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George Curtis Reeves

George Curtis Reeves was the son of Peter M. Reeves and Sally Hudnall of Warren County, Kentucky. Peter was the brother of William Harrison and Sidney Preston Reeves both of whom left Warren County and migrated to the Jackson Purchase area.

According to a biography of George that was published in the Battle, Perrin & Kniffen series, Kentucky - A History of the State in 1886, he came to Ballard County in 1862. He was a chosen as a magistrate and member of the Ballard County Court in 1882.

George lived in Ballard County until sometime after 1900 after which he migrated across the Mississippi River to Clay County, Arkansas where he is recorded in the 1910 census. On August 31, 1916 Laura Fortson Reeves died in Greene County, Arkansas and is buried in the Linwood Cemetery in Paragould.

After the death of Laura, George married again before 1920 to Sarah whose maiden name is unknown. No children were born to that marriage.

George Curtis Reeves died in Greene County, Arkansas on the May 31, 1927 and is buried alongside Laura in the Linwood Cemetery in Paragould.

The children of George Curtis Reeves and Laura S. Fortson are:
  1. Edward Derret Reeves, b. 3 Apr 1870, LaCenter, Ballard County, Kentucky, d. Denver, Colorado
  2. Lillie M. Reeves, b. c1870 Ballard County, Kentucky
  3. George J. Reeves, b. c1872 Kentucky, d. before 1920 in Ballard County, Kentucky
  4. Cate Reeves, b. c1876 Kentucky
  5. Rue R. Reeves, b. Feb 1883 Ballard County, Kentucky, d. 12 Jul 1942 Tulare, California

Biography of George Curtis Reeves from Kentucky - A History of the State by Battle, Perrin & Kniffen, pub. 1886:

GEORGE C. REEVES, Ballard County, was born July 16, 1839 in Warren County, Ky., where he grew to manhood, and in 1862 came to Ballard County, where he now resides. His father, Col. Peter M. Reeves, a native of Henry County (sic), Ky., was born in 1810, was nine years acting magistrate, and died in 1882. He was the son of George Reeves, of Virginia. Peter M. married Sarah A. Hudnall, of Warren County, Ky. (born in 1814, and died in 1884), and to them were born Elizabeth F. (Phelps), Polley A. (Phelps), James H., subject and Zerilda P. (Scott).

Subject was married October 24, 1865 to Miss Laura S., daughter of Richard and Mary F. (Glenn) Fortson, of Ballard County (born February 23, 1846), and the following offspring have been born to them, viz.: Lillie M. (deceased), Edward D., George J., and Kate.

In 1882 our subject was chosen magistrate and member of the county court, which honorable position he is now filling to the satisfaction of his constituents. He is a farmer, owning 200 acres of good land, which he is successfully cultivating in the staple products of the country. In politics, Esq. Reeves, is identified with the Democratic party.