Rev. 23 June 2005, Gen. 78

 

DESCENDANTS OF JAMES GRAVES AND SARAH ------ OF SC AND GA

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

James Graves (1) was born 1755-1765, and died 1817 in Wilkes Co., GA.  He married Sarah ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born 1755-1765, and died 1821, also in Wilkes Co., GA.  She was the widow of ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Carson[1].  They apparently lived in Lancaster, Lancaster Co., SC, since at least one child was born there, and moved to Wilkes Co., GA by 1816.

DNA test results show that this family was not related to that of Capt. Thomas Graves of VA (gen. 169), James Graves and Mary Copeland of VA & GA (gen. 150), or any of the other large families of the area.  The results do show that this family is related to genealogies 48, 189, 258, 381, and 920.  Census, land, and other records for the area around Bear Creek in what was Camden District, SC, and is now Lancaster Co., SC, show that Patrick Graves, James Graves, William Graves, and John Graves all lived very close together in this area in the late 1700's. They also strongly suggest that they were all sons of a John Graves Sr. who received a land grant in 1785, surveyed for him in 1775.

The 1790 census for Camden District, SC (from which Lancaster Co. was formed in 1798) lists the following Graves names (with census page number and number of males 16 and older, males under 16, all females, and other free people): James (p. 74, 1-2-2-2), Jas (James) (p. 233, 2-1-6), Jno (John) (p. 235, 1-2-1), Patk (Patrick) (p. 233, 1-3-4), Wm (William) (p. 175, 1-0-0), Wm (William) (p. 233, 1-3-1).  Since James and one of the Williams are living close together in 1790, perhaps they are closely related.  (This is probably the family group of this genealogy, since the 1790 census more closely matches the known children.)  Also, because of proximity, perhaps James, John, Patrick, and William are closely related.

The 1800 Ancestry.com index does not show a James Graves in Lancaster Co., but the Heritage Quest index does, according to R‑24.  The 1810 census for Lancaster Co., SC, lists (with page number and number of males under 10, 10-15, 16-26, 26-44, 45 and up, females under 10, 10-15, 16-26, 26-44, 45 and up, all other free persons, slaves):

James Graves, p. 380, 0-0-1-0-1-1-0-2-1-1-0-4

William Graves, p. 381, 1-1-1-0-1-3-1-2-1-0-0-0

John Graves, p. 379, 1-0-2-0-1-0-2-0-0-1-0-0

Jerrm (probably Jeremiah) Graves, p. 383, 3-1-0-1-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0

Robinson Graves, p. 373

Joseph Graves, p. 401

 

The following is a deed from the heirs of James Graves to Thomas Semmes.

State of Georgia.  This indenture made the twenty-sixth day of December, eighteen hundred and eighteen, between the heirs, minors, representatives, and distributers of James Graves deceased (to wit) Sarah Graves, Robert C. Graves, William Davidson, parent and guardian of James, Jane, Sarah, Ellinor, Harriet, Hannah, John and William Davidson, Littlefield McKey, and John Nesbit, heirs, representatives and distributers of James Graves deceased, late of the County of Wilkes and State aforesaid, of the one part, and Thomas Semmes of the County and State aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth, that the said Sarah Graves, Robert C. Graves, William Davidson, Littleton McKey, and John Nesbit for and in consideration of the sum of two thousand dollars to them in hand well and truly paid by the said Thomas Semmes at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath granted, bargained and sold, released and confirmed and by these presents, do grant, bargain, sell, release, and confirm, unto the said Thomas Semmes, his heirs and assigns, all that tract or parcel of land containing by estimation two hundred and forty acres, be the same more or less, situate, lying, and being in the County and State aforesaid on Williams' Creek, bounded south by John Allison land and east by said Allison and Williams' Creek, north by John Nesbit, and west by the Semmes land being in three several grants and parts of grants of land (to wit) two hundred acres granted by Lemuel Cranford (only two acres to John Nesbit), twenty-seven acres to John Irvin, and twenty acres being part of a survey of land originally granted to Dobbins, known as Dobbins Old Survey agreeable to grants and plats thereunto annexed and a plat hereunto after annexed together with all and singular the rights, members, and appurtenances thereunto belonging, or in anywise appurtaining with the remainders, revisions, rents, issues, and profits, and every part thereof to have and to hold, the said tracts or parcels of land, and all and singular the premises and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appurtaining as aforesaid and every part thereof unto the said Thomas Semmes, his heirs and assigns forever, to him and their proper use, benefit, and behoof only, and the said Sarah Graves, Robert C. Graves, William Davidson, Littleton McKey, and John Nesbit unto the said Thomas Semmes, his heirs, executors, administrators, or assigns forever, against them the said Sarah Graves, Robert C. Graves, William Davidson, parent and guardian of James, Jane, Sarah, Ellinor, Harriet, Hannah, John and William Davidson, minors, Littleton McKey and John Nesbit have hereunto set their and each of their hands and seals the day and year first above written.

                                                                                                            her

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered                    Sarah  X  Graves         (seal)

in presence of                                                                          mark

                  James Thompson                              Robert C. Graves            (seal)

                  George Marler                   William Davidson           (seal)

                  William Stark                                       Littleton McKey              (seal)

                                                                                          John Nesbit                          (seal)

Georgia, Wilkes County.  Personally appeared in presence of us Peggy Graves, the wife of Robert C. Graves, who being examined separate and apart from her said husband do hereby relinquish all her claim, or right of dower, that she may be, or would be entitled to after the death of her said husband to the annexed deed of land, and that she does not relinquish the same through fear, or from any threat used by her said husband as witness my hand this 23rd January 1819.

Signed and delivered

in presence of

                  John Scott                                                                 Peggy Graves   (seal)

                  J. H. Marler, J.P.

                  Robert Grier, J.P.

Georgia, Wilkes County.  Personally appeared in presence of us Sarah Nesbit, the wife of John Nesbit, and Hannah Mackey, the wife of Littleton Mackey, who being examined separate and apart from their husbands do hereby relinquish all their claim or right of dower that they may be, or would be entitled to, to the annexed deed of land, and that they do not relinquish the same through fear, or from any threat used by their said husbands as witness our hand this 30th day of December 1818. Signed, Sealed and Delivered in presence of

                                                                                                            Sarah Nesbit                       (seal)

                  John Bird                                                                   Hannah Mackey              (seal)

                  John Scott

                  Paul T. Willis, J.P.

                                    Recorded this 8th March 1819

 

The following copy of the will of Sarah, widow of James Graves, is dated 1821.  In addition to naming the heirs of James that were listed in the preceding deed, it also lists Sarah's daughter's Gracey Harper and Ellinor Bird (and Ellinor's children, Sarah and John Bird).  These may have been children of Sarah by her previous marriage.

 

In the name of God Amen.  I, Sarah Graves of Wilkes County and state of Georgia, do make, ordain and declare this to be my last will and testament, revoking all others heretofore made by me.

1st, I give and bequeath to my daughter Gracey Harper one Negro woman named Peggy and her children named Phillis, also my best bed and clothing and all the money that I may be possessed of at the time of my decease, that is not otherwise bequeathed.

2nd, I give and bequeath to my daughter Ellinor Bird one bed and clothing.

3rd, To my son Robert C. Graves I will one dollar.

4th, To John Nesbit my son-in-law I give and bequeath all the superfluage of my household and kitchen furniture of every sort and kind that may be on hand at the time of my decease.

5th, I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Sarah Bird one Negro girl named Isabella.

6th, I give and bequeath to my grandson John Bird my draw in the land lottery of this state.

7th, I will to my grandchildren James, Jane, Sarah, Ellinor, Harriett, Hannah, John, and William Davidson one dollar at the time of my decease.

8th, To James Mackey my grandson I will one dollar.

