Rev. 21 Nov. 2006, Gen. 788







Elias Graves (1) was born about 1839 or 1840 in IN, and may have died by 1900 (since he wasn’t found in the 1900 census).  It is believed that he may have been born in Sullivan Co., IN.  He married Melissa Daulton, daughter of Harriet Daulton, on 2 Dec. 1858 in Morgan Co., IL.  She was born about 1841 in IL.  His name was previously believed to be Ellis, since that is what was on the death certificate of his son George.

They were in the 1860 census of Franklin, Morgan Co., IL, living with her mother.  They were in the 1870 census for Drywood, Bourbon Co., KS, and the 1880 census for Pawnee, Bourbon Co., KS.  He was a farmer.  Their first 5 children were born in IL, and the last 2 in KS.

Elias has been confused with another man of the same name who was born about the same time (in 1836 in IL) and who also married someone named Melissa.  This other person lived in Fulton Co., IL, and was descended from Thomas Graves of Hartford, CT (gen. 168).  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  2.  William I. Graves, b.c. 1859.

  3.  James W. Graves, b.c. 1861.

  4.  Dora Ann Graves, b.c. 1863.

+5.  George W. Graves, b. 2 March 1866, m. Mary Cordelia Cauthon, 1893, d. 21 Nov. 1911.

  6.  Samuel Graves, b.c. 1868.

  7.  Charles Graves, b.c. 1870.

  8.  Frank Graves, b.c. 1873.






George W. Graves (5) was born 2 (or 6) March 1867 (or 1866) in IL, and died 21 Nov. 1911 in Nevada, Vernon Co., MO.  George went to Nevada with a friend from Archie, MO, and was hired by the railroad to cook.  When they left the train, they decided to climb under the standing train.  The first man made it through but George was crushed under the wheels as the train moved ahead.  There was a picture and article in the Nevada, MO newspaper.  The 1900 census for Missouri lists George born in IL, his father born in IN, and his mother born in IL.

George married Mary Cordelia (“Delia”) Cauthon, daughter of John Thomas Cauthon (born 22 Aug. 1848, died 26 Sept. 1928) and Malisa Palestine Todd, in 1893 in Bates Co., MO[1].  Mary was born 4 Nov. 1875 in Deepwater, Henry Co., MO, and died 17 June 1903 in Bates Co., MO.  They were both buried either in Austin Cem., near Archie, Cass Co., MO, or in Delozier Cem., a small cemetery 1/2 mile west of Gerster, MO.  This latter cemetery was terraced and farmed, and all tombstones but one are now gone.

They were in the 1900 census for Shawnee Twp., Bates Co., MO.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in MO.

Because George W. Graves died in 1911 and his wife Mary apparently died in childbirth or soon after, much of the raising of the children was done by Mary's parents.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+9.  Olson Lee Graves, b. 8 Dec. 1894, m(1) Lena Marten, 23 May 1915, m(2) Lula Bell Marten, d. 14 June 1963.

+10.  Charles Frederick Graves, b. 18 Aug. 1896, m. Letha Warnock, 1 Oct. 1916, d. 4 Feb. 1972.

+11.  Bertha Lorene Graves, b. 21 April 1898, m. George Washington Hartsell, 2 Oct. 1913, d. 3 Feb. 1948.

  12.  Annie Graves, b. June 1903, d. June 1903.






Olson Lee ("Ollie") Graves (9) was born 8 Dec. 1894 in Archie, died 14 June 1963 in Garden City, and was buried in Garden City Cem., all in Cass Co., MO.  He first married Lena Marten on 23 May 1915 in Cass Co., MO.  He married second Lula Bell (Reid) Marten.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves, by Lena Marten

  13.  Carl Otto Graves, b. 19 May 1915 (Cass Co., MO), m. Bessie ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 10 Dec. 1960 (El Dorado Springs, Cedar Co., MO, or Boone Co., MO).

  14.  Harold Graves

  15.  Jessie Graves, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Tabor.

  16.  Margaret Graves

  17.  infant


Charles Frederick Graves (10) was born 18 Aug. 1896 in Bates Co., MO, and died 4 Feb. 1972 in Mt. Vernon, Lawrence Co., MO.  He married Letha Warnock, daughter of Frank Warnock and Cora Leavell, on 1 Oct. 1916 in Adrian, Bates Co., MO.  She was born 2 Aug. 1898 near Archie, Cass Co., MO, and died 20 July 1983 in Adrian, Bates Co., MO.  They were both buried in Crescent Hill Cem., Bates Co., MO.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  18.  Zelma Graves, m. Dean Rhodes.

  19.  Charles Lawrence Graves, b. 7 April 1919, m. Margaret Katherine Anderson, d. 8 Dec. 1992.  He was bur. Orient Cem., Harrisonville, Cass Co., MO.


Bertha Lorene (or Lourine or Louraine) Graves (11) was born 21 April 1898 in Deepwater, Henry Co. (and Cedar Co.), MO, and died 3 Feb. 1948.  She married George Washington Hartsell, son of William Hartsell and Mary Byler, on 2 (or 1) Oct. 1913 in Butler, Bates Co., MO.  He was born 22 May 1884 in Bates Co., MO, and died 28 July 1952.  They were buried in Mt. Olivet Cem., Adrian, Bates Co., MO.  All their children were born in Bates Co., MO.  (R‑1)

Children - Hartsell

+20.  David Washington Hartsell, b. 19 May 1915, m(1) Marcella Marie Gilbreth, 28 Nov. 1941, m(2) Zedina Allman Barton, d. 15 March 1972.

+21.  Raymond Graves Hartsell, b. 18 Dec. 1916, m. Georgia Mae Allman, d. 14 Dec. 1991.

+22.  Mary Cordelia Hartsell, b. 23 Nov. 1918, m. Frank Craig Leuty, 16 March 1934, d. 26 Nov. 1972.

  23.  Aubrey Kenneth Hartsell

  24.  Walter Donald Hartsell

  25.  Clara Belle Hartsell

  26.  Blanche Marie Hartsell

+27.  George Leroy Hartsell

  28.  Robert Leon Hartsell


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[1] They may have married 30 July 1894 in Hiattsville, Pawnee Twp., Bourbon Co., KS, according to R‑1.