reeves +Carolina Victoria Brock 9. Wylie Reeves, b. 1792 9. James W. Reeves, b. 1794 9. John T. Reeves, b. 1796, Granville Co., NC.; m. Rock Hill, South Carolina; d. 1877, Carroll Co., Georgia. +Mary (last name unknown) 9. Joseph W. Reeves, 1798 9. Thomas Reeves, 1801 9. George Washington Reeves, b. 1805, Georgia; m. 1851. +Elizabeth Coffee. 9. Henry David Reeves, b. 1804, Tennessee; d. McNeil, Columbia, Arkansas. +Easter J. (Last name unknown) 10. John David Reeves, b. 1826, Columbia Co., AR; m. McNeil, Columbia, AR; d. McNeil, Columbia, AR. +Nancy White, b. 1829, Tennessee; d. McNeil, Columbia, AR. 11. Henry David Reeves, b. 1850, McNeil, Columbia, AR; d. Columbia Co., AR. +Elizabeth Spillers...see Spillers Page. 12. Madison Floyd Reeves, b. 9 Nov- ember 1869, Columbia Co., AR; d. 7 August 1931, Columbia Co. +lst wife--Nancy Burkhart, b. 1868, Arkansas; m. 26 August 1892, Columbia Co., AR; d. 1901, Columbia Co., AR. 13. Marion Isaac Reeves, b. 3 Sept. 1893; McNeil, AR; d. 8 July 1973, Magnolia, Columbia, AR. +Mattie Taylor. 13. Henry David Reeves, b. 18 April 1894, McNeil, AR; d. 25 Sept. 1954, Magnolia AR. +Georgia Nelson. 13. Lizzie Reeves, b. 14 June 1901, McNeil, AR; d. 1 Feb. 1954, Prescott, AR. +Ira T. Sneed. +2nd wife of Madison Floyd Reeves Worda Francis Sneed, b. 31 Aug. 1891, McNeil, AR; m. 26 Aug. 1892 Columbia Co., AR; d. 28 Aug 1960 Magnolia, Columbia, AR. 13. Bessie Reeves +Lillard Sneed 13. Beulah Reeves +Robert Landers 13. Lela Reeves +Bentley Reaves 13. Floyd Mac Reeves +Mary Faye White 13. Desser Reeves +Ray Chapman 13. Dessie Lee Reeves +Herbert Uriah Stratton 13. Dorothy Lurlene Reeves +Hampton David Stratton 12. Rose Reeves 11.Sarah Reeves, b. 1849 11.Eli Reeves, b. 1853 11.John Reeves, b. 1854 11.Thomas Reeves, b. 1859 10. George Reeves, b. 1828, McNeil, Columbia, AR. +Elizabeth Cox 10. Martha J. Reeves, b. 1841 10. Isaac J. Reeves, b. 1845 10. Harvey Reeves, b. 1847 10. Thomas Reeves, b. 1850 10. Mary Reeves, b. 1831 10. Henry G. Reeves, b. 1839 10. James T. Reeves, B. 1839 3. Thomas Ryves, b. 1549, Damory Court. 3. John Ryves, b. Damory Court.
It is believed that Robert Ryves', b. 1490 in Damory Court, England, parents migrated to England from France. Can anyone verify this? We would also like to know who his wife was.