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John Graves

Birthplace: Of, Braintree, Essex, England
Death: Died in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Deacon George Graves of Hartford and Anne Graves
Husband of Elizabeth Graves
Father of John Graves; Abigail Benton; Joseph Graves and Hannah Stone
Brother of George Graves, Jr., Marshall of the Colony
Half brother of Priscilla Markham; Sarah Deming and Mary Dow

Occupation: Blacksmith
Managed by: Stephen Edward Dickson
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About Dea. John Graves

John Graves (1631–1695) Born: abt. 1631 England. Died: 12-31-1695 Guilford, CT. Buried: East Guilford, CT

Parents: George Graves (ca. 1600–1673) "original proprietor" of Hartford, CT and widow Sarah Ventres.


  1. on 2 Nov 1657 to Elizabeth (Cruttenden) Stillwell in Guilford, CT. She was born about 1639, the daughter of Abraham and Mary Cruttenden of Guilford. She was the widow of Jasper Stillwell, who was buried 11-8-1656. She did not remarry after John’s death. [see "about Elizabeth Cruttenden" section.] [1]

Children of John Graves and Elizabeth Stillwell:

  1. John, b. 2-27-1658/9, m. 1-2-1684/5 Elizabeth Foote, d.12-1-1726.
  2. Elizabeth, b. 4-11-1661, d. 1662.
  3. Elizabeth, b. 9-16-1665, d. 6-3-1669. Bur. 6-4-1669.
  4. Sarah, b. 3-14-1668, m. 1-17-1694 Thomas Robinson, Jr., d. 9-10-1715.
  5. Abigail, b. 3-6-1670, m. 6-14-1694 (Ensign) Ebenezer Benton, d. 4-10-1753.
  6. Joseph, b. 8-27-1672, m. abt. 1697 Margaret Wilcoxson, d. 1714.
  7. Daniel, b. 9-17-1675, d. 11-8-1675.
  8. Nathaniel, b. 1-27-1678, m. 11-25-1709 Elizabeth Barron, d. 1-1727.
  9. Hannah, b. 1-12-1680, m. 1-6-1709 Nathaniel Stone, d. 3-21-1757 (or May). He was a son of Nathaniel Stone and Mary Bartlett of Guilford, Conn., was born 7 Oct. 1678, and died 6 Aug. 1752


He came to America with his father and arrived in Hartford around 1636. He was a blacksmith by trade, living at Hartford until 1657. In 1657 John and Elizabeth moved to Guilford where John was Town Clerk from 1673 to 1685. He was deputy to the General Court most of the time from 1670 to 1695, representing Guilford 23 times. He was Deacon in the First Church. He was confirmed as Ensign of the train band of Guilford 10-10-1667, was one of the grantees in the Town Patent in 1685, and owned several parcels of land in the town.

John Grave(s) House- 1685 Sources:

About Elizabeth Crittenden

from Dorey, Ancestors of Margaret Leet, PDF file:

There are a number of conflicting accounts of who John married. Several claim that he married Elizabeth Stillwell, the widow of Jasper Stillwell and the daughter of William and Mary Cruttenden, Chittenden, or Crittenden. Others claim that he married Elizabeth Stillwell, daughter of Jasper Stillwell, and secondly Elizabeth Cruttenden. I am guided by Donald Lines Jacobus who addressed these issues in an article titled Graves-Cruttenden-Stillwell: A Correction,(The American Genealogist), and quoted by Perry Streeter (see Resources):

In short, John Grave(s) had but one wife, Elizabeth Crittenden [sic], whom he married under the name Stillwell because she was the young widow of Jasper Stillwell and that was then her correct surname. Jasper was buried 8 Nov. 1656, and his widow decently waited a year until 26 Nov. 1657 before she married John Graves. She was the mother of all his children. This is proved readily enough by the will of Abraham-1 Cruttenden, dated 14 Sept. 1681 [New Haven Probate, 1: part 2:94], in which he gave L-5 to "my daughter Elizabeth Grave."

The tale of her two subsequent marriages to Sperry and Burwell... is sheer nonsense.



  • [1] Torrey, p. 318
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Dea. John Graves's Timeline

Of, Braintree, Essex, England
February 27, 1658
Age 25
Guilford, New Haven Colony
March 6, 1670
Age 37
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
August 17, 1672
Age 39
January 12, 1680
Age 47
Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony
December 31, 1695
Age 62
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut