Welcome to the Gleaves Family Website

Our mission is to provide a platform to collect, communicate, document and preserve the history, heritage, and genealogical information associated with the Gleaves surname, any variants of the spelling, as well as others related by birth or marriage.

While we assist in research on all the various lines, our emphasis is on the descendants of Matthew Gleaves, who immigrated to America from Cambridgeshire, England in the mid Eighteenth Century.

Next Gleaves Reunion

October 8 - 11, 2014 in Grapevine, Texas

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Time to Register for the Reunion

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Registration Information
2014 Gleaves Family Association Reunion
October 8 - 11, 2014

Important Dates:

          *         Registration deadline: Monday, September 22, 2014

          *         Comfort Inn Reunion rates valid until Monday, September 15, 2014

          *         Cancellation deadline:  Monday, September 29, 2014, Fees apply.

Please enter your name, address, email (if applicable) and phone numbers.  Yes, you have been previously asked for this same information.  However, this form will be used by several people preparing for the reunion who will not have access to that information.  An attendee list with this information will be included in the agenda booklet to be given out when you check in for the reunion.


          *         Registration costs includes the cost to put on the reunion, such as the meeting room  rental at the Betsy Mitchell House, postage, printing costs, beverage service, supplies,  Friday’s special entertainment, etc.  No registration charge for attendees under the age of 18 years.

          *         Meals

           *        Wednesday supper will be provided by Spring Creek BBQ, 315 Hwy 114, Grapevine. (only a few blocks from our hotel)  You will order and pay for your own meal.

          *         Thursday’s lunch will be catered at the Betsy Mitchell House by Cliff’s Star Grill and will include House salad with Buttermilk Ranch and Italian Dressing, your choice of Country    Style Lasagna with Spicy Sausage and Ricotta, or Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Seasonal Veggies (Zucchini, Squash, Peppers), Dinner Rolls  with Butter.  Served with tea, water or soda.  

          *         Thursday supper will be sandwich platters with condiments, chips, veggie tray, cookies.  Includes tea, water or soda.

          *         Friday Lunch will be Fajitas catered at the Betsy Mitchell House by Los Amigos.  It will include beef and chicken fajitas with flour tortillas, rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, chips and hot sauce.  Includes tea, water, or soda.

          *         Friday Supper and Saturday Lunch will be on your own.  This would be a good time to meet local friends/family for a meal as no activities are planned for those times.

          *         Saturday will complete our reunion again at the Spring Creek BBQ, 315 Hwy 114.  You will order what you like and pay for your own meal.  We will again have their meeting        room for this farewell dinner.

          *         Note:

                     *         All meals are optional and you can purchase only those that you wish.

                     *         All provided meals except the two at Spring Creek BBQ will be served in the meeting room.

                     *         Children under 6 years may eat from their parent’s plate and it is not necessary to pay for a separate meal for the child unless you think they will want a full meal.   

          *         The Vintage Railroad trip to the Stockyards in Ft. Worth will leave from 705 S. Main in Grapevine at 1:00.  No meals are available on the train so you will need to have your lunch before boarding the train.  The ride is approximately 1 1/2 hours to the stockyards and will arrive in time to do some shopping or site-seeing before the longhorns are herded down the street at 4:00.  The train will leave at 4:15 to return to Grapevine by about 6:00.  First Class ticket is for enclosed car, A/C and rain proof.  Touring is for open car that they can put side on if it is raining  but not until they arrive at location.


          If you are staying at the Comfort Inn, they will provide free transportation to and from the  airport and to any place within 5 miles of the hotel.  The only conflict would be that taking non-reunion people back and forth to the airport would have priority over reunion people needing a  ride to the meeting location.  If there is a conflict, there should be lots of Gleaves cousins with whom to catch a ride.  The closest airport and the one the hotel provides transportation to and from is Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW).


          Of course we will be having our auction again this year.  The funds from this FUN-raiser goes to support our GleavesFamily.com website.  (If you have never visited the site, you will be amazed at all the information found there.)  Homemade items always are the hit of the auction.


          Cancel your registration up until September 29, 2014 for a refund minus a $10.00 cancellation fee.  No refund will be given after September 29.


          Indicate where you will be staying during the reunion.

          *         Comfort Inn - Remember that the $89.00 rate is only reserved until Monday, Sept. 15.  Call 817-329-9300 and ask for Melissa McCoy, Monday-Friday 7:00 - 5:00 CST, to make your reservations.

