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Reeves, George W.

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Reeves, George W.
February 22, 2007 06:07PM
Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Lewis Publishing Company, 1904,
pp 434-435 [Ballard]

GEORGE W. REEVES. The true measure of success is determined by what
one has accomplished, and, as taken in contradistinction to the old adage
that a prophet is never without honor save in his own country, there is
particular interest attaching to the career of the subject of this
review, since he is a native son of the county where he has passed most
of his active life, and so directed his ability and efforts as to gain
recognition as one of the representative citizens of Ballard county. He
is now successfully practicing law in Wickliffe, where he has resided
since 1897, and previously he was a legal practitioner at Blandville.
Mr. Reeves was born in Ballard county, February 10, 1847, and is
descended from an old Virginia family. His paternal grandfather, George
Reeves, was born and reared in Virginia, and after his marriage brought
his family to Kentucky, spending his remaining days in Warren county,
this state. His son, Colonel William H. Reeves, the father of George W.
Reeves, was born in Virginia, and with his parents went to Warren county
in his early boyhood. In 1828 he removed to the district of the state
known as Jackson Purchase, now Ballard county, becoming one of the
pioneer settlers of the locality. By occupation he was a farmer, and
throughout the locality was known as Colonel Reeves, being an influential
and prominent citizen, who largely aided in molding public thought and
action. He married Nellie B. White, a daughter of Rev. Willis White, a
prominent early preacher of Kentucky and the father of Hon. James Dempsey
White, ex-judge of the appellate court of Kentucky. To the parents of
our subject were born the following children: Mary E., who is the wife of
Dr. Charles Hinkle, of Hinkleville, Kentucky; George Willis; Susan J.,
now the wife of Hon. W. J. Puckett, of Colorado; William T., of
Pocatello, Idaho; Matha H., deceased, was the wife of Rev. W. W. Morris,
of Paducah, Kentucky; Fannie B., the wife of Thomas Miller, of Denver,
Colorado; and Robert L., who is president of the First National Bank of
Paducah, Kentucky. The father died in 1889, at the age of seventy-five
years, and the mother died in 1880, when fifty-eight years of age.
Upon the home farm George Willis Reeves remained until seventeen
years of age, and in the meantime acquired a good literary education in
the common schools and in Woodside Seminary. He then took up the study
of law and at the age of twenty years was admitted to the bar, and has
been engaged in active practice continuously since. He is very much
attached to his home. He started out in life with one horse, and
acquired his present property through industry and good management. Like
his father he is both a Democrat and a Baptist.
He married Miss Rosana J. Bugg, who was born in Hickman county,
Kentucky, of an excellent family. Her death occurred August 1, 1896,
when she was fifty-five years of age. The children of this marriage were
as follows: William S., John H., deceased, James E., George B., deceased,
Thomas W., Martha, now Mrs. W. H. Biasie, Mary L., now Mrs. Samuel Berry,
Eugenia, now Mrs. Wilard Parrott, Rosa B., now Mrs. William Greer.
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