Rev. 10 Nov. 2005, Gen. 161









It is generally believed that the James Graves of NC who married Sarah Watkins was descended from Capt. Thomas Graves of VA, but no proof of any such connection has been found.

It was believed by Aubrey E. Graves (R‑200) that his ancestor, John Graves, who was born in NC in 1779 and first married Betty Beeson, was a son of a James Graves who is also the probable father of James Graves who married Sarah Watkins.  A portion of his discussion follows.

"The fact that our John Graves of Blount [Co., AL] married Elizabeth (Betty) Beeson and that they were both born in North Carolina helped us tremendously.  A complete Beeson genealogy has been prepared which we examined in several libraries, and it places the Beesons in and around Guilford and Randolph Counties [NC] from 1755 to 1802.  We find Elizabeth (Betty) Beeson's father, Capt. Edward Beeson, living in Surry County [NC] in 1810, with John Graves and a James Graves, born around 1750, living in close proximity.  This coincidence leads us to believe that here we have James Graves, the father of John.  A James Graves is also found in the 1800 Census of Randolph County, North Carolina with several male children who well could be the early pioneer Graves who settled in Blount County, Alabama.  Many other circumstances point to this as being the James Graves, father of John, including a family tradition among the older Blount Countians that John's father was James.

Consequently, with our minds open for more direct proof than we now have, we begin our immediate family treatise with 1-JAMES GRAVES and the information we have been able to accumulate concerning him.  Whence he came to settle for a few years in Surry County, we do not know but we have reason to believe he came from Randolph County along with the Beesons.  Neither do we know in which county John was born, but we know he was born in North Carolina and certainly one James Graves was living in Randolph County at the time he was born.

The Beesons were living in Randolph County in 1800; and, besides the James Graves, there were also Samuel, Benjamin, Richard, William and John Graves, living there in 1790 and prior thereto, as well as being there in 1800..."


"1-JAMES GRAVES, b. ca 1750, is first found in Randolph County, North Carolina, in 1785, in the County Court Minutes under the following entry (#209):     “James Graves enters 200 acres of land lying on the south side of Rutland     Creek, beginning at John Gamon's southwest corner – 3/28/1785”.

We next find James Graves in the 1790 census of Randolph County with the following family: GRAVES, James, 1 male over 16, 1 male under 16, 2 females.

In the 1800 census of Randolph County we find James Graves with this family: GRAVES, James, 3 males under 10, 2 males 10 to 16, 2 males 16 to 25, 1 male over 45, 1 female under 10, 2 females 16-25, 1 female over 45.

It is to be noted that here during this time he was living in the same County with other Graves:  Richard, Sr., John, William, Samuel, Sr. and Benjamin...  He was also near the Beesons, Lathams, Lambs, and other families whom we know to be closely associated with our family.  Captain Edward Beeson married Selena Lamb; LATHAM Graves was a pioneer Blount Countian, etc.

However, by 1810 this 1-James Graves is not to be found in Randolph County; that is, he is not mentioned in the County Minutes and in the 1815 Tax List of Randolph County he does not appear as a landowner.  Apparently, he has left the county by 1810.

Fortunately, we find James Graves in Surry County, North Carolina, in 1809 under this entry in the County Court Minutes:  '”A deed from W. Spraggins to James Graves was proved in Court by James Watkins”.

In the 1810 census for Surry County we find James Graves with the following family:  GRAVES, James 2 males 10 to 15, 3 males 16 to 25, 1 male over 45, 1 female over 45.

Apparently, James Graves did not tarry long in Surry County for we find him again in 1810 under this entry in the County Court Minutes:  “A deed from James Graves to Andrew Mattue was proved in open court by Thomas Johnson.”

And by 1812 we find James Graves still in Surry County but owning “no acres”.  This is the last entry pertaining to him that is to be found in Surry County.

Interestingly enough, as we have repeated hereinabove, during his stay in Surry for some three or four years, we find John Graves, believed to be our 2-John Graves, mentioned several times in connection with road work, bringing a suit against Andrew Mattue, with Edward Beeson and James Graves as his witnesses, all strongly indicating that these three:  1-James Graves, 2-John Graves, and Edward Beeson all lived nearby.  After 1812 the records are silent as to the three again indicating that they were no longer there.  We know John Graves was in Sequatchie Valley, Tennessee, in 1815; Captain Edward Beeson was in Alabama; the later whereabouts of James Graves we have not accounted for."


Aubrey Graves believed that his line of the family descended from one or more of the Graves families found in Randolph Co., NC.  He states (p. 131 of his book): "A research into the early history of the Graves families in Randolph County, North Carolina. reveals quite clearly that there were at least five pioneer settlers in that County.  Where they came from to this County we are not yet able to say. However, we do venture the suggestion that they were direct descendants of either Rice6 Graves or Richard6 Graves of Virginia - children of Thomas2 Graves [and Ann Davenport] of Virginia... This is based partly on the fact that subsequent generations of these Graves in Alabama took the names of Rice and Richard and Samuel and James and John.  We consider this a fact of high probative value, and we found some of them in north Alabama near Blount County.

These early Randolph pioneer Graves families, as revealed from deed records, deed entries, tax lists, census reports, etc. were the following:  (1) Richard Graves, b. 1769, d. 1849; (2) John Graves, b. probably about 1750; (3) Samuel Graves, Sr., probably b. 1765-70; (4) William Graves, b. by 1760; (5) Leonard Graves, b. by 1880 [sic, 1780]; (6) James Graves, born about 1750."  This John Graves, b.c. 1750, was probably the one who married Margery Harvey, and he is probably the father of Samuel, William, Richard, and possibly Leonard.  James Graves is the one previously discussed.  Could James and John, both born about 1750, have been brothers?


There is some additional speculation by Aubrey E. Graves in his book about possible lines of descent from Capt. Thomas Graves of Va.


Another possibility, especially for Henderson Graves (born 1810, given in the following genealogy as the son of James Graves), is the line of Ralph Graves, b.c. 1653 or 1658, who married Unity White.  Ralph had a son, Henry White Graves, b.c. 1692 in VA, first married Mary Jones, probably a daughter of Rice Jones, who had a son, Henry Graves, who married Rachel Lewis.  This Henry Graves had a son, David Graves, who moved to NC and had a son, Henderson Graves, born in the early 1800's.  There was also at least one Stone intermarriage in this line.





James Graves (1) was born about 1786 in NC, and died after 6 Sept. 1850 when he was recorded on the census in Jay Co., IN.  His will was filed 19 May 1851 in Jay Co.

By 1809 he was located in Surry Co., NC, where he married Sarah ("Sally") Watkins, daughter of James Watkins, marriage bond dated 13 June 1809.  She was born about 1787 in NC, and died after 1860.  She lived with son Henderson in Noble Twp., IN on the 1860 census.

It is assumed that this James Graves represents one or both of the James Graveses listed in the Surry Co. 1812 tax list:  (1) in Capt. Hill's District, Graves, James, 0/1 (no. of acres/no. of white polls), Graves, Peter, Sr., 100/0; (2) in Capt. Badgett's District, Graves, Peter, 250/1, Graves, James, 50/1.  The possible relationship between James Graves and Peter Graves, Sr. and Jr. has never been evidenced but cannot be discounted.

