Rev. 8 July 2015, Gen. 208







John Graves (1) was born about 1782, probably in Vermont, but possibly in Connecticut or Massachusetts (or even in England), and died in North Bennington, VT on 22 April 1819.  This is probably the John Graves who was living in Rupert, VT in 1800, and he may be connected with Jonathan Graves of Rupert.  John married Susanna ------- (possibly Ames, Hames, or Holmes) in about 1800.  Susanna was born about 1782, probably in Bennington Co., VT, and she probably is the Susanna Graves whose death is noted in the Shaftsbury Baptist Church records in 1831.  (According to a family history passed down by Lucy Graves Vieley, John was married before and may have had a son by a previous marriage.)  What is known for certain is that John was “of Shaftsbury” when he bought land in Bennington County, VT on 3 December 1805.   On that date he purchased a ¾ acre lot in North Bennington on the road leading west to White Creek, NY for $60.41 from Daniel Rogers of Hoosick, NY.  (This lot is approximately where the present School and West Streets intersect in today’s North Bennington.) The family probably lived and worked on the home property, conducting a carpentry and wagon making business from a workshop, weaving woolen cloth, making shoes and growing a portion of their own food.  The census of 1810 of Bennington County lists John Graves (male 26-44) with 2 sons under 10, a wife also 26-44, and a daughter under 10.

John died intestate and insolvent on 22 April 1819, and a complete inventory of his estate is found in the Bennington County Probate Court proceedings of 5 May 1819[1].  Included in the probate file are guardianship papers ensuring that his widow Susanna would care for his three minor children:  Bela M. Graves, age 12; Lucy Ann Graves, age 5; and Rhoda Jane Graves, age 3.  In addition, there were at least two older children, William, born in 1803, and Mary Ann, probably born in 1804 or ’05, who were not identified.  A neighbor, Francis Breakenridge, of Bennington County, cosigned the guardianship agreement with Susanna for the three minor children.  The Breakenridge family were prominent members of the local Baptist community and Francis’ mother, Mary Breakenridge, is on record as refusing to pay taxes for the support of the established (Congregational) church in Bennington.  John and Susanna may have been members of the West Baptist Church of Shaftsbury, which was located about a half mile north of their home.

A death notice for John Graves of Bennington was published in the Rutland Herald of 11 May 1819, which gave his age as 37 at the time of death.   At this time the family is believed to have consisted of John and Susanna and a total of five children, although there may have been a sixth.  (The U.S. Census of 1820 for Bennington, VT, which provides the ages of the three female children then living in the household of widow Susan Graves, is consistent with the ages of the children listed below.  In the 1830 census, Susan has five females in her home, making it possible there was another daughter.)

According to the Lucy Graves Vieley family history, Bela’s mother or grandmother was named Ames, Hames, or Holmes.  It is also possible it may have been a misreading of Hawes.  There is a possibility that Susanna Graves’ parents or grandparents were Jabez and Mary Hawes, who also arrived in North Bennington in 1805 and resided in the same neighborhood as John and Susanna Graves.  Jabez Hawes and his wife moved to North Bennington from Windham County, VT in about 1805 at about the same time John Graves purchased his lot in North Bennington.  They were residing in North Bennington for the censuses of 1810, 1820 and 1830.  In the 1820 census, a little over one year after John Graves’ death, two males were listed as living with the elder Hawes, possibly William, age 17, and Bela, age 14.  The numbers were later crossed out, indicating the boys may have been living with their grandparents after their father’s death, or the census taker may have made a mistake.

In the census of 1820, widow Susan Graves is living in Bennington with three young females, no males are listed in the household.  Two of the females are under 10 years of age and one 10-16 years.  They are likely Rhoda Jane, age 4, Lucy Ann, age 6, and Mary Ann, probably about 16.  Susan Graves is listed as head of household and her age is given as between 26 and 45.  She was probably about 37 or 38 at the time.  It is probable that Susanna Graves was the Susan Graves who joined the West Baptist Church of Shaftsbury, VT in 1825, and whose death is noted in the church records in  1831.  It is also possible that there was another unidentified daughter of John and Susanna Graves named Susan.  Church records do not provide the age of the Susan Graves who was a member of the church.  No record has been found to indicate Susanna Graves remarried after John’s death.  A file documenting widow Susannah Graves' death in March 1831 is to be found among the records of the Bennington County Probate Court.  Like John before her, Susannah died intestate and in debt.  The estate was administered by her son-in-law Samuel H. Matteson.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

    2.  William Graves, b.c. 1803, m. Polly Thomas, late 1820s, d. 17 August 1830 (at age 27).[2]  He took the Freeman’s Oath in Bennington in 1824, and was appointed by the town as one of a group of Haywardens in 1823.  William was the oldest son and inherited part of his father’s estate, which he quitclaimed to Joel Thomas (possibly his wife’s father or brother) on 10 April 1826.  William appears as head of household in the 1830 census of Bennington, VT.  He was buried in the Hinsdillville Cemetery, Old Section, grave number 50.  There were no known children.  Polly Graves married second Sebastian Wager of Pownal, VT, 18 Nov. 1834 (VT Vital records).

+3.   Mary Ann Graves, b.c. 1804-05, m(1) Samuel H. Matteson, 2 October 1827, m(2) James Mead, 20 Oct. 1846, d. 17 May 1882.

+4.   Bela M. Graves, b. 1807-08, m. Dorothy M. Wallace, c. 1832, d.c. 1868.

    5.  Lucy Ann Graves, born c. 1814, North Bennington, VT, never married.  Almost certainly the Miss Lucy Graves whose death 12 August 1831 at age 19 was reported by the Vermont Chronicle.  She is also described as deceased in a Quitclaim deed by Bela Graves in favor of Samuel H. Matteson signed on 4 October 1831. Her death must have come very close to that of her mother, who was also reported to have died in 1831.

+6.   Rhoda Jane Graves, b.c. 1816, m. Warren House c. 1834, d. after 1880.






Mary Ann Graves (11), was born c. 1804-05, died 17 May 1882, and was buried in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.  She first married Samuel H. Matteson (or Mattison) on 2 October 1827. (Wedding notice published in the Vermont Gazette.)  Mary Ann and Samuel were living in Shaftsbury, VT in 1830, and they had two female children living with them, one under 5 and a second 5-10, possibly by a previous marriage of Samuel’s.  In the 1840 census, Mary Ann Matteson is residing next door to Bela Graves in North Hoosick, NY.  She is listed as having one male child from 5-10 and one female from 15-20 in the household.  Her occupation is listed as “manufacturing,” probably the weaving of wool cloth, which was the principal occupation in the Walloomsac community where they resided.  Another female from 30-40 is listed as living in the household.

Mary Ann apparently moved with her sister Lucy and husband to Lake County, Illinois in 1845-46.  A Mary Ann Matteson is recorded as marrying James Mead on 20 or 21 October 1846 in Lake Co., IL.  He was born 1815 in England, and died before 1860.  The couple had one child, a son named George, before separating. 

Mary Ann married second James Mead on 20 Oct. 1846.  In the 1850 census two probable sons of Samuel and Mary Ann are listed in the household of James and Mary Ann Mead in Lake County, IL.  Sylvester and Schuyler Mattison were listed as Mead in that census.  In later censuses they revert to Mattison.  Mary Ann lived until 1870 in Lake County, IL, then moved to Minneapolis where her son Schuyler had a horse car and later a taxi company.  Mary Ann Mead is recorded as living with her son George in Minneapolis, MN, in the censuses of 1870 and 1880.  (R‑3)

Children - Matteson/Mattison

+7.   Sylvester B. Mattison, b. 6 April 1829, m. Hulda Jane Kidder, 27 Jan. 1853, d. 2 April 1904.

+8.   Schuyler W. Mattison, b. Oct. 1836, m. Mary R. Crocker, 11 Feb. 1858, d. 23 Sept. 1908.

Children - Mead

    9.  George Henry Mead, b. Sept. 1849 (Warren, Lake Co., IL), m. Ella E. Kimball, 1909, d. 30 April 1926 (Ladysmith, Rusk Co., WI).  She was born about 1852 in NH.  They were in the 1910 census for Flambeau, Rusk Co., WI, when 3 of her 4 children by her first marriage were still living, and 2 of those children were living with them.


Bela M. Graves (4) was born about 1808 in North Bennington, VT, and died between 1865 and 1869 in southeastern Kansas, probably in what is now Wilson Co.  (According to the death certificate for his son James, Bela was born in CT.)  According to Lucy Graves Vieley’s account, he died suddenly while working on the construction of a woolen mill and his body was brought home in a wagon.  (Another story passed down through the Horace Graves family has it that he was driving cattle to market in New Chicago (now Chanute), KS, when he was stricken and died.)  An 1864 petition to the Governor of Kansas requesting incorporation of Wilson County contains the name of B Graves.  Judging by the names of other well-known signers, Bela must have lived near the town of Coyville, KS.  The location of his grave is at present unknown.

He married Dorothy M. Wallace, daughter of John Wallace and Nancy Chamberlin or Chamberlain of Hoosick, NY, in about 1830-32 in NY (probably in Hoosick, Rensselaer Co.).  She was born 21 June 1808 in NY (probably in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, NY), died 23 October 1892 in Avoca Township, Livingston County, IL.  She is buried with her daughter Mary Ann (Graves) Stanford in the Patty Cemetery, Avoca Township, Livingston Co., IL.

Bela and Dorothy Graves’ oldest daughter, Mary Ann Graves, was probably born in Vermont in 1833, and she gave that as her birthplace in the censuses of 1870 and 1880.  A daughter under 5 is listed in the 1835 New York State State census for Granville, Washington County.  The oldest son, John Graves, indicated in his Civil War pension application that he was born in Rutland, VT in August 1837.  There is a good possibility Bela was working on a construction project of some kind, or that he was employed by the Asa Graves family’s tannery in Rutland.  The family moved from Rutland to North Hoosick, Rensselaer County, NY[3] sometime prior to the census of 1840.  In that census Bela’s employment is listed as “manufacturing,” probably the weaving of wool cloth.  In 1842-43, the family moved to Medina County, Ohio, where their fourth child, James Bela Graves, was born in 1843.

