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Barry Reeves Barry Reeves
January 26 @ 9:31am
Earlier last year Beverly posted some instructions related to the Privacy and Sharing settings in your FTDNA Profile. Recently, there has been some confusion about those settings and this has delayed our ability to include your test results in our project, so I thought it would be a good idea to post those instructions again. I admit that some of the settings are indeed confusing and it may not be clear what they actually mean. Some of these settings are new and related to the requirements of the GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation) so we will all have to be careful when defining our settings in the DNA project. If your privacy setting is set to "Group Project Access Only" for their personal Project preferences, then the project admins will not be able to do the following: *Compare their results; *Go into their home page; *See what level testing they are at; *See what tests they have ordered. In short, we will not be able to work with your results to enhance the project and identify family lineages as we have in the past unless the member gives the project admins "Limited Access" but preferably "Full Access" (Full access is where we all were before these new mandated privacy restrictions were instituted). To do this, log into your FTDNA personal home page and hover your cursor over your name on the top right hand side and click on “Privacy and Sharing” and work through the privacy options. When complete, click on the tab right next to the “Privacy and Sharing” called “Project Preferences” For every project that you have joined, please click on “EDIT” then grant the admins ‘Full Access’ or at a minimum Limited Access. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact one of our Administrators and we will be happy to help you through it.
Robert Reeves Robert Reeves
January 30 @ 3:20pm
Judge Willis Long Reeves, JR - Group 9
Robert Reeves
January 30 @ 3:21pm
From his obituary.
Beverly Watson
January 31 @ 12:07pm
You might find this post to the Reeves, Reaves and More Rives blog regarding an election where Judge W. L. Reeves had lost to an opponent considered exceedingly inferior by W. P. Walton, editor of the Interior Journal of Stanford KY in 1894. I transcribed the article and created the blog post because it's extremely entertaining in addition to praising Judge Reeves. See
Robert Reeves
January 31 @ 1:36pm
I just read it I love the line “Guffy is a blatherskite, a turncoat and an ignoramus” thanks for sharing. I added a couple things to the wiki post last night obituaries for him and one talked about this election. It gets confusing doing research on that family because of three generations of "Judge Reeves" one really has to be careful with the dates to know which one they are talking about.
Robert Reeves Robert Reeves
January 29 @ 9:22am
I believe this to be the Robert Franklin Rives listed as 66690g999 in Group 6C. Robert Franklin Rives – The Wheat King of Kentucky ROBERT FRANKLIN RIVES, the wheat king of Kentucky, was born December 7, 1837, on the state line between Kentucky and Tennessee. His father, Robert Rives, was born in Warren County, North Carolina, near the Virginia line, December 16, 1803. He was the son of William and Catherine (Turner) Rives, natives of Dinwiddie County, near Petersburg, Virginia. Catherine Turner was a daughter of Stephen and Susan (Hanover) Turner of Amherst County, Virginia. William and Catherine Rives(grandparents) had ten children, whose names were: Stephen; Thomas; Nancy, whose husband’s name was Mabry; William; Sallie, whose husband’s name was Moss; Polly, who married Watkins; Robert(father); James; Rebecca, who married Southall, and Susan, who married Cunningham. Robert Rives (father) was married in 1825 to Rebecca Vaughn, daughter of Susan (Vincent) Vaughn, who was a first cousin of Thomas Jefferson. They had four children: William Vincent, the eldest son, reared a large family, all of whom are dead except Ophenia (Crews); Charles Jefferson, second son, married Annie Brockman, a granddaughter of the distinguished John McDougal of Scotland, and had four children: Noyal, Nebraska, Jennie and Robbie, a daughter who married a Mr. Cayce; Susan, the third child and only daughter, married Thomas Adams, and was the mother of four children: Robert, Rebecca, Charles and Thomas. Robert F. Rives, the subject of this sketch, is the youngest child. His father died August 5, 1885, at the venerable age of eighty-three. His life was an honor to his country, and he transmitted to his large posterity that most priceless heritage known to man-kind – an unspotted name. Robert F. Rives began to solve for himself the problem of life at an early age. When nineteen he superintended his father’s farm. At the beginning of the Civil war he was among to the first to offer his service to the southern cause. In April 1861, he joined the Fourteenth Tennessee Infantry, Company L, and, after drilling with that regiment for two months, he was taken ill with fever and was disabled for infantry service. After the fall of Fort Donelson in February 1862, he enlisted in Company A, First Kentucky Calvary, near Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, after serving six months, his company’s time expiring, he joined General Morgan’s command. He was a good soldier and was in some severe conflicts. He accompanied General Morgan in his raid through Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio; his battalion led the advance all through