Rev. 19 Feb. 2012, Gen. 113








William Graves (1) was born in 1714 and died in 1793.  He married Elizabeth Pinkerton.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves

+2.  Thomas Graves, bapt. 24 June 1776, m. Mary Ellis, c. 1793, d. 11 June 1852.






Thomas Graves (2) was probably born in 1776, was baptized 24 June 1776 in Rawcliffe, parish of Snaith, Yorkshire, England, died 11 June 1852 (or 28 Oct. 1852[1]), age 75, at Pastures Farm, Yorkshire, and was buried 14 June 1852 in Rawcliffe[2].

He married Mary Ellis about 1793-1794.  She was baptized 16 Nov. 1777 at Rawcliffe, and died at age 65 (probably shortly before the 1841 census).  (There was a William Ellis, born 21 July 1765, died 1805 at Rawcliffe, married Hannah ‑‑‑‑‑‑ of Howden, Yorkshire, about 1778.  He may have been a brother or other close relation of Mary Ellis.)  All their children were born at Rawcliffe, Yorkshire.

It is likely that this Graves family is related to that of Robert Quarton Wilkinson Graves, who was born in York, Yorkshire, and married Mary Maria Bramley (genealogy 331), and to that of William Greaves and Sarah Burland of Yorkshire (genealogy 114) .  The map on the next page shows the areas around York and Snaith where this family lived.  Carlton is about 1 mile north of Snaith, Rawcliffe is about 3 miles east, and Howden is about 8 miles northeast of Snaith.  Aughton (probably the one where some later descendants lived) is about halfway between Snaith and York.

He was in the 1841 and 1851 censuses for Rawcliffe, Snaith, Yorkshire.  In 1841, Hannah Ellis, 45, was living in his household.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves

+3.  John Graves, b.c. 1794, m. Susannah Hinsley, 8 Oct. 1820, d. 9 June 1868.

+4.  Thomas Graves, b.c. 1800, m. Ann ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  5.  Mary Graves, b.c. 1802, never married.  Living with her father in 1851 but not in 1841.

  6.  Bessey Graves, b.c. 1815, never married.  Living with her father in 1841 and 1851.

+7.  James Graves, b.c. 1816, m. Ann ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. July 18‑‑.

  8.  Ann Graves, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Gillenthorpe.

  9.  Joseph Graves

  10.  Ben Graves; this may be the Benjamin Graves who was b.c. 1831 in Rawcliffe, was living with Thomas in 1841 and 1851, and was listed as a grandson in 1851.

  11.  Gillis Graves

  12.  Sarah Graves






John Graves (3) was probably born about 1794, was baptized 16 Nov. 1794 Coates Farm, Carlton, Yorkshire, died 9 June 1868 at Carlton, and was buried 9 June 1868 at St. Mary’s Church, Carlton.  He was a farmer and lived in Carlton in the subdistrict of Snaith, Yorkshire, England.

He married Susanna (or Susannah) Hinsley on 8 Oct. 1820 at the parish church in Snaith.  She was born 4 Feb. 1792, was baptized 5 Feb. 1792, died in May 1872, and was buried 24 May 1872 at St. Mary’s Church, Carlton.  She was a daughter of John Hinsley who was a wheelwright in Carlton.  Her mother was Elizabeth Pheasant, daughter of George and Elizabeth Pheasant.  All children of John and Susannah were born and baptized in Carlton.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Graves

  13.  Thomas Graves, bapt. 14 Oct. 1821, d. 26 Feb. 1880.  He was in the 1851 census for parish of Snaith, township of Carlton, Yorkshire, at Coates House, unmarried, farmer of 100 acres, 3 servants.

+14.  John Graves, bapt. 6 Oct. 1822, m. Mary Shipman.

+15.  William Graves, b. 7 Jan. 1824, m. Alice Lawrence, 26 May 1849, d. 28 Nov. 1866.

+16.  James Graves, b. 14 May 1826, m. Maria Anna Bramley, 6 Feb. 1849, d. 13 May 1877.

  17.  Mary Graves, bapt. 23 Dec. 1827, never married, d. 30 Aug. 1851.

  18.  Elizabeth Graves, bapt. 25 Oct. 1828.

+19.  Robert Graves, bapt. 19 Feb. 1832, m. Sarah Ann Harrison, d. 1952.

