GRAVES FAMILY BULLETIN

 

A Free, Occasional, Online Summary of Items of Interest to Descendants of all Families of Graves, Greaves, Grieves, Grave, and other spelling variations Worldwide

 

Vol. 8, No. 6, May 5, 2006

 

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Copyright © 2006 by the Graves Family Association and Kenneth V. Graves.  All rights reserved.

 

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CONTENTS:

 

** Final Plans for My Trip to England Next Week

** First GFA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting Scheduled

** Update for 2007 Reunion in Williamsburg, VA

** Other Information About the 400th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of Jamestown

** DNA Study Progress

** To Submit Material to this Bulletin & Other Things

 

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FINAL PLANS FOR MY TRIP TO ENGLAND NEXT WEEK

 

I will be leaving early next week for my long-awaited trip to England.  Bruce and Lola Graves (descended from John Greaves of St. Mary’s Co., MD, gen. 247) will be accompanying me.  Although we are looking forward to the touring and sightseeing aspects of the trip, the main purpose will be to meet as many descendants of Greaves, Graves, Grieve(s), etc., families as we can, and try to gather genealogical information and DNA testing samples from them.  The times and places of each of the 8 scheduled meetings are as follows.  If you live close enough to any of these locations, I hope you will be able to be at a meeting.

 

I will report on what happened after I return home.  I am hoping to be able to maintain email contact while I am traveling.

 

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FIRST GFA MID-ATLANTIC CHAPTER MEETING SCHEDULED

 

The first meeting of this new, first-ever chapter of the Graves Family Association has been scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2006, at the Courtyard by Marriott New Carrollton Landover Hotel, 8330 Corporate Drive, Landover, MD 20785, phone (301) 577-3373.  Registration will be 2:00 PM –2:30 PM, and the business meeting will be 2:30 PM –4:00 PM

 

This chapter will include Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and probably Delaware.

 

The business agenda will include updating the contact list, setting future meeting dates/times, contacting the contact list for future meetings, establishing the format for regular meetings, establishing the costs for regular meetings.  A program of monthly meetings, some with speakers, perhaps including the various Graves and Greaves families that settled in the area, is a future possibility.

 

Please register in advance (by May 18) by contacting John Graves, GFA MAC Coordinator, johngtmti@aol.com (preferred), or phone (410) 867-6758.

 

Directions to the Hotel:
The Hotel is located very close to the New Carrollton train station just inside the Capital Beltway and north of U.S. Rt. 50.  From the north, exit the Capital Beltway onto U.S. Rt. 50 West.  Stay to the right and immediately exit.  At the first traffic light, turn right onto Corporate Drive.  The Hotel is two blocks down on the left.  From the south, exit the Capital Beltway onto U.S. Rt. 50 West.  Exit immediately onto Pennsy Drive.  Go through the first traffic light.  The Hotel is two blocks down on the left.

 

Free shuttle transportation is available between the Hotel and the New Carrollton train station.

 

ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE TEXAS AREA

There are also preliminary plans for the GFA Southwest Chapter that would include Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.  A good start was made on this with last year’s reunion in San Antonio.  If you are interested, contact Ron Graves at gravesronn@cs.com.

 

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UPDATE FOR 2007 REUNION IN WILLIAMSBURG, VA

 

As of today, 77 rooms at the Patrick Henry Inn in Williamsburg, VA, have been reserved for the reunion.  A month ago the total was 61.  We have now exceeded our original block of 75 rooms, but they will continue to take reservations as long as space is available.  However, I suggest that if you want to attend, you should make your reservation soon by contacting the Inn at (757)229-9540 or toll free (800)446-9228.  Tell them you are part of the Graves Family Association group.

 

Some people will be staying in other accommodations, such as their own nearby homes, in RV parks, or elsewhere.

 

On this subject, I received a helpful suggestion from Frances Stachour (descended from Francis Graves of VA, gen. 220), who will be attending.  She wrote: “Any military or military retirees are eligible to stay at military guest houses, Navy Lodges, Air Force Inns, etc.  Active military can book 60 days ahead, and retirees can book 30 days ahead.  Since there are several bases in the area, this could be a viable, and cheaper, alternative for some who are coming.  I, myself, am planning to attend the reunion and stay either at Langley AFB or at Ft. Eustis, or if those are full at the Navy Lodge at Norfolk Naval Station and commute.”

 

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OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE FOUNDING OF JAMESTOWN

 

A complete listing of the events for the 400th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Jamestown colony can be found at www.jamestown2007.org.  Of special interest to many is the sailing tour of the Godspeed (a recreation of one of the original ships) up the Atlantic coast this year. The schedule is May 27-June 3 in Alexandria, VA, June 9-12 in Baltimore, MD, June 16-19 in Philadelphia, PA, June 27-July 6 in New York City, July 14-19 in Boston, MA, and July 25-30 in Newport, RI.

 

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DNA STUDY PROGRESS

 

All DNA test results have been added to the master summary table on the GFA website.  I have not had time to update all the charts, but will do so after I return from England.

 

If your part of the family (any spelling, including Graves, Greaves, Grieve, etc.) has not yet been tested, now is the time to find a male descendants with the Graves/Greaves/Grieve surname and get them to take part.  Otherwise, you may never know what your ancestry is and what other families you are related to.  See the GFA website for instructions.

 

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ABOUT THIS BULLETIN:

This bulletin is written and edited by Kenneth V. Graves, ken.graves@gravesfa.org.  Ken Graves was also editor of the Graves Family Newsletter (no longer published).  This bulletin will contain announcements and news of special interest to Graves descendants with Internet access.  It will not contain queries, genealogies, photos, and the kind of in-depth articles that used to appear in the Graves Family Newsletter.

 

TO SUBMIT MATERIAL TO THIS BULLETIN:

Send any material you would like to have included in this bulletin to ken.graves@gravesfa.org.  The editor reserves the right to accept, edit or reject any material submitted.

 

TO JOIN THE GRAVES FAMILY ASSOCIATION:

If you do not already belong to the GFA, you can join by sending $20 per year to Graves Family Association, 20 Binney Circle, Wrentham, MA 02093 (more details on GFA website).  Payment may also be sent electronically via PayPal by going to www.paypal.com and sending payment to gfa@gravesfa.org.  Benefits include access to the “members only” section of the website, membership directory, and help with learning more about your Graves/Greaves family.  The purpose of the GFA is to bring together as many descendants as possible to work toward learning more about the Graves/Greaves families, to help other descendants, and to instill pride in our ancestry.

 

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