This site is a compilation of research, family traditions (oral and written), descendants, and numerous historical records of the family of Thomas Sims Graves.
The Graves Family is a distinguished line that came to Jamestown, Virginia in 1608. Captain Thomas Graves was among the early settlers of Jamestown. He was in charge of Smythe's One Hundred and was a representative to the first meeting of The House of Burgesses. (The first legislative assembly.) Captain Thomas Graves is credited with the building of several churches including Hungar's Episcopal Church on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The church may be the only church that still holds all the original lands granted by the English Crown. While several churches claim to be the oldest English church in North America few have been holding services since 1635. The building shown in the photo (in the God's Acre photo album) is the third building on this site and according to old records dates to 1742, when a pew was ordered for the new brick church known as Hungars Episcopal Church. For more info visit my sister site www.hungarschurch.net
There has been much discussion regarding the three sons of Captain Thomas Graves, in particular for a number of years the discussion has centered around the known descendants and why the DNA of Thomas and John do not match the DNA of their brother Francis Graves. There have been numerous theories some good, others frankly pretty odd. I feel like it is time to give my opinion. There are written Colonial records that proclaim that Francis Graves was an "Orphan of Captain Thomas Graves." Some theories have claimed Francis Graves was a female? If you thoroughly study the existing records you will see that Captain Thomas may have been single when he first appeared in 1608 and made several trips to England returning to Jamestown with a wife and two sons. The only son born on American soil was and is Francis Graves. The Virginia Company practiced the system of headrights ( the granting of fifty acres to every immigrant). There are historical records showing Francis Graves sold a cow and land. The discussion has arisen that the deed in question was another Francis Graves, but contrary to this idea, the deed was witnessed by the next door neighbor of Captain Thomas Graves. My personal theory is that he returned to England and possibly married a widow with at least two male children which he then adopted. As the church and English society frowned on a widow ever remarrying, Captain Thomas brought his new family to Jamestown where his son Francis Graves was born. For additional references please refer to Francis Graves, Son of Capt.Thomas Graves at gravesfa.org/gen169app1.htm which is a discussion by Richard W. Kesler who states that " there is sufficent evidence to accept Francis Graves as a son of Captain Thomas Graves. " He has has been admitted to Jamestowne Society and The Order of Descendants of Ancient Planters both organizations requirements are quite strict for documentation.