James Graves was also close to James Stone and family who were also of Surry Co., NC.  (The Stones have a long history in Surry Co. and can be traced to William Stone, the 3rd governor of Maryland.)  The Stones and Graves moved together to the south of Ohio and settled in Gallia Co., Morgan Township, and several land transactions are recorded in county records during the years 1823-1834.  They do not appear in the 1810 census or the 1814 tax records, but both families appear adjoining each other in the 1820 and 1830 censuses.  In the 1830 census James Graves was between 40 and 50 years of age, placing his year of birth between 1780 and 1790.  Eight or nine children were recorded in 1830.

On Sept. 10, 1830, James Graves and James Stone and families arrived in Jay Co., Indiana, in what would become Noble Township.  They were among the first settlers of the area.  M. W. Montgomery's History of Jay County, Indiana describes incidents relating to both the Graves and Stones.  Henderson Graves, the eldest child of James Graves married Elizabeth Stone on Aug. 31, 1830 (recorded in the Gallia Co. marriage records, Springfield Township) on the day prior to their removal to Indiana.  Conaway Stone and Henderson Graves were fast friends.

Montgomery's book recounts some of their early experiences in Jay Co.  Noble Township was formally organized in the home of James Graves.  James was appointed a judge and Henderson the sheriff, in which capacity he served until the fall of 1849.  James Graves apparently died in Jay Co., IN.  His will dated 10 (or 19) Sept. 1849 was proved 19 May 1851.  In it he identifies his living children:  Henderson Graves, Polly Denny, Lydia Caldwell, Jane Mason, Elizabeth Emily Thompson, William F. Graves, James J. Graves.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑8)

Children - Graves

+2.  Henderson Graves, b. 13 May 1810, m(1) Elizabeth Stone, 31 Aug. 1830, m(2) Sarah M. (Bowers) Cason Robertson, 18 April 1878, d. 10 Feb. 1888.

+3.  Mary Graves, b. 23 April 1812, m. Josiah N. Denney (or Denny), before 10 Feb. 1840, d. 21 May 1894.

  4.  Lydia Graves, b.c. 1814, m. James Caldwell, c. 1835 (IN or OH), d. after 1885.  She is probably the Aunt Lydia mentioned in Henderson Graves’ diary entry dated 10 October 1885.  Lived in Crawfordsville, IN.  James was b.c. 1810.

  5.  Alfred Graves, b.c. 1817 (Gallia Co., OH), m. Phildella Susan Lotz, 21 Dec. 1837, d. before Feb. 1840 (Jay Co., IN).  The estate of Alfred Graves of Jay Co., IN lists his heirs as Phidilla Huffman (she had already remarried when the estate was settled), James and Lydia Caldwell, and Josiah and Mary Denny.  All were non-residents of Indiana (Probate Order Bk. A, p. 26).

+6.  Jane Graves, b.c. 1820 (or 1822), m. Lemuel Mason, 23 Nov. 1838, d. bef. 1900.

  7.  Elizabeth Emily Graves, b.c. 1822 (Gallia Co., OH), m. John Thompson, 24 Feb. 1842 (Jay Co., IN).  He was b.c. 1820.

+8.  William F. Graves, b.c. 1824, m. Mary L. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1845, d. 23 Jan. 1851.

+9.  James J. Graves, b.c. 1826, m. Angeline Stone, 4 March 1847, d. after 1885.






Henderson Graves (2) was born 13 May 1810 in Surry Co., NC, died 10 Feb. 1888 in Merom, Sullivan Co., IN, and was buried in Merom Cem.  There had been confusion as to his birth date being the 10th or 13th of May, however, according to R‑2, from the Diary of Henderson Graves, p. 186, the entry for Wednesday May 13, 1885 reads:  “This is my birthday.  I am 75 today.”  He first married Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Stone, daughter of James H. Stone and Sarah Margaret (“Sally”) Denney (or Denny), on 31 Aug. 1830 in Springfield Twp., Gallia Co., OH.  She was born 21 June 1810 in Surry Co., NC, died 29 Dec. 1876 in Merom, IN, and was buried in Merom.  According to R‑8, “the story goes that both families lived in Gallia Co., OH, and her parents were moving to IN in 1829.  When it was discovered that Henderson and Elizabeth were in love, they delayed the move one day so they could get married and move together.”  Henderson and Elizabeth are listed in the 1860 Noble Twp., Jay Co., IN, census, p. 33, #428/250 along with children: Elzara, Cephas M., Thomas B., Riley H., Peter F.  Sarah Graves, age 69, Henderson’s mother, and Nancy Stone, age 40, probably a sister of Elizabeth Stone Graves, are also listed.

James Stone, son of William Stone and Rhoda Prior[1], was born 15 Feb. 1779 in Surry Co., NC, died 22 May 1848 in Salamonia, Jay Co., IN, and was buried in Salamonia Cem.  He married Sarah Denney in Surry Co., NC, bond dated 10 Feb. 1808.  Sarah Denney, daughter of Azariah Denney and Sarah Wise Fulton (or Felton), was born in 1789 in Surry Co., NC, died 3 Oct. 1846 in Salamonia, Jay Co., IN, and was buried in Salamonia Cem.  James Stone was descended from Capt. Thomas Graves who arrived in Jamestown, VA in 1608 as follows: (1) Thomas Graves, (2) Verlinda Graves m. William Stone (Gov. of MD), (3) John Stone, b.c. 1632, d. 1698, m. Elizabeth Warren, (4) Capt. Thomas Stone, b.c. 1677, d. 1727, m. Martha Hoskins, (5) Thomas Stone, b.c. 1700, d. 24 Nov. 1747, (6) William Stone, b.c. 1723, m. Rhoda Pryor, (7) James Stone m. Sarah Denny.  Therefore, all descendants of Henderson Graves are descendants of Capt. Thomas Graves of VA through Henderson's wife, Elizabeth Stone.

Henderson and Elizabeth Graves moved to Merom, Sullivan Co., IN, a small town on the Wabash River, in 1865.  In Henderson’s diary, the entry for Friday, Jan. 25, 1884 reads: “Nineteen years ago this night I landed in Merom from Jay County…I thought I was old then (60) but here I am yet.”

Henderson married second Sarah (Bowers) Cason Robertson, on 18 April 1878.  She was born 6 April 1831 possibly in Boone Co., IN, and died after 1900, probably in Sullivan Co., IN.  She first married John O. Cason II, son of John O. Cason and Margaret ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 7 Aug. 1851 in Lebanon, Boone Co., IN.  He was born 26 Aug. 1831 in Indiana, and died 26 Sept. 1861 in Lebanon, IN.  They had four children.  She married second John B. Robertson after 1870.  An excerpt from The Sullivan Union 28 April 1878 stated “Our sensation this week was the marriage of H. Graves, Esq. to Mrs. John Robinson [sic].  Mr. Robinson was buried three months ago yesterday and Mr. Graves preached the funeral discourse.  Quite a coincidence.”

In 1879 Henderson was the executor of a will and was listed as Rev. Henderson Graves.  His tombstone also reads Rev. Henderson Graves.  According to R‑8, he also became the first Sheriff of Jay Co., IN.

All his children were born in Noble Township, Jay Co., IN, although the 1850 census lists James Graves place of birth as Ohio.  Three of his sons went west while several of his children remained in southwestern Indiana.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑8)

Children - Graves, by Elizabeth Stone

+10.  James Graves, b. 24 June 1831, m. Parthena Dillman Oliphant, 28 Jan. 1855, d. 27 May 1860.

+11.  Sarah Graves, b. 14 Feb. 1833, m. David L. Boyles, 29 Aug. 1858, d. 21 April 1880.

