John Austin Reeve (1758-1813)
John Austin Reeve was the son of James and Helen Reeve or Reeves of London - his mother's maiden name was Barry. He was educated at Sedgeley Park School and from 1775 at Douay College in France. After ordination as a Roman Catholic priest, Reeve returned to England and served as chaplain to Francis Canning of Foxcote in Warwickshire. In 1801 he took over a parish in Newport and transferred in 1806 to Madeley in Shropshire where he died in February 1813.
During his time in Madeley, Reeve engaged in friendly correspondence on theological matters with the noted Methodist Mary Fletcher.
Source: Biographical Dictionary of the English Catholics compiled by Joseph Gillow (Burns and Oates: London, c.1900) and MAM Fl.6.4 (MARC)