Malachiah Reeves, soldier, farmer and Baptist minister was the son of Rev. Malachiah and Nancy Bethel (Blakey) Reeves. His father died before he was born and his mother married William Wood when Malachiah was three. The family moved to Texas in late 1849 or early 1850 by way of Old Sabinetown; they first settled on a farm near Chireno, Nacogdoches County. In 1856 he was chosen along with Elder R.R. Morrow to lead the new congregation forming a Baptist Church in Athens. In 1860 he was living in Houston County and attended his first school; he attended a subscription school in the Spring of 1861 and in July of that year enlisted in the Confederate States Army and served three years. He was a member of Company I, First Texas Regiment of Hood's Texas Brigade when he was taken prisoner at Mechanicsville, Virginia in 1862.
After the war he farmed near Pennington, Tx. and became a member of the Baptist Church there in 1866. He married Jane Elizabeth Powers on Sept. 23, 1875 and they had one daughter before Mrs. Reeves died in August 1876. He married Nancy Joanna Beall on Jan. 4, 1877 living in Rock Hill Community at that time. Together they had eleven children. In 1883 the family moved to the Hopewell Church Community later to be known as Leagueville. Through the years the Reeves studied with the school teachers that boarded in their home, (photo of home added). He was ordained a Baptist minister in 1888 and served churches in Henderson and Anderson counties; he was the first pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Black Jack Community; he was also instrumental in the founding of First Baptist Church in Athens. At the time of his death he lived in Frankston, Anderson Co. Tx. and was buried in Leagueville Cemetery.
Credit Handbook of Texas online.
Published in the Athens Review December 5, 1929
REV. M. REEVES, PIONEER MINISTER, CLAIMED BY DEATH
Rev. M. Reeves passed away Wednesday morning at 2 o'clock at Frankston at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B.P. Stringfield, with whom he made his home in his declining years.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist church at Frankston at 1:00 o'clock this afternoon with interment at the Leagueville cemetery at 3:00 o'clock, Rev. M.L. Fuller of the First Baptist church of Athens officiating.
Rev. Reeves was 89 years of age, his death being due to infirmities of his advanced age. He was a Confederate soldier in the war between the states, serving four years as a member of Hood's Brigade and saw much hard service in the fratricidal conflict. He was a pioneer citizen of this county, residing at one time in the Rock Hill and Friendship communities, and lived for forty years in the Leagueville community, originally known as Hudsonville and later Hopewell community, where he reared a large family, followed a successful career as a farmer and stockman, and served his community as pastor of the local church.
Five sons and seven daughters survive. These are: J.E. Reeves, Huntington; Mrs. B.P. Stringfield, Frankston; Mrs. W.L. Barnett, Breckenridge; Rev. W.C. Reeves, Hot Springs, Arkansas; Mrs. W.K. McQuien, Athens; Mrs. S.R. Featherston, Wichita Falls; N.B. Reeves, Waco; Mrs. H.T. Reynolds, Athens; Mrs. Clyde Eads, Fort Worth; C.A. Reeves, Dallas; and Mrs. Addison Young, Midland.
Brother Reeves was a man of much more than average ability. He had strong convictions and was un-swerving in his duties as he saw them. Through a long career he was a steadfast server of the Lord's cause. He was moderately successful in a material way and gave his children the advantages of a liberal education and their influence in the several communities in which they live is a credit upon the lifetime efforts of their father, whose greatest reward here upon earth was the privilege of being spared to see each of them solidly entrenched to meet the battles of life.
Born: July 10, 1901, Texas. Died: June 6, 1980, Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. Father: Malachiah Reeves. Mother: Nancy Joanna Beall. Carroll Reeves served in the US Army, August 30, 1942 – March 10, 1943.
This homestead land (280 acres) was purchased in 1881, being a part of the land recently cleared in a litigation case; being one of the first tracts settled and homesteads built in the Aaron York Survey. Quoting from M. Reeves' Memoirs, published in 1966, "Fourteen acres had been cleared and put into cultivation; I built a house – five rooms with dog-trot separating the two large rooms and two long porches on south and north side of structure." This was a box construction with two large fireplaces and tall chimneys on west and east sides of building. This was home for the nine-children family until 1902 when the last Reeves house was built. Their tenth child was born in the "new house."
This structure stands a few hundred yards east of the original house. It is a frame structure, originally six rooms, 16 X 16 and 12 ½ feet to the ceiling; having a wide (eight foot) hall or dog trot between the east and west side rooms; and two long L-shaped porches running the full length of the rooms. This was known as the "double-L" style of structure, making for excellent exposure to all parts of the house for cooling ventilation in the long summer months. There were two large fireplaces, located between the master bedroom and the children's room. The kitchen room on the north end of the building also had a large fireplace, utilized for heating the rooms and often for cooking; using the big Dutch oven and "chimney hooks" for hanging pots over the glowing coals. The sills of the understructure were of heavy heart-timber; the beams and other parts of the superstructure were of native pine, bought and hauled from the Coltharp mills on the north border of the county. Some of the dressed "siding" and weather-boarding came from the Hawn Lumber Company in Athens, Texas; this material has a special name unknown in today's materials; of long lasting pine timber. The brick came from the Athens Brick Company. The rooms were all papered from beaded ceiling down to a 2 ¼-foot beaded paneling/wainscot and painted in the same dark oak; there were four eight-paned windows in each room, making for good light and ventilation. The roof line was broken with four gables – a vertical triangular portion of each end of the building, from the level of the cornice to the ridge of the roof; the cornices were trimmed with what we might call "gingerbread" decorative pieces and this design carried on along the edges of the gables.
A picture made of the building today will not show the original pattern, since it has been changed in a number of ways; the hall closed in and rooms added on the back porches. The family's water well has been abandoned along with the original well house. Only one of the red oak trees of the two which held the grapevine on the west side of the bedrooms is left standing. It must now be some 100 years old. All but one of the large oaks have succumbed, yielding to the ravages of time. Many shrubs of several types have taken their place.
The home is now owned by Robert Owen, contractor-builder of Brownsboro.
Mrs. Clyde Eads, 1975."
Published in "Old Homes of Henderson County, 1981."
Suggested edit: Malachiah Reeves was 86 when he died, not 89.
Four Sons and seven daughters survive, not five sons.
He passed away at the home of his daughter Mrs. D.P. Stringfield, not B.P. Suffix, Jr.
Contributor: Rick Featherston (48281071) • [email protected]
Ida Ann Reeves
Jesse Egbert Reeves
Millie Reeves Reynolds
Emma Arthur Reeves Barrett
William Coltharp Reeves
Charlotte Bethel Reeves McQuien
Malachiah J. Reeves
Lillie Beall Reeves Featherston
Leila Ione Reeves Eads
Carroll Augustus Reeves