Rev. 21 May 2003, Gen. 217







Beverly Graves (1) is believed to have been born in the 1750's in Caroline Co., VA, and died about 1800, also in Caroline Co.  He lived in Caroline Co., and all his children were born there.  He was married to Frances (George) Isbell, the widow of James Isbell and the daughter of John George, both of Caroline Co.  Frances had three children by Mr. Isbell, whose guardian became Beverly Graves after their mother married him.  It is believed that his father was John Graves, although R‑11 believes it is much more likely that Beverly’s father was Benjamin Graves who died in Caroline Co., VA, in 1773.

The Order Book, Caroline Co., VA, 1799-1802, page 80, shows Beverly Graves deceased.  A Mr. Woolfolk was appointed guardian for John G. and Benjamin Graves.

It has been believed that Sally Graves who married William Gregory (gen. 288) was a daughter of Beverly.  Although Sally and William named a son Beverly, it seems very unlikely that Sally was a daughter of Beverly.  She was probably his sister, since she was probably born about 1740 or so, based on the age of her husband and the birthdates of her children.  (R‑1, R‑10, R‑11)

Children - Graves

+2.  John George Graves, b.c. 1777, m. Mary Rutland, c. 1808, d. 18 July 1859.

+3.  Benjamin Graves, b.c. 1781, m. Sarah Martin, 24 Jan. 1804, d. 29 May 1851.

+4.  Frances Graves, b.c. 1784, m(1) Samuel Burrus, 11 Dec. 1800, m(2) Nathaniel Mason, 1803, m(3) Peter Baber, 12 Feb. 1805.

  5.  Beverly Graves, b.c. 1797 or 1798[1].






John George Graves (2) was born about 1777 in Caroline Co., VA, and died 18 July 1859 in Wilson Co., TN.  He married Mary ("Polly") Rutland, daughter of Blake Rutland and Martha ("Patsy") Watson, about 1808.  The Rutland family came from Northhampton Co., NC, to Wilson Co., TN, around 1800.  John was one of the most successful merchants in TN.  All their children were born in Wilson Co., TN.

Deed Book C, p. 137, 3 March 1808, states: "Blake Rutland to John G. Graves and Polly Rutland (wife) 160 acres for the friendship and affection I have for them." Deed Book O, 1829-1853, p. 175, 10 May 1831: "John G. Graves for friendship and affection to John George Graves, Martha Graves, and Polly Elizabeth Graves, it being the land running south to Stephen Barton's heirs' line."  Deed Book O, p. 176, 20 March 1831: "John G. Graves to my son and daughters to wit: John G. Blake Graves, Martha Graves and Polly Elizabeth Graves, 160 a. it being the land I now live on."

The first three children listed below are believed by R‑11 to be daughters of John G. Graves, but no real documentation has been found.  He did have many daughters according to the 1820 census.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑10, R‑11)

Children - Graves

  6.  Parthena Graves, m. Gilpin Hallum, 18 Aug. 1825 (Wilson Co., TN).  Probably named after her mother’s sister, Parthena Rutland Cawthon.

  7.  Frances H. Graves, m. William McGregor, c. 1826 (Wilson Co., TN).  Letters to Fannie Graves Simpson mention “Cousin William McGregor.”

  8.  Johannah Graves, b. 3 June 1807, m. Samuel Walker, 22 Aug. 1826 (Wilson Co.), d. 23 Oct. 1881.  Bur. Carver Cem., Wilson Co.  He was b. in 1804 and d. in 1840.  No children.  Johannah lived with Mary Crudup after Sam’s death.

+9.  Louisa Graves, b. 23 Dec. 1811, m. Samuel Booth, 19 April 1827, d. 7 Oct. 1859.

+10.  Martha Graves, b.c. 1815, m. Brittain D. Alford, 6 Aug. 1831.

+11.  Mary (or Polly) Elizabeth Graves, b.c. 1817, m. John Crudup, 23 Oct. 1837.

+12.  John George Blake Graves, b. 1820, m. Nancy Brown, 8 Jan. 1845, d.c. 1855.


Benjamin Graves (3) was born about 1781 in Caroline Co., VA, and died 29 May 1851 in Wilson Co., TN.  He married Sarah Martin, daughter of John Martin and Mary Flippo, on 24 Jan. 1804 in Caroline Co.  She was born between 1780 and 1790, and died between 1840 and 1850 in Wilson Co., TN.  Their children were born in Wilson Co., TN.  (R‑4, R‑11)

Children - Graves

+13.  Frances G. Graves, b. 28 Dec. 1805, m. John Shepard, 2 Jan. 1823, d. 4 Oct. 1860.

+14.  John B. Graves, b.c. 1807, m. Aurelia Perry, 26 Feb. 1831, d. 1836.

+15.  Benjamin F. Graves, b.c. 1809, m. Harriet C. Young, 29 Dec. 1830, d. after 1870.

+16.  Joseph D. Graves, b. 1810, m. Frances Carter, 17 Aug. 1834, d. 1845.

+17.  Cornelius Graves, b. 1815, m. Nancy C. Martin, 11 Jan. 1846.

+18.  Almeda Graves, b.c. 1819, m. Thomas B. Lain, 7 Nov. 1833, d.c. 1857-59.

  19.  Uberto (or Alberto) Graves, b.c. 1820.

+20.  Evaline Graves, b.c. 1823, m. Andrew Jackson Spickard, 22 April 1840.

+21.  Alonzo Graves, b.c. 1826, m. Mary A. Graves, 19 July 1845.


