Rev. 13 April 2021, Gen. 928

 

DESCENDANTS OF JOHN GRAVES AND MARY ANN PAYNE OF TN & MADISON CO., NC

 

 

OVERVIEW

 

This family is actually descended from a Palmer, although it has very close ties with the family of Hartford, CT (genealogy 168).  The Palmer descent has been confirmed by a Y-DNA test on one of the descendants, and also seems to be supported by family information.  John Graves may have been a son of James Palmer and Elizabeth Graves (b. 1822, d. 1880), daughter of Adam Graves and Hannah Latham, but it is also possible that he may have been a son of Elizabeth who married Joseph Latham Graves.  (Perhaps these two Elizabeths were the same person.)  According to J. Cleon Graves (R‑1), it is possible that John Graves was raised by Harrison Graves, son of Joseph Latham Graves.

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

John Graves (1) was born in Feb. 1845 (according to the 1880 and 1900 census records) or 23 Dec. 1851 (supported by 1910 and 1920 censuses) in Sevier Co., TN, and died 12 Oct. 1922 in Madison Co., NC.  It seems likely that the 1845 birthdate is probably correct, and he decided to tell people he was younger in later years.  It is said that he moved from TN to Madison Co., NC about 1870.  He married Mary Ann Payne, daughter of Nancy Rector, probably about 1873..  She was born 9 May 1845 in Madison Co., NC, and died 6 Jan. 1936 in Bluff, Madison Co., NC.  They were both buried in Meadow Fork Cem., Madison Co., NC.

They were in the 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920 censuses for Spring Creek, Madison Co., NC.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in Madison Co., NC.  John has not been identified in any of the earlier census records.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑4)

Children - Graves

+2.   Sarah Jane Graves, b. Jan. 1874, m. Henry Allen Parton, 14 Aug. 1898, d. after 1920.

+3.   Harrison A. Graves, b. Sept. 1875, m(1) Cynthia Jane Morris, 27 Oct. 1894, m(2) Florence ‑‑‑‑‑‑, before 1919, d. 24 March 1938.

+4.   Jane G. Graves, b. April 1877, m. Elias P. Shetley, 22 Feb. 1904, d. 1959.

+5.   Alfred E. Graves, b. 19 May 1879, m(1) Alice Cordelia Dixon, 7 Nov. 1902, m(2) Mourning Evelyn Wyatt, d. 7 March 1963.

    6.  Anderson Graves, b. March 1881, d. Nov. 1911 (Madison Co., NC).

+7.   Bessie Graves, b. 3 March 1883, m. Thomas A. Moore, March 1904, d. 12 Feb. 1937.

    8.  Rebecca Graves, b. 8 June 1885, m. Charles Rogers, d. March 1972 (Walhalla, Oconee Co., SC).

+9.   Kitty Graves, b. 15 Oct. 1886, m. Samuel Jackson Wilburn, 20 March 1910, d. 16 June 1974.

    10.   Toy Graves (daughter), b. Oct. 1894.

 

 

GENERATION 2

 

CHILDREN OF JOHN GRAVES (1) AND MARY A. PAYNE

Sarah Jane (“Sallie”) Graves (2) was born in Jan. 1874 in Madison Co., NC, and died after 1920.  She married Henry Allen Parton on 14 Aug. 1898 in Madison Co., NC.  He was born in Jan. 1877 (or 6 Oct. 1877) in Madison Co., NC, and died in 1932.  (R‑2, R‑4)

Children - Parton

    11.   Sybil Parton, b. March 1900 (NC), d. before 1920.

+12.   Theodore Parton, b. 15 June 1902, m. Allie Mae Hall, 13 April 1924, d. 8 June 1977.

+13.   Elsie Mae Parton, b. 11 Feb. 1914, m. Yates J. Gregg, 5 May 1934, d. 10 Feb. 1997.

