Wednesday, June 15, 2016


ROBERT F. RIVES was born on the line between Kentucky and Tennessee, on the 7th of December, 1837 ; his father, Robert Rives, is a native of Warren County, N. C, born December 16, 1803 ; he is a farmer and resides in Lafayette Precinct, Christian Co., Ky. ; he is of Scotch descent. His wife, subject's mother, Rebecca (Vaughan) Rives, was born in Granville County, N. C, and died March 8, 1870, aged sixty-six years. She was the mother of six children, of whom four are now living, Robert F. being the youngest child. He was reared on a farm and received a common school education. At nineteen years of age he engaged as manager of his father's farm in Montgomery County, Tenn. In 1861 he enlisted in the late Civil war, in Company L, Fourteenth Tennessee Cavalry, served through the war, and participated in many cavalry fights.

After Lee's surrender he was captured at Paris, Tenn., but was immediately paroled. After the war he resumed farming in Montgomery County, and in 1874 removed to his present residence, where he has since remained engaged in agricultural pursuits. His farm, " Jordon," contains 600 acres, upon which he makes the raising of wheat and tobacco a specialty.

In 1868 he married Isabella V. Pollard, who died October 19, 1875, leaving four children : Robert Henry, Franklin, Florence Neal and George Pollard. On the 25th of October, 1876, he married Sally E. Moore, a native of Dixon County, Tenn., a daughter of Jordon and Sarah D. (Viser) Moore, be a native of Montgomery County, Tenn., born in 1811, a member of the Tennessee Methodist Conference ; and she a native of Alabama, born in 1818. By this union there are two children: Mary Belle and Jordon Moore. Mr. and Mrs. Rives are members of the Methodist Church ; he is a member of the Casky Grange, and is a Democrat in politics.

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