Rev. 1 Jan. 2011, Gen. 373








Willard Graves (1) was born in MA (according to the birth certificate of his son Clarence, or in IN according to the 1900 census), perhaps about 1852, and died before the 1900 census.  He was a farmer.  He married Anna (“Annie”) M. Luker, daughter of William Luker and Maria (or Mariah) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 18 July 1880 in the U. B. Church, Rice Co., MN.  She was born 20 March 1864 in IN, and died 7 March 1926.  Annie was widowed, and she and the 2 children were living with her parents in Waterville Twp., Le Sueur Co., MN at the time of the 1900 census.  In the 1880 census for Morristown, Rice Co., MN, Anna was living with her parents.

Willard is almost certainly the William Graves, 28, farm laborer, born in NY, living with the family of Samuel Oblinger, in the 1880 census for Morristown, Rice Co., MN.  His probable brother, Edwin B. Graves, b. May 1847 in NY, was in the 1880 census for Fraser, Martin Co., MN, with a son Willard, b.c. 1879.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+2.  Clarence Desmond Graves, b. 16 Sept. 1881, m(1) Nancy Gertrude Kerr, 21 March 1906, m(2) Clarabelle Sauerwein, d. 28 June 1931.

  3.  Alice E. Graves, b. June 1884, m. J. F. Toller.






Clarence Desmond (or William?) Graves (2) was born 16 Sept. 1881 in Morristown Twp., Rice Co., MN, and died 28 June 1931 in Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL.  He was educated at Waterville High School, and Hamlin Univ., St. Paul, MN.  He was a newspaper adman.  He started Dairy and Poultry Magazine in Jackson, MS in 1927.  He copyrighted a Graves Chart for laying out newspaper ads, and taught classes at the YMCA using the Graves Chart[1].

He first married Nancy Gertrude Kerr, daughter of William Edward Kerr (1859-1930) and Addie Elizabeth Boughton (1865-1937), on 21 March 1906 in Harvey, Cook Co., IL.  She was born 2 Nov. 1886 in Pierre, Dakota Territory, and died 25 Nov. 1972 in Springfield, IL.  According to family legend, she was born in a sod house.  They were both buried in Oak Ridge Cem., Springfield, IL.  She was a homemaker.  They divorced 25 March 1926.  He then married Clarabelle (or Clara Bell) Sauerwein.  She was born in Oct. 1918.

According to R‑2, they lived in the South for a while, where Clarence and Clarabelle published a string of local newspapers.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Graves, by Nancy G. Kerr

  4.  Alice Elizabeth Graves, b. 19 Feb. 1907 (Henderson, KY), m. John Halpin Murphy, 6 Oct. 1932, d. 21 Aug. 1994 (Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL).  Bur. 25 Aug. 1994, Oak Ridge Cem., Springfield, IL.  She was a homemaker, and was Catholic.

  5.  William Clarence Graves, b. 16 Oct. 1908 (Des Moines, IA), m. Laverne Bennet, d. 18 Aug. 1987 (Harvey, Cook Co., IL).

+6.  Theodora Velta Graves, b. 2 Sept. 1912, m. William Macy Marshall, 22 July 1933.

  7.  Arthur Atkin Graves, b. 17 March 1914 (Harvey, Cook Co., IL), m. Marjorie H. Jaeger, d. 13 April 1993 (Dalton, IL).  Bur. Cedar Rock Cem., Chicago, Cook Co., IL.  He was a crane operator.

+8.  Dorothy Mae Graves, b. 2 Sept. 1915, m. Russell Oliver Fry, 24 May 1934.


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[1]This information was given by C. D. Graves’ daughter, Dorothy Graves Fry, to Nancy Jaeger in Jan. 1993.