the raid and fought more or less every day. The closest call he ever had was when the gunboats at Buffington Island interfered with their crossing, and a large body of Federal cavalry swooped down upon them, and he, with two hundred others, swan the Ohio River, and thus made their escape. They marched through West Virginia to Abingdon, Virginia, and reached the army in time to take part in the battle of Chickamauga. He was in many cavalry fights and, although he had his horse shout under him, he escaped wounds or prison. He was with that captain, who, when news came of Lee’s surrender, said: “Boys, we have fought a good fight, and now it seems to be over. We are going home. Go home and bring up your children to love our South and, though you may have nothing else to leave them, you can leave the heritage that they are sons of men who were in Lee’s army.” In 1874 Mr. Rives bought of Mr. William Wallace, a place of four hundred acres, seven miles from Hopkinsville. He afterward added two hundred acres to this farm, besides having the management of two other large tracts of land, which he operates in connection with his own. He grows more wheat than any ten of the average growers, his yield often being fifteen to seventeen thousand bushels. After the war Robert F. Rives was married to Isabella, daughter of William H. and Elizabeth (Hardgrove) Pollard of Amelia County, Virginia. After eight years of married life she died, leaving four children; Robert Henry, born September 22, 1869; Franklin, born April 6, 1871; Florence Neal, born September 8, 1872; George Pollard, born April 3, 1874. Of these, Robert Henry, a large planter in Texas, married Miss Eubank of that state, and has one son, Raymond Franklin, at present a member of the Hopkinsville, Kentucky, bar, graduated from the Cumberland University of Lebanon, Tennessee, with distinguished honors and is already in the front rank of young lawyers of the state. Mr. Rives was married second to Sally A. daughter of Rev. Jordan and Sarah (Viser) Moore of Montgomery County, Tennessee. With this marriage he has four children: Mary Belle, born September 18, 1879; Jordan Moore, born October 5, 1882; Susan Cleveland, born November 11, 1884; John Lewis, born February 19, 1888. In his religious association Mr. Rives and family are connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church (South). When it comes to exercising the prerogative of citizens at the polls, he votes the time-honored Democracy of his fathers. Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; Indexed Edition 1980; Cook and McDowell Publications – Utica KY 42376 pages 205 -206. From original Edition 1896; John M. Grisham Co. – Chicago & Philadelphia. Repository: Davies County Public Library – Kentucky Room, Owensboro, KY Call # KR 976.9076 BIOG
Beverly Watson
January 29 @ 5:10pm
No Bob, this is not the Robert Reeves of DNA Group 6C. The Robert Rives of this biography was the son of William McGuffey Rives and Mary Catherine Turner as stated in this bio. That family is part of DNA Group 8.
Robert Reeves
January 30 @ 9:09am
While searching deeper in library last night I found that William was William McGuffy and was going to look on here today for him. Thanks Beverly for keeping me in Line
Star styles Star styles
January 27 @ 8:59pm
James burnell Reeves of broadhempston devon uk baptized 1807.
Star styles
January 27 @ 9:05pm
Thank you for accepting me. James Reeves was a master mariner in brixham. His father was john Reeves who married Susannah Burnell in 1807. Gedcom H898387
January 4 @ 2:03pm
Hi Reeves fellow name is Kay Braswell I currently have information that possibly connects Reeves families together in Walton co GA to York SC through Henry Newton Reeves (an heir to Frederick Reeves of Walton co GA) Henry Newton Reeves married Lucinda Braswell mid 1800s Walton co GA, Lucinda Brsawell is daughter of DAVID BRASWELL and Mary Forrester. There is a SECOND Braswell marriage to this group of REEVES who stem from GRANVILLE/GUILFORD NC Malachi/Jeremiah REEVES line and that is the marriage of JESSE BRASWELL to Cynthia REEVES (marriage took place in Guilford co NC, this couple arrived in Wilkes co GA by 1803 along with Jeremiah and Malachi Reeves. Somewhere along the way I believe that I have proof to connect these lines of REEVES in Walton co GA to YORK SC Reeves and on back to GRANVILLE/GUILFORD NC REEVES. I will be looking at links that were sent to me recently by a Reeves Admin. to for further information, but meanwhile I am seeking both HELP from REEVES on these lines and to HELP Reeves on these lines....please contact me directly at I am currently in touch with a REEVES who is in my match list for FTDNA familyfinders DNA and he also took the Y-DNA, and he is REEVES DNA group 3. That Thompson REEVES born 1799 is also in group 3 and Thompson Reeves is listed as an heir to Frederick Reeves Walton co GA in Frederick's estate. So too is that Henry Newton Reeves (who married Lucinda Braswell), listed as an heir to Frederick. I believe that this REEVES line that appears to be out of YORK SC stems from GRANVILLE/GUILFORD's Malachi REEVES line through a JAMES REEVES. Anyone that is on any of these lines I have lots of documents to share with you, some originals as well. Would love to work with any Reeves on these lines and get you your documents for your family history. Thank you, Kay BRASWELl (if you've taken the FTDNA family finders cousins test I may be in your match list, OR if our connection is too far out from the main branch we might not show up as a match DNA wise).