9th, I appoint John Bird and John Nesbit my executors on whom I resign the execution of the above will as witness my hand and seal this twenty-third day of September 1820. Signed, sealed, and acknowledged in presence of

                                                                                                                                                her

                  William Booker                                                                        Sarah  X  Graves

                  Paul T. Willis                                                                                             mark

                  J. W. Willis, J.P.

Georgia, Wilkes County.  Personally appeared in open court William M. Booker and Robert Sessions and being duly sworn deposseth and saith that they saw Sarah Graves make her mark and pronounce and declare the within instrument in writing to be her last will and testament that the time of so doing she was of sound dispossing mind and memory, and that Paul T. Willis and John W. Willis did subscribe the same as a concuring witness, that they subscribed the same in the presence of the testator and at her request and in the presence of each other.

Sworn to in open court this 2nd July 1821                                           Will Booker

                  John Dyson, C.C.O.                                                                             R. W. Sessions

                                    Recorded August 3rd 1821

(R‑4, R‑17, R‑24, R‑201)

Children - Graves

+2.   Robert Charles Graves, b.c. 1788, m. Margaret ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1814, d. 1854.

+3.   daughter, b.c. 1790, m. William Davidson, c. 1811.

+4.   Hannah Graves, b.c. 1792, m. Littleton Mackey (or McKey), c. 1813.

    5.  Sarah Graves, b.c. 1795, m. John Nesbitt, c. 1827.  (This marriage date may be in error.  John Nesbitt was listed as a son-in-law on mother Sarah’s will that was made in 1820, so it would seem that the marriage must have been no later than 1820.)

 

GENERATION 2

 

CHILDREN OF JAMES GRAVES (1)

Robert Charles Graves (2) was born about 1788 in Lancaster, Camden District (in that part that became Lancaster Co. in 1798), SC, and died in 1854, presumably in Talladega Co., AL.  He married Margaret ("Peggy") ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1814.  She was born about 1793 in SC.  The 1880 census showed that her father was born in SC and her mother in Ireland.  Robert was in the 1820 Wilkes Co., GA census.  Based on the 1830 census for Newton Co., GA, he was born between 1780 and 1790, and his wife was born between 1790 and 1800.  The 1830 census showed him with 8 children.  In 1840, he was in the census for Chambers Co., AL.  Based on these census records, it appears that between 1830 and 1840 two sons and three daughters had left home and three sons and two daughters had been born.  There is some uncertainty about some of the children listed below.

According to Roger Graves (R‑9), it has been falsely reported that Peggy’s maiden name was Wilson.  This information originated from a letter written by James Walton Graves (a great-grandson of Robert and Peggy) to William Thomas Graves (his 2nd cousin, also a great-grandson) about 1954, when they were both well up in years.  “James Walton Graves confused his grandmother’s mother’s maiden name (Elvira Wilson) with his grandfather’s mother’s maiden name.  In 1978 I visited James Walton Graves’ half-sister, Mrs. LaVerne (Graves) Sellers, in Auburn, AL.  She had seen Robert C. Graves’ family Bible as a young girl (it was later destroyed by flood) and thought she remembered Robert C. Graves’ wife’s maiden name as Mackey”.  (The possibility that Peggy was a Mackey is interesting.  In the 1810 census, the name immediately before James Graves was John Makey.)

In regard to the unnamed daughters listed, it is believed that one was named Margaret, and that one daughter married George Marlowe and moved to Mississippi.  Frances Graves, who married Nath Barber on 31 Jan. 1844 in Chambers Co., AL, may have been a daughter.  Also, Catherine Graves who married Elisha H. J. Strickland on 30 Jan. 1851 in Talladega Co., AL, and Jane Graves who married Thomas Gann on 28 Sept. 1853, may have been daughters.

The 1850 census for Talladega Co., AL, page 474, dwelling 1702, shows Robert C. Graves, 62, farmer, b. S.C., Margaret, 57, b. S.C., Catherine, 18, b. GA, Jane, 16, b. GA, John, 15, b. GA, Jefferson, 14, b. AL.

The 1880 census for Precinct 4, Hunt Co., TX, page 518C, showed Margaret Graves, 86, living with her son John and his family.

William A., Robert B., John, and Jeff moved to Texas around 1850, settling first near Cumby, Hopkins Co., Texas.

It has been said that Robert had 15 children, but only 13 are listed below.  (R‑5, R‑17, R‑201, R‑202)

Children - Graves

    6.  female, b.c. 1810-1815.  This may have been Mary Graves, m. James Osburn, 27 Oct. 1830 (Newton Co., GA).

    7.  female, b.c. 1815-1820.

+8.   William Armittia Graves, b.c. 1820-21, m(1) Missouri Christopher Caroline Carter, 29 May 1839, m(2) Adalade Carter, 24 Jan. 1875, d. 21 Oct. 1878[2].

    9.  female, b.c. 1820-1825.

+10.   Robert Benjamin Graves, b. 22 July 1822, m. Frances Neighbors, 30 June 1840, d. before 1870.

+11.   Margaret W. Graves, b.c. 1823 or 1826, m. William Morris.

+12.   Charles Mackey Graves, b. 28 April 1826, m. Martha Caroline Dodson, 25 Nov. 1852, d. 10 April 1885.

    13.   female, b.c. 1825-1830.

+14.   Susan Catherine Graves, b. 11 May 1831, m. Elisha H. J. Strickland, 30 Jan. 1851, d. 22 Sept. 1902.

    15.   Jane Graves, b.c. 1833 (GA), m. Thomas Gann, 28 Sept. 1853.

+16.   John Graves, b.c. 1834, m. Mary F. Newland.

    17.   Jefferson ("Jeff") Graves, b.c. 1836 (Chambers, AL).

    18.   Newton Graves, b.c. 1835-1840.

 

A daughter (3) married William Davidson.  (R‑2)

Children - Davidson

    19.   James Davidson

    20.   Jane Davidson

    21.   Sarah Davidson

    22.   Ellinor Davidson

    23.   Harriett Davidson

    24.   Hannah Davidson

    25.   John Davidson

    26.   William Davidson

 

Hannah Graves (4) married Littleton Mackey (or McKey).  (R‑2)

Children - Mackey

    27.   James Mackey

 

GENERATION 3

 

CHILDREN OF ROBERT C. GRAVES (2) AND MARGARET WILSON

William Armittia (or Armitta, Arminta, Amittia) (“Mitt”) Graves (8) was born about 1821, in Newton, Wilkes Co., GA, died 21 Oct. 1878 (or 23 Nov. 1878 per R‑17) in Stephenville, Erath Co., TX, and was buried at Triangle Ranch, Erath Co., TX.  He first married Missouri Christopher Caroline Carter (or Caroline Missouri Christopher Carter) on 29 May 1839 in Chambers Co., AL.  She was born about 1819 in GA, and died before 1875 in Erath Co., TX.

After Missouri died, William secondly married Adalade Carter on 24 Jan. 1875 in Erath Co., TX.

William A. Graves, farmer, age 29 (b.c. 1821), born in GA, is listed in the 1850 census for Talladega Co., AL, with wife Missouria, age 31, born in GA.  They were in the 1870 census taken July 24 for Bosque Creek, P.O. Stephenville, Erath Co., Texas.  Missouri was called Caroline C. in the 1870 census. The first 3 children were born in Chambers Co., AL, the next 5 in Talladega Co., AL, and the last 2 in TX.  (R‑5, R‑14, R‑15, R‑17, R‑201)

Children - Graves, by Missouri C. C. Carter

    28.   Stephen (Armittia?) Graves, b.c. 1840-41, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Mitchell.

    29.   Amanda Graves, b.c. 1842-43.

+30.   William Dixon Graves, b. 12 June 1845, m(1) Mary Ann Kentucky Mefford, 25 Oct. 1870, m(2) LuAnna Roberts Hancock, 4 Sept. 1900, d. 1 March 1917.

+31.   Leanna Margaret Graves, b. 5 Dec. 1847, m. William Jasper Mefferd, d. 16 June 1933.

+32.   John Marion Graves, b. March 1849, m. Euphemia Aver Keahey, 30 Oct. 1872, d. 26 June 1921.

+33.   Alfred Ulyuss Graves, b. 1 Jan. 1853, m. Nancy Isabelle Cox, 4 Nov. 1874, d. 2 March 1909.

