Rev. 23 Jan. 2007, Gen. 739







Reuben Graves (1) was born about 1780 in CT.  He married Polly ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1783 in CT.  They were in the 1850 census for Sullivan, Madison Co., NY.  The list of their children is probably not complete and needs more evidence to prove they are theirs.  The connections are based partly on all the families living close to each other in 1850.

Children - Graves

+2.  Hiram Graves, b.c. 1811, m. Maria ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+3.  Ralph Graves, b.c. 1815, m. Eliza ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+4.  William Graves, b.c. 1817, m. Mary ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+5.  Washington Graves, b.c. 1822, m. Maria ‑‑‑‑‑‑.






Hiram Graves (2) was born about 1811 in NY.  He appears to have married three times, based on census records.  He first married Maria ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1809 in NY.  They were in the 1850 census for Sullivan, Madison Co., NY.  He married second Caroline ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1828 in NY.  They were in the 1860 census for Sullivan, Madison Co., NY.  He married third Helen J. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1839 in NY or Canada.  Her parents were born in Ireland.  They were in the 1870 and 1880 censuses for Sullivan, Madison Co., NY.  Hiram was a carpenter.  All his children were born in NY.

The connection between Hiram Graves and Alma Graves, his presumed daughter, is not yet proven.  Since Alma was already married in 1850, she was not in that census with her parents.  The 1855 NY state census shows a sister, Amanda Graves, living with Edwin and Alma Wells.  Also, looking at the 1840 census for NY, the household headed by a Hiram Graves most likely to be this one was in Tompkins Co., NY, and it listed 2 females under 5 (probably Emiline and Amanda) and 1 female 5-10 (probably Alma).  However, none of the evidence is conclusive, and further research is being conducted.

Children - Graves, by Maria ------

+6.  Alma Obedience Graves, b.c. 1832, m. Edwin L. Wells, c. 1849, d. 30 March 1909.

  7.  Amanda Graves, b.c. 1834.

  8.  Emiline Graves, b.c. 1836.

  9.  Samuel (or Lemuel) Graves, b.c. 1840.

  10.  Jerome Graves, b.c. 1843.

  11.  Annas (or Anna) Graves, b.c. 1849.

Children - Graves, by Caroline ------ or Helen J. ------

  12.  Benjamin Graves, b.c. 1861.

  13.  Sarah Graves, b.c. 1862.

  14.  Harriet Graves, b.c. 1864.

  15.  Anna (“Annie”) Graves, b.c. 1868.

  16.  Jennie  Graves, b.c. 1870.

Children - Graves, by Helen J. ------

  17.  Mary Graves, b.c. 1872.

  18.  Blanche Graves, b.c. 1874.

  19.  Louisa Graves, b.c. 1877.

  20.  Zella Graves, b.c. 1879.


Ralph Graves (3) was born about 1819 in NY.  He married Eliza ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1825 in NY.  They lived in the town of Sullivan, Madison Co., NY.  At least one of their children was born in Bridgeport, Madison Co., in the northwest corner of the county, right on Lake Oneida.

Delors and Charles were in the Buffalo, NY directory as early as 1870.  Ralph and Eliza were on the census records for Sullivan, Madison Co., NY from 1840 through 1890, but neither was listed on the Madison Co. census in 1892.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  21.  Delors (or Delos) R. Graves, b.c. 1841, m. Mary A. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  He moved to Buffalo, NY.

  22.  Adelia ("Delia") E. Graves, b.c. 1843, m. Isaac Coulburn.  He fought in the Civil War.  She was living with her parents on the 1865 NY State census.

  23.  Eunice M. Graves, b.c. 1845.

  24.  Elizabeth D. Graves, b.c. 1849.

+25.  Charles Rudolph Graves, b. 2 June 1852, m. Louisa Armbruster, 11 April 1874, d. 15 Aug. 1942.

  26.  Mary (or Mercy) A. Graves, b. Oct. 1854.

  27.  Helen (or Nellie) Graves, b.c. 1859.


William Graves (4) was born about 1817 in NY.  He married Mary ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1823.  They were in the 1850 census for Sullivan, Madison Co., NY.

Children - Graves

  28.  Lewis Graves, b.c. 1842 (NY).


Washington Graves (5) was born about 1822 in NY.  He married Maria ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1825 in NY.  They were in the 1850 census for Sullivan, Madison Co., NY.  All their children were born in NY.

Children - Graves

  29.  Antonett Graves, b.c. 1842.

  30.  Augusta Graves, b.c. 1844.

  31.  James Graves, b.c. 1845.






Alma Obedience Graves (6) was born about 1832-33 in Onondaga Co., NY, and died 30 March 1909.  Alma married Edwin L. Wells, probably about 1849.  He was born in MA, and died 1 July 1887 in Canastota, Madison Co., NY.

As mentioned in the paragraph for her presumed father, Hiram Graves, the connection between Alma and Hiram is not yet proven.  Further research is being conducted.

Alberta Page wrote: "According to my mother, Alma Obedience Graves was "bound out" at the age of 10-11 to a Thomas Petrie family in Peterboro, NY.  They were farmers.  Edwin and Alma farmed and eventually moved to Canastota, NY.

