Rev. 14 Dec. 2015, Gen. 544







James Leonard Graves (1)  was born in Jan. 1857 in AL[1], and died in 1910 in MS.  He married Martha Elizabeth Collier[2] in 1878 in AL.  She was born in Sept. 1857 in AL[3], and died in 1930 in MS.  They were in the 1880 census for Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL, with daughter Callie.  They were in the 1900 census for Beat 1, Lee Co., MS, when all 3 of her childen were still living.  According to the 1900 census, his father was born in SC and his mother in AL; the birthplace of his father was blank in the 1880 census.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in AL.

The 1870 census lists 3 people named James Graves born about 1856 in Alabama.  One was listed as born about 1856, living in Erath Co., TX, listed as James C. Graves, so unlikely to be the right one; he was James Carson Graves in genealogy 78.  Of the other 2, one was living in Troy, Pike Co., AL, and the other in Gold Branch, Tallapoosa Co., AL The James Graves in Tallapoosa Co. was James Jefferson Graves, son of Charles Mackey Graves and Martha Caroline Dedson, also of genealogy 78, and defintely not the right one.

The James Graves in Pike Co. was a son of James Graves, b.c. 1830 in AL, and Lucy, b.c. 1833 in AL.  The James born  about 1830 may be the one in genealogy 73, descended from Hardy Graves of SC.  That would agree with the father of James Leonard Graves being born in SC.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children – Graves

    2.  Callie Graves, b. Oct. 1879.  The date of Oct. 1882 listed in the 1900 census is wrong, since she was living in 1880.

    3.  Mattie M. Graves, b. March 1886.

+4.   James Milton Graves, b. Oct. 1887, m(1) Myrtle Gilmore, 1910, m(2) Pearl Patterson, c. 1922.






James Milton Graves (4) was born in Oct. 1887 in AL, and died in MS.  He married Myrtle Gilmore about 1910.  She was born in 1892 in MS, and died in 1922 in MS.  They were in the 1920 census for Guntown, Lee Co., MS.  He married second Pearl Patterson about 1922.  She was born about 1907 in TN.  They were in the 1930 census for Beat 5, Benton Co., MS, with his widowed mother living with them.  He was a farmer.  All his children were born in MS.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children – Graves, by Myrtle Gilmore

+5.      Howard Graves, b. 12 June 1910 (MS), m. Katty ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 19 Jan. 1995 (Van Buren, Crawford Co., AR).

+6.      Johnnie Hubert Graves, b.c. 1913, m. Lillie Eavon Nix.

    7.      Viola Graves, b.c. 1915.

    8.      Leora (or Leola) Graves, b.c. 1915.

    9.      Guy Graves, b.c. May 1918.

    10.   Vance Graves, b.c. 1922.

Children –Graves, by Patty Pearl Patterson

    11.   Julius Graves, b.c.1925.

+12.   Julia Pearl Graves, b. 1 Jan. 1929, m. J. Houston Downs, 21 July 1944, d. 25 Dec. 1969.

    13.   Genova Graves

    14.   Jerry L. Graves, b. 30 Oct. 1943, m. Mandy E. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, 20 Sept. 1960, d. 1 March 1997 (Collinwood, Wayne Co., TN).  Bur. McGlamery Cem., Collinwood.  Find A Grave Memorial 120061298.






Howard Graves (5) was born 12 June 1910 in MS, and died 19 Jan. 1995 in Van Buren, Crawford Co., AR.  He married Katty ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1911 in MS.  They were in the 1940 census for Union Co., MS.

Children – Graves

    15.   James Graves, b.c. 1936 (MS).

    16.   Anetta Graves, b.c. 1938 (MS).

    17.   Margie Graves, b.c. Dec. 1939 MS).


John (“Johnnie”) Hubert Graves (6) was born about 1913 in MS.  He married Lillie Eavon Nix.  They were in the 1940 census for Memphis, Shelby Co., TN, when he was proprietor of a gasoline filling station.  They were living in Tippah Co., MS in 1935.  (R‑2)

Children – Graves

    18.   Betty Sue Graves, b.c. 1936 (MS).

    19.   James Edwin Graves, b.c. 1938 (TN), m. Doris Marie Feathers.


Julia Pearl Graves (12) was born 1 Jan. 1929 in MS, and died 25 Dec. 1969.  She married J. Houston Downs on 21 July 1944 in AR.  He was born 2 Nov. 1908 in MS, and died 3 July 1970 in Union Co., MS.  (R‑1)

Children – Downs

    20.   Larry Houston Downs, b. 30 Nov. 1945, d. 2002 (Huntsville, Madison Co., AL).

    21.   Garry Downs, b. 9 Oct. 1949 (Rankin Co., MS), m. Leigh Ann Kitchens, d. 15 June 2015.  She was b. 8 Dec. 1956, and d. 2002 in New Albany, Union Co., MS.

    22.   Carolyn A. Downs, b. 22 July 1952 (New Albany, Union Co., MS), m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 22 May 2010 (New Albany, Union Co., MS).  1 daughter.

    23.   Connie Sue Downs, b. 20 July 1956, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Morphis, d. 1 July 2007 (Pontotoc, Pontotoc Co., MS).


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[1] According to the 1900 census.

[2] There seems to be possible confusion between this person and the Martha Ellen Collier who married Joseph Kirkland Graves in genealogy 379, and at least one tree submitted to Ancestry’s Public Member Trees seems to have mixed them together.  No proof  that the surname of this wife was Collier has been found.

[3] According to the 1900 census.