+12.  Caroline Graves, b. 16 Oct. 1834, m. Harrel Felton Denney, 3 Feb. 1856, d. 4 April 1920.

+13.  Araminta Graves, b. 24 March 1837, m. Enoch A. Stone, 3 June 1858, d. 25 March 1892.

+14.  Adaline Graves, b. 9 Aug. 1839, m. David J. Beardslee (or Beardsley), 14 Oct. 1858, d. 12 Oct. 1925.

  15.  William Iradell Graves, b. 13 March 1841, d. 1841.  May have been named for William Iradell Stone, younger brother of his mother.

  16.  daughter, b. 6 Jan. 1843, d. 1843.

  17.  Mary Angeline (“Polly”) Graves, b. 8 Feb. 1844, m. I. C. Stoops (or Stopes), bef. 1899, d. after 25 June 1899 (Noble Twp., IN).

+18.  Elzara Graves, b. 13 Feb. 1846, m. Robert Thornton, 29 April 1868, d. 17 Aug. 1927.

+19.  Cephas/Cephus Moses Graves, b. 25 Sept. 1847, m. Ruth Belinda Oliphant, 16 April 1871, d. 19 Dec. 1879.

+20.  Thomas Benton Graves, b. 6 Dec. 1848, m. Mary Deseret Stuart, d. 29 March 1922.

+21.  Riley Henderson Graves, b. 12 May 1852, m. Sarah Ann Russell, 31 Oct. 1888, d. 9 April 1900.

+22.  Peter Franklin Graves, b. 24 Dec. 1854, m. Rhoda Ellen Russell, d. 29 Sept. 1920.


Mary (“Polly”) Graves (3) was born 23 April 1812 in Surry Co., NC, died 21 May 1894 in Jay Co., IN, and was buried in Salamonia Cem., Salamonia, Jay Co., IN.  She married Josiah N. Denney (or Denny) before 10 Feb. 1840, probably in Jay Co., IN.  Mary and Josiah Denny were listed as heirs to her brother Alfred’s estate in Feb. 1840.  Josiah was born about 1810, probably in Surry Co., NC.  (R‑2, R‑4)

Children - Denney

  23.  Mary L. Denney, b. 31 Dec. 1835 (IN), m. Oliver Hazard Perry Warnock, 17 Oct. 1858 (Jay Co., IN), d. 31 July 1906 (Jay Co. IN).  He was b. 1 Sept. 1837 (OH), and d. 26 March 1907.


Jane Graves (6) was born about 1822 in Gallia Co., OH, and died before 1900 when Lemuel was recorded on the census as a widower.  Jane married Lemuel Mason, son of Peter Mason and Mary Sagathy, on 23 Nov. 1838 in Jay Co., IN.  He was born 15 April 1813 in Campbell Co., KY, and died 18 Nov. 1901 in Portland, Jay Co., IN.  This family was recorded on the 1850-1870 censuses in Jay Co., IN and the 1880 census in Mercer Co., OH; their children were born in Indiana.  Lemuel was recorded with his son James in Jay Co., IN on the 1900 census.  (R‑2, R‑3)

Children - Mason

  24.  James Alfred Mason, b. 11 Oct. 1839, m. Mary Catherine Haviland, 11 Feb. 1866, d. 7 May 1917 (Portland, IN).  She was b. 29 Dec. 1845, d. 14 March 1907.  5 children.

  25.  Levi Mason, b.c. 1841, m(1) Mary W. Leverton, 24 May 1868 (Wayne Co., IN), m(2) Laura Brooks, d. 1911.  Mary was b. 1843.  5 children by 1st marriage, 2 by 2nd marriage.

  26.  Nancy Elizabeth Mason, b.c. 1843, m. Levi Thompson, 14 Aug. 1875 (Jay Co., IN).

  27.  Aaron Mason, b.c. 1845, m. Mariah Wikle, 6 Oct. 1867 (Jay Co., IN), d. 18 Feb. 1888 (Portland, IN).  One daughter.

+28.  Patrick H. Mason, b. 16 May 1847, m. Lydia Eliza Sturgeon, 6 Jan. 1876, d. 18 June 1885.

+29.  Eliza Jane Mason, b.c. 1848, m. Eli Rines, 15 Jan. 1874, d. 7 Feb. 1882.

  30.  Jasper G. Mason, b.c. 1850.

  31.  Caroline Mason, b.c. 1852.

  32.  Mary Jane Mason, b.c. 1857, m. James Gibson, 3 Sept. 1876 (Jay Co., IN).

  33.  William Mason, b.c. 1862, m. Alma Bash, d. 1899.

  34.  John Lemuel Mason, b.c. 1865, m. Marietta McDowell., 16 March 1889 (Jay Co., IN), d. 1890 (Jay Co., IN).


William F. Graves (8) was born about 1824 in Gallia Co., OH, and was still living in 1865 in Sullivan Co., IN.  He married Mary L. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1845 in Jay Co., IN.  She was born 8 Jan. 1826 in Pennsylvania, died 23 Jan. 1851 in Noble Twp., Jay Co., IN, and was buried in Mt. Zion Cem., Noble Twp., IN.  Their children were born in Jay Co., IN.  This family was recorded on the 1850 census in Jay Co., IN.  William reportedly moved to Merom, Sullivan Co., IN in Jan. 1865 with brother Henderson and James.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves

  35.  Albert Graves, b.c. 1846, still living in 1887 (Jay Co., IN).

+36.  Henderson D. Graves, b. Feb. 1848, m. Rachel Anna Jones, c. 1870, d. after 1920.

  37.  James Graves, b.c. 1849.


James J. Graves (9) was born about 1826 in Morgan Twp., Gallia Co., OH, and died after 1885.  He may be the I. J. Graves who died in Royal Center, Cass Co., IN on 8 July 1894, age 68.  He married Angeline Stone, daughter of James Stone and Sarah Denney (or Denny), on 4 March 1847 in Noble Twp., Jay Co., IN.  She was born about 1827 in Morgan Twp., OH, and was a sister of Elizabeth Stone, first wife of James’ brother Henderson Graves.  She died after 1880.  Angeline was one of thirteen children.  Their children were born in Indiana, at least the first 2 in Noble Twp.  James Stone died on 22 May 1848 and was buried in Salamonia Cem.  His wife, Sarah, died 3 Oct. 1846, and was buried next to him.

After his father died and his brother Rev. Henderson Graves moved to Sullivan Co., IN, James moved his family to Cass Co., IN.  In 1865, James became deputy county appraiser for Boone Twp.  The directory for the City of Logansport, IN, 1885-1886, lists J. J. Graves as Justice of the Peace and living in Royal Centre, Boone Twp., Cass Co., IN.

This family was recorded on the 1850 census in Jay Co., IN, the 1860 and 1870 censuses in Pulaski Co., IN, and the 1880 census in Cass Co., IN.  (R‑4, R‑7)

Children - Graves

  38.  Sarah M. Graves, b.c. 1847, m. James A. Humes, 17 March 1873.  They were married by Hezekiah Cast, J.P., of Fulton Co., IN, at the residence of her father in Royal Centre, Boone Twp., Cass Co., IN.

+39.  Ezra B. Graves, b. 1849, m. Julia Ann Small, 16 July 1871, d. 17 Dec. 1911.

