Reeve, Jeremiah (1779 CT - 1836 OH)


Reeve, Jeremiah


Father: Ebenezer Reeve
Mother: Bethia Hudson

Birth: Apr 1779, Norwich, Connecticut
Birth Source: Biography

Death: 21 Sep 1836, Kinsman, Ohio
Death Source: Biography

Spouse1: Mary
Spouse2: Sarah McMichael, m. 21 Aug 1826, Trumbull County, Ohio


Children of Jeremiah Reeve and Sarah McMichael:
  1. Mary Deborah Reeve, b. 5 Sep 1827
  2. Bethiah Hudson Reeve, b. 29 Jan 1829
  3. Annie Maria Reeve, b. 3 Apr 1831
  4. Jane Eliza Reeve, b. 11 Oct 1833
  5. Jeremiah Reeve, Jr., b. 15 Mar 1835
  6. James Albert Reeve, b. 7 May 1837

There is a headstone for Mary Reeve, wife of Jeremiah Reeve, d. 7 Aug 1825, aged 37 yrs in the Kinsman Presbyterian Cemetery, Kinsman, Trumbull County, Ohio.

From Trumbull docket records:
Jeremiah Reeves, late of Kinsman, decd.
Sally Reeves & John Christy, admins, bond filed 4 Dec 1837

According to county death records, Sarah was born about 1801 in Fredrick, Maryland.

Biographical notes on Jeremiah and his family written by his eldest daughter are including in the History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties:

Jeremiah Reeve, Sr., was born at Norwich, Connecticut, in April, 1779. His father, Ebenezer Reeve, was born at Southold, Long Island, August 23, 1751, and his wife, Bethia Hudson, at the same place, about five years after. They were married at Southold, Long Island, in the year 1776, and moved to Morris, New Jersey. This place was occupied at about this time by British troops, and the inhabitants were considerably annoyed by them. For this reason my grandfather thought best to sell the farm which his father had helped him purchase, and remove to Norwich, Connecticut. He after this served as a soldier in the war which had then commenced. My grandmother was removed by death, at their home in Norwich, on January 19, 1786, at the age of twenty-nine, leaving three small children, my father, the eldest, being not quite seven years of age.

Of my father's early years I can speak but very little, being at the time of his death only nine years of age. Being the only son considerable pains was taken with his education. He pursued the study of medicine, although never practicing. That he had gifts as a public speaker was shown by his being chosen to deliver an oration at Norwich, his native place, on the 4th of July which followed the death of Washington. His allusion to the then recent death of the country's renowned chief and lamented ex-President, was considered by his friends quite a happy effort.

That he was possessed of a sense of the humorous and ludicrous, and perhaps a little of the waggery which prompts to practical joking, seems apparent from an incident related by deacon Charles Wood, late of Kinsman. He was a frequent passenger on boats plying between Norwich and New London. On one of these occasions, when about meeting another boat, the captain of his boat knowing something of his mirthful propensities, said to him, " Now, Jerry, keep quiet and be civil." My father demurely replied, "I will," immediately picking up a section of stove-pipe near him, turned towards the approaching boat through his improvised telescope a long and steady gaze, which had the desired effect of producing the uproarious applause and merriment of both boat-loads. In 1802, my grandfather having traded his farm m Norwich with Judge Kinsman, for land on the Western Reserve, moved with his two younger children, Deborah, afterwards Mrs. Plumb SutlifiF, and Hannah, afterwards Mrs. John Andrews, to their new home in Kinsman, Trumbull county, Ohio, ray father remaining East a year longer at school. After coming West he engaged in teaching at Hubbard, in this county, where he continued his school for one year. He afterwards engaged in teaching at Wooster, near Marietta, where he became acquainted with and was afterwards married to Miss Mary Quigley, on November 27, 1808. Their eldest and only child, Ebenezer Reeve the second, was born at Kinsman, Ohio, August 9, 1812. His mother died August 9, 1825. His last visit in Kinsman was about the year 1842. He had previous to this been engaged for three years in farming on a farm which he had rented in Kentucky. He promised another visit the next year, but did not come. Several years after this news came to us of his death by drowning in the Mississippi river.

The Reeve family for seven generations occupied the same estate at Southold, Long Island, which descended through the eldest son, who usually, if not in every instance, bore the Christian name of James.

My grandfather was a younger member of a large family of brothers, whose posterity scattered and divided over the Union, and possibly with earlier branches of the family in all parts of the world, without doubt share distinguishing marks which denote a common ancestry.

Chief Justice Tappan Reeve, of Connecticut, was a relative of my grandfather, and a sense of equity manifest in his writings display characteristics of mind and heart which my father and grandfather exemplified in daily life.

The psalmist's description of the man "who sweareth to his own hurt and changeth not," from the knowledge which I have been able to gain of father and son would eminently apply to each.

My father died of typhus fever at Kinsman, Ohio, September 21, 1836.

Sarah McMichael was born at Frederick, Maryland, November 27, 1800. Her children regarded the date as felicitous, the year commencing the century, and the day of the month and the week sometimes being the same as that set apart for our National Thanksgiving day.


My mother lived to a good old age, and filled out the life of usefulness which had been allotted to her with a cheerful patience, meeting the ills of life and infirmities of age with brave composure and unyielding fortitude. Her death took place April 25th, 1880. My parents were members of the Congregational and Presbyterian church of Kinsman.

Their home was at some distance from the church, and it was no uncommon sight to see them on horseback on their way to church on Sabbath morning, my mother with the youngest in her arms and the eldest seated behind her, and my father with two others disposed in a similar manner. In personal appearance my father was rather tall, well formed, with brown hair, a brown beard, blue eyes, and a very fair complexion. He was a fine singer with an excellent voice for bass. My mother was a trifle below the ordinary height; in childhood her hair was red, but when she grew up it turned black. Her head was handsomely shaped, eyes blue. Her complexion was not as fair as my father's, but very clear and fresh. She was very lady-like and agreeable in her manners, with refined tastes and thoughtful mind. In singing she could not distinguish one note from another, and never attempted singing, although when her children were small, and while she was busy about her work, I have heard her humming in monotones.


My parents' family consisted of six children: Mary Deborah, born September 5, 1827; Bethiah Hudson, January 29, 1829; Annie Maria, April 3, 1831; Jane Eliza, October 11, 1833; Jeremiah Reeve, Jr., March 15, 1835; James Albert, May 7, 1837. Bethiah H. Reeve was married to Robert Clark at Paris, Edgar county, Illinois, August 10, 1853, and died at the same place April 9, 1854.

Research Notes


Marriage1:  Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016 - https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Z8MQ-GMZM
Death:        Trumbull County, Ohio Probate Docket Book 1, p18

1820 Census:  Kinsman, Trumbull County, Ohio - https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHLS-SSB
1830 Census:  Kinsman, Trumbull County, Ohio
1840 Census:  Kinsman, Trumbull County, Ohio (Sarah HOH)
1850 Census:  Kinsman, Trumbull County, Ohio (Sarah HOH) - https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MX3C-6HK

Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001 - https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F66T-BPB
History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties, Vol. 2, p298
Trumble County, Ohio Probate Book 9, p73, 95, 147, 500