Graves, Isaac

Graves, Isaac

Male Bef 1620 - 1677  (~ 57 years)

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  • Name Graves, Isaac 
    Born Bef 1620  England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Sep 1677  Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I16  Sackett
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2009 

    Family Church, Mary,   b. 2 Nov 1632, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1695, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Children 
     1. Graves, Hannah,   b. 24 Jan 1666, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 28 Dec 1701  (Age 35 years)
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F16  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Bef 1620 - England, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Graves, Hannah - 24 Jan 1666 - Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Sep 1677 - Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Isaac Graves was born probably as early as 1620 in England, and died 19 Sept. 1677, killed in an Indian attack on the Hatfield settlement. He married Mary Church, daughter of Richard and Anna Church. She came from England in 1637, and died 9 June 1695.

      Isaac came to New England with his father and settled in Hartford, CT. before 1645. He was made freeman at General Court, Boston, Mass. 16 May 1669, was Sergeant in the Colonial Militia, and Clerk of the Writs for Hatfield, to which he moved in 1661. He was a prominent man in his time,and one of the representatives of that portion of Hadley (later Hatfield) who appeared before the General Court at Boston in favor of separate church and town rights for Hatfield.

      Isaac was a carpenter, and was a resident of Wethersfield, Conn. before1645. He "keyed down" Goffe's Bridge in Wethersfield in 1648. During the continuance of what is usually called "King Philip's War", the inhabitants of the isolated frontier towns were naturally filled with forebodings of danger to their homes and families. For their own protection and safety, the inhabitants Northampton, Hadley and Hatfield practically united for mutual defense and assistance. At Northampton 26 soldiers were located, at Hadley 30, and at Hatfield 36; these were among the most exposed of the frontier towns. Then they had a committee, called a council of war, chosen from the several towns. Among the members was Sergeant Isaac Graves. The object of this council of war was to provide better security to the inhabitants of the several towns. They counselled with the commander, Major Appleton, relative to the ways and means best to be used for the protection of life and property.

      On August 25, 1675, a scouting party of ten was sent out and fell into ambuscade, and nine were killed. Then on the 17th of September, Captain Lathrop and his company and several teamsters from Deerfield were attacked and massacred. Only a few escaped. Sixty-four were buried in one grave as the result of the "Bloody Brook" fight. Seventeen of the sixty-four were Deerfield men. Because of the numerous attacks by the Indians, the people built a stockade, probably in the autumn of 1675, composed of timbers set upright in the ground, and about ten feet high. This stockade was built on both sides of Main Street, some twelve or fifteen rods from the east and west lines of the street, extending north from the Northampton road, not far from 100 rods. This stockade enclosed the bulk of the village. The houses of Isaac and John Graves were within the stockade. Unfortunately for them, on September 19, 1677, they were both working at building a house for John Graves, Jr., on a lot adjoining that of Sergeant Benjamin Waite. Without any warning, they were attacked by the Indians, and Isaac and John were shot down while engaged, as one tradition has it, "in laying shingles on the roof of the house", and working with them were two other men, John Atchinson and John Cooper. Eight others were killed, and we presume scalped, as the account speaks of them as being disfigured, and seventeen were made prisoners. With the exception of Obadiah Dickinson, all of those captured were women and children.


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