Revised 16 Jan. 1992, Gen. 117







Richard Graves (1) came to Massachusetts in the good ship Abigail, arriving in July 1635 after an arduous journey. He was 23 when he sailed from England, which means that he was born about 1612. He settled in Salem and owned land there by 1637. He apparently died sometime between 1665 and 1669.

He was at least a part-time pewterer, but his name is known mainly because he was a perennial ne'er-do-well of delightfully irresponsible character. His pewter has long since disappeared, but his travels in the Puritan atmosphere mark a man who seems to have been out of step with time and place.

He married Dorothy ------. From the Essex Co. Quarterly Court Records, vol. 4, p. 169: "Writ: Dorithy Graves, relict of Richard Graves v. John Neal, executor of the will of Francis Lawes; for refusing to, not delivering or laying out her thirds or of dower in a house and a parcel of land now occupied by said Neale, which was the land formerly of her said husband; dated 15:4:1669." Sources for this are: (1) New England Marriages, Torrey, and (2) Vital Records, Salem, Savage.

From American Pewter: "Remains only Richard Graves, of Salem; and here, at least, is one seventeenth-century American pewterer of whose activities we have a record and whose character is not hidden from us. I quote once more from Mr. Dow's invaluable four pages ('Notes on the Use of Pewter in Massachusetts during the Seventeenth Century' by George Francis Dow, pub. in July 1923 issue of Old Time New England, the bulletin of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities):

'Graves came to Massachusetts in the Abigail, arriving in July, 1635. He settled at Salem and was a proprietor there in 1637. Sometimes he is styled "husbandman." He got into trouble with the authorities very soon, and in December 1638, was sentenced to sit in the stocks for beating Peter Busgutt in his own house.... In 1641 Graves was brought into court again, and William Allen testified that "he had herd Rich Graves kissed Goody Gent twice". Richard confessed that it was true, and for this unseemly conduct was sentenced to be fined and whipped... He was presented at a quarterly court on February 28th 1652-3 for "oppression in his trade of pewtering" and acquitted of the charge. Then he was accused of neglecting to attend the ferry carefully, so that it would seem that pewtering occupied only part of his time. This he acknowledged, but said that he had not been put to it by the Court and also that it was necessary to leave the ferry when he went to the mill, a quite apparent fact. He seems to have been a somewhat reckless fellow in his dealings with his neighbors, for he was accused of taking fence rails from Christopher Young's lot and admonished by the Court. At the same time he was fined for stealing wood from Thomas Edwards and for evil speeches to him, calling him "a base fellow, & yt one might Runn a half pike in his bellie & never touch his hart"....

In 1645 he was in Boston in connection with some brazen molds that were in dispute. A Mr. Hill and a Mr. Knott were concerned in the affair, and very likely the molds were for pewterers' use. On another occasion, a few years later, when Graves went to Boston, he got drunk at Charlestown, and in consequence was mulct by the Quarterly Court. Only a month later he was complained of for playing at shuffle-board, a wicked game of chance, at the tavern kept by Mr. Gedney in Salem, but this time he escaped the vengeance of the law, for the case against him was not proved. He was still pursuing his trade of pewterer in 1665 when he so styled himself in a deed to John Putnam, and some time between that date and 1669 he passed out of reach of the courts to that bourne from which no pewterers ever return.'"

Mrs. Hill says Richard Graves was America's first pewterer. There are no known pieces of pewter from 17th and early 18th century America, since so much pewter was melted down to make bullets during the Revolution.

Pioneers of Massachusetts states he was a husbandman (farmer).

At least one source reported some of the dates for Richard's children incorrectly, not realizing that the calendar was different in the 1600's, the year started in March, and a month numbered 3 was actually May rather than March. The dates given in this genealogy are correct, as far as is known. (R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-5)

Children - Graves

2. Ruth Graves, m. Henry Keskeyes, 7 June 1656. She may have been one of 3 children baptized 14 March 1641.

3. John Graves, bapt. 14 March 1641.

4. child (possibly Abigail Graves), bapt. 14 March 1641.

5. Joseph Graves, bapt. 16 Oct. 1642.

6. Benjamin Graves, bapt. 6 Aug. 1645.

7. Elizabeth Graves, bapt. 6 Aug. 1645, d. 1 Feb. 1661.

+8. Mary Graves, bapt. 16 April 1648, m. George Thomas, 28 Dec. 1667.