Frances Graves (4) was born about 1784 in VA, probably Caroline Co.  She first married Samuel Burrus on 11 Dec. 1800 in Caroline Co.  She married second Nathaniel Mason about 1803 in VA.  She married third Peter Baber in 1805 in VA.  (R‑1, R‑11)

Children - Burrus

  22.  Samuel Burrus; his uncle, William Burrus, was named as his guardian.






Louisa Graves (9) was born 23 Dec. 1811 in Wilson Co., TN, and died 7 Oct. 1859 in Gibson Co., TN.  She married Samuel Booth (or Boothe) on 19 (or 14 per R‑11) April 1827 in Gibson Co., TN.  He was born 9 Nov. 1797 in NC, died 1 March 1862 in Gibson Co., TN, and was buried in Old Shiloh Cem., Fruitland, Gibson Co., TN.  Louisa was a “redhead” and red hair in later family is periodic.  Her father made a Deed of Gift, 198a, Wilson Co., TN Deed Bk. M, p. 361, to Louisa and Samuel Booth of Davidson Co., TN, on 29 Jan. 1829.  (R‑3, R‑10, R‑11)

Children - Booth

+23.  George Randolph Booth, b 18 July 1829, m. Caroline Smith, 21 March 1854, d. Dec. 1889.

  24.  Anna Matilda Booth, b.c. 1830 (Gibson Co.), d. Feb. 1839 (Gibson Co.).

  25.  Eudora Madonna Booth, b. 24 Feb. 1831 (Gibson Co.), d. 7 July 1848 (Gibson Co.).

+26.  Erasmus Presley Booth, b. 28 Oct. 1832, m. Elizabeth Jane Melson, 16 Nov. 1860, d. 31 Dec. 1889.

  27.  Frances Elizabeth Booth, b. 29 April 1836, d. 7 Dec. 1847 (Gibson Co., TN).

+28.  Sarah Louisa Booth, b. 5 Sept. 1840, m. John Nicholas Mayfield, 1 Jan. 1861, d. 25 Nov. 1893.

  29.  Elgina Parthenia Booth (twin), b. 3 Sept. 1842 (Gibson Co.), d. Aug. 1843 (Gibson Co.).

  30.  twin to Elgina, b. and d. 3 Sept. 1842.  Died at birth.

  31.  Samuel Booth, b. 2 July 1846, d. 25 Dec. 1847 (Gibson Co., TN).


Martha Graves (10) was born about 1815[2].  She married Brittain D. Alford on 6 Aug. 1831 (or 23 Oct. 1837 per R‑11) in Wilson Co.  They lived in Wilson Co., TN.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑10, R‑11)

Children - Alford

+32.  Elizabeth L. Alford, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Stewart.

  33.  Mary E. Alford

  34.  Johannah W. Alford

  35.  Francis P. Alford

  36.  Sophia D. Alford

  37.  Wiley Alford


Mary Elizabeth (“Polly”) Graves (11) was born about 1817[3].  She married John Crudup on 23 Oct. 1837.  He was born in 1809.  They lived in Wilson Co., TN.  (R‑11)

Children - Crudup

  38.  Dempsey Crudup, b. 1809.

  39.  Mary T. Crudup, b. 1848.

  40.  John Crudup, b. 1850.


John George Blake Graves (12) was born in 1820 in Wilson Co., TN, and died about 1854-55 in Mt. Juliet, Wilson Co., TN.  He married Nancy Brown, daughter of John George Brown and Beady Vivrett, on 8 Jan. 1845 in Wilson Co., TN.  She was born about 1830 near Lebanon, Wilson Co., TN, died in 1904 in Mt. Juliet, TN, and was buried in the Brown-Vivrett Cem., Mt. Juliet, TN.  He was a farmer and sheriff of Wilson Co., TN.  All their children were born in Silver Springs, Wilson Co., TN. 

Mt. Juliet Rec. Bk. 1855 (14), p. 187 shows “Provisions for widow of John G. B Graves, Feb. 7, 1855.”  This indicates John Brown Graves was 6 years old when his father was shot and killed while he was sheriff.  Rec. Bk. 1859-1864, p. 442, March 4, 1861, shows John Crudup was court appointed guardian of the heirs of John G. B. Graves.  Their mother had become mentally incompetent.  This made John Brown Graves about 12 years old.  According to relatives the children were then moved over to the Brown place to live with their grandmother Beady Brown.  This place was near the Brown-Vivrett Cem., Mt. Juliet, TN.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Graves

+41.  Louisa Graves, b. 1846, m. W. Henry Harrington, d. before 1874.

  42.  Elizabeth Graves, b. 1847, died young.

+43.  John Brown Graves, b. 17 Feb. 1849, m(1) Martha Isabella Jetton, 1871, m(2) Amanda Harrison, c. 1904, m(3) Virginia (Pierce) Crouch, 20 Oct. 1906, m(4) Drusilla (Seals) Gandy, 21 Nov. 1925, d. 25 May 1928.

+44.  Byron Crudup Graves, b. 20 Sept. 1850, m. Maggie Novella Hunt.

+45.  Mary George Graves, b. 1855, m. John Thomas Ligon, 10 Jan. 1872, d. before 1874.



Frances G. Graves (13) was born 28 Dec. 1805 and died 4 Oct. 1860, both in Wilson Co., TN.  She married John Shepard on 2 Jan. 1823 in Wilson Co.  He was born 23 Feb. 1794 in Prince Edward Co., VA, and died 2 June 1836 in Wilson Co., TN.  Their children were born in Wilson Co.  (R‑4, R‑11)

Children - Shepard

  46.  Ben Shepard

  47.  Beverly Shepard, b.c. 1825.

  48.  Amanda Shepard, b.c. 1826, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Williamson.

+49.  Octavia Shepard, b.c. 1828, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Moore, d. bef. 1877.

+50.  Samuel George Shepard, b. 28 Jan. 1830, m. Martha J. Major, 3 Aug. 1865, d. 6 June 1917.

+51.  Sarah J. Shepard, b. 27 Jan. 1832, m. William L. Bradshaw.

