Rev. 8 May 2009, Gen. 729







Lewis R. Graves (1) was born about 1824 in Vermont, and died about 1876 in Pueblo Co., Colorado.  His name was spelled as Lewis in early records, but he may have changed the spelling to Louis later.  He married Harriet Raymond Chapman in 1857 in Columbia Co., WI.  She was born in Dec. 1833 in VT, and died after 1900, probably in Custer Co., CO.  Lewis was in the 1850 census for Benson, Rutland Co., VT, working as a laborer in a manufacturing business.  Living nearby in 1850 were William R. Graves, 24, and George J. Graves, 21, both born in NY and both blacksmiths.  It is not known whether they were related to Lewis.

Lewis and Harriet were in the 1860 census for Fort Winnebago, Columbia Co., WI, when he was a merchant.  He fought in the Civil War from Wisconsin, was wounded, but survived.  They were in the 1870 census for Pueblo, Pueblo Co., CO, when he was a farmer.  In the 1880 census for Rosita, Custer Co., CO, Harriet was a widow.  In the 1900 census for Westcliff, Precinct 12, Custer Co., CO, she was living near her son George, with daughters Mary and Maggie still living with her, and granddaughter Abbie Berry, 12.  The Pueblo Co., CO Probate Index, 1862-1900, has a record of probate for the estate of Louis Graves (Film E.18.5, 1876,  Their first 4 children were born in WI, and the last 3 in CO.  (R‑1)

Children – Graves

+2.  Hattie Graves, b.c. 1859, m. Theodore R. Beaumont.

  3.  Raymond Graves, b. 1860.  Not found in the 1870 or later censuses.  No oral history of him in the family, so he probably died before 1870.

  4.  Abby Graves, b.c. 1862.

  5.  Edgar S. Graves, b. Feb. 1866, m. Lena (or Nena) ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  They were in the 1900 census for Salina, Boulder Co.,CA, and in the 1910 census for Cripple Creek, Ward 2, Teller Co., CO.  Probably had no children.

  6.  Mary R. Graves, b. June 1868, m. John E. Ball, c. 1903.  In the 1910 census, they lived in Texas Creek, Custer Co., CA, and he was a teamster.  They were in the 1920 census for Westcliff, Custer Co., CO, and he was a farmer.  They were still living in Westcliff in the 1930 census, when he was a laborer on county roads and she was a laundress.  A family story is that John liked his tavern and Mary was unhappy about the amount of time he spent there.  She walked into the tavern one day and ordered a drink.  She downed it and left.  In those days, women were not supposed to be in taverns.  John didn’t go again.  They had no children.

+7.  George Chapman Graves, b. March 1870, m. Maud Hortense Cullison, c. 1898.

  8.  Maggie Graves, b. Jan. 1874.






Hattie Graves (2) was born about 1859 in WI.  She married Theodore R. Beaumont.  He was born about 1837 in England.  They were in the 1880 census for Rosita, Custer Co., CO, living next to her widowed mother and family.  He was a hotel keeper.

Children – Beaumont

  9.  Grace Beaumont, b.c. Sept. 1879 (CO).


George Chapman Graves (7) was born in March 1870[1] in CO, died in the late 1930’s in the San Francisco Bay area, and was buried there.  He married Maud Hortense Cullison about 1898, probably in Beulah or Pueblo, CO.  She was born in Sept. 1878 in CO, died in 1963, and was buried in the Beulah, CO cemetery near her brother and father.

A family story is that George got sick but refulsed to go to the doctor as there was little money.  His daughter Jeri remembers him as being a wonderful grandfather who would always play with his grandchildren.

They were in the 1900 census for Westcliff, Precinct 12, Custer Co., CO.  They were in the 1920 and 1930 censuses for Pueblo Co., CO.  He was a farmer.  Two or three of their sons left Colorado and moved to the San Francisco Bay area where they got jobs in the oil refineries.  All their children were born in CO.  (R‑1)

Children – Graves

  10.  Louis S. Graves, b. Nov. 1898.

  11.  Raymond E. Graves, b.c. 1901.

+12.  Richard Chapman Graves, b. 28 Dec. 1906, m. Marguerite Fabiana Cherry, d. 11 July 1997.

  13.  Elton E. Graves, b.c. 1910.

  14.  Floyd P. Graves, b.c. 1912.

  15.  Maxine E. Graves, b.c. 1914.

  16.  Edna Elaine Graves, b.c. Aug. 1919.

  17.  Emma M. Graves, b.c. 1921.


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[1] The 1900 census gave his birthdate as March 1871, but the 1870 census (taken 27 June 1870) showed him as 3 months old, so he couldn’t have been born in 1871.