9. Richard Graves, bapt. 6 Oct. 1650.

10. Hanna (or Hannah) Graves, bapt. 15 Aug. 1652.

11. Deliverance Graves, bapt. 16 July 1654.






Mary Graves (8) was baptized 16 April 1648 in Salem, MA. She married George Thomas on 28 Dec. 1667. George is not listed in Thomas Families of Plymouth County, Mass., which gives all known Thomases from David, John and William, as well as unknown Thomases who simply appeared in the county. (R-3)

Children - Thomas

+12. Mary Thomas, b. 3 Dec. 1671, m. Samuel Goldwaite, 2 Dec. 1697, d. 1735 or 1737.







Mary Thomas (12) was born 3 Dec. 1671 and died in 1735 or 1737. She married Samuel Goldwaite on 2 Dec. 1697. He was born 5 March 1668 and died in 1748 at age 79. They lived in Salem, MA. (R-3)

Children - Goldwaite

+13. Lydia Goldwaite, b. 7 May 1710, m. Gideon Foster, 10 Feb. 1732.






Lydia Goldwaite (or Goldwait) (13) was born 7 May 1710 in Salem, MA. She married Gideon Foster, a mason, on 10 Feb. 1732. He was born 10 Oct. 1709 in Ipswich, MA, and died in 1772 in Danvers, MA at age 62. (R-3)

Children - Foster

+14. Asahel Foster, b. 16 June 1749, m. Joanna Symond, d. 20 Feb. 1820.






Asahel Foster (14) was born 16 June 1749 in Danvers, MA, and died 20 Feb. 1820 at age 70 while living in Bridgton, ME, killed by a horse's kick. (Note: Maine was part of Massachusetts until 1820, so Mass. records often need to be searched.)

Asahel married Joanna Symond. She was born 21 March 1748 in Rowley, MA, and died 8 June 1827 in South Bridgton, ME at age 79. Joanna and Asahel were buried next to each other, next to Adam Pond in South Bridgton Cem.

Asahel and Joanna were the first settlers in Sandy Creek, later moving to the Fosterville section of South Bridgton, ME, where they lived on what was later the Frank Johnson place. They moved to the Boston area in 1772.

They had 11 children, of whom Asael, Jr. was second. (R-3)

Children - Foster

+15. Asael Foster, b. 4 Oct. 1773, m. Lucy Brackett, 1796, d. 14 March 1851.






Asael (or Asahel) Foster (15) was born 4 Oct. 1773 in Bridgton, ME, and died 14 March 1851 in Amherst, ME at age 77. He married Lucy Brackett in 1796. She was born 18 March 1774 in Gorham, ME, and died 28 Aug. 1819 in Harrison, ME at age 45. (R-3)

Children - Foster

+16. George F. Foster, b. 4 Sept. 1805, m. Eunice Stanwood, 8 Aug. 1831, d. 27 Sept. 1853.






George F. Foster (16) was born 4 Sept. 1805 and died 27 Sept. 1853 at age 48, both in Amherst, ME. He married Eunice Stanwood on 8 Aug. 1831. She was born 2 May 1807 in Eden, ME, and died in Amherst, ME. (R-3)

Children - Foster

+17. Susan H. Foster, b. 18 April 1836, m. Joseph Ames Kenniston, 5 April 1854, d. 9 May 1909.

18. Elizabeth L. Foster, b. 1839, d. 15 Sept. 1840 (age 17 months).

19. Stephen H. Foster, b.c. 1840-41 (ME), d. 24 Dec. 1873 (ME). He enlisted 22 Sept. 1861 at age 21 in Calvary Unit, Co. E, at Amherst, ME; mustered out 18 Nov. 1864 at Augusta, ME. His photograph as a soldier hangs in the Myers house on Perkins St., Castine, ME.

20. Benjamin Foster

21. Moody Foster (male)

22. Ed Foster

23. Seth Foster, b.c. 1849, d. 16 Dec. 1853 (age 4 years).

24. Joseph W. Foster, b. Amherst, ME (?), m. Arabella ("Belle") Kenniston. She was 6th child.

25. Emeline Foster, m. ------ Eastman.






Susan H. Foster (17) was born 18 April 1836, and died 9 May 1909 in Amherst, ME at age 73. Susan is descended from many royal lines; her Forester ancestors were knights at Bamburgh Castle in northern England. She married Joseph Ames Kenniston on 5 April 1854. He was born 3 Oct. 1830 in Bradford, ME, and died 21 May 1904 in Amherst, ME at age 73. (R-3)

Children - Kenniston

+26. Seth Albert Kenniston, b. 23 Sept. 1855, m. Marion Ethel Williams, 11 Sept. 1880, d. 1 Aug. 1910.

