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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Bell 722 & 723

722. Thomas Graves Sr & 723. Anne ? {… VA}

1691, Thomas born in VA, the s/o 1444. John Graves & 1445. Elizabeth ?. [Birthdate based on 1752 record.]
~1692 Ann born in Spotsylvania Co., VA.
~1715, Thomas married Mary Perkins. [2 daughters & 1 son]
By 1721, Thomas married Anne. Thomas consistently maintained his residence on the Pamunkey in Spotsylvania Co., VA. [His wife Ann has generally been thought to be a Davenport, daughter of William Davenport and Anne Woodruff; but she might have been a Clark.]
5/4/1729, Thomas Gambrill of St. Margaret's Parish, King William Co. In consideration of 100 acres of land, a tract of land containing 200 acres in Spotsylvania Co. Witnesses: Thomas Graves. [Property of his brother John.]
11/10/1752, (S) Caroline Co, VA Order Book 1746-54, P62, Thomas states that he is 61 years old.
10/17/1767, Thomas wrote his will in St. George’s Parish, Spotsylvania Co. VA. (S) Family notes.
Rev. War: Ann supplied Continental troops in Spotsylvania Co.
1782, Ann died. Final settlement was not until July 1802. 15 legatees, each received 105 pds, 16 shilling and 5 pence. Legatees: John Graves (payment made to Solomon Graves, admin); Rice Graves; William Graves; William Graves’ share assigned to William B. Graves; Robert Graves’ share assigned to Thomas Graves; Thomas Graves; David Graves’ share assigned to Richard Graves; William Pettus; Solomon Graves; Wm. Lea; John Spencer; Thos. Kimbrough [husband of Eleanor]; Thos. Pulliam; Richd. Graves; Mary Campbell (S) Spotsylvania Co, VA, WB-7, P287.
(S) Bible of Solomon Graves, son of Rev. Barzillai Graves (who died 1827). A copy of the Bible record was made by the NC Archives in 1971.

Family notes:
• Will of Thomas Graves: October 17, 1767. Ex. bond date: June 6, 1768. Wt: Francis Meriwether, Dr. James Smith, William Mackgehee. Ex: Son, Thomas Graves; son-in-law, William Pettus; nephew, Joseph Graves. “I, Thomas Graves of the County of Spotsylvania thru the abundant mercy and goodness of God, though weak in body yet of a sound and of perfect understanding and memory do make ordain and constitute this my last will and testament as follows, primis, I commend myself and the whole of my estate to the mercy and protection of Almighty God, etc. I will and ordain that the funeral of my body be only such as shall beseem a Christian at the discretion of my Executors, hereinafter named. I lend to my wife Anne Graves for and during her natural life two Negro slaves Daniel and Margery. I also lend to her all of my tract of land whereon I now live in Spotsylvania County, likewise a third part of the profits arising from my mill, she paying one third part toward repairing the said mill. I also lend to my wife one third part of the stocks of cattle, horses, pigs, etc. I also lend to my wife all of my stock of household and kitchen furniture during her natural life and after my said wife’s death, my will and desire is that what I have here lent be equally divided amongst all my then surviving children or the heirs of such as shall be dead. Son, Thomas Graves, son in law Wm. Pettus and my nephew Joseph Graves Executors.” (S) Spotsylvania Co, VA, WB-D, P318.

Children of Thomas and Mary:

i. John Graves, born ~1716 in VA.
John moved to MD where he appears in the records of the Bullock families.
John Graves Jr.
He moved to Caswell Co., NC.

Children of Thomas and Anne: [many not researched.]

i. Thomas Graves Jr.
Thomas married Hannah ?.
1777 Caswell Co., NC, estate sale of Joel Nowel: sales to Thomas Graves.
11/26/1799 in Caswell Co., NC, Allotment of dower land to Hannah Graves, widow of Thomas Graves, deceased, 310 acres on east prong South Fork Country Line Creek adj. mill & still house, Thomas Yancey to prong called Yancey’s fork of Country Line Creek. Commrs: Edmond Browning, …, Henry Turner ( 182), ….

ii. Eleanor Graves ( 361), born ~1724 in Spotsylvania Co., VA.

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