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Reeves, Milford O.

Born: 1808-09-14 Mason County, Kentucky

Died: 1888-08-01 Springfield, Illinois

Flourished: Springfield, Illinois

In 1824, Reeves left Kentucky to embark in the mercantile business in Ohio, which eventually led him to open a store of his own in Springfield, Illinois, in 1830. In 1836, he married Nancy E. Miner, with whom he had eight children. By 1856, Reeves was supporting the newly-formed Republican Party in politics. Religiously, he and his wife were Methodists, and were founding members of Springfield's Second Methodist Episcopal Church. After spending many years as a retail merchant, in 1860, Reeves was operating a wholesale auction business in Springfield, and he owned $5,000 worth of real estate.

Abraham Lincoln and Others to the Citizens of Sangamon County; History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 441, 603, 704; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Sangamon County, IL, 215; Gravestone, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL.