Rev. 3 April 2012, Gen. 124

 

DESCENDANTS OF ORRIN NOBLE GRAVES AND HONOR HARD OF ADDISON CO., VT & ST. LAWRENCE CO., NY

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

Orrin Noble Graves (1) was born 20 April 1800 in Ferrisburg, Addison Co., Vermont.  He married Honor Hard, daughter of Stephen Hard and Belany (or Delana) Coy.  Stephen was born 17 Nov. 1752 in Newton, CT, died 1 April 1850 in Ferrisburg, VT, and was buried in Collins Cem., Ferrisburg.  Honor was born 2 May 1795 in Salisbury, Addison Co., VT, died Jan. 1879 in Dane Co., WI, and was buried there in Rutland Cem.  Orrin may have died by 1865, since his son Edwin, Edwin's wife, and Honor went to Wisconsin before 1865.

A granddaughter of Orrin wrote to Mrs. Waterhouse that Orrin was married twice and had 21 children, but she only knew of Cyrus, Orrin, and Edwin.

He was in the 1820 census for Starksboro, Addison Co., VT, listed as Noble Graves, age 16-26, with wife of same age, and no children, living next to Stephen Hard, his father-in-law.  This was reported by Mrs. Waterhouse (R‑1) as the father of Orrin Noble Graves, but it was clearly him and not his father.  Starksboro is about 10 miles east of Ferrisburg.  He was in the 1830 census for Ferrisburg, Addison Co., VT, with his household consisting of 3 males under 5, 1 male 5-9, 1 male 20-29, and 1 female 30-39.

Orrin N. Graves was in the 1845 census for Lawrence, N.Y. with 2 children between 5 and 16, plus a male able to vote and a female not under 45.  One family member born in N.Y., three in New England.  Orrin N. Graves must have died between 1845 and 1850 (unless he left home), since in the 1850 census for Lawrence,, Saint Lawrence Co., NY, only Hannah (could it really be Honorah?), Edwin, 17, and an older brother Henry, 20, unmarried, were in the family.

Records for Addison Co., VT include the following Graves names: a 1788 listing for Joseph; the 1790 census shows Asa, Chancey, David, Jesse, Joseph, and Joshua; a list of petitioners in 1792 shows Barney, Chancey, David, Jesse, Joseph Jr., Joshua, and Simeon; the 1800 census shows Increase (in Bridport), Barnabas, David, Jesse, and Julius in Salisbury, and David and Joseph in Weybridge; the 1810 census shows Jesse, Joshua and Julius in Salisbury, David in Whiting, Eliad and Samuel in Vergennes, and Increase in Bridport; the 1820 census shows Increase (in Bridport), Joshua (in Leicester), Julius (in Salisbury), Luther (in Bristol), Noble (in Starksboro), Roswell (in Ferrisburg), and William (in Vergennes).  The 1830 census for Ferrisburg, Addison Co., VT, lists Roswell, Orrin N., and Lind (this spelling is probably wrong); since they all lived in the same town, perhaps they were closely related.

DNA testing showed that Orrin Noble Graves shares a common ancestor with the family of John Graves of Concord, MA (genealogy 166).  Since all the Graves families in Addison Co., VT in 1800-1820 seem to be descended from genealogy 166, it is almost certain that this family is descended from gen. 166 also.  A chart of most of the men mentioned in these census records can be seen by clicking here.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+2. George E. Graves, b. 1821, m. Rosana (or Roxanna) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 13 Oct. 1889.

+3. Cyrus Benjamin Graves, b.c. 1824, m. Clementina G. Bowen, 16 Aug. 1844, d. 24 July 1863.

  4. Orrin Noble Graves, b.c. 1824-1827 (Castleton, VT), m. Betsy R. Beecher, 9 Sept. 1844.  They were in the 1850 census for Naausay, Kendall Co., IL, with her brother and his family living with them.  He was a farmer.  He was in the 1860 census for Tuolumne Co., CA, listed as Orin N. Graves, living in a boarding house, and working as a miner.  Not found in 1870.

