Reeves, Ambrose (1706 KEN - 1749 SC)


Reeve, Ambrose


Father: John Reeve
Mother: Sarah

Birth: c 4 Sep 1706, Kent, England
Birth Source: Ashford Baptisms, St. Helena Parish Register

Death: c Nov 1749, probably St. Helena Parish, Beaufort, South Carolina
Death Source: St. Helena Parish Register

Spouse1: Anne Barnwell, m. 16 Dec 1733


Children of Ambrose Reeve and Anne Barnwell:
  1. Ann Reeve, b. 12 Mar 1734, m. Francis Stuart
  2. Thomas Reeve, b. 11 Mar 1735, bu. 25 Mar 1736
  3. Lewis Reeve, b. 5 Aug 1739
  4. Elizabeth Reeve, b. 11 Aug 1740
  5. Sarah Reeve, b. 15 Feb 1741, bu. 8 Mar 1741
  6. Sarah Reeve, b. 4 Mar 1746, m. Robert Gibbs

Ambrose Reeve of Ashford in Kent was apprenticed to William Hulke, Surgeon, of Deal in Kent in 1721 for a premium of £20. The record notes that Ambrose's father's name was John.

Ambrose appears on several early South Carolina deeds with his wife Ann. The first one, from 1734, describes him as "surgeon, of Beaufort Town." There was a Charles Reeves in the area who may be a close relative.

Anne was married first to Thomas Stanyarne on 29 Mar 1726. He died, and she then remarried to Ambrose under the name Anne Stanyarne 16 Dec 1733.

Ambrose Reeve received original lot 332 in Beaufort on 13 Apr 1747.

The Parish Register says he was buried 26 Nov 1749.

The Will of Lewis Reeve mentions "my Cousin Ambrose Reeve, of Ashford, in Kent, Son of Thomas Reeve, one hundred and fifty pounds Sterling. And to my Cousin (blank) Reeve (son of the aforesaid Thomas Reeve and brother of the above mentioned Ambrose Reeve,) who in 1769 lived at Dover." This would appear to be the same Thomas Reeves who is also mentioned in the St. Helena Parish records.


Birth:       Ashford St Mary Baptisms 1693-1901 (Findmypast.com)
Marriage: South Carolina, Compiled Marriage Index, 1641-1965 (Ancestry.com)
Death:      St. Helena Parish Register (The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Volumes 22-23, p171)
History:   Langley - South Carolina Deed Abstracts 1719 - 1772
                   The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Volume 12
                   The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina: 1514-1861, p187
                   The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine Vol. 9, No. 3 (Jul., 1908), pp. 141-160
                   Britain, Country Apprentices 1710-1808, Ambrose Reeve, 1721