Reeve, Jonathan ( - 1712)


Reeve, Jonathan



Birth Source:

Death: Sep 1712
Death Source: Burial

Spouse1: Elizabeth Reeve


Children of Jonathan Reeve:
  1. Jonathan Reeve, b. c1686
  2. Jeremie Reeve, b. c1690, d. Jan 1691
  3. John Reeve, b. c1692
  4. Sarah Reeve, b. c1694
  5. Benjamin Reeve, b. c1696
  6. Isaac Reeve, b. 30 Dec 1697, d. Jan 1698
  7. Elizabeth Reeve, m. John Reeve
  8. daughter Reeve, b. 7 Feb 1699 (maybe Elizabeth)
  9. Ellenor Reeve, b. 10 Apr 1701, bu. 2 Sep 1702
  10. Joseph Reeve, b. 9 Aug 1704
  11. James Reeve, b. c1705
  12. Rose Reeve, b. 26 Mar 1707, bu. 12 Aug 1708
  13. Sarah Reeve, d. Mar 1711 (may be the same Sarah above)
  14. Deborah Reeve, d. Mar 1711

In his will, Jonathan mentions his wife Elizabeth and children: Jonathan, John, Benjamin, Joseph, James, and Elizabeth. It was dated 22 Sep 1712 and probated 17 Jul 1713. He styles himself as Jonathan Reeve Gent. which fits weel with the burial of Jonathan Reeve Gent from 26 Sep 1712 at Bocking.

In 1720, a Chancery case was begun in which the son Jonathan Reeve was complaining against his mother Elizabeth that she had not fully performed the will of his father in relation to some property he claimed should be his per the will.
  • Facts according to the complaint of Jonathan (Jr)
    • High Garrett, property in Bocking - owned by Jonathan Reeve Sr. - made mortgage and indenture to Richard Hais or How for £400
    • soon after the mortgage was made, Jonathan Sr. made a indenture dated 15 & 16 Dec 1698 - Jonathan & Elizabeth Reeve & Anthony Bentall & Nicholas Marrett, for the land to descend to Elizabeth and then their sons John and Jonathan
    • Jonathan made his will 22 Sep 1712 - Jonathan Jr. and Elizabeth joint executors
    • disagreement arose between mother and son and so Elizabeth took sole executorship
    • Elizabeth executed a deed to her son Jonathan dated c17 Apr 1717 - all the goods according to an inventory of the farm High Garrett
    • Jonathan Sr had lands in Little Totham and Goldhanger which were conveyed to Jonathan Jr according to a mortgage from Nathaniel S. Sowtell? of Little Totham dated c1693
    • Jonathan claimed his mother had promised to lease High Garrett to him but she had not made the lease
  • Facts according to the answer of Elizabeth
    • "doth admitt it to be true that the Complt is eldest son & heir at law & also one of the extors of the last Will & Testam of Jonathan Reeve (this Defts late husband)"
    • confirms deeds including the one dated 16 Dec 1698 of the High Garrett property between "Jonathan Reeve of Bocking in the County of Essex Gent & Elizth his wife of the one part & Anthony Bentall of Halsted in the said County Gent & Nicholas Merrett of Halsted aforesaid Clothier of the other part"
    • The 1698 deed quoted in full which and states that part of the High Garrett property was "late in the teure or occupacon of John Reeve Gent brother of the said Jonathan Reeve" (Sr)
    • The 1698 deed states that some of the land was that which "the said Jonathan Reeve lately had and purchased to him & his heirs of & from the said John Reeve his brother"
    • The bargain and sale to Anthony Bentall & Nicholas Marrett which appears to be dated around the same time was "To the use of the said Jonathan Reeve" and "after his decease to the use of the said Elizth Reeve" to "the use of Jonathan Reeve Eldest son & John Reeve second son of the said Jonathan Reeve & Elizth his wife"
    • Refers to deed dated 13 Oct 1698 - John Reeve of Bocking deeded High Garrett to Jonathan (Sr) (this John would be Jonathan Sr's brother based on previous statements)
    • Elizabeth, the mother, promised her son Jonathan that if he would break off a courtship with Sarah Wade she would let him have the lease to High Garrett for some time. He promised not to marry her, but neither of these were ever reduced to writing. By the time of the complaint and answer Jonathan had married Sarah Wade and so Elizabeth was refusing to let him have the lease

Note that the 1698 deeds from the above case show that this Jonathan had a brother named John who lived at High Garrett in Bocking at one time.

