Rev. 4 Jan. 2005, Gen. 624







George Robert Graves (1) was born 11 March 1848 in Franklin, Williamson Co., TN[1], and died 10 Aug. 1911 in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.  He married Mary Frances (“Mollie”) Kennedy on 6 Sept. 1877 in Belton, Bell Co., TX.  She was born 22 May 1859 in Brenham, Washington Co., TX, and died 30 Jan. 1941 in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.

George Robert Graves, born in TN, served two hitches in the U.S. Army.  The first was with the Wisconsin Infantry from 1863 to 1865 during the Civil War.  He re-enlisted in 1866 and served until 1869.  He went by the name William Weaver, an alias.  The people of Tennessee had divided loyalties between the Union and the Confederacy.

Mary Frances Kennedy regularly rode her horse to a one-room log cabin school in the backwoods of Brenham, TX.  She was a favorite of her teacher, Miss Mollie Burns, who often called on Mary to help with the younger children.  Mary’s siblings teased her by calling her Miss Mollie.  When Miss Burns retired, Mary Frances was selected to replace her as schoolmarm.  Thereafter, many of her students began calling her Miss Mollie.  The nickname caught on and in later life, some family members and friends called her Mollie.  Surprisingly, the name Miss Mollie F. Kennedy appears on her 1877 marriage license.  Also, she is listed as Mollie Graves on the 1880 census for Bell Co., TX.

Sometime between 1873 and 1877, Mary Frances moved to Belton, Texas, where she met and married George Robert Graves in 1877.  Between 1880 and 1884, George and Mary, and their two children Ida and Henry, moved to Kerens, Texas, where Alice, Mattie, and George Jr. were born.  About 1890, the Graves family moved to Dallas, Texas, where Easter and Thelma were born.

They were in the 1880 census for Belton, Bell Co., TX, dwelling 319, with George, 39, Mollie, 20, and Ida, 1, all born in TX.  George has not been identified in any earlier census.  There was a George R. Graves, age 2, born in MO, in the 1850 census, District 64, Nodaway Co., MO, page 383, son of John and Elizabeth Graves, both born in TN.  However, this family is descended from immigrant Thomas Graves of Hartford, CT (genealogy 168), and the one DNA test result from a descendant of George Robert Graves does no match that for genealogy 168.

They were in the 1900 census for Dallas, Ward 12, Dallas Co., TX, page 3B, with George listed as born in IL, and all children except Ida still at home.  They were in the 1910 census for Precinct 1, Dallas, TX, page 23A, with George listed as born in TN, all 7 of their children still living, and only George Jr., Thelma and Henry still at home.  Their first 2 children were born in Belton, Bell Co., TX, the next 3 in Kerens, Navarro Co., TX, and the last 2 in Dallas, TX.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  2.  Ida Lee Graves, b. 13 July 1878.

  3.  Henry Ellis Graves, b. 27 Dec. 1880.

  4.  Alice Beatrice Graves, b. 3 Feb. 1885.

  5.  Mattie Ann Graves, b. 21 Jan. 1886.

+6.  George Robert Graves, Jr., b. 10 Feb. 1888, m. Pearl Folley Smith, 6 July 1926, d. 16 Nov. 1951.

  7.  Queen Easter Graves, b. 15 Jan. 1890.

  8.  Thelma Rose Graves, b. 30 July 1897.






George Robert Graves, Jr. (6) was born 10 Feb. 1888 in Kerens, Navarro Co., TX, and died 16 Nov. 1951 in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.  He married Pearl Folley Smith on 6 July 1926 in Ellis Co., TX.  She was born 1 Oct. 1906 in Dallas, TX, and died 6 Oct. 1988 in Athens, Henderson Co., TX.  They were both buried in Grove Hill Cem., Dallas, TX.  All their children were born in Dallas, TX.

George Robert Graves, Jr., was a trolley operator, and worked in the tobacco industry and in aviation production.  He also operated a traveling movie show, about 1940.  His job in the aviation industry was with North American Aviation, Grand Prairie, TX, during World War II.

Pearl grew up and went to school in the Rylie Community near Kleberg, TX.  Her mother, Mary E. Smith, died of yellow jaundice a few days after Pearl was born.  Her father, Charles H. Smith, died a few years later of sugar diabetes.  Pearl was then reaised by her grandparents, John W. and Melinda Jane Hommel.  Mr. Hommel was killed in a wagon accident when Pearl was 9 years old.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  9.   Dorothy Lee Graves

  10.  George Robert ("Bud") Graves, III

  11.  Mary Frances Graves


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[1] His place of birth was given as Franklin, TN, but the column heading for Franklin was “Town or County”, so it could have been Franklin Co., TX, although the other places all seemed to be towns.