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John Graves (1) was born about 1827-1828 (or April 1829[1]) in England.  His middle name may have been Albert.  He supposedly had a sister Maude, who played the guitar and never married.  John first married Elizabeth (or Martha?) Sharpe.  (There is some question about her surname.)  She was born about 1828 in England, and died in 1862.  He married second Ellen ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1865[2].  She was born in April 1843 in Canada, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1852[3].

John and Elizabeth migrated from England to the U.S. in 1850[4].  They may have come from the London area.  They supposedly lost a child on the voyage to America, so they must have been married in England.

It is possible that John was the one in the 1841 census for St. Giles in the Fields, Middlesex, England, with parents Samuel Graves, carpenter, 45 (b.c. 1796), and Hannah , 35.  They were the only family in the London area that seemed to fit.  They have not been found in later censuses in either England or the U.S.  Also, although the name of John’s wife was given as Elizabeth Sharpe by R‑1, no such marriage could be found on the FreeBMD website.  Possible marriages between a John Graves and an Elizabeth in that time period were John Graves marrying Elizabeth Pointer in Greenwich in the June 1849 quarter, marrying Elizabeth Charlotte Sadler in the June 1849 quarter, and marrying Elizabeth Wade in the Dec. 1845 quarter.  Assuming Sarah is really their daughter, and they were really from the London area, the marriage to Elizabeth Wade seems most likely.

A family story is that Elizabeth's brother was a persistent promoter of cock fights (which was illegal) and was sent to Australia for 20 years.  He came back rich and arranged to have a means of transportation as close to that of the king as he could get away with -- a carriage with 5 white horses and one white mule.

John was in the 1860 census for Smelser, Grant Co., WI, with his first wife.  He was in the 1870 census for Monroe, Green Co., WI., with his second wife.  They were in the 1880 census for Independence, Osborne Co., KS.  They were in the 1900 census for Justice Precinct 3, Archer Co., TX, with 6 of her 10 children still living.  He was a farmer.  The first child was born in England, and all the others in the U.S.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves, by Elizabeth Sharpe

    2.  Sarah Graves.b.c. 1848.

+3.   John Thomas Graves, b. 16 Feb. 1852, m. Martha Emeline King, 13 Dec. 1874, d. 23 March 1925.

    4.  Charles H. Graves, b.c. 1854 (WI).

    5.  James Graves, perhaps b.c. 1856 (WI).  Not in census records.

    6.  Jasper N. Graves, b.c. 1859 (WI).  He went west and was never heard from again.

+7.   Mary Graves, perhaps b.c. 1861 (WI), never married.  Not in census records.  Perhaps confused with the Mary by the second marriage.

Children - Graves, by Ellen ------

    8.  Abigail Graves, b.c. 1863 (WI).

    9.  Joseph William (“Will”) Graves, b.c. 1867 (WI).

+10.   Wesley J. Graves, b. Nov. 1871, m. Esther ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

    11.   Mary Graves, b.c. 1875 (MO).

    12.   George H. Graves, b. Feb. 1877 (MO).

    13.   Etta Graves, b. June 1880 (KS).

    14.   Thomas (“Tom”) Graves, b. Oct. 1883 (KS).






John Thomas Graves (3) was born 16 Feb. 1852 in Janesville, Rock Co., WI, and died 23 March 1925 in Bentonsport, Van Buren Co., IA. He married Martha Emeline King, daughter of Albert Hill King and Rachel Melissa Hosteter, on 13 Dec. 1874, probably in Janesville, WI.  She was born 17 Aug. 1860 (?) in Green Co., IN, and died 3 Feb. 1947 in Auburn, WA (in King and Pierce counties, but mainly in King Co.).

John moved at age 16 to northwest MO, 3 miles north of Clearmont, Nodaway Co., MO, near Braddyville.  He bought property in Van Buren Co., IA, 19 March 1914.  He lived there 8 years, then traded for a house and lots in Collegeview, NE.

According to his obituary, "When about 37 years of age, Mr. Graves was converted to God, and about two years later through the study of his Bible, he espoused the views of Seventh Day Adventists and united with that church, being a faithful member until his decease."  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+15.   Thomas Albert Graves, b. 11 March 1877, m. Susie Birchard, d. Oct. 1940.

+16.   Ada Graves, b. 14 Nov. 1878, m. Truesdale A. Rogers.

+17.   Edward Willis Graves, b. 24 Feb. 1882, m. Lilly Moyer Blyth.

+18.   Lee John Graves, b. 17 March 1887, m. Bessie McClay, 1921, d. 4 April 1983.

    19.   Jennie Graves, b. 26 Oct. 1889, d. age 6.

+20.   Nellie Blanch Graves, b. 16 Feb. 1892, m(1) Samuel Mathiesen, c. 1901, m(2) Walter Gundrum, 24 Nov. 1973 (?).

+21.   Floy Agnes Graves, b. 15 Aug. 1897, m. Carl Milton Aldrich, Jr., d. 29 Oct. 1971.


