Sebastian "Boston" Graves (1747 - 1840) MP

‹ Back to Graves surname

Is your surname Graves?

Research the Graves family

Sebastian "Boston" Graves's Geni Profile

Records for Sebastian Graves

2,284,953 Records

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Share

Nicknames: "Bastian Graff"
Birthplace: Greenwich Township, Berks, Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, United States
Managed by: Kevin Lawrence Hanit
Last Updated:
view all 21

Immediate Family

About Sebastian "Boston" Graves

From Find A Grave Memorial# 54488661

Boston Graves was a blacksmith and a Revolutionary War soldier, a private in Capt. William Rogers' company of Col. William O'Neil's regiment of Orange County, N.C. troops (DAR lineage book, vol. 100, page 38)... Was captured by the British and held for eleven months and later exchanged. His name appears in a list of Revolutionary pensioners published in King's Mountain Men, 1924. His application for pension, filed Aug. 23, 1832, gives his age as 85, the name of his wife as Sarah; states that he was born in Pennsylvania Oct. 1, 1747, moved to Orange County, N.C., where he was drafted in 1779.

Married Sarah Ephland (Efland)d/o Peter and Catherine Efland.

Children:

  1. Catherine m. Wm. Sharp,
  2. Elizabeth m. David Clapp,
  3. Mary m. George Troutt,
  4. Daniel,
  5. John,
  6. George,
  7. Henry,
  8. David,
  9. Peter. 

--------------------

Name Sebastian "Boston" GRAFF56

  • Birth Date 1 Oct 1747320
  • Birth Place Berks County, PA
  • Birth Memo Dunkel's Church, Greenwich Township, Berks County, so it is assumed that he was born in that township.
  • Death Date 1 Apr 1840320 Age: 92
  • Death Place Knox County, KY
  • Death Memo Boson Graves died at his son George Graves home fifteen miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee, April 1, 1840, at 4-1/2 o'clock p.m. in his 93 year of his age.
  • Burial Date 5 Apr 1840320
  • Burial Place Graveston, Knox County, TN
  • Occupation Blacksmith320
  • Father Johann Sebastian GRAFF (1703-1804)
  • Mother Maria Magdalena

Spouses

  1. Sarah EFLAND56
  • Birth Date 1 Oct 1752320
  • Birth Place Berks County, PA
  • Birth Memo May have been born in New Jersey, PA. Source 251 says d.o.b. 1747.
  • Death Date 28 Dec 1843 Age: 91
  • Death Place Powell's Valley, Claiborne County, TN
  • Father Peter EFLAND (1718-1793)
  • Mother Catherine PICKARD (1722->1793)
  • Marriage Date Jun 1769320
  • Marriage Place Orange County, NC
  • Marriage Memo An account of the marriage of Boston to Sarah Efland, daughter of Peter and Catherine Efland, is to be found in a affidavit accompanying his pension application. On Dec. 8, 1841, Philopeni (Phyllis) Sharp of Anderson County, Tenn., testified: "I was present at the marriage of Boston Graves and Sarah Efland, the wife and widow...; that in the early part of June 1769 in the State of North Carolina, Orange County, I rode from my father's house Pet

Notes for Sebastian "Boston" GRAFF

The home of Boston and Sarah Graves in Orange County, NC, was plundered by the British and the Tories during the Revolutionary War. (Described by brother-in-law John Efland as part of his application for pension for Revolutionary War Survice)321 Notes for Sarah (Spouse 1) Name also spelled: Efland, Efland, or Efland

--------------------

was born on 1 Oct 1747 in Greenwich Twp, Berks County, Pennsylvania. He was naturalized in 1763 in North Carolina. He appears on tax list in 1779/80 in Orange County, North Carolina. He appears on tax list in 1785 in Orange County, North Carolina. He appears on tax list on 29 Jun 1790 in Montgomery County, Virginia. He appears on tax list in 1791 in Montgomery County, Virginia. He appears on a deed on 25 Aug 1795 in Orange County, North Carolina. He appears on a deed on 16 Aug 1797 in Montgomery County, Virginia. He died on 1 Apr 1840 in Knox County, Tennessee. He was buried on 5 Apr 1840 in Graveston, Knox County, Tennessee. Boston (Sebastian) Graves (Graff), was born Oct 1, 1747 in Berks County, Pa. His birth date appears in the records of Dunkel's Church, Greenwich Township, Berks County, so it is assumed that he was born in that township.