+52.  Frances Johns Shepard, b.c. 1836, m. Jordan Robinson, 16 Dec. 1873.


John B. Graves (14) was born about 1807 and died in 1836, both in Wilson Co., TN.  He married Aurelia Perry on 26 Feb. 1831 in Sumner Co., TN.  She was probably the daughter of Robert H. Perry, where she was his heir and John B. Graves was his administrator.  Their children were born in TN.  (R‑4, R‑11)

Children - Graves

+53.  William F. Graves, b.c. 1833, m. Addy Lemons.

+54.  Regulus W. Graves, b.c. 1835, m. Lucy J. Davidson.


Benjamin F. Graves (15) was born about 1809 in Wilson Co., TN, and died after 1870 in Sumner Co., TN.  He married Harriet C. Young, daughter of Bannister Young and Lavina Massey, on 29 Dec. 1830 in Wilson Co., TN.  She was born 1 Feb. 1811 in Wilson Co., TN, and died 26 Jan. 1851 in Sumner Co., TN.  Benjamin was a carpenter and a machinist.  All their children were born in TN., according to the 1850 and 1860 censuses of Sumner Co., TN.  They lived in Wilson, Rutherford and Sumner Co., TN.  (R‑4, R‑5, R‑11)

Children - Graves

  55.  Anestatia L. Graves, b. 26 May ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 18 Dec. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  Died as an infant.

+56.  Banister M. Graves, b.c. 1832, m. Mary A. Turner, 29 March 1855, d.c. 1885.

  57.  Edna E. Graves, b.c. 1834, never married, d. after 1907.  School teacher.

+58.  Sarah J. Graves, b.c. 1835, m. Majah Joseph Walker, 17 May 1873, d. after 1907.

+59.  Bollman Huger Graves, b. 22 July 1836, m. Mary A. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 8 Aug. 1898.

+60.  Frances Logan Graves, b. 20 Oct. 1840, m. Thomas Benton Simpson, 23 Aug. 1863, d. 8 June 1896.

+61.  Mary B. Graves, b.c. 1842, m. William H. Johnson, d. after 1918.

  62.  John B. Graves, b.c. 1845 (Sumner Co.), m. Addie Harney, d. 1860 (Sumner Co.).

+63.  Patrick M. Graves, b. Aug. 1848, m. Elleanor Bolton, 13 March 1881, d. 17 June 1902.


Joseph D. Graves (16) was born in 1810 in Wilson Co., TN, and died in 1845 in Graves Co., KY.  He married Frances Carter on 17 Aug. 1834 in Wilson Co.  She was probably a daughter of Jackson Carter and Kesiah ‑‑‑‑‑‑ who lived in Graves Co., KY, in 1840 and 1860.  She was born in July 1815 in VA (or TN), and died 2 Dec. 1891 in Graves Co., KY.  (R‑4, R‑11)

Children - Graves

  64.  Isabella Graves, b.c. 1836 (KY).

  65.  John B. Graves, b.c. 1838 (Wilson Co., TN).

  66.  Amanda E. Graves, b.c. 1843 (KY).

  67.  Sarah J. Graves, b.c. 1845.


Cornelius (“Neil”) Graves (17) was born in 1815[4] in Wilson Co., TN.  He married Nancy C. Martin on 11 Jan. 1846 in Wilson Co., TN[5].  Nancy was the illegitimate daughter of Col. Brice Martin of Davidson Co., TN.  She was born about 1828 in TN.  Their children were born in Wilson Co., TN.  They were listed in the 1860 census for Wilson Co., TN.  (R‑4, R‑6, R‑11)

Children - Graves

  68.  Brice M. Graves, b.c. 1850.

+69.  John P. Graves, b. Sept. 1851[6], m. Bell Wallace, c. 1880.

+70.  Frances J. Graves, b. 27 Sept. 1852, m. Jeff Berry, d. 21 Sept. 1924.

  71.  George D. P. Graves, b.c. 1857.

  72.  Beula L. Graves, b.c. 1861.


Almeda Graves (18) was born about 1819 in Wilson Co., TN, and died about 1857-59, also in Wilson Co.  She married Thomas B. Lain on 7 Nov. 1833 in Wilson Co.  He was born in 1811 in TN, and died in 1860.  Their children were born in Wilson Co., TN.  Thomas married second Catherine W. G. Donaldson on 10 Feb. 1860.  (R‑4, R‑11)

Children - Lain

  73.  Zoritha Lain, b.c. 1835.

  74.  George B. Lain, b.c. 1837.

  75.  John K. Lain, b.c. 1839.

  76.  William H. Lain, b.c. 1841.

  77.  Sophia Lain, b.c. 1843.

  78.  Mary Tennessee Lain, b.c. 1845.

  79.  Neil S. Lain, b.c. 1846.

  80.  Sarah Virginia Lain, b. 12 Oct. 1849.

  81.  Thomas B. Lain, b.c. 1850.

  82.  Almeda Lain, b.c. 1853.


Evaline Graves (20) was born about 1823 in Wilson Co., TN.  She married Andrew Jackson Spickard on 22 April 1840 in Wilson Co., TN.  He was born about 1817 in TN.  Their children were born in Wilson Co., TN.  They lived in Gladeville, Wilson Co.  (R‑4, R‑11)

Children - Spickard

  83.  Louisa Victoria Spickard, b.c. 1843, m. Joseph Franklin (“Frank”) Huddleson, c. 1861, d.c. 1866.

  84.  Albert J. Spickard, b.c. 1844.

  85.  Mary (“Doll”) Elizabeth Spickard, b.c. 1846, m. William Lafayette Huddleson.

  86.  Sarah A. Spickard, b. 13 Nov. 1849, m. Nathan Andrew (“Andy”) McColloch, 21 Feb. 1869, d. 12 Dec. 1878.

  87.  Benjamin W. Spickard, b.c. 1852, m. Berdia W. Baird, 27 Feb. 1878, d. 18 Oct. 1878.

  88.  John B. Spickard, b. 1 Nov. 1853, m. Georgia Ann Baird, 30 Nov. 1876, d. 10 April 1918.

  89.  Sandifer Spickard, b.c. 1856.


Alonzo Graves (21) was born about 1826 in Wilson Co., TN.  He married Mary A. Graves on 19 July 1845 in Wilson Co., TN.  She was born about 1827 in TN.  Information on the last two children listed provided by R‑7.  (R‑4, R‑7)

Children - Graves

+90.  Gustavus Black Graves, b.c. 1846, m. Lucy Jane Colvert, 1870, d. 19 Oct. 1917.

