Revised 3 Oct. 2005, Gen. 98







James Stephen Graves (1) was born 5 Feb. 1806 (or 1813 according to R‑2) in NC, and was killed in 1852 when a tree he was chopping down split as it fell and crushed his head against a rail fence.  This presumably occurred in Marshall Co., AL.  Listed as James Graves, Jr., he married Eliza Jane Walker, daughter of Robert Walker and Jane Bedford, on 7 July 1833[1] in Blount Co., AL; consent given by Robert Walker, security by Doctor Graves, Henry Parham, J.P.  (Henry Jefferson Parham married Nancy Graves, daughter of John Graves (Genealogy 102) and Elizabeth Beeson.)  Eliza was born 14 Aug. 1815 in SC, and died after 16 June 1880 in Jacksboro, Jack Co., TX where she was recorded on the census living with son James T. and his family.  R‑12 lists her date of birth as 17 Aug. 1815.

A portion of Blount Co., AL was annexed to Marshall Co., AL in 1836.  It was in this portion of the county that James Graves lived when the 1850 census of Marshall Co., AL was taken.  According to this census, all his children were born in AL.

The land where they lived later became part of Etowah Co., AL.  James Graves was recorded as owning land in Township 11, Range 4 East, Marshall Co., AL on 11 Aug. 1848 and 2 Aug. 1849; Eliza J. Graves owned the same land 17 Oct. 1854 (after his death).

Eliza was listed as head of the family on the 1860 census in Marshall Co., AL with James, Nancy, and Robert.  In 1870, Eliza was recorded on the census in Lincoln Co., TN with Elizabeth (presumably her daughter) and Olly, age 9.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑3, R‑9, R‑10, R‑12, R‑200)

Children - Graves

+2.  William Graves, b. 24 March 1834, m. Amanda M. Chamness, 26 Dec. 1852, d. 4 Feb. 1914.

+3.  Jesse Leander Graves, b. 8 Feb. 1837, m. Melita Elizabeth Chambliss, 1855, d. 11 March 1919.

+4.  James Thomas Graves, b. 9 June (or Jan.) 1840, m(1) Nancy Martin, 9 Dec. 1860, m(2) Texanna Meadows, 20 Nov. 1892, d.c. Feb. 1900.

  5.  Elizabeth Jane Graves, b. 20 April 1842, m. Robert Reed, 7 Oct. 1858 (Marshall Co., AL).

  6.  Nancy Leticia Graves, b. 19 July 1844, m. William Lee, 9 Sept. 1860 (Marshall Co., AL).

+7.  Robert Edgar Graves, b. 30 Dec. 1846, m. Martha Alvira Moore, 6 April 1868, d. 14 Feb. 1940.






William ("Walking Stick") Graves (2) was born 24 March 1834 in Alabama, probably in Blount Co. before the portion where they lived was annexed to Marshall Co., died 4 Feb. 1914 in Graham, Young Co., TX, and was buried in Oak Grove Cem., Graham, TX according to R‑9.  He was called Walking Stick Graves because he always carried a cane and walked everywhere.  He married Amanda M. Chamness, daughter of William Chamness and Letta ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 26 Dec. 1852 in Marshall Co., AL.  She was born 16 Jan. 1833 in AL, died 16 April 1909 in Jacksboro, Jack Co., TX, and was buried in Graves Cem., Jack Co., TX according to R‑9.  They were listed in the 1860 census for P.O. Bennetsville, St. Clair Co., AL, with children William and Mary Jane.  He was a wagon maker.  They apparently divorced before 1896.

William and Mandy were recorded on the 1880 census in Antoine Twp., Pike Co., AR with children Jesse, Sarah, and widowed daughter Mary Vaughn.

Amanda married second Harris Ward on 10 Aug. 1896 in Jack Co., TX.  Harris was born in March 1848 in Illinois according to the 1900 census for Jack Co., TX.  Amanda is listed as having had seven children, with three still living.  Her parents’ places of birth are listed as Illinois for her father and Alabama for her mother.

According to R‑5, William was a farmer.  On the 1910 census for Montgomery Co., AR, where he was listed as a 76-year-old widower, it is recorded that his father was born in VA and his mother in NC; the 1880 census also recorded the same birthplaces.

A family story from R‑5 was that William’s father was also named William Graves, that he lived in middle TN, and owned a general store when he was killed by a falling tree.  Another family story is that the family went to TN from NC, and before that to VA from England.

William was a Baptist preacher (Hardshell Baptist), advocating missions at home rather than abroad.  R‑5 wrote: "Family stories were that there were 5 boys.  One was my grandfather Roy Oscar's favorite uncle, Fate.  He always talked of going to visit him and that he, Fate, was out west.  My Aunt Margie thinks California.  Russell Phillips says that Fate was in Lubbock, Texas when his family moved there.  Old William and Fate met their train when they moved to Texas.”  (R‑2, R‑3, R‑4, R‑5, R‑9, R‑17)

Children - Graves

  8.  James A. Graves, b. 12 Dec. 1853.

+9.  William Thomas Graves, b. 7 May 1855, m. Sarah Elizabeth Armstrong, 27 Dec. 1876, d. 15 April 1926.

+10.  Mary Jane Graves, b. 8 Dec. 1858, m(1) Daniel Bonds, 26 Jan. 1876, m(2) John Belle Vaughn, 4 Jan. 1880, d. 17 July 1898.

  11.  Daniel T. D. Graves, b. 11 Dec. 1861.

+12.  Jesse Lafayette Graves, b. 3 Sept. 1865, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(2) Dora Belle Green, 11 Oct. 1896, d. 14 May 1954.

+13.  Sarah Ann Graves, b. 23 Sept. 1867, m(1) George W. Collier, c. 1883, m(2) Martin Van Buren Gemes, 2 Dec. 1900, m(3) Ben B. Sharp, before 1920, m(4) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Dunn, d. 22 Jan. 1949.

