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James Graves (1) was born 5 April 1797 in VA, died by 1870[1] in VA, and was buried in VA.  He married Susan Moran on 7 Aug. 1820.  She was born 20 Aug. 1797 in VA, probably Albemarle Co., and died and was buried in Nelson Co., VA. All their children were born in Fluvanna Co., VA.

According to R‑2, it is believed that this family was descended from Capt. Thomas Graves of VA, perhaps through the Solomon Graves branch.  Some of the Graves names that seem to be associated are Solomon, Spivey, Samuel, Caroline, and Seaton, all from the area of Crozet, Albemarle Co., VA.

R‑1 states that the Graveses in his family came primarily from Nelson Co. (created in 1807 from Amherst Co.), Albemarle Co. (created in 1744 from Goochland and Louisa counties), and Fluvanna Co. (created in 1777 from Albemarle Co.) in VA.  The names Seaton and Rice seem to be closely associated with his family.

In the 1870 census there were 2 men named Seaton Graves in Virginia: Seaton T. Graves in Lovingston, Nelson Co., VA, and Seaton H. Graves in Samuel Miller, Albemarle Co., VA.  In the 1880 census there were still 2 men named Seaton Graves in Virginia: Seaton T. Graves in Goodson, Washington Co., VA, and Seaton H. Graves in Samuel Miller, Albemarle Co., VA.  In the 1920 census, these 2 men lived in Waynesville, Haywood Co., NC, and White Hall, Albemarle Co., VA, respectively.  Also in the 1880 census for Samuel Miller, VA, were Hugh R. Graves (genealogy 234), William Graves, and Alfred Graves, possibly related to James Graves.  There was also a Seaton Eldridge Graves, born 1825, who was a son of Thomas Graves and Judith Turner, and descended from Capt. Thomas Graves of VA (genealogy 169).  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Graves

  2.  Mary Ann Graves, b. 2 May 1821, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, 4 March 1840.

  3.  Eliza Graves, b. 19 Nov. 1822, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, 2 March 1839, d. 16 March 1842.

+4.  Thomas F. Graves, b. 24 March 1824, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, Feb. 1847.

+5.  Martha F. Graves, b. 9 Nov. 1826, m. Lewis R. Thomas, 1 Sept. 1853, d. 18 Dec. 1895.

  6.  John Graves, b. 20 Nov. 1827.

+7.  Joseph Graves, b. 20 Dec. 1828, m. Mary Jane Wheeler, 10 Nov. 1853, d. 5 April 1862.

  8.  William Graves, b. 25 April 1832, d. 1 Sept. 1832.

+9.  Austin Graves, b. 9 Jan. 1834, m. Virginia C. Purvis, 2 Nov. 1857, prob. d. before 1870.

  10.  Preston Graves, b. 12 Aug. 1836, d. 25 Sept. 1837 (Fluvanna Co., VA).






Thomas G. Graves (4) was born 24 March 1824 in VA.  He married Elizabeth ‑‑‑‑‑‑ in Feb. 1847.  She was born about 1835 in VA.  They were in the 1880 census for Goodson, Washington Co., VA, with daughter Ganette Graves, 15, nephew Seaton T. Graves, 21, and servant Andrew Lewis, 20, mulatto.

Children - Graves

  11.  Ganette Graves, b.c. 1865 (VA).


Martha F. Graves (5) was born 9 Nov. 1826 in Fluvanna Co., VA, and died 18 Dec. 1895 in Nelson Co., VA of pneumonia.  She married Lewis R. Thomas on 1 Sept. 1853. He was born 15 Feb. 1827, and died 2 Feb. 1896 of pneumonia.  (R‑2)

Children - Thomas

  12.  Mary Susan Thomas, b. 28 June 1854.

  13.  James B. Thomas, b. 13 Oct. 1856, d. 9 July 1904 (of consumption)

+14.  Joseph Mills Thomas, b. 20 March 1859, m. Julia Katherine Richards, 2 Jan. 1882, d. 4 Feb. 1912.

  15.  Lewis Austin Thomas, b. 20 Aug. 1861.


Joseph Graves (7) was born 20 Dec. 1828 in Fluvanna Co., VA, died 5 April 1862 at Yorktown, York Co., VA, while serving for the Confederacy in the Civil War, and was buried at Wheeler's Cove, Nelson Co., VA.  He married Mary Jane Wheeler on 10 Nov. 1853.  She was born in 1835 in VA.  All their children were born in VA.

Mary Jane married second Frederick G. Powell before 1870 (probably about 1865).  He was born about 1808 in VA.

According to the obituary of their son, Seaton, they also had two other sons, Fred Graves and N. P. Graves, both of whom lived in Lovington (actually Lovingston), Nelson Co., VA.  However, these may have been half-brothers, not named Graves, children of his mother’s second marriage.

