Ancestors of Sarah Coffey

born May 1, 1779
Daughter of John Coffey, Sr., and Mary Buchanan

Generation No. 1

        1. Sarah Coffey, born May 01, 1779 in Prob Wilkes CO., NC; died August 26, 1842 in Near Asheville, Buncombe CO., NC. She was the daughter of 2. John Coffey, Sr. and 3. Mary (Polly or Molley) Buchanan. She married (1) Michael Israel, Jr. February 26, 1800 in Wilkes CO., NC. He was born 1778 in Albemarle CO., VA, and died 1866 in Buncombe CO., NC. He was the son of Michael Israel, Sr. and Sarah Graves.

Notes for Sarah Coffey:
Sarah Coffey is a descendant of Captain Thomas Graves

Notes for Michael Israel, Jr.:
Michael Israel Jr. was born in the midst of the Revolutionary War. While still a baby, his parents moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina and settled on the North Fork of Warrior Creek on the Yadkin River. This area of Wilkes County, later became Caldwell County when it was created in 1841. In the 1800 Census Michael and his wife Sarah were living with Michael Israel Sr. In February of 1838, Michael Israel was appointed as a constable. This would indicate that he was of some status in the Avery's Creek Community as a leader. Michael and his wife Sarah were charter members of Avery's Creek Baptist Church organized in 1828 near Burn's Branch. Minutes from the early days of the church indicate that the congregation met in the home of Michael Israel, Jr. in the early days. Avery's Creek is located 9 miles south of Ashville, North Carolina.


Generation No. 2

        2. John Coffey, Sr., born 1753 in Spotsylvania CO., VA; died December 27, 1825 in Montgomery, Montgomery CO., AL. He was the son of 4. Rev. James Coffey, Sr. and 5. Elizabeth Cleveland. He married 3. Mary (Polly or Molley) Buchanan Abt. 1773 in Cambridge, Dorchester CO., MD.
        3. Mary (Polly or Molley) Buchanan, born December 18, 1755 in VA; died 1837.
        
Children of John Coffey and Mary Buchanan are:
    i. Celia Coffey, born in Wilkes, NC.
    ii. Levi Coffey, born December 10, 1774 in Albemarle, VA.
    iii. Lewis Coffey, born January 12, 1777 in Albemarle, VA.
  1 iv. Sarah Coffey, born May 01, 1779 in Prob Wilkes CO., NC; died August 26, 1842 in Near Asheville, Buncombe CO., NC; married Michael Israel, Jr. February 26, 1800 in Wilkes CO., NC.
    v. Elizabeth Coffey, born January 10, 1782 in Wilkes, NC.
    vi. William Coffey, born May 17, 1784 in Wilkes, NC.
    vii. James Coffey, born October 23, 1786 in Wilkes, NC.
    viii. Nancy Coffey, born July 14, 1791 in Wilkes, NC.
    ix. Eleanor Coffey, born January 09, 1793 in Wilkes, NC.
    x. John Coffey, born July 05, 1796 in Wilkes, NC.
    xi. Polly Coffey, born February 05, 1799 in Wilkes, NC.


Generation No. 3

        4. Rev. James Coffey, Sr., born July 04, 1729 in Essex CO., VA; died October 1786 in Wilkes CO., NC. He was the son of 8. John Coffey, Sr. and 9. Jane (Jean) Graves. He married 5. Elizabeth Cleveland August 30, 1750 in Albemarle, VA.
        5. Elizabeth Cleveland, born February 1725/26; died 1826 in Bedford CO. She was the daughter of 10. Alexander Cleveland and 11. Mary Presley.
        
