Malachiah Reeves, soldier, farmer, and Baptist minister, was born on September 26, 1843, in Bibb County, Alabama, the son of Rev. Malachiah and Nancy Bethel (Blakey) Reeves. His father died before he was born, and his mother married William Wood when Reeves 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 1860 Reeves 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 joined a "good bunch of fire-eating boys" for three years' service in the Confederate Army. In Richmond, Virginia, he was part of Louis Trezevant Wigfall's battalion. He was a member of Company I, First Texas Regiment, of Hood's Texas Brigade when he was captured at Mechanicsville, Virginia, in 1862. His memoirs contain vivid details of his war experiences.
After the war he farmed near Pennington, Texas, and became a member of the Missionary Baptist Church there in 1866. He married Jane Elizabeth Powers on September 23, 1875, and they had one daughter before Mrs. Reeves died in August 1876. On January 4, 1877, Reeves married Nancy Joanna Beall, and they lived in the Rock Hill community; they had eleven children. In 1883 the family moved to the Hopewell Church community, east of Athens; later it was known as Leagueville. Through the years Reeves and his wife studied with the country schoolteachers who boarded in their home. He was ordained a Baptist minister in 1888 and subsequently served in rural churches in Henderson and Anderson counties. He was postmaster in Leagueville from August 1906 until the post office closed early in 1907. In 1924 Reeves wrote his memoirs. He died on December 4, 1929, in Frankston and was buried in Leagueville Cemetery.
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Athens Daily Review, September 16, 23, 1965. Leila Ione Reeves Eads, comp., M. Reeves and His Family (Midland, Texas, 1966).
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