Descendants of THOMAS GRAVES
Generation No. 1
1. THOMAS1 GRAVES was born 1556 in Lambourn, Berkshire,England, and died
1637 in Lambourn, Berkshire,England. He married JOAN BLAGROVE.
Child of THOMAS GRAVES and JOAN BLAGROVE is:
2. i. CAPTAIN THOMAS2 GRAVES, b. April 01, 1584, Lambourn, Berkshire,England;
d. 1635, VA.
Generation No. 2
2. CAPTAIN THOMAS2 GRAVES (THOMAS1) was born April 01, 1584 in Lambourn,
Berkshire,England, and died 1635 in VA. He married KATHERINE CROSHER.
Thomas Graves (1), gentleman, arrived in Virginia in October of 1608, coming
from England in the ship "Mary and Margaret" with Captain Christopher Newport's second supply. Although John Card Graves (R-515) states that Thomas was accompanied by his wife Katherine, sons John and Thomas, and eight others, including Henry Singleton
and Thomas Edge, most other historians agree that he did not bring his wife and children over until later. It is likely that he did not even marry Katherine until 1610, and his first child was born about 1611. Thomas Graves was one of the original Adventurers (stockholders) of the Virginia Company of
London, and one of the very early Planters (settlers) who founded Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in North America. He was also the first known person named Graves in North America.
Captain Thomas Graves is listed as one of the original Adventurers as "Thomas
Grave" on page 364, Records of the Virginia Company of London, vol. IV. Although the Records of the Virginia Company state that in 1622 was granted "a patent to Thomas Graves of Doublin in the Realm of Ireland, gent.", this may be a clerical error. As stated in the original charter of the Virginia Co. of London, the first Adventurers to Virginia were to be from the city of London. King James I of England, on April 10, 1606, granted letters patent (charter) to Sir Thomas Gates, Sir George Somers, Richard Hakluyt, Edward-Maria Winfield, Thomas Hanham, Raleigh Gilbert, William Parker, and George Popham, in whose names the petition for the charter to the Virginia Company of London had been made, for the founding of two colonies in Virginia. In 1606 the name Virginia designated the North American coast north of Spanish Florida. The First Colony was to "begin their first plantation and place
of their first sojourning and dwelling in any place along the aforesaid coast of Virginia or America where they thought it suitable and convenient, between the aforesaid thirty-four and forty-one degrees of the aforesaid latitude." The Second Colony was to locate at some point between thirty-eight degrees and forty-five degrees of northern latitude. (Rec. Va. Co., vol.
IV, p. 368) The First Colony (consisting of knights, gentlemen, merchants and others of the city of London) made a settlement at Jamestown on May 13, 1607, which became permanent. The Plymouth grantees (from the English cities of Bristol and Exeter, the town of Plymouth, and other places) established the Second Colony at Sagadagic (on the coast of what became Maine) in August 1607, but abandoned it in the spring of 1608. On May 13, 1607, Captain
Christopher Newport's fleet of three small ships, the Susan Constant, the Godspeed and the Discovery, with 105 colonists, reached the site of this first permanent English settlement, and called it James Towne. Captain Newport returned to Jamestown on Jan. 8, 1608 with the first supply in the John and Francis. The Phoenix, commanded by Captain Francis Nelson, which had sailed as part of the first supply, finally arrived on 20 April 1608. More than half the settlers died that first winter. Captain Newport sailed again for England and arrived at Blackwell May 21, 1608. Capt. Nelson returned to England in the Phoenix early in July 1608, with requests from Virginia to be sent by the second supply. Capt. Newport left England in the Mary and Margaret, a ship of about 150 tons, with the second
supply, probably in August of 1608. Many sources give the arrival date of this second supply as being early in October 1608. We do know that it was after Sept. 10, 1608. A comparatively complete record, with the names, of the little band of first planters who came in 1607 and the two supplies
of 1608 is given by Captain John Smith in his Historie. These three expeditions
brought a total of about 295 people -- the first settlers numbering about 105, the first supply 120, and the second supply about 70. Of the whole number, 92 are described as "gentlemen." Regarding the title of "Captain" which is attached to Thomas Graves in Virginia historical records, he had no such designation in the Charter of 1609 wherein all the Adventurers (stockholders) of the Virginia Company are listed, and is shown by Captain John Smith on his arrival in Virginia simply as "Thomas Graves, Gent." Thus it appears that he acquired the title of Captain after arriving in Virginia. Thomas Graves early became active in the affairs of the infant colony. On an exploring expedition he was captured by the Indians and taken to Opechancanough. Thomas Savage, who had come to Virginia with the first supply on the John and Francis
in 1608, was sent to rescue him, in which he was successful. The winter of 1608-09 was much better than the previous winter, but soon after Capt. John Smith returned to England for medical treatment in October 1609, the "Starving Time" reduced the population of about 500 to no more than sixty men, women, and children. In June of 1610, the survivors were in the process
of abandoning the settlement, when Lord Delaware arrived as governor of the colony. From that time on, there was apparently no further serious thought of abandoning the town. However, even by 1616, the colony had a total population of only 351, of whom 81 were farmers or tenants. In 1617 the Virginia Company, hoping to expand population and agricultural production in the colony, encouraged private or voluntary associations organized on a joint stock basis to establish settlements in the area of the Company's patent. The Society of Smith's (or Smythe's) Hundred (later called
Southampton Hundred) was organized in 1617. In addition to Captain Thomas Graves, the Adventurers included Sir Thomas Smith, Sir Edwin Sandys, and the Earl of Southampton.
