Rev. 14 Aug. 2007, Gen. 697








Charles Graves (1) was born about 1828 in MO, and died about 1877-78, probably in TX.  He first married Sarah Ephland (or Epland or Eplan).  She was born about 1832 in AR.  Although they are said to have lived in AR, they were in the 1860 census for Grimes Co., TX, with him listed as C. Graves, his wife as Jane, and children George, Thomas and Nancy.  Living next door in 1860 were Perry Graves (difficult to be positive about name, and indexed as Perry Garo), 25, AR, Martha, 28, LA, and Thomas, 1, TX.  (This person could not be found in any other census record.)

He married second Luidora[1] ‑‑‑‑‑‑, probably about 1876 in TX.  She was born about 1851 in TN.  She was listed as a widow in the 1880 census for Brazos Co., TX, with her step-children Charles D., 19, Eddie M., 14, and Ambro M., 10, and her son Stephen H., 2.

In Brazos Co., TX, records there was a C. M. Graves (age 40) who married a Sarah M. Brockman (age 22) on Jan. 29, 1873.  There was also a C. M. Graves buried in Thompson Creek Cem., Brazos Co., TX.  Burial date was between 1875 and 1930, but no dates listed in cemetery book.  This looks very much like Charles Graves and his second wife.

In the 1850 census for Red Land Twp., Hempstead Co., AR, there was a Mary Groves, 54, KY, with children Charles, 22, MO, Susan, 17, AR, and Pleasant, 14, AR; this could have been the Charles of this genealogy.  Living next door was the family of Phillip T. Graves, 26, wife Louisa, 29, and 4 children.  This is genealogy 363 for Phillip Graves of KY, and seems to be a different family, since that Charles Graves seems to have died after 1900, had different wives, and lived all his life in Arkansas.  However, in neither this genealogy nor gen. 363 can unambiguous census records for Charles Graves be found.  (R‑1, R‑3)

Children - Graves, by Sarah Ephland

+2.  George Washington Graves, b. 23 May 1852, m. Lucy Tolin Reed, 22 Nov. 1882, d. 17 Feb. 1918.

  3.  Thomas Jefferson Graves, b.c. 1855 (TX).  Can’t find in 1880 census.

+4.  Nancy Ann Graves, b.c. 1857 (TX), m(1) William Kelly, m(2) Thomas Smith.

  5.  Charles D. Graves, Jr., b.c. 1861, died at age 18.

  6.  Edward (“Eddie”) Melton Graves, b.c. 1866 (TX).  Can’t find in 1900 census.

  7.  Amberous (or Ambrose?) Merritt Graves, b.c. 1870 (TX).  Can’t find in 1900 census.

Children - Graves, by Luidora ------

+8.  Stephen H. Graves, b. Sept. 1877, m. Evelyn Cheatham, c. 1899.






George Washington Graves (2) was born 23 May 1852 (or 1853) in AR, died 17 Feb. 1918 in Bakersfield, CA, and was buried in Bakersfield.  He married Lucy Tolin Reed[2] on 22 Nov. 1882 at Williams Ranch, Brown Co. (now Mills Co.), TX[3].  Lucy was born 22 April 1869 in California, died 21 Nov. 1960 in Gorman, TX in a hospital, and was buried in the Rising Star Cem.  She was a daughter of Nathaniel Reed and Sylvania Toland (maiden name believed to have been Cunningham).  George and Lucy moved to CA.  Lucy last lived in Rising Star, Eastland Co., TX.

George was in the 1880 census for Brazos Co., TX, unmarried, 27, with his widowed sister Minnie and her 2 children.  George and Lucy were in the 1900 census for Precinct 8, Comanche Co., TX, with their first 7 children.  All 7 of their children were living at that time, and he was a farmer.  They have not yet been found in later censuses to verify the names and birth dates of the other children, and it is possible that two of the children listed below are the same.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Graves

+9.  Ara Elizabeth Graves, b. 22 Feb. 1884, m(1) Alpine Nunley, 13 Aug. 1902, m(2) Louis O. DeAlbar, d. 6 Sept. 1962.

  10.  Dollie Agnes Graves, b. May 1886.

  11.  Harvey Graves, b. Feb. 1889.  Although one source gave his name as Marion Harvey, the 1900 census shows his name as Harvey and another child is named Marion.

