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. 4, No. 4, Nov. 15, 2001




Copyright 2001 by the Graves Family Association and Kenneth V. Graves. All rights reserved.


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**Graves Family Newsletter

**John Graves Book and Other Graves Family Books

**DNA Analysis Project

**Graves Family Association Web Site

**To Submit Material to this Bulletin & Other Things






The August issue of the Graves Family Newsletter will be mailed by the end of this week. The newsletter is published 6 times per year and contains information on all the various Graves and Greaves families, queries, and other items of interest.


This issue includes extensive discussion of the Graves/Greaves DNA Analysis Study. Most of that material is also on the GFA website. Some of the other items in this newsletter issue are: (1) the Graves family of Midway Church, Liberty Co., GA, which may have been descended from a Graves family from Dorchester, MA, (2) descendants of George W. Graves and Abbie M. Bridge of PA, OH & NY, (3) descendants of Arthur Chester Graves and Gertrude of Maine, (4) descendants and ancestry of Solon Bingham Graves of NH & MA, (5) descendants of William Lane Graves and Mattie of VA, (6) descendants of Hugh Rice Graves and Elizabeth Mawyer of Albemarle Co., VA, (7) descendants of George Graves and Charlotte Raines of VA, NC & TN, (8) descendants of Spencer Graves of VA & KY, (9) descendants of Nancy Graves and John William Cole of SC, NC & TN.






The JOHN GRAVES of Concord, MA book has been eagerly awaited by many (including me) for a long time. Because of numerous technical problems, plus the size and complexity of the project, the publication has been delayed several times. It now appears that the document will go to the printer the end of this month. It will take about 8 weeks for them to print it, so the new expected publication date is Feb. 1, 2002. I am sorry that it will not be ready by Christmas, but I hope the final result will be worth the long wait.


The price of the book is $75 (including postage), and it can still be ordered from me. Checks for this and all other books should be made payable to Kenneth V. Graves.


A list of all books that have been published and a discussion of what will be published in the future is on the GFA website.






The Graves/Greaves DNA Analysis Project is progressing on schedule. As DNA samples are returned to me, they are sent to Family Tree DNA (the testing laboratory) in groups. If you are participating and have not yet sent back your samples, please do so as soon as possible. As of today, 87 people are participating in the study, and 66 samples have been returned.


The turnaround time that Family Tree DNA states is 5-7 weeks, and I am figuring 8 weeks to allow for mail delivery. 47 samples were sent to the lab on Oct. 12, so the results can be expected 8 weeks from then on Dec. 7. The next group of 13 samples was sent on Oct. 30, and those results can be expected Dec. 25. The next group of 6 samples was sent on Nov. 15 (today), anticipating results on Jan. 10. Individual results will be sent to each participant and overall summaries and conclusions will be put on the GFA website.


In case any of you who are participating in the testing are unsure about the cost of the initial phase of the project, it is $189. Checks should be made payable to me, Kenneth V. Graves.


The project will be ongoing. Our cost for all future testing will be $199 per person. As before, since we are testing the Y-chromosome which is only passed from male to male, testing can only be done on male descendants with the Graves/Greaves/etc. surname. To reduce the cost impact, one family member or a group of family members can pay for one person to be their representative. If you are a female and want to learn more about your Graves ancestry, maybe you can find a direct male descendant and sponsor him for the study.


There is a list of families participating in the DNA study on the GFA website. There is also a list of some of the families that we would like to see added to the list. Families needed include:

**Graves Family of Yorkshire and Mickleton Manor, Gloucestershire, England (68)

**Greaves Family of Beeley, Derbyshire, England (228)

**George Graves of Plaistow, England (64)

**Other families of the British Isles, especially including families of Grieve, Grieves, Greve, and other spellings

**Graves families of Netherlands, France and elsewhere

**John Graves (Johann Sebastian Graff) of PA, NC & TN (105)

**Joseph Graves and Rachel Pratt of Framingham, MA (133)

**Richard Graves and Polly Lucy of SC & AR (189)







The website was just updated today, with some new and revised genealogies being added. There have also been additions to the DNA Analysis Project pages. The DNA results have not yet been added because they haven't been received yet.






I used to have a couple of other e-mail addresses, including one on AOL. I now have only one address, Also, we moved to another house in the same town more than 2 years ago. However, I occasionally find that people have tried to contact me at my old address. Please be sure to use the correct addresses. If you forget, you can always look on the GFA website. Thanks.





This bulletin is written and edited by Kenneth V. Graves, Ken Graves is also editor of the Graves Family Newsletter, the official publication of the Graves Family Association. 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 appear in the Graves Family Newsletter.



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