Rev. 14 Aug. 2011, Gen. 313








Smith Graves (1) was born about 1804 or about 1817 in VA.  He married Charlotte ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1810 or about 1815 in VA.  They were in the 1870 census for Rives, Prince George Co., VA, with Smith, 66, Charlotte, 60, Sarah, 14, and Jane, 6.  They were in the 1880 census for Rives, Prince George Co., VA, with Smith, 63, Charlotte, 65, and no children.  He was a farmer.  They were listed as black and were former slaves.  Their names were given on the marriage license of their son Allen.

Living next to them in 1870 was Solomon Graves.  Although it is not proven that he was a son of Smith Graves, it seems extremely likely.  Solomon was living in the household of David Gill, and it may be that David Gill had married a daughter of Smith, although no wife is listed for David in the 1870 census.  Smith and Charlotte Graves probably had additional children.  Another possible son was Ned Graves, born about 1838-1840, living in Prince George Co., VA in 1870.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+2.   Allen Graves, b.c. 1836, m(1) George Anna ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(2) Lucy Velvin, 25 Dec. 1873, m(3) Christina Simms, 6 June 1902, d. 9 Dec. 1916.

+3.   Solomon Graves, b.c. 1845, m. Betty ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

    4.  Sarah Graves, b.c. 1856.

    5.  Jane Graves, b.c. 1864.






Allen Graves (2) was probably born about 1836 or 1837 in Sussex Co., VA, died 9 Dec. 1916 in Newville, Sussex Co., VA, and was buried 10 Dec. 1916 in Newville Cem.  (His marriage licenses provide the estimate of 1836 or 1837.  His death certificate gives his age as 84, for an estimated birth of 1832, but that is less apt to be correct, since someone else provided the information.)  The census records also indicate that he was born about 1836 or 1837.

He first married George Anna ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She died before 1880 (probably in 1872 or 1873).  He next married Lucy Velvin on 25 Dec. 1873 at Benjamin BirdsongŐs, Sussex Co., VA.  She had previously been married to Mr. Shores, and the 1880 census listed 4 step-children living with them.  Allen and Lucy must not have had any children, since no children of theirs were listed in the 1880 census when she was 50.  She died.  He then married Christina Simms, daughter of Robert Simms and Alice ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 6 June 1902[1] in Sussex Co., VA.  She was born about 1879.  They were in the 1870, 1880 and 1910 censuses for Newville, Sussex Co., VA, and were living next to Benjamin Birdsong in 1870.  A grandson, Solomon Graves, b.c. 1879, was in the household in 1880.  Allen was a farmer.

In the 1920 census for Newville, Sussex Co., VA, Henry was listed as head of household, with his mother and sisters and brothers living with him.  The complete list of children by AllenŐs marriage to Christina are uncertain, since the 1910 and 1920 censuses donŐt seem to agree.  The 1910 census listed Henry L., 11, Willie H., 10, Allen Jr., 7, Major, 5, Bertha, 3, and John J., 1.  The 1920 census listed Henry, 21, Harrison, 19, Lewcewall (? probably Allen), 17, Carry, 15, Dink (brother), 13, Harlie (sister), 11, John, 9, Alice, 7.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves, by George Anna ------

    6.  John Robert Graves, b.c. 1863.

    7.  Henrietta Graves, b.c. 1865.

    8.  Sarah Graves, b.c. 1867.

    9.  Smith Graves, b.c. 1869.

Children - Graves, by Christina Simms

    10.   Henry L. Graves, b.c. 1899.

    11.   Willie Harrison Graves, b.c. 1900.

    12.   Allen Graves, Jr., b.c. 1903.

+13.   Dincie (or Dink or Major?) Graves, b. 23 Aug. 1904, m. Maebell Price, 14 Feb. 1929, d. Oct. 1954.

    14.   Bertha Graves, b.c. 1907.

    15.   John J. Graves, b.c. 1909.

    16.   Alice A. Graves, b.c. 1913.

    17.   unnamed son, stillborn 11 Oct. 1916 (Newville, Sussex Co., VA).


Solomon Graves (3) was born about 1845 (or July 1847, according to the 1900 census) in VA.  He married Betty (or Bettie) ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born in Nov. 1852 in VA.  They were in the 1870 census for Rives, Prince George Co., VA, living next to his parents.  They were in the 1880 census for Petersburg, Dinwiddie Co., VA.  They were in the 1900, 1910, and 1920 censuses for Petersburg, Petersburg City, VA.  He was a railroad brakeman in 1910, when 5 of their 21 children were still living.  Grandchildren Laura Butler, 8, and Charlie Butler, 7, were living with them in 1910.  In 1920, daughter Alice and her 3 children were living with them, plus grandchildren Sarah Robertson, Charles Butler,  and Louis Norman.

Children - Graves

    18.   William Harrison Graves, b. 1870.

    19.   Susan Graves, b.c. 1872.

    20.   Solomon Graves, b.c. 1875.

+21.   James (or Julius) Everett Graves, b. March 1880, m. Belle ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1901.

    22.   Mary Graves, b. Oct. 1881.

    23.   Erin (or Ever) Graves, b. March 1883.

+24.   Fannie Graves, b. Feb. 1885, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Norman, c. 1902.

    25.   Priscilla (or Picasla) Graves, b. Oct. 1887.

+26.   Alice F. Graves, b. March 1890, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Harris.






Dincie Graves (13) was born 23 Aug. 1904 in Newville, Sussex Co., VA, and died in Oct. 1954 in VA.  He was probably the one in the 1920 census named Dink, and may have been the one in the 1910 census named Major.  He married Maebell Price, daughter of Tom Price and Margaret Graves, on 14 Feb. 1929 at Littleton, Sussex Co., VA.  She was born about 1909 in Littleton, VA.  He was a farmer.  They were in the 1930 census for Newville, Sussex Co., VA, living with his mother, his sister Alice, and their son Dincie Jr.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

    27.   Dincie Graves, Jr.

    28.   Alberta Graves



James (or Julius) Everett Graves (21) was born in March 1880 in VA.  He married Belle ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1901.  She was born about 1883 in VA.  They were in the 1910 census for Petersburg, VA, when 4 of their 7 children were still living.  In 1910, his widowed mother-in-law, Susan Bride, 57, and his brother-in-law, William Winfield, 20, were living with them.  They were in the 1930 census for Petersburg, VA.  He was a sawyer in a box factory.  All their children were born in VA.

Children – Graves

    29.   Marie Graves, b.c. 1901.

    30.   Joseph Graves, b.c. 1902.

    31.   James Everett Graves, Jr., b.c. 1904.

    32.   Marguerite Graves, b.c. 1909.

    33.   Girtha Graves, b.c. 1912.

    34.   Susie Graves, b.c. 1914.


Fannie Graves (24) was born in Feb. 1885 in VA.  She married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Norman about 1902.  She was living with her parents in 1910 in Petersburg, VA, with only 1 of her 5 children still living.

Children – Norman

    35.   Louis Norman, b.c. 1904 (VA).


Alice F. Graves (26) was born in March 1890 in VA.  She married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Harris.  She and her children were in the 1920 census for Petersburg, VA, living with her parents.

Children – Harris

    36.   Ercelle Harris, b.c. 1914.

    37.   Ruth Harris, b.c. 1916.

    38.   Lorena Harris, b.c. 1918.


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[1] Their marriage date of 1902 must be wrong, or perhaps they had children before their marriage.  The 1910 census shows they had been married 4 years (1906) but that they had 6 children, the oldest born about 1899, so they may have actually been married about 1898.