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Elizabeth (Knight) Graves (abt. 1642 - 1705)

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Elizabeth Graves formerly Knight aka Farrington
Born about in Lynn, MAmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Andover, MAmap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Mar 2011
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Daughter of William Knight, of Lynn and Elizabeth Lee (who md 3x to Ballard, Knight, Breed)-Even though 20 yrs. younger than husband, her parents didn't marry until around 1640, as her mother was still md to 1st husband Wm Ballard until 1639.)

Great Migration p 496 John Farrington... m. by 1661 Elizabeth Knight, daughter of William Knight {1636, Salem} (on 10 April 1661, "John Farington of Lynn" discharged "my father & mother Allen & Elizabeth Bread" for a "legacy bequeathed to my wife according to the will of my late deceased father William Knight" [ELR2:52]).

This document names Elizabeth's mother and step-father, Allen and Elizabeth Bread, and her father William Knight.

John Farrington died in 1666 and Elizabeth married 2nd husband Mark Graves the following year. Graves was a widower too.

Based on John Farrington's will, the couple had 3 sons: Edward, John and Jacob Farrington, all of whom were under 21 when he died.

I. EDWARD- b. July 1662, m. 9 Apr. 1690 Andover, MARTHA BROWN (d. 22 May 1738 Andover), d. 3 Jan. 1746/7 Andover. He would later be accused (but released) of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials in 1692.

II. John- b. 9 Mar. 1663/4

III. Jacob- b. 22 July 1666, d. 29 June 1667 Andover, MA

John Farrington died at the age of 44, leaving his wife with 3 young sons under the age of 4. Long before his death, his father had promised to leave John half of his grist or " corn" mill. Elizabeth, his widow felt that even though John died before his father, the mill and its income would still be left to their children. John's brother, Matthew, appears to have have other ideas as court testimony attests below (see more in John Farrington's biography.) Note: Mark Graves is Elizabeth Farrington's second husband.

"The inventory of the estate brought in by Eliza Farrington, the widow and administratrix amounting to 243 li. 6s. 6d. was allowed and 27, 9, 1666 ordered to be paid to the children as follow to Edward the oldest 10 li. to John 30 li. to Jacob 30 li. at the age of 21 years. The remainder of the estate was to go to the widow and the whole estate was to remain in her hands for the bringing up of the children." [ Essex Co. Probate Records- Vol.II, pp.45-6; Essex Co. Quarterly Court Files- Vol.11, p.132; Salem Quarterly Court Records- Vol.4, p.172]

John's brother Matthew who was running the mill for his aged father, stated that half of the mill was not profitable enough to operate. His solution was to buy out Elizabeth's half. However, Elizabeth had understood that the other half of the mill was to go to her children upon Edmond Farrington's (her father-in-law) death.

Elizabeth Bread (Elizabeth Farrington's mother) "aged about 59 yrs. deposed that at the making of the match between John Farrington and her daughter Elizabeth now a widow she asked Matthew (Farrington) if he would not give John the other half at the death of himself and wife and he said he would all except the cattle as John had a stock of horses or horseflesh of his own.

Copy of contract dated Nov. 1, 1669 promising to give a legal deed and possession of this property signed by Marke Graves and Elizabeth Graves. Wit. Joseph Armitage, Thomas Newell and Robert Potter.

Deed dated Nov. 20, 1669 from Mark Graves and Eliz. his wife, formerly the wife of John Farrington of Lin deceased

These all of Lin deposed that the foregoing was a true copy of a contract left in the hands of Andrew Mansfield who was to draw up a deed of sale and that on Nov. 20, 1669 said Farrington drove the cows and sheep to said Graves and his wife, and the latter rejected them. Sworn in Court.

Andrew Mansfield age about 50 years deposed Nov. 29, 1669 that Joseph Armitage asked him to draw up the deed and bond. Before he had opportunity to do it, Mark Graves and his wife came to him and asked that the children's ages be included in the writing. Taking the paper, deponent went to put the names on the back in order to remember when he drew up the deed when some wet fell on it while it was in his hand and he went to the fire to dry it.

