Mary GRAVES was born in 1654 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut. She died on 21 May 1727 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. She was buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. Mary married (MRIN:6246) Samuel BALL on 15 Jan 1671 in Hatfield, , Massachusetts.
BIOGRAPHY: According to the book, "Genealogy of the Graves family in America," page 12, which can be found here: https://archive.org/details/genealogyofgrave01grav, Mary's grandfather was Thomas Graves who came to America before 1645 with his wife and several adult children and settled first in Hartford. Mary's father was the second son, John, who was born in England but died in America. John apparently moved to Wethersfield and on May 18, 1654 was made a freeman there. He then married Mary Smith and lived for a time in Wethersfield. Due perhaps to a schism in the local church, John moved with wife and children, along with his father and brother Isaac, to Hadley, Massachusetts in 1661. John was killed in an Indian attack September 19, 1677. Before his death, he and his wife had 10 children, of which Mary was the second.
Again according to the same source, Mary Graves was "born in Wethersfield, Conn., about 1654, md. (1) Samuel Ball of Springfield, Mass., January 15, 1671. He died and she md. (2) Sept. 10, 1690, Benjamin Stebbins." In the footnote it says, "Samuel and Mary (Graves) Ball had a daughter, Mary, who md. Ensign John Hitchcock..." and traces their descendants to President Grover Cleveland.
Husband Samuel is also mentioned in the book, "The first century of the history of Springfield; the official records from 1636 to 1736, with an historical review and biographical mention of the founders" found here: https://archive.org/details/firstcenturyofhi01spri.
Samuel and Mary are also mentioned in the book, "The Stebbins genealogy," which can be found here: https://archive.org/details/stebbinsgenealog01gree. See page 61. According to this source, "Samuel Ball, son of Abigail Burt and Francis Ball, was born March 16, 1647, at Springfield, Massachusetts; died September 13, 1689, at Springfield, Massachusetts; married January 15, 1671, probably at Hatfield, Massachusetts, to Mary Graves, born about 1654, at Wethersfield, Connecticut, died May 21, 1727, at Springfield, Massachusetts, daughter of John Graves of Hadley, Massachusetts, and Mary Smith. Mary Graves Ball was married, second, March 11, 1690 (Graves Genealogy says September 10, 1690) at Springfield, Massachusetts, to Benjamin Stebbins, born April 11, 1658, at Springfield, Massachusetts, died October 12, 1698, at Springfield, Massachusetts, son of Lieut. Thomas Stebbins and Hannah Wright. Mary Graves Ball Stebbins was married third, December 29, 1704, to James Warriner.
Children of Mary and Samuel Ball:
There is some additional information about each child, and a lot of additional information about Abigail.
There is also some additional information about the Ball family on this website: http://dunhamwilcox.net/source_files/ball.htm. There is a reference to a military battle in which Samuel participated - Falls Fight took place on 19 May 1676, and Samuel Ball apparently participated in the fight.
It appears that Samuel lived his entire life in Springfield, although the above-mentioned website indicates that Samuel took the Oath of Freemanship/Allegiance in September 1684 in Northampton, Hampshire Co., MA. Maybe he intended to remove there, but his death was recorded in Springfield vital records, so I am not sure if that happened? In the Sources section below are multiple attachments to Springfield vital records, documenting the birth of most of Mary's five children. Her first husband died young - only 42 years old - and Mary wife remarried twice after his death.
Springfield was founded in 1636 by English Puritan William Pynchon as "Agawam Plantation" under the administration of the Connecticut Colony. In 1641 it was renamed after Pynchon's hometown of Springfield, Essex, England, following incidents that precipitated the settlement joining the Massachusetts Bay Colony. During its early existence, Springfield flourished as both an agricultural settlement and trading post, although its prosperity waned dramatically during (and after) King Philip's War in 1675, when natives laid siege to it and burned it to the ground.
The Battle of Turner's Falls, also known as the Peskeompscut massacre, was fought on May 19, 1676, during King Philip's War, in present-day Gill, Massachusetts, near a falls on the Connecticut River. The site is across the river from the village of Turners Falls. A band of English colonists under the command of Captain William Turner fell upon the poorly guarded Indian village of Peskeompscut near the falls at dawn, slaughtering many of its inhabitants. Many of the warriors in the camp escaped, and they regrouped with those from other nearby camps to dispute the English retreat, during which Turner was killed.
There is an extensive account of the battle and the colonists' reasons for attacking contained in a book authored by George Madison Bodge and reprinted by the Genealogical Publishing Company in 1967. The account includes a description of the battle, a listing of many of the soldiers who fought with the colonists, the soldiers who were slain in the battle, and soldiers or their descendants who were entitled to land due to their participation in the battle. Posthumously, Mary and Samuel's son-in-law, Mary the daughter's husband, was granted, 23 Jun 1736, land in Falltown, MA, near the Upper Falls of the Connecticut River where the Falls Fight took place, due to his father-in-law's participation in the battle.
Mary's daughter Mercy died young and she outlived Francis as well.
There is some information about Samuel's father, Francis, in the book, "Francis Ball's descendents; or The West Springfield Ball family, from 1640-1902," which can be found online here: https://archive.org/details/francisballsdesc01ball. See page 15 (Samuel's section starts on page 22). According to this same source, Samuel for at least a period of time made his home in Northampton. The land making up the bulk of modern Northampton was sold to settlers from Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1653. Northampton sits approximately 15 miles north of the City of Springfield.
Mary's second husband, Benjamin Stebbins, was from Springfield. They were married for 8 years before he died young at the age of 40. Mary was then single for about 6 years when she married James Warriner. - Familysearch.org