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Beverly Watson Beverly Watson
June 20 @ 10:08am
FtDNA advised us of the changes that would be coming due to the requirements of the GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation). I found the instructions to be confusing and maybe other members did as well. A number of members have selected "Group Project Access Only" for their personal Project preferences. If those members retain that setting, 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 their 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 a few of weeks ago). 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’. Further information about these matters is available on the same page.
Jonathan Reeves
10 hours ago
Done! Thanks for the reminder!
Robert Reeves Robert Reeves
June 8 @ 2:56pm
Group 8 Information: RYVES, George (1627-89), of Ranston, Shroton, Dorset. Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983 Available from Boydell and Brewer Dates WAREHAM 1685 WAREHAM 10 Jan. - 18 Mar. 1689 Family and Education b. 18 Oct. 1627, 2nd s. of George Ryves (d.1666) of Ranston, being 1st s. by 2nd w. Elizabeth, sis. of George Ryves of Damory Court, Blandford, educ. M. Temple 1648, called 1654. m. lic. 7 Sept. 1670 Mary, da. of Thomas Chafin of Chettle, wid. of John Prowse, 2da. d.v.p. suc. half-bro. 1667, cos. John Ryves of Damory 1673.1 Offices Held Commr. for assessment, Dorset 1673-80, 1689, j.p. 1674-June 1688, Nov. 1688-d., commr. for recusants 1675, dep. lt. 1680-Feb. 1688, sheriff 1681-2, commr. for rebels’ estates 1686.2 Biography The Ryves family acquired large but scattered estates in Dorset in Tudor times. Numerous, healthy and gifted, in the 17th century they ranged further afield, producing a warden of New College, a dean of Windsor, an alderman of London and a justice of the King’s bench in Ireland. Ryves came from a cadet branch. His grandfather represented Downton in the Addled Parliament of 1614, and his father, a whole-hearted Royalist and High Churchman, refused the Protestation in 1642. Later in the same year as captain of militia he led his company in an unsuccessful attempt to relieve Sherborne Castle, and in 1645 with Sir John Strangways represented the Dorset Cavaliers at the Bridgwater conference. He seems to have been leniently treated by the committee for compounding; his fine was fixed at £125, equal to one year’s net income from his modest estate of only 800 acres.3 Ryves qualified as a barrister, but little is known of him before he succeeded to the Damory property. He signed the loyal address on the Restoration, and travelled to Ireland in 1666, possibly to recover arrears due to his uncle Richard Ryves. Of his younger brothers, one began the family association with the navy by acting as victualler at Portsmouth during the third Dutch war, while another was a goldsmith who had £22,450 on deposit at the time of the Stop of the Exchequer. Thomas Strangways proposed Ryves as court candidate for Bridport in January 1679, along with his own brother; but he can hardly have expected the corporation to allow him to nominate both Members, and Ryves was not returned. He was very active locally, especially as a deputy lieutenant, in conjunction with Thomas Erle. In 1683 he was commended for his energy in searching the house of Edward Norton. Ryves and Erle employed two brothers of the well-known Purbeck family of Dolling as stewards. He had an estate at Hyde, near Wareham, and doubtless enjoyed Erle’s support in the borough in 1685. Although the climate of London was prejudicial to his health, he was an active Member of James II’s Parliament, in which he was appointed to twelve committees, including the committee of elections and privileges. He was among those ordered to consider bills to prevent the export of wool and to encourage woollen manufactures, and he was the first Member named to the committee on the bill for repairing Bangor cathedral. His most important committee was on the bill for the general naturalization of Huguenot refugees.4 Ryves’s answers on the repeal of the Test Act and Penal Laws followed the standard Dorset negative, and he was removed from local office. Reelected in 1689, he