Reeve, Tapping Burr (1809 - 1829 CT)


Reeve, Tapping Burr


Father: Aaron Burr Reeve
Mother: Annabella Shelden

Birth: 11 or 16 Aug 1809
Birth Source: Headstone

Death: 28 Aug 1829, Litchfield, Connecticut
Death Source: Obituary



Hartford Courant, 8 Sep 1829
At Litchfield, on the 28th ult. Mr. AARON BURR REEVE, aged 20 years, son of Aaron Burr Reeve, deceased, and the grandson of the late Judge Reeve, of whom he was the only remaining descendant. He was at the time of his death a member of the Senior Class in Yale College, and was expecting shortly to receive the usual testimonials of having completed his academical education at the approaching anniversary of that valuable institution, when his delicate constitution was assailed by a malignant disease, the fatal tendency of which no art could clude, or strength resist. He was a youth of uncommon promise, of refined manners, generous sentiments, strict integrity, and honorable purposes; the budding faculties of whose mind, (if permitted by an inscrutable Providence) might have produced fruits which would have done honor to the illustrious stock from which this interesting scion sprang. But he is dead - and while a large circle of relatives, companions, and acquaintances are oppressed with grief, his remains have been committed to the society of the dust of that great and good man whose memory will be revered as long as virtue has a name. - Litchfield Enquirer.

His headstone reads as follows:
Tapping Burr Reeve | a member of the | senior class Yale College: | died Aug 28, 1829 | Aged 20 years & 12 days | The only child of the late | Aaron B. Reeve Esq | and the last descendant | of the late eminently | learned and pious Chief Justice Reeve

Note that the newspaper article appears to have mixed his name. Also note that while the Tapping Reeve Family Bible contains his birth and death date, the Bible states he was born on the 11th, whereas his headstone states the 16th.

Research Notes


Birth:          Headstone, East Cemetery, Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut (Litchfield and Morris inscriptions; a record of inscriptions upon the tombstones in the towns of Litchfield and Morris, Ct)
Death:        Hartford Courant, 8 Sep 1829
                    Tapping Reeve Family Bible