  91.  Winfield Graves, b.c. 1849, m. Louella ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  92.  Alec Graves, m. Annie Staub.

  93.  Zoe Graves, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Peel.






George Randolph Booth (23) was born 18 July 1829 in Gibson Co., TN, and died in Dec. 1889 in Round Rock, Williamson Co., TX.  He married Caroline (“Callie”) Smith on 21 March 1854 in Fayette Co., TN.  She was born 4 Aug. 1832, and died at the home of her son in OK.  George was a “redhead.”  He served in the Civil War with companion John Nicholas Mayfield, husband of Sarah Louisa Booth.  George was wounded and spent some time in the hospitals.  They moved to TX shortly fter the war.  (R‑10)

Children - Booth

+94.  Samuel Booth, b. 15 Dec. 1854, m. Prudence Oxley, 21 March 1883, d. 11 Nov. 1930.

+95.  John Booth, b. 7 July 1856, m. Clara Clifton, 18 Sept. 1878.

  96.  Louisa (“Lula”) Booth, b. and d. 1859.

  97.  George Randolph Booth II, b. 26 July 1860 (Gibson Co., TN), d. 22 Sept. 1861 (Gibson Co.).

  98.  Georganna Booth, b. 20 Dec. 1864 (Gibson Co.), d. 1879 (Gibson Co.).

+99.  James Erasmus (“Ras”) Booth, b. 5 March 1867, married.

  100.  Conway Booth, b.c. 1868 (Gibson Co.), d. 1873 (Gibson Co.).


Erasmus Presly Booth, M.D., (26) was born 28 Oct. 1832 in Gibson Co., TN, and died 31 Dec. 1889 in Valley Mills, Bosque Co., TX.  He married Elizabeth Jane (“Bettie”) Melson on 16 Nov. 1860 in Morehouse Praish, LA.  She was born 23 Jan. 1842 in Adams Co., MS, died 12 Dec. 1897 in Taylor, Williamson Co., TX, and was buried in Valley Mills, Bosque Co., TX.

Erasmus graduated from College of Medicine, Univ. of Nashville, class of 1858.  He was paid $1000.00 as substitute for Civil War Services and was a medical doctor for an area of six counties during the war.  He began a practice in Waco in 1864.  He built a flour mill on the Bosque River with his cousin Asbury Stegall in 1867 and formed the town of Valley Mills, barely in Bosque Co. from McLennan Co.  His medical practice covered a wide area.  His death presumed to be caused by pneumonia from being in the open overnight in winter because his horse was unable to find the way home.

Bettie’s father was killed when she was three and her mother remarried C. S. McGee, a plantation over-seer, when she was six.  She Bettie married Erasmus, her uncle James Melson gave her two plantations with 100 workers and $75,000 left by her grandfather.[7]  Bettie was an artist of some note and studied in Chicago.  She died at her daughter Linnie’s home in Williamson Co., TX.  (R‑10)

Children - Booth

+101.  Charles Love Booth, b. 5 Dec. 1860, married, d. March 1915.

  102.  Linnie Louisa Booth, b. 17 July 1863 (AR), m. David Brooks, d. Kilgore, TX.

  103.  Sally Booth, b. 17 Feb. 1865 (Morehouse Parish, LA).

+104.  Kate Imogene Booth, b. 26 April 1867, m. Alexander McNeill, 26 April 1887.

  105.  George Booth, b. 15 June 1869 (Bosque Co., TX), d. 29 Aug. 1887.

+106.  Sussie May Booth, b. 20 July 1875, m. Ernest Everett Barefoot, June 1905.

  107.  Gertrude Booth, b. 8 Feb. 1877 (Bosque Co., TX), d. 1930 (Bosque Co.).

+108.  E. P. Booth, b. 22 Jan. 1880, m. Mark Hugh Richards, 8 Aug. 1907.


Sarah Louisa (“Sally”) Booth (28) was born 5 Sept. 1840 and died 25 Nov. 1893, both in Gibson Co., TN.  She married John Nicholas Mayfield on 1 Jan. 1861 in Gibson Co.  He was born 12 March 1834, died 4 Feb. 1913, and was buried in Old Shiloh Cem., Fruitland, all in Gibson Co., TN.  Their children were born in Gibson Co., TN.  John served in the Civil War with George Randolph Booth, Sally’s brother.  Sally and John are the great-grandparents of Mrs. Ruby D. Harris.  (R‑10)

Children - Mayfield

  109.  John Samuel Mayfield, b. 18 Jan. 1862, d. 26 Aug. 1866 (Gibson Co.)  Father talked of him as “Jack” in letters home during the Civil War.

+110.  Lena Eoline Mayfield, b. 17 April 1866, m. Rev. Jesse Edwin Sykes, 6 Sept. 1881, d. 1 Jan. 1929.

+111.  Bessie Elizabeth Mayfield, b. 1 Feb. 1868, m. Samuel Pleasant Dougan, 29 Feb. 1888, d. 19 April 1923.

