Rev. 1 July 2015, Gen. 127

 

DESCENDANTS OF GEORGE GRAVES AND ESTHER TATE OF CASWELL CO., NC

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

George Graves (1) was born about 1849 in NC, and died after 1900.  He married Esther[1] Tate (or Tait) on 6 May 1876 in Stony Creek Twp., Caswell Co., NC[2].  On their marriage record, his parents were listed as Nelson Anderson and Celia Anderson.  Celia, recorded as ‘Selie”, lived with George and Esther in 1880.  Esther’s parents were shown as Jerry Walker and Adline [sic] Tait.  Esther was born about 1853 in NC, and died after 20 May 1914[3].  This family was recorded on the 1880 census in Anderson, Caswell Co., NC; their children were born in NC.  In 1880, George was age 32 and Estor was 27.  Daughter Jane was not included in the 1880 census, son ‘Jeri’ was recorded as age 3, Susan Anderson, age 2, was listed under Selie’s name with no relationship provided, and Jinnie Tate, age 10, recorded as a daughter, was last in the census entry.  This family was also recorded on the 1900 census in Anderson, Caswell Co., NC.  There were no ages or dates for this entire family.  Also recorded with them were Susan and three of her children.  Esther was recorded as Caroline.  On the 1870 census in Stony Creek, Caswell Co., NC, a Caroline Tate, age 20, black servant, lived in the household of Samuel and Julietta Tate.  Also recorded with Caroline were Mary, age 2, and Martha, age 1.  Since the first four children listed below were born before George and Esther’s marriage date, their parentage is not clear.  Perhaps Jinnie Tate is Jane Graves, but there is no evidence to prove this.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

    2.  William Graves, b.c. 1867.

+3.   Mary Graves, b.c. 1868, d. 1 Aug. 1941.

+4.   Martha Jane Graves, b.c. 1869, m. Monroe Bigelow, 26 July 1885, d. 15 Dec. 1924.

    5.  Albert Graves, b.c. 1869.

+6.   James Graves, b.c. 1876, m. Laura Bell Anderson, 25 Dec. 1890, aft. 1920.

+7.   Jerry A. Graves, b. 20 May 1874 (or 1877), m. Mollie Chatham, 28 Sept. 1901, d. 19 March 1947.

+8.   Margaret Mariah Graves, b. 1 Jan. 1879, m. Weldon W. Stadler, 2 Feb. 1925, d. 7 Dec. 1958.

+9.   Susan E. Graves, b.c. 1878, d. 21 May 1945.

    10.   Steven Graves, b.c. 1889.

+11.   Jesse Graves, b. March 1897, m(1) Dora Blackwell, 20 May 1914, m(2) 6 Aug. 1922, d. 20 May 1936.

 

 

GENERATION 2

 

CHILDREN OF GEORGE GRAVES (1) AND ESTHER TATE

Mary Graves (or Tate) (3) was born about 1867 in NC, died 1 Aug. 1941 in Anderson, Caswell Co., NC, and was buried in Sweet Gum Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cem., Baynes, Caswell Co., NC[4].  She may have married Julius (“Jule”) Byrd.  He was born about 1868 in Caswell Co., NC, died 24 Jan. 1936, and was buried in Martin Family Cem., Fitch, Caswell Co., NC[5].  Julius was recorded as a 2-year old on the 1870 census in Anderson, Caswell Co., NC in the household of Mary Bird.  In 1880, he was recorded as a 12-year old servant to the John Covington family in Anderson, NC.  Mary was recorded as Mary Tate on the 1900 census in Anderson, NC as a single woman with eight children.  No ages were recorded for Mary or her children.  She was also recorded as Mary Tate on the 1910 census in Anderson, NC.  In 1910, she stated that she was single and that twelve of her fourteen children were living.  They were still in Anderson, NC in 1920.  She was recorded on the 1930 census in Pleasant Grove, Alamance Co., NC with son William and his family.

Children - Tate/Boyd

    12.   Charlie Preston Tate, b. 28 May 1881, m. Sophia Louise Brown, 26 Dec. 1909 (Caswell Co., NC), d. 14 March 1954 (Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC).  Both bur. Sweet Gum Grove Cem.  Parents were listed as Jule Byrd and Mary Tate on his death certificate.

