This Old House #9 ~ David Reavis Sr

Once again I was searching through my family trees and I noticed that there were quite a few photos of the homes that my ancestors had lived in. Some of them were built way back in the early 1600s. They varied in size, style, and construction material. They are all as equally unique as each of my ancestors!

David Reavis Sr, my maternal 4th Great Grandfather, was born in 1758 in Northampton, North Carolina. He fought in the Revolutionary War when he was 17 years old, joining Francis Marion’s Militia of South Carolina. After the war, he married Mary Daniel. He received a land grant for that service. The grant was located in Bedford County, Tennessee however, he remained in North Carolina until his wife, Mary died in 1809. He then remarried, and he decided that this was the time to move to this land. The family consisting of a pregnant wife and 10 children made the 450-mile trip to Bedford County. Here he built a log cabin for his ever growing family. It was a modest cabin, a little small for 13 people. David then built a very large barn type building to accommodate not only the current family, but also the next 7 children that was added to his family. The cabin and barn still stand on the property in Tennessee, a testament to David’s construction abilities.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have written two books “Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time” and “Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip”, both available on Amazon. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter @VHughesAuthor.

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