Rev. 6 June 2020, Gen. 215







John Graves (1) married ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  He probably had more than the one child listed below.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+2.  John William Graves, b. 14 Feb. 1814, m. Sarah Elizabeth Roberts, 23 Dec. 1841, d. April 1850.






John William Graves (2) was born 14 Feb. 1814 in VA, and died in April 1850 in Rockingham Co., VA, at age 36 of pneumonia, "ill 8 days".  This death information is from the 1850 census records.

He married Sarah Elizabeth Roberts, daughter of Dr. John H. Roberts and Mary Hopkins, on 23 Dec. 1841.  She was listed as age 27, born about 1823, in the 1850 census for Rockingham Co., VA.  She was born 11 Aug. 1824 in VA, died 10 May  1888 in Oxford, OH, buried in Indian Creek Cem. near Oxford, Ohio.  Their marriage bond, dated 20 Dec. 1841, was filed at the Rockingham Co. Courthouse in Harrisonburg, VA.  The bond was signed by John Graves and John H. Roberts. It seems reasonable to assume that John Graves was the father of John W. Graves.  All their children were born in Rockingham Co., VA.

After John died, Sarah remarried twice, first to Goodwin and then to Burns.  (R‑1, R‑3, R‑4)

Children - Graves

  3.  Margaret Ellen Graves, b. 22 May 1843.

+4.  Emily Pamelia Graves, b. 26 Dec. 1844, m. William Frederick Coddington, 26 Nov. 1879, d. 17 Dec. 1924.

+5.  George Hopkins Graves, b. 28 Jan. 1847, m. Margaret Campbell Stillman, d. 30 Nov. 1914.

  6.  Mary Elizabeth Graves, b. 23 Sept. 1849, d. 29 Sept. 1849 (Rockingham Co., VA).

+7.  James William Graves, b. 24 Oct. 1850, m. Sarah Ellen Howard, 1871, d. 19 May 1926..






Emily Pamelia Graves (4) was born 26 Dec. 1844 in Rockingham Co., VA[1], and died 17 Dec. 1924 in Oxford, Butler Co., OH.  She married William Frederick Coddington on 26 Nov. 1879 in Wayne, Wayne Co., IN.  He was born 27 Nov. 1830 in Brownsville, Union Co., IN, and died 18 Aug. 1912 in Oxford, Butler Co., OH.  He served during the Civil War with the 19th Battery, Indiana Light Artillery.  (R‑4)

Children - Coddington

  8.  Ella Blanche Coddington, b. May 1885 (Richmond, Wayne Co., IN), d. 11 July 1967 (Oxford, Butler Co., OH).


George Hopkins Graves (5) was born 28 Jan. 1847 in Rockingham Co., VA, near Downs Station, and died 30 Nov. 1914 in Heyworth, McLean Co., IL.  He was shown in the 1850 census for Rockingham Co.  He moved to McLean Co., Illinois via Oxford, Ohio and Richmond, Indiana.  He was first an evangelist and then a farmer.  He married Margaret C. Stillman.  His daughter Anna recalled that George visited relatives in Buffalo, NY. and Cleveland, Ohio, from his home near Heyworth, IL.  All their children were born in IL.

A family story is  that George was “bound out”, working for another farming family to pay family debts that had come after his father’s death.  This was during the Civil War in Rockingham Co., which is in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  The farmer’s wife didn’t like him but the farmer did.  George tried to escape by enlisting in both armies but he was rejected – too young and too small.  As the war was concluding, the farmer came to him one night and said that he couldn’t do anything more to help in the struggle he was having with his wife.  So, having packed him some food, the farmer told him he ought to go north with passing Union armies returning north.  He did, driving a mule team to Ohio.  He became an evangelist, traveled the midwest, stopped in Illinois, met and married his wife, a school teacher, and became a Central Illinois farmer who was among the first to get involved in hybriding corn.  According to a Virginia newspaper article, as a 50 year old man, he returned to Virginia to visit the farmer and family he had lived with.

They were in the 1900 census for Randolph, McLean Co., IL, with all 4 of their children.  (R‑1, R‑3, R‑5)

Children - Graves

+9.  Anna Janette Graves, b. 8 Dec. 1879, m. James Fulton, c. 1894, d. 6 April 1967.

+10.  Samuel Stillman Graves, b. March 23 1882, m. Clara May Myers, 24 Aug. 1905, d. 1964.

+11.  David Sylvester Graves, b. 9 May 1883, m. Effie Castillo Vanvaley, 10 March 1910, d. 4 July 1973.

+12.  Sarah Elvira Graves, b. 3 Aug. 1885, m. Charles Augustus Banner, 24 Feb. 1905, d. 7 Nov. 1968.