Soon after April 29, 1619, Governor Yeardley wrote to Sir Edwin Sandys: "I have entreated Capt. Graves, an antient officer of this company, to take charge of the people and workes." Capt. Thomas Graves was a member of the First Legislative Assembly in America, and, with Mr. Walter Shelley, sat for Smythe's Hundred when they met at Jamestown on July 30, 1619. The time
of Capt. Thomas Graves'removal to the Eastern Shore is not known. It was,
however, after August 1619, since he was then a representative from Smythe's
Hundred to the first meeting of the House of Burgesses. It was also prior to Feb. 16, 1623, for "A List of Names: of the Living in Virginia, Feb. 16, 1623" shows Thomas Graves "at the Eastern Shore". His patent for 200 acres on the Eastern Shore is of record 14 March 1628 (Patent Book No. 1,
p. 72, Land Registrar's Office,Richmond, Va.). This land was in what was then known as Accomack, now a part of Northampton Co. It was granted by Dr. Thomas Pott, Governor of Virginia, and was on the eastern
side of the Bay of Chesapeake, westerly of the lands of Capt. Henry Flute, an explorer of the Bay, "by virtue of the adventure of five and twenty pounds paid by the said Capt. Thomas Graves to Sir Thomas Smyth, Treasurer of the Virginia Company." He paid a "quit rent" of one shilling for fifty acres, payable at the feast of St. Michael the Archangel (Sept. 29) each year on
a part of his land. In the census of February 1625, Capt. Thomas Graves
was one of only 51 people then living on the Eastern Shore. He was put in charge of the direction of local affairs later in 1625. In Sept. 1632 he, with others,was appointed a Commissioner "for the Plantacon of Acchawmacke". He was one of the Burgesses to the Assembly, representing Accomac, for the 1629-30 session and the 1632 session.
He attended many of the meetings of the Commissioners, but he was absent from Dec. 30, 1632/3 until Oct. 23, 1633/4. It appears that he was out of the country. The old Hungars Episcopal Church is located about seven miles north of Eastville, on the north side of Hungars Creek. Hungars Parish was
made soon after the county was established, and the first minister was Rev. Francis Bolton, who was succeeded by Rev. William Cotton. The first vestry was appointed in 1635. The first vestry meeting was on Sept. 29, 1635, at which Capt. Thomas Graves headed the list of those present. The first church edifice was erected in 1690-95 and was still standing around 1900, one of
the oldest churches in the country. In addition to Capt. Thomas Graves, the other persons named by the court as vestrymen of Hungars Church were William Cotton, minister, Obedience Robins, John Howe, William Stone (first Protestant Governor of
Maryland), William Burdett, William Andrews, John Wilkins, Alexander Mountray, Edward Drews, William Benjiman and Stephen Charlton. Captain Thomas Graves died between November 1635 when he was witness to a deed and 5 Jan. 1636 when suit was entered against a servant to Mrs. Graves Adventurers of Purse and Person, pp. 188-189). His birth date is not known, but is believed to be about 1580. That would have made him only about 55 years of age at his death. Very little is known about Katherine, wife of
Capt. Thomas Graves. Her maiden name may have been Croshaw. (There was a Raleigh Chroshaw, Gent., who arrived with the second supply with Thomas Graves.) Just when she came to Virginia is not recorded. She and her children are not included in the 1625 census of the Eastern Shore, although Capt.
Thomas Graves is. The patent granted to John Graves (son of Capt. Thomas Graves) on Aug. 9, 1637 states that the 600 acres granted to him in Elizabeth City was "due in right of descent from his father Thomas Graves, who transported at his own cost himself, Katherine Graves his wife, John Graves the patentee, and Thomas Graves, Jr., and 8 persons." (Cavaliers and Pioneers, Nugent.)
