Rev. 17 Sept.. 2008, Gen. 438
DESCENDANTS OF HENRY GRAVES AND ROSETTA ------ OF HAYWOOD CO., TN
Henry Graves (1) was born about 1835 or 1842 in TN. He first married ‑‑‑‑‑‑. She was born in NC, according to the 1880 census. He seems to have married as his second wife Rosetta (“Rose”) ‑‑‑‑‑‑. She was born about 1853 in AL, with both her parents born in NC. She was listed with Henry in both the 1870 and 1880 censuses.
Henry Graves was in the 1870 and 1880 censuses for Haywood Co., TN. His age was given as 28 in 1870 and 45 in 1880. All his children were born in TN. He was a farm laborer. In 1870, there were many other Graves families living nearby, some of which might be related. He could not be found on any earlier slave censuses with a Graves owner. The slave owners listed in 1860 in Haywood Co. were Peyton Graves and Lewis Graves (gen. 270, son of Martin Graves), but they didn’t have slaves of the right age to be Henry. Since Henry was listed as mulatto on the 1870 census, and some of his descendants were also listed that way in later censuses, it is possible that he had white ancestry. The family that seems most likely to be related is genealogy 281 for Thomas Graves and Mary Bradshaw of Mecklenburg Co., VA.
Edward and Esau seem to definitely be children of the first marriage, and Ella Iola and the younger children are definitely by the second marriage, but it is not certain who the mother of James and Babe were. Also, there were probably more children after the 1880 census, but these are not presently known.
Children – Graves, by first wife
2. Edward Graves, b.c. 1860.
3. Esau Graves, b.c. 1864.
4. James Graves, b.c. 1867.
Children – Graves, by Rosetta ------
5. Babe Graves (son), b. 1870. This was probably not his actual name.
6. Ella Iola Graves, b.c. 1873.
7. Charlie H. Graves, b.c. 1875.
+8. Solomon Graves, b. June 1876, m. Ollie Skillington, c. 1896.
9. Thomas Graves, b.c. 1879.
CHILDREN OF HENRY GRAVES (1) AND ROSETTA ------
Solomon Graves (8) was born in June 1876 in TN. He married Ollie Skillington. She was born in May 1881 in TN. They were in the 1900 census for Memphis, 5th District, Shelby Co., TN. They have not yet been found in later census records. The 1910 census for Memphis, Ward 7, Shelby Co., TN, listed children Robert and Ollie, living with their aunt Ella Thomas, who was running a boarding house. Their parents weren’t with them. (R‑1)
Children – Graves
+10. Robert C. Graves, b. 13 Jan. 1899, m. Theresa Allen, d. 7 Sept. 1957.
11. Ollie Graves, b.c. 1905.
CHILDREN OF SOLOMON GRAVES (8) AND OLLIE SKILLINGTON
Robert C. Graves (10) was born 13 Jan. 1899 in Memphis, Shelby Co., TN, and died 7 Sept. 1957. He married Theresa Allen. They could not be found in any census. However, the 1930 census for Manhattan, New York City, NY, listed a Robert Graves, 31, TN, with wife Madge, 29, MS, and son James, 1 year 7 months, born IL, that might be the correct family. (R‑1)
Children – Graves
12. Robert James Graves, b.c. 1928.
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