  14.  Robert P. Graves, b. 9 Jan. 1870.


Jesse (or Jessie) Leander Graves (3) was born 8 Feb. 1837 in Marshall Co., AL, died 11 March 1919 at the home of his son Dan, and was buried at Hays Methodist Church Cem., about three miles west of Clarksville, Johnson Co., AR.  (His death date is on his tombstone, and was confirmed by Hester Wolgamott, born 1915, who said she was 4 or 5 when he died.)  He married Melita Elizabeth Chambliss, daughter of William Chambliss (born IL) and ‑‑‑‑‑‑ (born SC), in 1855.  Melita was born 17 Nov. 1834 in TN, died 15 March 1902 in Fort Douglas, AR, and was buried there.  Jesse and Melita supposedly eloped on a mule across the state line from Pulaski, TN to AL because they were too young to marry, according to Hester Wolgamott.

They migrated from AL through TN, then moved to Johnson Co., AR about 1875, settling about 20 miles north of Clarksville.  Jesse served in the Confederate Army in the Civil War as a member of Co. K, 30th Ala. Regt.  He was wounded in 1863 at the Battle of Champions Hill or Baker Run in Mississippi.

Jesse and Melita were recorded on the 1900 census in Perry Township, Johnson Co., AR living with son Dan.  Their first 5 children were born in AL, the next 4 in Lincoln Co., TN, and the last 2 in AR.  (R‑1, R‑9, R‑200)

Children - Graves

  15.  Mary Arminda Graves, b. 19 June 1857, d. 1 Sept. 1879.  Recorded as Nancy A. on the 1860 census.

+16.  James Henry Graves, b. 3 Dec. 1858, m. Amanda Jane Owens, c. 1880, d. 31 Aug. 1926.

  17.  Eliza Jane Graves, b. 22 Jan. 1861, m. Tom Johnson, d. 28 March 1885.

+18.  William Robert Graves, b. 27 March 1864, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 2 Sept. 1938.

  19.  John Nelson Graves, b. 22 Feb. 1866, d. 20 April 1885 (Ft. Douglas, AR).

+20.  Jesse Leander Graves, Jr., b. 19 Aug. 1868, m. Amanda Jane Warren, 6 Jan. 1889, d. 3 March 1915.

+21.  Stephen Monroe Graves, b. 28 Dec. 1870, m. Mary Isabel Warren, 18 Dec. 1889, d. 2 Feb. 1959.

  22.  Mary Lucretia Graves, b. 28 Oct. 1873, d. 27 July 1891.

+23.  Sarah Elizabeth Graves, b. 29 Oct. 1874, m. Harrison Lee McMinn, c. 1892, d. 29 Dec. 1947.

+24.  Daniel Franklin Graves (twin), b. 21 Aug. 1877, m. Mary Ann Darnell, 3 Dec. 1911, d. 11 Aug. 1967.

  25.  Wiley Smith Graves (twin), b. 21 Aug. 1877, d. 19 March 1878 (b. and d. Clarksville, AR).


James Thomas Graves (4) was born 9 Jan. (or June) 1840 in Blount Co., AL, died about Feb. 1900 in Jacksboro, Jack Co., TX, and was buried in Graves Cem., Jack Co., TX.  He first married Nancy Martin on 9 Dec. 1860 in Marshall Co., AL.  She was born about 1842, died in Jacksboro, TX before 1892, and was buried in Graves Cem.  This family was recorded on the 1870 census in Boons Hill, Lincoln Co., TN and on the 1880 census in Jack Co., TX.  The 1870 census recorded Miles and ‘Liza J.’ were born in NC and children James and Mary in TN.  In 1880 Miles’ birthplace was recorded as AL, James, Mary, and Robert as TN, and Annie as TX.  No Nancy Cordelia was recorded with the family in 1880.  He married second Texanna Meadows, daughter of Farlar Meadows and Belinda ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 20 Nov. 1892 in Glen Rose, Somervell Co., TX.  She was born about 1854 in Gordon Co., GA, died about May 1895 in Jacksboro, TX, and was also buried in Graves Cem.  (R‑2, R‑9, R‑12)

Children - Graves, by Nancy Martin

+26.  Miles Alexander Graves, b. 26 Sept. 1861, m. Elender Miller, 15 Nov. 1883, d. 25 Sept. 1923.

+27.  Eliza Jane Graves, b. 5 Sept. 1864, m. Alfred G. Smith, 15 Feb. 1880, d. 10 Feb. 1899.

+28.  James William Graves, b. April 1867, m(1) Mary Ann Hyatt, 15 Sept. 1889, m(2) Mary Helen Wicker, 1909.

+29.  Mary E. Graves, b. 14 Dec. 1870, m. John W. Nichols, 23 May 1886, d. 16 Nov. 1920.

  30.  Robert W. Graves, b. 1872, m. Mary Annie Shackleford, 11 Nov. 1894 (Jack Co., TX).

+31.  Nancy Cordelia Graves, b. 8 July 1878, m. William Henry Bilbary, 4 Sept. 1894, d. 26 Jan. 1917.

  32.  Annie J. Graves, b. 1879.

  33.  Author Graves, b. 1880 (Jacksboro, TX).

Children - Graves, by Texanna Meadows

+34.  Anna Pearl Graves, b. 20 Nov. 1893, m. Oscar Lincoln Stoddard, 2 April 1913, d. 28 Dec. 1973.


Robert Edgar Graves (7) was born 30 Dec. 1846 in Marshall Co., AL, and died 14 Feb. 1940 in Georges Creek, Somervell Co., TX.  He married Martha Alvira (“Myra”) Moore on 6 April 1868.  She was born 6 Nov. 1849 in Georgia (or Gaston, AL), and died 27 Dec. 1928 in Georges Creek, TX.  They were both buried in Georges Creek Cem.  This family was recorded on the 1880 and 1910 censuses in Somervell Co., TX; Mary was born in AL, and the other children were born in TX.  In 1910, Mary reported that she was born in GA and that eight of her twelve children were living.  (R‑9, R‑10)

Children - Graves

  35.  Mary Nancy Elizabeth Graves, b. 23 March 1869 (AL), m. William T. McMinn, 14 Feb. 1894, d. 1939 (Martha, Jackson Co., OK).

