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Reavis Surry County And Area



Frm The Brandon Hudspeth, Reavis & Steelman Book by Lewis Shore Brumfeld pub 1991 Yadkinville, NC

"Both William Reavis, Sr and his father Joseph have accounts in the earliest clingman store ledger extant, which runs from 1818 to 1821. Joseph, who was over sixty, had a small account. William also has a small account. He bartered "cloth" to the store for a credit of $2.03. Evidently he was not in good shape

Samuel Reavis also had an account in the 1818-1821 book. This may be the Samuel Reavis (1785-ca1860), a gunsmith, whose house is still standing in the Reavis territory on Liberty Church Road. He bought calico, lead and a file, which he might have used in his occupation.

David Reavis, "Allin" Reavis and Dudley Reavis also had accounts in the earliest ledger. This David could be the son of Joseph, bro. of William Sr., who was b. in 1791. It is interesting that he had a son named "Jarrett". Isaac Jarratt (1796-1882), nephew of Jacob and Peter Clingman, was a partner in their store and clerked there. I wonder if David named his son for him. People all over the countryside were named Clingman. This "Allin" Reavis may be Allen, grandson of Edward, the patriarch b in 1760 in Northampton County and came with his family to Yadkin. His son Allen migrated to Alabama.

I find no mention of this Dudley Reavis in Mrs. Hall's book.(*note he is with bros James and Allen and sister in Alabama later). Allin Reavis and Charles Steelman paid on Dudley's account, indicating some relationship (*Dudley is also on believe 1815 tax rec in Surry Co)Possiblyh Allin was Dudley's father (*yes). Anyhow, "Allin" Reavis barters 71 1/2 e worth of tallow to Clingman store for credit in 1818. Presumably his wife was still living then, since the women usually made the tallow.

Jesse Reavis also had a small account in the 1818-1821 book. This must be "old" Jesse Reavis (1735-1830)* he was on Surry Co Tax records, one of those long-lived Reavises. He had a son Jesse Marshall b 1808....called "Little Jess" who had sons Jesse and John, who served in the Civil War and Col. John Kerr Connally's Yadkin county regiment. The Civil War Jesse had a son who settled in Oklahoma, where Jims' people came from.

Asa Reavis's account from 1818-1820, shows he bought a blanket, castor oil, a knife and other "mdse". This is probably Asa (1797-1886), another son of Joseph and Mollie Reavis. Asa, in 1839 m. his cousin Polly Reavis, d/o John. His family moved to Iredell county.

On Jan. , 1838, Jesse (Marshall) Reavis bought three yards of "casinet" for $2.12 1/2.

On Jan. 22, 1838, Jesse's wife bartered jeans cloth worth $1.86 for credit at the store. She also bought "3 tuck combs" for 37 1/2e, beads for 25- and 1 yard calico 25C.

On Feb. 8, 1818, "Jesse Reavis Jor", presumably Jesse Marshall, since his son Jesse Franklin was not born until that year, bought $2.25 worth of steel. As the next entry on May 26, 1838, he is "Jesse Reavis, constable", buying a waist band and calico.

On June 22, 1838, constable Jesse Reavis bought postage at the store for his neighbor Joseph Steelman.

On Feb 19, 1838, "Joseph P. Reavis" bought a peck of salt at the store, for 56 1/4~.......................

William Reavis, Jr. (1823-1924), son of William, son of Joseph, son of James, son of Edward. This is the famous "Uncle Billy" Reavis, who lived to be over 100 years old. On his 100th birthday, in September 1923, thousands of people thronged the grounds of his old house, which is still standing, for his birthday."

(There is much more Reavis data in this book)

Source: unknown frm Hx Book...article titled:


My grandfather, Cornelius Houston Todd, was born July 18, 1872, in Yadkin County. He was the son of Doss and Margaret Hare Todd. Doss's parents were Thomas and Mary Polly Zackary Todd.

Mary Jane(Reavis) was helping out at the home of Frank Gough, where there was sickness in the family. The Gough family lived near the church. In those days about the only way anyone had the opportunity to meet new people was either at school or at church socials. Mary Jane and her family were from Iredell County. She was the daughter of Abraham Hugh (s/o Joel-3, Jesse-2) and Marth Holden Reavis.

Cornelius H. Todd and Mary Jane Reavis were married February 3, 1864. They had thirteen children (names are listed).

Cornelius Houston Todd, died December 1954, at the age of 82. Mary Jane died Mary 1951, she was 78. They are buried Deep Creek Baptist Church.

"SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY" Frm Newspaper (?) article Dec 1997 "Recreating the 1940s for a gala" By Rodger Mullen, Staff Writer (excerpts)

"They arrived at Fort Bragg by the thousands in the early 1940's awaiting orders to be shipped overseas.

It was wartime, and everyone was expected to contribute. For a young married woman like Jackson, that often meant volunteering at the local USO Club--chaperoning dances, organizing classes, even staging plays for the soldiers' entertainment.

On feb. 7, the Arts Council will go back in time 55 years. "Sentimental Journey: The 1940's USO Gala" will conjure up a World War II-era USO dance, complete right down to the hat-check girls and the Glenn Miller tunes.

We met a lot of people that, if it wasn't for the USO, we wouldn't have met.(said Pinky Jackson age 91).

One of those people stands out for Clarice Reavis. He was a young soldier named Alfred Schleppe.

Reavis, who is now 82 and uses a walker to get around, was a young married woman working at the Jewelry Box in Fayetteville when she started volunteering at the USO club.

It was a way for Reavis to do her wartime part and to indulge her love of dancing. But Schleppe didn't dance; instead he asked Reavis if he could sketch her portrait.

Over the next two days, he did just that. Reavis sat still for six hours while the soldier captured her likeness. He gave her the portrait when he was done and told her, "I've captured your soul."

Schleppe shipped out that night. Reavis had a premonitition he wasn't going to come back, and he didn't--she learned a few months later Schleppe had been killed in action.

Reavis still has the portrait he drew, a framed pencil drawing of a striking young woman with untamed hair. The artist signed it and included the date, November 1943.

Those are the kind of bittersweet memories the Arts Council has uncovered in planning the gala>"