Person:Thomas Graves (32)

Capt. Thomas Graves
b.Abt. 1580 England
d.1635 Virginia
  1. Capt. Thomas GravesAbt 1580 - 1635
  2. William Graves1582 -
m. 1610
  1. John Graves1611 - 1639
  2. Thomas Graves1617 - 1674
  3. Verlinda Graves1618 - 1675
  4. Ann Graves1620 - 1683
  5. Katherine Graves1624 - 1668
  6. Francis Graves1630 - 1691
  • HCapt. Thomas GravesAbt 1580 - 1635
  • W.  Elizabeth (add)
  1. Anne Graves1620 - 1684
Facts and Events
Name Capt. Thomas Graves
Gender Male
Birth[2] Abt. 1580 England
Alt Birth? 1 Apr 1584 Derby, Derbyshire, , England
Marriage 1610 Northampton County, Virginiato Kathryne Crosher
Death[2] 1635 Virginia
Alt Death? 1636 Accomac, Accomack, Virginia, USA
Reference Number? Q5036820?

Capt. Thomas Graves was one of the Early Settlers of Colonial Virginia

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Information on Thomas Graves

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Thomas Graves (ca 1580 - 1635) 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, vol. IV.

Graves arrived in Virginia in October 1608 on the ship Mary and Margaret with Captain Christopher Newport's second supply. He paid 25 pounds for two shares in the London Company and thereby was entitled to .

Captain Thomas Graves settled at Smythe's Hundred, situated on the north shore of the James River ten miles from Jamestown. Governor George Yeardley placed Graves in charge of Smythe's Hundred on May 30, 1618, after one man killed another in a fight.

Capt. 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, Virginia on July 30, 1619. His name appears on a monument to the first House of Burgesses which stands at Jamestown today.

Smythe's Hundred was abandoned after the Indian uprising of 1622. The next record of Captain Graves showed him living on the Eastern Shore of Virginia by February 16, 1624.[1]

On February 8, 1627, Captain Francis West, Governor of Virginia, ordered that Thomas Graves have a commission to command the Plantation at Accomac. Graves was the second Commander. As an "Ancient Planter" he received one of the first patents there on March 14, 1628, consisting of . He lived on Old Plantation Creek, now in Northampton County, Virginia, and served as Commissioner for Accomac Shire in 1629.

Captain Graves and three others represented the Eastern Shore in the Assembly of 1629‑30. He served again as a burgess in 1632. Because he was designated as "Esquire" on January 6, 1635, he may have been a member of the Council.

Captain Thomas Graves, Esquire, was recorded as being a Justice at a court held for Accomac on April 13, 1635.

He died between November 1635, when he witnessed a deed, and January 5, 1635/6, when suit was entered for Mrs. Graves concerning theft by a servant. He was survived by his wife, Katherine, and six children: John, Thomas, Ann, Verlinda, Katherine and Francis.

Francis Graves, long thought to be Capt. Thomas Graves' youngest child, has been shown by DNA analysis to NOT be his offspring (see

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  1.   Ancestry Family Trees. (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Trees.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Captain Thomas Graves, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.