Rev. 10 Aug. 2009, Gen. 215







John Graves (1) married ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  He probably had more than the one child listed below.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+2.   John William Graves, b. 14 Feb. 1814, m. Sarah Elizabeth Roberts, 23 Dec. 1841, d. April 1850.






John William Graves (2) was born 14 Feb. 1814 in VA, and died in April 1850 at age 36 of pneumonia, "ill 8 days".  This death information is from the 1850 census records.

He married Sarah Elizabeth Roberts, daughter of Dr. John H. Roberts and Mary Hopkins, on 23 Dec. 1841.  She was listed as age 27, born about 1823, in the 1850 census for Rockingham Co., VA.  She was born 11 Aug. 1824 in VA, died 10 May  1888 in Oxford, OH, buried in Indian Creek Cem. near Oxford, Ohio.  Their marriage bond, dated 20 Dec. 1841, was filed at the Rockingham Co. Courthouse in Harrisonburg, VA.  The bond was signed by John Graves and John H. Roberts. It seems reasonable to assume that John Graves was the father of John W. Graves.  After John died, Sarah remarried twice, first to Goodwin and then to Burns.  (R‑1, R‑3)

Children - Graves

    3.  Margaret Ellen Graves, b. 22 May 1843.

    4.  Emily Pamelia Graves, b. 26 Dec. 1844 (near Downs Station, which is now Front Royal).  Lived at Oxford, OH.

+5.   George Hopkins Graves, b. 28 Jan. 1847, m. Margaret C. Stillman, d. 30 Nov. 1914.

    6.  James William Graves, b. 24 Oct. 1850.






George Hopkins Graves (5) was born 28 Jan. 1847 in Rockingham Co., VA, near Downs Station, and died 30 Nov. 1914 in Heyworth, IL.  He was shown in the 1850 census for Rockingham Co.  He moved to McLean Co., Illinois via Oxford, Ohio and Richmond, Indiana.  He was first an evangelist and then a farmer.  He married Margaret C. Stillman.  His daughter Anna recalled that George visited relatives in Buffalo, NY. and Cleveland, Ohio, from his home near Heyworth, IL.  All their children were born in IL.

A family story is  that George was Ňbound outÓ, working for another farming family to pay family debts that had come after his fatherŐs death.  This was during the Civil War in Rockingham Co., which is in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  The farmerŐs wife didnŐt like him but the farmer did.  George tried to escape by enlisting in both armies but he was rejected – too young and too small.  As the war was concluding, the farmer came to him one night and said that he couldnŐt do anything more to help in the struggle he was having with his wife.  So, having packed him some food, the farmer told him he ought to go north with passing Union armies returning north.  He did, driving a mule team to Ohio.  He became an evangelist, traveled the midwest, stopped in Illinois, met and married his wife, a school teacher, and became a Dentral Illinois farmer who was among the first to get involved in hybriding corn.  According to a Virginia newspaper article, as a 50 year old man, he returned to Virginia to visit the farmer and family he had lived with.  (R‑1, R‑3)

Children - Graves

+7.   Anna Janette Graves, b. Dec. 1879, m. James Fulton, c. 1894, d. 1937.

    8.  Samuel (ŇSamÓ)Graves, b. March 1882, d. 1964.

+9.   David Sylvester Graves, b. 9 May 1883, m. Effie Vanvaley, 10 March 1910, d. 4 July 1973.

+10.   Sarah Elvira Graves, b. 3 Aug. 1885, m. Charles Augustus Banner, 24 Feb. 1905, d. 7 Nov. 1968.






Anna Janette (ŇNettieÓ) Graves (7) was born in Dec. 1879 in IL.  She married James Fulton about 1894.  He was born about 1868 in IL.  They were in the 1920 census for Downs, McLean Co., IL, and in the 1930 census for Heyworth, Randolph Twp., McLean Co., IL.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in IL.  (R‑1)

Children - Fulton

    11.   Iris A. Fulton, b.c. 1906.

+12.   Louise Alta (or Altha) Fulton, b.c. 1909, m. George E. Veatch.

    13.   Elsie Fulton, b.c. 1922.


David Sylvester Graves (9) was born 9 May 1883 in Heyworth, IL, and died 4 July 1973 in IN.  He married Effie Vanvaley on 10 March 1910.  She was born 7 April 1889 and died 24 April 1988.  David moved from Heyworth to Bloomington, IN, and worked for the Alton Railroad in their shops as a steam/pipefitter.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

    14.   Mildred A. Graves, b. 1914, d. 1998.

    15.   Wayne Graves Family Association

+16.   David Ervin Graves, b. 9 Feb. 1921, m. Betty Jane Rudder Nenne, 23 June 1944.


Sarah Elvira Graves (10) was born 3 Aug. 1885 in Randolph Twp., McLean Co., IL, and died 7 Nov. 1968.  She married Charles Augustus Banner, son of Joshua Davis Banner and Mary Ellen Beeler, on 24 Feb. 1905 in Randolph Twp., McLean Co., IL.  He was born 7 Dec. 1877 in Carthage, Jasper Co., MO, and died 8 March 1966.  They were in the 1930 census for Condit, Champaign Co., IL.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in IL.  (R‑2)

Children - Banner

    17.   infant

    18.   Lyndon Banner, b.c. 1908.

    19.   Morris Banner, b.c. 1910.

    20.   Edna Banner, b.c. 1912, m. Wilbur (or Wilburn) Camden.

    21.   Clifford A. Banner, b. 12 Jan. 1914, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Vansickle.

    22.   Lois Banner, b.c. 1917, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Moore.

    23.   Ruth Banner, b.c. 1919, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Fisher.

    24.   Dorothy Banner, b.c. 1921, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Lynch.

    25.   Keith Banner, b.c. 1923, d. 18 Oct. 1988.

    26.   Genevieve Banner, b.c. 1926.

    27.   Gerald Banner, b.c. 1928.


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