Rev. 22 July 2016, Gen. 423







Samuel Graves (1) was supposedly born about 1810, according to several family trees on  His name is known from the Indiana marriage records.  He married Elizabeth Denbo, daughter of Robert Denbo and Emily ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 29 Sept. 1853 in Crawford Co., IN[1].  She was born 29 Sept. 1831 in Harrison Co., IN, and died 13 April 1912 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY.  Samuel supposedly lived in KY, and is said to have been killed in the Civil War.  However, Elizabeth was head of household in both the 1860 and 1870 censuses for Union, Crawford Co., IN.  Efforts to find Samuel in the 1850 and 1860 censuses have been unsuccessful.

Elizabeth Denbo is in the 1850 census for Union, Crawford, KY, daughter of Robert and Emily Denbo, with a large family of brothers and sisters.  Harrison Co. (where Elizabeth was born and where other Denbo families lived) is next to Crawford Co., both on the Ohio River across from KY.  No one named Samuel Graves could be found in either of these counties nor in neighboring counties in either IN or KY.

Elizabeth married second Lemuel Ford on 24 Nov. 1870 in Crawford Co., IN.  They were in the 1880 census for Union, Crawford Co., IN, with Lemuel Ford, 58, wife Elizabeth, 48, and daughters Nancy, 26, and Cordelia, 12, all born in IN.  (R‑2, R‑4)

Children - Graves

+2.   Sarah Emma Graves, b. 10 July 1855, m. Elijah J. Roberson, 30 Oct. 1874, d. 9 April 1882.

+3.   William Franklin Graves, b. 13 Dec. 1855, m. Elvira Pritchett, 24 Dec. 1884, d. 14 April 1905.

    4.  Robert Samuel Graves, b.c. 1858.






Sarah Emma Graves (2) was born 10 July 1855 and died 9 April 1882.  She married Elijah J. Roberson, son of James Roberson and Fannie Eliza Froman, on 30 Oct. 1874.  He was born 2 Feb. 1842 in IN, and died 7 March 1908 in KS.  He had apparently first married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1866 in Crawford Co., IN.  He was in the 1870 census for Sterling Twp., Crawford Co., IN, with children Edward, 3, and Fanny A., 1.  The 1880 census for Sterling Twp., Crawford Co., IN, listed Elijah, 38, Susan E., 24, Edmond K., 12, Fannie A., 11, Ella E., 1, and brother-in-law Robert S. Graves, 22, all born in IN.

Children - Roberson

    5.  Ella E. Roberson, b. Dec. 1878.

+6.   Abraham Roberson, b. Oct. 1881, m. Carrie G. Cuzzort, 9 Nov. 1911.


William Franklin Graves (3) was born 13 Dec. 1855 and died 14 April 1905.  He was from KY, moved to IN and settled on a farm in the Wabash Bottoms near Owensville, IN, and was buried in Blythe's Chapel, near Owensville, Gibson Co., IN (in southwest Indiana).  He was a traveling tinker.  He first married Elvira Pritchett, daughter of William Henderson Pritchett and Martha Jane Gudgel, on 24 Dec. 1884 in Gibson Co., IN.  She was born 17 Sept. 1856 in IN, and died 23 May 1946.  He married second ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Ford.  (This second marriage may not be correct, and may be confused with his mother’s second marriage.)  He may have had an uncle named John Graves of NC.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑3)

Children - Graves

+7.   Eva M. Graves, b. 1891, m. Thomas Harry Blythe, 1910, d. 1969.

+8.   Orville Melvin Graves, b. 1892 or 1890, m. Martha Pauline Morton, 1982.






Abraham Roberson (6) was born in Oct. 1881 in Crawford Co., IN.  He married Carrie G. Cuzzort on 9 Nov. 1911 in Crawford Co., IN.  She was born about 1885 in Crawford Co., IN.

Children - Roberson

    9.  Wayne Roberson



Eva M. Graves (7) was born in 1891 and died in 1969.  She married Thomas Harry Blythe in 1910.  He was born in 1878 and died in 1960.  (R‑3)

Children - Blythe

+10.   William Elston Blythe, b. 1911, m. Hannah Lee Allmon.

+11.   Mildred Blythe, b. 1913, m. Albert Rue.

    12.   Martha Blythe, b. 1918, m. Wiegand Knerr.  He was b. 1908.

+13.   John Blythe, b. 1923, m. Elsie Hildenbrand.

+14.   James E. Blythe, b. 1925, m. Mable Godeke.


Orville Melvin Graves (8) was born in 1892 or 1890 in Owensville, Gibson Co., IN.  He went to DePauw University and Indiana University, and graduated as a physician.  He married Martha Pauline (“Polly”) Morton of Charlotte, NC.  She was born in 1898 and died in 1984.  They settled in nearby Fort Branch, Gibson Co., IN, and then moved to Princeton, Gibson Co., IN in 1928.  Orville practiced medicine in Princeton, IN for 65 years.  Polly was “Indiana Mother of the Year”, and raised all her children as good Methodists.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑3)

Children - Graves

+15.   Orville Melvin Graves, Jr., b. 1923, m. Fumie Deyama.

+16.   Daisy Graves, b. 1924, m. G. Lindsay Peters.

+17.   Mona Graves, m. Robert Fearheiley.

    18.   William F. Graves


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[1] Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,