Rev. 3 Dec. 2006, Gen. 630







‑‑‑‑‑‑ Graves (1) was probably born 1790-1800.  He married Nancy ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1799 in KY.  He probably had a brother, Samuel Graves, born about 1802 in KY.  The 1850 census for District 1, Franklin Co., KY, listed Nancy Graves, 50, as head of household, Samuel Graves, 48, George, 15, and Lewis L., 11, all born in KY.  In the 1860 census for Dist. 1, Franklin Co., KY, Nancy was living with her son Lunsford.  She was living with her son George in the 1870 census for Union Co., KY.  There were probably more than the two children listed below, born in KY.

Children - Graves

+2.  George Poindexter Graves, b. 17 Dec. 1836, m. Sarah Ellen Cox, 1859, d. 2 Dec. 1891.

+3.  Lewis Lunsford Graves, b. March 1840, m(1) Sarah A. (or H.) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(2) Sue Innis ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1886, d. 1900-1910.






George Poindexter Graves (1) was born 17 Dec. 1836 in KY, and died 2 Dec. 1891 in Morgantown, Butler Co., KY.  He married Sarah (“Sally”) Ellen Cox in 1859.  She was born 6 Oct. 1843[1] in Franklin Co., KY, and died 8 April 1931 in Morgantown, Butler Co., KY.

They were in the 1860 census for Morganfield, Union Co., KY, with no children, when he was a tanner.  They were in the 1870 census for Hills Precinct, Union Co., KY, with his mother living with them.  He was a farmer.  According to the 1880 census for Morganfield, Union Co., KY, George's father and mother were both born in KY, Sarah's father was born in NC, and her mother was born in KY.  George was listed as farmer, and his 2 oldest sons were listed as farm hands.  It also looks possible that George and Sarah may have died in Morganfield, Union Co. rather than Morgantown, Butler Co.  She was in the 1900 census for Morganfield, Union Co., KY, as a widow, with 10 of her 12 children still living, her 4 youngest children living with her, and 2 grandchildren living with her, Gertrude McLin, 10, and Carter McLin, 5.  Since 3 of the 12 children listed below died by 1900, either she counted wrong or there was an additional child (perhaps between Steve and Roy, about 1885) that isn’t listed.  She was in the 1930 census for Morganfield, Union Co., KY, at 427 McElroy St., 87, widow.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+4.  John Alford Graves, b. 30 Jan. 1861, m. Cora Freeman Wilkerson, d. 25 Feb. 1936.

  5.  Martha Jane Graves, b. 29 Oct. 1862, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ McLin, d. 1 Jan. 1898.

  6.  George Robert Graves, b. 5 Nov. 1864, d. 13 Nov. 1946.

+7.  Sarah Elizabeth Graves, b. 7 Dec. 1866, m. Orlando Brown Gayle.

  8.  Nancy (“Nannie”) Gooch Graves, b. 15 Aug. 1868, d. 21 Aug. 1924.

  9.  Charles Campbell Graves, b. 17 March 1871, d. 17 July 1871.

  10.  Asa Graves, b. 2 Sept. 1872, d. 22 Aug. 1873.

  11.  Casey B. Graves, b. 5 Nov. 1874, m. Amelia ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1916, d. 16 Nov. 1963.  They were in the 1930 census for Morganfield, Union Co., KY, living on Main St., with no children.

+12.  Howard Smith Graves, b. 20 Dec. 1877, m. Fannie ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1901, d. 21 Nov. 1951.

  13.  Thurman Herbert Graves, b. 23 Feb. 1880, d. 6 June 1944.

  14.  Steven (“Steve”) Black Graves, b. 6 March 1882, d. 28 Dec. 1933.

  15.  William Roy Graves, b. 13 Feb. 1888, d. 23 Dec. 1908.


Lewis Lunsford Graves (3) was born in March 1840 in KY, and died between 1900 and 1910.  He first married Sarah A. (or H.) ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  They are in the 1860 census, Dist. 1, Franklin Co., KY, Forks of Elkhorn P.O., with his mother living with them.  There is a Sarah H. Graves, 36, as head of household in the 1870 census for Forks of Elkhorn, Franklin Co., KY.  It is possible that this is the same Sarah, Lewis had died and his mother had therefore gone to live with his brother.  However, if that is correct, then where were the children in 1860 who are shown living with Sarah in 1870?  There was an Orlando Graves, 10, and a John Graves, 6, living with the family of Sam and Matilda Poindexter in Scott Co., KY in 1860, and that John Graves could be the same one as listed with Sarah as age 16 in 1870.

