Joseph Wheatley m Sally Reeves or Sarah Rhodes
It is widely reported that Joseph Wheatley married Sally Reeves.
In the will of Wm Reeves signed May 16, 1816 probated November 5, 1816 "To wife Hannah all estate for life, provided she gives the following children a bed etc upon marriage Hezakiah, Judith, Cynthy, Jeremiah and Sally Reeves."
1827 Final distribution William Reeves dependants-Cynthia, Elijah, Hezekiah, Judith Reeves and Joseph Wheatley who married Sally Reeves.
So Sally Reeves married Joseph between 1816 and 1827. However Joseph had no children born after 1810. So Sally cannot be the mother of his children.
In the late 1780s Joseph is with his father, James and siblings, in Guilford Co, NC. There are various records there of a James Wheatley and James Whitley. Both disappear after 1789 when James goes to Va. They are probably both James Wheatley. There is a marriage record in 1793 for Sarah Rhodes and Joseph Whitley in 1793. I have found no Joseph Whitley on any census 1790 through 1850.
In 1800 census Edgefield SC Joseph appears with wife, 2 sons 10-15 and 3 daughters. The sons cannot be the children of Sarah Rhodes. Sarah's father died in 1792. Could they be her brothers? Joseph had a prior marriage? Joseph's brothers who did not go to Va with their father? It is not likely that the wrong box was marked on the census as Sarah couldn't have had 5 children in 7 years unless there were twins.
Joseph had a daughter, Esther who married Samuel Rhodes. Samuel's father and Sarah's father were brothers. On a Rhodes site I read "the Rhodes are known for marrying their relatives." I have not checked that out.
Joseph aquires land in Wilkes Co, Ga in 1803. The census of 1830 states his wife is 50 to 60. Can't be Sally Reeves.
By 1840 his wife is dead.
In 1812 a James Wheatley marries Patsy Reeves in Wilkes Co. Who is this James? Could he have been one of the boys on the 1800 census in Edgefield CO? Was the other boy Joseph jr and he is the one who married Sally Reeves? Joseph's brother Abel had a son Joseph but he was but born until 1815.
Tis a puzzlement!
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