    13.   Mary Caroline Tate, b. 15 Feb. 1888, m. Ned Lee Bigelow, 27 Aug. 1911 (#25), d. 15 May 1955 (Yanceyville, NC).  See #25 for descendants.  Bur. Sweet Gum Grove Cem.  Parents were listed as Julius Byrd and Mary Tate on her death certificate.

    14.   Bruce Hester Tate, b. 13 March 1890, m. Fannie Lou Boswell, 23 Oct. 1915 (Caswell Co., NC), d. 20 Feb. 1941 (Caswell Co., NC).  Both bur. Sweet Gum Grove Cem.  Parents were listed as Jule Byrd and Mary Tate on his death certificate.

    15.   William L. Tate, b. 14 Feb. 1894, m. Daisy Heath, 7 Nov. 1920 (Alamance Co., NC), d. 29 Nov. 1962 (Burlington, Alamance Co., NC).  Bur. Sweet Gum Grove Cem.  Parents were listed as Jule Byrd and Mary Tate on his marriage record and death certificate.

    16.   John Ernest Tate, b. 21 Feb. 1897, m. Annie Frances Graves, 26 Nov. 1925 (#45), (Caswell Co., NC), d. 12 Nov. 1962 (Burlington, NC).  She was b. 4 (or 19) March 1897, daughter of Marier (Mariah) Graves (#8), d. 23 Nov. 1935 (Alamance Co., NC).  Both bur. Sweet Gum Grove Cem.  Only parent listed on his death certificate was Mary Tate.

    17.   Fannie Jane Tate, b.15 Oct. 1901, m. McKinley Corbett, d. 23 May 1970 (High Point, Guilford Co., NC).  Both bur. Greenhill Cem. (High Point, NC).  She may be the daughter who was recorded as Jonie.  Only mother Mary Tate was recorded on her death certificate.

    18.   Mank Lee Tate, b. 10 Aug. 1899, m. Mary (“Maggie”) Lee Shaw, c. 1928, d. 9 Feb. 1973 (Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT).  She was b. 18 Nov. 1909 (NC), daughter of John Rudy Shaw and Ollie Haith, d. 6 March 1969 (Burlington, NC).  She was bur. Union Chapel United Church of Christ Cem. (Burlington, NC).

    19.   Jack Chester Tate, b. 18 Nov. 1902, m. Claudia B. Bigelow, 3 Nov. 1923 (Danville, VA), d. 19 Sept. 1979 (Burlington, NC).  She was b. 2 Jun. 1908, d. 23 Jan. 1995.  Both bur. Sweet Gum Grove Cem.

    20.   Rose Anna Byrd, b. 12 Feb. 1903, d. 12 June 1916 (Anderson, NC).  Bur. Union Chapel United Church of Christ Cem. (Burlington, NC).  Parents were recorded as Jule Byrd and Mary Tate on her death certificate.

    21.   Betty Tate, b. 26 Dec. 1906, m. Samuel Hoke, 28 June 1930 (High Point, Guilford Co., NC), d. 2 Dec. 1990 (High Point, NC).  On her marriage record her parents were listed as Julius Tate [sic] and Mary Tate, both living.  She appears to be the same person as Lue on the 1910 census and Lula on the 1920 and 1930 censuses.  She was also recorded as Bettie Byrd with her father Julius in 1910 and 1920.  Samuel was b. 27 Aug. 1900 (Gaston Co., NC), son of Roy Hoke and Nancy Jane Hanks.

    22.   Hawkins [daughter] Tate, b.c. 1908.

    23.   Ada Tate, b.c. 1910.

 

Martha[6] Jane Graves (4) was born about 1867 in Caswell Co., NC, and died 15 Dec. 1924 in Faucette, Alamance Co., NC[7].  She married Monroe (“Mun”) Bigelow, son of Ned Adkins and Mandy Bigelow, on 26 July 1885 in Caswell Co., NC.  He was born about 1840 in NC, and died before 1920.  This family was recorded on the 1900 and 1910 censuses in Anderson, Caswell Co., NC.  Jane was recorded as a 50-year old widow on the 1930 census in Anderson, NC.  Living with her were her grandchildren John H., Monroe R., and Lewis A. Bigelow, and her daughter, Rachel.

Children - Bigelow

    24.   James Sydney Bigelow, b. 10 March 1886, m. Janie Elizabeth Graves (#30), 30 Nov. 1910 (Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC), d. 31 Jan. 1957 (Chapel Hill, Orange Co., NC).  Both bur. Graves Chapel.  One daughter.