Children of James Coffey and Elizabeth Cleveland are:
    i. Ellizabeth (Betty) Coffey, born Abt. 1751 in Spotsylvania CO., VA; died Abt. 1811 in Wayne CO., KY; married Robert Whitesides 1770 in Albermarle CO., VA; born February 22, 1741/42 in Albermarle CO., VA; died 1810 in Albermarle CO., VA.
  2 ii. John Coffey, Sr., born 1753 in Spotsylvania CO., VA; died December 27, 1825 in Montgomery, Montgomery CO., AL; married Mary (Polly or Molley) Buchanan Abt. 1773 in Cambridge, Dorchester CO., MD.
    iii. Archelious Coffey, born 1755 in Spotsylvania CO., VA.
    iv. James Coffey, Jr., born Bet. 1756 - 1758 in Spotsylvania CO., VA; died Abt. 1794; married Mary Moore 1783; born June 02, 1766 in Albermarle CO., VA; died 1842 in Globe Valley, Burke CO., NC.
    v. Reuben Coffey, born September 16, 1759 in Albermarle CO., VA; died March 04, 1842 in Globe Valley, Burke CO., NC; married Sarah (Sally) Scott Abt. 1780 in Albermarle CO., VA; born 1750 in Albermarle CO., VA; died October 23, 1837 in Globe Valley, Burke CO., NC.
    vi. Ambrose Coffey, born March 01, 1763 in Albermarle CO., VA; died September 1818 in Pulaski CO., KY; married (1) Polly Garner; born Abt. 1766 in KY; died 1818 in Pulaski CO., KY; married (2) Mildred (Millie) Moore October 10, 1779; born March 31, 1760 in Wayne CO., KY; died 1812 in Pulaski CO., KY; married (3) Elizabeth Rice 1812; born Abt. 1770.

Notes for Ambrose Coffey:
Twin to Eli
  1. vii.Eli Coffey, born March 01, 1763; died September 05, 1847; married Hanna Allen Abt. 1790; born 1765 in Albermarle CO., VA.
    viii. Rice Coffey, born April 1766 in Albermarle CO., VA; died July 24, 1853 in Wartrace, Bedford CO., TN; married Sally Bradford Abt. 1790; born June 22, 1770 in Wartrace, Bedford CO., TN; died September 03, 1840 in Wartrace, Bedford CO., TN.
    ix. Martha Coffey, born Abt. 1768 in Albermarle CO., VA; married Mastin Durham Abt. 1788 in VA.
    x. Joel Coffey, born 1770 in Albermarle CO., VA; died December 1826 in Wayne CO., KY; married Martha (patsy) Abt. 1790; born Abt. 1772; died October 1839.
    xi. Lewis Russell Coffey, born November 18, 1772 in Albermarle CO., VA; died September 29, 1850 in Wayne CO., KY; married Bidant Moore December 10, 1795 in Wilkes CO., NC; born May 03, 1775 in Wayne CO., KY; died June 13, 1851 in Wayne CO., KY.


  • Generation No. 4

            8. John Coffey, Sr., born July 1700 in Essex CO., VA; died February 1775 in Albemarle CO., VA. He was the son of 16. Edward Coffey and 17. Annister Ester Powell. He married 9. Jane (Jean) Graves.
            9. Jane (Jean) Graves, born 1714 in Essex, VA; died 1775 in Wilkes CO., NC. She was the daughter of 18. John Graves and 19. Hannah.
            
    Children of John Coffey and Jane Graves are:
      4 i. Rev. James Coffey, Sr., born July 04, 1729 in Essex CO., VA; died October 1786 in Wilkes CO., NC; married Elizabeth Cleveland August 30, 1750 in Albemarle, VA.
        ii. William Coffey, born 1731 in Essex, VA.
        iii. John Coffey, born 1733 in Essex, VA.
        iv. Edward Coffey, born 1735 in Essex, VA.
        v. Winifred Coffey, born 1739 in Essex, VA.
        vi. Thomas Coffey, born March 07, 1740/41 in Essex, VA.
        vii. Reuben Coffey, born 1744 in Essex, VA.
        viii. Benjamin Coffey, born 1747 in Spotslyvania, VA.
        ix. Elizabeth Coffey, born 1748 in Albemarle, VA.
    1. 10. Alexander Cleveland, born July 31, 1687 in Gloucester, VA; died Abt. 1770 in VA. He was the son of 20. Roger Cleveland and 21. Dorcas. He married 11. Mary Presley.
            11. Mary Presley, born 1675 in Northumberland, VA; died Abt. 1770 in Gloucester, VA. She was the daughter of 22. Peter Presley, Sr. and 23. Elizabeth Thompson.
            
