Rev. 26 Oct. 2010, Gen. 252

 

DESCENDANTS OF SAMPSON GRAVES OF BLADEN CO., NC

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

Sampson Graves (1) was born about 1774 in NC, probably in Bladen Co., and may have died by 1830, since he has not been found in that census.  He married ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  He was in the 1800, 1810, and 1820 censuses for Bladen Co., NC.  It appears that the oldest son and at least one of the older daughters of Sampson may not have lived, since only two children were listed in the 1810 and 1820 censuses.

Children - Graves

  2. son, b.c. 1790-1800.  Not in 1810 census.

  3. daughter, b.c. 1790-1800.

  4. daughter, b.c. 1790-1800.

  5. Nathaniel Graves, b. 3 Dec. 1803, m. Lucy Cheshire, d. 1870-1880.

  6. daughter, b. 1800-1810.  This may be one of the daughters listed in the 1800 census.

 

 

GENERATION2

 

CHILDREN OF SAMPSON GRAVES (1)

Nathaniel Graves (or Greaves) (5) was born 3 (or 29[1]) Dec. 1803, possibly in Cumberland Co. (but more likely in Bladen Co.), NC, and died after 1870 and probably before 1880 (since he has not been found in the 1880 census).  He married Lucy Cheshire, possibly a daughter of Richard Cheshire and Prudence ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1805 in Bladen Co., NC, and died in 1841.  They lived in Bladen Co.  Documentation is from tombstones, CSA Army records, old Bible records, and census records.

In the 1800 NC census, there was Benjamin Graves in Brunswick Co., Hardy Graves in Robeson Co., and Sampson Graves in Bladen Co.  In the 1810 NC census, there was Hardy Graves in Robeson Co. and Sampson Graves in Bladen Co.  In the 1820 NC census, there was Sampson Graves in Bladen Co., and Benjamin and Joseph Graves in Brunswick Co.  In the 1830 NC census, Nathaniel Graves was listed in Bladen Co.  It seems likely that Sampson Graves was Nathaniel's father, based on Nathaniel's naming his third son Sampson.

The 1850 census for Robeson Co., NC (enumerated on Aug. 13), lists Nathan, his wife, and all his children.  The 1850 census for Bladen Co., NC (enumerated Aug. 26), also lists oldest son Mordecai.  The 1860 census for Bladen Co., NC lists the family with their ages and occupations as follows: S. B. (Sampson) Graves, 27, turpentine; J. F. (John F.) Graves, 30, turpentine; Nathaniel Graves, 57, cooper; Lucy Graves, 53, domestic; Nathan Graves, 24, turpentine; Lydia Graves, 21, domestic; M. A. Graves, 17, domestic; S. L. Graves, 11, Catherine Graves (Sampson's wife?), 24, domestic.  Note that in 1860, Bladen Co. had 500 turpentine stills, and turpentine was the number one product in the county.

It is likely that this Graves family is part of the Graves/Greaves families of Caroline Co., Albemarle Co. & Halifax Co., VA and SC, which include genealogies 18, 49, 145, 217, and 906.  Marion Co., SC, where some of the other families lived is not very far over the state line from Cumberland, Robeson, and Bladen counties, NC.  There is also the shared tradition of the surname being spelled Greaves, and some of the names were similar.

His first 6 children were born in Bladen Co., NC, and the last 2 in Robeson Co., NC, according to the 1850 census for Robeson Co., NC.

Nathan R. Graves and Sampson Graves both served in the Confederate Army in the Civil War, and John F. Graves served in the Confederate Navy (or in the Army).  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+7. Mordecai Graves, b.c. 1828, m. Mary E. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, prob. d. 1860-1870.

+8. John F. Graves, b.c. 1830, m(1) Catherine Kinlaw, 21 Dec. 1859, m(2) Elizabeth Blackburn, 18 April 1894, d. 31 Aug. 1901.