 

Harrison A. Graves (3) was born in Sept. 1875 in Hot Springs, Madison Co., NC, and died 24 March 1938 in Wise Co., VA.  He first married Cynthia Jane Morris, daughter of Elias Kerr Morris and Elizabeth Jane Freeman, on 27 Oct. 1894.  She was born in July 1875 in Madison Co., NC.  They were in the 1900 census for Meadow Fork of Spring Creek, Madison Co., NC, where he was listed as H. A. and a farmer, with his brother-in-law Hampton Morris, age 19, living with them.  They were in the 1910 census for Lipps, Wise Co., VA, where he was a coal miner.  In the 1920 census for Meadow Fork of Spring Creek, Cynthia was head of household with her youngest daughter living with her.  Dora was born in TN, and all the other children were born in NC.

Harrison married second Florence ‑‑‑‑‑‑ before 1919.  She was born 23 Aug. 1884 in VA, and died 26 Oct. 1951.  They were in the 1920 census for Richmond, Wise Co., VA, and in the 1930 census for Big Stone Gap, Wise Co., VA.  (R‑2, R‑4)

Children - Graves, by Cynthia J. Morris

    14.   Lillie Graves, b. Feb. 1896 (NC), d. 26 Oct. 1904.

+15.   Mary Eliza Graves, b. June 1898 (or 24 July 1899), m. Jasper Garfield Lindsey, 1 Jan. 1915, d. 9 March 1972.

    16.   Laurence (or Lawrence) Graves, b.c. 1902 (NC).

    17.   Dora Imogene Graves, b.c. 1904 (TN), m. Donald E. Wilson, 28 Aug. 1942 (Camden NC), d.c. 1963.

    18.   Laura Louise Graves, b. 1 May 1909 (NC), m. Robert Boyce Penley, d. April 1982 (Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC).  Living with her sister Mary in 1920.

    19.   Thelma Iris Graves, b. 26 June 1911 (Hot Springs, Madison Co., NC), m. Herbert Raymond Hall, d. 3 Oct. 1952 (Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC).  1 daughter.

 

Jane G. Graves (4) was born in April 1877 in Madison Co., NC, and died in 1959.  She married Elias P. Shetley on 22 Feb. 1904.  He was born 18 May 1881, died 9 June 1966, and was buried in Ebbs, Roaring Fork, Madison Co., NC.  They were in the 1910 census for Civil Dist. 1, Cocke Co., TN, with him listed as Lias L.  They were in the 1920 census for the same location, with him as Elias.  They were in the 1930 census for Meadow Fork Twp., with him listed as Elisha, living next to her brother Alfred Graves, and her mother living with them.  He was a farmer.  Their first child was born in TN, the next 2 in NC, and the next in TN.  (R‑2)

Children - Shetley

    20.   John B. (or Steve or Stephen) Shetley, b.c. 1908.

    21.   Sarah E. Shetley, b.c. 1912.

    22.   Floyd Shetley, b.c. 1915.

    23.   Ariana (or Abisinia) Shetley, b.c. 1918.

 

Alfred E. Graves (5) was born 19 May 1879 and died 7 March 1963, both in Madison Co., NC.  He first married Alice Cordelia Dixon, called Cordelia, on 7 Nov. 1902 in Madison Co., NC.  She was born about 1885 in NC, and died after 1930.

He married second Mourning (or Morning) Evelyn Mooneyham after 1930.  She had first married Elbert Wyatt, and they were in the 1910 and 1920 censuses for Spring Creek, Madison Co., NC.  She was born 15 Sept. 1880 in TN[i], and died 23 Dec. 1979 in Madison Co., NC.

Alfred and Alice were in the 1910 and 1920 censuses for Spring Creek, Madison Co., NC.  They were in the 1930 census for Meadow Fork Twp., Madison Co., NC, with grandson Clarence Spearman, age 3 years 4 months, born in SC, living with them, and all children still there except for James and Vina.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in NC, probably all in Madison Co.  (R‑2, R‑3)

Children - Graves, by Alice C. Dixon

    24.   Hezekiah (“Kiah”) Graves, b. 12 Aug. 1903 (Hot Springs, Madison Co., NC), d. 11 Feb. 1990 (Spartanburg, Spartanburg Co., SC).

