Revised 20 Nov. 2001, Gen. 255








George Graves (1) married Mary ------. She was probably Mary Wilson, born in England, and died 18 May 1822. They apparently lived in Crowle, near Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, since at least their two children listed below were born there. (Crowle was a subdistrict of Thorne, 1837-1930.)

This family may be related to that of genealogy 425. (R-1)

Children - Graves

+2. George Graves, b. 4 Aug. 1795, m. Mary B. Osborn, 3 March 1822, d. 19 Nov. 1876.

3. Philip Graves, b. 1798, m. Eliza ------. Moved to Lexington, MA.






George Graves (2) was born 4 Aug. 1795 in Crowle, Lincolnshire, England, and died 19 Nov. 1876 at the home of his son-in-law, Charles Richards, in Quincy, MA. His obituary in the 24 Nov. 1876 issue of the Weymouth Gazette states that he was born in Lincolnshire, but his granddaughter said Yorkshire.

He left for America at age 18, arriving in Boston about 1813. He was in Dresden, ME on 27 April 1822, in Boston or Malden, MA in 1829, in New York in 1833/34-1835, and in Boston in 1843-46. He was in the cabinet making business with his brother Philip Graves until 1846, when he moved to Weymouth, MA.

George Graves married Mary B. Osborn on 3 March 1822 in Boston, MA. She was born 20 Sept. 1795 on Nantucket, MA, and died 10 May 1857 in Weymouth, MA.

Abbott Fuller Graves, grandson of George Graves, had a piano he claimed was one of the earliest built in Boston, and he also claimed that it was manufactured by a relative. Extensive research has shown that a likely candidate for the manufacturer was George Graves, piano-forte maker who started in Boston in 1846. This concern eventually became Graves & Co. in 1851 until it was taken over about 1869 and became E. G. Wright & Co. Family members (possibly related to immigrant George Graves) who were involved with this concern (1846-1869) are George Graves, Samuel Graves, George M. Graves, Elbridge W. Graves, Converse Graves, Thomas Graves, Oscar Graves, and Fred D. Graves. (There was a Elbridge William Graves, born 1869, descended from gen. 168, but it is very unlikely that is this person. Converse Graves may have been the one in genealogy 425.)

Converse L. Graves was listed as a piano forte maker in Boston in 1853-4. He died 25 Aug. 1897 in New York City, NY. The Boston Transcript, 26 Aug. 1897, p. 5, "Recent Deaths", listed him as an actor and dramatist. The Boston Herald, 26 Aug. 1897, p. 2, "Converse L. Graves Dead", said he had a brother in San Francisco and a sister in Portland, ME. It is assumed that all these references are to the same person, since the name is unusual. (R-1)

Children - Graves

+4. James Griswold Graves, b. 16 March 1826, m. Eliza Nichols Fuller, 5 Dec. 1848, d. 18 Sept. 1908.

+5. Samuel Graves, b. April 1828, m. Paulina T. Blanchard, 3 June 1849, d. 25 Jan. 1889.

+6. George Graves, Jr., b.c. 1829-30, m. Sarah E. Humphrey, 1 Jan. 1855.

+7. Marietta Graves, b.c. 1831-33, m. Charles N. Richards, 11 May 1854.

8. Charles Graves; possible child; living with the Graves family in Weymouth, MA.






James Griswold Graves (4) was born 16 March 1826 in Dresden, ME, and died 18 Sept. 1908 in Saugus, MA. He married Eliza Nichols Fuller on 5 Dec. 1848 in Hingham, MA. She was born 28 May 1829 in Cohasset, MA, and died 23 July 1911 in Saugus, MA. Both their children were born in Weymouth, MA. They were in the 1880 census for Melrose, Middlesex Co., MA, with James listed as a furniture dealer, and son Abbott as an artist/painter. (R-1)

Children - Graves

9. Carrie Matilda Graves, b. 10 May 1853, never married, d. 16 Jan. 1926 (Saugus, MA).

+10. Abbott Fuller Graves, b. 15 April 1858, m. Montie Mayo Aldrich, 30 Sept. 1886, d. 15 July 1936.


Samuel Graves (5) was born in April 1828 in Dresden, ME, and died 25 Jan. 1889 in Weymouth, MA. He married Paulina T. Blanchard on 3 June 1849 in Weymouth. She was born in May 1830, and died in 1892 in Weymouth, MA. At least their first 3 children were born in Weymouth. They were in the 1880 census for Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA, with Samuel and son Frank listed as sofa manufacturer. (R-1)

Children - Graves

11. Frank Houghten (or Houghton?) Graves, b. 1854.

12. Cora P. Graves, b. 7 Feb. 1857.

13. Edward Walton Graves, b. 1860, d. 1860 (Weymouth, MA).

14. George Graves, possible child.


George Graves, Jr. (6) was born about 1829-30 in Boston, MA. He married Sarah E. Humphrey on 1 Jan. 1855 in Lowell, MA. She was born about 1830 in MA. They were in the 1880 census for East Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA, with him listed as lecturer, and daughter Jennie listed as working in store. (R-1)

Children - Graves

15. Jennie Graves, b.c. 1858 (MA).


Marietta Graves (7) was born about 1831-33 in Boston, MA. She married Charles N. Richards of North Quincy, MA on 11 May 1854 in Hingham, MA. He was born about 1828 in MA, and died 22 Aug. 1887 (or 1892) in East Braintree, MA. According to the 1880 census for Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA, his name was Charles M. Richards, age 52, and his occupation was shoe store. Her name was given as Mary E. Richards, age 47. (R-1)

Children - Richards

16. Arthur E. Richards, b.c. 1861 (ME). He was an upholster in 1880.






Abbott Fuller Graves (10) was born 15 April 1858 (or 1859) in Weymouth, MA, and died 15 July 1936 in Kennebunkport, ME. He married Montie Mayo Aldrich on 30 Sept. 1886 in Boston, MA. She was born 24 Nov. 1864 in San Francisco, CA, died 14 March 1944 in Kennebunkport, ME, and was a daughter of Louis Aldrich, actor.

Abbott studied at MIT and in Europe, and did mostly flower and figure paintings. (R-1)

Children - Graves

+17. Enid Aldrich Graves, b. 27 Sept. 1888, m. Edward J. Ripley, 22 Nov. 1919, d. 5 March 1963.

18. Louis Talbot Graves, b. Sept. 1897 (Kennebunkport, ME), d. 26 Jan. 1920 (Washington, DC).






Enid Aldrich Graves (17) was born 27 Sept. 1888 in Paris, France, and died 5 March 1963 in Newton, MA. She married Edward J. Ripley on 22 Nov. 1919 in Brookline, MA. He was born 25 Nov. 1872 in Charlestown, MA. (R-1)

Children - Ripley

+19. Priscilla Ripley


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