Rev. 15 Nov. 2007, Gen. 381







William Graves (1) was born about 1755 and died 24 Feb. 1836[1].  He married Mary Shaver about 1796.  She was born 22 Feb. 1779 in SC, and died in Aug. 1851.  He may have been a Revolutionary War soldier, although this may have been the other William Graves in genealogy 220, mentioned in the paragraph.  He was living in SC in 1793 when his first child was born.  Henry Shaver, his father-in-law, moved his large family from Lancaster Co., SC to the Milledgeville, Baldwin Co., GA area.  By 1817 they had moved and settled in Montgomery Co., AL.  William Graves settled on land in the same area in Alabama as the Henry Shaver family.  His brother-in-law was James Shaver, born 1802.

It is interesting to note that the birth and death dates for this William Graves are the same as for the William Graves who married Sarah Smith (shown in genealogy 220 for Francis Graves).  Obviously they have different wives and children and are two separate people, but moved to the same area of Alabama.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+2.  John Kirk Graves, b.c. 1793, m. Celia Ann Jones, 24 Dec. 1826.

  3.  Eliza Graves, b.c. 1800, m. Robert Nesbit, d. 1862.  Eliza was listed in 1853 Will Book B as an heir of the estate of William and Mary Shaver Graves.

+4.  Henry Graves, b.c. 1806, m. Manetta ‑‑‑‑‑‑, b. 1860-1870.

  5.  Louisa Graves, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Frazier.

  6.  Mary Graves, m. Malsey Harris.

  7.  James S. Graves






John Kirk Graves (2) was born about 1793 in SC.  He married Celia Ann Jones of Montgomery Co., AL on 24 Dec. 1826[2].  She was born about 1808 in GA.

John K. Graves was an heir and the administrator of the estate of Mary Graves, a widow.  (Will Book B, pages 25, 26, 27, dated 20 April 1853.  Alabama State Archives, Montgomery, AL.)  John, Celia, and their children were living in Nixburg, Coosa Co., AL about 1830.  The 1850 Coosa Co. census shows John K., 57, Celia, 42, William, 19, Martha, 13.  By 1852 they had moved to Leake Co., MS and called their community Coosa.  It appears that they were the first to be buried in what became known as the Graves family cemetery in Leake Co.  The graves were unmarked for more than one hundred years, but handed down sketches of the layout of the cemetery and indentations in the soil showed where each one was buried.  Although all documents show “John K.”, it is likely that the initial “K” was for Kirk, since John Kirk was the name given to his grandson.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+8.  Mary Jane Graves, b. 25 Nov. 1828, m. James Harvey Cleveland.

+9.  William Russell Graves, b.c. 1830, m(1) Elizabeth Guice, m(2) Narcissa Barnes, 1898, d. 1898.

  10.  Martha Graves, b.c. 1837.


Henry Graves (4) was born about 1806 in SC.  He married Manetta ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1809 in SC.  They were in the 1850 and 1860 censuses for District 2, Montgomery Co., AL.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in AL.

Children - Graves

+11.  William D. Graves, b.c. 1830, m. Rebecca C. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  12.  James M. Graves, b.c. 1832.

  13.  John A. Graves, b.c. 1838.






Mary Jane Graves (8) was born 25 Nov. 1828 in Nixburg, Coosa Co., AL.  She married James Harvey Cleveland.  He was born 1 Jan. 1829 in Nixburg, AL.  All their children were born in Nixburg, Coosa Co., AL.  (R‑2)

Children - Cleveland

+14.  James Henry Cleveland, b. 22 Aug. 1848, m. Willie Irene Jay.

+15.  William Benjamin Cleveland, b. 20 Oct. 1850, m. Mary Ellen Barr.

+16.  Mary Emergene Cleveland, b. 28 Nov. 1853, m. Elijah Wilbanks Horne.

  17.  Minnie Louella Cleveland, b. 1 Jan. 1869.


William Russell Graves (9) was born about 1830 in Coosa Co., AL.  He married Elizabeth Guice.  She was born about 1832 in AL, and died in 1893.  They moved to Leake Co., MS with their first 2 children about 1857.

The group of families that moved to that area of Leake Co. called their community Coosa.  After settling in MS, William and Elizabeth had 6 more children.  His parents, Celia and John Kirk Graves, joined him on his Mississippi farm, and were buried beside William and Elizabeth in the Graves family cemetery.  Their first 2 children were born in AL and the others in Leake Co., MS.  The 2 youngest sons died as boys, but the others left many descendants.

After Elizabeth died, William married second Narcissa Barnes in 1898.  He was 63 at the time, and she was 52.  She was also buried in the Graves family cemetery in Leake Co., MS.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves, by Elizabeth Guice

+18.  John Kirk Graves, b. 22 Aug. 1853, m. Susan Bernice Hooper, d. 19 Oct. 1924.

