Looks like I am the first to find this new Surname Forum. This is my Revier line (from Richmond County, VA to Maury County, TN to Hill County, TX):
JAMES REVIER (21) is the probably the father of the author’s oldest proven Revier ancestor of the authors, William Jackson Revier. James was born on February 22, 1778 in Lancaster County, Virginia. On January 3, 1806, James Revier married Nancy Ann Alderson in Richmond County, Virginia. Nancy was born on January 21, 1790 in Richmond County, Virginia and is the daughter of John Alderson and Rachel Alderson. James Revier is highly likely to be the son of James Revier, Sr. and Winifred (Thomas) Revier. James “Riveer” wrote his will on November 30, 1815 and this will began probate by December 16, 1816 in Lancaster County, Virginia. This will mentions, son, James Riveer, son Joel Riveer, son Cyrus Riveer, daughter, Polly Riveer and two children of deceased son, William Riveer. It is very fortunate that this will supported and enhanced by a family Bible that states: James “Riveer” was married on November 14, 1771 and lists the following children: Milly Riveer, b. December 26, 1772; Abner Riveer, b. August 28, 1775; James Riveer, b. February 22, 1778; Joel Riveer, b. June 30, 1780; William Riveer, b. April 5, 1783; Cyrus Riveer, b. September 19, 1785; Polly Riveer, b. October 1, 1788. Marriage Records of Northumberland County, Virginia show that James “Reveer” married Winifred Thomas on November 12, 1771.
James and Nancy Revere as well as Nancy’s parents moved from Richmond County, Virginia to Maury County, Tennessee. Numerous legal documents connect James and Nancy Revere to John Alderson and his first wife, Rachel, and his second wife, Elizabeth Alderson. In February, 1825, an excellent genealogical document (power of attorney) provides proof that James Revier and Nancy Alderson are connected to Nancy’s deceased father, John Alderson. This Lancaster County, Virginia power of attorney establishes that James and Nancy Revier remained in Lancaster County, Virginia as late as 1825. In December, 1827, Nancy Revier is found in Chauncery Court Records of Maury County, Tennessee. These court records involve land in Virginia and provide excellent information concerning Nancy’s siblings, step- siblings, step-mother and even an uncle. Although these records do not indicate the residence of Nancy Revier, it is most likely that she was then living in Maury County, Tennessee. This record indicates that Nancy was a daughter of John Alderson and his first wife, Rachel. The estate of John Alderson was still being settled as late as 1836 when Gerard Greenfield sued the descendants of John Alderson concerning land that John Alderson had once owned. This document again provides excellent documentation of Nancy Revier to her siblings, step-siblings and step-mother. These records mention James Revier and Nancy Revier, his wife, and it can be assumed that they were residing in Maury County, Tennessee where the court case was held and where the land in dispute was located. Unfortunately, no records have been located to establish the children of James and Nancy Revere. There are very few Revier family members that ever lived Maury County, Tennessee and Maury County, Tennessee is the only county in Tennessee where any Revier family members lived prior to the Civil War. Other than James and Nancy Revier, only six Revier family members have been discovered living in Maury County, Tennessee prior to the Civil War. Because of their estimated dates of birth, places of birth (Virginia) and place of residence (Maury County, Tennessee), there is a very high probability that all of these other early Revier families living in early Maury County, Tennessee are children of James and Nancy Revier. James and Nancy Revier is believed to be the parents of at least six children:
. . Alice Revier, b. 1808, Virginia
. . Mary Anna Revier (21.2), b. 1811, Virginia
. . William Jackson Revier (22), b. April 2, 1818, Virginia
. . John A. Revier (21.4), b. 1822, Virginia
. . Jane Nancy Revier, b. 1824, Virginia
. . Son (died in June, 1835)
It is believed that James Revier and Nancy (Alderson) Revier died in Maury County, Tennessee sometime after 1836 (mentioned in estate records of John Alderson). On December 6, 1826, Alice Revier married Samuel Ticer in Lancaster County, Virginia. Alice (Revier) Ticer died in August, 1835 in Williamsport, Tennessee. On July 26, 1838, Jane Revier married Thomas McAdams in Williamsport, Tennessee. During a cholera epidemic in June of 1835, listed was “a young Mr. Revier.”
References: 1) Family Group Sheet, Patricia (Ferguson) Williams, August, 1997; 2) Internet Query, Genweb, Lancaster County, Virginia, by Jean Gilley, October, 1997; 3) Internet Query, Genweb, Maury County, Tennessee, by Jean Gilley, May, 1998; 4) E-mail, Connie Peck to Robert Casey, September, 1998; 5) Family Group Sheet, Donna Randolph, November, 1999; 6) “Maury County, Tennessee Historical Sketches, by Jill K. Garrett (cholera epidemic sketch)
Would love to add more Reviers to my family tree - will be going to press very soon on my "Bryan Family History" so send in any additions and corrections as soon as possible. I have over 1,000 descendants to this Revier line at my web site:
Select Bryan Family History.
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