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Isaac Graves

Birthplace: Gravesend, Kent, England
Death: September 19, 1677 (53)
Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (Killed by Indians)
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Graves, of Hatfield; Thomas Graves; Sarah Graves and Sarah
Husband of Mary Church and Mary Graves
Father of Mary Haskell; Isaac Graves; Rebecca Graves; Samuel Graves; Sarah Barrett and 5 others
Brother of John Graves, of Hatfield; Nathaniel Graves, Sr. and Samuel Graves

Occupation: Sergeant in King Philip's War, Carpenter, Solider
Immigration Year: 1645 or before
Military service: Sergeant in the Colonial Militia
Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Sgt. Isaac Graves

Isaac Graves (2) was born probably as early as 1620 in England, and died 19 Sept. 1677, killed in an Indian attack on the Hatfield settlement. He married Mary Church, daughter of Richard and Anna Church. She came from England in 1637, and died 9 June 1695.

He came to New England with his father and settled in Hartford, Conn. before 1645. He was made freeman at General Court, Boston, Mass. 16 May 1669, was Sergeant in the Colonial Militia, and Clerk of the Writs for Hatfield, to which he moved in 1661. He was a prominent man in his time, and one of the representatives of that portion of Hadley (later Hatfield) who appeared before the General Court at Boston in favor of separate church and town rights for Hatfield.

Isaac was a carpenter, and was a resident of Wethersfield, Conn. before 1645. He "keyed down" Goffe's Bridge in Wethersfield in 1648.

During the continuance of what is usually called "King Philip's War", the inhabitants of these isolated frontier towns were naturally filled with forebodings of danger to their homes and families. For their own protection and safety, the inhabitants of Northampton, Hadley and Hatfield practically united for mutual defense and assistance. These three town were occupied by troops from the eastern portion of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay. At Northampton 26 soldiers were located, at Hadley 30, and at Hatfield 36. This was the most exposed, as it was the frontier town. Then they had a committee, called a council of war, chosen from the several towns. Among the members was Sergeant Isaac Graves. The object of this council of war was to provide better security to the inhabitants of the several towns. They counselled with the commander, Major Appleton, relative to the ways and means best to be used for the protection of life and property.

On August 25, 1675, a scouting party of ten was sent out and fell into an ambuscade, and nine were killed. Then on the 17th of September, Captain Lathrop and his company and several teamsters from Deerfield were attacked and massacred. Only a few escaped. Sixty-four were buried in one grave as the result of the "Bloody Brook" fight. Seventeen of the sixty-four were Deerfield men. In consequence of the numerous attacks by the Indians, the people, to better protect themselves, built a stockade, probably in the atumn of 1675, composed of posts of timber set in the ground, and about ten feet high. This stockade was built on both sides of Main Street, some twelve or fifteen rods from the east and west lines of the street, extending north from the Northampton road, not far from 100 rods. This stockade enclosed the bulk of the village. The houses of Isaac and John Graves were within the stockade. Unfortunately for them, on September 19, 1677, they were both employed in building a house for John Graves, Jr., about half a mile above the northerly end of the stockade, on a lot adjoining that of Sergeant Benjamin Waite. Without any warning or thought of danger, they were attacked by the Indians, and Isaac and John were shot down while engaged, as one tradition has it, "in laying shingles on the roof of the house," and with them were likewise two other men who were working with them, John Atchinson and John Cooper. Eight others were killed, and we presume scalped, as the account speaks of them as being disfigured, and seventeen were made prisoners. All but one, Obadiah Dickinson, were women and children.

In the early vital records of Hartford, Conn., the first 4 children of Isaac are given as being born there - Mary on 5 July 1647, Isaac on 21 Aug. 1650, Rebecca on 3 July 1652, and Samuel on 5 Oct. 1655. (R‑200)

Children - Graves

 8.  Mary Graves, b. 5 July 1647, m. Eleazer Frary, 28 Jan. 1665.  It was previously believed that this Mary Graves m(2) Joseph Haskell.  However, it is much more likely that the Mary Graves who married Joseph Haskell was a daughter of Mark Graves and Amy ‑‑‑‑‑‑ and a granddaughter of immigrant Samuel Graves of Lynn, MA (genealogy 83).
 9.  Isaac Graves, b. 22 (or 21) Aug. 1650, never married, d. before 1677.
 10.  Rebecca Graves, b. 3 July 1652 (or 1653), never married, d. before 1677.

+11. Samuel Graves, b. 1 (or 5) Oct. 1655, m(1) Sarah Colton, 31 Oct. 1678, m(2) Deliverance ‑‑‑‑‑‑, 1 Jan. 1690, d. 8 Feb. 1692.

 12.  Sarah Graves, m. Benjamin Barrett (of Sunderland, Mass.), 27 April 1677, d. Sunderland.
 13.  Elizabeth Graves, b. 16 March 1661, m. Benjamin Hastings, 1683, d. before 8 Feb. 1697.  He was b. 9 Aug. 1659, m(2) Mary Parsons (of Northampton, Mass.), d. 8 Feb. 1697 (Hatfield).

+14. John Graves, b. 1664, m. Sarah Banks, 26 Oct. 1686, probably d. 1746.

+15. Hannah Graves, b. 24 Jan. 1666, m. William Sackett, 27 Nov. 1689.

+16. Jonathan Graves, b. 24 Jan. 1666, m(1) Sarah Parsons, m(2) Mary King, 19 July 1721, d. 12 Oct. 1737.

 17.  Mehitable Graves, b. 1 Oct. 1671, m(1) Richard Morton (of Hatfield), 29 Jan. 1690, m(2) William Worthington, d. 22 March 1742.  She moved to Colchester, Conn. with William.

Of Hat. Slain by Indians.

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ISAAC2 GRAVES (THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1620 in England, and died 19 Sep 1677 in Hatfield. He married MARY CHURCH 1646 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, daughter of RICHARD CHURCH and ANNE MARSH. She was born 02 Nov 1632 in England, and died 09 Jun 1695 in Connecticut.

Notes for ISAAC GRAVES: --of Hartford, Connecticut;--it appears the same Isaac married either Hannah or Mary Church;--it was Mary Church;--killed in the Indian attack on Hatfield (King Philip's War);--

Notes for MARY CHURCH: --came from England in 1637;- Children of ISAAC GRAVES and MARY CHURCH are: i. MARY3 GRAVES, b. 05 Jul 1647; m. ELEAZER FRARY, 28 Jan 1665. ii. ISAAC GRAVES, b. 22 Aug 1650; d. Abt. 1677.

Sgt. Isaac Graves was killed by indians

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Sgt. Isaac Graves's Timeline

February 16, 1624
Gravesend, Kent, England
July 5, 1647
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
August 21, 1650
Hartford, Connecticut Colony
July 3, 1652
Hartford, Connecticut Colony
October 1, 1655
Hartford, Connecticut Colony
April 27, 1657
Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
March 16, 1661
Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
January 24, 1665
Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
January 24, 1666
Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony