Rev. 22 Sept. 2011, Gen. 218

 

DESCENDANTS OF WARREN GRAVES AND HARRIETTE ------ OF SC AND CASWELL CO. & ROCKINGHAM CO., NC

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

Warren Graves (1) was born in April 1823[1] in NC.  According to R‑2, Warren was sold from the Carter plantation of South Carolina to the Graves plantation in Caswell Co., so Warren may have been born in SC rather than NC.  He married Harriette (or Harriet) ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1825 in NC (although her age was given as 38 in the 1870 census), and died 1880-1900.  Warren Graves started the Graves family church in 1888.

They were in the 1870 census for Stony Creek Twp., Caswell Co., NC, living next to the white family of Azariah and Isabella Graves[2], whose slaves they may have been before emancipation.  They were in the 1880 census for Locust Creek Twp., Caswell Co., NC.  Warren was in the 1900 census for Williamsburg Twp., Rockingham Co., NC (next to Caswell Co.), living next to his son Scott.  In the 1900 census, 2 grandchildren, Walter and Lula Graves, were living with Warren, but it is not known whose children they were.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in NC, probably all in Caswell Co.

Children - Graves

+2.   Bedford Graves, b.c. 1844, m. Rebecca Williamson.

+3.   General Winfield Scott Graves, b. Nov. 1844 (or 1848), m(1) Moriah Elizabeth Davis, 10 March 1873, m(2) Lillie May Bethel, 14 Sept. 1917

+4.   Frank Graves, b. Aug. 1852, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+5.   Albert Graves, b.c. 1854, m. Sallie ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

    6.  Samuel Toby Graves, b.c. 1856.

+7.   Joseph E. Graves, b.c. 1860, m. Elizabeth Cobb, c. 1883.

    8.  Benjamin Graves, b.c. 1862.

+9.   Sherman Graves, b. Jan. 1866, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(2) Mary Williamson, c. 1898, m(3) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(4) Lucy ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

 

 

GENERATION 2

 

CHILDREN OF WARREN GRAVES (1) AND HARRIETTE ------

Bedford Graves (2) was born in Oct. 1846 (or about 1844) in NC.  He married Rebecca (“Becky” or “Becca”) Williamson.  She was born in Dec. 1855 in NC.  They were in the 1880 and 1900 censuses for Locust Hill Twp., Caswell Co., NC.  In 1880, his mother-in-law, Becky Williamson, was living with them.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in NC, and their dates of birth are from the 1900 census.  In the 1910 census for Locust Hill Twp., Caswell Co., NC, son Wash was listed as head of household, with his mother Becca, and his siblings Tobie, Leslie, Henry and Harriette living with him.

Children - Graves

+10.   George Washington Graves, b. June 1876, m. Elizabeth Pickard.

    11.   Tobie (or Tobe) Graves, b. Aug. 1879[3].  He probably never married, since he was in the 1930 census for Locust Hill Twp., Caswell Co., NC, age 49, with his mother Rebecca, widow, age 70, living with him.

    12.   Lucy A. Graves, b. June 1881.

+13.   Rufus Graves, b. 5 Nov. 1883, m. Lula Bett Williamson, c. 1907, d. 2 June 1953.

    14.   Cara (or Cora) Graves, b. Aug. 1886.

+15.   Benjamin Graves, b. June 1888, m. Hattie F. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1910.

+16.   Henry Graves, b. April 1891, m. Mattie ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

    17.   Lelia Graves, b. Sept. 1894.

    18.   Harriette (“Hattie”) Graves, b. Nov. 1896.

 

General Winfield Scott Graves[4] (3), called Scott, was born in Nov. 1844 (or 1848) in NC.  He first married Moriah (or Maria) Elizabeth Davis on 10 March 1873.  She was born about 1855 in VA, and probably died about 1896 (perhaps in childbirth, since that was when her last known child was born).  She was full-blooded Cherokee Indian (according to R‑2).  He married second Lillie May Bethel on 14 Sept. 1917.  She was born about 1866 in NC.  They were in the 1880 census for Locust Hill Twp., Caswell Co., NC.  He was in the 1900 census for Williamsburg Twp., Rockingham Co., NC, as a widower.  He was in the 1910 and 1920 censuses for Reidsville Twp., Rockingham Co., NC.  He was a farmer.  All his children were born in NC.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Graves, by Moriah Davis

    19.   Franklin Graves, b.c. 1878.

    20.   Martha Graves, b. Dec. 1879.

    21.   Mary Graves, b. Jan. 1882.

+22.   Basley Graves, b. May 1884, m(1) Annie Rice, c. 1906, m(2) Eugenia Herbin, c. 1918.

