Rev. 11 Jan. 2014, Gen. 155








Dr. Thomas ("Tom") Graves (1) was born about 1789 in SC, and died after 1860 in Pike Co., Ala.  No proof has yet been found that he was the father of Joseph James Graves, and until it is found this link should be considered tentative.  He apparently lived in Marion Co., SC, since his son was born there.  He married Charity ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1791 in SC, and probably died before 1860.

He was in the 1850 census for Pike Co., AL, page 263, with wife Charity, and children Rebecca, James, Samuel, and Ephraim.  He was in the 1860 census for Eastern Div., Pike Co., AL, Bibb P.O., page 299, with no wife, and children Rebecca and Ephraim.  In 1860 he was living next to his presumed son, Joseph Graves.  He was listed as a physician in 1850 and a farmer in 1860.  All family members were born in SC.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+2.  Joseph James Graves, b. 18 June 1818, m. Telitha Jackson, c. 1846, d. 30 March 1888.

  3.  Rebecca Graves, b.c. 1825.

  4.  James Graves, b.c. 1830.

  5.  Samuel Graves, b.c. 1832.

  6.  Ephraim Graves, b.c. 1833.






Joseph James Graves (2) was born 18 June 1818 in Marion Co., SC, died 30 March 1888 in Fannin Co., TX, and was buried in Grove Hill Cem., Bonham, Fannin Co., Texas.  He married Telitha Jackson about 1846 in Pike Co., AL[1].  She was born 2 Jan. 1828, died 13 April 1913, and was also buried in Grove Hill Cem.  Their graves are under a large Eastern Cedar tree near the main highway and the church parking lot.  The cemetery is located just outside Leonard, Fannin Co., TX.  Telitha was supposedly a first cousin to Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the U.S.

Buried in Grove Hill Cem. to the right of J.J. and Telitha are what appear to be other members of this same family.  Christina A., wife of C.J. Graves, b. Aug. 9, 1849, d. Oct. 13, 1890.  On the same stone, J.C. born and died Oct. 6, 1890, and the epitaph "Much of us hopes to join you at last on the beautiful heavenly shore."  Charles J. Graves Sr., b. April 9, 1859, d. May 25 1922.  Buried to his right is John W. Graves, b. Jan. 24, 1879, d. Jan. 19, 1964.  To his right is a marker with the following: Graves, married Dec. 19, 1964, Methodist Minister, Rev. Charles J. Jr., b. Feb. 13, 1882, d. Dec. 13, 1975.  His beloved wife, Stella Ann, b. June 27, 1880, d. Nov. 12, 1951.  Marker to their right reads: Beloved mother and grandmother, Gladys Graves Covington, wife of Ernest, b. May 21, 1908, d. Oct. 28, 1984.  (Ernest Covington lived in Longview, TX and/or McKinney, TX.)

It is likely that Charles J. Graves, born 1859, was an older brother of James Thomas Graves.

Joseph Graves and Telitha were in the 1860 census for Eastern Div., Pike Co., AL, Bibb P.O., page 299.  Living with them were Sarah A. Booker, 12, Charles J. Booker, 1 (is this the person referred to as Charles J. Graves, above?), and William Booker, 10, all born in AL.  Living next door was John Jackson, 37, probably a brother of Telitha.  Sarah Booker was in the 1850 census for Pike Co., AL, living with William Pope (age 40, b. NC), Mary Pope (possibly his wife with maiden name McMullian, or possibly his sister) (age 45, b. NC), and Sarah Pope (age 35, b. NC).  No one else with the surname of Booker was listed in Pike Co. in 1850.

Joseph and Telitha were in the 1880 census for Dist. 180, Beat 3, Washington Co., AL, page 164A, with children Joseph, 19, James T., 18, Charity A., 15, Mary A., 13, and Martha J., 11, all born in AL.

The 1870 census for Beat 3, Washington Co., AL, State Line P.O., page 133, dwelling 112, listed Joe Graves, 40, Mary, 35, Jefferson, 14, Joseph, 12, James, 10, Mary, 8, Charity, 6, and Martha, 3.  Joe was shown as born in TN and all the others in MS.  This is almost certainly the same family.  State Line is in MS, on the county line between Wayne Co. and Greene Co., MS.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+7.  Charles Jefferson Graves, b. 9 April 1859, m(1) Christina A. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(2) Mary S. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 25 May 1922.

  8.  Joseph Graves, b.c. 1860.

+9.  James Thomas Graves, b. 8 Sept. 1861, m. Mary Ann Green, 20 July 1882, d. 27 Oct. 1953.

