b. 27 Apr 1809 in Georgia, probably Hancock County -- 1850 U.S. Census for Randolph County, AL states GA as Reaves's birth state.
d. 09 Oct 1887 in Wedowee, Randolph County, Alabama; buried in the Old Wedowee Cemetery, Township 20, Range 11, Section 3.
Married four times and had at least 17 children.
Son William, apparently the first born child of John Reaves, was b. 11 May 1829, probably in Morgan County, GA, and d. 10 Feb 1848. John's wife and William's mother was Hannah McWhorter, b. 22 Sep 1809 in Hancock County, GA, d. 25 Jul 1843. She married Reaves on 12 Feb 1828 in Morgan County, GA.
Much of this information and more is recorded in John Reaves's journal, which was brought to my attention by Lynda Eller
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There was a death notice in the Georgia Reporter Christian Gazette, published in Sparta, Hancock County, GA, on 01 May 1826 on a Baptist minister, Rev. William Reeves, who died 16 Apr 1826. Given that this was mentioned in John Reaves journal, that John was also a Baptist, from GA, and that he named his first born child "William" two years after Rev. William died seems to indicate that the Rev. William Reeves was John Reaves father.
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