    23.   Rhoda Graves, b. Nov. 1885.

+24.   Albert W. Graves, b. Jan. 1888, m. Bessie Pearl Rice, c. 1909.

    25.   Fannie Graves, b. March 1891.

    26.   Toy Graves, b. April 1893.

    27.   Emma Graves, b. May 1894.

    28.   Henry Graves, b. Jan. 1896.

 

Frank Graves (4) was born in Aug. 1852 in NC.  He married ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  He was in the 1900 census for Reidsville Twp., Rockingham Co., NC, listed as a boarder in the household of George Johnson, married 7 years, but no wife or family were with him.  He was in the 1910 census for Williamsburg Twp., Rockingham Co., NC, living with his son-in-law and daughter, Walter and Mary J. Gwynn.  He was in the 1920 census for Reidsville Twp., Rockingham Co., NC, with his widowed daughter and her son living with him.  He was a farm laborer.

Children - Graves

+29.   Mary J. Graves, b.c. 1885-1888, m. Walter Gwynn, c. 1905.

 

Albert Graves (5) was born about 1854 in NC.  He married Sallie ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1858 in NC.  They were in the 1880 census for Locust Hill Twp., Caswell Co., NC, living next to his brothers Scott and Bedford, and near his parents.

Children - Graves

    30.   Warren Graves, b.c. 1877.

    31.   Sarah A. Graves, b.c. 1878.

 

Joseph (“Joe”) E. Graves (7) was born about 1860 (or 1865) in NC.  He married Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Cobb[5] about 1883.  She was born about 1865 in NC.  They were in the 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses for Reidsville Twp., Rockingham Co., NC.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in NC.

Children - Graves

    32.   Johnnie Graves, b.c. 1886.

    33.   Maggie Graves, b.c. 1889.

+34.   Lelia Graves, b.c. 1891, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Powell, c. 1911.

    35.   Serena Graves, b.c. 1894.

    36.   Dillard Graves, b.c. 1896.

+37.   Josephus Graves, b. 30 May 1901, m. Katie ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1924, d. 12 Nov. 1972.

    38.   Ernest Graves, b.c. 1905.

 

Sherman Graves (9) was born in Jan. 1866 in NC.  He first married ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  He married second Mary Williamson[6] about 1898.  She was born in July 1878.  His third wife, by whom he had son Sherman, is not known.  His fourth wife was Lucy ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  He was in the 1900 census for Ruffin Twp., Rockingham Co., NC, with his second wife and his sister-in-law, Rose Williamson, living with them.  He was in the 1910 and 1920 censuses for Reidsville Twp., Rockingham Co., NC, as a widower both years.  He was in the 1930 census for Reidsville Twp., Rockingham Co., NC, with his wife, Lucy, his daughter-in-law, Hattie, his grandson James, and his sister Emma or Emmie living with him.  All his children were born in Rockingham Co., NC.  (R‑4)

Children - Graves, by 1st wife

    39.   Louvenia Graves, b. Sept. 1889.

    40.   Arthur Graves, b. March 1892.

Children - Graves, by Mary Williamson

    41.   John L. Graves, b. Oct. 1898.

+42.   McKinley Washington Graves, b. 27 July 1900, m(1) Hattie Kissee, c. 1929, m(2) Ethel ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(3) Nellie Neal, m(4) Lillie May Larry, d. 8 March 1973.