+27. Ernest Howard Kenniston, b. 19 Dec. 1857, m. Georgia Augusta Bunker, 24 Dec. 1887, d. 27 Nov. 1922.

+28. Leonore F. Kenniston, b. 1 Jan. 1861, m. Urban Jordan.

29. Evelyn A. Kenniston, b. 8 Oct. 1864, m(1) Ross McKay, m(2) Melvyn Bragg, d. Concord, NH. One child by first marriage, which ended in divorce, but no descendants.

+30. Mabel Lee Kenniston, b. 2 April 1876, m(1) Thomas Laughlin, m(2) Edward A. Clark, 1921, d. 1 June 1930.






Seth Albert Kenniston (26) was born 23 Sept. 1855 in Amherst, ME, and died 1 Aug. 1910 in Bangor, ME at age 54. He married Marion Ethel Williams on 11 Sept. 1880. She was born 21 March 1862 in Great Pond, ME, and died 19 Aug. 1945 in Akron, OH at age 83. All their children were born in Amherst, ME. (R-3)

Children - Kenniston

31. Vivian Inez Kenniston, b. 27 Sept. 1881, m. Edwin Solon Conner, 6 Dec. 1901, d. 21 June 1960.

32. Harold Moses Kenniston, b. 22 Dec. 1886, m. Katherine A. Jewell, Aug. 1908, d. 29 May 1976 (Bar Harbor, ME, age 89). Harold lived in Ellsworth, ME, and owned and "summered" in the family home at Amherst. He was a surveyor. Katherine was b. 17 Sept. 1887, Hallowell, ME, d. 19 Feb. 1970, Ellsworth, ME, age 82.

33. Julia Hazel Kenniston, b. 9 Jan. 1894, m. Jay Spoor Andrews, 18 Aug. 1923, d. 17 April 1983 (Akron, OH, age 89). Hazel taught a year at the Univ. of Akron and then joined the Akron Public Schools as an art teacher, retiring in 1955. Jay was b. 2 April 1882, Lakewood, OH, d. 26 Feb. 1942, torpedoed at sea at age 59.


Ernest Howard Kenniston (27) was born 19 Dec. 1857, and died 27 Nov. 1922 in Amherst, ME at age 64. He married Georgia Augusta Bunker on 24 Dec. 1887 in Amherst, ME. She was born 24 March 1863 in Trenton, ME, and died 12 March 1917 in Amherst, ME at age 63. (R-3)

Children - Kenniston

34. Gladys Kenniston, b. 1888, m. Harry Silsby, Oct. 1919, d. 19 March 1959 (W. Cornwall, CT, age 71). No children.

35. Luther Edward Kenniston, b. 23 Sept. 1892 (Amherst, ME), m. Elsie Smith, 1921, d. 1938 (Orland, ME, age 45). She was b. in England.

36. Mary Hortense Kenniston, b. 17 June 1897, m. Deane Archer, 1925 (Bangor, ME).

37. Leonore Arabelle Kenniston, b. 11 March 1899. Lived in Amherst, ME.

38. David Wellington Kenniston, b. 23 July 1901 (Amherst, ME), m(1) Nellie Smith, m(2) Annie Phillips. Nellie was "of Madison, ME", and d. 1940.

39. Evelyn Mabel Kenniston, b. 1905, m. Charles G. Bennett, 1932. He was "of Cornwall, CT", and died in 1953. They lived in W. Cornwall, CT.


Leonore F. ("Linnie") Kenniston (28) was born 1 Jan. 1861, and was buried at Brewer, ME. She married Urban Jordan. (R-3)

Children - Jordan

40. Beatrice Jordan, m. Harold Lord. They lived at Brewer, ME, and had a large family.


Mabel Lee Kenniston (30) was born 2 April 1876 in Amherst, ME, and died 1 June 1930 in Bangor, ME at age 54. She first married Thomas Laughlin. They lived in Bangor, ME. He was a chauffer, was born 14 April 1876 in Great Pond, ME, and died 21 Aug. 1916 in Bangor, ME at age 40. She secondly married Edward A. Clark in 1921. (R-3)

Children - Laughlin

41. Percy H. Laughlin, b. 21 Nov. 1899 (E. Eddington, ME), m(1) Doris Pressy, 1921, m(2) Helen Burnett, 1930, d. 1955 (age 55).

42. Ellen Laughlin


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