Charles De Grave
Charles De Grave (1744-1799)
1744 December 27th. Born the son of Abraham De Grave, of Colchester
c.1760 Charles De Grave, son of Abraham De Grave, late of Colchester, was indentured to Samuel Read, citizen and blacksmith of London, as an apprentice for 7 years
c.1767 Went into business in London as a maker of weights and balances
1771 January 1st. Married(1) at St Anne and St Agnes, Aldersgate, to Hannah Wood
1781 August 22nd. Birth of son Samuel De Grave
1781 Charles De Graves, Scalemaker, in London was a registered elector in the borough of Colchester
1769 June 14th. Hannah De Grave buried 'in the chancel....' at St Anne and St Agnes
1790 Charles Degraves, Scalemaker, in London, a registered elector in the borough of Colchester
1790 June 20th. Married(2) at Newington St. Mary, Surrey, to Mary Burnham (1770-1840). Charles is a Widower.
1791 Birth of son John Francis De Grave (1791-1882), later became a physician.
1792 Birth of son Edward Abraham De Grave
1793 Birth of daughter Mary De Grave
1795 Birth of daughter Harriet Elizabeth De Grave
1796 Birth of daughter Frances De Grave
1799 June 27th. Charles senior died and buried 'in his vault' July 4th at St Anne and St Agnes, City of London, age 55 years.
His wife, Mary, took over the business, and continued to run it until her death in 1840, using her name and description 'widow of Charles De Greve' on the products.
Sources of Information
- Freedom of the City of London Admission Papers
- Poll Books and Electoral Registers
- Nineteenth-century Scientific Instruments by Gerard L'Estrange Turner