Rev. 5 Aug. 2015, Gen. 241

 

DESCENDANTS OF JOHN GRAVES AND MARTHA MITTON OF FALMOUTH, ME & LITTLE COMPTON, RI

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

John Graves (1) was born in 1653 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.  He married Martha Mitton, daughter of Michael Mitton and Elizabeth Cleeves, about 1682 (or by 1677, as mentioned below).  She was born in 1650 in Falmouth, Cumberland Co., ME, and died in 1700 in Little Compton, RI.

This John Graves has been confused with the John Graves who was born 11 June 1691 at Andover, MA, probably died in 1726, and was descended from immigrant Samuel Graves of Lynn, MA (genealogy 83).  That John went at an early age to that portion of Mass. which is now the State of Maine, and settled in Falmouth, where lands were granted to him in 1721.  He married Elizabeth Bean, daughter of Captain Joseph Bean and Joanna Treethy of York, Maine, about 1724.

The John Graves who married Martha Mitton (or Mitten) arrived from England about 1673 (according to Roland B. Graves), and married Martha of Ipswich prior to 8 Nov. 1677.  John and Martha did move to Falmouth, Me. and stayed there briefly before moving to New Hampshire and eventually to Rhode Island.  The fact that they were in Falmouth for a short time probably led to the confusion.  (The basis for this paragraph is found in the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and N.H., by Sybil Noyes, Genealogical Pub. Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1976.)

See genealogy 517 for the apparent ancestry of John Graves.  This genealogy has not been added to that one because of the differing information about the marriage of John’s daughter Martha.

There is contradictory information in the above paragraphs regarding the birthplace of John Graves.  Was it Ipswich, MA or England?  This needs to be resolved.  Did this John Graves have other children?  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+2.   Martha Graves, b.c. 1685, m. Philip Kneeland, 10 Dec. 1709.

 

 

GENERATION 2

 

CHILDREN OF JOHN GRAVES (1) AND MARTHA MITTON

Martha Graves (2) was born about 1685 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.  She married Philip Kneeland, son of Edward Kneeland, Jr. and Martha Fowler, on 10 Dec. 1709.  He was born 2 March 1685 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.  (R‑1)

Children - Kneeland

+3.   Sarah Kneeland, m. Thomas Averill, 20 May 1739.

+4.   Phillip Kneeland, b. 15 April 1715, m. Mary Potter.

    5.  Samuel Kneeland

    6.  Mary Kneeland

 

 

GENERATION 3

 

CHILDREN OF MARTHA GRAVES (2) AND PHILIP KNEELAND

Sarah Kneeland (3) married Thomas Averill, son of John Averill and Anne Greensleet, on 20 May 1739 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.  He was born 17 Dec. 1713 in Topsfield, MA, and died 4 March 1793 in Amherst, Hillsborough Co., NH.  Their first child was born in Topsfield, MA, and the others in Andover, MA.  (R‑1)

Children - Averill

    7.  John Averill, b. 13 Oct. 1741.

+8.   Thomas Averill, b. 26 Sept. 1747, m. Mary Dresser, 18 Jan. 1775, d. 25 Jan. 1825.

    9.  Sarah Averill, b. 3 Nov. 1751.

 

Phillip Kneeland (4) was born 15 April 1715 in Topsfield, MA.  He married Mary Potter.  (R‑2)

Children - Kneeland

+10.   David Kneeland, b. 5 March 1740 (or 1741), m. Sarah Smith.

 

 

GENERATION 4

 

CHILDREN OF SARAH KNEELAND (3) AND THOMAS AVERILL

Thomas Averill (8) was born 26 Sept. 1747 in Andover, MA, and died 25 Jan. 1825 in Windsor, NH.  He married Mary (“Molly”) Dresser, daughter of Jacob Dresser and Rachel Bradford, on 18 Jan. 1775 in Amherst, NH.  She was born 22 July 1749 in Topsfield, MA, and died 5 June 1823 in Windsor, NH.  All their children were born in Amherst, NH.  (R‑1, R‑3)

Children - Averill

    11.   Sarah Averill, b. 30 Oct. 1775.

+12.   Mary Averill, b. 25 Aug. 1777, m. Joseph Towne, d. 28 Oct. 1858.

    13.   child, b.c. 1778-1779.

    14.   Rachel Averill, b. 2 Feb. 1780, d. 5 Sept. 1784 (Amherst, NH).

    15.   Thomas Averill, b. 27 Dec. 1782.

+16.   Jacob Averill, b. 22 Dec. 1783, m. Matilda Nott, 6 Feb. 1812.

