GREAVE, Thomas
(Abt 1650-1700)


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GREAVE, Thomas

  • Born: Abt 1650, Ireland or England
  • Marriage: Unknown
  • Died: 1700, Christiana Hundred, New Castle co., Delaware about age 50

bullet  General Notes:

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."

Thomas Greave was born about 1650, in Ireland or England, although the family is thought to be from County Derby, England. He was apparently married about 1673 in Ireland, and was the first of his family to come to America, evidently as a widower. His wife may have died on the long voyage across the ocean.

Thomas came to America about 1680. He was a wealthy man, and was associated with William Penn.

He was of the Quaker Faith.


Seems to be undocumented information floating around the internet that Thomas' wife was named "Whitesett" or something similar.

bullet  Death Notes:

Christiana Hundred is now (partially) part of Wilmington, DE.


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