  19.  Sarah Celia (“Sallie”) Graves, m. Younger Blocker.

  20.  Martha Jane Graves, m. William Walton.

  21.  Mary Loveda Graves, m. Joseph Napoleon Dorrill.

  22.  William Hardy Graves, m. Mollie Gully.

  23.  Henry Guice Graves, m(1) Mary Rosella Ashmore, m(2) Sarah Elizabeth Ashmore.

  24.  Mahlon Graves, b.c. 1870, d. 1880.

  25.  Bennie Graves, b.c. 1872, d. 1884.



William D. Graves (11) was born about 1830 in AL.  He married Rebecca C. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1837 in AL.  They were in the 1860 and 1870 censuses for Montgomery Co., AL.  He was a farmer in 1860 and a merchant in 1870.  All their children were living in AL.

Children - Graves

  26.  Sarah M. Graves, b. 1 April 1855.

  27.  William Henry T. (or F.) Graves, b. 31 Aug. 1857.

  28.  Louiza F. Graves, b. 6 Nov. 1859.

  29.  Mary Lelia Graves, b. 16 June 1862.






James Henry Cleveland (14) was born 22 Aug. 1848 in Nixburg, Coosa Co., AL.  He married Willie Irene Jay.  She was born 4 Feb. 1848 in Edinburg, Leake Co., MS.  Both their children were born in Edinburg.  (R‑2)

Children - Cleveland

  30.  Robert Bruce Cleveland, b. 1 Feb. 1876.

  31.  Henry Leroy Cleveland, b. 25 Feb. 1882.


William Benjamin Cleveland (15) was born 20 Oct. 1850 in Nixburg, Coosa Co., AL.  He married Mary Ellen Barr.  She was born about 1850 in Neshoba Co., MS.  All their children were born in Ellisville, Jones Co., MS.  (R‑2)

Children - Cleveland

  32.  Oscar Oliver Cleveland, b. 9 Oct. 1875.

  33.  Leuman Dawson Cleveland, b. 25 March 1878.

  34.  Daisy Eveline Cleveland, b. 20 Oct. 1880.

  35.  Otho Carson Cleveland, b. 14 June 1883.


Mary Emergene Cleveland (16) was born 28 Nov. 1853 in Nixburg, Coosa Co., AL.  She married Elijah Wilbanks Horne.  She was born 13 March 1855 in Coosa Co., AL.  Their first child was born in Coosa Co., AL, and their last 4 children were born in Leake Co., MS.  (R‑2)

Children - Horne

  36.  William Larkin Horne, b. 22 July 1870.

  37.  Pearl Cleveland Horne, b. 31 July 1877.

  38.  William Larkin Horne, b. 22 July 1879.

  39.  Carl Leroy Horne, b. 27 Dec. 1880.

  40.  Lacy Gray Horne, b. 23 Nov. 1882.



John Kirk Graves (18) was born 22 Aug. 1853 in AL, and died 19 Oct. 1924.  He married Susan Bernice (“Necie”) Hooper.  She was born 1 Oct. 1864 and died 23 Feb. 1962.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  41.  daughter (name thought to be Elizabeth), b. and d. 1881-1882.

+42.  Luther Hooper Graves, b. 21 Dec. 1882, m. Nell Kellar, d. 2 Dec. 1936.

+43.  William Russell Graves, b. 27 Oct. 1884, m. Dorsie Kathleen Barrett, d. 8 May 1974.

+44.  John Kirk Graves, b. 23 Dec. 1886, m(1) Georgia Stanton Latting, m(2) Guida Aylesworth, d. 12 Aug. 1977.

+45.  Charles Lee Graves, b. 12 Jan. 1888, m. Ora Temple Smith.

+46.  Anna Irma Graves, b. 6 Dec. 1890, m. Zachary Taylor, Jr., d. 11 Oct. 1971.

  47.  Henry Hugh Graves, b. 16 Oct. 1892, d. 30 Sept. 1918.  He lost his life at the end of World War I when the U.S.S. Ticonderoga was sunk.

  48.  Walter Samuel Graves, b. 21 Jan. 1895, d. 22 Feb. 1919.  He was serving in the U.S. Navy in France when he died of pneumonia.

+49.  Lamar Fincher Graves, b. 14 March 1897, m. Mary Doreen Noble, d. 30 June 1984.  She was b. 3 Nov. 1920.  He served in the Army during WW I, 1917-1918, and WW II, 1943-1956, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel.  He met and married Doreen while on duty in England.  After retiring, he continued to live in California.

+50.  Alma Bernice Graves, b. 10 June 1899, m(1) Cecil Burns, m(2) Howard Leroy Hain, d. 23 March 1986.

+51.  Clyde Harvey Graves, b. 14 Oct. 1908, m(1) Jane MacMaster, m(2) Marie Reimer.


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[1] These dates for William Graves may not be correct, and may be for another person of the same name.

[2] Her full name and marriage date are from IGI submission.