Reeve Rev William

Reeve Rev William

Male 1794 - 1850

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  • Born  1794 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1850  Bristol Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I303  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  6 Mar 2013 

    Family  Cobden Eliza,   d. 1869 
    Married  7 Mar 1816  Chichester, Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    >1. Reeve Eliza Cobden,   b. 31 Dec 1816,   d. 1 Apr 1867, Bristol Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  6 Mar 2013 
    Family ID  F116  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Mar 1816 - Chichester, Sussex Link to Google Earth
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    Indian street scene today
    Indian street scene today
    1841 Census: William Reeve and children in Oswestry
    1841 Census: William Reeve and children in Oswestry

  • Notes 
    • William Reeve was a London Missionary Society (LMS) missionary to India, author of an early dictionary of Kannada 1827-34 (Kannada is a language of south west India) and co-translator with John Hands of the Bible into Kannada 1831.


      REEVE, WILLIAM, (1794-1850) pioneer London Missionary Society (LMS) worker in southern India. Reeve came from northern England. Like all non conformists at that time, he was barred from studying at a university, but was trained at Gorport by the notable David Bogue.
      Reev ws only 22 when he arrived in India in 1816 with several other LMS recruits, at a time when British policy in India made mission expansion possible. He was located at Bellary, north west of Madras, a Kanarese-speaking area, and remained there until 1824.
      After leave in England he returned to Bangalore, where he spent another seven years working on a Kanarese-English dictionary. He had previously co-operated in the Canarese translation of the New Testament (1821) and later the Old Testament (1827). In 1834 he left India for health reasons and in 1836 he took up a pastory in Oswetry, England, where he served until his death. In helping to make the Bible available he contributed to the building up of the locasl church in Travancore and Mysor.

      p. 563 'Bibliographical Dictionary of Christian Missions', edited by Gerald H Anderson, 1999.


      "From 1827-1834 William Reeve was stationed in Bangalore, and there completed his great work, the Canarese and English Dictionary. This considerable achievement is one of the many examples of what scholarship owes to missionaries. It was the first dictionary of the language and will ever remain a monument of the industry and learning of this skillful and laborious pioneer. In 1834, through failing health, Mr Reeve left India and in 1836 became pastor of the Congregational Church at Oswestry. He died in 1850."

      P106, 'History of the London Missionary Society 1795-1895


      'Missionary register: Volume 7 - Page 37 Church Missionary Society - 1819 BELLARY. A Town in the Mysore. 1810. John Hands, William Reeve, Joseph Taylor. There are Seven Native Schools at this Station, containing about 300 Children. The Scriptures are taught in them all. It is intended to establish more.'


      He arrived in India in 1816, returned to England in 1824 and went back to India in 1827. He was associated with LMS missions in Bellary and Bangalore in the southern Deccan.

      He left India in 1834 and the LMS in 1835 and became minister of a Congregational church, the Arthur Street Chapel, in Oswestry 1836-43. He retired to live in Bristol, having lost his sight, where he died in 1850.

      Source, wikipedia:


      Marriage record 1816:
      7th March 1816, Chichester, Sussex.
      Eliza Cobden married William Reeve at St Peter the Great.
      Eliza's father is Thomas Cobden

      1841 Census, Oswestry:
      William Reeve, age 48, Minister
      Isabella Reeve, age 10
      Harriett Reeve age 12
      They also have two 15 yr old girls living with them, possibly domestic servants.


      SOAS in London hold a copy of his portrait:


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