Another photo from the site. They are sending a photo album from the dedication. I will hold it until someone come forward.
Follow up to a previous post. Last week in France this monument was unveiled. It marks the spot where Will W. Reeves plane crashed in WW 2. They postponed the ceremony a month hoping to find a direct descendant but none were found. They went ahead this past week.
Is there anyone on here that is active and part of Group 9. I have been contacted by members of the French association ANSA ORNE-MAINE 39-45 (association for air remembrance). Their goal is to honor the allied airmen who gave their life for French freedom. In June of this year they will be honoring 2nd. alt. Willis Ward Reeves, Jr. a US fighter pilot who crashed and died 19 June 1945, while on a mission near Normandy. The will be placing a memorial at the site of his crash. Another U.S. Pilot who also died in the mid air collision with W.W. Reeves, Jr. the have located a member of his family to attend the memorial. They were hoping to find a relative of Lt. Reeves to attend as well. At your own cost. From my research he had a niece that outlived the rest of his family. But I have found no others. If you have any information, please let me know and I will put you in contact. It seems to be quite an honor.
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.
Judge Willis Long Reeves, JR - Group 9
James burnell Reeves of broadhempston devon uk baptized 1807.
Read my post about the Ryves Almshouses located in Blandford Forum, Dorestshire, England.
The Ryves hatchment, a family funerary flag, it was discovered in 1998 in a box on a shelf behind the organ in the Parish Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Blandford Forum. It dates from 1788 and is framed and is on display on the church chancel wall.
Okay, Ryves-Rives-Reaves-Reeves or however you may find yourself in the phone book. I have seen several posts of something people call Reliques of the Rives - Vol. 2. It does not exist! However, I believe this is what they may be talking about. "The Ryves-Rives-Reaves Families of Europe and America" written and compiled by W. Patrick Reaves. When I was in Blandford Forum the people at the local Museum use this as their go-to source. They should they play a very important part in its creation. They have extensive files on its research and creation. However, they said it was out of print and no longer available. But, I am here to tell you it is available just not easy to find. If you are interested in a copy of it contact:
Greeting my Ryves, Reaves, and Reeves Family. I just returned home from three wonderful weeks of ancestral research in Great Britain and Ireland. I am so excited I have so much information to share with you all in Group 8. I am not even sure where to start. I have a lot of information and thousands of photos to sort through. But I will start with this photo. If you ignore the two old boys in front (my brother and the fat boy is me ) this is the ancestral home of my 12th Great Grand Father Sir Robert Ryves. It was so exciting to see and learn about it. However, the owners were not at home and we were quickly escorted off the property! lol. The estate is called Ranston and is located outside of Blandford Forum in Dorsetshire England. It was the trip of a lifetime for me, and I am anxious to share more photos and stories with you as time allows. If you have any questions please ask. As I get settled I will have more. I did research on 4 family lines in England, Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. Drove all over Great Britain and Ireland, STAY TO THE LEFT ALWAYS! lol. Cheers!
This is a photo of my family from 1952. John William Reeves, b. 1907-1969 is my father, son of Virgil Reeves and Laura Patricia Bell.
William C. Reeves b. 1848 (Ga), wife Ida Smithhart b. 1881 (Miss), children Effie Gladys b. 1905, Robert Holleman b. 1907, Lonnie Monroe b. 1909, Alfred B. 1912 and Pauline Elizabeth b. 1916.
Okay, someone sent this to me today. It is identified as Hub Rives. He lived in the Butler County Kentucky are of Kentucky in a community call Quality. I am guessing the age of this photo to be 100 to 110 years old. Does anyone know who Hub Rives is? I would appreciate any help I can get. I am thinking he may be part of my Group 8 family. Thanks in advance.
Over the course of the last seven years, the members of The Reeves Project have been attempting to identify the various Reeves' lineages in this country as well as tie their members to results of DNA testing as more and more participants join the Reeves DNA Project at FtDNA. Using DNA results has had a great impact on the accuracy of the recorded lineages.
Each location identifies a different known Reeves family. See blog post at http://usreeves.blogspot.com/2017/05/early-reeves-families-in-colonial.html which has a brief narrative of the Reeves' family at each location identified and links to The Reeves Project pages for the family patriarch and other members.