voted, according to the Ailesbury list, to agree with the Lords that the throne was not vacant. But he was clearly a dying man, and within a week Erle was making arrangements for an imminent by-election. In a codicil to his will on 6 Mar., witnessed by the nonjuring Bishop Frampton, Ryves referred gratefully to the ‘troubles and pains’ taken with him in his London lodgings. On 18 Mar. he was named to a committee on preventing the export of wool, a subject that attracted his attention in the previous Parliament, but his death was reported to the House next day. The land went to a nephew; but the testator generously endowed the almshouses which he had built at Blandford in 1681 and appointed Erle and Thomas Chafin as governors. Also remembered in the will were his kinsmen, the Earl of Bristol (John Digby), Ralph Stawel, Edward Berkeley and George Strangways, and among his friends (Sir) John Morton, George Pitt, Thomas Penruddock and Seymour Bowman. He was buried in his parish church on 29 Mar.: in accordance with his wishes, no elaborate memorial was erected to him, but on the floor-slab covering his father’s grave his widow recorded that he was ‘dutiful to his God, faithful to his country, kind to the poor, and generous to all’. No later member of the family entered Parliament.5 Ref Volumes: 1660-1690 Author: John. P. Ferris Notes • 1. Soc. of Genealogists, Shroton par. reg.; Hutchins, Dorset, iv. 96, 100, 183; London Mar. Lic. ed. Foster, 1172. • 2. Cal. Treas. Bks. viii. 546. • 3. C142/519/82; SP23/186/226-231; Clarendon, Rebellion, ix. 17; Dorset Protestation Returns ed. Fry, 73. • 4. Som. and Dorset N. and Q. v. 67; xviii. 208; Dorset RO, JP389-460; CSP Ire. 1660-2, p. 677; Address of Nobility and Gentry of Dorset; Hutchins, i. 141; Cal. Treas. Bks. i. 424; CSP Dom. 1666-7, p. 39; 1672, p. 277; 1676-7, p. 567; • 5. CSP Dom. July-Sept. 1683, pp. 48, 130; Churchill College, Camb., Erle-Drax mss. Source:
Linda Stanfill
June 20 @ 6:39pm
Hello Robert, You and I share 4th cousin status on FF. My grandfather was John Benjamin Reaves/Reeves out of Wayne Co TN. His father was Osborn Reaves/Reeves. I am also related to one of the co-admins here via FF and 23&me. Do you have results at ancestryDNA or 23&me also? My mother whose father was John Benjamin Reaves was the daughter of Mura Alice Graham, d/o James Graham. Our Graham have been proven by my first cousin Jane Graham( Craig's) DNA match with me at ancestyDNA. I suspect these Reaves were from England as were my Stanfield/Stanfill out of Staffordshire / Cheshire. Linda Stanfill (McKee)
Jonathan Reeves Jonathan Reeves
June 5 @ 8:13am
Hello Group 8 folks. I have recently been adding massive amounts of information from Reliques of the Rives to the Project Wiki at I would like to ask for volunteers who would be willing to help on this. The book is in the public domain, so we can pretty much copy/paste the information from a PDF file to the wiki. This is not my family, but I run across Group 8 descendants in my research frequently. I think it behooves us as a Reeves research group to have this information in the wiki as it is one of the oldest and most well recognized books on any Reeves/Rives family. If you are comfortable making pages on the wiki site (or would like to learn how and contribute), please email me at if interested in helping.
Olen Davison Olen Davison
April 3 @ 10:38am
I am still searching for any information or clues or stories or rumors about my husbands grandfather, George Washington Davison (b. 1873 Arkansas) who is an exact Y-DNA match to a Reeves and a very close match to another Reeves. One claims lineage from Ambrose Reeves and the other from Green Reeves. The Green name must be in play here as there was an exact Y-DNA match to a Green researcher also--who is from the Willis Green line. I believe that George Washington Davison (no clue where the Davison surname came from) is the son of Rennie Bromet Reeves or one of his sons, George Washington Reeves or John Nelson Reeves. John Nelson Reeves married Sarah Browning who was sister of Elizabeth Browning (George W Davison mother). The Brummett name is used in the Browning line and the Reeves line-so that is another connection. Love any ones thoughts on this.
