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. 9, No. 1, Jan. 26, 2007




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** General Comments

** GFA Website Changes and Regional Chapter News

** Benefits of Becoming a GFA Member

** June 2007 Reunion in Williamsburg, VA

** Your Family Tree DNA Web Page

** Death of Josh Graves and a Related Research Puzzle

** To Submit Material to this Bulletin & Other Things






We are leaving tomorrow (Saturday) morning for vacation in Florida.  Since I don’t have all the information I wanted to have for this bulletin, I will send another issue next month while we are on vacation.  Among the important developments I hope to be able to say more about are the website development and our reunion in Williamsburg, VA this June (plus some of the smaller gatherings that have been mentioned).


We have continued to learn more from the DNA study and have also added considerably to many genealogies.


One of the most important objectives of the GFA is to provide all descendants with the help they need and to get them more involved with the Association and with each other.  One important step in that direction is the steady development of the regional chapters, as discussed in this Bulletin.






The main changes that have been made recently to the website are the addition of pages for the GFA Regional Chapters.  In addition to the active chapter in the Washington, DC area, a chapter is starting in the Texas area.  Interest has also been expressed in starting chapters in the Seattle, WA, area, and in Canada (contact Linda McPike at






We encourage you to join the Graves Family Association.  The dues are $20/year for regular membership and $40/year for sustaining membership.  More information can be found on the GFA website at  In return for your dues you get the following benefits.


Note that you will not receive a hard copy (printed) newsletter or membership directory.  Both those things were discontinued several years ago because of the high cost and preparation time required.






It is not too late to sign up, but if you want to stay at the Patrick Henry Inn (where our meetings will be), you should make your reservation there as soon as possible.  The events manager told me recently that they may not have any more rooms listed as available right now (since we long ago exceeded our block of rooms), but he can put people on a wait list, and he can also refer you to nearby hotels that do still have rooms.  See the reunion page of the GFA website for details on how to contact the Inn, etc.


If you are planning to attend the reunion, we need for you to complete the preliminary registration form, which can be found on the GFA website.  This is so we will know you plan to attend, and so we can get a rough idea of how many people to plan for at the meetings, on the tours, and for the dinners.  The costs for all the events are not yet known but, as soon as they are, they will be posted on the website, and they will also be included in this Bulletin.  There is a preliminary schedule of events on the website also.


Just because most of those attending the reunion will be descended from Capt. Thomas Graves of VA doesn’t mean that others wouldn’t enjoy the weekend.  The Capt. Thomas Graves family is related to New England families, the area is very interesting from an historical and entertainment perspective, and all of the presentations and discussions will be of interest to all the Graves and Greaves families.  We will be talking about our DNA study, families in England and elsewhere, future trips and meetings, etc.






Please remember to add your DNA test results at, the FTDNA sponsored public database. When going to the Y-DNA Matches tab at your personal page, you will see an explanation and a link for the upload.






Josh Graves (born Sept. 27, 1927, died Sept. 30, 2006 in Nashville, TN) was an American bluegrass musician. Born Burkett K. Graves, at Tellico Plains, Monroe County, Tennessee, his birthdate has also been variously published as 1925, or September 27, 1928.  (His name was given as Burkett Howard Graves in an Associated Press article published in the Dallas Morning News.)  Also known by the nicknames "Buck," and "Uncle Josh," he is credited with introducing the dobro into bluegrass music shortly after joining Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys in 1955. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1997.


He is on the Famous Family Members page of the GFA website.  The Country Music News website, in its obituary, states that his parents were Elizabeth and Troy Graves.  Survivors include his wife of 61 years Evelyn Graves; daughters Linda Howell and Bambi Lynn Broersma; sons Burkett (Josh) Graves, Jr., Billy Troy Graves, and Raymond Bryan Graves; sister Jewel Key; brother Harold R. Graves; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held October 3 at the Chapel of Madison Funeral Home, with interment in Hendersonville Memory Gardens.


The puzzle is that neither he nor his parents have yet been positively identified in the 1930 census.  It is possible that he is the Howard Graves, age 2 years and 8 months, in the 1930 census for Maryville, Blount Co. (next to Monroe Co.), TN, with parents Traues (or Tranes) Graves, 27, NC, and Lizzie, 25, TN, and brother Richard, 8, TN.  Can anyone help find his family and ancestry?





This bulletin is written and edited by Kenneth V. Graves,  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.



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