The Remarkable Gravely Family of Henry County, Virginia, 1883

year 1883

April 12, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page)


Some of the Western papers are boasting of their tall men, and of their heavy weights, but Henry county, Va., can boast of the longevity of the Gravely family, one of the oldest and most prominent of the Leatherwood section. Mr. Joseph Gravely, the ancestor of all the persons bearing that name in the county, and the father of the older members of the family now living, was of English descent. He emigrated from Culpeper to Henry county quite a number of years ago, and settled on Leatherwood creek, cultivating the soil for a living. He lived to the great age of 96. His widow survived him a number of years, and attained the unusual age of 98. They were the parents of ten children, eight sons and two daughters. Mr. Jabez Gravely, the oldest son, lived to be 96 years of age. Mr. Joseph Gravely, the next brother, lived to attain the age of 93 years. Mrs. Polly Dyer, one of the sisters, the mother of our townsman, Mr. Jabez Dyer, died at the age of 93. Of the surviving brothers, two, Capt. George and Mr. Edmund Gravely, are twins. They are now 95 years of age. They are comparatively active and retain all their faculties to an almost perfect degree. Capt George is in religious belief a Primitive Baptist, while Mr. Edmund is a Universalists. Mr. Lewis Gravely, the next brother is a Methodist, 89 years of age; his sight and hearing are somewhat impaired. Mr. Willis Gravely, the youngest of the brothers, is 81 years of age, a member of the Christian church, and a stout active man. We doubt whether any other family in the country can produce such a record for longevity.

To make this remarkable statement of facts more complete, an old servant of the family, a colored woman, now resides at the old homestead who is 100 years of age. –Ex.


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