+34.   George Washington Graves, b. 19 June 1853, m. Nancy Ellen Husbands, 3 Oct. 1875, d. 20 Feb. 1920.

    35.   J. Milford (or Milfin) Graves (male), b.c. 1854-55.

    36.   James Carson Graves, b.c. 1856, m. P. A. Reeder, 2 Jan. 1881.

+37.   Sarah Catherine Graves, b.c. 1857, m. Aaron Madison Garner, 24 May 1874, d.c. 1882.

Children - Graves, by Adalade Carter

    38.   child, d. 1879.

 

Robert Benjamin Graves (10) was born 22 July 1822 in either Wilkes Co. or Newton Co., GA.  He died before 1870 in Erath Co., Texas.  He married Frances Neighbors, daughter of James Neighbors, on 30 June 1840 in Chambers Co., AL.  According to the 1850 census for Talladega Co., AL, he was a farmer, she was born about 1818 in S.C., and Nancy, Margaret, Nathan, and Mary were born in AL.  Jerusha was not listed in the same household.  They were in the 1860 census for Erath Co., TX.  Frances was in the 1870 census for Bosque Creek, Erath Co., TX, with her daughters Mary and Martha, and Mary’s husband.

According to R‑18, R. B. Graves was said to have been of French ancestry, and his wife was said to have been American Indian, but there is no known evidence for either of these statements.  (R‑4, R‑5, R‑201)

Children - Graves

+39.   Jerusha Clementine Graves, b. 7 April 1846, m. John Wesley Eakey, 1865, d. 1 May 1940.

    40.   Nancy Graves, b.c. 1840.

    41.   Margaret Graves, b.c. 1842.

    42.   Nathan M. Graves, b.c. 1844.

+43.   Mary Catherine Graves, b. Feb. 1846, m. Charles Watson Carter, 22 April 1870, d. 1922.

    43a.    Martha F. Graves, b.c. 1850.

    43b.    Sarah L. Graves, b.c. 1852.

    43c.    Joshua Graves, b.c. 1854.

 

Margaret W. Graves (11) was born about 1823 in AL.  She married William Morris on 9 July 1842 in Tallapoosa Co., AL.  He was born about 1810 in GA.  All their children were born in AL, except for the last one who was probably born in TX.  (R‑20)

Children - Morris

+44.   Mary Morris, b. 1842, m. William M. Ballard, 1860, d. 1872..

    45.   Margaret Morris, b. 1844.

    46.   Joseph Morris, b. 1851.

+47.   William Jefferson Morris, b. 17 Aug. 1852, m. Tella Emma Glascow, 21 Dec. 1898, d. 18 April 1926.

    48.   John Morris, b. 1853, m. Polly Stephens, 8 May 1872 (Henderson Co., TX).

+49.   Martha Morris, b. 30 Oct. 1854, m(1) William M. Ballard, 14 Oct. 1872, m(2) William Laha, c. 1880, d. 31 March 1935.

    50.   Caroline Morris, b. 1856.

+51.   Ellen Morris, b. June 1859, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Johnson, m(2) Henry Eastep, m(3) John W. Kelly, 9 Aug. 1895.

 

Charles Mackey Graves (12), often called "Mack", was born 28 April 1826 in Newton Co., GA, died 10 April 1885 in Gold Branch Beat, Tallapoosa Co., AL, and was buried in Flint Hill Cem.  He married Martha ("Mattie") Caroline Dodson, daughter of Joel Warnock Dodson and Elvira Wilson, on 25 Nov. 1852 in Chambers Co., AL.  John G. Dodson was given as bondsman on the marriage license (apparently John Green Dodson, Martha's brother), and they were married by E. G. Richards, minister of the Methodist E. P. Church South.  Mattie was born 28 Aug. 1834 in Jasper Co., GA, and died 14 Nov. 1917 in Cumby, Texas.  Of their 8 children, the first three were born in the Buffalo area of Chambers Co., AL, and the last five in the home they moved to in Tallapoosa Co., AL in 1860.  This new home was on the Tallapoosa River (now a State Park called Wind Creek Park on Lake Martin) about 6 miles south of Alexander City, which was then called Youngstown.  He was educated in a "Dodson Academy" and later was a school teacher in Tallapoosa Co., AL.

In 1860, Charles Mackey Graves enlisted in the Confederate Army at Youngstown.  A few months later he was given papers and sent back home to gather supplies to carry in wagons to Georgia for soldiers.  The explanation was "because he was a school teacher."

Era Beaty said that most of this Graves family were members of the Church of Christ, usually called "Campbellites" in those days.  (R‑5, R‑7, R‑13, R‑201, R‑202)

Children - Graves

+52.   Margaret Elvira Graves, b. 11 Jan. 1854, m. Henry Downs Robinson, 17 Dec. 1872.

+53.   Joel Robert Graves, b. 5 May 1856, m(1) Ida Fiquitt, m(2) Tamp (Clower) McClellan.

+54.   James Jefferson Graves, b. 2 May 1858, m(1) Samantha Jane Thomas, 14 or 15 Nov. 1882, m(2) Sarah Penelope Neighbors, 31 Jan. 1895, d. 22 Sept. 1923.

+55.   Ida Ophelia Graves, b. 20 July 1861, m. Elisha Ford, d. 30 July 1886.

+56.   Ann Eliza Graves, b. 24 Feb. 1864, m. Henry Willis Locke, Nov. 1882, d. 5 April 1931.

+57.   Frances Virginia Graves, b. 18 July 1867, m. Henry Clay Patterson, d. 24 Aug. 1911.

+58.   Adella Jane Graves, b. 8 April 1870, m. Robert Allen Beaty, 6 Dec. 1888, d. 10 Feb. 1913.

+59.   John William Graves, b. 19 Nov. 1872, m. Georgia Allie Rippey.

 

Susan Catherine Graves (14), sometimes called Catherine, was born 11 May 1831 in GA, and died 22 Sept. 1902.  According to family tradition, she died in the home of her son John Mackey Strickland near Hampton, Calhoun Co., AR.  She married Elisha H. J. Strickland on 30 Jan. 1851 in Talladega, AL.  He was born 1 April 1830 in AL.  He was said by R‑16 to have died 10 June 1863 in the Battle of Marks Mill, AR, from measles and pneumonia, in the Civil War.  However, from R‑24, according to Catherine Strickland’s Confederate Widow Pension Application, dated 1901, Elisha died “some time in wintin (wintertime?) of 1862-1863”.  Elisha signed an affidavit regarding the oral will of a fellow soldier, Ira Drummond (who died of measles) in Nov. 1862 (Ouachita Calhoun Genealogical publication, date unknown).  His CSA service record includes a muster roll sheet starting Oct. 31, 1862, but the copy examined is not legible enough to determine whether he was present at the end of the term on Dec. 31, 1862.  According to a park ranger at Arkansas Post, most of the 24th Inf., of which Elisha was a part, arrived at Arkansas Post just in time to be taken captive by Union forces in Jan. 1863.  Additionally, the battle of Mark’s Mill did not occur until April 1864.  Based on this information, it appears likely that Elisha died before April 1863 and definitely not at the battle of Mark’s Mill.

Elisha’s name is on a memorial at Confederate Cem. at Arkansas Post in Arkansas Co., AR.  He served as a private in 24th AR, Co. G, Port Lock Reg. Inf., July 21-Aug. 31, 1862, enlisted June 4, 1860, in service July 21-Dec. 3, 1862, enlisted by J. W. Frost in Calhoun Co., AR.  He was buried in Army cemetery at Arkansas Post Memorial, AR, located off Highway 165 north of Dumas, AR.  His parents are said by some to be James Strickland (b. 1801 in GA, d. 1839 in Sabine Par., LA) and Nancy Wilson, but R‑24 has been unable to locate any reliable documentation to support this.  She is also unaware of any reliable documentation to show that Elisha and Mary were children of Catherine and Elisha H. J. Strickland.  According to Catherine’s record on the 1900 U.S. census, Calhoun Co., AR, she had given birth to eight children (only three were living then), so it is certainly possible that the above mentioned individuals are two of the three unidentified children.