  40.  Ira A. Graves, b.c. 1852.  Listed on the 1860 and 1870 censuses.

  41.  Elizabeth E. Graves, b.c. 1856.  Listed on the 1860 and 1870 censuses.

  42.  James R. Graves, b.c. 1859.  Only listed on the 1860 census.

+43.  Rachel J. Graves, b. June 1861, m(1) James B. Conn, 9 Feb. 1887, m(2) William L. Burton, 10 Jan. 1907, d. after 1920.

+44.  Amanda Phylena Graves, b. 7 April 1864, m. Charles Ely Beckley, 25 Nov. 1884, d. 27 March 1941.

+45.  Thomas Harvey Graves, b.c. 1867 (or Aug. 1862), m. Mary Agnes Routh, 1892.

  46.  Martha May Graves, b.c. 1869.  Listed on the 1870 and 1880 censuses.






James Graves (10) was born 24 June 1831 in OH according to the 1850 census, died 27 May 1860 in Jonesboro, now Hobbieville, Greene Co., IN, and was buried in the Hobbieville Cem.  He married Parthena Dillman Oliphant, daughter of Lawson Oliphant and Ruth Pennington, on 28 Jan. 1855 in Greene Co., IN.  “Partheny’ and her children were recorded on the 1860 and 1870 censuses living with her parents in Greene Co., IN.  Her father was the legal guardian for her children.  She was born 5 Dec. 1836 in Lawrence, Greene Co., IN, and died after 1910.  She married second Jeremiah L. Stropes on 22 March 1896 in Greene Co., IN.  They were recorded on the 1900 census in Greene Co., IN.  She stated that all three of her three children were living.  In 1910, she was recorded on the census in Kimball Co., NE as a 76-year old widow; only one of her three children was living.  (R‑8, R‑10)

Children - Graves

+47.  Henderson Lawson Graves, b. 21 April 1856, m. Mattie M. Broaddus, 26 Dec. 1878, d. 17 Nov. 1901.

+48.  Ira Miligan Graves, b. 4 May 1858, m. Laura Alice Sanborn, 17 Dec. 1879, d. 30 March 1908.

+49.  Ruth Elizabeth Graves, b. 26 July 1860, m. Edward Sexson, 14 Aug. 1879.


Sarah ("Sally") Graves (11) was born 14 Feb. 1833 in Noble Township, Jay Co., IN, died 21 April 1880 in Merom, Sullivan Co., IN, and was buried in Merom Cem.  R‑2 believes this is the Sarah listed on the tombstone with her parents, Henderson and Elizabeth.  She married David L. Boyles on 29 Aug. 1858 in Noble Twp., IN.  He was born about 1830 and died before 1870 in Merom, IN.  David Boyles possibly related to Jacob and Sally (Woten) Boyles married 1812 in Gallia, OH.  Sarah Graves Boyle is shown as a widow on the 1870 census and has two children listed: Isadore D., age 9, and James M., age 8.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑8)

Children - Boyles

  50.  Ezedora (or Isadora) “Dora” Graves Boyles, b. 1861 (Jay Co., IN), living 1885 (possibly St. Clair Co., MO).

  51.  James McClellan Boyles, b. 1862 (Jay Co., IN).  Possibly called “Mac” for McClellan.


Caroline Graves (12) was born 16 Oct. 1834 in Noble Twp., Jay Co., IN, died 4 April 1920 in Marion, Grant Co., IN, and was buried in IOOF Cem., Marion.  Her father’s diary records sending her a letter in 1884.  She married Harrel Felton Denney, known as Hal or Hale, son of William Denney and Mary Fulk, on 3 Feb. 1856 in Mercer Co., OH.  He was born 4 Aug. 1827 in Gallia Co., OH, and died 20 June 1908 in Ft. Recovery, Mercer Co., OH.  Their children were born in Jay Co., IN.  R‑2 found no evidence of a child Caroline Denney; the 1860 census for Noble Twp. shows only two children with the family, Elizabeth and Parthena, however, Sarah, born about 1868, was listed with the family in 1870 (Jay Co., IN), and Sarah, age 11, was recorded with them on the 1880 census in Ward, Randolph Co., IN.

In 1831, Harrel moved with his father from Gallia Co., OH, to Jay Co., IN, where his father bought land from the government for their farm.  In the 1860 Jay Co., Noble Twp., IN census, Harrel and Caroline were shown living next door to her father, Henderson Graves (#2).  H.F. Denney, age 32, was shown as a farmer with $1000 of real estate and $275 of personal property.  His wife, Caroline, age 24, was listed along with daughters Elizabeth, age 3, and Parthena, age 1.  There was a Susan Bell, age 15, born in OH, living with them and a William Burris, age 14.  According to R‑8, this William was the son of Martin Burris, Sr. since the mother died before 1860, thus the children were probably farmed out to other kin and the Denney and Burris families were all kin.

In the 1900 Madison Twp., Jay Co., IN census, they were listed as Harl E. Denney, age 72, and wife Caroline, age 65.  Caroline spent the last years of her life with her son William in Marion, IN.

Memories of Caroline by Guy C. Denney:

“Aunt Caroline was an aunt by marriage to this writer and I saw much of her in her later years.  She certainly was the most loveable character I ever saw and I never saw a woman with such a streak of joviality as she.  In the midst of any kind of conversation she just had to inject a batch of foolishness.  And she kept you laughing all the time.  She certainly passed this trait on down to her children.  In her old days when she and Uncle Hal lived all alone, I spent all my leisure hours as a kid down at their house which was only a few hundred yards away from my home.  It seemed to me that she was always baking pies and it is probably needless to add that I was always eating her pies.  When the song came out a few years ago about the Little Old Lady passing by and dressed in her lavender and lace, I always thought immediately of Aunt Caroline for she too dressed in her lavender and lace and if a song ever exemplified a woman it surely did her.”

Memoirs of Harrel Denney from Jacob F. Denney:

“Harrel F. Denney was a slightly above the average height, lean and squarely built, shoulders well back like a cadet on parade, high forehead, long hair and full beard.  His good old wife, Aunt Caroline used to say he was “quar.”  He was certainly eccentric.  He had so little patience with the conventional, hum-drum way of doing any thing like other people that he constantly invaded the set way of going about the common place.  A striking example of this was his arriving late at a funeral and stalking down the aisle with a jockey stick for a cane.  He bore a brain above the average.  Living his early life in an environment destitute of books and educational culture, he eagerly grasped at any means of enlightenment.  He never met a stranger that he did not pump dry in an effort to acquire some new scrap of information.  This was so marked that it passed to a by word with the Denneys; when someone was closely questioning another we always said that he was Uncle Haling him.  He was an entertaining raconteur and most of his stories were of the early days.  Following are a couple of his yarns:

When our people landed in this country, one of the pests was the number of wild hogs that ranged the forests and destroyed their crops.  On one occasion Bull and Sounder were sicked on to a marauding boar.  Uncle Hal (Harrel), then a boy of 8/9, was standing in the lane when a wild boar, with two dogs nipping at its heels came in his direction.  He undertook to stop the boar, but without swerving from his course he ran into Uncle Hal and with an upward toss of his head, laid Uncle Hal’s shin open to the bone, the long tusk leaving a mark that Uncle carried to his grave.

