Rev. 14 Dec. 2009, Gen. 340







There were Graves family members who lived in Kirton, Boston, Lincolnshire, in the 1600’s and perhaps before and after that.  While doing very preliminary research in the Society of Genealogists library in London, a very abbreviated chart was found in the Graves vertical file for a Graves family of Kirton, probably in the 1600’s.  It showed brothers William Graves (or Grave) and Thomas Graves.  Thomas had 3 children, names not stated.  William probably married Hester Carlton, and had 3 children: Elizabeth (m. Anthony Silsey and had child Anthonie Silsey), Humfrey, and William.

Calendar of Lincoln Wills, vol. II, 1601-1652, ed. by C.W. Foster, 1910, lists wills in Kirton in the early 1640’s, including one for a Humphrey Graves in 1646.  Perhaps this is the same as the Humfrey mentioned in the preceding paragraph.  In Year Book of Probates, vol. 1, 1630-1634, is mention of a 1625 will for William Grave in Kirton, Lincs.  PCC Wills and Admin., 1670-1710, lists a will for Humphry Graves of Lincs., 1705.  Records of the Borough of Nottingham, 1155-1702, pub. 1882, 5 vols., contains or refers to the collection called “Greaves Papers”, and mentions Humphrey/Humfrey Greaves in Nottingham records in the 1630’s and 1640’s.  Could there be a connection with the Humphrey Graves of Kirton?

In the booklet, Kirton-in-Holland, Lincolnshire (R‑2), there is a comment on page 2: “...the sea channels were changing.  Locally, Thomas Graves blamed the wind for diverting the rivers and sea banks ...”.  Could this have been the Thomas Graves mentioned in the first paragraph above?

From the same source as R‑1, the following lists of children have been provided.  It was apparently thought that these are earlier generations of the same family in this genealogy, as can be seen below.  All places are in Lincolnshire.

Children of Joseph and Ann Graves:

Joseph Graves, born at Bag Enderby, Jan. 25, 1806

Elizabeth Graves, born at Little Steeping, Dec. 31, 1806

Peter Graves, born at Little Steeping, Jan. 26, 1809

Ann Graves, born at Little Steeping, Nov. 8, 1810

Mary Graves, born at Little Steeping, Dec. 19, 1813

Susan (?) Graves, born at Little Steeping, March (?) 4, 1814.

Jane Graves, born at Little Steeping, Nov. 11, 1815

Rachel Graves, born at Little Steeping, April 7, 1818

Damarius (?) Graves, born at Beaytoft (could this be Burtoft?), July 12, 1821

George Graves, born at Beaytoft (?), March 10, 1823

Lucy Graves, born at Gepey Drove (?), Feb. 28, 1825

Children of Nathaniel and Jane Coupland (She is the Jane Graves born 1815.):

Graves Coupland, born at East Kirkby, Aug. 31, 1839

Betty Ann Coupland, born at Hagnaby Lock, March 7, 1843

Obadiah Coupland, born at Hagnaby Lock, June 5, 1845


Because of where the families lived, there may also be a connection with the family of John Graves and Elizabeth Field (gen. 254) which lived in Old Bolingbroke and Carrington, and with that of William Graves and Elizabeth ‑‑‑‑‑‑ of Billinghay (gen. 317).





William Graves (1) was born about 1731 in Strubby with Woodthorpe, Lincolnshire, and died in 1773.  He married Sarah Whitworth on 31 May 1756 in Strubby with Woodthorpe, Lincs.  She was born about 1735 in Strubby with Woodthorpe, Lincs., and died in 1773.  All their children were born in Strubby.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

  2.  Rebecca Graves, b.c. 1762.

  3.  Mary Graves, b.c. 1764.

  4.  James Graves, b.c. 1767.

  5.  Charles Graves, b.c. 1770.

+6.  Joseph Graves, b.c. 1773, d. 24 March 1860.






