Rev. 29 March 2013, Gen. 658

 

DESCENDANTS OF PARENTS OF JOHN GRAVES AND SAMUEL GRAVES OF CASWELL CO., NC

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

Unknown Graves (1) may have been born about 1790-1800, based on the ages of his two probable children.  The name of his wife is not known.  It is suspected that John and Samuel were his sons because they lived next to each other in the 1870 and 1880 censuses for Leasburg Twp., Caswell Co., NC, all family members listed as black.  Descendants of John Graves were also living next to descendants of Samuel Graves in later censuses, indicating the possibility of a close relationship.  Also living next to them in 1880 was Emily Graves, 28, (probably wife of an absent husband or a widow of another son), her children, and her uncle Frank Lea, 56.  Maybe Emily was Solomon’s wife, Emiline.

Children - Graves

+2. John Graves, b. 1820-1828, m. Fanny Lea, d. aft. 1880.

+3. Samuel Graves, b. 1825-1838, m. Lucinda Lea, d. aft. 1880.

 

 

GENERATION 2

 

CHILDREN OF ------ GRAVES (1)

John Graves (2) was born 1820-1828 in NC, and died after 1880.  He married Fanny Lea.  She was born about 1830-1838 in NC.  They were in the 1870 and 1880 censuses for Leasburg Twp., Caswell Co., NC.  Ages on these and other censuses for this area (perhaps especially for former slaves) vary greatly from one census to the next, so it is sometimes difficult to be sure of correct dates.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in NC.

The 1870 census did not list Solomon and Silas, and those children haven’t been found in Caswell Co., NC, or anywhere else in 1870.  There was a Silas Graves, b.c. 1856, son of Sidney and Maria Graves, in Gilmer, Guilford Co., NC, in 1870.  However, that was another Silas, since he was still in Gilmer, NC, in 1880, listed as born about 1853.  No Solomon Graves was found anywhere in NC in 1870.

Children - Graves

+4. Silas Graves, b.c. 1853, m. Amy ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1890, d. aft. 1900.

  5. Emiline Graves, b.c. 1854.  Recorded as ‘wife’s daughter’ on the 1870 census.

+6. Solomon Graves, b.c. 1857, m. Elizabeth Sergeant, c. 1886, d. aft. 1920.

  7. John Graves, b.c. 1858-1860.

+8. Calvin Graves, b. March 1860, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(2) Fannie King c. 1890, d. aft. 1930.

  9. Jerry Graves, b.c. 1863 (or c. 1869), m. Lucretia ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1887, d. 8 Sept. 1919 (Gilmer, Guilford Co., NC)[1].  Bur. Maplewood Cem.

  10.  Frank Graves, b.c. 1870.

 

Samuel (“Sam”) Graves (3) was born 1825-1838 in NC.  He married Lucinda Lea.  She was born about 1840-1843 in Caswell Co., NC, died 11 Nov. 1940 in Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co., NC, and was buried in Gibsonville Cem., Gibsonville, NC[2].  They were in the 1870 and 1880 censuses for Leasburg Twp., Caswell Co., NC; Chloe Graves, born about 1803-1810, probably his mother (although recorded as his wife’s mother), lived with them.  In both censuses they were living next to the family of his brother John Graves.  He was a farmer in 1870, and a carpenter and wheelwright in 1880.  All their children were born in NC.

Children - Graves

  11.  Mariah Graves, b.c. 1864-66.

+12.  Anderson Graves, b.c. 1865, m. Sarah Jane Oliver, c. 1888, d. aft. 1910.

+13.  Wesley Graves, b.c. 1866 (or Sept. 1864), m. Fannie Wade, c. 1894, d. 19 Jan. 1930.

+14.  Nelson Graves, b.c. 1868, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Pullum, c. 1888, m(2) Endie Curry, c. 1904, d. 19 March 1938.

  15.  Simon Graves, b.c. 1869.

  16.  Lucian Graves, b.c. 1874.  He may be the one who was a prisoner in the 1900 census for Simpsonville, Rockingham Co., NC.

+17.  John Henry Graves, b. Feb. 1872 (or 1876), m. Lessie Marie Hester, c. 1893.

17.  Rufus Graves, b.c. 1878.

+18.  Malvina Graves, b.c. 1880, m. Mack Troxler, c. 1897, d.

