I have a theory about William Reaves and where he came from to appear in the 1769 tax list.You listed four Reaves that show up on the Tax list in the NC state archives.One is Timothy 1769 Dobbs/Greene county.I think William & Timothy were kin.Timothy was my gggggrandfather.He and his wife Elizabeth Dougherty Reaves came from Cork County, Ireland in the mid-1700's. They were on one of ten ships in a Flotilla that came up the Cape Fear River. Perhaps they both came over from Ireland at the same time?
I do know that there were twenty Irish families that came in search of farmland in America.I don't have the parents of my Timothy Reaves. However, the names (William & Timothy) have been used on down thru the generations up to the present in our Reaves family.My nephew is William Frederick Reaves.He lives in North Carolina.So, maybe they were related to each other.
I know that the Reaves family migrated from NC to Tn during the 1800's.During the Civil War, my gggrandfather Reaves was killed by the Union soldiers and his two eldest sons were captured.His wife Elinor abandoned the farm with her other sons and fled for Kentucky.There was a total of seven sons. (Joshua, Dawson,Henry (my ggrandfather),John,Daniel,William & Timothy.
My grandfather (Arthur Reaves) was born in Kentucky.He & my grandmother moved to Columbia, SC for many years and then on to Jacksonville,Fl.They retired to Keystone Heights, Florida for the remainder of their life.
I don't know if any of this connects to your Reaves or if any of the info helps however, we just keep on researching. One day someone will have the info we need to fill in the "blanks". Take care, Frances Reaves Croft