"A Calendar of Delaware Wills, New Castle County, 1682-1800 and Ancestry databae:
per Wikipedia: A yeoman is a British term for a middle-class farmer who owned his land, and often farmed it himself.
The American Genealogist said he was b. abt 1670.
part of the record of Newark-Kennett MM, died testate.
Noted events in his life were:
• Certificate Granted: after the fact, 2 Apr 1701, Bucks co., Pennsylvania. 9 from Bucks co. MM
• Certificate Granted, 25 Jul 1701, Philadelphia co., Pennsylvania. 9 Samuel requested a certificate from Philadelphia MM to Chester co. MM. He was "a stranger" there, so they had to make some inquiries about him, before granting it on this date. His original request was made June 27, 1701.
• land: warrant issued, 4 Nov 1702, New Castle co., Delaware. 9 Commissioners of Property issued the warrant to Samuel Greave for land on the south side of Brandywine Creek in New Castle co. This land was resurveyed on April 8, 1703, according to the Book of Surveys, New Castle Co., Delaware, pg. 219.
• Religion, 5 Feb 1703, Newark MM, New Castle co., Delaware. 11 Appointed, with George Harlan, to attend the Quarterly Meeting.
• Religion, Sep 1703, Newark MM, New Castle co., Delaware. 11 Samuel Graves and George Harlan were appointed to discuss his impending marriage with Cornelius Empson, and report back to the next monthly meeting.
• Religion: Centre MM, 1711, Christiana Hundred, New Castle co., Delaware. 12 A meeting house was to be established, and the notes from 9th Mo. 3, 1711 say:"This meeting appoints George Harlan, Thos. Hollingworth, Allphonsus Kirk and Saml. Graves to take ye oversight of ye buildling of ye Center meeting house requesting ym wth all Convenient speed to let out ye work to some workmen in order yt it may be more speedily done and return an acctt to ye next meeting how they proceed."
• land: survey, 13 May 1720, New Castle co., Delaware. 9 Samuel's land on the southwest side of Red Clay Creek, New Castle County, was surveyed. This land wasadjoining the land known as "Letitia's Manor" (belonging at one time to Letitia Penn)
• land: purchase, 15 May 1725, New Castle co., Delaware. 9 William and Letitia (Penn) Aubrey of London sold Samuel Greave a parcel of the land given to her by her father, William Penn, for 37 pounds, 7 shillings. This land was in a tract known as "Letitia's Manor" and the "Manor of Steyning". This land adjoined land he already owned. Recorded in the New Castle County Deed Book G, Vol. 1, p. 553.
• Other: Petitioned the King of England for intervention in boundary disputes, 13 Mar 1734, Concord Monthly Meeting, Chestery co., Pennsylvania. 13
• Religion: Concord Quarterly Meeting Roll, 12 May 1735. 14
• Other, 13 Jul 1736, Wilmington, New Castle co., Delaware. 15 Name was among those from Wilmington (Willing Town) on Christiana Hundred on a petition regarding a new markethouse, July 13, 1736.
• Will Written, 21 Sep 1741. 9
• Will proved, 3 Nov 1741. 9 Sarah was left 1/3 of all the rents and profits of his real estate, along with the best bed and furniture, and the large Bible. John Greave, son, got the 200 acre plantation where he was living, in Christiana Hundred.
Samuel married Sarah BEZER, daughter of William BEZER and Sarah COOLE, in Jun 1702 in Christiana Hundred, New Castle co., Delaware.1 2 3 (Sarah BEZER was born on 25 Feb 1677 in Bishops Canning, Wiltshire, England 3 9 16 and died on 15 Aug 1751 in New Castle co., Delaware 9 16.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Marriage: Filed first Intent to Marry, 11 May 1702, Thornbury twp., Chester co., Pennsylvania. 9 Friends were required to file two Intent to Marry; this first was held at George Pearce's house in Thornbury twp. Samuel was an elder at this MM.
• Marriage: second Intent to Marry filed, 8 Jun 1702, Thornbury twp., Chester co., Pennsylvania. 9
Married at Chichester Meeting, per John Bezer article
1 International Genealogical Index (R).
2 Chester County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1713-1825, Will of Philip Roman.
3 Thomas Maxwell Potts, Our Family Ancestors (Canonsburg, Pa.: T.M. Potts).
4 International Genealogical Index (R).
5 International Genealogical Index (R).
6 International Genealogical Index (R).
7 New Castle County, Delaware Wills, 1682-1800, Will Book K, pg. 56, Will of John Greave.
8 New Castle County, Delaware Wills, 1682-1800, Will Book K, p. 100, Will of Jonathan Greave.
9 Lewis D. Cook, F.A.S.G, The American Genealogist (Whole Number 222, Vol. 56, No. 2, April 1980).
10 New Castle County, Delaware Wills, 1682-1800.
11 Newark/Kennett Monthly Meeting Records 1693-1704.
12 Walter H. Jenkins (Philadelphia: Walter H. Jenkins, 1910, 112 pgs.).
13 J Smith Futhey and Gilbert Cope, "History of Chester county, Pennsylvania, with Genealogical and Biographical Sketches" (Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts.)
14 Concord Quarterly Meeting Roll.
15 Thomas J. Scharf.
The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine.
Table of Contents | Surnames | Name List