Rev. 16 June 2016, Gen. 554







Francis Marion Graves (1) was born 6 March 1845 in AL, and died 30 Sept. 1909 in Hamilton Co., TX.  According to the 1900 census, his parents were both born in KY.  He married Emily (“Emma”) Eliza Gentry, daughter of Frederick Browder Gentry and Rebecca Patton Barnett, about 1867.  She was born 8 Jan. 1849 in Gonzales Co., TX, and died 5 Sept. 1922 in Hamilton Co., TX.  They were in the 1900 census for Hamilton Co., TX, when he was a stockman, and all 6 of their children were living.  She was in the 1910 census for Hamilton Co., TX, widowed, with her daughter Vivian, and 5 of her 6 children still living.  She was in the 1920 census for Hamilton, Hamilton Co., TX, with daughter Vivian and her husband Edgar.  They have not yet been found in any censuses before 1900.  All their children were born in Hamilton Co., TX.  (R‑1, R‑4)

Children – Graves

    2.  Frederick Browder Graves, b. 18 Aug. 1867, d. 11 Aug. 1907.

+3.   William Stanton Graves, b. Aug. 1870, m. Henrietta Perry, c. 1895, d. 24 Aug. 1911.

+4.   Mary Elizabeth Graves, b. 16 Jan. 1872, m. Jacob Edgar Secrest, 21 Dec. 1892, d. 29 Jan. 1957.

    5.  James Graves, b.c. 1874.

    6.  Frances R. Graves, b. Oct. 1876

    7.  Vivian Graves, b. 25 April 1880, m. James Edgar Moore, 18 June 1919, d. 19 June 1973.  He was b. 23 Aug. 1875 in TX, and d. 12 Nov. 1959 in TX.






William Stanton (or Stanford) Graves (3) was born in Aug. 1870 in TX, and died 23 Aug. 1911 in Hamilton, Hamilton Co., TX.  He married Henrietta (“Etta”) Perry, daughter of George Frederick Perry and Sarah E. Pogue, about 1895.  She was born 6 Sept. 1873 in Corsicana, Barry Co., MO, and died 30 April 1941 in Hamilton, Hamilton Co., TX.  They were in the 1900 census for Hamilton Co., TX, living next to her parents.  They were in the 1910 census for Reeves Co., TX, with all 4 of the children living but not in their household.  In 1910 their children were living with their grandparents, George and Sarah Perry.  The 1900 census gave his father’s birthplace as AL, and the 1910 census gave TN.  Etta was in the 1920 census for Hamilton, Hamilton Co., TX, widowed, with her 3 youngest children and her mother.  She was in the 1930 census for Hamilton, TX, with children Fred and Edna, both still single.  All their children were born in TX.  (R‑2)

Children – Graves

+8.   Rowena Graves, b. 26 Aug. 1895, m. George Gordon Yates, 24 Jan. 1915, d. 1 Feb. 1990..

    9.  Frederic (“Fred”) P. Graves, b. Sept. 1897, m. Verna ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was b.c. 1913 in TX.  They were in the 1940 census for Hamilton, TX, when he was a pharmacist in a drug store.

    10.   Edith Graves, b.c. 1903.

    11.   Edna Graves, b. 18 Sept. 1905 (Hamilton, Hamilton Co., TX), d. 12 June 1962 (Hamilton, Hamilton Co., TX).


Mary Elizabeth (“Mollie”) Graves (4) was born 16 Jan. 1872 in Hamilton Co., TX, and died after 1934.  She married Jacob Edgar Secrest on 21 Dec. 1892 in Hamilton Co., TX.  He was born in Oct. 1862 in TX.  They were in the 1900 and 1910 censuses for Hamilton, Hamilton Co., TX.  All their children were born in Hamilton Co., TX.

The following information is from

“Mrs. J. E. Secrest, saleswoman in the G. M. Carlton Bros. & Co. has the distinction of being a granddaughter and daughter of pioneers and of having married a pioneer's son, J. E. Secrest. Her grandfather, Captain F. B. Gentry, was a San Jacinto veteran and was rewarded for his valiant service in the Army of the Texas Republic with a grant of land and part of the grant is still in possession of the heirs. She is the daughter of Marion and Emily (Gentry) Graves and was born in a log cabin on what is now Rice Street. Her father built the old mill on Pecan Creek that is now used as the Magnolia Petroleum warehouse. [Later the old mill building was used by R. B. Miller for a Gulf Petroleum warehouse. Now --2002-- it is the Pecan Creek Park Headquarters.--Elreeta Weathers] He also built the stone business house on the southwest corner of the square which now houses the Hamilton Market Place. The first Christmas tree held in town was held there. He also built his residence of stone which is still in the possession of the family. These places were built over fifty years ago and are still substantial buildings. The flour mill was the first one built in this county and was often visited as a show place by the school children of the town. Like all early pioneers, Mr. Graves witnessed many stirring occurrences in the making of Hamilton and the county.

J. E. Secrest was prominent in the affairs of the county, serving as county clerk three terms and as manager of a mercantile firm until just before his death in 1914, having resigned to go to Mexico for his health.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Secrest, better known as "Miss Mollie," entered the G. M. Carlton Bros. firm and has sold goods for them ever since. She probably knows every shopper in Hamilton county and has a wide clientele and many friends in and out of the county. She is also connected by birth and by marriage to many prominent families in the county.”


Children – Secrest

    12.   Emily Ruth Secrest, b. 10 Oct. 1893, never married, d. 11 March 1976.

    13.   Kathryn Secrest, b. Sept. 1898, died before 1910 census.

    14.   Helen Gould Secrest, b. 17 July 1902, never married, d. 14 June 1989.






Rowena Graves (8) was born 26 Aug. 1895 in Hamilton, Hamilton Co., TX, and died 1 Feb. 1990 in Temple, Bell Co., TX.  She married George Gordon Yates, son of William Winston Yates and Nary (“Mollie”) M. Louthan, on 24 Jan. 1915 in Hamilton Co., TX.  He was born 4 May 1890 in Bethpage, Sumner Co., TX, and died 16 Nov. 1943 in Weatherford, Parker Co., TX.  (R‑3)

Children – Yates

    15.   William George Yates, b. 6 May 1918 (Hamilton, Hamilton Co., TX), d. 5 Dec. 1985 (Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., TX).

+16.   Henry Perry Yates, b. 26 Jan. 1927, m. Bennye Evelyn Snellings, 24 Feb. 1951, d. 28 March 2011.

    17.   daughter


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