Rev. 16 March 2010, Gen. 558







‑‑‑‑‑‑ Graves (1) apparently died before 1830, since he was not listed with his wife in the 1830, 1840 and 1850 censuses.  He married Mary ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1795, and died after the census was taken in 1860, but before 1870.

The 1830 census for Chesterfield Co., SC (p. 347, Chesterfield Dist.) lists Mary Graves as head of household. 

The 1840 census for Chesterfield Co., SC (film 022508, p. 347, Chesterfield Dist.) lists Mary Graves, age 30-40, as head of household.  In the household are 2 sons and 2 daughters.  One son (Thomas) is 5-10 years of age, the other son (David W.) is 10-15, one daughter (Sarah Jane) is 5-10, the other daughter (unknown) is 15-20.

The 1850 census for Chesterfield Co., SC (film 0444814, dwelling/family 110/110, p. 106, Chesterfield Dist.) lists the following family: Mary Graves, age 55, David W. Graves, age 32, Sarah J. Graves, age 16, Thomas Graves, age 14.

It is likely that this Sarah J. Graves was Sarah Jane Graves who married William A. Purvis.  In addition, it seems very likely that the husband of Mary Graves was a grandson of Robert Graves of Anson Co., NC and Chesterfield Co., SC (see book of that same name by Kenneth Vance Graves, 1980), descended from genealogy 270.  (A check of the Graves families in Chesterfield Co., SC and Anson Co., NC in 1830 and 1840 might be able to find the name of Mary’s husband.  Then a thorough search of wills, deeds, and other documents in these counties might provide the additional information needed for a connection.)  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+2.   David W. Graves, b.c. 1818, m. Mary Anne Gulledge, c. 1872, d. 21 Nov. 1898.

    3.  daughter, b.c. 1820-1825.

+4.   Sarah Jane Graves, b.c. 1833, m. William A. Purvis.

+5.   Thomas Graves, b.c. 1836, m. Mary E. Gainey.






David William Graves (3) was born 22 Jan. 1812 in NC (or about 1818 in SC), and died 21 Nov. 1898 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield Co., SC.  Both the 1850 and 1860 censuses for Chesterfield Co., SC indicate David was b.c. 1818, although the 1840 census indicates 1825-30.

He married Mary Anne Gulledge, daughter of Daniel Gulledge and Jane Henderson, about 1872.  She was born 15 May 1842, and died 25 April 1921 in Chesterfield, both in Chesterfield Co., SC.  They were both buried in Chesterfield, Chesterfield Co., SC.  They were in the 1880 census for Cole Hill Twp., Chesterfield Co., SC, with her mother living with them.  She was living in Cole Hill as a widow in the 1900, 1910, and 1920 censuses.  David was a farmer.  All their children were born in SC.

It has been suggested that this David William Graves is the one in genealogy 14, who was born 19 March 1828, died 9 Aug. 1878 in Owensboro, KY, and married Mary Ann Dillman on 14 Nov. 1850.  That suggestion is obviously wrong, since the David W. Graves, born 1828, is in the 1860 census for Hammond, Spencer Co., IN, and the 1870 census for Paradise, Muhlenberg Co., KY, with David born in IN or KY.  It appears that he is also in the 1850 census in Indiana, living with his parents, Boston and Barbara Graves, probably descended from genealogy 105.  The David W. Graves of this genealogy was born earlier and was in both the 1850 and 1860 censuses for Chesterfield Co., SC, living with his mother, apparently unmarried with no children.   (R‑1)

Children - Graves

    6.  Annie J. Graves, b. Nov. 1873.  Still unmarried in 1930.

    7.  Margret Graves, b.c. 1874, died by 1910[1].

+8.   Daniel G. Graves, b. Jan. 1877, m. Eula Lee Holley, d. 17 May 1955.

    9.  Archibald (“Archie”) James Graves, b.c. 1879.  Still unmarried in 1930.

    10.   Mary H. Graves, b. Oct. 1884.  Still unmarried in 1930.


Sarah Jane Graves (4) was born about 1833 in Anson Co., NC.  She married William A. Purvis.  He was born about 1823 in Anson Co., NC[2].  He was still living 23 Sept. 1899 when he signed a deed to land located in Morven, Anson Co., NC.  However, in 1900 he was no longer listed in the census.

