Rev. 2 June 2008, Gen. 741

 

DESCENDANTS OF LEWIS P. GRAVES AND MARY PRUDENCE MASTERSON OF NC, AL & LA

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

Lewis P. (unsure about middle initial) Graves (1) was born in 1816 in NC[1], and died in 1865 in Marion, Union Co., LA.  He married Mary Prudence (called Prudence or “Prudy”) Masterson, daughter of Gutheridge Masterson and Mary Jane Marshall, on 21 Oct. 1841 in Jackson Co., AR[2].  She was born about 1824 in AL[3], and died in 1875 in Marion, Union Parish, LA.  Most of the names and approximate dates of birth of their children are from the 1860 census for Marion, LA.

The family was in the 1850 census for Union Parish, LA, page 380, dwelling 439, with Lewis Graves, 34, overseer, NC, Prudence, 22, Malcum, 8, Thomas, 6, Mary, 4, and Ann, 2, all born in LA.  The 1860 census for Union Parish, LA, Marion P.O., page 667, dwelling 1075, lists Louis Graves, 44, farmer, NC, P, 32, AL, M, 17, J, 15, Mary, 13, Ann, 11, Wm, 9, H, 7, L, 6, and Frank, 4, all born in LA.  The 1870 census for Ward 2, Union Parish, LA, page 40, Marion P.O., dwelling 184, lists Mary, 45, AL, Jefferson, 25, AL, Doctor, 14, Robert, 6, Ann, 18, Henrietta, 16, Lieu, 12, and Fanny, 8, all born in LA.

The last 3 children aren’t in the 1870 census.

Based on DNA analysis, this family is definitely descended from John Graves of Northamptonshire, England & VA (genealogy 270) by way of John’s son Thomas2.  Based partly on the name of Lewis’s son Sidney Algernon Graves, and partly on the places lived, it is likely that the descent is through John3 Graves.  The descendants of John3 Graves (b.c. 1715) are the only ones whose DNA matches and who also used the name Sidney (especially in combination with Algernon).  The name Sidney was used by the descendants of John’s children Ann, Solomon and Azariah.

One descendant of Lewis P. Graves (R‑6) wrote that Lewis was born in Caswell Co., NC, and may have been a son of John L. Graves.  The only John L. Graves who seems to qualify was born 1793, a son of Solomon Graves, but he is not known to have married until 1824.  Could he have had a prior marriage and fathered Lewis P. Graves?  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+2.  Malcolm Marshall Graves, b.c. 1842, m. Mary J. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  3.  Thomas Jefferson Graves, b.c. 1844.

+4.  Mary Jane Graves, b.c. 1846, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Hill.

  5.  Ann Graves, b.c. 1848.

+6.  William Percival Graves, b. 18 Sept. 1848, m. Mary Ann White, d. 1 March 1923.

  7.  Henrietta Graves, b.c. 1852.

  8.  Helen Martha Graves, b.c. 1854.

+9.  Frank Graves, b. 25 Jan. 1854, m. Mary Helen Brillhart, 10 July 1887, d. 17 Feb. 1930.

+10.  Francis Marion Graves, b.c. 1858, m. Beulah ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+11.  Sidney Algernon Graves, b. 13 Jan. 1859, m. Ella Virginia White, 22 Oct. 1885, d. 8 May 1938.

  12.  James G. Graves, b.c. 1862.

  13.  Louis Cliburn Graves, b.c. 1865.  There was a Louis G. Graves, in the 1920 and 1930 censuses, b.c. 1870-1878, m. Jennie ‑‑‑‑‑‑, who could have been this Louis, or he could be the son of Malcolm Marshall Graves.

 

 

GENERATION 2

 

CHILDREN OF LEWIS P. GRAVES (1) AND MARY P. MASTERSON

Malcolm Marshall Graves (2) was born about 1842 in LA.  He married Mary J. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1842 in GA.  They were in the 1880 census for Ward 1, Union Parish, LA, page 414A, with all children born in LA.

Children - Graves

  14.  Emily Graves, b.c. 1868.

  15.  Mariaso Graves (son), b.c. 1870.

  16.  Charley Graves, b.c. 1872.

  17.  Lewis Graves, b.c. 1874.

 

Mary Jane Graves (4) was born about 1846 in LA.  She married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Hill.  The family was in the 1880 census for Ward 2, Union Parish, LA, page 417D, all born in LA, with Mary J. Hill, 24, widow, father born in TN, mother in AL, Francis A. Hill (dau.), 12, Thomas, 10, William F., 8, Willie M. (dau.), 6, and James Graves, 18, brother, father born in TN and mother in AL.  They were farmers.