An account of the marriage of Boston to Sarah Efland, daughter of Peter and Catherine Efland, is to be found in a affidavit accompanying his pension application, and because of the wealth of family data contained in his application for a pension for services performed in North Carolina during the Revolutionary War, and in affidavits made in behalf of his widow to enable her to obtain a pension after his death, an abstract of their papers has been made by the writer, as follows: Pension Application of Boston Graves (R 4213). Issued July 10, 1833 $40 per annum from Mar. 4, 1831 - wife Sarah. Applied for pension Aug 23, 1832, in Knox County, Tenn. Age 85.

Born in Pennsylvania on Oct. 1, 1747. Moved to Orange County, N.C., where he was drafted in 1779 as private in the Militia under Capt. Wm. O'Neal.

Boston Graves and William Graves, who was single, were in the blacksmith business together. It was agreed that William Graves perform the war service since Boston had a family. So the two partners divided the profits, which was done in 1779 or 1780.

When Boston was drafted the second time, for 5 or 6 months, he hired his wife's brother, John Ephland, whom he had raised and was then living with applicant, and being a single man, to take his place. Boston Graves had a substitute for the third draft. In 1781, he was drafted for the fourth time for a term of 3 months under Capt. Wm Rogers, Col. Wm. O'Neal and Gen. Butler. Applicant and Joseph Albright were ordered to work out their tour of duty in Orange County, N.C., at the blacksmith business. After one month he was ordered to Hillsboro, where he was taken prisoner, together with Lt. John Campbell, Col. Little and Gov. Birk and sent to Wilmington and put on board a ship and taken to Charleston, S.C., where he was finally exchanged.

On Aug. 21. 1832, Mary Gibbs, now living in Knox County, who lived near Boston Graves in Orange County, N.C., testified that she knew that he was taken a prisoner at Hillsboro and held for 11 months.

On June 11, 1841, Sarah Graves made affidavit that her husband, Boston Graves, died April 1, 1840. Henry Graves and William Graves (preacher of the Gospel) made affidavit that they saw Boston Graves die and that they attended the funeral. George Graves was an acting justice of the peace in Knox County.

On Dec. 8, 1841, Philopeni (Phyllis) Sharp of Anderson County, Tenn., testified: "I was present at the marriage of Boston Graves and Sarah Ephland, the wife and widow...; that in the early part of June 1769 in the State of North Carolina, Orange County, I rode from my father's house Peter Ephland, in company with Boston Graves and Sarah Ephland, now Sarah Graves, to Michael Holloway's where they were married by the county minister as he was then called and returned in company with them to my father, and that said Boston and Sarah Graves have lived together as man and wife from that time to his death."

Signed: Philopine X Sharp Her Mark

Witness: Henry Graves Sworn to before William H. Gibbs, Justice of the Peace for Anderson County.

On Mar. 2, 1844, Henry Graves, 55 years old, of Knox County, a son of Boston, who died Apr. 1, 1840, and whose mother, Sarah Graves, died Dec. 28, 1842, testified that his parents left the following children: Catherine Sharp, Elizabeth Clapp, John Graves, Peter Graves, George Graves, Henry Graves and David Graves.

Pension (for Widow) suspended for lack of proof of marriage. (Rejected pension claims, p. 401)

In addition to the children mentioned, Boston Graves had a daughter named Mary, who married George Trout. (Records of Roy Stockwell) Boston also had a son named Daniel, who died in Knox County on Oct. 7, 1838. Daniel's wife was Sophia Clapp and they had 8 children. A son, John born Sept 20, 1804, married Catherine Graves, daughter of John and Sarah Sharp Graves. (Records of Roy Stockwell)