The 50 acres assigned for each person transported shows they came after
1616. The other 8 persons transported did not include any members of Capt.
Graves' family. The girls, Ann, Verlinda, and Katherine obviously came later, and Francis was born in Virginia. The last reference to Mrs. Graves shows her living at the Old Plantation, Accomac, as of May 20, 1636. Since Captain Thomas Graves had been active in the affairs of Virginia from his arrival, the absence of any mention of him during certain periods indicate he had returned to England. This is also confirmed by patents issued to him and to others in which he is mentioned. Mrs. Hiden stated:
"Even a cursory reading of Northampton (formerly Accomack) records reveals how frequent were the trips to England, Ireland, Holland, and New England" of those living on the Eastern Shore. Mrs. Hiden also stated (R-509, p. 34): "We know from the land patents that Capt. Thomas Graves made several
trips out of the country, to England presumably, and on one of his return
voyages his family accompanied him." Thomas Graves was probably unmarried when he arrived in Virginia in 1608. He was young, and adventure was probably the reason for his coming to Virginia. He was obviously educated, of some "social status" and financial means, and a leader. It is likely that he returned to England, possibly in Oct. 1609, either on the same ship with
Captain John Smith (who left Virginia for England for treatment of his wounds
resulting from an explosion), or on one of the other seven ships which arrived
in Virginia in August 1609. In that way he would have missed the "Starving Time" of the winter of 1609-10, which so few survived. He may have then married in England in about 1610, fathered John Graves and Thomas Graves,
remained in England for several years, and returned to Virginia prior to the formation of Smythe's Hundred in 1617, or possibly a little later. It is known that he as "entreated to take charge of the people and workes" at Smythe's Hundred in April 1619, and was there then. Also, there is no record of his being in Virginia after
the meeting of the Burgesses in July-August of 1619 until he is shown as living on the Eastern Shore in 1623. It seems reasonable that he was in England at the time of the Indian Massacre of March 1622, and upon returning to Virginia settled on the Eastern Shore where it was less perilous to live.
The fact that he fathered three children, the girls, during this period certainly lends support to his being in England. (R-14, R-501, R-515)Children of
CAPTAIN GRAVES and KATHERINE CROSHER are:
3. i. JOHN3 GRAVES, b. 1611, Kent, England.
ii. THOMAS GRAVES, b. 1617.
4. iii. VERLINDA GRAVES, b. 1618; d. July 13, 1675.
iv. ANN GRAVES, b. 1620.
v. KATHERINE GRAVES, b. 1622.
vi. FRANCIS GRAVES, b. 1630.
Generation No. 3
3. JOHN3 GRAVES (CAPTAIN THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born 1611 in Kent, England.
He married ELIZABETH ANNE PERRIN.
JOHN GRAVES2 was born in England as he did not receive land as an "Ancient Planter". All persons in Virginia prior to 1616 received an additional 50 acres. John's birth date cannot be definitely proven, but he filed suit against John Parramore 19 Feb. 1634 (Accawmacke 1, p. 26) proving he was born at least by 1614. However, by
the ages of his sons he must have been born no later than 1611. He was possibly
born before Capt. Thomas came to Va. or Capt Thomas may have made return trips to England. He definitely did not bring his family over until 1617. John's wife is unknown but some Graves genealogists believe she was a Perrin. John died between 29 May 1639 when he patented land and April 1640 when William Parry was appointed administrator of John's estate. THE GRAVES
FAMILY,* of Kenton. Bartlett Graves, the ancestor of the Graves family, of Kenton County, Ky., and one of the early pioneers of Kentucky, was born in Louisa County, Va., in the year 1766. He was the son of Thomas and Susan (Bartlett) Graves, who moved from Virginia to Kentucky as early as 1785,
settling near Bryant's Station, and whose descendants are still numerous in Scott and Fayette Counties. As far as we can trace the lineage of the family, Bartlett Graves was a grandson of Thomas Graves, who came from England to Virginia, and settled on a grant of land he had obtained, in what was
afterward Louisa County. Another son of Thomas Graves who came from England
was David, the ancestor of the late William J. Graves, so long an eminent lawyer and politician of Louisville. Majs. Benjamin and Coleman Graves, who fell at the battle of the River Raisin, were also of this family. Bartlett first married Miss Frances Lane, of Virginia. The children of this marriage
were Bartlett, Henry and Polly. Bartlett was a lawyer and lived in Barren County, near Glasgow. Henry, whose home was at the place now owned by Rev. Edward Stephens, near Erlanger depot afterward moved to Missouri. Polly married the late William Grant, of Petersburg, Boone County. Mr. Graves
came to Campbell County, then including Kenton, early in this century. His wife dying he married Miss Patterson, who had no children, but was a faithful mother to her step-children, whom she brought up. Left again a widower, he married Miss Betsey Leathers, daughter of John Leathers, ancestor of the Leathers family of Kenton County. In the year 1807 they settled on
the farm where the town of Erlanger has recently been laid out. He gave his home the name of "Walnut Grove", from the prevailing growth of timber on it. On that place their large family of ten children--five sons and five daughters--were born and brought up.