The 1726 chancery deposition includes several statements listing the children of Elizabeth and Jonathan:
  • To the second and third interries this Dept saith that she knew Jonathan Reeve John Baynes and Ellen his wife in the second interrie named in their respective livestime and knows Elizabeth the relict of the sd Jonathan Reeve deced in the same interrie also named and saith that the sd Elizabeth Reeve and Ellen Baynes were Daughters of the sd Jeremiah Reeve in the prceeding interry named and further saith that Jonathan Reeve had by the sd Elizabeth his wife several children vizt Jonathan John Elizabeth Joseph & James and Benjamin who is since dead and further saith that the said John Baynes and Ellen his wife had several children vizt Thomas John William Mary Elizabeth & Robert and the Dept further saith that all the Compts (except John Reeve of Boones) and also the Deft Jonathan Reeve were children of the sd Jonathan Reeve & Elizabeth his wife and grandchildren of the said Jeremiah Reeve and that the Depts Thomas Baynes John Baynes Wm Baynes Mary the wife of Charles Gibbs and Elizabeth Baynes children of the sd John Baynes and Ellen his wife and Grandchildren of the sd Jeremiah Reeve and that the said Grandchildren were all born before and living at the time of the death of John Reeve son of the said Jeremiah Reeve and further saith that the said John Reeve son of the said Jeremiah dyed about two years since unmarried without issue (Susanna Reeve)
  • To the second and third Interry this Dept saith that he knew Jonathan Reeve and Elizabeth his wife and also John Baynes and Helle his wife in the second interry named and that the sd Jonathan Reeve and Elizabeth his wife had six children (vizt) Jonathan John Elizabeth Joseph & James and also Benjamin (deced) (Richard Bennett)

The parties to the case included "John Reeve of Toppesfield Joseph Reeve and James Reeve sonns of Jonathan Reeve late of Bocking by Elizabeth his wife one of the Daughters of Jeremiah Reeve deced."

The following items from the Bocking Parish Register fit well with his will:
  • Jonathan son of Jonathan Reeve Sen 23 (May 1686)
  • Jeremiah the son of Jonathan Reeve was bapt 10 (Apr 1690)
  • Jeremie son of Jonathan Reeve 27 (Jan 1690/1)
  • John the son of Jonathan Reeve was bapt 7 (Oct 1692)
  • Sara the daughter of Jonathan Reeve was bapt 25 (Dec 1694)
  • Benjamin son of Jonathan Reve (borne) ? 28 Baptized November 5 (1696)
  • Isaac son of Jonathan Reeve (borne) 30 (Jul 1697) | baptized Jan 10 (1697/8)
  • Isaac the son of Jonathan Reeve 14 (Jan 1697/8)
  • Daughter of Mr Jonathan Reeve 7 (Feb 1698/9)
  • Ellener the daughter of Jonathan Reeve (born) 10 (Apr 1701) | Bapt May 6
  • Ellianour daughter of Mr. Jonathan Reeve 2 (Sep 1702)
  • Joseph son of Mr Jonathan Reeve was born 9 (Aug 1704) | (Baptized) Sep 2
  • James son of Mr Jonathan Reeve (baptized) 30 (Dec 1705)
  • Rose daughter of Jonathan Reeve (borne) Mar 26 (1707) | (baptized 16 (Apr)
  • Rose daughter of Mr. Jonathan Reeve (buried) Aug 12 (1708)
  • Sarah and Debhorah daughters of Mr Jonathan Reeve 17 (Mar 1710/11)
  • Joanthan Reeve Gent (buried) 26 (Sep 1712)

Research Notes

Note that the daughter Elizabeth Reeve may be the unnamed daughter who was born 7 Feb 1699.

This Jonathan might be the son of John Reeve. It is known Jonathan had a brother named John and this John did have a son named John. This could make Jonathan a first cousin to his wife Elizabeth Reeve.

This appears to be Jonathan Reeve of Bocking, who in 1697 received a bond from Nathaniel Pilgrim, also of Bocking, for £180. Interestingly, the wife of Nathaniel Pilgrim was a Mary Reeve whom he was married to at Colchester St. James in 1684. Perhaps Mary was his sister. From the parish register:
  • Nathaniel Pilgrim & Mary Reeve were married ye 4th day (May 1684)


Burial:       Bocking, St Mary The Virgin, Essex Parish Register D/P 268/1/3

Essex Archives - 1697 Bond - Nathaniel Pilgrim to Jonathan Reeve - D/DHh F3
1712 Will - Jonathan Reeve - Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Piece 534 (Leeds), folio 250 reverse
1726 Case Depositions - Reeve et al vs Baynes et al - National Archives, Kew, E 134/12Geo1/East24
1720 Complaint & Answer - Jonathan Reeve vs. Elizabeth Reeve - National Archives, Kew, C 11/463/22
Colchester, St James, Essex Parish Register 1561-1639, D/P 138/1/6