Rev. 20 March 2008, Gen. 14







David William Graves (1) was born 19 March 1828 in KY (or IN), and died 9 Aug. 1878 in Owensboro, Daviess Co., KY.  He married Mary Ann Dillman on 14 Nov. 1850.  She was a daughter of Michael Dillman (b. 2 Dec. 1810 in OH) and Cynthia Batman (b. 20 Feb. 1809 in Harrison Co., OH).

He was in the 1850 census for Jennings Twp., Crawford Co., IN, listed as William Graves, 22, farmer, born in Marion Co., IN, living with her family (listed as Michel and Syntha Dillman).  The census was taken Oct. 7, 1850, so he hadn’t yet married Mary Ann.  They were probably the ones in the 1860 census for Hammond Twp., Spencer Co., IN, although his wife’s name was listed as Margaret.  They were in the 1870 census for Paradise, Muhlenberg Co., KY.  He was a shoemaker.

On the assumption that the 1850 census was correct about where he was born or at least that he had lived in Marion Co., IN, the census records were checked.  No Graves families were found in Marion Co., in 1830 or 1840, but the 1850 census for Centre Twp., Marion Co., IN, listed David Graves, 76, farmer, and his wife Mary A. Graves, 67, both born in PA.  These could be the parents of David William Graves.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+2.  George Riley Graves, b. 7 Oct. 1851, m. Sarah E. Coombes, 4 July 1875.

+3.  Dennis Gresham Graves, b. 25 July 1855, m(1) Nancy Ann Coombes, 26 Dec. 1875, m(2) Sarah Elizabeth Smith, 17 June 1880, d. 12 Dec. 1923.

  4.  David William Graves, b. 3 Oct. 1858, m. Clementine Black.

+5.  Michael Dillman Graves, b. 21 Sept. 1860, m. Mary M. Fox, c. 1884.

+6.  Adda D. Graves, b. 8 Feb. 1862, m. Samuel J. Wallace, c. 1883.

  7.  Malinda Ellen Graves, b. 5 Jan. 1864.

  8.  Mary Kissner Graves, b. 24 Nov. 1867, m. D. M. Wallace.

  9.  Kattie Graves, b. 26 Jan. 1869.

  10.  Daniel Boone Edwin Graves, b. 10 Sept. 1874, d. 14 Dec. 1878 (Owensboro, KY).






George Riley Graves (2) was born 7 Oct. 1851 in IN.  He married Sarah E. Coombes on 4 July 1875.  She was born in June 1860 in KY.  They were in the 1900 census for Owensboro, Ward 3, Daviess Co., KY, when he was a shoemaker.  All their children were born in KY.

Children - Graves

+11.  Covington R. Graves, b. Dec. 1876, m. Nora V. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  12.  Daniel W. Graves, b. Dec. 1878.

  13.  Mary V. Graves, b. June 1886.

  14.  Berrie (or Benie) M. Graves, b. Nov. 1891.


Dennis Gresham Graves (3) was born 25 July 1855, died 12 Dec. 1923, and was buried in Oak Hill Cem., Evansville, IN.  He first married Nancy Ann Coombes on 26 Dec. 1875.  She died 26 Dec. 1879 in South Carrollton, KY.  He secondly married Nannie Smith (also known as Sarah Elizabeth Smith) on 17 June 1880.  She was born in March 1857 in KY.  They were in the 1900 and 1910 censuses for Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IN.  He was a shoemaker.  His first 9 children were born in KY, and the last one in IN.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves, by Nancy A. Coombes

  15.  Arthur Raymond Graves, b. July 1877, d. 22 March 1878.

  16.  Nannie A. Graves, b. 26 June 1879, d. 31 Aug. 1879 (Nelson Creek, KY).

Children - Graves, by Nannie Smith

  17.  Adah (or Ada) Graves, b. 14 May 1881.

  18.  David William Graves, b. 26 Feb. 1883.

  19.  Leslie Graves, b. 10 June 1885, d. 5 July 1886 (Ky.).

+20.  Fred Walter Graves, b. 21 April 1887, m. Lola M. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  21.  Clarence Paul Graves, b. 13 April 1890.

  22.  Mary Ellen Graves, b. 25 Dec. 1891.

  23.  Dennis Pennington Graves, b. 12 Aug. 1894, d. 17 Oct. 1895 (Oak Hill, KY).

  24.  Annie Helen Graves, b. 26 Nov. 1898.


Michael Dillman Graves (5) was born 21 Sept. 1860 in IN[1].  He married Mary M. Fox about 1884.  She was born in March 1862 in Germany.  They were in the 1900 and 1910 censuses for Ward 1, Owensboro, Daviess Co., KY.  He was a shoemaker and had his own shop.  All their children were born in KY.

Children - Graves

+25.  Anna L. Graves, b. Jan. 1886, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Allen.

  26.  Viola C. Graves, b. Dec. 1887.

+27.  Rosalee Graves, b. Nov. 1889, m. Ray Martin, c. 1909.