Boston Graves' name appeared on the 1779 tax list for Orange County, N.C. assessed on property valued at $1,501, and in 1780 he was taxed on 129 acres of land. His name appeared for the last time on the 1785 tax list, still taxed on 129 acres. Records found in Montgomery County, Virginia, indicate that Boston spent several years in that county before settling in Knox County, Tenn., but he apparently retained his property in North Carolina until 1795, when a deed from Boston Graves to John Iffland, dated Aug 25, 1795 (Orange County, N.C. Granter Book 6, p. 5) appears in the records. Judging from the birthplace of his children, he must have returned to North Carolina from Virginia several times before finally settling in Knox County, where he remained until his death in 1840. Boston's name appeared on the 1790 personal tax records of Montgomery County, Va., in 1790, having made a return on June 29, 1790, on 6 horses, living with him at the time was a male between 16-21. In this record, Boston's name was spelled Bostain Greaves. In 1792, he was taxed on 9 horses: in 1793 on 9 horses; and in 1795 on 8 horses, with no sons under 21. He appeared in the 1791 Land Book for Montgomery County taxed on 50 acres of land.

At least one of Boston's children-Peter-was born in Virginia, in 1783. On Aug. 21, 1790, Boston was a witness to the marriage of George Mann to Elizabeth Moyer (Mozer). On Apr. 22, 1793, Boston's daughter, Elizabeth, married David Clapp (Marriage Book A-Montgomery County, Va). Boston Graves' name was given as father.

On Aug. 16, 1797, Boston Graves and wife Sarah, of the county of Montgomery, Va., deeded to David Price of the same county, 235 acres of land on "Clover Bottom waters of Sinking Creek, a branch of New River..." This deed was acknowledged in the Montgomery County Court of January 1798 by Boston and Sarah Graves. (Montgomery Co. Deed Book C, p. 95)

Daniel Graves' name appears in the 1830 census for Knox County, Tenn., age between 50-60 (1770-80), and it is likely that he was the oldest son of Boston and Sarah Efland Graves.

Boston's daughter, Catherine, married William Sharp, probably about 1789, as their daughter Sarah (Sally) was born Apr. 11, 1790 in Virginia, and is believed to have been the oldest child of the couple. Sally married Daniel Gibbs, youngest son of Nicholas and Mary Efland Gibbs. (They must have been second cousins, as Sally's mother Catherine and Daniel Gibbs would be first cousins)

The 1830 census for Claiborne County gives Catherine Sharp's age as between 50-60, so she was born sometime between 1770-80. (See History of William and Catherine Graves Sharp)

Elizabeth, Boston's daughter, married David Clapp, born Oct. 17, 1772 and believed to have been the son of Barney and Philopeni Moser Clapp. Barney Clapp, born 1741, was the son of George Valentine and Mary Albright Clapp. He married Philopeni Moser, born Dec. 24, 1741; died Jan. 12, 1780, daughter of Adam Moser, formally of Hereford Township, Berks County, Pa.

John Graves, son of Boston, was born about 1780 in North Carolina (1850 Knox County, Tenn. census) and married Mary Trout, born about 1782 in Virginia. (1850 Knox County Tenn. census.)

Boston's son Peter was born Sept. 15, 1783 in Montgomery County, Va., and on Apr. 4, 1806, married Jane Milton in Knox County, Tenn. (Obituary notice published in Bainbridge, Ind, newspaper) His wife died in 1853. After several years in Knox County, they settled near Bainbridge, Putnam County, Indiana, where he died Feb. 2, 1860. (Obituary notice published in Bainbridge, Ind, newspaper) They had 7 children. (Records of Mrs. C.C. Collins, Roachdale, Ind., a descendant)

George, son of Boston, was born about 1785 in North Carolina, (1850 Knox County, Tenn. census) and married Ann Rutherford, born about 1791 in Virginia. They had no children. (Records of Roy Stockwell)

