Rev. 29 Sept. 2015, Gen. 67

 

DESCENDANTS OF SUSAN CATHERINE DESNOOZES GRAVES OF CASWELL CO., NC

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

Susan Catherine Desnoozes Graves (1) was born in Aug. 1839 in NC according to the 1900 census, (or about Aug. 1835 according to her death certificate, and died 23 Jan. 1936 in Anderson, Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC[1].  Her son E. T. Graves was the informant on her death certificate and stated her parents were Thomas Craig and Mary Helen unknown, which conflicts with the following information.  Susan was a slave and was owned by Henry Graves.  She worked in the kitchen, did not marry but bore three children by her master.  She was first mother of the Graves Chapel Baptist Church when it was a log cabin.  It is believed that the deed of the log cabin church plot was handwritten on a yellow sheet of paper and given to Susan.  Susan was a descendant of the Blackfoot tribe.

The Henry Graves who owned Susan was Henry Major Graves, brother of Thomas Williams Graves, and son of James Graves and Mary Slade (see genealogy 270).  In the 1870 census for Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC, Susan Graves, 26, and son Willie, 2, both black, were living next to Major Graves, 53, white, living alone (he never married).  Also living next to them was Margaret Graves, 36, and her children, all mulatto (see Genealogy 79).

Susan has not yet been positively identified in the 1880 census.  She may be the Susan Graves, 35, single, living alone in Yanceyville.  She was in the 1900 census for Yanceyville with children Eddie and Mary, and granddaughter Fleter B. Graves, b. April 1889.  Susan was in the 1910 census for Yanceyville, living with her son Eddie.  In 1900, 3 of her 4 children were still living, and in 1910, 2 of her 4 children were living.

There is some confusion between some of the children of Susan and those of Margaret Graves of Genealogy 79.  It is possible that the William listed below is not her son, but much evidence, including his death certificate, suggests he is.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+2.   William Henry Graves, b.c. 1858, m(1) Jane ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(2) Addie Belle Phillips, 16 Nov. 1890, m(3) Mary (Piles) Irvin, 5 Jan. 1913, d. 13 Feb. 1937.

+3.   Robert Thomas Graves, b.c. 1858, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(2) Elnora Carter, 22 Jan 1904, d. 3 Jan. 1929.

+4.   Eddie Thomas Graves, b. 10 May 1861, m(1) Sallie Bell Jones, 28 Dec. 1904, m(2) Edith Henrietta Graves, 22 Feb. 1922, d. 14 Feb. 1943.

+5.   Mary Ellen Graves, b. Sept. 1877, m. Samuel Lee Graves, 30 Dec. 1903, d. 1903-1906.

 

 

GENERATION 2

 

CHILDREN OF SUSAN C. D. GRAVES (1)

William Henry Graves (2), also recorded as W. H. and Willie, was born about 1858 in NC, died 13 Feb. 1937 in Caswell Co., NC, and was buried in Graves Chapel Baptist Church Cem., Anderson, Caswell Co., NC[2].  Listed as Willie in 1870, he has not been positively identified on the 1880 census.  He first married Jane ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  He married second Addie Belle Phillips, daughter of James Phillips and Bettie ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 16 Nov. 1890 in Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC[3].  She was born in Sept. 1873 in NC, and died between 1907 and 1910; no mother was recorded with the family in 1910.  William and Addie were recorded on the 1900 census in Anderson, Caswell Co., NC.  In 1910, William and his children were recorded on the 1910 census in Yanceyville, NC.  William married third Mary Magdaline (Piles) Irvin on 5 Jan. 1913 in Yanceyville, NC.  She was born 15 March 1885 in Caswell Co., NC, died 15 March 1992 in Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC.  They were also recorded on the 1930 census in Yanceyville, NC; all his children were born in NC, probably Caswell Co.  In 1900, his birth date was recorded as Jan. 1868, in 1910, he was recorded as 40-years old, in 1920, as 50, and in 1930, as 60.  His death record shows his date of birth as 22 June 1874, so there is definitely conflicting information collected on him.

Children - Graves, by Jane ‑‑‑‑‑‑

+6.   Fleater Bell Graves, b. April 1889, m(1) Alexander A. Vaughn, 17 Feb. 1909, m(2) Fletcher Solomon Corbett, 1962, d. 1964.