    43.   Robinson (or Robertson) Crusoe Graves, b. 21 March 1902.

    44.   Rosanna (“Rose”) Graves, b.c. 1904.

    45.   Edna Jane Graves, b. 16 May 1905, d. 16 July 1980.

    46.   Kate (“Katie”) W. Graves, b.c. 1908.

Children - Graves, by third wife

    47.   Sherman Graves, b.c. 1911.


 

 

GENERATION 3

 

CHILDREN OF BEDFORD GRAVES (2) AND REBECCA WILLIAMSON

George Washington (“Wash”) Graves (10) was born in June 1876 in NC.  He married Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Pickard.  She was born about 1889 in NC.  They were in the 1920 and 1930 censuses for Locust Hill Twp., Caswell Co., NC.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in Caswell Co., NC.

Children - Graves

+48.   Sophronia Graves, b.c. 1918, m. McCarthy Southerland, d. 1 July 2010.

    49.   Ophelia Graves, b. 29 Nov. 1920, never married, d. 24 Jan. 2004 (Rockingham Co., NC)[7].  Her obituary in the Reidsville Review and the Eden Daily News was published from 1/27/2004-1/29/2004.  “REIDSVILLE - Funeral services for Ms. Ophelia Graves have been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the New Ephesus Baptist Church, Ruffin. The family visitation will be Tuesday from 1:30 until 2 p.m. at the church and may be contacted other times at the residence of Annie Ruth Percell, 543 East Morehead Street. Funeral arrangements are by Johnson & Sons.”

    50.   Annie Ruth Graves, b.c. 1924, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Percell.

    51.   Lillie Odell Graves, b. 28 June 1925[8], m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Boyd, d. before July 2010.

    52.   Troy Leonard Graves, b. 26 Aug. 1929, d. before July 2010.  It is possible that this is the person listed as Troy Linwood Graves who married Alice Lenora Henderson and had several children listed in the NC Birth Index.

    53.   Nellie Graves, d. before July 2010.

 

Rufus Graves (13) was born in 5 Nov. 1883 in Caswell Co., NC, died 2 June 1953 of chronic nephritis (kidney inflammation) in Ruffin, Caswell Co., NC[9], and was buried in New Ephesus Cem., Ruffin, NC.  He married Lula Bett Williamson about 1907.  She was born about 1884 in NC.  They were in the 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses for Locust Hill Twp., Caswell Co., NC.  He was a tobacco farmer.  All their children were born in NC.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

    54.   Nannie (or Mamie) Graves, b.c. 1908.  It has been said that she married Glen Brown, but that is wrong.  The Mamie Graves who married Glen Brown was a son of James Graves and Laura ‑‑‑‑‑‑, also of Locust Hill Twp., Caswell Co.  See genealogy 127.

    55.   Fannie Graves, b.c. Dec. 1909.  Not in the 1920 census.

    56.   Josephine P. Graves, b. 5 March 1911, d. 26 Oct. 2011.

    57.   Wilson Graves, b.c. 1913.

    58.   Rufus R. Graves, b.c. 1915.

    59.   Kermit Roosevelt Graves, b. 17 May 1919, d. 21 Nov. 1977.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 28 Sept. 1942 at Fort Bragg, NC.  At enlistment, he had 4 years of college, occupation was semiskilled in building transportation equipment, and he was single, without dependents.  He was 64 inches tall, 149 pounds.  He served as a sergeant first class in Korea, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

    60.   Novella Graves, b. 20 May 1921, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Barnwell, d. 15 Oct. 1980.

    61.   Nehemiah Graves, b. 25 June 1923, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 2 July 1996 (Raleigh, Wake Co., NC).  He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 16 Jan. 1943 at Fort Bragg, NC.  He had 4 years of high school, occupation was a farm hand, and he was single, without dependents.  According to his death certificate, he was widowed.

    62.   Dillard Delano Graves, b. 13 May 1926[10].

 

Benjamin (“Ben”) Graves (15) was born in June 1888 in NC.  He married Hattie F. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1910.  She was born about 1888 in NC.  They were in the 1910 and 1930 censuses for Locust Hill Twp., Caswell Co., NC, when a nephew, Edward Graves, was living with them.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in NC.

