Rev. 20 Sept. 1993, Gen. 122








James Graves (1) was probably born in SC or AL, and possibly died in Macon Co., IL. He married Jane Thompson before 1846 in AL. She was born about 1829 in AL, and possibly died near Decatur, Macon Co., IL.

After their first daughter, Mary Ann, was born in 1846, James and Jane stayed in AL for 3 more years. They then moved to LA for a short time, where their second daughter, Martha Ann, was born. They next moved to TX for a short time, and then moved to or near Decatur, Macon Co., IL, probably in the 1850's.

A legend that was passed down verbally was that "some of Olive May Shigley's people on her mother's side were full or part-blood Indians". (Olive May was a daughter of Mary Ann Graves and a granddaughter of James Graves and Jane Thompson.) The name of the tribe did not get passed down. There were apparently many mixed marriages between white settlers and Cherokees (and other tribes), and among the known surnames of the mixed marriages were Graves, Thompson and Humphreys. Also, much of Alabama was Cherokee and Creek land when James and Jane lived there. A check of the 1835 Cherokee census (taken for removal purposes) reveals many mixed and full-blood Cherokee families with Thompson and Graves as surnames. Unfortunately, this 1835 census only named heads of households.

The record states they had 3 daughters and no sons. (R-1)

Children - Graves

+2. Mary Ann Graves, b. 7 Jan. 1846, m(1) Cordilerus D. Humphreys, 22 Oct. 1861, m(2) William Addison Shigley, 7 May 1871, d. 4 April 1938.

3. Martha Ann Graves, c. 1849 (LA), m. ------ Ard, (Allen Co., KS).

4. Sarah Graves, m. ------ Owens.






Mary Ann Graves (2) was born 7 Jan. 1846 in AL, and died 4 April 1938 in Elm Twp., Allen Co., KS. She first married Cordilerus D. Humphreys of Harrison Co., KY on 22 Oct. 1861. He died 28 Feb. 1870 in Allen Co., KS. (It was said that he died in the Civil War of pneumonia. While he may have fought in the Civil War, it had been over for 5 years when he died.)

In the 1870 census for Ellsmore Twp., Allen Co., KS, p. 20, there is recorded a family (no. 28) headed by Mary Humphreys, age 23, born in AL; a 5-year-old male named Wesly B., born in IL; and lastly a 41-year-old female named Jane Graves, who is listed as "living with daughter," birthplace AL, who cannot read or write. Where is James Graves?

Mary Ann secondly married William Addison Shigley, son of William Lord Shigley and Cintha Ann ------, on 7 May 1871 in Allen Co., KS. He was born 6 March 1839 in Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died 9 Nov. 1924 in Salem Twp., Allen Co., KS (possibly in La Harpe).

The 1870 census for Humboldt, Allen Co., KS lists William A. Shigley, a 28-year-old male, birthplace IN, with occupation "clerk in saloon." He also fought on the side of the north in the Civil War with the 9th Indiana Infantry, Co. D, as a private. (R-1, R-2)

Children - Humphreys

5. Frezsher Humphreys

6. James William Humphreys

7. Wesley B. Humphreys

8. Walton (or Milton) Shurman Humphreys

Children - Shigley

9. James Loyd Shigley

10. Olive May Shigley, b. 26 Feb. 1876 (Salem Twp., Allen Co., KS), m. Francis Marion Stout, 13 June 1897 (Bartlett, Labette Co., KS), d. 7 July 1954 (near Palisade, Mesa Co., CO). Great-grandmother of Gregory M. Butterfield.

+11. Ora Alice Shigley, b. 14 Nov. 1877, m. Quince Justice Long, 20 Dec. 1900, d. 8 July 1955.

12. Hattie Shigley

13. Lora Shigley

14. Ida May Shigley

15. Clara Shigley

16. George Shigley






Ora Alice Shigley (11) was born 14 Nov. 1877, and died 8 July 1955 in Twin Falls, ID. She married Quince Justice Long, son of Edward Long and Margaret I. ------, on 20 Dec. 1900. He was born 18 Nov. 1877 in IN, and died 15 Jan. 1960 in Twin Falls, ID. (R-2)

Children - Long

17. Dorothy Long


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