He may have returned to England more than once
and probably missed the Starving Time in Jamestown in 1609‑1610. His wife
Katherine was not in the muster of 1616. He probably married her and fathered
sons, John and Thomas, before the formation of Smyth's Hundred in 1617. Thomas
and Katherine later had three daughters and another son.
Captain Thomas settled at Smythe's Hundred, situated on
the north shore of the
James River ten miles from Jamestown. Governor George
Yardley writing to Sir Edwin Sandys soon after April 29, 1619 of the affairs of
Smythe's Hundred recited the circumstances of a duel between Captain William
Epes and Captain Stallings, in which the latter was slain. This was the first
duel between Englishmen in America. Captain Epes was placed under arrest and the
governor placed Captain Graves in charge.
The next record of Captain Graves showed him
living on the Eastern Shore by February 16, 1623. Thus, he was probably in
England during the Indian Massacre of March 1622. On February 8, 1627, Captain
Francis West, Governor, ordered that Thomas Graves have a commission to command
the Plantation at Accomac; Graves was the second Commander. As an "Ancient
Planter" he received one of the first patents there on March 14, 1628,
consisting of 200 acres. He lived on Old
Plantation Creek, now in Northhampton
County, and served as Commissioner for Accomac in 1629.
On March 24, 1629, the General Assembly of the
colony appointed Captain Samuel Mathews to undertake the raising of a fort at
Point Comfort. Thomas Graves and six other persons were chosen to select the
site, "conclude what manner of fort shall be erected", and to work with Captain
Mathews in the building and finishing the fort.
Captain Thomas Graves, Esquire, was recorded as
being a Justice at a court held for Accomac County on April 13, 1635. On
September 13, 1635, he was appointed a Vestryman of Hunger's Parish. His death
occurred between November 1635, when he witnessed a deed, and 5 Jan 1636 when
suit was entered for Mrs. Graves concerning theft by a servant. He was
survived by his wife, Katherine, and six children: John, Thomas, Ann,
Verlinda, Katherine and Francis.
1. "Adventurers of Purse and Person", by Virginia M. Meyer and John F. Dorman,
Dietz Press Inc, Richmond VA, 3' Edition, 1987, pp 69, 325 330.
2. "Statutes at Large", Volume 1, by William W. Hening, University Press of
Charlottesville, Reprint 1969, p150
3. "Genealogies of Virginia Families", Vol H, Genealogical Publishing Co,
Baltimore, MD, 1982, pp 732-737.
4. Www.gravesfa.org/gen169.htm, June 2003, pp 1-6