R‑24 wrote: “I was given a typed paper, by a senior family member who is a descendant through Jane Emiline, in Oct. 2003.  It listed the name and birth date of Elisha W. Strickland as well as the said names and birth dates of” all the children listed below other than Mary.  “The paper asserts that the records were transcribed in 1967 from a Bible that belonged to Jane Emiline Strickland Reddin.  However, the name of the transcriber was not included and the senior family member could not remember who gave her the information.”

S. Catherine Strickland became a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church “by letter” in Nov. 1868.  (Reference Microfilm: Calhoun County no. 32 Church Records: Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1854-1947, AR History Commission, Little Rock.)  She was listed in the Calhoun County Property Tax Records:1868-1875.  In 1869 she owned 1 horse valued at $100.  By 1874 she had 1 horse, 4 mules, and 10 hogs.  (R‑16, R‑24)

Children - Strickland

+60.   Jane Emaline Strickland, b. 27 April 1851 (or 1852), m. William Taylor Reddin, 29 Dec. 1870, d. 25 Jan. 1942.

+61.   James Asberry Strickland, b. 30 April 1853, m(1) Mary Ritchie, 1877, m(2) Emma Paulson, 1892 or so, d. 23 Nov. 1898.

    62.   Elisha Wilson Strickland, b. 9 April 1855 (AL).

    63.   Mary A. Strickland, b. 23 March 1856.

    64.   Eliza[3] F. Strickland, b. 23 Dec. 1858 (TX[4]), m. John B. Hall, 21 Feb. 1877 (Calhoun Co., AR), d. 3 Oct. 1924 (Calhoun Co., AR).  He was b. 8 Feb. 1857, and d. 20 April 1915 in Calhoun Co., AR.  Both bur. Means Cem., Hampton, AR.  They were in the 1880 census for Polk, Calhoun Co., AR, page 96C, he listed as John R. Hall, 23, b. AR, farmer, both parents b. TN, Eliza, 23, b. TX, both parents b. AL, no children, and sister Sophronia T. Hall, 16, b. AR, living with them.  In the 1920 census for Polk Twp., Calhoun Co., AR, page 7A, Eliza was living in the household of Reuben and Lizzie Reddin, listed as 61, widow.  (Note: According to the 1850-1870 census records, John’s father was born in VA.)

+65.   John Mackey Strickland, b. 17 Sept. 1860, m. Sophronia T. Hall, 3 Feb. 1881, d. 16 Nov. 1932.

    66.   Thomas Jefferson Strickland, b. 6 Feb. 1862 (AR), m. Mary Benson, 1883[5], d. 18 July 1898.

 

John Graves (16) was born about 1834 in Newton, GA.  He married Mary F. Newland.  She was born about 1845 in MO, and both her parents were born in KY.  They were in the 1880 census for Precinct 4, Hunt Co., TX, page 518C, with his mother, Margaret Graves, 86, living with them.  John was a farmer.  All their children were born in TX.

Children - Graves

+67.   John Newland Graves, b.c. 1864, m. Mary Elizabeth Ballard.

    68.   Sarah E. Graves, b.c. 1866.

    69.   Marietta Graves, b.c. 1870.

    70.   Dudley W. Graves, b.c. 1872.

    71.   Nancy Graves, b.c. 1875.

    72.   Margaret Graves, b.c. 1877.

    73.   Charles (“Charlie”) Graves, b.c. 1880.

 

 

GENERATION 4

 

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM A. GRAVES (8) AND MISSOURI C. C. CARTER

William Dixon (or Dickson) Graves (30) was born 12 June 1845 in Chambers Co., AL, died 1 March 1917 in Stephenville, Erath Co., TX, and was buried 2 March 1917 in Oak Dale Cem., Erath, TX.  He first married Mary Ann Kentucky Mefford, daughter of William Ewing Mefford and Lucinda Arrendell, on 25 Oct. 1870 in Stephenville, TX.  She was born 14 March 1852 in Anderson Co., TX, died 20 Dec. 1888 in Stephenville, TX, and was buried in Oakdale (or Oak Dale?) Cem., Erath Co., TX.

He married second LuAnna (or Luanna) Roberts Hancock, daughter of Ivan Thomas Roberts, minister, and Frances Reynolds, on 4 Sept. 1900 in Stephenville, TX.  She was born 13 March 1869 in Memphis, Shelby Co., TN, died 22 Feb. 1951 in Waco, McLennan Co., TX, and was buried 23 Feb. 1951 in West End Cem., Stephenville, TX.  She had first married John W. Hancock on 3 March 1886 in Stephenville, TX.  All the children of William Dixon Graves were born in Stephenville, TX.  (Capt. Roger B. Graves (R‑9) is descended from this ancestor, and has gathered much data.)  (R‑17)

Children - Graves, by Mary A. K. Mefford

    74.   William Thomas Graves, b. 9 Aug. 1871, m. Mary (or May) Beatrice Roberts, c. 1892 (Erath Co., TX), d. 20 July 1962 (Stephenville, TX).

    75.   Joseph Dickerson Graves, b. 6 Jan. 1873, m(1) Susie Paralee Rodgers, 4 Jan. 1891 (Erath Co., TX), m(2) Ella Rhea, c. 1905 (TX), d. 23 Dec. 1959 (Magnum, Greer Co., OK).  He was bur. in Needwood Cem., Wellington, Collingsworth Co., TX.

    76.   George Milford Graves, b. 30 Nov. 1874, m. Minnie Myrtle Moore, 22 Oct. 1905 (Erath Co., TX), d. 3 Jan. 1940 (Sorocco, NM).

    77.   Mary Magdalene Graves, b. 20 Nov. 1876, m. Charles Webster Halbert, 24 Dec. 1891 (Erath Co., TX), d. 17 March 1958 (Stephenville, Erath Co., TX).

    78.   Lucy Pear Caroline Graves, b. 7 Feb. 1880, m. Hugh Harris, c. 1900 (Erath Co., TX), d. 14 Dec. 1915 (Stephenville, Erath Co., TX).

    79.   Effie Leaner Graves, b. 18 Dec. 1881, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Green, c. 1901, m(2) T. Elmer Burkett, d. 8 Aug. 1971 (Stephenville, Erath Co., TX).  She was bur. Morgan Mill, Erath Co., TX.

    80.   John Wilburn Graves, b. 4 April 1884, m. Ethel Theresa Gracie Yarbrough, 8 Aug. 1902 (Bluffdale, Erath Co., TX), d. 17 Nov. 1951 (Stephenville, Erath Co., TX.  He was bur. Dalhart, Dallam Co., TX.

    81.   Dellie Mabell Graves, b. 28 Oct. 1886, d. 23 Oct. 1887 (Stephenville, Erath Co., TX).  Bur. Oak Dale, Erath Co., TX.

Children - Graves, by Luanna Roberts

    82.   Jessie Alfred Graves, b. 28 March 1901, m. Hazel Elinor Keith, 26 Dec. 1928 (Stephenville, TX), d. 15 July 1969 (El Paso, El Paso Co., TX).

+83.   Odis I. T. Graves, b. 15 Aug. 1904, m(1) Bonnie Evelyn Bennett, 21 Feb. 1924, m(2) Reha Bessie Beardall, 16 April 1940, d. 19 July 1983.

 

Leanna (or Leonia) Margaret Graves (31) was born 5 Dec. 1847 in Talladega Co., AL, and died 16 June 1933.  She married William Jasper Mefferd.  He was born about 1843 in MO.  Both his parents were born in KY.  He was a farmer.  The 1870 census for Bosque Creek, P.O. Stephenville, Erath Co., TX, p. 11, 15 July 1870, lists William, Leonia, daughter Lucy, and Leanna’s brother Alfred U. Graves.  They were in the 1880 census for District 149, Precinct 1, Erath Co., TX, page 15B, with their surname spelled Mefford.  All their children were born in TX.  (R‑15)

Children - Mefferd

    84.   Lucy C. Mefferd, b.c. 1868.

    85.   M. T. Mefferd (daughter), b.c. 1870.

    86.   J. M. Mefferd (son), b.c. 1872.

    87.   M. L. Mefferd (son), b.c. 1876.

 

John Marion Graves (32) was born in March 1849 in Talledega Co., AL, and died 26 June 1921 in Griffith, La Plata Co., CO.  He married Euphemia Aver Keahy, daughter of John P. Keahy and Winiford Godwin, on 30 Oct. 1872 in Stephenville, Erath Co., TX.  She was born 5 Dec. 1847 in Dale Co., AL, and died 11 Feb. 1871 in Stephenville, Erath Co., TX.  They were in the 1880 census for Erath Co., TX.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in TX, probably all in Stephenville, Erath Co.

