11/6/2013 10:11:00 AM Genealogical Society
meeting set for Nov. 10
MARION – The Nov. 10 meeting of the Pee Dee Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, promises an interesting and informative program by chapter member Thomas Reaves Gasque on “The Reaves Family of Marion County.” When the township system was established in 1868, the family was recognized by the naming of Reaves Township in the northeastern part of the present county, encompassing the towns of Mullins and Nichols. Based on thorough genealogical research, his presentation will offer stories about some of the early Reaves of both white and slave descendants. The Sunday meeting will begin at 3 p.m. in the conference center of Pee Dee Federal Savings & Loan, 106 East Court Street in Marion, across the square from the Marion County Courthouse. The public is invited to the meeting. Program Notes: For much of the 19th century the Reaves family was prominent in the eastern part of Marion County. Charles Reaves (1785-1861) came from southeastern North Carolina to then Marion District prior to 1810. Within a few years he had an extensive farming operation, with a large number of slaves. His three sons were George Washington Reaves, Joseph Lide Reaves, and Robert Hodges Reaves. Joseph died young, at age 18. Robert married Ann Louise Grice of Wahee. He was a farmer in Wahee and a merchant in Marion. Although he was father of nine children, three daughters and six sons, only his youngest son James had a family. When James married, he moved to Clarendon County. George married four times, fathering a total of three daughters and seven sons, three of whom died in the Civil War. Many of the African American people in Marion County can trace their lineage back to those who worked on Charles Reaves’ plantation and may have taken that surname at Emancipation. About the speaker “Tom” Gasque is a native of Marion and a descendant of Charles Reaves through Robert Hodges Reaves. He had a distinguished career as a college professor and currently is professor emeritus of English, the University of South Dakota. With a long time interest in history and genealogy, as a member of the Pee Dee Chapter he serves as editor of the Pee Dee Queue publication of the Chapter and as the Chapter representative to the South Carolina Genealogical Society. He and his wife, Alice, live in Columbia.