  12.  Ethel Eugene Graves, b. May 1892.

  13.  Annie Othelia Graves, b. Jan. 1894.

  14.  Marion Graves (son), b. March 1896.

  15.  Meritt Emmett Graves

  16.  Lena Allen Graves, possibly the child identified only as female “baby” in the 1900 census, b. Jan. 1900.

  17.  Essie Sylvania Graves

  18.  Joseph Monroe Graves

  19.  John Edward Graves (called "J. E."), b. 20 March 1907, m. Ruth Jennie Land, d. 11 March 1964 (Fullerton, CA).  She was b. 13 June 1906, d. Nov. 1979.  They were both bur. Loma Vista Memorial, Fullerton, CA.  He last lived in Fullerton, CA, and she last lived in Porterville, CA.  Grandparents of Jeffrey Graves.


Nancy Ann (“Minnie”) Graves (4) was born about 1857 in TX.  She first married William Kelly.  She married second Thomas Smith.  She was widowed and living with her brother George in the 1880 census for Brazos Co., TX, with her two children, both born in TX.

Children - Kelly

  20.  William T. Kelly, b.c. 1877.

  21.  Eugene Kelly, b.c. 1880.


Stephen (“Steve”) H. Graves (8) was born Sept. 1877 in TX.  He married Evelyn Cheatham about 1899 in Orange, Orange Co., TX.  She was born in Jan. 1876 in TX.  They were in the 1900 census for Beaumont, Jefferson Co., TX, living with his step-mother and her new husband Dan McDaniel, a carpenter.  Family lore has it that Steve had brothers in Bryan, TX.  They had only one child.  The family recollection is that Steve was around only a very short time, and even his son Meade didn’t know him.  Evelyn was in the 1930 census for Orange, Orange Co., TX, living with her son Meade.  (R‑4)

Children - Graves

+22.  Meade H. Graves, b.c. 1901, m. Fannie ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1924.






Ara Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Graves (9) was born 22 Feb. 1884 in TX, and died 6 Sept. 1962 in Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA.  She first married Alpine (called A.P.) Nunley, son of Francis Marion (called F.M.) Nunley and Mary Jane Stone (called Jane), on 13 Aug. 1902 in Comanche Co., TX.  Alpine was born 7 April 1882 in Comanche Co., TX, and died 5 Aug. 1950 in Benjamin, Knox Co., TX.  He married second Sarah Almira Hall on 18 Oct. 1916 in Knox Co., TX.  Ara married second Louis O. DeAlbar in CA.  He was born 11 May 1888 in CA, and died 29 June 1966 in Stockton, CA.  There were no children by this second marriage.  (R‑1)

Children - Nunley

+23.  Mary Ethel Nunley, b. 15 Sept. 1903, m. Omer Clinton Parker, 24 Dec. 1922, d. 29 Sept. 1993.

  24.  Obie Lee Nunley, b. 4 Jan. 1905 (Brown Co., TX), d. 9 Dec. 1914 (Bakersfield, Kern Co., CA).

+25.  James T. Nunley, b. 2 Aug. 1906, m(1) Connie Anderson, m(2) Rhoda Johnson, 3 July 1967, d. 25 Aug. 1974.

+26.  Thomas Lee Nunley, b. 25 Dec. 1907, m. Hazel May McDermid, d. 25 Feb. 1985.

  27.  infant, b. 12 July 1910, d. 13 July 1910.



Meade H. Graves (22) was born about 1901 in TX.  He married Fannie ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1924.  She was born about 1904 in AL.  They were in the 1930 census for Orange, Orange Co., TX, with his mother living with them.  In 1930, he was a salesman in a retail store, and she was a teacher in a public school.  (R‑4)

Children - Graves

+28.  Dean Harlan Graves


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[1] Her name is from the 1880 census for Brazos Co., TX.

[2] Although it was stated that there is a belief that Lucy had been married at least once before and that Tolin and/or Reed was the name of her previous husband, R‑1 states that her marriage to George was her only marriage.  Notice that Lucy was only 13 when she and George married, making it unrealistic to think she had a previous marriage.

[3] R-1 has the original marriage certificate of George and Lucy.