The 1855 NY state census shows a sister Amanda Graves living with them.  Also, from what my mother could remember, there was a brother living in Honeoye Falls as an adult.

On her death bed, Alma admitted that she was "full blooded Irish.""

Alma and Edwin were in the 1850 census for Smithfield, Madison Co., NY, living in the household of Thomas F. Petrie, 41, farmer.  They were in the 1860 census for Lenox, Madison Co., NY.  For some reason, Alma was not listed in the 1870 census for Lenox, NY, although Adana Wells (his mother?), 67, was.  Both of them were in the 1880 census for Lenox.  All their children were born in NY.  (R‑2)

Children - Wells

  32.  Albert Wells, b. 1850.

  33.  Ada (“Addie”) Wells, b.c. 1853.

  34.  Anna Wells, b.c. 1861.

  35.  Ella L. Wells, b.c. 1865.

+36.  Nellie Daicy Wells, b. March 1871, m. Claude D. Johnston, 1889, d. 19 Oct. 1893.



Charles Rudolph Graves (25) was born 2 June 1852 in Bridgeport, Madison Co., NY, and died 15 Aug. 1942 in Grand Island, Erie Co., NY.  He married Louisa Ambruster, daughter of Joseph Ambruster and Mary Kriessbaum, on 11 April 1874 in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY.  She was born in April 1856 in Erie Co., NY, and died 15 Nov. 1935 in Eggertsville, Erie Co., NY.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  37.  Charles Graves, b.c. 1875, d. in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY.

  38.  Ralph Graves, b. April 1876, m(1) Mae ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(2) May Irlbacker, 15 Feb. 1922, d. Sept. 1946.

  39.  Edward Graves, b. June 1878, m. Clara ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. April 1954.

  40.  Louise Graves, b. March 1880, m. William McClellan, 24 Oct. 1906 (Buffalo, Erie Co., NY), d. 31 Aug. 1952 (CA).

+41.  Sarah Graves, b. 10 Oct. 1884, m(1) Rudolph Alexander Jantz, 25 Aug. 1909, m(2) John Julius, d. 8 Nov. 1973.

  42.  George Graves, b. June 1886, m. Anna Klein, 19 April 1906 (Buffalo, Erie Co., NY), d. 9 Dec. 1952 (Jamestown, Chatauqua Co., NY).

  43.  Charles E. Graves, b. Jan. 1888, m. Mary ("Maime") Farrell, 23 Nov. 1910 (Buffalo, Erie Co., NY), d. 25 July 1966.

  44.  Grace Graves, b. April 1890, m. John F. McMains, d. 21 March 1975 (Grand Island, Erie Co., NY).

  45.  Frank Graves, b. March 1893, m(1) Emily Funk, 11 Oct. 1919 (Buffalo, Erie Co., NY), m(2) Clara (Frodin) Reese, d. 1975 (CA).

  46.  son, died in infancy.






Nellie Daicy Wells (36) was born in March 1871 and died 19 Oct. 1893.  She married Claude D. Johnston in 1889.  (R‑2)

Children - Johnston

+47.  Claudia M. Johnston, b. 21 Sept. 1890, m. LaVerne R. Jones, d. 5 June 1975.



Sarah Graves (41) was born 10 Oct. 1884 in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY, and died 8 Nov. 1973 in Cheyenne, Laramie Co., WY.  She first married Rudolph Alexander Jantz, son of Johann Friedrich Jantz and Julianna Kickbush, on 25 Aug. 1909 in Buffalo, NY.  He was born 20 Sept. 1879 in Gradanz, West Prussia, and died 24 Jan. 1942 in Buffalo, NY.  Sarah married second John Julius.  All the children of Sarah and Rudolph were born in Buffalo, NY.  (R‑1)

Children - Jantz

  48.  Charles Rudolph Jantz, b. 2 June 1910, m. Anne Papp, 31 Oct. 1940 (Buffalo, NY), d. 27 Jan. 1969 (Eggertsville, Erie Co., NY).

  49.  Raymond Everett Jantz, b. 4 March 1911, m. Kathryn Doris Kent, 26 June 1937 (Buffalo, NY), d. 17 May 1973 (Buffalo, NY).

  50.  Helen Julia Jantz, b. Dec. 1911, d. 12 May 1912 (Buffalo, NY).  Bur. Riverside Cem., Buffalo, NY.

  51.  Dorothy Louise Jantz, b. 30 Sept. 1915, m. David Christopher Kilmurray, 17 Sept. 1939, d. 5 Feb. 1978 (CA).

  52.  Norman Robert Jantz, b. 27 May 1921, m(1) Virginia Creighton, m(2) Estelle Maksinuk, d. 13 April 1968 (Buffalo, NY).

+53.  Rudolph Alexander Jantz, b. 30 Aug. 1922, m. Lillian Wilson Chamberlain, 9 June 1949.

  54.  Virginia May Jantz, b. 8 May 1925, d. 13 May 1925 (Buffalo, NY).

  55.  son, died in infancy.


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