James William Graves (7) was born 24 Oct. 1850 in Rockingham Co., VA, and died 19 May 1926 in 19 May 1926 in Norman, Cleveland Co., OK.  He married Sarah Ellen Howard in 1871 in OH.  She was born about 1852 in OH.  They were in the 1900 and 1910 censuses for Hamilton, Butler Co., OH.  The 1900 census showed his father born in WV and his mother in VA, and 6 of their 10 children were still living.  (R‑4)

Children - Graves

  13.  Minnie Dale Graves, b.c. 1874 (IN), d. 1958 (Wells Co., IN).

  14.  Mary Graves, b.c. 1878 (IN), m. Roscoe Mott.  He was b.c. 1876 in KS.

+15.  Earlham Graves, b. 11 Oct. 1885, m. Anna Lindenberg, c. 1923, d. 13 April 1968.

  16.  Leona Graves, b. Jan. or June 1888 (IN).

+17.  Herbert Arthur Graves, b. 10 Dec. 1890, m(1) Josephine E. Oberrecht, 12 Aug. 1912, m(2) Annie ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  18.  Jessie Graves, b. Oct. 1892 (OH).






Anna Janette (“Nettie”) Graves (9) was born 8 Dec. 1879 (or 1878) in New Haven, Franklin Co., MO, and died 6 April 1967 in Heyworth, McLean Co., IL.  She married James Fulton about 1894.  He was born about 1868 in IL.  They were in the 1920 census for Downs, McLean Co., IL, and in the 1930 census for Heyworth, Randolph Twp., McLean Co., IL.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in IL.  (R‑1)

Children - Fulton

  19.  Iris A. Fulton, b.c. 1906.

+20.  Louise Alta (or Altha) Fulton, b.c. 1909, m. George E. Veatch.

  21.  Elsie Fulton, b.c. 1922.


Samuel (“Sam” or “Sammie”) Graves (10) was born 23 March 1882 and died 27 April 1956, both in Heyworth, McLean Co., IL.  He married Clara May Myers, called May, daughter of Olden B. Myers and Lucy Carmichael Marker, on 24 Aug. 1905.  She was born 28 Feb. 1882 in IL, and died 12 April 1964 in Quincy, Adams Co., IL.  All their children were born in IL.  Some family information was from the obituary of son Paul in the Bloomington, IL newspaper.  (R‑5)

Children - Graves

  22.  Bonita (“Bonnie”) Graves, b.c. 1905, m. Walter Jordan.

  23.  Paul Hopkins Graves, b. 14 Dec. 1906, m. Janice Meece, d. 30 May 1987. Son Gordon Graves and 1 other child.

  24.  Margaret L. Graves, b. 15 Aug. 1909, d. 25 Sept. 1913.

  25.  Harley Myers Graves, b. 30 March 1911 (Randolph, McLean Co., IL), m(1) Leota Elizabeth (“Loatie”) Whitenack, 22 Nov. 1942 (McLean Co., IL), m(2) Lavon Bonnie Miller, 3 Oct. 1968 (McLean Co., IL), d. 15 June 2000 (Bloomington, McLean Co., IL).

  26.  Fairy Aileen Graves, b. 31 Dec. 1912 (Randolph Twp., McLean Co., IL), m. Paul James Martin, 25 Dec. 1942 (Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL), d. 2 April 1995 (Downs, McLean Co., IL).

  27.  Fern Graves, b. 14 Maay 1915 (IL), m. William Anton Auw, 11 Aug. 1942 (Lincoln, NE), d. 28 Aug. 1999 (Quincy, IL).  1 child.

  28.  Dean A. Graves, b. 21 June 1918, d. 26 Dec. 1920.

  29.  Betty Jean Graves, b.c. 1923, m(1) John Holmes, Jr., m(2) ‑‑‑‑‑‑.


David Sylvester Graves (11) was born 9 May 1883 in Heyworth, McLean Co., IL, and died 4 July 1973 in IN (or 21 Jan. 1972 in Bloomington, McLean Co., IL).  He married Effie Castillo Vanvaley on 10 (or 9) March 1910.  She was born 7 April 1889 and died 24 April 1988.  David moved from Heyworth to Bloomington, IN, and worked for the Alton Railroad in their shops as a steam/pipefitter.  (R‑3, R‑5)

Children - Graves

  30.  Mildred A. Graves, b. 1914 (IL), d. 1998.

  31.  Wayne Eugene Graves, b. 18 Sept. 1915 (Heyworth, IL), d. 11 Nov. 1928 (Bloomington, McLean Co., IL).

+32.  David Ervin Graves, b. 9 Feb. 1921, m. Betty Jane Rudder Nenne, 23 June 1944, d. 29 Aug. 2008.