  10.  Charity A. Graves, b.c. 1865.

  11.  Mary A. Graves, b.c. 1867.

  12.  Martha J. Graves, b.c. 1869.






Charles Jefferson Graves (7) was born 9 April 1859 in AL, and died 25 May 1922.  He first married Christina A. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born 9 Aug. 1849 and died 13 Oct. 1890.  They were both buried in Grove Hill Cem., Fannin Co., TX.  He married second Mary S. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1891.  She was born in April 1866 in TX, and died before the 1920 census.  His first child was born in AL, and all the others in TX.

Charles and Mary were in the 1900 census for Fannin Co., TX.  They were in the 1910 census for Haskell, Haskell Co., TX.  He was in the 1920 census for Fannin Co., TX, living with his son Charles.  He was a farmer.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑3)

Children - Graves, by Christina A. ------

  13.  Mary A. Graves, b. Feb. 1880 (AL).

+14.  Charles Jefferson Graves, Jr., b. 13 Feb. 1882, m. Stella Ann ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 13 Dec. 1975.

  15.  Charlotte Graves, b. Dec. 1883.

  16.  Fred Graves, b. Oct. 1885.

  17.  Fannie A. Graves, b. Nov. 1888.

  18.  J. C. Graves, b. and d. 6 Oct. 1890.  Bur. Grove Hill Cem.

Children - Graves, by Mary S. ------

+19.  Christina Graves, b. May 1892, m. Albert D. Dodson.

  20.  Willie M. Graves, b. Nov. 1893.

+21.  Susan Talitha Graves, b. 17 July 1895, m. George Washington Manous, c. 1916, d. 29 Aug. 1964.

  22.  Thomas Alfred Graves, b. July 1897.

+23.  Cassie Graves, b. Aug. 1898, m. Lee Andrew Orr, c. 1915.


James Thomas Graves (9) was born 8 Sept. 1861 in Brundidge, Pike Co., AL, died 27 Oct. 1953, and was buried at Rose Hill Cem., Tyler, Smith Co., Texas.  He married Mary Ann (probably "Pollyanna") Green on 20 July 1882 in Chatom, Washington Co., Ala.  Her family was supposedly from Ohio.  She was born 20 Dec. 1860 in Millry, Washington Co., Ala., died 14 Sept. 1944 in Cherokee Co., Texas, and was also buried at Rose Hill Cem.  Their graves are on the highest hill, under a pine tree.

Her parents were Mary Ann Cheesebrough of the Cheesebrough Mfg. Co. in New York and Wilson Green.  They supposedly moved to Alabama for Wilson's health, and he died when his daughter was about five years old (in about 1865).

Through the courtesy of Harvey C. Byrd, Grand Secretary, Grand Lodge of Texas, Waco, Texas, the following information about J. T. Graves has been found from Masonic Grand Lodge records.  He first affiliated with Pine Forrest Lodge No. 631 in Saltillo, Texas on 20 June 1896, served the lodge as Junior Steward the same year and demitted on 12 June 1897.  Since the records do not show where his previous lodge was, he probably came from another state.  He next affiliated with Athens Lodge No. 165 in Athens, Henderson Co., Texas in 1898 and again demitted on 14 Oct. 1898.  He then affiliated with Relief Lodge No. 236 in Kerens, Texas on 25 Feb. 1899 and again demitted on 15 Nov. 1902.  The Masonic records do not show his whereabouts until 22 Oct. 1910 when he affiliated with Jacksonville Lodge No. 108 in Jacksonville, Cherokee Co., Texas.  He served his lodge as Junior Deacon in 1911 and as Senior Deacon in 1912.  He again demitted from this lodge on 3 July 1915 and re-affiliated with the same lodge on 7 April 1917, where he was a member in good standing until his death on 27 Oct. 1953. He worked for the railroad.

J. Dixon Graves, Jr. said, "My Dad told me that when he was a small child, he was visiting J. T. and they went outside to a beehive that he kept behind the house in a log beehive.  J. T. apparently robbed this hive bare-handed and my Dad asked him if the bees stung him.  He answered that 'Ow a little bit but it does not really hurt that much.'  Maybe this is why he lived to be in his nineties."  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+24.  Thomas Ephraim Graves, b. 3 May 1883, m. Laney Belle Buie, d. 12 July 1963.

