Mary Dow (Graves) (c.1640 - 1672) MP

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About Mary Dow (Graves)

Mary Graves (5) married Samuel Dow of Hartford, Conn. on 12 Dec. 1665.  He was born 1621, and died 2 June 1690 in his Hartford home, although John Card Graves said he moved to Hadley, Mass.  He was a sailor, with little money.  How he met and succeeded in marrying the daughter of a very substantial Hartford citizen can only be surmised.  He was home about the end of 1671, and was at sea 1672-4.  After that he may have settled down.  That he had more than one child is evident from some court proceedings: "A General Courte Held at Hartford, Oct. 8, 1674: Mary Dowe of Hartforde, informeing this Court that her husband being gone to sea and not having heard of for nearly two yeares, and leaving her destitute of supplyes necessary for the mayntenance of herself and children, she is fallen into debt and knowes not how to pay the same without it be by the sale of her house and lott, and therefore desired this Court to empower her so to doe, -- the Court considering the permises doe see good reason to grant her desire, and doe accordingly give her full power to grant, bargain, and sell the sayd house and lott, and her deed therein shall be esteemed good and valid in the law." A probate record in Hartford gives an inventory for Samuel Dow of 21 pounds, 15 shillings, taken 24 Oct. 1690 by George Graves, Sr.[24] and Thomas Olcott.  (R‑202, R‑205)

Children - Dow

  1.   25.  Sarah Dow, bapt. 2 Feb. 1672 (Second Church, Hartford, Conn.).  It is not known what became of her.
  2. +26.  Edmund Dow


  1. 1442. Clara Edith Graves Baker (Mrs. Arthur Alan Baker)., "The Genealogy Of Herbert C. Graves. Clara Baker. 1902. Hartford,CN.Main Library, Genealogical Section," 1902, Washington, DC. Library Of Congress Card Cat. No. CS71, G776 (1963), p.4.


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December 12, 1665
Age 25
September 19, 1672
Age 32
Age 32
Hartford, Connecticut, United States