The 1870 census for Lovingston, Nelson Co., VA, page 336, dwelling 389, household 405, listed Frederick G. Powell (written as Powel), 62, Mary Jane Powell, 35, Benjamin Powell, 15, Lucas Powell, 13, Rebecca Powell, 10, Mary Jane Powell, 3, Frederick G. Powell, 6/12, Josephine Graves, 15, Seaton T. Graves, 13, Martha F. Graves, 12, Ida Graves, 9, all born in VA.  The 2 youngest Powell children were almost certainly by Mary Jane.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  16.  Louisa Josephine Graves, b. 28 Dec. 1854, m. Richard Sutler, d. 22 Sept. 1911.

+17.  Seaton Thomas Graves, b. 7 Oct. 1857, m. Frances R. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d.c. 1926.

+18.  Martha Frances Graves, b. 18 June 1858, m. James Dallas Pugh, 10 May 1874.

  19.  Ida V. Graves, b. 1861, m. Charles W. Rice, 11 Jan. 1877 (Albemarle Co., VA).


Austin Graves (9) was born 9 Jan. 1834 in Albemarle Co., VA, and probably died before 1870.  He married Virginia C. Purvis on 2 Nov. 1857 in Washington, DC.  She was born about 1841 in Nelson Co., VA.  He could not be found in the 1870 or 1880 censuses.  They were in the 1860 census for Nelson Co., VA, page 751, with him listed as an overseer.  Both children were born in Nelson Co., VA.

Children - Graves

  20.  Mary S. Graves, b.c. 1858.

  21.  James E. Graves, b.c. 1860.






Capt. Joseph Mills Thomas (14) was born 20 March 1859 in Charlottesville, Albemarle Co., VA, and died 4 Feb. 1912 in Abingdon, Washington Co., VA.  He married Julia Katherine Richards on 2 Jan. 1882.  She was born in Washington Co., VA and died in Petersburg, Dinwiddie Co., VA.  She had brothers Andrew Richards, born 20 Jan. 1868, and William M. Richards, born 8 Nov. 1871, died 27 Sept. 1968, married Lula Clifton Clark, 3 Sept. 1913 in Washington Co., VA.  (R‑2)

Children - Thomas

+22.  Joseph W. Thomas, b. 28 Oct. 1891, m. Susie Davis Young, 7 Aug. 1920, d. 4 March 1953.

+23.  Nellie Louise Mary Thomas, b. 4 Aug. 1894, m(1) Robert E. Clarke, 8 Aug. 1916, m(2) William A. Ronan, 1 March 1937, m(3) William J. Krummel, 29 Dec. 1941, d. 7 Dec. 1978.

+24.  Myrtle M. Thomas, b. 27 Oct. 1897, m. Charles H. Vaughan, 24 Oct. 1918, d. 25 May 19‑‑.

  25.  Fred Stanley Thomas, b. 19 Feb. 1902, d. 7 Nov. 1978.



Seaton Thomas Graves (17) was born 7 Oct. 1857 in Fluvanna Co., VA, died about 1926 near Waynesville, Haywood Co., NC, and was buried in Waynesville, NC.  He married Frances (“Fanny” or “Fannie”) R. ‑‑‑‑‑‑. (possibly Owen)

An article in The Citizen newspaper, datelined Waynesville, Jan. 18, follows.

"Col. S. T. Graves Dies At Home Near Waynesville

Funeral Service To Be Held Today At 3 O'Clock

Col. S. T. Graves, one of Haywood County's best known citizens, died this morning at 10:15 o'clock at his residence about three miles from here.  Colonel Graves sustained a fall while walking in the house about three weeks ago and fractured his hip.  He had been in bad health for several months and the injury contributed to hastening his death.

He was born in Fluvanna Co., Va., on Oct. 7, 1857, and during his early life was engaged in the tobacco warehouse business in Bristol, Va.  He moved to Waynesville about 25 years ago and bought the Goodyear apple orchard, since known as the Graves Orchard, where his present residence is situated.

After coming to this State, Colonel Graves spent most of his time in buying up large tracts of timber land in the mountainous sections of this State, Georgia, and South Carolina.  His judgment of lands and timber was unusually sound.

Colonel Graves was a gentleman of the old school, gallant, courteous, and considerate.  Indeed, the dominant note of his character was an unfailing consideration for others.  His manner was the same to prince or pauper, always courteous, always considerate, and always kind.  He did a vast deal of good as he passed through life, and the people of this community will miss him.