 

 

GENERATION 3

 

CHILDREN OF JOHN GRAVES (2) AND FANNY LEA

Silas Graves (4) was born about 1853 (or March 1857 according to the 1900 census) in NC, and died after 1900.  He married Amy ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1890.  If that marriage date is correct, then he must have married someone else first.  Amy was born in April 1863 in NC, died 5 April 1941 in Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC, and was buried in High Rock Baptist Church Cem., Pleasant Grove, Caswell Co., NC[3].  They were in the 1900 census for Leasburg Twp., Caswell Co., NC; their children were born in NC.  Amy was misrecorded as Anny Grass on the 1910 census in Leasburg.  She stated that she was married, but Silas is not listed with the family.  She was also recorded on the 1920 census in Tunstall, Pittsylvania Co., VA as a 55-year old widow.

Children - Graves

  19.  Eliza Graves, b. Jan. 1884.

  20.  Cindy Graves, b. June 1886.

  21.  Cledy Graves, b. Dec. 1889 (or 22 Jan. 1888), m. Ross Love, d. 20 April 1957.

  22.  Olige Graves, b. July 1892.

+23.  Carrie Graves, b. Aug. 1894, m. George Faulkner, c. 1920, d. aft. 1930.

  24.  Barbara Graves, b. Jan. 1897.

  25.  Lonna Graves, b.c. 1900.

 

Solomon Graves (6) was born about 1857 (or March 1852) in NC, and died after 1920.  He married Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Sergeant about 1886.  She was born in Sept. 1869 in NC, and died between 1910 and 1920.  They were in the 1900 census for Leasburg Twp., Caswell Co., NC, living next to the families of his brother Silas and his cousin Anderson Graves.  In 1900, his mother-in-law, Ellen Sergeant, 47, and his brother-in-law, William Sergeant, 14, were living with them.  They were in the 1910 census for Milton Twp., Semora Pct., Caswell Co., NC.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in NC.  Widowed Solomon was recorded on the 1920 census in Leasburg, NC.

Children - Graves

  26.  Eva Graves, b. Jan. 1889.

  27.  George Graves, b. Jan. 1893.

  28.  Walter Graves, b. Oct. 1896.

  29.  John (“Johnnie”) Graves, b. April 1898.

  30.  Narcissa (or Mattie) Graves, b. March 1900.

  31.  St. Louis Graves, b.c. 1904.

  32.  Richard Graves, b. 11 Sept. 1905.

  33.  Elizabeth Graves, b.c. June 1909.

  34.  Paul Graves, b. 15 Feb. 1911.

 

Calvin H. Graves (8) was born in March 1860 in NC, and died after 1930.  His first wife’s is not known.  He married second Fannie King about 1894.  She was born in May 1867 in NC.  He and his family were enumerated twice in the 1900 census for Anderson Twp., Caswell Co., NC, once on June 5 and again on June 7.  This family was also recorded on the 1910 census in Roanoke, McDowell Co., WV; his first five children were born in NC and the last two in WV.  He was a farmer in 1900 and a coal miner in 1910.  He was recorded on the 1930 census in Olive Hill, Person Co., NC as a 68-year old widower.

Children - Graves, by ‑‑‑‑‑‑

  35.  David Sidney Graves, b. 18 July 1892, m. Ada ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 15 Dec. 1974 (Columbus, Franklin Co., OH).

Children - Graves, by Fannie King

  36.  Calvin James (or James Calvin) Graves, b. 12 Dec. 1896, m. Lizzie ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  37.  Henry Albert Graves, b. 5 Oct. 1898, m. Mary ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 17 April 1963 (Mebane, Caswell Co., NC).  Bur. Graves Chapel Baptist Church Cem. (Caswell Co., NC).

  38.  Zora A. Graves, b.c. 1901.

  39.  Martha R. E. Graves, b.c. 1904.

  40.  Mary F. Graves, b. 7 Aug. 1905, m. William Trubee (or Truby), c. 1925, d. 15 Dec. 1991 (Philadelphia, PA).

  41.  Dora H. Graves, b.c. 1908.

 

CHILDREN OF SAMUEL GRAVES (3) AND LUCINDA LEA

Anderson Graves (12) was born about 1865 (or Jan. 1864) in NC, and died after 1910.  He married Sarah Jane Oliver about 1888.  She was born in June 1874 in NC.  They were in the 1900 and 1910 censuses for Leasburg Twp., Caswell Co., NC.  He was a farmer.  In 1900, Sarah stated that all eight of their eight children were living; their children were born in NC.

