|Birth: ||Dec. 17, 1676|
|Death: ||Dec. 30, 1752|
New London County
Son of Benjamin Graves and Mary Hoar.
Husband of Mary Ruth Sterling.
Father of Jedediah Graves.
Benjamin Graves (8) was born 2 March 1676/7 in Concord, MA, and died 30 Dec. 1752 in Colchester, New London, CT, leaving a will. He went with his father who settled in Saybrook, CT about 1681-1683 (or about 1700?). He was described as a resident of New London, CT in a deed to him of lands he purchased in Colchester, CT in 1709. He was admitted inhabitant of Colchester at a town meeting on 8 Jan. 1716. He was chosen lister at town meeting on 11 Dec. 1727.
He married Ruth Stirling (or Mary Sterling), daughter of William Stirling and Mary Blaisdell, in 1698. Ruth was born 17 Dec. 1679, and died in 1710 (see Stirling Genealogy). He married second Mary Haynes. She was born about 1690 in Colchester, CT, and died 24 Nov. 1780. They lived two and a half miles from Colchester on the road to Lyme, CT. They owned the Covenant at Lyme, CT.
- - - - - - - - - - The following will of Benjamin Graves was probated 5 May 1753:
"In the name of God Amen. This 11th day of December A.D. 1752 and ye 21st year of ye reign of our Sovereign Lord George of Great Britain &c the King. I Benjamin Graves of Colchester in the County of Hartford and Colony of Connecticut in New England yeoman being sick and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory (and praise be God for ye same) and being desitous to settle my affairs, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in the manner following.
First and principally I resign my soul in ye hands of God Almighty my Creator, hoping and believing in and through ye alone merits of Jesus Christ my only Lord and Savior to obtain everlasting happiness in his eternal Kingdom. My body I commit to ye earth from which it was taken in ye faith of a joyful resurrection, willing ye same to be decently buried at ye discretion of my executive hereafter named.
And as to such temporal goods and estate as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me after my funeral charges and just debts are discharged which my will is that it be done with all convenient speed after my decease by my executrix and executors hereafter named I give and bequeath to my dear wife Mary Graves ye whole use of all my real estate with all ye privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging during her natural life or so long as she remains my widow for her to use and dispose of in that way that she may think most to her advantage, and be my widow and then to be equally divided to my two daughters viz. Deborah and Abigale, that is to say all my personal estate excepting one gun and that I give to my son Peter and also two cows and them I give to my two daughters Deborah and Abigail and also my will is and I do give unto my children hereafter named five shillings old tenor apiece that is to say, Benjamin, Jedediah, Jonathan, Ruth, and Mary Daniels, James, Hains, Elizabeth, Margret and Mary Hungerford, to be paid to them out of my personal estate by executors hereafter named and I do hereby constitute and appoint and ordain my wife Mary Graves and my son Benjamin Graves of East Haddam executive and executors of this last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disavow revoke and disannul all and every other former testament, will, legacy and executive and executors by me in any way before made, confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have set my hand and ye day and year as above written.
Benjamin X Graves (L.S.)
In presence of Alice Ransom Amy Ransom Jabez Jones"
(bio by: ReLyRoTh)
Benjamin Graves (1645 - 1715)
Mary Hoar Graves (1648 - 1697)
Mary Ruth Sterling Graves (1679 - 1780)*
Jedediah Graves (1709 - 1800)*
in 76th yr, sonsort to Mrs Mary Graves
Colchester Burying Ground
New London County
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Originally Created by: Frank Grimes
Record added: Dec 16, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 7015973
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Heavens Peace Ben. From 8th GG.|
Added: Jun. 25, 2013
In memory of my 8th great-grandfather|
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