  20.  Joseph Graves, bapt. 2 Feb. 1834, never married, d. 6 March 1866.


Thomas Graves (4) was born about 1800 in Rawcliffe, Yorkshire.  He married Ann ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1806 in Rawcliffe.  They were in the 1841 and 1851 censuses for Snaith, Rawcliffe, Yorkshire.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in Rawcliffe.

Children - Graves

  21.  George Graves, b.c. 1826.  He was a saddler in 1841.

  22.  Joseph Graves, b.c. 1829.

  23.  James Graves, b.c. 1831.  He was still living with his parents in 1851, and was a seaman.


James Graves (7) was born about 1816 and died July 18‑‑. (before the 1851 census)  He married Ann (or Anne) ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1816 in Snaith, Yorkshire.  They were in the 1841 census for Snaith, Rawcliffe, Yorkshire, living next to his brother Thomas.  He was a farmer in 1841.  She was a widow and an inn keeper in 1851.  All their children were born in Snaith, Yorkshire.

Children - Graves

  24.  Jane Graves, b.c. 1839.

  25.  Mary Graves, b.c. 1841.

  26.  Anne Graves, b.c. 1843.

  27.  William Graves, b.c. 1847.






John Graves (14) was born in 1822 in Carlton, Yorkshire, and was baptized 6 Oct. 1822.  He married Mary Shipman, daughter of Joseph Shipman and Ann ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1824 in Carlton, Yorkshire.

According to R‑5, John was next in line to receive farm land.  His father, John, was ready to give Quosquo Hall farm to John’s brother William.  John said he was next in age, and his father replied that he wasn’t married.  John said he soon could be, and was married the following week.  The 1881 census shows John retired at Hill Top (Bedford Place), Knottingley, Yorkshire.  All their children were born in Carlton except for Thomas, who was born at Bedale, Yorkshire.  (R‑5)

Children - Graves

  28.  Mary Graves, b.c. 1852.

  29.  Anne Graves, b.c. 1856.

+30.  Thomas Graves, b.c. 1859, m. Emma Vaughan.

  31.  Agnes Graves, b.c. 1866.

  32.  Emma Graves, b.c. 1871.


William Graves (15) was born 7 Jan. 1824 at Coates Farm, was baptized 1 Feb. 1824, and died 28 Nov. 1866 at “The Leases”.  He married Alice Lawrence, daughter of William Lawrence (b. 1802/3, d. 21 Jan. 1839) and Mary Pocklington (b. 1801/2, d. 1858), on 26 May 1849 in Snaith, Yorkshire.  (R‑3)

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+33.  Susanna Graves, b. 11 Oct. 1849, m. William Styan, 9 Oct. 1873, d. 15 March 1943.

  34.  Mary Graves, b.c. 1852.

  35.  John Graves, b.c. 1854.

+36.  William Graves, b.c. 1856, m. Annie Maria Horner, d. 12 Aug. 1936.

  37.  Lawrence Graves, b.c. 1859.

  38.  James Graves, b.c. 1861.

  39.  Thomas Graves, b.c. 1863.

  40.  Alice Emma Graves, b.c. 1865.

  41.  Maria Annie Graves, b.c. 1867.


James Graves (16) was born 14 May 1826 in Carlton, subdistrict of Snaith, district of Selby, Yorkshire, England, was baptized 11 June 1826, died 13 May 1877 in Bedale, Yorkshire, and was buried at St. Gregory’s. Bedale.  He married Maria Anna Bramley on 6 Feb. 1849 at Snaith, Yorkshire, England.  He was from Carlton, Yorkshire., and was a farmer.  She was born 3 March 1820, was baptized 3 March 1820 in Snaith, died 28 Nov. 1909 in Bedale, and was buried in Bedale.  She was of Snaith, spinster, daughter of Capt. Thomas Bramley, mariner and coal merchant, and Maria Miller.

Thomas Bramley was born 6 June 1788 and died 1 July 1857, both in Snaith.  He married Maria Miller on 10 Oct. 1814 in Pontefract.  She was born 5 Jan. 1794 in Knottingley, and died 8 Oct. 1851 in Snaith.

Maria was a sister of Thomas Bramley, Jr., who married Hannah Ramskill Greaves on 19 Sept. 1849 at Knottingley, Yorkshire, England.  Hannah's parents were Benjamin Greaves and Mary Johnson, both of whom died in 1835.  Benjamin's parents were William Greaves and Sarah Burland, married 3 March 1782, of Pontefract, Yorkshire, England.

