Thomas was born about 1691. He was the son of John Grves (1670-1747) and Susannah Graves (1665-1747).
Thomas Graves first married Mary Perkins by 1715, and had by this marriage only three children (two daughters and one son).
Thomas married Ann Davenport Graves (1696-1782) These are their known children:
The Thomas Kimbrough referred to in the will of Thomas Graves, married Eleanor Graves, sister of John Graves, and they are the "Kimbro" referred to by Bartlett Yancey [in his 1810 letter to the editor describing Caswell County]. Thomas Kimbrough died in Caswell Co., N.C. in 1777. In his will (Caswell Rec. W.B. A, p. 25) he mentions wife Eleanor and "to sons John, Wm., and Thos. all estate due me for my wife's legacy or portion from the estate of my sd. wife's decd. father, Thos. Graves, to be equally divided." Source: Graves: Twelve Generations, Some Descendants and Kin, Louise Graves (1977) at 58.
John Graves Sr. - from a 1713 deed (father is Thomas Graves of Hanover in 1704) Is found on a deed to his brother-in-law, William Pettus, giving him Susannah Graves inheritance.
"Novr. 22, 1782. Jno. Graves of North Carolina, eldest son and heir at law of Thos. Graves of Spots. Co., Va., to Wm. Pettus of Va. Whereas, sd. Thos. Graves, decd., by his last will and testament, after certain legacies were paid, directed the remainder of his estate equally divided among all his children or their heirs, but did not empower his executors to convey the same, the title so far, therefore, remains vested in the sd. Jno. Graves, as eldest son and heir at law, etc., and it being found necessary to sell and convey certain tracts of land in Spots. Co., whereof sd. Thos. Graves died, seized, etc., this indenture witnesseth, the sd. Jno. Graves, for the sum of £451, gold or silver, to be pd. by the sd. Pettus to the Executors of the sd. Thomas Graves, the sd. John hereby conveys to the sd. Pettus 399 a. in Spots. Co., etc., etc. Witnesses, Joseph Graves, Jno. Graves, Wm. Graves, jr.; Jno. Arnold, Jno. W. Pettus. April 17, 1783". (src. "Virginia County Records SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY 1721-1800 DEEDS - DEED BOOK J 1774-1782", page 372)
k) Ambrose Arnold - 1745 signed deed for Benjamin Woodruff and 1757 signed as witness on deed for William Minor.
"Nov. 5, 1745. Benjamin Woodroof of St. Geo. Par., Spts. Co., and Mary, his wife, to William Davenport of St. Mark's Par., Louisa Co. £40 curr. 200 a. in St. Geo. Par., Spts. Co., on both sides Arnold's Run, and joining lands of Capt. Joseph Temple and Thomas Hill, and part of a pat. granted George Woodruff June 24, 1726, and given sd. Benja. by his father, George Woodroof, as by deeds, Mar. 28, 1745. Witnesses, Jno. Minor, Benja. Arnold, AMBROSE ARNOLD, John Davenport. Feby. 4, 1745". (src. "Virginia County Records SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY 1721-1800 DEEDS - DEED BOOK D 1742-1751", page 172)
"MINOR, WILLIAM, Spotsylvania Co., d. Dee. 13, 1757, p. May 1, 1759. Wit. Thomas Minor, William Davenport; AMBROSE ARNOLD; Thomas Waller. Ex. My mother and John Waller, Gentl. Leg. My loving mother (no name given). (Page 404)" (src. "Virginia County Records SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY 1721-1800 WILLS - WILL BOOK B 1749-1759", page 10)
Thomas Graves (3) was born in 1691 (based on a deposition, Caroline O.B. 1746-54, p. 362), and died in 1768 in Spotsylvania Co., VA. Mrs. Hiden states: "in the absence of documentary proof, we can still feel confident that Thomas Graves was the son of a John Graves who had lived in King and Queen Co. but was of the Gloucester Co. family, born about 1670, son of Thomas and Mary Graves, son of Thomas, son of Capt. Thomas."