The 1860 census shows William’s occupation as shoemaker, age 34, birthplace NC[3].  The 1870 census lists him as 46[4].  In the 1880 census he is listed as farmer, age 53[5].  (R‑1)

Children - Purvis

+11.   William James Purvis, b. 25 Sept. 1863, m. Mary Hulda Previtte, d. 8 June 1941.


Thomas Graves (5) was born about 1836.  He married Mary E. Gainey, daughter of Jacob Gainey.  Thomas was listed in the 1850 census in the household of his mother, age 14, born SC, occupation tailor.  In the 1860 census for Chesterfield Co., SC (film 805217, dwelling 1082, family 1080, p. 171, Chesterfield Dist.), Thomas is listed as age 25, born SC, occupation farmer, with wife, and daughter 10 months of age.

St. David's Parish, South Carolina Minutes of the Vestry, 1768-1832, Parish Register, 1819-1924, by Brent H. Holcomb, 1991, pp. 67-68: (1) 1874-January 1st Fest. Circumcision.  At St. David's Church, after the last lesson at morning prayer, Clarinda Graves, age 14, daughter of Mary and Wm. Thos. Graves, sponsors Jacob Gainey, Miss R. A. Reddy & Revd. Jno W. Motte, page 67.  (2) 1874-January 1st Fest. Circumcision.  At St. David's Church, after the last lesson at morning prayer, Nancy Jane, aged 12, daughter of Mary and Wm. Thos. Graves.  Sponsors Jacob Gainey, Miss R. A. Reddy & Revd. Jno W. Motte (page 68).  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+12.   Clarinda Graves, b. 23 Oct. 1859, m. Christopher Wesley Teal, 25 Nov. 1878, d. 1 Aug. 1933.

    13.   Nancy Jane Graves, b.c. 1862.






Daniel G. Graves (8) was born in Jan. 1877, died 17 May 1955 in Chesterfield, and was buried in Chesterfield, all in Chesterfield Co., SC.  He married Eula Lee Holley, daughter of Lawrence Holley and Indian Widener, about 1872.  She was born 23 April 1895 in GA, died in Feb. 1969 in Hartsville, Darlington Co., SC, and was buried in Hartsville.  They were in the 1920 and 1930 censuses for Cole Hill Twp., Chesterfield Co., SC.  He was a farmer.  The 1920 census said their first 4 children were born in GA, but the 1930 census said they were all born in SC.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

    14.   Mary Dell Graves, b.c. 1913.

    15.   Mattie Lee Graves, b.c. 1915.

    16.   David H. Graves, b.c. 1917.

    17.   Hubert C. Graves, b. 1920.

+18.   Archibald James Graves, b. 30 Nov. 1921, m. Betty Rae Polson, d. 12 Jan. 1970.



William James (“Jim”) Purvis (11) was born 25 Sept. 1863 and died 8 June 1941[6], both in Morven, Anson Co., NC, and was buried 9 June 1941 in Zoar Church Cem., Chesterfield, Chesterfield Co., SC.  He married Mary Hulda (“Sis”) Previtte, daughter of John W. Previtte and Elizabeth (“Bette”) Davis.  She was born 6 Dec. 1861 in Anson Co., NC[7], died 29 July 1938 in Morven, Anson Co., NC[8], and was buried 30 July 1938 at Zoar Church Cem., Chesterfield, Chesterfield Co., SC.  They apparently lived all their lives in Anson Co., NC[9].  (R‑1)

Children - Purvis

+19.   John William Purvis, b. 31 Dec. 1880, m. Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, d. 10 Aug. 1956.

+20.   Martha Elizer Purvis, b. 1 Aug. 1882, m. Ervin Brock.

+21.   James Francis Purvis, b. 12 Nov. 1885, m. Lucy Pearl Dees, c. 1908, d. 21 Feb. 1936.

+22.   Oscar Phillip Purvis, b. 10 July 1888, m. Roxie Brock, d. 20 April 1931.

+23.   Sarah Frances Purvis, b. 16 June 1910, m. John Rufus Lang, 10 June 1910.

+24.   Lela Aileen Purvis, b. 18 Oct. 1893, m. John Lucian Deese, d. 20 May 1983.



