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. 10, No. 5, April 28, 2008




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** General Comments

** Trip to England in 2009

** Additional Graves Reunions

** Changes to the GFA Website

** Published Research for the Early Family of George Grave of England & Hartford, CT (Gen. 65)

** Picture Album for Some Descendants of John Graves and Margery Harvey

** Making Genealogies More Interesting

** Difficulty in Accessing the GFA Website or Sending Email to Ken Graves

** Essays and Books from James A. Graves

** To Submit Material to this Bulletin & Other Things






There is still time to join us in the trip to England in June 2009.  Don’t delay your decision any longer.  Even if we don’t go to every place you might choose, this will be the trip of a lifetime!  We will be meeting some fascinating people, some of them relatives, and visiting some wonderful places.


Some of the other things that have happened or are about to happen are in this issue.  Please let me know of any other items I might have missed or subjects you would like to have discussed.






If there is a possibility that you may want to go on our tour of England in 2009, please let me know as soon as you can.  The following paragraphs describe the trip.  Although many people have already told us of their interest, we would like to have a higher response.  In general, the more people who go, the less expensive it will be.  I would very much appreciate any comments and suggestions about what might make you want to go with us.  Are there particular places you want to go?  Are there certain activities you would like to have included?  Is there anything else that would make you want to go on the tour?  It is not too late to make changes, but time is growing short!


The trip is planned for June of next year (2009), and will be about 12 days, starting from and ending in London.  The cost will probably be only slightly more than the trip in 1995, which was about $2,400 per person (not including air transportation to and from England).  More information about that trip can be seen on the GFA website under Activities/Recent Events.


We will be visiting places of scenic and historical interest, as well as places of significance to your ancestors.  This will not be a research trip, and we do not plan to schedule time in archives and libraries, although you always have the option to go off on your own for a day.  In the 2009 tour, we will be visiting a few of the same places as in 1995, but in no way will this be a repeat of that trip.  The present plans are for the tour to include Keswick and the beautiful Lake District, the Hertford/Nazeing area, York, Lincolnshire, and London.  We are also considering visiting other places including King’s Norton and Moseley Hall (now part of Birmingham), Mickleton, Beeley, and Buckingham.  Meetings with members of the various Graves and Greaves families will be an important part of the tour.  See also the discussion on the website under Activities/Future Events.


One of the big advantages of this trip will be that many of us now know where in England our ancestors were from, and some of the various Graves and Greaves families that are related.  You will probably get to meet distant relatives you never knew existed.


If you live in the U.K. or Ireland and would like to join us, that would be great!  If you live there and might like to help organize a meeting with local Graves/Greaves/Grieve family members as part of our tour, please let me know.  No matter where you live, if you have any strong feelings about places we should visit, let me know that also.


A link to a response form to let us know of your interest is in the first paragraph in the “What’s New” section of the main page of the GFA website.  There is also a link at the end of the sidebar section for “Next Events”.  If you have any problem with the form, just send me an email with your name, address, likely number in your group, and whether you might be interested in an optional add-on tour of Ireland and/or Scotland.






June 21-22, 2008 will be the Belden-Billings-Graves reunion in Hatfield, MA for descendants of Thomas Graves of Hartford, CT & Hatfield, MA (genealogy 168).  There will be a meeting and dinner Saturday evening and a picnic on Sunday afternoon.  This reunion is held every 2 years.  For more information, contact Mrs. Canada Squizzero, 53 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, RI 02856.


August 1-3, 2008 will be the Keck Reunion at Chicken Creek, Oklahoma.  This is also for related families, including the Graves family descended from John Graves (Johann Sebastian Graff), genealogy 105.  In this family there have been many Graves-Keck marriages, the earliest being Solomon Graves (b. 1797) who married Charity Keck.  For more information, contact Billy G. McBride, Jr., 1302 15th St., Galveston, TX 77550,






Addition of Special Messaging to the Contact Page

To make it easier for people to contact me, I have added a new messaging option to the Contact page of the website (accessed by the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of each page).  This can be used for convenience or if other contact methods don't work.


Adam Graves Added to Notable Descendants Page

A biography of Adam Graves, former Canadian ice hockey player, has been added to the page of notable descendants.