Children - Hill

  18.  Francis A. Hill (dau.), b.c. 1868.

  19.  Thomas Hill, b.c. 1870.

  20.  William F. Hill, b.c. 1872.

  21.  Willie M. Hill (dau.), b.c. 1874.

 

William Percival (“Percy”) Graves (6) was born 18 Sept. 1848 in Marion, Union Parish, LA, and died 1 March 1923 near Norman, Montgomery Co., AR.  He married Mary Ann White, daughter of James T. White and Martha Ann Allen.  She was born 30 July 1850 in Marion, LA, and died 30 July 1933 near Norman, AR.  She was a sister of the wife of his brother Sidney.  They were in the 1880 census for Ward 2, Union Parish, LA, page 415C, with both children born in LA.  His father was shown as born in SC and his mother in GA.  They were in the 1900 census for Gap, Montgomery Co., AR, with children Thomas, 18, Annah, 16, Henry, 11, and Sidney, 7, and 5 of their 7 children were still living.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in LA except the last 2 born in AR.  (R‑4)

Children - Graves

+22.  James William Graves, b. 28 March 1877, m. Ida Jane Shockey, d. 26 June 1938.

  23.  George T. Graves, b.c. 1879, prob. d. before 1900.

  24.  Thomas G. Graves, b. Sept. 1881.

  25.  Annah B. Graves, b. Nov. 1883.

  26.  child, d. before 1900.

  27.  Henry F. Graves, b. March 1889.

  28.  Sidney Graves, b. Feb. 1893, m. Nancy E. McKay.

 

Frank (or Franklin) ("Doc" or Doctor) Graves (9) was born 25 Jan. 1854 in LA, and died 17 Feb. 1930 in Start, Richland Parish, LA.  He married Mary Helen ("Minnie") Brillhart, daughter of George W. Brillhart and Martha Delzier Vercher, on 10 July 1887 in Union Parish, LA.  She was born 15 July 1872, and died 13 Sept. 1943 in Start, LA.  They were both buried in New Salem Cem.  All their children were born in LA.

He was in the 1920 census for Union Parish, LA, Police Jury Ward 2, ED 125, dwelling 288, page 16B, listed as Frank Graves, 64, born in LA, both parents born in LA, farmer, wife Minnie, 47, and children Brilhart, 16, Marjorie, 9, and Wright, 7.  The family has not been found in the 1870 or 1880 censuses, although it is possible that Frank is the Franklin Graves, age 24, found in the 1880 census for 2nd Ward, Union Parish, LA, page 424A, in the household of James R. Carroll, brother-in-law, with sister Sarah F. Graves (wife of James R. Carroll), 22, and brother Lewis G. Graves, 15, no places of birth of parents given.

Living next to Frank Graves in the 1920 census (dwelling 290) was his brother Marion Graves, 52, wife Eura, 46, and 8 children.  (R‑2, R‑3)

Children - Graves

  29.  Ettie Graves, b. April 1888 (LA), m. R. Parker Arant.

  30.  Edna Graves, b. July 1889 (LA), m. William Austin Hale (probably called Austin).

+31.  James Arthur Graves, b. Dec. 1891, m. Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald.

+32.  Loftin Edgar Graves, b. Nov. 1894, m. Gladys Brashier (or Brasher).

  33.  Bessie (or Bess) Eunice Graves, b. July 1896 (LA), m. James ("Jim") Granville Hale.

+34.  Minnie Ola Graves, b. Oct. 1899, m. Oliver Darrell Taunton.

  35.  Brillhart Graves, b.c. 1904, m. Eva Womack, d. Litroe, Union Parish, LA.

  36.  Margie Graves, b.c. 1910, m. Howard Hart, d. 4 Jan. 1998 (Monroe, LA).

  37.  Wright Graves, b. 20 Nov. 1912, m. Lois Drucilla Ray, d. March 1969.

 

Francis Marion Graves (10) was born about 1858 in LA.  He married Beulah (or Eura) ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1874 in LA.

Marion and his family were in the 1920 census for Police Jury Ward 2, Union Parish, LA, ED 125, page 16B, dwelling 288, living next to his brother Frank, with Marion Graves, 52, Eura, 46, and 8 children, all born in LA.  The 1930 census for Police Jury Ward 2, ED 5, Union Parish, LA, dwelling 116, listed Marion, 66, married at 32, wife Beulah, 50, married at 16, Gracie, 16, and Tilda, 21, all born in LA.

Children - Graves

  38.  Gussi Graves (daughter), b.c. 1900.

  39.  Willie Graves (daughter), b.c. 1902.

  40.  Homer Graves, b.c. 1905.

  41.  Leonard Graves, b.c. 1906, m. Rosa ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  They were in the 1930 census living near his parents in dwelling 109, with no children.

  42.  Millie Graves, b.c. 1908.

  43.  Tilda Graves, b.c. 1909-1912.

  44.  Mary J. Graves, b.c. 1914.

  45.  Grace Graves, b.c. 1915.

 

Sidney Algernon Graves (11) was born 13 Jan. 1859 and died 8 May 1938, both in Union Parish, LA.  He married Ella Virginia White, daughter of James T. White and Martha Ann Allen, on 22 Oct. 1885.  She was born 29 July 1866 and died in Feb. 1953, both in Marion, Union Parish, LA.  She was a sister of the wife of Sidney’s brother William.  They were both buried in Concord Cem., Union Parish.

