Rev. 11 Dec. 2011, Gen. 4







Thomas (“Tom”) Graves (1) was born in July 1857 in TN.  He married Mollie ‑‑‑‑‑‑, perhaps about 1877.  She was born in May 1861 in TN.  He was in the 1870 census for District 1, Lauderdale Co., TN, working as a domestic servant and living in the household of Edmond Moody (or Woody), listed as Thomas Greeves or Greaves, all household members listed as black.  He and Mollie were in the 1880 census for Dist. 1, Lauderdale Co., TN, with their first 2 children.  They were in the 1900 and 1910 censuses for Monroe Twp., Mississippi Co., AR.  6 of their 13 children were still living in 1900, and 7 of 14 were living in 1910.  He was a farmer.  They must have moved from TN to AR in late 1894 or early 1895, since all their children born by 1894 were born in TN, and the ones in 1895 and later were born in AR.

It has been stated by R‑1 that the parents of Thomas Graves were James M. Graves (b. 1820 in TN and d. in TN) and Elizabeth ‑‑‑‑‑‑ (b. 1830 in TN, and d. Dec. 1860 in Carroll Co., TN).  However, this is genealogy 211, and the son of James M. Graves and Elizabeth ‑‑‑‑‑‑ named Thomas married Agnes Inez Donnell and stayed in Wilson Co., TN, so this couldn’t be the same one.

The only other Thomas Graves of the right age that has been found in the 1860 census is the one in Haywood Co., TN, age 2, living with the family of Madison Gregory and his wife Emeline.  Other Graves families that lived in Haywood Co., TN at about the right time are genealogies 156, 281, and 438.  It is interesting to see that some of the members of genealogy 156 moved to Haywood Co., TN, and then to Lauderdale Co., where this Thomas Graves lived in 1870.  The members of genealogy 156 also spelled their name Greaves.  Edwin Augustus Greaves of genealogy 156 would fit as a possible father, since his first wife died 1860-1870, his last known child was born about 1854, and he probably remarried.

It is interesting that Thomas and Mollie were living next to several Henning families in 1880, and Henning, Lauderdale Co., TN, is where Alex Haley (connected with genealogy 270) was brought up.

Children - Graves

+2.   John Graves, b.c. 1878 (or Oct. 1879), m. Rebecca ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1906.

    3.  Ellen Graves, b.c. Nov. 1879, may have died by 1900.

    4.  daughter, b. Nov. 1882, may have died by 1900.

+5.   Rosa Graves, b. Jan. 1884, m. George Madison Guy, c. 1904.

+6.   Adam Graves, b. May 1888, m. Georgia ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1909.

    7.  Eddie Graves (daughter), b. May 1894.

+8.   Arthur Graves, b. Aug. 1895, m. Virgie ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1920.

    9.  Hubbard Graves, b. Jan. 1900.






John (“Johnnie”) Graves (2) was born about 1878 (or Oct. 1879) in TN.  He married Rebecca (“Becky”) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1906.  She was born about 1887 in TN.  They were in the 1920 census for Troy Twp., Mississippi Co., AR.  They were in the 1910 and 1930 censuses for Monroe Twp. Mississippi Co., AR.  He was a cotton farmer.  All their children were born in AR.

Children - Graves

    10.   Willie May Graves, b.c. 1908.

    11.   Lessly Graves (son), b.c. 1909.

    12.   Roosevelt Graves, b.c. 1914.

    13.   Lucy Graves, b.c. 1917.

    14.   Wesley Graves, b.c. Nov. 1919.


Rosa Graves (5) was born in Jan. 1884 in TN.  According to R‑1, she died 19 May 1928 in Mississippi Co., AR, but that is not correct, since she was in the 1930 census.  She married George Madison Guy about 1904.  He was born about 1875 in MS.  They were in the 1910, 1920 and 1930 censuses for Monroe Twp., Mississippi Co., AR.  He was a minister of the gospel in 1910, and a cotton farmer in 1920 and 1930.  However, he must have continued preaching, since he gave his name as Parson Guy in 1930.  Their first 2 children were born in MS, and all the others in AR.

This was probably the George Guy who was in the 1900 census for Marshall Co., MS, and was married to Mary ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  He was also in the 1880 census for Marshall Co., MS, listed as George Guy, son of Madison Guy and Eliza ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  (R‑1)

Children - Guy

    15.   Lauline (or Laline or Lolline) Guy, b.c. 1905.

    16.   Robert Guy, b.c. 1908.

    17.   Ella M. Guy, b.c. 1912.

    18.   Eddie V. Guy, b.c. 1914.

    19.   George William Guy, b. 20 May 1915 (San Souci, Mississippi Co., AR), d. 1991 (Osceola, Mississippi Co., AR).

    20.   George Madison Guy, Jr., b.c. 1923.


Adam Graves (6) was born in May 1888 in TN.  He married Georgia ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1909.  She was born 1891 in AR.  They were in the 1910, 1920 and 1930 censuses for Monroe Twp., Mississippi Co., AR.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in AR.

Children - Graves

    21.   Viola (or Violet) Graves, b.c. 1917.

    22.   Will Graves, b.c. 1919.

    23.   Alcalonia Graves, b.c. 1919.

    24.   Adam Graves, b.c. 1922.

    25.   Mary Graves, b.c. 1924.

    26.   Beulah Graves, b.c. 1926.

    27.   Flora Graves, b.c. 1928.


Arthur Graves (8) was born in Aug. 1895 in AR.  He married Virgie ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1920.  She was born about 1900 in AR.  They were in the 1930 census for Monroe Twp., Mississippi Co., AR, when he was unemployed.

Children - Graves

    28.   Rose Graves, b.c. 1924 (AR).


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