The Reaves Family originally from Wayne County, NC
The Reaves family were prosperous planters and businessmen originally from Wayne County, N.C., who lived from around 1837 in Hardeman County, Tenn. Edmund Reaves moved to Tennessee with many of his neighbors from North Carolina. He had a plantation with land valued at $29,000 and 42 slaves in 1860, and he ran a small store in Middleton, Tenn. His son, John Rufus Reaves, also ran a store; founded and edited a newspaper, The Hardeman Free Press, served in several civic offices including the Tennessee State Senate; worked for the Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph of Bolivar, Tenn.; and was a member of fraternal organizations including the Freemasons and the Ku Klux Klan. John Rufus Reaves's three children were Ina Emma Campbell Reaves Stroupe, Stella-Dora (Teddie) Reaves Kearney, and Edmund Hugh Reaves. Edmund H. Reaves worked in telephone offices for most of his life, finally settling in Rocky Mount, N.C., where he was the district manager for the Carolina Telephone office. Edmund H. Reaves married Emily Mae Moore and had one daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Reaves McGregor Coleman. This collection documents the careers and faces of members of the Reaves family of Middleton and Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tenn., from 1834 to 1942. The papers include the will of John Reaves (d.1835), several Civil War and Reconstruction-era papers of Edmund Reaves documenting his claims against the U.S. Army in the war and claiming that he had never supported the Confederacy, and many financial papers, some correspondence, legal materials, Masonic documents and other papers of John Rufus Reaves. There are clippings taken from John R. Reaves paper, The Hardeman Free Press of Bolivar, Tenn., and a copy of C. W. Tylers The K.K.K., a book passed down from John R. to Edmund H. Reaves. The collection also includes sixty pictures of virtually every member of the Reaves family, including Edmund H. Reaves's siblings, Stella-Dora (Teddie) Reaves Kearney and Ina Emma Campbell Reaves Stroupe, his wife, Emily Mae Moore, and his daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Reaves McGregor Coleman, some of their friends, and the John Rufus Reaves House. Many of the images are cased ambrotypes and daguerrotypes, but tintypes and albumen prints are also represented among the nineteenth-century prints. There are a number of twentieth-century photographs as well, mainly of Edmund H. Reaves and of a John Rufus Reaves family reunion held in 1930.
Collection Location: Manuscripts Department, Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Website Link: http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/htm/04764.html
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