In 1819 he built the brick house in
which Mr. George M. Bedinger now lives. After his death "Walnut Grove" passed
into the hands of Dr. B. F. Bedinger, about the year 1865, and the ground for Erlanger depot is on this old Graves farm, and was the generous gift of the late excellent Mrs. Sarah Bedinger. Mr. Graves was a man of vigorous mind and energetic character. He was social, generous and brave. In 1805
he was a member of the Legislature, and in 1814 and 1815 he was high sheriff
of Campbell County, then including Kenton, and unaided by deputies he did all the business himself. He died in 1858, having passed his ninety-second year. Mrs. Graves survived him nine years, and died in 1867, in the eighty-sixth year of her life. This excellent woman in sound judgment, fortitude and energy, was well fitted to be the wife of a pioneer. She brought up her large family under all the difficulties of pioneer life, and did it well. There were no
factories in those days, and, assisted by her female servants, she manufactured all the clothing for her large household, from the wool and flax produced on the farm. In after years she often spoke of the delight
of the "settlers" when they heard that a carding machine was established at Limestone (now Maysville), sixty miles off. The scream of the car whistle was not then heard in the land, and two or three neighbors would gather all the wool in the "settlement", and take it in wagons to Limestone to be carded. There are those still living who have used and enjoyed, and now preserve as heirlooms, some of the beautiful cloth made by loving hands long since laid to rest. Mrs. Graves' children, who greatly revered her, have passed away except her two eldest sons, aged respectively seventy-eight and eighty years. The daughters married, respectively,
Benjamin Dulaney, Nathaniel Winn, George Winn, Blakey Bush and Dr. James Graves. Their descendants are numerous, mostly in Kentucky and Missouri. Of the sons, the two youngest, Thomas and Benjamin, young men of fine promise, died in early manhood, unmarried. Thomas had but a short time before returned from Centre College.John L.
Graves, the eldest son, so long a well known citizen in Kenton and Boone Counties, now lives near Middleton, Ohio, surrounded by an
interesting family, the children of his second marriage. His first wife was Miss Maria Graves, of Boone County, Ky. The late Mrs. William Duncan, of Burlington, was one of the daughters of this marriage. Milton W. Graves, the second son of Bartlett and Elizabeth Graves, married Miss Catherine A. Osborne. This excellent lady died in 1879, leaving six sons and one daughter. Mr.
Graves still lives on his farm, a few miles from his father's old homestead, a well preserved man in his seventy-eighth year, surrounded by "children and children's children." Joseph Addison Graves was the third son of Bartlett and Elizabeth Graves. He died in 1867 in the prime of a noble and useful life, at the age of fifty-two. He married Miss Anna C. Harrison, of Boone
County, who with their three children still survives him. While we forbear to praise the living, it is but right to dwell on the virtues of the dead. Mr. Graves was almost entirely a self-made man; with few early advantages, and almost without assistance, by sheer force of character, sound judgment
and untiring industry he carved his way to success and independence. He is remembered in Boone County where he lived so long as the faithful officer of the law, the model farmer, a man of thorough business qualifications and habits, and of strict integrity in his dealings with his fellow-man, and also as a kind neighbor and faithful friend. He was, we believe, the
first farmer in northern Kentucky who introduced improved machinery, so far as it had then been invented, into his farming operations. From there he removed to the city of Louisville, where for years he was successfully engaged in business. He made a valuable addition to that city known as "Graves subdivision" comprising many acres in the "west end" of the city. He was
a man of superior mind and great depth of feeling. His mind was enriched, especially during the latter years of his life, by reading, until he became one of the best historians of his time. He was forgetful of self, earnest of purpose, and with gentle, unobtrusive manners. In presence he was
attractive and commanding, in manner reserved, yet gentle and unobtrusive and he unconsciously inspired confidence. He was also forbearing to enemies, and generous to
all who needed his help. Not many men to a greater degree exemplified in their lives the Scriptural precept--"do unto others as you would have them to unto you." Warm in his attachments to family and friends, his tender forethought and unceasing efforts for those he loved were life-long indications
of a nature wholly unselfish. No one who trusted him was ever betrayed or dissappointed. He bore affliction, pecuniary losses and years of failing health with the fortitude and firmness of a martyr. But of all his noble qualities, he was eminently just. Prominent among the grandsons of Bartlett Graves, now living, are Dr. Elijah Grant, of Petersburg; Dr. J. J. Dulaney,
of Covington; Dr. B. A. and R Dulaney, Alonzo Graves, John B. Graves, Joseph
H. Graves and Charles A Graves; also the Winns of Missouri. Among his great-grandsons
are Dr. J. M. Grant, Dr. Woods, Dr. Duncan
and Rev. William Woods. (See sketch of Rev. J. C. Harrison.) (*The notes of the Graves family were furnished mainly by John L. Graves, Milton W. Graves and Mrs. Anna C. Graves, the three oldest representatives of the name in this branch of the family.)
Children of JOHN GRAVES and ELIZABETH PERRIN are:
i. FEMALE4 GRAVES.
ii. SARAH GRAVES.
iii. RALPH GRAVES, b. 1629.
iv. WILLIAM GRAVES, b. 1631.