J Green
May 3 @ 6:56am
Thanks Beverly, it's nice to have an unbiased trained eye look at this. Right now our little group of cousins is focused on a Henry Green (1775-1834) and his wife Nancy Elizabeth Reeves (1771-1860) out of Lincoln/Rutherford Co. (now Cleveland Co.), NC. The geography is correct and suspect we may have come out of her family but got the Green name ... problem is finding the line Nancy Elizabeth Reeves is from.
J Green
May 3 @ 7:51am
@Beverly Watson, this project put our Green and the above Davison into Group 4 for Reeves Y-DNA, in your opinion to you feel like that's a solid indication we are in fact "Reeves" if we go back far enough in our Y-DNA male line?
Beverly Watson
May 3 @ 2:47pm
Since I read this message a couple of hours ago I've looked over the matches for everyone in your Group 4 and I'm inclined to think that Reeves is probably, not certainly just probably, the actual surname. The Green and Davidson surname individuals don't have matches to others of that name so the only consistent surname is Reeves and it seems to be from a variety of sources. We have other groups where there are no matches to the other Reeves lineages but no matches to other surnames either and I have to wonder if no one else from their lineage ever migrated to the American colonies. The only matches of my own Reeves' family participants are among themselves and the descendants of George Reeves of Grayson VA all of whom are in Group 6A. It's as though no one else from that Reeves' lineage ever migrated. Or if they did, they obviously aren't interested in exploring their DNA. I know that almost everyone involved with this Group 4 lineage has done a lot of research trying to find connections between the various ancestors of the participants without success, but I think the only solution is more digging through historical records. You know Family Search has now put lots more records online, even deeds, tax lists and court records. Sometimes the only way to learn about these families is by digging through all the records of the counties where they lived. Recently I've been digging through the records of Essex and Spotsylvania County VA as well as several eastern Kentucky counties like Woodford searching for data on the family of Henry Reeves of Essex VA for The Reeves Project. There's been a lot of misinformation online as well as huge gaps in the information for that family but I've found some great new information in the deeds and tax lists recently. Since DNA hasn't given us the answers about Group 4, it may be time to give traditional genealogy another try. Good luck and I'll keep a look out too. Beverly
J Green
May 4 @ 10:19am
Thanks for the reply Beverly Watson!
Beverly Watson Beverly Watson
April 28 @ 3:43pm
As previously announced The Reeves Project (TRP) Wiki came back online on 27 March and its content is available to browse via In the month since The Reeves Project (TRP) came back on line, we've been progressively reaching out to our community members. We initially sent a generic e-mail via our Google Group on 27 March (to which about half of our members have opted to subscribe to). We've subsequently sent a personal e-mail to over 260 of our existing community members. (My apologies to the handful of you that received two personal e-mails; I initially started by contacting those who had most recently used TRP before we suspended the service, but quickly realised that was more complex than simply working alphabetically through the list of community members). A handful of those personal e-mail messages have bounced straight back where the e-mail address or domain we have for you is no longer in use. If you've changed your e-mail address since you first registered with The Reeves Project, you'll need to contact us. We've also had a couple of minor ISP's block our out-bound e-mail but we've resent those messages via our Gmail account to step round that issue. The response rate to our e-mail has been somewhat disappointing. If you've been putting off replying, today would be a good day to do so. If you've misplaced the e-mail "The Reeves Project - Invitation to Rejoin" and would like another copy, please contact TRP127(at)TheReevesProject(dot)org If you've already requested and received details of your new User Name / Membership ID but are having issues logging back into to TRP, please do let us know. Some users seem to have been able to regain access without much pain, but we suspect others are having issues. In particular, we suspect that in some circumstances the password reset function may not be sending the e-mail you need. Please let us know your problem(s) and we'll work with you to get it sorted. We are also aware that some new users have experienced issues working through the enrolment process with us. We apologise for that. We had finessed the new user registration process over the previous seven years that TRP had been in existence before our service suspension in December 2017. The upgrade to the wiki software underpinning TRP that we've recently undertaken necessitated a change to how we handled new user registrations. We're sorry that the rough edges have been too visible during the past month. If you need help completing your enrolment, please contact Martin via TRP123(at)TheReevesProject(dot)org explaining your issue(s) and we'll work with you to get your enrolment completed. We think we've identified the major issues that have been encountered with new user enrolment over the past month and made changes on 26 April to both the Join Us form and the process which will hopefully make life easier for future new users. We will continue to post updates at Thank you
Robert Reeves
April 30 @ 12:13pm
I have that, but don’t see a place to physically log in.
