An American Family History

Ruth Collins Graves

Children of Joseph
and Sarah Collins
  • Sarah Collins
  • Joseph Collins
  • Henry Collins
  • Ann Collins Ingalls
  • Dorothy Collins Gray
  • Sarah Collins Eliot Richards
  • Esther Collins
  • and Maria Smith
  • Ruth Collins Graves
  • Mary Collins
  • William Collins
  • Elizabeth Collins Graves
  • Joseph Collins
  • Ezekiel Collins
  • Martha Collins Odell
  • English colonists from Salem were the first settlers in Lynn.

    Ruth Collins Graves was born October 26, 1685 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Joseph Collins and Maria Smith.

    Ruth married Thomas Graves on January 9, 1710 in Lynn. Thomas was born December 16, 1686 in Lynn. His parents were Samuel Graves and Sarah Brewer.

    Ruth and Thomas had one daughter, Ruth Collins Hawks, who was born January 10, 1710, in Lynn. She married Ebenezer Hawks November 9, 1732.

    Ruth died before before February 22, 1715 when Thomas married Ruth Taylor of Andover, Massachusetts.

    Thomas and the second Ruth had two children who were both born in Lynn:
    Hannah Graves Waite was born November 12, 1715. She married John Waite on October 18, 1739.
    Joseph Graves was born February 3, 1717. He married Lydia Newton. He died June 8, 1788.

    They settled in the North Parish of Reading, Massachusetts, as early as 1724, and were admitted to the church there in the same year.

    Thomas sold his land in Reading on April 18, 1738, and moved to Southboro. Ruth died February 20, 1756 and Thomas died the next day.

    A Puritan woman's clothing consisted of underpants, stockings, linen, shift, petticoat, chemise (underblouse), bolster (a padded roll tied around the hips under the skirt), bodice, skirt, apron, coif (cap), outer gown and shoes. A woman might wear a ruff or bow and an apron. Cloaks were worn instead of coats. Women carried a small cloth draw-string bag or reticule and perhaps wore a chatelaine.

    Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.
    Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled by English Puritans in 1629 and was first incorporated in 1631 as Saugus.



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