Revised 10 April 1995, Gen. 287

 

DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS GRAVES OF ENGLAND, CANADA & VT

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

Thomas Graves (1) married Julia ------. He died in 1884 in Winooski, Chittenden Co., VT. They were both buried in St. Francis Cem., Winooski, VT. Their graves are about 8 rows toward the street from the LeClair plot, almost at the fence. They lived in Milton, Chittenden Co., VT, before moving to Winooski, and they may have lived in St. Albans, Franklin Co., VT. before that. It was stated in The Vermont of Today, vol. 4, Arthur F. Stone, ed., NY, 1929, p. 687, that: "This branch of the Graves family was established in Vermont by Thomas Graves... who came from Canada to Winooski, where he died in 1884."

It is not clear whether this Thomas is the same as or a descendant of a Sir Thomas Graves who emigrated from England to Canada. He supposedly met a French girl on board ship. She was a Catholic. He married her and was disinherited.

There were probably more than the two children listed below. (R-1)

Children - Graves

2. Edward Maximillian Graves; married and divorced; lived at 161 Remsen St., Brooklyn, NY; may have had a daughter Mildred.

+3. Augustus Adolphus Graves, b. 10 Feb. 1840, m. Mary Elizabeth LeClair, 2 Jan. 1867, d. 22 Dec. 1903.

 

 

GENERATION 2

 

CHILDREN OF THOMAS GRAVES (1) AND JULIA ------

Augustus Adolphus Graves (3), called Adolphus or Adolph, was born 10 Feb. 1840 in Milton, Chittenden Co., VT, and died 22 Dec. 1903. He married Mary Elizabeth LeClair, daughter of Francis LeClair, Jr. (5 Aug. 1818 - 8 July 1889) and Elizabeth Marie Brault (9 Dec. 1820 - 5 Dec. 1880), on 2 Jan. 1867. She died 27 March 1906. They were both buried in the LeClair family plot, in the south end of the St. Francis Cem., close to the church. He was apparently sometimes also referred to as Adolphus or Adolph Augustus Graves.

An obituary for Mr. Graves appeared in the Burlington Free Press, Dec. 23, 1903. "One of Winooski's most respected and influential citizens died at his home on Weaver Street ... heart disease...

Mr. Graves was born in Milton Feb. 10 1840 and was therefore 63 years of age. He received his education in the schools of his native town and at an early age went to Troy, N.Y., where he resided until the opening of the war of the Rebellion. He enlisted under Capt. George W. Duncan in the First Battery of light artillery, Dec. 18, 1861 as a private. He was mustered Feb. 19, 1862 and participated in the following battles and engagements: Plains Store, La.; Siege of Port Hudson, La.; Pleasant Hill, La.; Monnett's Bluff, La.; and Yellow Bayou. He was mustered out Aug. 10, 1864...

Following the war, Mr. Graves was engaged in the grocery business, first as a traveling salesman for the E. R. and E. J. Mead wholesale grocery firm of Troy, N.Y., and later entering the retail business himself at Troy, which he conducted for a period of 13 years. Upon the death of his father-in-law, he moved to Winooski and took charge of the latter's business, which he has greatly increased during the years he has been in charge. During his residence in Winooski, he has been one of the most patriotic and energetic citizens, being prominent both in commercial and political circles. Since 1894, he has held the offices of town, village and school treasures with ability and given universal satisfaction. He was at times justice of the peace, school director and village trustee. For a number of years he has been engaged in the grocery business and later a meat business, besides being one of the largest brick manufacturers in the state. Some of his last contracts were for the brick and crushed stones for the road improvements at Fort Ethan Allen, which he filled from his own quarries and brickyards. His brick works were known as the Queen City Brick Works and he also owned and operated stone quarries on the Colchester Road, from which thousands of tons of crushed and solid stone are put out annually.

He was a member of the DeGoesbriand Council, K of C, of Burlington ... funeral from St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church."

An obituary for his wife appeared in the Burlington Free Press, March 28, 1906. "The village of Winooski was mourned to learn of the death late Monday evening of Mrs. Mary E. Graves, widow of the late A. A. Graves, at her home on Weaver St.

Mary Elizabeth LeClair was born in this village Nov. 26, 1844. She received her early education and training in this village and later attended the Ursuline Convent in Quebec from which she graduated.