Sarah Elvira (“Sadie”) Graves (12) was born 3 Aug. 1885 in Randolph Twp., McLean Co., IL, and died 7 Nov. 1968.  She married Charles Augustus Banner, son of Joshua Davis Banner and Mary Ellen Beeler, on 24 Feb. 1905 in Randolph Twp., McLean Co., IL.  He was born 7 Dec. 1877 in Carthage, Jasper Co., MO, and died 8 March 1966.  They were in the 1930 census for Condit, Champaign Co., IL.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in IL.  (R‑2)

Children - Banner

  33.  infant

  34.  Lyndon Banner, b.c. 1908.

  35.  Morris Banner, b.c. 1910.

  36.  Edna Banner, b.c. 1912, m. Wilbur (or Wilburn) Camden.

  37.  Clifford A. Banner, b. 12 Jan. 1914, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Vansickle.

  38.  Lois Banner, b.c. 1917, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Moore.

  39.  Ruth Banner, b.c. 1919, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Fisher.

  40.  Dorothy Banner, b.c. 1921, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Lynch.

  41.  Keith Banner, b.c. 1923, d. 18 Oct. 1988.

  42.  Genevieve Banner, b.c. 1926.

  43.  Gerald Banner, b.c. 1928.



Earlham (“Earl”) Graves (15) was born 11 Oct. 1885 in Richmond, Wayne Co., IN[2], died 13 April 1968[3] in Chicago, Cook Co., IL, and was buried in Concordia Cem., Forest Park, Cook Co., IL.  He was named after the Quaker-related Earlham College in Richmond.  He married Anna Lindenberg Koester, daughter of Carl Lindenberg and Friederika Rittman, about 1923 in Richmond, Wayne Co., IN.  She was born 15 Oct. 1880 in Germany, and died 29 April 1967.  She first married Peter Koester, and had 7 children by that marriage.  Peter was born in 1878 and died in 1923.  Earl and Anna were in the 1930 census for Chicago, Cook Co., IL, when there were 4 step-children living with them.  Earlham’s name and birthdate are in the Quaker record of Whitewater Monthly Meeting in Richmond, IN.

Earl and Anna added to the family with a child of their own, Leona, b. 24 Sept. 1924.  In the taking of the 1940 census (April), Earl is living apart from the family in a boarding house and doing any type of general labor he can find. Anna, her youngest son Elmer Koester and Leona are living together in another location. All are in Chicago.  Earl’s 1941 military draft registration states that he lived at 1350 W. Madison St. in Chicago and at the time was working in W.P.A. (Works Projects Administration).  Earl and Anna were buried alongside one another in Concordia Cem., Forest Park, IL.  (R‑3, R‑6)

Children - Graves

  44.  Leona F. Graves, b. 24 Sept. 1924 (IL), m. George P. Donchez, d. 8 July 2011 (Chicago, IL).


Herbert Arthur Graves (17) was born 10 Dec. 1890 in Hamilton, Butler Co., OH.  He first married Josephine E. Oberrecht, daughter of Benard J. Oberrecht and Mary Elizabeth ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 12 Aug. 1912 in Hamilton, OH.  Various spellings of her maiden name are found in census records, including Oberecht and Oburecht.  She was born 16 Jan. 1890 in OH, and died 18 Oct. 1918 in Hamilton, OH.  She was in the 1900 and 1910 censuses for Hamilton, Butler Co., OH, living with her parents.  Herbert is in the 1920 census for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK, with his children Bernard and Mary, living with his brother-in-law Albert Oburecht.

Herbert married second Annie ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1892 in KY.  They were in the 1930 census for Liberty, Butler Co., OH, with her children by her first marriage.

Herbert’s World War I draft registration card dated June 5, 1917, gave his age as 26, born Dec. 10, 1890 in Hamilton, Butler Co., OH, living at 465 Bingham, Hamilton, OH, with a wife and 3 children.  He was a machinist working for Niles Tool Works in Hamilton, OH.

His World War II draft registration card gave his birth as Dec. 10, 1890 in Hamilton, OH, living at RFD 3, Camden, Gratis, Preble Co., OH, working for Hamilton Tool Co., Hamilton, OH.  All his children were born in OH, probably all in Butler Co.  (R‑7)

Children - Graves, by Josephine Obenecht

  45.  Bernard (or Benard) Graves, b. 10 March 1913, d. 26 Dec. 1994 (OH).  Living in Hamilton, OH in 1930 with his Obberecht grandparents.

  46.  Mary Graves, b.c. 1915.

  47.  Ruth Graves, b. 18 May 1917, d. 1 Oct. 1917 (Butler Co., OH).


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[1] R‑1 gave her place of birth as near Downs Station, which is now Front Royal, Warren Co., VA.

[2] The 1900 census says Earlham was born in OK, but that is wrong.

[3] His dates of birth and death are from the Social Security Death Index.  He was listed in the census records as Earl Graves, but in the SSDI as Earlham Graves.