NOTE:  Beginning in the 1820s with William B. Graves in Medina Township, there were several Graves families residing in Medina County.  Each is from a different Graves ancestor, John of Concord, MA., Rear Admiral Thomas Graves, and Deacon George Graves.  The Lebbeus Graves Jr. family of Granville, NY (from the Rear Admiral Thomas Graves line) moved to Spenser Township from Le Roy, NY in about 1835 and Bela may have been related to this family in some way.  Also, the families of Ansel Graves Sr. and John Wallace Jr. (Dorothy’s father) were living next-door to each other in Hoosick, NY at the time of the 1800 census.  An F.W. Graves also lived in Spenser Township, Medina County from the mid-1830s on.  Another intriguing aspect is the presence in the early 1840s of Henry Ainsworth in Lodi, and Judah Troop Ainsworth, in Medina, two fellow Vermonters and possible relatives.  (Bela and Dorothy gave their second son Horace -- born in New York in1839, prior to the move west -- the middle name of Ainsworth, as Horace did with his son Maurice.  The Wallace and Ainsworth families had intermarried in the early 1800s.)  Further research will be necessary to determine whether Bela and Dorothy moved to Medina, OH in the early 1840s to join a related Graves family, because of an Ainsworth connection, or an offer of employment by a relative or friend from New York or Vermont, or because of some other connection.

The whereabouts of the family from 1844 to 1850 is unclear, but daughter Lucy Ann Graves, born in Ohio in 1846, listed Hockhocking, Athens County, Ohio as her birthplace.  (This is the original Indian name of the Hocking River and the valley near Athens, OH.)  Bela may have been working on the construction of the Hocking Canal, which opened in 1842 and which was completed a few years later.  Sometime prior to 1850 the family moved to the Dayton, Ohio area (Kettering, Montgomery County).  The family appears in the 1850 Census in Kettering,[4] Van Buren Township, Montgomery County, OH where Bela’s occupation is listed as “carpenter.”

Van Buren Township was the site of the Watervliet Shaker Community from about 1808 until its dissolution in the early 1900s.  The settlement was named after the first Shaker Community in the United States in Watervliet, NY, near the Rensselaer County home of the Bela Graves and Dorothy Wallace Graves family. There were several families by the name of Wallace living in Watervliet, NY, and this may have been the connection that brought Bela to western Ohio.

According to a family history passed down through Lucy Ann Graves Vieley, the family moved to Waukegan, Lake County Illinois in 1852.  (In the mid-1840s, Bela’s younger sister Rhoda Jane House had moved west to Warren, Lake County, IL, near Waukegan in an area where many New Englanders and Vermonters had settled.  Bela’s older sister Mary Ann Matteson probably also moved to Illinois with her sister Rhoda and family in about 1845-46.)

The family also sojourned for a time in Ottawa, IL, where Bela reportedly tended a lock or toll bridge on the Illinois Central Canal.  They then settled in Avoca Twp., Livingston County, Illinois in about 1858.  The family appears in the U.S. Census of 1860 in Avoca, Livingston County, Illinois. (R-1, R-2), with Bela listed as a “farmer,” though without an amount for the value of real estate owned, indicating he was probably renting a farm on which the family lived.

In the mid-1860s, Bela and Dorothy and at least two of their children joined the land rush to southeastern Kansas as Osage Indian lands were opened up to white settlers.  Bela and Dorothy, along with son James Bela, daughter Mary Ann and her husband Ed Stanford and their sons William and Horace, went to southeastern Kansas (probably Wilson County) sometime during the 1864-67 period.  Neither the Graves nor the Stanford families appear in the 1865 Kansas territorial census, although Mary Ann Graves Stanford’s daughter, Ina May, was born there in 1865.  After Bela’s death, Dorothy Graves, returned with the family to Livingston County, IL.  She is found in the U.S. Census of 1870, at age 62, living in the home of her daughter Rhoda Ann Graves Demoss and husband Tom in Avoca Township, Livingston Co., IL.   (R‑1, R‑2, R‑3)

Children - Graves

+10.   Mary Ann Graves, b. 10 May 1833, m. Edward G. Stanford, 19 Feb. 1857, d. 11 Nov. 1886.

+11.   John M. Graves, b. 22 Aug. 1837, m. Mary A. Shelton, d. 24 June 1920.

+12.   Horace Ainsworth Graves, b. 1 June 1839, m(1) Leah Ann Waples, 1863, m(2) Autumn Della Wallace Duell, 25 Dec. 1887, d. 28 Dec. 1911.

+13.   Rhoda Jane Graves, b. 30 July 1841, m. Thomas Demoss, 29 Nov. 1860, d. 1910.

+14.   James Bela Graves, b. 27 Nov. 1843, m. Mary Ellen Lane, 3 Oct. 1878, d. 23 Dec. 1910.

+15.   Lucy Ann Graves, b. 24 April 1846, m. John L. Vieley, 26 Nov. 1868, d. 14 Feb. 1915.


