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Graves Family of Essex Co., Virginia

Graves Family of Essex Co., Virginia

Posted: 19 Apr 2003 3:56AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Graves, Coffey
Seeking information on the family and ancestry of JOHN GRAVES of Essex Co., VA. Date of birth unknown. Married HANNAH _____, date unknown. Died in St. Ann's Parish, Essex Co. between 4 Sept. 1719 and 17 May 1726--the dates of will and its filing. Five children named in will: JEAN/JANE (presumably the same of that name who married JOHN COFFEY), JAMES, MARTHA, ANN, and BENJAMIN. I've come across various conjectural ancestries for JOHN GRAVES, but nothing supported by documentation. Can anyone shed light?

Re: Graves Family of Essex Co., Virginia

Posted: 8 May 2003 7:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Graves, Coffey
This is from a lengthy document on the descendants of Captain Thomas Graves of the Jamestown Colony. You're probably already familiar with it, but just in case...
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John Graves (32) married Johannah ("Hannah" or Joanna) ??????. They lived in St. Anne's Parish, Essex Co., Va. He died 1720 in Essex Co.
The following discussion is from the Graves Family Newsletter, 1993, pages 30-31. The Graves ancestry of Jane Graves who married John Coffey is of
considerable interest to the many descendants of this couple. An excellent book on the Coffey family was published in 1984 by Marvin D. Coffey, James Bluford
Coffey, His Ancestors and Descendants in America, Vol. II - Ancestors. On page 31 of that book, he states: “About 1728 John Coffey married Jane Graves, the
daughter of John Graves, deceased, and his wife Hannah... The origin of our Graves ancestors is far from clear... Unfortunately, we cannot identify our John Graves
as one of [the known men named John Graves who were descended from Capt. Thomas Graves of VA]...”
“Coffey genealogists who have looked into our Graves ancestry claim that the parents of John Graves (d. 1720) were James Graves and his wife Jean Mayfield...”
He goes on to provide evidence that casts doubt on this ancestry, however.
Jane is named as a daughter in the will of John Graves, dated 5 Sept. 1719 in Essex Co., VA. James Graves (Jane’s brother) made a will in Essex Co., dated 10 Jan.
1724, naming his wife Jean as executrix but naming no children (making it unlikely that James could have been the father of John or anyone else).
The two previous Graves ancestries for Jane Graves that have been suggested have been through John2 Graves, son of Capt. Thomas Graves, and through Francis2,
Francis3. Both of these have been shown to be very unlikely.
The possibilities are that John, the father of Jane Graves, was a son or grandson of one of the 3 sons of Capt. Thomas Graves, John, Thomas, or Francis. John2, b.c.
1611, d.c. 1640, didn’t have a son John. Looking at his 3 sons: Ralph, b. by 1629, had no son John named in his 1667 will; William, b. by 1631, had only 1 daughter and
no sons, per a 1668 document; Thomas, b. by 1631, had a son John who was b.c. 1665, d. after 1737, lived in King and Queen Co., VA, and was clearly not the father of
Jane.
Looking at Thomas2, he had no son John. His son Thomas, b.c. 1639, had a son John, b. by 1677, d. by 1716, lived in Gloucester Co., VA, clearly a different John;
son Jeffrey had no son John; William had a son John who was not baptized until 1689.
This leaves only Francis2, youngest son of Capt. Thomas Graves. Since the sons of Francis by his marriage to Jane Maguffey were born too late to be the father of
John, John could only have been by a first marriage of Francis2.
The descent that is believed to be correct is: Capt. Thomas1 Graves; Francis2, b.c. 1630, d.c. 1691; John3, b. before 1678, d. 1720, Essex Co., VA; Jane4, b.c.
1701-05, m. John Coffey. On page 140, 1980 Graves Family Newsletter, is the statement, “Some authorities think Francis married an unknown first wife, leaving
descendants living in Essex Co. prior to his marriage in 1678 to the widow Jane Maguffey.” Since Francis was about 48 years of age when he married Jane Maguffey,
it is certainly reasonable to think he had been married before that and had one or more children. In a letter to Kenneth V. Graves on 29 Feb. 1984, Mrs. Sue Davis of
Benton, AR wrote: “John shouldn’t be listed as a child of Jane Maguffey. He was by a first wife.” Sue Davis was a very thorough researcher, and did much
outstanding and reliable research on the Graves family.

Re: Graves Family of Essex Co., Virginia

Posted: 13 Nov 2003 7:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Graves
In the Book, "Genealogical Abstracts from 18th-Century Newspapers," Hannah Graves is listed, "Graves, Hannah, formerly Hannah Stafford, wife of John Graves, Jr. has deceased him." (NPC10 Mar 92). Hannah (decs. 1720; has also been referenced as Johanna) is believed to be the first wife of John Graves Jr., son of Francis Graves, 3rd son of Capt. Thomas Graves(son of thomas Graves and Joan Blagrove) and the only son born in America. Francis Graves was born around 1630 in Accomack, VA. John was the only child born to Hannah. Jane Maguffey was Francis's second wife. Shirley Graves Miller

Re: Graves Family of Essex Co., Virginia

Jerry A. HUNT (View posts)
Posted: 27 Feb 2005 5:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: GRAVES, MAYFIELD, GEORGE
For Mr. COFFEY and Ms. MILLER (and others):

Evidently, all there is to "confirm" the GRAVES and/or
MAYFIELD lines connection in Essex or Caroline Co. VA
is "intelligent speculation". There has even been some
shreds of doubt as to the gender of the Colonial issue of
Capt. Thomas GRAVES, as Frances (f) or Francis (m).
There is certainly speculation on the parentage of the Essex
Co. John GRAVES (d.1719-1726). Thirty year gaps in
records of individuals needs lots of ......pondering.

MY vital interest in all this is that I descend from Essex or
Caroline Co. VA lines of MAYFIELD (as Robert), GRAVES
(as either Benjamin or Beverly--does anyone really know?),
and GEORGE (as Frances, m.ISBELL, then GRAVES, either
Benjamin or Beverly or both).

I would like to discover concrete links between all these
lines in Essex/Caroline Co. VA. I would like to discover we
are "proven" cousins. But, lots more "intelligent speculation"
will certainly be appreciated.
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