  9. Sampson B. Graves, b. 1833, m. Catherine ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 3 Sept. 1862.  Served in the Confederate Army, 18th Infantry, and was killed at Ox Hill, VA.

+10.  Nathan Randall Graves, b. Oct. 1836, m. Mary Margaret Evers, 18 Aug. 1865, d. 1906.

+11.  Lydia Graves, b. July 1839, m. Richard J. Cheshire, c. 1866..

  12.  Mary A. Graves, b. 1843.

  13.  Simon L. Graves, b. 1847.

+14.  Anthony Fleming Graves, b. 1 Aug. 1844, m. Amanda Caroline Cook, c. 1870, d. 6 Jan. 1928.

 

 

GENERATION 3

 

CHILDREN OF NATHANIEL GRAVES (5) AND LUCY CHESHIRE

Mordecai Graves (7) was born about 1828 in NC, probably Bladen Co., and died of disease 18 Oct. 1863 in Winchester, VA, during the Civil War.  He was in the 1860 census for Bladen Co., NC, but in 1870 his two children were living with their grandparents, Nathaniel and Lucy Graves.  He married Mary E. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, probably about 1858.  She was born about 1843 in NC.  He worked in the turpentine industry.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  15.  Virginia B. Graves, b.c. 1859.

  16.  Lucy E. Graves, b.c. 1861.

 

John F. Graves (8) was born about 1830 in NC, probably Bladen Co., and died 31 Aug. 1901 in Cumberland Co., NC.  He first married Catherine Kinlaw, daughter of Nelson Coston Kinlaw and Sarah Elizabeth Wilson, on 21 Dec. 1859 in Bladen Co., NC.  She was born about 1838 in NC.  He married second Elizabeth Blackburn on 18 April 1894.  He served in the Confederate Army, 18th Infantry.  He was in the 1870 census for Bladenboro Twp., Bladen Co., NC, with Catherine’s sister Martha living with them.  He was in the 1880 census for White Oak Twp., Bladen Co., NC.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in NC.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves, by Catherine Kinlaw

  17.  Carrie G. Graves, b.c. 1866.

  18.  Elsy O. Graves, b.c. 1868.

  19.  Zebulon Graves, b.c. 1869.

  20.  Atlas J. Graves, b. 5 May 1870, m. Olla ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 25 Feb. 1944 (Columbus Co., NC).  They probably had no children, but the 1920 census for Fair Bluff Twp., Columbus Co., NC, shows they adopted 2 girls, Candris Graves, b.c. 1910, and Burnice Graves, b.c. 1912.

  21.  Ida C. Graves, b.c. 1872.

 

Nathan Randall Graves (10) was born in Oct. 1836 and died in 1906, both in Bladen Co., NC.  He married Mary Margaret Evers, called Margaret, daughter of William James Evers and Nancy Ann Allen, on 19 Aug. 1865 in Bladen Co., NC[2].  She was born about 1843 and died about 1914, both in Bladen Co., NC.  They were both buried in Old Pait Cem., Bladen Co., NC.  All their children were born in Bladen Co., NC.

There are records in the National Archives and NC Archives verifying that Nathan served in Co. B, 18th North Carolina Infantry, in the Confederate Army in 1861-62, when he was discharged for disability, having lost sight in one eye in the battle of Hanover Courthouse, VA.

They were in the 1870, 1880, and 1900 censuses for Bladen Co., NC.  He was listed as a laborer in 1880 and a farmer in the other censuses.  In 1910, she was widowed and living next to the family of her daughter Mary in Bethel Twp., Bladen Co., NC.  All their children were born in Bladen Co., NC.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+22.  Della Ann Graves, b. 9 July 1866, m. Hector Barker Humphrey, 8 June 1889, d. 19 Sept. 1947.

+23.  Angus Doderage Graves, b. 21 Sept. 1867, m. Catherine Dow, c. 1900, d. 12 Jan. 1940.

+24.  William B. Graves, b. May 1870, m. Mollie J. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1897.