5. v. THOMAS III GRAVES, b. 1632, York County, VA; d. 1735, Gloucester Co.,
4. VERLINDA3 GRAVES (CAPTAIN THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born 1618, and died
July 13, 1675. She
married WILLIAM STONE.
Children of VERLINDA GRAVES and WILLIAM STONE are:
i. THOMAS4 STONE, b. 1638.
ii. JOHN STONE, b. 1642.
iii. ELIZABETH STONE, b. 1650.
iv. RICHARD STONE.
v. MARY STONE, b. 1656.
vi. KATHERINE STONE.
Generation No. 4
5. THOMAS III4 GRAVES (JOHN3, CAPTAIN THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born 1632 in
York County, VA, and
died 1735 in Gloucester Co., Va. He married MARY ELIZABETH UNKNOWN May
Children of THOMAS GRAVES and MARY UNKNOWN are:
i. THOMAS5 GRAVES, b. 1685.
6. ii. JOHN SR. GRAVES, b. December 26, 1686, Gloucester County, Virginia;
iii. WILLIAM GRAVES, b. April 29, 1688.
iv. ROBERT GRAVES, b. February 04, 1703/04.
Generation No. 5
6. JOHN SR.5 GRAVES (THOMAS III4, JOHN3, CAPTAIN THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was
born December 26, 1686
in Gloucester County, Virginia, and died 1737. He married REBECCAH OR SUSANNAH
Child of JOHN GRAVES and REBECCAH UNKNOWN is:
7. i. THOMAS IV6 GRAVES, b. 1691, Spotsylvania Co, Virginia; d. June 06,
1767, Spotsylvania Co, Virginia.
Generation No. 6
7. THOMAS IV6 GRAVES (JOHN SR.5, THOMAS III4, JOHN3, CAPTAIN THOMAS2, THOMAS1)
was born 1691
in Spotsylvania Co, Virginia, and died June 06, 1767 in Spotsylvania Co,
Virginia. He married (1) SARAH
ANNE DAVENPORT Abt 1712. He married (2) ANN REYNOLDS 1757.
GRAVES, Richard - Richard GRAVES heirs vs. Wm. PHILLIPS heirs, filed 31 Aug 1811, Box 315. David GRAVES, Robt. GRAVES, Rice GRAVES, Thos. GRAVES, John GRAVES, Sally GRAVES and Polly GRAVES, last three infants under 21 years by David GRAVES, heirs of Richard GRAVES, deceased, would show that
their father died intestate, leaving above heirs. (attempt to gain title of land purchased from Wm. Phillips of Louisa County, Va.)
Children of THOMAS GRAVES and SARAH DAVENPORT are:
i. POLLY7 GRAVES, b. 1713.
ii. JOHN GRAVES, b. January 1714/15.
iii. THOMAS GRAVES, b. 1721.
iv. SOLOMON GRAVES, b. 1723.
v. WILLIAM GRAVES, b. 1724.
vi. ELEANOR GRAVES, b. 1725.
vii. RICHARD GRAVES, b. 1726.
8. viii. RICE GRAVES, b. 1728, St. George's Parish, Spotsylvania Co., Virginia;
d. 1814, Lewis County, VA.
ix. ROBERT GRAVES, b. 1729.
x. DAVID GRAVES, b. 1730.
xi. LEWIS GRAVES, b. 1732.
xii. SALLY GRAVES, b. 1734.
xiii. MARY GRAVES, b. 1736.
xiv. SUSANAH GRAVES, b. 1738.
Child of THOMAS GRAVES and ANN REYNOLDS is:
xv. FEMALE7 GRAVES, d. April 04, 1758.
Generation No. 7
8. RICE7 GRAVES (THOMAS IV6, JOHN SR.5, THOMAS III4, JOHN3, CAPTAIN THOMAS2,
born 1728 in St. George's Parish, Spotsylvania Co., Virginia, and died 1814
in Lewis County, VA. He married
JANE YOUNG 1751 in louisa, virginia, daughter of JOHN YOUNG and CHRISTIAN
Rice Graves witnessed the marriage of
William Robinson and Sally Fowler in
Goochland County on Nov.3,1796.
Children of RICE GRAVES and JANE YOUNG
9. i. THOMAS8 GRAVES, b. October 1763, Louisa County, Virginia; d. May 1847,
ii. JOHN GRAVES.
iii. BENJAMIN GRAVES.
iv. ELIZABETH GRAVES, m. URIAH TATE, October 12, 1772.
v. RICHARD GRAVES.
vi. SUSANNAH GRAVES.
vii. MARY GRAVES.
viii. WILLIAM GRAVES.
ix. LUCY GRAVES.
x. NANCY GRAVES.
xi. KATHERINE GRAVES.
