Rev. 3 June 2005, Gen. 920







William P. Graves (1) was born 19 March 1820 in SC, and died 5 Sept. 1884 in Texarkana, Bowie Co., TX.  He married Louisa F. Goss, daughter of Churchill Christopher Goss and Nancy Conant, on 30 April 1844 in Harris Co., GA.  She was born 12 June 1825 in GA.  Their first two children were born in Troup Co., GA, the next in AL, and the last in Jefferson, Marion Co., TX.

The 1850 census for District 701, Troup Co., GA, page 90, listed William P. Graves, 30, SC, Louisa F., 25, GA, and Josephine O., 5, GA.  Legend in one part of the family said they were from Rome, Floyd Co., GA, but Troup Co. is considerably south of Floyd Co.  They were in the 1860 census for Hopkins Co., TX.  The 1870 census for Precinct 1, Upshur Co., TX, Gilmer P.O., page 22, listed William, 50, house painter, Louisa, 45, and their 3 sons.  They were in the 1880 census for Texarkana, Bowie Co., TX.  Much of the information about this couple and their descendants is from handwritten information in a family Bible.

As a result of the Graves DNA study of the Graves Family Association, we have found that the descendants of William P. Graves are related to James W. Graves and Melissa K. Ray of SC, MS & AR (gen. 48), James Graves and Sarah ‑‑‑‑‑‑ of SC & GA (gen. 78), Richard Graves and Polly Lucy ‑‑‑‑‑‑ of SC & AR (gen. 189), and George William Graves of GA, MS & TX (gen. 258).  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Graves

+2.  Josephine O. Graves, b. 8 April 1845, m. James L. Barren, 28 July 1865.

   3.  William Hampton (“Hamp”[1]) Graves, b. 30 Sept. 1851.

+4.  Charles Benjamin Graves, b. 30 Sept. 1857, m. Sarah Ann Hart, 26 Nov. 1882.

+5.  James F. Graves, b. 8 Jan. 1868, m. Ada Fulmer Stanley, 8 Feb. 1903, d. 14 Aug. 1940.






Josephine O. Graves (2) was born 8 April 1845 in Troup Co., GA.  She married James L. Barren (or Barron) on 28 July 1865.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Barren

   6.  Louisa (or Louis) V. Barren, b. 25 Oct. (or 30 Sept.) 1868.

   7.  Edwin S. Barren, b. 12 (or 7) Nov. 1870.


Charles Benjamin Graves (4), called Benjamin, was born 30 Sept. 1857 in AL, and died 25 Feb. 1932 in Texarkana, Bowie Co., TX.  He married Sarah Ann (“Sallie”) Hart, daughter of William Edward Hart and Amarintha Clementine Boyd (both from near Montgomery, AL), on 26 Nov. 1882.  She was born 25 Oct. 1861 in TX.  She was supposedly from near Omaha or Naples, both in Morris Co., TX.  The Harts moved to Texas before the Civil War.  William Hart served in the Texas legislature and was a prominent land owner.  Benjamin and Sallie moved to Texarkana, Bowie Co., TX.  Benjamin was a farmer and parttime carpenter.  He may have lived briefly in Oklahoma.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑3, R‑4)

Children - Graves

   8.    Robert Benjamin Graves, b. 15 Sept. 1883.

+9.    William Graves, b. 15 April 1886, m(1) Sally Walthall, 6 April 1910, m(2) Mary Lou McCurry, 2 Jan. 1966.

   10.  infant, b. 14 Feb. 1888, d. 15 Feb. 1888.  This was probably Derryl Graves.

+11.  Louis F. Graves, b.c. 1890, m. Agnes Fant.

   12.  Aubrey Graves, b.c. 1893.

   13.  Carroll Graves, b.c. 1895.


James F. Graves (5) was born 8 Jan. 1868 in Jefferson, Marion Co., TX, and died 14 Aug. 1940 in Texarkana, Bowie Co., TX.  He married Ada Fulmer Stanley on 8 Feb. 1903.  She was born 2 Oct. 1877 in McNeil, AR, and died 5 Oct. 1958 in Texarkana, TX.  They were both buried in Hillcrest Cem., Texarkana, TX.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Graves

   14.  Joe Hughes Graves, b. 1904, d. 1 Sept. 1975.

+15.  Charles Benjamin Graves, b. 22 Nov. 1905 (Texarkana, TX), m. Lucille Phipps, 2 Aug. 1925, d. 24 Aug. 1992 (Texarkana, TX).  She was b. 1 Sept. 1904 in TX, and d. 9 April 1988 in Texarkana, Miller Co., AR.


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[1] His middle name and nickname from R‑3.