The following discussion was submitted by Charles Purvis, as stated at the end. He believes that the Richard Graves of genealogy 270 who was born 1765, and married Nancy Lewis, was the grandfather of David William Graves of genealogy 558. He would like feedback from this discussion.

 

Following the discussion of the identity of the children of Richard Graves are further comments and information pertaining to the connection between genealogies 558 and 270.

 

Identifying the Children of Richard Graves of Anson County, NC and Chesterfield Co., SC

 

 

When the book Robert Graves of Anson County, NC and Chesterfield Co., SC; Ancestors and Descendants (ca. 1580-1979)", A Branch of the Descendants of Capt. Thomas Graves, 1608 Immigrant to Jamestown, VA; by Kenneth Vance Graves, was published in 1980, the ONLY known child of Richard was a son Lewis Graves who married Miriam Lewis and eventually moved to and settled in Henry County, Tennessee.

 

Not much has changed in the past 25 years since the publication of this book to further identify these children.

 

I have spent almost 30 years documenting the GRAVES FAMILIES in these two counties of North & South Carolina. There are some new clues to the identity of these children and I believed that you the readership of this newsletter could help in proving what I am about to suggest:

 

My research leads me to believe that the below listed individuals are indeed children of Richard Graves.

 

1.      Lewis Graves married Miriam Lewis

 

RICHARD and his brother LEWIS, married sisters, daughters of Thomas LEWIS. Richard married NANCY LEWIS and LEWIS, his brother, married MYRAM LEWIS.

 

WILL: Thomas LEWIS Will, Will Book B, Page 61, Anson County, NC. 61. THOMAS LEWIS - Oct. 27, 1817. Apr. 1836. Wife, Susanna. Seven daughters: Nancy Graves, Rebecca Melton, Rachel Adams, Elizabeth Autry, Naomi Hubbard, Susanna May and Myram Graves. Sons: Thomas J., Daniel and heirs of Jeremiah Lewis, daughter Cary and heirs of daughter Martha Mangram. Proper Thomas and Nancy Gaddy.

 

2.       Richard Graves married Nancy Lewis

 

RICHARD and his brother LEWIS, married sisters, daughters of Thomas LEWIS. Richard married NANCY LEWIS and LEWIS, his brother, married MYRAM LEWIS.

 

WILL: Thomas LEWIS Will, Will Book B, Page 61, Anson County, NC. 61. THOMAS LEWIS - Oct. 27, 1817. Apr. 1836. Wife, Susanna. Seven daughters: Nancy Graves, Rebecca Melton, Rachel Adams, Elizabeth Autry, Naomi Hubbard, Susanna May and Myram Graves. Sons: Thomas J., Daniel and heirs of Jeremiah Lewis, daughter Cary and heirs of daughter Martha Mangram. Proper Thomas and Nancy Gaddy.

 

 

3.       Rebecca Graves, possibly Rebecca Graves Adams

 

ORDER TO APPEAR: "Miscellaneous Abstracts from Pre-Civil War Cheraw, South Carolina Newspapers" by James C. Pigg, 1996, Page 26. Quote: James Chapman vs Rebecca Adams, Lewis Graves, Wm. Rickkits and Nancy his wife, Richard Graves, Mm. Graves, Neill McNeill and Martha his wife, and Thomas Graves defendants.

It appearing to my satisfaction that all the Defendants above named reside without this state. It is therefore ordered that they appear before me in the Court of Ordinary to be held for Chesterfield District on Monday, the 17th day of February next, to object to the sale or division of the Real Estate of Richard Graves Deceased, or their consent will be entered of Record. TURNER BRYAN, O.C.D.

16th December, 1838

Printed 1 January 1839

 

4.       Nancy Graves married William Rikkets

 

ORDER TO APPEAR: "Miscellaneous Abstracts from Pre-Civil War Cheraw, South Carolina Newspapers" by James C. Pigg, 1996, Page 26. Quote: James Chapman vs Rebecca Adams, Lewis Graves, Wm. Rickkits and Nancy his wife, Richard Graves, Mm. Graves, Neill McNeill and Martha his wife, and Thomas Graves defendants.

It appearing to my satisfaction that all the Defendants above named reside without this state. It is therefore ordered that they appear before me in the Court of Ordinary to be held for Chesterfield District on Monday, the 17th day of February next, to object to the sale or division of the Real Estate of Richard Graves Deceased, or their consent will be entered of Record. TURNER BRYAN, O.C.D.