+25.  Mary B. Graves, b. 9 Nov. 1875, m(1) David James Evers, c. 1898, m(2) James Cheshire, 3 Oct. 1915, d. 29 Feb. 1952.

  26.  Lucy N. (or V.) Graves, b. Nov. 1885.  Not certain whether she is a child or a grandchild.

 

Lydia Graves (11) was born in July 1839 in NC.  She married Richard J. Cheshire, son of Nicholas H. Cheshire and Sarah Melvin, about 1866.  He was born in May 1832 in NC, and died 1900-1910.  They were in the 1880 and 1900 censuses for Bethel Twp., Bladen Co., NC.  He was a laborer in 1880 and a farmer in 1900.  Lydia was a widow in the 1910 census for Bethel Twp., Bladen Co., NC, living with her unmarried sons John and Henry.  All their children were born in NC.

Children - Cheshire

+27.  Richard S. Cheshire, b. April 1865, m. Elvina ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1889.

  28.  John Cheshire, b. Jan. 1867.

  29.  Mary Cheshire, b.c. 1870.

  30.  Henry Cheshire, b. July 1872, never married, d. 8 March 1939 (Bethel Twp., Bladen Co., NC).

  31.  Catherine J. Cheshire, b.c. 1874.

  32.  James Cheshire, b.  Oct. 1876, m. Mary B. Graves (#25), 3 Oct. 1915, d. 28 Feb. 1940.  See #25 for more information.

  33.  Edward Cheshire, b. 4 Aug. 1882, m. Sarah Guyton, 1910, d. 8 Aug. 1939.  She was b. 17 Sept. 1886 in NC, and d. 20 Sept. 1962 in Bladenboro, Bladen Co., NC.  They were in the 1910 census for Bethel Twp., Bladen Co., NC.

 

Anthony Fleming Graves (14) was born 1 Aug. 1844 in SC, and died 6 Jan. 1928 in Robeson Co., NC.  He married Amanda Caroline Cook about 1870.  She was born 11 Oct. 1848 in SC, and died 29 Sept. 1927.  They were in the 1880 census for Le Getts Twp., Marion Co., SC, when he was a farmer.  They were in the 1900 census for McColl Twp., Marlboro Co., SC, when he and children Minie Nathan, Hattie and Baker all worked in a cotton mill.  In 1900, only 7 of their 16 children were still living.  All their children were born in SC.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Graves

  34.  Charles W. Graves, b.c  1871.

  35.  Lucy E. Graves, b.c. 1877.

+36.  Fleetwood Graves, b. 29 Dec. 1879, m. David Richard Bullock, d. 25 Sept. 1967.

  37.  Minie Graves, b. 1884.

  38.  Nathan Giles Graves, b. 1885.

  39.  Hattie Graves, b. 1887.

  40.  Baker Graves, b. April 1890.

  41.  Jessie Graves, b. Sept. 1896.

 

 

GENERATION 4

 

CHILDREN OF NATHAN R. GRAVES (10) AND MARY M. EVERS

Della Ann Graves (22) was born 9 July 1866 in Bethel Twp., Bladen Co., NC, and died 19 Sept. 1947 in Kannapolis, Cabarrus Co., NC.  She married Hector Barker (“H.B.”) Humphrey, son of Duncan Carlyle Humphrey and Mary Margaret Evers, on 8 June 1889 in Bladen Co., NC.  He was born 2 Sept. 1864 in St. Pauls, Robeson Co., NC, and died 13 Dec. 1954 in Concord, Cabarrus Co., NC.  They were both buried in Carolina Memorial Park, Cabarrus Co.

He was a jewelry and watch repairman, minister, and optometrist.  He was tall and thin, with blond hair and a handlebar mustache.  He was never in the military and never owned or drove an automobile.  Della was short and plump, with heavy, dark hair, and was a jolly person.  She stayed home and reared the eight children almost single-handedly while H.B. was on the road all the time with various undertakings.  She was religious to a fault, and taught Sunday school in a Baptist church everywhere they lived.  They lived in Bladen, Robeson, Richmond, and Cabarrus counties, NC, and also spent about 10 years in Georgia between 1894 and 1904.