+36.  Margaret Jane Graves, b. 24 Aug. 1871, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ King, m(2) W. A. W. Hawley, 10 May 1894, d. 15 June 1960.

  37.  Cotter Graves, b. 23 Feb. 1874 (Georges Creek, TX), d. 29 Oct. 1874 (Georges Creek, TX).  Bur. Georges Creek Cem.

  38.  Adna Graves (twin), b. 7 Feb. 1876 (Georges Creek, TX), d. 1 Nov. 1877 (Georges Creek, TX).  Bur. Georges Creek Cem.

+39.  Annie Bell (or Belle) Graves (twin), b. 7 Feb. 1876, m(1) Charley Clarence Hardy, 10 July 1890, m(2) J. W. Swearingen, 16 Nov. 1929, d. 14 July 1945.

  40.  Nora Graves, b. 30 Aug. 1880 (Georges Creek, TX).

  41.  Octavia Graves, b. 22 April 1883 (Georges Creek, TX).

+42.  Horace Edgar Graves, b. 1 Feb. 1886, m(1) Ruby Barker, 9 July 1909, m(2) Eunice Mabel Wells, after 1920, d. 21 (or 12) April 1960.

+43.  Pearl Gertrude Graves, b. 27 Aug. 1888, m. Harvey Lewis Nickell, Jr., c. 1907, d. 15 June 1973.

+44.  Idelia Graves, b. 25 Jan. 1892, m. Young Noah Love, 26 Feb. 1910, d. 21 April 1960.

  45.  Beulah Graves (twin), b. 14 June 1895 (Georges Creek, TX), m. Leslie Eric Stalcup, 7 Sept. 1914, d. 1935 (Big Spring, Howard Co., TX).

  46.  Eula Graves (twin), b. 14 June 1895 (Georges Creek, TX).






William Thomas (“Tom”) Graves (9) was born 7 May 1855 in AL, died 15 (or 16 according to R‑5) April 1926 in Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX, and was buried in City of Lubbock Cem., Lubbock, TX.  He married Sarah Elizabeth Armstrong, daughter of Jeptha D. Armstrong and Judith Williams, on 27 Dec. 1876 in Caddo Twp., Clark Co., AR, by Isom P. Langley, M.G. (Minister of the Gospel).  She was born 9 March 1855 in AR, died 26 July 1930 in Lubbock, TX, and was also buried in City of Lubbock Cem.  Jeptha Armstrong was a prisoner of war during the Civil War at Fort Delaware, Delaware, where he spent more than a year before being exchanged.  He was involved in only one battle, Helena, and was captured there.

On the 1880 census Thomas and Sallie were listed in Clark Co. AR with children Clara and Lucy.  They were recorded in Pike Co., AR on the 1900 census and in Rock Springs, Montgomery Co., AR on the 1910 census; ten of Sarah’s eleven children were living.  Their first two children were born in TN, the next five in AR, Alice in Indian Territory, now OK, and the last three in AR.  By 1920, they had moved to TX.  They were recorded on the 1920 census in Lubbock, TX; in 1930, Sarah was recorded as S. F. Graves, a 74-year old widow, still in Lubbock, TX.  Her son Roland lived with her.  Thomas’s place of birth is alternately listed as AL or TN in the various census records.

According to a published sketch, William Thomas Graves won every fiddling contest he ever entered.  He wrote the Arkansas Traveler and won a contest in Little Rock with it.  A man stole it and it is on display in the College of the Ozarks Museum.

Many of the Graves descendants are very musical, voice and instrumental.  Grandson Booker Graves has written and published several songs.  He is a voice teacher and a Baptist minister.  (R‑2, R‑4, R‑5, R‑9)

Children - Graves

  47.  Clara Graves, b.c. 1877 (TN), m. Jarvis Young.

+48.  Louella Graves, b.c. 1879, m. J. H. Lloyd, 11 Nov. 1895, d. 1905.

+49.  Roy Oscar Graves, b. 5 April 1881, m. Dora Elizabeth White, 23 Dec. 1903, d. 8 Dec. 1944.

+50.  James Henry Graves, b. 20 Dec. 1882, m. Myrtle  ‑‑‑‑‑‑, b. 12 Sept. 1918, d. 14 July 1965.

+51.  Hattie Graves, b. March 1886, m. Hence Phillips, 8 July 1906.

+52.  Thomas Fred Graves, b. 6 Nov. 1887, m. Beulah Bean Thornton, 12 Jan. 1908, d. 15 Oct. 1967.

+53.  Minnie Etta Graves, b. Dec. 1889, m. Lee Sherman, 4 Aug. 1907, d. June 1982.

  54.  Alice E. Graves, b. Jan. 1892, m. Charles Still.

  55.  Edna A. Graves, b. Dec. 1894, m. Edgar (or Edward) Proctor, 13 Aug. 1910 (Montgomery Co., AR).

  56.  Emma L. Graves, b. April 1896, m. "Bud" Chambers, d. Lubbock, TX.

+57.  Jesse Roland Graves, b. Aug. 1898, m. Fern ‑‑‑‑‑‑.


Mary Jane Graves (10) was born 8 Dec. 1858 in Bennetsville, St. Clair Co., AL, died 17 July 1898 in Burkburnett, Wichita Co., TX, and was buried in Old Burkburnett Cem.  She first married Daniel Bonds on 26 Jan. 1876.  She married second John Belle Vaughn on 4 Jan. 1880.  Mary was recorded on the 1880 census in Antoine Twp., Pike Co., AR as Mary Vaughn; she lived with her parents.  John was born 24 Feb. 1851 in TN or AL, died 31 Jan. 1914 in San Miguel Co., NM, and was buried on a ranch with a sandstone marker.  His father was killed in the Civil War.