+5. Henry J. Graves, b. 24 Aug. 1830, m. Emeline Marsh, c. 1853, d. 25 March 1915/16.

+6. Edwin Philander Graves, b. 27 Jan. 1833, m(1) Mary Lucy Washburn, 19 July 1851, m(2) Laurna (Austin) Monroe, 9 Aug. 1915, d. 28 Oct. 1925.

 

 

GENERATION 2

 

CHILDREN OF ORRIN N. GRAVES (2) AND HONOR HARD

George E. Graves (2) was born about 1821 or 1822 in VT, and died 13 Oct. 1889.  He first married Rosana (or Roxanna) ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1819 in VT, and died in 1863.  He was listed in the 1850 and 1860 censuses of Stockholm, St. Lawrence Co., NY, and was a constable in Norfolk, St. Lawrence Co., NY in 1878.  His mother, Honor, was living with them in 1860.  George and Roxanna were in the 1870 and 1880 censuses for Norfolk, St. Lawrence Co., NY  He was a farmer.  All his children were born in NY.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  7. Hersey Graves, b.c. 1844.

  8. Admeresa (or Elmira) Graves, b.c. 1847.

+9. George E. Graves, b. March 1848, m. Laura ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1877.

  10.  Orrin (or Lewellyn or Delbert) Graves, b.c. 1850.  Different names for this son were listed in the 1850-1870 censuses.

  11.  Truman Graves, b.c. 1852, d. 1913.

  12.  Noble Frederick Graves, b.c. 1855.

  13.  Laura (or Florence R.) Graves, b.c. Oct. 1859.

 

Cyrus Benjamin Graves (3) was born about 1824[1] in VT, died 24 July 1863 in Columbus, Hickman Co., KY, and was buried in the National Cem., Section C, Grave 3253, Mound City, Pulaski Co., IL.  He served in the Civil War in Co. B, 14th Iowa Infantry.  He enlisted 12 Oct. 1862, and was mustered out 26 Nov. 1862. He lived in Anamosa, Jones Co., IA, and was a laborer.  He married Clementina (or Clementine[2]) G. Bowen on 26 Aug. 1844 in Lawrence, St. Lawrence Co., NY.  She was born in 1828 in VT, died 21 March 1895 in Opolis, Crawford Co., KS, and was buried 22 March 1895 in Crocker Cem., Opolis, KS.  Their first child was born in IL, and all the others in IA.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  14.  Stephen H. Graves, b. 8 May 1846.

+15.  Sarah Jane Graves, b. 23 Aug. 1848, m. Abraham Butler, 4 Feb. 1866, d. 29 Sept. 1929.

  16.  Nathan O. Graves, b. 31 Jan. 1851, d. or bur. 14 Oct. 1852.

  17.  Honor H. Graves, b. 7 May 1853.

  18.  Henry G. Graves, b. 12 April 1855.

  19.  Helen M. Graves, b. 12 March 1858, d. 13 Jan. 1922.

  20.  Cyrus Benjamin Graves, b. 24 Jan. 1861.

 

Henry J. Graves (5) was born 24 Aug. 1830[3] in VT, and died 25 March 1915/16.  He married Emeline (or Emaline) Marsh about 1853.  She was born in Jan. 1833 in NY (according to the 1900 census).  They were in the 1860 census for Lawrence, St. Lawrence Co., NY.  They were in the 1870, 1880, 1900, and 1910 censuses for Stockholm, St. Lawrence Co., NY.  In both 1900 and 1910, 6 of their 6 children were still living.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in NY.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+21.  Auburn H. Graves, b. May 1855, m. Ella ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1883.

  22.  Addie (or Edda) Graves, b.c. 1863.

  23.  Hattie Graves, b.c. 1866.

  24.  Minnie Graves, b.c. 1873.

  25.  Lillian Graves, b.c. 1875.

+26.  Ada Graves, b. Feb. 1877, m. Frank L. Chaffer, c. 1895.