    Children of Alexander Cleveland and Mary Presley are:
        i. Micajah Cleveland, born in Gloucester, VA.
        ii. Alexander Cleveland, born 1712 in Gloucester, VA.
        iii. John Cleveland, born July 31, 1714 in Glouster CO., VA; died April 20, 1734 in Blue Run, Orange CO., VA; married Elizabeth Martha Coffey; born in Essex CO., VA.
        iv. Grace Cleveland, born September 01, 1716 in Gloucester, VA.
        v. William Cleveland, born February 23, 1717/18 in Gloucester, VA.
        vi. Benjamin Cleveland, born November 21, 1721 in Gloucester, VA.
        vii. Jeremiah Cleveland, born 1723 in Gloucester, VA.
        viii. Jane Cleveland, born 1725 in Gloucester, VA.
      5 ix. Elizabeth Cleveland, born February 1725/26; died 1826 in Bedford CO; married Rev. James Coffey, Sr. August 30, 1750 in Albemarle, VA.


    Generation No. 5

            16. Edward Coffey, born October 20, 1670 in Elizabeth City, Essex CO., VA; died November 20, 1716 in Essex, VA. He was the son of 32. John Coffey and 33. Mary Joliffee. He married 17. Annister Ester Powell.
            17. Annister Ester Powell, born 1683 in Essex, VA; died Abt. December 1744 in Essex, VA. She was the daughter of 34. Thomas Powell and 35. Mary Place.
            
    Children of Edward Coffey and Annister Powell are:
        i. Martha Patsy Coffey, born in Essex, VA.
        ii. Marther Coffey, born in Essex, VA.
      8 iii. John Coffey, Sr., born July 1700 in Essex CO., VA; died February 1775 in Albemarle CO., VA; married Jane (Jean) Graves.
        iv. Edward Joshua Coffey, born July 16, 1700 in Essex, VA; died in Albemarle, VA.
        v. Annister Coffey, born 1708 in Essex, VA.
        vi. Austin Coffey, born 1710 in Essex, VA.
        vii. Elizabeth Coffey, born 1714 in Essex, VA; died 1770 in Orange, VA.
    1. 18. John Graves, born 1673 in Essex, VA; died October 04, 1719 in Essex, VA. He was the son of 36. Francis Graves and 37. Unnamed. He married 19. Hannah.
            19. Hannah, born Abt. 1617 in Essex, VA.
            
    Child of John Graves and Hannah is:
      9 i. Jane (Jean) Graves, born 1714 in Essex, VA; died 1775 in Wilkes CO., NC; married John Coffey, Sr..
    1. 20. Roger Cleveland, born 1620 in England; died in Gloucester, VA. He married 21. Dorcas.
            21. Dorcas
            
    Children of Roger Cleveland and Dorcas are:
        i. John Cleveland, born 1678 in Gloucester, VA.
        ii. Elizabeth Cleveland, born 1684 in Gloucester, VA.
      10 iii. Alexander Cleveland, born July 31, 1687 in Gloucester, VA; died Abt. 1770 in VA; married Mary Presley.
    1. 22. Peter Presley, Sr., born Abt. 1633 in Northumberland, VA; died April 10, 1693 in Northumberland, VA. He was the son of 44. William Presley and 45. Jane. He married 23. Elizabeth Thompson Abt. 1662 in Northumberland, VA.
            23. Elizabeth Thompson, born Abt. 1642 in Northumberland, VA. She was the daughter of 46. Richard Thompson and 47. Ursula (Bysshe) Bish.
            
    Child of Peter Presley and Elizabeth Thompson is:
      11 i. Mary Presley, born 1675 in Northumberland, VA; died Abt. 1770 in Gloucester, VA; married Alexander Cleveland.


    Generation No. 6

            32. John Coffey, born Abt. 1620 in Ireland; died in Elizabeth City, Essex CO., VA. He married 33. Mary Joliffee.
            33. Mary Joliffee, born Abt. 1620 in Ireland.
            
    Child of John Coffey and Mary Joliffee is:
      16 i. Edward Coffey, born October 20, 1670 in Elizabeth City, Essex CO., VA; died November 20, 1716 in Essex, VA; married Annister Ester Powell.
    1. 34. Thomas Powell, born Abt. 1640 in Brunswick, VA; died 1701 in Essex, VA. He married 35. Mary Place.
            35. Mary Place, born 1638 in Lancaster, VA; died December 1710 in Essex, VA. She was the daughter of 70. Frances Place and 71. Ann W Williamson.
            