    25.   James Graves, b. 16 Nov. 1904 (Hot Springs, Madison Co., NC), d. 4 April 1981 (Spartanburg, SC).

    26.   Vina Graves, b. 14 Dec. 1906 (Madison Co., NC), d. 22 Dec. 1924 (Waynesville, Haywood Co., NC).

+27.   Gertrude Arbezena Graves, b. 16 March 1908, m(1) Paul Nathan Spearman, c. 1925, m(2) Avery David Massey, 12 April 1932, d. 6 Feb. 1979.

    28.   Mary Ann (“Annie”) Graves, b. 24 Jan. 1910 (Spring Creek, Madison Co., NC), d. 15 June 2001 (Inman, Spartanburg Co., SC).

+29.   John William Graves, b. 5 Sept. 1911, m. Minnie Garnie Wyatt, d. 8 Oct. 1960.

    30.   Maude Leesta (“Lessie”) Graves, b. 3 Sept. 1916 (Spring Creek, Madison Co., NC), d. 29 Nov. 1996 (Stone Mountain, De Kalb Co., GA).

    31.   Margie Marcella (or Marcella Essie) Graves, b. 12 June 1918 (Madison Co., NC), d. 9 Nov. 2006 (Townsend, Blount Co., TN).

    32.   Ross C. Graves, b. 30 March 1920 (Hot Springs, Madison Co., NC), d. 9 Sept. 2016 (Green Valley, Pima Co., AZ).

    33.   Cleophas) Graves, b. 14 June 1922 (Hot Springs, Madison Co., NC), d. 17 Dec. 2014 (Inman, Spartanburg Co., SC).

 

Bessie Graves (7) was born 3 March 1883 and died 12 Feb. 1937, both in Madison Co., NC.  She married Thomas A. Moore in March 1904.  He was born 9 Oct. 1868, and died 5 Jan. 1938 in Madison Co., NC.  They were both buried in Meadowfork Baptist Church Cem., Madison Co., NC.  They were in the 1910 and 1920 censuses for Meadow Fork, Spring Creek Twp., Madison Co., NC.  They were in the 1930 census for Meadow Fork Rd., Meadow Fork Twp., Madison Co., NC.  All their children were born in NC.  He was a farmer.  (R‑2)

Children - Moore

+34.   John F. Moore, b.c. 1908, m. Ethel ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

    35.   Dalmon (or Dollman) Moore, b.c. 1913.

    36.   Floyd Tillman Moore, b. 18 July 1915, d. 27 Nov. 1918.

    37.   Troy Moore, b.c. 1918.

    38.   Robert Moore, b. 5 April 1919, d. 29 Nov. 1923.  Not in the 1920 census, unless he was the same as Troy.

    39.   Georgie Moore (daughter), b.c. 1922.

    40.   Charlie H. Moore, b.c. 1928.

 

Kitty Graves (9) was born 15 Oct. 1886 in Madison Co., NC, and died 16 June 1974 in Somerdale, Camden Co., NJ.  She married Samuel (“Sam”) L. Wilburn (or Samuel Jackson Wilburn) on 20 March 1910.  He was born about 1878 in TN.  They were living with her parents in the 1910 census for Meadow Fork of Spring Creek Twp., Madison Co., NC.  They were in the 1920 census for Meadow Fork of Spring Creek, Madison Co., NC.  They were in the 1930 census for Fines Creek, Haywood Co., NC.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in NC.  (R‑2)

Children - Wilburn

    41.   Emmett Wilburn, b.c. 1916.

    42.   Estill Wilburn, b.c. 1919.

    43.   Edna Wilburn, b.c. 1923.

    44.   Lizzie Wilburn, b.c. 1925.

    45.   Evaline (or Evelyn) Lolas Wilburn, b.c. 1926.

    46.   John L. Wilburn, b.c. 1928.

 

 

GENERATION 3

 

CHILDREN OF HARRISON A. GRAVES (3) AND CYNTHIA MORRIS

Mary Eliza Graves (15) was born 24 July 1899 (or June 1898) in Madison Co., NC, and died 9 March 1972 in Canton, Haywood Co., NC.  She married Jasper Garfield Lindsey, probably called Garfield, on 1 Jan. 1915 in Craven Co., NC.  He was born 29 March 1894 in NC, and died 31 Oct. 1953 in Hot Springs, Madison Co., NC.  They were in the 1920 census for Meadow Fork of Spring Creek, Madison Co., NC.  (R‑4)

Children - Lindsey

+47.   Thelma Althea Helen Lindsey, b. 24 Dec. 1915, m. Thomas Edgar Justice, Dec. 1933, d. 13 Aug. 1997.