Children – Graves

    87a.    Ladusky Graves, b.c. 1867.

    87b.    Debby Graves, b.c. 1869.

+87c.    Ezra Earl Graves, b. 6 Sept. 1874, m. Lillie Mae Brown, 12 Aug. 1894, d. 12 April 1939.

    87d.    Luna Graves, b.c. 1876.

    87e.    Lonnie (or Lona) Graves, b. Aug. 1876, m. Susan D. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1899.  They were in the 1900 census for Precinct 3, San Augustine Co., TX, when he was a farm laborer.  She was b. Oct. 1880 in TX.

    87f.     Henry Graves, b.c. 1878.

+87g.    Roxie E. Graves, b. 28 Aug. 1880, m. Edward Horatio Foster, d. 16 Sept. 1873.

+87h.    Aver Christina Graves, b. 5 April 1885, m. Walter Marion Brown, d. 20 May 1961.

+87i.      William Foster Graves, b. 10 Oct. 1888, m. Emma Grove, d. 4 Oct. 1953.

 

Alfred Ulyuss Graves (33) was born 1 Jan. 1853 in Talladega Co., AL, and died 2 March 1909 in San Juan Co., NM.  He married Nancy Isabelle Cox on 4 Nov. 1874 in Erath Co., TX.  She was born about 1860 in TX.  Soon after marriage, they moved to NM.  They were in the 1880 census for Animas Arriba, Rio Arriba Co., NM, page 225C.  Alfred was a stockman.  All their children were born in NM.  (R‑15)

Children - Graves

    88.   Mary Jane Graves, b.c. 1875, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Wood.  Ancestors of Mrs. Beth A. Sullivan.

    89.   Matilda C. Graves, b.c. 1875.

    90.   John D. Graves, b.c. 1877.

    91.   Brush Vine Graves, b.c. 1879.

 

George Washington Graves (34) was born 19 June 1853 in AL, and died 20 Feb. 1920.  His middle name was Washington, according to his marriage record, but it has also been said to be William.  He married Nancy Ellen Husbands (or Husband), daughter of William Mansfield Husbands and Elizabeth Permelia Weems, on 3 Oct. 1875[6] in Hunt Co., TX.  She was born 18 Aug. 1858 in TX, perhaps in Hunt Co., and died 12 Dec. 1917.  The dates of their birth and death are from their tombstones.  They were buried next to each other in the Blanchard Cem., Blanchard, McLain Co., OK.  Her parents were buried in Shiloh Cem., Campbell, TX, near Greenville, Hunt Co., TX.  George and Nancy were in the 1880 census for District 7, Precinct 2, Grayson Co., TX (very close to Hunt Co., TX, which is on the border with OK), page 145D.  He was in the 1920 census for Goldsby, McClain Co., OK, page 12A, living with his daughter Iva and her husband.  (R‑19)

Children - Graves

+92.   William A. Graves, b.c. 1877, m. Minerva J. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

    93.   Pamela T. Graves, b.c. 1879 (TX).

+94.   Leona Graves, b. 6 April 1886, m. Joe Dyer, d. 22 Aug. 1968.

    95.   Ivah E. Graves, b. 20 Feb. 1897, m. Eddie M. Watson, d. 28 Dec. 1982.  Bur. Blanchard Cem., Blanchard, OK.  They were in the 1920 census for Goldsby, McClain Co., OK, ED 77, page 12A, Eddie M. Watson, 26, b. TX, Iva U. Watson, wife, 22, b. OK, and George W. Graves, father-in-law, 66, widowed, b. AL, both parents b. SC.

 

Sarah Catherine Graves (37), probably called Catherine (since that is what was on the census records), was born about 1857 in Erath Co., TX, and died about 1882 in Fannin Co., TX.  She may have died in childbirth.  She married Aaron Madison Garner, son of William Pinckney Garner and Nancy Matilda Boggs, on 24 May 1874 in Stephenville, Erath Co., TX.  He was born 19 Jan. 1849 in Canton, Cherokee Co., GA, died 2 Dec. 1935 of influenza in Bonham, Fannin Co., TX, and was buried in Willow Wild, Bonham, TX.  Aaron was a Mason, and the Masonic symbol is on his gravestone.  He was a farmer, a Baptist, and enlisted and served in the Civil War in Co. B, 6th Reg. GA Infantry.  After Catherine died, Aaron secondly married Sarah Frances Dollar on 30 June 1884 in Grayson Co., TX.  There were 4 children by this second marriage.  (R‑14)

Children - Garner

+96.   John Melton Garner, b. 10 March 1876, m. Pearl Evans, 25 July 1897, d. 5 Nov. 1943.

    97.   Thomas Harden Garner, b. 17 Dec. 1879 (Stephenville, Erath Co., TX), m. Lucy Ann Hodges, 16 June 1901 (Fannin Co., TX).  He disappeared 5 Dec. 1912 from Ector, Fannin Co., TX, and the family never heard from him again.

    98.   William Henry Garner, b. June 1882 (Fannin Co., TX), m. Isabelle Bradshaw, d. Durant, Bryan Co., OK.

 

CHILDREN OF ROBERT B. GRAVES (10) AND FRANCES NEIGHBORS

Jerushia (or Jerusha) Clementine Graves (39) was born 7 April 1846 in Hunt Co., TX, and died 1 May 1940.  She moved with her parents to Erath Co., TX at the age of 6.  They settled on ranch property they had bought near Bluff Dale, TX.  The property was later sold and became known as the Three Circle Ranch.  Her parents died at their home there.  They were both buried in the Graves family plot on the ranch, where several older family members were also buried years ago.  Jerushia was raised on her father’s ranch.

She married John Wesley Eakey in 1865.  He was born about 1844 in AR, according to the 1880 census.  He moved to Erath Co., TX from Grayson Co., TX, immediately after the Civil War.  They made their home on the Graves Ranch for several years, and later moved to their own farm in what is known as the Pilot Knob Community.  In 1881 she and her family moved to Hamilton, Hamilton Co., TX, where they remained for about ten years.  They then returned to Erath Co., TX and lived on a farm one mile east of Stephenville, TX, where he died in 1902.  She passed away on May 1, 1940 at the age of 94, at the home of her daughter Frances.  They were both buried in East End Cem., Stephenville, Erath Co., TX.

The Eakey name was later spelled Akey.

They were in the 1880 census for Erath Co., TX, ED 153, page 90A, as John W. Eakey, Jerusha A. Eakey, and children John A. and Frances C.  (R‑4, R‑18)

Children - Eakey/Akey

    99.   John A. Eakey, b.c. 1875.

+100.    Frances Caroline Eakey, b. 18 Feb. 1880, m. George William Allen, 1901, d. 15 Dec. 1940.

+101.    William E. Eakey, b.c. 1880, m. Georgia ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

    102.    Ellis Eakey

    103.    Myrtle Eakey, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Powers.

    104.    Dora Eakey, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Ford.

    105.    Vallie Eakey, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Burkett.

    106.    Martha Maud Eakey, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ McDougle.  These are the parents of Mrs. R. P. Thomason, 4671 Maddox St., Beaumont, Texas 77705.