He was in the 1880 census for Ward 2, Union Parish, LA, page 415C, age 40 (should be 20), living next door to his brother William, as a boarder in the household of James T. White.  The family was in the 1900 and 1910 censuses for Union Parish, LA, with all children born in LA.  They were in the 1920 census for Police Jury Ward 2, Union Parish, LA, ED 125, page 14A, dwelling 237, with Sidney, 60, wife Ella, 55, Boydgan, 24, Oliver, 21, and Martha White, 91, widowed mother-in-law, all born in LA.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+46.  Joe Henry Graves, b. 5 Nov. 1886, m. Fannie Viola Russell, 1911, d. 21 April 1974.

  47.  Lula M. Graves, b. Nov. 1890.

  48.  Mittie B. Graves, b. April 1893.

  49.  Sidney Boydgan Graves (name looked like Boyskin T. in 1900 census), b. May 1895.

  50.  James Oliver Graves, b. March 1899.

 

 

GENERATION 3

 

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM P. GRAVES (6) AND MARY A. WHITE

James William Graves (22) was born 28 March 1877 near Marion, Union Parish, LA, and died 26 June 1938 near Norman, Montgomery Co., AR.  He married Ida Jane Shockey, daughter of Henry Thomas Shockey and Nancy Mahalia White.  She was born 15 Nov. 1873 in Kingsville, WV, and died 17 Sept. 1949 in Norman, AR.  (R‑4)

Children - Graves

+51.  Robert Harold Graves, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+52.  Pearl May Graves, b. 24 Aug. 1898, m. Samuel Hubbard Sublett, 26 Dec. 1921, d. 6 July 1983.

 

CHILDREN OF FRANK GRAVES (9) AND MINNIE BRILLHART

James Arthur Graves (31) was born in Dec. 1891 in LA.  He married Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald, daughter of John Fitzgerald and Sallie Langford.  They lived in Louisiana.  She was probably buried in Silver Cross Cem., Tallulah, Madison Par., LA.  They were in the 1920 census for Franklin Parish, VA.  They were in the 1930 census for Richland Parish, LA.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

+53.  Eldred Graves, b.c. 1914, m(1) Margie Waltman, m(2) Virgil King.

+54.  James Ross Graves, b. 5 May 1915, m. Dixie Faye Burgess, 1 May 1935, d. 24 Sept. 1979.

+55.  Florice Graves, b.c. 1929, m. Allison Jones.

 

Loftin (or Lofton) Edgar Graves (32) was born in Nov. 1894 in LA.  He married Gladys Brashier (or Brasher).  She was born about 1900 in LA.  He was a farmer.  They were in the 1920 census for Police Jury Ward 2, Union Parish, LA, ED 125, page 17A, dwelling 291, with Lofton Graves, 25, Gladice, 20, and Lillie M., 1 yr 7 mo.

Children - Graves

  56.  Lillie M. Graves, b.c. 1918.

 

Minnie Ola Graves (34) was born in Oct. 1899 in LA.  She married Oliver Darrell Taunton.  He was born about 1887 in LA.  They were in the 1930 census for Police Jury Ward 2, Union Parish, LA, ED 125, page 16B, dwelling 289.  Both children were born in LA.

Children - Taunton

  57.  Alma Taunton, b.c. 1915.

  58.  Lucian Taunton, b.c. 1920.

 

CHILDREN OF SIDNEY A. GRAVES (11) AND ELLA V. WHITE

Joe Henry Graves (46) was born 5 Nov. 1886 and died 21 April 1974, both in Marion, Union Parish, LA.  He married Fannie Viola Russell, daughter of Dickson Gillespie Russell and Mary Ann Reppond, in 1911.  She was born 15 Feb. 1897 and died 20 Jan. 1968, both in Union Parish, LA.  They were both buried in Liberty Cem., Union Parish.

They were in the 1920 census for Marion, Union Parish, LA, page 2B, dwelling 39, with Joe H., 33, Fannie V., 22, Elver L., 4 yrs 3 mos., and Evelyn M., 1 yr 11 mos.  They were in the 1930 census for Marion, Union Parish, LA, ED 3, dwelling 71, with all 5 children, all born in LA.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  59.  Elva L. Graves, b.c. 1915.

  60.  Evelyn M. Graves, b.c. 1917.

  61.  Mary E. Graves, b.c. 1920.

+62.  Grace Eloise Graves, b. 21 Feb. 1923, m. John Wilbur Moncrief, Jr., 1942.

  63.  Gillespie L. Graves, b.c. 1927.

 

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[1] The 1880 census for some of his sons gives SC as his place of birth.

[2] Marriage date and place according to the IGI of the LDS Family Search website.

[3] The 1880 census for some of her sons gives GA as her place of birth.