George Reeves and Hampton Wade Holt
Old George Reeves, spoken of, improved the Everly or Macomber farm. He died in his wagon in 1853, at the place now known, as Sawyer's Grove, and was buried there, Eli Watson digging his grave. Reeves, Marshall, and one or two others are the only pioneers of whom their contemporaries, now alive, do not speak in kindness or respect. Some old settlers with whom we have conversed believe that Marshall and Reeves were both here as early as 1851, while others do not think they came so early. Reeves was from Warren county, Iowa. He broke the land which now comprises the farm of Wm. Hopley, and which lay idle several years after being broken.
Hampton Wade Holt, a Southerner, lived with Reeves, and remained in the county for a while after Reeves' death. Finally he went South again, and during the rebellion was killed in the rebel army.
From "History of Cass County, Iowa Together With Brief Mention of Old Settlers," by Lafe Young, Atlantic, Iowa, Telegraph Steam Printing House, 1877, pg. 10.