16th December, 1838

Printed 1 January 1839

 

 

5.       Richard Graves (maybe a Jr.)

6.       Mm. [Alice Malinda, ??] Graves (Gender unknown)

7.       Martha Graves married Neill McNeill 1850 Carroll Co., Ms, pg 265)

 

ORDER TO APPEAR: "Miscellaneous Abstracts from Pre-Civil War Cheraw, South Carolina Newspapers" by James C. Pigg, 1996, Page 26. Quote: James Chapman vs Rebecca Adams, Lewis Graves, Wm. Rickkits and Nancy his wife, Richard Graves, Mm. Graves, Neill McNeill and Martha his wife, and Thomas Graves defendants.

It appearing to my satisfaction that all the Defendants above named reside without this state. It is therefore ordered that they appear before me in the Court of Ordinary to be held for Chesterfield District on Monday, the 17th day of February next, to object to the sale or division of the Real Estate of Richard Graves Deceased, or their consent will be entered of Record. TURNER BRYAN, O.C.D.

16th December, 1838

Printed 1 January 1839

 

1850 CENSUS: Northern Division, Carroll Co. MS, pg 265 (stamp 528), Family/Dwelling 163/163; Neal McNEAL, age 46<1804>, born in SC; Martha McNEAL, age 34, born in NC<1813> and Mary Ann McNEAL, age 17, born in SC.

 

8.       Thomas Graves married Catherine Godwin

 

This listing is based on two clippings from extant newspapers for Chesterfield County and the WILL of Thomas LEWIS recorded in Anson County, NC. Thomas Lewis died 12 January 1836.

 

WILL: Thomas LEWIS Will, Will Book B, Page 61, Anson County, NC. 61. THOMAS LEWIS - Oct. 27, 1817. Apr. 1836. Wife, Susanna. Seven daughters: Nancy Graves, Rebecca Melton, Rachel Adams, Elizabeth Autry, Naomi Hubbard, Susanna May and Myram Graves. Sons: Thomas J., Daniel and heirs of Jeremiah Lewis, daughter Cary and heirs of daughter Martha Mangram. Proper Thomas and Nancy Gaddy.

 

SHERIFF'S SALE: Quote: Will be sold on the first Monday in April next at Chesterfield C.H. within the legal hours, by order of the Court of Ordinary, all the real estate of Richard Graves, deceased, consisting of two tracts, one containing 300 acres more or less, known as the McLendon tract, the other tract containing 42 acres more or less, granted to Rebecca Graves. Dated 20 March 1839. Unquote. "Miscellaneous Abstracts from Pre-Civil War Cheraw, South Carolina Newspapers" by James C. Pigg, 1996, Page 30.

 

ORDER TO APPEAR: Quote: James Chapman vs Rebecca Adams, Lewis Graves, Wm. Rickkits and Nancy his wife, Richard Graves, Mm. Graves, Neill McNeill and Martha his wife, and Thomas Graves defendants.

It appearing to my satisfaction that all the Defendants above named resides without this state. It is therefore ordered that they appear before me in the Court of Ordinary to be held for Chesterfield District on Monday, the 17th day of February next, to object to the sale or division of the Real Estate of Richard Graves Deceased, or their consent will be entered of Record. TURNER BRYAN, O.C.D.

16th December, 1838

Printed 1 January 1839

"Miscellaneous Abstracts from Pre-Civil War Cheraw, South Carolina Newspapers" by James C. Pigg, 1996, Page 26.

 

The Graves Family Newsletter

The Graves Family Newsletter - Page 45

Graves family - 2002

Malinda may have had a brother, Thomas Graves, who married Catherine Godwin, a

sister of Wells Godwin. They were living in Union Springs, AL in 1858. ...

Published 2002

[s.n]

[The Graves Family Newsletter V. 17-21, 1994-1998, Page 45

Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison

Digitized Nov 7, 2007]

 

We know based on the newspaper dated 1 Jan 1839 that ALL the named individuals were non-residents of Chesterfield County, SC and were indeed heirs and entitled to the estate of Richard GRAVES.

Chances are that these individuals will be found with pockets of other GRAVES Families that migrated to Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and other western states.

 

In an abbrevated partial copy of Minutes of the Deep Creek Baptist Church, I fiound mentioned of a Richard Graves, deceased by 1817(son?), Jane Graves, Nancy Graves, Richard Graves was present at a 1826 Church meeting, Ann Graves in 1819 Thomas Lewis and Susannah Lewis.