Joseph Graves (6) was born about 1773 in Strubby, Lincolnshire, and died 24 March 1860 in Skirbeck Fen, Lincolnshire.  He married Ann Parrinder, daughter of Richard Parrinder and Elizabeth Dowse, on 6 June 1805 in Bag Enderby, Lincs.  She was born about 1881 in Bag Enderby, Lincs.  They seem to have gradually migrated south, from Strubby to Little Steeping (where most of their children were born), to Langriville, and eventually to Skirbeck Fen and Boston where they died.  They were in the 1841 and 1851 censuses for West Keal, Lincs.  He was an agricultural labourer and a bailiff.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

  7.  Elizabeth Graves, b.c. 1805 (South Somercotes, Lincs.), d. 1886 (Asterby, Lincs.).

+8.  Joseph Graves, b. 25 Jan. 1806, m. Lucy Bushey, 14 May 1835, d. April 1889.

+9.  Elizabeth Graves, b. 31 Dec. 1806, m. Richard Brand Coupland, 13 May 1829, d. March 1889.

+10.  Peter Graves, 26 Jan. 1809, m. Bridget Leak, 14 July 1834, d. 1851.

  11.  Ann Graves, b. 8 Nov. 1810 (Little Steeping, Lincs.).

  12.  Mary Graves, b. 19 Dec. 1813 (Little Steeping, Lincs.), d. 1841.

  13.  Susanna Graves, b. 4 March 1814 (Little Steeping, Lincs.).

+14.  Jane Graves, b. 11 Nov. 1815, m. Nathaniel Coupland, d. 1899.

  15.  Rachel Graves, b. 7 April 1818 (Little Steeping, Lincs.), d. 1898 (Boston, Lincs.).

  16.  Damaris Graves, b. 12 July 1821 (Bratoft, Lincs.), d. April 1895 (Wildmore, Lincs.).

  17.  George Graves, b. 10 March 1823 (Bratoft, Lincs.), d. 1901.

+18.  Lucy Graves, b. 28 Feb. 1825 (Langriville, Lincs.)., m. George Barber, d. 1919 (Spilsby, Lincs.).






Joseph Graves (8) was born about 1806 in Bag Enderby, Lincs., and died in April 1889 in Sibsey, Lincs.  He married Lucy Bushey on 14 May 1835 in Wildmore Fen, Lincs.  She was born about 1809 in Coningsby, Lincs., and died in June 1894 in Boston, Lincs.  They were in the 1841 and 1851 censuses for Midville, Lincs., and in the 1861 census for Frithville, Lincs.  He was an agricultural labourer.  All their children were born in Midville, Lincs.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

+19.  Joseph Graves, b.c. 1836, m(1) Mary ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(2) Sarah A. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 1901.

  20.  Ann Graves, b.c. 1838, d. 1861.

  21.  George Graves, b. 5 Oct. 1841, d. 1881.  He is probably the one living in the household of George and Lucy Barber (#18) in the 1861 census for Skirbeck, Lincs., when he was a carter.

  22.  Susan Graves, b.c. 1843, d. 1851.

+23.  William Graves, b.c. 1847, m. Susan Crawford.


Elizabeth Graves (9) was born 31 Dec. 1806 in Little Steeping, Lincs., and died in March 1889 in Boston, Lincs.  She married Richard Brand Coupland, son of Edward Coupland and Elizabeth Brand, on 13 May 1829 in Boston, Lincs.  He was born about 1806 in Holland Fen, Lincs., and died 25 Dec. 1874 in Stickney, Lincs.  Their first 3 children were born in Boston, Lincs., the next in Steeping, Lincs., and all the others in Stickney, Lincolnshire.  (R‑3)

Children - Coupland

  24.  Betsey Parrinder Coupland, b.c. 1830, d. 9 July 1855 (Stickney, Lincs.).

  25.  Edward Graves Coupland, b.c. 1831, d. 1 July 1855 (Stickney, Lincs.).

+26.  John Graves Coupland, b.c. 1831, m. Hannah Coupland, d. July 1853.

