In a Genealogical History of the State of Delaware, as quoted by John Card Graves, appears the following. "Among the first settlers of New Castle County were the ancestors of the Graves family. They were of English descent. Thomas Grave was the first of the family to come to America. He was a typical English gentleman, possessed of means, a sturdy constitution, and a hearty love of the chase. He founded his home at Christiana Hundred in 1691, purchasing for that purpose 500 acres of land, part of which he used as a game preserve. He was fond of hunting deer and foxes which made their habitation on his property, and hunting parties he gave were famous for good sport. He died on his farm."
Christiana Hundred is now (partially) part of Wilmington, DE.
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