Children - Graves

    63.   Lucy J. Graves, b.c. Feb. 1910.

    64.   Edna E. Graves, b.c. 1911.

    65.   Annie B. Graves, b.c. 1913.

    66.   Henry W. Graves, b.c. 1914.

    67.   Keron E. Graves, b.c. 1917.

    68.   A. Virginia Graves, b.c. 1918.

 

Henry Graves (16) was born in April 1891 in NC.  He married Mattie ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1815.  She was born about 1894 in NC.  They were in the 1930 census for Locust Hill Twp., Caswell Co., NC.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in NC.

Children - Graves

    69.   Beatrice Graves, b.c. 1917.

    70.   George H. Graves, b.c. 1919.

    71.   James E. Graves, b.c. 1926.

 

CHILDREN OF SCOTT GRAVES (3) AND MORIAH E. DAVIS

Basley Graves (22) was born in May 1884 in NC.  He first married Annie Rice about 1906.  She was born about 1889 in NC.  He married second Eugenia Herbin about 1918.  She was born about 1895 in NC.  He was in the 1910 census for Reidsville Twp., Rockingham Co., NC, with Annie.  He was in the 1930 census for Williamsburg Twp., Rockingham Co., NC, with Eugenia.  He was a farmer.  All his children were born in NC.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves, by Annie Rice

    72.   Wallace Graves, b.c. 1907.

    73.   Pinkney Graves, b.c. 1908.

+74.   Arthur Bassely Graves, b. 12 April 1909, m. Duella Florence Graves, d. Oct. 1981.

    75.   Lucy Graves, b.c. 1914.

    76.   Pearl Graves, b.c. 1916.

    77.   Carrie (or Connie) Graves, b.c. 1918.

Children - Graves, by Eugenia Herbin

    78.   Carlton Graves, b.c. 1921.

    79.   John H. Graves, b.c. 1923.

    80.   Julia A. Graves, b.c. 1925.

    81.   Ramon Graves, b.c. 1926.

 

Albert W. Graves (24) was born in Jan. 1888 in NC.  He married Bessie Pearl Rice about 1909.  She was born about 1895 in NC.  She was half Cherokee Indian, according to R‑2.  They were in the 1920 census for Williamsburg Twp., Rockingham Co., NC.  They were in the 1930 census for Ruffin Twp., Rockingham Co., NC.  He was a farmer.  All their children  were born in NC.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves

    82.   Early Mae Graves, b.c. 1911.

+83.   William Edward Graves, b.c. 1912, m. Elnora Nash.

    84.   Bessie Pearl Graves, b.c. 1914.

    85.   Robert L. Graves, b.c. 1915.

    86.   John Weldon Graves, b.c. 1917.

    87.   Elijah Virgil (“Virgie”) Graves, b.c. 1919.

    88.   Christine Graves, b.c. 1920.

    89.   Emma L. Graves, b.c. 1921.

    90.   Ernest S. Graves, b.c. 1922.

    91.   Joe F. Graves, b.c. 1924.

    92.   Albert Graves, b.c. 1925.

    93.   James E. Graves, b.c. 1927.

    94.   Henry T. Graves, b.c. 1928.

 

CHILDREN OF FRANK GRAVES (4)

Mary J. Graves (29) was born about 1885-1888 in NC.  She married Walter Gwynn (or Guinn) about 1905.  He was born about 1980 in NC, and died before the 1920 census.  They were in the 1910 census for Williamsburg Twp., Rockingham Co., NC, with her father living with them.  She was in the 1920 census for Reidsville Twp., Rockingham Co., NC, living with her father.

Children - Gwynn

    95.   William (“Willie”) Gwynn, b.c. 1908.

 

CHILDREN OF JOSEPH E. GRAVES (7) AND ELIZABETH COBB

Lelia Graves (34) was born about 1891 in NC.  She married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Powell probably about 1911.  He died before the 1920 census.  She was a widow in the 1920 and 1930 censuses for Reidsville Twp., Rockingham Co., NC, living with her parents.

Children - Powell

    96.   Maggie Powell, b.c. 1912.

 

Josephus (or Joseph) Graves (37) was born 30 May 1901 in NC, and died 12 Nov. 1972 in Reidsville, Rockingham Co., NC[11].  He married Katie ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1924 (or 1929).  She was born about 1908 in NC.  They were in the 1930 census for Reidsville Twp., Rockingham Co., NC, living with his parents.

