Surname Saturday

Surname Saturday – Reeves

The first person in my tree with this surname was my great grandmother Mary Reeves.

My ancestral line is:

1 Lois Whimpey

2 Ivon Walter Whimpey (1923-2009)
3 Edith Jean Marr (1922-1990)

6 Wilfred Palmer Marr (1892-1955)
7 Edith Meriden Docwra (1904-1948)

12 Henry Palmer Marr (1859-1944)
13 Mary Reeves (1864-1951)

Mary Reeves was born 19 October 1864 at Amherst, Victoria, Australia.  She married Henry Palmer Marr at her parents’ home in Craigie, Victoria.  Henry and Mary had 10 children.  Mary died 27 September 1951 at North Melbourne, and was buried 1 October 1951 at the Fawkner Cemetery.

26 William John Reeves (1828-1888)
27 Mary Gill (1829-1903)

William John Reeves was born 4 July 1829, and christened 24 August 1829 at East Stonehouse, Devon, England.  He appeared on the 1841 Census with his parents William and Maria at Shepton Mallet, Somerset.  William migrated to Australia in 1849. He sailed on the Emma Eugenia, which arrived in New South Wales on 12 June 1849.  The immigration record showed that his parents, William and Maria, were living at Shepton Mallet.

William married Mary Gill on 2 August 1858 at Amherst. They had 5 children:

  • William (1859-1929)
  • John Thomas (1860-1940)
  • Maria (1862-1936)
  • Mary (1864-1951)
  • Jane (1866-1947)

William died 4 September 1888 at Narrigal, in the district of Talbot and Amherst.  He was buried 7 September 1888 at the Majorca Cemetery.

52 William Reeves (1802-1877)
53 Maria Crook (1807-1870)

William Reeves was born 1 December 1802, and christened 18 December 1802 at Shepton Mallet, Somerset.  He was the baseborn son of Jane Reeves.  Sometime before 1827, William moved to East Stonehouse in Devon, where he married Maria Crook on 16 May 1827.  His son William’s baptism record shows William was a private in the Royal Marines.  William and Maria’s first three children were born at East Stonehouse, before the family returned to Shepton Mallet.   William and Maria had 8 children in total:

  • William John Reeves (1828-1888)
  • Thomas Reeves (1831-?)
  • Amelia Ann Reeves (1834-?)
  • Robert Reeves (1835-?)
  • Selina Crook Reeves (1838-1840)
  • Joseph Reeves (1842-?)
  • Selina Lavinia Reeves (1844-?)
  • Rosanna Reeves (1847-?)

The 1841 England Census shows William and his family were living at Board Cross in Shepton Mallet.  William was a labourer, age 36, his wife Maria was 34 years old, and they had their children William age 13, Thomas age 10, Emelia age 7 and Robert age 5 with them.

In 1851, the family were living in Cowl Street, Shepton Mallet.  William was a general labourer, age 48.  His wife M Reeves was 44.  The eldest two sons had left home, and the children living with William and Maria were daughter A Reeves age 17, son R Reeves age 15, son J Reeves age 8, daughter Selina Reeves age 6 and daughter R. Reeves age 4.

In 1861, the family had moved back to East Stonehouse.  At this time there was only William, age 58, wife Maria age 56, daughter Selina age 17 and daughter Rosene  age 14.

By 1871, Maria had died, and William was now a boarder in the household of his son in law John Salmon at East Stonehouse.

The only death entry I have been able to find for William Reeves born about 1803 is the following:
William Reeves, born about 1800, registration quarter Jul-Aug-Sep, age at death 77, registration district Bath, inferred county Somerset volume 5c page 394.

His daughter Selina had moved to Bath by the 1881 census, and William was living with her on the 1871 census, so this death entry is probably for our William.

104 Jane Reeves (1772-1844)

The most likely baptism I have found for Jane was on 22 July 1772 at Shepton Mallet. Her parents were Robert Reeves and Mary.

I have been unable to find a marriage entry for Jane after William’s birth, so it appears she never married.  There is a burial for a Jane Reeves, age 74, in Shepton Mallet on 30 November 1844.  The 1841 England Census shows Jane Reeves, age 72, was living at Board Cross in Shepton Mallet.  Since William and Maria were also living at Board Cross in Shepton Mallet in 1841 (although they were not on the same census page), this would seem to indicate that this Jane was his mother.  I still plan to get the death certificate, in order to see if there is any information on the certificate to help confirm or disprove this.

I haven’t been able to find a marriage entry for Jane’s parents Robert and Mary in Shepton Mallet, so I don’t know if Robert originally came from another parish.  I have therefore not been able to trace this family further back at this time.