John GRAVES (c1715-1792), Caswell Co., NC

In my previous post I mentioned John Graves, a mill owner, and one of the earliest settlers of Caswell Co., NC. John Graves was born about 1715, and died 18 Jan. 1792 in Caswell Co., N.C. John Graves married Isabell Lea, the daughter of a big landowner, James Lea. I am descended from this John Graves and Isabell Lea through the following:

1. John Graves, b. abt 1715, d. 18 Jan 1792, md. Isabell Lea
—–Mary Graves, b. 26 Jan. 1754, d. 22 Feb. 1831, md. John Kerr, b. 29 Jan. 1753, d. 22 Feb. 1816
———Isabella Kerr, b. 12 June 1790, d. 1851, md. Christopher Williams Brooks, b. 1781, d. 1840
————-Iverson Lea or Lee Brooks, b. Feb 1829, d. 1876, Monticello, Drew Co., AR

From the research I’ve done in the past couple of weeks, it looks like I’m descended from at least 3 families who were some of the first settlers to Caswell Co., NC — WILLIAMS, LEA, & GRAVES; My BROOKS line has been more elusive, however.

Source: The Graves Family Association website, The Descendants of Captain Thomas Graves by Ken Graves,


WILLIAMS family, Granville Co., NC

Today I combed through the Granville Co., NC usgenweb files looking for information on the Williams family. My ancestor, Henry Williams, was not from Granville Co.; he was from Caswell Co., NC. However, his father, Daniel Williams lived in Granville Co., NC along with many of Henry’s siblings.

Here is what I found:

  • Marriage record of Charles Williams to Hannah Clewall, 23 Feb 1797; This Charles Williams was probably a son of William Williams and is mentioned in his will.
  • Revolutionary War Pension files for Samuel F. Williams, son of William Williams, and Solomon Williams.
  • History of Granville Co., NC including Judge Henderson and John Williams. This Williams – Henderson connection intrigued me because Daniel Williams married Ursula Henderson.
  • Orphan accounts of Granville Co., NC: Elinor Armsby to Daniel and Ursula Williams to learn housewifery, 22 Mar 1759; Samuel Wheeler to James Williams to learn carpentry, 21 Mar 1758.

All of this information was copied and saved to my “Daniel Williams.doc” file.