Looks like William Reaves, Sr, born abt 1738, Yane Cty., NC married Elizabeth Carraway born abt 1750, Wayne Cty., NC. Her father Henry Carraway.
Here is where I get most of my information:
Will of William Reaves
Wayne Co, NC
Will dated 30 Oct 1790 - Presented at April Court 1793
In the name of God Amen
I, William Reaves, Planter, of the County of Wayne, State of North Carolina,
Being in Health of Body, and of Sound and perfect Mind and Memory thanks
be to Almighty God for the same. But calling to mind the mortality of my body
and knowing that it is appointed for all Men once to die do Constitute(?),
make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in the Following manner and
form, Viz./ Principally and first of all I bequeath and recommend my Soul unto
the hands of God that gave it, and my Body I Recommend to the Earth to be
decently Buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named - and as
touching such worldly Estate as it hath pleased Got to bless me with in this
life, I do give and dispose of the same in manner and form as Followeth . . .
Imprimis /First my Will and disire is that all my Just debts and Funeral
Charges be ______ed and paid . . . .
Item) I lend to my Beloved Wife Elizabeth Reaves during her natural life the
land and plantation whereon I now life and also for her to have the care of
the land which I give to my two youngest sons Lovit, and Lee 'till they come
of Age or Marry, also I lend unto my said wife Elizabeth all my stock of every
kind household Goods & Plantation Tools, except their might be more than
would be necessary for her support - and the raising my younger Children or
than can be will taken care of [well taken care of?] on the plantation in which
case my desire is that the said Surplus if any be made money of to be put to
Interest ----------___ ___ __ disposed as shall be hereafter mentioned which I
submit to the discretion of my Executors. . . .
Item) I give and bequeath to my son Stephen Reaves one Hundred and
Seventy Acres of land more or less Joining my Son William's land and lying
between that and the ______ hole [pole?] Branch being part of the same tract
of William's land and held by patent granted to me in Governor Caswell's
time. to him and his Heirs for ever.
Item) I give and bequeath to my son Lovett Reaves one Hundred and fifty
Acres of land more or less lying on Brook's Swamp [This is the end of page
one - written below the last line is "carried forward."] Beginning at the mouth
of Maple Branch and coming up the said Branch with my son John Reaves'
line and lying between his line and first Branch above being part of it old
patent land I bought of Andrew Bass and the rest containing about
seventy-five Acres of New patent land joining it, to him and his Heirs and
Assigns forever . . .
Item) I give and bequeath to my son Lee Reaves one Hundred and fifty Acres
of Land lying between Stephen and Lovett, being part of the plantation I live
on and including the houses after his mothers decease and not for her to be
interupted by any construction laid on any former Clause in this Will To him
and his heirs forever.
Item) I also lend to my wife Elizabeth Reaves my Three Negros Mingo, Mirth
(?) and _____ [the word is either "his" or "her"]daughter Hannah during her
natural life and after her decease they and Their Increase and all the rest of
my personal Estate by sold and Money rising from such sale with any that
may be raised in in (sic) consquence of a former Clause be disposed as
follows . . .
And in order to set all my children as near on a footing as I can, I desire to
state an account of what I have given to each one that has left me and for
that to stand as part or all the portion as the case may be in the division . . .
My son Adam Reaves I allow I have Given to the to the (sic) amount of Eighty
pounds -- And my son John Reaves In the amount of Eighty five pounds -- And
my son Jesse Reaves to the amount of Ninety Pounds - - -My son William
Reaves to the amount of Eighty Pounds - - - My Daughter Liddy Slocomb to the
amount of Twenty two pounds . . . My son Stephen to the Amount of Sixty
pounds . . . My son Lovitt Reaves to the amount of Twenty five Pounds . . .
and my son Lee Reaves the amount of Eighty Pounds [end of page note says:
My two daughters Elizabeth and Peggy has not received anything . . .
My son-in-law Joel Sasser to the amount of Twenty Pounds and my will is
that he have no further Claim on my Estate.
Now my further will and disire is that out of the money arising from the sale
of my personal Estate after the decease of my Wife that each of my Children
to wit: Adam, John, Jesse, William, Liddy, Stephen, Elizabeth, Peggy, Lovett
and Lee be made equal that is the lowest to be made equal to the Highest
and those who have had none to be made equal to the Highest and Then if
any thing Remains to be Equally divided among them all Share and Share
Item) I hereby appoint my loving Sons, John Reaves and Jesse Reaves and
my Friend Francis Olive to Execute this my last Will and Testament. . . and I
do hereby Utterly Revoke disannul (?) and make Void every other and former
Will, and Wills, heretofore by me made Ratifying and Confirming this and no
other to be my Last Will and Testament.
In Witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and __________ Seal this 30th
Day October in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred and ninety.
Will of William Reaves (page 2)
Signed Sealed Declared & pronounced by the Testator as his last Will and
Testament In presence of us who in his presence and the presence of each
other have subscribed their names:
John Charles Slocum
William Reaves Juner [Jr.]