Josiah “Joseph” Graves Jr.

Massachusetts, USA
Death 1814 (aged 59–60)
Liverpool, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Burial Liverpool, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 100921698 View Source
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* REVOLUTIONARY WAR VETERAN: His National Society of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution Patriot Number is A-207348.

Josiah Graves, Jr. is of Scotch-Irish descent, and is the son of Josiah Graves, Sr.. His mother's name is not known. He is a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He married Mary Beard (Maria Magdalena Baard).

The following information was taken from the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant #W 7578 of Mary Beard-Graves, wife of Josiah Graves, Jr.. Copies of this original pension abstract can be found on, and the pension is used for documentation for NSSAR and NSDAR application #888884. This original pension abstract was filed by son, Abraham Graves, on January 28, 1856 in Detroit, MI with eight witnesses presented for the hearing. The only named witnesses are: (1) Abraham Graves, (2) Elijah Mann, and (3) Daniel Mann. Abraham Graves states these facts during his deposition on January 29, 1856:

A) Mary Beard-Graves is too old and infirm to come to court to make her declarations. His mother presently lives with him in Caradoc Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada.

B) Mary Beard-Graves, is aged 90 years on 1/28/1856. Her circa birthdate has been set to be 1766 by the NSDAR.

C) Josiah Graves, Jr,. was eighteen or twenty years old when he enlisted in the First Continental Army in January of 1777. Josiah Graves, Jr.'s circa birthdate has been set to be approximately 1754 by the NSDAR.

D) Josiah Graves, Jr., was living with his father, Josiah Graves, Sr., on their farm in N. Briton, Massachusetts at the time he enlisted. Josiah Graves Jr. and Josiah Graves, Sr. both enlisted in the First Continental Army in January of 1777 in Boston, MA.

E) Josiah Graves, Jr., was born in Massachusetts.

F) Josiah Graves, Jr., had two brothers named John Graves and Richard Graves. He does not recall the Christian name of his grandmother who was the wife of Josiah Graves, Sr.

G) Josiah Graves, Jr., and his grandfather, Josiah Graves, Sr., both contracted small pox while enlisted. Josiah Graves, Jr., lived through his bout with small pox. His grandfather, Josiah Graves Sr., died on July 22, 1777 of small pox while enlisted.

H. Josiah Graves., Jr. is described as being five feet seven inches tall with a stout build, sandy colored hair, sandy colored beard, and blue eyes.

K. After his discharge, Josiah Graves, Jr., stayed on to work as a blacksmith for the government until the close of the war. He worked for a man named "Hall."

L. During the war, due to hunger, Josiah Graves, Jr. said that he had to eat horse flesh which he described as the "sweetest morsel he ever ate."

M. Josiah Graves, Jr., married Mary Beard in Scotch Church, New York in 1784. Abraham Graves lists the children of Josiah Graves, Jr. and Mary Beard as follows: Henry, William, John, Peter, Francis, Ira,James, Abraham, and Alvah. Girls - Lena, Polly Louis (Lois), and Phebe Graves.

O. Josiah Graves Jr., died and was buried in Liverpool, Onondaga County, New York in 1814. Abraham Graves was present at his death and burial.

Josiah Graves, Jr. and Mary Beard are listed on the Schenectady Digital History Archive as being founders of Schenectady (Fort Hazard). Josiah Graves, Jr. and Mary (Beard) Graves had thirteen children as follows:

1. Henry Graves
b. 1786 - d. 1858

2. Lena Graves
b. 1788 - d. Unknown

3. Maria Polly Graves
b. 1792 - d. Unknown

4. William Graves
b. 1793 - d. Unknown

5. Lois Graves
b. 1794 or 1795 - d. 1881
m. Elijah Mann

6. Peter Graves
b. 1799 - d. 1864
m. Hannah Waren

7. John Beard Graves
b. 1801 - d. 1874
m. Catherine Harder

8. James Graves
b. 1802 - d. 1859

9. Francis Graves
b. Between 1803 and 1805
d. Unknown

10. Abraham Graves
b. 1806 - d. 1885
m. Mary Suyham

11. Alvah or Alvis Graves
b. Between 1807 and 1808
d. Unknown

12. Ira Graves
b. Between 1807 and 1808
d. Unknown

13. Phebe Graves
b. 1810
d. 1885 (Sanilac Cnty., MI
m. John Edwards

The service record for Josiah Graves, Jr. is as follows:

Service: Massachusetts
Rank: Private
Last Known Duty Station: Fishkill Supply Depot,
Dutchess County, NY
Pension Number: W7578 (Mary Beard-Graves widow)
Description: Capt. Abraham Watson, Col. Greaton

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