Robert Reeves
January 5 @ 4:13pm
Welcome to the site Kay
January 6 @ 12:45am
Thank you!
Kathleen Murray
January 24 @ 10:18pm
Hi Kay, Do you have any documents on the Jemima Reeves and Ephraim Clanton? That is my line: Edward Clantein (1585 - ) 10th great-grandfather John Clanton (1609 - ) Son of Edward Clantein Marmaduke Clanton (8gg) (1637 - 1659) Son of John Clanton Edward Crichton or Creighton Clanton Sr. (7gg) (1659 - 1708) Son of Marmaduke Clanton (8gg) Richard Clanton (6gg) (1683 - 1750) Son of Edward Crichton or Creighton Clanton Sr. (7gg) Ephraim Clanton, Sr. (5gg) (1732 - 1805) Son of Richard Clanton (6gg) Ephraim Lindsey Clanton (4gg) (1771 - 1823) Son of Ephraim Clanton, Sr. (5gg) Naomi Elizabeth Clanton (3gg) (1799 - 1882) Daughter of Ephraim Lindsey Clanton (4gg) Mary Jane Brazell (2gg) (1833 - 1902) Daughter of Naomi Elizabeth Clanton (3gg) Laura Grace Brown (gg) (1866 - 1960) Daughter of Mary Jane Brazell (2gg)
Beverly Watson
January 26 @ 10:20am
Kathleen, based upon research of the Reeves of Lancaster and Kershaw counties in South Carolina, Jemima Clanton appears to be one of the children and heirs of Moses Reeves who died there around 1797 when his estate was probated. Available information indicates that Moses was the son of George Reeves and Ann Doggett of Prince William County, Virginia. There is an extensive narrative of all the research into this family at The Reeves Project where you can see Moses Reeves' page at . If you have a lot of information on the descendants of Jemima Reeves and Ephraim Clanton you may want to consider joining The Reeves Project at and adding that to the project. Beverly Co-Admin
Joshua  Reeves Joshua Reeves
December 20 @ 9:32am
I'm a complete novice to genealogy, but my confirmed Haplogroup is F-M89. How do I begin to interpret and use this information? Glad to be in the Reeves project!
Jonathan Reeves
December 20 @ 10:04am
Joshua, Welcome to the Project! I emailed briefly with you back in April when I first got notified that you are a DNA match to myself. It looks like Beverly has moved your results into Group 10 where they belong. If you look at DNA Results, you'll see your kit# listed under Group 10. I'm also in Group 10 and am one of the admins with the project and help specifically with Group 10 research. Most of our genealogy research we've gathered is organized online at I suggest you visit that and fill out the "Join TRP" form. Once you do that you'll be able to contribute pages on your line and we can figure out what family you descend from. On The Reeves Project site, if you click on "People By DNA Groups" and then go to Group 10, you'll see a list of the folks who have tested in Group 10 and information on most of the their lines below that. You can click on the names to go to the person pages for their lines. Now that you've joined The Reeves Project at FtDNA I'll add you to that list on the Group 10 page. Most of Group 10 descends from George or John Reeve(s), brothers from Prince William County, Virginia. Some others descend from a number of Reeves who lived in upper SC in the late 1700's/early 1800's. As you are part of Group 10, I'll venture a guess that you may descend from George or John, but we'll see. If you would please give us information on your Reeves line as far back as you know it, I would be glad to help you research that and see if we can figure out what line of Reeves you are from. We have some discussion pages on that will allow for more in depth discussion as well.
Jonathan Reeves
January 22 @ 12:55pm
Joshua have you had a chance to check out The Reeves Project website? Curious what Reeves line you descend from...
Martin B Martin B
January 6 @ 3:33am
The upgrade to TRP has been successfully completed. The wiki is again open to all of our community members to add new pages and to make additions to existing pages. If you've not dropped by recently, please do so. 2018 saw over 1200 new pages added and many, many more updated with additional information. If you are not yet a member, please do consider joining us and contribute what you know about your twigs and branches of our R*v*(s) families.