He married second Sue (“Susie”) Innis ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1886.  She was born in Oct. 1857 in KY.  They were in the 1900 census for Frankfort, Ward 1, Franklin Co., KY, with 4 children, 4 of 4 were living, and he was a carpenter.  All his children were born in KY.  She was in the 1910 census for Logansport, Ward 4, Cass Co., IN, 52, widow, seamstress, with 2 children, Alec and Lewis.

Children - Graves, by Sue Innis ------

  16.  Alice Graves, b. May 1887.

+17.  Harry I. (or B.) Graves, b. Sept. 1888, m. Claudette L. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1910.

  18.  Alexander I. Graves, b. Oct. 1890.

  19.  Lewis Lunsford Graves, b. 22 Nov. 1895, probably never married, d. 24 May 1950 (Brown Co., TX).  The 1920 census for Manhattan, Dist. 7, New York City, NY, listed him as 24, single, clerk at an oil company.  His 1942 World War II draft registration card gave his date of birth in Frankfort, KY, living in New York City.






John Alford Graves (4) was born 30 Jan. 1861 and died 25 Feb. 1936.  He married Cora Freeman Wilkerson.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves

+20.  Martha Black Graves, b. 15 Nov. 1887, m. Marion Rice McClanahan, d. 6 Jan. 1925.


Sarah Elizabeth Graves (7) was born 7 Dec. 1866, and died in Falmouth, Pendleton Co., KY.  She married Orlando Brown ("O.B.") Gayle, son of Robert Gayle and Sarah Bradley.  He was born in Frankfort, Franklin Co., KY, and died in 1952 in Falmouth, Pendleton Co., KY.  (R‑1)

Children - Gayle

+21.  Sarah Frances Gayle, b. 24 May 1897, m. Earl Parker, 25 Aug. 1922, d. 19 Sept. 1969.

  22.  Joseph Lee Gayle, b. 24 May 1897, d.c. 1978.


Howard Smith Graves (12) was born 20 Dec. 1877 in KY, and died 21 Nov. 1951.  He married Fannie ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1901.  She was born about 1882 in KY.  They were in the 1930 census for Morganfield, Union Co., KY.

Children - Graves

  23.  W. Ivan Graves, b.c. 1906.

  24.  Sarah Graves, b.c. 1916.

  25.  Amelia Graves, b.c. 1920.



Harry B. (or I.) Graves (17) was born in Sept. 1888 in KY.  He married Claudette L. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1910.  She was born about 1887 in IN.  They were in the 1910 census for Logansport, Ward 5, Cass Co., IN, when he was a brakeman on the railroad.  They were in the 1930 census for Hayden, Pinal Co., AZ, when he was a railroad conductor.  All their children were born in KY.

Children - Graves

  26.  Robert F. Graves, b.c. 1911.

  27.  Thomas A. Graves, b.c. 1912.

  28.  Mary Louise Graves, b.c. 1914.






Martha Black Graves (20) was born 15 Nov. 1887, and died 6 Jan. 1925 in Carlisle Co., KY.  (There is some question about her year of birth, since her death certificate gives 1895, and the 1920 census indicates 1888.)  She married Marion Rice McClanahan.  (R‑2)

Children - McClanahan

  29.  Ann McClanahan; grandmother of Tracy Longmire.  Ann's mother Martha died when Ann was very young, and she went to live with an aunt and uncle Norman B. Wilkerson and Mattie Morrison.  Norman may have been a brother of Cora Wilkerson who married John A. Graves.



Sarah Frances Gayle (21) was born 24 May 1897 in Falmouth, Pendleton Co., KY, and died 19 Sept. 1969 in Lineville, Clay Co., AL.  She married Earl Parker, son of Robert Parker and Lucretia Haynes, on 25 Aug. 1922 in Falmouth, KY.  He was born 1 July 1888 in Lineville, Clay Co., AL, and died 21 Oct. 1980 in Bradenton, Manatee Co., FL.  Sarah and Earl were Southern Baptist and were missionaries to China and Korea.  They were both buried in the Lineville Cem., Lineville, AL.  (R‑1)

Children - Parker

+30.  Elizabeth Lucretia Parker, m. Lee Wesley Ratliff.

+31.  Joseph Earl Parker, b. 9 June 1925, m. Joyce Lorraine Plenge, d. 27 Feb. 1985.

+32.  David Gayle Parker, m(1) Phyllis Gale Plumlee, m(2) Jenny Lee Chestnut, m(3) Susan Geddis.

+33.  John Alfred Parker, m. Gale M. Johnson.


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[1] The 1900 census gives her date of birth as May 1844.