 

Edwin Philander Graves (6) was born 27 Jan. 1833 in Lawrence, St. Lawrence Co., NY, died 28 Oct. 1925 in Rutland, Dane Co., WI, and was buried in Rutland.  He first married Mary Lucy Washburn, daughter of Jessie Horton Washburn and Betsy Perry, on 19 July 1851 in Nicholsville, NY.  She was born 10 Nov. 1834 in Wilmington, Essex Co., NY, died 4 Aug. 1911 in Brooklyn, Green Co., WI, and was buried in Rutland, WI.  Mary had dark eyes, and E. P. had very blue eyes.

He secondly married Mrs. Laurna (Austin) Monroe on 9 Aug. 1915.  She died 13 Jan. 1920.  His son Reuben was born in Lawrence, NY, and all the others were born in Dane Co., WI.

According to Mrs. Paul Waterhouse, "by the time the young people (E. P. and Mary) were married, the Erie Canal had been finished a number of years, and that made it convenient to travel west by waterways for many miles before taking to the land and ox teams.  Wisconsin had ended the Indian problem in 1832 with the Black Hawk War. Wisconsin became a state in 1848.  There must have been many stories in the East about the rich soil, beautiful forests and plentiful game in the new state.  The Washburn and Peabody families came to Wisconsin and worried so much about leaving their young daughter with a very frail young husband that they decided to have them come to Wisconsin also.  They wrote glowing accounts back and were successful in persuading the young couple to come.

It must have been quite a trip for Mary Lucy.  She had a toddler, Reuben, to keep track of on the canal boat and then the lake boat.  In addition, she was pregnant and sick to her stomach.  On the trip they picked up a mattress someone had thrown away, several people contracted small pox, and some died.  They did arrive in Wisconsin, and then in a very cold month in a new home they had a baby boy, Frank E. Graves."  The records show that he and the next five "were born in Oregon, Dane Co., Wisc.  There was a town named Storytown in that area which was also considered Fred Graves' birthplace, so maybe Oregon was only where the records were kept.  Then in 1879 a baby boy named Guy Bird Graves was born and Rutland was listed as his birthplace.  During these years, the Washburns and Peabodys, who had coaxed E. P. and Mary Lucy to come, had gone on to Oregon."

"Rutland was a town between Evansville and Madison at that time.  All that is left is the church and cemetery.  E. P. Graves chose a homesite there that had fuel and water on it.  He must have moved there between 1876 and 1879.

A story of this family would not be complete without some mention of religion.  Greatgrandfather E. P. Graves was a minister of the Gospel of Christ, the first four years for the United Brethern and the rest of the years for the Advent Christian church, 60 years all told.  My parents remembered him as a First Day Adventist.  He was known as a circuit rider.  They did not have enough people in every town to support a minister nor did they have a minister for each denomination, so he went from town to town.  He preached at places including Fairchild, Baraboo and La Valle, Wisconsin, and many more.  He said that he carried a Bible and revolver at all times.  He said he had the revolver to shoot wolves.  He preached funeral sermons and performed wedding ceremonies around Albany, Wisc.  He never had a special church and never received a salary, only donations.

We know that they lived in Rutland, Wisc., on a farm until around 1900, so he surely preached in that church also.  From my memory of the generation of our grandfather, Fred Graves, they were a lively family who had lots of fun growing up.  My dad told a story about Reuben and Frank.  The older had a team of oxen that he drove to church on Sunday; the younger had a team of horses and was very proud of them.  The joy of the older brother was to anger his younger brother by speeding up the oxen and passing the horses."

A newspaper article, apparently in 1925, follows:

"REV. E. P. GRAVES OBSERVES NINETY-SECOND BIRTHDAY

Rev. E. P. Graves reached his 92nd milestone Tuesday, Jan. 27, and was given a pleasant surprise by his children who came with well-filled baskets and took dinner with him at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Florence Anthony of Rutland.