+25.   Ned Lee Bigelow, b. 15 Oct. 1890, m(1) Mary Caroline Tate (#13), 27 Aug. 1911, m(2) Mildred Louise Hariston, 27 July 1956, d. 3 Nov. 1965.

    26.   Effie Bigelow, b.c. 1896.

+27.   Rachel B. Bigelow, b. 13 Jan. 1906, m(1) Thomas Squire Graves (#49), 11 Nov. 1922, m(2) Warner Evans, 24 May 1940, d. 5 Feb. 1971.  See #49 for descendants from her first marriage.

 

James (“Jim”) Graves (6) was born about 1876[8] (or March 1874 according to the 1900 census) in NC, and died after 1920.  He married Laura Bell Anderson[9], daughter of Stephen Anderson and Eliza Anderson, on 25 Dec. 1890 in Anderson, Caswell Co., NC[10].  She was born in April 1872 in NC, died 3 Jan. 1950 in Caswell Co., NC[11], and was buried in Graves Chapel Baptist Church Cem. Anderson, Caswell Co., NC.  They were in the 1900 and 1910 censuses for Locust Hill Twp., NC.  They reported 4 of their 5 children living in 1900, and all 6 of their children living in 1910; their children were born in NC.  However, niece Minnie Anderson, 11, and nephew George Anderson, 2, were living with them in 1900, and it is probable that son George Graves, 13 in 1910, was actually this same nephew, again shown as cousin George Anderson in 1920.  Laura was in the 1920 census for Locust Hill Twp., Caswell Co., NC, living with her son Alfred.  He was recorded on the 1920 census living with Jordan Graves and his daughter Lelia in Reidsville, Rockingham Co., NC.  Jordan was the son of Bob Graves and Elmira Graves; he married Alice Branick on 19 April 1884 in Caswell Co., NC.  His ancestry is not presently known.  James and Laura were divorced in July 1923 in Danville, VA on the charges of desertion.  She was also recorded on the 1930 (age 64) and 1940 (age 64) censuses living with her daughter and son-in-law Mamie and Glennie Brown in Caswell Co., NC.

Children - Graves

    28.   James Thomas Graves, b. 15 June 1889 (or 10 June 1890), m(1) Ada Watlington, 28 Dec. 1910 (Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC)[12], m(2) Abbie Marion Gunn, 16 Sept. 1933 (Danville, VA[13]), d. 6 Oct. 1959 (Reidsville, Rockingham Co., NC).  Bur. Graves Chapel Church Cem.

+29.   Martha Ann Graves, b. Sept. 1892 (or 6 March 1893), m. William Stadler, 8 April 1922, d. 29 July 1965.

    30.   Liz Jane (“Janie”) Graves, b. April 1894, m. James Sydney Bigelow (#24), 30 Nov. 1910 (Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC), d. 13 June 1976 (Reidsville, Rockingham Co., NC)[14].  See #24 for descendants

+31.   Alfred Graves, b. April 1898, m. Beulah ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. aft. 1920.

+32.   Mary Graves, b. 3 Jan. 1903, m. Glen Brown, 29 Dec. 1921, d. 24 Dec. 1960.

 

Jerry A. Graves (7) was born 20 May 1874 (or 1877) in Caswell Co., NC, and died 19 March 1947 in Stony Creek, Caswell Co., NC[15].  He married Mollie Chatham, daughter of Gilbert Shaw and Ella Chatham, on 28 Sept. 1901 in Anderson, Caswell Co., NC.  She was born 10 April 1881 in Caswell Co., NC, and died 15 Nov. 1952 in Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC[16].  This family was recorded on the 1910 and 1920 censuses in Anderson, Caswell Co., NC and the 1930 census in Stony Creek, NC their children were born in NC.  They were buried in Sweet Gum Grove Cem., Caswell Co., NC.

Children - Graves

+33.   Mary Graves, b.c. 1903, m. Lucian Richmond, 8 Dec. 1917, d. 6 Jan. 1936.

    34.   Bessie (“Bett”) Graves, b.c. 1904, d. 25 April 1914 (Union Ridge, Anderson, Caswell Co., NC).  Bur. Sweet Gum Grove Cem.