They were in the 1900 census for Arlington, Calhoun Co., GA, when 4 of their 5 children were still living.  They were in the 1910 census for Lumberton, Robeson Co., NC, when 8 of their 9 children were still living.  He was a clock and watch repairman in 1900, and owned a jewelry store in 1910.  Their first child was born in Bladen Co., NC, the next 4 in Arlington, Calhoun Co., GA, and the last 3 in NC.  (R‑1)

Children - Humphrey

  42.  Charles (“Charley”) Hudson Humphrey, b. 27 Sept. 1891, m. Ressie Parker, 5 May 1915, d. 20 Aug. 19‑‑ (Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC).

  43.  infant, died by 1900.

  44.  Nathan Carlyle Humphrey, b. 1 May 1895, m. Rose Dawkins, 31 Aug. 1915, d. 8 Dec. 1985 (Rockingham, Richmond Co., NC).

  45.  Eulah Della Humphrey, b. 29 Sept. 1897, m. Marvin Brackett, d. 5 July 1978 (Kannapolis, Cabarrus Co., NC).

  46.  William Walter Humphrey, b. 4 Nov. 1899, m. Mary Lillian Cabiness (of Shelby, NC), d. 19 Nov. 1975 (Shelby, Cleveland Co., NC).

  47.  Annie Belle Humphrey, b. 13 Nov. 1901, d. 27 July 1951 (Kannapolis, Cabarrus Co., NC).

  48.  Alma Ruth Humphrey, b. 9 July 1904, m. Willie Monroe Beal, (Kannapolis, NC), d. 2 March 1986.

  49.  Daniel Jackson Humphrey, b. 30 June 1906, m. Nina Williams (or Richmond Co., NC), d. 7 March 1981 (Cumberland Co., NC).

  50.  Hector Ernest Humphrey, b. 9 July 1909, m. Amanda Mae ‑‑‑‑‑‑, 2 July 1933 (Kannapolis, NC), d. 6 July 2003.  His name was given as Hector Ernest in the 1910 census, but he may have changed it to Ernest Hector later.

 

Angus Doderage Graves (23) was born 21 Sept. 1867 in Bladen Co., NC, and died 12 Jan. 1940 in Columbus Co., NC.  He married Catherine Dow, daughter of Rev. D. B. Dow and Sarah A. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, about 1900.  She was born about 1877 and died 25 Aug. 1951, both in Columbus Co., NC.  They were in the 1920 census for Fair Bluff Twp., Columbus Co., NC, and in the 1930 census for Cerro Gordo, Columbus Co., NC.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in Columbus Co., NC.

Children - Graves

  51.  Johnnie F. Graves, b. March 1901, m. Bessie Nobles, d. Aug. 1985 (Cerro Gordo, Columbus Co., NC).  She was b. 1905 in Columbus Co., NC, and died there.

  52.  David R. Graves, b. Feb. 1903, may have died by 1920.

  53.  Charlie A. Graves, b. 22 Aug. 1904, d. 9 Feb. 1987 (Columbus Co., NC).

  54.  Maggie M. Graves, b. 9 Oct. 1906, m. Howard Sealey, d. 3 March 1990 (Whiteville, Columbus Co., NC).  4 daughters and 1 son.

  55.  Mary C. Graves, b. 14 Dec. 1908, d. 4 March 1987 (Columbus Co., NC).

  56.  Dosie L. Graves, b.c. 1911.

  57.  Iley R. Graves, b. 5 Aug. 1915, d. 9 Feb. 1920 (Columbus Co., NC).

  58.  daughter

 

William B. Graves (24) was born in May 1870 in NC, probably Bladen Co.  He married Mollie J. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1897.  She was born in March 1877 in NC.  They were in the 1900 census for Bethel Twp., Bladen Co., NC, when he was a farmer.  They were in the 1910 census for Lumberton, Robeson Co., NC, when he was a shoemaker working in a shop.  They were in the 1920 census for Saint Pauls, Robeson Co., NC, when William and both sons were working in a cotton mill.  Both their children were born in NC.