Children - Graves

  42.  William (“Willie”) Graves, b. Dec. 1888.

  43.  Annie Graves, b. March 1890.

  44.  Cora Graves, b. May 1892.

  45.  Lillian Graves, b. Oct. 1893.

  46.  Maggie Graves, b. May 1895.

+47.  Raleigh Graves, b. April 1896, m. Hannah ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1923, d. 21 Aug. 1948.

  48.  Fletcher Graves, b. Dec. 1897, d. 19 Jan. 1929 (near Mebane, Alamance Co., NC).  Bur. White Oak Grove Cem. (Cedar Grove Twp., near Carr, NC).

  49.  Bessie Graves, b. Oct. 1899.

  50.  Winnie Graves, b.c. 1904.

  51.  Kiner (or Linez) Graves (daughter), b.c. May 1909.

 

Wesley Graves (13) was born in Sept. 1864 (or about 1866) in NC, died 19 Jan. 1930 in Rock Creek Twp., Guilford Co., NC, and was buried in Allen Chapel, Caswell Co., NC[4].  He married Fannie (or Fanny) Wade about 1894.  She was born in Aug. 1873 in NC, and died 27 Nov. 1936 in Burlington, NC.  They were in the 1900 and 1910 censuses for Hightowers Twp., Caswell Co., NC.  Four of their six children were living in 1900, and 9 of their 13 children were living in 1910.  He was living next to his brother John in 1900.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in Caswell Co., NC.

Children - Graves

+52.  Percy Davis Graves, b. Feb. 1895, m. Rosa May Poteat.

  53.  Nannie Graves, b. Feb. 1896.

  54.  Henry Graves, b. Feb. 1897.

  55.  Verna Graves, b. Feb. 1898.

  56.  Algernon Graves, b. 18 March 1898, m. Ressie Whitifield, d. 23 Oct. 1962 (Burlington, Alamance Co., NC).  Bur. Beulah Baptist Church Cem. (Caswell Co., NC).

  57.  Clair Graves (son), b.c. 1902, m. Maggie ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  They were in the 1920 census for Hightowers Twp., Caswell Co., NC.  He was a farmer.

  58.  Ida Mae Graves, b.c. 1905 (or 24 Feb. 1914), m. Isaac Faucette, d. 24 Feb. 1971 (Burlington, Alamance Co., NC).  Bur. North Lawn Cem. (Burlington, NC).

  59.  Charlie Graves, b.c. 1906.

  60.  Maggie Graves, b.c. 1907.

  61.  Johnnie Lucian Graves, b.c. Feb. 1909 (or 4 Dec. 1906[5]), m. Ollie ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 3 Feb. 1955 (Burlington, Alamance Co., NC).  Much information is from his death certificate.

  62.  Julius Graves, b. 5 Oct. 1913, m. Pauline H. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 17 Nov. 1969 (Burlington, NC).  Bur. Martin’s Chapel Church (Alamance Co., NC).

  63.  daughter, b. 27 July 1916 (per NC Birth Index, 1800-2000, Ancestry.com).

 

Nelson Graves (14) was born in March 1862 (or about 1864, 1861, or 1868) in NC, and died 19 March 1938 in Mebane, Orange Co., NC[6].  His name was listed as Anderson in the 1870 census, but as Nelson after that.  He first married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Pullum about 1888.  She probably died before 1900.  He was in the 1900 census for Hightowers Twp., Caswell Co., NC, unmarried, with 3 children and his brother-in-law, Charley Pullum, age 13, living with him.  He married second Endie or Emily Curry[7] about 1904.  (Her name has also been read as Judie and Indie.)  She was born about 1878 in NC.  This was her second marriage also.  They were in the 1910 census for Bushy Fork Twp., Person Co., NC, when 3 of her 6 children were still living.  They were in the 1920 and 1930 censuses for Cedar Grove Twp., Orange Co., NC.  He was a farm laborer in 1900 and a farmer after that.  The children by his second marriage (born 1900 to 1910) in the 1910 census were Willie Roy, Wesley and Maggie, but the 1920 census listed them as Willie Roy, Cornelia, and Luetta.  Perhaps Wesley was really Cornelia.  All their children were born in NC.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves, by 1st wife

  64.  Lillie Graves, b. April 1888.

  65.  Emma Graves, b. May 1892.

  66.  Rufus Graves, b. 20 March 1894, m. Fidla (?) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 25 Jan. 1954 (Cedar Grove, Orange Co., NC)[8].  In 1930 census for Cedar Grove, Orange Co., NC.