Rhoda Jane Graves (6) was born  1816 in North Bennington, VT, and died sometime after 1880 (no record of her death has been found).  She married Warren House about 1834 in Shaftsbury, Bennington Co., VT.  The couple first lived in Shaftsbury, VT, near Warren Houses’ parents, probably William and Lydia House.  They departed VT about 1846-47 when many Vermonters moved to northern Illinois.  The Warren House family is listed in the U.S. Census of 1850 in Warren, Lake County, IL, with Warren’s occupation given as a farmer.[5]  From 1860 on, Warren House is listed as a “pauper” in the Lake County Poor House in Libertyville, IL.  In later censuses he is listed as insane and apparently resided in the asylum until his death some time between 1880 and 1900.  Rhoda was living with her daughter’s family in the 1860 census for Warren, Lake Co., IL.  (R‑3)

Children - House

+16.   Kinsley G. House, b. 27 April 1835,m(1) Elizabeth Stafford, 22 Feb. 1858, m(2) Mary A. Woodward, 10 Dec. 1887, d. 18 May 1920.

+17.   Henrietta House, b.c. 1837, m. William L. Nichols.

    18.   Eveline House, b.c. 1839 (VT).

    19.   Henry House, b.c. 1847 (IL).

    20.   Rhoda House, b.c. 1849 (IL).

    21.   Nelly House, b.c. 1852 (IL).






Sylvester B. Mattison (7) was born 6 April 1829, probably in Bennington, VT, and died 2 April 1904 in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.  He married Huldah Jane Kidder on 27 Jan. 1853 in Lake Co., IL.  She was born about 1833 in Hillsdale, Columbia Co., NY, and died 26 April 1899 in Minneapolis, MN.

They were in the 1860 census for Warren, Lake Co., IL, with wife Jane, and children Joel A., 6, and Ida J., 2.  They were in the 1880 census for Minneapolis, MN, with all 4 of their children at home.  He was in the 1900 census for Minneapolis, with daughter Sylvester, and son William, born Nov. 1885, SD, living with him.  The 1900 census record has been written over, and it isn’t clear whether William was a son of Sylvester or of Sylvester.  (R‑6)

Children - Mattison, by Huldah J. Kidder

    22.   Joel A. Mattison, b.c. 1854 (IL), d. 14 May 1914 (Hennepin Co., MN).

    23.   Frank E. Mattison, b. 7 Feb. 1860 (WI), m. Lena ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 14 April 1945 (Los Angeles, CA).  This information may not be entirely correct, since the 1900 census for this Frank in Milwaukee, WI, with wife Lena, lists both his parents born in Germany and spells his name as Mathieson.

    24.   Ida Jane Mattison, b.c, 1858 (Lake Co., IL), d. 11 Feb. 1929 (Hennepin Co., MN).  Her birthdate of Dec. 1862 in the 1900 census is clearly wrong, since the 1860 census lists her as 2.

    25.   Sylvia J. Mattison, b. Sept. 1870 (Lake Co., IL), d. 4 June 1954 (Seattle, WA).


Schuyler W. Mattison (8) was born in Oct. 1836, probably in Rensselaer Co., NY, and died 23 Sept. 1908 in Newark, Essex Co., NJ.  He married Mary R. Crocker on 11 Feb. 1858 in Kenosha, Kenosha Co., WI.  She was born about 1837 in MI, and died about 1880 in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.  They were in the 1860 census for Warren, Lake Co., IL, with no children.  They were in the 1870 census for Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.  He is probably the one in the 1880 census for Chicago, Cook Co., IL, lodger with John and Bertha Gottlieb.

Children - Mattison

    26.   Carrie E. Mattison, b.c. 1860 (MN).



Mary Ann Graves (10) was born 10 May 1833 in NY (probably in Washington Co., NY, although the 1870 census said VT), and died 11 Nov. 1886 in Pleasant Ridge Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  She married Edward G. (“Ed”) Stanford, son of Andrew Stanford and ------, on 19 Feb. 1857 in Ottawa, La Salle Co., IL.  He was born about 1835 in PA, and died after 1880.  They were in the 1870 census for Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  They were in the 1880 census for Pleasant Ridge Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  He was a farmer.  (R‑2, R‑3)

Children - Stanford

    27.   William Stanford, b.c. 1857 (OH).

    28.   Horace J. Stanford, b.c. 1859 (IL, prob. La Salle Co.).

    29.   Ina (or Ida) May Stanford, b.c. 1865 (KS), d. 8 Sept. 1932 (Dixon, Lee Co., IL).

+30.   Mary Elizabeth Stanford, b. 17 Jan. 1869 (Avoca, Livingston Co., IL), m. Henry Michael Bricker, 5 March 1889, d. 11 Jan. 1929 (Pontiac, Livingston Co., IL).


