Peyton Graves

#616, b. between 1760 and 1770, d. after 1840
Father*William Graves b. c 1723/24, d. c 1809
Mother*Dorothy Smith[?]
     Peyton Graves was born between 1760 and 1770 Caroline County, Virginia.1 He was the son of William Graves and Dorothy Smith[?]. Peyton and Charlotte Pinckard, daughter of John Pinckard and Jane Jett, were married 14 November 1788 Franklin County, Virginia.2 Peyton Graves died after 1840, in Pigg River, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.1
     He GRAVES, Peyton Graves, of Pittsylvania co., Va., married Charlotte Pinkard, and they had nine children. Jane, the eldest, married Thomas Jefferson, a nephew of President Jefferson. William, John and Washington, sons of Peyton Graves, came to Mo. and settled in Montgomery co. William married Lucy Berger. John married Mildred George. Washington married Melcina Berger. The rest of Peyton Graves' children, with the exception of one, lived and died in Virginia.
Pioneer Families of Missouri, Part III. Families of Montgomery County, Page 261

Deed of Gift
Pittsylvania Co.Deed Book Vol. 36, Pages 196-197:
Know all men by these presents that I Peyton Graves of Pittsylvania County for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which I bear to my son James Graves of the said County as well as for the consideratiom of one Dollar in hand paid by the said James Graves at or before the ensealing and delivery of these presents the receipt is
hereby acknowledged have given and granted and by these presents do give and grant unto the said James Graves his executors administrators and assigns after the Deth of the said Peyton Graves one certain peace or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Pittsylvania on Pigg river beginning at a corner Hickory Stump on Pigg river, land the said
James Graves purchased of Francis Graves, thence running up the said river as it meanders to Lewis Bennett line thence his line to Edward's line thence his line to a corner pine on the said land purchased of Francis Graves by the said James Graves a new line to the beginning, containing one hundred and fifty six acres be the same more or less- to
have and hold after the Deth of the said Peyton Graves but during the life of the said Peyton Graves to reserve to himself all the privileges he now enjoys under and arrangement made with the said James Graves to crop together on the said land each of them having hands on the said land and the said Peyton Graves do bind himself to give to the said
James Graves all the priviliges he now enjoys with the previlage of making any improvements on the said land he may think proper during the life of the said Peyton Graves and after the Deth of the said Peyton Graves the said James Graves is hereby required to a/c in the Estate of the said Peyton Graves the sum of twenty one hundred and ninety Dollars amongst the said Peyton Graves several children taking into consideration the said James Graves a legatee with his other children and a estimate of what the said Peyton Graves had ready given his several children priced by the said Peyton Graves in an a.c to be left with the said Peyton Graves representatives so as to make them equal from first to last in the said Peyton Graves Estate given and left at his deceased- The said one hundred and fifty six acres of land land all its appertances unto the said James Graves his executors administartors and assigns forever and the sd. Peyton Graves for himself his Executors and administrators the said one hundred and fifty six acres of land unto the James Gaves his executors administrators and assigns after the deceased of the said Peyton Graves of againts the claims of all the other person or persons whatsoever shall and will forever defend provided the said James Graves on his part comply with the foregoing injunctions. Whereunto the said Peyton Graves by these presents doth earunto sit hand affix his seal this 15 day of March 1834.
signed sealed and
delivered Peyton Graves
in the presence of us
At a Court held for Pittsylvania County on the 17 day of March 1834
this Indenture from Peyton Graves to James Gaves was acknowledged by the
said Peyton to be his act and deed and ordered to be recorded.

Wm. Tunstall Clk

I have copied mis-spellings exactly as they occured in the deed.

No witnesses appear on the copy of the deed that I have, but obviously it was executed anyway.

The James Graves and the Francis Graves mentioned in the deed were brothers. Their father Peyton Graves had a total of nine children who reached maturity all of whom married and had children.

Richard K.

Contributed by Richard Kesler

Children of Peyton and Charlotte

Last Edited=8 Nov 2020


  1. [S2] 1840 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Year: 1840; Census Place: Regiment 107, Pittsylvania, Virginia; Roll: 573; Page: 81; Image: 168; Family History Library Film: 0029691.
  2. [S395], online, Peyton Graves and Charlotte Pinkard in the Franklin County, Virginia, Marriage Bond Index, 1786-1858.
  3. [S318] Wm. S. and Robert Rose Bryan, A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri, with numerous sketches, anecdotes, adventures, Etc., Relating to Early Days in Missouri (St Louis, Missouri: Bryan, Brand, and Co., 1876), Re-printed by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore., p 261.