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Sheriff Robert Edwards Rives

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17th Sheriff of Chatham County



Served: Aug 1850-Aug 1854

Appointed/Elected: Elected

Age taking office: 39


Birth date: May 24, 1812

Birth place:

Died: August 1861

Buried: Roe, Monroe County, Arkansas


Mother:  Mary Ann Alston, b. June 9, 1785, d. Sept 8, 1867

Father:  Edwards Rives, b. March 19, 1775 in Mecklenburg County, Va, d. February 2, 1840 in Chatham County, NC

1st Wife: Elizabeth Jane Farrish, b. February 17, 1815, in Chatham County, married January 7, 1834, d. August 4, 1853.

Children: Amanda, Thomas, Oran, Mary Frances, Robert, Martha, William Adam, and James

2nd Wife: Mary Antionette Ann Brown, married August 18, 1855


Tenure Notables


Sheriff Robert Rives is the son of Sheriff Edwards Rives.

Sheriff Rives declined not to run again, because he opposed whipping.


Military Experience


Other Offices


Robert Rives was a Justice of the Peace in 1835.

Sheriff Robert Rives served in State Government representing Chatham County after his service as Sheriff.

"Robert E. Rives was member of the Masonic lodge in Pittsboro. After his move to Arkansas Robert was a member of the Walnut Plains Lodge there. He was given a Masonic funeral by this lodge when he died in August 1861."