    Child of Thomas Powell and Mary Place is:
      17 i. Annister Ester Powell, born 1683 in Essex, VA; died Abt. December 1744 in Essex, VA; married Edward Coffey.
    1. 36. Francis Graves, born 1630. He was the son of 72. Captain Thomas Graves and 73. Katherine Croshaw. He married 37. Unnamed.
            37. Unnamed
            
    Child of Francis Graves and Unnamed is:
      18 i. John Graves, born 1673 in Essex, VA; died October 04, 1719 in Essex, VA; married Hannah.
    1. 44. William Presley, born 1608 in England; died 1655 in Gloucester, VA. He married 45. Jane.
            45. Jane, born 1613 in England; died 1654 in Northumberland, VA.
            
    Child of William Presley and Jane is:
      22 i. Peter Presley, Sr., born Abt. 1633 in Northumberland, VA; died April 10, 1693 in Northumberland, VA; married Elizabeth Thompson Abt. 1662 in Northumberland, VA.
    1. 46. Richard Thompson, born 1613 in Norwich, Norfolk, England; died Abt. 1647 in Northumberland, VA. He married 47. Ursula (Bysshe) Bish.
            47. Ursula (Bysshe) Bish, born April 12, 1621 in Worth, Susseexd, England; died Bef. 1702 in Northumberland, VA. She was the daughter of 94. William Bish and 95. Margaret James.
            
    Children of Richard Thompson and Ursula Bish are:
        i. Sarah Thompson, born in Northumberland, VA; died 1673 in VA; married Thomas Willoughby III; born December 23, 1632 in VA; died 1672.
      23 ii. Elizabeth Thompson, born Abt. 1642 in Northumberland, VA; married Peter Presley, Sr. Abt. 1662 in Northumberland, VA.
        iii. Bish Thompson, born Aft. 1644 in Northumberland, VA.
        iv. Richard Thompson, born Abt. 1646 in Northumberland, VA.


    Generation No. 7

            70. Frances Place He married 71. Ann W Williamson.
            71. Ann W Williamson
            
    Child of Frances Place and Ann Williamson is:
      35 i. Mary Place, born 1638 in Lancaster, VA; died December 1710 in Essex, VA; married Thomas Powell.
    1. 72. Captain Thomas Graves, born April 01, 1584 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England; died 1635 in Accomack CO., VA. He was the son of 144. Thomas Graves and 145. Joan Blagrove. He married 73. Katherine Croshaw 1610 in Ireland.
            73. Katherine Croshaw, born in Lambourn, Berkshire, England; died May 24, 1636 in Accomac, VA. She was the daughter of 146. Rawley Croshaw.

    Notes for Captain Thomas Graves:

    Traveling aboard the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery, 104 men landed in Virginia in 1607 at a place named Jamestown, Virginia. This was the first permanent English settlement in the new World. Thirteen years later, 102 settlers aboard the Mayflower landed in Massachusetts at a place they named Plymouth. With these two settlements, English settlement in North America was born.

    Captain Thomas Graves was a charter member of the Adventurers (stockholders) of the Virginia Company of London and arrived at Jamestown, Virginia in October of 1608 on the ship Mary and Margaret with the second supply to Jamestown. The charter was granted by King James I in order to establish a satellite English settlement in the Chesapeake region North America. Captain Graves was one of the very early planters who founded Jamestown, Virginia and was very active in the Jamestown colony. He was the first person named Graves in North America. He is one of the "Ancient Planters" signifying that he arrived in Virginia before 1616

    The colonists were almost immediately under attack from the Algonquian natives. While disease, famine and continuing attacks of the neighboring Algonquian's took a tremendous toll on the population, the structured leadership of Captain John Smith kept the colony from dissolving. Captain Graves went on an exploring expedition and was captured by Indians and taken to Opechancanough (half brother of Powhatan and uncle of Pocahontas). Thomas Savage was sent by Captain John Smith and rescued him. Pocahontas did not marry Captain John Smith but married John Rolfe. She did however save Captain John Smith's life, which is a story of its own.

