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Greaves, Thomas (1724-50)

Greaves, Thomas, Cambridge, joiner (1724–d. 1750). The Cambridge Corp. common day bk records that on 2 June 1724, ‘Thomas Graves Joyner’ paid £5 5s for his freedom. Following the death of Cornelius Austin jnr in 1729, Greaves received regular payments from St John's College, up to his own death in 1750. At this period the accounts only give the odd detail of the work undertaken. A payment in the year 1731/32 indicates that he also worked as an u: ‘T. Graves bill for Damask and work about covering chairs in ye Lodge £3. 6s. 3d.’ and in 1749/50, ‘Greves for two mahogany tables for the Parlour’, £7. 7s. The Corp. records show that Greaves was a common councillor from 1724 and later an alderman, but on 16 August 1750 ‘Mr. Alderman Graves … having been Chosen Mayor Elect … Signifyed to his Corporation that by Reason of Sickness and the Great Indisposition of Body he at present Labours under, he desires to pass the Said Office’. The Cambridge Journal and Weekly Flying Post reported on 8 September 1750 that ‘On Saturday last died … Mr. Greaves an eminent Carpenter and Joiner of this town’. He is known to have taken at least six apps: Isaac Morton, James Harrimore, Nicholas Mason, all made free on 11 January 1737, Golding Merrill made free January 1742, Marmaduke Whitred made free 8 January 1751 and Edward Yorke made free 17 January 1755. Thomas Greaves, u of Cambridge, took app. named Corey in 1745. Possibly father of Timothy Greaves. [Cambs. RO, Cambridge Corp. archives; archives of St John's College; S of G, app. index] R.W.

The original entry from Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 can be found at British History Online.