Rev. 8 June 2015, Gen. 58
DESCENDANTS OF PINKNEY GRAVES AND SUSAN ------ OF CASWELL CO., NC
Pinkney (“Pink”) Graves (1) may have been born about 1805. He is believed to have been the father of at least the 2 children listed below, based on the 1900 census for Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC, that listed Cleveland Graves as a nephew of Jerry B. Graves. He married Susan ‑‑‑‑‑‑.
On the marriage license for son Frederick Graves and Mary Stokes, Frederick listed his parents as Pink and Susan. No last name was given, but it is assumed to be Graves. Pink was probably Pinkney (or Pinckney).
There is also a submitted genealogy on Ancestry.com called Pickard Family Tree that gives the name Lilburn Graves instead of Pink, and lists him as born 1820 in Yanceyville. There is a Lilburn Graves, born about 1820 in NC, working in a tobacco factory, with wife Susan, born about 1831 in VA, and 2 daughters (Maria L., 15, and Elizabeth, 13), in the 1880 census for Danville, Pittsylvania Co., VA. This Lilburn could be the same as Pink Graves. Danville is very close to Yanceyville, NC. However, the difference in dates of birth make this seem very unlikely.
The 1870 census for Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC, shows Tilmon Graves, born about 1820 in NC, with wife Susan, born about 1826 in NC, and children Jerry, 16, Parthena, 12, Louisa (or Sauisa), 6, and Lillabell, 3. Also living with them was Frederick Graves (#3) and his wife Mollie. It seems very likely that Lilburn and Tilmon were the same person, and that the youngest two children in the 1870 census were the same as the two in the 1880 census; that is, Louisa was Maria L. and Lillabell (Lizabeth) was Elizabeth. It is also speculated that Tilmon/Lilburn was an uncle of Jeremiah and Frederick, rather than their father; this would make him a brother of Pinkney.
It is possible that Nathan Graves, born about 1844-1849, who married Adaline, was another son. (That is genealogy 66.) Nathan and Adaline were living next to Grover Cleveland Graves in 1910.
A Y-DNA match has been found between a direct-line male descendant of Grover Cleveland Graves and the Brown family of Caswell Co., NC. This is the family of John Brown, and his son Jethro Brown, in the 1810 and 1820 census with as many as 80 slaves. Jethro had a son, Bedford, named after Jethro’s brother, who was a North Carolina senator.
Children - Graves
+2. Jeremiah B. Graves, b. Oct. 1830, m. Louisa Rooks, c. 1860, prob. d. by 1910.
+3. Frederick H. Graves, b.c. 1844, m. Mary B. Stokes, 18 April 1869.
CHILDREN OF UNKNOWN GRAVES (1)
Jeremiah (“Jerry”) B. Graves (2) was born in Oct. 1830 in Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC, and probably died by 1910. He married Louisa Rooks (or Rucks or Ruckes) about 1860. She was born in Jan. 1841 in VA, and died after 1910. They were in the 1870 census for Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC, when Jerry was listed as mulatto and Louisa and the children as black. They were in the 1880 census for Yanceyville, NC, when they were all listed as mulatto. They were in the 1900 census for Yanceyville, with 4 of their 10 children still living, but none living in their household. Living with them was niece Hattie B. Graves, b. Dec. 1880, and nephew Cleveland Graves, b. June 1884. Louisa was in the 1910 census for Yanceyville, Caswell Co., VA, widowed, working as a laundress, with son Peter and his wife and daughter, and a 10-year-old adopted son, and 4 of her 10 children still living. Jerry was a farmer. Their first child was born in VA (according to the 1870 census), and all the others in NC.
Children - Graves
+4. Peter Gwynn Graves, b.c. 1862 (or 16 July 1866), m. Harriet Watkins, 14 Nov. 1908, d. 31 Dec. 1935.
+5. Felix Lindsay Graves, b. 25 Oct. 1867, m. Mary Woods, 16 April 1896, d. 22 June 1951.
+6. George W. Graves, b. 10 Oct. 1870, m. Eliza J. Lindsey, 23 Nov. 1898, d. 20 Sept. 1948.
7. Josiah D. Graves, b.c. 1871.
8. Rufus Graves, b.c. 1874.
Frederick H. Graves (3) was born about 1844 (between 1841 and 1847) in Caswell Co., NC. He married Mary B. (“Mollie”) Stokes on 18 April 1869 in Halifax Co., VA. She was born about 1850 (between 1849 and 1851) in NC. They were in the 1870 census for Yanceyville Twp., Caswell Co., NC, living with the family of Tilmon Graves. They were in the 1880 census for Yanceyville. In both censuses, they were living next to the family of Clem and Elvira Williamson, and Fred was a farm laborer.
