Posted By:Sally GRAVELY Parker
Subject:Re: GRAVELY/GRAVELEY Family (mid 1700s)
Post Date:July 16, 2001 at 07:32:41
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Forum:Amelia County, VA Genealogy Forum
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The above information may be correct and the father of Joseph GARVELY of Leatherwood, VA may have been James GRAVELY as reported, but I am looking for proof.

Others have reported the father of Joseph as George or John. See accounts below:


Letter From Peyton Gravely to Harry (H. C.) Gravely, 1908 - Page 1

       “From the best information I ever Obtained from was from your Grandfather & Uncle Geo. & Jeff & Uncle Edmund & your Uncle Joe & they told me Grandfather Joseph’s father was named either George or John & that the family were immigrants & subjects from England & lived some time in Maryland and that Lord Dunmore (Jno. Murray) Governor of Va. conscribed Grandfather & three other young men named Flemon, Cooley & Lukado & that these four went at once & joined the Revolution Army & served lastly under Genl. Green & that Grandfather when he settled in Henry lived under great fears for a long time of falling into the hands of the British which meant Certain death. Grandfather’s other three Companions lived up there for a long time & later disappeared.”
“I think from all the traditions & some very pertinent data which I have that our Ancestors came from Hertfordshire England as there & here are the only places any of the Gravelys are to be found & Mr. Cowlam Gravely who lived in Charleston S. C. with his family told me that he had no doubt that we are of this same family & that there has for ages been a broken link by some of the family Coming to America before the Revolutionary War.”


NOTES ON LETTER DATED JULY 14, 1908 FROM PEYTON B. GRAVELY TO H. C. GRAVELY – Page 1 (by Richard Pleasants Gravely, Jr.)

JOSEPH GRAVELY … Son of John or George Gravely. Immigrated from Hertfordshire, England, to Maryland prior to the Revolution. Married Eleanor Cox, daughter of Capt. Francis Cox, on Sept. 1, 1775. Had 10 children from which most of the modern branches of the Gravely family are descended.