This is the Family Tree of the The Graville Family worldwide who are descended from John Graville of Epworth, Lincolnshire born 1670 died 1725. John was married to Ann Smith and she died in 1727
Not much is known of the history of John and Ann except that they had three children Richard, John and Robert and of these only the descendants of John are at the present time known. John senior was my six times Great-Grandfather, and I have been able to contact many of his descendants in Canada, the USA, New Zealand, Australia and even, we think, Argentina as well as here in the UK.
It is very pleasing when another cousin or branch of the family is unearthed and contact is made. There is no doubt that the Internet has contributed greatly to the ease and speed of contact and whilst in the past overland (or overseas) mail took weeks, communication is now almost instant
My branch of the family live in and around Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England I have been married to Barbara for 34 years and we have two grown up sons, John who is 30, married and lives in Wales and Paul who is 28 and lives in London. Barbara and I live in a 150 year old cottage in the village of Lea just outside Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. I am active in our local Anglican Church, St Helen's and I am also a Parish Councillor. Barbara's interests are art and design and studying for an "Open University" degree in Arts and Humanities.
Since I started the project of "finding and reuniting Gravilles" with my cousin Maxine the success we have had is phenomenal and from having a very small family we now have an extended family around the world. Matt and Rachel Graville from Lopez Island in USA have already been to stay and we look forward to hosting as many as care to come.
Epworth, the family home village, is famous for also being the home of the founders the Methodist Movement the Wesley brothers Charles and John. and Gainsborough Old Hall was a meeting place of those who became known as "The Pilgrim Fathers" The owner at the time being sympathetic to their cause.
I should very much like to hear from any others of the "Graville" family and particularly so if you would care to send me photos and family history for possible inclusion in this website.
It should be noted that our name can be variously spelt as
Graville / Gravill / Gravil / Gravell / Gravel
and these spellings are used interchangeably throughout the history, several variations often being used for children of the same parents or even the individuals themselves. It has proved somewhat confusing and stems mainly from the fact that in the past no fixed idea of what constituted 'correct' spelling existed so baptismal, marriage and death certificates were at the whim of the registrar.
To view the Website proper go to www.graville.com