 

If you have any info related to the 8 named individuals listed as possible children of Richard Grave please contact Charles L. Purvis, 714 W. Holly Hill Rd., Thomasville, NC 27360. E-Mail: Cpurvis1@triad.rr.com

 

 

Additional Comments and Information Relating to the Connection Between Genealogies 558 and 270

 

On March 28, 2008, Charles Purvis wrote: I've tossed many concepts around. I guess it comes down to Who is MARY GRAVES, age 55 in the 1850 Census. Is she the mother of David W. GRAVES, Thomas GRAVES & Mary Ann GRAVES? Is she the grandmother of Sarah Jane, William Thomas, Mary Ann, Martha and  Eliza (The last 3 are children of Thomas Graves & Mollie Rivers). Or, is she the wife of David W. GRAVES, even though she is older?

 

Another question is do you accept the census for David W. Graves age or his tombstone which records his birth as 22 Jan 1812.

 

Another problem I had was that there is only ONE GRAVES family in 1830 Chesterfield -- MARY GRAVES and she is a WIDOW

*Only one Graves enumerated in Chesterfield Co., in 1830, Mary Graves: I male 0-5, 2 males 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 female 5-10, and I female 20-30.(This could be David - **1 male 10-15)*

 

David W. GRAVES, born 22 Jan 1812 (Tombstone at Old St. Mary's Presbyterian Church Cemetery); Thomas GRAVES, born about 1820 and Mary Ann GRAVES, born about 1825 are brothers & sisters and the sons & daughter of Mary GRAVES.

 

For many years, I thought that Sarah Jane GRAVES, born abt 1833 and William THOMAS GRAVES, born abt 1838 were also siblings. Then after finding David W. GRAVES, tombstone which show he was born in 1812 it made more sense that SARAH JANE  & WILLIAM THOMAS were DAVID children and that Mary, their grandmother were caring for them in the 1840 & 1850 Census.

 

If this is true then DAVID W. remarried again later in life abt 1872 to Mary Anne Gulledge and had another family.

 

 

*CENSUS: 1830 - Only one Graves enumerated in Chesterfield Co., in 1830, Mary Graves: I male 0-5, 2 males 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 female 5-10, and 1 female 20-30.*

 

CENSUS: 1840 Census, Chesterfield Co. SC, Film #022508, Page 347, Chesterfield District. Mary is listed between 30-40, along with 2 sons and 2 daughters. One son (Thomas) is between 5-10 years of age, the other son (David W.) between 10-15 years of age. One daughter (Sarah Jane) is between 5-10 years of age, the other daughter (unknown/Mary Ann) between 15-20 years of age.

 

1850 CENSUS: Chesterfield Co. SC, Film #0444814, Family #110, Page 106, Chesterfield District. Mary GRAVES, age 55, born in SC; David W. GRAVES, age 32, Tailor, born in SC; Sarah J. GRAVES, age 16, born in SC and Thomas GRAVES, age 14, born in SC. Mary age 55 makes her birth year to be about 1795.

 

1860 CENSUS: Chesterfield Co. SC, Film #805217, Dwelling/Family 1083/1081, Page 171, Chesterfield District. Mary GRAVES, age 60, born in SC; David W. GRAVES, age 42, Laborer.

 

1880 Census, SC, Cole Hill Township, Chesterfield County, Page 309, Dwelling/Family 193/193, Census Film #1255225. David W. Graves, age 55; Mary Graves, age 38; Annie J. Graves, age 7; Margaret Graves, age 6; Daniel G. Graves, age 4; Archie J. Graves age 1; and Jane Gulledge, Mother-in-law, age 68.

 

1880 CENSUS: Cole Hill, Chesterfield, South Carolina, FHL Film 1255225, National Archives Film T9-1225, Page 309C, David W. GRAVES, age 55, born in NC, Fa: SC, Mo: GA;  Mary GRAVES, Wife, age 38, born in SC, Fa: SC, Mo: SC;  Annie J. GRAVES, Dau., age 7, born in SC; Margret GRAVES, Dau.,
age 6, born in SC; Daniel G. GRAVES, Son, age 4; born in SC;  Archie J. GRAVES, Son, age 1, born in SC;  Jane GULLEDGE, Mother-in-Law, age 68, born in SC, Fa: SC, Mo: SC,.

 

1900 CENSUS: Chesterfield County SC, Soundex Film #1248413. Mary A. Graves is listed without her husband David W. but with four (4) of her children - Annie, J.;Daniel G.; Archibald J.; and Mary H. David W. Graves died in 1898.

 

1900 CENSUS: Chesterfield County SC, Census Film #1241523. Mary A. Graves is listed without her husband David W. but with four (4) of her children - Annie, J.;Daniel G.;Archibald J.; and Mary H. David W. Graves died in 1898.

