Joseph G. Reeve (1847-1916)

Joseph Gilbert Reeve was born in Clapham, Surrey, on 16th May 1847, to parents Daniel and Maria Vincent. His father, a gardener, was born about 1808 in Brailsford, Derbyshire and married Maria Vincent at Holy Trinity Church, Clapham on 10th April 1843.

In 1861[1], Joseph Reeve, aged 13, was living with his uncle John Reeve and family at North Field, Breadsall, just north of Derby. He came to work in Loughborough as a draughtsman prior to 1871, when he was lodging with Willian Cragg and family at No. 36, Regent Street[2]. It is unclear whether he was working for the firm or elsewhere in the town. He married Jessie Spink, at the Roman Catholic Chapel, Ashby Road on 8th May 1877[3] and appears to have moved straight into Forest Road[4]. Four years later in 1881[5], he was working for the firm and residing at No. 18, Forest Road, where the family remained for more than 30 years. He went on to become head draughtsman and was still working well into his 60s.


No. 18, Forest Road, Loughborough

Joseph Reeve died on 24th July 1916, aged 69, leaving an estate valued at £896 8s. 3d.[6]. His funeral[7] was held on 29th August, when he was buried in Loughborough Cemetery, Leicester Road, having lain overnight in St. Mary’s. The mourners included his widow, Eric W.G. Burder (representing the firm), Mr. Constantine Dufner[8], Miss Dufner, Mr. A. C. Taylor and members of St. Mary’s congregation. There were four coffin bearers, all of whom had known the deceased for a considerable time; three, John H.F. Cunningham, William Brooks and John Mulholland had worked with him at the firm; the fourth was Mr. C. Dufner, a retired watchmaker, jeweller and friend.


No. 18, Forest Road, Loughborough



  1. Census Return.
  2. 1871 Census Return.
  3. The Leicester Chronicle and the Leicestershire Mercury, 12th May 1877.
  4. Wills’ Loughborough Almanac & Street Directory for 1878.
  5. Census Return.
  6. Probate Records.
  7. The Loughborough Monitor & News, 3rd August 1916.
  8. Constantine Dufner was born in Germany and became a nationalised British Subject. He ran a watchmaking and jewellery business in the Market Place, Loughborough, for over 60 years. At the time of his death, aged 97, in late December 1937, he was Loughborough’s old habitant.