The children present were Reuben Graves and wife of Chambers, Neb.; Frank Graves and wife, Janesville, Wis.; Mrs. Myrtle Roberts, Brooklyn, Wis.; Fred Graves and wife, Beloit, Wis.; Ernest Graves and wife, Madison, Wis. One daughter, Mrs. James Murray of Baraboo, was unable to be present.  The grandchildren present were Mr. and Mrs. Fossom and Elmer Graves, Beloit; Mr. and Mrs. Francis, Janesville; Irwin Graves and wife, Lewis Graves and wife, Albany; Byron Amidon and wife, George Rasmussen and wife, Brooklyn; Homer Ellis and wife, Oregon; Mrs. Christensen, Madison; and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Graves' descendants include 7 children, 26 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren."

The following newspaper obituary appeared when he died.

"Edwin P. Graves was born in Lawrence, New York, January 27, 1833.  He died in Rutland, Wisconsin, October 28, 1925, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Florence Anthony, being 92 years, 9 months, and one day old.  He was married to Mary S. Washburn at Nicholville, New York, July 19, 1851, who died August 4, 1911.  He came to Wisconsin in the spring of fifty-seven where he has since resided.  To this union was born eight children, five sons and three daughters, all living except the youngest son who died in childhood.  They are Reuben of Chambers, Nebraska, Frank of Selby, South Dakota, Fred of Beloit, Wisconsin, Ernest of Madison, Wisconsin, Mrs. Florence Anthony of Rutland, Wisconsin, Mrs. Myrtle Roberts of Brooklyn, Wisconsin, Mrs. Ava Murray of Baraboo, Wisconsin.  There are also twenty-eight grandchildren, forty-five great-grandchildren, and six great-great- grandchildren.

In 1916 he was married to Mrs. Savira Austin who died in 1920.  He has been a minister of the gospel of Christ for over sixty years.  The first four years of his ministry he preached for the United Brethren, the rest of his ministry has been for the Advent Christian church.

The funeral was held at the home of Mrs. Anthony near Oregon, conducted by Rev. E. O. Coontz of Baraboo, and he was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby to await the resurrection.  The children were all present excepting Frank of South Dakota.

Elder Graves has preached many times in Fairfield, Baraboo, LaValle and other places in this county, and many friends sympathize with the family in their bereavement."

They were in the 1870 census for Oregon Twp., Dane Co., WI, with his mother living with them.  They were in the 1880 census for Rutland, Dane Co., WI, with the 5 youngest children.  He was a farmer.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  27.  Reuben J. Graves, b. 16 Nov. 1854, m. Estella Allen, 28 March 1877, d. 29 April 1940 (Chambers, NE).

  28.  Frank E. Graves, b. 4 Jan. 1857, m. Cora Alice Barton, 10 Sept. 1879, d. 4 Dec. 1934 (Albany Co., WI).  Bur. in Albany, Green Co., WI.

  29.  Florence Graves, b. 9 April 1860, m. David Anthony, 17 June 1877, d. 9 May 1939.

+30.  Fred Elmer Graves, b. 8 June 1865, m. Mathilda Ann Thompson, 2 Jan. 1886, d. 26 March 1936.

  31.  Myrtle A. Graves, b. 6 Feb. 1868, m. Hugh Roberts, 27 Nov. 1884, d. 16 Nov. 1950.

  32.  Ernest Orville Graves, b. 28 Oct. 1871, m. Ida Smith, 26 May 1891, d. 15 June 1944.

  33.  Ava Adelaide Graves, b. 2 Jan. 1875, m. James Anderson Murray, 27 June 1895 (Albany, WI), d. 5 Feb. 1953 (Long Beach Co., CA).

  34.  Guy Bird Graves, b. 19 July 1879, d. 8 Dec. 1883.

 

 

GENERATION 3

 

CHILDREN OF GEORGE E. GRAVES (2) AND ROSANA ------

George E. Graves (9) was born in March 1848 in NY.  He married Laura ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1877.  She was born in April 1860 in NY.  They were in the 1880 census for Stockholm, St. Lawrence Co., NY.  They were in the 1900 census for Madrid, St. Lawrence Co., NY, when 6 of their 8 children were living, and his sister Florence was living with them.  He was a farmer.