Colonel Graves is survived by his wife, Mrs. Fannie R. Graves, one son, J. O. Graves, of Waynesville, and one daughter, Mrs. C. G. Kinsey, of Orlando, Fla., and two grandsons, Frank Kinsey, Jr., of Philadelphia, and J. O. Graves, of Waynesville; one sister, Mrs. Mattie Pugh, and two brothers, Fred Graves, and N. P. Graves, all of Lovington, Va.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Presbyterian Church and the Rev. S. R. Crockett, former pastor of the church but now of Franklin, will come here to conduct the services.  At the conclusion of the services, interment will be in Green Hill Cemetery."

The 1920 census for Waynesville, Haywood Co., NC, ED 81, page 1A, listed Seaton T. Graves, head, 61, b. VA, Joseph O. Graves, son, 34, b. VA, Ruth N. Graves, sister-in-law, 27, b. NC, Joseph O. Graves, Jr., grandson, 3, b. NC, Francis R. Graves, wife, 60, b. VA, James W. Owen, brother-in-law, 50, b. VA, Dana (?) R. Owen, sister-in-law, 38, b. VA.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+26.  Joseph O. Graves, b.c. 1882, m. Ruth N. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+27.  Carrie G. Graves, b.c. 1886, m. Frank W. Kinsey.


Martha Frances ("Mattie") Graves (18) was born 18 June 1858 in VA.  She married James Dallas Pugh on 10 May 1874.  He died 21 March 1919.  They may have had more than the one child listed below.  (R‑1)

Children - Pugh

+28.  Mamie Maude Pugh, b. 24 June 1890, m. Benjamin Franklin Allen, d. Feb. 1960.






Joseph W. Thomas (22) was born 28 Oct. 1891 and died 4 March 1953.  He married Susie Davis Young on 7 Aug. 1920. (R‑2)

Children - Thomas

  29.  Dr.) William K. Thomas; minister in Richmond, VA.

  30.  Dr.) Joseph Y. Thomas; pharmacist in Franklin, VA.


Nellie Louise Mary Thomas (23) was born 4 Aug. 1894 in Abingdon, Washington Co., VA, and died 7 Dec. 1978 in Petersburg, Dinwiddie Co., VA.  She first married Robert E. Clarke on 8 Aug. 1916.  He was born in Johnson City, TN, and died in 1918 in Norfolk, VA, during a flu epidemic.  He was a salesman and had one sister.  All his family records were lost.

Nellie secondly married William A. Ronan on 1 March 1937.  She thirdly married William J. Krummel on 29 Dec. 1941.  (R‑2)

Children - Clarke

  31.  Katherine Leigh Clarke, b. 29 June 1917 (Bristol, VA), m. Kenneth Booker Graves, Jr., 14 Feb. 1970, d. 4 Sept. 1987 (Hopewell or Petersburg, VA, of diabetes, stroke and heart failure).  She was bur. 7 Sept. 1987 at Blandford Cem., Petersburg, VA.  He is a son of Kenneth Booker Graves and Ernestine A. Gibson, descended from Arthur Graves and Frances Eanes of Amelia Co., VA.  No children (?).


Myrtle M. Thomas (24) was born 27 Oct. 1897 in Abingdon, VA, and died 25 May 19‑‑ in Fort Worth, TX.  She married Charles H. Vaughan of Williamson, WV on 24 Oct. 1918 in Richmond, VA.  (R‑2)

Children - Vaughan

  32.  Thomas H. Vaughan (of Bedford, TX)

  33.  Samuel F. Vaughan (of Walkersville, MD)



Joseph O. Graves (26) was born about 1882 in VA.  He married Ruth N. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1893-1895 in NC..  They lived in Waynesville, Haywood Co., NC.  They were in the 1920 census for Waynesville, Haywood Co., NC, ED 81, page 1A, in the household of his parents.  They were in the 1930 census for Waynesville, Haywood Co., NC, ED 20, page 15A, as Joe Graves, head, 48, Ruth Graves, wife, 35, Joe Graves, son, 13, Fannie Graves, mother, 71.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  34.  Joseph O. Graves, Jr., b.c. 1917 (NC).


Carrie G. Graves (27) was born about 1886 in VA.  She married Frank W. Kinsey.  He was born about 1877 in VA.  They were in the 1920 census for Richmond, VA, ED 84, page 15B.  (R‑1)

Children - Kinsey

  35.  Frank W. Kinsey, Jr., b.c. 1905 (VA).



Mamie Maude Pugh (28) was born 24 June 1890 and died in Feb. 1960.  She married Benjamin Franklin Allen, son of Benjamin Winston Allen and Emma Frances Thompson.  He died in 1955.  They may have had more than the one child listed below.  (R‑1)

Children - Allen

+36.  Alvin Eugene Allen, b. 25 Aug. 19‑‑, m. Eva Leigh Parker, May 19‑‑, d. Sept. 19‑‑.


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[1] In the 1870 census for Samuel Miller, Albemarle Co., VA, Susanna was living with her daughter Martha F. Thomas.