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William Graves

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Weymouth, Somersetshire, England
Death: 1679 (56-64)
Newtown, Long Island, NY
Immediate Family:

Husband of Sarah Graves
Father of Abigail Dibble

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About William Graves

William Graves married (prob. as 2'nd wife) Sarah (__?__) (widow of John Dibble) on 7 November 1647 in Springfield, Mass..1 He married (prob. 3'rd) Ann Stevenson (widow of Edward Stevenson) circa 1670 in Newtown, Long Island, New York.2,3 He died between 13 June 1679 and 20 June 1679 in Newtown, Long Island, New York.4,5

Immigration: Before 1642. Residence: in 1642 An original pioneer of Stamford, CT, William receives a house and land grant inNov. 1642.6 Residence: in 1657 Removed to Newtown, Long Island, NY. For more on the witchcraft inquiry pertaining to this family, see article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 155, July 2001 "More on the Identity of Abigail (Graves) Dibble, and Her tragic Death and Suspicions of Witchcraft", by Norbert Bankert. Records of William Graves are few and scattered both in time and location. 

He appears first in Stamford Connecticut in 1642 and next in Springfield Massachusetts in 1647. In 1656 and 1657, and again in 1666/7 he is found in Stamford. Subsequent records of William Graves are found in Newtown, Long Island, New York, until his death in 1679. He probably married three times and possibly had five or more children; however, there has yet to be found any birth or marriage records for his children, and only one marriage record for William.


The origin or birth of William Graves is, as yet, unknown. The first known record of William is in November of 1642 when he is allotted a house lot in the distribution of lands by the town of Stamford Connecticut. The first settlers of Stamford had arrived there in the summer of 1641. On a list of those designated as "Pioneers to the end of 1642" is the name of William Graves. Links


  • Holbrook Collection: Massachusetts Vital Records: Springfield 1640-1894, fiche #20, p. 118,.
  • NEHGR, George McCracken, "The Fields of Flushing, Long Island", 113(1959):206 .
  • TAG, "William Graves of Newtown, Long Island", 33(1957):36 (article pp. 36-44 and 188-189).
  • Probate Record, William Graves, The will of William Graves is dated and signed 13 June 1679 (pp. 351-352). He is called "deceased" when the inventory is appraised on 20 June 1679 (p. 353). His son John Graves will is dated and signed by mark 11 June 1679. He is called "deceased" when the inventory is appraised two days later on 13 June 1679. By 8 July, 1679, "his daughter Hannah likewise departed this life"..
  • NEHGR, Norbert R. Bankert, "More on the Identity of Abigail (Graves) Dibble, and Her Tragic Death and Suspicions of Witchcraft", 155(2001):273-278 .
  • Rev. E. B. Huntington A.M., History of Stamford Connecticut 1641-1868, 33.
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William Graves's Timeline

Weymouth, Somersetshire, England
Age 29
Windsor, Connecticut
Age 60
Newtown, Long Island, NY