Uncle was once charged before a country squire with some little peccadillo and Constable Huey Wooten was given a warrant for his arrest.  The constable figured Uncle would run for the State line which was some hundreds of yards to the east.  He figured Uncle would take the shortest cut for safety and he ambuscaded himself behind a stake and rider fence while he sent his deputy on to the house to flush the game.  Sure enough, Uncle figured the shortest distance between two points was a straight line.  Omaha Tom Denney, Grandmother Denney and Aunt Caroline stood in the doorway and watched the race.  Uncle, with his long hair flying back and his beard parted and laying on either shoulder outran the Deputy, laid his hands on the fence and cleared it at one bound but landing straight in the arms of the Constable.  Uncle busted the Constable one and slid across the line to the home plate.  This was the celebrated case in which Pa, acting as ambassador for Uncle Hal, settled for a load of corn  Uncle delivered the corn to the enemy and stayed for dinner.


Harrel’s obituary reads:

On June 20th, 1908, all that was mortal of Harrel Felton Denney became as dust of the earth from which it came.  His life came to an end on the farm on which he had spent the greater portion of his existence, and which his father purchased from the Government , a wildering forest, 77 years before.

He was born in Gallia Co., OH, Aug. 4th, 1827 and removed with his father’s family to the place of his death, in 1831.  Of this pioneer family, consisting of the father and mother, seven boys and three girls, all save one have passed beneath that low green tent, whose curtain never outward swings.

Fifty one years ago, he married Caroline Graves with whom he lived to the time of his death.  They had eight children, from whom descended twenty-five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Of their immediate issue, four boys and one girl are still living.

Harrel Felton Denney was a type of a generation that has almost ceased to be; a people that penetrate an unbroken forest, on whom developed the task of taming an untrodden wild and who laid deep and strong the foundation of modern civiliation.  Remote from the dense centers of population, they lived lives of strenuous privation and amid such environment, their customs.

Their ways of thinking, everything about them was quaint and primeval.  All these things have passed away and only a remnant of this shattered host remains, a grim reminder of the suitability of all things mundane.

In 1865 he became a convert to the simple religious faith of his fathers and he lived and died in its unquestioning belief.  He lived the pastoral bucolic life that, linked to a kindly heart, makes but few enemies and legions of friends whose sympathies go out to him in “that undiscovered country from whose boundary no traveler e’er returns.”  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑8)

Children - Denney

+52.  Elizabeth A. Denney, b.c. 1857, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Lambert.

+53.  Parthena C. Denney, b. 26 Dec. 1859, m. Norton J. Ackerman, 15 March 1879, d. 22 Dec. 1939.

+54.  William Henderson Denney, b. 6 Nov. 1861, m(1) Lucy Mary Elliott, 9 Dec. 1886, m(2) Emma V. Dixon, after 1902, d. 15 Dec. 1934.

  55.  James Stone Denney, b.c. 1866 (Jay Co., IN), m. Edith Matilda Roth, d. after 1949.  She was b.c. 1868.  James in KS in 1949.

+56.  Sarah Caroline Denney, b.c. 1869 (or Oct. 1871), m. Jesse Parker Trueblood, 19 March 1898, d. 1 July 1901.

+57.  Arthur Patrick Denney, b. 9 Nov. 1871, m(1) Hattie Taylor, 13 April 1895, m(2) Maude Robey, c. 1902, d. 30 June 1943.

  58.  Ida May Denney, b.c. 1873/74, d. 18 Aug. 1888 (Jay Co., IN).

+59.  Nicholas Denney, b. 9 May 1878, m. Dicie Lanning, 24 Nov. 1900, d. 1 Aug. 1921.


Araminta Graves (13) was born 24 March 1837 in Noble Twp., Jay Co., IN, died 25 March 1892 in Bedford, Lawrence Co., IN, and was buried in Oliphant Cem., Jonesboro, now Hobbieville, Greene Co., IN.  She married Enoch A. Stone, son of John Stone and Elizabeth Pennington, on 3 June 1858 in Greene Co., IN.  He was born 8 Aug. 1825 in Indiana, died 24 Feb. 1878, and was also buried at Jonesboro, IN.  He was a doctor.  An entry in the Diary of Henderson Graves, Book 5, dated Saturday, Jan. 19, 1884, reads: “…I went to the PO and got a letter from Araminta.  They are well and so is Eva and Riley…”(R‑1, R‑2, R‑8)

Children - Stone

  60.  William Riley Stone, b. 11 May 1859 (Jay Co., IN), m. Eva Ermina Cason, 8 Sept. 1880 (Sullivan Co., IN), d. 22 June 1899 (Sullivan Co., IN).  Bur. Merom Cem.  She was b. 13 April 1852, and d. after 1900.

+61.  Henderson Corwin Stone, b. 7 Oct. 1860 (or 1861), m. Bertha Elizabeth Evans, 22 June 1889, d. 6 May 1905.

  62.  Nora Ann Stone, b. 12 April 1862 (Jonesboro, Green Co., IN), m. James C. Nance, c. 1880 (IN), d. 1950[2].  He was b.c. 1860.

+63.  Francis Clayton Stone, b. 25 Dec. 1863, m. Minnie R. Hatfield, 5 May 1888, d. April 1951.


Adaline (or Adeline) Graves (14) was born 9 Aug. 1839 in Noble Twp., Jay Co., IN, died 12 Oct. 1925 in Lowry City, St. Clair Co., MO, and was buried in Lowry City Cem.  She married David J. Beardslee (or Beardsley according to R‑6), son of Obed Henry Beardslee and Lucena Bailey, on 14 Oct. 1858 in Mercer Co., OH although the marriage was recorded in Portland, Jay Co., IN.  According to R‑2, the ceremony was performed by Elder Seth Wilson.  David was born 22 July 1838 in Ft. Recovery, Mercer Co., OH, died 6 Jan. 1929 in Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO, and was also buried in Lowry City Cem.  David enlisted on 28 Oct. 1861 in Co. K, 40th Ohio Vol. Infantry.  He sustained a gun shot wound to the right shoulder on 29 July 1864 in Atlanta, GA and was discharged on 9 Dec. 1864 in Columbus, OH.  In his pension file he was described as 6 feet tall, dark complexion, black hair and hazel eyes.

Obed was born 10 Oct. 1806 in Roxbury, Delaware Co., NY, married Lucena on 11 Feb. 1830 in Lick Twp., Jackson Co., OH, and died 19 March 1886 in Lowry, MO.  Lucena was born 28 Sept. 1813, daughter of Job Bailey, probably in Delaware Co., NY, died 12 Aug. 1898 in St. Clair Co., MO, and was buried in Snyder Cem., Lowry City, MO.

The following chronology of Adaline and David’s residences provided by R‑2:

1858-1866 – Ft. Recovery, Mercer Co., OH:  David serving in Civil War.

1866-1874 – Butler Twp., St. Clair Co., MO:  moved with Obed and Lucena Beardslee.

1874-1881 – Merom, Sullivan Co., IN:  lived near Adaline’s parents.  Their son, James Enoch, was about 20 yrs. old when they moved back to MO.  He may have stayed in Merom to attend college.

1881-1891 – Lowry City, St. Clair Co., MO.

1891-1893 – Edgerton, Johnson Co., KS:  this period corresponds with the absence of their daughter Estella Reading who was living in Indian Territory, OK, where LaRue Reading taught school.

1893-1908 – Lowry City, St. Clair Co., MO.

1908-1915 – Stanley, Johnson Co., KS:  lived with or near their son, Obed Henry.

19??-1926 – Rosedale, Wyandotte Co., KS:  possibly with son, Thomas Corwin.  Rosedale is close to the Wyandotte and Johnson Co. line.