Robert Reeves Robert Reeves
December 17 @ 12:07pm
Willis Long Reeves, Sr. and Willis Long Reeves of Kentucky REEVES, WILLIS LONG, Lawyer and Editor, was born near Elkton, Kentucky, September 6, 1841. His father, W.L. Reeves, was a county and circuit clerk, until the adoption of the new constitution, in 1850, when he engaged in farming, in Todd County. His family were of English extraction; his grandfather having come to this country prior to, and was a soldier in, the Revolutionary War; settled in Virginia, and afterwards moved to Kentucky, in 1796. W.L. Reeves received a liberal education; passing through the best schools in Elkton, he went to Yale College, finished his literary course, and graduated with the class of 1865. He then commenced the study of law with H.G. Petrie, a distinguished lawyer, and partner of the late F.M. Bristow. After four years, he entered into a partnership with Mr. Petrie, which continued one year, when it was dissolved, and, opening an office of his own, he immediately succeeded in obtaining a most liberal patronage. His services are of recognized value, and he has been retained in the leading cases in his district. As a criminal lawyer, he soon obtained distinction, exhibiting consummate skill in the case of the Commonwealth vs. William G. Patterson, indicted for murder. In another important case, a civil suit, Pendleton Devises vs. Day, he developed superior abilities as a lawyer and advocate, and added fresh laurels to his already fine reputation. Mr. Reeves identified himself with the Democratic party, and, in politics, became known as a forcible and pungent speaker, a useful and valuable adjunct to the party; and, as their candidate was elected to the State Legislature, and served in the sessions of 1871, ’72, and ’73. He is at present of the editors of the “Elkton Witness,” a spicy and newsy sheet, which has a fair circulation in the surrounding counties. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, an earnest worker in the cause of Christianity; also, a member of the Masonic fraternity, a Past Master Mason. Mr. Reeves is a close student, a through lawyer, clear, analytical, and often brilliant in his discourse; stands deservedly high in his section is in the prime of life with fine prospects before him. REEVES, WILLIS LONG, SR., Lawyer, was born in Woodford County, while his parents were "en route" from Virginia to Kentucky, on the 9th of February 1796. His educational attainments were necessarily limited, but, by close application, he succeeded in acquiring an English education in advance of the ordinary facilities offered in his times. Owing to pecuniary misfortune with which his father was stricken, he was, at an early age, thrown upon his own resources, and succeeded, at the ago of sixteen years, in obtaining employment in the clerk’s office at Hopkinsville, notwithstanding, his residence in Trenton, Todd County. In this position he remained until 1822, when he was made first Circuit Clerk of the County, and, in a few years, County Clerk, hold and filling both offices until the adoption of the new State Constitution in 1850. After leaving his public offices he gave his attention to his farm, and other large property interest, of which he had at this time possessed himself. He early united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, of which he was an active and leading member, and transacted all the legal business of the congregation gratuitously, besides donating largely from his means toward the support and encouragement of the cause., In politics, he was a steadfast Henry Clay Whig, both from conviction of correctness of the principles and strong personal attachment to the leader of the party. He was a man of great energy and indomitable will, who knew not failure. He turned a great deal of his time and attention, besides his means, to the education and elevation of masses. His death, which occurred o the 29th of April 1866, was universally regretted, and the community sustained a loss not easily repaired. He was married, in 1856, to Mrs. Emily Carr, daughter of James H. Davidson, Esq., of Logan County, and left five children Taken for the Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Compiled and Published by the John M. Gresham Company, Chicago & Philadelphia, 1896. Pages 206 & 269.
Martin B
January 5 @ 6:30am
Robert, per our current Latest News story The Reeves Project is in READ ONLY whilst we undertake a migration to a new server and also upgrade the underlying wiki software. We set the masthead background colour to pink and changed the subtitle from "A global genealogical collaboration" to "Please see Latest News" to try and catch folks attention. See Once we're safely relocated and upgraded, we'll open TRP back up so all our community members can create new pages and edit existing ones. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we do need to get this change made.
Beverly Watson
January 5 @ 8:30am
Bob, are you talking about Willis Brewer Reeves, born 1835, who was the son of Willis Long Reeves? The Willis Long Reeves of the above article already has a page in TRP - see it at
Robert Reeves
January 5 @ 10:11am
Yes and no, I now have information now that takes his family up though WW2.