  28.  Mary Margaret Graves, b. Nov. 1897.


Adda (“Addie”) D. Graves (6) was born 8 Feb. 1862 in IN.  She married Samuel J. Wallace, about 1883.  He was born in Oct. 1853 in PA.  According to R‑2, he was a son of John Wallace and Nancy ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  A John Wallace and wife Nancy were in the 1870 census for Wayne Twp., Mifflin Co., PA, with a Samuel Wallace, 19, but his age is not quite right.  Since the 1900 census for Civil Dist. 2, Pickett Co., TN, shows him living next to William Wallace, 76, and Sarah, 75, there is some question whether these might be his parents, although William could be an uncle.  They were in the 1910 census for Union Twp., Greene Co., AR.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in IN.  (R‑2)

Children - Wallace

  29.  William M. Wallace, b. Sept. 1883.

  30.  Clod (or Claude?) M. Wallace, b. Sept. 1885.

+31.  Sterling Thomas Wallace, b. 27 Jan. 1887, m. Sally Dee Hendrix, 28 Jan. 1919, d. 25 May 1963.

  32.  Donald Linnis Wallace, b. 10 Aug. 1888, d. 1 Aug. 1967 (Los Angeles Co., CA).  Not with the family in 1900 census.

  33.  Dennis Riley Wallace, b. 28 Oct. 1893, d. 26 July 1955 (Tulare Co., CA).

  34.  Lewis Graves, b. Oct. 1893.  Could this be the same as Linnis?

  35.  Hiram Stanley Wallace, b. 5 Aug. 1895, d. 6 July 1980 (Santa Clara Co., CA).






Covington R. Graves (11) was born in Dec. 1876 in KY.  He married Nora V. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1897 in AL.  They were in the 1920 census for Ward 6, Jackson Parish, LA, when he was a postmaster.

Children - Graves

  36.  C. Graves (son), b.c. 1919 (LA).



Fred Walter Graves (20) was born 21 April 1887 in Hartford, KY.  He grew up in Indiana.  He married Lola M. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1909.  She was born about 1890 in IL.  They were in the 1910 and 1920 censuses for Chicago, Cook Co., IL.  He was a pressman for a printing company.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  37.  Helen Jewel Graves, b. 1909 (Chicago, IL), m. William E. Martin.



Anna (“Annie”) L. Graves (25) was born in Jan. 1886 in KY.  She married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Allen.  He died before the 1910 census for Owensboro, Daviess Co., KY, since she was then a widow living with her parents and her son.

Children - Allen

  38.  Garrett (?) Allen, b.c. 1907 (KY).


Rosalee (“Rosa” or “Rosie”) Graves (27) was born in Nov. 1889 in KY.  She married Ray Martin about 1909.  He was born about 1889 in KY.  They were in the 1910 census for Owensboro, Daviess Co., KY, living with her parents.  They were in the 1920 census for 8th District, Daviess Co., KY, when he was working in a buggy factory.

Children - Martin

  39.  Samuel Martin, b.c. 1911 (KY).



Sterling Thomas Wallace (31) was born 27 Jan. 1887 in IN, and died 25 May 1963 in Strathmore, Tulare Co., CA.  He married Sally Dee Hendrix, daughter of Franklin Andre Hendrix and Mary Elizabeth Hailey, on 28 Jan. 1919.  She was born 15 May 1896 in Elbridge, Obion Co., TN, and died 13 Feb. 1975 in Strathmore, CA.  They were both buried in Hillcrest Cem., Porterville, Tulare Co., CA.  (R‑2)

Children - Wallace

  40.  Gerald Emery Wallace, b. 21 March 1920 (OK), d. 6 July 1948 (Strathmore, Tulare Co., CA).

  41.  Harold Oswald Wallace, b. 11 Oct. 1921, d. 7 Feb. 1972 (?) (Strathmore, Tulare Co., CA).

  42.  Waymond Calvin Wallace, b. 18 Feb. 1924 (Ardmore, Carter Co., OK), m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 11 Aug. 1985 (Strathmore, Tulare Co., CA).  Bur. Hillcrest Cem., Porterville, CA.  3 children.

  43.  Herbert Eugene Wallace, b. 11 Oct. 1927, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. April 1993.  3 children.

  44.  Mary Belle Wallace, b. 17 Dec. 1929 (Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, LA), m. David Homer Bedwell, 15 Dec. 1948, d. 25 Aug. 2004.  She was bur. 31 Aug. 2004 in Lindsay-Strathmore Cem., Lindsay, Tulare Co., CA.  He was b. 7 Oct. 1928, and d. 19 Aug. 1994 in Lindsay, CA.  3 children.

  45.  child

  46.  Chester Lee Wallace, b. 11 June 1936 (Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, LA), d. 6 Dec. 1938.


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[1] The 1900 census gave his date of birth as Sept. 1859.