Notes for John Graves: John Grave(s) Jr. was made a Freeman of Guilford Sept. 24 (no year given). At his marriage in 1685, he installed his household goods in his father's house, which was built in 1675, called Tuxis Farms. This home was located on the main highway between Boston and New York by way of Saybrook, CN. (Note--this house still stands today as an Historic Landmark, in Guilford, CN. It is a tourist attraction). When his father died in 1695, John Jr. took over his account books (used by his father for commercial accounts only) and entered--beginning 1678/9--most interesting information in detail of his 1). teaching school (which begin Dec. 16, 1707: 9 boys, which included 2 sons.
2). a list of books in his library, as follows--(quote) first The Triumph of a True Christian one a practical exposition on the 130 psalms. one harts division the evil of our times. an interest in a book intitled the rare jewell of contentment. two psalm books. one the pious remains of Mrs. Henry William Ludolf on meditation. one the glory departing from New England. one a call to the unconverted. one my peace I give unto you my peace I leave with you. one war with the divell or the young man's conflict with the powers of darkness. one Zion in ditress or the groans of the probistant church one the familiar explanation of the assembly of devines short cattechism. one old booke called pilgrims progress. one small booke Thirstie siners invited to Christ. one old testament. one old Bible and part of old Bible' one the horors and terrors that seze upon the unpardoned siners in the day of judgement. one the old mens tears three books of Mr. Wises works. one the quarrell of the church espoused. two other books. one the dutie of all christians urged. one Mr. Whitmans election sermon. sundry other small paper books. (unquote).
3). his experiences in Queen Anne's War (he was a Lieutenant of the 1st Company or 'Train Band' of Guilford in October 1707);
4). and other items. (see Clara E G. Baker, pp 10-12).
In 1717, "Lieutenant" John Grave(s) was elected by the town as 'Tavern Keeper' (which was a town office!). He had had to take the office or else pay a fine. The tavern was in his home. After his death, his son John Grave(s) (3rd) continued the Tavern, and after him his son Capt. Elias Grave(s). The last entry in the book is "Elias Grave died May 31, 1802 in the 71 year of his age." John Grave(s)'s Jr. Will was probated Dec. 30, 1726. John Grave(s), son of George Grave(s) Jr., Will was made in Hartford.
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