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Re: Chavis/Chavers/Chavus
In Response To: Chavis/Chavers/Chavus ()

I just received the book on John Chavis, and it says:

"According to a study made in 1939, there were some 17 different Indian tribes in the Tidewater area of Virginia and the Granville (North Carolina) area when the first white settlers penetrated it in the 1740s. Most numerous in the southern Virginia area and in Granville County were the Tuscaroras and the Cherokees...."

"...a name which many of the Tuscaroras and Cherokees took from the Spanish explorers and which the English settlers found them using was Chavez...."

I would expect that the Chavis name spread into a lot of Indian tribes..so the name could be among the Lumbee..
Descendants of the Chavises from VA/NC made it into the Choctaws...My 6th g-grandmother was Charity Chavis (spelled Chevez on the old Spanish language marriage record), and her grand-daughter married a Choctaw..


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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