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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.
Beverly Watson Beverly Watson
April 20 @ 3:50pm
The most recent news for the Reeves DNA Project can be found at If you've been thinking about taking a Y-DNA test but not got round to ordering one yet, now might be the right time. FamilyTreeDNA currently have a sale (ends 25 April 2019), which includes a USD40 saving on the Y-37 test. Ladies please remember a Y-DNA test can only be taken by males, since it exclusively focuses to the markers passed from father to son. So you'll need to find a male Reeves to donate a DNA sample on your behalf; perhaps your brother, father, uncle or male Reeves cousin. And if you are located in the UK, contact Martin for a price in pounds sterling for the Y-37 test.
Beverly Watson Beverly Watson
April 20 @ 3:46pm
From Barry Reeves, DNA Project Coordinator on the occasion of the 15th Anniversary of the project: As I look back over the last 15 years, I’m amazed by the many discoveries made and the overall progress we have seen as a result of the Reeves DNA Project. The first discussions about using DNA testing in our family research started on the REEVES-L mailing list on Rootsweb in early 2004. None of us really knew what to expect from the DNA test results, but we all had high hopes that the paper trail we all had accumulated for years would finally be validated. Initially, the Reeves DNA Project began as a Y-DNA project for the Reeves surname or one of its many spellings. As more and more men started taking the Y-DNA test and receiving their results, groupings started to form. The goal being to identify the Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) for each group. As one of the first people to take the Y-DNA test and receive my results, I would anxiously await my emails each day hoping to get matches. It didn’t take very long to start seeing those matches as I became the first person in match group #3. Skipping forward a few years, many of us have been able to confirm suspected relationships and lines of descent. On the other side of the coin, some were disappointed to discover their Reeves line wasn’t the one that they thought it was. Yours truly being one of those. But as anyone who has been involved in family research eventually learns, you accept the disappointments along with the successes and then move on. Genealogy is the story that has no ending. Now after 15 years, I am still just as excited about our DNA project as I was in the beginning. I get just as much enjoyment from seeing other members of our project find matches as I do myself. Our project has grown to include Mitochondrial DNA tests and Family Finder tests. It has evolved into nearly 20 match groups and 319 members as of April 1, 2019. I can’t wait to see what the next 15 years will bring. Barry The Reeves Project -
Robert Reeves Robert Reeves
April 4 @ 12:06pm
When I visited our Blandford Forum Ancestral home this past summer, I snapped this image of our family coat of arms. My daughter’s friend converted it to a wonderful sketch he is very talented.
Martin B
April 4 @ 2:00pm
Robert, A nice piece of art. But in case you or any of our other readers are not aware, in British heraldry there is no such concept as a coat of arms for a family name. See Since arms belong to an individual, to use the arms belong to another individual (even if they are long departed this world) is a form of impersonation, which I think may fall within the Fraud Act which is pretty all encompassing "any representation as to fact or law ... express or implied", see Wikipedia M PS I'm not a lawyer, so this isn't legal advice ;-)
Robert Reeves
April 4 @ 2:47pm
Interesting Martin. I did not know that. This coat of arms or whatever you want to call it, is etched on my 12th ggf tomb. So it must be his then. But then it also appears on several buildings in that area to represent other members of the family. So what you are saying is that only represents one person, and the others misused it? Wikipedia is a rather poor source of accurate information ;-)
Robert Reeves
April 4 @ 3:09pm
Martin, so is this what called a family crest? I was obviously unaware, I thought the crest would be like the shield part of it, or something similar?
Robert Reeves
April 4 @ 3:45pm
Never mind Martin. I think I understand now. Thanks for enlightening me. Stupid Americans, lol
Martin B Martin B
April 1 @ 3:37am
A summary of the activity within this group during the first quarter of 2019 has been included on the April 2019 news page over at The Reeves Project. Martin B Co-Admin
Robby Reeves Robby Reeves has a question!
March 10 @ 11:14pm
I was wondering if any Reeves from group 8 has Sephardic Jewish ancestry?
Linda Stanfill Linda Stanfill
February 27 @ 2:47pm
At Family Finder, Reaves/Reeves descendant and first cousin Jones, whose account I manage, has a match with Mr. Everette Paul Reeves who is given as contact email address of paul at . My email to him was returned as the email address not existing. A person in the FF tree of Everette Paul Reeves is given as ELLIAS MORGAN REEVES BORN 1816 TN and my email was to ask the kit owner if he had more info on this Ellias Morgan Reeves such as where in Tennessee was he born in 1816 ? I have a lot of Morgan surname autosomal matches and I see lots of Morgan in the census but I really have none in my known tree that has been passed down from various family sources. Would anyone here on the List have any idea about Ellias Morgan Reeves born 1816 in TN ? ............................................... My tree at ancestry dot com: Reaves Stanfill Crafton Family
Jonathan Reeves
February 27 @ 3:41pm
Here's Elias's page on TRP. It references a Family Bible but doesn't look we have a transcription of it. Carolyn Mahady may know more as this is closely connected to her family I believe.
Linda Stanfill
February 27 @ 6:20pm
Wow, Jonathan, thanks so much for sharing the link for the Reeves and Morgan information. That would also seem to explain all the Morgan surnames turning up. I had also figured something to do with the Quaker kinfolks along with all the Davis matches. Very good of you indeed. Linda Stanfill
Beverly Watson
February 28 @ 10:20am
Linda, Elias Morgan Reeves is Carolyn Gray Mahady's direct ancestor. If you're in contact with her, she will have lots of information for that lineage.
Linda Stanfill
February 28 @ 2:49pm
Hello Beverly, Thanks for the feedback. Carolyn and I have not been in touch in a while but have long known we were related on our Revolutionary War veteran Cypert / Scypert ancestors thru our heritage. We do share FF autosomal matching and I also share same with her sister. This Morgan connection has been a new mystery to me though especially with Reaves kinship possibly going back to the Carolinas as shared by Jonathan. I am seeing most of the Morgan and the Davis at 23&me.
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