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Looking for where my folks were living before 1800:
As an update to my Graham and Reaves extended lineage I would like to post the following and add that I have autosomal DNA testing at 23andme, ancestryDNA and Family Finder at FTDNA.I have two Graham-Reaves first cousins also tested at Family Finder.
These first cousins, a Jones and an Elliott and myself,are each descended from a different one of the five daughters of Mura Alice Graham and John Benjamin Reaves.
Mura Alice Graham (5 Nov 1878-13 July 1928) and John Ben Reaves lived most of their married life in Decatur Co TN,at times almost on the Henderson Co TN line and other times were very near the Decatur County seat at Decaturville.
Immediately following their 29th Sept 1899 marriage they were with Mura's mother, Sarah Frances Grimes Graham Richardson in Gibson Co TN.(Richardson was Sarah Grimes second husband after my Graham great grandfather and her first husband, JamesGraham, died 24 Sept 1884, Eagle Creek, Wayne Co TN).
I am still hoping to have my Graham and my Reaves ancestry proven by DNA before 1800 in combination with good family tree work.
Mura Alice Graham's father James Graham is buried at Wayne Co TN out east on Hwy 64 and looking south across the highway from Philadelphia Baptist Church and up the ridge in the oldBon Alley family burying grounds called at different times Old Philadelphia among other local names.
Jasper Reaves and Senath Martha Newbornare both buried about a mile west and on the same ridge and going on toward the county seat of Waynesboro.Jasper Reaves and Senath Martha Newborn were parents of John Benjamin Reaves.
These Graham were in Giles Co TN by 1810 if not earlier. James Graham, my third great-grandfather,and Sarah McGurk Graham were there through his death in the later 1820s.The Widow SarahGraham can be found on the census through 1840 at Giles Co TN.
One of her children, James Graham, was my second great-grandfather, who married Margaret Dickey 21 June 1838 at Giles Co TN.
Following the Widow Sarah Graham's death after the 1840 census, her son James Graham and his wife Margaret Dickey Graham went to Arkansas.Three children were born to them and can be found on the Decatur Co TN 1850 federal census with their father who is living with his aunt, Lucinda Graham Fiendly/Finney and her husband and son.It would seem that Margaret Dickey Graham died before this 1850 census.
It has come to me of late that my ancestors' very hard core Baptist heritage was most likely the driving force behind their life more than I would have ever believed.Even back to the Old World.And, this hardcore Baptist belief was also held by my husband's folks on bother sides of the family and thus seems to help explain why so many of our ancestors were kin to one another even though my husband and I share no autosomal DNA.This is a work in progress.
Any shared information, thoughts, ideas welcome from anyone.