          *         RV Park - The Vineyards Campground & Cabins is a beautiful place to camp. Reservations can be made on-line at www.vineyardscampground.com or call 1-888-329-8993.  When we were there last October, it was near full, so I would suggest reservations.  This is the only campground that we know of that would be close to the reunion site.  Rates range from $48 - $68 per night with a 10% discount if you are members of Good Sam’s, AARP, AAA, military, Escapees, etc.  There are also weekly discounts.  As of the first of June, many sites have already been booked so I would encourage you to make reservations soon since we can not block any of these off.

          *         Cabins are also available at the Vineyards Campground.  Prices ranged from $90-$160 per night and not many were still available for that week. There may be discounts for AARP, AAA, military etc.

          *         At your home

          *         Other, if not one of the above

List the name of each person attending the reunion the way you want the name to appear on the name tag.  Also include the person’s age if they are under 18 years of age so we can verify the cost exclusions.

Remember to list your Gleaves line starting with yourself going back as far as you can or until you reach Matthew the father who brought the family to America.

Last and most importably, after entering your costs for the reunion, total these costs and write a check for this amount made payable to Gleaves Family Association.  Then mail the check or money order and the completed registration form to our association treasurer:
          Paula Poll
          421 Howland Canal
          Venice, CA  90291

Continuing a Gleaves Family Tradition

For many generations, the Gleaves Family have been farmers.  Today's younger generation is continuing this tradition.  Click here to see how.

New Content Recently Added

Here are links to Content added recently with the date added:

3/2/2014 Added documents for Charles Wythe Gleaves and his descendants
    including letters written by his daughter Belisa Gleaves during her 1922 tour of Europe;
    updated Keene-Martin time line

11/12/2013 Death certificates and chart compiled by Fran Nichols for some Tennessee deaths.

9/11/2013 Completed scans and loading of remaining Gleaves documents including:
   James Turk Gleaves' ledger 1852-1855
   Robert Harvey Gleaves' ledgers: 1876-1882 and 1882-1901
   References including Farmers' Bulletins, recipe booklets, etc.

2/21/2013 Dyer County, Tennessee, documents for T. B. Gleaves and his family

10/19/2012 Reunion 2012 content: pictures, summation of evaluation forms; booklet; Jean Gleaves' reunion history presentation
    Financial reports from the reunion;
    Reunion planning guidelines
    Reunion presentation: How to use & navigate our web site

10/18/2012 The new officers elected at the 2012 Reunion
    Guy Gleaves' Will
    The naming of Mount Juliet, TN

9/25/2012 In the Links section, a link has been added to the Gleaves family tree on ancestry.com

6/2/2012 Additional letters have been added as well as the 1850 tax collection ledger of George Wythe Gleaves, the 1863 Company Description ledger and the 1893 Cookbook produced by The Ladies Aid Society of the West Ward Presbyterian Church, Radford, Virginia.

12/5/2011 Writings of Laura Keene Gleaves, the wife of Dr. Charles Wythe Gleaves and the great-grandmother of the webmaster: her magazines, journals and Biblical poems.

10/28/2011 Rufus Turner letter

8/11/2011 The final installments for the Gleaves in the 1850-1930 Census Records

Matthew Gleaves, Sr; Matthew Gleaves (son of William); & Sarah Gleaves Allen & her descendants.

8/07/2011 James Turk Gleaves & his descendants in the 1850-1930 Census Records

8/07/2011 Nancy Gleaves in the 1850-1930 Census Records

8/04/2011 Esther Gleaves Finley & her descendants in the 1850-1930 Census Records

7/29/2011 Margaret Gleaves Turk & her descendants in the 1850-1930 Census Records

7/14/2011 All documents loaned to us by the Dunkley family have been scanned and loaded to the web site in the Letters and Diaries section of the Family History.  New additions include:

James Turk Gleaves'

memo book from 1819,
his ledger beginning in 1836
and his ledger beginning in 1854.

James Turk Gleaves, Jr's record book of the Union Debating Society of Floyd Institute beginning in 1850. Some of the questions they considered were:

Ought capital punishment to be abolished?
Who serves the most, a warrior or a statesman?
Have the Indians received more or less from the whites than the Negroes?
It is probable that the Union will be dissolved in fifty years.
S. C. ought to secede from the Union.
There is more pleasure derived from the pursuit of an object than from the procession of it.

The account book for the Wythe Minute Men kept by Robert Harvey Gleaves beginning in 1860.

The ledgers and order book kept by James Taylor Gleaves from 1909 to 1945 after he inherited the family farm from his father, Robert Harvey Gleaves.

4/1/2011  Ramsey Family in Census and discussion of names

6/12/2011 New military cemeterie

Gleaves Family Association in PicturesGleaves Family Association in Pictures

To watch a history of the Gleaves Family Association in pictures, click on the title above.