    17.   Asa Averill, b. 6 Nov. 1786.

    18.   John Averill, b. 6 Nov. 1786.

    19.   Phillip Averill, b. 27 Feb. 1788, m(1) Hannah Boutwell, m(2) Mary Vose, m(3) Hannah G. Barber.

    20.   Ezra Averill, b. 27 Feb. 1788.

    21.   Rachel Averill, b. 20 Aug. 1790, m. Dennis Gould.

 

CHILDREN OF PHILLIP KNEELAND (4) AND MARY POTTER

David Kneeland (10) was born 5 March 1740 (or 1741).  He married Sarah Smith.  (R‑2)

Children - Kneeland

+22.   David Kneeland, b. 1766, m. Dorcas Meserve.

 

 

GENERATION 5

 

CHILDREN OF THOMAS AVERILL (8) AND MARY DRESSER

Mary Averill (12) was born 25 Aug. 1777 in Windsor, NH, and died 28 Oct. 1858 in Milford, Hillsborough Co., NH.  She married Joseph Towne, son of Thomas Towne and Sarah Burton.  He was born 22 Feb. 1771 in Topsfield, Essex Co., MA, and died 28 April 1845 in Dover, Foxcroft Co., ME.  (R‑4)

Children - Towne

+23.   John Towne, b. 7 July 1800, m. Mary Duncan, d. 21 Nov. 1884.

 

Jacob Averill (16) was born 22 Dec. 1783 (or 27 Dec. 1784) in Amherst, NH, and died in Huron Twp., Wayne Co., NY.  He married Matilda Nott, daughter of Thadeus Nott and Chloe (or Eunice) Spencer, on 6 Feb. 1812 in Barnard, Windsor Co., VT.  She was born 29 Nov. 1788 in Springfield, Windsor Co., VT.  All their children were born in VT.  (R‑1, R‑3, R‑5)

Children - Averill

+24.   Frinda Louisa Averill, b. 13 Nov. 1812, m. Marvin Roundy, 19 June 1831.

    25.   Luther Averill, b. 27 April 1814.

    26.   Jacob Harvey Averill, b. 22 Jan. 1816.

    27.   Jotham Averill, b. 2 April 1818.

    28.   Lucretia Averill, b. 10 Jan. 1820.

    29.   Justin Parsons Averill, b. 19 Oct. 1821, m. Cornelia Matilda Huston.

    30.   Lucina Averill, b. 31 July 1823.

    31.   Plinny Fisk Averill, b. 30 Jan. 1825.

+32.   John E. Averill, b. 4 May 1827, m(1) Mary Elizabeth Kerr, 1 Jan. 1853, m(2) Mary J. Faust, 5 Jan. 1858, m(3) Amanda J. Speer, 1873, d. 28 Dec. 1880.

 

CHILDREN OF DAVID KNEELAND (10) AND SARAH SMITH

David Kneeland (22) was born in 1766 in Otisfield, ME.  He married Dorcas Meserve, daughter of John Meserve and Sarah Strout.  She was born 1760-1770.  (R‑2)

Children - Kneeland

+33.   Abigail Kneeland, m. William Nevers.

 

 

GENERATION 6

 

CHILDREN OF MARY AVERILL (12) AND JOSEPH TOWNE

John Towne (23) was born 7 July 1800 in Milford, Hillsborough Co., NH, and died 21 Nov. 1884 in Goshen, Addison Co., VT.  He married Mary Duncan.  She was born about 1805, and died in Goshen, Addison Co., VT.  (R‑4)

Children - Towne

+34.   Josiah Duncan Towne, b. 10 Sept. 1825, m. Ann Elizabeth Abrams, d. 26 April 1895.

 

CHILDREN OF JACOB AVERILL (16) AND MATILDA NOTT

Frinda Louisa Averill (24) was born 13 Nov. 1812 in Barnard, Windsor Co., VT.  She married Marvin Roundy, son of Alvin Roundy and Sarah Steele, on 19 June 1831 in Stockbridge, Windsor Co., VT.  He was born 20 Aug. 1808 in Goshen, Sullivan Co., NH.  (R‑1)

Children - Roundy

+35.   Louisa Friendia Roundy, b.c. 1852, m. George W. Prentice, 2 April 1871, d. 9 Dec. 1904.

