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THOMAS1 GRAVES was born Abt. 1648 in Derby/Darby, England. He married ??? WHITESETT.

We strongly need to research and document, if at all possible the birth place of Thomas. At this time we have nothing to show proof positive the homeland of our ancestors, be it England or Ireland, or even possibly Wales.

"Genealogical History of the State of Delaware" Thomas Graves purchased the 100 acre plantation of Benjamin Acton 2 Feb. 1701/2 situated at the head of Salem Creek in Pilesgrove Twp., part of 1500 acres Acton bought in 1695 from William Hall. His brother-in-law, Aquilla Barber, bought 125 acres of this same tract adjoining him on 20 Aug. 1703. This land was not far from the present site of Woodstown, Salem Co.., NJ. (According to notes in the Bertha BcGeehan Collection in the Gen. Soc. of Pa. Library: Thomas Graves of Oxford Philadelphia Co., PA., bought land on Alloways Creek, Salem Co., NJ on 28 March 1685. (NOTE: Aquilla Barber would not be his brother in law, but the brother of his daughter in law)
Thomas lived in New Castle Co., Delaware. He probably died before his son, Samuel, came into possession of his land in 1700.

Thomas is thought by some to have come from Lynn, Mass. about 1690. As his son Thomas Graves, Jr. of Salem Co., N.J. married a New England woman and his son Samuel Graves married a widow of a Lynn man who had moved to N.J., some support for this supposition is supplied. (Note that in the discussion of Samuel, there is no information provided to support this statement that he married the widow of a Lynn man; evidence is needed.)

In the tax list for 1693 for Sussex Co., Pa. (now Delaware) there appears the name of a Thomas Graves who owned 300 acres of land and is listed with children. For a time he was thought to be the father of the four children listed below (for Thomas Graves of New Castle Co.), but careful examination of the land records of Sussex Co. proves him to be another man who did not die until after 1712 and seems to have had but one son, Thomas Graves, Jr. (Who is this Thomas Graves of Sussex Co.?) In contrast, as stated above, the Thomas of New Castle Co. must have died before 1700. Thomas Graves of Sussex Co. was there as early as 1680, as he is named in a census of that year and had a grant of land from the court at Lewes that year.

In a Genealogical History of the State of Delaware, as quoted by John Card Graves, appears the following. "Among the first settlers of New Castle County were the ancestors of the Graves family. They were of English descent. Thomas Grave (for so was the name sometimes spelled two centuries ago) was the first of the family to come to America. He was a typical English gentleman, possessed of means, a sturdy constitution, and a hearty love of the chase. He founded his home at Christiana Hundred in 1691, purchasing for that purpose 500 acres of land, part of which he used as a game preserve. He was fond of hunting deer and foxes which made their habitation on his property, and hunting parties he gave were famous for good sport. He died on his farm."

Samuel Graves and Thomas Graves were living in Sussex Co., Pa. (now Delaware) in 1693. The names of the two brothers appear upon the tax list of that year, each paying 6 d. tax having no real estate. (If Samuel and Thomas paid tax in 1693, it would seem that they should have been born before 1677 and 1680, since they would have only been 16 and 13 years of age. See also the comment in the section on Thomas Graves who was supposedly born 1680.) Widow Wynne is taxed on a 200 acre plantation the same year, and her stepson Jonathan Wynne is taxed 6 d. in the same year. Jonathan Wynne about 1695 married Sarah Graves, a sister of the above two brothers, as is proved by the Friends Meeting minutes in regard to the marriage of Jonathan Wynne's daughter Sidney to her first cousin Samuel Graves, Jr., son of the above Samuel Graves, in 1732. Another brother, Thomas Graves, lived in Salem Co., N.J. as early as 1698, where he is witness to a will dated that year. (Why is Thomas Graves referred to as "another brother", since Thomas was already mentioned as a brother?) Samuel Graves, Sr. about 1700 moved to a tract of land in New Castle Co. which seems to have belonged to Thomas Graves as early as 1691. In a survey of adjacent lands in 1691, it refers to the line of Thomas Graves' lands, and it is reasonable to suppose that he was the father of these children.