  27.  Mary Ann Coupland, b.c. 1833, d. 1851.

+28.  Susan Jane Coupland, b.c. 1835, m. James Simpson, 7 Oct. 1862, d. 8 April 1867.

  29.  Ann Brand Coupland, b.c. 1837, d. 1851.

  30.  George Eno Coupland, b.c. 1839, d. Oct. 1863 (Stickney, Lincs.).

  31.  Lucy Louisa Coupland, b.c. 1841, d. 1928 (Northwich, Cheshire).

  32.  Damaris Matilda Coupland, b.c. 1842, d. Jan. 1865 (Horncastle District, Lincs.).

  33.  Mahala Rachel Coupland, b.c. 1844, d. Nov. 1881 (Stow, Lincs.).

  34.  Richard Nathaniel Coupland, b.c. 1848, d. 1878 (Hull, Yorkshire).

  35.  Millington M. Coupland, b.c. 1851, d. 1896 (Horncastle District, Lincs.).

  36.  Henry Thomas Coupland, b.c. 1856, m. Harriett Coupland, 1881 (Spilsby District, Lincs.), d. 1910 (Boston, Lincs.).  She was b.c. 1863 in Little Steeping, Lincs., and d. 1901, dau. of John Coupland and Margaret Boliskill.


Peter Graves (10) was born 26 Jan. 1809 in Little Steeping, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, and died in 1851.  He married Bridget Leak, daughter of Francis Leak and Sarah Motley, on 14 July 1834 in Stickney, Lincolnshire.  She was born about 1815 in Kirton, Lincs., and died in 1855 in Stickney, Lincs.  They were in the 1841 and 1851 censuses for Stickney, Lincs.  He was an agricultural labourer.  All their children were born in Stickney.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  37.  Henry Motley Graves, b.c. 1838, m. Susan Ann Goodwin, 1865 (Lambeth, London), 1865, d. 1884 (Goxhill, Lincs.).  She was b.c. 1840 in Lusby, Lincs., and d. after 1881.  They were in the 1871 census for Goxhill, Lincs., when he was a grocer and draper.

+38.  George Parrinder Graves, b. 16 March 1841, m. Sarah Barber, d. 1929.

  39.  Sarah Ann Graves, b.c. 1844, d. July 1837 (Stickney, Lincs.).

+40.  Peter Francis Graves, b.c. 1845, m. Sarah Ann Graves.

  41.  Betsey Ann Graves, b. Dec. 1850, d. 1907 (Worksop, Nottinghamshire).


Jane Graves (14) was born 11 Nov. 1815 in Little Steeping, Lincs., and died in  1899 in Skirbeck, Lincs.  She married Nathaniel Coupland.  He was born about 1811 in Stickney or Holland Fen, Lincs.  They were in the 1841 census for Hagnaby, Lincs., when he was an agricultural labourer.  They were in the 1851 census for Stickney, Lincs., when he was a shepherd.  They were in the 1861 census for Frampton, Lincs., when he was a farmer of 25 acres.  (R‑1)

Children - Coupland

  42.  Graves Coupland, b. 31 Aug. 1839 (East Kirkby, Lincs.).

  43.  Betsey Ann Coupland, b. 7 March 1843 (Hagnaby Lock, Lincs.).

  44.  Obediah (or Obadiah) Coupland, b. 5 June 1845 (Hagnaby Lock, Lincs.).


Lucy Graves (18) was born 28 Feb. 1825 in  Langriville (or Langrick), Lincolnshire, and died in 1919 in Spilsby, Lincs.  She married George Barber.  He was born about 1822 in Wildmore Fen, Lincs.  She was in the 1851 census for West Keal, Lincs., living with her parents and her first child.  They were in the 1861 and 1871 censuses for Skirbeck, Lincs.  Their first child was born in West Keal and the next 5 in Skirbeck Fen, all in Lincs.  George was a farmer.

