GRAVES FAMILIES OF LINCOLNSHIRE, ENGLAND & LYNN, MAWHAT IS KNOWN:
It has long been suspected that Samuel Graves of Lynn, MA (genealogy 83) might have been from King's Lynn, Norfolk. That is based mainly on the supposition that Lynn, MA was named for King's Lynn by one or more of the early settlers. Samuel Graves was born in England, perhaps 1590-1600, and emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in America about 1630. It has now been found that Herbert Fletcher Graves/Greaves of Lincolnshire (genealogy 428) shares a common ancestry with Samuel Graves, confirming the story of Lincolnshire ancestry.<
Some of the present-day descendants of this family live in the vicinity of Boston, Lincolnshire. In the recently-created database of "England's Immigrants 1330-1550" is a John Grayve [Grave] in the tax assessment of 6 April 1440 in Boston, Skirbeck wapentake, Lincolnshire, with servant Goderyk Rike. This may be an ancestor of this family.
WHAT IS NEEDED:
- DNA tests are needed for descendants of other Lincolnshire families.
- More traditional research needs to be done for the various Lincolnshire families to try to connect them to each other and to the American family of Samuel Graves, and to find the earlier ancestry of the family.
Feel free to suggest other projects that should be included, especially if you would like to help. Contact Ken Graves for more information.