+112.  Green Elias Mayfield, b. 16 March 1870, m. Minnie D. Barnett, 24 Nov. 1892, d. 26 June 1933.

+113.  Margaret Louella Mayfield, b. 16 Feb. 1872, m. David Henry Taylor, bef. 20 Dec. 1899, d. 31 Dec. 1923.

+114.  Aurora Mae Mayfield, b. 7 May 1874, m. John David McCuthcen, 27 Oct. 1897, d. 10 May 1958.

  115.  Fidelia (“Dee”) Mayfield, b. 16 Feb. 1877, never married, d. 1931 (Gibson Co.).  Bur. Old Shiloh Cem., Fruitland.

+116.  Eugene Mayfield, b. 1 Aug. 1881, m. Bertha May Sloan, Nov. 1914, d. 27 April 1957.



Elizabeth L. Alford (32) married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Stewart.  (R‑11)

Children - Stewart

  117.  Mary M. Stewart



Louisa (“Lou”) Graves (41) was born in 1846 in Wilson Co., TN, and died before 1874.  She married W. (probably William) Henry Harrington in TN.  All their children were born in TN, at least Cora and Nannie in Wilson Co.  (R‑1)

Children - Harrington

+118.  Cora Harrington, m. Harris Baird.

  119.  Harry Harrington, b. TN, never married.

  120.  Nell Harrington, b. TN, never married.

+121.  Nannie Harrington, b. 24 April 1875, m. Monroe Vincent Walker, d. 20 March 1954.


John Brown Graves (43) was born 17 Feb. 1849 in Mt. Juliet, Wilson Co., TN, died 25 May 1928 in Mena, AR, and was buried 26 May 1928 in Gann Cem., Mena, AR.  He first married Martha Isabella Jetton, daughter of Persis Denny Jetton[8] and Mary Stegar, in 1871 in Wilson Co., TN.  She was born 3 April 1850 in Wilson Co., TN, died 22 July 1903 in Mena, AR, and was buried 23 July 1903 in Gann Cem., Mena, AR.  He married second Amanda Harrison about 1904.  He married third Virginia (Pierce) Crouch, daughter of Robert J. Pierce and Mary Elizabeth ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 20 Oct. 1906 in AR.  She was born in 1873 in Chester, AR, died in 1967 in TX, and was buried in White Oak Cem., Mena, AR.  She had first married William W. Crouch.  He married fourth Drusilla (Seals) Gandy on 21 Nov. 1925 in AR.

From History of Arkansas — Polk County, Goodspeed Publishing Co., about 1888‑89: "John B. Graves needs no special introduction to the readers of this volume, for he is well known throughout this section.  That the following brief sketch of his honorable and eventful life is afforded a place here, will be a matter of much interest to the many who have come to know him so intimately, and felt the influence of his life and generosity.  Born ten miles west of Lebanon, Tenn., February 17, 1849, he is a son of George B. and Nancy (Brown) Graves, who were natives of Tennessee, and a grandson of John G. Graves, the latter moving from North Carolina to Tennessee at an early day, where he was not only one of the earliest settlers, but also one of the first and most successful merchants.  George B. Graves inherited English blood from the paternal side of his family.  While farming was his vocation in life, he figured to some extent as a Whig politician, and besides holding various local positions of honor and trust, was sheriff of Wilson County for a number of years.  Socially, he belonged to the fraternity of Odd Fellows, who conducted the funeral rites at his death.  His demise left a widow and two children to survive, the former yet living.  There were five children in all, their names being: Louisa (a talented lady, member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and the deceased wife of W. H. Harrington, of Wilson County, Tenn.), Elizabeth (died when quite young), Mary G. (who died in Tennessee, the wife of T. Legon), Byron (a farmer, of Wilson County), John B. (is the third in the family).  He spent his school days in his native county, receiving his education in Silver Springs Academy.  After attaining man's estate he turned his attention to farming and stock raising, and that calling has since continued.  He moved to Bowie County, Texas, in 1874, but two years later came to Polk County, Ark., and here has since made his home on his present farm, which is situated two miles south of Potter, and contains 190 acres of land, a considerable portion of which is under cultivation.  He has served two years as constable, and has also been a school director of his district.  He was married in 1871 to Miss Martha Jetton, of Wilson County, Tenn., by whom he has four children: Beady, George D., Arthusa and Alice T.[9]  Mr. and Mrs. Graves are members of the Christian Church, Mr. Graves being also an elder.  He is a member of the Farmers' Alliance, is lecturer of his lodge, and is a Democrat.  He has traveled far, and in early life was acquainted with Andrew Johnson.  Graves End, London, was named in honor of his family[10]."

The first child of John B. Graves was born in Bowie Co., TX, and all the others were born in Mena, Polk Co., AR.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves, by Martha I. Jetton

  122.  Marcus Graves, b. 12 Nov. 1875, d. 29 Aug. 1880.

+123.  Beady Graves, b. 1 April 1878, m. James Robert Stiewig, 24 Dec. 1895, d. 28 Oct. 1906.

  124.  Louisa Graves, b. 21 Jan. 1880, d. 8 Oct. 1881.

+125.  George Dennis Graves, b. 24 Nov. 1881, m. Annie Smith, 6 Jan. 1914, d. 8 Jan. 1956.

+126.  Arthusia Graves, b. 8 Nov. 1884, m. Ruff Bruce Lane, 20 Dec. 1900, d. 6 Nov. 1969.

  127.  John Bradshaw Graves, b. 16 Oct. 1886, d. 8 Aug. 1888.

+128.  Alice Traber Graves, b. 25 Dec. 1888, m. Jasper Henry White, 30 Dec. 1905, d. 1 Jan. 1958.

+129.  Lettie Ellen Graves, b. 13 Feb. 1891, m. William Otto Coffman, 24 March 1907, d. 28 Nov. 1957.