Children - Barber

  45.  George Barber, b.c. 1850.

  46.  Alfred Barber, b.c. 1853.

  47.  Arthur Barber, b.c. 1855.

  48.  Thomas Barber, b.c. 1857.

  49.  Ann Barber, b.c. 1860.

  50.  Ted Barber, b.c. 1862.






Joseph Graves (18) was born about 1836 in Midville[1], Lincs.  He first married Mary ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1830 in West Keal, Lincs.  They were in the 1861 census for Frithville, Lincs.  She must have died, since the 1871 census for Frithville, Lincs., shows him married to Sarah A. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1842 in Old Leake, Lincs.  They were in the 1881 and 1891 censuses for Kirton, Lincs.  He was an agricultural labourer.  It is not certain that children Ann and Sarah were by Joseph’s first marriage, but it seems likely.

Children - Graves, by Mary ------

  51.  Amy Graves, b.c. 1853 (West Keal, Lincs.).  Because of the gap between Amy and Lucy, and Mary being older than Joseph, it seems possible that Mary had been married before and Amy was a daughter by that marriage.

  52.  Lucy Graves, b.c. 1860 (Frithville, Lincs.).

  53.  Ann Graves, b.c. 1862 (Frithville, Lincs.).

  54.  Sarah Graves, b.c. 1865 (Frithville, Lincs.).

Children - Graves, by Sarah A. ------

  55.  Joseph W. Graves, b.c. 1873 (Kirton, Lincs.).

  56.  Herbert Graves, b.c. 1875 (Kirton, Lincs.).

  57.  Halgeth Graves, b.c. 1880 (Kirton, Lincs.).


William Graves (23) was born about 1847 in Midville, Lincolnshire.  He married Susan Crawford, daughter of Charles Crawford and Sarah Semper.  She was born about 1848 in Carrington, Lincs.  All their children were born in Benington, Lincs.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

  58.  Charles Graves, b.c. 1868.

  59.  John Graves, b.c. 1870.

  60.  William Graves, b.c. 1876.

  61.  Annie Graves, b.c. 1882.

  62.  Fanny Graves, b.c. 1884.

  63.  Joseph Graves, b.c. 1886.

  64.  Thomas Graves, b.c. 1888.



John Graves Coupland (26) was born about 1831 in Boston, Lincs., and died in July 1853 in Stickney, Lincs.  He married Hannah Coupland.  She was born about 1830 in Housefleet, Lincs.  Their first child was born in Frodingham, Lincs., and all the others in Roxby, Lincs.  (R‑3)

Children - Coupland

  65.  Mary Ann Coupland, b.c. 1857.

  66.  Elizabeth Coupland, b.c. 1858.

  67.  Sarah Coupland, b.c. 1860.

  68.  Alice Coupland, b.c. 1861.

+69.  Lucy Ann Coupland, b.c. 1863, m. George Pycock, April 1893, d. 1921.

  70.  Emma Jane Coupland, b.c. 1865.

  71.  Charles Coupland, b.c. 1868.

  72.  Rose A. Coupland, b.c. 1872.


Susan Jane Coupland (28) was born about 1835 and died 8 April 1867, both in Stickney, Lincolnshire.  She married James Simpson, son of William Simpson and Ann Gibson, on 7 Oct. 1862 in Stickney.  He was born about 1823 in Stickney, Lincs., and died in 1892 in Leake, Lincs.  He had been married previously, and the 1861 census for Stickney shows him as a widower.  Since Susan died in 1867, the 1861 census for Stickney again showed him as a widower.  He was a tailor.  (R‑4)

Children - Simpson

+73.  Herbert Simpson, b. 4 May 1865, m. Mary Ann Wilson, 1 June 1893, d. 12 June 1945.



George Parrinder Graves (38) was born 16 March 1841 in Stickney (or in Midville, according to the 1881 census), Lincs., and died in 1929 in Kirton in Holland, Lincs.  He married Sarah Barber.  She was born in 1841 in Stickford (about 2 miles from Stickney), Lincs., and died in 1911 in Boston, Lincs.  They were in the 1871, 1881, and 1891 censuses for Kirton, Lincs.  He was listed as an agricultural labourer in 1871, and as a farmer after that.  Their first child was born in Keal Coates, Lincs., the second in Skirbeck, Lincs., and the others in Kirton in Holland, Lincs.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+74.  Annie Graves, b.c. 1862, m. Robert Holmes.

