Deacon George Grave, Hartford Founder

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Compiled by Timothy Lester Jacobs, SDFH Genealogist

GEORGE1 GRAVE, DEACON, HARTFORD FOUNDER was born abt. 1590 in England, and died bef. 30 Sep 1673 in Hartford, CT (inventory). He married (1) ANN ANDREWS 21 Sep 1623 in Herts, England?. She was born 1612 in Braintree, Essex, England, and died 29 Apr 1666 in Hartford, CT. He married (2) aft Apr 1666 SARAH _____. She died aft. 17 Sep 1673 in prob Hartford, CT (husband’s probate).

It is not known exactly when George Grave arrived in Hartford, but he was an original proprietor, whose occupation was that of a weaver, who was of the Weavers’ Company of London, England in 1615 before his emigration. In the Hartford land inventory of February 1639/40 he owned twelve pieces of land, including a home lot of twelve acres near the Little River. He was selectman in 1649, and was a representative to the General Court in 1657. In the controversy which arose in Hartford between Samuel Stone and those who sided with William Goodwin over who should succeed Thomas Hooker as minister, George Grave sided with Samuel Stone. However, he became an original member of the Second Church 12 February 1670 and was chosen as Deacon.

His will was dated 17 September 1673, the inventory of his estate occurred on 30 September, and his will was proved 5 November 1673.

Genealogy: none known

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