Mary Graves (7) was born about 1875 in MO.  She may never have married.  She worked for a rich man, Frank Jess Shirbon, Sr., with an invalid wife in Clermont, MO.  (R‑1)

Children - Shirbon

    22.   Frank Jess Shirbon, Jr., m. Haley Hostetter.  He was killed by a horse kick.  She died from TB.  The notes on this part of the family are very confusing.  They seem to say that he had 2 children by his 1st marriage: Wash (boy), and Verna, m. Mr. Lamb.  Verna m(2) a blind man who taught Martha Emiline Graves music.  By his 2nd marriage to Mary Sharpe he had: Jesse, Luda (girl), Alvie (boy), Dennis (died at 18).


Wesley (“Wes”) J. Graves (10) was born in Nov. 1871 in WI.  He married Esther ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born in July 1877 in WI.  They were in the 1900 census for Dan, Wise Co., TX, living next to his cousin Albert T. Graves (#15).  They were in the 1910 census for Grant, Dickinson Co., KS.  They were in the 1930 census for Abilene, Dickinson Co., KS.

Children - Graves

    23.   Lee Graves, b. Jan. 1898 (TX).






Thomas Albert Graves (15), called Albert in the 1900 census, was born 11 March 1877 in MO, and died in Oct. 1940 in Lawrenceburg, TN.  He married Susan (“Susie”) Burchard.  She was born in May 1878 in WI.  They were in the 1900 census for Dan, Wise Co., TX, living next to his cousin Wesley J. Graves (#10).  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+24.   Roy Burchard Graves, b. June 1899, m. Kathleen Prior.

+25.   Cecil Frank Graves, b. 27 Dec. 1901, m. Lucille Whiteneck, 12 July 1921.

+26.   Mabel Graves, b. 27 May 1906, m. Daniel Leroy Jensen.


Ada Graves (16) was born 14 Nov. 1878.  She married Truesdale A. Rogers.  (R‑1)

Children - Rogers

+27.   Murl A. Rogers, b. 14 Sept. 1901, m. Aleta M. -----, 19 Aug. 1921, d. 20 March 1989.


Edward Willis Graves (17) was born 24 Feb. 1882.  He married Lilly Moyer Blyth.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+28.   Harold Lealand Graves, b. 19 Oct. 1907, m. Ida Rosale Gunderson, 12 March 1936.


Lee John Graves (18) was born 17 March 1887, and died 4 April 1983 in Kent, King Co., WA.  He married Bessie McClay in 1921.  She was born 26 Sept. 1902 in Scotland, died 11 Feb. 1983 in Kent, WA, and was buried in Kent.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

    29.   Gerald Graves, b. 11 June 1923 (Los Angeles, CA), never married.  Served in Army, 1943-46.  1989 address: 16204 S.E. 272, Kent, WA 98042.

+30.   Harvey Graves, b. 1 June 1927, m. Illeen ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+31.   Illa Lee Graves, b. 4 June 1933, m. Less Viesley.

    32.   Reatha Graves, b. 26 June 1937 (Kent, WA), never married.

+33.   John Graves, b. 26 Aug. 1940, married.

+34.   Kenneth Graves, b. Feb. 1943, m. Angela (?) ‑‑‑‑‑‑.


Nellie Blanch Graves (20) was born 16 Feb. 1892 in Clearmont, MO.  She first married Samuel ("Sam") Mathiesen about 1901.  She was married to Sam for 60 years.  She was 19 and he was 29 when they were married, so he was born about 1882.  He died when he was 90 (about 1972).  She secondly married Walter Gundrum on 24 Nov. 1973.  (R‑1)

Children - Mathiesen

+35.   Kenneth Marlin Mathiesen, b. 14 May 1912, m. Lucile Helen Putnam, 7 Jan. 1937.


Floy Agnes Graves (21) was born 15 Aug. 1897 (or 1898) in Clearmont, MO, died of a heart attack 29 Oct. 1971, and was buried in National Cem., Point Loma (San Diego), CA, near her husband.  At about 6 years of age she moved with her family to Collegeview, NE.  She married Carl Milton Aldrich, Jr., son of Carl Milton Aldrich (1860-1936) and Corrine May Tackett, when she was about 16 or 17.  He was born 30 April 1889 in Shelbyville, IL, died in 1962, and was buried in the National Cem., Point Loma, San diego, CA.  He was a widower with two daughters.  They lived in Nebraska City, where Floy helped raise Mary Jane, the younger of the two daughters.  The other daughter, Betty, was raised by her grandparents.

During the years of her marriage, until 1940, the family lived in Lincoln, NE, Minneapolis, MN, Beatrice, Lincoln, Nebraska City, and Columbus, NE.  In 1940 the family moved to San Diego, where, during the war years, Floy worked as a secretary at Camp Callan.  She later worked at tailoring until her retirement.

In about 1961 she rejoined the Seventh Day Adventist church, which she had left several years after the family moved to San Diego.  She was active in the Dorcus until her arthritis made this difficult.  For the last year or two it became increasingly difficult for her to get out.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Aldrich

+36.   William Thomas Aldrich, b. 22 July 1922, m. Betty Blossom McWhinny, 15 June 1944.

    37.   Pat Aldrich, b.c. 1927.


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[1] According to the 1900 census for Archer Co., TX.

[2] Marriage date from the 1900 census for Archer Co., TX.

[3] According to the 1900 census for Archer Co., TX.

[4] According to the 1900 census for Archer Co., TX.