This is from a lengthy document on the descendants of Captain Thomas Graves of the Jamestown Colony. You're probably already familiar with it, but just in case...
John Graves (32) married Johannah ("Hannah" or Joanna) ??????. They lived in St. Anne's Parish, Essex Co., Va. He died 1720 in Essex Co.
The following discussion is from the Graves Family Newsletter, 1993, pages 30-31. The Graves ancestry of Jane Graves who married John Coffey is of
considerable interest to the many descendants of this couple. An excellent book on the Coffey family was published in 1984 by Marvin D. Coffey, James Bluford
Coffey, His Ancestors and Descendants in America, Vol. II - Ancestors. On page 31 of that book, he states: â€œAbout 1728 John Coffey married Jane Graves, the
daughter of John Graves, deceased, and his wife Hannah... The origin of our Graves ancestors is far from clear... Unfortunately, we cannot identify our John Graves
as one of [the known men named John Graves who were descended from Capt. Thomas Graves of VA]...â€
â€œCoffey genealogists who have looked into our Graves ancestry claim that the parents of John Graves (d. 1720) were James Graves and his wife Jean Mayfield...â€
He goes on to provide evidence that casts doubt on this ancestry, however.
Jane is named as a daughter in the will of John Graves, dated 5 Sept. 1719 in Essex Co., VA. James Graves (Janeâ€™s brother) made a will in Essex Co., dated 10 Jan.
1724, naming his wife Jean as executrix but naming no children (making it unlikely that James could have been the father of John or anyone else).
The two previous Graves ancestries for Jane Graves that have been suggested have been through John2 Graves, son of Capt. Thomas Graves, and through Francis2,
Francis3. Both of these have been shown to be very unlikely.
The possibilities are that John, the father of Jane Graves, was a son or grandson of one of the 3 sons of Capt. Thomas Graves, John, Thomas, or Francis. John2, b.c.
1611, d.c. 1640, didnâ€™t have a son John. Looking at his 3 sons: Ralph, b. by 1629, had no son John named in his 1667 will; William, b. by 1631, had only 1 daughter and
no sons, per a 1668 document; Thomas, b. by 1631, had a son John who was b.c. 1665, d. after 1737, lived in King and Queen Co., VA, and was clearly not the father of
Looking at Thomas2, he had no son John. His son Thomas, b.c. 1639, had a son John, b. by 1677, d. by 1716, lived in Gloucester Co., VA, clearly a different John;
son Jeffrey had no son John; William had a son John who was not baptized until 1689.
This leaves only Francis2, youngest son of Capt. Thomas Graves. Since the sons of Francis by his marriage to Jane Maguffey were born too late to be the father of
John, John could only have been by a first marriage of Francis2.
The descent that is believed to be correct is: Capt. Thomas1 Graves; Francis2, b.c. 1630, d.c. 1691; John3, b. before 1678, d. 1720, Essex Co., VA; Jane4, b.c.
1701-05, m. John Coffey. On page 140, 1980 Graves Family Newsletter, is the statement, â€œSome authorities think Francis married an unknown first wife, leaving
descendants living in Essex Co. prior to his marriage in 1678 to the widow Jane Maguffey.â€ Since Francis was about 48 years of age when he married Jane Maguffey,
it is certainly reasonable to think he had been married before that and had one or more children. In a letter to Kenneth V. Graves on 29 Feb. 1984, Mrs. Sue Davis of
Benton, AR wrote: â€œJohn shouldnâ€™t be listed as a child of Jane Maguffey. He was by a first wife.â€ Sue Davis was a very thorough researcher, and did much
outstanding and reliable research on the Graves family.