Greenwood, in which the latter was
fined. He was early appointed a member of the district
School Board, which office he held for years, was
Postmaster a period of nine years, Assessor one term,
and Road Supervisor three terms. He was appointed by
Gov. Butler Register of Elections, but resigned the
office. He has been foremost in those enterprises
having for their object the moral and social welfare
of the people, was one of the early members of the
Baptist Church, and since its organization has been an
earnest adherent of the Republican party. In his
native State of New York he served as Postmaster in
the town of Brooks Grove, in Livingston County.
Our subject was born Aug. 25, 1818,
in Wayne County, N. Y., and lived there with his
parents until a lad twelve years of age. He then went
with his father to Warren County, Pa., and six years
later occurred the death of his father, when the
family was broken up, and Alexander, returning to his
native State, worked by the month in Chautauqua
County. In 1843 he returned to Livingston County,
where he was variously employed until the fall of
1856. Then resolving to seek his fortune in the West,
he migrated to Will County, Ill., where he was
employed at various jobs until 1862.
Our subject now crossed the
Mississippi and homesteaded the first land in this
county, while Nebraska was a Territory, and before the
organization of South Branch Precinct. He laid claim
to it about sunrise on the 1st of January, 1863, when
it was designated as claim No. 2. The party taking No.
1 never proved up, so Mr. Reeves was the first bona
fide settler. The right to the first settlement is
disputed by Mr. Freeman, of Beatrice. who claims he
took his immediately after 12 o'clock, January 1.
The manner in which Mr. Reeves
labored from this time on can perhaps better be
imagined than described. His first rude plow was drawn
by a team of horses in breaking sod, and the pioneer
himself and his little family were first sheltered in
a log dwelling. There was little of elegance or
convenience in those days, but Mr. Reeves had abundant
faith that his labors would meet with their legitimate
reward, and battled manfully with the difficulties
which beset his way, until after a few seasons had
passed he found himself on the road to prosperity. He
enclosed his fields with neat and substantial fences,
planted groves and an orchard, in due time put up a
stone dwelling (the first in this part of the county)
and a barn, and added the conveniences and
improvements which have so much to do with the
comforts of a home. He was particularly fortunate in
his choice of a location, his land being well watered
and easily brought to a productive condition.
To the lady who has stood by the
side of our subject while he bore the heat and burden
of the day, and who in her girlhood was Miss Alvira R.
Bassett, he was married in Livingston County, N. Y.,
Oct. 27, 1846. Mrs. Reeves was born in Allegany
County, that State, Feb. 13, 1828, and is the daughter
of David and Lucinda (Coggswell) Bassett. David
Bassett was born in Massachusetts in 1779, and his
wife, Lucinda, in Otsego County, N. Y., in 1796. They
were married in the Empire State, and resided there
until the death of the father, which occurred in 1848.
He was a farmer by occupation, and during his early
manhood served as a soldier in the War of 1812. The
mother after the death of her husband went to the home
of her children in Will County, Ill., where her death
took place in 1859. Six children of the parental
family are living, namely: Sabrina, Lavina L., Joseph
W., Elvira, Helena and Cyrus N. Those besides Mrs.
Reeves are residents mostly of Michigan and
To our subject and his estimable
wife there have been born two children, both sons,
Eugene and Marion Cyrus. Eugene married Miss Mary J.
Chamberlain, and is farming in South Branch Precinct;
he is the father of four children -- Nellie M., Ina
Elvira, Frederick and Vernon. Marion married Miss
Sarah Whitaker, and is farming in Frontier County. Mr.
Reeves cast his first Presidential vote for Martin Van
Buren, and since its organization has been a stanch
supporter of the Republican party. Mrs. Reeves is a
member in good standing of the Methodist Rpiscopal
(sic) Church at Rockford.
Stacy Reeves, the father of our
subject, a native of New Jersey, was born in 1785, and
married in New York State, Miss Phebe Clark, who