After Mary Jane died, John married Mrs. Mary (‑‑‑‑‑‑) Reeves on 13 April 1901 in Ardmore, Carter Co., OK.  They had one son who died young.

The birth and death dates shown for Mary Jane’s children are from her Bible.  Robert, Dora, and Mary E. were living with their grandmother Amanda and her second husband Harris Ward in 1900 in Jack Co., TX.  (R‑4, R‑9)

Children - Vaughn

  58.  Willie T. (“Tom”) Vaughn, b. 25 July 1881, d. 27 Sept. 1882.

  59.  Mary Etta Vaughn, b. 30 Jan. 1883, d. 25 Jan. 1884.

+60.  John Robert Vaughn, b. 27 Aug. 1885, m. Addie Florence Chambers, 2 Feb. 1911, d. 23 Jan. 1925.

  61.  daughter, stillborn, 27 Sept. 1887.

  62.  Emma Belle Vaughn, b. 2 Sept. 1889, d. 1891.

+63.  Dora Anna Vaughn, b. 30 Aug. 1892, m. Franklin Henry Dodson, 12 Sept. 1908, d. 30 March 1982.

+64.  Mary Ella Vaughn, b. 6 Nov. 1894, m. Walter Chambers, d. 1 Oct. 1979.


Jesse Lafayette Graves (12), known as J. L. and “Fate”, was born 3 Sept. 1865 in Lincoln Co., TN, died 14 May 1954 in Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX, and was buried in the City of Lubbock Cem., section 13.  He first married ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  He married second Dora Belle Green on 11 Oct. 1896 in Jackson, Jack Co., TX.  She was born 27 Oct. 1878 in Decatur, MO, died 12 Jan. 1968 in Lubbock, TX, and was also buried in City of Lubbock Cem., section 13.  Some of the dates provided below are as recorded in Jesse’s family bible.  According to the obituary printed in the Lubbock, (Tex.), Morn. Avalanche dated 15 May 1954, J. L. had been a resident of Lubbock since 1915 and was a retired cotton buyer.  (R‑4, R‑5, R‑9)

Children - Graves, by 1st wife

+65.  William Thomas Graves, b. 30 Sept. 1888, m. Jewell L. Stewart, 22 Feb. 1910, d. 8 April 1910.

+66.  John Wesley Graves, b. 28 March 1890, m. Winnie Davis Wells, 26 Jan. 1913, d. 20 March 1944.

Children - Graves, by Dora B. Green

  67.  Nellie Mae Garland (adopted), b. 15 Dec. 1907 (Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto Co., TX), m. Thomas Paul Hamby; 2 Dec. 1923, d. 23 Sept. 1991 (Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA).  He was b. 5 May 1896 (NC), and d. 12 Jan. 1957 (CA).  One daughter.


Sarah Ann Graves (13) was born 23 Sept. 1867 in TN, died 22 Jan. 1949 in Garvin Co., OK where she had been living with her daughter Minnie, and was buried in Erin Springs Cem., Garvin Co., OK next to her first husband.  She first married George W. Collier, son of Thomas Collier and Mildred Fry[2], about 1883.  He was born about 1857 in Sumner Co., TN, and died 19 Jan. 1900 in a gunfight in Comanche territory.  Sarah was recorded on the 1900 census in Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory as a 32-year old widow.  She married second Martin Van Buren Gemes, son of George Gemes and Sarah ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 3 Dec. 1900 in Garvin Co., Chickasaw Nation.  His surname was also recorded as Jemes and James.  He was born 23 Oct. 1848 in GA and died about 1902.  She was recorded on the 1910 census in Bradley Township, Grady Co., OK as a 49-year old widow; she had been widowed twice.  She married third Ben B. (“Dick”) Sharp before 1920.  He was born about 1866 in AL or TN.  They were recorded on the 1920 and 1930 censuses in Wayne, McClain Co., OK where he was a blacksmith.  They still lived in Wayne, OK in 1931.  Sarah married fourth ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Dunn.  Some of this information was revealed in a letter Dora Vaughn (#63) saved from Lila, her cousin, dated 24 June 1931, Wayne, OK and submitted by R‑4.  (R‑4, R‑9, R‑17)

Children - Collier

+68.  Lattieme Lafayette Collier, b. 11 May 1883, m. Cornelia Viola E. McClure, c. 1909, d. 3 June 1960.

+69.  Minnie Ola Collier, b. 23 Feb. 1885, m(1) Charles Harrison Weaver, 22 Feb. 1902, m(2) W. M. Cole, 1939, d. 1 Dec. 1972.

+70.  Mary Alice Collier, b. 24 July 1888, m. Robert Aaron Nix, 22 April 1906, d. 30 June 1925.

+71.  William Joseph Collier, b. 20 July 1890, m. Nina Patterson, c. 1913, d. 25 Jan. 1940.

+72.  Mattie Lila (or Lela) Collier, b. 24 Sept. 1893, m(1) James Bolen McClure, 4 Jan. 1911, m(2) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Cartwright, d. 9 Aug. 1957.

Children - Gemes

  73.  Martin Gemes/James, b.c. 1902 (OK), m. Allie Ruth ‑‑‑‑‑‑, about 1928, d. 22 July 1962.  Lived with half sister Mattie in 1920.  Recorded on the 1930 census in Oklahoma City, OK under Martin James.



James ("Jim") Henry Graves (16) was born 3 Dec. 1858 in Giles Co., TN (or in Alabama), and died 31 Aug. 1926 at the home place on Rosetta Mts., Mt. Levi, Johnson Co., AR.  He married Amanda ("Mandy") Jane Owens, daughter of John Owens and Liza ‑‑‑‑‑‑, about 1880.  She was born 1 March 1863 in TN, and died 6 March 1945 at the home place on Rosetta Mts., Mt. Levi, AR.  Their children were born at the home place.  They were recorded on the 1900-1920 censuses in Piney, Johnson Co., AR.

