Rev. 12 March 2003, Gen. 772

 

DESCENDANTS OF HENRY GRAVES AND OLIVE KELLEY

OF DENNISPORT, MA

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

Henry Graves (1) was born 12 Oct. 1809[1] in Smithfield, RI or Providence, RI[2], died 17 April 1873, aged 63 years, 6 months, 5 days, and was buried in Lot 263, Swan Pond (or Swan Lake) Cem., Dennis Port, MA.  His name appears on a list of sea captains of Dennis Port, A List of Master Mariners of Dennis, p. 47.  He married Olive Kelley on 27 Nov. 1834[3].  She was born 3 Sept. 1813 in Dartmouth, MA[4], and died 27 Aug. 1892, aged 78 years, 11 months, 24 days.  All marriages of their children were in Dennis Port, MA.

They were in the 1850 census for Dennis, Barnstable Co., MA, page 252.  Olive was listed as head of household in the 1880 census for Dennis, MA, page 236B, with children George, Erastus, Clara, and Olive.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  2.  Henry E. Graves, b. 9 Oct. 1835, lost on Lake Michigan, 29 Nov. 1859.

+3.  Nehemiah Graves, b. 23 Nov. 1837, m. Susannah Wheeler, 17 Jan. 1883[5], d. 1917.

  4.  George W. Graves, b. 5 Sept. 1840, d. 26 July 1919.  Bur. SLC lot 430.  Listed as sailor in 1880 census.

+5.  Mary Ann Graves, b. 20 Sept. 1842, m. Nathan Bangs Kelley, 3 Jan. 1864[6], d. 14 Dec. 1919.

  6.  Olive K. Graves, b. 26 Sept. 1844.

+7.  Eliza Ann Graves, b. 25 Sept. 1846, m. Heman J. Lewis, 1872[7], d. 28 Dec. 1912.

  8.  Esther Doane Graves, b. 1849, m. Oren L. Crowell, 1873[8], d. 1927.  Bur. SLC lot 415.  They were in the 1880 census for Dennis, Barnstable Co., MA, page 237C, with no children listed.  He was b.c. 1852 in MA.

+9.  Susannah Graves, b. 17 Oct. 1851, m. Rufus M. Robbins, 26 Nov. 1872[9], d. 25 June 1910.

+10.  Erastus Allen Graves, b. 15 April 1854, m. Rebecah A. Baker, 26 June 1883[10], d. 17 April 1927.  Listed as sailor in 1880 census.

  11.  Mehitable Maria Graves, b. 1856, m. Isaac E. Robbins, 24 Dec. 1874[11], d. 1932.  They were in the 1880 census for Chatham, Barnstable Co., MA, page 32B, with no children listed.  He was b.c. 1852 in MA.

  12.  Clara ("Clary") Emma Graves, b. 22 Dec. 1860[12], m. Eugene Crowell, 18 Jan. 1883[13].

 

 

GENERATION 2

 

CHILDREN OF HENRY GRAVES (1) AND OLIVE KELLEY

Nehemiah Lewis Graves (3) was born 23 Nov. 1837 in MA, died 13 Nov. 1916, and was buried in Swan Lake Cem. lot 232, Dennis Port, MA.  He married Susannah Wheeler (or Whelden) on 17 Jan. 1883[14].  She was born 31 March 1842 in MA.  They belonged to the Episcopal Church.  They were in the 1880 census for Dennis, Barnstable Co., MA, page 239C.  Although R‑2 gave the date of birth for Thomas W. Graves as 23 April 1886, the 1880 census gave his age as 14 (born about 1866), and did not mention a son Roy.  Nehemiah was a grocer, and all family members were born in MA.  They were in the 1880 census for Dennis, Barnstable Co., MA, page 239C.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves

+13.  Thomas W. Graves, b. 23 April 1866, m. Susan E. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+14.  Nehemiah Lewis Graves, Jr., b. 22 Aug. 1879, m. Harriet Garlock Lehman, d. 1936‑37.

  15.  Roy (?) Graves

 

Mary Ann Graves (5) was born 20 Sept. 1842 in MA, d. 14 Dec. 1919, and was buried in Swan Lake Cem., lot 264, Dennis Port, MA.  She married Nathan Bangs Kelley on 3 Jan. 1864[15] in Dennis, MA.  He was born about 1838 in MA.  They were in the 1880 census for Dennis, Barnstable Co., MA, page 236B, with their surname spelled Kelly, and Nathan listed as fisherman.  Living next door were Nathan Kelly, 64, and his wife Mehitable B. Kelly, 59, probably his parents.