Thomas Graves consistently maintained his residence on the Pamunkey in Spotsylvania Co., VA. His wife Ann (or Anne or Sarah Ann) has generally been thought to be a Davenport, daughter of William Davenport and Anne Woodruff, but Mrs. Hiden thought she was more likely a Clark, or of that family connection. Mrs. Taylor says she was born before 1696. She lived until 1782, and during the Revolution, she furnished supplies to the Continental troops.
It now appears that the wife of Thomas Graves was definitely Ann Davenport, and that she was a daughter of Davis Davenport of Pamunkey Neck, Virginia. For further information, see the website at http://www.pamunkeydavenport.com.
It appears that Thomas Graves first married Mary Perkins by 1715, and had by this marriage only three children, two daughters and one son. His wife then died and he remarried by no later than 1721. The son was John Graves and one of the daughters was Eleanor Graves, based on Thomas Kimbrough’s will dated 20 Sept. 1777 in Caswell Co., NC. The source for the former statement is a record from the 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. A detailed discussion of this is in the Appendix of this book. A discussion of the research for determining the ancestry of Thomas and his brothers is also in the Appendix, but it has now been determined that the conclusions were wrong, since all researchers had made the incorrect assumption that this family was descended from Capt. Thomas Graves (genealogy 169).
The will of Thomas Graves  Thomas is credited with a total of 16 children. However, the estate settlement plainly states there were only 15 legatees. There were probably other children who died before reaching adulthood. There is some question about some of the following children, and additional proof is needed. Mrs. Ethel Taylor suggests that there may also have been another child named Sarah.
Children - Graves, by Mary Perkins:
Children - Graves, by Ann Davenport:
#Louisa Graves, m. Thomas Pulliam. He was son of Thomas Pulliam Sr. who died testate, Spots. Co., 1758.
The following information was retrieved from http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/4889955/person/-1386031800/story/66a8db58-788f-414d-a2ad-88533762582f?src=search original source http://www.gravesfa.org/gen169app3.htm
Thomas Graves was born in 1691 (based on a deposition, Caroline O.B. 1746-54, p. 362), and died in 1768 in Spotsylvania Co., Va. Mrs. Hiden states: "in the absence of documentary proof, we can still feel confident that Thomas Graves was the son of a John Graves who had lived in King and Queen Co. but was of the Gloucester Co. family, born about 1670, son of Thomas and Mary Graves, son of Thomas, son of Capt. Thomas."
Thomas Graves 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. It appears that Thomas Graves first married Mary Perkins by 1715, and had by this marriage only three children, two daughters and one son. His wife then died and he remarried by no later than 1721. The son was John Graves, but the names of the daughters by this first marriage are not known. The source for these statements is a record from the Bible of Solomon Graves, son of Rev. Barzillai Graves (who died 1827). The N.C. Archives made a copy of the Bible record in 1971. The will of Thomas Graves (Spotsylvania Co. Rec. Will Book D, p. 318) was dated 17 Oct. 1767, probated 6 June 1768, but final settlement was not until July 1802. Thomas is credited with a total of 16 children. However, the estate settlement plainly states there were only 15 legatees. His homestead known as “ Springfield” built on Little Rocky Creek, and site of his mill is still standing today.
JOHN GRAVES/GREAVES OF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, ENGLAND & VIRGINIA: http://www.gravesfa.org/gen270.htm
"Family Tree," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : modified 11 December 2018, 20:45), entry for Thomas Graves(PID https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/4:1:GM8D-QNB); contributed by various users.
This biography was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import. Graves DNA Match-1 was created by Bruce Danner through the import of Southard Worley Danner family tree_2015-01-19_01.ged on Jan 19, 2015.
Laury Kenton: Graves Family information from http://www.gravesfa.org/gen169app3.htm -(A) "In Caroline Coounty Orderbook 1746-54, 10 November 1752, Thomas states he is 61 years old." (B) "A sum of money is paid Martin Davenport by the estate of Thomas Graves in 1784." (C) "It is possible Thomas had two wives." (D) Thomas was a resident of Spotsylvania County in February 1725 when he purchased land from Lawrence Franklyn (E) Thomas owned land in multiple counties, but his primary residence was in Spotsylvania on the Pamunkey
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