Rev. 22 June 2006, Gen. 504







William Grave (1) was born about 1805 in Torpenhow, Cumberland.  He married Mary Davidson, daughter of John Davidson and Margaret Brown, on 4 March 1854.  She was born 8 Aug. 1815 in Harrington, Cumberland, and died 1 Sept. 1880[1].  He was listed as a corn miller in the 1841 and 1851 censuses for Gilcrux, Cumberland, and as a farmer in the 1861 census for Gilcrux.  They lived at Ellen Hall.  In 1841, Nancy Grave, 60, was living with them, and may have been his mother.  (R‑1)

Children – Grave

   2.  Mary Grave, b.c. 1824.

+3.  John Grave, b.c. 1827, m. Margaret ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+4.  Ruth Grave, b.c. 1829, m. James Davidson.

   5.  William Grave, b.c. 1835.

+6.  Peter Grave, b.c. 1838, m. Jane ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

   7.  Jonathan Grave, b.c. 1841.

+8.  Joseph Grave, b.c.1857, m. Deborah ‑‑‑‑‑‑.






John Grave (3) was born about 1827 in Aspatria or Oughterside, Cumberland.  He married Margaret ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1831 in Plumbland, Cumberland.  They were in the 1861 census for Royal Oak Inn, Gilcrux, Cumberland, and he was a farmer.

Children – Grave

   9.    Mary Grave, b.c. 1854 (Plumbland, Cumberland).

   10.  Margaret J. Grave, b.c. 1857 (Gilcrux, Cumberland).

   11.  William Grave, b.c. 1859 (Gilcrux, Cumberland).


Ruth Grave (4) was born about 1829 in Oughterside or Aspatria, Cumberland.  She married James Davidson.  He was born about 1824 in Gilcrux, Cumberland.  Ruth was married and living with her parents in the 1851 census for Gilcrux, and James was apparently living elsewhere.  They were in the 1861 census for Aspatria, when he was an inn keeper.  She was a widow in the 1871 census for Gilcrux.  All their children were born in Gilcrux.

Children – Davidson

   12.  William Davidson, b.c. 1848.

   13.  Mary Davidson, b.c. 1852.

   14.  John Davidson, b.c. 1854.

   15.  James Davidson, b.c. 1857.

   16.  Margaret Davidson, b.c. 1859.

   17.  Felix Davidson, b.c. 1867.


Peter Grave (6) was born about 1838 in Gilcrux, Cumberland..  He married Jane ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1840 in Dearham, Cumberland, or in Scotland.  They were in the 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891 censuses for Gilcrux, Cumberland.  He was a coal miner.  He was listed as Peter in the 1861 census, but as Peat in all other censuses.  All their children were born in Gilcrux.

Children – Grave

   18.  Mary Grave, b.c. 1859.

   19.  William Grave, b.c. 1861.

   20.  James Grave, b.c. 1865.

   21.  John Grave, b.c. 1867.

   22.  Jane Agnes Grave, b.c. 1870.

   23.  Peat Grave, b.c. 1874.

   24.  Ellen Grave, b.c. 1877.

   25.  Thomas (“Tom”) Grave, b. 1881.


Joseph Grave (8) was born about 1857 in Gilcrux, Cumberland, and died 18 July 1928[2].  He married Deborah ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1855 or 1857 in Flimby, Cumberland, and died 15 Aug. 1939[3].  They were both buried in Gilcrux Churchyard, Cumbria.  They were in the 1881 and 1891 censuses for Gilcrux, Cumberland.  He was a corn miller in 1881 and a labourer in a colliery in 1891.  Both their children were born in Gilcrux.  (R‑1)

Children – Grave

   26.  Mary Grave, b. 1878, m. Thomas Crosthwaite, d. 30 Dec. 1952.  She is bur. Gilcrux Churchyard, Cumbria.

   27.  Margaret A. Grave, b.c. 1889.


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[1] Dates are from gravestone in Gilcrux Churchyard, Cumbria.

[2] His death date is from his gravestone in Gilcrux Churchyard, Cumbria, which gives a birth date of 1863.  However, he was 4 years old in the 1861 census, so a birth date of about 1857 is more likely.

[3] Her gravestone in Gilcrux Churchyard, Cumbria, gives her date of birth as 1855, and her date of death as 15 Aug. 1939. The estimated date of birth of 1857 is from the 1881 census.