Rev. 19 June 2015, Gen. 307

 

DESCENDANTS OF ISAAC WATLINGTON AND ELMIRA (‑‑‑‑‑‑) RUSSELL OF CASWELL CO., NC

 

 

PREFACE

 

This genealogy has been taken entirely from public records such as census records, marriage records, and death certificates.  If anyone has reason to believe there are errors in any of this material, please notify us with evidence of the correct information, and we will gladly make any corrections and additions.

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

Issac Watlington (1) married Elmira (‑‑‑‑‑‑) Russell[1].  They are listed on Monjett Graves’ marriage certificate as his parents.  Elmira was born in May 1825 (according to the 1900 census) in AL, and died after 1910, probably in Caswell Co., NC.  She married Quincy (“Quin”) Russell.  He was born about 1825 in VA, and died after 1880.  Elmira and Quincy were recorded on the 1870 census in Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC with a ten-year old Boyd Graves living with them.  Boyd is being included here as another son of Elmira’s.  Elmira and Quincy were also recorded on the 1880 census in Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC living next door to Monjet and and Alice.  Elmira was on the 1900 and 1910 censuses for Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC, living with Monjett and his family.  In 1900, Elmira stated that her only child was living; in 1910, that information was not recorded.  In 1910, her age was recorded as 97, born about 1813, so she may have been born before 1825.

Although it is possible that Elmira’s surname before marriage was Graves, most slaves didn’t have surnames, so the Graves surname for her children could have just been because their former owner was named Graves.

Children - Graves

+2.   Monjett Graves, b. Dec. 1843, m. Alice Henry Graves, 14 Aug. 1878, d. aft. 6 Jan. 1920.

    3.  Boyd Graves, b.c. 1860 (NC).

 

 

GENERATION 2

 

CHILDREN OF ISAAC WATLINGTON (1) AND ELMIRA ‑‑‑‑‑‑ (RUSSELL)

Monjett[2] Graves (2) was born in Dec. 1843[3] in NC, and died after 6 Feb. 1920, probably in Caswell Co., NC.  He first appeared on the 1870 census in Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC.  He was recorded as Monjitt Graves, age 34, and was living with Anderson Johnson’s family.  He married Alice Henry Graves, daughter of ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Graves and Edith Brown, on 14 Aug. 1878 in Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC[4].  She was born 14 Aug. 1860 in Caswell Co., NC, died 27 June 1918 in Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC, and was buried in Blackwell Missionary Baptist Church Cem., Locust Hill, NC[5].  This family was recorded on the 1880, 1900, and 1910 censuses in Locust Hill, NC.  All their children were born in NC.  Monjett was recorded on the 1920 census, date 6-7 June 1920 in Locust Hill, NC living with son John’s family.

Children - Graves

+4.   William Basler Graves, b. Sept. 1879, m. Alice Foster, 16 May 1906, d. 24 Jan. 1928.

+5.   Azariah Allen Graves, b. 18 May 1881, m. Lizzie Mims, 2 Feb. 1908, d. 2 Oct. 1949.

+6.   Monjett Antwine Graves, Jr., b. Nov. 1882, m. Mary Catherine Cobb, 29 Nov. 1905, d. 11 April 1932.

+7.   John Walter Graves, b. 14 July 1886, m. Fannie Cobb, 30 Aug. 1919, d. 9 Feb. 1970.

+8.   Elmira Pocohuntas Graves, b. Sept. 1888, m. Wallace Edward Gordon, Jr., d.aft. 1940.

+9.   Edith Bell Graves, b. 28 June 1890, m. Albert Williamson, 4 Dec. 1909, d. 21 April 1977.

    10.   Alice Graves, b. July 1892.

    11.   Annie Graves, b. Oct. 1894.

    12.   Jim E. Graves, b. Sept. 1896.

    13.   Jinnett Graves, b.c. 1897.

    14.   Alex Graves, b. June 1899.

    15.   Eillie Graves, b.c. 1899.

 

 

GENERATION 3

 

CHILDREN OF MONJETT GRAVES (2) AND ALICE H. GRAVES

William Basler Graves (4) was born in Sept. 1879 and died 24 Jan. 1928, both in Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC.  He married Alice Foster, daughter of Sam Foster and Jane Foster, on 16 May 1906 in Locust Hill, NC[6].  Alice was born about 1885 in NC, and died after 1930.  This family was recorded on the 1910 and 1920 censuses in Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC; their children were born in NC.  Alice was recorded as a 45-year old widower on the 1930 census; still in Locust Hill, NC.

