Rev. 21 Sept. 2006, Gen. 341








Thomas Greaves (1) was probably born about 1745-1750.  He married Sarah Blackford on 2 Sept. 1770 in Elmbridge, Worcestershire, England.

Mrs. Shirley notes that in Ombersley (and probably elsewhere in the area), although the name was spelled Greaves, it was pronounced Graves.  Some of the descendants did change the spelling to Graves.  Also, some of the descendants were butchers in Ombersley from 1843 to 1908.

The map below shows the area around Droitwich and Worcester where this family lived.  The children of Thomas and Sarah were probably all baptized in Dodderhill (essentially the same as Wychbold), Worcestershire.

The 1851 census for Droitwich, St. Peter, lists a Thomas Greaves (b.c. 1804) and Charlotte, and the 1851 census for Droitwich, St. Andrew, lists a George Greaves (b.c. 1809) and Ann, probably both descended from a son other than James Greaves, but it is not presently known which one.  (R‑1)

Children - Greaves

   2.  Thomas Greaves, bapt. 9 Jan. 1775.

   3.  Ann Greaves, b. 10 Jan. 1777.

   4.  Benjamin Greaves, b. 1779, d. 1780.

   5.  Emmanuel Greaves, b. 1782, bapt. 27 Nov. 1782 (Dodderhill, Worcestershire, per IGI).

   6.  Mary Greaves, b. 1786.

   7.  Daniel Greaves, b. 1788.

   8.  Sarah Greaves, b. 1790.

+9.  James Greaves, bapt. 23 Jan. 1792, m. Ann Leek, 9 Dec. 1813, d. Jan. 1875.







James Greaves (9) was born in Droitwich, Worcestershire, was baptized 23 Jan. 1792, and died in Jan. 1875.  He married Ann Leek on 9 Dec. 1813.  She was born about 1785 or 1791 in Droitwich, and died before 1861.  They were in the 1841 census for St. Andrew, Droitwich, with children George, Elizabeth, and Solomon.  George was a butcher and James may have been (the census was very difficult to read).  They were in the 1851 census for Droitwich, St. Andrew, Worcestershire, living on High Street, with no children.  He was a widower in the 1861 census for Elmbridge, Worcs., living on Broad Alley.  (R‑1)

Children - Greaves

+10.  John Greaves, b. Nov. 1814, m. Sarah ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

   11.  Lucy Greaves, b. 1817, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Twyning.

+12.  George Greaves, b. 1820, m. Emily Robins, June 1843, d. 1884.

   13.  Mary Greaves, b. 1821, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Holloway.

+14.  William Greaves, b. 1823, m. Ann ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

   15.  Elizabeth Greaves, b. 1828, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Page.

   16.  Solomon Greaves, b. 1831, d. 1844.






John Greaves (10) was born in Nov. 1814 in Droitwich, Worcestershire.  He married Sarah ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1812 in Dodderhill, Worcs.  They were in the 1851 census for Hampton Lovett, Worcs., and in the 1861 census for Elmley Lovett, Worcs.  The last two children did not appear in the 1861 census.  Their first 2 children were born in Droitwich, the next 4 in Dodderhill, and the last in Hampton Lovett.

Children - Greaves

   17.  James J. Greaves, b.c. 1841.

   18.  George Greaves, b.c. 1842.

   19.  Caroline Greaves, b.c. 1843.

   20.  Fanny Greaves, b.c. 1845.

   21.  Henry Greaves, b.c. 1847.

   22.  Ann Greaves, b.c. 1849.

   23.  John Greaves, b.c. 1850.


George Greaves (12) was born in 1820 in Droitwich, Worcestershire, and died in 1884.  He married Emily Robins in June 1843.  She was born about 1825 in Droitwich, and probably died before 1881.  Their first 2 children were born in Droitwich, and all the others in Ombersley, Worcestershire[1].  They were in the 1851, 1861, and 1871 censuses for Ombersley, Worcs.  The 1881 census for Ombersley listed George, 61, without his wife, and children Jane, 21, Kate, 15, and Soloman, 14, with George Robins, nephew, 17, apprentice.  He was a butcher.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

   24.  William Greaves, b. 1844, d. 1863.

   25.  Sabina Greaves, b. 1847, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Wood.  Had a dau. Sabina Emily Wood, b.c. 1870, who was living with her parents in 1871.