+48.   Ruby Ellen Lindsey, b. 11 Aug. 1917, m. Dock Franklin Snyder, 14 Sept. 1935, d. 29 July 1999.

+49.   Amanda Lee Lindsey, b. 21 Feb. 1920, m. Paris Elijah James, 27 March 1938, d. 16 Aug. 2001.

    50.   William Howard Lindsey, b. 19 Feb. 1922 (Madison Co., NC), d. 17 Jan. 2000 (Waynesville, Haywood Co., NC).

+51.   Lawrence Albert Lindsey, b. 7 June 1924, m. Ruth Evelyn Hicks, d. 14 March 2008.

+52.   Dora Imagene Lindsey, b. 1 Oct. 1926, m. John Emil Diblasio, d. 8 Nov. 2008.

+53.   Mary Louise Lindsey, b. 13 Feb. 1929, m. Harold Minton, d. 10 Nov. 2015.

+54.   Edward Eugene Lindsey, b. 20 Nov. 1930, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 11 Nov. 2012.

+55.   Garfield Herbert Lindsey, b. 29 April 1934, m. Georgia Baldwin, d. 4 April 2013.

    56.   daughter

 

CHILDREN OF ALFRED E. GRAVES (5) AND ALICE C. DIXON

Gertrude Arbezena Graves (27) was born 16 March 1908 in NC, and died 6 Feb. 1979 in Mauldin, Greenville Co., SC.  She first married Paul Nathan Spearman about 1925.  He was born about 1906 in SC.  She married second Avery David Massey on 12 April 1932 in Cocke Co., TN.  He was born 29 Aug. 1911 in NC, and died 21 March 1976 in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI.  (R‑3)

Children - Spearman

    57.   Clarence Leonard Spearman, b. 4 Nov. 1926 (Inman, Spartanburg Co., SC), d. 16 Jan. 1995 (Collegeville, Montgomery Co., PA).

Children - Massey

    58.   Troy Massey, b. 30 March 1933 (Hot Springs, Madison Co, NC), d. 10 Jan. 1998 (Dearborn Heights, Wayne Co., MI).

    59.   David Massey, b. 14 Oct. 1938 (Ostergotland, Sweden), d. 6 Feb. 2001 (Macomb Co., MI).

 

John William (“Willie”) Graves (29) was born 5 Sept. 1911 in Madison Co., NC, and died 8 Oct. 1960 in Greenville, Greenville Co., SC.  He married Minnie Garnie Wyatt, daughter of Randall Ronald Wyatt and Lanisa Ella Gowan.  She was born 31 Oct. 1917 in Hot Springs, Madison Co., NC, and died 8 Nov. 2002 in Greenville, SC.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

    60.   son, m. Rachel Hall.  She was b. in Greenville, SC, and d. March 2012 in Greenville, SC.  2 sons and 1 daughter.

    61.   son, m. Ira Joette Nimmons.  She was b. 25 June 1943 and d. 10 Nov. 2016, both in Greenville, Greenville Co., SC, daughter of Jack Harold Nimmons and Helen Owings.  2 daughters, one of whom is Sheila Graves.

 

CHILDREN OF BESSIE GRAVES (7) AND THOMAS A. MOORE

John F. Moore (34) was born about 1908 in NC.  He married Ethel ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1916 in NC.  They were in the 1930 census for Meadow Fork Rd., Meadow Fork Twp., Madison Co., NC, living next to his parents.  He was a farmer.

