John Graves, of Timberneck Creek

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John Graves

Birthdate: (35)
Birthplace: Kent, England
Death: April 30, 1640 (31-39)
Timberlake Creek, Charles River Shire, Virginia Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt Thomas Graves and Katherine Graves
Husband of Wife of John Graves
Father of Ralph Graves; Thomas Graves, of Timberneck Creek; William Graves, of "Skimino"; Sarah Dipnall and NN Grenther
Brother of Verlinda Stone and Anne Cotton
Half brother of Thomas Graves, III; Verlinda Stone; Katherine Sprigg; Virginia Graves; Frances Truitt and 1 other

Occupation: Planter,
Managed by: Private User
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About John Graves, of Timberneck Creek


John Graves (2) was the oldest son of Captain Thomas Graves.  In the absence of documentation, Mrs. Hiden estimated his birth in one instance to be "by 1605" and "not later than 1616" in another.  Based on all available evidence, it seems likely that he was born about 1611.  He was almost certainly born in England, since he did not receive land as an "Ancient Planter." All persons in Virginia prior to 1616 received an additional 50 acres.  He was "of age" (age 21 or older) before 19 Feb. 1634/5, for he had sued John Parramore (Accawmacke 1, p. 26), proving he was born at least by 1614, and on that date the Acchawmacke Court's decision was "John Parramore ordered to pay a debt of 100 lb. tobacco to John Graves".

John Graves seems to have been the only one of his name in the county.  Because most of the early records were destroyed, very little information is available about him, but land records and patents do reveal some facts.

The wife of John Graves is not known, but John Card Graves stated (R‑915): "He married a daughter of the illustrious Perrin family, large property owners, and prominent in Virginia history."  He gave no basis for this statement.  (R‑915)

Children - Graves

  1. Ralph Graves, b. by 1629, m. Rachel Croshaw, c. 1652-4, d. 9 May 1667.
  2. William Graves, b. by 1631, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. before 1668.
  3.   Thomas Graves, b. by 1631, m. Elizabeth ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. aft. Aug. 1695 (when he witnessed a deed in York Co., VA).  He was an adjoining land owner to his brother William in 1652 in York Co. (Adventurers of Purse and Person, 3rd edition, 1987, p. 331).  He married Elizabeth ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  On 26 May 1684, a judgement was granted to Thomas Graves (York Co., Book 6, p. 580).  In August 1695, Thomas and Elizabeth Graves witnessed a deed (York Co., Book 1665-1701, p. 26).  The Virginia Quit Rent Rolls of 1704 show a Thomas Graves in King William Co. with 100 acres.  King William was a new county, having been formed from King and Queen Co. in 1702.  It was previously believed that he might have been the father of John Graves, b.c. 1665, but it is now believed that was genealogy 270.  (R‑14)
  4. Sarah Graves, m. Thomas Dipnall (Burgess from James City Co., VA in 1654), by 1661.
  5. daughter, m. William Grenther.



  1. CAPTAIN THOMAS GRAVES 1608 Settler of Jamestown, Virginia, and His Descendants (ca. 1580-2012).  Graves Family Association, Rev. 13 Aug. 2013, Gen. 169



According to John Graves' page by Melissa Thompson Alexander:

John Graves married Elizabeth Perrin in Virginia Colony in 1629, and the two have five children in five years, presumably after settling in Elizabeth City (at the time, the Albemarle was considered part of Virginia Colony).

According to Melissa Thompson Alexander's page on Thomas Graves, Sr.:

Thomas Graves married a woman named Katherine Elizabeth (last name unknown), presumably while in Virginia Colony. Between 1639 and 1643, the couple has four children.

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John Graves, of Timberneck Creek's Timeline

Kent, England
Age 24
Virginia Colony
Age 26
York County, Virginia Colony, (Present USA)
Age 31
Gloucester, Virginia
Age 32
November 5, 1639
Age 34
Ratcliff, London, England
Age 34
Jamestown, Virginia
April 30, 1640
Age 35
Timberlake Creek, Charles River Shire, Virginia Colony
January 21, 1947
Age 35