Children - Graves, by Virginia P. Crouch

+130.  Robert Byron Graves, b. 13 July 1907, m. Alice Corine Adams, 24 Jan. 1932, d. 23 April 1990.

+131.  Agnes Kama Graves, b. 19 Nov. 1910, m(1) Cecil Henerson, m(2) Wayland Biggs.

  132.  Eugene Debs Graves, b. 1911, d.c. 1912.  Bur. Gann Cem., Mena, AR.


Byron Crudup ("Bye") Graves (44) was born 20 Sept. 1850 in Wilson Co., TN, and was buried in Brown-Vivrett Cem., Mt. Juliet, TN.  He married Maggie Novella Hunt.  She was born 29 Nov. 1857.  All their children were born in Wilson Co., TN.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+133.  George Washington Graves, b. 22 Dec. 1877, m. Novella Catherine McCord, 5 June 1906, d. 20 June 1944.

+134.  Robert Marvin Graves, b. 20 Dec. 1878, m. Mattie Elizabeth Moore, 1909 or 1910, d. 11 Oct. 1933.

  135.  William Dempsey Graves, b. 10 May 1880, never married, d. 2 May 1890.

  136.  Kate Graves, b. 1 May 1882, m. William ("Bill") Bay, d. 13 June 1937.

  137.  Porter Graves, b. 21 Aug. 1884, m(1) Molly Morrow, m(2) Molly Jane Tally, d. 1 July 1949.

+138.  James Henry Graves, b. 4 Feb. 1887, m. Mattie Beadle, 23 April 1957 (?), d. 26 March 1957.

  139.  Joseph Francis Graves, b. 5 Feb. 1889, never married, d. 6 Oct. 1927.

  140.  Maggie Louise Graves, b. 22 Dec. 1890, never married, d. 27 Sept. 1963.

+141.  Charles Byron Graves, b. 26 Oct. 1892, m. Mary Catherine Williams, d. 15 Nov. 1967.

+142.  John Thomas Graves, b. 18 April 1895, m. Gertrude Taylor, d. 18 April 1968.

  143.  Harmon Bass Graves, b. 17 Feb. 1899, never married, d. 27 July 1966.


Mary George ("Molly" or "Polly") Graves (45) was born in 1855 in Wilson Co., TN, and died before 1874.  She married John Thomas ("Tee") Ligon, son of John Henry Ligon and Emma Teresa Jolly, on 10 Jan. 1872 in Wilson Co., TN.  He was born 18 Nov. 1850 (or 1848) in Wilson Co., TN, and died 24 Oct. 1924.  He was descended from the Earl of Beachamp family in England.  Both their children were born in Wilson Co., TN.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Ligon

+144.  Alice Geneva Ligon, b. 14 Nov. 1880, m. Robert Edmund Lee Smith, 16 Sept. 1902, d. 31 Oct. 1964.

+145.  Nannie Olivia Ligon, b. 1 June 1884, m. Argalus Emory Ligon, Feb. 1908.



Octavia Shepard (49) was born about 1828 in Wilson Co., TN, and died before 1877.  She married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Moore.  They lived around the Memphis, TN, area.  Heirs lived in Shelby Co., TN.  (R‑11)

Children - Moore

  146.  Charles B. Moorer

  147.  Bettie Moore

  148.  Ida Moore

  149.  William Moore

  150.  Arden Moore


Samuel George Shepard (50) was born 28 Jan. 1830 in Gladeville, Wilson Co., TN, died 6 June 1917 in Lebanon, Wilson Co., and was buried in Cedar Grove Cem., Wilson Co.  He married Martha (Mattie”) J. Major on 3 Aug. 1865 in Wilson Co.  She was born about 1845 in TN.  Samuel was a Lt. Col. in the 7th Tennessee Infantry during the Civil War.  He later became a Baptist minister and a member of the Tennessee Legislature.  (R‑11)

Children - Shepard

  151.  Fannie Shepard, b. 1865.

  152.  Arthur Shepard, b. 1869.

  153.  Samuel G. Shepard, b. 1871.

  154.  Alice Hughes Shepard, b. 1873.

  155.  John W. Shepard, b. 1879.

  156.  Agnes Shepard


Sarah J. Shepard (51) was born 27 Jan. 1832 in Wilson Co., TN.  She married William L. Bradshaw.  He was born 18 Feb. 1825 in TN.  (R‑11)

Children - Bradshaw

  157.  Mary E. Bradshaw, b. 1854, m. R. F. Woodroof.

  158.  Ida Bradshaw, b. 1858, m. W. H. Oldham.

  159.  Frances (“Frank”) G. Bradshaw, b. 1860, m. James Oldham, d. 1888.

  160.  Samuel S. Bradshaw, b. 1863, m. Susie Palmer.

  161.  Jack H. Bradshaw, b. 1865, m. Marcie McClain.

  162.  Evaline Bradshaw, b. 1867, d. 1886.

  163.  Ben J. Bradshaw, b. 1870, m. Kittie Golston.

  164.  Kate Bradshaw, b. 1873, m. J. J. McFarland.

  165.  Charlie Beverly Bradshaw, b. 1878.


Frances Johns (“Fannie Johns”) Shepard (52) was born about 1836 in Wilson Co., TN.  She married Jordan Robinson on 16 Dec. 1873 in Wilson Co.  He was born about 1850 in TN.  Their children were born in Wilson Co.  (R‑11)

Children - Robinson

  166.  Ida Robinson, b. 1877.

  167.  William Robinson, b. 1879.



William F. Graves (53) was born about 1833 in Wilson Co., TN.  He married Addy Lemons.  She was born about 1835 in TN.  They lived in and around Nashville, TN.  (R‑11)

