Rev. 6 Jan. 2009, Gen. 700







William L. Graves (1) was born about 1828 in Georgetown, Washington, DC.  He married Jane Ann Elizabeth Varnell, daughter of George Washington Varnell and Mary Ann Catherine Gibson, on 3 Aug. 1857 in Washington, DC.  She was born 6 Oct. 1839[1] in Washington, DC, and died after 1900.  William was in the 1850 census for Georgetown, Washington, DC, 22, tanner, with no family, living with R. Colburn, tanner, and his family.  They were in the 1860 and 1870 censuses for Washington, DC.  He was a tanner in 1850 and 1860, and a house carpenter in 1870.  It is not absolutely proven that he was the father of John Edward Graves, but no other John or Edward Graves has been found who fits as well.  John was listed as James in the 1860 census.

The 1870 census did not show the first 3 children listed below.  It seems strange that these 3 children seem to have been born before Jane and William’s marriage.  However, in the 1900 census for Washington, DC, Jane stated that 5 of her 8 children were still living, so perhaps these 3 children did die by 1870.

It is possible that William was a son of John and Sarah Graves.  They were in the 1850 census for Georgetown, DC, as John Graves, 56, shoemaker, Sarah, 57, Ann, 25, and John Jr., 32.  John and Sarah were both born in MD, and their children born in Georgetown, DC.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves

  2.  Mary Graves, b.c. 1853.

  3.  William Graves, b.c. 1855.

  4.  Kate Graves, b.c. 1857.

+5.  John Edward Graves, b.c. 1859, m. Margaret Falvey, c. 1886, d. Aug. 1927.

  6.  Annie Graves, b.c. 1862.

+7.  George W. Graves, b. Aug. 1868, m. Frances Sabin, d. 1940.

+8.  Mollye Sophia Graves, b. 8 March 1873, m(1) Eston Randolph Pugh, m(2) Samuel A. Kendrick, 1935, d. 25 Nov. 1952.

+9.  Blanche Graves, b. 1878, m. Archibald B. Allison, d. 18 Dec. 1933.






John Edward Graves (1) was born about 1859 in Roanoke, VA (according to family legend, and his son's birth certificate), died in Aug. 1927 in Chicago, IL, and was buried in Evergreen Cem.  However, all census records seem to indicate he was born in Washington, DC.  He supposedly owned his own business, and he always worked as a butcher.  He married Margaret Falvey about 1886 in either VA or Washington, DC.  She was born about 1862, probably in Washington, DC, died 31 March 1910 in Chicago, IL, and was buried at Mt. Olivet Cem., Chicago, at age 47.  She supposedly died from heart problems.  She was supposedly Cherokee Indian.  Her son's birth certificate says she was from Washington, DC.  They moved to Chicago, IL.

A Chicago city directory showed Edward living in Chicago at 4709 Princeton Ave. with 2 brothers and a Lynch family.  Edward was 15, John was 19, and William was 20, all born in IL.  It is suspected that Florence Lynch was their sister (confirmed by the 1910 census).  When Margaret died, she was buried on top of an infant baby Lynch.  L. L. Lynch paid for the plot.  The 1910 census for Chicago, Ward 30, Cook Co., IL, listed Florence Lynch, 24, head of household, with her daughter Florence, brother-in-law Lawrence Lynch, 25, and brothers Edward, William, and John Graves, all the Graves siblings born in DC.  The family (probably the Lynch family) was of Irish descent.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+10.  Florence Graves, b.c. 1886, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Lynch.

  11.  John Graves, b.c. 1889.

  12.  William Graves, b.c. 1891.

+13.  Edward Thomas Graves, b. Oct. 1898 (or 1893), m. Barbara Zuerker, d. Sept. 1951.


George W. Graves (7) was born in Aug. 1868 and died in 1940, both in Brentwood, Prince George’s Co., MD.  He married Frances (Daiger) Sabin, widow, daughter of Charles E. Daiger and Mary J. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She had first married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Sabin, and he died by the 1910 census.  She was born in 1884 in VA, and died 24 May 1958.  They were in the 1920 and 1930 censuses for Brentwood, Prince George’s Co., MD.  He was a house painter.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves

  14.  Willis Graves, b.c. 1910 (VA).  Although he was listed in the 1920 census as Willis Graves, son, 10, he was not a son of George.  The 1930 census showed him as Willis B. Henderson, step-son, 20.  The 1910 census for Cople Dist., Westmoreland Co., VA listed Frances S. Henderson, 23, widow, living with her parents, Charles E. and Mary J. Daiger, and their grandson Willis B. Henderson, 7 months.


