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Tarvin Family Association

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Welcome to the Tarvin Family Association home page, on the web since 1995. The Tarvin Family Association is a very active organization of people named Tarvin or related to someone named Tarvin. Almost all Tarvins in the United States are descended from Richard Tarvin who immigrated from England in about 1708, settling in Maryland. From there, Tarvins have spread to all United States and today number in the thousands. If you are a Tarvin or are related to one by blood or marriage, you are welcome to join the Tarvin Family Association.

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Tarvin News


New on this website:

- Tarvin Westward Migrations is a compilation of the migrations of the descendants of Rev. George Tarvin away from Northern Kentucky to various locations farther west during the Nineteenth Century. It is interesting to see how many of the cousins and their families formed "pockets" of Tarvin kin in certain area.

- Tarvin Online Database is a new feature of this website. This new, password-protected area is a place to find ancestors in all the Tarvin lines, linked by lineage. We now have over 25,000 names in the Tarvin Online Database. See details below.

- Rev. George's Estate includes the inventory, the auction, and the settlement which were recorded in the county books of Bracken Co., Kentucky. We have scans and transcripts of these documents now on the site, an interesting insight into life on the frontier in 1813.

- Allegheny Passage: Dunkers on the Cacapon is a new feature of this web site. We have received permission to scan and re-publish a key reference work on the history of the Brethren religion in the western area of Maryland and Virginia. The chapter that contains references to Rev. George Tarvin's family is posted here online.

 


Other news:
-All are welcome to join us at the 2014 Tarvin Family Reunion. This year, the reunion will be held Oct 2-5 in Maysville, Kentucky. Our reunion headquarters is the French Quarter Inn in Maysville. This area is ground zero for the Tarvin migration to Kentucky and subsquent spread into surrounding areas. The reunion will be a great chance for Tarvins from all over the country to get to know each other and learn about Tarvin history. Exciting events are planned for reunion attendees. Put these dates on your calendar now and watch this space for more details.
Here are the highlights:

2014 Tarvin Family Reunion
Dates:Oct 2-4, 2014
Location:French Quarter Inn
Joplin, Missouri
Room Reservation Deadline:September 20, 2014
(for special room rates)
Call 606-564-8000 or 800-966-9892 and mention the Tarvin Family Reunion.
Major Events:Thursday, Oct 2: Tour Gateway Museum and Mason County History presentation, then dinner at the Maysville Country Club for a reunion meeting and cousin introductions.

Friday, Oct 3: Visit the Tarvin-Moore Cemetery, resting place of generations of early Tarvins, or tour the Rosemary Clooney House Museum in Augusta. Dinner will be at the Capronis Restaurant.

Saturday, Oct 4, Tarvin Heritage Day: Visit Concord and nearby cemeteries where Line 9 Tarvins are buried or visit the Bluelick Battlefield State Resort Park museum. We will have our Heritage Day activities in the Bluelick Battlefield State Resort Park then the traditional banquet at Chandler's in the evening with an auction of Tarvin memorabilia and Quilt raffle.

Sunday, Oct 5: Farewell gathering in lobby of French Quarter Inn.
Registration Form Click to download the form with reunion details in PDF format.
Download the form, print, complete, and mail before September 20.
More details to follow. Watch this space.

- The Line 12 Book, the Descendants of Archibald Mann and Sabina Tarvin, the Twelfth Child of Rev. George Tarvin, has been published. To get your copy, please use the book form below to order your copy now.


See the special flyer that was sent to interested family members.

- Tarvin LifeLine is now online. Every issue of the Tarvin LifeLine newsletter ever published is now online on this site. If you missed a copy or just want to see what valuable genealogical information was published in the past, you can now read every issue. Jump down to our LifeLine section for details.

- Adam Thoroughgood Researcher in the News. Paul Treanor, a descendant of Adam Thoroughgood and genealogy researcher, is adamant that the latest scientific dating studies of the Adam Thoroughgood house are way off the mark. In an interview published in the Virginia Beach Virginian Pilot newspaper, Paul says that the archeologists are overlooking the documentary evidence he has found in his genealogy researches. They have dated the Adam Thoroughgood House to no earlier than 1720 but Paul insists it was built beginning in 1645. Read the article on the Pilot's website or a PDF version from our site.

- Lower Pricing on Descendancy Books. At the recent reunion, the Tarvin Family Association executive board voted to reduce the price of the current descendancy books, Lines 1, 3, and 7, to encourage members to purchase a copy for donation to their local historical society or family history library. In addition, the Line 10 Book, long out of print, is now available in electronic form, on a CD, in a PDF format. See our book order page for details and pricing.

Ft. Mims Book- New Book Released A new book about the Fort Mims Massacre in 1813 has been published. "A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Creek War of 1813 - 1814" by Dr. Greg Waselkov describes the far-reaching effects of this important battle in the early history of our nation. Tarvin family partriarch William Tarvin (whom we call William II) and his wife, Mary Miller, both died at in this bloody battle. More details are available at the publisher's web site.

