The Reeves Family and the Ewing Family Genealogies



Reeves Name
Ewing Name
Sturgeon Family
James Herrod Basham
John J. Basham
Isaac D. Boucher
Peter Boucher, Jr.
John Conn
John A. Conyers
Trammell Conn
J. Alexander Ewing
John Henry Ewing
Lacy Leroy Ewing
John Godley
John Scott Godley
Jesse S. Godley
George Hume
John Hume
William Hume
George W. Miller
Samuel Pharis, Jr.
John V. Price
Robert V. Price
Doile Dennis Reeves
Geo. Webster Reeves
Geo. William Reeves
James H. Reeves
Peter M. Reeves
William Reeves, Jr.
Benjamin Reeves
Adam Runner
John Moore Smith
C. Thompson Spears
Edw. Franklin Spears
Ephriam Spears
William Spears
Edward Walton, Jr.
Edward Walton, III
Thompson Walton
Henry Warder
Joseph Warder, Sr.



Peter M. Boucher, Jr.

(February 11, 1770 November 1854)


Sarah (Sally) Goodnight

(February 13, 1841 )




 Peter Boucher, Sr. and Jane Waddell

 Hans Michael Goodnight and Mary Landis


 Isaac D. Boucher



In 1770, the population of the American colonies was 2,210,000 people.  But they were divided people.  Many were unhappy with the British rule of the colonies.  It was in 1770 in the Colony of Massachusetts that the Boston Massacre happened, in which an anti-Crown mob was fired on by a group of British soldiers.  John Adams, who would later become the second United States president represented the troops, most of whom were acquitted, but two of whom were branded and released.


In Loudon County, in the Colony of Virginia, Francis Lightfoot Lee, a younger brother of Richard Henry Lee, was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. Richard Henry Lee was member of the same House, for Westmoreland County.  Both agitated for independence from Britain.  Francis Lightfoot Lee was later the member for Virginia of the committee that framed the Articles of Confederation.


We do not know where Peter Boucher, Sr. and his wife, Jane Waddell Boucher (both Loudon County natives) stood on these issues.  We do know, however, they had another focus that year, the birth of Peter Boucher, Jr. on February 11, 1770.


Over seven years later, Peter’s future wife, Sarah (Sally) Goodnight, was born on April 6, 1777 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.  They married on May 27, 1795 in Mercer County, a small central Kentucky county.[1]


Sometime thereafter, the young family moved to what is now Allen County, Kentucky.  He first appeared in the records there in 1797, when he appeared in the tax records for Warren County, Kentucky.  Yes, Warren County.  Allen County was formed in 1815 from parts of Barren County and Warren County.  Peter lived in the portion formed from Warren County.  He also appeared on the 1800 Warren County tax rolls.[2]


Peter and Sally had ten children:




Birth date and place

Death date and place

Nancy Boucher



Elizabeth (Betsy) Boucher



Mary (Polly) Boucher

March 6, 1798

Allen County,

November 29, 1860

Lawrence County, Missouri

Isaac D. Boucher

January 29, 1800

Allen County,

July 5, 1876

Allen County,

Cary Boucher

June 4, 1802

Allen County,

January 1827

Prob Allen County, Kentucky

Jacob A. Boucher

November 8, 1804

Allen County,

August 20, 1832

John Goodnight Boucher

January 22, 1809

Allen County,

August 6, 1884

Washburn, Missouri

Enoch Boucher

August 20, 1832


Edmonson County, Kentucky

Harrison Boucher

January 14, 1814

Allen County,

February 14, 1899

Allen County, Kentucky

Lemuel Boucher

February 14, 1816




In an article in a vanity biography published of a grandson of Peter and Sally,



. . . Peter came to Kentucky with Daniel Boone on his second or third trip, and was in the battle of Blue Licks, where the Indians defeated the whites, killing nearly all of them. His horse was killed under him, but he managed to make his escape by bounding upon a horse behind a soldier who was passing. He lived to be ninety-three years of age, his death occurring in Allen County, Ky., in 1856.[3]



The biography continued with Peter's wife:



His wife, Sally (Goodnight) Boucher, was born in 1777, and emigrated with her parents from Germany to Virginia when she was three years of age. They soon moved to Boone Station Ky., making the trip on ponies, but broke down when about a day's journey from the station, and were obliged to leave a portion of their goods.[4]



Peter, Sally and their family appeared in the 1820 census for Allen County, the first for the new county.  The records showed that he had in his household two free white boys under the age of ten, two boys and two girls between ten and sixteen, two between 18 and 26 and one (Peter) 45 and older.  He also had one white female (Sally) 45 and older.[5]


Allen County, Kentucky deed records showed that Peter Boucher bought a 23-acre property near the Bays fork from Isaac Lee on August 11, 1827.  He paid $500 for it.  The witnesses on the deed were Peter. Jr.’s son Jacob and his son-in-law John Spilman.  The deed was recorded on November 19, 1827."[6]


Peter and Sally’s son, Cary, died in January 1827, leaving a daughter, Cary Ann Boucher, who had been born the year before.  An abstract of an 1828 deed showed that Peter, Jr. decided to provide well for this infant granddaughter.  On May 1, 1828, Peter, Jr.



"for & in consideration of the good will and affection I entertained for my son Cary Boucher deceased.. hereby give . . . unto Caryann Boucher infant heir of the aforesaid CARY decd a . . . parcel of land . . . being in the aforesaid County on the waters of Baysfork and Barren River it being a part of a tract of 2300 acres patented to PETER BOUCHER Senior by the commonwealth of Kentucky . . . bounded . . . corner of JACOB TABERs 80 acre survey . . . containing 70 1/2 acres.[7]


The 1840 Allen County census showed Peter as the head of a household consisting of a boy between 5 and 10, two young men between 20 and 30 and one man between 70 and 80 (Peter).  Also in the household was a young woman between 10 and 15, two young women between 20 and 30 and an older woman between 60 and 70 (Sally).  There was also a female slave between 35 and 55 years old.[8]


Sally died the next year, on February 13, 1841.


The 1850 census showed Peter a final time, four years before his death.  This time the information is more detailed.  It showed he was an 80-year old millwright and farmer.  He lived alone.  His place of birth was listed as “unknown.”[9]  The separate 1850 slave schedules showed that he had a fifty-year old black female slave in the household.[10]


Peter died in November 1854, several years shy of the 93-years of age the biography mentioned above later claimed.  According to one researcher, he died at his family's Kentucky home place.[11]



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Copyright Brian Reeves, 2005 2007.