Peter M. Reeves
19, 1810 —
April 14, 1882)
Ann (Sally) Hudnall
1, 1814 —
March 1, 1884)
M. Reeves was one of the seven sons and three daughters of George and Elizabeth
Reeves. He became somewhat prominent in Warren
County, Kentucky life.
was a farmer and a slave owner. He
owned at least four parcels of land, all in Warren County.
In 1827, he inherited with his six brothers a remainder estate from his
father, George William Reeves. While
the sons did not actually receive this property until after their mother’s
death, at least four years thereafter, it is probable that one or more of them
worked the land while she was still alive.
was born on
October 19, 1810, perhaps in Henry County, Kentucky.
James Madison was President of the United States
and Napoleon was in power in France. That year
was granted its independence from Spain. Bowling Green, the county seat of his future Warren
home, was incorporated that year. Other
births that year included the noted composer Frederick Chopin.
moved to Warren
with his father and mother in about 1815, when he was four or five years old.
December 8, 1831, in Warren
County, he married Sarah Ann (Sally) Hudnall,
the youngest of the eight children of James Hudnall, Jr., and Rhoda Chastain.
Sally was born on
December 1, 1814.
her mother’s side, Sally was the fifth great-granddaughter of John Hudnall who
was born on the Isle of Wight in England in 1610 and on her father’s side was
the fifth great-granddaughter of Estienne Chastain, born somewhere between about
1570 and 1580. Sally’s paternal
great-great-grandfather was Pierre Chastain, Sr., a French Huguenot physician
who was born in 1660 and who fled his home in the Province
of Berri, France. He went to London,
England, from which he sailed on the passenger vessel Mary and Ann, arriving in the
Colony of Virginia in 1700.
served nine years as a Warren
At the time, magistrates served two
functions. First, they met on a
regular basis, probably monthly or quarterly, to run the affairs of the county,
much as a city commission does for a city. Second,
they served as judges for misdemeanor criminal charges and small civil matters.
He was also referred to as “Colonel.”
This probably was an honorary title, rather than an
indication of military service. He was a Mason.
census gave Peter Reeves’ occupation as farmer.
His household consisted of a male and a female between the ages of 20 and
30 (Peter and Sally), two females between the ages of 5 and 10 and two males
under age 5.
Ten years later, the 1850 census showed that
the Peter Reeves family continued to
grow and gave the names and approximate dates of birth of his first five
children and indicated his year of birth as either 1810 or 1811.
children were Elizabeth F. Reeves,
Mary Ann (Polly) Reeves,
James H. Reeves,
George Curtis Reeves,
Zerilda P. Reeves,
J.C. Reeves and Roberta Reeves.
received several land grants in Warren County, Kentucky.
He also bought land there. Peter’s
first acquisition was 60 acres on the north side of the Barren
in 1837, when he was 27 years old. He
bought it from Ren and Sarah Hudnall
and paid $75 for it.
Five years later, in 1842, he bought a land grant of 24 acres from
“John Hendrick's heirs.”
In 1847, he bought another 35 acres.
Finally, in 1864, during the height of the Civil War, he received a land
grant of an additional 200 acres on the south side of the Barren
only property sold by Peter was 30 acres on Big
to James C. Johnson in 1863.
The sale price was $800.00 and the deed was signed by Peter M. Reeves and
his wife Sarah A. Reeves. She signed
by her mark, meaning she did not write her name.
Many people of the time did not have formal schooling and did not know
how to read and write, but many of them did learn to sign their own name, if
copy of Peter’s will is preserved in the Warren County Courthouse, as follows:
will and testament of Peter M. Reeves.
I, P.M. Reeves of the County of Warren and State of Kentucky
on this the 29th day of February 1882 In view of the uncertainty of
life, and being feeble in health of body (though sound in mind,) hereby
make and publish this to be my last will and testament, revoking all
other wills heretofore made by me.
First, it is my will that after my death all my just debts be
paid with funeral expenses included.
Second, I will and bequeath to Sarah A. Reeves (my wife) my
entire estate real and personal, To have hold own and use as she may
choose or think best during her life time.
Third—It is my will that after the death of my said wife
all the land we now own and all the personal property, then remaining be
sold and the money distributed as may then be legally required to pay
off an execution against myself as security and M.P. Scott
Principal—in favor of the heirs of Mark Phelps be used for that
Then fourthly It
is my will that all the money then of my estate remaining on hand be
equally divided between our five children or their heirs (namely) The
heirs of Elizabeth Phelps, Polly Ann Phelps, James C. Reeves, George C.
Reeves, Nevilda P. Scott.
Fifth It is my
will that Sarah A. Reeves my wife and James A. Reeves (my son) execute
this my last will and testament. And
I hereby request and pray the court of my said county and state to
require no security on the bond to be given by those whom I have herein
appointed to execute this my last will.
Given under my hand the day and year above written.
P. M. Reeves ( X
WitnessesJ. H. Otey
Wm T. Hazle
Edward E. Higganbotham
Warren County Court
I Ben F. Gardner, Clerk of the Warren County Court do certify
that the foregoing instrument of writing was produced in open court on
the 22nd day of May 1882 and proved by the oaths of J.W. Otey and W. T.
Hazle two of the subscribing witnesses thereto to be the last will and
testament of P.M. Reeves Decd and also proved the attestation of Edward
E. Higganbotham the other subscribing witness.
Whereupon I have recorded same with this certificate in my
Witness my hand this 22nd day of May 1882.
Ben F. Gardner CWCC
S. M. Matlock DC
died at age seventy-one on
April 14, 1882, in Riverside
County. Sally died two years later on
March 1, 1884, in Richardsville also in the northern part of the county.
She was sixty-nine. Both are
buried in the Mt.
Cemetery, in Warren
Her will is also on record at the Warren County courthouse and
Sarah A. Reeves, being weak in body, but sound mind and disposing
memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament & hereby
revoking all by me heretofore made.
I give my son George C. Reeves, Syrilda & Lucy Bell
all my household and kitchen furniture, cash and cash notes to be
equally divided between them at my death.
I constitute and appoint my friend Alfred ________, Executor of
this my last will and testament.
Sarah A. (x) Reeves
Clerk) April Term 1884
Ben F. Gardner, Clerk of the Warren County Court, do hereby certify that
the foregoing will of Sarah A. Reeves Dec'd was this day produced in
open Court and proven by the oath of John S. Martin one of the
subscribing witnesses thereto. Whereupon
said writing was ordered to be recorded which is accordingly done.
Given under my hand this 28th day of April 1884.