+75.  Joseph Graves, b.c. 1863, m. Betsy ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. after 1901.

  76.  Alice Graves, b.c. 1867, d. after 1901.

+77.  Arthur Eno Graves, b. 1872, m. Betsy Jane Jubb, d. 1952.

+78.  George Graves, b.c. 1876, m. Lidy ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. after 1901.


Peter Francis Graves (40) was born about 1845 in Stickney, Lincs., and died in 1902 in Sheffield, Yorkshire.  He married Sarah Ann Graves.  She was born about 1843 in Haven Bank, Coningsby, Lincs., and died in 1901.  They were in the 1871 census for Sibsey, Lincs., when he was a groom and gardener.  Their first 2 children were born in Sibsey, Lincs., and the next 2 in Sheffield, Yorkshire.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

+79.  Kate Graves, b.c. 1870, m. Samuel Barton, 1888, d. after 1891.

+80.  Betsy Rose Graves, b.c. 1873, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Andrews, d. 1901.

  81.  Joseph Graves, b.c. 1876, d. 1901.

  82.  Elizabeth Graves, b.c. 1877, d. 1891.






Lucy Ann Coupland (69) was born about 1863 in Roxby, Lincs., and died in 1921 in Boston, Lincs.  She married George Pycock in April 1893 in Louth, Lincs.  He was born about 1870 in Thorpe, Lincs., and died in Boston, Lincs.  (R‑3)

Children - Pycock

  83.  George L. Pycock, b.c. 1896 (Louth, Lincs.).

  84.  Rheda Mary Pycock, b. 9 Aug. 1908 (Boston, Lincs.), m. Samuel Joseph Harrop, d. 3 Nov. 1989 (Lincoln, Lincs.).  He was b. 24 Jan. 1908, and d. 24 Nov. 1977 in Lincoln, Lincs.



Herbert Simpson (73) was born 4 May 1865 in Stickney, Lincs., and died 12 June 1945 in Fishtoft, Lincs.  He married Mary Ann Wilson, daughter of Henry Wilson and Mary Neal, on 1 June 1893 in Benington, Lincs.  She was born about 1867 in Old Leake, Lincs., and died after 1911.  Their first 2 children were born in Butterwick, Lincs., and the third in Fishtoft, Lincs.  (R‑4)

Children - Simpson

+85.  Herbert Henry Simpson, b. 24 May 1894, m. Alice Lewsley, 1919, d. 1979.

  86.  James Joseph Simpson, b.c. 1895, m. Ethel Lucy ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 10 Jan. 1968.  She was b. 3 April 1898, and d. 1979 in Tattershall, Lincs.

+87.  Annie Sophia Simpson, b. 19 Aug. 1897, m. Frank Baldwin, 19 July 1923, d. 16 Feb. 1974.



Annie Graves (74) married Robert Holmes.  (R‑1)

Children - Holmes

+88.  Frank Holmes, m. Mary Burrows.


Joseph Graves (75) married Betsy ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  89.  Henry Graves

  90.  Albert Graves

  91.  Olive Graves

+92.  Gilbert Graves, m. Edna ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  93.  Kate Graves


Arthur Eno Graves (77) was born in 1872 and died in 1952.  He married Betsy Jane Jubb.  She was born in 1869 and died in 1952.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  94.  Dorothy Alice Graves, b. 1901, m. William Killingworth, d. 1990.

+95.  John Arthur Graves, b. 1912, m. Agnes Nora Pearson, d. 1969.