Children - Moore

    62.   Clayton Moore, b.c. 1929 (NC).

 

 

GENERATION 4

 

CHILDREN OF MARY E. GRAVES (15) AND J. GARFIELD LINDSEY

Thelma Althea Helen Lindsey (47) was born 24 Dec. 1915 in Madison Co., NC, and died 13 Aug. 1997 in Haywood Co., NC.  She married Thomas Edgar Justice in Dec. 1933.  He was born 19 March 1902 and died 29 July 1980, both in Haywood Co., NC.  (R‑4)

Children - Justice

    63.   Franklin Justice, b. 17 Dec. 1940, d. 1 Feb. 1943.

    64.   son

    65.   son

    66.   daughter

 

Ruby Ellen Lindsey (48) was born 11 Aug. 1917 in Wise Co., VA, and died 29 July 1999 in Littleton, Halifax Co., NC.  She married Dock Franklin Snyder on 14 Sept. 1935 in Haywood Co., NC.  He was born 31 Jan. 1914 in Jackson Co., NC, and died 15 Dec. 1977 in Louisburg, Franklin Co., NC.  (R‑4)

Children - Snyder

    67.   son

    68.   daughter

    69.   daughter

    70.   son

 

Amanda Lee Lindsey (49) was born 21 Feb. 1920 in Madison Co., NC, and died 16 Aug. 2001 in Clyde, Haywood Co., NC.  She married Paris Elijah James on 27 Narch 1938 in Craven Co., NC.  He was born 12 Jan. 1914 in TN, and died 30 April 2000 in Haywood Co., NC.  (R‑4)

Children - James

    71.   Jewel Dee James, b. 4 June 1939 (Haywood Co., NC), m(1) Dallas Savanda Morgan, 28 Jan. 1955 (Buncombe Co., NC), m(2) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 13 Feb. 2009 (Waynesville, Haywood Co., NC).  Jewel and Dallas divorced 8 Sept. 1980 in Buncombe Co., NC.  Dallas was b. 17 March 1936, and d. 16 Aug. 2002 in Pickens, Pickens Co., SC.  They had 1 son, Dallas Savanda Morgan, Jr., b. 1956 and d. 2006, and 2 daughters.

    72.   son

    73.   son

    74.   daughter

 

Lawrence Albert Lindsey (51) was born 7 June 1924 in Madison Co., NC, and died 14 March 2008 in Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC.  He married Ruth Evelyn Hicks.  He was born 7 June 1924 in Madison Co., NC, and died 14 March 2008 in Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC.  (R‑4)

Children - Lindsey

    75.   daughter

    76.   son

    77.   son

    78.   daughter

    79.   daughter

 

Dora Imagene (“Jean”) Lindsey (52) was born 1 Oct. 1926 in Madison Co., NC, and died 8 Nov. 2008 in Canton, Haywood Co., NC.  She married John Emil Diblasio.  He was born 3 May 1915 in NY, and died 22 July 1998 in Haywood Co., NC.  (R‑4)

Children - Diblasio

    80.   son

    81.   son

    82.   son

 

Mary Louise Lindsey (53) was born 13 Feb. 1929 in Spring Creek, Madison Co., NC, and died 10 Nov. 2015 in Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL.  She married Harold Minton.  He was born 1 Sept. 1927, and died 14 June 2009 in Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL.  (R‑4)

Children - Minton

    83.   son

    84.   daughter

    85.   daughter

 

Edward Eugene Lindsey (54) was born 20 Nov. 1930 in Spring Creek, Madison Co., NC, and died 10 Nov. 2012 in Ashville, Buncombe Co., NC.  He married ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  (R‑4)

Children - Lindsey

    86.   son

 

Garfield Herbert Lindsey (55) was born 29 April 1934 in Spring Creek, Madison Co., NC, and died 4 April 2013 in Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC.  He married Beorgia Baldwin.  She was born 8 June 1935 and died 27 March 2014, both in Marshall, Madison Co., NC.  (R‑4)

Children - Lindsey

    87.   daughter

    88.   son

    89.   daughter

    90.   daughter

 

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[i] Her place of birth confirmed as TN in both the 1910 and 1920 censuses.