  67.  Calvin Graves, b. May 1895 (or c. 1897).

Children - Graves, by Endie Curry

  68.  Willie Roy Graves, b. 11 April 1901, m. Allie Maud ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1929, d. 10 Oct. 1959 (Bush Fork, Person Co., NC)[9].  She was b.c. 1900 (NC).  Living next to his parents in 1930.

+69.  Cornelia Graves, b. 1 Sept. 1902, m. Willie L. Bearley, d. 20 Dec. 1952.

  70.  Wesley Graves, b.c. 1905.

  71.  Maggie (or Luetta) Graves, b.c. March 1909.

  72.  Daniel Graves, b.c. 1911.

  73.  Connie M. Graves, b.c. 1913.

 

John Henry Graves (17) was born in June 1872 (or Feb. 1872 or c. 1876) in Caswell Co., NC, and died 2 May 1947 in Burlington, Alamance Co., NC[10].  He married Lessie Marie Hester (or Lessie Robena Hester), daughter of Floyd Hester and Monie Robena Woods, about 1894.  She was born in June 1874 (or about 1877) in Hightowers Twp., Caswell Co., NC, and died 25 Sept. 1936 in Caswell Co., NC.  They were in the 1900 census for Hightowers Twp., NC, when 2 of their 3 children were living.  They were in the 1910 census for Bushy Fork, Person Co., NC, when 5 of their 8 children were living.  They were in the 1920 census for Cedar Grove, Orange Co., NC and the 1930 census for Hightowers Twp., NC, when their last 3 children were still living at home.  In 1940, John was a 54-year old widower in Anderson, Caswell Co., NC.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in NC.  John and Lessie were buried in White Oak Baptist Church Cem., northwest corner of Cedar Grove Twp., below Carr, NC.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Graves

+74.  Samuel Floyd Graves, b. 1 April 1896, m. Julur Bell Yellock, c. 1918, d. 27 April 1969.

  75.  Lucinda (“Cindy” or “Cinda” or “Lucy”) Graves, b. 10 Aug. 1899, m. Arthur E. Bradsher, c. 1919, d. 19 April 1995 (Chapel Hill, Orange Co., NC).  He was b.c. 1897 (NC).  1 son and 1 dau.

  76.  John Henry Graves, b.c. 1902, m. Bertha Bessie Crawford, 17 March 1928 (Forsyth Co., NC).

  77.  Vesta Lea (or Vertilea or Bertha) Graves, b. 12 Feb. 1907, m. Arvie Wade, d. 28 June 1998 (Washington, DC).

  78.  Audrey Graves, b. 30 May 1909, m. Porter Phillips, d. 15 Nov. 1981 (Burlington, NC).

  79.  Icey Graves, b. 11 Sept. 1911, m. Rufus Richmond, d. 20 April 1995 (Burlington, NC).

+80.  Kelly Wesley Graves, b. 12 April 1916, m. Lula Beatrice Hightower, d. 10 Sept. 1953.

  81.  Lillian Graves, b. 11 July 1919, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Johnson, d. 3 March 1976 (Chapel Hill, Orange Co., NC).

 

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[1] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 20235, as posted on Ancestry.com.

[2] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 159, as posted on Ancestry.com.

[3] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 311, as posted on Ancestry.com.

[4] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 60, as posted on Ancestry.com.

[5] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 2514 shows his date of birth as 4 Dec. 1906 in Caswell Co., NC, but the 1910 census gives his age as 1 year 4 months, so the 1909 date of birth is much more likely, although 4 Dec. 1908 is a possibility.

[6] North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975, certificate 195, as posted on Ancestry.com.

[7] Her name is given as Endie Curry on the death certificate of her son Willie Roy Graves, and as Emily Curry on the death certificate of her daughter Cornelia.

[8] According to his death certificate (North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, Ancestry.com), he was born 21 March 1888, but the March 1894 date from the 1900 census is more likely to be correct.

[9] His birth and death dates and places, and the names of his parents and wife, are from his death certificate (NC Death Certificates, 1909-1975, Ancestry.com).

[10] North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1976, certificate 9608, as posted on Ancestry.com.