Morgan Reaves
Injury Fatal to Civil War Veteran
Story furnished by Clarence Crocker

According to a news article appearing in the evening edition of the Carolina Spartan, Wednesday February 8, 1928; “Injuries sustained several years ago proved fatal to Morgan Reaves, Veteran of the War between the States. At 87 years of age, he was the oldest resident of the Glendale neighborhood and died at his home at an early hour this morning.

Morgan was born and reared in the neighborhood in which he died. Enjoying the best of health, Morgan was exceedingly active for a man of his advanced age until stricken by the accident in 1921 which left him unable to leave his bed. At the age of eighty, Mr. Reaves dislocated one of his hips as a result of a fall. Failing to respond to the treatment rendered, the hip left him practically an invalid.

At the age of 19, Morgan enlisted in the service of the Confederate Army and served in many of the battles fought in the southeast. Joining the Army April 15, 1861, it was said that he was among the first of the South Carolina Volunteers to answer the call to arms and was assigned to Company L. 13th S. C. Regiment. He was under the command of Captain A. K. Smith and served throughout the civil conflict, being discharged from the service after the surrender of General Lee.

Mr. Reaves was perhaps one of the oldest cotton mill employees in this part of the state, having served in many different capacities. His first experience came through the Bivingsville Cotton Mill in Bivingsville, S. C. (Glendale). He united with the Baptist Church early in life and was a member of the Glendale Baptist Church at the time of his death”

Soon after the close of the war and upon his return from the conflict, he was united in marriage to another Glendale native, Miss. Elizabeth Thomas, the daughter of James and Nancy Jarrett Thomas. Elizabeth died in 1912. They had been married 42 years at the time of her untimely death and had become the parents of five children, Addie, Mary, Carrie, James R. and Walter D. Reaves. 

Morgan’s funeral service was conducted in his home Thursday February 9th by the Reverend C.P. Holland, assisted by the Reverend C.W. Allen. Grandsons served as Pallbearers with the following persons serving as Honorary Pallbearers; G.W. McCombs, J.T. Varner, J.J. Fowler, M.V. LeMaster, J. L. Thomas, J. I. Corn, Z.W. Vanderfor, J.H. Hunter, W.E. Morris and W.H. Murray.

Interment followed in the Glendale Community Cemetery alongside of his wife and their daughter, Mrs. Carrie Reaves Hunter. Morgan’s mother, Mrs. Milly Reaves Pierce was also buried in the Reaves square. In some records her name appears as Millie Reives.

He was survived by; two daughters, Mrs. J. W. Kidd, Newton, N. C., Mrs. Mary Darracott, Glendale; two sons, James R. and Walter D. Reaves of Glendale; also 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Newspaper article courtesy of Spartanburg County Library.
By; Clarence E. Crocker, May 2012

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