   26.  Harry Thomas Greaves, b. 1849, d. 1863.

+27.  John James Greaves, b. 1851, m. Marion Harle, March 1881, d. 1890.

   28.  Elizabeth Ann Greaves, b. 1853, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Smith.

   29.  Emily Robins Greaves, b. 1855, d. 1863.

   30.  George Greaves, b. 1856, d. 1863.

   31.  Ada Greaves, d. 1858, may have died young.  Not in 1861 census.

   32.  Sarah Jane Greaves, b. 1860, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Holliday.

+33.  Frederic Edwin Greaves, b. 1863, m. Annie ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

   34.  Emily Kate Greaves, b. 1866, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Stephens.  She went to Canada and drowned in the Ottawa River.

+35.  Solomon George Greaves, b. Feb. 1867, m. Louisa Mary Siers, c. 1886, d. 1938.


William Greaves (14) was born in 1823 in Droitwich, Worcestershire.  He married Ann ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1829 in birmingham.  They had 3 children, and no male descendant survived.  They were in the 1851 census for Droitwich, St. Andrew, Worcs., with one daughter.  He was a baker.  (R‑1)

Children - Greaves

   36.  Rosanna Greaves, b.c. 1850 (Droitwich).

   37.  child

   38.  child






John James Graves (27) was born in 1851 in Ombersley, Worcestershire, and died in 1890.  He married Marion Harle in March 1881.  All their children were born in Worcestershire.  (R‑1)

Children - Greaves

   39.  Emily Greaves, b. 1881, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Watkins.

   40.  Frances Greaves, b. 1882, lived 4 days.

   41.  Harry Greaves, b. 1883, m. Grace ‑‑‑‑‑‑, (Manitoba, Canada).  2 children, “Jack” and another.

+42.  John Greaves, b. 1885, m. Rhoda ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+43.  George Greaves, b. 1886, m. Eva Green, 1922.

   44.  Ethel Greaves, b. 1887, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Wood.

   45.  Kate Greaves, b. 1888, d. 1889.

   46.  Frederick Greaves, b. 1889, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Bick (?).  No children.


Frederic Edwin Greaves (33) was born in 1863 in Ombersley, Worcestershire.  He married Annie ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1868 in Farnsworth, Worcs.  He was in the 1881 census living alone with 2 servants at Thomas’s Farm, Little Witley, Worcestershire, 18, farmer, unmarried.  He was in the 1891 census for Leigh, Worcs.

Children - Greaves

   47.  Fred Greaves, b.c. 1889 (Leigh).

   48.  George Greaves, b.c. 1890 (Leigh).


Solomon George Greaves (35) was born in Feb. 1867 (according to the 1900 census) and was baptized 9 Nov. 1868, both in Ombersley, Worcs., and died in 1938 on a farm in Michigan.  He married Louisa Mary Siers about 1886 in Balsall, Worcestershire, England.  She was born in Feb. 1865 in England.

He is said by relatives in England to have gone to the U.S.A., probably Philadelphia, PA.  He was in the 1900 census for Chicago, Ward 27, Jefferson Twp., Cook Co., IL, as Saul Greaves, fish salesman, living at 2659 Monticello Ave.  According to that census, he immigrated in 1887, had been in the U.S. for 13 years, and was naturalized in PA.  He was still in England at the 1881 census, living in Ombersley, and when his father died in 1884 he was mentioned in the will as still being in England.  Solomon and Louisa were in the 1910 census for Northfield, Cook Co., IL, with children Ida and Violet.  All their children were born in IL.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Greaves

   49.  Margaret Greaves, b. June 1888.

+50.  Ida Bessie Greaves, b. Nov. 1890, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

   51.  Violet F. Greaves, b. Aug. 1894.


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[1] The 1851 and 1861 censuses list the birth places of all the children as Ombersley.