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‑‑‑‑‑‑ Graves (1) married.  They lived in TN.  According to Platte County History, he had a nephew named James L. Graves.  The only person in Platte Co., MO who fits is James Logan Graves, son of Esom Graves and grandson of John Graves of Halifax Co., VA (genealogy 145).  The brother of Esom Graves who is most likely to be the father of Alva Graves is William Graves, but Winfield Graves is also a possibility.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+2.  Alva Graves, b.c. 1815, m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, before 1836, m(2) Jane McMahan, 17 March 1846, m(3) Elizabeth Cowen, 13 July 1849, d. March 1860.

+3.  Elizabeth Graves, m. Andrew Lawson.





Alva Graves (2) was born about 1815 (based on his age of 45 at death) or about 1817 (based on the 1850 census) in TN, and died in March 1860 in Platte Co., MO. (subdivision 55), according to the 1 June 1860 mortality schedule for Platte Co.  He first married sometime before 1836 in TN, wife's name unknown.  He secondly married Jane McMahan on 17 March 1846 in DeKalb Co., MO.  His third marriage was to Elizabeth Cowen on 13 July 1849 in DeKalb Co., MO.  She was born about 1809 in TN.  Elizabeth survived him.

In 1839 he was on the tax list of Platte Co., MO as Alvey Graves.  1843 shows a land grant for Platte Co., MO for an Alven Graves, Sept. 20, 1843 in section 28. 1850 Missouri census shows him in DeKalb Co., MO.  Estate filed in Platte Co., MO, April 1860, lists Mississippi Lipscomb, Parozetta Lipscomb, and Adeline Graves as children, and Elizabeth Graves as widow of deceased.

The cemetery Alva Graves is buried in has not been determined, but a Graves Cemetery is listed in Paxton's Platte County History, located 5 miles north of Weston, MO on Earl Benner, Jr. farm, with a notation that the farm was homesteaded in 1843 by Alva Graves.

According to Platte County History, p. 294: April 5 1860: "Alva Graves having died, N. I. Alexander administrated.  Bond $2,000.  He was a cousin of James L. Graves ..."

The 1850 census for District 28, DeKalb Co., MO, page 424, dwelling 159, lists Alvah Graves, 33, Elizabeth Graves, 41, Mississippi, 13, Parazada, 9, Adaline, 6, Samuel W. Lawson, 21, Andrew J. Lawson, 19, Mary A. Lawson, 16, Newton A. Lawson, 8, and Martha Lawson, 6.  Alva, Elizabeth and Mississippi were born in TN, Newton and Martha were born in AR, and the others were all born in MO.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves, by 1st wife

+4.  Mississippi Graves, b.c. 1836, m. Thomas Lipscomb, 5 Aug. 1853, d. 22 July 1878.

+5.  Parozetta Graves, b. 13 March 1840, m. Joseph Lipscomb, d. 3 March 1901.

  6.  Adeline (or Adelaide) Graves, b.c. 1844.


Elizabeth Graves (3) was born about 1825 in TN.  She first married Andrew Lawson.  He was born about 1826 in TN.  After he died, she secondly married Wash. Dyer, and was still living in Marshall Twp., Platte Co., MO in 1860.  Andrew, Elizabeth, and their children are in the 1850 census for District 28, DeKalb Co., MO, page 423, dwelling 153, living with F. P. Berk, 21, and Sara Amanda Berk, 19.  Both children were born in MO.  (R‑1)

Children - Lawson

+7.  Napoleon Lawson, b.c. 1844, m. Louisa ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  8.  Betsy A. Lawson, b.c. 1848.






Mississippi Graves (4) was born about 1836 in TN, and died 22 July 1878.  She married Thomas Lipscomb.  Thomas and children were in the 1880 census for Weston, Platte Co., MO, page 25D.  All the children were born in MO.  (R‑1)

Children - Lipscomb

  9.   Andrew Lipscomb, b.c. 1857.

  10.  Ada Lipscomb, b. 1862.

  11.  Lizzie Lipscomb, b.c. 1864.

  12.  Benjamin Lipscomb, b.c. 1869.

  13.  Michael Lipscomb, b.c. 1871.

  14.  Alva Lipscomb, b.c. 1878.


Parozetta (or Parazetta or Parazada) Graves (5) was born 13 March 1840 in MO, and died 3 March 1901 in Bates Co., MO.  She married Joseph Lipscomb, brother of Thomas Lipscomb.  He may have died young (perhaps in the Civil War), since he was not in the 1880 census and his youngest child was born about 1862.  Parazetta and children William and Adaline were in the 1880 census for Osage, Vernon Co., MO, page 450A.  Both children were born in MO.  (R‑1)

Children - Lipscomb

  15.  William Lipscomb, b.c. 1860.

  16.  Adaline Lipscomb, b.c. 1862.



Napoleon (“Nep”) Lawson (7) was born about 1844 or 1845 in TN.  He married Louisa ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1854 in KY.  They were in the 1880 census for Marshall, Platte Co., MO, page 14B, and his mother was living with them at that time.  All their children were born in MO.  (R‑1)

Children - Lawson

  17.  Laura Lawson, b.c. 1870.

  18.  Charley Lawson, b.c. 1874.

  19.  Andrew Lawson, b.c. 1877.


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