James and Maria went to Australia after 1857 (probably after 1873), and apparently settled in Queensland.  In 1938, George Miller, a grandson, went from Chicago to visit the family in Queensland.

The 1851 census for Carlton, Yorkshire, lists their first child, Robert Hinsley Graves.  The 1861 census for Firby, Yorkshire, only listed children Jane and Charles with them.  However, a search of the area shows that the older children were in various small boarding schools.  The 1871 census for Firby, Yorkshire, shows all the children living at home.

The first 4 children of James and Maria were born in Carlton, the next at Carlton Bridge, and the last 6 at Firby, Yorkshire (about 30-35 miles northwest of York).  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Graves

  42.  Robert Hinsley Graves, b. 21 Nov. 1849, bapt. 23 Dec. 1849, never married, d. 9 July 18‑‑ (as a child).

+43.  Henry James Graves, b. 17 Aug. 1851, m. Mary Ann Brownbridge, 13 July 1876, d. 16 Jan. 1902.

  44.  Maria Annie Graves, b. 11 July 1853, bapt. 31 July 1853, m. John Twinbank.

  45.  John Thomas Graves, b. 17 (or 7) March 1854, bapt. 25 Oct. 1854, m. Laura Fletcher, d. 1930 (Cherokee, Iowa).  Came to U.S. in 18‑‑ to the State of Iowa.  No children.

+46.  Jane Elizabeth Graves, b. 27 April 1857, m. Frank B. Miller, d. 1 Sept. 19‑‑.

  47.  Emily Mary Graves, b. 1 Feb. 1859, never married, d. 9 April 18‑‑.  Not in 1871 census.

  48.  Charles William Graves, b. 13 July 1860 (Bedal, subdistrict of Budwith, district of Howder, Yorkshire, Eng.), m. Gertrude Loft, March 1887, d. 13 May 1942.  He came to the U.S. in 1879, and lived in Chesterfield, IL for 5 years.  He arrived in Cherokee, Iowa in Aug. 1885.  He was educated in Bedal and attended the Knarborough Boarding School.  They had one daughter, who had no children (?).  (There is a Bubwith just south of Aughton and about 6 miles north of Howden.  However, I can’t find a Bedal there or anywhere else.  There is a Bedale about 30 miles northwest of York.)

+49.  Joseph Bramley Graves, b. 20 Feb. 1863, married.

  50.  Arthur Edwin Graves, b.c. 1864.

  51.  Frederick George Graves, b. 12 Feb. 1865.

  52.  Isabel Sarah Graves, b.c. 1866, never married, d. 22 April 18‑‑.


Robert Graves (19) was born about Jan. 1832 in Snaith, Yorkshire, was baptized 19 Feb. 1832, and died 26 May 1915 in Orilla, Ontario, Canada.  He married Sarah Ann Harrison.  She was born about 1839 in Snaith.  They were in the 1871 census for Stevenage, Hertfordshire, at Chells Farm, where he was a farmer of 456 acres.  Ann Graves, 28, a cousin, born in Snaith, was living with them in 1871 as a nurse maid.  They were in the 1881 census for Hollards Farm, Codicote, Hertfordshire, England, when Robert was a farmer of 206 acres.  All their children were born in Snaith, Yorkshire.  (R‑3, R‑6)

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+53.  John Graves, b.c. 1864, m. Elizabeth Ann Rich, d. 23 April 1920.

  54.  Mary Graves, b.c. 1865, d. 1 July 1933 (Valley Center, MI, USA).

+55.  Joseph Graves, b.c. 1867 (or March 1869), m. Harriet Elizabeth White, 6 Oct. 1894, d. 1952..

  56.  Robert Graves, b.c. 1869.

  57.  Susanna Graves, b.c. 1872, d. 26 Nov. 1893 (Leeds, Ontario, Canada).






Thomas Graves (30) was born about 1859 in Bedale, Yorkshire.  He married Emma Vaughan, daughter of Edward Vaughab and Harriett Evans.  She was born about 1865 in Staveley, Yorkshire.  Their first 2 children were born in Selby, Yorshire, and all the others in Woodlesford, Yorkshire.  (R‑5)

Children - Graves

  58.  Jennie Graves, b.c. 1888.

  59.  John E. Graves, b.c. 1889.

  60.  Eleanor Graves, b.c. 1890.

  61.  Helen Graves, b.c. 1892.

  62.  William Graves, b.c. 1896.

  63.  Joseph Graves, b.c. 1898.

  64.  Thomas Graves, b.c. 1900.



Susanna Graves (33) was born 11 Oct. 1849 in Rawcliffe, Yorkshire, and died 15 March 1943.  She married William Styan, son of John Styan and Ellen Fawcett of Leyburn, on 9 Oct. 1873 at Wensley, Yorkshire.  He was born about 1840 in Swinithwaite, Yorkshire.  They were in the 1881 and 1891 censuses for Leyburn, Yorkshire, living at Moor House.  William was a farmer, and also a store merchant in 1891.  In 1881, her brother William and sisters Alice and Maria were living with them, and Maria was still living with them in 1891.