  25.  Callie Graves, b. 8 Aug. 1884, married, d. June 1979.

  26.  Mary Jane Graves, b. 3 Sept. 1886, d. 1962 (?).

  27.  Magnolia Graves, b. 6 Nov. 1888, married, d. April 1979.

  28.  Joseph Graves, b. 15 Dec. 1892 (stillborn).

  29.  Josephine Graves, b. 25 Jan. 1895, d. 4 July 1979.






Charles Jefferson Graves, Jr. (14) was born 13 Feb. 1882 in TX, and died 13 Dec. 1975.  He married Stella Ann ‑‑‑‑‑‑, called Annie.  She was born about 1881 in MO.  They were in the 1920 census for Fannin Co., TX.  They were in the 1930 census for Bonham, Fannin Co., TX.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in TX.

Children - Graves

  30.  Gladys C. Graves, b.c. 1909.

  31.  Mary A. Graves, b.c. 1913.

  32.  Annie M. Graves, b.c. 1914.


Christina (or Christine) Graves (19) was born in May 1892 in TX.  She married Albert D. Dodson about 1908.  He was born about 1888 in TX.  They were in the 1930 census for Fannin Co., TX, with her brother Thomas living with them.  All their children were born in TX.

Children - Dodson

  33.  Dennis E. Dodson, b.c. 1913.

  34.  Vertis A. Dodson, b.c. 1915.

  35.  Earnest H. Dodson, b.c. 1919.

  36.  Ward F. Dodson, b.c. 1921.

  37.  Clifford E. Dodson, b.c. 1923.

  38.  Floyd W. Dodson, b.c. 1925.

  39.  Nadene Dodson, b.c. 1927.

  40.  Stanley R. Dodson, b.c. 1930.


Susan Talitha Graves (21) was born 17 July 1895 in TX.  She married George Washington Manous about 1916.  He was born about 1895 in TX.  They were in the 1930 census for Bonito, Lincoln Co., NM.  He was a farmer.  (R‑3)

Children - Manous

  41.  Georgia L. Manous, b.c. 1919 (OK).

  42.  Richard R. Manous, b.c. 1921 (OK).

  43.  Clara E. Manous, b.c. 1927 (NM).


Cassie Graves (23) was born in Aug. 1898 in TX.  She married Lee Andrew ("Andy") Orr about 1915.  He was born about 1887 in AR.  They were in the 1930 census for Tennessee, Grant Co., AR, with her widowed mother living with them.  All their children were born in AR.  (R‑2)

Children - Orr

  44.  Kenneth Orr, b.c. 1912.

+45.  Wilma Pauline Orr, b.c. 1918, m. William Edward Strange, d. 17 March 1999.

  46.  Lee Andrew Orr, Jr., b.c. 1922.

  47.  Mary R. Orr, b.c. 1923.

  48.  Rebecca W. Orr, b.c. 1929.



Thomas Ephraim Graves (24) was born 3 May 1883, died 12 July 1963 in Texarkana, Texas, and was buried in Gilmer, Texas.  He married Laney Belle Buie, daughter of John Dixon Buie (b. 16 Oct. 1834) and Frances Abbey Bruner (b. 13 Dec. 1856).  T. E. Graves worked for the Cotton Belt Railroad for over fifty years.  There is a short biographical sketch on him in a book entitled 100 Years of Masonry Day by Day in Bethesda Lodge No. 142, A. F. and A. M., Gilmer, Texas, 1854-1954, by D. T. Loyd.  He was the Master of that lodge (no. 142) in 1923-24.

T. E. Graves served on the Gilmer, Texas school board in 1924-25, as noted in A History of Upshur County, Texas, by D. T. Loyd, page 32.  He also served on the draft board during World War II.  J. Dixon Graves, Jr. has in his possession the medals the War Department awarded him for his service.  He was a Christian and faithfully attended First Baptist Church regularly.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  49.  Jewel Elizabeth Graves, b. 13 Oct. 1910 (Omaha, Texas?), m(1) N. L. Hull, 1946, m(2) ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  No children.  1984 address: 3225 N.W. 35th Place, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

+50.  James Dixon Graves, b. 25 March 1914, m. Loise Geline Castellaw, 25 Sept. 1937, d. 30 March 1984.

+51.  N. Genice Graves, b. 18 May 1925, m. Hollie Golden McClain, 1946.


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[1] The marriage date estimate of 1846 was from R‑1.  However, if Telitha was the one who was a daughter of James N. Jackson and Charity, she was still living with her parents in 1850, so couldnŐt have married until after that.  James N. Jackson and his family was in the 1850 census for Pike Co., AL, page 237, living close to Archibald Graves (probable brother of Thomas) and Harriet (gen. 63).