John and Liza Owens had the following children:  Jim, John, Bill, Sheely, Lizzie, Mary, Cindy, and Amanda.  Sheely married Cindy Warren, sister to Wes Warren (husband of Mary Lula Graves), and had sons Truman and Hughles (?) in Booneville, AR.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+74.  Sally Emma Graves, b. 27 Aug. 1882, m. Sam Peden, d. 30 March 1913.

+75.  Mary Lula Graves, b. 10 Nov. 1885, m. John Wesley Warren, c. 1907, d. 11 July 1976.

+76.  Liza LouElla Graves, b. 10 Jan. 1888, m. G. Custer Price, c. 1905, d. 5 May 1974.

+77.  Minnie Elizabeth Graves, b. 31 March 1890, m. Iby Bishop Snell, 14 April 1908, d. 19 Dec. 1983.

+78.  Synthia Ada Graves, b. 18 Aug. 1893, m. Henry Patterson, c. 1914, d. 30 March 1982.

+79.  Charles Henry Graves, b. 8 May 1895, m. Stella Phillips, d. 29 Sept. 1970.


William Robert ("Bob") Graves (18) was born 27 March 1864 in Alabama, and died 2 Sept. 1938.  He married ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  80.  Froney Graves

  81.  Walter Graves


Jesse Leander ("Butch" or "Lee") Graves, Jr. (20) was born 19 Aug. 1868 in Lincoln Co., TN, died 3 March 1915 in Creek Co., OK, and was buried in Bristow, Creek Co., OK.  He married Amanda Jane Warren, daughter of Andrew Warren and Martha Woods, on 6 Jan. 1889 in Johnson Co., AR.  His brother Stephen married her sister Mary.  Amanda was born 1 Oct. 1872 in AR, died 2 (or 3) March 1922 (or 1923), and was buried in Stroud, Lincoln Co., OK.  Their first 7 children were born in Johnson Co., AR; Flora and Orville were born in OK.  It is not known where Arlis was born.  This family was recorded on the 1900 census in Piney Twp., Johnson Co., AR, and the 1910 and 1920 censuses in Sunny Slope Twp., Creek Co., OK.  (R‑6, R‑16)

Children - Graves

+82.  Martha Matilda Graves, b. Oct. 1889, m. Roscoe L. Miller, d.c. 1914.

+83.  William Claude Graves, b. 17 Aug. 1891, m. Cora Toops, 28 May 1911, d. 20 Sept. 1979.

+84.  John Custer Graves, b. 17 July 1893, m(1) Eunice Rippetoe, 1 July 1911, m(2) Rachel Edith Mullins, 7 April 1918, d. 16 June 1966.

  85.  Samuel Edward Graves, b. 27 July 1895, m. Dovie Mills, 13 Nov. 1915 (Creek Co., OK).  Day of birth is from his World War I Draft Registration Card; he stated he was born in Clarksville, AR.

+86.  Marion Willie Graves, b. 17 Nov. 1897, m. Ollie Blair, 4 May 1918, d. Jan. 1976.

+87.  Mary Lou Bessie Graves, b. 17 Feb. 1900, m(1) John Willey, 17 April 1916, m(2) E. D. Hurt, 24 Aug. 1938, d. 21 Nov. 1945.

+88.  Bertha Agnus Graves, b. 27 Jan. 1903, m. Samuel Abner Mullins, 23 March 1931, d. March 1985.

+89.  Flora Clementine Graves, b. 20 Sept. 1906, m. John Wesley Mullins, 20 Oct. 1922, d. 30 Jan. 1996.

  90.  Orville Graves, b.c. 1910 (OK).  Listed on the 1910 census as 3 months old.

  91.  Arlis Graves, d. young.


Stephen Monroe ("Steve") Graves (21) was born 28 Dec. 1870 in Lincoln Co., TN, died 2 Feb. 1959 in Clarksville, Johnson Co., AR, and was buried in Hagarville, Johnson Co., AR.  He married Mary Isabel Warren, daughter of Andrew Warren and Martha Woods, on 18 Dec. 1889 in Mt. Levi, Johnson Co., AR.  His brother Jesse married her sister Amanda.  He was a doctor in Clarksville, AR.  Mary was born 20 Aug. 1873 in Mt. Levi, Johnson Co., AR, died 6 April 1947 in Clarksville, AR, and was buried there.  Their children were born in Johnson Co., AR.  This family was recorded on the 1900-1930 censuses in Piney Twp., Johnson Co., AR.  In 1910 Stephen was the census enumerator.  (R‑1, R‑16)

Children - Graves

+92.  Annie Elizabeth Graves, b. 25 Sept. 1890, m. Charles Jefferson Johnson, 3 Oct. 1909, d. 22 Sept. 1974.

+93.  Jesse Monroe Graves, b. 3 April 1892, m. Hattie Clementine Patterson, 6 Oct. 1912, d. 18 Feb. 1939.

+94.  Henry Nelson Graves, b. 30 Nov. 1893, m(1) Des Moine Moore, m(2) Dossie Griffin Treat, 7 Jan. 1958, d. 2 Jan. 1971.

  95.  Mary Lucretia Graves, b. Oct. 1895, d. 27 July 1896 (Clarksville, AR).

+96.  May Graves, b. 6 July 1897, m. Martin Hanson Lund, 11 Nov. 1917, 15 Aug. 1985.

+97.  Narcissus Eveline Graves, b. 24 April 1899, m. Irvin Conrad Chronister, 29 June 1924, d. 5 Dec. 1995.

+98.  Edith Graves, b. 5 Jan. 1901, m. William Lawrence Pitts, 16 Oct. 1921, d. 20 July 1995.