Children - Graves, by Addie Phillips

    7.  Pernie (or Purnie) Graves, b. 22 June 1892, m. Chalmus G. King, 29 Jan. 1918 (Yanceyville, NC), d. 20 May 1947 (Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC).  Bur. Graves Chapel.

    8.  Mary Elizabeth Graves, b. 30 Aug. 1894, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Madkins, m(2) Edd Hill, d. 24 Feb. 1979 (Caswell Co., NC).  Bur. Graves Chapel.

    9.  Mallie Susan Graves, b. 14 Feb. 1896, m. Oscar Lee Graves (Genealogy 67), 29 Dec. 1915, m(2) Herman Allen, d. 10 May 1966.  See Genealogy 67 for their descendants.

    10.   Henry James Graves, b. 2 Nov. 1899 (Caswell Co., NC), m. Hattie Cornelis Hinton, d. 23 March 1964 (Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV).  Five children.

    11.   John Thomas Graves, b. 14 May 1902, d. 2 March 1973.  Bur. Graves Chapel.

    12.   Lewis Washington Graves, b. 20 May 1904, m. Mary Louise Poole, c. 1923, d. 9 Dec. 1970 (Yanceyville, NC).  Bur. Graves Chapel.

    13.   William Basley Graves, b. 23 Oct. 1906, m. Carrie Elizabeth Slade, c. 1928, d. 20 April 1987 (VA).  Two children.  Bur. Graves Chapel.

Children - Graves, by Mary Piles

    14.   Granderson Roosevelt Graves, b. 2 May 1917, m. Gussie Mae Harris, d. Feb. 1997 (Washington, DC).

 

Robert Thomas (“Tom or Tommie”) Graves (3) was born about 1858 in Caswell Co., NC, died 3 Jan. 1929 of Bright’s disease in Reidsville, Rockingham Co., NC, and was buried in Greenview Cem., Reidsville, NC[4].  He married Elnora Carter, daughter of Phillip Carter and Mariah Dalton, on 22 Jan. 1904 in Reidsville, Rockingham NC[5].  She was born about 1865 in NC, died 22 Jan. 1938 in Reidsville, NC, and was buried in City Cem., Reidsville, NC[6].  She was in the 1900 census for Reidsville, NC.  They were in the 1920 census for Reidsville, NC, with her sister, Minnie Carter, and her nephew, Dave Carter, living with them.  This is the only census where Tom Graves has been found.  Elnora was recorded as a widow on the 1930 census for Reidsville, NC, living with her daughter.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+15.   Mildred McColia (or Magnolia) Graves, b. 19 April 1901, m. Alvis Daniel, 26 May 1925, d. 28 June 1972.

 

Edward Thomas Graves (4), called Edd T. or Eddie, was born 10 May 1861 according to his death certificate (or 10 May 1871[7]) in Caswell Co., NC, died 14 Feb. 1943 in Anderson Township, Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC and was buried in Graves Chapel Baptist Church Cem., Anderson, NC[8].  He first married Sallie Bell Jones, daughter of Thomas Jones and Julia Belle Totten, on 28 Dec. 1904 in Caswell Co., NC[9].  His parents were listed as Henry Graves and Susan Graves on his marriage record.  Sallie was born 30 April 1882 in Caswell Co., NC, died 13 March 1916 in Yanceyville, NC, and was buried in Blackwell Missionary Baptist Church Cem., Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC[10].  He and Sallie were in the 1900 census for Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC, with children Thomas and Eddie, and his mother, living with them.  He was in the 1920 census for Yanceyville, listed as married, but his wife was not in the household.  Eddie was a farmer.  Edd married second Edith Henrietta Graves, daughter of William Marshall Graves and Maggie Elizabeth Graves of Genealogy 455 and Genealogy 22, respectively, on 22 Feb. 1922 in Caswell Co., NC.[11]  On this marriage record, the name of his father was not listed and his mother was recorded as Susan Graves.  Edith was born in July 1892, died 13 April 1924 of lobar pneumonia in Yanceyville, NC, and was also buried in Graves Chapel Baptist Church Cem[12].  Edward and his children by Edith were recorded on the 1940 census in Anderson, Caswell Co., NC.