- The Tarvin DNA project attempts to fill in the gaps in the documentary record that ties the various branches of the Tarvin family together. We are seeking men carrying the Tarvin surname to participate. Here are some more details.

Tarvin History


Scan of William Tarvin Family Tree
probably by Dr. Marion E. Tarvin, Jan 1908
Click picture to learn more about our family trees.
For three generations following their immigration from England, the Tarvins stayed in the area of Port Tobacco, Maryland, where they raised tobacco for export to England. As the family grew and the pull of westward expansion was felt, the family began to spread into Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Kansas and then west to California. One branch of the family moved to Georgia, and spread to Florida and Alabama. The Tarvin Family Association is compiling a history of the movements of family members. The following documents are now available on line: More detailed histories are being prepared for publication both in book form and on line.

Several family members have made excellent web sites, describing Tarvin history for several branches of the family, including:

Carol Middleton's Tervin Line, a description of the William line, with interesting Creek Indian connections.
Note, since Carol's death on 20 Sep 2000, her pages have continued to be hosted on Rootsweb. We link to them in her honor.

Tarvin Research

Research into the history of the Tarvin Family in American and its European roots is continuing. Active research is being conducted on the thirteen "lines" corresponding to the children of Reverend George. The on-line descendant chart identifies the children and grandchildren of Reverend George. If you are interested in assisting this research effort, you should contact Gary Hoffman (ghoffman@ucsd.edu) to receive an assignment. Current research "problems" are also posted on line to help coordinate research among family members.

Tarvin Databases

Feed of latest database entries:
Genealogy research in the Tarvin Family has been focused on compiling the descendants of early Tarvin ancestors, such as Rev. George Tarvin and the elusive William Tarvin, and on researching the ancestry of these forebears. To assist these goals, we have established an online genealogy database to help coordinate the research in both these directions. This is a password-protected site but any family member may register to view the database.

Click here to access the Tarvin Online Genealogy Database, powered by TNG.

Other data stores here:

The Tarvin Cemetery Survey, a database of cemeteries which hold many Tarvins. Three key cemeteries are included today with plans to add more.

The Tarvin Book Index. A searchable and browseable database of nearly 23,000 names published in the Tarvin Books. Check to see on which page and in which book your ancestor's name (or your name) falls. Some names occur in more than one book. Find the frequency of popular given names. An exclusive feature of the Tarvin Family web site.

Marriage Returns of Rev. George Tarvin is a listing of all the marriages performed by our esteemed ancestor. This list combines information from Mason, Fleming, and Bracken Co., Kentucky, in a re-sortable list.

Line Numbering

Most people in the Tarvin Family Association trace their ancestry to Reverend George Tarvin and his wife Sarah Craycraft. (Some, however, trace to William Tarvin, Reverend George's uncle.) Reverend George and Sarah had 13 children. In our descendant charts and histories, we number each child by their birth order. For example, if you trace your ancestry to the 10th child, you are in Line 10. Careful research has revealed errors in early assumptions about the birth order of these 13 children and as a result, some of the orginal line numbering has changed. (See the descendant chart for details of these changes.) Family researchers are confident they have established the proper order of the family, but research is continuing.

Association Membership

Apply Now

Membership in the Tarvin Family Association is $12 per year for a individuals or $20 for a family. Life Memberships are now available with a one-time dues payment of $200 for a family or $150 for an individual.

To join, just fill out our on-line membership form. Don't send money now; we'll send you a dues notice. If you prefer to sign up by mail, send your dues to membership chair

Dorothy Tarvin Gibson (mdtarvingibson@sbcglobal.net)
Dorothy Tarvin Gibson
725 Laura Lane
Hanford, CA 93230
Phone 559-582-0016
along with your name, address, and nine-digit zip code. Please indicate which of the family lines you are related to.

Tarvin Family Reunions

A few descendants of Richard Tarvin organized the original Tarvin Family reunion in 1983. Reunions have continued yearly at various locations around the country with historical significance to Tarvin family members and have grown in attendance every year. The 2014 reunion will be held in the Northern Kentucky area. See details above.

The Reunion Committee is headed by

Richard and Marian Tarvin,
6957 Paddison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45230.

Tarvin Newsletter

Tarvin LifeLine

The Tarvin Family Association publishes a quarterly newsletter called Tarvin LifeLine which is distributed to association members and other interested family members. It contains reports of association activities and events in the lives of family members. An archive of LifeLine issues is now available on this site in PDF format. To access these issues, please see our LifeLine index page.

Tarvin E-mail List

An e-mail mailing list has been established to link family members who would like to communicate electronically about Tarvin Family Association matters. To subscribe or just to read recent messages sent to the list, see the Tarvin E-Mail List Information Page.

