Reeve, Nathan H. (1847 TN - 1933 TN)

Reeve, Nathan H

Reeve, Nathan H., Dr.


Father: Jesse Smith Reeve
Mother: Naomi Worley

Birth: 1847, Greene County, Tennessee
Birth Source: Biography

Death: 28 Jan 1933, Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee
Death Source: Death Certificate

Spouse1: Adelia Snapp, m. 5 Nov 1874, Sullivan County, Tennessee


Children of Nathan H. Reeve and Adelia Snapp:
  1. Ellen S. Reeve, b. c1876
  2. Eva Kate Reeve, b. c1878, m. R. T. Marshall
  3. Mary T. Reeve, m. Charles Gillespie
  4. Anna Laura Reeve, b. 22 Dec 1883, m. Ernest Baker
  5. Edwin Earnest Reeve

From Tennessee, The Volunteer State:
In length of time and in value of service Dr. Nathan H. Reeve is one of the foremost physicians of Bristol and this part of the state. He entered upon the active practice of medicine here in 1876 and thus for more than forty-six years has followed his profession, conscientiously performing every duty and making steady advancement in harmony with the researches and discoveries that are continually promoting the work of the medical fraternity. Tennessee numbers him among her native sons, his birth having occurred in Greene county in 1847, his parents being J. S. and Naomi (Worley) Reeve. The Reeve family is of very ancient lineage, the name meaning provost, a sheriff. The family was prominent in Suffolk, England, as early as 1590, although previous ancestors had removed from Ireland to England. A baronetcy was bestowed upon a Reeve in 1662 under the title of Baron of Thwaite. This representative of the family was succeeded by his son, Robert, who married a sister of Sir Richard Onslaw, who was also a baron. Clara Reeve, noted British authoress, and General John Reeve were of this family. The first representatives of the name in America were James and Thomas Reeve, who settled on Long Island, while Thomas afterward removed to Connecticut. Judge Tapping Reeve, who married a sister of Aaron Burr, was connected with the Connecticut branch of the family. Another distinguished representative was James Reeve, a member of the New York privy council in 1721. General Isaac Van Duzen Reeve was a descendant of James Reeve and to the same family belonged George Reeve, who purchased land in Fauquier county, Virginia, in 1772, thus planting the family on the soil of that state. Isaac Reeve, grandfather of Dr. Reeve, was born in 1768 and wedded Ann Nancy Cox, a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Adams) Cox, the former of Virginia and the latter of Massachusetts. Disposing of his Virginia holdings, Jesse Reeve removed to Cocke county, Tennessee, in 1806 and afterward established his home in Greene county, Tennessee, selling his Cocke county farm to his brother, Jefferson, who married Rebecca Ann Earnest and who afterward became a resident of Greene county, Tennessee. To Jesse Reeve and his wife were born a large family, as follows: Jane D., who was born in 1796 and became the wife of Robert Lea; Eliza A., who was born in 1797 and married Armstead Wall; William C, who was born in 1799; Kitty D., who was born in 1801 and became the wife of Colonel Henry Earnest; Narcissa, who was born in 1803 and married Barton L. Earnest; Brunetta, who was born in 1804 and became the wife of Isaac Earnest; Mary G., who was born in 1806 and married the Rev. William Eakin; Cecelia, born in 1808; George W., who was born in 1810 and wedded Mary Ann McNew; Thomas J., who was born in 1812 and married Rebecca Earnest; and Jesse S., the father of Dr. Reeve, who was born in Cocke county, Tennessee, in 1814, and married Naomi Worley.

The children of the last named are: Nathan H. of this review; William J., who married Emma Conway; and Ann Catherine, the wife of Samuel M. Keys.

Dr. Reeve pursued his early education in the schools of Greene county and afterward attended Jefferson Academy at Blountville. He later determined upon the practice of medicine as his life work and with this end in view pursued his studies in Philadelphia and in Vanderbilt University at Nashville, where he was graduated with the M. D. degree as a member of the class of 1874. He entered upon active practice in 1876 and through the intervening period of forty-seven years has steadily followed his profession in Bristol, where his ability soon gained for him a foremost position that he has never lost, for at all times he has kept abreast with the trend of modern professional thought and practice. During thirty-six years of this period he has lived in Bristol, previous to which time he practiced at Blountville and at Bluff City, Tennessee. He then came to his present home and was soon established in a large practice, which has grown in volume and importance as the years have passed.

There is an interesting military chapter in his life record, for Dr. Reeve was but sixteen years of age when in 1864 he enlisted for service in the Confederate army. He served in Burrows Battery of Pages' Battalion and participated in the engagements at Bulls Gap and in other conflicts.

Dr. Reeve was married to Adelia Snapp of Sullivan county, Tennessee, a daughter of Jacob K. Snapp, and they became the parents of four children: Eva K., the wife of R. T. Marshall; Mary T., who married Charles Gillespie; Anna Laura, the wife of Ernest Baker; and Edwin Earnest. "The wife and mother passed away in 1887. Dr. Reeve afterward married again, his second union being with Jennie Sexton of Marion, Virginia. Dr. Reeve is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and his activities and interests have ever centered on those organized efforts which are looking to the uplift of the individual and the betterment of the community at large. His worth as a man and as a citizen is widely acknowledged. He still remains in active practice, although he has passed the seventy-fifth milestone on life's journey and his entire career has been one of signal service and benefit to his fellowmen.


Birth:      Headstone, East Hill Cemetery, Sullivan County, Tennessee
Marriage: Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 (FamilySearch)
Death:      Tennessee Death Certificate, Dr. Nathan H. Reeves, 1928
Census:    1880 Census - Sullivan County, Tennessee
History:    Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, p188