 

John E. Averill (32) was born 4 May 1827 in VT, and died 28 Dec. 1880 in Pemiscot Co., MO.  He first married Mary Elizabeth Kerr on 1 Jan. 1853 in New Madrid Co., MO.  He married second Mary J. Faust on 5 Jan. 1858 in Pemiscot Co., MO.  She was born 26 Oct. 1826, and died 6 Oct. 1872 in Pemiscot Co., MO.  He married third Amanda J. Speer in 1873.  She was born about 1847 in MO.  John and Amanda were in the 1880 census for Gayoso, Pemiscot Co., MO.  He was a lawyer.  All his children, with the possible exception of the first, were born in Pemiscot Co., MO.  (R‑3)

Children - Averill, by Mary E. Kerr

+36.   Mary C. Averill, b. 29 Dec. 1856, m. Ralph Wiley Massey, 9 Feb. 1879.

Children - Averill, by Mary J. Faust

    37.   John T. Averill, b. 15 Sept. 1858, m. Augusta Hodge, 9 June 1892 (Pemiscot Co., MO), d. 1900 (Pemiscot Co., MO).

    38.   Francis (“Frank”) M. Averill, b. 11 June 1859 (?), d. 7 Jan. 1898 (Pemiscot Co., MO).

+39.   Robert Lee Averill, b.c. 1864, m. Martha Jane Lowrey.

Children - Averill, by Amanda J. Speer

    40.   Harvey Everton Averill, b. 11 Dec. 1873, m. Bessie Varner, 17 Oct. 1897, d. 1949 (OK).

    41.   Luther Carlton Averill, b. 9 May 1879, m. Pearl Davis, 22 Oct. 1899, d. 11 July 1948 (Memphis, TN).  She d. 1964.

 

CHILDREN OF DAVID KNEELAND (22) AND DORCAS MESERVE

Abigail Kneeland (33) married William Nevers, son of Samuel Nevers and Mary Wyman.  He was born 14 Aug. 1768 in Burlington, MA, and died in Sweden, ME.  (R‑2)

Children - Nevers

+42.   John Nevers, b. 6 Oct. 1798, m. Elmira Whitcomb.

 

 

GENERATION 7

 

CHILDREN OF JOHN TOWNE (23) AND MARY DUNCAN

Josiah Duncan Towne (34) was born 10 Sept. 1825 in Goshen, Addison Co., VT, and died 26 April 1895 in Crown Point, Essex Co., NY.  He married Ann Elizabeth Abrams.  She was born 14 Jan. 1828, and died 27 March 1915 in Crown Point, Essex Co., NY.  (R‑4)

Children - Towne

    43.   Francis Marion Towne, b. 1 May 1863 (Crown Point, Essex Co., NY), m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 2 July 1931 (Cedar Springs, MI).

 

CHILDREN OF FRINDA L. AVERILL (24) AND MARVIN ROUNDY

Louisa Friendia Roundy (35) was born about 1852 in Livingston Co., MI, and died 9 Dec. 1904 in North Park, Kent Co., MI.  She married George W. Prentice on 2 April 1871 in Columbia, Van Buren Co., MI.  He was born 2 May 1845 in NY.  (R‑5)

Children - Prentice

+44.   William Levi Prentice, b. 25 Jan. 1872, m. Eunice Louisa Potter, 30 April 1896, d. 29 June 1952.

 

CHILDREN OF JOHN E. AVERILL (32)

Mary C. Averill (36) was born 29 Dec. 1856.  She married Ralph Wiley Massey, son of Duncan C. Massey and Mary Alsabrook, on 9 Feb. 1879.  He was born 14 June 1843 and died 28 Nov. 1911, both in Pemiscot Co., MO.  (R‑3)

Children - Massey

    45.   Leevia Bell Massey, b. 16 Jan. 1883 (Pemiscot Co., MO), d. 10 Feb. 1964 (Hayti, MO).

    46.   Harvey Lee Massey, b. 16 Dec. 1876 (Trenton, Gibson Co., TN), d. 7 July 1955 (Hayti, Pemiscot Co., MO).

    47.   Lillie Massey, b. 1876-1886.

    48.   Willie Massey, b.c. 1879.

    49.   John W. Massey, b. 9 April 1887 (Pemiscot Co., MO), d. 5 March 1948.

 

Robert Lee Averill (39) was born about 1864 in Pemiscot Co., MO.  He married Martha Jane Lowrey, daughter of Isaac Pierce Lowrey and Nancy Vesta, of Georgia, then Texas.  She was born about 1865 in TX.  They were in the 1920 census for Precinct 5, Jones Co., TX.  They haven’t been found in other census records.  He was a clergyman (church pastor).  All their children were born in TX.  (R‑6)

Children - Averill

    50.   Dana Averill, b.c. 1889.

    51.   Lottie Averill, b.c. 1893.

    52.   Eshca (or Escha) Averill, b.c. 1895.

+53.   Mava Averill, b.c. 1896, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Erickson.