Susanna lived at Moor House, Leyburn, Yorkshire, until she moved in 1914 to Strasbourg, Saskatchewan, Canada, to housekeep for her son Thomas Styan.  In Canada she was living near her nephew William Lawrence Graves and his wife Annie Eveline Dobson.  (R‑3)

Children - Styan

  65.  Jane E. Styan, b.c. 1875.

  66.  Mary Alice Styan, b.c. 1877.

  67.  John Styan, b.c. 1878.

+68.  Susanna Emma Styan, b. 10 March 1879, m. James Arthur Smith, 18 Jan. 1905, d. 19 April 1971.

  69.  Annie Styan, b.c. 1880.

  70.  William Styan, b.c. 1882.

  71.  Thomas Styan, b.c. 1884.

  72.  Alice Laurbush Styan, b.c. 1885.

  73.  James Styan, b.c. 1887.

  74.  Marguerite Styan, b.c. 1889.

  75.  Eleanor Fawcett Styan, b.c. 1891.


William Graves (36) was born about 1856 and died 12 Aug. 1936.  He lived in Leyburn, Yorkshire, England all his life. He married Annie Maria Horner of Leyburn.  She died 26 Sept. 1897, and was buried at Wensley.  Her Horner and Dent ancestry has been traced back to 1197.  They only had one child.  They were in the 1891 census for Bellerby, Yorkshire, at Southfield House, when he was a farmer, cattle dealer and auctioneer.  (R‑4)

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+76.  William Lawrence Graves, b. 9 March 1882, m. Annie Eveline Dobson, d. 22 Dec. 1967.



Henry James Graves (43) was born 17 Aug. 1851 in Carlton Bridge, in the subdistrict of Snaith, Yorkshire, England, was baptized 7 Sept. 1851 in Carlton, and died 16 Jan. 1902 in York, Yorkshire.  He married Mary Ann Brownbridge, called Ann, daughter of John Brownbridge and Ann Maltby, on 13 July 1876 in the Parish Church in Aughton.  Henry gave his occupation as farmer and his address as the Firby house in Bedale.  Ann was born 11 Nov. 1855 in Aughton, subdistrict of Budwith, was baptized 22 Dec. 1855 in Aughton, and died 26 Oct. 1926 in Scarborough.  One of the daughters may have married a Craft.  At least the first 5 children were born in Aughton, Yorkshire.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves

+77.  Annie Gertrude Graves, b. 13 June 1877, m. Samuel Norman Whitaker, 16 July 1901.

  78.  Ethel Mary Graves, b. 3 April 1879, bapt. 5 Feb. 1882 (Aughton, Yorkshire), m. George Kew Swift,11 Aug. 1902 (Centenary Chapel, Scarborough, Yorkshire).  At the time of marriage he was grocer’s assistant, son of Joseph Swift, grocer.  No children.

+79.  Ida May Graves, bapt. 5 Feb. 1882, m. Godfrey Ratcliffe Chambers, 9 Aug. 1913, d. 21 May 1959.

  80.  Lillian (“Lily”) Graves, b. 1883, bapt. 16 Aug. 1883 (Aughton, East Yorkshire), m. Henry Wilson Wainright, 2 June 1906 (St. Mary, Wheatley, nr. Doncaster, South Yorkshire).  He was Chief Clerk, Leeds Higher Education Comm., son of Joseph Wainwright, commercial traveler.  He d. 30 Jan. 1952, Umballa (or Umberleigh), Oudleigh, Devon, will pr. 13 March 1952.  No children.

+81.  James Graves, b. 8 Nov. 1885, m. Florence Pearl Perrin, 22 March 1910, d. 19 March 1947.