Children - Graves, by Sally Jones

    16.   Thomas (“Tom or Tommie”) Theodus Graves, b. 2 March 1907, m. Mary (Graves) Sellars, 21 Dec. 1935 (Danville, VA), d. 31 March 1961 (Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC).  Mary was b. 16 June 1906, daughter of William Marshall Graves and Maggie Elizabeth Graves, d. 18 Feb. 1997 (Sanford, Lee Co., NC).  They divorced.  Both bur. Graves Chapel Baptist Church Cem.

    17.   Eddie Houston Graves, b. 9 June 1909, m. Linnie Adelaide Bigelow, d. 11 June 1969 (Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC).  She was b. 27 Feb. 1912, d. 28 July 1990.  Both bur. Graves Chapel Baptist Church Cem.

    18.   Addie Rebecca Gertrude Graves, b. 15 Dec. 1913 (Caswell Co., NC), m. Samuel Vinson Graves, 2 Dec. 1933 (Danville, VA), d. 9 Aug. 2000 (Alamance Co., NC).  He was b. 18 Nov. 1911 (Caswell Co., NC), son of William Marshall Graves and Maggie Elizabeth Graves, d. 17 Oct. 1976 (Caswell Co., NC).  Both bur. Graves Chapel Baptist Church Cem.

Children - Graves, by Edith Graves

    19.   Sadie Hazel Graves (twin), b. 26 Oct. 1920 (Caswell Co., NC), m(1) Eugene Sellars, 22 Dec. 1945 (Caswell Co., NC), m(2) Ulias Rogers, d. 8 March 1980 (Durham, Durham Co., NC).  Bur. Graves Chapel Baptist Church Cem.

    20.   Sallie Myrtle Graves (twin), b. 26 Oct. 1920, m. John Thomas Sellars, 16 Dec. 1944 (Caswell Co., NC), d. 17 June 2002.  Bur. Graves Chapel Baptist Church Cem.  Two children.

    21.   George Louis Graves (twin), b. 31 July 1922 (Caswell Co., NC), m. Cleonia Badgett, d. 14 Sept. 2010.  Bur. Graves Chapel Baptist Church Cem.

+22.   Betty Maggie Graves (twin), b. 31 July 1922, m. Thomas Bigelow, 21 Nov. 1942, d. 28 April 1995.

    23.   John Frank Graves, b. 28 Jan. 1924 (Caswell Co., NC), m. Martha Elisa Corbett, 4 May 1946 (Caswell Co., NC), d. 13 Aug. 1985 (Alamance Co., NC).  Bur. Graves Chapel Baptist Church Cem.

 

Mary (“Mamie”) Graves (5) was born about Sept. 1877 in NC, and died after 1906.  She married Samuel (“Sam) Lee Graves, son of Spencer Graves and Rachel Brooks of Genealogy 294, on 30 Dec. 1903[13].  See Genealogy 294 for his descendants.

Children - Graves

    24.   Rachel Graves, b.c. 1906.

 

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[1] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1976, certificate 225, as posted on ancestry.com.

[2] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 429, as posted on ancestry.com.  His father was unknown and his mother was Susan on his death certificate.

[3] North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011, as posted on ancestry.com.  Eddie T. Graves, his brother, was a witness to the wedding.

[4] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 493, as posted on ancestry.com.  According to www.findagrave.com, Greenville Cem. and City Cem. are one and the same.  His parents were recorded as Henry Graves, b. Caswell Co., NC and Carrie Faulkner, b. Caswell Co., NC.

[5] North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011, Rockingham, Marriage Register (1811-1948), as posted on ancestry.com.  Her parents were married 20 April 1867 in Rockingham Co., NC.

[6] “North Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994,” index, as posted on familysearch.org.  According to www.findagrave.com, Greenville Cem. and City Cem. are one and the same.

[7] According to the biography submitted by his daughter, Sallie Graves Sellars.

[8] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 115, as posted on ancestry.com.  His father is listed as Henry Graves, mother unknown.

[9] North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011, Caswell, Marriage Licenses (1808-1995), as posted on ancestry.com.

[10] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1976, certificate 340, as posted on ancestry.com.

[11] North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011, certificate 146, as posted on ancestry.com.

[12] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1976, certificate 317, as posted on ancestry.com.

[13] North Carolina, Marriage Records, Caswell, Marriage Licenses (1808-1995), certificate 408, as posted on ancestry.com.  Her parents were listed and unknown and Susan Graves.