Children - Graves

  168.  Lena Graves, b.c. 1875.

  169.  Johnny Graves, b.c. 1878.


Regulus W. Graves (54) was born about 1835 in Wilson Co., TN.  He married Lucy J. Davidson.  She was born about 1835 in TN.  They lived in and around Nashville, TN.  He was probably the “Reggie” referred to in family letters.  (R‑11)

Children - Graves

  170.  William (“Willie”) Graves, b. 1859.

  171.  Aurelia Graves, b. 1865.

  172.  Mattie Graves, b. 1867.

  173.  Samuel Graves, b. 1870.

  174.  Walter Graves, b. 1875.



Banister (or Bannister) M. Graves (56) was born about 1832 in Rutherford Co., TN, and died about 1885 in Helena, Phillips Co., AR.  He married Mary A. (“Mollie”) Turner on 29 March 1855 in Sumner Co., TN.  She was born about 1833 in TN.  They moved from Sumner Co., TN, after the Civil War and lived in Maury Co., TN.  They then moved to Helena, AR.  R‑11 has a letter from son Theo in 1885 when he lived in Helena.  (R‑4, R‑5, R‑11)

Children - Graves

  175.  Ella A. Graves, b. 1856.

  176.  Walter Graves, b. 1858.

  177.  Theophilus Graves, b. 1865.

  178.  Pattie Graves, b. 1867.

  179.  Julia Graves, b, 1870, d. 1880.

  180.  Ollie Graves, b. 1874.


Sarah J. Graves (58) was born about 1835 in Rutherford Co., TN, and died after 1907.  She married Majah Joseph Walker on 17 May 1873 in Sumner Co., TN.  He was born in 1828.  They lived in Sumner Co., TN.  (R‑4, R‑5, R‑11)

Children - Walker

  181.  Ruth Walker, b. 1874.

  182.  J. R. Walker b. 1876.

  183.  Benjamin Walker, b. 1878.

  184.  Marshall Walker, b. 1880.


Bollman Huger Graves (59) was born 22 July 1836 in Rutherford Co., TN, and died 8 Aug. 1898 in Davidson Co., TN.  He married Mary A. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born in 1840 in TN.  They lived in Sumner and Davidson Co., TN.  (R‑4, R‑5, R‑11)

Children - Graves

  185.  Verona Graves, b. 1864.

  186.  Beulah Graves, b. 1867, d. 1880.

  187.  T. Richard Graves, b. 1868.

  188.  James M. Graves b. 1868.

  189.  Benjamin B. Graves, b. 1870, married.

  190.  E. Mary (“Polly”) Graves, b. 1872.

  191.  Jessie Graves, b. 1874.

  192.  Zoe Graves, b. 1876.

  193.  William P. (“Willie”) Graves, b. 1879.


Frances Logan Graves (60) was born 20 Oct. 1840 in Castalian Springs, Sumner Co., TN, died 8 June 1896 in Bethpage, Sumner Co., and was buried in Simpson Cem., Sumner Co.  She married Thomas Benton Simpson, son of Enoch Simpson and Martha Jane Johnson, on 23 Aug. 1863 in Simpson’s Gap, Sumner Co., TN.  He was born 19 Feb. 1842 in Simpson’s Gap, died 1 Sept. 1922 in Bethpage, Sumner Co., and was also buried in Simpson Cem.  Their children were born in Simpson’s Gap, Sumner Co., except for Enoch who was born in Bethpage, also in Sumner Co.  The family lived in Bethpage.  (R‑4, R‑5, R‑11)

Children - Simpson

  194.  Nora Simpson, b. 28 June 1864, d. 17 July 1866.  Bur. Simpson Cem.

  195.  Eva Simpson, b. 21 April 1866, d. Nov. 1866.  Bur. Simpson Cem.

  196.  Harriet (“Hattie”) Simpson, b. 26 Feb. 1868, m. Milton Elzia Dobbs, 11 Sept. 1890 (Sumner Co.), d. 8 April 1943 (Rockbridge, Sumner Co.).  Bur. Rockbridge Cem.

  197.  son, b. and d. 19 April 1870.  Bur. Simpson Cem.

  198.  Benjamin Enoch Simpson, b. 11 Aug. 1871, m. Lesbia Hazelton Hunter, 22 Oct. 1902 (Bethpage), d. 24 Sept. 1937 (Nashville, Davidson Co., TN).  Bur. Mt. Vernon Cem., Sumner Co.  She was b. in 1882 and d. in 1937.  Great-grandparents of R‑11.

  199.  Thomas Orville Simspon, b. 14 July 1874, m. Martha Artelia Hunter, 16 June 1897 (Sumner Co.), d. 27 June 1916 (Bethpage). Bur. Bethpage Cem.  She was b. in 1881 and d. in 1960.

  200.  Martha Frances (“Frankie”) Simpson, b. 3 Aug. 1876, m. John Thomas Hawkins, 15 Nov. 1893 (Sumner Co.), d. 3 Nov. 1925 (Rockbridge, Sumner Co.).  Bur. Rockbridge Cem.  He was b. in 1871 and d. in 1953.

  201.  Edna Penelope (“Nell”) Simpson, b. 11 June 1878, m. Robert Edward Lee, 21 Nov. 1900 (Sumner Co.), d. 13 Dec. 1961 (Portland, Sumner Co.).  Bur. Rockbridge Cem.  He was b. in 1875 and d. in 1965.

  202.  Margaret Verona (“Maggie”) Simpson, b. 2 July 1881, m. Thomas Edward Wright, M.D., 7 July 1915 (Sumner Co.), d. 27 Oct. 1941 (Bethpage).  He was b. in 1885 and d. in 1949.  They divorced on 12 May 1931.  No children.

  203.  Sarah Catherine (“Sallie”) Simpson, b. 1 Dec. 1883, m(1) Clarence McWhirter, 19 March 1903 (Sumner Co.), m(2) J. W. Parkes, d. 15 March 1937 (Bethpage).  Bur. Bethpage Cem.  Sallie and Clarence were divorced in Tulsa, OK, during their residence there during the oil boom.


