(May 22, 1837
October 7, 1916)
(December 30, 1834
March 4, 1919)
1857, James Buchanan was sworn in as president of the United
States. One of his successors, William Howard Taft, was
born. Elisha Otis' first elevator was installed in New York
City. The United States Supreme Court handed down the Dred Scott
decision that drove the country towards the Civil War. And James
H. Reeves and Sarah Ann Runner began their almost sixty years of married
life together in Warren County, Kentucky on January 14, 1857.
"Warren County, Kentucky, Index to Marriages — White, 1797 to
1900" lists the marriage of James H. Reeves to Sarah Ann Runner.
Their fathers, P.M. Reeves and Benjamin Runner, signed their marriage
He was called either
"Jim" or "Squire". He was buried in the Fairview
Cemetery, Bowling Green,
Kentucky. He was an 1852 charter member of the Mt. Zion Church of Christ.
He was later a member of the Christian church. He once served as
magistrate and constable. He is listed in the 1850 United States
1850 census for Warren County, Kentucky also lists Sarah as
year old who was born in Kentucky.
The 1860 census showed the new Reeves family. James was a 23-year old resident of Warren County, Kentucky.
He was a farmer and
married to Sarah, age 25. They
owned real estate valued at $300 and personal property valued at $350.
They had one child living with them: Henry Reeves, ten months old.
It showed all three as being born in Kentucky.
and Sarah had seven children, all born in
County: Elizabeth Reeves,
Henry Hudnall Reeves,
Sarah Francis Reeves,
Laura Ida Reeves,
and Milburn (Mill) Reeves.
Warren County, Kentucky real estate records show James H. (J.H.) Reeves
as being involved in three real estate transactions. The first was
the sale of property to his son, Luther Reeves.
The second was the sale of property to J.H. Stahl.
The third was a purchase of real estate from Luther Reeves
There was an original deed in the papers of Doile Dennis Reeves (now in
the possession of Brian Reeves) showing a transfer of real property from
J.H. Reeves and Sarah A. Reeves (she signed by her mark) to G.W. Reeves
and Allie L. Reeves. The deed is handwritten and dated
January 22, 1989.
It covers land on the waters of Clifty Creek in Warren County, Kentucky.
The sale price was $300, for which J.H. Reeves took the note of his son,
G.W. There is a margin release reflecting the notes were paid off
January 17, 1895.
H. Reeves and Sarah A. Reeves posted a bond in May 1882 as executor for
his father, Peter M.
Reeves. Sarah A. Reeves signed by her mark. James H.
Reeves posted another bond as executor of the estate of P.M. Reeves on
April 28, 1884.
newspaper clipping in the possession of his grandson Doile Dennis Reeves
in July 1976, said: "James H. Reeves, died on a Saturday morning at
age 79. He was a Warren
farmer of the Greencastle neighborhood. He was ill for a period of
8 years prior to his death and was confined to a bed for the last 6
months. The death of Sq. Reeves removes one of
Warren's substantial citizens." He was also termed "one of
Warren's most prosperous and prominent farmers".
death records showed his date and place of death and that he died at age
Sarah is buried in the Mt.
in Warren County, Kentucky.
A typewritten copy of the will of James H. Reeves is recorded in the
Warren County, Kentucky Courthouse.
James H. Reeves, of Warren County, Kentucky, make and publish
this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all
others purporting to be wills or otherwise.
my death, I desire that all my just debts be paid including
burial and funeral expenses and suitable tombstones placed at my
If my wife, Sarah Ann Reeves, should survive me, I bequeath to
my beloved wife, all of my real and personal property of every
species and kind, during her life, and at her decease, then I
give and bequeath all the remainder of my property to my four
living children and grandchildren, namely: Henry H. Reeves, G.W.
Reeves, Ida Stahl, wife of I.H. Stahl, Wilburn Reeves, and to
the heirs of Luther Reeves, and to my granddaughter, Lola
Jordan. All to share and share alike equally in all property
there be left. And if any of my children should die, and leave
no living issue, then their share to revert back to my estate,
and I hereby appoints S.E. Miller my administrator to my estate
In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand this 24th day of
Witness: R.A. Shields James H. Reeves
State of Kentucky )
Warren County Clerk) October term, 1916
The foregoing will of J.H. Reeves was this day produced in open
Court and offered for probate and proved by the oaths of R.A.
Shields and S.E. Miller, subscribing witnesses, and ordered to
be recorded, which is done.