1929 – Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO:  with daughter, Estella, when he died.  Estella moved to KS after she divorced LaRue and lived in rural Johnson Co. near her brothers.  Lived on farm in Miami Co. near Hillsdale, KS, possibly after marriage to Rydell Sterling.  Farm remained in the family long after they moved to Kansas City, MO.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑6, R‑8)

Children - Beardslee

  64.  Adaline Beardslee

  65.  James Enoch Beardslee, b. 23 Jan. 1861 (Ft. Recovery, OH), m. Mary J. McNutt, 2 Aug. 1885 (St. Clair Co., MO), d. 1943 (Lowry City, MO).  Bur. Lowry City Cem.  She was b. 1862 and d. 1932.  James and Mary were married by his grandfather, Henderson Graves, entry in diary dated July 22, 1885: “..We started to MO to meet David and Adaline…got there on 23rd found all well.  David and the children at the train to meet us.  We staid nearly 3 weeks and had a fine visit with the children and old friends.  I preached once while there and married Enoch Beardslee and Mary McNut..."

  66.  Fleeta LouElla Beardslee, b. 4 July 1866 (Lowry City, MO), m(1) Edwin M. Bailey, 18 March 1883 (St. Clair Co., MO), m(2) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Hanger, 19 Feb. 1889, d. Feb. 1926 (St. Clair Co., MO).  Edwin was b. 1862 near Green City, Sullivan Co., MO, and d. before Feb. 1889, prob. in Butler Twp., St. Clair Co.  He was the son of Titus T. Bailey and Malinda Bookout., grandson of Job Bailey and Bethany Rounds.  Fleeta and Edwin were first cousins once removed, per R‑2.

  67.  Obed Henry Beardslee, b. 25 Dec.1867 (Lowry City, MO), m. Ida B. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, 6 Feb.1895, d. 1950 (Johnson Co., KS).  Bur. Pleasant Valley Cem. (Johnson Co., KS).  Ida was b. in 1874 and d. in 1951.

  68.  Mary Zelida Beardslee, b. 10 Aug. 1869 (Lowry City, MO), d. 3 May 1870 (Lowry City, MO).  Bur. Snyder Cem., Row 9.

+69.  Estella Berthol Beardslee, b. 2 March 1872, m(1) LaRue Reading, 23 March 1888, m(2) William Rydell Sterling, c.1907, d. 12 Nov. 1953.

  70.  Thomas Corwin Beardslee, b. 27 Dec. 1876 (Merom, Sullivan Co., IN), m. Mary E. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, 9 Nov. 1899, d. 1959 (Olathe, Johnson Co., KS).  Bur. Olathe Cem.  She was b. 1878 and d. 1943.


Elzara Graves (18) was born 13 Feb. 1846 in Noble Twp., Jay Co., IN, died 17 Aug. 1927 in Merom, Sullivan Co., IN, and was buried in Merom Cem..  She married Robert “Bob” Thornton on 29 April 1868 in Sullivan Co., IN.  He was born about 1840 in England, according to the 1880 census, and died after 15 Feb. 1886.  He was a Civil War veteran and attended a reunion of soldiers in Palestine, IN in Oct. 1884.  According to Henderson Graves’ diary, Bob suffered from some mouth infection which eventually required surgery.  On 13 March 1884, Henderson wrote “Bob came up in evening.  He’s concluded to have his mouth operated on in Cincinnati.”  Later entries mentioned Bob starting to Kansas but having to return to Merom because of his poor health.  Their children were born in Indiana.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑8)

Children - Thornton

+71.  Mabel Thornton, b. 24 Feb. 1869, m. Wilbur Jesse Coyner, c. 1897, d. after 1885.

+72.  William Henderson Thornton, b. 2 Dec. 1870, m. Pearl Thompson, c. 1890, d. 13 Sept. 1961.

  73.  Claude Thornton, b.c. 1872, d. before 1883 (Sullivan Co., IN).

+74.  Sarah Alice Thornton, b. 11 April 1875, m. Charles Edgar Boone, c. 1898, d. after 1912.


Cephas/Cephus Moses Graves (19) was born 25 Sept. 1847, died 19 Dec. 1879 in Switz City, Greene Co., IN, and was buried in Oliphant Hobbieville Cem., Center Twp., Greene Co., IN.  He married Ruth Belinda Oliphant, daughter of Lawson Oliphant and Ruth Pennington, on 16 April 1871 in Bloomfield, Greene Co., IN.  She was born 28 Jan. 1850 in Greene Co., IN, and died 14 Oct. 1932 in Vigo Co., IN.  She married second James Riley Brenton on 11 Jan. 1886 in Bloomfield, IN (Bk. M, p. 111).  According to a son-in-law, she was also known as Beatrice.

The following is from his obituary on 31 Dec. 1879, Wednesday, Sullivan Union‑Merom News:  “We learn that C. M. Graves, a son of Elder H. Graves, of this place, died at his home in Switz City, Greene Co., Ind. Dec. 19, 1879 age 32 years 2 mos. and 24 days.  He will be remembered as a student here some years ago.”  A photocopy of his inventory states:  “An Inventory of all the personal and real estate of Cephas M. Graves, deceased, taken and appraised by Charley Campbell and ‑‑‑‑‑‑“ (hand writing difficult to read).  The first 4-5 items on the list are faded and can not be read and the rest are difficult at best.  At the bottom of the page it states “Lot No. One Hundred and Ninety One (367) in the town on ‑‑‑‑‑‑, Sullivan Co., IN.  The number 75 and $204.00 are listed.  (R‑9, R‑10)

Children - Graves

+75.  E. Graves, b. Oct. 1872, m. Julia Collins, c. 1895, d. after 1920.

+76.  Claudia Graves, b. 17 June 1874, m. William Claybourn Pigg, 11 July 1888, d. 2 Aug. 1939.

  77.  Thomas Graves, b. 1877 (IN), m. Laura Collins, c. 1905, d. after 1930.  Lived in Gillespie, Macoupin Co., IL.  No children.


Thomas Benton Graves (20) was born 6 Dec. 1848 in Noble Twp., Jay Co., IN, and died 29 March 1922 in Butte, Silver Bow Co., MT.  He married Mary Deseret Stuart about 1878.  She was born in May 1860 in UT.  She may be the Mary D. Graves, age 55, who died 14 March 1915 as recorded in the Montana Death Index, 1907-2002 Record.  The following are entries from the Diary of Henderson Graves: Wed., Dec. 5, 1883, “…I have a letter from Riles and Thom.  They are doing well….”  Tues., Dec. 18, 1883, “…I went to town to mail a letter…to Riles and Thom…”  Sat., Nov. 7, 1885, “…I got a letter from Rile…in it he says Thomas got the money I sent him (14.00) in a check…”  This family was recorded on the 1880 census in Pueblo Co., CO and the 1900 and 1920 censuses in Butte, MT; Florence, Norval, Arminta, and Frank were born in UT, Lenora in CO, and Harry, Alta and DeForest in MT.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑8)

Children - Graves

+78.  Florence May Graves, b. 16 Dec. 1877, m. Alfred B. Norton, 2 June 1903, d. 30 Oct. 1918.

+79.  Lenora Katherine Graves, b. 17 July 1879, m. James Albert McQuaig, 18 Dec. 1902, d. 30 May 1953.

  80.  Alfred Norval Graves, b. Oct. 1880 (or 28 March 1881), d. after 1920.  First date is from the 1900 census and the second from his World War I Draft Registration Card filed in Shoshone Co., ID.  Recorded on the 1920 census in Neihart, Cascade Co., MT.