Mollye Sophia Graves (8) was born 8 March 1873 and died 25 Nov. 1952, both in Washington, DC.  She first married Eston Randolph Pugh.  He was born 1 Aug. 1860 in Washington, DC, and died 28 June 1922 in Catonsville, Baltimore Co., MD.  He married second Samuel A. Kendrick in 1935.  He was born in 1869 and died in 1955, both in Washington, DC.  (R‑2)

Children - Pugh

+15.  Gail Edgar Pugh, b. 18 Feb. 1893, m. Adele Roby, d. 24 July 1943.

+16.  Eston Randolph Pugh, b. 12 May 1896, m. Julia Bates Henderson, 28 March 1914, d. 8 Jan. 1968.

+17.  Marcus William Pugh, b. 12 Dec. 1899, m. Edna May Horner, d. 30 Oct. 1957.

+18.  Lester Vanlier Pugh, b. 8 June 1901, m. Esther Theresa ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 7 Feb. 1978.

+19.  Luree Pugh, b. 22 Sept. 1906, m(1) Joseph Francis Shannon, 30 Nov. 1925, m(2) Ronald G. Billington, 1965, d. 19 Aug. 1969.  He was b. June 1934.

+20.  Jane Ann Pugh, b. 22 Sept. 1906, m(1) Carroll Garrison, m(2) John Wesley Middlebrooks, d. 6 Sept. 1989.


Blanche Graves (9) was born in 1878 and died 18 Dec. 1933, both in Washington, DC.  She married Archibald B. Allison.  He was born 15 Jan. 1873 in VA, and died 5 April 1938.  Both their children were born in Washington, DC.  (R‑2)

Children - Allison

+21.  Aileen Allison, b. 2 Sept. 1896, m. William Joseph Hawke, d. Feb. 1980.

+22.  Dora M. Allison, b. 30 Aug. 1900, m. John Hines, d. March 1996.






Florence Graves (10) was born about 1886 in Washington, DC.  She married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Lynch.  She was in the 1910 census for Chicago, Ward 30, Cook Co., IL, as head of household, without a husband.  In 1910 she was living at 4709 Princeton Ave., Chicago, IL.

Children - Lynch

  23.  Florence Lynch, b.c. 1904 (IL).


Edward Thomas Graves (13) was born in Oct. 1898 (or 1893) in IL, died in Sept. 1951 in Chicago, IL, and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Chicago.  The family says he was walking back from somewhere and got clubbed in an alley, but the coroner's report said he died of heart trouble and pneumonia.  He married Barbara Zuerker, who was of German ancestry.  They were in the 1920 and 1930 censuses for Chicago, Cook Co., IL, with all children born in IL.  Both censuses gave his wife’s name as Elizabeth, born about 1911 in IL, with both her parents born in Germany.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  24.  Bernard (“Bernie”) Graves, b.c. 1918

  25.  Bernice Graves, b.c. 1920.

  26.  Edward Graves, b.c. 1922.

+27.  Martin Graves, b.c. 1924, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  28.  Robert Graves, b.c. 1927.

  29.  Earl Graves, b.c. 1929.



Gail (or Gale) Edgar Pugh (15) was born 18 Feb. 1893 and died 24 July 1943, both in Washington, DC.  He married Adele Roby.  She was born 6 June 1904 in MD, and died 23 Aug. 1998 in Chevy Chase, Montgomery Co., MD.  Not all of the evidence is available, so it is not certain that her surname was Roby, a daughter of Edwin Roby and Mary ‑‑‑‑‑‑, but that looks very likely.  The 1920 census for Washington, DC listed Adele Roby, lodger.  The 1910 census for Chicago, Cook Co., IL, listed the family of Edwin Roby, with daughter Adele, 5, all family members born in MD.  Gail and Adele were in the 1930 census for Washington, DC, when he was a dealer in wholesale poultry.  (R‑2)

Children - Pugh

  30.  Adele Randolph Pugh, b. 25 Nov. 1922 (DC).


Eston Randolph Pugh (16) was born 12 May 1896 and died 8 Jan. 1968, both in Washington, DC.  He married Julia Bates Henderson, daughter of James M. Henderson and Laura Ann ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 28 March 1914 in Washington, DC.  She was born 26 Oct. 1896 in Osso, King George Co., VA, and died 16 Jan. 1981 in Hyattsville, Prince George’s Co., MD.  (R‑2)

Children - Pugh

  31.  Eston Randolph Pugh, Jr., b. 16 Feb. 1916 Brentwood, Prince George’s Co., MD), d. 6 July 1972 (Bethesda, Montgomery Co., MD).