Children - Graves

  59.  Henry A. Graves, b. July 1898.

  60.  Ira J. Graves, b.c. 1904.

 

Mary B. Graves (25) was born 9 Nov. 1875 in Bladen Co., NC, and died 29 Feb. 1952 in Robeson Co. (or Bladen Co.), NC.  She first married David James Evers about 1898.  He was born 27 March 1875 and died 25 March 1915, both in Bladen Co., NC.  She married second her first cousin James (“Jim”) Cheshire, son of Richard J. Cheshire and Lydia Graves, on 3 Oct. 1915.  He was born in Oct. 1876 and died 28 Feb. 1940, both in Bladen Co., NC.  She was in the 1900 and 1910 censuses for Bethel Twp., Bladen Co., NC, with her first husband, and in the 1920 census for Bethel Twp., Bladen Co., NC, with her second husband.

Children - Evers

  61.  Marshall A. Evers, b. Jan. 1899.

  62.  Ida J. Evers, b.c. 1900.

  63.  Charity V. Evers, b.c. 1902.

  64.  Ada E. Evers, b.c. 1908.

  65.  May Evers, b.c. 1911.

 

CHILDREN OF LYDIA GRAVES (11) AND RICHARD J. CHESHIRE

Richard S. Cheshire (27) was born in April 1865 in Bladen Co., NC.  He married Elvina ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1889.  She was born in Aug. 1875 in NC.  They were in the 1900 census for Climax District, Decatur Co., GA.  They were in the 1910 census for Mount Ida, Crenshaw Co., AL.  They were in the 1920 census for Riderwood, Choctaw Co., AL.  He was a turpentine stiller in 1900 and 1920, and a farmer in 1910.  Two of their 4 children were living in 1900, and 3 of their 7 children were living in 1910.

Children - Cheshire

  66.  Choppel M. Cheshire, b. March 1891 (NC), d. by 1910.

  67.  Walter D. Cheshire, b. Sept. 1899 (GA).

  68.  Elsey (or Elzah) I. Cheshire, b.c. 1900-1902 (FL).

  69.  Pearl Cheshire, b.c. 1905-1907 (FL).

  70.  Guss M. Cheshire, b.c. 1911 (GA).

  71.  Gardarme (?) Cheshire, b.c. 1918 (GA).

 

CHILDREN OF ANTHONY F. GRAVES (14) AND AMANDA C. COOK

Fleetwood Graves (36) was born 29 Dec. 1879 and died 25 Sept. 1967.  She married David Richard Bullock.  He was born 2 Sept. 1877 and died 21 March 1942.  (R‑2)

Children - Bullock

+72.  Ada Mae Bullock, b. 25 Sept. 1898, m. Lester Ellis Taylor, 25 Nov. 1916, d. 13 Oct. 1955.

 

 

GENERATION 5

 

CHILDREN OF FLEETWOOD GRAVES (36) AND DAVID R. BULLOCK

Ada Mae Bullock (72) was born 25 Sept. 1898 and died 13 Oct. 1955.  She married Lester Ellis Taylor on 25 Nov. 1916.  He was born 19 June 1892 and died 23 Oct. 1938.  (R‑2)

Children - Taylor

+73.  Fred Gray Taylor, b. 12 July 1917, m. Katherine Elizabeth Brown, 23 Dec. 1939, d. 14 July 1993.

 

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[1] R-1 gives his birthdate as 3 Dec. and R-2 gives 29 Dec.

[2] From Miscellaneous Marriage Records, Bible and Family Records of Bladen Co., N.C., vol. 3.