Children - Graves

  35.  Maud C. Graves, b.c. 1878.

  36.  child

  37.  Lois A. Graves, b. Oct. 1885.

  38.  Ruth L. Graves, b. Oct. 1892.

  39.  Mildred M. Graves, b. Jan. 1897.

  40.  Morgan Graves, b. April 1899.

 

CHILDREN OF CYRUS B. GRAVES (3) AND CLEMENTINE G. BOWEN

Sarah Jane Graves (15) was born 23 Aug. 1848 (or 1847[4]), died 29 Sept. 1929 in Independence, Jackson Co., MO, and was buried 3 Oct. 1929 in Crocker Cem., Opolis, KS.  She married Abraham Butler, son of Samuel Butler and Mary Dow, on 4 Feb. 1866.  He was born 15 April 1843 in Huntington Co., PA, and died 17 July 1889.  Abraham served with Company K, Sixth Iowa Cavalry.  He enlisted 13 Oct. 1862, was mustered in 10 Nov. 1862, and was mustered out 17 Oct. 1865 in Sioux City, IA.  He was living in Prairieburg, Linn Co., IA in 1862.  Their first 2 children were born in Tipton, Cedar Co., IA, and the third one in Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA.  (R‑2)

Children - Butler

  41.  Charles E. Butler, b. 4 March 1867, d. 28 April 1868.

  42.  John William Butler, b. 20 April 1868, m. Martha Ann Gorley, 16 Feb. 1890, d. 27 July 1919 (Independence, MO).

+43.  Josephine Estella Butler, b. 5 April 1871, m. John Melvin Thomas, 11 March 1891, d. 3 July 1950.

  44.  Albert L. Butler, b. 4 March 1874, d. 1 Nov. 1874.

  45.  Carrie E. Butler, b. 27 June 1875, m. David Workman, 25 Dec. 1890, d. Oct. 1917.

  46.  Cora B. Butler, b. 24 Dec. 1878, m. Abraham Baker, 6 June 1894, d. 22 April 1895.

  47.  Sarah E. Butler, b. 4 July 1879, d. 17 June 1884.

  48.  Flora Mae Butler, b. 20 Nov. 1882 (Sidney IA), m. William F. Butler, 4 April 1900, d. 17 Dec. 1959 (Independence, MO).

  49.  Harry Gilbert Butler, b. 20 Sept. 1885, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, 1 Feb. 1907, d. 17 July 1968 (Independence, MO).

  50.  Henry Wilber Butler, b. 19 Nov. 1887 (Russell, KS), m. Effie Pannkuk, 26 March 1927, d. 13 June 1958.

 

CHILDREN OF HENRY J. GRAVES (5) AND EMELINE MARSH

Auburn H. Graves (21) was born in May 1855 in NY.  He married Ella ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1883.  She was born in Oct. 1856 in NH.  They were in the 1900 and 1910 censuses for Stockholm, St. Lawrence Co., NY.  He was a farmer.

Children - Graves

  51.  Ron Graves, b. Feb. 1888 (NY).

 

Ada Graves (26) was born in Feb. 1877 in NY.  She married Frank L. Chaffer about 1895.  He was born about 1852-1855 in NY.  She was in the 1900 census in Stockholm, St. Lawrence Co., NY, living with her parents.  Ada and Frank were in the 1910 census for Sultan River Precinct, Snohomish Co., WA, when he was a farmer.  They were in the 1920 census for Valleyford Twp., Spokane Co., WA, when he was a logger in a lumber camp.  It is not clear which children were born in NY and which in WA, since census reporting disagreed on that.