John M. Graves (11) was born 22 Aug. 1837 in Rutland, Rutland Co., VT, and died 24 June 1920 in Dodge City, Ford Co., KS.  He married Mary Shelton (or Sheldon) on 6 Nov. 1864 in Acworth, Cobb Co., GA.  She was born 30 Oct. 1840 in Acworth, GA (although the 1870 census gave her age as 24), and died 27 Dec. 1924 in Kansas State Soldiers Home, Dodge City, KS.  In the 1860 census for Eppards Point Twp., Livingston Co., IL, he was a farm laborer in the household of James Bright.  They were in the 1870 census for Center, Vernon Co., MO, with children Charles and Mattie, when he was listed as an engineer.  The 1880 census for Fairbury, Jefferson Co., NE, lists John Graves, 40, NY, restaurant keeper, and his wife, Mary A., 38, GA, no children.  They did have the 5 children listed below, but they all died before the next census.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

    31.   John W. Graves, b. 10 March 1867 (KS),  d. before 1870 census, prob. in KS.

    32.   Charles A. Graves, b. 3 Dec. 1869 (KS), d. before 1880 census, prob. in KS.

    33.   Mattie J. Graves, b. 15 April 1870 (MO), d. before 1880 census, prob. in MO..

    34.   James W. Graves, b. 11 Feb. 1873 (MO), d. before 1880 census, prob. in MO.

    35.   Lizzie A. Graves, b. 13 Nov. 1874 (prob. in MO), d. before 1880 census, prob. in MO.


Horace Ainsworth Graves (12) was born 1 June 1839 in Washington Co., NY, and died 28 Dec. 1911 in Neosho Falls, Woodson Co., KS.  He first married Leah Ann Waples, daughter of John W. Waples and Lydia ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 17 May 1863 in Pontiac, Livingston Co., IL.  She was born 20 March 1845 in Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL, and died 12 Dec. 1886 in Fairbury, Jefferson Co., NE.  He secondly married Autumn Della Wallace Duell, whose maiden name was Wallace, daughter of Latta Wallace and Louisa Lane, on 25 Dec. 1887 in Fairbury, Livingston Co., IL.  She was born 20 Oct. 1856 (or 1855) in Fairbury, Livingston Co., IL, and died 20 Dec. 1938 in Los Angeles, CA.  (R‑1, R‑3)

Children - Graves, by Leah A. Waples

    36.   Chancy Leon Graves, b. 7 Oct. 1865 (Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL), m. Dora B. Grave, d. 4 March 1944 (Marion Twp., Jasper Co., IN).  She was b.c. 1874 in IL

    37.   Hanna Bertha Graves, b. 17 July 1870 (Fairbury, Jefferson Co., NE), d. 18 Dec. 1871 (Fairbury, Jefferson Co., NE).

+38.   Frank Willett Graves, b. 12 June 1873 (Fairbury, Jefferson Co., NE), m. Martha Louise Randolph, 1898 (IN), d. 19 March 1923 (Benton, IN; this is probably Benton Co., IN, although it could refer to Benton, Benton Twp., Elkhart Co., IN).

Children - Graves, by Autumn D. Duell

+39.   Maurice Ainsworth Graves, b. 22 Oct. 1889, m. Lola D. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 29 Nov. 1956.

+40.   James Wallace Graves, b. 29 Dec. 1890, m. Alma May Jones, 28 May 1911, d. 20 Aug. 1952.

    41.   Ernest Latta Graves, b. 14 May 1893 (Pontiac, Livingston Co., IL), d. 8 May 1979 (Redondo Beach, Los Angeles Co., CA).

    42.   Glenn Horace Graves, b. 6 April 1896 (Brookstone, White Co., IN), never married, d. 6 Aug. 1961 (Bonham, Fannin Co., TX).


Rhoda Jane Graves (13) was born 30 July 1841 in NY (probably Rensselaer Co.), and died in 1910 in Avoca, Livingston Co., IL.  She married Thomas Demoss on 29 Nov. 1860 in Fairbury, Livingston Co., IL.  He was born 20 Nov. 1830 in Hamilton Co., IN, and died in 1913 in Avoca, Livingston Co., IL.  They were in the 1870 and 1880 censuses for Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  Their surname was spelled Demas in the 1880 census.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in IL.  (R‑2)

Children - Demoss

    43.   Ida J. Demoss, b.c. 1860.

    44.   Della M. Demoss, b.c. 1863.

    45.   Henrietta Demoss, b.c. 1865.

    46.   Olive (“Ollie”) Demoss, b.c. 1867.

    47.   Martha (“Mattie”) Demoss, b.c. 1869.

    48.   Dora Demoss

    49.   Thomas (“Tommy”) Demoss, b.c. 1873.

    50.   Wallace Demoss, b.c. 1876.

    51.   Emma Demoss, b.c. 1878.

    52.   Orrin Demoss


James Bela Graves (14) was born 27 Nov. 1843 in Medina Co., OH, and died 23 Dec. 1910 north of Fairbury in Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  He married Mary Ellen Lane, daughter of Alford Lane and Aseneath Snyder, on 3 Oct. 1878 in Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  She was born 5 Sept. 1853 in Livingston Co., IL, and died 15 Dec. 1906 north of Fairbury, IL.  They were Methodist.  He was a farmer.  Their first child was born near McDowell, Livingston Co., IL, the next in Vermillion Co., IL, and all the others in Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  (R‑2, R‑3)

Children - Graves

+53.   Alford Graves, b. 17 March 1885, m. Elizabeth Schulz, 8 Feb. 1911, d. 21 June 1925.

+54.   Minnie Graves, b. 12 Feb. 1877, m. Lewis Tinges, 21 Dec. 1898, d. 21 Nov. 1973.