Generation No. 8
9. THOMAS8 GRAVES (RICE7, THOMAS IV6, JOHN SR.5, THOMAS III4, JOHN3, CAPTAIN
THOMAS1) was born October 1763 in Louisa County, Virginia, and died May
1847 in Fayetteville, Kentucky
(Cumberland County. He married (1) UNK SHELTON. He married (2) MARY "POLLY"
CHILTON August 24,
1785 in lincoln co., ky, daughter of GEORGE CHILTON and ANN OWSLEY. He
married (3) MARLEY P.
WALTHALL October 19, 1842 in cumberland county, kentucky.
Thomas Graves, of Culpepper County, VA., was a soldier and Quarter-master
in the Revolutionary War. He married the widow Simms, by whom he had: Thomas
N., Elizabeth, Nancy, Lucy and Walter. Thomas married
Mary Mason, of Virginia, and in 1806 he removed, with his father and sisters
Elizabeth and Nancy, to Barbour County, Kentucky, from whence in 1820, they
came to Warren County, Missouri. The names of Thomas'
children were: James B., William M., Candice A., Henry B. and Lucy M. Mr.
Graves was Judge of the County Court of both Montgomery and Warren counties.
James B., his eldest son, moved to Oregon. William M. dis-
appeared in a mysterious manner while in New Orleans, Louisiana. Candice
married Usurdus Brainbridge, of St. Charles County. Henry B. married Lucinda
Howell, and lives in California. Lucy M. married Woodson A. Burton, who
settled in Warren County in 1830. Warren, the brother of Thomas Graves,
settled in Warren County in 1826. His children, whose names were: John,
Henry, Mary and Ann, remained in Virginia.
Children of THOMAS GRAVES and MARY CHILTON are:
i. PICKNEY9 GRAVES.
ii. RICHARD B. GRAVES.
iii. JOHN W. GRAVES, b. 1792.
iv. JANE GRAVES, b. 1793.
v. MARY ANN GRAVES, b. 1795.
vi. THOMAS CHILTON GRAVES, b. 1801.
vii. ELIZABETH GRAVES, b. 1803.
viii. CATHERINE GRAVES, b. 1808.
10. ix. BENJAMIN WALTER GRAVES, b. 1811, Cumberland County, Kentucky; d.
July 19, 1853, Hill Cemetery,
Generation No. 9
10. BENJAMIN WALTER9 GRAVES (THOMAS8, RICE7, THOMAS IV6, JOHN SR.5, THOMAS
CAPTAIN THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born 1811 in Cumberland County, Kentucky,
and died July 19, 1853 in Hill
Cemetery, Belton, Texas. He married MARGARET EMBREE January 18, 1832 in
cumberland county, kentucky,
daughter of ELISHA EMBREE and NANCY WILHOITE.
They came to Texas in about 1852 from Kentucky, and settled in Bell County.
Some Chiltons also came with them.
Negro Dies at 110 years of Age - The
following obituary appeared in the Brenham Banner one of the oldest and leading newspapers in Texas. The subject was the mother of Charley GRAVES, the colored man that works at J.H. JAMES and Sons grocery store. The News promised to public it some time ago but had failed to do so from several almost unavoidable causes. Aunt Ibbie GRAVES, who was buried at Independence
last Tuesday was one of the oldest colored citizens of Washington County and deserves more than mere passing mention. She was said to be one hundred and ten years old. She was born in South Carolina in 1811 and came to the Republic of Texas with her master, Dr. G. W. GRAVES, when Indians and Mexicans
roved the hills of Independence with as much liberty as the present day civilian goes about his daily duties. Aunt Ibbie witnessed the steady advance of civilization. She was here when the state fell in 1833. She saw the railroads
replace the long trains of ox wagon freighters. She witnessed the institution
of telephones and telegraph lines. She has ridden in the automobile in place of oxcarts and saw thousands of discoveries and devices and inventions recorded within the past one hundred years. For the greater part of her
life she was a consistent an conscientious member of the Baptist Church. She was the mother of fifteen children, six of whom are living namely, Timoxena BYRD and Peter GRAVES of Independence, Allen GRAVES of Brenham, Narcisus EWING, of Welborn, Charlie
GRAVES, of Belton, Austin GRAVES, of Oakdale
La. She was a woman of remarkable constitution. Although so old, she maintained her strength and vitality up to about three months ago, when she fell and broke her hip from which she never fully recovered. Her husband Peter GRAVES, was a notable blacksmith in the early days of Texas. The outlines of the foundation of his ship can still be traced at Independence.
Uncle Peter and Aunt Ibbie having come here during the days of the Texas Republic with their distinguished masters, Dr. G.W. and Henry L. GRAVES, so prominent in the educational and religious history of Texas, accord them a place in our history not enjoyed by many. Both black and white loved and respected Aunt Ibbie.
Children of BENJAMIN GRAVES and MARGARET EMBREE are:
i. LYDIA10 GRAVES, b. November 11, 1832.
ii. NANCY GRAVES, b. 1834.