Tarvin Book Project

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One of the publishing projects of the Tarvin Family Association is a series of histories of the Tarvin Family depicting the descendants of George Tarvin, a grandson of Richard Tarvin, the immigrant. This ancestor is referred to as "Reverend George" because he was a Dunkard preacher in Virginia and Kentucky.

Our website now has a searchable and browseable index of all the names published in the Tarvin Books. The Tarvin Book Index contains nearly 23,000 names in a single database. Check to see on which page and in which book your ancestor's name (or your name) falls. Then order the book that contains the story of your Tarvin ancestor.

To encourage family members to purchase books for themselves or for donation to local historical socities or family history libraries, the Association board has reduced the price of all current books. In addition, CDs containing an electronic copy of the now out-of-print Line 1 and Line 10 Books are now available. The new Line 12 Book is now available. See the order form for details.

To order your copy of these books or CDs, click on one of these forms:

Tarvin Cemetery Project

Many deceased Tarvin family members are buried in private cemeteries which would be in a serious state of disrepair without Association support. The Tarvin Family Association undertakes to restore grave markers and clean up gravesites wherever family members are buried. The Association currently supports the maintenance of these cemeteries:
  • Tarvin Cemetery in Campbell Co., Kentucky
  • Old Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Campbell Co., Kentucky
  • Log Union Cemetery in Fleming Co., Kentucky
Now, a complete listing of those buried in key Tarvin locations is available on this web site. Just go to The Tarvin Cemetery Survey page to see our survey database.

Tarvin Quilting Projects


The 2012 Tarvin Quilt
At each reunion, members of the Tarvin family contribute panels to a family quilt that depicts historical aspects of the family. The quilt is then raffled off at the annual reunion, with the proceeds going to support the association's activities. The quilt raffle is the highlight of the auction during the banquet at the annual reunion. A Tarvin Quilt is truly a keepsake and the quilting project is one that ties the whole family together. If you would like to participate in the quilting project, please contact
Richard E. & Alda Tarvin (Tarvin_A@bellsouth.net)
3622 Spring Glen Road
Jacksonville, FL 32207-5945
Phone 904 448-5403
Likewise, if you would like to donate to the association in exchange for a chance on winning next year's quilt, also contact Richard and Alda.

Images of each year's quilt and its winner is included in the Quilt History page.

Tarvin Cookbook Project

Calling all Tarvin cooks and recipe collectors!! The Tarvin Family Association is collecting recipes for its first Tarvin Family Association Cookbook. Recipes, handwritten, typed or copied from old sources, along with photos of the cook and/or short family info about the cook, are being collected by Becky McNeal, granddaughter of Boner Tarvin of Kentucky and Ohio (Line 1). Old handwritten recipes and photos look wonderful in print and bring back great memories!

The goal is to have the book available for sale at the 2010 family reunion in Kentucky. These cookbooks would make wonderful family keepsakes, Christmas gifts and practical help in the kitchen! Our Tarvin ancestors were wonderful cooks!

Please send your recipes to Becky McNeal by e-mail to: bjmfl@aol.com or by regular mail to:

Becky McNeal
8047 Jordan Court
Tallahassee, FL 32309
Phone (850) 668-6872
All recipes and other items must be received no later than July 15, 2010.

Tarvin DNA Project

The February 6, 2006, issue of Newsweek carried an eight-page article entitled "In Our Blood," which reviews DNA testing as it relates to family history research. This article makes the point that DNA testing can help us close gaps in our family history, and help us answer the question "Where did I come from?"

The Tarvin Family has done a good job of documenting the thirteen Kentucky branches of Reverend George Tarvin's family with several books to show for the effort and more underway. However, other branches of the Tarvin family have gaps in the family line despite the hard work of many people over the years who have pursued the paper trail. It now appears that DNA testing offers us the best chance to close these gaps.

We know that William Tarvin of Columbia County, Georgia, had seven children and that two of them were named George and John. We suspect that William Tarvin of Baldwin County, Alabama, (grandfather of Dr. Marion Elisha Tarvin), and Richard Tarvin who went to Alabama with him, were two other sons. We think that Reddick, Churchwell, and William J. Tarvin, were grandsons of William Tarvin. These men were the patriarchs of several important Tarvin clans. We believe that DNA testing can help us to determine their relationship with each other and with the Kentucky Tarvins.

As the Newsweek article outlined, the male DNA is passed from father to son, just like the surname. By testing male family members carrying the Tarvin name, we might be able to establish relationships that we can't document from the historic record and thus close the gaps in our family history.

If you are a Tarvin man and are willing to participate or just would like more information, please see the Tarvin DNA project website at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/tarvinfamilyassociation. Help us close the gaps in our family history.

Tarvin Places

Many researchers have compiled and published indexes to resources covering the areas where the Tarvin Family has had major settlements. These include:

Related Web Sites

Web sites covering related surnames include the following:

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Last Updated: 13 Aug 2014 23:06 PDT


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