Mary B. Graves (61) was born about 1842 in Sumner Co., TN, and died after 1918 in Cross Plains, Robertson Co., TN.  She married William H. (“Billie”) Johnson.  They lived in Cross Plains.  (R‑4, R‑5, R‑11)

Children - Johnson

  204.  James Huger Johnson

  205.  Benjamin Johnson

  206.  Edna Johnson

  207.  Birdie Johnson


Patrick M. Graves (63) was born in Aug. 1848 in Sumner Co., TN, and died 17 June 1902 in Poplar Grove, Philiips Co., AR.  He married Elleanor (“Ella”) Bolton, daughter of Allison Bolton (b. NC) and Jinsey Horn (b. Nash Co., NC), on 13 March 1881 in Helena, Phillips Co., AR.  She was born about 1857 in Green Co., AL, and died about 1917 in Blackton, AR.  This was her second marriage.  She had first married Mr. Allison.  She had 3 daughters by that first marriage, Nora, Georgia and Allie.  It has been said that Patrick died when a water tank fell on top of him.  Ella died about 1917 during a visit to relatives in Blackton, Monroe Co., AR (just across the county line from Phillips Co.).  Her granddaughter, Lois Earl Blackenship Trainer, at the time between 5 and 6 years old, was with her when she died.  They reportedly had a difficult time digging the grave due to heavy rain; the grave kept filling up with water.  Lois was given Ella’s wedding ring, which she dropped inside the casket, feeling they belonged to her grandmother.  The family apparently did not have much money.  They lived in the general area of Marvell, Holly Grove, and/or Trenton, all in the western part of Phillips Co. where Phillips, Lee and Monroe counties meet.  (R‑1, R‑4, R‑5, R‑11)

Children - Graves

+208.  Harry Graves, b. 9 Oct. 1881, m. Lela Eddings.

  209.  Allie Graves, b.c. 1882.

+210.  Mary Fleeta Graves, b. 14 Nov. 1886, m. Harry Herman Schwantz, 16 March 1904, d. 26 Nov. 1954.

+211.  Patti Graves, b. 9 Dec. 1887, m. William Andrew Strickland, 30 Dec. 1902, d. 22 Feb. 1922.

+212.  Josie Barbara Graves, b. 11 Aug. 1889, m. Charles Thomas Blankenship, 27 March 1904, d.c. 1914.

+213.  Bolton Graves, b. 28 April 1895, m(1) Gladys Hamilton, m(2) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. July 1963.

  214.  Edna Earl Graves, b. 8 Sept. 1899, m(1) Dick Cheek, m(2) George Smith.



John P. Graves (69) was born in Sept. 1851 at Rural Mills, Wilson Co., TN.  He married Bell (or Octa B.) Wallace about 1880.  She was born March 1860 in TX (according to the 1900 census), and her parents were both born in MO.  John was a stock farmer.  All their children were born in TX.  Most of this information is from the 1900 census for Callahan Co., TX.  (R‑6)

Children - Graves

  215.  Ernest W. Graves, b. Nov. 1881, m. Sally Roberson.

+216.  Richard C. Graves, b. Feb. 1884, m. Laura Gilliland.

+217.  George D. Graves, b. Feb. 1888, m. Beulah Emmons.

  218.  Fyna E. Graves, b. May 1891, m. William N. Henderson.

+219.  Mamie (or May) Graves, b. Feb. 1894, m. Dick Rowland.

  220.  Dorabel (or Dora B.) Graves, b. Feb. 1900, m. Weldon Grimes.


Frances J. Graves (70) was born 27 Sept. 1852, and died 21 Sept. 1924 in Prescott, AR.  She married Jeff Berry.  (R‑8)

Children - Berry

+221.  Myrtle Berry, b. 18 Dec. 1884, m. Marion Levi Moore, d. 24 Sept. 1923.



Gustavus Black Graves (90) was born about 1846 in Wilson Co., TN, and died 19 Oct. 1917 in Nashville, TN.  He married Lucy Jane Colvert, daughter of William Colvert (b. 1827, Culpeper, VA) and Elizabeth Mason, in 1870.  She was born about 1852 in Dekalb Co., TN, and died 12 Jan. 1936 in Nashville, TN.  (R‑7)

Children - Graves

  222.  Ida Graves, m. Cass Cook.

+223.  Edgar Gustavus Graves, b. 1 Dec. 1878, m. Mary Virginia Lanius, 12 June 1898, d. 20 Oct. 1966.

  224.  Gertrude Graves, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Mosher.

  225.  Walter B. Graves, m. Louise Hubbard.

  226.  Harry Graves, m. Callie Lou ‑‑‑‑‑‑.


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[1] R‑11 questions the existence of this child.

[2] R‑11 gives year of birth as 1818.

[3] R‑11 gives year of birth as 1822.

[4] R‑11 listed year of birth as 1813.

[5]Listed in Early Middle Tennessee Marriages, vol. 1, Grooms, by Byron and Barbara Sistler, Nashville, TN, 1988.

[6] Listed by R‑11 as John B. Graves, b.c. 1854.

[7] Information from notes by Mrs. E. B. Henley, Brownwood, TX.

[8] P. D. Jetton's first wife was Jane E. McGregor, daughter of Flowers McGregor.

[9] Lettie Ellen was born in 1891, so was not born when this article was written.

[10] This statement is apparently false.  First, Graves End is not part of London, but is down the Thames River.  When Kenneth V. Graves traveled to Graves End, England in 1995, he inquired about the origin of the name Graves End.  He was told that there was no evidence that it was named for a Graves family.  Rather, it is believed that it is a corruption of Gresham, the name of the area in which it is located.