Children - Graves

    16.   Thomas A. Graves, b.c. 1908.

+17.   Mary Belle Graves, b. 1910, never married, d. 23 April 1951.

 

Azariah (“Azzie”) Allen Graves (5) was born in 18 May 1881 in Caswell Co., NC, and died 2 Oct. 1949, in Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC[7].  He married Lizzie Languish Mims, daughter of Dolph Mims and Hannah ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 2 Feb. 1908 in Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC[8].  She was born 29 Sept. 1890 and died 31 March 1976, both in Caswell Co., NC.  They were recorded on the 1910 census in Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC living with his family.  They were also recorded on the 1930 and 1940 censuses in Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC; their children were born in NC, probably all in Caswell Co., NC.  They were buried in Mineral Springs Baptist Church Cem., Allison, Caswell Co., NC.

Children - Graves

    18.   Edna O. Graves, b.c. 1909.

    19.   Annie Elizabeth Graves, b. 6 Dec. 1911.

    20.   Addie Bell Graves, b.16 Feb. 1913, m. Lee Wellon Bolden, 23 Dec. 1933 (Danville, VA), d. 21 July 1978.  Bur. Mineral Springs Baptist Church Cem.

    21.   Albert Graves, b. 29 Dec. 1915, d. 16 June 1984 (Caswell Co., NC).  Bur. Mineral Springs Baptist Church Cem.

    22.   Lucille Graves, b. 7 May 1917, m. Stephen Poole, 5 Nov. 1937 (Yanceyville, NC), d. 23 Jan. 2003.  Bur. Mineral Springs Baptist Church Cem.

    23.   Percy Allen Graves, b. 13 April 1919, d. 1 Feb. 2006.  Death date is from the SSDI.

+24.   Willie Edward Graves, b. 28 Sept. 1920, m. Mary Vernon Gwynn, 16 Oct. 1949, d. 13 July 1994.  Bur. Mineral Springs Baptist Church Cem.

    25.   Mattie Sue Graves, b. 3 March 1922.

    26.   Herman Graves, b. 15 May 1924.

    27.   Alexander Graves, b. 8 July 1925, d. 14 April 1998.  Bur. Mineral Springs Baptist Church Cem.

    28.   Mary Viola Graves, b. 30 Sept. 1927, m. George Edward Russell, d. 14 June 2012.  Bur. Mineral Springs Baptist Church Cem.

    29.   Essie M. Graves, b.c. 1930.

 

Monjett Antwine Graves, Jr. (6) was born in Nov. 1882 in NC, and died 11 April 1932 in Caswell Co., NC.  He married Mary Catherine Cobb, daughter of Burrell Cobb and Emma Watlington, on 29 Nov. 1905 in Caswell Co., NC[9].  She was born 1 Aug. 1884 in NC, and died 11 March 1980.  They were buried in New Ephesus Church Cem., Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC.  This family was recorded on the 1910 and 1930 censuses in Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC; their children were born in NC.

Children - Graves

    30.   John Albert Graves, b. 14 Nov. 1907.

    31.   Henry Graves, b.c. 1908.

    32.   Fannie L. Graves, b.c. 1909.

    33.   Lillie Mae Graves, b. 24 May 1910 (Caswell Co., NC), m. Banks Edward Brown, d. 2 April 1961 (Reidsville, Rockingham Co., NC).  Bur. New Ephesus Church Cem.

    34.   Alice P. Graves, b. 22 March 1913, m. Marshall Jones, Jr., d. 5 May 2002 (Burnsville, VA).  She and son Marshall Jones both bur. New Ephesus Church Cem.

    35.   James Monjett Graves, b. 20 March 1920 (Caswell Co., NC), m. Adele Slade, d. 23 May 1980 (Durham, Durham Co., NC).  Bur. New Ephesus Church Cem.