11. iii. MARY CHILTON GRAVES, b. February 02, 1837; d. July 18, 1924, Hill
Cemetery BELTON, TEXAS.
iv. THOMAS J. GRAVES, b. 1838.
v. MINERVA "MINNIE" GRAVES, b. 1841.
vi. ELOUISE CATHERINE GRAVES, b. March 24, 1843; m. ABRAHAM BUFORD LEWIS.
vii. JOHN RICHARD GRAVES, b. 1846.
12. viii. BENJAMIN WORTH GRAVES, b. February 05, 1849, KENTUCKY; d. March
01, 1904, Hill Cemetery
ix. ELISHA EMBREE GRAVES, b. 1850.
x. ANDREW J. GRAVES, b. 1853.
Generation No. 10
11. MARY CHILTON10 GRAVES (BENJAMIN WALTER9, THOMAS8, RICE7, THOMAS IV6,
JOHN SR.5, THOMAS III4, JOHN3, CAPTAIN THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born February 02, 1837, and died July 18, 1924 in Hill Cemetery BELTON, TEXAS. She married WILLIAM F. BREEDLOVE.
Children of MARY GRAVES and WILLIAM BREEDLOVE are:
13. i. DORA LOUISE11 BREEDLOVE.
ii. ROBERT HENRY BREEDLOVE.
iii. WALTER BENJAMIN BREEDLOVE.
iv. FRANCES EMMA BREEDLOVE.
v. MINNIE FLORENCE BREEDLOVE.
vi. JAMES M. BREEDLOVE.
vii. LYDIA ELLEN BREEDLOVE.
viii. TENNIE MARY BREEDLOVE.
ix. JOHN W. BREEDLOVE.
x. ALBERT ANDREW BREEDLOVE.
12. BENJAMIN WORTH10 GRAVES (BENJAMIN WALTER9, THOMAS8, RICE7, THOMAS IV6,
JOHN SR.5, THOMAS III4, JOHN3, CAPTAIN THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born February
05, 1849 in KENTUCKY, and died March 01, 1904 in Hill Cemetery BELTON, TEXAS.
He married (1) MARIAH MATTIE TOBIN Abt 1865 in BELL CO., TEXAS, daughter of ALFRED TOBIN and MARY LEATH. He married (2) HATTIE SOPHENIA MITCHELL October 23, 1872, daughter of STIRLING MITCHELL and MARY ?.
Benjamin served in the Confederate Army along with two of his brothers, one of which died in battle. He brought an enfield field rifle back with him and returned from the Army wearing a Confederate overcoat.
Note: 2Graves family settled in Belton, Bell Co.TX about 1849 Military: 3Civil War veteran, per Affidavits supporting Hattie's Application for Widow's Pension Enlisted 1864, CSA. Hattie lived in the Confederate Home for women until her death.
Children of BENJAMIN GRAVES and MARIAH TOBIN are:
14. i. VICTOR LEE11 GRAVES, b. November 27, 1867, Belton, Bell County, Tx;
d. October 11, 1943, Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma County, Ok.
ii. LELA GRAVES, b. 1868.
15. iii. MATTIE JEWEL GRAVES, b. October 02, 1869, texas; d. August 11,
1933, plot East12-18-2, tulare dist. cem. (this is my line)
iv. MATIE LUCILLE GRAVES, b. 1871.
Children of BENJAMIN GRAVES and HATTIE MITCHELL are:
v. LELA LEDA11 GRAVES, b. 1873.
16. vi. BENJAMIN EDWARD GRAVES, b. November 06, 1875.
17. vii. JOHN WILHOIT EMBREE GRAVES, b. December 23, 1877; d. May 16, 1962.
18. viii. ROBERT ELISHA GRAVES, b. 1879.
Generation No. 11
13. DORA LOUISE11 BREEDLOVE (MARY CHILTON10 GRAVES, BENJAMIN WALTER9, THOMAS8,
THOMAS IV6, JOHN SR.5, THOMAS III4, JOHN3, CAPTAIN THOMAS2, THOMAS1). She
Child of DORA BREEDLOVE and William C.Shipp is:
i. BENJAMIN JOSHUA12 C.SHIPP, m. NORA MAE STEVENS.
14. VICTOR LEE11 GRAVES (BENJAMIN WORTH10, BENJAMIN WALTER9, THOMAS8, RICE7,
JOHN SR.5, THOMAS III4, JOHN3, CAPTAIN THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born November
27, 1867 in Belton, Bell
County, Tx, and died October 11, 1943 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County,
Ok. He married EMMA FRANCES
Christening: 1887 Belton, Bell County, Texas
Death: 10 OCT 1943 in Oklahoma
Burial: Fairlawn Cemetery-Oklahoma City, OK
Occupation: Minister in the
Christian church, Disciples of Christ 1 Preached in Oklahoma City and Fort
Children of VICTOR graves and EMMA HANSEN are:
i. MADELINE MATTIE LUCILLE12 GRAVES, b. January 21, 1890.
ii. LILLIE JEWELL GRAVES, b. January 22, 1892.
iii. LULA PEARL GRAVES, b. January 22, 1892.
iv. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN GRAVES, b. August 22, 1895.
v. EMMA LEE GRAVES, b. November 25, 1897.
vi. CHARLES ADRIAN GRAVES, b. April 28, 1900.
vii. BLUEFORD BRADFORD GRAVES, b. September 10, 1902.
viii. RUBY MARY GRAVES, b. 1904.
ix. MARY GRAVES, b. December 12, 1909.