If you have other notable descendants of Graves/Greaves/Grieve ancestors that you think should be added to this page, please let me know.  Even better gather the information, find out the ancestry, and send it to me.






Eben W. Graves, a longtime GFA member, recently published an article in the Oct. 2007 issue of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.  Titled “Notes on the family of Deacon George Grave of Hartford, Connecticut,” the article discusses the evidence for George Grave as the one admitted to the Weavers’ Company in London in 1615.  George had a brother, Edward Grave, who was admitted as a freeman of the Society of Apothecaries in 1624, possibly married Anne Geffington in 1618 in London, and had 4 children.  This part of the family was very fortunate in having six pieces of correspondence received by the Grave family in Hartford from their family in England still preserved, and this evidence enabled the reconstruction of part of this family.


It is hoped that the parents of George Graves, the earlier ancestry, and more of the branches can be found by further research.  This family is of interest to many because George Graves is closely related to Thomas Graves of Hartford, CT (genealogy 168, possibly his brother), and also to part of the family attributed to Capt. Thomas Graves of VA (genealogy 169, that part of the family from John2, Ralph3).






I recently received correspondence from a relative (not a descendant) of one part of the family of John Graves and Margery Harvey of Randolph Co., NC (genealogy 77).  She has come into possession of a photo album of Saphronia Isabelle Graves (born 1887) who married Ariel Raymen Martin.  They had 2 sons, Norman and Basil.  Norman died in childhood and Basil died in World War II, so there are no descendants who might be interested.  If there is anyone who would like to have this album, let me know, and I will put you in contact with the present owner.






Genealogy is really about the stories of our ancestors and relatives, and how they are related to each other and to us.  When we think of our family history as just a bunch of names with a few dates thrown in, we lose most of the interesting parts.  To make our genealogies more interesting, we should try to find out and record as much as we can about everyone mentioned, and the times in which they lived.  What were their occupations, where did they live, why did they move, who were their neighbors?  Did their neighbors and relatives move with them?  Did the times and places they lived in present them with special problems?  What did they and their neighbors probably believe, and what were their living conditions?  And many, many other questions can be asked?


As you look through the genealogy of your family on the GFA website, or the pieces of it that I may send you from time to time, it would be wonderful if you could add some of these details to liven it up!  Some of the stories and details in some of the genealogies are fascinating, but we need more!






Difficulty with Website Access

In recent months, some people have told me that they have had difficulty accessing the Graves Family Association website.  It is believed that the problem is related to some ISP's and some of their users not having adequate hacker/spam protection.  This allows hackers to use those computers to send spam. Then ISP's like mine sometimes block access from those sources.


In response to some Graves/Greaves descendants in Australia not being able to access the GFA website for several weeks, the technical support person at my ISP wrote: “They are most likely using an ISP that was being blocked due to attempted break in from that class.  Many people leave their PC on full time when they are connected directly to the internet.  This can be by dialup, DLS, or cable modem.  The problem is that these same people do not protect their PC's from viruses or from being hacked by installing the latest OS updates (and by installing antivirus software).  The end result is that those PC's end up getting used by botnets to hack into other PC’s or servers.”


“I find that foreign ISP's are not as good as American ISP's in filtering their customers outgoing traffic.  More that 95% of the attempted break-ins to our servers are from overseas.”


If you think you may have the problem of not being able to access the GFA website, please let me know.


Difficulty with Sending Email

Some people also seem to have experienced difficulty sending me email messages.  The cause of this problem is similar to that for accessing the website.  Alternative contact methods are to write me a letter, call me on the phone, or use the new messaging option on the Contact page of the GFA website.






James A. (“Jim”) Graves of Milton, FL, has just published an interesting new essay on his website at  This is titled “What happened to the first chance?” and is a commentary on our prison system.  On his website you can also see some of his other articles and essays, as well as 4 books he has written.  All his books are available from Amazon or your local bookstore.


Jim is descended from John Graves of Northamptonshire, England & VA (genealogy 270).  The biography on his website indicates that in addition to writing, he is a lifelong musician, a licensed pilot, and currently works for the Federal Aviation Administration.





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