    Few names are more familiar to the student of the early history of Virginia than that of Captain Thomas Graves who has one of the longest proven pedigrees in America.

    In 1617 the Virginia Company, hoping to expand population and agricultural production in the colony, encouraged private or voluntary associations organized on a joint stock basis to establish settlements in the area of the Company's patent. The society of Smith's (or Smythe's) Hundred was organized in 1617. In addition to Captain Thomas Graves, the Adventurers included Sir Thomas Smith, Sir Edwin Sandys, and the Earl of Southampton. Soon after April 29, 1619, Governor Yeardley wrote to Sir Edwin Sandys: "I have entreated Captain Graves, an antient officer of this company, to take charge of the people and workes".

    Captain Thomas Graces was a member of the First Legislative Assembly in America, and, with Mr. Walter Shelly, sat for Smythe's Hundred when it met at Jamestown on July 30, 1619. Each plantations representative was called a Burgess. Thus concluded the first legislative assembly in America. Captain Graves is seen to be a Burgess up through 1632 and was a Commissoner for the Plantation of Acchawmacke in Septmber 1632. he died about 1635.

    Captain Thomas Graves was our (Ron Custer) 8th great grandfather and I have only put down a few of the facts that I have read here.

    Thomas Graves, gentleman, arrived in Virginia in October, 1608, coming from England on the "Mary and Margaret" with Captain Christopher Newport's second supply. Although John Card Graves stated that Thomas was accompanied by his wife Katherine, sons John and Thomas, and eight others, including Henry Singleton, and Thomas Edge, most other historians agree that he did not bring his wife and children until later. It is likely that he did not even marry Katherine until about 1610, and that his first child was born about 1611.

    Thomas Graves was one of the original Adventurers [stockholders] of the Virginia Company of London, and one of the very early Planters [settlers] who founded Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in North America. He was also the first known person named Graves in North America. Captain Thomas Graves is listed as one of the original Adventurers as "Thomas Grave" on page 364, Records of the Virginia Company of London, Volume IV. Although the Records of the Virginia Company state that in 1622 was granted "a patent to Thomas Graves of Doublin in the Realm of Ireland, gent.," this may either be a clerical error, or he may have held land in Ireland, as well. As stated in the original charter of the Virginia Company of London, the first Adventurers to Virginia were from the city of London.

    Captain Newport left England in the "Mary and Margaret" , a ship of about 150 tons, with the second supply, probably in August 1608. Many sources give the date of the arrival of the second supply as October 1608; however, it is not certain that it arrived after 10 September 1608.

    Regarding the title of "Captain" which is attached to Thomas Graves in Virginia historical records, he had the designation of gentleman in the Charter of 1609 which listed all the Adventurers of the Virginia Company. Thomas Graves simply appears as "Thomas Graves, Gent." in Captain John Smith's Historie. So, it can be safely assumed that he gained the title in Virginia.

    Captain John Smith in his Historie lists about 295 people who came to Virginia in the first three expeditions which included: 105 people who came in the first settlement, 120 who came in the first supply and about 70 who came in the second supply. Of these 295 people, only 92 were designated as "Gentleman."

    Thomas Graves was active in the affairs of the new colony. On an exploration expedition he was captured by Indians and taken to Opechancanough. Thomas Savage, who had come to Virginia in the first supply on the "John and Francis" in 1608, was sent to rescue him. Savage was successful in obtaining the release of Graves.

    The winter of 1608-09 was much better than the previous winter but soon Captain John Smith returned to England for medical treatment in October 1609, the "starving time" reduced the population of about 500 to no more than sixty people. In June 1610, the survivors were in the process of abandoning the settlement, when Lord Delaware arrived as Governor of the colony. From that time on, there was apparently no further serious thought of abandoning the settlement. However in 1616, the colony had a total population of only 351, of whom 81 were farmers or tenants.

    In 1617 the Virginia Company, hoping to expand population and agriculture production in the colony, encouraged private or voluntary associations to be organized on a joint stock basis to establish settlements within the area of the Company's patent. The Society of Smith's [or Smyth's] Hundred [later called Southampton's Hundred] was organized in 1617. In addition to Captain Thomas Graves, the Adventurers included Sir Thomas Smith, Sir Edwin Sandys and the Earl of Southampton. Soon after 29 April 1619, Gorvernor Yeardley wrote to Sir Edwin Sandys: "I have entreated Captain Graves, an ancient officer of this company, to take charge of the people and workes."