+55.   Alvira Graves, b. 25 Aug. 1879, m. William W. Melvin, 24 Dec. 1896, d. Feb. 1949.

    56.   Horace Graves, b. 21 March 1881, d. 26 Oct. 1967.  Probably never married.  He was living with his brother Duain in 1930, unmarried.

+57.   John Henry Graves, b. 6 March 1883, m. Anna Katheryn Schulz, 23 Jan. 1908, d. March 1966.

+58.   Aseneath Graves, b. 17 April 1887, m. Samuel Fortna, 27 Jan. 1904, d. 7 July 1963.

    59.   Rhoda J. Graves, b. 10 April 1889, m. Perry W. Danforth, d. 24 March 1971 (Pontiac, IL).  In the 1920 and 1930 censuses for Owego, Livingston Co., IL.  No children.

+60.   Duain Graves, b. 23 April 1891, m. Alta Marie Shafer, 24 Feb. 1916, d. 16 July 1963.

+61.   Imo Graves, b. 21 April 1895, m. Elmer Crouch, 12 Jan. 1916, d. 12 Sept. 1972.


Lucy Ann Graves (15) was born 24 April 1846 in Hocking Co., OH, and died 14 Feb. 1915 in Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  She married John L. Vieley (or Veily) on 26 Nov. 1868 in Livingston Co., IL.  He was born in Sept. 1843 in IL, and died in Livingston Co., IL.  They were both buried in Patty Cem.  They were in the 1880 and 1900 censuses for Pleasant Ridge Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  According to the 1900 census, they had 10 children, 7 of whom were living in 1900.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in IL.  (R‑2, R‑3)

Children - Vieley

    62.   Maria Adeline Vieley; not in the census records.

    63.   Mary Jane Vieley, b. Feb. 1871.

    64.   Bertha T. Vieley, b. 8 Dec. 1872, d. 2 Feb. 1934 (Wing, Livingston Co., IL).

    65.   Lucy Alberta Vieley; not in the census records.

    66.   Ida Grace Vieley, b.c. 1875.

    67.   Alice Evaline Vieley, b.c. 1877.

    68.   Charles Lawrence Vieley, b. 23 Oct. 1879, d. 1953 (Livingston Co., IL).

    69.   James Vieley; not in the census records.

    70.   Emma Belle Vieley, b. Nov. 1884, d. 15 Dec. 1939 (Wing, Livingston Co., IL).

    71.   John Leslie Vieley, b. 29 Aug. 1887, d. Sept. 1965.

    72.   Helen Julia (or Julia Helen) Vieley, b. 17 Jan. 1890, d. 4 Feb. 1978 (Pontiac, Livingston Co., IL).



Kinsley G. House (16) was born 27 April 1835 in Shaftsbury, Bennington Co., VT, and died 18 May 1920 in Warren, Lake Co., IL  He first married Elizabeth Stafford on 22 Feb. 1858 in Kenosha, WI.  She was born 7 Sept. 1835 in NH (or MA), and died 23 July 1905 in Oconto, WI..  They were in the 1880 census for Oconto, Oconto Co., WI, when he was a fisherman.  Also in this same 1880 census living next to Kinsley was Mary House, daughter, born about 1854 in VT, with 1 son, Hilbert House, born about 1873 in IL (not known who either of them were).  Kinsley and Elizabeth must have divorced, since she married second Almon D. Washburn on 20 Jan. 1891 in Oconto, WI.  He was born 10 Jan. 1831 in Otsego, NY, and died 2 May 1902 in Oconto, WI.

He married second Mary A. Woodward on 10 Dec. 1887 in Oconto, Oconto Co., WI.  She was born 6 Feb. 1852 or 1854 in Half Day, Lake Co., IL, and died 3 Feb. 1941 in Kenosha, WI.  As far as can be determined, she isn’t in any census record with Kinsley.  Kinsley was apparently the one in the 1900 census for Oconto, Oconto Co., WI, listed as G. E. House, widowed, b. April 1835, VT, with his son Frank, single, b. Aug. 1867, IL.  He was in the 1910 census for Oconto, Oconto Co., WI, divorced, living alone (listed as Kensley S. Honse by

Kinsley and Mary may have been the ones in the 1920 census for Wauconda, Lake Co., IL (although R‑4 said Warren Twp., Lake Co., IL), with his name listed as Henry K. Harris, and children Ella R. Casdy, b.c. 1870, IL, Eva J. Casdy, b.c. 1889, IL, and Paul R. Casdy, b.c. 1892, IL.  Ella may have been a daughter of Mary by a first marriage, and the 2 younger children may have been Ella’s rather than Mary’s.  (R‑4)

Children - House, by Elizabeth Stafford

    73.   Catherine (“Kitty”) House, b. 16 July 1860 (Waukegan, Lake Co., IL), d. 1 Sept. 1944 (Warren, Lake Co., IL).

    74.   Minnie Elizabeth House, b. Oct. 1863 (IL), d. 1940 (Escambria, FL).

+75.   Frank W. House, b.c. 1866, m. Anna M. Hyland, 5 Nov. 1906.