Children - Graves

+2. Samuel Graves, b.c. 1670, m. Sarah Bezer, June 1702, d. 5 Oct. 1741.

+3. Sarah Graves, m. Jonathan Wynne, c. 1696, d. 27 April 174-.

4. John Graves; living in Sussex Co. in 1693.

+5. Thomas Graves, b.c. 1680, m. Ann Barber, c. 1703, d. 1714

Children of THOMAS GRAVES and ??? WHITESETT are:
2. i. SARAH2 GRAVES, b. Oct 1669, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or Weathersfield, Hartford, Connecticut; d. 27 Feb 1743/44, Chester Co., Pennsylvania.
3. ii. SAMUEL GRAVES/GREAVES, b. Abt. 1670, probably Ireland; d. 05 Oct 1741, New Castle Co., Delaware.
4. iii. THOMAS GRAVES, b. Abt. 1680; d. 1714, Pilesgrove Twp., Salem Co., New Jersey.
iv. JOHN GRAVES, b. Abt. 1682.

Generation No. 2

2. SARAH2 GRAVES (THOMAS1) was born Oct 1669 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or Weathersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, and died 27 Feb 1743/44 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania. She married JONATHAN WYNNE1 1694 in Arch Street Meeting, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania, son of THOMAS WYNNE and MARTHA BUTTALL. He was born Abt. 1669 in Bron Fadoc (Estate), Caerwys (Twp.,.), Ysceifiog (Parish), Flintshire (Co.), North Wales, and died 28 Feb 1719/20 in Wynnestay, Blockley Twp., Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania.

Sarah and Thomas were cousins.

Records of Merion (PA) Meeting
Sarah Wynne, widow to Jonathan Wynne, 2 d Mo. 27, 1744. Her maiden
name was Sarah Greaves. Her children were, Thomas, John, Jonathan, Hannah,
Mary, Sidney, Martha, Elizabeth, James.
Thomas married Mary Warner and remained on the plantation, "Wynnestay",
in Blockley.
John settled in Germantown and married Ann Pastorius.
Jonathan settled in East Nantmeal township, Chester Co.
James died young.
Mary married Nov. 28, 1729, Noah Abraham of Upper Merion.
Martha married Aug. 30, 1741, James Kite, son of Abraham Kite. 8, 30, 1741. James Keite, son of Abraham of Blockley, and Martha Wynne of the same place, spinster, at Merion Meeting House Burial Ground, Lower Merion Twp., Pennsylvania Co. (now Delaware Co.), Pennsylvania. Wit: Abraham, Mary, Isaac, Thomas, John and Joseph Kite; Sarah, Thomas, John, Ann, Lydia and Sarah Wynne.
Mary Winne and Noah Abraham, married 9 Mo. 28, 1729. Marriage is recorded at the First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia.
Sidney Wynne married Samuel Graves, 4 Mo. 1, 1732. Also recorded at First Presbyterian Church.
Elizabeth Wynn married Ralph Lewis, 7 Mo. 2, 1737. Recorded at First Presbyterian Church.

Burial: Merion Meetinghouse, Chester Co. (now Montgomery Co.), Pennsylvania

Jonathan Wynne built a house in 1700 in Blockley Twp., Philadelphia Co. on 200 acres of land he inherited from his father, and here his descendants to the sixth generation lived. In 1890 the farm was sold and developed into the present beautiful suburb to Philadelphia called Wynnefield. The original homestead, remodeled into one of the most beautiful colonial houses in the Philadelphia area, was still standing in 1923.