+99.  William McKinley Graves, b. 4 Jan. 1903, m. Ruby Iona Murphy, 30 May 1922, d. 12 Oct. 1925.

+100.  Rena Mabel Graves, b. 11 Sept. 1905, m. Tillman Lloyd Martin, 19 Nov. 1932, d. 30 Sept. 1997.

  101.  Velna Marla Graves, b. 15 Feb. 1907, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Merle, m(2) Richard L. Bean, 5 Dec. 1931, d. 28 Feb. 1999.  He was b. 23 Aug. 1907, d. 6 Nov. 1951.  No children.  Bur. Mt. Vernon Cem.  Her birth and death dates are from the SSDI.

+102.  Howard Lee Graves, b. 12 June 1910, m. Lois Emogene Marvel, 12 May 1934, d. 10 Jan. 1995.


Sarah Elizabeth Graves (23) was born 29 Oct. 1874 in Lincoln Co., TN, and died 29 Dec. 1947.  She married Harrison Lee McMinn about 1892.  He was born 28 July 1871 in MS, and died 5 Sept. 1939 in Clarksville, Johnson Co., AR.  This family was recorded on the 1900 census in Pilot Rock, Johnson Co., AR and the 1910-1930 censuses in Piney, Johnson Co., AR.  Their children were born in AR.  (R‑1, R‑9)

Children - McMinn

  103.  Jessie Nathan McMinn, b. Aug. 1895.

  104.  Matilda McMinn, b. June 1893, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Ross, m(2) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Scott.

  105.  Orlena Elizabeth McMinn, b. April 1898, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ King.

  106.  Effie McMinn, b. Nov. 1904, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Freed.

  107.  Dicie L. McMinn, b. 20 Oct. 1906, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Kraus, d. March 1981[3].

  108.  Mary McMinn

  109.  Irma McMinn, b.c. 1912, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Eudell.

  110.  Hester A. McMinn, b. 1915, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Wolgamott.


Daniel ("Dan") Franklin Graves (24) was born 21 Aug. 1877 in AR, and died 11 Aug. 1967 in Hartman, Johnson Co., AR.  He married Mary Ann Darnell, daughter of Christopher Columbus Darnell and Sarah Mason, on 3 Dec. 1911.  She was born 13 Dec. 1885 and died 5 Jan. 1987, both in Clarksville, Johnson Co., AR.  This family was recorded on the 1930 census in Spadra, Johnson Co., AR.  (R‑1, R‑9, R‑16, R‑18)

Children - Graves

+111.  Sarah Elizabeth Graves, b. 13 Oct. 1912, m. Olsey Arland Marchbanks, 1940, d. June 1978.

+112.  Ernest Christopher Graves, b. 14 June 1914, m. Mary Glenn Overbey, March 1938.

  113.  James Andrew ("Andy") Graves, b. 24 March 1917, m. Gloria Bohlenger, 1943 (Los Angeles, CA), d. 23 April 2001 (Hood River, OR).  No children.

+114.  Robert Franklin Graves, b. 29 April 1919, m(1) Betty Gillespie, 1938, m(2) Helen Kowalski, 1945, m(3) Mary Edna Boggs, 5 Oct. 1950. d. 15 Nov. 2003.

+115.  Minnie Mae Graves, b. 2 Nov. 1921, m. James Harrison, 1939.

+116.  John Lafayette Graves, b. 13 Oct. 1923, m. Amelia Hope Lopez, 30 Jan. 1948.

+117.  Mary Leola Graves, b. 14 March 1927, m. John Paul Whitson, 1944, d. 28 July 1993.



Miles Alexander Graves (26) was born 26 Sept. 1861 in Marshall Co., AL according to R‑9, and died 25 Sept. 1923 in Jack Co., TX.  On the 1860 census in Boons Hill, Lincoln Co., TN, he was recorded as a 9-year old, born NC.  He married Elender (“Ella”) Miller, daughter of James Miller and Nancy Womack, on 15 Nov. 1883 in Jack Co., TX.  She was born 26 March 1865 in Collin Co., TX, and died 20 Jan. 1922 in Jack Co., TX.  This family was recorded on the 1900 and 1910 censuses in Jack Co., TX.  Their children were born in TX.  In 1910, Ellen stated that 7 of her 9 children were living.  (R‑2, R‑9)

Children - Graves

  118.  William Henry Graves, b. 4 Feb. 1885, m. Minnie Craig, d. 8 Jan. 1931 (Jack Co., TX).

  119.  Eva Lena Graves, b. 4 Aug. 1887, m. Jesse Lucas, d. 3 Jan. 1980 (Jack Co., TX).  Dates are from the SSDI.

  120.  James Robert Graves, b. 28 Feb. 1889, m. Hazel W. Calloway, d. 22 Jan. 1974.  Dates are from the SSDI and Texas Deaths, 1964-98.

  121.  Mary Ethel Graves, b. 29 March 1891, m. Edgar Laird, d. 27 Aug. 1980 (Jack Co., TX).

  122.  Richard Lee Graves, b. 2 Aug. 1892, m. Belle Ramsay, 11 June 1922, d. 27 Aug. 1980 (Jack Co., TX).

  123.  Myrtie Reno Graves, b. 7 March 1897, m. Walter Riggs, 12 Jan. 1914, d. 17 Feb. 1990[4] (Jack Co., TX).

+124.  Minnie Malinda Graves, b. 3 Sept. 1898, m James Ray McCright, 3 Oct. 1920, d. 4 April 1923.

