Rev. 17 Jan. 2006, Gen. 521







Michael Graves (1) may have been born about 1770 in Lincolnshire, England.  He married Jane ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  They lived in Lincolnshire, probably in or near Louth.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

+2.  Robert Graves, bapt. 22 Feb. 1796, m. Hester Prestley, 1825.






Robert Graves (2) was baptized 22 Feb. 1796 in Burwell with Walmsgate, Lincolnshire, England.  He married Hester (or Esther) Prestley in 1825 in Louth, Lincolnshire.  All their children were baptized in Louth, Lincolnshire.  They were in the 1850 census for Louth, Lincolnshire, with Robert as head of household, but Hester not listed, and children Michael, Jane Ann, Betsey, Henrietta, Alice, and Esther L.  Robert apparently had a commercial coal and lumber business, and son Michael helped him.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

+3.  Thomas Henry Graves, b. 28 March 1826, m. Mary Wright, 1 Sept. 1850, d.c. 1858.

+4.  Michael Graves, b.c. 1830, m. Elizabeth ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  5.  Jane Ann Graves, bapt. 19 Nov. 1831.

  6.  Robert Graves, bapt. 4 June 1834.

  7.  Betsey Graves, bapt. 20 Jan. 1839.

  8.  Ellen Graves, bapt. 12 May 1837.

  9.  Henrietta Graves, bapt. 11 July 1841.

  10.  Alice Graves, bapt. 5 July 1843.

  11.  Emily Graves, bapt. 10 June 1845.

  12.  Esther Lavinia Graves, bapt. 7 Nov. 1847.






Thomas Henry Graves (3) was born 28 March 1829 in Louth, Lincolnshire, England.  He married Mary Wright, daughter of John Wright and Frances ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 1 Sept. 1850 in Harnston, England.  She was born 13 Dec. 1830 in Asterby, Lincolnshire, England.  They emigrated to America in 1850, and lived near Burlington, IA, on an island.  Thomas is said to have drowned while crossing the Mississippi River neaer Burlington, IA.  Another story is that he was killed by Indians (trying to get food to eat) on the way to Burlington.  Mary is said to have been rescued by Samuel Stephenson.  After Thomas died, she married second Samuel Stephenson on 5 July 1858 in Jefferson Co., IA.  She had 9 children by Samuel, all born in IA.

Thomas and Mary were not in the 1850 census.  The 1860 census for Lockridge, Jefferson Co., IA, page 112, listed Samuel Stephenson, 32, farmer, b. England, Mary, 30, her 3 Graves children, Emma, 9, Thomas, 5, and John, 3, and son Richard Stephenson, 1.  The 1870 census for Lockridge, Jefferson Co., IA, page 134, listed the family as Stephens, listing Thomas and John with the Stephens name also.  The 1880 census for Lockridge, Jefferson Co., IA, listed the family as Stephenson, but Thomas and John could not be found anywhere, neither with the Graves surname nor any variation of the Stephenson name.

Emma was born in IL (according to the 1860 census), and the other two children were born in IA.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Graves

  13.  Emma Frances Graves, b. 12 Feb. 1851.

  14.  Thomas Henry Graves, b. 3 Oct. 1852, d. 1893.

  15.  John William Graves, b. 28 April 1857.


Michael Graves (4) was born about 1830 in Louth, Lincolnshire.  He married Elizabeth ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1828 in Fullerby, Lincolnshire.  The 1861 census for Louth Park, Lincolnshire listed Robert, 9, Michael, 5, and Frances W., 1, all born in Louth Park, but the parents were absent, so other adults were staying with the children.  The 1871 census for Louth Park, Lincolnshire listed all family members.  Michael was a merchant.  Exact birth and baptismal dates are from the IGI.

Children - Graves

  16.  Robert Graves, b. b. 31 Aug. 1853, bapt. 20 July 1855.

  17.  Michael Graves, b. 6 May 1855. bapt. 20 July 1855.

  18.  Edward Graves, b. 19 Feb. 1857, bapt. 20 March 1857.  He may have died early, since he was not in the 1861 or 1871 censuses.

  19.  Frances Willows Graves, b.c. 1860.


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