Rev. 5 March 2010, Gen. 733







Henry Graves (1) may have been born about 1825.  He married Elizabeth Neely.  The death certificate of their son, John R. Graves, states that the place of birth of Elizabeth was possibly Virginia.  The 1850 census for Carroll Co., IL shows the following 2 children living with George and Ruth Neely (born Ruth A. Hopkins), both age 59 (or 56) born in KY, but without their parents.  In the household there were also 4 Neely children ages 5-16. George and Ruth may have been the parents of Elizabeth Neely, but where were Henry and Elizabeth?  It seems likely that Elizabeth died in childbirth and Henry left the children with their grandparents.  There may be a Romine connection, because John R. Graves named one of his sons Marcus Romine Graves, and his own middle name may have been Romine.  All the children of George Neely and Ruth A. Hopins are known except for one unknown daughter, born about 1825 in Jefferson, Logan Co., OH; this may have been Elizabeth.

There is a story that Henry Graves was 3/4 Cherokee.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Graves

+2.  John R. Graves, b. March 1848, m(1) Lucretia Belle Johnson, 20 Nov. 1883, m(2) Hattie Mae Andrews, c. 1893.

  3.  Benjamin Graves, b. March 1850.  Not found in census records for 1860 and later.






John R. Graves (2) was born in March 1848[1] in Carroll Co., IL, and died 27 Sept. 1911[2].  He first married Lucretia Belle Johnson, daughter of Isaiah Johnson and Eleanor C. Baughman, on 20 Nov. 1883 in Mason Co., IL.  She was born about 1866 in IL, and died 2 Nov. 1887 in Buckheart, Fulton Co., IL.  She was in the household of her father in the 1880 census for Buckheart, Fulton Co., IL, listed as Bell Johnson.  It appears that when his wife died, John found that he couldnŐt raise his 3 young children, so they were split up and raised by three different relatives (Johnson, Kirkpatrick and Maynard).  R‑3 has a postcard from John R. Graves written Dec. 23, 1910 from Ft. Dodge, Kansas to his granddaughter Jessie Leota Williams, and there is a tombstone in the Ft. Dodge cemetery with John R. GravesŐ name on it but no dates.

He married second Hattie Mae Andrews, daughter of Augustine Andrews and Harriet ‑‑‑‑‑‑, about 1893.  She was born in May 1867 in IL.  Hattie was in the 1870 census for Canton City, Fulton Co., IL, living with her parents.  According to the 1900 and 1910 censuses, their first son was born in OK, the next one in IL, and the third in KS.  Some of this information is from the John R. Graves pension file and death certificate.  They were in the 1900 census for Rose Valley, Stafford Co., KS, and the 1910 census for Grandview, Ford Co., KS.  He was a farm laborer in 1900 and a milkman in 1910.  (R‑1, R‑3)

Children - Graves, by Lucretia B. Johnson

+4.  Pearl Irene Graves, b. 12 May 1884, m(1) Daniel Hesadore Williams, 21 June 1900, m(2) Frank Edgar Serles, d. 13 Sept. 1940.

  5.  Maud A. Graves, b. Dec. 1885 (IL).

  6.  Joseph Issiac (or Isaac?) Graves, b. 8 April 1887 (Canton, Fulton Co., IL), m. Hallie M. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1909, d. 29 Aug. 1940 (Port Angeles, Clallam Co., WA).  He was in the 1900 census for Canton City, Fulton Co., IL, living with his aunt and uncle, Irene and Joseph Kirkpatrick.  They were in the 1910 census for Hoquiam, Chehalis Co., WA, when he was a laborer in a lumber mill.

Children - Graves, by Hattie M. Andrews

+7.  Marcus Romine Graves, b. 7 Nov. 1896, m(1) Mary Ellen Jones, 17 Jan. 1914, m(2) Beulah ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1924.

  8.  Clyde Robert Graves, b. Nov. 1896 (IL).

  9.  Dio Theofilus M. Graves, b. Sept. 1899 (KS).






Pearl Irene Graves (4) was born 12 May 1884 in Keokuk, Lee Co., IA, and died 13 Sept. 1940 in Yosemite National Park, CA.  She first married Daniel Hesadore Williams, son of George F. Williams and Lucinda C. Miller, on 21 June 1900 in St. David, Fulton Co., IL.  He was born 10 April 1880 in Norris City, Fulton Co., IL, and died 5 Sept. 1959 in Elkhorn, Walworth Co., WI.  She married second Frank Edgar Serles, son of Edgar D. Serles and Hattie A. Weldon.  He was born 4 June 1893 in WI, and died 7 Nov. 1981 in Mendocino, Mendocino Co., CA.  (R‑3)

Children - Williams

+10.  Jessie Leota Williams, b. 18 Jan. 1901 (Norris City, Fulton Co., IL), m. Charles Arthur Walker, d. 29 Oct. 2007 (Elkhorn, Walworth Co., WI).

  11.  Robert Williams, b.c. 1903 (IL).

  12.  Lela Williams, b.c. 1905 (IL).

Children - Serles

  13.  Sally Irene Serles (adopted), b. 1929 (WI).


Marcus Romine Graves (7) was born 7 Nov. 1896 in OK.  He first married Mary Ellen Jones on 17 Jan. 1914.  She was born about 1900 in OK, and died in St. Helena, CA.  Marcus was estranged from his sons by this marriage, and his descendants don't know much about him.  He married second Beulah ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1924.  She was born about 1906 in OK.  They were in the 1930 census for Garden City, Finney Co., OK.  They had a cosmetics business.  All his children were born in KS.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves, by Mary E. Jones

  14.  Carr Graves, b.c. 1917.

+15.  Ralph Vincent Graves, b. 5 Nov. 1919, m. Evelyn Jennie Bauman, 20 Aug. 1938, d. 3 July 1991.

Children - Graves, by Beulah ------

  16.  Max Graves, b.c. 1925.

  17.  Rex Graves, b.c. 1927.


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[1] According to the 1900 census for Rose Valley, Stafford Co., KS.

[2] According to his pension record.