Reeve, William (c1615 UK? - 1697 NY)


Reeve, William


Father: Thomas Reeve
Mother: Unknown

Birth: c1615, probably England
Birth Source: Estimate based upon age of brother, Thomas

Death: 2(9) Apr 1697, Southhold, Suffolk County, New York
Death Source: Date of death recorded - Salmon Records

Spouse1: possibly Annis or Agnis, who was a widow in the 1698 listing of the Inhabitants of Southhold


The following information was published in A history of Mattituck, Long Island, N.Y.
The eastern part of the Reeve lot was owned wholly or in part by William Reeve, who died in 1696, a son of I St (sic 1st) Thomas. This appears from a release given by Thomas Terrell in 1704 in the following terms : "These may certifie to all persons to whom It may come that I Thomas Terell Mason doe acknolledge that William Revs desesed did formorlly purchas a pasell of saltte medow of me...that did formorlly belong to me but was within his the above said Reevs Range between the, wollfe pit swamp and his froont boonds."¹ The wolf pit swamp, now a beautiful lake on the property of Capt. Ellsworth Tuthill, locates the range of William Reeve...

¹The above is quoted from the original paper in possession of George B. Reeve, of Mattituck. An abstract, with more orthodox spelling, is in Southold Printed Records, Vol. II., p. 107.
William Reeve was named as one of the executors of his brother James' estate in the 1792 will written by James Reeve and probated 4 Jul 1698. By the time the will was presented in court for probate, William was deceased and there was no mention of him in court when the will was recorded, only his nephew, James' son James, the other executor named in the will.

Research Notes

Although the father of James, William and Thomas Reeve of Long Island is generally believed to be unknown, if the published volume A history of Mattituck, Long Island, N.Y. is to be believed, their father was also named Thomas. That book on page 44 makes the statement “The eastern part of the Reeve lot was owned wholly or part by William Reeve who died in 1696 a son of 1st Thomas.”


The Salmon Records, Register of Marriages & Deaths in the Town of Southhold, pub 1918
New York State Historical Literature
Early Long Island wills of Suffolk county, 1691-1703. An unabridged copy of the manuscript volume known as "The Lester will book"; being the record of the prerogative court of the county of Suffolk, New York. With genealogical and historical notes...Author: Pelletreau, William Smith, 1840-1918
A history of Mattituck, Long Island, N.Y. pub. 1906 by Rev. Charles E. Craven
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