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The only record found thus far for the wife of William Reeves, Jr. is from the Wake County Court Minutes of December Court 1791:

Ordered that John Alston, to whom David and Hester Weaver, Children of Penny Weaver was bound apprentice, be summoned to make his Personal appearance at our next County Court & that he bring said Children with him, into Court, then and there to shew cause if any he hath, wherefore the said Children should not be removed from their apprenticeship, ordered that a summons issue for William Reeves and Any his Wife as Witnesses for the Orphans. From: Wake County Court Minutes 1787 to 1792 by Weynette Parks Hawn, 554-175

Her actual name may have been Susannah since 5 of their 8 children named a daughter Susannah or Susan with son Peter naming a daughter Anna.

There may be some significance to the repeated use of the surname "May" in this Reeves' family which with additional research could eventually provide more information on Anne Reeves' origins. Of five Peter Reeves in the next two generations of this family, 4 of the 5 have either the middle name of May or the middle initial "M". The name May is also used as a middle name in several other instances. A May family was present in the Johnston/Orange/Wake area from about 1750, in the early 1760's that family's land adjoins that of William Reeves, Jr. and there are various instances of May family members being associated with the Reeves family.

The wife of William Reeves was misidentified in the Reeves Review as Fortune Rhodes. This was based upon the compilers of the Reeves Review's incorrect assumption that William Reeves who died in Madison County, Kentucky in 1821 was from the Reeves' family of Guilford NC, the son of James Reeves, which is not supported by DNA.

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