Children - Kelly

  16.  Edward B. Kelly, b.c. 1865 (MA).

 

Eliza Ann Graves (7) was born 25 Sept. 1846 in MA, died 28 Dec. 1912, and was buried in West Dennis Cem., lot 56.  She married Heman J. Lewis in 1872[16].  He was born about 1843 in MA.  They were in the 1880 census for Dennis, Barnstable Co., MA, page 226A.  Living next door were Heman Lewis, 68, sailor, and his wife Emma Lewis, 62, probably his parents.

Children - Lewis

  17.  Heman T. Lewis, b.c. 1875 (MA).

 

Susannah Graves (9) was born 17 Oct. 1851 in MA, died 25 June 1910, and was buried in Swan Lake Cem., lot 414, Dennis Port, MA.  She married Rufus M. Robbins on 26 Nov. 1872[17] in Chatham, MA.  He was born about 1851 in MA.  They were in the 1880 census for Chatham, Barnstable Co., MA, page 39C, where he was listed as fisherman, and her name was spelled Susanna.

Children - Robbins

  18.  Susie G. Robbins, b.c. 1877 (MA).

  19.  Flora B. Robbins, b.c. 1879 (MA).

 

Erastus Allen Graves (10) was born 15 April 1854 in Dennis Port, MA, and died 17 April 1927.  He married Rebecah A. Baker, daughter of Joseph Baker and Mary ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 26 June 1883 in Harwich, MA.  She was born 9 Feb. 1854 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, and died 7 Sept. 1895 in Dennis Port, MA.  They were both buried in Swan Pond (or Lake) Cem., Dennis Port, MA.  At least their first 2 children were born in Dennis Port, MA.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  20.  Josephine ("Josie") Baker Graves, b. 22 Oct. 1883, m. Isaiah Elmer (or Almond) Howes, 5 Jan. 1904 (Dennis Port, MA), d. 6 Dec. 1948 (Wareham, MA).  Isaiah was b. 6 Feb. 1883 in Dennis Port, MA, d. 8 Aug. 1957 in Wareham, MA, son of Isaiah Stillman Howes and Anna Humphrey Ellis.  Both Josie and Isaiah bur. in Swan Pond Cem.

  21.  Henry Ray Graves, b. 30 Jan. 1891, d. 2 Oct. 1891.

  22.  Chester Allen Graves, b. 2 July 1893.  He ran away to Fairfield, ME, and was last known to be in Caribou, ME.

 

 

GENERATION 3

 

CHILDREN OF NEHEMIAH L. GRAVES (3) AND SUSANNAH WHELDEN

Thomas W. Graves (13) was born 23 April 1866 in MA.  He married Susan E. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1831 in MA.  Her father was born in MA and her mother in Canada.  They were in the 1920 census for Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA, ED 135, page 3A.

Children - Graves

  23.  Kathryn S. Graves, b.c. 1899 (MA).

 

Nehemiah Lewis Graves, Jr. (14) was born 22 Aug. 1879 in Dennisport, MA, and died 1936‑37.  He married Harriet Garlock Lehman, daughter of Clayton Gilbert Lehman (b. 1 Oct. 1848 in NY) and Rebecca Agatha Spraker (b. 7 Aug. 1849 in NY).  She was born 22 April 1886[18].  They divorced 27 Sept. 1929.  The family (without Nehemiah) was in the 1930 census for Providence, Providence Co., RI, ED 55, page 2A.  The first child was born in MA and the others in RI.  (R‑2, R‑3)

Children - Graves

+24.  Donald Lewis Graves, b. 8 Sept. 1906, m. Ruth Elizabeth Davis, 21 March 1931.

  25.  Joseph W. Graves, b. 30 July 1909.

  26.  Lucius K. Graves, b. 15 Jan. 1918.

  27.  Lucille H. Graves, b. 15 Jan. 1918.

 

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[1] Date of birth calculated from age at death.

[2] His place of birth from information of some of his children in Dennis Vital Records.

[3] Dennis Vital Records, vol. 2, p. 584, as attested by Hoeves.

[4] Her date of birth calculated from age at death, and place of birth from the records of some of her children in Dennis Vital Records.

[5] Marriage from Dennis VR, vol. 2, p. 746.

[6] Dennis VR, vol. 3, p. 1261-62.

[7] Dennis VR, vol. 3, p. 1293.

[8] Dennis VR, vol. 3, p. 1321.

[9] Chatham VR, vol. 2, p. 247.

[10] Dennis VR, vol. 2, p. 841.

[11] Chatham VR, vol. 2, p. 252.

[12] Birth from Dennis VR, vol. 2, p. 882.

[13] Dennis VR, vol. 3, p. 1375.

[14] Marriage from Dennis VR, vol. 2, p. 746.

[15] Dennis VR, vol. 3, p. 1261-62.

[16] Dennis VR, vol. 3, p. 1293.

[17] Chatham VR, vol. 2, p. 247.

[18] The 1886 date is from R‑2, but R‑3 gave 28 Sept. 1880 in Albany, NY as her date and place of birth.