    Captain Thomas Graves was a member of the First Legislative Assembly in America, and, with Mr. Walter Shelley, sat for Smythe's Hundred when they met at Jamestown on 30 July 1619. The time of Captain Thomas Graves' removal to the Eastern Shore is not known. It was, however, after August 1619, since he was then the representative from Smythe's Hundred to the first meeting of the House of Burgesses. It was also prior to 16 Feb. 1623, for "A list of Names: of the Living in Virginia, 16 Feb 1623" shows Thomas Graves " at the Eastern Shore." His patent for 200 acres on the Eastern Shore was recorded on 14 March 1628 [Patent Book No. 1, p. 72, Land Registrar's Office, Richmond, VA]. This land was in what then known as Accomack, now a part of Northampton Co. It was granted by Dr. Thomas Pott, Governor of Virginia, and was on the eastern side of the Bay of Chesapeake, westerly of lands of Captain Henry Flute, an explorer of the Bay, "by virtue of the adventure of five and twenty pounds paid by the said Captain Thomas Graves to Sir Thomas Smyth, Treasurer of the Virginia Company." He paid a "quit rent" of one shilling for 50 acres, payable at the feast of St. Michael the Archangel [29 September] each year on a part of his land.

    In the census of February 1625, Captain Thomas Graves was one of the only 51 people then living on the Eastern Shore. He was put in charge of the direction of local affairs later in 1625. In September 1632, Graves was appointed as a Commissioner "for the Plantacon of Acchawmacke". He was one of the Burgesses of the Assembly, representing Accomac, for the 1629-30 session and the 1632 session. He attended many of the meetings of the Commissioners, but he was absent from 30 Dec. 1632/3 until 23 Oct. 1633/4. It appears that he was out of the country.

    The old Hungars Episcopal Church is located about seven miles north of Eastville, on the north side of Hungars Creek. Hungars Parish was made soon after the county was established. The firstfirst minister was Reverend Francis Bolton, followed by the Reverend William Cotton. The first vestry was appointed in 1635. The first vestry meeting was on 29 Sept. 1635, at which Captain Thomas Graves headed the list of those present. The first church edifice was erected in 1690-5 and was still standing in 1900. It was one of the oldest churches in the country.

    Captain Thomas Graves died between November 1635 when he was a witness to a deed and 5 January 1636 when suit was entered against a servant to Mrs. Katherine Graves [Adventurers of Purse and Persons, pp.188-189]. His birth date is unknown but believed to be about 1580. That would have made him about 55 years of age at his death.

    Very little is known about Katherine, wife of Captain Thomas Graves. Her maiden name may have been Croshaw. [There was a Captain Raleigh Croshaw who accompanied Captain Thomas Graves in the second supply.] The exact date of her arrival in Virginia is not recorded. She and her children were not included in the 1625 census of the Eastern Shore, although Captain Thomas Graves is listed. The patent granted to John Graves, son of Captain Thomas, on 9 August 1637 states that the 600 acres granted to him in Elizabeth City was "due in right of descent from his father Thomas Graves, who transported at his own cost himself, Katherine Graves his wife, John Graves the patentee, and Thomas Graves, Jr., and eight other persons." [Cavaliers and Pioneers, Nugent] The 50 acres assigned for each person transported shows they came after 1616. The 8 other people did not include other members of the Captain's family. The daughters, Ann, Verlinda and Katherine obviously came later, and Francis was born in Virginia. The last reference to Mrs. Graves shows her living at the Old Plantation, Accomac, as of 20 May 1636.

    Since Captain Thomas Graves was active in the affairs of Virginia, the absence of mention of him may indicate that he was in England. This is also confirmed by patents issued to him and to others in which he is mentioned. Mrs. Hiden stated: "Even a cursory reading of Northampton [formerly Accomack] records reveals how frequent were the trips to England, Ireland, Holland and New England" of those living on the Eastern Shore. Mrs Hiden also stated: "We know from the land patents that Captain Thomas Graves made several trips out of the country, to England presumably, and one one of his return voyages his family accompanied him."