Clarinda ("Clara" or "Clary") Graves (12) was born 23 Oct. 1859 and died 1 Aug. 1933[10].  She lived all her life in Cheraw, Chesterfield Co., SC.  She married Christopher Wesley Teal, son of Benjamin Teal and Eliza (or Elizabeth) Davis, on 25 Nov. 1878.  He was born 1854-1857, probably 1855[11].  All their children were born in Chesterfield Co., SC.[12]

It is remembered by the descendants that Clarinda may have been an orphan who was raised in her teen years by a Lasiter woman, who was the widow of a Civil War soldier, buried in Lynchburg or Gettysburg.  They also said that the Lasiter woman lived to be over 100.  The 1870 census (Cheraw, Chesterfield Co., SC, dwelling 164, family 170) lists Mrs. M. Lasiter as age 57, head of household and as housekeeper, another Graves woman (H. Graves) in the household, and the two girls Clara Graves (age 11) and Nancy Jane Graves (age 9) (the census gives only their initials).  (R‑2)

Children - Teal

+25.   Hattie Teal, b. 10 Oct. 1879, m. William W. Davis, d. 22 Nov. 1935.

+26.   William Malloy Teal, b. 3 Sept. 1881, m. Annie Elizabeth Robeson, d. Dec. 1929.

    27.   Mary Etta Teal, b. 14 Sept. 1883, m. Sidney Hursey.  5 dau. and 2 sons.

    28.   Eugene T. Teal, b. 26 March 1885, m. Hattie Campbell, d. 1947.  Both bur. at Zoar Methodist Church.  No children.

    29.   Benjamin Thurman Teal (known as Thurman), b. 19 Jan. 1887, m. Ophelia Lorene Davis, d. 29 March 1973.  One son, still living in 2000.

+30.   Martin Luther Teal, b. 7 Sept. 1889, m. Pauline Campbell, d. 16 June 1968.

    31.   Lewis Perkins Teal, b. 20 Sept. 1891, m. Lola Irene ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  3 sons.  He was bur. Macon, GA.

+32.   John Wesley Teal, b. 7 May 1894, m(1) Jo ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(2) Marjorie Newkirk Robertson, d. 22 April 1978.


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[1] The 1910 census stated tht onlhy 4 of her mother’s 5 children were still living at that time.

[2] The death certificate of William James Purvis (son of Sarah Jane and William A. Purvis) shows the place of birth for both his father and mother as Anson Co., NC.  The 1920 census for William J. Purvis shows his father as born in SC.

[3] 1860 census, Anson Co., NC, microfilm #4568, Pt. 1 of 018,099, dwelling 1238, family 1158.

[4] 1870 census, Anson Co., NC, microfilm #552,621, pg. 403, dwelling 178, family 178.

[5] 1880 census, Anson Co., NC, microfilm #1254951, dwelling 223, family 251.

[6] Death record on microfilm 296687, p. 261, Anson Co. book 28, p. 165.  Copy of death certificate in possession of Charles L. Purvis.  He was 77 years, 8 months, 13 days old when he died.

[7] The 1920 census shows Mary born in SC, and both her father and mother are also shown as born in SC.  Mary’s death certificate shows the birth place of both her father and mother as Chesterfield, SC.  The 1900 census shows Mary’s birth as Jan. 1861, and her death certificate shows 6 Dec. 1861.

[8] Recorded on microfilm 296687, p. 261, Anson Co. book 25, p. 172.  Copy of death certificate in possession of Charles L. Purvis.  Deeath certificate shows age at death to be 76 years, 7 months, 23 days, with a birth date of 6 Dec. 1881 (note: this date is wrong by 20 years).

[9] William J. Purvis is listed in the 1870 census, Anson Co., microfilm 552,621, age 6.  1880 census, Anson Co., microfilm 1254951, dwelling 234, family 253, William is a 16 year old laborer living with his wife Mary.  In the 1890 NC census, John William, a son, was 7 years old.  1900 census, microfilm 1247131 & 1241181, p. 163, line 15, ED #8.  1910 census, Anson Co., NC, microfilm 1371552, item 747.  1920 census, Anson Co., microfilm 1821283, dwelling 209, family 209.

[10] Death date of Clarinda from Teal family Bible.

[11] Birth date of 1855 is from his death certificate, in possession of Clarajane Teal Goux.

[12] The birth dates of Clarinda and all her children are from the Teal family Bible.  Information on Clarinda's children's spouses and their children are drawn from original family documents (birth, marriage and death announcements) and from family interviews by Clarajane Teal Goux.