 

BIRTH-DEATH-BURIAL: Tombstone, Old St. Mary's Presbyterian Church Cemetery as recorded in "Chesterfield County, South Carolina Cemetery Survey", Page 943, By James C. Pigg, Published  by Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, Copyright 1995. Dates on tombstone are recorded as BIRTH- 22 Jan 1812; Death 21 Nov 1898.

 

MILITARY: Served with James C. Coit's Co. Chesterfield Artillery, SC Lt. Artillery as a Pvt. Was on furlough Jan-Feb 186. Was hospitalized at Episcopal Church Hospital, Williamburg, VA from 26 Sept 1862 to 11 November 1862. His brother Thomas Graves served as a member of Co. C, 8th SC Infantry. He (Thomas) died on 19 October 1862 at Winchester, Va.

 

*THOMAS GRAVES, born abt 1820*

1840 Census, Anson County, NC Page 53, 1 Male between 20-30 (Thos. J. GRAVES), 1 Female between 15-20 (Eliza), 1 female between 1-5 (Mary Ann)

 

1850 CENSUS: Chesterfield Co. SC, Film #0444814, Dwelling/Family #1196/1196, Page 176B, Thomas GRAVES, age 30, Farmer, born in NC;  Eliza GRAVES, age 29, born in SC; Mary GRAVES, age 12, born in SC; Eliza GRAVES, age 10, born in SC.

 

1860 CENSUS: Anson County, NC, Gulledge Township, Dwelling/Family 1067/1027, Page 230A. Thomas GRAVES, age 39, Farmer; Eliza GRAVES, age 36 and Martha GRAVES , age 16. All born in North Carolina.

 

MILITARY: 1862: Killed in Civil War - Thomas Graves served as a member of Co. C, 8th SC Infantry. He (Thomas) died on 19 October 1862 at Winchester, Va. MILITARY: CSA Co. C 8th SC VOL INF

 

DEATH: "Broken Fortunes", By Randolph W. Kirkland, Jr., Published by The South Carolina Historical Society, Charleston, SC, 1995. Thomas Graves, died 19 October 1862, Winchester, Va. Page 137.

 

*MARY ANN GRAVES, born abt 1825*

Rations issued to poor and infirmed persons, etc. - August 10, 1866, Entry 235. Mary Wallace, white, 40 years old. Husbands name Jackson Wallace. Is consumptive. Has eight children. Daughter Henrietta 22, David, son of 16, rest under 15 years. Lives five miles from Cheraw on Plank [?] Road to Wadesborough. Lives on Dr. Poe's place. Has about 4 acres in corn & peas. Has one hog, 5 or 6 chickens, one horse. Is recommended by D. McNair, R J. Dargan and others of Cheraw. Has free ticket on R. R. Issued for self & 6 children for 3 days. [Freedmen's Bureau Ration Book, May - September 1866 Darlington, South Carolina Transcribed by Scott Wilds of Philadelphia, PA, an Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS member. [The Carolina Herald, Summer Issue 2003, Page 27.]

 

BIRTH-DEATH-BURIAL: SC Death certificate #25210 (Henerietta Kelsoe Wallace Gainey) born July 7, 1846, in Chesterfield Co., SC daughter of A. J. Wallace of Chesterfield Co., SC, and _*Mary Graves *_of
Chesterfield Co., SC, widowed, housewife, died January 21, 1916, of chronic nephritis and broncho pneumonia, and was buried at Cheraw, SC. Informant J. T. Gainey, as recorded in "Chesterfield County, South Carolina Death Certificates (Caucasian) 1915-1920" by James C. Pigg, self-published 1996,Page 12.

 

BIRTH-DEATH-BURIAL: Tombstone, Five Forks Methodist Church Cemetery as recorded in "Chesterfield County, South Carolina Cemetery Survey", Page 626, By James C. Pigg, Published  by Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, Copyright 1995.

 

CENSUS, 1850 Chesterfield Co., SC, Family/Dwelling 206/206, Page 111B. Jackson Wallace, age 34, Mary Wallace age 25, Jackson Wallace, age 9, Clement Wallace, age 6, Henrietta Wallace, age 4; David J. Wallace, age 3; William C. Wallace, age 2.

 

1860 CENSUS: Cheraw PO, Chesterfield Co., SC, Series: M653  Roll: 1217, Page: 94, line 22, Family/Dwelling 10/10. Jackson Wallace, age 48, Mary Wallace age 35, Jackson Wallace Jr., age 20, Clem Wallace, age1 6, Harriet Wallace, age 14; David Wallace, age 13; Caleb Wallace, age 12; Laura, age 10; Heneritta, age 8; Doctor, age 6; Elizabeth, age 4, William, age 2.