On Jan. 2, 1867 she was married to A. A. Graves and since that time has made her home in this village, with the exception of a short time in Troy, N.Y., and other places... four children."

There was an article in the Chittenden County Historical Society Bulletin, vol. 6, no. 5, June 1971 (found at Bailey-Howe Library, Univ. of Vt.), titled "Francis LeClair, Jr., Winooski Merchant." "In 1828 a French Canadian family moved from St. Jean-Baptiste de Rouville, Province of Quebec, to Colchester, State of Vermont. with his wife, Louise, and their six children, Francis LeClair Sr. settled on a farm in the area of Colchester now occupied by the city of Winooski... Much more is known about his son, Francis Jr., who was ten years old at the time of the familiy's removal from Canada." During his lifetime, Francis Jr. owned and ran two brickyards, built well over 100 brick houses, built and ran a small general store, served two terms in the State Legislature, and was a guiding force of the Catholic Church in Burlington and Winooski.

"It was in the year 1884 that he sold his stock and rented his store to his son-in-law Adolph Graves... On Monday morning, July 8, 1889, Francis LeClair died at his home on Weaver Street at the age of 74... When his will was probated August 2, 1889, it was found that he left an estate of $30,000... His son-in-law, A. A. Graves, took over the brick business and re-incorporated the two yards under the name of the Queen City Brick Co. -- still to be seen from time to time on old bricks." (R-1)

Children - Graves

+4. Frank LeClair Graves, b. 10 March 1871, m. Katherine O'Sullivan.

+5. George Thomas Graves, b. 1871, m. Lena A. Gray, d. 1950.

6. Irene A. Graves, m. Charles J. Miville. He was a N.Y. City lawyer. They lived in Nyack, NY.

7. Chester H. Graves, m(1) Josephine Roth, m(2) Roxie ------, d. 1928. He and his first wife divorced.

 

 

GENERATION 3

 

CHILDREN OF AUGUSTUS A. GRAVES (3) AND MARY E. LeCLAIR

Frank LeClair Graves (4) was born 10 March 1871 in Troy, NY. He married Katherine O'Sullivan, daughter of Jeremiah O'Sullivan and Sarah Dunn of Winooski, VT.

According to a profile in The Vermont of Today, vol. 4, Arthur F. Stone, ed., NY, 1929, pp. 687-688, "New York lawyer and president of the Queen City Brick and Stone Company of Winooski and Burlington, Frank L. Graves is the scion of a family that has been identified continuously with Vermont industry for three generations...

... His education was received at St. Joseph's College, Burlington, and at Ottawa University in Canada. After spending two or three years in his father's business, he made up his mind to adopt the legal profession as his vocation and began to read law under the preceptorship of the late Hon. D. J. Foster... Mr. Graves was admitted to the bar of this State in 1899 and practiced here until 1907 when he removed to New York City. An active member of the Democratic party, he took a keen interest in all public affairs and served his district as a member of the Legislature in the sessions of 1900-02. He also ran as his party's candidate for Congress but was defeated. For many years he was Democratic County Committeeman and was delegate to many conventions. Mr. Graves served as trial judge for twelve years. After the death of their father, the four children incorporated the Queen City Brick and Stone Company in 1904 and have since carried on the business. Frank L. Graves has been its president since that time.

In 1907 Mr. Graves removed to New York City and was admitted to the bar there in that year. He engaged actively in the practice of his profession until 1914 when he was made deputy chief probation officer in charge of the Family Court of Brooklyn..." (R-1)

Children - Graves

8. Mildred Graves; engaged in literary work.

9. Yvonne Graves; a teacher of music in the NY City public schools.

10. Ronald F. Graves; was employed in the drafting dept. of the NY Telephone Co.

11. Marion E. Graves; taught physical culture in the NY City public schools.

12. E. Clement Graves; worked for the law dept. of the NY Telephone Co.

13. Cecil Y. Graves; teacher in the NY City public schools.

14. Harold J. Graves, died by 1929.

 

George Thomas Graves (5) was born in 1871 in Troy, NY, and died in 1950. He married. (R-1)

Children - Graves

15. Pauline Graves, m. ------ Russell, d. by 1995.

+16. Hilda Graves, m. John Blakeman Crawford.

 

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