Reeves, Henry (c1810 - )


Reeves, Henry


Father: unknown
Mother: unknown

Birth: c 1810
Birth Source: estimated from marriage

Death Source:

Spouse1: Charlotte Clapshow/CLAPSHAW


Very little is known about this Henry Reeves.

Henry married Charlotte CLAPSHOW in September 1835 at the Parish Church of St Mary, Alverstoke, Hampshire.

The known children of Henry Reeves and his wife Charlotte (nee Clapshow) are
  1. Laurel Reeves, bapt July 1836
  2. Harriet Elizabeth Reeves, bapt May 1837, died 1919
  3. Henry Reeves, born about March 1841, bapt May 1842
  4. John Reuben Reeves, born 1847, bapt March 1851, died 1919
  5. Agnes Mary Reeves, bapt April 1849, died 1851
  6. William Henry Reeves, bapt June 1854
The baptism of all six known children took place at the Parish Church of St Thomas, Portsmouth.1   Additionally the HGS Index to Baptisms 1841-1874 records for son Henry a remark of "Mariner" and for both Agnes and John a remark of "Seaman", which are presumed to refer to their father, Henry.

Henry has NOT been positively identified on any census return.

On the 1841 census taken on 6 June, his wife Charlotte with daughter Harriet and son Henry (aged 3 months) is living on Hyde Street in Portsea. She is first named within the dwelling. Her parents John & Hannah CLAPSHAW and family share the same dwelling but were enumerated separately.

At the time of the 1851 census, his wife Charlotte plus sons Henry & John are living with her widowed mother on 19 Newport Street, Portsea. Daughter Harriet Eliz is living next door at 20 Newport Street. Charlotte is described as a Mariners wife offering an explanation as to why Henry might be missing.

A decade later and the 1861 census shows Charlotte as the first named person of the household residing at 15 Newport Street. However, she is described as "Wife" rather than "Head" (of household) and there is no occupation recorded for her. She is also described as "Married" rather than widowed. This might suggest Henry was still alive at the time of this census.

Research Notes

Assuming Henry was of full age at the time of his marriage in 1835, this would suggest he was born prior to 1814, so say circa 1810. His wife Charlotte was born in July 1812.2

Daughter Laurel is not listed on the 1841 census and it is probable that she died prior to this date. Son William Henry has not been identified on the 1861 census and it is probable that he had died before this date.

It was common practice at this time for children to be baptised within a few days or weeks of birth. It is noticeable that sons Henry and John were both baptised much later; perhaps awaiting the home-coming of their seaman father.

Son Henry seems to have established himself in Mile End Old Town, Middlesex/London as a Grocer around 1868. Might there be a prior family connection to this part of London?


Marriage: FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NFPW-7XP
1841 Census: HO107, Piece 0414, Book 2, Folio 34 reverse, Page 21 - wife Charlotte
1851 Census: HO107, Piece 1659, Folio 13 face, Page 18 - wife Charlotte
1861 Census: RG9, Piece 0643, Folio 182 reverse, Page 16 - wife Charlotte
1871 Census:
1881 Census:
1891 Census:
1901 Census:
1911 Census:

1                 Baptisms of children from FamilySearch and HGS Indices of Baptisms 1813-1841 & 1842-1874
2                 FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JWJH-33B