  125.  Esta May Graves, b. Feb. 1900, m. James Thorp, d. (Jack Co., TX).

  126.  Samuel W. Graves, b. 16 Jan. 1907, m. Reba Lewis, d. 12 Oct. 1978 (Jack Co., TX).

  127.  Twins, b. and d. (Jack Co., TX).


Eliza Jane Graves (27) was born 5 Sept. 1864 in NC (from the 1870 census), died 10 Feb. 1899 in Jacksboro, Jack Co., TX, and was buried in Graves Cem., Jack Co., TX.  She married Alfred G. Smith on 15 Feb. 1880 in Jack Co.  He was born in Dec. 1859 in TX.  They were recorded on the 1880 census in Jack Co., TX; her place of birth was listed as TX.  Alfred and the children were recorded on the 1900-1920 censuses in Jack Co., TX.  Children David through Lydia were born in TX.  (R‑2, R‑9)

Children - Smith

  128.  Nancy Orpha Ann Smith, b.c. 1880.

  129.  Sarah Caroline Smith, b.c. 1882.

  130.  infant, b.c. 1884.

  131.  David Oscar Smith, b. March 1885.

  132.  Maudie Lee Smith, b. March 1887.

  133.  Lenora Alice Smith, b. Aug. 1889.

  134.  Alfred Jasper Smith, b. Oct. 1891, m. Minnie M. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1910.  She was b.c. 1892 (TX).  They lived with his father and siblings in 1910.

  135.  William Franklin Smith (twin), b. June 1894.

  136.  Moses Lafayette Smith (twin), b. June 1894.

  137.  Fred Fletcher Smith, b. June 1896.

  138.  Lydia Jewel Smith, b. Oct. 1898, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Hudson.


James William Graves (28), known as Will, was born in April 1867 in TN, and died before 1930, probably in Lubbock Co., TX.  He first married Mary Ann Hyatt on 15 Sept. 1889 in Jack Co., TX.  She was born in Nov. 1872 in TX.  This family was recorded on the 1900 census in Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX.  Mary indicated that all four of her four children were living.  He married second Mary Helen Wicker, daughter of James Wicker, Jr. and Laurennie Rowlett, in 1909.  She was born 4 Aug. 1881, and died 1 Oct. 1959 in Lubbock, TX.  This family was recorded on the 1910-1930 censuses in Lubbock, TX.  In 1930 Mary was widowed and lived with her four sons in Lubbock, TX.

About 1900, Will and Jack W. White formed a partnership to hard work, such as tanking, moving houses and especially grubbing mesquite.  Later, Jack and Will began farming.  Will farmed on section 4 block in 1904, growing 20 bales of cotton, sold at a price less than 10 cents per pound.  He paid Frank Wheelock, who owned the land, more rent than he asked in money for it.  (R‑9, R‑12)

Children - Graves, by Mary A. Hyatt

+139.  James Marion Graves, b. 26 Nov. 1891, m(1) Minnie Mae Burleson, m(2) Blanch Myrtle Daugherty, 25 May 1913, d. Aug. 1978.

  140.  Charles Wesley Graves, b. 7 March 1893, m. Lula Kate Wylie, d. 25 May 1972 (Lubbock, TX).

  141.  Linnie Mae Graves, b. Feb. 1895, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Grigg, d. 1 Nov. 1991 (Lubbock, TX).

  142.  Roy A. Graves, b. May 1897.

  143.  Ollie C. Graves

+144.  Alvis Graves, b. 15 Nov. 1904, m. Alice Rebecca Hood, 18 June 1923, d. 9 June 1948.

Children - Graves, by Mary H. Wicker

+145.  Martin Wicker Graves, b. c. 1911, m. Odessa Lee Wylie, d. 19 Jan. 1997.

+146.  Walcie Lebell Graves, b.c. 1914, m. David Walton Hunt.

  147.  J. W. Graves, Jr., b.c. 1921 (TX).  Listed on the 1930 census.

+148.  Coolidge Marion Graves, b.c. 1925.

  149.  Valdi Leslie Graves, b. 13 Feb. 1927 (Lubbock Co., TX), d. 9 Nov. 1966 (Wichita Co., TX).


Mary E. ("Mollie") Graves (29) was born 14 Dec. 1870 in TN, and died 16 Nov. 1920.  She married John W. Nichols on 23 May 1886 in Jack Co, TX.  He was born Jan. 1862 in TX.  (R‑2, R‑9)

Children - Nichols

  150.  Rosa L. Nichols, b. Oct. 1893.


Nancy Cordelia Graves (31) was born 8 July 1878 in TN, died 26 Jan. 1917 in Jack Co., TX, and was buried in Graves Cem., Jack Co., TX.  She married William Henry Bilbary on 4 Sept. 1894 in Jack Co., TX.  He was born 10 May 1873 according to his World War I Draft Registration Card, 1917-1918.  (R‑9)

Children - Bilbary

+151.  Ola Bilbary, b. 13 March 1898, Macklin Newton Massengale, d. 4 Sept. 1980.


Anna Pearl Graves (34) was born 20 Nov. 1893 in Jacksboro, Jack Co., TX, and died 28 Dec. 1973 in Truth or Consequences, Sierra Co., NM.  She married Oscar Lincoln Stoddard, son of Lincoln Stoddard and Ida Ward, on 2 April 1913 in Jacksboro, TX.  He was born 22 Nov. 1891 in Jacksboro, TX, and died 18 Feb. 1971 in Truth or Consequences, NM.  This family was recorded on the 1920 census in Curry Co., NM and the 1930 census in Quay Co., NM.  Their first child was born in TX and the rest in NM.  (R‑2, R‑9)

Children - Stoddard

  152.  Edna Inez Stoddard, b. 10 March 1914 (TX).

+153.  Mildred Grace Stoddard, b. 3 Jan. 1916, m. Clifford Ernest Cox, 11 July 1936.