Children - Chaffer

  52.  Henry J. Chaffer, b. March 1896.

  53.  Frank (“Frankie”) Chaffer, b. March 1898.

  54.  Ivan N. Chaffer, b.c. 1902.

  55.  Carl W. Chaffer, b.c. 1903.

  56.  Leonora B. Chaffer, b.c. 1905.

  57.  Ada G. Chaffer, b.c. 1908.

  58.  Oren R. Chaffer, b.c. 1911.

 

CHILDREN OF EDWIN P. GRAVES (6) AND MARY LUCY WASHBURN

Fred Elmer Graves (30) was born 8 June 1865 in Storyville (sometimes listed as Belleville), Dane Co., Wisc., died 26 March 1936 in Beloit, Rock Co., Wisc., and was buried in Beloit.  He married Mathilda Ann Thompson on 2 Jan. 1886 in Dane Co., Wisc.  She was born 27 Sept. 1866 in Black Earth, Dane Co., Wisc., and died June 1944 in Beloit.  She was a daughter of Lewis Thompson (or Lars Torgerson or Lars Torgersen Aaberge) and Mattie Hillistead (or Mette or Mettha Andresdatter Hillestad), both from Norway.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+59.  Lewis Edwin Graves, b. 13 Nov. 1886, m. Helena Ruf Wetzler, 10 Sept. 1912, d. 25 Dec. 1968.

  60.  Harry G. Graves, b. 24 Jan. 1889 (Rutland, WI), m. Ann Donnelly, 7 Oct. 1913 (Beloit, WI), d. 16 July 1964 (Beloit, WI).

  61.  Merle Ethel Graves, b. 12 Feb. 1893 (Rutland, WI), m. John Ellsworth, d. 5 July 1970 (Harvey, IL).  Lived in Harvard, IL.

  62.  Fred Richard Graves, b. 21 Oct. 1895, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, (Center, WI), d. by 1982.

  63.  Blanche (or Mary) Graves, b. 7 July 1900 (Fulton, WI), d. by 1982.

  64.  George H. Graves, b. 4 March 1903 (Fulton, WI), m. Julia Tiry, 24 Aug. 1924 (Rockton, IL), d. by 1982.

  65.  Elmer Grant Graves, b. in Beloit, WI.

  66.  Eleanor Leona Graves, b. 26 Oct. 1913 (Beloit, WI), d. by 1982.

 

 

GENERATION 4

 

CHILDREN OF SARAH J. GRAVES (15) AND ABRAHAM BUTLER

Josephine Estella Butler (43) was born 5 April 1871 in Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA, and died 3 July 1950 in Independence, Jackson Co., MO.  She married John Melvin Thomas, son of John Henry Thomas and Emma Permelia Ross, on 11 March 1891 in Cherokee Co., KS.  He was born 29 Aug. 1866 in Gallatin, MT, and died 10 Jan. 1959 in Independence, MO.  They were both buried in Mound Grove Cem., Independence, MO.  All their children were born in Cherokee Co., KS (in the southeast corner of the state), except for Pearl Mae who was born in Opolis, Crawford Co., KS, just over the line from Cherokee Co.  (R‑2)

Children - Thomas

+67.  Maud Edna Thomas, b. 4 July 1892, m. Clarence Albert Mason, 22 May 1909, d. 3 Dec. 1971.

+68.  Vaughn Henry Thomas, b. 3 Feb. 1894, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Ray, m(2) Ruth Travis, 11 Aug. 1912, d. 2 Dec. 1968.

  69.  Jesse Leonard Thomas, b. 7 March 1896, d. 14 Jan. 1905 (Girard, Crawford Co., KS).

+70.  Pearl Mae Thomas, b. 17 Sept. 1897, m. Charles Albert Cutshall, 1 June 1916, d. 4 Oct. 1968.

+71.  James Floyd Thomas, b. 25 July 1899, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Nelson, m(2) Oleva Duel Cook, 21 Oct. 1920, d. 10 May 1986.

+72.  Susan Elizabeth Thomas, b. 9 April 1901, m. James Cutshall, 1917, d. 17 Aug. 1938.

+73.  Verna Fay Thomas, b. 11 March 1903, m. Paul William Crum, 22 Sept. 1923, d. Sept. 1949.

+74.  John William Thomas, b. 10 June 1906, m. Laura Teeter, d. 16 Jan. 1998.