15. MATTIE JEWEL11 GRAVES (BENJAMIN WORTH10, BENJAMIN WALTER9, THOMAS8,
RICE7, THOMAS IV6, JOHN SR.5, THOMAS III4, JOHN3, CAPTAIN THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born October 02, 1869 in texas, and died August 11, 1933 in plot East12-18-2, tulare dist. cem.. She married EPHRAIM ALDRIGE JOHNSON Abt 1891 in belton co., texas, son of JAMES JOHNSON and MARY FUDGE.
Children of mattie graves and ephraim johnson are:
i. MARVIN12 JOHNSON, b. 1891, temple, tx; d. 1891, temple, tx.
ii. MARY LEE JOHNSON, b. 1893, belton co., tx; d. February 08, 1916, olney,
tx; m. FRED G. HOLCOMB.
iii. WALTER JOHNSON, b. July 04, 1895, colorado co., tx; d. January 08,
1950, witchita falls, tx; m. EVELYN VANKLEECK SPAULDING.
iv. CHARLES ROBERT JOHNSON, b. May 01, 1898, tx; d. November 22, 1983,
fresno, ca; m. BLANCHE LOVELLA WOOD, 1926, CA.
v. JOSEPH EPHRAIM JOHNSON, b. September 20, 1901, bell county, tx; d. April 04, 1982, hanford cemetery,hanford, ca; m. (1) UNKNOWN RITA; m. (2) HAZEL
LEOLA DAVID, December 22, 1927, yuma, az.
vi. MYRTLE JOHNSON, b. March 06, 1905; d. May 30, 1971, buried next to
her husband; m. MACKINNEY ELLIOTT, August 09, 1919, yuma, az.
vii. HOMER W. JOHNSON, b. January 25, 1907, haskell, tx; d. August 06,
1981, buried in maybank, tx; m. EVEERDELL TIDROW.
16. BENJAMIN EDWARD11 GRAVES (BENJAMIN WORTH10, BENJAMIN WALTER9, THOMAS8,
RICE7, THOMAS IV6, JOHN SR.5, THOMAS III4, JOHN3, CAPTAIN THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born November 06,1875. He married CLAUDIA TEMPLIN June 21, 1896 in BELTON CO., TX.
Children of BENJAMIN GRAVES and CLAUDIA TEMPLIN are:
i. RUSSELL LEE12 GRAVES, b. 1898.
ii. MARY GRAVES, b. 1906.
17. JOHN WILHOIT EMBREE11 GRAVES (BENJAMIN WORTH10, BENJAMIN WALTER9, THOMAS8,
RICE7, THOMAS IV6, JOHN SR.5, THOMAS III4, JOHN3, CAPTAIN THOMAS2, THOMAS1)
was born December 23,1877, and died May 16, 1962. He married CLARA FLORENCE
FINCH May 05, 1901.
Notes: Was born in his grandfather's log house on the Chisholm Trail. One room of the house was donated to the county to use as a courthouse. In 1894, he became a Peace Officer in Belton Texas where he was a deputy sheriff for 2 years before becoming a Texas Ranger. He was stationed in Laredo area for 8 years on the King Ranch. 'Uncle John' was a 1st cousin to Gov. Jim Ferguson, who was succeeded by his wife, 'Ma' Ferguson
The family moved to Amarillo in 1922.
Children of JOHN GRAVES and CLARA FINCH are:
i. WILLA JEWEL12 GRAVES, b. 1902.
ii. EUGENE WORTH GRAVES, b. October 07, 1903.
iii. RILEY WILHOIT "PAT" GRAVES, b. 1905.
iv. JIMMIE LOUISE GRAVES, b. 1907.
v. LILLIE BLANCHE GRAVES, b. 1910.
vi. ALIEEN GRAVES, b. 1912.
vii. JUANITA GRAVES, b. 1915.
18. ROBERT ELISHA11 GRAVES (BENJAMIN WORTH10, BENJAMIN WALTER9, THOMAS8,
IV6, JOHN SR.5, THOMAS III4, JOHN3, CAPTAIN THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born 1879.
He married MINNIE
B. Abt 1880.
Child of ROBERT GRAVES and MINNIE B. is:
i. AUBRY12 GRAVES, b. 1900
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