  154.  Dortha Faye Stoddard, b. 27 Sept. 1917.

  155.  Lincoln Leon Stoddard, b. 27 July 1919, d. May 1972.  Death date is from the SSDI.

  156.  Marion Wilbur Stoddard, b. 16 Nov. 1921.

  157.  Charles Earl Stoddard (twin), b. 27 Aug. 1924.

  158.  Albert Murl Stoddard (twin), b. 27 Aug. 1924.

  159.  David Gene Stoddard, b. 13 May 1928.



Margaret Jane Graves (36) was born 24 Aug. 1871 in Georges Creek, Somervell Co., TX, and died 15 June 1960 in Wichita Co., TX.  She first married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ King.  She married second W. A. W. Hawley on 10 May 1894.  He was born in 1869, and died in Georges Creek, TX.  (R‑9, R‑10)

Children - King

  160.  Roy King

Children - Hawley

  161.  Bob Hawley

+162.  Ned Hawley, b. 21 Oct. 1886, m. Bessie Gladney, 21 Oct. 1916, d. 23 May 1953.

  163.  Ervin Wright Hawley, b. 1 Oct. 1903, d. 28 May 1983 (Bryan, Brazos Co., TX).


Annie Bell (or Belle) Graves (39) was born 7 Feb. 1876 in Georges Creek, Somervell Co., TX, died 14 July 1945 in Denison, Grayson Co., TX, and was buried in Fairview Cem., Denison, TX.  She first married Charley Clarence Hardy on 10 July 1890 in Somervell Co., TX.  He was born 5 May 1869 in TN or AL, and died in 1927 in Norman, Cleveland Co., OK.  She married second J. W. Swearingen on 16 Nov. 1929.  (R‑9, R‑10)

Children - Hardy

+164.  Gracie Hardy, b. 5 Sept. 1891, m. Robert F. Allison, 29 Oct. 1911, d. 14 Feb. 1975.

+165.  Ima Hardy, b. 13 March 1894, m. W. Harvey Menasco, d. 22 Oct. 1943.

+166.  Virgie Elton Hardy, b. 13 Sept. 1896, m. James Clyde Grundy, 25 Feb. 1917, d. 1946.

+167.  Clounce Edgar Hardy, b. 6 April 1899, m(1) Eva Kelley, bef. 1919, m(2) Bessie Rogers, aft. 1937, d. 27 May 1974.

+168.  Vivan Clarence Hardy, b. 16 Sept. 1901, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. Sept. 1986.

+169.  Loyce Audrey Hardy, b. 8 Feb. 1908, m. Ethel Lewis, d. 10 March 1994.

+170.  Oleta Littlehart Hardy, b. 6 Sept. 1909, m. William Clarence Whaley, 3 Oct. 1931, d. 15 Feb. 1992.

  171.  Vera A. Hardy, b 10 March 1912, d. 12 June 1925 (Denison, TX).


Horace Edgar Graves (42) was born 1 Feb. 1886 in Georges Creek, Somervell Co., TX, and died 21 (or 12 April per R‑9) April 1960??(same day as sister Dee?) in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX. .  He first married Ruby Barker on 9 July 1909 in Glen Rose, Somervell Co., TX.  She was born about 1890 in TX.  This family was recorded on the 1920 census in Albuquerque, Bernalillo Co., NM.  He married second Eunice Mabel Wells after 1920.  She was born about 1892 in TX.  This family was recorded on the 1930 census in Addis, West Baton Rouge Parish, LA.  The children listed below were recorded on the 1920 and 1930 censuses; it is unclear if Ruby was the mother for the first four children.  (R‑9, R‑10)

Children - Graves, by Ruby Barker

  172.  Mildred Graves, b.c. 1911 (TX).

  173.  Eugene (or Edwin) Graves, b.c. 1913. (TX).

  174.  Marie Graves, b.c. 1915.

  175.  Hilma Graves, b.c. 1920.

Children - Graves, by Eunice M. Wells

  176.  Horace Edgar Graves, Jr., b. 15 Feb. 1929 (Bowie Co., TX), m. Josephine Beatrice Bond, d. 23 July 1974 (Tarrant Co., TX).


Pearl Gertrude Graves (43) was born 27 Aug. 1888 in Georges Creek, Somervell Co., TX, and died 15 June 1973 in Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX.  She married Harvey Lewis Nickell, Jr., son of Harvey Lewis Nickell and Elizabeth LaFon, about 1907.  He was born 10 Feb. 1883 in Cleburne, TX, and died 9 Jan. 1944 in Johnson Co., TX.  This family was recorded on the 1910 and 1930 censuses in Johnson Co., TX.  (R‑9, R‑10)

Children - Nickell

  177.  Lewis Lee Nickell, b. 9 Sept. 1908 (Cleburne, TX), d. 8 March 1979 (Johnson Co., TX).

  178.  Jerrell D. Nickell, b. 1 Oct. 1913, d. 29 Oct. 2001 (TX).  Death date is from the SSDI.

  179.  May G. Nickell, b.c. 1917.

+180.  Bertha Faye Nickell, b.c. 1925, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Ard, m(2) Buford Willard.


Idelia (“Dee”) Graves (44) was born 25 Jan. 1892 in Georges Creek, Somervell Co., TX, and died 21 April 1960 (?? died same day as brother Horace).  She married Young Noah Love, son of John Wilson Love and Matilda Reeves, on 26 Feb. 1910 in Glen Rose, Somervell Co., TX.  He was born 25 June 1891, and died 24 May 1961 in Vernon, Wilbarger Co., TX.  This family was recorded on the 1920 census in Dodge City, KS and the 1930 census in Albuquerque, Bernalillo Co., NM.  (R‑9, R‑10)

Children - Love

  181.  Juanita Love, b.c. 1911 (TX).

  182.  Oleta Love, b.c. 1914 (TX).

  183.  Noah Willard Love, b.c. 1915 (TX).

  184.  Bobbie J. Love [son], b.c. 1927 (KS).

  185.  Bessie Annie Prudie Love

  186.  Lottie Belle Love

  187.  Lee Love


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[1] Page 116.

[2] This information is questionable; other researchers documenting this family claim that parents Thomas and Mildred and all children including George died before 1880 in Grayson Co., TX.

[3] According to the SSDI; last residence was Mulvane, Sumner Co., KS.

[4] Death date is from Texas Deaths, 1964-98.