    54.   Lena Averill

    55.   Ruby Averill, b.c. 1901.

    56.   Vera Averill

    57.   Eda Averill, b.c. 1903.

+58.   Robert Carlton Averill, b.c. 1906, m. Vivian Corenke.

 

CHILDREN OF ABIGAIL KNEELAND (33) AND WILLIAM NEVERS

John Nevers (42) was born 6 Oct. 1798 in Lovell, ME, and died in Sweden, ME.  He married Elmira Whitcomb, daughter of Paul Whitcomb and Sally Sampson.  She was born 11 Feb. 1808 in Sweden, ME, and died in Sweden, ME.  (R‑2)

Children - Nevers

    59.   Sarah J. Nevers, b. 18 Oct. 1827 (Sweden, ME), d. 26 March 1904 (Cornish, ME).

 

 

GENERATION 8

 

CHILDREN OF LOUISA F. ROUNDY (35) AND GEORGE W. PRENTICE

William Levi Prentice (44) was born 25 Jan. 1872 in Columbia, Van Buren Co., MI, and died 29 June 1952 in Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI.  He married Eunice Louisa Potter on 30 April 1896 in Gobelsville, Van Buren Co., MI.  She was born 9 Dec. 1877 in MI.  Their first child was born in Berlamont, Van Buren Co., MI, the next in Inverness, Cheboygan Co., MI, the third through eighth in Kent Co., MI, and the last 3 in Comstock Park, Kent Co., MI.  (R‑5)

Children - Prentice

    60.   Zadie Prentice, b. 19 Aug. 1897, d. June 1967 (Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI).

+61.   Hazel Prentice, b. 24 July 1899, m. Frank John Cook, 24 July 1919, d. 27 April 1981.

    62.   Vera Prentice, b. 1 June 1902, d. 19 Feb. 1992.

    63.   Ruth Prentice, b. 16 Feb. 1904, d. 16 May 1995 (Portland, OR).

    64.   George Robert Prentice, b. 4 March 1906, d. 17 Feb. 1987.

    65.   Floyd Prentice, b.c. 1908, d.c. 1994 (OR).

    66.   Louise Prentice, b.c. 1912, d. Kent Co., MI.

    67.   Lucille Prentice, b.c. 1912, d. OH.

    68.   Margery Jenny Midge Prentice, b. 4 March 1914, d. 17 Oct. 1998 (Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI).

    69.   Marvin Prentice, b. 4 March 1914, d. Sept. 1978.

    70.   Edgar Prentice, b.c. 1919, d.c. 1920 (Comstock Park, Kent Co., MI).

 

CHILDREN OF ROBERT L. AVERILL (39) AND MARTHA J. LOWREY

Mava (or Mata) Averill (53) was born about 1896 in TX.  She married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Erickson.  (R‑6)

Children - Erickson

    71.   Joyce Averill Erickson, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Shaul.  Lived in California.

 

Robert Carlton Averill (58) was born about 1906 in TX.  He married Vivian Corenke.  (R‑6)

Children - Averill

    72.   Marilyn Ruth Averill, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Kemme, m(2) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Sjogren.

    73.   Duane Anne Averill, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Plummer.

 

 

GENERATION 9

 

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM L. PRENTICE (44) AND EUNICE L. POTTER

Hazel Prentice (61) was born 24 July 1899 in Inverness, Cheboygan Co., MI, and died 27 April 1981 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI.  She married Frank John Cook on 24 July 1919 in Comstock Park, Kent Co., MI.  He was born 25 Aug. 1893 and died 6 Oct. 1946, both in Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI.  (R‑5)

Children - Cook

    74.   child

    75.   Mary Jeanne Cook, b. 30 Oct. 1924 (Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI), m. Phillip George Semeyn, 26 June 1946 (Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI), d. 17 Sept. 1988 (Grand Rapids, MI).  He was b. 22 Feb. 1923 and d. 11 Aug. 1994, both in Grand Rapids, MI.  3 children.

    76.   child

    77.   William John Cook, b. Comstock Park, Kent Co., MI, d. Grand Rapids, MI.

 

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