But my son Coming with the Barrills of sider in the cart I desired one of the children to dry the sd. ritinge while I went to helpe unloade the sider it being in the night. Sd. Marke Graves I will drye it for you, I having not the Least suspicion of any danger, they coming in the name of Joseph Armitage whoe delivered the sd. riting to mee Lett him have the riteing, who while I was unloading the sider, lett his wife hav it who burnt it in my absence as shee acknowledged when I came in; declaring what a griefe it was to her spiritt, yt shee should sett her hand to that riteing which would be such a wrong to her fatherless children." [The Farrington Family- pp.34]

"Matthew Farrington vs. Mark Graves and Eliza his wife for refusing to sign and seal on a legal deed. Verdict for Plaintiff. The charge disbursed by the plaintiff upon the mill was to be paid in partnership." [ Salem Quarterly Court Records- Vol.IV, p.188]

"Edmond Farrington v. Mark Grave and Eliza For refusing to give and make payment of an estate of 1/2 of a mill, land and cattle. Verdict for defendant. Mathew Farrington the attorney, engages to be responsible in place of said Edmond. Bill of costs 2 li. 4s. but Mathew Farrington vs. Marke Graves and Elizabeth his wife; for refusing to sign and seal a legal deed for conveying their whole right and interest to the tide mill at Linn, with the lands, meadows, marsh and upland, as per covenant dated Nov. 1, 1669, and in a deceitful way obtaining said covenant of him to whom it was intrusted and burning it; dated Nov. 8, 1669, signed by John Fuller for the Court and served by John Newhall constable of Lin, by attachement of two oxen and half the mill and land of defendant. Bond dated Nov. 20 1669 from Mat. F. of Lin Yoeman, to Mark Graves, with Eliz. his wife in behalf of themselves and her children dwelling at Lin for 200 li. to be paid in corn or lean cattle when said children become of age or otherwise upon the freeing clearing and discharging the water mill, house, orchard, gardens, etc. as sold by contract to said Farrington." [The Farrington Family- pp.34-5]

Elizabeth tried again after the death of Edmond: "June 1679 Marke Graves, who married Elizabeth Farrington, widow, relict of John Farrington late deceased and administratrix of the estate v. Matthew Farrington sr. For withholding or refusing to deliver half of the tide mill. Verdict for the defendant." [ Essex Quarterly Court Records- Vol.VII, p.196]

Elizabeth is said to have had 4 children by Mark Graves-- Hester Graves; Mark Graves and 2 others.

I can find no documentation for her death date.

This person was created through the import of Family Line.ged on 01 March 2011. The following data was included in the gedcom. You may wish to edit it for readability.

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Husband: Mark Graves
Wife: Elizabeth Knight
Date: 14 Nov 1667
Source: #S143
Page: Birth year: 1622; Birth city: Lynn; Birth state: MA.
Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
Reference: 4725::5076709
Text: Birth date: 1622Birth place: Lynn, Essex, MADeath date: 1709Death place: Marriage date: 14 November 1667Marriage place:
Child: Hester Graves
Child: Mark Graves
Child: Margaret Graves
Child: Thomas Graves
Data Changed:
Date: 7 Feb 2011
Time: 17:04



Essex Quarterly Court Records

Daniels, Olive Bell- The Farrington Family, Madison, WI, 1964

Died Y. 23 AUG 1703. Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA. Source: Note: Age: 60-61.

Source S143
Abbreviation: Family Data Collection - Individual Records
Title: Family Data Collection - Individual Records
Author: Edmund West, comp.
Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.
Reference: 4725::0
Repository: #R1
Paranthetical: Y
Repository R1
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On 4 Nov 2018 at 13:23 GMT Gerald Smith wrote:

Knight-12112 and Knight-511 appear to represent the same person because: clear duplicate

On 16 Jul 2017 at 00:25 GMT Sara (Stevens) Patton wrote:

Knight-9865 and Knight-511 appear to represent the same person because: Clear Duplicates-2nd husband mentioned.

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