+32.  Evelyn Ann Pugh, b. 9 May 1919, m. Rudolph H. Fitzpatrick.

+33.  Jean Marie Pugh, b. 11 Feb. 1928, m. Rudolph Hamilton Hall.


Marcus William Pugh (17) was born 12 Dec. 1899 and died 30 Oct. 1957, both in Washington, DC.  He married Edna May Horner.  She was born in 1908.  Both their children were born in Washington, DC.  (R‑2)

Children - Pugh

  34.  Marcus William Pugh, Jr., b. 1928, m. Barbara Jean Knott, 12 Sept. 1964.  She was b. 1929.

  35.  Linda Lee Pugh, b. 1934.


Lester Vanlier Pugh (18) was born 8 June 1901 in MD, and died 7 Feb. 1978 in San Bernardino, CA.  He married Esther Theresa ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born 5 July 1905 in MD, and died 19 Oct. 1978 in San Bernardino, CA.  (R‑2)

Children - Pugh

  36.  Lois Arlene Pugh, b. 11 Dec. 1928, d. 18 Feb. 1985.


Luree Pugh (19) was born 22 Sept. 1906 and died 19 Aug. 1969.  She first married Joseph Francis Shannon, son of James F. Shannon and Mary Flanigan, on 30 Nov. 1925.  He was born 5 June 1876 in Ridley, Delaware Co., PA, and died 29 Dec. 1955 in Baltimore, MD.  She married second Ronald G. Billington in 1965 in Washington, DC.  He was born in June 1934.  (R‑2)

Children - Shannon

  37.  Luree Sophia Shannon, b. 2 Oct. 1926, m. Arthur L. Smith.  He was b. 5 Dec. 1916 in Utah, and d. July 1988 in Idaho Falls, Bonneville Co., ID.

  38.  Marcus Joseph Shannon, b. 25 Nov. 1928, d. 20 Aug. 2003 (Idaho Falls, Bonneville Co., ID.

  39.  Nancy Ann Shannon, b. 4 June 1931 (Washington, DC), m. Robert Lee, d. 2 March 2007.

+40.  Mollie Jane Ann Shannon, b. 30 Sept. 1933, m. Arvid Waddoups Hinton, 10 Nov. 1952.


Jane Ann Pugh (20) was born 22 Sept. 1906 in Washington, DC, and died 6 Sept. 1989 in Silver Spring, MD.  She first married Carroll Garrison.  He was born 30 Oct. 1899, and died in April 1974 in College Park, Prince George’s Co., MD.  She married second John Wesley Middlebrooks.  (R‑2)

Children - Garrison

+41.  Betty J. Garrison, b. 21 Jan. 1925, m. Kay Nairn Branson, 13 Jan. 1943, d. 18 May 2003.

+42.  Mollye C. Garrison, b. 1928, m. Lawrence A. Johnson, d. 4 Oct. 1988.

+43.  Ronald Edward Garrison, b. 24 Sept. 1931, m. Jo Ann ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 31 Dec. 1975.

  44.  Brenda L. Garrison, b. 1933 (Washington, DC).



Aileen Allison (21) was born 2 Sept. 1896 in DC, and died in Feb. 1980 in Frederick, Frederick Co., MD.  She married William Joseph Hawke.  He was born 28 Jan. 1895 in Knoxville, TN, and died in DC.  At least their first 2 children were born in DC.  (R‑2)

Children - Hawke

  45.  Archie Hawk, b. 17 July 1916, d. 2 Nov. 1958 (Santa Clara, CA).

  46.  Ida Hawk, b. 8 July 1917, d. 24 March 1983 (Los Angeles, CA).

  47.  William Hawk, b.c. 1919.

  48.  Blanche Hawk, b.c. 1921.

  49.  George Hawk, b.c. 1923.


Dora M. Allison (22) was born 30 Aug. 1900 in Washington, DC, and died in March 1996 in Iowa Falls, Hardin Co., IA.  She married John Hines.  He was born in 1896 in AL.  (R‑2)

Children - Hines

  50.  Allison J. Hines, b. 9 March 1919 (DC), d. 4 May 1992 (Lynn, Essex Co., MA).

  51.  Dora Hines, b.c. 1924.

  52.  Ella Hines, b.c. 1926.


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[1] The 1900 census for Washington, DC, gave her date of birth as Oct. 1841.