It seems possible that Frederick was related to Tilmon, since they were in the same household in 1870, and Tilmon named a son Jerry (same as Fred’s brother). However, the fact that Tilmon and his family were listed as black and Frederick as mulatto seems to make that less likely.
Children - Graves
9. John Graves, b.c. 1871.
10. Frederick Graves, Jr., b.c. 1873.
+11. Susan Graves, b. 11 Oct. 1875, m. William Williamson, 18 Feb. 1899, d. 29 April 1937.
12. Ony Bell Graves, b.c. 1878.
13. Thadeus Robertson Graves, b. 22 July 1880, never married. His World War I draft registration card shows that he was living in Pacer, Halifax Co., VA, in 1918.
+14. Grover Cleveland Graves, b. 14 June 1884, Delila Hensley, 6 March 1910.
15. James A. Graves, b.c. 1889.
CHILDREN OF JEREMIAH B. GRAVES (2) AND LOUISA ROOKS
Peter Gwynn Graves (4) was born about 1862 (or 16 July 1866 according to his death certificate) in VA, died 31 Dec. 1935 in Caswell Co., NC, and was buried in Pearson Chapel AME Church Cem., Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC. He married Harriet (“Hattie”) Watkins, daughter of John Will Watkins, on 11 Nov. 1908 in Caswell Co., NC. She was born 23 Feb. 1889 in Caswell Co., NC, died 3 July 1939, and was buried in Yanceyville, NC. They were in the 1910 census for Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC, living with his widowed mother. They were in the 1930 census for Yanceyville. He was a farmer in 1910 and a janitor at the courthouse in 1930. All their children were born in Caswell Co., NC.
Children - Graves
16. Mary Louise Graves, b. 16 Aug. 1909, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Gales, d. 28 Aug. 1993 (Randolph Co., NC).
17. Jerry Lindsay Graves, b. 27 Dec. 1910, d. Dec. 1983. Dates are from the SSDI; last residence was Baltimore, MD.
18. Peter Stephen Graves, b. 5 May 1912, m. Lola Belle Love, 1 Jan. 1933 (Danville, VA), d. 4 Oct. 1969. She was b. 16 Oct. 1909, d. 6 Sept. 2002. Both bur. High Rock Baptist Church Cem. (Caswell Co., NC).
19. Julia Ann Graves, b. 10 July 1913, m. Thomas Samuel Graves, c. 1932, d. 10 June 1998 (NC). Five children. He was son of Thomas Lindsey Graves and Evaline Lowndes of genealogy 469. See that genealogy for more information.
20. George Thomas Graves, b. 4 Oct. 1914, d. July 1983 (Caswell Co., NC).
21. Richard Allen Graves, b. 7 Jan. 1916, d. 28 May 1916 (Yanceyville, NC).
+22. James Henry Graves, b. 16 July 1919, m. Willie Mae Totten, 21 June 1941, d. 18 Feb. 2007.
23. Rufus Mitchell Graves, b. 4 April 1921, m. Idell Johnson, 16 April 1941 (Caswell Co., NC), d. Dec. 1986.
24. Mattie Lea Graves, b. 27 Sept. 1922, m. Travis Williamson, 6 March 1941 (Caswell Co., NC), d. 29 Jan. 1999.
25. Mamie Ethel Graves, b. 17 April 1924, m. Louis Malloy Price, 28 Sept. 1941 (Caswell Co., NC), d. Dec. 1987.
+26. William Douglas Graves, b. 4 July 1927, m. Dorothy Carol Jackson, d. 21 Oct. 1976.
Felix Lindsay Graves, called Lindsay, (5) was born 25 Oct. 1867 in NC, and died 22 June 1951 in Knox Co., TN. He married Mary Woods on 16 April 1896. She was born 3 July 1869, and died 19 Nov. 1959. They were buried in Southern Chain Cem., Knox Co., TN. This family was recorded on the 1900, 1910, and 1930 censuses in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN; their children were born in TN. On the 1900 census, Harrison Graves was recorded with this family as an 11-year old brother-in-law. In 1910, he was recorded as a son, born about ten years before Felix and Mary’s marriage.
