Sidney Preston ReevesSidney Preston Reeves was born and raised in Warren County, Kentucky. His father, George, died at the age of approximately 46 when S.P. was only 8 years old. Little is known of Betsy Wilkerson Reeves life after the death of George but she doesn't appear in the records of Warren County after 1836 so it is presumed that she also died at a relatively young age.
Sidney Preston's brother William Harrison had moved further west to the Jackson Purchase area of Kentucky. After the death of his mother, S.P. too came to the area which began to be settled around 1830. After arriving in the purchase area, he married Perlina Hall, daughter of Adam Hall and Edith Ann "Edy" Morgan, in Hickman County in 1839 and was recorded in McCracken County in the 1840 census.
Several of Perlina's brothers had settled to the south of Paducah in Ballard County and by 1850 Sidney Preston Reeves was recorded in the census there. S. P. gradually added more land to his farm and at his death, his will distributed approximately 800 acres to his children.
The family bible of Sidney Preston and Perlina Hall Reeves is the source of birth and death dates for this family. The bible was last known to be in the possession of Bonita Reeves Hutcherson of Wickliffe, Ballard County, Kentucky, who was the granddaughter of David Walter Reeves.
Sidney Preston Reeves died on the 28th of September 1882 and his will was probated in October of 1882 in Ballard County, Kentucky listing the following children. Children of Sidney Preston Reeves and Perlina Ann Hall:
- George Adam Reeves
- William Jerome Reeves
- Luranna Reeves Hawes
- Louisa Reeves Cull
- C. Harley Reeves
- Charles Curtis Reeves
- Elizabeth "Betty" Reeves Cherry
- Sidney Preston Reeves II
- David Walter Reeves
(Above photos courtesy of West Kentucky Genealogy JP Group)