Robert Reeves
January 5 @ 10:13am
Thank you Martin, sorry I missed the notification
Jason Bennetts Jason Bennetts
December 21 @ 11:47pm
Hi. My confirmed Haplogroup is R-BY73699. While I have traced my lot back to Wiltshire (mid 1700s), its highly certain the next generation back is from Hampshire. I haven't had much luck with matching on FTDna, with either Y-dna or autosomal. Whereas, I have quite a few on Ancestry. Working on trying to get some Reeves to test their Y-dna. Anyhow, how does my DNA fit into Reeves grouping?
Martin B
December 22 @ 10:51am
Ah, that being the case, you're still sitting in the unmatched pool because (to state the obvious) you have no matches, as yet. The number of us Brits that have taken a genealogical DNA test is far, far lower than our US cousins. Hopefully one will come along one day (and if you're really lucky it will be like London buses, with more than one turning up around the same time.) As you're probably aware Ludgershall is a fair bit further north, but does sit on the Wilts/Hants boundary. I don't recall adding any folks from around there, so all the more reason to have you join us over at TRP.
Martin B
December 22 @ 11:40am
PS At the time of the 1851 census Ludgershall, Wiltshire was included in the Andover (Hampshire) Registration District, Piece 1683. I've just checked TRP and I've yet to add the folks in that RD to TRP. M
Jason Bennetts
December 24 @ 12:50am
I think at the least I was hoping I'd belong to one group. I'm still new to y-dna. Knowing that a dna-12 match is ok'ish, but a dna-111 match is like hitting the jackpot. More testers from Commonwealth countries in general. I'm from Australia. Just getting more testers for at-dna is a struggle. The Paternal side has been reasonably good with at-dna via AncestryDNA that includes a number of Reeves testing, though on a side note I would like to see more of maternal side the MacKenzies and Macrae to test. Anyhow, y-Dna and throw in Big-Y thats a whole new ball game. Not cheap. From what I can establish a 1st cousin, a 2nd cousin 1x removed and a 3rd cousin have tested their at-dna. I think its highly possible for the 3rd cousin to test. Even better if it came with a Big-Y. I'm happy join you over at TRP. I will not able to do much until early next year.
Martin B
December 29 @ 2:36am
Jason, You’re right, I should have said Brits and Commonwealth diaspora. As I’ve previously pointed out on this Activity Feed, the Reeves surname is generally accepted as having two English derivations. The first was locational, from an old English phrase meaning at the edge of a wood. The second was occupational, a reeve being an estate bailiff, manager or overseer. Given there were many places at the edge of a wood and many estates employed a bailiff, many unrelated individuals would have adopted one of the R*v*(s) variants when surnames first came into common usage. We see that confirmed in this Reeves DNA Project in our many groups and even more currently ungrouped individuals. With a very unusual surname, a Y-12 test may still be appropriate to distinguish one of perhaps two progenitors, if their DNA is very different. But the Reeves surname and its variants occurs relatively frequently and (generally) neither a Y-12 nor a Y-25 test now provides sufficient information to group a new DNA donor. Right now the Y-37 remains the sweet spot in terms of cost benefit for an initial Y DNA test. The more detailed Y-67 and up are only worthwhile once you know you have distant relatives and are collaboratively working to identify those minor DNA variations between the branches of your shared tree (or are so confident of your paper based genealogy and are willing to discount the shock of a NPE). If you have money you really must spend now on a genealogical DNA test, then I’d continue to suggest that a Y-37 here plus an at-DNA test with the A company plus those results then transferred here and also uploaded to GEDMatch is better value for money that an initial, speculative Y-111 test. But none of these tests is a substitute for old fashioned, paper trail based family history :-) The two work best side by side.
Robert Reeves Robert Reeves
December 22 @ 12:22pm
I just posted a new blog piece that might be of interest to those of you in Group 8. A monument to Civil War Veterans in Butler County Kentucky list three of our ancestors. You can read it here: I wish I could post it here, but I cannot post pdf documents.
Mark Van Alstyne Mark Van Alstyne
December 5 @ 7:57pm
My mother was a Reeve. Her family was from England
Jonathan Reeves
December 12 @ 9:09am
How recently were they in England? Which Reeve family?
Mark Van Alstyne
December 12 @ 10:39am
I still have family in England. My grandparents immigrated to Canada in 1947
Jonathan Reeves
December 14 @ 8:53am
I see! Have you considered getting a male Reeve in your family to take the YDNA test? We have very few participants from recent England lines.
Martin B
December 19 @ 3:10am
Mark, which part of England do your Reeve family come from? I've added some family groups from various English counties to The Reeves Project, but there is a heavy bias to Reeves folks from Hampshire (see ) and the neighbouring southern counties. The surname Reeve is more likely to originally be from East Anglia.