Beverly Watson
April 30 @ 5:06pm
As I understand Martin, they are waiting to put the log in back on the Home Page until everyone has changed over their usernames. I'll send you the URL for the login.
Martin B
May 2 @ 3:50am
Robert Unless I messed up, the url you were looking for to allow you to log in wit your new MembershipID was in the same e-mail that advised you of your new ID
Robert Reeves
May 3 @ 2:13pm
It’s good Martin. I have it okay now. Thanks
Keith Reeves Keith Reeves
May 3 @ 12:36pm
It appears that FTDNA has finally resolved its issue accepting Ancestry DNA files! I've successfully uploaded it and it's finally processing. Excellent progress!
Robert Reeves Robert Reeves
April 15 @ 1:39pm
I have PDF of complete Amendments to Reliques of the Rives to share if anyone is interested, please let me know. I don't think I can post them here.
Robert Reeves
April 23 @ 6:30pm
Beverly Watson
April 23 @ 9:00pm
Thanks for sharing this with everyone Bob. And, no I'm not familiar with Thomas Reeves of New Jersey and if anyone from that lineage has participated in the Y-DNA project, I'm not aware of it. I'll have to spend some time reading this.
Robert Reeves
April 25 @ 2:09pm
Kathleen, you mention two books, I am only aware of one, what is the other?
Robert Reeves
April 25 @ 2:22pm
Or has subsequent copies of the originals been broken down into Volumes? That’s what it looks like.
Jonathan Reeves Jonathan Reeves
April 24 @ 4:18pm
I have a spreadsheet where I've gone through all the Reeves I could find in the 1790-1810 US census and listed the corresponding TRP page for that person if I could find one. The numbers of Reeves in the 1820 census forward increase dramatically, so I don't know if I'll continue with that or not, but if anyone wants a copy, shoot me an email at - This will help see at a glance what family groups we don't yet have pages for.
Jonathan Reeves Jonathan Reeves
April 4 @ 4:57pm
My Civil War Ancestor John Jarrett Reeves from Lancaster Co., SC (Group 10). A week before his eighteenth birthday, he enlisted for three years in the Confederate Army in the same Company as his brother T. C. Reeves. He was sworn in at the Lancaster County Courthouse by Captain Clyburn.
Robert Reeves
April 10 @ 1:27pm
What group is he in?
Beverly Watson
April 10 @ 2:22pm
That's DNA Group 10 Bob.
Robert Reeves
April 10 @ 3:21pm
Thanks Beverly!
Martin B Martin B
April 9 @ 2:04pm
The Reeves Project (TRP) Update We are continuing to slowly open TRP up to more and more of our community members. As of 12h00BST on 9 April we've had 29 users login at least once since we announced the relaunch on 27 March. That's just under 10% of our total registered members. All existing community members whose email address begins with the letter A to I (inclusive) have now been sent an email "Invitation to Rejoin". You will need to respond to find out how to log in to TRP. We'll reach out to the remainder over the coming week or so. Please make sure you check your spam/junk mail folder. If you use email filtering software, please make sure our domain is not being blocked. We have also started to register new members. We will continue to post updates at Thank you for your continuing patience Martin