George Graves (78) married Lidy ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  96.  Mary Graves

  97.  Ethel Graves

  98.  Bess Graves, m. “Mac” Cuthbertson.

  99.  Ida Graves



Kate Graves (79) was born about 1870 in Sibsey, Lincs., and died after 1891.  She married Samuel Barton in 1888 in Sheffield, Yorkshire.  He was born about 1869 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, and died in 1901.  All their children were born in Sheffield.  (R‑3)

Children - Barton

  100.   Annie Barton, b.c. 1888, d. after 1901.

  101.   George Henry Barton, b.c. 1890, d. after 1901.

  102.   Elsie Barton, b.c. 1893.

  103.   Sam Barton, b.c. 1895.


Betsy Rose Graves (80) was born about 1873 in Sibsey, Lincs., and died in 1901 in Northamptonshire.  She married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Andrews.  (R‑3)

Children - Andrews

  104.   Albert Andrews, b.c. 1899 (Sheffield, Yorks.), d. 1901.






Herbert Henry Simpson (85) was born 24 May 1894 in Butterwick, Lincs., and died in 1979 in Portsmouth, Hants.  He married Alice Lewsley in 1919 in Fishtoft, Lincs.  She was born 14 April 1897 in Freiston, Lincs., and died in Nov. 1986 in Portsmouth, Hants.  (R‑4)

Children - Simpson

  105.   daughter

  106.   Joan F. Simpson, b. 15 Feb. 1920 (Stow District, Suffolk), m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Francis, d. 2004 (Harare, Zimbabwe).  2 sons.

  107.   Myra Winifred Simpson, b. 12 Aug. 1921 (Portsmouth, Hants.), m. Arthur Edwin Lloyd, 8 Oct. 1942 (Southsea, Portsmouth, Hants.), d. May 1999 (Salisbury District, Wilts.).  He was b. 28 Feb. 1915 in Portsmouth, Hants., and d. 2002 in Droxford District, Hants.  2 sons.

  108.   Dorothy Simpson, b. 27 Feb. 1931 (Portsmouth, Hants.), d. July 2005 (South East Hampshire District).


Annie Sophia Simpson (87) was born 19 Aug. 1897 in Fishtoft, Lincs., and died 16 Feb. 1974 in Kirkstead, Lincs.  She married Frank Baldwin, son of Betsy Ann Baldwin, on 19 July 1923 in Tattershall, Lincs.  He was born 23 Oct. 1900 in Grimsby, Lincs., and died 23 April 1985 in Woodhall Spa, Lincs.  Both their children were born in Tattershall Thorpe, Lincs.  (R‑4)

Children - Baldwin

  109.   John Herbert Kingswood, b. 31 Aug. 1931, m. Peggy Briggs, 1949 (Nottingham District), d. 2003 (Rushcliffe District, Notts.).  She was b. 8 July 1931, and d. 2002 in Rushcliffe District, Notts.  4 living sons, 1 living dau., and 1 son who died young, John Francis M. Kingswood, b. 8 Sept. 1949 in Nottingham Dist., d. 3 Dec. 1952 in Nottingham.

  110.   Annie Mary Kingswood, b. 11 Aug. 1931, m. Frederick Arthur Pinner, 6 Dec. 1952 (Tattershall, Lincs.), d. 26 April 1998 (Lincoln, Lincs.).  He was b. 7 June 1928 in Friskney, Lincs., and d. 17 Aug. 1987 in Fulham, London.  1 son.



Frank Holmes (88) married Mary Burrows.  (R‑1)

Children - Holmes

  111.   Margery Holmes



Gilbert Graves (92) married Edna ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+112.   Judith Graves, m. Tony Coda.



John Arthur Graves (95) was born in 1912 and died in 1969.  He married Agnes Nora Pearson.  She was born in 1908 and died in 1955.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+113.   Richard Graves, b. 1938, m. Janet Lyon.

+114.   Robert Graves, b. 1942, m. Margaret Dion.

+115.   David Graves, b. 1944, m. Judith Nicholson.




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[1] His place of birth is given as Sibsey in the 1881 census, and as Stickney in the 1891 census, but as Midville in most other censuses.