  75.  Harry Albert Thomas, b. 3 Aug. 1908, d. 8 March 1910 (Cherokee Co., KS).

  76.  Lena Bell Thomas, b. 28 Sept. 1910, d. 31 Oct. 1910 (Crawford Co., KS).

  77.  Lula Alta Thomas, b. 4 Oct. 1912, m(1) G. Pryor, m(2) J. Young, 30 June 1944, d. 23 March 1977.

  78.  Raymond Walter Thomas, b. 1 Feb. 1914, d. 11 June 1934 (Nevada, MO).

 

CHILDREN OF FRED E. GRAVES (30) AND MATHILDA ANN THOMPSON

Lewis Edwin Graves (59) was born 13 Nov. 1886 in Edgerton, Rock Co., Wisc., and died 25 Dec. 1968 in Albany, Green Co., Wisc. (actually in Monroe Hospital, Rock Co.).  He married Helena Ruf Wetzler, daughter of Joseph S. Wetzler and Kresenz Ruf, on 10 Sept. 1912 in Freeport, Ill.  She was born 31 Oct. 1889 in Beloit, Rock Co., Wisc., and died 28 Aug. 1978 in Evansville, Rock Co., Wisc., while living in Evansville Convalescent Home. They were both buried in Oakwood Cem., Beloit.  He was a machinist and a farmer.

The following obituary for Lewis appeared in the Albany Herald on Jan. 9, 1969.  "Lewis E. Graves, 82, died at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 25, at St. Clare Hospital, where he was admitted at 7:05 that morning. Although he had been ailing for three years, the end came unexpectedly.

He was born Nov. 13, 1886 near Edgerton, the son of Fred and Matilda Thompson Graves.  He married Helena Wetzler in Freeport on Sept. 10, 1912, and they lived at Beloit until 1918, when they moved to the Albany area, and farmed until retiring, and moving to Albany.  Mr. Graves was custodian at the Albany schools for a time.  He was a member of the Modern Woodmen.

The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Saturday the 28, in the Sharer Funeral Home, with Rev. C. A. Fox of the Baptist Church officiating.  Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Beloit.

Besides the widow, other survivors are: two sons, Joe, Brawley, Calif.; Harvey, Albany; a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Crescence) Waterhouse, Pasadena, Calif.; ten grand- children; two brothers, George of Beloit; Elmer of Long Beach; two sisters, Mrs. George Ellsworth, Harvard, Ill.; and Mrs. John Felton, North Hollywood; and an aunt, Mrs. Ava Murray, 94, San Diego.

Mrs. Graves' grandfather, Elder E. P. Graves, was a minister who preached in the English Settlement Church, north of Albany, many years ago."

The following obituary for Helena appeared in The Agenda on Thurs., Aug. 31, 1978.  "Mrs. Helena Graves, formerly of Albany, died unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 28, at Continental Manor Nursing Home, Evansville, after an extended illness.  She was 88.

Born in Beloit, Oct. 31, 1889, she was the daughter of Joseph and Kresenz Ruf Wetzler.  She graduated from Beloit High School and taught country schools.

On Sept. 10, 1912, she was married to Lewis E. Graves, in Freeport, Ill.  Mr. Graves passed away Dec. 25, 1968.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Evansville.

Surviving are a son, Harvey, Albany, a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Crescence) Waterhouse, Pasadena, California, and 10 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son Joseph in January of 1978, two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Gohlke's Sharer Funeral Home, Albany, Rev. Allen B. Roberts, First Baptist Church officiating.  Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Beloit.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+79.  Joseph Edwin Graves, b. 8 April 1918, m. Leona Kinney, 29 Sept. 1947, d. 27 Jan. 1978.

+80.  Harvey Lewis Graves, b. 19 Oct. 1921, m. Lorraine Francis, 28 Jan. 1944, d. 2 Jan. 2006.

+81.  Crescence Mary Graves

 

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[1] According to R-2 and R-3, he was born 1814.

[2] Her name is given as Clementina by R-1 and as Clementine by R-2.

[3] The year of birth is given as 1930 by R‑1, but the 1900 census gives 1931.

[4] R-1 gave her birthdate as 1848 and R-2 gave it as 1847.