Children - Graves, by unknown
27. Benjamin Harrison Graves, b. 4 Oct. 1888 (TN), d. 3 Sept. 1959. Bur. Southern Chain Cem.
Children - Graves, by Mary Woods
28. Louise A. Graves, b. Dec. 1897.
29. James W. Graves, b. May 1899.
30. Jeremiah R. Graves, b.c. 1900, m. Carrie ‑‑‑‑‑‑.
31. Mary B. Graves, b.c. 1902.
32. Ethel E. Graves, b.c. 1905.
33. Felix Lindsay Graves Jr., b. 27 April 1909, m. Nellie ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 3 March 1956 (Mountain Home, Washington Co., TN).
34. Frances Graves, b.c. 1911.
George W. Graves (6) was born 10 Oct. 1870 in Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC, and died 10 Sept. 1948 in Old Town, Forsyth Co., NC. He married Eliza J. Lindsey, daughter of Reuben Lindsey and Adeline Carson, on 23 Nov. 1898 in Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co., NC. She was born 18 June 1884 in Iredell Co., NC, and died 3 Sept. 1940 in Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co., NC. They were buried in Evergreen Cem., Winston-Salem, NC. This family was recorded on the 1910 -1930 censuses in Winston-Salem, NC; their children were born in NC.
Children - Graves
35. Paul DeWitt Graves, b.c. 1900, m. Magdaline Lowery, 27 Jan. 1928 (Forsyth Co., NC). They divorced before 1930.
36. Felix J. Graves, b.c. 1901.
37. Louise A. Graves, b. 9 June 1905, d. 3 July 1930 (Winston-Salem, NC). Bur. Evergreen Cem.
CHILDREN OF FREDERICK H. GRAVES (3) AND MARY STOKES
Susan Graves (11) was born 11 Oct. 1875 and died 29 April 1937, both in Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC, and was buried in Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC. She married William Williamson on 18 Feb. 1899 in Caswell Co., NC. He was born in March 1857 in NC. They were in the 1900 and 1910 censuses for Yanceyville Twp., Caswell Co., NC. They were living next to Cleveland Graves and Nathan Graves in 1910. Both censuses reported that 2 of 2 children were still living. It is believed that the first two children listed below were Susan’s by another father, and their name was changed from Graves after she married.
Children - Williamson (changed from Graves)
38. Will Williamson, b.c. 1889.
39. Linwood Williamson, b. July 1895.
Children - Williamson
40. George Williamson, b.c. 1907.
Grover Cleveland Graves (14) was born 14 June 1884 in Caswell Co., NC. He married Delila (or Delilah) Hensley on 6 March 1910 in Halifax Co., VA. She was probably a daughter of Lea and Glendora Hensley (in the 1880 census for Yanceyville), and a sister of John H. Hensley (living next to Nathan Graves of genealogy 66 in the 1920 census for Yanceyville). She was born about 1885 in Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC. They were in the 1910 census for Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC, with his brother James living with them. Living next door was the family of Nathan and Adaline Graves. Cleveland and Delila were in the 1920 census for Halifax, Banister District, Halifax Co., VA. They were in the 1930 census for Birch Creek District, Halifax Co., VA. He was listed as a farm laborer in 1910 and 1920, and as a farmer in 1930. Their first child was born in NC, and the others in VA. (R‑1)
Children - Graves
41. Nannie (or Minnie) M. Graves, b.c. 1911.
+42. Alonzo Cleveland Graves, b. 5 Aug. 1915, m. Leola Earline Easley, 18 July 1945, d. 11 Aug. 1991.
43. Joseph H. (or C.) Graves, b.c. 1917.
+44. John Preston Graves, b. 28 July 1919, m. Annie D. Farmer, d. 15 July 1996.
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Full name of Jeremiah is from his son’s Felix Lindsay’s death certificate, Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1958, certificate 51-1383, as posted on Ancestry.com
 Virginia, Select Marriages, 1786-1940, as posted on Ancestry.com. His parents were listed as Pinck Graves and Susan ‑‑‑‑‑‑. He was 23 years old.
 North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 10, as posted on Ancestry.com.
 North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011, as recorded on Ancestry.com.
 North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 247, as posted on Ancestry.com.
 Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1958, certificate 51-1383, as posted on Ancestry.com.
 North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011, certificate 131, as recorded on Ancestry.com.
North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 269, as posted on Ancestry.com.
 North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011, as posted on Ancestry.com. The entry for this marriage was crossed through.