John Graves1

#10126, (say 1628 - 19 September 1677)
Relationship8th great-grandfather of William David Lewis
Father*Thomas Graves2 (s 1600 - 1662)
Mother*Sarah _____3 (s 1602 - 1666)

Family 1

Mary Smith b. b 1628, d. c 1671
Children 1.John Graves Jr.+1 (c 1653 - 1730)
 2.Mary Graves+11 (c 1654 - 1727)
 3.Isaac Graves12 (c 1655 - )
 4.Samuel Graves12 (c 1657 - )
 5.Sarah Graves12 (c 1659 - 1700)
 6.Elizabeth Graves12 (1662 - )
 7.Daniel Graves12 (1664 - )
 8.Ebenezer Graves12 (1666 - )
 9.Bethia Graves12 (1668 - 1668)
 10.Nathaniel Graves+13 (1671 - c 1757)

Family 2

Mary Bronson b. s 1626
Birth*say 1628He was born say 1628 at EnglandG.1 
circa 1645He accompanied Thomas Graves and Sarah _____ circa 1645, or earlier to Hartford, Connecticut.4 
Marriage*circa 1652He married Mary Smith, daughter of Lieut. Samuel Smith and Elizabeth Smith, circa 1652 at Wethersfield, Connecticut.5,6 
18 May 1654He was admitted as a Freeman on 18 May 1654 at Connecticut.1 
15 March 1661He signed an agreement "to remove to the West side of the River at Norwottock [Hadley]" on 15 March 1661 and relocated to what was later Hatfield, Massachusetts.7 
Marriage*20 July 1671He married Mary Bronson, daughter of John Bronson, on 20 July 1671 at Massachusetts.8 
19 September 1677He was killed in the Hatfield Indian Raid on 19 September 1677; Hatfield Indian Raid.9 
Death*19 September 1677He died on 19 September 1677 at Massachusetts, killed in the Indian Raid.10 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis


  1. [S943] John Card Graves, Genealogy of the Graves Family in America (Buffalo, N. Y.: Baker, Jones & Co., 1896), I:11-12.
  2. [S742] L. M. Boltwood, Genealogies of Hadley Families (Northampton: Metcalf & Company, 1862), 61, of Hartford 1645. Hereinafter cited as Genealogies of Hadley Families.
  3. [S742] L. M. Boltwood, Genealogies of Hadley Families, 61.
  4. [S165] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, four volumes (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860-1862), II:296, when Thomas appears in the records as excused from training, "an old man," but not an original proprietor.
  5. [S738] James M. Crafts, History of the Town of Whately, Mass. 1661-1899 (Whately, MA: Town of Whately, 1899), 474. Hereinafter cited as History of Whately (Crafts).
  6. [S1220] Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700, online, no. 13848. John Graves (ca 1622-1677) & 1/wf Mary [SMITH] (?1630-1660, 1668?); by 1653; Wethersfield/Hadley/Hatfield/Deerfield. Originally published as New England Marriages Prior to 1700. CD-ROM. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Hereinafter cited as New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (AA).
  7. [S328] Henry R. Stiles, editor, History of Ancient Wethersfield Connecticut, Vol. I (New York: The Grafton Press, 1904), p. 163. The signers of the Agreement were: Nathaniel Dickinson, Jr. and his son Samuel, Samuel Belden, Thomas Graves and his sons Isaac and John, Edward Benton and Sigismond Ritchell. Benton and Ritchell remained in Wethersfield. Hereinafter cited as Ancient Wethersfield I.
  8. [S738] James M. Crafts, History of Whately (Crafts), 474, John married "(2) prob 20 July, 1671, Widow Mary Wyatt, dau of John Bronson of Haddam, Ct."
  9. [S290] Sylvester Judd and Lucius Boltwood, History of Hadley, including the Early History of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst and Granby Masssachusetts (Springfield, Mass.: H.R. Hunting and Company, 1905), 175–177.
    On the 19th of September, 1677, a year after the war was apparently closed, some Indians made an unexpected and destructive inroad upon Hatfield. About eleven o'clock in the forenoon, when a greater part of the men were dispersed in the meadows, and others were employed upon the frame of a house without the palisades, a party of Indians suddenly assaulted the latter, and shot down three men, and proceeding to other buildings, killed nine more persons, wounded four others, took seventeen captives, and burnt seven buildings....
    The persons killed, taken and wounded, at Hatfield, Sept. 19, 1677, were as follows:
    Killed. — Sergt. Isaac Graves and his brother, John Graves; John Atchisson; John Cooper of Springfield, aged 18; Elizabeth, wife of Philip Russell and her son Stephen, aged 3 years; Hannah, wife of John Coleman, and her babe Bethiah; Sarah, wife of Samuel Kellogg, and her babe Joseph; Mary, wife of Samuel Belding; Elizabeth Wells, aged two years, daughter of John Wells; in all, 12.
    Taken. — Sarah Coleman, aged four years, and another child of John Coleman; Martha, wife of Benjamin Wait, and her 3 daughters, Mary, aged 6, Martha, 4, and Sarah, 2; Mary, wife of Samuel Foote, and a young son, and daughter Mary, aged 3; Hannah, wife of Stephen Jennings, and two of his children by a previous wife; Obadiah Dickinson and one child; Samuel, son of Samuel Kellogg, aged 8; Abigail, daughter of John Allis, aged 6; Abigail, daughter of William Bartholomew, who lived at Deerfield before the war; in all, 17.
    Wounded. —A child of John Coleman; wife and daughter of John Wells; wife of Obadiah Dickinson.
    As the Indians retreated with the captives, they also attacked Deerfield:
    At Deerfield, — John Root was taken and then killed; and Sergt. John Plympton, senior, Quintin Stockwell, Benoni Stebbins [later escaped], and Samuel, son of Philip Russell, aged 8 or 9, were taken.
    A rescue mission, led by Benjamin Wait and Stephen Jennings, successfully redeemed most of the captives (being held in Quebec) in May 1678, as reported by Wait in a letter:
    "Three of the captives are murdered, — old Goodman Plympton, Samuel Foot's daughter, Samuel Russell. All the rest are alive and well and now at Albany, namely, Obadiah Dickinson and his child, Mary Foot and her child, Hannah Jennings and 3 children, Abigail Allis, Abigail Bartholomew, Goodman Coleman's children. Samuel Kellogg, my wife and 4 children, and Quintin Stockwell."
  10. [S943] John Card Graves, Genealogy of the Graves Family, p. 8. "The houses of Isaac and John Graves were within the stockade. Unfortunately for them, on the 19th of September, 1677, they were both employed in building a house for John Graves, Jr., about a 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 shot down while engaged, as one tradition has it, 'in laying shingles on the roof the house,' and with them were likewise two other men who were working with them, John Atchinson and John Cooper."
  11. [S1222] Ralph Stebbins Greenlee and Robert Lemuel Greenlee, The Stebbins Genealogy, two volumes (Chicago: privately published, 1904), I:61.
  12. [S744] Daniel White Wells and Reuben Field Wells, A History of Hatfield Massachusetts 1660-1910 (Springfield, Mass.: F.C.H. Gibbons, 1910), 410, giving names and dates but not specifying whether the mother was John's first or second wife (both named Mary). Savage does not name the first wife but speculates that the second Mary may have been the mother of the youngest, Nathaniel.
  13. [S744] Daniel White Wells and Reuben Field Wells, History of Hatfield 1660-1910, 476.