Henrietta House (17) was born about 1837-1839 in Shaftsbury, VT.  She married William L. Nichols.  He was born about 1835 in Canada.  They were living next to her mother in the 1860 census for Warren, Lake Co., IL.  Both their children were born in Warren, Lake Co., IL.  (R‑3)

Children - Nichols

    76.   Eva Nichols, b.c. 1856.

    77.   Kate Nichols, b.c. 1859.






Maurice Ainsworth Graves (39) was born 22 Oct. 1889 in Fairbury, IL, and died 29 Nov. 1956 in Yakima, WA.  He married Lola D. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1899 in IN.  They were in the 1930 census for Tucson, Pima Co., AZ, when he was an accountant for an auto supply company, and his widowed mother Della, 73, was living with them.

Children - Graves

    78.   Robert P. Graves, b.c. 1918 (CO).

    79.   Maurine Graves, b.c. 1920 (TX).

    80.   Claradell Graves, b.c. 1925 (CA).


James Wallace Graves (40) was born 29 Dec. 1890 in Fairbury, IL, and died 20 Aug. 1952 in Oxnard, CA. He married Alma May Jones on 28 May 1911.  She was born 30 May 1889 in Neosho Falls, KS.  Their first two children were born in Ordway, CO, and the next two in Pueblo, CO.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+81.   William A. Graves, b. 5 Jan. 1913, m(1) Maxine Duckworth, m(2) Elizabeth Ermel Dalbey, 12 Nov. 1938, d. 29 Aug. 1979.

    82.   Edna Bernice Graves, b. 17 July 1915.

    83.   James Wallace Graves, Jr., b. 20 Dec. 1918.

    84.   Della Mae Graves, b. 28 Jan. 1921.



Alford Graves (53) was born 17 March 1885 near McDowell, Livingston Co., IL, and died 21 June 1925 in Kankakee Hospital.  He married Elizabeth Schulz on 8 Feb. 1911 in Owego Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  She was born 22 Aug. 1892 in Owego Twp., Livingston Co., IL, and died in 1952 near Fairbury, IL.  They were both buried in Patty Cem., Livingston Co., IL.  The 1920 census for Owego Twp., Livingston Co., IL listed Lizzie Graves, 27, son Gordon E., 8, and brothers Frank, Clarence and Wilbur Schultz.  Her husband was not in the household.  Her father was born in Germany.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves

    85.   Gordon E. Graves, b.c. 1912 (IL).


Minnie Graves (54) was born 12 Feb. 1877 in Vermillion Co., IL, and died 21 Nov. 1973 in Pontiac, IL.  She married Lewis Tinges on 21 Dec. 1898 in Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  He was born 24 Feb. 1870 in Owego Twp., Livingston Co., IL, and died 5 Jan. 1961 in McDowell, IL.  They were both buried in Patty Cem., Livingston Co., IL.  They were in the 1920 census for Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in IL.  (R‑2)

Children - Tinges

    86.   Gladys Tinges, b.c. 1900.

    87.   Ruth Tinges, b.c. 1902.

    88.   Vernon Tinges, b.c. 1904.

    89.   Everett Tinges, b.c. 1905.

    90.   Bernice Tinges, b.c. 1908.

    91.   William (“Willie”) Tinges, b.c. 1910.

    92.   Kenneth Tinges, b.c. 1914.

    93.   Virgil Tinges, b.c. 1916.

    94.   Berdell Tinges, b.c. 1918; may be the same as Lloyd Tinges.


Alvira Graves (55) was born 25 Aug. 1879 in Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL, and died in Feb. 1949 in Streator, IL.  She married William W. Melvin on 24 Dec. 1896.  He was born in 1874 and died in 1965.  They were in the 1900 census for Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  They were in the 1920 census for Esmen Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in IL.  (R‑2)

Children - Melvin

    95.   Guy W. Melvin, b. March 1898, m. Agnes ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was b.c. 1900 in IL.  They were in the 1920 census for Pontiac, Livingston Co., IL, with no children.

+96.   Bertha I. Melvin, b. April 1900, m. John Riblet, c. 1919.

    97.   Charles W. Melvin, b.c. 1904.

+98.   Carl E. Melvin, b.c. 1907, m. Dorothy F. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1928.

    99.   Bruce E. Melvin, b.c. 1909.

    100.    Roy T. Melvin, b.c. 1913.

    101.    Earl L. Melvin, b.c. 1917.


John Henry Graves (57) was born 6 March 1883 in Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL, and died in March 1966 in Pontiac, IL.  He married Anna Katheryn Schulz, daughter of William Schulz and Margaret Ulrich, on 23 Jan. 1908 in Pontiac, IL.  She was born 24 May 1889 in Owego Twp., Livingston Co., IL, and died in Dec. 1965 in Odell, IL.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves

+102.    Jessie H. Graves, b. 5 Nov. 1908, m. Lloyd J. Campbell, 7 Nov. 1926, d. 29 April 1976.

+103.    LeRoy Graves, b. 24 Sept. 1910, m. Bertha Marie Currie, d. 20 Sept. 1986.

