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Ralph Graves

Birthdate: (38)
Birthplace: Virginia Colony
Death: May 9, 1667 (34-42)
Bruton Parish, Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of John Graves, of Timberneck Creek and Wife of John Graves
Husband of Rachel Barnes
Father of Anne Graves; Ralph Graves, Jr.; Mary Graves; Martha Graves and William Graves
Brother of Thomas Graves, of Timberneck Creek; William Graves, of "Skimino"; Sarah Dipnall and NN Grenther

Managed by: David Clifton Majors
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About Ralph Graves

Ralph Graves was born at least by 1629 (probably about 1625), as he witnessed a deed in 1650 in York Co., Va., and died testate 9 May 1667 in York Co., Va. (according to the Bruton Parish Register). He married Rachel Croshaw (or Crosher), daughter of Major Joseph Croshaw, about 1654. Joseph Croshaw was a son of Raleigh Croshaw who arrived in Jamestown in 1608 on the ship "Mary and Margaret" with Capt. Thomas Graves. Ralph Graves made a trip to England in 1652 for his father-in-law, Major Joseph Croshaw.

After Ralph died, his widow married Richard Barnes, and died 20 April 1669. Richard died in Jan. 1674/5. Joseph Croshaw deeded to Ralph and Rachel 2000 acres of land in New Kent Co., Va. on 23 Dec. 1654. Joseph was Justice of the Peace in York Co. in 1655, member of the House of Burgesses in 1659-60, and died 10 April 1667. The will of Ralph Graves, dated 5 May 1667, proved 29 July 1667 in York Co., Va., names oldest son Ralph, youngest son William, eldest daughter Anne, youngest daughter Mary, wife Rachel, and uncle Richard Croshaw, executor. In his will, he mentioned that he was in the prime of life, but feeble in body. His will bequeathed his 1000 acre homeplace in York Co. to his wife and then to his son, Ralph Graves, Jr.

In 1675, Ralph, Jr. petitioned to be appointed guardian of brother William, denied.

Children - Graves

  1. Anne Graves, d. aft. 5 May 1667.
  2. Ralph Graves, b. 24 July 1653, m. Unity White, d. 1694.
  3. William Graves, b. 2 March 1665, d. aft. 1675.
  4. Mary Graves, d. aft. 5 May 1667.
  5. Martha Graves, d. 27 Oct. 1665 (or 1666).



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


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Ralph Graves's Timeline

Virginia Colony
Age 22
July 24, 1653
Age 24
York County, Virginia Colony
Age 37
Age 37
March 2, 1667
Age 38
May 9, 1667
Age 38
Bruton Parish, Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia Colony