Henry Graves was born May 21, 1788, (The dates on Henry Graves and his family were copied from a Bible record on file at the D.A.R. Library, Washington, D.C. This Bible is owned by Ellis Reed Graves) and on Sept. 1, 1814, married Betsey Ann Grills, born Feb. 1, 1792, daughter of Elliott and Mary (Polly) Grills. Polly Grills died Mar. 13, 1821. They had 8 children. (Elliott Grills was the son of John and Philadelphia Grills, whose children were: Richard; Elinor, m. Col. Thomas Ingles, son of William and Mary (Draper) Ingles; Elizabeth; John, m. (1) Aug. 18, 1785, Mary Ingles, daughter of Maury Ingles (Marriage records of Montgomery and Fincastle Co., Va.); (2) Peggy Robinson, daughter of John, on Aug. 8, 1791; Mildred; b. Nov. 27, 1758 in Albemrle Co., Va.; m. on New River, Montgomery Co., Va., John McAdoo II, (b. in Augusta, later Botetourt Co., Va. Feb. 6, 1757; d. in Anderson Co., Tenn. Dec. 26, 1830. She died Jan. 8, 1838 in Anderson County), on Sept. 4, 1787. (Records of Mrs. Ada Morrow Reeves of Nashville, Tenn.); Elliott, m. Mary _____, who died Mar. 13, 1821)

Betsey Ann (Grills) Graves died June 14, 1850 and Henry died Feb. 6, 1870, in Knox County, Tenn.

David, (D.A.R. Lineage Book 100, p. 38) probably the youngest son of Boston, married in Knox County on Sept. 13, 1817, Mary Holloway (b. about 1795), who died Sept. 4, 1869. One of their children was William, born July 19, 1818, died Apr. 6, 1895, who married on Oct. 2, 1837, Mahala Graves, born Sept. 24 , 1821. The 1830 Knox County census gives David's age as between 30-40 (b. between 1790-1800). At that time he had 5 children, all under 10. David Graves died in 1846. (D.A.R. Lineage Book 100, p. 38) The Bible records on file at the D.A.R. Library stated that Sarah Graves died Dec. 28, 1843 "in her 90th year", so she must have been born about 1752-3, probably in New Jersey.

Knox County Tennessee 1806 tax lists Shows Bostian Graves taxed on 537 acres.

The tax lists for Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne Counties 1800-1820 list Bostian Graves.

Boston Graves is buried in the Graves Cemetery, now (1996) located east of the town of Graveston Tennessee. Turn south off of Tazwell Pike on Jim Wolf road, go about 1/4 mile to the home of Mrs Webster, on the left, Graves cemetery is located behind her house about 200 yards. This cemetery is very overgrown, all the tombstones are very difficult to read except Bostons', it has had a new marker put on it by the DAR in the last few years. Don & Scharmal Conley took a photo of Boston's tombstone in 1996. This tombstone reads: Boston Graves, North Carolina, PVT Capt Wm Rogers Co, Revolutionary War, Oct 1 1747, April 1 1840.

Boson Graves died at his son George Graves home fifteen miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee, April 1, 1840, at 4-1/2 o'clock p.m. in his 93 year of his age.

He was married to SARAH EFLAND "SARY" (daughter of PETER EFLAND and CATHERINE ________) in Jun 1769 in Orange County, North Carolina. SARAH EFLAND "SARY" was born on 1 Oct 1752 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. She died on 28 Dec 1843. Sarah Efland could have been born in New Jersey, Pennsylvania. Last name could be spelled: Eveland, Ephland, or Efland. Source: Bernard McKerman, 2930 W. Echo Lane, Phoenix, Arizona, 85051.

Sarah Efland Graves died at her daughter's home (Catherine Graves) in Powell's Valley in Claiborne County, Tennessee, 28 Dec 1842. BOSTIAN SEBASTIAN GRAVES and SARAH EFLAND "SARY" had the following children:

--------------------

view all 11

Sebastian "Boston" Graves's Timeline

1747
October 1, 1747
Greenwich Township, Berks, Pennsylvania
1769
June 17, 1769
Age 21
Orange, North Carolina, USA
1770
1770
Age 22
Orange Co., North Carolina, United States
1772
1772
Age 24
Orange County, NC, USA
1774
1774
Age 26
Orange County, North Carolina, United States
1780
1780
Age 32
1790
1790
Age 42
Montgomery, Virginia, USA
1840
April 1, 1840
Age 92
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, United States
April 1840
Age 92
Graves Cemetery, near Knoxville, Tennessee, United States