Children - Graves

    97.   Lelia Belle Graves, b.c. 1930 (NC).

 

CHILDREN OF SHERMAN GRAVES (9)

McKinley Washington Graves (42), almost always called McKinley, was born 27 (or 17) July 1900[12] in NC, and died 8 March 1973 in Reidsville, Rockingham Co., NC[13].  (His name was given as McKinley Washington Graves on his death certificate, but it was Washington McKinley Graves on the 1910 census.)  He first married Hattie Kissee[14], daughter of Adolphus (“Dolphus”) Kissee and Pricey Farris, about 1929.  She was born about 1912 in NC.  She was in the 1920 census for Reidsville Twp., Rockingham Co., NC, living with her parents.  He married second Ethel ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  They divorced 22 March 1960 in Rockingham Co., NC.  He married third Nellie Neal.  His fourth wife was Lillie May Larry (or Lawary).  McKinley and Hattie were in the 1930 census for Reidsville Twp., Rockingham Co., NC, living with his parents.  All his children were born in Rockingham Co., NC.  (R‑2, R‑4)

Children - Graves, by Hattie Kissee

    98.   James Graves, b. 22 March 1930.

+99.   Joe McKinley Graves, b. 16 May 1932, m. Allene Wray, d. 17 June 1988.

+100.    Ernest Graves, b. 17 Aug. 1934, m. Edna ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 23 Dec. 2008.

+101.    Sherman David Graves, b. 1937, m. Linda Lou Matthews.

+102.    Samuel Lee Graves, m. Lena Mae Graves, 20 Nov. 1965.

    103.    William Graves

    104.    Paul Graves

Children - Graves, by Nellie Neal

    105.    daughter, possibly by her previous marriage.

Children - Graves, by Lillie M. Larry

    106.    son

    107.    Leona Louise Graves

    108.    Jerry Lee Watkins Graves

 

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[1] This birth date is from the 1900 census, and is confirmed by the age of 57 given for him in the 1880 census.  The 1870 census gives his age as 45 (born about 1825).

[2] This Azariah Graves was born in 1815, and was one of the sons of Gen. Azariah Graves and Elizabeth Williams of Caswell Co., NC.  See genealogy 270 for more information.

[3] The 1880 census gave his date of birth as Aug. 1879, but the 1900 census gave June 1880.  This 1880 date is clearly wrong, since he was 10 months old when the 1880 census was taken.

[4] According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org), General Winfield Scott (June 13, 1786 – May 29, 1866) was a United States Army general, diplomat, and presidential candidate. Known as "Old Fuss and Feathers" and the "Grand Old Man of the Army", he served on active duty as a general longer than any other man in American history and most historians[rate him the ablest American commander of his time. Over the course of his fifty-year career, he commanded forces in the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Black Hawk War, the Second Seminole War, and, briefly, the American Civil War, conceiving the Union strategy known as the Anaconda Plan that would be used to defeat the Confederacy.

A national hero after the Mexican-American War, he served as military governor of Mexico City. Such was his stature that, in 1852, the United States Whig Party passed over its own incumbent President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, to nominate Scott in the United States presidential election. Scott lost to Democrat Franklin Pierce in the general election, but remained a popular national figure, receiving a brevet promotion in 1856 to the rank of lieutenant general, becoming the first American since George Washington to hold that rank.

[5] Her name was on the death certificate for her son Josephus Graves.

[6] Mary Williamson and Sherman Graves were given as the parents of their children Robinson and Edna in the NC Birth Index, 1800-2000, Ancestry.com.

[7] All information from North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-2004, Ancestry.com.

[8] Lillie’s date of birth from North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000, Ancestry.com.

[9] His death certificate gives his name, his parents’ names, and date and place of his birth and death.  The information was provided by his son, Dillard D. Graves.

[10] His name, date of birth, and his parents’ names from NC Birth Index, 1800-2000.

[11] North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975, Ancestry.com.

[12] His death certificate gives his death date as 27 July, but the Social Security Death Index gives it as 17 July.

[13] His birth and death dates and places, and the names of his parents and wife are from North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975, Ancestry.com.

[14] Her surname was spelled Kezee in the NC Birth Index on Ancestry.com.