    35.   John Graves, b. 15 Aug. 1904, d. 14 Sept. 1971 (Caswell Co., NC).  Bur. Sweet Gum Grove Cem.

    36.   Lillie Ella Graves, b. 2 July 1907, d. 24 Oct. 1990 (Caswell Co., NC).

    37.   Annie Lee Graves, b. 14 Nov. 1909, m. Will Enoch, d. 26 July 1994 (Burlington, Alamance Co., NC).  Both bur. Sweet Gum Grove Cem.

    38.   Banks Hassel Graves, b. 6 July 1912, m. Carrie Stokes, 28 Nov. 1935, d. 19 Dec. 1988 (Reidsville, Rockingham Co., NC).  Both bur. Sweet Gum Grove Cem.

    39.   Walter Raleigh Graves, b. 14 Aug. 1914, m. Alberta Boswell, 30 Aug. 1936, d. 7 Oct. 1983 (Burlington, NC).

    40.   George Hughes Graves, b. 25 Dec. 1918, m. Ressie Watlington, 1 Dec. 1935, (Danville, VA), d. 12 Feb. 2000 (VA).  She was b. 30 June 1910, d. 21 April 2005.  Both bur. New Ephesus Baptist Church Cem. (Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC).

    41.   Charlie M. Graves, b. 4 April 1919, d. 23 Feb. 1984 (Burlington, NC).

    42.   Elmore Graves, b. 7 July 1921, d. 28 June 1986 (Burlington, NC).  Bur. Graham Memorial Park (Graham, Alamance Co., NC).

    43.   Coye Graves, b. 9 Jan. 1924, d. 10 July 1984 (Caswell Co., NC).  Bur. Sweet Gum Grove Cem.

    44.   David Graves, b. 2 Dec. 1926, m. Parthenia Watlington, d. 5 Dec. 1999 (Gibsonville, Guilford Co., NC).  She was b. 25 June 1924, d. 13 Feb. 2010.  Both bur. Blackwell Missionary Baptist Church Cem. (Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC).

 

Margaret[17] Mariah (“Ryah”) Graves (8), was born 1 Jan. 1879 (or Nov. 1879)[18] in NC, and died 7 Dec. 1958 in Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC[19].  “Maria” was recorded on the 1900 census in Anderson, Caswell Co., NC as a single woman with daughters Annie and Hattie living with her.  No months or years of birth were recorded for any members of this family.  On other public records found for her, she was 6/12, born in Nov. 1879 according to the 1880 census; in 1910, misrecorded as Hattie, she was 28; in 1920, her age was 37.  In 1920, children George, Peter, and Hattie were recorded with her, still in Anderson, NC.

She married Weldon W. Stadler, son of David Stadler and Elizabeth Minerva Mitchell, on 2 Feb. 1925 in Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC[20].  No father was listed on her marriage record, but her mother was listed as Easter Graves.  Weldon was born 28 June 1874 in Caswell Co., NC, and died 3 Sept. 1944 in Yanceyville, NC.  They were recorded on the 1930 census in Anderson, NC; recorded with them were daughter Dela, born about 1919 and son Albert[21], born about 1921.  Mariah’s age was shown as 60, and that she had been married twice.  They were buried in Page’s Arbor Baptist Church Cem., Anderson, Caswell Co., NC.

Children - Graves

    45.   Annie Frances Graves, b. 4 (or 19) Nov. 1897, m. John Ernest Tate (#16), 26 Nov. 1925, d. 23 Nov. 1935 (Alamance Co., NC).  Mother’s name was recorded as Marier [sic] Graves on her death certificate.

+46.   Hattie Lee Graves, b. 3 March 1897, m.William Thomas Sellars, 25 Jan. 1920, d. 17 Sept. 1950.

    47.   Jim Preston Graves, b. 29 Feb. 1901, m(1) Minnie Sellars, m(2) Minnie B. Walker, 12 Oct. 1942, d. 29 Nov. 1973 (Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co., NC).  Bur. Page’s Arbor Cem.

+48.   George William Graves, b. 15 Dec. 1903, m. Lillian Wright, d. 7 Jan. 1951.

+49.   Thomas Squire Graves, b.c. 1906, m. Rachel B. Bigelow (#27), 25 Nov. 1922, d. 27 Sept. 1939.

+50.   John Rufus Graves, b. 22 Aug. 1907, m. Mary Elizabeth Wright, d. 7 Oct. 1983.  Both bur. Page’s Arbor.

