Deacon George Graves of Hartford

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George Graves, Sr.

Also Known As: "George Grave"
Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Braintree, Essex, England
Death: September 3, 1673 (68)
Hartford, Hartford County , Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Michael Graves and Elizabeth Graves
Husband of Anne Graves and Sarah (Gray Abraham) Ventres
Father of George Graves, Jr., Marshall of the Colony; Dea. John Graves; Priscilla Markham; Sarah Deming and Mary Dow
Brother of Abigail Bearding and Sarah Lord

Occupation: Weaver
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About Deacon George Graves of Hartford

An Original Proprietor of Hartford, Connecticut


George Grave,1 weaver; an original proprietor; his home-lot was on the highway now known as Elm St., near the Little River; chosen townsman, 1650, 1668 ; deputy, 1657, 1658; fence-viewer, 1666; against the “Withdrawers” from the First Church, 1658, but afterward an original member of the Second Church, with his wife, Sarah, Feb. 12, 1670, and deacon; d. in Sept., 1673; inv. Sept. 30, £278. 13. 2.

His wife, Sarah, was probably second wife, as she was the “mother-in-law” of his son, George. Wm. Andrews, in his will, calls him “Brother.”


  1. George, b. ab. 1629 (aged 58, April, 1687); m. April 2, 1651, Elizabeth Ventris; townsman, 1672; removed to Middletown; for some years Marshal of the Colony; d. Dec. 3, 1692
  2. John, m. (1) Nov. 26, 1657, Elizabeth, den. of Jasper Stilwell, of Guilford ; rem. to Guilford ; deputy, 1670 and 1676 ; m. (2) 1690, Hannah, son. of Philip Davis, of Hartford.
  3. Sarah, m. Nov. 21, 1660, Jonathan Deming, of Wethersfield ; d. June 5, 1668
  4. Mary, m. Dec. 12, 1665, Samuel Dow, of Hartford, a sailor
  5. Priscilla, m. William Markham, of Hartford, afterward of Hadley ; d. ab. 1688. (Thomas Thornton owned, in 1699, the message, tenement, ate., which had belonged to “Marshal George Graves,” containing “five roods more or less, and whereof my said Brother Died Seized”. Did he marry another daughter of George Grave, Sr. 13)

1 “George Graue, freeholder in the Borough of Hertford, 1921:” - Cussan's Hertfordshire


George Graves was one of the original proprietors of Hartford, Conn., where he settled about 1636 on the south side of Elm St. about opposite the Daniel's Mill1. A sketch map showing the south-side plantation portion of Hartford in 1636 (map shown on next page) shows Deacon George Graves' house lot situated on the Little River between the lots of Governor Edward Hopkins and Stephen Post[11].  He was a weaver in comfortable circumstances, and was appointed to inspect linen and woolen goods for the Colony at Hartford 3 June 1644 He was chosen "Townsman", as the Selectmen were then called, in 1650.

He was married first in England and his two eldest children were born there and brought to America by their father1.  He secondly married widow Sarah Ventres mother-in-law of his son George


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Deacon George Graves of Hartford's Timeline

Braintree, Essex, England
Age 26
Braintree, Essex, England
Age 28
Of, Braintree, Essex, England
Age 31
Connecticut, United States
Age 31
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
Age 35
September 3, 1673
Age 68
Hartford, Hartford County , Connecticut Colony
September 27, 1673
Age 68
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States