One Thomas Wynne, is listed on Wm Penn's 1682 ship "Welcome". And of his son, Jonathan, west Philadelphia in the Welsh Tract; Of one of Jonathan's daus who (Mary Polly Wynne) m Noah Abrahams, and inherited a Philadelphia lot from Jonathan. Noah Abrahams\Abrams died in East Nantmeal twnsp, NW Chester Co, Pa. He had a son, Enoch Abrahams\Abrams, who m Jane, of John II HAMILTON, and 1778-1820's lived at Smithfield, Fayette Co, SW Pa. Enoch and Jane had several siblings who lived

Dr. Thomas Wynne from Caerwys, Flintshire, Wales Ship
Wife Elizabeth Parr (Mede/Maud) (3rs wife)
Children Jonathan (m. Sarah Graves)
(Mary m. Dr. Edward Jones, on ship Lyon)
(Tabitha - remained in Wales)
Sidney (m. Wm. Chew
Hannah (m. Daniel Humphrey)

Faden's Map, 1777, was founded on Scull & Heap's Map, 1750. The name "Wenns" is on Scull & Heap's and "Wynn" on Faden's, 1777. Jon'a. Winn, on Reed's Map.


Edited by
William Henry Engle, M.D., M.A.
Vol. I.
Wm. Stanley Ray,
State Printer of Pennsylvania

Wynne, Jonathan, 200 Sept. 22, 1736

Will of Jonathan Wynne of Blockley Township, Philadelphia County. Yeoman. January 29, 1719. Will of Jonathan Wynne, 1721, Blockley Twp., Philadelphia Co., PA
I johnathan Wynne of the township of Blockley in the County of Philadelphia in the province of Pennslyvania yeoman being sick & weak of body but of a sound mind & memory do make and ordain this my last will & testm in manner form following that is to say that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and discharged within a convenient time.after my decease by my executrix herein after named. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah all my Singular, my personal estate what soever and where so ever may be found with three parts of the interest or profits during her widowhood for the maintaenace of my children. Item I give unto my beloved son Thomas Wynne his heirs and assignes forever all that my plantation tract of land and buildings aforesaid to be immediately then after the decease or second marriage with the fourth part going to his mother during her widowhood. Item I give unto my son John Wynne two hundred and fifty acres of land in the Great Valley in the County of Chester to he and his heirs forever.Item I give unto my son Johnathan Wynne two hundred and fifty acres in the great Meadow in the County of Chester and it shall remain in my son Johnathan's hands and heirs forever.Item I bequeath unto my two eldest daughters Hannah & Mary a lott of land on High Street in Philadelphia containing 60 foot front and 300 foot in depth this shall remain in their hands forever. I bequeath unto my three youngest daughters Sidney, Martha and Elizabeth 400 acres near the Great Valley for them to devide and hold forever. It is to be given to them at the age of eighteen or at their marriage which shall first happen. Item I appoint my wife Sarah aforesaid as my sole execritex of my last will and testament and her recording to the directions of trustees herein named, that is to say my two brothers in law Edward Jones and Daniel Humphrey and in case of their decease John Caldwader, Johnathan Jones or the survivor of them and I hereby revoke and disannul and make void all other wills allowing this named to be my last will and testament witnessed my seal and signed twenty ninth day of January one thousand seven hundred and ninteen. Will produced and proved in Philadelphia May 17, 1721.Sarah the widow was to have inventory brought to the registrars office by the 17th day of June

Judy Winn,
Judy with a typed document of her sources and information in it.. writes; " Jonathan Wynn
Jonathan [b. 1669 in Blockley Twp., Chester Co., PA], son of Jonathan and Sarah Wynn, received the 250 acres of land in Nantmel Township, Chester County. Due to high taxes he let this tract go back to public lands but later settled in this area. Little is known about Jonathan. he married Ann, descendant of William and Ann [Dyd] Warner on June 16, 1730 probably in Chester Co. Jonathan served as a private in Captain Andrew Snider's Company of Chester Co., PA. Militia [ref: Pa. Arch. 5th Series Vol IV p. 277 and Pa. Arch 5th Series Vol. V pp. 537 and 856]. Ann and Jonathan both died in Chester County, Ann on 3/19/1786 and Jonathan on 4/17/1788.

Burial: Merion Meetinghouse, Chester Co. (now Montgomery Co.), Pennsylvania


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