+104.    Harold Graves, b. 25 Dec. 1912, m(1) Clara McCarty, m(2) Bessie Leek Smith, 1967, d. 29 Dec. 1992.

+105.    Noel James Graves, b. 5 Feb. 1915, m. Catherine Margaret Schopp, 1 May 1945, d. 4 June 1985.

    106.    Ruth Graves, b. 3 May 1917 (Esmen Twp., Livingston Co., IL), m. Bruce Johnston, 29 July 1944, d. 15 Oct. 1981 (Pontiac, IL).  He was b. 9 May 1903 in Colfax.

    107.    John Henry Graves, Jr., b. 17 May 1922 (Eppards Point Twp., Livingston Co., IL), d. 5 April 1928 (Eppards Point Twp., Livingston Co., IL).

    108.    Margorie Graves, b. 16 Nov. 1924 (Ocoya, Livingston Co., IL), m(1) LeRoy Halley, 8 April 1952 (Pontiac, IL), m(2) Donald Calvin Irvin, 27 Nov. 1965, d. 8 March 1991 (Eppards Point Twp., Livingston Co., IL).  LeRoy d. 29 Dec. 1959.  Donald d. 4 Oct. 1971 in Pontiac, IL.

+109.    Barbara Graves, b. 12 March 1933, m. Gerald Petersen, 18 Jan. 1964, d. 16 Jan. 1992.


Aseneath Graves (58) was born 17 April 1887 in Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL, and died 7 July 1963 in Pontiac, Livingston Co., IL.  She married Samuel (“Sam”) Fortna on 27 Jan. 1904 in Pontiac, IL.  He was born 18 Jan. 1878 in Tazewell Co., IL, and died 4 Nov. 1966 in Pontiac, IL.  They were both buried in South Side Cem.  They were in the 1920 census for Indian Grove, Livingston Co., IL, when his occupation was listed as none.  They were in the 1930 census for Avoca, Livingston Co., IL, when he was a farmer.  All their children were born in IL.  (R‑2)

Children - Fortna

    110.    Mildred Fortna, b.c. 1909.

    111.    Glenn E. Fortna, b.c. 1913.

    112.    Howard Newton Fortna, b.c. 1916.


Duain Graves (60) was born 23 April 1891 in Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL, and died 16 July 1963 in Pontiac, IL.  He married Alta Marie Shafer, probably called Marie, on 24 Feb. 1916 in McDowell, IL.  She was born 15 Dec. 1895 in Eppards Point Twp., Livingston Co., IL, and died 2 May 1969 in Pontiac, IL.  They were both buried in South Side Cem.  They were in the 1930 census for Esmen Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in IL.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves

    113.    Dorothy Graves, b.c. 1918.

    114.    Morris Graves, b.c. 1919.

    115.    Robert Graves, b.c. 1927.


Imo Graves (61) was born 21 April 1895 in Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL, and died 12 Sept. 1972 in Pontiac, IL.  She married Elmer Crouch on 12 Jan. 1916 in Lodemia, IL.  He was born 26 Feb. 1897 in Eppards Point Twp., Livingston Co., IL, and died 31 March 1956 in Pontiac, IL.  They were in the 1930 census for Eppards Point Twp., Livingston Co., IL.  He was a farmer.  Bother their children were born in IL.  (R‑2)

Children - Crouch

    116.    Erwin Crouch, b.c. 1918.

    117.    Marilyn Crouch, b.c. 1927.



Frank W. House (75) was born about 1866 in Waukegan, Lake Co., IL.  He married Anna (“Annie”) M. (or N.) Hyland, daughter of Joseph Hyland and Mary Doherty, on 5 Nov. 1906 in Abrams, Oconto Co., WI.  She was born 1 May 1873 in Pensaukee Twp., Oconto Co., WI, and died 15 Oct. 1966 in Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI.  They were in the 1930 census for Oconto, Oconto Co., WI, with children Kenneth and Frank.  (R‑5)

Children - House

    118.    Katherine Ruby House, b. 1 Sept. 1909 (WI), d. 21 Nov. 2004 (Appleton, Winnebago Co., WI).

    119.    John Kenneth House, b. 13 March 1912 (WI), d. 10 Jan. 1990 (Oconto, WI).

+120.    Frank Norman House, b. 26 June 1913, m. Helen V. VandenBush, 26 Nov. 1949, d. 15 Nov. 2008.


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[1] Bennington County Probate Court, case filed 5 May 1819

[2] Death notice for William Graves of Bennington, Vermont Chronicle, 3 Sept. 1830

[3] The Bela Graves family is found in the US Census of 1840 residing in Hoosick Falls, Rensellaer County, NY.  This is the first appearance of the Bela Graves family in the U.S. census.

[4] U.S. Census of 1850.  The family is residing in Kettering, Van Buren Township, Montgomery County, OH.  Consistent with the family history recorded by Lucy Vieley, they were living next door to one of the communal homes of the Watervliet Shaker Community.  A historical marker records the establishment of the Shaker community and the movement’s early nineteenth century origins in Watervliet, NY, in the Albany, NY area.   Albany is located across the Hudson River from Troy, NY about 10 miles west of Hoosick Falls, NY.

[5] U.S. Census of 1850, Warren, Lake County, IL