 

Mary Catherine Graves (43) was born in Feb. 1846 in MS, and died in 1922 in Whitesboro, Grayson Co., TX.  She married Charles Watson Carter, son of Uriah Carter and Sarah Miller, on 22 April 1870 in Erath Co., TX.  He was born 27 June 1847 in Coosa Co., AL, and died 9 Oct. 1906 in Kaufman, Kaufman Co., TX.  (He must have died before that, since in 1900, Mary, widow, was living with the family of her daughter Sarah in Kaufman Co., TX.)  They were in the 1870 census for Bosque Creek, Erath Co., TX, living with Mary’s widowed mother and her sister Martha.  They were in the 1880 census for Kaufman Co., TX, living with his brother Thomas W. Carter.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in TX.

Children – Carter

+106a.   Rufus Mackey Carter, b. 22 Oct. 1872 , m. Annie ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1893, d. 19 Aug. 1908.

    106b.  James B. Carter, b. Oct. 1873, d. 2 Aug. 1908 (Crandall, Kaufman Co., TX).

    106c.   Albert Walter Carter, b.c. 1877.

+106d.   Sarah Frances Carter, b. 17 Jan. 1879, m(1) Jacob Nicholas Blasius, 27 Jan. 1895, m(2) Roy Westley Roberson, d. 2 July 1960.

 

CHILDREN OF MARGARET W. GRAVES (11) AND WILLIAM MORRIS

Mary Morris (44) was born in 1842 in AL, and died in 1872 in Henderson Co., TX.  She married William M. Ballard in 1860 in Athens, Henderson Co., TX.  He was born about 1837 in TN, and died about 1880 in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. 

Mary was ill and before she died, she asked her sister, Mattie, to marry her husband to help raise their three children.  After Mary died, Mattie and William Ballard were married.  (R‑2)

Children - Ballard

    107.    Henry M. Ballard, b. 1868.

    108.    Thomas M. Ballard, b. 1869.

+109.    William L. Richard Ballard, b. 9 May 1870, m. Mineola Parker, 21 Jan. 1894, d. 22 Nov. 1959.

 

William Jefferson Morris (47) was born 17 Aug. 1852 in AL, and died 18 April 1926 in Henderson Co., TX.  He married Tella Emma Glascow on 21 Dec. 1898 in Athens, Henderson Co., TX. She was born 8 July 1875, and died 25 July 1938 in Henderson Co.  Their children were born in TX.  (R‑20)

Children - Morris

    110.    William Thomas Morris, b. 12 Jan. 1900, m. Minnie Lee Compton, 29 Dec. 1921. d. 20 June 1968.

+111.    Leona Mae Morris, b. 28 June 1911, m. Crockett Goodell, 29 Dec. 1928, d. Oct. 1985.

 

Martha (“Mattie”) Morris (49) was born 30 Oct. 1854 in AL, died 31 March 1935 in Patmos, Hempstead Co., AR, and was buried in Mt. Nebo Cem., Hemstead Co., AR.  She first married William M. Ballard on 14 Oct. 1872 in Athens, Henderson Co., TX.  He was born about 1837 in TN, and died about 1880 in Indian Territory.  He had first married Mary Morris, sister of Martha, about 1860.  Mary died about 1872 in Athens, TX, and William then married Martha.

After William died, Martha married second William Laha about 1880, and had 8 more children.  They were all born in Caddo, Indian Territory.  William was born 26 Feb. 1849 in Larve Co., KY, died 8 May 1928 in Patmos, AR, and was also buried in Mt. Nebo Cem.  (R‑20)

Children - Ballard

+112.    Joseph Ballard, b. 6 May 1873, m. Florence Jenkins, d. 14 Feb. 1955.

+113.    Elizabeth Ballard, b. 14 Sept. 1875, m. George Dobbs, 19 Nov. 1893, d. 3 March 1913.

+114.    Kate Ballard, b. 14 March 1877, m. John Owens, 9 Feb. 1893, d. 15 May 1938.

+115.    Samuel Seth Ballard, b. 17 Aug. 1878, m. Carrie Mattie Corley, 4 Dec. 1904, d. 25 June 1942.

+116.    Julia Coonse Ballard, b. 18 Jan. 1879, m. James Oliver Gilley, 17 Feb. 1901, d. 28 Oct. 1955.

Children - Laha

+117.    Margaret Melissa Laha, b. 26 May 1884, m. Marcus Cooper, 9 June 1899, d. 7 Dec. 1970.

+118.    Emma Ophelia Laha, b. 3 March 1885, m. Argustus Washington Sims, d. 5 Dec. 1975.

    119.    John William Laha, b. 16 July 1887, m. Bertie McClellan, d. 22 July 1963 (Patmos, Hempstead Co., AR).  Bertie was b. 2 Sept. 1893 and d. 17 Oct. 1971 in Patmos.  Both bur. Mt. Nebo Cem.  John was a soldire in WWI, Sgt. 15 Co. 162 Depot Brigade.

+120.    Daniel Morris Laha, b. 28 May 1889, m. ArtellHexie Burns, 15 Nov. 1930, d. 1 Feb. 1977.

+121.    Louella Laha, b. 6 July 1891, m. Benjamine Rush Horton, 20 Oct. 1912, d. 31 Dec. 1969.

+122.    Miles Laha, b. 18 Aug. 1895, m(1) Pauline Haynes, m(2) Valda McClellan Rider, d. July 1980.

+123.    Fannie Laha, b. 15 March 1898, m. Early H. Horton, d. 10 Feb. 1965.

 

Ellen Morris (51) was born in June 1859 in TX, and died in Mulberry, Crawford Co., AR.  She first married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Johnson.  She married second Henry Eastep.  She married third John W. Kelly on 9 Aug. 1895 in Caddo, Indian Territory.  He was born in May 1855 in KY.  (R‑20)

Children - Johnson

    124.    Spotwood (“Johnny”) Johnson, b. May 1890 (Caddo, Blue Co., Indian Terr.).  Served in the Army during WWI.

Children - Kelly

    125.    Otis E. Kelly, b. Feb. 1898 (Caddo, Indian Terr.).

 

CHILDREN OF CHARLES M. GRAVES (12) AND MARTHA C. DODSON

Margaret Elvira ("Maggie") Graves (52) was born 11 Jan. 1854 in Chambers Co., AL, and died in Texas after a long life.  She married Henry Downs Robinson, son of Milas Jay Robinson (b. 1810, Mecklenburg Co., N.C.) and Nancy Martin (of Gwinnett Co., GA), on 17 Dec. 1872 in Tallapoosa Co., AL.  He was born 9 Nov. 1851 (according to his father's Bible) in Harris Co., GA, and died in 1901 in Donalson, Texas.  (R‑7, R‑10, R‑201)

Children - Robinson

+126.    Charles Robinson, b. 24 Sept. 1874, m. Maggie ‑‑‑‑‑.

    127.    Emil (or Emile) Robinson, b. 11 Oct. 1876.

+128.    Mattie Robinson, b. 22 Dec. 1878, m. Walter Newland.

+129.    Milus Robinson, b. 28 Aug. 1882, m. Bertha ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

    130.    Minnie Eliza Robinson, b. 2 Feb. 1886, d. 7 Oct. 1886.  Buried at Flint Hill.

    131.    Alvin Robinson, b. 2 Dec. 1888, d. 4 Jan. 1916 (Milford, Texas).

    132.    L. E. Robinson (daughter), b. 15 June 1891, m. ‑‑‑‑‑ Hankins.  Lived in Fort Worth, Texas.  Mrs. Kirkpatrick (R‑5) said they had no children, but Era Beaty thinks they had three boys.

    133.    L. M. Robinson (son), b. 15 June 1891.

 

Joel Robert Graves (53) was born 5 May 1856 in Chambers Co., AL, and died about 1907 in Columbus, Muscogee Co., GA.  He first married Ida Fiquitt.  After Ida's death, Joel married Tamp (Clower) McClellan in Tallassee, Elmore Co., AL.  She had three McClellan children by her previous marriage.  (R‑201)

Children - Graves, by Ida Fiquitt

    134.    Wilson Graves, b.c. 1891.  He was killed by a boiler explosion at a sawmill about 1908, and was buried at Bethel Baptist Church, near Dadeville, Tallapoosa Co., AL.