    Thomas Graves was probably unmarried when he arrived in Virginia in 1608. He was young, obviously educated, had the financial means and social standing to travel at will.

    It is likely that he returned to England possibly in October 1609,either on the same ship with Captain John Smith [who left VA for England to seek medical treatment for wounds resulting from an explosion], or on one of the other 7 ships which arrived in VA in August 1609. In that way, he would have missed the "Starving Time" of the winter of 1609-10, which few survived. It should be noted however that there is NOT any proof that he was indeed NOT in Virginia at this time.

    He may have returned to England, married Katherine about 1610, fathered John and Thomas, possibly remained in England for awhile and returned to Virginia prior to the foundation of Smythe's Hundred in 1617, or possibly earlier or later. It is known that he was "entreated to take charge of the people and workes " at Smyth's Hundred in April 1619 and was in residence in VA at that time.

    Also there is no record of his being in VA after the meeting of the Burgesses in July-August 1619 until he is shown living on the Eastern Shore in 1623. HOWEVER, the lack of mention of him is not documentation that he was out of Virginia.

    Also there is no record of his being in Virginia after the meeting of the Burgesses in July-August 1619 until he is shown as living on the Eastern Shore in 1623. It is reasonable



    Notes for Katherine Croshaw:
    Katherine CROSHER was born in 1586 in Gravesend, Kent, England. She died on 24 May 1636 in Accomack Co., Virginia. She has Ancestral File number 1TNW-0J. Very little is known about Katherine, wife of Capt. Thomas Graves. Her maiden name may have been Chroshaw/CROSHER. (There was a Raleigh Chroshaw, Gent., who arrived with the second supply with Thomas Graves.) Just when she came to Virginia is not recorded. She and her children are not included in the 1625 census of the Eastern Shore, although Capt. Thomas Graves is. The last reference to Mrs. Graves shows her living at the Old Plantation, Accomac, as of May 20, 1636. Parents: Joseph CROSHER.
    She was married to Captain Thomas GRAVES Gentleman, Ancient Planter about 1610 in England. Children were: John GRAVES, Thomas GRAVES, Verlinda GRAVES, Ann GRAVES, Katherine GRAVES, Francis GRAVES.

            
    Children of Thomas Graves and Katherine Croshaw are:
        i. John Graves, born 1611 in Jamestown Colony, VA; died June 02, 1640 in Elizabeth City, VA; married Elizabeth Anne Perrin.

    Notes for John Graves:
    John GRAVES was born about 1611 in England. 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" (21 years of age 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". He resided between 1637 and 1640 in Elizabeth City Co., Virginia. On 9 Aug. 1637, John Graves patented 600 acres in Elizabeth City County near the upper end of the Back River, "due in right of descent upon his father Thomas Graves who transported at his own costs himself, Katherine Graves, his wife, sons John Graves, the patentee, and Thomas Graves, Jr., and 8 persons, Henry Singleton, Thomas Edge, Robert Phillips, Thomas Griggs, Thomas Phillips, Francis White, William Symber, Jone Packett." This patent is proof that Capt. Thomas Graves did not bring his family until after 1616, for had they come earlier they would all have been "Ancient Planters" and entitled to 100 acres each instead of 50 acres. This patent was near the lands of Capt. Adam Thoroughgood and east of the dwelling of Ohner Van Kirk. In 1638 and 1639 he received additional patents.