+81.  Arminta Graves, b. 3 April 1884, m(1) Fredric Pierce Rogers, 26 Feb. 1903, m(2) Thomas Francis Estes, 17 March 1915, d. 21 Dec. 1968.

  82.  Frank Graves, b. Nov. 1886.

+83.  Henderson Hamilton Graves, b. 25 Dec. 1887, m. Ruby Dorothy Semmens, 15 Dec. 1918, d. 12 July 1940.

+84.  Alta Marie Graves, b. 14 June 1890, m. Fernley Frank Kinnings, 25 June 1919, d. 20 Sept. 1974.

+85.  DeForest Hedges Graves, b. 14 Sept. 1891, m. Ralph Sumner Sipple, 28 Jan. 1920, d. 7 Aug. 1973.


Riley Henderson Graves (21) was born 12 May 1852 in Noble Twp., Jay Co., IN, died 9 April 1900 in Sandy, Salt Lake Co., UT, and was buried 13 April 1900 in Sandy.  He married Sarah Ann Russell, daughter of Thomas Wilson Russell and Elizabeth Ann Hamilton, on 31 Oct. 1888 in Murray, Salt Lake Co., UT.  She was born 13 Oct. 1854 in Mill Creek, Salt Lake Co., UT, died 18 Feb. 1939 in Salt Lake City, UT, and was buried in Sandy, UT.  Sarah Ann was the twin sister of Rhoda who married Riley’s brother Peter.  Their children were born in Sandy, UT.  An entry from the Diary of Henderson Graves reads: “Mon. Sept. 2nd 1878 Rile and Peter start to Col. [sic Colorado] Denver City.”  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑8)

Children - Graves

+86.  James Benton Graves, b. 3 Jan. 1890, m. Alice Morris, 5 Feb. 1913, d. 8 June 1972.

+87.  Corwin Russell Graves, b. 18 June 1893, m(1) Ivy May Cowan, 14 Sept. 1921, m(2) Blanche Ethel (Oakley) Evans, after 1940.

+88.  Rulon Henderson Graves, b. 26 July 1899, m. Lily Walker, 28 Oct. 1925.


Peter Franklin Graves (22) was born in 24 Dec. 1854 in Noble Twp., Jay Co., IN, and died 29 Dec. 1920.  He married Rhoda Ellen Russell, daughter of Thomas Wilson Russell and Elizabeth Ann Hamilton, on 31 Dec. 1895 in Sandy, Salt Lake Co., UT.  She was born 13 Oct. 1854 in Mill Creek, Salt Lake Co., UT and was the twin sister to Sarah Ann Russell who married Peter’s brother Riley.  An entry in the Diary of Henderson Graves dated Tues., Dec. 25, 1883, reads:  “…Upon the whole it has been a pleasant Christmas.  I thought of my youngest boy whose birthday was yesterday, who I have not heard from for near 3 years…”  Peter went west with borthers Thomas and Riley.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑8)

Children - Graves

+89.  Mary Graves, b. 18 Nov. 1896, m. Dewey Nelson, 12 June 1922, d. June 1984.

  90.  Ruby Graves, b. 7 Jan. 1898 (Twinbridges, Madison Co., MT), m. Elvin G. Korth, 30 Aug. 1928, d. 23 Sept. 1934.  He was b.c. 1896.

  91.  Frankie Lenore Graves, m. John Kenneth Orton.  He was b.c. 1898.

  92.  Thomas Riley Graves, b. 29 Oct. 1904 (Sandy, UT), d. 10 June 1932.



Patrick H. Mason (28) was born 16 May 1847 in Indiana, and died 18 June 1885.  He married Lydia Eliza Sturgeon on 6 Jan. 1876 in Jay Co., IN.  She was born 30 Jan. 1853 in OH, and died 5 July 1912 in Posey Twp., Clay Co., IN.  This family was recorded on the 1880 census in Jay Co., IN.  Their children were born in Indiana.  In 1900, Lydia was a 44-year old widow living in Jay Co., IN with children Edar and Jenny.  (R‑3)

Children - Mason

+93.  James Otterbein Mason, b. 18 June 1876, m. Bessie May Reid, 24 Nov. 1896, d. 6 June 1956.

+94.  Timothy William Mason, b. 2 March 1878, m(1) Viola Mae Bechdolt, 14 Nov. 1903, m(2) Rose ‑‑‑‑‑‑, 1913.

+95.  Alfred Elwood Mason, b. 11 Jan. 1881, m. Alma Ruth Garlinger, 25 Dec. 1911, d. 30 Sept. 1936.

+96.  Edgar George Mason, b. 8 Oct. 1882, m. Relia Vanetta, 19 Jan. 1910, d. 28 May 1948.

+97.  Jenny Hazel Mason, b. 18 Oct. 1884, m(1) Harry L. Green, 3 Sept. 1904, m(2) J. C. Hoskins, 29 June 1947, d. 13 Jan. 1956.


Eliza Jane Mason (29) was born about 1848 and died 7 Feb. 1882, both in Indiana.  She married Eli Rines on 15 Jan. 1874 in Jay Co., IN.  He was born in June 1854 in OH.  (R‑3)

Children - Rines

  98.  Charles Lewis Rines, b. 5 Dec. 1874, m. Laura A. Harford, 16 Oct. 1897 (Jay Co., IN), m(2) Flora M. Harford, 21 Nov. 1903, d. after 1930.  Laura d. Jun 12, 1902 at age 23 (Jay Co., IN).  Full name and birthdate are from his World War I Draft Registration Card filed in Jay Co., IN.

  99.  William F. Rines



Henderson D. Graves (36) was born in Feb. 1848 in Indiana, and died after 1920.  He married Rachel Anna Jones, daughter of Martin A. Jones and Elizabeth Mulford, about 1870, probably in IA.  She was born in Jan. 1856 in OH, and died after 1920.  In 1870, Henderson was recorded on the census in Page Co., IA boarding with the Jones family.  Henderson and Rachel were recorded on the 1880 census in Page Co., IA and the 1900-1920 censuses in Thayer Co., NE.  In 1900 and 1910, Rachel stated that four of her five children were living.

Children - Graves

  100.  William M. Graves, b.c. 1872 (IA).

  101.  Mollie A. Graves, b.c. 1877 (IA).

+102.  Edna E. Graves, b. April 1879, m. John Biehn, c. 1900, d. after 1920.

  103.  Cecil A. Graves, b. Sept. 1886 (NE).



Ezra B. Graves (39) was born in 1849 in Noble Twp., Jay Co., IN, and died 17 Dec. 1911 in Logansport, Eel Twp., Cass Co., IN.  He married Julia Ann Small on 16 July 1871 in United Brethren Church, Royal Centre, IN, Cass Co., IN (Marriage Records, 1850-1920, Bk., 5, p. 174).  They were married by Rev. F. Sneithman, Pastor of the Church.  She was born in Feb. 1854 in Indiana, and died 3 Sept. 1919.  Ezra and Julia Ann were listed in the 1880 Boone Twp. census with their two year old daughter Cora Pell.  In the 1900 Eel Twp., Cass Co., IN census, they were listed with their children Alda, Emma, Charles, and three year old grandson Karl E. Renn.  (R‑4)

Children - Graves

+104.  Cora Pell Graves, b. 1878, m. Henry W. Renn, 1 Dec. 1896.

