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Tarvin Family Association


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 States of the Union 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:

- Gathering William's Lines is a proposal to connect the various lines we believe are related to William Tarvin who moved to Georgia. Reddick Tarvin, Churchwell Tarvin, and William J. Tarvin seem to be related but are too young to be William's sons but too old to count among his known grandsons. This essay proposes a solution to that problem.

- 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 Genealogy 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 Genealogy 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.

2021 Reunion Update

-All are welcome to join us at the 2021 Tarvin Family Reunion. This year, the reunion will be held September 30 - October 3 in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. Our reunion headquarters will be the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington, Kentucky. From this location we will be able to visit many sites and locations important to Tarvin history

A block of rooms with a special rate has been reserved for us. The hotel reservation site is at:


Or call the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Riverfront directly at 859-291-4300 and press 1 for reservations. Request a room under the code "TFR" or "Tarvin Family Reunion".

Here are the highlights:

2021 Tarvin Family Reunion

Dates:September 29 to October 3, 2021
Location:Holiday Inn Cincinnati Riverfront
Tel: 859-291-4300
Web: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/covington/cvgrf/hoteldetail

Room Reservation Deadline:August 30, 2021 (for special room rates)
A block of rooms at the special rate of $119/night has been reserved for us from check-in Wednesday, September 29 to check-out Sunday, October 3. Included in our stay at this newly renovated hotel is a free breakfast, free parking, and free WiFi. The hotel also has a fitness room, on-site restaurant, full service bar, and spacious lobby and lounge area. We will have a Hospitality Room available to us throughout the reunion, located right off the lobby.
You will have your choice of a room with 2 double beds or 1 king bed. (Upgraded suites, with a separate living room and microwave, may be available but at a higher rate. Please inquire with the hotel). In order to receive the special Tarvin Family rate, you must book your room by Monday, August 30th. If you find you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, you may do so up to 6:00pm the day before at no charge.
Registration Form: <# Registration Form # >

Click for full size form, download, print, complete, add check, and mail.

Other news:

- Tarvin LifeLine is now online. Every issue of the Tarvin LifeLine newsletter ever published is now online on this site, including the current issue. 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.

- 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 12, to encourage members to purchase a copy for donation to their local historical society or family history library. In addition, the books covering Line 1, 7, and 10 are out of print, but are now available in electronic form, on a CD, in a PDF format. See our book order page for details and pricing. - 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

Go now: Tarvin Online Genealogy Database
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

Membership in the Tarvin Family Association is currently $20 per year for a individuals or $30 for a family (in one household). Life Memberships are now available with a one-time dues payment of $250 for a family or $200 for an individual.

To pay your dues now using a credit card or PayPal balance, select the type of membership desired, then click on our new PayPal button:

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If you prefer to sign up by mail, send your check made out to TFA to Membership Chair

Donna Kimball (donnakimball@tarvinfamily.org)
4246 St. Cloud Way
Cleves OH 45002
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 2020 reunion has been cancelled. The 2021 reunion will be held in Northern Kentucky. See details above, when available.

Tarvin Newsletter

Read the latest issue here.

Tarvin LifeLine

The Tarvin Family Association publishes a periodic 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. Starting in 2018, the newsletter will no longer be mailed, but can be accessed on this site. An archive of LifeLine issues is now available on this site in PDF format. To access these issues, please see our LifeLine index page.
Note: a password is required, but it is given at the top of the 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, send a quick message to news@tarvinfamily.org and we'll add you to the list.

Tarvin Book Project


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.

Purchase books now through PayPal or by credit card.
Note: A shipping charge of $4 per CD and $8 per book will be added to cover costs.

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Line 1: The Descendants of Thomas Tarvin, CD containing PDF file of out-of-print Book. $10.00
Line 3: The Descendants of Joseph C. Tarvin. Half price $25.00
Line 7: The Descendants of Cassandra Tarvin and Thomas Parish, CD containing PDF file of out-of-print Book. $10.00
Line 10: The Descendants of George Tarvin IV, CD containing PDF file of out-of-print Book.$10.00
Line 12: The Descendants of Archibald Mann and Sabina Tarvin.Half price $25.00
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(Note: If you prefer to send a check, please print out the order form here:
Tarvin Book Order Form)

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 2002 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 (aldatarvin@tarvinfamily.org)
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:

This site is linked to the Surname Web.
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