    135.    Johnny Graves, never married, died in young manhood in Phenix City, AL.  He served in World War I.

Children - Graves, by Tamp Clower

+136.    Daniel Judson Graves, b. 6 Dec. 1895, m. Elizabeth Howard.

 

James Jefferson ("Jimmie") Graves (54) was born 2 May 1858 in Buffalo, Chambers Co., AL, and died 22 Sept. 1923.  He first married Samantha Jane ("Mantie") Thomas on 14 or 15 Nov. 1882 in Dadeville, Tallapoosa Co., AL. She was a daughter of William Lee Thomas and Elizabeth Ann Norred.  Samantha was born 9 May 1859 and died 11 April 1894.  She was buried at Flint Hill Church Cem. near the grave of her father-in-law, Charles Mackey Graves, and near where her sister, Elizabeth Proctor, was buried a few months later.  James secondly married Sarah Penelope ("Sallie") Neighbors, daughter of Benjamin Franklin Neighbors and Sophia Frances Lasseter, on 31 Jan. 1895.  She was born 9 April 1876 near Alexander City, Tallapoosa Co., AL,, and died 3 March 1958 in Auburn, Lee Co., AL.  She was buried in the family lot at Mt. Zion Cem., Route 2, Alexander City.  (R‑201, R‑202)

Children - Graves, by Samantha J. Thomas

    137.    Ernest Marlowe Graves, b. 2 Jan. 1884, never married, d. 9 Nov. 1912.

+138.    James Walton Graves, b. 24 Feb. 1886, m. Vera Lessie Knight, 2 Jan. 1908, d. Jan. 1971.

+139.    Luxie Tallulah Graves, b. 4 July 1888, m. Samuel Phillip Smith, 2 March 1913.

+140.    Luther Mackey Graves, b. 28 Nov. 1889, m. Lessie Virginia Upshaw, 11 Jan. 1917, d. 24 June 1932.

Children - Graves, by Sarah P. Neighbors

+141.    Mattie LaVerne Graves, b. 17 Dec. 1895, m. Thomas Jones Sellers, 29 Aug. 1915.

+142.    Sophie Adella Graves, b. 22 Oct. 1897, m. Grady W. Ballard, 19 April 1917.

+143.    Nancy Lillian Graves, b. 15 Feb. 1899, m. John McCalla Jones, 11 Nov. 1917, d. 30 Jan. 1929.

+144.    Charles Benjamin Graves, b. 24 Nov. 1900, m. Thelma Lee Shippey Lambert, 17 Aug. 1930.

    145.    Thelma Estelle Graves, b. 23 Oct. 1902, never married.

+146.    Marvin Jefferson Graves, b. 24 Jan. 1907, m(1) Frances Blan Pratt, m(2) Helen Peterson, c. 1952, d. 2 Dec. 1961.

+147.    Margaret Agnes Graves, b. 5 Feb. 1912, m. Waverly Frazier, 27 Jan. 1938.

+148.    John Joel Graves, b. 20 Sept. 1917, m. Elizabeth Juliet Clinkscales, 27 March 1947.

 

Ida Ophelia Graves (55) was born 20 July 1861 in Tallapoosa Co., AL,, and died 30 July 1886 in her mother's home in Tallapoosa of tuberculosis.  She was buried at Rock Springs Church near Lafayette, Chambers Co., AL, beside her child.  She married Elisha Ford.  (R‑201)

Children - Ford

    149.    daughter, d. before 30 July 1886.

 

Anna (or Ann) Eliza Graves (56) was born 24 Feb. 1864 in Tallapoosa Co., AL,, and died 5 April 1931 (or 1934?) in Cisco, Texas.  She married Henry Willis Locke in Nov. 1882 in Alabama.  He was born 12 April 1862 in Tallapoosa Co., AL,, and died 4 March 1943 in DeLeon, Texas.  He was the second son of William McCain Locke.  He acquired unusual skill and resourcefulness as he grew to manhood, learning from his father how to create from the materials at hand many necessities for daily use which people now buy from stores.  His early training enabled him to succeed well in the building trades, which in later life he practiced professionally.  He worked successfully with metals, as in blacksmithing.  He moved to Texas and lived in and near DeLeon, Comanche Co. for many years, living also at the village of Downing.  He served as a member of the City Commission of DeLeon, and his name is carved in the marble plaque as one of the Commissioners when the present City Hall was built there.  In the later years of his life he lived for a time at Cisco, Texas, but returned to DeLeon after the death of his wife.  Their older children were born in Alabama, and the younger ones in Texas.  The Henry Lockes added an 'e' to their name in 1914; it had originally been spelled Lock.  (R‑1, R‑5, R‑201)

Children - Locke

    150.    Archie Locke, b. 2 June 1885, d. 6 Aug. 1886.

    151.    Roy McCain Locke, b. 23 Aug. 1888, d. 24 Sept. 1901 (of hydrophobia).

+152.    Ida Ivora Locke, b. 10 May 1891, m. Bluford H. Harrison, 12 June 1912, d. 1961.

+153.    Velma Graves Locke (son), b. 17 Jan. 1894, m. Minnie Lee Dabney, 9 Nov. 1924, d. 27 Feb. 1971.

+154.    Minnie Ora Locke, b. 6 June 1897, m. Fred Atchison, 11 Nov. 1923.

+155.    Roxie Anna Locke, b. 6 Nov. 1899, m(1) S. R. Upshaw, m(2) George R. Goosby, 30 April 1955.

+156.    Lillie Mae Locke, b. 12 March 1902, m. Sidney Hughes, 12 March 1922, d. 27 March 1978.

+157.    Henry Doyle Locke, b. 8 Jan. 1906, m. Ladelle Foster, 21 Feb. 1926.

 

Frances ("Fannie") Virginia Graves (57) was born 18 July 1867 in Tallapoosa Co., AL,, and died 24 (or 1) Aug. 1911 in Dallas, Texas.  According to Mrs. LaVerne Jacobs, "My father told me years ago that her name was really Fannie, and that was considered a beautiful name back in that time.  My uncle Andrew Patterson named his daughter after her, but chose to call her Frances, as he thought Fannie was a nickname for Frances."  She married Henry Clay Patterson, called Clay, son of Andrew J. Patterson and Mary Ann Neighbors (spelled Neighbours on her marriage license; C. H. George was bondsman).  Henry was born 1 April 1863 in AL,, and died 12 June 1928 in Dallas, Texas.  (R‑5, R‑11, R‑201)

Children - Patterson

+158.    Olney Sylvester Patterson, b. 13 Sept. 1886, m(1) Zona Ethel Manning, June 1911, m(2) Bulah Liles, 4 July 1943, d. 9 March 1971.

+159.    Ina Virginia Patterson, b. 8 Feb. 1889, m. Joseph Ernest Box, d. May 1968.

+160.    Andrew Mack Patterson, b. 9 Sept. 1892, m. Mamie May Loper, 5 June 1923, d. 8 April 1963.

+161.    Mamie Pearl Patterson, b. 18 July 1899, m. Vernon Haydon, d. before 1980.

 

Adella Jane ("Della") Graves (58) was born 8 April 1870 in Tallapoosa Co., AL,, and died 10 Feb. 1913 in Caddo, Bryan Co., Okla.  She married Robert Allen ("Bob") Beaty on 6 Dec. 1888 in AL.  He was born 11 July 1864 in AL,, and died 16 June 1948 in Durant, Okla.  They moved to Bokchito, Okla. in 1905.  Era Beaty said that her mama took Leila, Robert, and her to Cumby, Texas to visit her mother, Martha Caroline Graves, in about 1907 or 1908. Aunt Maggie, Aunt Fannie, and Uncle Johnnie were all living there at the time.  Della had pneumonia four times, according to her daughter Era.  Once in about 1909 and perhaps once before, her niece, Mattie Newland, went to Caddo to take care of her.  (R‑7, R‑201)

Children - Beaty

+162.    Elisha Carl Beaty, b. 8 Dec. 1889, m. Myrtle Hipp, 14 Nov. 1912.