    51.   Charlie Graves, b.c. 1909.  Is he the same person as Peter from the 1920 census?

 

Susan E. (“Susie”) Graves (9) was born about 1878 in NC, died 21 May 1945 in Faucette, Alamance Co., NC, and was buried in Stony Creek Cem., Caswell Co., NC[22].  She and her first three children were recorded on the 1900 census in Anderson, Caswell Co., NC living with her parents.  No months or years of birth were recorded for anyone in this household.  She and her children were also recorded on the 1910 census in Anderson, NC and the 1920 and the 1930 censuses in Faucette, NC; her children were born in NC.

Children - Graves

+52.   Sarah Frances Graves, b. 20 Jan. 1898, m. Johnie William Kimber, 25 March 1917, d. 1 Sept. 1978.

    53.   Jerry Graves, b.c. 1899, d. 30 June 1923 (Faucette, NC).  Bur. Sweet Gum Grove Cem.

    54.   Jennie Graves, b.c. 1900.

    55.   Joseph Graves, b.c. 1906.

    56.   Josie Graves, b.c. 1908, d. aft. 1930.

    57.   John H. Graves, b.c. 1909.

    58.   Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Graves, b.c. 1916, d. aft. 1930.

    59.   Jesse William Graves, b. 15 Dec. 1918, d. aft. 1930.

 

Jesse (or Jessie) Graves (11) was born in March 1897 in Caswell Co., NC[23], died 20 May 1936 in Stony Creek, Caswell Co., NC, and was buried in Sweet Gum Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cem., Baynes, Caswell Co., NC.  He first married Dora B. Blackwell, daughter of Mira Poteat, on 20 May 1914 in Caswell Co., NC[24].  She was born about 1884, and died after 10 Feb. 1920.  Both their children were recorded as born in Catawba Co., NC, however, the correct place of birth was Anderson, Caswell Co., NC.  He married second Julie Edna Boswell, daughter of Andrew Boswell and Martha Ann ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 6 Aug. 1922 in Danville, VA[25].  She was born about 1898 in Caswell Co., NC.  They were recorded on the 1930 census in Stony Creek, NC.

Children - Graves, by Dora Blackwell

    60.   Lona Graves, b. 13 April 1918.

    61.   Dasey Graves, b. 10 Feb. 1920.

 

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[1] Her name was also spelled Easter and Estor on various records.

[2] North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011, certificate 1516, Caswell, Marriages Licenses (1808-1995), as posted on Ancestry.com.

[3] She was recorded as living on son Jesse’s marriage license.

[4] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 388, as posted on Ancestry.com.  She was recorded as Mary Tate, and her parents were listed as George Graves and Esther Walker, both of Caswell Co., NC.

[5] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 108, as posted on Ancestry.com

[6] Her name was recorded as Martha Jane Graves on her son’s marriage license.

[7] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 225, as posted on Ancestry.com.

[8] He first appeared on the 1880 census as a four-year old.

[9] Her son James’ death certificate gave her name as Laura Anderson.

[10] North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011, Caswell Co., Marriage Licenses (1808-1995), as posted on Ancestry.com.  Their marriage record gave their ages as 21 and 22.

[11] North Carolina, Death Collection, 1908-2004, as posted on Ancestry.com.  Her date of birth was estimated as 1860.

[12] “North Carolina, Marriages, 1759-1979”, as posted on familysearch.org.

[13] “Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940”, as posted on familysearch.org.

[14] “North Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994”, as posted on familysearch.org.

[15] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 6848, as posted on Ancestry.com.

[16] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 26188, as posted on Ancestry.com.

[17] Her name was recorded as Margaret Mariah Stadler on her death certificate.

[18] On the 1880 census she was recorded as age 6/12, born Nov.

[19] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 32348, as posted on Ancestry.com.  Her father’s name was recorded as George; her mother’s name was unknown.

[20] North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011, as posted on Ancestry.com.

[21] Albert Stadler was born 15 July 1919 son of Sophronia Stadler (probably Sophronia “Franny” Walker.

[22] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 10759, as posted on Ancestry.com.  Her father’s name was recorded as George; her mother’s name was unknown.

[23] Birth date and place of birth were recorded on the World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, filed in Caswell Co., NC, as posted on Ancestry.com.

[24] North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011, certificate 555, Caswell, Marriage Licenses (1808-1995), as posted on Ancestry.com.

[25] Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940, as posted on Ancestry.com.