Rev. 3 Nov. 1995, Gen. 290








Joseph Graves (1) was born about 1797 in SC. A descendant (Jewell Goodrich) in Knoxville, GA said that Joseph was a brick mason, and also did other things. She has a picture of a house that he built.

Joseph married Mahala Tabor. She was from Crawford Co., GA, and a district in that county is named for the Tabor family. Joseph lived in Monroe Co., GA, appearing in the 1830 and 1850 censuses there. There was also a Joseph Graves living in Taliaferro Co., GA in 1830, but he had 12 slaves, and this Joseph is said to have owned no slaves.

1830 census

Joseph Greaves 1 male, 30-40

1 female, 20-30

2 females, 5-10

2 females, under 4

no slaves

James Graves (brother?) 1 male, 30-40

1 female, 30-40

2 males, 10-15

1 female, 5-10

1 male, 5-10

2 males, under 5

1850 census

Joseph Graves age 52-3 ? Mechanic born SC

Mahala 45 GA

Jane 22 GA

William 18 GA

Joseph 16 GA

James 13 GA

Based on these census records, there were 3 daughters in addition to the children listed below: 1 b.c. 1826-30, and 2 b.c. 1820-25. According to R-3, James Monroe Graves returned home after the Civil War to take care of three sisters who had been widowed by the war. Were these his 3 older sisters? The widowed sisters were: (1) Temperance, m. ------ Bozeman; (2) Nancy, m. George Blood; daughters: Georgia and Betty; (3) Martha, m. ------ Gordon. (R-3)

Children - Graves

2. Jane Graves, b.c. 1828.

3. William Graves, b.c. 1832.

4. Joseph Graves, b.c. 1834.

+5. James Monroe Graves, b. 20 Jan. 1838, m. Nancy A. Hortman, 15 Oct. 1871, d. 24 June 1904.






James Monroe Graves (5) was born 20 (or 24) Jan. 1838 in Culloden, Monroe Co., GA, and died 24 Jan. 1904 (Jewell Goodrich says 1905) in TX.

He married Nancy ("Nannie") A. Hortman, daughter of Adam Henry Hortman and Sarah Miller, on 15 Oct. 1871 in Knoxville, Crawford Co., GA. She was born 24 May 1851 in Knoxville, GA, and died 20 Sept. 1909 in TX. They were both buried in Wood Cem., Gladewater, Upshur Co., TX. He was a farmer. All their children were named for Civil War generals.

There is a family story that James was given a female slave for his birthday by his grandfather Tabor. However, he did not accept her as he did not approve of slavery, he did not want to break up the slave's family, and he was too poor to keep a slave anyway. The war soon came and slavery was ended. Descendants of this female slave live in Knoxville, GA, and one of them teaches school there. (R-1)

Children - Graves

6. Joseph Walton Graves, b. 29 Dec. 1875, d. 19 Sept. 1877. Bur. Ft. Valley, Peach Co., GA.

+7. Wade Hampton Graves, b. 12 March 1878, m. Alice Susan Pounds, 22 Dec. 1898, d. 16 Aug. 1942.

8. Jennie Lee (General Lee) Graves, b. 28 Oct. 1880, m(1) Luther Augustus Spillers, 9 Sept. 1900, m(2) Milton T. Reed, 17 Aug. 1924, d. Dec. 1970.

9. Albert Sidney Graves, b. 3 April 1884, d. 24 Sept. 1907. Bur. Wood Cem., Gladewater, Upshur Co., TX.






Wade Hampton Graves (7) was born 12 March 1878 in Fort Valley, Peach Co., GA, and died 16 Aug. 1942 in Tyler, Smith Co., TX. He was a merchant. He married Alice Susan Pounds (or Pound), daughter of William Pounds and Susan Key, on 22 Dec. 1898 in Crawford Co., GA. She was born 3 Feb. 1882 in Box Springs, Muscogee Co., GA (near Columbus), and died 30 April 1966 in Dallas, TX. They moved to Winona, TX, where he had a store. They were both buried in Wood Cem., Gladewater, Upshur Co. (next to Smith Co.), TX. (R-1)

Children - Graves

+10. Jamie Lee Graves, b. 26 Feb. 1900, m. S. S. Watson, d. 28 Aug. 1988.

+11. Doris Kathleen Graves, b. 6 Aug. 1903, m. Jesse Daniel Dobson, 11 March 1928, d. 24 July 1959.

+12. Joseph Bailey Graves, b. 8 Aug. 1907, m. Corinne Marie Haydel, 1933, d. 26 May 1968.

13. Gladys Ophelia Graves, b. 12 April 1910, d. 3 May 1911. Bur. Wood Cem., Gladewater, TX.


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