Reeves, Samuel (c1821 GLS - 1899 GLS)


Reeves, Samuel


Father: Samuel REEVES
Mother: Elizabeth FOUCH

Birth: c1821
Birth Source: Baptism and Census

Death: 1899
Death Source: FreeBMD

Spouse1: Ann LANE
Spouse2: Maria COOTE


Samuel is the fourth (of four) known child of Samuel REEVES and his wife Elizabeth (nee FOUCH). He was baptised in March 1821 at the Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels, Bishops Cleeve, Gloucestershire. The Baptismal Register notes the family were from the hamlet of Gotherington in the north of the parish of Bishops Cleeve

On the 1841 census taken on 6 June, Samuel was living with his parents Samuel and Elizabeth at Gotherington. This older sibling had already left the parental home.

FreeBMD notes the marriage of Samuel Reeves and Ann LANE during the fourth quarter of 1846 in the Cheltenham Registration District. They were married in November 1846 at the Parish Church of St Mary, (GB_GLS_Cheltenham|Cheltenham)), Gloucestershire. The Marriage Register shows they both signed their name and Samuel gives his father's name and occupation as Samuel Reeves, Poulterer.

The known child of Samuel Reeves and his wife Ann (nee Lane) is
  1. William Reeves, bapt May 1850
Samuel and Ann's son William was baptised in May 1850 at the Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels, Bishops Cleeve, at which time the family's abode was shown as Gotherington and Samuel's occupation was Poulterer.

At the time of the 1851 census, on 30 March, Samuel, Ann and their son William were living in the hamlet of Gotherington in the household of his parents Samuel and Betty. Samuel is shown as being 30 years old, born in Gotherington, Gloucestershire and like his wife and parents Samuel's occupation is noted as a Poulterer.

A decade later and the 1861 census shows Samuel still living in Gotherington. He is now head of his own household and his age and place of birth remain consistent with the previous census. He is described as a Farmer of 109 acres employing two men, two women and two boys. In addition to his wife Ann (age 49) and son William (age 10), the household also includes his widowed mother Elizabeth Reeves (age 84) and a male farm servant.

Samuel's wife Ann died and was buried at the Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels, Bishops Cleeve during May 1868. Both the Burial Register and FreeBMD show she was 56 years old.

FreeBMD notes the marriage of Samuel Reeves and Maria COOTE during the first quarter of 1870 in the Winchcombe Registration District. They were married by Licence in January 1870 at the Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels, Bishops Cleeve. Samuel is described as being 48 years old, a widower and a Farmer by profession. He named his father as Samuel REEVES and gives his father's profession as "Dealer". Maria is 28 years old and a Spinster, the daughter of Thomas COOTE, a Fly Proprietor. The marriage was witnessed by a William Reeves, perhaps Samuel's son and Harriett Robins (relationship unknown).

The known children of Samuel Reeves and his wife Maria (nee COOTE) are
  1. Laura Rebecca Reeves, bapt February 1871 (See Research Note 1)
  2. Frank Samuel Reeves, bapt March 1872
  3. Emma Jane Reeves, bapt October 1873
  4. Frederick George Reeves, bapt December 1875
  5. George Thomas Reeves, bapt August 1877
  6. Henry Alfred Reeves, bapt August 1879
Their first five children were baptised at Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels Bishops Cleeve. On each occasion the family were described as residing at Gotherington and Samuel's occupation was recorded as Farmer. Their sixth and youngest known child Henry was baptised at the Ecclesiastical Parish Church of St John, Cheltenham. They were then living at 5 High Street, Cheltenham and Samuel's profession is noted as "Greengrocer and Poulterer".

On the 1871 census, Samuel and his new wife Maria are living in Gotherington. He is 48 years old and a Farmer. The household includes their young daughter Laura R Reeves (age 2 months) and a visitor, Thomas COOTE (age 70 and a widower), who is strongly suspected to be Maria's father. A general servant and two farm servants complete the household.

Between August 1877 and August 1879 the family moved to the nearby town of Cheltenham. In August 1879, when their youngest son Henry was baptised at St John's, Cheltenham, they were living at 5 High Street, Cheltenham, just round the corner from the church and Samuel's profession is noted as "Greengrocer and Poulterer".

At the time of the 1881 census, Samuel, Maria and their six children are living at 2 High Street, Cheltenham. Samuel is now 60 years old and again claims birth in Gotherington, Gloucestershire. He gives his occupation as Poulterer.

On the 1891 census, Samuel and Maria are living at 4 Charlton Place, Charlton Kings. He is now 70 years old, says he was born in Bishops Cleeve and that he works as a Poulterer. Their six children complete the household.

By the time of the 1901 census, Maria describes herself as a Widow. She along with her children Laura, Emma, George and Henry have moved away from Gloucestershire and are now living in Southsea.

It is highly likely that the death of this Samuel Reeves is that noted by FreeBMD during the first quarter of 1899 in the Cheltenham Registration District. His age at death was given as 77 years. He was buried at Charlton Kings in February 1899 and the burial register records his abode as Cheltenham and that he was 77 years old.

Research Notes

(1) The GRO Index to Births show Laura second given name as Rebecca whilst the baptismal register show her second name as Rebekah. The GRO Index also shows her mother's maiden name as COOK (sic Coote expected).


Baptism:   Register Page 36, entry 288 (image 48 of 217 at Ancestry)
Marriage1: FreeBMD     1846, December quarter, Cheltenham Registration District
                  Register Page 67, entry 134 (image 75 of 264 at Ancestry)
Marriage2: FreeBMD     1870, March quarter, Winchcomb Registration District
                  Register Page 141, entry 282 (image 149 of 264 at Ancestry)
Death:      1899, March quarter, Cheltenham Registration District
Burial:     Register Page 70, entry 553 (image 39 of 105 at Ancestry)

1841 Census: HO107, Piece 0354, Book 2, Folio 10 reverse, Page 15, third dwelling
1851 Census: HO107, Piece 1971, Folio 341 face, Page 18, Schedule 76
1861 Census: RG9, Piece 1793, Folio 24 reverse, Page 6, Schedule 39
1871 Census: RG10, Piece 2657, Folio 25 reverse, Page 8, Schedule 46
1881 Census: RG11, Piece 2569, Folio 9 face, Page 15, Schedule 79
1891 Census: RG12, Piece 2041, Folio 21 reverse, Page 36, Schedule 224
1901 Census: RG13, Piece 0988, Folio 63 face, Page 15, Schedule 91 - Widow Maria

1850 Baptism of son William - Register Page 13, entry 100 (image 27 of 339 at Ancestry)
1868 Burial of wife Ann - Register Page 33, entry 262 (image 39 of 114 at Ancestry)
1871 Baptism of daughter Laura Rebekah - Register Page 130, entry 1039 (image 144 of 339 at Ancestry)
1872 Baptism of son Frank Samuel - Register Page 136, entry 1088 (image 150 of 339 at Ancestry)
1873 Baptism of daughter Emma Jane - Register Page 146, entry 1161 (image 160 of 339 at Ancestry)
1875 Baptism of son Frederick George - Register Page 160, entry 1273 (image 174 of 339 at Ancestry)
1877 Baptism of son George Thomas - Register Page 169, entry 1348 (image 183 of 339 at Ancestry)
1879 Baptism of son Henry Alfred - Register Page 68, entry 540 (image 74 of 105 at Ancestry)
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