Reeve, William Porteous (1872 ON - 1929 FL)


Reeve, William Porteous


Father: William Albert Reeve
Mother: Sarah Theresa Bielby

Birth: 29 October 1872 Napanee, Lennox & Addington County, Ontario, Canada
Birth Source: family records

Death: 8 July 1929 Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Death Source: death certificate

Spouse1: Katherine Morgan Wright
Spouse2: Annette Ophelia Sperry


Name: I suspect that his middle name, Porteous, was chosen to honour his uncle, his mother's brother, Porteous P. Bielby, who was a physician, with the US Navy at the time he was born.
Education: He was educated at Trinity College, the University of Toronto, and Episcopal Theological Seminary, Cambridge, Massachusetts, earning a B.A., B.D. and M.A.
Marriage 1896: He married Katharine Morgan Wright, eldest daughter of Reuben Garrett Wright of Napanee, on November 11, 1896 in Watertown Massachusetts, USA.
Ordained 1897: He was ordained an Anglican priest in 1897. He served as missionary at Sydenham and Oxford Mills, Ontario and as rector at St. James, Kemptville, Ontario (1907-08) and at St. Matthews, Brandon, Manitoba. He is described in the Churchman publication: "Cultured and studious; has a good voice and ready flow of language to express well ripened thought". From the fact that his daughter Mary was reported as born at Kemptville in October 1903 and his son William was also reported as born at Kemptville in April 1908, I infer that the move to the position at Oxford Mills occured about 1903.
Children: William Porteous and Katharine had five children:
  1. Dorothy Vernon,
  2. Katharine Sarah,
  3. Eleanor,
  4. Mary Brentwood
  5. William Albert.
1913: In August 1913 William suddenly left his family in Brandon, Manitoba and moved to Ontario and then Florida.
Divorce about 1918: About 1918 before Feb 1916: William obtained a divorce from Katharine and in February 1916 married another woman, apparently without Katharine's knowledge, in Pinellas, Florida. This episode was an embarrassment and scandal for the whole family. The name of his second wife was Annette Ophelia Sperry.
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
There is a Find-A-Grave memorial page for William Porteous Reeve #32562920.

Research Notes


Birth:         1872, Register of Births; Ontario, Canada; Page 149, Entry 014083
                    FamilySearch     https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-XS79-PQJ?i=163&cc=1784212
Marriage1: FamilySearch     https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N4NS-LK3
Marriage2: FamilySearch     https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:23HY-YJL

1881 Census:
1891 Census:
1901 Census
1911 Census:   FamilySearch     https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-472J

Find A Grave:   https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/32562920/william-porteous-reeve (accessed 06Jun2019)
family records; Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915