The Lone Ranger

It is generally accepted that the legend of the Lone Ranger is based on the exploits of Bass Reeves, ex-slave, and ex-Confederate There are many stories on the internet about Bass Reeves and his escape to freedom, they all usually tell of a card game with his owner William Reeves. I have not been able to confirm the service of Bass Reeves in the Confederate army, which is not unusual, but did confirm the service of G. R. Reeves

Bio Col. George Reeves CSA–

Col George Robertson Reeves

Birth: Jan. 3, 1826
Hickman County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Sep. 5, 1882
Grayson County
Texas, USA

REEVES, GEORGE ROBERTSON (1826-1881) ~ George Robertson Reeves was born to William Steel Reeves and Nancy Totty Reeves on January 3, 1828, in Hickman County, Tennessee.

The family moved to Crawford County, Arkansas and on October 31, 1844, Reeves married Jane Moore there. Together they would eventually have 12 children.

George and Jane then moved to Grayson County, Texas in 1846, where he held several county offices. From 1850 to 1854, he was County Sheriff. In 1856 he was elected to the Texas Legislature where he represented the county until 1858. He would later serve in the legislature again in 1870, 1875, 1879, and in 1881-82. In his last term, he was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.

When the Civil War broke out, he raised a company for William C. Young’s Eleventh Cavalry and later became colonel in command. His unit fought in Indian Territory, at Pea Ridge with Benjamin McCulloch, the Siege at Corinth, the battles of Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Knoxville, and Tunnel Hill; all part of Ross’s Texas Brigade.

There are several places named in honor of George Reeves. The first is the community in Grayson County that developed around Fort Johnston was called Georgetown. The Confederate Camp in Grayson County is named Confederate Camp Reeves. Reeves County, Texas is named for him. And, the George R. Reeves Masonic Lodge of Pottsboro, where he served as master, is named in his honor.

Reeves was bit by a rabid dog and died of hydrophobia on September 5, 1882.


Family links:
William Steel Reeves (1794 – 1872)
Nancy Totty Reeves (1799 – 1860)

Jane Moore Reeves (1829 – 1901)*

Thomas Moore Reeves (1845 – 1878)*
Nancy Reeves (1848 – 1861)*
Mary Telitha Reeves (1849 – 1850)*
Eliza Jane Reeves Hodges (1850 – 1929)*
William Franklin Pierce Reeves (1852 – 1863)*
George Emberson Reeves (1855 – 1940)*
Sarah Ann Reeves Burgess (1857 – 1918)*
Lenora Belle Reeves Davis (1859 – 1950)*
John Mayrant Reeves (1862 – 1936)*
Albert Sidney Reeves (1866 – 1868)*
William Steel Reeves (1869 – 1929)*
Alvin Robertson Reeves (1872 – 1946)*

Caroline Elizabeth Reeves Bean (1817 – 1854)*
Robert O’Barr Reeves (1824 – 1864)*
George Robertson Reeves (1826 – 1882)
William Jasper Reeves (1830 – 1860)*
Dorinda Sandal Reeves McGlothlin (1832 – 1866)*
Matilda Jane Reeves Baird (1836 – 1902)*
Nancy Tennessee Reeves Bradly Utter (1839 – 1902)*

*Calculated relationship

Georgetown Cemetery
Grayson County
Texas, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 33.78716, -96.68674

A couple of interesting websites—

Bass Reeves


4 thoughts on “The Lone Ranger

  1. This is a little off topic. I’m from Grayson County and lived in Pottsboro, for a time. Out west of Sherman, Quantrill had his winter camp. Nearby Fannin County is the Fannin County mentioned in the film The Outlaw Josey Wales. Sam Clement, the real life inspiration for Josey Wales, settled here after the war. The 11th Texas cavalry was from Grayson County. This whole area is rich with history on the Rangers, Indian Wars and the WSI in Oklahoma territory. The historical markers are everywhere, on both sides of the Red. BTW, Georgetown is a Baptist Church and a wide spot in the road near Hagerman wildlife refuge, on Lake Texoma. I’ve been past it many times on fishing trips.

    Here’s a link to Confederate Soldiers of Northeast Texas. It might have some useful info on the 11th Cav.

    As aside, not too long ago, the people of Grayson County voted overwhelmingly to keep the Confederate monument on the courthouse square.

  2. I don’t have fold3 . However, you can contact the genealogy and local history section of the Sherman Public Library. They have records going back to 1846. Contact Michael Miller 903-892-7240. email:

    I’ve moved to Lamar County, northwest of Paris. The Sam B. Maxey House is in Paris. General Maxey commanded the Texan troops over in Oklahoma and was General Stand Waite’s nominal superior. The book, Sam Bell Maxey and The Confederate Indians talks about this area and has a map that covers the military district that contains Gainesville, Sherman, Bonham, Paris and the Texas Road. Which is the way the Missouri guerillas came when they wintered west of Sherman. The Dalton family have a BBQ pit in Dixie, north of Whitesboro, Texas. Which is not too far west of Sherman. They’re descendants of the Dalton gang. I Hope this is helpful.

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