Hello, You folks have obviously done a lot of research and there are some things to find confusing.
Let me just tell you some of the things I can share. My grand father was Elijah Wallace Reeves a brother to your Wiley, Burgess Ransom and Thomas Lofton.
Elijah Wallace Reeves was the father of my father, Thomas Van Buron Reeves.
My father had a very old Bible that listed the birth date of James Marion Reeves as April 4, 1823
It listed the Birth and death date for his first wife Mary Ann Childers.It continued to list all of the children and those who had died as children of Elijah Wallace and Mary Anna Scott.
When the time for the War between the States came James Marion had the three sons who were about 10, 12, and 14 or so and some younger girls. HIs wife was pregnant again and very ill. He did not want to go to war. Someone however burned his farm. He settled his family with familly and joined the war. He returned safely and had a home in roanoke. All of the children from his first marriage were present and he had a new wife named Sarah . She has been found to have the surname Fannin.
Lofton did have a son named James M. Reeves . I have never seen a middle name for him. in some census I believe he is calculated to have been born ca. 1826.They were close but I believe they were different individuals.
A similar thing happened with the name Andrew Jackson Reeves. Thompson had a son with the full name b. ca, 1832 . Lofton had one who was listed as A. J. Reeves. The Reeves Review got this all mixed up giving some of Andrew Jackson's children to Lofton. I have been closely associated with Thompson "s Andrew Jackson Reeves Family. They finally settled around Magnolia Arkansas. I have more to tell you but this is running rather long. Why don't you e-mail me and I will tell you some more. Tommie email@example.com