Rev. 13 April 2006, Gen. 937







Jasper (“Jap”) J. Graves (1) was born in Jan. 1876[1] in MS.  His nickname of Jap was only found in the 1910 census; in the 1900 and 1910 censuses he was listed as Jasper.  He married Dicy (or Dicie) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1893.  She was born in Feb. 1875 in MS.  Jasper J. Graves was in the 1920 census for Beat 3, Jefferson Davis Co., MS, page 5B, living next to his son Carl and John A. Graves (age 66, with wife Rachel).  Based on this, it seems possible that John A. Graves was the father of Jasper.  However, the only Jasper that has been found in earlier census records is one born about 1868, son of Merritt Graves and Betty Jane ‑‑‑‑‑‑, living in Williamsburg, Covington Co., MS in 1870, and in Holliday Creek, Covington Co., MS in 1880.  Even though the date of birth is somewhat different, this is believed to be the same Jasper Graves with wife Dicy who was living in Holliday Creek in the 1900 census.

Merritt Graves was a son of William Graves (b. 1820), and the John A. Graves in the 1920 census may have been the one who was a son of Eli Graves (b.c. 1838) and Eliza.  Eli and William were brothers, both sons of Humphrey Graves, descended from James Graves and Mary Copeland of VA & GA (genealogy 150).  This would have made John A. Graves and Jasper Graves cousins, rather than father and son.  The 1910  (R‑1)

Children – Graves

+2.  Van R. (or Authur) Graves, b. Nov. 1893, m. Ella ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+3.  William Carl Graves, b. Feb. 1896, m. Ellen ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  4.  Ella Lathen (?) Graves, b. April 1899.

  5.  Louisa May (or Lessie) Graves, b.c. 1906.

  6.  Arvin (or Artie) Graves, b.c. 1909.






Van R. Graves (2) was born in Nov. 1893 (according to the 1900 census, or 26 March about 1894 according to R‑1 and the 1910 census) in MS.  He married Ella ‑‑‑‑‑‑, probably about 1918.  She was born about 1903 in MS.  They were in the 1930 census for Beat 3, Jefferson Davis Co., MS, page 13B, living on Highway 220.  All their children were born in MS.  (R‑1)

Children – Graves

  7.   Hazel Graves, b.c. 1919.

+8.   Mack C. Graves, b. 24 Feb. 1921, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  9.   Bobbie Ray Graves, b.c. 1923.

  10.  Ernest Graves, b.c. 1927.


Carl Graves (3) was born in Feb. 1896 in MS.  He married Ellen ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1897 in MS.  She was a sister of Ella, wife of his brother Van.  He was in the 1920 census for Beat 3, Jefferson Davis Co., MS, page 5B, living next to his father Jasper and John A. Graves (age 66, with wife Rachel).  (R‑1)

Children – Graves

  11.  T. E. Graves (son), b.c. 1919 (MS).


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[1] His birthdate of Jan. 1876 was from the 1900 census.  The 1910 census gives his age as 38 (b.c. 1872), and 47 (b.c. 1873) in the 1920 census.