    163.    Allen Vivyn Beaty, b. 15 Oct. 1892 (AL), d. 4 July 1901 (Gorman, Texas).

+164.    Charles Freeman Beaty, b. 22 May 1895, m(1) Florence Tennessee Tadlock, 16 July 1922, m(2) Annie V. Dulaney Hill, 22 Jan. 1961, d. 8 May 1972.

    165.    Otho Olynn Beaty, b. 5 June 1897 (Gorman, Texas), d. 14 Feb. 1912 (Caddo, Okla.).

    166.    Era Adella Beaty, b. 11 July 1899 (Gorman, Texas), never married.  She was a school teacher.  1980 address:  923 North Third St., Durant, Okla.  74701.

    167.    Mary Leila Beaty (called Leila), b. 13 May 1901 (Gorman, Texas), never married.  1980 address:  923 North Third St., Durant, Okla.  74701.

+168.    Robert Alton Beaty, b. 16 July 1903, m. Ruth Gwaltney, 10 Aug. 1924.

    169.    Mattie Jane Beaty (called Jane), b. 9 June 1911 (Caddo, Okla.), m. Cecil Bell, (Phoenix, Ariz.).  He died before 1980.  She has two step-sons, Billy Bell and Joe Bell, both of Phoenix, Ariz.  She lived in Phoenix, and then Del Mar, Calif. until recently.  She was living in Durant, Okla. in 1980.

 

John ("Johnnie" or "Johnny") William Graves (59) was born 19 Nov. 1872 in Tallapoosa Co., AL, and died in Jan. 1938 in Cumby, Texas.  He married Georgia Allie Rippey, called Allie.  She was born 19 Aug. 1878 and died 31 May 1957, both in Cumby, Texas.

Mrs. Edythe Eatherly remembers "Cousin Johnny", his wife Allie, and a daughter named LaVern from her early childhood.  He was crippled when a young child by slipping on a wet board. He kept a grocery store in Cumby for years.

J. W. Graves was elected County Treasurer of Hopkins Co., TX, and served one year of his 2 year term before he died.  His wife was appointed to finish his term.  She ran and won the next term.  She did not run a second time.  However, the man who did run and win was a college student who hired her to do the job from Jan.-June until he graduated.  (R‑6, R‑7, R‑12, R‑201)

Children - Graves

    170.    Martha Jane Graves, b. 11 Sept. 1911, d. 8 Dec. 1918.

+171.    Ida LaVerne Graves, b. 8 Aug. 1913, m. Robert Edwin Brock, 26 Aug. 1938.

+172.    John Calvin Graves, b. 10 Aug. 1916, m. Huetta (White) Farrell, 3 Oct. 1946.

+173.    Nancy Allayne Graves, b. 16 Jan. 1920, m. Edward Francis McGann, 18 Dec. 1943.

 

CHILDREN OF SUSAN C. GRAVES (14) AND ELISHA H. J. STRICKLAND

Jane Emaline Strickland (60) was born 27 April 1851 (or 1852) in Talladega Co., AL, and died 25 (or 1) Jan. 1942 in Tinsman, Calhoun Co., AR.  She married William Taylor Reddin on 29 Dec. 1870.  (R‑16, R‑21, R‑22)

Children - Reddin

    174.    Mary Catherine Reddin

+175.    George Asbury Reddin, b. 17 March 1873, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 24 April 1903.

    176.    John Franklin Reddin

    177.    Isaac Jefferson Reddin, b. 21 April 1876.

    178.    Sarah Frances Reddin

    179.    William Reuben Reddin

    180.    Ira Buchanan Reddin

    181.    Charles Edward Reddin

    182.    Eliza Jane Isabella Reddin

    183.    Thomas Alexander Reddin

    184.    Ida Estherlee Reddin

    185.    James Hardy Reddin

    186.    Robert Lee Reddin

    187.    child

 

James Asberry Strickland (61) was born 30 April 1853 in AL, and died 23 Nov. 1898 in Hampton, Calhoun Co., AR.  He first married Mary Ritchie in 1877.  Sometime after she died in 1892, he married second Emma Paulson[7].  The following list of children is from the 1880 and 1900 U.S. censuses for Calhoun Co., AR.  (R‑16, R‑23, R‑24)

Children - Strickland, by Mary Ritchie

    188.    Ira C. Strickland, b.c. 1878.

    189.    Susan Strickland, b.c. 1880.

    190.    Anna E. Strickland, b.c. 1881.

    191.    Ora E. Strickland, b.c. 1883.

    192.    J. L. Strickland, b.c. 1884.

    193.    William H. Strickland, b.c. 1885.

    194.    Virgie V. Strickland, b.c. 1887.

+195.    James Hardy Strickland, b. May 1888, m. Pricey Ethel Jones, d. Jan. 1966.

    196.    Ella B. Strickland, b.c. 1890.

    197.    Georgie Strickland, b. Sept. 1891, d. Dec. 1891.

Children - Strickland, by Emma Paulson

    198.    Liddie E. Strickland, b.c. 1897.

 

John Mackey Strickland (65) was born 17 Sept. 1860, and died 16 Nov. 1932 in Hampton, AR[8].  He married Sophronia T. Hall, daughter of John S. Hall and Elizabeth ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 3 Feb. 1881 in Calhoun Co., AR.  She was born 7 Nov. 1864 in AR.  She was a sister of John B. Hall who married John’s sister Eliza Strickland.  (Sources for this family: census records, personal family records, obituaries, death certificates, cemetery records, etc.)  (R‑24)

Children - Strickland

    199.    Garland B. Strickland, b. Oct. 1881, d. 1970.

    200.    Walter F. Strickland, b. 1883, d. 1906.

    201.    Charlie E. Strickland, b. 1886, d. 1982.

    202.    James Harvey Strickland, b. 1888, d. 1975.

    203.    Luther J. Strickland, b. 1889, d. 1925.

    204.    Henry Houston Strickland, b. 1891, d. 1912.

    205.    Ruth Ann Strickland, b. 1893, d. 1982.

    206.    Carl Strickland, b. 1895, d. 1895.

    207.    Kittie Irene Strickland, b. 1896, d. 1962.

    208.    Everett Lee Strickland, b. 1898.

    209.    William C. Strickland, b. 1900, d. 1975.

    210.    Ethel Strickland, b. 1903, d. 1946.

    211.    Henry Strickland, b. 1907.  Tradition says he and his family moved to TX.

    212.    child

    213.    child

 

CHILDREN OF JOHN GRAVES (16) AND MARY F. NEWLAND

John Newland Graves (67) was born about 1864 in TX.  He married Mary Elizabeth Ballard, daughter of James H. Ballard and Martha J. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1865 in AL, and died in 1925.  All their children were born in TX.  (R‑25)

Children - Graves

    214.    Edward Harrison Graves, b. 1884.

    215.    Henry Newton Graves, b. 1886.

+216.    Charlie Robert Graves, b. 1888, m. Jasie Miranda Lindley, d. 1948.

    217.    Mary Ethel Graves, b. 1889.

    218.    William Dudley Graves, b. 1892, m. Nevada Bell Gunn.

    219.    Willis Phillips Graves, b. 1899.

    220.    Vada Faye Graves, b. 1901.

    221.    Walter Ballard Graves, b. 1906.

 

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[1] The first marriage of Margaret (wife of Robert C. Graves) to ------ Carson is from R‑9, as posted in a message to genforum and provided by R‑24.

[2] Per R‑17, date of death is given as 23 Nov. 1878.

[3] Her name was given be one researcher as Elizor. However, according to R‑24, a living family member from Hampton, AR who knew Eliza calls her Aunt Eliza, and all records she has seen for her (including her headstone inscription and census data) call her Eliza.

[4] According to 1880 and 1900-1920 censuses for Calhoun Co., AR.

[5] Online marriage record, Calhoun Co., AR, and 1900 U.S. census, Calhoun Co., AR.

[6] Marriage date from Hunt Co., TX marriage records.

[7] Source for this second marriage: Online Calhoun Co. marriage record of Strickland/Ritchie, 1880 U.S. census, 1900, and 1900 U.S. census, Calhoun Co., AR.

[8] Death certificate lists his place of death as Polk Twp., Calhoun Co., AR.