Rev. 10 Jan. 2008, Gen. 7







Henry Graves (1) was born about 1812 in TN.  He was a farmer.  He married Ann ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1804 in VA.

They were in the 1860 census for Columbia Twp., Dubois Co., IN, Ludlow P.O., dwelling 730, page 107.  John Graves was living next door and is presumed to be a son.  There may have been other children.

The 1850 censuses for IN, TN and VA were also searched for Henry Graves.  The only household that may be this Henry Graves was in Essex Co., VA, page 91, household 449, which showed Henry Graves, 35, manager, born VA, Sarah Graves, 45, born VA, and Mary Graves, 4, born VA.  Considering the different name for the wife of Henry, perhaps her name was actually Sarah Ann.  Regarding the lack of John Graves in the household, we could speculate that they moved to VA when Henry got a job as manager and left John (and perhaps other children) in the care of relatives in TN, since John would have been old enough by that time.  Because the 1860 census showed son William as born in VA about 1810, it does seem reasonable that they would have been in the 1850 VA census.

Since the name Henry was used almost exclusively in the branch of the Capt. Thomas Graves of VA family descended through John2, Ralph3, Ralph4, and many members of that part of the family lived in TN, it is believed that this may be the ancestry of this family.

Children - Graves

+2.  John Graves, b.c. 1838, m. Mary A. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, prob. d. by 1870.

  3.  Mary Graves, b.c. 1843 (TN).

  4.  William Graves, b.c. 1850 (VA).






John Graves (2) was born about 1838 in TN (or possibly VA), and probably died by 1870, since he was not in the 1870 census with his family.  He married Mary A. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1834 in IN, and probably died in 1873 or 1874, since the family story is that George was left an orphan at age 13 or 14.  They were in the 1860 census for Columbia Twp., Dubois Co., IN, Ludlow P.O., dwelling 731, page 107, living next door to the household of Henry and Ann Graves.  The family was in the 1870 census for Columbia Twp., Dubois Co., IN, Ireland P.O., dwelling 58, page 37, but John was not in the household in that census.  All their children were born in IN.

Children - Graves

+5.  George Luther Graves, b. 15 or 16 Oct. 1859, m. Julia Effie Hull, 15 March 1882, d. 1938.

  6.  Amelia Graves, b.c. 1866, m. George Hill.

  7.  John Graves, b.c. 1868.






George Luther Graves (5) was born 15 or 16 Oct. 1859 in Dubois Co., IN, and died in 1938.  He married Julia Effie Hull, daughter of George Henry Hull and Caroline T. Parmenter, on 15 March 1882 in St. Catherine, MO (or in Hardtner, Barber Co., KS[1]).  She was born about 1860.

George supposedly moved to Illinois with his mother and siblings, but this must have been after 1870, since they were still living in Columbia Twp., Dubois Co., IN in 1870.  After both parents had died by the time George was 13 or 14, George had completed six months of schooling.  He finished raising his sister and brother.

After marriage, they established their home in Raton, NM, where George was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad as conductor.  Their first 3 children were employed in Raton.  He homesteaded 160 acres of land in Barber Co., KS, five miles northeast of Hardtner, KS.  He moved his family there in 1889, and George and Julia lived there until their deaths, with the exception of 8 years when they lived in Alva, OK, so their children could continue their education.  They moved back to the farm in 1916.  The last two children were born on the farm near Hardtner.

As homesteaders moved on after staking claims, George would purchase the land for taxes.  To the north he bought the Burnha land as he did in the west.  Eventually his Crown Point Ranch consisted of 2200 acres, where he raised quality Galloway cattle and other breeds.

Besides being a rancher and railroad engineer, George was the first person in the nation to get spotted channels (fish) to reproduce in ponds.  The Bureau of Fisheries claimed he was the first to induce catfish to spawn in captivity.  Mr. Clapp, the game warden from the Pratt Hatchery, said they found that the fish were reproducing in barrels that George had put in the Graves Lake for such purposes.  This article was published in the Pratt Tribune and Wichita Eagle around 1919.

When George Graves first moved his family to Hardtner, they lived in a dugout (a sod house).  Later on they built a one and a half story frame house.

In the early days before the country was surveyed, there was just a trail leading from Medicine Lodge to Alva, OK.  Their homestead was just about halfway between.  So anyone going from one of these towns to the other would drive to their land the first day, camp overnight, aand go on the next day.  There was a tall pole in the yard and a lantern would be hung on it at night so that travelers could find their way.  Carrie Nation stopped there many times.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Graves

  8.   Mable Graves, b. 1882, d. 1887 (age 5, of typhoid fever).  Oldest child.

+9.   George Luther Graves, Jr., b. 17 Feb. 1883, m. Vera Zella Blunk, 1908.

+10.  William Columbus Graves, b. 18 Jan. 1888, m. Agnes Schumm, 1917.

+11.  John Leroy Graves, b. 9 Oct. 1890, m. Luella DeMott, 1911.

  12.  Blanche Graves, b. 13 Oct. 1896, m. George Sterling, 1919.  No children.






George Luther Graves, Jr. (9) was born 17 Feb. 1883 in Raton, NM.  He married Vera Zella Blunk, called Zella, daughter of John William Grandvill Blunk and Martha Alice Shake, in 1908.  She was born 7 June 1889.  They lived at the old homestead for 2-4 years until George, Sr. and family returned from Alva, OK where they lived while having their children educated.  George, Jr. then built a home located 1 mile west of the homestead, where he raised his family.  They were in the 1920 census for Elwood, Barber Co., KS.  He was a farmer, and all their children were born in KS.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑4)

Children - Graves

  13.  Glenna G. Graves, b.c. 1910.

  14.  Gerald I. Graves, b.c. 1914.

  15.  Afton L. Graves, b.c. 1915, m. Edward Nusser.

  16.  Eloise Graves

  17.  John Graves

  18.  Billy Max Graves

  19.  child, died in infancy

  20.  child, died in infancy


William Columbus Graves (10) was born 18 Jan. 1888.  He married Agnes Schumm in 1917.  They lived in Alva, OK for two years, where he worked at the First National Bank, later moving to Hardtner, KS to work at the Hardtner State Bank.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  21.  Robert Eugene Graves

  22.  William Graves


John Leroy Graves (11), called Leroy, was born 9 Oct. 1890.  He married Luella DeMott in 1911.  Leroy was the Superintendant of the Guymon, OK school.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  23.  Jean Graves, b. 1925.  Twin of John.

  24.  John Graves, b. 1925. Twin of Jean.


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[1] The MO location is according to R‑1 and the KS location is according to R‑3.