  105.  Alda P. Graves, b. May 1881 (IN), m. Andrew J. Reid, 3 April 1901 (Cass Co., IN).

  106.  Emma A. Graves, b. 2 Dec.1884 (Cass Co., IN), m(1) Reed Riley, 16 Jun 1902 (Cass Co., IN), m(2) James Johnson, 21 Feb. 1906 (Cass Co., IN).

  107.  Charles C. Graves, b. Aug. 1888 (Cass Co., IN), d. 22 Sept. 1907 (Eel Twp., Cass Co., IN).


Rachel J. Graves (43) was born in June 1861 in Indiana, and died after 1920.  She first married James B. Conn on 9 Feb. 1887 in Cass Co., IN.  He was born in Indiana, and died before 1900.  She married second William L. Burton on 10 Jan. 1907 in Cass Co., IN.  He was born about 1853 in Indiana.  They were recorded on the 1910 and 1920 censuses in Cass Co., IN.  (R‑4)

Children - Conn

  108.  Zula B. Conn, b. July 1887 (Royal Centre, Cass Co., IN), m. William C. Miller, 20 June 1911 (Cass Co., IN), d. Jan. 1962 (Detroit, MI).  Around 1907 Zula attended nursing school at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.  On weekends and holidays she would stay with Mae Graves, her aunt by marriage, and help with the children.  Zula fell from a ladder and died as a result of the fall.

  109.  James Otis Conn, b. Jan. 1888 (NE).

  110.  John Earl Conn, b. 6 May 1890 (Royal Centre, IN).


Amanda Phylena (“Lena”) Graves (44) was born 7 April 1864 and died 27 March 1941, both in Royal Center, Cass Co., IN, and was buried in Cline Cem, Cass Co., IN.  She married Charles Ely Beckley, son of Thomas Jefferson Beckley and Rachel Jane Bernethy, on 25 Nov. 1884 in Cass Co., IN.  He was born 30 May 1862 and died 19 Oct. 1930, both in Royal Center, IN, and was also buried in Cline Cem.  Their children were born in Royal Center, IN.  (R‑4, R‑7)

Children - Beckley

  111.  James Thomas Beckley, b. 30 Oct. 1885, m(1) Grace Fultz, 23 Nov. 1907 (South Bend, St. Joseph Co, IN), m(2) Cleo Dora, m(3) Ella Verda Weinamaker, 15 Jan. 1914 (Cass Co., IN), d. 25 Oct. 1950.  Grace was b. 29 Dec. 1893, dau. of Amor Joedan and Mattie Wharton.  Ella was b. 4 June 1878 (Canton, Stark Co., OH), dau. of David C. Weinamaker and Sarah Justus.

+112.  Grace Belle Beckley, b. 25 Sept. 1887, m. Albert G. Skillen, 8 Aug. 1908, d. Feb. 1980.

+113.  Jessie Lucinda Beckley, b. 11 Jan. 1890, m. William Henry Lutes, 17 July 1907, d. Jan. 1969.

+114.  Charles Nelson Beckley, b. 11 Dec. 1892, m. Mary Etta Zartman, 2 July 1914, d. 12 Sept. 1976.


Thomas Harvey Graves (45) was born about 1867 (or Aug. 1862 in Indiana according to the 1900 census).  The 1867 date is probably correct; he is listed as 3 in 1870 and 13 in 1880.  He married Mary Agnes (“Mae”) Routh, daughter of Peter Routh and Catherine Blank, by eloping in 1892.  She was born 29 March 1872, and died 27 Nov. 1937, both in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA.  She is buried in Calvary Cem., Pittsburgh, PA [Section W-223].

Around 1892 Thomas arrived in Pittsburgh, PA, as a machinist constructing bridges for the American Bridge and Iron Co. of Chicago, IL.  While living in a boarding house across from the steel mills in Munhall Hollow, he eloped with the landlady’s daughter, Mae Routh.  He bought her a crystal and red cup etched with “Tom & Mae, Chicago 1893” during their honeymoon at the World’s Fair.  He told Mae his family members included a judge, minister, and someone named Angeline.  Thomas’ work kept him away from his family for long periods of time but he always managed to be home for the births of his children.  This family was recorded on the 1900 census in Ward 17 of Pittsburgh.  In 1904, he left promising to return before the due date of his sixth child.  Thomas missed the birth of his son, Walter, and was never seen or heard from again.

Mae’s father, Peter Routh, graduated from the Bookkeeping Program at Duff Iron City College in Pittsburgh.  During her school years, she worked in her father’s meat market and learned bookkeeping.  In 1891 she was hired as a clerk for the Munhall Post Office.  During the Homestead Strike of 1892, Peter gave credit to many of his striking neighbors.  After the strike, the union was busted, the strikers were not re-hired and could not pay their bills.  Mae’s mother, Catherine, opened a boarding house to help him pay his bills.  In the spring of 1893, Mae eloped with boarder, Thomas Graves.

Their marriage got off to a bad start.  First there were religious differences, the reason for the elopement, and the resentment Mrs. Routh had for Thomas.  Also, Thomas was away from the family for long periods of time.  When he did not return home for the birth of their sixth child, Mae felt God was punishing her because they were not married in the church.  Mae and her six children moved in with her parents and she went back to work in the post office.  After her children were married, she lived with her daughter Esther and her family and became the babysitter for her two grandchildren who nicknamed her “Godie.”  At age 64, surrounded by her children and grandchildren, she died of chronic myocarditis.  (R‑4)

Children - Graves

+115.  Esther E. Graves, b. 9 Oct. 1893, m. Henry Gribbin, 1919, d. 9 June 1987.

+116.  Carl Thomas Graves, b. 17 Dec. 1894, m(1) Margaret Kreuger, 1921, m(2) Mary Lou Kelly, c. 1947, d. July 1959.

+117.  Margaret Angeline Graves, b. 6 Aug. 1896, m. John Joseph Blightner, 15 June 1922, d. 2 April 1991.

+118.  James Peter Routh Graves, b. 15 June 1899, m. Anna Rodgers, 24 June 1925, d. 8 Nov. 1962.

  119.  John Graves, b. July 1902, d.c. 1905 (Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA).  Bur. St. Peter’s Cem., Pittsburgh, PA [Section E-20].  Per R‑4:  “One fall day Mae and Mom were making homemade ketchup in a big pot in the backyard.  They asked Pop to keep an eye on young John while they went into the kitchen.  Just as Pop turned around he saw John running backwards toward the boiling pot.  Pop hollered but it was too late.  The hot pot fell and spilled on John, scalding him.  The morning of John’s funeral his dog ran into the living room, jumped into the coffin and left paw prints on the white sheet covering him.  When the funeral director asked Mrs. Graves if she wanted him to change the sheet she said, ‘No, I want him buried just like that, with the paw prints.’”

+120.  Walter Ferrier Graves, b. 9 Oct. 1904, m. MaryEdith Laird, 24 June 1931, d. 17 Oct. 1981.


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[1] R‑2 is not convinced the William Stone b.c. 1723 and Rhoda Pryor are the parents of James Stone who married Sarah Denney as stated in the History of Jay Co., IN.  She refers to Surry Co., NC Wills, 1771-1827, Jo White Linn, pp. 151-2, which lists William Jr. as a son/heir to a William Stone on 23 March 1819.

[2] According to R‑8, date of death is 7 Jan. 1929 in New Castle, Henry Co., IN.