    36.   Lula Laura Graves, b.c. 1922.

    37.   Walter Webster Graves, b. 7 March 1924, m. Queen Willis, d. 9 May 1958 (Pelham, Caswell Co., NC).  She was b. 25 Sept. 1923, d. 26 March 1986.  Both bur. New Ephesus Church Cem.

    38.   Percy Allen Graves, b. 20 Jan 1926, m. Ruby W. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 25 Dec. 1984.  Bur. New Ephesus Church Cem.

 

John Walter Graves (7) was born 14 July 1887 in NC, and died 9 Feb. 1970 in Reidsville, Rockingham Co., Caswell Co., NC.  He married Fannie Cobb, daughter of Burrell Cobb and Emma Watlington, on 30 Aug. 1919 in Danville, VA[10].  Their first three children were born before that date.  She was born 17 Nov. 1893 and died 15 Dec. 1975, both in Caswell Co., NC.  They were buried in New Ephesus Cem., Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC.  This family was recorded on the 1930 census in Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC; their children were born in NC.

Children - Graves

    39.   John Will Graves, b. 21 May 1913, m. Dorothy Mary Mims (or Mimms), d. 1 Aug. 1980.  She was b. 4 Aug. 1921, d. 27 Aug. 2010.  Both bur. New Ephesus Church Cem.

    40.   James Earl Graves, b. 15 Feb. 1915, m. Mary Rena Watlington, d. 4 Jan. 1986 (Danville, VA).  She was b. 1925, d. 1994.  Four children.  Bur. New Ephesus Church Cem.

    41.   Edward Hugh Graves, b. 22 March 1917, m. Edith Bushnell, d. 12 June 1986.  Bur. New Ephesus Church Cem.

    42.   Mary Graves, b. and d. 20 June 1920.  Bur. New Ephesus Church Cem.

    43.   Marvin Webster Graves, b. 11 April 1921, m. Lucy Watlington, d. 1 Dec. 2006.  Bur. New Ephesus Church Cem.

    44.   Roy Lenzy Graves, b. 26 Jan. 1923, d. 27 Nov. 2002.  Bur. New Ephesus Church Cem.

    45.   Johnson P. Graves, b.c. 1924 (adopted son).

 

Elmira Pocahontas Graves (8) was born in Sept. 1888 in NC, and died after 1940.  She married Wallace Edward Gordon, son of Walter Lewis Gordon and Susie Taylor, about 1924.  He was born 11 Feb. 1900 in Latonia, Kenton Co., KY[11], and died in March 1976 according to the SSDI; his last residence was Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY.  This family was recorded on the 1930 census in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH; their children were born in OH.  She was recorded as a 46-year-old married woman on West 8th Street, Cincinnati, OH on the 1940 census.  Edward and children, Susie, Lois, Wallace, and Lucy were recorded on the 1940 census of Irving Place, New York, Kings Co., NY.

Children - Gordon

    46.   Susie M. Gordon, b. 17 June 1925.

    47.   Eloise J. Gordon, b. 9 Nov. 1927 (OH).  Source is Ohio, Birth Index, 1908-1964; her name was recorded as Elise J. Gordon.

    48.   Wallace Edward Gordon, Jr., b. 26 Dec. 1928, d. 2 Dec. 1963 (NY).  Bur. Long Island National Cem. (Farmingdale, Suffolk Co., NY).

    49.   Lucy Gordon, b.c. 1931.

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Edith Bell Graves (9) was born 28 June 1890 in NC, and died 21 April 1977 in Reidsville, Rockingham Co., NC[13].  She married Albert Williamson, son of Albert Williamson and Jane ‑‑‑‑‑, 4 Dec, 1909 in Caswell Co., NC[14].  He was born 17 Oct. 1881 in Caswell Co., NC, and died 4 Feb. 1936 in Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC.  They were buried in New Ephesus Church Cem., Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC.  This family was recorded on the 1910-1930 censuses in Locust Hill, NC; their children were born in NC.  Edith was recorded as a 48-year old widow on the 1940 census, still in Locust Hill.  Son James was listed as the head of household.

Children - Williamson

    50.   Mamie Williamson, b.c. 1911.

    51.   Jane Ophelia E. Williamson, b. 30 March 1912, d. 3 Oct. 1943 (Quewhiffle, Hoke Co., NC).  Bur. New Ephesus Church Cem.