    The holdings of John Graves were near the York County line and almost directly opposite Hungar's Creek in Northampton Co. (formerly Accawmacke) on the Eastern Shore, where his father had lived and where his sisters were still living at that time. He died in Apr 1640 in Elizabeth City Co., Virginia. John Graves died intestate in Elizabeth City County, possibly in April 1640. His death was between 29 May 1639, when he patented land, and 30 April 1640, when William Parry was named his administrator and bond was made (Northampton Co., Book 2, p. 281). Capt. Roper, William Cotton and Capt. Stone, brothers-in-law of John Graves and administrators of the estate of Capt. Thomas Graves, were originally appointed administrators of John Graves' estate, but in April 1640 they resigned and William Parry was appointed. John Graves was the oldest son of Captain Thomas 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.
    Parents: Captain Thomas GRAVES Gentleman, Ancient Planter and Katherine CROSHER.
    He was married to PERRIN between 1627 and 1630 in Virginia. Dates and place are assumed. The wife of John Graves is not proven, but John Card Graves stated: "He married a daughter of the illustrious Perrin family, large property owners, and prominent in Virginia history."
    Children were: Ralph GRAVES, William GRAVES, Captain Thomas GRAVES, Sarah GRAVES, Daughter GRAVES.
    1. ii.Thomas Graves, born 1617 in Jamestown Colony, VA; died March 06, 1672/73 in Glouster CO., VA.
        iii. Verlinda Graves, born 1618 in Jamestown Colony, VA; died July 13, 1675 in Charles CO., MD; married Captain William Stone Abt. 1644 in Lynn, Essex CO., MD; born Abt. 1603 in Lancaster, England; died December 21, 1660 in Charles CO., MD.

    Notes for Captain William Stone:
    Was Governor of MD in 1648
    1. iv.Ann Graves, born 1620 in Jamestown Colony, VA; died July 18, 1683 in Charles CO., MD; married (1) Nathaniel Eaton; born Abt. 1616; died 1674; married (2) William Cotton July 10, 1637; born Abt. 1616 in Jamestown Colony, VA; married (3) Francis Doughty July 08, 1657; born Abt. 1616 in Lynn, Essex CO., MA.
        v. Katherine Graves, born 1622; married (1) William Roper; married (2) Thomas Sprigg.
      36 vi. Francis Graves, born 1630; married (1) Jane Maguffy; married (2) Unnamed.
  • 94. William Bish He married 95. Margaret James.
            95. Margaret James
            
    Child of William Bish and Margaret James is:
      47 i. Ursula (Bysshe) Bish, born April 12, 1621 in Worth, Susseexd, England; died Bef. 1702 in Northumberland, VA; married Richard Thompson.


    Generation No. 8

            144. Thomas Graves, born 1556 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England; died 1637 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England. He married 145. Joan Blagrove.
            145. Joan Blagrove, born Abt. 1560 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England. She was the daughter of 290. Thomas Blagrove and 291. Joan Bellame.
            
    Children of Thomas Graves and Joan Blagrove are:
        i. William (Grove) Graves, born Abt. 1582 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England.
      72 ii. Captain Thomas Graves, born April 01, 1584 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England; died 1635 in Accomack CO., VA; married Katherine Croshaw 1610 in Ireland.
    1. 146. Rawley Croshaw
            
    Children of Rawley Croshaw are:
      73 i. Katherine Croshaw, born in Lambourn, Berkshire, England; died May 24, 1636 in Accomac, VA; married Captain Thomas Graves 1610 in Ireland.
        ii. Richard Croshaw
        iii. Joseph Croshaw, born April 10, 1667 in England; died in York, VA; married Ann Hodges.


    Generation No. 9

            290. Thomas Blagrove, born Abt. 1534 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England; died 1590 in Clerkensell, Berkshire, Englqnd. He was the son of 580. Richard Blagrove and 581. Wrytt. He married 291. Joan Bellame Abt. 1558 in England.
            291. Joan Bellame, born Abt. 1538 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England. She was the daughter of 582. William Bellame.
            
    Children of Thomas Blagrove and Joan Bellame are:
        i. Elizabeth Blagrove
      145 ii. Joan Blagrove, born Abt. 1560 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England; married Thomas Graves.
        iii. John Blagrove, born Abt. 1565 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England.
        iv. Mary Blagrove, born Abt. 1567 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England.


    Generation No. 10

            580. Richard Blagrove, born Abt. 1508 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England. He married 581. Wrytt Abt. 1532 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England.
            581. Wrytt, born Abt. 1512 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England.
            
    Child of Richard Blagrove and Wrytt is:
      290 i. Thomas Blagrove, born Abt. 1534 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England; died 1590 in Clerkensell, Berkshire, Englqnd; married Joan Bellame Abt. 1558 in England.
    1. 582. William Bellame
            
    Child of William Bellame is:
      291 i. Joan Bellame, born Abt. 1538 in Lambourn, Berkshire, England; married Thomas Blagrove Abt. 1558 in England.