  82.  Gladys Graves, bapt. 3 July 1887 (Aughton, East Yorkshire), bur. 12 Oct. 1887 (Aughton).

  83.  Emily Mildred (“Milly”) Graves, b. 8 Aug. 1888, bapt. Aughton, East Yorkshire, never married.

  84.  Walter Lancelot Graves, b. 24 June 1890, bapt. 28 March 1891, m. Marie McDonald, 5 Feb. 1917, d. 7 June 1950 (Cherokee, Iowa).  Emigrated to the U.S. in 1896.  2 children, a son and a daughter.

  85.  Florence (or Flora or Floria) Graves, b. 13 July 1893 (Reedness, Humberside), never married.


Jane Elizabeth (“Jennie”) Graves (46) was born 27 April 1857 and died 1 Sept. 19‑‑.  She emigrated to the U.S. and settled in Chicago, IL.  She married Frank B. Miller.  (R‑2)

Children - Miller

  86.  George Miller, b. 13 May 190-.  At one time he worked for the medical school of the Univ. of IL in Chicago.  About 1938 he lived at 701 South Paulina St., Chicago.


Joseph Bramley Graves (49) was born 20 Feb. 1880.  He married ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  He moved to Australia.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  87.  Stan Graves; lived at 5th Hardeight, 102 Allison Rd., Randwick, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia.



John Graves (53) was born about 1864 in Snaith, Yorkshire, England, and died 23 April 1920 in Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada.  He married Elizabeth Ann Rich.  She was born 26 Dec. 1861 in Innisfil Twp., Simcoe Co., Ontario, and died 2 May 1911 in Simcoe Co., Ontario, Canada.  Both their children were born in Ontario.  (R‑6)

Children - Graves

  88.  James M. Graves, b.c. 1889.

  89.  Mary E. Graves, b.c. 1890.


Joseph Graves (55) was born about 1867 (or March 1869) in Snaith, Yorkshire, England, died in 1952 in Parry Sound, Ontario, and was buried in Christie Township Cem.  He married Harriet Elizabeth Wright, daughter of John Wright and Dianah Leonard, on 6 Oct. 1894 in Orillia, Ontario, Canada.  She was born in March 1874 in Tiny Twp., Ontario, and died in 1956 in Orrville, Parry Sound, Ontario.  All their children were born in Ontario, at least the last 5 in Parry Sound.  (R‑7)

Children - Graves

  90.  Stanley John Graves, b. 6 March 1895 (Orrville, Parry Sound, Ontario), d. 1941.

  91.  Elsie Graves, b. Dec. 1897.

  92.  Joseph Graves, b. March 1898,

  93.  Robert Edgar (or Edward) Graves, b. 7 July 1902 (Edgington, Ontario), d. 17 Oct. 1921 (Parry Sound, Ontario).  Bur. in Christie Township Cem.

  94.  Hattie Elizabeth Graves, b. 1 Sept. 1903, m. Emerson White, d. 1969 (Parry Sound, Ontario).  He was b. 22 June 1891 in Muskoka and Parry Sound, Ontario, and died in 1970 in Parry Sound, ON, son of William White and Sarah Matilda Reid.  They were both bur. in Christie Township Cem.

  95.  Pauline Graves, b. 28 Sept. 1904, m. Alvin Ethelbert Watkinson, d. 2001 (Parry Sound, Ontario).  He was b. 9 July 1907 in Seguin Falls, Ontario, and d. 1993 in Parry Sound, ON, son of Ebenezer Watkinson and Mary Jane E. Joyce.  Both bur. in Christie Township Cem.

  96.  Hugh (“Roger”) Graves, b. 14 March 1906, m. Edna Marie Henderson, d. 19 March 1966 (Sudbury, Ontario).  She was b. 1 Jan. 1909 in Gloucester Twp., Carleton Co., Ontario, and d. 4 July 1981 in Sudbury General Hospital, Sudbury, ON, dau. of George P. Henderson and Margaret May Conroy.  Both bur. in Christie Twp. Cem., Parry Sound, ON.

  97.  Thomas (“Tom”) Henry Graves, b. 10 Dec. 1907.

  98.  Francis Harold Graves, b. 22 Jan. 1910, m. Margaret Mary Hannon, d. 1976 (Parry Sound, ON).  She was b. 7 March 1908 and died 1997, both in Parry Sound, ON, dau. of Peter Hannon and Catherine Ann T. May.  Both bur. in Christie Twp. Cem., Parry Sound, ON.


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[1] R‑2 gave his date of death as 28 Oct. 1852, and R‑3 gave it as 11 June 1852.

[2] This burial date seems to confirm the June death date.