Reeve, Israel ( - 1814 CT )


Reeve, Israel



Birth: c1730
Birth Source: Headstone

Death: 1814, Lyme, Connecticut
Death Source: Newspaper



This is probably the father of Luther Reeve, the only Reeve living after Israel in Lyme, Connecticut. There appears to be a son in Israel's household in 1800, although the age doesn't quite match. In 1810, Luther is listed as head of household and no Israel is listed. However, Israel died in 1813 or 1814, so he must have still been living in the area. In Luther's household, there are two adults over 45 listed. It would make sense that this is other individual is Israel and therefore likely his father.

Israel Reeve is listed as a representative from New London County in 1793, 1795 and 1796. (Hurd, p542)

The Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection lists the info from the headstone for Israel Reeve from the Reeve Cemetery in East Lyme, Connecticut as "Reeve, Israel, died June 6, 1813, age 83 yrs." However, a number of Connecticut newspapers reported in early 1814: "At Lyme, Mr. Israel Reeve, aged 83 yrs." Therefore the headstone transcription appears to be incorrect.

Israel Reeve was a refugee from Long Island who moved to Lyme Connecticut in 1776. There are receipts where he paid Capt. Wm Johnson and Capt. James Webb for transportation for 4 passengers each, lodging, and supplies along the way. (Mather, p852)

He applied to the NY Senate for pay from the Revolutionary War as follows:
Senate, Jan 12, 1788 - Petition of Israel Reeve [Jr.] dated Suffolk Co., Dec 22, 1787 (Leg. Pap. 2175.)
Was a soldier in Capt. Titus' company in the Regt. commanded by Col. Henry B. Livingston; was wounded in his though at Bemus Heights in 1777, by grapeshot, which disabled him from service in the Regt. Has ever since been unable to do any business and till lately has lived in Conn. Prays that he may receive the depreciation of his pay. Read and referred. (Mather, p717)

Research Notes


Death:        Connecticut, Deaths and Burials Index, 1650-1934
                   Connecticut, Hale Collection of Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices, 1629-1934
                   Connecticut Gazette, 16 Feb 1814

1790 Census:  New London County, Connecticut
1800 Census:  New London County, Connecticut

Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of New London County, Connecticut: With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men, p542
Mather, Frederic Gregory. The Refugees of 1776 from Long Island to Connecticut, pp. 717, 852