John GRAVES is the #166 family line in the GRAVES FAMILY ASSOCIATION lineages. DNA is being used to clarify the relationships between the various "Graves/Greaves" immigrants who came early to the New England colony in approximately 1635ish, settling in Concord, Massachusetts. We have no information about his wife, and can only assume she died at some point after the 3rd child. The FindAGrave memorial on John states his wife was Joan Anne (Joanne) Bird, but I have not found/seen proof of this statement.
Benjamin GRAVES, b. 1645 in Concord, was the eldest of the three siblings: John b. 1647 - d.after 1692, Sarah b. 1650 - d.1694. All the children married and had children as well.
On 21 Oct 1668, in Concord, Benjamin married Mary HOAR(E); she was b. abt 1648 in Concord, 2nd daughter of John & Alice HOAR(E). Record from New England Marriages Prior to 1700.
Benjamin & Mary had the following children, born in Concord except for the last child born in Saybrook, Connecticut:
1. Mary, b. 18 Jan 1669/70, d. 22 Oct 1736 Marlborough MA; in Sudbury CT, m. 1 Apr 1691 Benjamin Rice, son of Edward Rice & Anne/Agnes Bent; 9 children. Note - Mary & Benjamin Rice line links to my children's father's direct Rice line.
2. Elizabeth/Mehitable, b. 25 Apr 1671, d. 4 Apr 1730 Lyme CT; in New London CT, m. 20 Dec 1706 Joseph Beebe, 10 children
3. Ruth, b. 25 Nov 1674, d. 12 Nov 1755; In Saybrook CT, m.(1) 25 Jan 1699/00 John Webb, 7 children; m. (2) William Merriam 7 Nov 1711, 4 children
4. Benjamin (jr), b. 2 Mar 1676/77, d. 30 Dec 1752 Colchester CT; in 1698, m. (1) Ruth Sterling, 5 children; abt 1711 m. (2) Mary Haynes, 8 children
5. Joseph [ancestor], b. 1 Sep 1679, d.after 2 Apr 1756 New Cambridge CT; m. abt 1718 to Sarah [unknown]. 3 known children
6. Joanna, b. 2 Feb 1680/81; no further information on Joanna.
7. John, b. 1683, d. 29 Dec 1766 Walpole NH; m. 30 May 1710 Killingworth CT to Hannah Farnum, 11 children
8. Rebecca, b. abt 1685 Saybrook CT; m. 12 Dec 1706 in New London CT to Jonathan Daniels
He provided service in the Indian Wars, fighting in Capt. Wheeler's Concord Company in 1675, and again did military service in 1676.
Benjamin and his younger brother John, along with others, purchased in May 20, 1681 from Christopher Hall, "all the mines and minerals of one kind and another, found, or to be found, or that may be found, on his land in Groton Mass, at a place called Cold Spring, near William Longley's house, with liberty to dig, delve or use theland and to erect buildings." No record apparently exists to show that Benjamin actually developed these mineral rights.
He and his family moved to Saybrook MA about 1684, and bought lands in the north part of Saybrook (Pattaconke) in January 1703.
On Mar 18 1715 he deeded half his farm lands to his second son Joseph, and on Sep or Nov 14, 1716 deeded other lands to his third son John. It is not clear why he did not deed lands to his eldest son Benjamin, but he may have already provided land or goods to him at an earlier date.
It is assumed he died shortly after Nov 1716, but although there are various individuals showing a 1715 or 1716 death, I have not found a record of his death. Another date shown by several researchers suggests it was before 23 Mar 1723/24. A date of 5 Jun 1697 is given for his wife's death, Mary Hoar(e), on a memorial page at FindAGrave, for the Old Burying Ground, Concord, Massachusetts. I have not found a record stating such.
Details from above may be found on the Graves Family Association, under John Graves of Concord #166; History of the Hoare Family in America; Concord Register; New England Marriages Prior to 1700.
If you have additional information or details, I would appreciate learning more about Benjamin GRAVES, b. 1645. Corrections are very welcome and received gratefully. And do contact me via calewis at telus dot net or through the Comments below. Thank you for visiting.