Reavis Family

dward, the progenitor of this family, signed his name REAVIS. Other early spellings of the surname include: Rivis, Revis, Reaves, Reavise, and Reviss, and all who trace their ancestry to this early settler are invited to peruse these pages.

Edward was in Henrico County, Virgina by 1721, and on September 5, 1723, land patents were granted to Edward Rivis and Thomas Ally for 400 acres.

The deed reveals Hannah as the wife of Edward, and Frances as the wife of Thomas Alley.

Although this web site deals primarily with the descendants of Edward Reavis (c1680-1751), it serves REAVISes everywhere, including all the variant spellings listed above. We welcome your interest in this surname, but please remember that the information you find here is for your personal use only. It is not to be sold or re-submitted to libraries or other genealogical entities. We certainly encourage your sharing the information found here with other family members, for their personal use, but we ask you, in return, to consider sharing information about your family with us. The links found here take you to files which contain limited information that, hopefully, will arouse your interest in requesting more information (more generations, notes, sources) about specific families.

If you have REAVIS connections, even if you do not know whether they descend from Edward or not, please contact the Research Team. Special thanks to these individuals, who through their generous contributions of painstaking research have helped to make this web site possible and its information available to all: Donald Comer, Barbara Lucas, Ben G. Reavis and James Shuman.

  The first REAVIS generations

A number of other pages contain information about at least a few REAVIS names, but this site provides the consensus of opinion for the entire family, based upon careful investigation by several independent researchers.

  Generation 1: Edward REAVIS
This page shows the family of Edward and his two wives, including some early documentation.

  Children of Edward and Hannah [Alley]
This page shows the individual children of Edward and his first wife, Hannah, whose surname is thought to be Alley.

  Children of Edward and Sarah [Gilliam]
This page shows the individual children of Edward and his second wife, Sarah, whose surname is thought to be Gilliam.

  Generation 2:


  Generation 3:


  The REAVIS DNA Research Project

  Some Reavis researchers began participating with the Reeves DNA Project quite some time ago, and over the past six months the number of participants has grown a lot. You can see the entire Reeves Results by visiting their web site, or you can view just the Reavis portion of it by clicking here.

  For Further REAVIS Research

  Visit the REAVIS Photo Album to see what some of our early ancestors were like. These photos are from the collection of Barbara Lucas, a descendant of Jesse-2, and some from the older, now defunct Photopoint site.

  Visit the Reavis Research Site where you will find biographies, essays and articles on various members of the Reavis Family. This consists of material gathered by Barbara Lucas.

  Visit the Reavis Family of Vance County, NC where you will find a wealth of information regarding Samuel Reavis (1721-1789) and his descendants, including photographs and links to other relevant information. This web site was developed and is maintained by David C. Reavis of Raleigh, North Carolina,a descendant of Samuel-2.

  REAVIS Message Boards

Now you can check and post messages to the REAVIS Message Boards! This web page contains helpful information on how to use the message board web site, which is linked to the GenWeb Search Engine. Clicking on the appropriate icon takes you directly to the Board of your choice. Current topicss include: Query, Bible, Biography, Birth, Cemetery, Census, Death, Immigration, Lookup, Marriage, Military, Obituary, Pensions, and Wills. Find out what has been posted regarding the Reavis Family.

  Check the REAVIS Archives

Now you can check the Web Page containing the REAVIS Archives with a simple click! This site contains all the messages that have been posted on RootsWeb regarding the Reavis Family on the Reavis Discussion List.

  Have you joined the REAVIS Discussion List?

The REAVIS Discussion Group exists to promote research into family history to help you locate your own REAVIS roots in genealogy and history, and to tell your family's story. Now you can join a discussion group in e-mail format open to anyone who has an interest in genealogy or history related to the REAVIS family, including any other similar spelling of that surname. Won't you join us?

Subscribing. Clicking on one of the shortcut links below should work, but if your browser doesn't understand them, try these manual instructions: to join REAVIS-L, send mail to [email protected] with the single word subscribe in the message subject and body. To join REAVIS-D, do the same thing with [email protected].

Click here to SUBSCRIBE to the REAVIS List and receive each message as a separate e-mail
Click here to SUBSCRIBE to the REAVIS List and receive a collection of messages in Digest format

Unsubscribing. To leave REAVIS-L, send mail to [email protected] with the single word unsubscribe in the message subject and body. To leave REAVIS-D, do the same thing with [email protected].

Click here to UNSUBSCRIBE from the REAVIS List
Click here to UNSUBSCRIBE from the REAVIS Digest List

Questions about this list? Contact the listowner at [email protected].

  Some Pages to Help You in Your Work

  Some Internet Resources
A listing of a few of the more commonly requested kinds of resources, from music to geographic names to virus hoaxes.

  Abbreviations List
A collection of some of the more common genealogical abbreviations, including those for states and European countries. 

  Kinship Chart
An easy-to-use chart to help you find just how you're related to all these other Reavises! 

  About "The First REAVIS Book"

Portions of this web site would have been much more difficult to prepare without The REAVIS Family by Marie Reavis Hall. This book, written in the 1960s, was based on earlier research by Fenton Goss Reavis, and is frequently referred to by Reavis researchers. Unfortunately, it is no longer in print.

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All contents copyright © 1999, 2002 2003, Reavis Family. All rights reserved.
Created January 18, 1999. Updated January 1, 2003.
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