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This group is the most diverse of all the DNA Groups with multiple lines that are descended from a not too ancient common ancestor yet has few identifiable common links.
There is a very old posting to all three of the Rootsweb lists for Reeves, Reaves and Reavis that, if accurate, could cast some light on at least three of the family lines of Group 6. (https://lists.rootsweb.com/hyperkitty/list/reeves.rootsweb.com/thread/15173143/ Accessed July 2019.) This 1999 posting was recently discovered but email messages to both the list administrator for the Reaves & Reavis lists as well as the originator of the message have produced no more information.
Subject: MORE FROM MRS. HOBBS,The source of the information mentioned as having been written by George W. Reaves is unknown and currently cannot be located; however, if this could be substantiated it would link the Reeves lines of Grayson County VA, Wake County NC, and Bladen County NC all of which have closely matching DNA results. Two of the DNA lines from Grayson VA, Lines #33172 and #33674, and the line from William Reeves of Wake NC/Madison KY, Line #121975, are exact matches on the 25 marker test.
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 1999 04:23
ONE GEORGE REAVES WAS BORN IN EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA ABOUT 1704 (sic?) AND LEFT DESCENDENTS IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA. IN 1897 ONE GEORGE W. REAVES WROTE "MY GRANDFATHER WAS GEORGE REAVES ...PRINCIPALLY REARED IN EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA. CAME FROM THE NEUSE RIVER, NORTH CAROLINA,TO NEW RIVER,GRAYSON COUNTY,VA. ABOUT 1725 (sic?),BRINGING HIS WIFE WITH HIM.HE CONTINUES WITH THE STATEMENT THAT HIS FATHER WAS A COUSIN OF THE EDWARD REEVES OF BLADEN COUNTY,N.C...
The origin of George Reeves of Grayson County, VA is generally believed to be Chesterfield, VA; however, there is a George Reeves in the area of the Neuse River in the early 1760's in addition to William Reeves. This George Reeves is associated in a 1764 Johnston County deed with a Richard Burton who is a witness to that deed - could this be the same Richard Burton who is the father of Jane Burton, wife of George Reeves of Grayson County? This George Reeves also left the Neuse River area of Johnston County, NC sometime around 1765 which coincides with the appearance of George Reeves in Grayson County VA around 1767. Might George Reeves have migrated with other family members from Virginia to the Neuse River area of North Carolina prior to settling in Grayson VA?
The third DNA family line whose connections to the other two could be explained by this information is that of John Durdan Reeves, Lines #50341, #77786 and #96859. In his Revolultionary War pension statement he says that he was born in Halifax County, North Carolina but he is in some way associated with the Reeves of Cumberland County NC and is found there in the 1790 census as well as in probate records of the estate of his father-in-law Richard Elwell in 1791. The pension statement of Zachariah Reeves of Cumberland County, indicates that he also grew up in Halifax County, North Carolina; however, the Reeves of Cumberland County appear to have originated in Bladen County NC. The DNA of this line is similar though not an exact match to the other two lines from Grayson VA and Madison KY.
29 August 2010