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Graves Family Association


It has been found through the Graves/Greaves DNA study that genealogy 270 in America is descended from genealogy 47. In addition to descendants in the U.S. and Canada, descendants have been found in Australia, New Zealand, and England. All those males taking a Y-DNA test were found to share a common male Greaves ancestor.

The earliest known location of the Greaves family of genealogy 47 is in Abthorpe, Northamptonshire, in the early 1500s. Many of the family members seem to have moved south from there, along what is now the A43 road to places like Syresham and Whitfield, and toward Buckingham to places like Cadbury and Tingewick in Buckinghamshire. Abthorpe is only about 10 miles north of Buckingham, and about 13 miles southwest of Northampton.

There is a Wikipedia article here.
According to the Abthorpe village website, the "parish of Abthorpe with only about 250 inhabitants is midway between London and Birmingham in gently rolling countryside on the southern slopes of the valley of the little River Tove. This area has been continuously inhabited since prehistoric times. Lactodorum, today's Towcester, was built by the Romans on their famous Watling Street and many villas were built in its hinterland including Abthorpe's Mile Oak Villa - one of the largest ever excavated in England." The website includes some pictures.

There is a Wikipedia article here.
According to the Syresham village website: "Syresham, or Sighere's Ham as it was originally known, is an old forest village, surrounded by the remnants of ancient woodland – the hunting grounds of several Kings of England. The village is composed of a double loop on either side of a shallow valley through which flows a brook, reputedly the source of the great River Ouse. The population was once much larger than it is today (c800 inhabitants) and most of the land in and around the village was once owned by Magdalen College Oxford. St James Church dates from the 12th century and there are still buildings in the village constructed from stone obtained from a quarry just north of the church. The village is traversed by the Welsh Lane, an old drover's road used to bring cattle and sheep to London. Several books have been written giving a detailed history of the village, including Dr Philip Pettit's 'Syresham – A Forest Village' Syresham has a thriving History Society which meets once per month."

There is a Wikipedia article here.
An online outline elsewhere says: "Tingewick, a village and a parish in Buckinghamshire. The village stands 3 miles W by S of Buckingham railway station, was once a market-town, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Buckingham. The parish comprises 2178 acres; population, 714."

There is a Wikipedia article here. According to that site: "Buckingham is a town in north Buckinghamshire, England, close to the borders of Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire, which had a population of 12,043 at the 2011 Census. It is a civil parish with a town council. Buckingham was the county town of Buckinghamshire from the 10th century, when it was made the capital of the newly formed shire of Buckingham, until Aylesbury took over this role early in the 18th century. Some additional information about Buckingham is at www.buckinghamuk.info.


  • It is now desired to find the earliest Greaves ancestor, and perhaps other closely related families from before the adoption of surnames. A combination of DNA testing and traditional research will be required.
  • An attempt needs to be made to find male descendants with the Greaves surname from the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire area to take an STR Y-DNA test to find those descended from gen. 47. Their family trees would then be added to genealogy 47. They might also be asked to take an additional SNP Y-DNA test. The purpose is to learn more about the various branches of genealogy 47, and to try to prove where the families in the U.S. and Australia connect with genealogy 47.
  • Traditional research needs to be undertaken in Northamptonshire, England to try to learn more about this family and its ancestry.