    52.   Alice Elizabeth Williamson, b. 13 Feb. 1914.

    53.   James Albert Williamson, b. 6 (or 7) July 1915, d. 17 Aug. 1993.  Bur. New Ephesus.

    54.   Robert Thurman Williamson, b. 7 Sept. 1916, m. Jessie Ruth Pinnix, d. 7 Nov. 1991 (Washington, DC).  Bur. New Ephesus Church Cem.

    55.   Alice Williamson, b. 13 Feb. 1918.  Listed as Takie in 1920 and Matokia in 1930.  Is she the same person as Zelma in 1940?

    56.   Daisy Williamson, b. 1 July 1919.  Is this the same person as Emma?

    57.   Emma L. Williamson, b.c. 1919.  Listed as Elridge in 1930 and Ema E. in 1940.

    58.   Willie Onzo Williamson, b. 8 June 1924, d. 10 July 2006.  Bur. New Ephesus Church Cem.

    59.   John Lawson Williamson, b. 6 (or 8) June 1924, m. Marion Blackwell, d. 29 Nov. 2001.  Bur. New Ephesus.

    60.   Norman Graves Williamson, b. 24 Aug. 1927.  Recorded as Worman in 1940.

    61.   Edith L. Williamson, b. 8 June 1933.

 

 

GENERATION 3

 

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM B. GRAVES (4) AND ALICE FOSTER

Mary Belle Graves (17) was born about 1910 in Caswell Co., NC, died 25 April 1951 in Reidsville, Rockingham Co., NC, and was buried in Greenview Cem., Reidsville, NC[15].  According to her death certificate, she never married.

Children - Graves

    62.   William Burnett Graves, b. 5 Jan. 1930 (Caswell Co., NC).

 

CHILDREN OF AZARIAH A. GRAVES (5) AND LIZZIE L. MIMS

Willie Edward Graves (24) was born 28 Sept. 1920 in NC, and died 3 July 1994 in VA, and was buried in Mineral Springs Baptist Church Cem., Allison, Caswell Co., NC[16].  He married Mary Vernon Gwynn, daughter of Ross Gwynn and Daisy Boswell, on 16 Oct. 1949 in Ruffin, Rockingham Co., NC.  She was born 23 March 1923 in Caswell Co., NC, died 15 March 2011 in VA, and was buried in Blackwell Missionary Baptist Church Cem., Locust Hill, Caswell Co., NC.

Children - Graves

    63.   Ennis Edward Graves, b. 5 July 1951, m. Dorothy Kathleen Fisher.

    64.   Azzie Adolphus Graves, b. 21 March 1954.

    65.   Norris Lea Graves, b. 10 Aug. 1956, m. Hilda Miles, 31 Dec. 1983 (Caswell Co., NC).

    66.   Samuel Dean Graves, b. 11 Feb. 1960 (Caswell Co., NC), m. Antoinette Peele, 14 Sept. 1984 (Wayne Co., NC).

    67.   Ramona Elizabeth Graves, b. 18 Jan. 1965 (Caswell Co., NC), m. Harry Joyner.

 

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[1] This surname was recorded as Rupel on the 1870 census.

[2] His name has also been recorded as Mon Jet, Monjet, Mongett, et al.

[3] According to the 1900 census.

[4] “North Carolina, Marriages, 1759-1979”, as posted on familysearch.org.  His parents were recorded as Isaac Washington and Almira Russell.  Her mother was listed as Edith Brown; her father’s name was unknown.

[5] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 213, as posted on Ancestry.com.  Her mother’s name was recorded as Edith Graves.

 

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

[7] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 22171, as posted on Ancestry.com.

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

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

[10] “Virginia, Marriages, 1786-1940” index as posted on familysearch.org.

[11] Kentucky, Birth Records, 1852-1910, register 415A, as posted on Ancestry.com.

[12] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 337, as posted on Ancestry.com.

[13] North Carolina, Death Indexes, 1908-2004, as posted on Ancestry.com.

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

[15] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 9399, as posted on Ancestry.com.

[16] North Carolina, Death Indexes, 1908-2004, as posted on Ancestry.com.