Mother: Sarah TROWELL
Birth: 1862, Otham
Birth Source: Baptism, Census & FreeBMD
Spouse1: Kate FOREMAN
On the 1871 census, Alfred appears in the home of his parents William & Sarah REEVES at Otham Gate House, Sutton Road, Otham. He is shown as being 8 years old and born in Otham. He is described as being a Scholar.
FreeBMD notes that the marriage of Alfred Reeves to Kate FOREMAN was recorded in the Hollingbourne Registration District in the fourth quarter of 1880.
The known children of Alfred Reeves and Kate (nee Foreman) are
- Thomas A Reeves, bapt June 1882 at Chart next Sutton Valence (aka Chart Sutton), Kent
- William Frank Reeves, bapt August 1884 at Leeds, Kent
A few months after their marriage, at the time of the 1881 census, Alfred and Kate were living on Back Lane, in Langley, Kent. Although enumerated separately, they were living in the same dwelling as Jesse & Maryann FOREMAN, Kate's parents.1 Alfred is shown as 19 years of age, married, born Otham and employed as an Agricultural Labourer. His wife Kate is 20 and born Sutton Chart (sic, Chart Sutton).
A decade later and on the 1891 census, Alfred and Kate are living at Pear Tree Row, Langley. Alfred is 27 years old, again claims birth in Otham and is employed as an Agricultural Labourer. Alfred & Kate's two sons, Thomas (8) and William (7) complete the household.
By the time of the 1901 census, Alfred and Kate have returned to Back Lane, Langley. Alfred is now 38 years old and was born Otham. He is described as a Farm Servant which has been interpreted as an Agricultural Labourer during the subsequent encoding of the enumeration form. The neighbouring dwelling is occupied by Charles Reeves (age 32, born Langley) & his wife Alice (nee GILBERT, age 28). The relationship (if any) between Alfred and this Charles has yet to be determined. This is not Alfred's elder brother Charles Frederick Reeves who, it is believed, had died a year or two earlier. Alfred & Kate's household is completed by their younger son William.
On the 1911 census, Alfred and Kate were living at Comp Shoot, Boro(ugh) Green in the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Mary The Virgin, Platt. Alfred in now 48 years old and again claims birth in Otham. He gives his trade as Fruit Gardening and he is a worker.
Alfred's younger son William Frank Reeves was killed whilst serving his country during WW1 in France in November 1917. The CWCG notes William was "Son of Alfred and Kate Reeves, of Bloor's Lane, Rainham, Kent; husband of Lily Reeves, of 11, Danes Hill, Gillingham, Kent."2
It is highly probable Alfred's is the death recorded by FreeBMD in the fourth quarter of 1937, aged 72, in the Hollingbourne Registration District of Kent. There is also a burial record of an Alfred Reeves in October 1937 at the Parish Church of St Mary, Langley, Kent.
Baptism: FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JQWR-4S9
Marriage: FreeBMD 1880, December quarter, Hollingbourne Registration District
Death: FreeBMD 1937, December quarter, Hollingbourne Registration District
Burial: FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J8C1-962
1871 Census: RG10, Piece 0939, Folio 38 face, Page 11
1881 Census: RG11, Piece 0936, Folio 35 reverse, Page 10
1891 Census: RG12, Piece 0693, Folio 92 face, Page 5
1901 Census: RG13, Piece 0773, Folio 16 face, Page 1
1911 Census: RG14, Piece 03984, Reg.Dist. 48 (Malling), Sub Dist. 2 (Wrotham), Enum.Dist. 3, Schedule 110
1 1871 Census: RG10, Piece 0948, Folio 140 reverse, Page 14 - Foreman household including Kate
2 CWGC http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1756207/REEVES,%20WILLIAM%20FRANK - death of son